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Dr. Hargurdeep Saini, also known as Deep Saini, is a notable scientist and is a Vice-President of University of Toronto. Additionally, he is currently also the principal of the University of Toronto's Mississauga campus. Prof Saini, was previously the dean of the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario.
An alumnus of Punjab Agricultural University in Ludhiana, and later the University of Adelaide, Australia, Saini joined many Indian-origin educationists holding high positions in Canadian universities.
Saini began his academic career in Canada in 1982 when he joined the University of Alberta as a post-doctoral fellow, has been the dean at the University of Waterloo since 2006.
Dr. Saini is a noted Plant Physiologist <ref name ="Sparks">Advances in Agronomy, pp ix, Volume 68 By Donald L. Sparks, San Diego [etc.] : Academic Press, cop. 2000.</ref> <ref>Bulletin - American Society of Plant Physiologists, Issue 52 , Bethesda, Md. [etc.] American Society of Plant Physiologists.</ref> and is the past president of the Canadian Society of Plant Physiologists and the Federation of Canadian Plant Science Societies, Saini also visited India as part of Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty's 'Clean Tech Mission to India'. <ref name = "Times of India">Indo-Canadian gets top post in Canada's top university IANS, Jan 22, 2010, 02.13pm IST</ref>
He is currently a member of the NSERC's 'Biological Systems and Functions' grant selection panel, the Associate Editor of the Canadian Journal of Botany (since 2003), and has also served as Consulting Editor of the Journal of Crop Production (1997-2000). <ref name="UoT"/>