Annual General Meeting

On Sunday, January 20, 2019, at please join us as we kick off the new year with a traditional cutting of the Vasilopita, followed by our Annual General Meeting.

Time: 4:00pm

Location: University of Toronto, Wallberg Building, 200 College Street, Room 215.

GeNeDis Conference

The 3rd World Congress on ‘Genetics, Geriatrics and Neurodegenerative Diseases Research ( will take place in Toronto from October 25-28, 2018. Conference organizers are offering 100 free spots to young researchers. Please contact Dr. Panagiotis Vlamos for further information (

HCAAO Get-together Dinner 2018

We cordially invite you to attend the HCAAO annual dinner, featuring special guest lecture “Novel Directions in the Search for New Physics” by Dr. Asimina Arvanitaki of the Perimeter Institute.

Date: November 24, 2018
Time: 6:00pm
Location: Faculty Club – University of Toronto, 41 Willcocks St, Toronto, ON M5S 3G3
Cost: $85 with cash bar

To purchase tickets, visit:

More about the talk
Title: Novel Directions in the Search for New Physics
Abstract: The Standard Model has been successful in describing phenomena that
we observe from galactic down to subatomic scales. Nevertheless, it is
not complete. The extreme weakness of gravity or the nature of Dark Matter
are examples of puzzles that suggest the presence of new physics.
Traditionally, we look for answers at colliders. In the last few years, we
realized some of these answers may come from black holes or from
precision experiments that look for the tiny signals with which new
physics may manifest itself.

About the speaker
Asimina Arvanitaki (PhD Stanford University, 2008) is the Stavros
Niarchos Foundation Aristarchos Chair in Theoretical Physics
at Perimeter Institute, where she has been a faculty member since 2014.
Arvanitaki is a particle physicist who specializes in designing
new experiments to test fundamental theories beyond the Standard Model.
These experiments rely on the latest developments in metrology,
such as atomic clocks, and the optical trapping and cooling
of macroscopic objects. She has also shown that
astrophysical black holes can probe the presence of ultra-light
particles through the effect of black hole superradiance.
In 2016, she received the New Horizons Prize in Fundamental Physics
from the Breakthrough Foundation.

ROM Annual Greek Lecture: The Acropolis Museum, 10 Years after opening

ROM Annual Greek Lecture: The Acropolis Museum, 10 Years after opening
Tuesday, October 2, 2018, 7:00 – 8:00 pm, Reception to follow

Join Dimitrios Pandermalis, President of the Acropolis Museum in Athens, for the ROM’s annual Greek lecture. From digital reconstructions of classical sculptures, to the public integration of a 3,200 square meter archaeological excavation, Dr. Pandermalis will share the most recent programming opportunities at this unique museum.

Symposium on the Greeks, Call for Papers

Symposium on the Greeks
June 28th -30th, 2019, Poseidon of Paros Conference Centre, Paros Island, Greece

This symposium is an international, multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary event whose aim is to encourage a careful reading, and rethinking of the origin of our ideas and values; to discuss the ways in which the Greeks continue to influence our present and inform our future.

Deadline for abstract submissions October 31st, 2018


Outstanding achievement under 40 years of age award

Professor Helen Dimaras has received the
outstanding achievement under 40 years of age award,
presented by the Hellenic Heritage Foundation,
during the 2018 Annual Gala (1-6-2018),
for her outstanding leadership as a dedicated scientist,
innovative and inspiring educator and humanitarian.
Helen is a leader in her field, making significant contributions
to eye cancer research, retinoblastoma, in Canada and
other places, such as Kenya, Ethiopia, Egypt and India.
See more about her research.

University of Toronto Superior Teaching Award Announcement

Dr. Spyridon Kotsovilis, one of the instructors within
the Hellenic Studies program at the University of Toronto
has been selected as one of the recipients of
the University’s Superior Sessional Instructor Teaching Award
for the 2017-2018 school year.

The Superior Sessional Instructor Teaching Award recognizes
excellence in undergraduate education in classroom instruction,
innovative teaching methods and student engagement.

The Hellenic Studies program at the University of Toronto
has been established with a generous donation
by the Hellenic Heritage Foundation,
an organization of Greek-Canadian businesspeople,
undertaking several projects related to
promoting Greek culture and education.
The program runs as part of the European Studies program
at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto.

The Hellenic Heritage Foundation congratulates
Dr. Spyridon Kotsovilis for his commitment to teaching
and being recognized for excellence in his instruction.

Second HCAAO symposium

The Hellenic Canadian Academic Association of Ontario (HCAAO), with the generous support of the
Hellenic Heritage Foundation and additional support from
the Polydor Foundation,
REMAX Ultimate (Tim Syrianos, Broker),
the Greek Community of Toronto – Program Paideia,
the Cypriot Federation of Canada, and
the Panarcadian Federation of Canada, and
under the auspices of the Greek Consulate in Toronto, organizes
the second HCAAO Symposium.
The Symposium is open to Greek and Greek-Canadian scientists of Ontario,
students, press, local authorities and the general audience.

The Symposium includes short presentations
by faculty members of Greek descent across Ontario universities,
on topics relevant to their research.
All areas of science, humanities, engineering, medicine, etc, are covered.

Important dates:
*March 26:* Abstract submission deadline
*March 31:* Announcement of presenters
*April 18:* Registration deadline
*April 21:* Second HCAAO Symposium

Venue: Room SF 1101, Sandford Fleming Building, University of Toronto,
10 King’s College Rd, Toronto.
Date: Saturday, April 21, 2018, 9:30AM – 4:30PM.

Keynote speaker: Prof. Evangelia Tastsoglou, St. Mary’s University
Title: From Greece to Canada: 21st Century Transnational Migration in the Context of the Greek Crisis

There will also be a discussion/commentary on the theme
“Brain Drain or Brain Gain”, with invited speaker Prof. Sedef Arat-Koc, Ryerson University,
as well as a graduate student poster presentation session.

For a glance at the program, see
program in pdf.

For more information, registration and programme,
please visit the symposium website.

Here are some photos:

Michalis Vitopoulos 1948-2018

Michalis Vitopoulos, a former colleague
and faculty member at York University from 1989 till 2017,
died on February 18, 2018.
Through all his years, he was constantly contributing
through his teaching in the Greek language, literature
and culture program,
and through various activities in bilingual education in general.
He will be remembered by colleagues, students and fellow
Greek-Canadians for his passion on Greek studies.

More information can be found in

Book on Heritage Language Education launch

You are invited to the Book Launch

Title: Handbook of research and practice in Heritage Language Education,
published by Springer international handbooks of education, 2018

Edited by: Peter Pericles Trifonas and Themistiklis Aravossitas

Date/Time: Monday 26 February 2018, 16:00-18:00

Venue: Founders Senior Common room FC 305, York University, Toronto

Sponsored by: Founders College

Organized by: the department of languages, literatures and linguistics,
York University, and
the Hellenic Heritage Chair of Modern Greek History, York University

Entrance: free