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Series consists of general files documenting the life of Fraser Mustard, including his CV as of 2010. Personal correspondence includes letters relating to his retirement, 75th birthday, biography and his illness near the end of his life. Series also includes various media clippings about Dr. Mustard’s life and work, 1947-2010, including his football career at the University of Toronto, his scientific career, his work with the CIAR and Founders’ Network, and reactions to his work in early childhood development. Series also includes records relating to Mustard’s various awards, memberships and honorary degrees. These records include correspondence, programs, certificates, photographs, plaques, pins and 3-dimensional awards. Awards and media appearances are also documented in video and sound recordings.

Canadian Institute for Advanced Research

Series consists of Dr. Mustard’s records relating to his work with the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIAR). In 1982, Dr. Mustard established and served as the first president of the CIAR, a multi-disciplinary, independent research institution. CIAR acted as a network of researchers from across universities, working on collaborative projects. CIAR research spanned many disciplines. Early research examined artificial intelligence and robotics, evolutionary biology, superconductivity, economic growth and policy, and population health and human development. Later efforts included quantum information processing; social interactions, identity and well-being; and astrobiology.

Dr. Mustard served as president until 1996. Chaviva Hošek served as President and CEO from 2001 until 2012, when she was succeeded by Alan Bernstein. The CIAR changed its acronym to CIFAR in 2007. The original acronym, which predominates in Dr. Mustard’s papers, is retained here.

The records in this series are subdivided into several categories. Administrative records include minutes of the Board of Directors, financial records and Research Council meeting minutes. The series also contains records relating to staffing and personnel. Files marked ‘meeting notes’ are typed summaries of various meetings attended by Dr. Mustard (1984-2011). These notes are organized chronologically, and provide summaries of discussions, notes for actions to be taken, and often include very candid impressions of individuals with whom Dr. Mustard met.

Next, the series contains the contents of ‘document binders,’ which held key documents of the CIAR, including financial summaries, reports, strategies, project details and outreach material. The series also includes publications by the CIAR, relating to various projects and topics, including the space station, the social determinants of health, technology, and the CIAR newsletter, Entropy.

Next, project files document various projects and programs administered by the CIAR, including the Canada Project, Experience-based Brain and Biological Development (EBBD), and the Population Health Program. Lastly, the series also consists of documentation of various CIAR events and celebrations and a large collection of news clippings covering the CIAR and its activities (1982-1996).

Founders’ Network

Series consists of records documenting Dr. Mustard’s work with the Founders’ Network, including general administrative files, reports and media coverage.

Following his departure from the CIAR in 1996, Dr. Mustard established the Founders’ Network, which, according to their website, is an “international collection of people interested in promoting CIFAR, science and technology, early childhood, economic issues, determinants of health and human development.” The Founders’ Network was a means for Dr. Mustard to continue his work at CIAR, at arms’ length. It sought to build a network of individuals who had been a part of CIAR since its early years, support its new president, make connections with community groups looking to apply some of CIAR’s research, and, at times, assist with CIAR programs.

Early Years Studies

Series consists of records relating to Dr. Mustard’s involvement with the Ontario’s Early Years Studies. The first study, commissioned by the Ontario Government, was co-chaired by Dr. Mustard and the Honorable Margaret Norrie McCain, former New Brunswick Lieutenant Governor. The results were published as The Early Years Study - Reversing the Real Brain Drain in April 1999. The study looked at the social determinants of human development and health, and argued that interventions in early childhood (before the age of 5) could lead to great impacts later in life.

A second report, Early Years Study 2: Putting Science into Action, was published by the Council for Early Childhood Development (see series 13) in 2007, with Dr. Stuart Shanker joining Dr. Mustard and McCain as author. A third report, Early Years Study 3: Making decisions, taking action, was co-authored with McCain and Kerry McCuaig and published only a few days after Dr. Mustard’s death, in November 2011.

The series is organized into 5 categories. First, administrative records include agendas, minutes and meeting notes, planning files and other records documenting the work of the study. Second, the series includes correspondence and memos issued by the group. This correspondence especially documents the group’s interactions with various government departments at the federal and provincial levels. The next grouping of records, which were labeled “communities consulted,” consists of files on various community groups across Ontario who the group visited and consulted with over the course of the study. Files are organized alphabetically by location and consist primarily of general information (brochures, information packages) on community groups promoting early childhood development. The next category consists of file on various organizations who were a part of the study, including the Peel Child Care Committee, Royal Conservatory of Music, George Hull Centre for Children and Families, and the Ontario College of Family Physicians. Lastly, the series contains various reports, drafts and feedback from the first two studies.

Council for Early Childhood Development (CECD)

Series consists of records documenting Dr. Mustard’s work on the Council for Early Childhood Development (CECD), of which he was Founder (2004) and Chair Emeritus. The organization worked to compile research on early childhood development and ensure that knowledge was disseminated to various groups and communities. It also worked to publicize the Early Years Report and advocate for increased support for early childhood (pre-kindergarten) education. The Council disbanded in October 2010.

Records include general administrative records, reports, committee files, presentation slides, documentation of events and gatherings, news clippings and files on particular individuals involved with the council.

Organizations and companies

Series consists of records that were originally organized under the heading “Organizations and companies – involvement with” and consist of files on various projects, organizations and companies Dr. Mustard worked with throughout his career. These were set apart from other files (Early Years Study, CIAR, etc), presumably because Dr. Mustard’s involvement with these groups and companies spanned across his own organizational and project affiliations.

These projects include both public and private sector approaches to a range of topics, including education, energy and health. Records include correspondence, planning documents, strategies, event programs, meeting notes, invitations, requests for support and general information (brochures, reports, outreach material) on the organizations.

The series documents three notable affiliations that are not represented well in other series. First, Dr. Mustard served as the Chair of the first Board of Directors of the Institute for Work and Health (1990-1999). Dr. Mustard also served as Director (1995-2001) and Chairman (1997-1999) of Ballard Power Systems, an alternative energy company invested in fuel cell technology. The records also address Dr. Mustard’s work with PRECARN (Pre-competitive Applied Research Network), a consortium of businesses and individuals researching artificial intelligence and robotics.

In addition, the records document Dr. Mustard’s participation in the R&D Advisory Panel of the Atomic Energy of Canada Limited; the Allianz Educational Foundation Advisory Board; the Patron’s Council of the Alzheimer Society of Toronto, Director; the Board of Directors, Ontario Principals’ Council; the Board of Directors of Pence Inc.; the UBC Faculty of Graduate Studies Advisory Board; the Weizman Institute of Science; and the Council of Advisory Governors at the YMCA, in addition to others.

The series also documents his participation in various government efforts addressing early childhood education, including the Audit of Federal Programming for Children in 2004. In addition, Dr. Mustard was appointed Children’s Health and Development Advisor in 2001 as part of the B.C. Child Development and Health Initiative, in part to establish the Children’s Health and Development Office within B.C.’s provincial government.

Australia and the Adelaide Thinker in Residence

Series consists of records relating to Dr. Mustard’s work with Australian colleagues, governments and community groups, including his participation in the “Thinker in Residence” program sponsored by the Adelaide government of South Australia. This program brings influential thinkers to Australia to help inform the government on key issues. Dr. Mustard provided advice and research on early childhood education and human development. The series also documents his work with other governments and agencies, including ARACY (Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth) and the Government of South Australia.

Records consist of correspondence with colleagues, politicians and government employees, meeting notes, reports and articles.

J. Fraser Mustard fonds

  • UTA 1590
  • Fonds
  • 1947-2011; predominant 1980-2011

Fonds consists of the records of Dr. Fraser Mustard, documenting his long and varied career in health, medicine and education, and his work building interdisciplinary, cross-university institutions for research and advocacy. The contents of the fonds primarily document the last 20-30 years of Dr. Mustard’s career, although there is some coverage of his early research and teaching career in medicine. The fonds provides a significant record of the work of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIAR) and Founders’ Network, as well as the Early Years Report, Council for Early Childhood Development (CECD), Aga Khan University and Dr. Mustard’s work in Australia.

Records include correspondence, day planners and itineraries, travel files, meeting notes, presentation slides, news clippings, reports, minutes, outreach material, photographs and other records documenting Dr. Mustard’s speeches, awards and honours, writing, travel, and support for various government initiatives, businesses, academic institutions and community organizations. Evident throughout is Dr. Mustard’s innovative approach to pedagogy and organizational structures, his persistent advocacy, and his insistence that governments and communities adopt strategies to early childhood education that are grounded in sound research.

The fonds also documents some aspects of Dr. Mustard’s personal life, including some family correspondence and records relating to personal events, such as his 75th birthday, the publication of his biography, and his death.

Mustard, J. Fraser

Aga Khan University

Series consists of records relating to Dr. Mustard’s involvement with the Aga Khan University (AKU), based in Karachi, Pakistan. Dr. Mustard served on the Board of Trustees of the AKU since its inception in the early 1980s until his death, and was a member of the Chancellor’s Commission (1992-1995). In the early years, Dr. Mustard was instrumental in building the foundations of the university’s academic programs (especially Medicine) and shaping its administrative structure. In later years, he was involved in developing various academic programs, including the new Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and advocating for a program in human development. This work was also closely aligned with his relationships with Ismaili communities in Canada.

Records consist of various committee files, reports, correspondence and minutes, including correspondence with the head of the institution, His Highness Prince Karim the Aga Khan. Series also consists of photographs of the Board of Trustees (2001 and 2006).

Early scientific and medical career

Series consists of records documenting Dr. Mustard’s early scientific and medical career, including his Ph.D. thesis from Cambridge (1957), a bound volume of research publications by the Blood and Vascular Disease Research Unit at the University of Toronto (1963-1966), records relating to the Task Force on Health Planning (Dr. Mustard served as Chairman), and correspondence relating to an offer to become Deputy Minister of Health. The series also contains visual aids for presentations and publications, including photographs and 35 mm slides relating to Dr. Mustard’s research on platelets and cardiology. Some slides are marked with the conference name and date for which they were used. Other photographs document Dr. Mustard’s early career activities, including photos of conference attendees.


Series consists of correspondence with colleagues, family, government bodies, organizations, officials, journalists, politicians (federal, provincial and municipal), community groups and university administrators, pertaining to all aspects of Dr. Mustard’s later career, including the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, Founders’ Network, Aga Khan University, Early Years studies, and Council for Early Childhood Development. Correspondence also includes ongoing communication with faculty and deans at various medical schools. Early and personal correspondence includes advocacy for medical research and funding and congratulatory messages on Dr. Mustard’s chairmanship of Task Force on Health Planning.

The records document the administration of various projects and organizations; organizing and attending events; solicitations of advice and feedback; requests to serve in various capacities within organizations; business matters; award nominations for various colleagues; meetings with ministers; advocacy on behalf of various organizations and early childhood development in general;

In addition to correspondence, records gathered in these files also include meeting notes, draft reports, news clippings, press releases, photographs, academic publications, brochures and information packages, CVs, obituaries, material from memorials and other records.

Day planners

Series consists of Dr. Mustard’s day planners, which document his activities and appointments.

Travel files

Series consists of records relating to Dr. Mustard’s attendance and participation in various events across the world, including meetings, conferences, visits with community groups, presentations, convocations, and other special events. Files consist of correspondence, itineraries, meeting notes, reports, brochures, proceedings, lists of attendees, and news coverage of the event. In some cases, a copy of the presentation is also included.

In cases where files document Dr. Mustard’s visits to small communities and early childhood development organizations, files also contain information on the host group and region, including brochures, information packages and news clippings relating to issues in that particular community (such as health, poverty, and child care).

Series also consists of digital files, containing PowerPoint presentations (.ppt) for particular talks and speeches, 2003-2005.

Early presentations

Series consists of the text of presentations given to various groups during the earlier years of Dr. Mustard’s career (1978-1984). Files were originally labeled “non-scientific presentations.” Topics include health care, medical research, the role of the university, technology, occupational health and safety and population health,


Series primarily consists of the text and slides of speeches delivered to various groups in the latter decades of Dr. Mustard’s career, on a wide range of issues. Topics include health care, social determinants of health, technological change, economic and policy issues, the role of the university, innovation, social justice, and early childhood education.

The series also begins with a printout from a database kept to organize Dr. Mustard’s many speaking engagements (covering the years 1996-2011), and presentation abstracts covering the years 1989-2010.


Series consists of paper copies of slides used by Dr. Mustard in his various presentations. These printouts were kept in binders, organized by year, with each slide assigned a particular number. These binders were presumably used as a reference for assembling a slide show for various presentations. For the years 1996-1999, the slides are digital files only.

Series also consists of digital Power Point Presentation (.ppt) versions of these files, 1989-2005.


Series consists of select publications (articles and reports) by Dr. Mustard. Topics include innovation, the role of post-secondary education, social equality and economic growth, and early childhood development. The series also includes several, more comprehensive, lists of publications authored by Dr. Mustard.

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