Office of the Vice-President and Principal

Ian Orchard appointed acting Vice-President & Principal at UTM

Professor Ian Orchard

Professor Emeritus Ian Orchard, who led UTM from 2002 to 2010, has assumed a one-year appointment as UTM’s acting Vice-President and Principal. The appointment is effective Sept. 4 and continues to June 30, 2020, or sooner if UTM Vice-President & Principal Ulrich Krull is able to return from his short-term medical leave.

Orchard’s appointment, approved by Governing Council on Sept. 4, follows Professor Amrita Daniere’s term as acting vice-president and principal. Daniere will return to her role as Vice-Principal, Academic and Dean.

“In 2002, when I was first appointed Vice-President and Principal at UTM, I thought it was the best position at the University of Toronto. I still believe this,” says Orchard. “UTM has continued to thrive, grow and develop into a significant player in U of T’s tri-campus system. Under the leadership of Ulli Krull and Acting Vice-President and Principal Amrita Daniere, and with support from faculty, staff and students, UTM continues to build its distinctive presence in the western GTA. I am humbled to have been invited to share in this journey once again, and look forward to working with the community that is UTM.”

Orchard initially immigrated to Canada in 1977 to York University to establish a federal centre of excellence in neurobiology. He joined U of T in 1982, and served as: associate dean (sciences) in the Faculty of Arts and Science (1993-97); vice-dean in the Faculty of Arts and Science (1997-98); and vice-provost (students) (1998-2002) before becoming the vice-president of the University of Toronto and principal of UTM from 2002-2010.

“Professor Emeritus Orchard is well known to the University of Toronto Mississauga community,” says U of T President Meric Gertler. “He is a distinguished biologist who brings a proven track record as a student-focused administrator and extensive knowledge and experience of UTM and of the University as a whole.”

Orchard was instrumental in overseeing UTM’s shift from governance by the Faculty of Arts and Science to a division in its own right with a dean, department chairs and departments. During his tenure, enrolment doubled and buildings valued at a total of $250 million were constructed.

In 2010, U of T established the Ian Orchard Student Initiative Fund, supporting university-recognized student groups with inspiring and engaging projects or events that enhance the student experience and foster a sense of campus community.

In 2011, he was named a U of T Distinguished University Professor, an honour U of T accords to only a small number of faculty. In 2014 he joined the University of Waterloo as Vice-President Academic and Provost, stepping down in 2017.

An expert in insect neurobiology with more than 200 research publications, Orchard earned a Doctor of Science degree (1988), a PhD (1975), and a B.Sc. (1972), all from the University of Birmingham, in England.