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SMC Residence

SMC Residence Leadership

Dean of Students

Duane Rendle

The Dean of Students oversees all aspects of SMC Residence, including admissions, the hiring of Dons, and the enforcement of discipline.


Duane Rendle was born and raised in Victoria, BC where he completed a BA in Psychology at the University of Victoria. In 1995, Duane moved to Toronto to do a Master's degree in Industrial Relations& Human Resource Management (MIR-HR) at the University of Toronto. While at UofT, Duane found a home in one of St. Michael's graduate residences and quickly began participating in the life of the College. After serving as a Don for two years, Duane was hired as the Dean of Men & Dean of College in 1998. Whe SMC went co-ed in 2005, his title was changed to Dean of Students. Duane lives in mid-Toronto with his wife Nancy, and their two children, Matthew and Jacqueline. He cultivates a wide range of interest including history, politics, and sports.

Assistant Dean, Residence Life

Katie Geib

The Assistant Dean, Residence Life oversees residence life programming, manages the don team, responds to crisis siutations, and provides para-counselling.

Residence Operations Coordinator

Johnathan Warda

The Residence Operations Coordinator oversees the operations of SMC Residence, manages admissions, processes fees, and liaises with current & prospective residents.

Contact Us

SMC Residence Office

Brennan Hall, Room 203
81 St. Mary St. 
Toronto, ON M5S 1J4 
TEL (416) 926-7127 
FAX (416) 926-2268


Dons live in residence and supervise the residence houses while helping students transition into university life. Dons are senior or graduate students who demonstrate superior leadership qualities. They value the residence experience and enjoy working with students.

Dons are expected to promote the goals of residence life through active participation in life at SMC. Dons may be asked to assist the Dean of Students in the education of residents in areas such as study skills, alcohol & drug awareness, and human rights issues.

Most importantly, Dons serve as supportive, informed listeners and resource counselors for residents in need of assistance.

Senior Dons

There are three Senior Dons at the SMC Residence - one for each of our three constituencies (Elmsley Hall & Brennan Hall; Queen's Park & Historic Houses; and Sorbara Hall).

In addition to regular Don duties, Senior Dons assist the Dean of Students in formulating residence policy, participating in the Don's hiring process, providing guidance and instruction to the Dons in their constituent houses, as well as being the first line of defence for problems that arise outside of regular business hours.


Dons are given extensive training to ensure they have the skills to support students in residence. Training includes:

  • Alcohol and Addiction Issues
  • CPR and First Aid
  • Depression and Eating Disorders
  • Health & Wellness
  • Diversity
  • Communication Skills
  • Conflict Dispute Resolution
  • Residence Programming

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