Deep Saini

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Prof.
Deep
Saini

Prof.
Deep
Saini

Ex-Officio


Biography

Professor Deep Saini is the vice-president of the University of Toronto and principal of the University of Toronto Mississauga, the second largest of U of T’s three campuses.  A professor of biology specializing in plant physiology, he is a noted scholar, educational visionary and innovative leader.

Professor Saini began his Canadian academic career at the University of Alberta as a post-doctoral fellow, joined the Université de Montréal where he served as the director-general of the Plant Biology Research Institute and then moved to the University of Waterloo as dean of the Faculty of Environment.

In August 2010, Professor Saini assumed leadership of the University of Toronto Mississauga. Since then, he has overseen the opening of the Instructional Centre, the completion of the Terrence Donnelly Health Sciences Complex and the beginning of a $75 million reconstruction of the North and Davis Buildings and the construction of the $35 million Innovation Complex. 

Under his guidance, U of T Mississauga launched its most ambitious fundraising campaign to date – the Boundless Campaign for the University of Toronto Mississauga. With its $60 million goal, the Campaign has established the Institute for Management and Innovation, a new sector-specific model of business school, and the Centre for South Asian Civilizations, with its strong ties to this dynamic global community.

Professor Saini has also overseen the transition of the campus’ governance structure to a new tri-campus council model, focused on increasing the number of international students on campus and initiated discussions with other faculties to introduce new programs at UTM.    

Professor Saini holds numerous leadership roles both within his profession and in the community. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Research, Innovation, Commercialization Centre and the United Way of Peel Region, and a member of the City of Mississauga’s Economic Development Advisory Board. He has also served as president of the Canadian Society of Plant Physiologists, president of the Federation of Canadian Plant Science Societies and a member of Export Development Canada’s Advisory Council on Corporate Social Responsibility.

Saini is an experienced university administrator and advocate for higher education, and has received a number of honours including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and recognition on the Canadian “Power List 2011” by India Abroad Magazine.

He completed his undergraduate and master’s degrees at the Punjab Agricultural University in Ludhiana, India, and holds a doctorate in plant physiology from the University of Adelaide, Australia. He is fluent in English, French, Hindi and Punjabi.