2021-2022 executive team | ÉQUIPE DE DIRECTION

   Angela Rooke

   President | Président

   Manager, Graduate and Postdoctoral Experience

   University of Waterloo


Angela Rooke is President of GPDN, a board member of the Canadian Association of Graduate Studies, and Manager of Graduate and Postdoctoral Experience at University of Waterloo, where she leads professional and academic development initiatives for both graduate students and postdoctoral scholars, and oversees postdoctoral affairs more generally. Angela developed and launched University of Waterloo’s Professional Skills Foundations program for graduate students, as well as a range of other exciting initiatives, including  a research video competition called GRADflix, and a suite of workshops and online resources for students pertaining to graduate supervision, thesis defences, comprehensive exams and other key aspects of graduate student success. Angela received her PhD in history from York University in 2014. When she’s not working, Angela enjoys travelling, spending summers on Lake Nipissing with her family, watching bad reality television shows, listening to podcasts, and reading historical fiction.

   Mabel Ho

   Vice President | Vice Président

   Director of Professional Development and Student Engagement

   Dalhousie University


Mabel Ho is the Vice-President of the Graduate Professional Development Network (GPDN) and the Director of Professional Development and Student Engagement in the Faculty of Graduate Studies at Dalhousie University.  At Dalhousie, she is involved in various initiatives and programs to support graduate students and post-doctoral fellows and prepare them for success in their careers.  As a facilitator and educator, she has received training from the Stanford Life Design Lab and is a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory, an Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) facilitator, and a Facilitator Development Workshop (FDW) trainer.  She completed the Certificate Program in Advanced Teaching and Learning and received the Centre for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) Scholar certificate at the University of British Columbia (UBC).  She was recognized with teaching awards, including the UBC Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant Award and the American Sociology Association SAGE Teaching Innovation Award for her work as an instructor.  She holds a PhD in Sociology from UBC and was awarded the Outstanding Graduate Student Award from the Canadian Sociological Association.

Melissa Dalgleish

   Past President | Président Sortant

   Program Manager and Senior Grants Officer

   SickKids Research Institute


Melissa Dalgleish is the Past-President of the GPDN, which she led from 2019-2021, and the Program Manager and Senior Grants Officer (Graduate and Postdoctoral Awards) for the Research Training Centre (RTC) at the SickKids Research Institute. The RTC provides support, funding, and career and professional development to the 1,500 grad students and postdocs at SickKids. Before joining the RTC, Melissa built and launched York University’s Graduate and Postdoctoral Professional Skills program. She also did her PhD at York, and it was figuring out what to do after her PhD when she decided not to go the faculty route that led her to a career in grad and postdoc development. Her writing on development has appeared in University Affairs, Inside Higher Ed, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Hook & Eye, and in volumes with Rutgers UP (The Reimagined PhD) and the UP of Kansas (Alt-Ac and Affect; Succeeding Outside the Academy). When she’s not helping other researchers get the skills and support they need to succeed (yes, that’s the RTC’s tag line!), Melissa is probably hanging out with her partner, toddler, and two cats at home in Toronto, sewing clothes, or playing with a power tool.

Sarah Cahill

   Membership Manager | Directeur des adhésions

   Manager of Graduate Programs

   University of Guelph


Sarah Cahill is the Membership Manager of the Graduate Professional Development Network (GPDN) and the Manager, Graduate Programs in the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences at the University of Guelph (UofG). While finishing up her doctoral degree in Sociology, Sarah was hired as a Research Assistant for the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies to explore the professional development (PD) needs of graduate students at the University of Guelph. This work led to the re-branding of UofG's professional development program, now called, Grad Pathways, and the creation of UofG's Individual Development Plan (IDP). Her current role at Guelph involves improving the graduate student experience, developing and updating graduate curriculum, and the coordination of funding and scholarships. Sarah genuinely loves her #alt-ac job and aims to support graduate students in their path to career happiness. The GPDN played a crucial role in her career journey, and she is excited to welcome new members to our vibrant GPDN community!

Teresa Didiano

   Operations Manager | Directeur des opérations

   Graduate Professional Development Coordinator

   University of Toronto


Teresa Didiano is the Graduate Professional Development Coordinator in the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering at the University of Toronto (U of T). She champions professional development programs for over 2600 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Beyond her role at U of T, Teresa sits on the Governance and Finance Committee for the Graduate Career Consortium (GCC), and was on the Conference Committee for GCC and GPDN in 2020 and 2021. Outside of work you will find Teresa enjoying nature on a run, hike, or bike ride, or diving into a good book. Teresa has an HBSc, MSc, and Project Management Certificate from U of T.

Alex Liepins Alex Liepins

   Member at Large | Membre à titre personnel

   Academic Associate, Teaching and Learning Services

   McGill University


Alex serves as Member-at-Large with GPDN and is the Associate Director for Student Learning and Development in Teaching and Learning Services at McGill University where he oversees teaching assistant training and graduate student teaching skills development, among other initiatives. He is passionate about helping students learn and enjoys working directly with graduate students on the co-development of educational resources. He received his BA from Wisconsin Lutheran College in 2009, MA from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2011, and PhD from the University of Ottawa in 2017.


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