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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 Calgary during the Assembly with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC).  In November 2021, Synod elected General Synod members to represent the Diocese of Toronto in 2022.  However, earlier this year, General Synod announced that the meeting would not be proceeding this summer as previously planned.  As a result, General Synod was postponed until at least 2023.

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. Claudette Taylor (Epiphany and St. Mark, Parkdale)
  • The Very Rev. Stephen Vail (St. James Cathedral)

Lay Members

  • Chris Ambidge, ODT (Church of the Redeemer, Bloor St)
  • Yvonne Murray, ODT (St. John the Divine, Scarborough)
  • Gail Smith (St. Andrew, Scarborough)
  • Marion Thompson, ODT (St. Mark, Port Hope)
  • David Toycen, ODT (Trinity, Streetsville)
  • 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. 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)
  • 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