Category BU announcements

Senior Management Appointments

We are pleased to announce the appointment of two key members of our senior administration team.

Isabelle Goyette takes on the role of Vice-Principal Finance & Administration as of July 1, 2017.

Isabelle GoyetteIsabelle joined Bishop’s as Director of Finance in 2010. In 2015, she was appointed Assistant Vice Principal Finance and Operations and took on the additional responsibilities of leading the Buildings and Grounds and Information Technologies Services Departments.

Isabelle holds a degree in Accounting from HEC Montréal and is a Chartered Professional Accountant. Prior to joining Bishop’s she held finance-related positions of increasing responsibility in four companies in the telecommunications, advertising and public relations fields.

Dr. Stine Linden-Andersen assumes the position of Dean of Student Affairs as of July 1, 2017.

Dr. Stine Linden-AndersenStine, with a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, joined Bishop’s University in 2013 as a sessional lecturer in the Psychology Department. She was hired into a tenure stream position the following year.

Stine obtained her Ph.D. from Concordia University in 2013. Her doctoral research focused on adolescent friendships. She has demonstrated a commitment to student life through her research in areas such as sexual assault and high-risk behaviours and by mentoring Psychology students who plan to go on to graduate studies.

Stine has participated in several committees since joining the University, including the Up for Debate Organizing Committee, the Donald Lecture Committee and the Nominating Committee of the Board of Governors.

Alex Paterson receives the Commander’s Medal of the Ordre de Montréal

Bishop’s University is proud to announce that Alex Paterson, O.C., O.Q., Q.C., Ad.E., has been awarded the Commander’s Medal of the Ordre de Montréal, at the Order’s first official ceremony, held on May 17, 2017 at Montréal City Hall.

Dr. Paterson obtained a bachelor of arts degree from Bishop’s University in 1952 and a bachelor of civil law degree from McGill University in 1956.

He served Bishop’s University with energy and devotion over several decades. He sat on the Bishop’s Corporation from 1967-88, including terms as Chair of the Executive Committee and President of the Corporation. He was Chancellor from 1995 to 2004, and reappointed to Corporation in 1995. In 1974 Bishop’s awarded him its highest honor: Doctor of Civil Law (honoris causa).

Congratulations Dr. Paterson!

Bishop’s University Wins Top Health and Safety Award

Bishop’s University was awarded the Grands Prix santé et sécurité du travail by the Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST).

The University won the prize in its category for the Eastern Townships region after the Buildings and Grounds team installed a guard at the sanitary pump station.

To learn more about this innovative project, check out this video (in French):

Press release from the CNESST.

Gaz Métro provides $50,000 for students in the new graduate-level micro-program in climate change

The Department of Environment and Geography at Bishop’s University is pleased to announce that Gaz Métro has pledged $50,000 through the Leading the Way campaign to support students in the graduate-level Micro-Program in Climate Change.

This micro-program offers instruction from leading experts on the science of climate change, its impacts, and strategies for its mitigation and is offered annually during the winter semester. Key faculty include Dr. Matthew Peros, Canada Research Chair in Climate and Environmental Change; Dr. Elisabeth Levac, a leading specialist in oceanography and climate change and health; Dr. Valerio Faraoni, a renowned physicist with expertise in energy and the environment; and Dr. Alexandre Langlois, from the Université de Sherbrooke, who is one of Canada’s leading polar scientists. Students have access to Bishop’s state-of-the-art Climate and Environmental Change research laboratory, and a range of other resources on the Bishop’s and Université de Sherbrooke campuses.

Graduates will be well positioned to compete for jobs in both the government and private sectors. The program can also serve as springboard for further study, be it graduate school in a climate or environment-related field, law school or other professional degrees, or an MBA.

This English-language program is the first of its kind in Québec. It was developed in conjunction with the Centre universitaire de formation en environnement et développement durable (CUFE) at the Université de Sherbrooke.

Winter 2017 Semester Final Examinations

The final exams for the Winter 2017 semester will take place between Tuesday, April 18 and Sunday, April 30.

We recommend that students double check the exam schedule to confirm the place and time of your exam. The examination hall is located in the Denver Gymnasium within the Sports Centre.

Exam schedule web page.

In the event that the University is closed during final examinations (inclement weather or other), the examinations will be rescheduled on the next available day, including Sunday, on which examinations have not been scheduled. Specific make-up dates will be announced via the website.

It is the student’s responsibility to be available for the entire examination period! We cannot make special arrangements for examinations that may conflict with travel or employment plans.

Exam guidelines
It’s a good idea to read the Bishop’s University’s rules governing examinations before you write exams (page 30 of the Academic Calendar).

What to bring:

  • Only materials you need to write with or supplementary material authorized by the course instructor / professor.
  • Your official BU ID card. You will need it in order to write and hand in your exam. Without your BU ID card, you may not be allowed to write the exam.

What not to bring:

  • Items brought into the exam room are susceptible to theft. Do not bring valuables as you may be asked to leave them in an area of the exam room out of your line of sight.
  • Do not bring backpacks, pencil cases, mobile devices, unauthorized calculators, or electronic dictionaries. The use of a mobile device as a watch is not permitted.
  • Do not take unnecessary articles of clothing, bags, laptops, etc. You may be required to store them in area away from you in the room during the exam. In the event of an emergency, you may be asked to vacate the room immediately, and you may need to leave your belongings behind.

The University has a zero tolerance policy for cell phone/ mobile device use during final exams. If any student is found with such a device on their person during a final exam, it will be automatically assumed that cheating has taken place and the consequence will be a mark of zero for the final exam.

To avoid receiving the unfortunate grade of “0”, leave your cell phone /mobile device at home.

During the exam

  • Invigilators are not responsible for personal items brought into the exam room. You may be asked to leave your belongings in an area away from your desk. Items brought into the exam room are brought at your own risk.
  • Choose a seat where you cannot be suspected of glancing at a peer’s paper or exposing your work to another student. Doing either of these actions could result in an immediate expulsion from the examination room and will be considered a disciplinary offence.
  • Print your name and student number on the front of the exam booklet(s).
  • Sign the front of the exam booklet.
  • Listen to the invigilator / professor’s instructions at the beginning of the exam.
  • Read all the instructions on the exam paper before raising your hand to ask a question to the invigilator / professor.
  • You may not be permitted to leave the room during the first ½ hour or enter after the first ½ hour of the exam.
  • If an alarm sounds, follow the oral instructions. If you are told to vacate the room, leave your exam and exam booklets(s) on the desk. Follow the invigilator / professor, gather outside the building where directed, and remain quiet at all times. Discussing an exam or consulting notes during this time can be considered a disciplinary offence.
  • When the examination time has elapsed, put down your writing instrument and follow the instructions related to collection of exams.

Leaving the exam

  • All exams and exam booklet(s) must be returned to your professor. Do not leave without handing in your exam and exam booklet(s). Taking an exam – even a blank one – from the room could result in disciplinary action.

Good luck to all students!

Class of 2017 Valedictorians

Congratulations to this year’s Valedictorians! Dominique Lavoie will be the Valedictorian for the Business, Education and Natural Sciences ceremony on the morning of Saturday, June 3, while Kate Halliday will address the graduates at the Humanities and Social Sciences ceremony on the afternoon of Saturday, June 3.

Incident at Dewhurst Dining Hall

Dear Students,

As many of you are aware on the evening of Sunday, March 26th there was an incident in Dewhurst Dining Hall that resulted in a dead mouse being found in the spinach container at the stir-fry line. We believe that this was the result of a student prank, and that the mouse was discovered moments after it was placed. Bishop’s is working very closely with our partner and food service provider, Sodexo, as we both take the quality and safety of our food very seriously. Sodexo has very strict food safety policies and protocols in place, as well as pest control policies and protocols. Sodexo has a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points or HACCP program which is an internationally recognized systemic approach to ensuring food safety at all points through food production – from delivery of food to the serving of food to customers. The HACCP program has been evaluated to ISO22000 and is compliant with all facets of this rigid international standard. Managing food safety is our highest priority and we have a number of processes within the HACCP system to continuously monitor the quality of the system:

  • Certified food safety training for all supervisors of employees who have food handling responsibilities
  • Internal food safety training for all employees who have food handling responsibilities
  • Scheduled monitoring of critical control points in the food preparation chain with documented corrective action whenever quality of food safety is found to be outside the control points set through our HACCP program
  • Daily and monthly scheduled internal inspections, which monitor the food preparation facility with a documented corrective action process for identifying and correcting items that are identified to be out of scope
  • A centralized call in process for all food related complaints which are managed through a team of food safety experts – all complaints are investigated and where there is a problem identified, corrective actions are implemented
  • A third party audit program which is independent of Sodexo and routinely checks our business’s compliance against the HACCP program that has been developed

In addition to internal systems and processes, the municipality also frequently monitors our food establishments through health inspections and detailed documented reports that are reviewed to ensure that all issues identified are resolved in a timely manner.

  • The last third party audit of the food service operation at Bishop’s was conducted on February 6th, 2017 and Sodexo received 92% compliance against our HACCP program.
  • Bishop’s was inspected by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Quebec (MAPAQ) on September 22nd, 2016 where we were found to be in compliance with all provincial regulations.
  • Cameron is the company contracted to deal will pest control on campus, including in the dining hall; they conduct regular inspections of all food services venues. Cameron was at Bishops last Friday, March, 24th, 2017 and found no evidence of any concerns related to pest contamination.

We understand that this situation might have caused students to feel worried about the safety of the food in the dining hall and want to re-assure you that we are taking every measure possible to ensure the quality and safety of the food. Although all information suggests that this isolated incident is the result of a student prank, Bishop’s University Administration and Sodexo are conducting a thorough investigation to rule out any other possible causes.

If you have any questions, concerns or information about this incident please direct them to Deb Langford, Director of Residence and Conference Services at 819-822-9600 extension 2244 ( or Carson Brooks Manager of Security at 819-822-9711 (


Jackie Bailey
Dean of Student Affairs

Special posthumous Research and Creativity Award given to Dr. Gerry Coulter

A few months ago, the Bishop’s University community mourned the loss of one of its longstanding and most beloved members. Dr. Gerry Coulter, Professor of Sociology, tragically left us far too soon, before he was given proper acknowledgement of his numerous achievements in research and scholarship. We are therefore pleased to announce that Dr. Gerry Coulter will be given a Special Research and Creativity Award during the Research Week Closing Reception on Thursday, March 30th at noon in Centennial Lobby. His wife, Dr. Mary Ellen Donnan, will be present to accept the award on his behalf.

Bishop’s University faculty members, staff members and students are all warmly invited to come out and celebrate Dr. Coulter’s important body of work on this occasion.

Open House Cancelled

Due to circumstances surrounding student mid-term schedules and university staff availability, we have to cancel our Open House event scheduled for Thursday March 16, 2017. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Although the formal event has been cancelled, we will continue to offer campus tours on that day as well as a meet and greet event with Academic Deans, Department Chairs, current students and other members of the campus community. To register for campus tours please visit our Campus tours and events web page.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the cancelation of the event please feel free to contact Dan Seneker, Director of Enrolment Management at