The York Centre for Asian Research (YCAR) is based at York University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It reports to the Vice-President Research & Innovation and organizes its financial, administrative and human resources according to York University policies and practices. The Centre has a Director and Associate Director, as well as an Executive Committee, External Advisory Council and an Annual General Meeting of members.

To view YCAR’s Constitution, please click here.


The Director is appointed on a fixed term to provide overall leadership and academic direction for the Centre. He has day-to-day administrative responsibility for the Centre including its staff, financial operations, fundraising, promotion and programmes.  The current Director is Philip F. Kelly (Department of Geography).

Associate Director

The Associate Director assists the Director in administering the work at the Centre. She also serves as the Director’s deputy in his absence.  The Associate Director is also the Coordinator of the Graduate Diploma in Asian Studies. The current Associate Director is Janice Kim (Department of History).


The Coordinator handles day-to-day operations at the Centre, is responsible for  budgeting and personnel matters related to research projects and the Centre’s research activities, and serves as the administrator of the Graduate Diploma in Asian Studies (GDAS).  The current Coordinator is Alicia Filipowich.

Executive Committee (2014-2015)

The Executive Committee meets regularly, usually at least twice in each academic term.  The committee makes all major decisions affecting the Centre, including: approval of the annual report and budget; approval of nominees for affiliation with the centre as associates; approval of the reports and budgets of all projects; and, approval of projects or programs seeking affiliation with the Centre.  Sub-committees of the Executive make decisions concerning the allocation of awards and space.

The 2014-2015 Executive Committee:

Philip F. Kelly, Geography (LA&PS) (ex-officio), Director
Janice C.H. Kim, History (LA&PS), Associate Director and GDAS Coordinator
Kabita Chakraborty, Children’s Studies (LA&PS), Faculty Associate
Sailaja Krishnamurti, Humanities (LA&PS), Faculty Associate
Jean Michel Montsion, International Studies (Glendon College), Faculty Associate
Lorna Wright, International Business (Schulich School of Business), Faculty Associate
Qiang Zha, Faculty of Education, Faculty Associate
Kasim Tirmizey, PhD Candidate (Faculty of Environmental Studies), Graduate Associate
Catherine Cua, PhD Candidate (Glendon College), Graduate Associate
Zhipeng (Simon) Gao, PhD Candidate (Faculty of Health), Graduate Associate
Alicia Filipowich, Centre Coordinator (ex-officio)

External Advisory Council

Eva Busza, Vice President, Knowledge and Research, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada
Tam Goossen, Chair, Good Jobs for All Coalition; Vice-President, Urban Alliance on Race Relations
Caroline Mangosing, Executive Director, Kapisanan Philippine Centre for Arts and Culture
David Mulroney, Distinguished Senior Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs; Canadian Ambassador to China, 2009-2012
Haroon Siddiqui, Editorial Page Editor Emeritus and Columnist, Toronto Star

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of YCAR associates is normally held in April. The purpose of the AGM is to discuss the annual report of the Centre including budgets, to ratify nominees for membership on the Executive Committee, and to ratify proposed amendments to the Centre’s Constitution.  The AGM in 2014 was held on Monday, 28 April 2014.