Dean of Toronto

The Dean of Toronto is an Anglican dean in the Diocese of Toronto of the Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario, based at the Cathedral Church of St. James in downtown Toronto, Ontario. The incumbent is also Rector of St. James Cathedral.

The incumbents have been:[1]

Tenure Incumbent Notes
1867–1882 Henry James Grasett (1808–1882) First Dean of Toronto, and father of Lieutenant-Colonel H. J. Grasett
1882–1937 No appointment of Dean – duties usually undertaken by Rector. In 1883, the yet-to-be-built Cathedral of St. Alban-the-Martyr became by statute the first legal cathedral of the Diocese of Toronto. The Church of St. James legally became the cathedral in 1935, having been a parish church since the parish's inception in 1797.
1937–1961 Charles Edward Riley (1883–1972)
1961–1973 Walter Joseph Gilling (1906–1973)
1974–1986 Hugh Vernon Stiff (1916–1995)
1987–1994 Sheldon Duncan Abraham
1994–2016 Douglas Stoute Husband of the Hon. Mary Lou Benotto of the Court of Appeal for Ontario
2016–2018 Andrew Asbil[2] Became the 12th Bishop of Toronto in 2019
2019–present Stephen Vail[3] Former Archdeacon of Trent-Durham[4]


  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2014-09-05.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Bishop of Toronto". Anglican Diocese of Toronto. Retrieved 2018-11-23. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Clergy". Cathedral Church of St. James. Retrieved 2019-08-04. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Stephen Vail appointed Rector of St. James Cathedral and Dean of Toronto". Cathedral Church of St. James. Retrieved 2019-08-24. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)