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OISE celebrates Dr. Angela Hildyard at alumni InspirED event

Grandmother of four has been a senior academic administrator at the University of Toronto and OISE for 28 years

By Lindsey Craig and Sim Kapoor

May 3, 2016

On Thursday, May 5, 2016, the OISE Young Alumni Council honoured Dr. Angela Hildyard, University of Toronto’s Vice-President, Human Resources and Equity with the InspirED award. This recognition is thanks to her impactful contributions to the higher education sector that have influenced the lives of others in a meaningful way.

“We were excited to honour Dr. Hildyard at our InspirED luncheon. Her extraordinary commitment to excellence, equity and empowerment is reflected through the reputation and recognition that the University of Toronto has achieved,” said Dr. Rumeet Billan, Chair of the OISE Young Alumni Council. 

Dr. Hildyard has a long history with U of T which began here at OISE, shortly after moving to Canada in 1970. She was the Director of OISE when it was an independent organization and was key to OISE's integration into the University of Toronto.

According to OISE professor Charles Pascal, who was then the deputy minister of education, “Without Angela's leadership, there might not be an OISE today.”

Career realization

In addition to research and teaching, Dr. Hildyard said she also realized she enjoyed administration and decided to pursue it.

The grandmother of four has held a variety of roles and titles over her career, culminating in what she calls one of her greatest accomplishments -- being “senior academic administrator at OISE and U of T with no breaks or leaves for 28 years.”

“Angela Hildyard has had a special relationship with the OISE community for almost three-decades. She has had an outstanding career as a senior university administrator, but we are very proud that OISE has always been her academic home, and that she has always returned to teach and share her knowledge with our students. Speaking personally, I consider her a tremendous role model and mentor,” Professor and Interim Dean Glen Jones told OISE News. 

Rock concerts: ‘the louder the better’

When asked what we may not know about her beyond her successful career, she says proudly,“I’m an avid gardener. I love anything to do with Disney, and I love going to rock concerts – and the louder the better!”

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Hildyard’s accomplished career at OISE and the University of Toronto.

Video interview

Video Interview with Dr. Angela Hildyard (OISE News)