Updated: October 15, 2021

You can find all U of G’s COVID-19 updates on the COVID-19 Communications Update page.

Guiding Documents

The following documents have been informed by advice from the steering committee or are used as reference in our planning:

Return-to-Campuses Steering Committee

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, various committees and working groups have helped the University of Guelph adapt and maintain our academic, research and operational functions.

As U of G continues to navigate challenges created by COVID-19, the institution is also planning for a safe return to our campuses for students, faculty, staff and visitors.

The Return-to-Campuses steering committee will provide guidance to help align efforts across the University for our safe return.

The steering committee is guided by a commitment to the health and wellness of all members of our campus community. Decisions on the timing of our return to campuses will depend on government directives and public health advice.

The steering committee’s efforts will complement and supplement the plans and efforts of the Academic Continuity Group and Research Continuity Group. The Return-to-Campuses steering committee will take on the planning previously overseen by the Contingency Planning Committee.

Steering Committee and Working Group Membership and Purpose

Comprising representatives from key academic, research, service and operational areas across the University, as well as some of U of G’s epidemiologists, the Return-to-Campuses steering committee aims to:

  • Follow principles defined by the University’s executive leadership team
  • Create frameworks to aid campus units in planning for the return to campus of staff, students and faculty
  • Establish parameters, processes and timelines for identifying essential services and supports
  • Ensure robust plans are developed to safely support course delivery
  • Develop a process for review, feedback and recommendation of unit plans that will ultimately be forwarded to the University Executive Committee for approval

The Return-to-Campuses steering committee includes the following members:

  • Sharmilla Rasheed (Chair, Vice-President – Finance and Operations)
  • Georgia Apolonatos (Director, Health, Safety and Wellness)
  • Harry Bakker (Associate Vice-President, Physical Resources)
  • Kelly Bertrand (Director of Administrative Services, McLaughlin Library)
  • Ben Bradshaw (Assistant Vice-President, Graduate Studies)
  • Alison Burnett (Director, Student Wellness)
  • Carrie Chassels (Vice-Provost, Student Affairs)
  • Cate Dewey (Associate Vice-President, Academic)
  • Tina Goebel (Associate Director, Finance and Administration – OAC)
  • Lawrence Goodridge (Director, Canadian Research Institute for Food Safety – OAC)
  • Bev Hale (Associate Vice-President, Research – Agri-Food Partnership)
  • Jenna Hennessy (Manager of Internal Communications, Communications and Public Affairs)
  • Melissa Horan (Project Manager, Return to Campus)
  • Lori Bona Hunt (Director of Integrated Communications, Communications and Public Affairs)
  • Audrey Jamal (Chief of Staff to the President)
  • Mellissa McDonald (Director, Government Relations and Community Engagement)
  • Indira Naidoo-Harris (AVP, Diversity and Human Rights)
  • Lydia Bay (Director, Staff Relations – Human Resources)
  • Stephanie Nykamp (Associate Dean, Clinical Program – OVC)
  • Andy Papadopoulos (Professor, Public Health – OVC)
  • Irene Thompson (Director, Student Housing Services)
  • Ed Townsley (Executive Director, Hospitality Services)
  • Cara Wehkamp (Special Advisor to the President on Indigenous Initiatives)
  • Dave Whittle (Chief Information Officer – Computing and Communications Services)

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The Mandatory Vaccination Data Collection Working Group aims to develop data collection tools to support the University’s mandatory vaccination guidance.

The Mandatory Vaccination Data Collection Working Group includes the following members:

  • Karen Menard (co-chair)
  • Stephen Willem (co-chair)
  • Craig Hyatt (Computing and Communications Science)
  • Sean Faulkner (Computing and Communications Science)
  • David Wood (Computing and Communications Science)
  • Usha Shenoy (Institutional Research and Planning)
  • Natasha Cook (Institutional Research and Planning)
  • Tegan Anselmini (Institutional Research and Planning)
  • Rob Geddes (Institutional Research and Planning)
  • Cate Dewey, AVP Academic
  • Laurie Arnott, AVP (Faculty and Academic Staff Relations)
  • Martha Harley, AVP (Human Resources)
  • Melissa Jutzi (Human Resources)
  • Melissa Horan (Office of the Vice-President Finance and Operations)

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The Travel Framework Working Group aims to create a COVID-19-related travel framework.

The Travel Framework Working Group includes the following members:

  • Melissa Horan (Chair) Project Manager, Return to Campus (Office of the Vice-President Finance and Operations)
  • Lynne Mitchell (Centre for International Programs)
  • Lydia Bay (Human Resources)
  • Natasha Fernandez (International Office)
  • Ray Darling (Office of the Registrar)
  • Stuart McCook (International Office)
  • Shannon Thibideau (Student Experience)
  • Jay Rojas (Student Experience)

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The Rapid Testing Working Group aims to create recommendations that address campus rapid testing and wastewater testing.

The Rapid Testing Working Group includes the following members:

  • Malcolm Campbell, Vice-President Research (Chair)
  • Alison Burnett, Director, Student Wellness Services (Chair) – Student Wellness
  • Jennifer Wesley, Manager, Research Risk (Environmental Health and Safety)
  • Andy Papadopoulos, Professor and MPH Coordinator (Population Medicine, OVC)
  • Lawrence Goodridge, Leung Family Professor in Food Safety (Department of Food Science)
  • Amy Greer, Associate Professor (Population Medicine, OVC)
  • Scott Weese, Professor (Population Medicine, OVC)

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The Student Study Space Framework Working Group aims to update the student study space framework for Fall 2021.

The Student Study Space Framework Working Group includes the following members:

  • Ray Darling, Co-Chair, University Registrar (Office of the Registrar)
  • Andrew Bailey, Co-Chair, Associate Professor and Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies (College of Arts)
  • Rebecca Graham, University Librarian (Library)

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The Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Working Group aims to examine health and safety requirements and practices from an equity lens and produce recommendations for consideration.

The Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Working Group includes the following members:

  • Cara Wehkamp, Co-chair, Special Advisor to the President on Indigenous Issues (Student Experience)
  • Meghan Sinclair, Co-chair, Communications, Events and Social Media Officer (Diversity and Human Rights)
  • Georgia Apolonatos, Director, Environmental Health and Safety (Human Resources)
  • Jenna Hennessy, Manager, Internal Communications (Communications and Public Affairs)
  • Barry Praamsma-Townshend, Manager, Student Accessibility Services (Student Wellness Services)
  • Joseph Pazzano, Training, Education and Inclusion Officer (Diversity and Human Rights)
  • Sonya Wu-Winter, Coordinator, Multi-Faith Programs (Student Experience)
  • Melissa Horan, Project Manager, Return to Campus (Office of the Vice-President Finance and Operations)
  • Anne MacDonald, Manager of Compliance and Wellness (Physical Resources)

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The Education and Promotion Working Group aims to create and implement the #GryphonssGetVaxxed campaign and the How to Be A Vaccine Champion Course.

The Education and Promotion Working Group includes the following members:

  • Melissa Horan (Chair) Project Manager, Return to Campus (Office of the Vice-President Finance and Operations)
  • Rebecca Skelhorn, Wellness Educator (Student Wellness)
  • Kristin Lennan, Residence Behaviour and Wellness Manager (Student Housing)
  • Jenna Hennessy, Manager, Internal Communications (Communications and Public Affairs)
  • Meghan Sinclair, Communications, Events and Social Media Officer (Diversity and Human Rights)
  • Cara Wehkamp, Special Advisor to the President on Indigenous Issues (Student Experience)

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The Research Continuity Working Group includes the following members:

  • Malcolm Campbell, VP Research – Chair Office of Research
  • Andrew Bailey, Associate Dean (Research and Graduate Studies) – COA
  • Jessica Bowes, AVP Research (Innovation and Knowledge Mobilisation) – Office of Research
  • Ben Bradshaw, AVP (Graduate Studies) – Grad and Postdoc Studies
  • Leonid Brown, Associate Dean; Research and Graduate Studies – CEPS
  • Marc Coppolino, Chair – Senate Research Board – SRB
  • Amanda Etches, Associate University Librarian – Library
  • Todd Gillis, Interim Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies – CBS
  • Noella Gray, Acting Associate Dean Research & Graduate Studies – CSAHS
  • Bev Hale, AVP Research (Agri-Food Partnership) – Office of Research
  • Laurie Halfpenny-Mitchell, Director – OMAFRA-U of G Agreement and Research Programs Office of Research
  • Rebecca Hallett, Associate Dean (Research and Graduate Studies) – OAC
  • Sean Lyons, Associate Dean, Research & Graduate Studies – Lang School
  • Karina McInnis, AVP (Research Services) – Office of Research
  • Remo Pallottini, Director, Research Facilities Management – Office of Research
  • Jill Rogers, Managing Director, Research Operations – ORS Office of Research
  • Amanda Sawlor, Director, Research Financial Services – Financial Services
  • Shayan Sharif, Associate Dean; Research and Graduate Studies – OVC
  • Liz Snyder, Interim Director; Research Communications – Office of Research
  • Melissa Watkins, Project Director, Food From Thought – Office of Research
  • Jennifer Wesley, Manager, Research Risk – Office of Research

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