President's Office

  • About Gillian Siddall

    Dr. Gillian Siddall was appointed President of Emily Carr in 2018, following a long career in academic leadership and the performing arts. She holds an Honours BA and MA in English from the University of Guelph and a PhD in English from the University of Western Ontario. She is also a jazz vocalist and co-founder of the Guelph Jazz Festival.

    Gillian began her career as a sessional lecturer at the University of Guelph, accepting a tenure-track appointment at Lakehead University in 1998, where she went on to become the founding Director of the teaching and learning centre, and then Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities for six years. Her research area is Canadian literature, and she has published extensively on the subject of musical improvisation, both within and outside a literary context.

    Prior to joining Emily Carr, Gillian served as Vice-President Academic and Provost at the Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD U) where she led the academic planning process. Gillian is an advocate of Indigenization and decolonization within the university sector.

  • Previous Leadership

    Institution Name History

    Emily Carr University of Art + Design 2008 - to present day
    Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design 1994 - 2008
    Emily Carr College of Art + Design 1981 - 1994
    Emily Carr College of Art 1978 - 1981
    Vancouver School of Art 1933 - 1977
    Vancouver School of Decorative and Applied Art 1925 - 1933


    1996 - 2018
    Ron Burnett
    President + Vice-Chancellor

    1986 - 1995
    Alan Barkley

    1985 - 1986
    Nini Baird (Director, Outreach Programs) & Terrence Johnson (Director, Fine Art)
    Interim Co-Principals

    1972 - 1985
    Robin Mayor

    1970 - 1972
    Don Stewart
    Acting Principal

    1952 - 1970
    Fred Amess

    1926 - 1952
    Charles H. Scott

    1925 - 1926
    G. Thornton Sharp
    Acting Principal VSDAA

Introducing New ECU President Gillian Siddall