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Queen's University

Principal Woolf’s Report to the University Senate

February 12, 2013

Speaking notes

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Student Elections – I would like to start by offering congratulations to all successful candidates in the recent student election and particularly to Senators Berkok and Aulthouse on their election to AMS President and Student Trustee respectively. 

Congratulations are due alsoto Dean of Health Sciences Richard Reznick, whose most recent honour is the 2013 James H. Graham Award of Merit. The national award recognizes outstanding achievements by physicians and surgeons that reflect the objectives of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and is the fourth national or international recognition from his profession in the last three years.

Government Update:

  • The new Provincial cabinet sees a new face as Minister for Training Colleges and Universities. Brad Duguid has moved from Economic Development and Innovation to TCU.   Research and Innovation has been revived as a ministerial portfolio and Reza Moridi, a nuclear physicist by training, is the new minister.  Minister Moridi previous posts have included the Parliamentary Assistant for Training Colleges and Universities and for Research and Innovation.
  • We are still in a “wait and see” situation with regard to the Strategic Mandate Agreements and expect the Ministry to resume discussions with universities on next steps in the spring. HEQCO will be delivering its report to the government by the end of the month and the government will take several weeks to review the report prior to its being made available to universities.  I hope to offer an invitation to Premier Kathleen Wynne in the near future to return to her Alma Mater to visit our campus and to meet with students, staff and faculty.
  •  Last week, I travelled to Ottawa for meetings with government officials. 
  • Two meetings were organized by the AUCC and I joined a delegation meeting with Minister of State for Science and Technology Gary Goodyear to press the case for maintaining and enhancing research funding.
  • At a lunchtime meeting with the government members of the House Standing Committee on International Trade we were advocating for recognition of the value of international scholarships to attract talent to Canada and for research funding for international partnerships.
  • Later in the day, VP Liss and I met with Senator Hugh Segal, who was asked by Liberal Senate House Leader to join an initiative to publicize the good news about research being done at Canadian Universities and its benefit to Canada and Canadians.   This initiative is very welcome and we look forward to participating in it.

International Strategy – Later today, Provost Harrison will provide an update on an Internationalization Implementation Plan that is anchored in the Academic Plan and Strategic Research Plan passed by Senate in the 2011/12 Academic year.  It has been my consistent message that Queen’s must embrace internationalization to prepare our students for the global environment in which they will live and work and to raise our own profile internationally.

University Council Reform – I would also like to draw Senate’s attention to the University Council update on Council reform that Senator Medves will present later in the agenda. Note your vote on reform that will occur later this spring is particularly important given that the recommendation is to remove Senators from automatic membership of Council.

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