Sara Burns

Ø  Executive Assistant to the Chair

Ø  Manager, Office of the Chair


Contact Information

The Department of Computer Science

University of Toronto

40 St.George Street, Rm. 7200

Toronto, Ontario  M5S 2E4 CANADA


Phone:  416 978 2980

Email: sburns@cs dot toronto dot edu

Of  Interest…..well to me at least! as I tend to coordinate a lot of big ticket events.


October 2016

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I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of C.C. “Kelly” Gotlieb.  A leader, a visionary and a gentleman who always had time to share memories and stories with me. It was such an honour to facilitate the celebration of Kelly’s 90th birthday, and coordinate a 95th birthday lunch with past and present chairs.  I will miss him.





June 2016


Sara Burns (DCS Staff Distinction:  for spearheading DCS Turns 50, and for tremendous support of faculty recruitment).
Sara's professionalism, her work ethic, and her attention to detail are legendary.  Sara's mark is all over this department and helps define what makes us excellent. This year we are recognizing Sara for two highly visible projects that would never have succeeded without her contributions. The first is DCS Turns 50 - a monumental and tremendously successful series of events, which included a special distinguished lecture series, a timeline, and a unified DCS convocation with Maria Klawe as the honorary degree recipient, and culminating with the recent publication of the DCS50 Yearbook and Pictorial History. Sara was at the helm of a small group that conceived these events and spearheaded their execution under Sara's steady leadership.  The second "project" for which we'd like to recognize Sara is her role in the success that DCS had with faculty recruiting this year, with eight world class faculty members joining one of our three campuses. For many of our visitors, Sara is the administrative face of the department.  Her behind the scenes work in organizing the logistics of this process with many early mornings and late nights, allowed the recruiting process to run smoothly and for DCS to leave a positive impression on our visitors. We are thus recognizing Sara's tremendous contribution to help ensure the legacy and excellence of the Department of Computer Science.



January 27, 2016

And a more recent photo of UofT colleagues and all Alias alums!


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June 18-19, 2015 – DCS celebrated its 50th Anniversary with an alumni BBQ and a historic DCS only Convocation.  It took 2 years in the planning and an entire team to pull it off, but it was historic on all levels and a heck of a lot of work!  Check out and the timeline.  We did it and had fun! And I am really really proud of this year long event.



Monday, March 28th, 2011 – I had the honour and privilege of organizing a special Lecture, Reception and Dinner for Professor Kelly Gotlieb’s 90th birthday celebration.

To get to know wondrous things about Kelly go to

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And then a few years ago, I got an award!

This is the “ego” and “it’s all about me” section.

The department is pleased to announce that Sara Burns, Executive Assistant to the Chair and Administrative Coordinator, is the recipient of the 2010 Dean’s Distinguished Service Award.

The Dean’s Distinguished Service Award is presented to a non-academic staff member who has, over the course of their years of service to the Faculty of Arts and Science, distinguished themselves in ways that are beyond the expectations of administrative peers, academic colleagues and students... This award recognizes distinguished service, as demonstrated by a spirit of generosity, community, and dedication to the work, clients and members of the unit.

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To quote from the nomination:

 "Sara exemplifies the type of professional, team-minded, dedicated and talented staff that don't just keep this University running, but that strive to make it the best possible place to work and study."

Please join us in congratulating Sara on this very important recognition, and thanking her for invaluable contributions to DCS.