Apr 22, 2021 6:30 PM
Dr. Usha George
Life after Covid ***Note time change***
Dr.  Usha George is recognized for her expertise in newcomer settlement and integration.

Dr. George is a Professor in the School of Social Work at Ryerson University and the former Interim Vice President of Research and Innovation and the Dean of the Faculty of Community Services (2006-2017).  In 2015, she was awarded the Errol Aspevig Award for Outstanding Academic Leadership. She was also honoured as the ‘Professional Woman of the Year” by the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce (2011), included in the short list for “Top 25 Immigrants in Canada” (2012) and  one of the ten shortlisted candidates for the  Paul Yuzyk award for Multiculturalism (2012).

Dr. George came to Ryerson in 2006 from the Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto, where she had been  Associate Dean since 1999 and Royal Bank Chair in Applied Social Work Research.   She is the past director of the Ontario Metropolis Centre of Excellence for Immigration and Settlement. Her main areas of teaching, research, and professional activity are social work with diverse communities, and newcomer settlement and integration, with an emphasis on examining policies and programs to ensure newcomers have the supports they need to settle and become contributing members to Canadian society. She is well published and is often sought by the media for her views on immigration. Usha George immigrated to Canada in 1990 and worked as the Executive Director of the then-South Asian Family Support Services in Scarborough and the Senior Program Director of Social Planning Council, Toronto.  She joined University of Toronto, Faculty of Social Work in 1994.