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General & Provincial Synod Membership

General Synod

The General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada is the Church’s chief governing and legislative body. It’s made up of members from every diocese and all three orders (lay people, priests and bishops) from across the country.

It meets every three years, during which members exchange information, set policy for the Church and pass resolutions and canons. In years when  General Synod doesn’t meet, the Church is governed by the Council of General Synod (CoGS), effectively a smaller subcommittee with a similar mandate and powers.  Under our Constitution and the Constitution of General Synod, Synod is required to elect 7 clergy and 7 lay members to serve as members of General Synod.

The 43rd session of the General Synod will take place in-person at the University of  Calgary from June 27 to July 2, 2023. With the reality that we are still amidst a global pandemic, health and safety protocols will be implemented and will be based on where we are with the state of the pandemic closer to. These health and safety protocols will be communicated closed to the date of the Assembly.

Bishops

  • The Rt. Rev. Andrew Asbil (Bishop of Toronto)
  • The Rt. Rev. Riscylla Shaw (Bishop Suffragan of Toronto)
  • The Rt. Rev. Kevin Robertson (Bishop Suffragan of Toronto)

Youth Member

  • Finn Keesmaat-Walsh (Church of the Redeemer, Bloor St.)

Clerical Members

  • The Rev. Canon Dr. Stephen Fields (St. James Cathedral)
  • The Rev. Molly Finlay (St. John the Baptist, Norway)
  • The Rev. Roshni Jayawardena (Trinity-St. Paul, Port Credit)
  • The Rev. Mark Regis (St. Mary and St. Martha)
  • The Rev. Canon Nicola Skinner (Grace Church, Markham)
  • The Rev. Canon Claudette Taylor (Epiphany and St. Mark, Parkdale)
  • The Rev. Canon Erin Martin (All Saints, King City) Acting Substitute

Lay Members

  • Chris Ambidge, ODT (Church of the Redeemer, Bloor St)
  • Yvonne Murray, ODT (Holy Wisdom)
  • Vice Chancellor Gail Smith (St. Andrew, Scarborough)
  • Marion Thompson, ODT (St. Peter, Oshawa)
  • David Toycen, ODT (Trinity, Streetsville)
  • Canon Laura Walton, ODT (Holy Trinity, Clearview)
  • Mary Walsh, ODT (St. John the Baptist, Oak Ridges)

Provincial Synod

The Provincial Synod meets every 3 years to pray and worship, share updates between dioceses, carry out required business, and engage in discernment about missional matters.

The Provincial Synod convened virtually on Oct. 13-14, 2021.

The following represented the Diocese of Toronto:

Bishops

  • The Rt. Rev. Andrew Asbil (Bishop of Toronto)
  • The Rt. Rev. Riscylla Shaw (Bishop Suffragan of Toronto)
  • The Rt. Rev. Kevin Robertson (Bishop Suffragan of Toronto)

Chancellor

  • Canon Clare Burns (St. Paul, Bloor Street)

Youth Member

  • Bronte Anderson (Christ Church, Stouffville

Clerical Members, in alphabetical order

  • The Rev. Dana Dickson (Trinity Church, Bradford)
  • The Rev. Canon Christopher Greaves (Christ Church, Oshawa)
  • The Rev. Patrick McManus (All Saints, Kingsway)
  • The Rev. Canon Claudette Taylor (Epiphany and St. Mark, Parkdale)

Lay Members, in alphabetical order

  • Sandy Richmond, ODT (St. George, Allandale)
  • Mary Walsh, ODT (St. John the Baptist, Oak Ridges)
  • Canon Laura Walton, ODT (Holy Trinity, Clearview)
  • Marilyn Yeung, ODT (St. Christopher)

Learn more

Pamela Boisvert

Secretary of Synod
416-363-6021 (1-800-668-8932) ext. 231