Chief Administrative Officer

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Welcome from the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)

I am very proud to be part of the OISE community and feel privileged to lead a team of professionals within the Office of the Chief Administrative Officer. We are committed to be the effective enablers for OISE’s academic goals and priorities by providing effective and useful resources, tools, information and systems. 

As a strategic partner, the Office of the CAO provides leadership and expertise in the development, implementation and evaluation of OISE's strategic plan ensuring sustainable and fiscally responsible management of faculty resources in support of the Institute's academic priorities. We promote organizational and service excellence, operational efficiency, community wellness, and employee engagement & recognition.

We are proud to provide collaborative, comprehensive, and professional services to the OISE community with expertise in the areas of information technology, human resources, finance, facilities, data management, and legislative & policy compliance. We are a team that values respect, equity, teamwork, personal and professional well-being, integrity, and collegiality. Our supportive, professional environment fosters learning, innovation, diversity, and recognition with a commitment to embracing change.

I encourage you to learn more about our current initiatives and team by exploring this website.

Helen Huang
Chief Administrative Officer

Helen Huang

Our Team

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Education Commons (EC)

As a community partner & digital leader, Education Commons enables the OISE community with IT services and solutions in the pursuit of Discovery.

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Space Planning & Management

Responsible for managing and planning OISE's buildings and related services in co-operation with University of Toronto central Facilities and Services in order to provide a healthy, functional and beautiful environment for all.

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Finance Office

OISE's Finance office provides Faculty-wide support for strategic financial planning and budget analysis on operating budgets, research and endowed funds management, policy compliance, and financial administration processes.


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Human Resources

OISE's HR team supports faculty and staff though specializing in payroll, pension and benefits, providing expert HR advice and support in the areas of employee & labour relations, talent acquisition & management and professional development.

Featured Initiatives

OISE is reimagining the under-utilized 5th floor outdoor terraces at the podium level to create a dedicated space for community gatherings, cultural practice, study, and social events. The project underwent broad consultation within the OISE community and the design will incorporate the latest standards of accessibility and sustainability.

The OISE Wellness Committee is comprised of representatives from across the OISE. Our objective for this working group is focused on developing programs and resources to help us cultivate a culture of Readiness, Resilience, and Recovery as we adapt to our evolving learning and work arrangements.

The activities of this group include:

  • engaging in meaningful discussions about the needs of each of our constituent groups as our learning and work arrangements evolve
  • gathering data from our community through surveys, focus group discussions, interviews
  • exploring current trends and strategies from other organizations
  • learning from and working with experts, both internal and external to OISE, to develop a post-pandemic wellness strategy
  • building a library of resources to help us cultivate a culture of Readiness, Resilience, and Recovery