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Maclean’s 2018 University Rankings: Bishop’s and Sherbrooke ranked # 1 in Canada for Student Satisfaction

For the second consecutive year, Bishop’s University and the Université de Sherbrooke have been ranked highest for student satisfaction, placing Sherbrooke as the ideal region in Canada to get a university education. That is the finding of a survey of 23,988 Canadian university students published this week in Maclean’s magazine.

Université de Sherbrooke and Bishop’s University: Top in Their Categories

“These exceptional rankings confirm that our universities deliver educational experiences and living environments which are very highly appreciated by students across Canada. These rankings are based on the quality of interactions with staff as a whole, an educational experience responding to individual needs, a collaborative approach, and little red tape, which translates into students being placed at the centre of the university process. We have joined our voices because we share pride in the quality of our universities,” underscored Pierre Cossette and Michael Goldbloom, the heads of both institutions.

The two Sherbrooke universities ranked top in their respective categories with respect to student satisfaction: the Université de Sherbrooke, in the category of Canadian universities with a medical school, and Bishop’s University, in the category of primarily undergraduate universities. To win the top spot, they received the highest aggregate score in five of the ten indicators that students were asked to assess in the survey.

The two universities ranked first in Canada for experiential learning, the least bureaucracy and red tape, the quality of interactions with course instructors, student-life staff, and administrative staff in general.

“We would like to express our profound appreciation to our faculty, staff and students for all of their contributions. This is truly a team effort” have added Michael Goldbloom and Pierre Cossette.

About Bishop’s University
Bishop’s University, which was founded in 1843, is a predominantly residential, undergraduate university in Sherbrooke, Quebec. It provides a high quality education in the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, business, and education. Its small size (2,400 full-time students) allows students to develop close relationships with their professors and each other.

About the Université de Sherbrooke
The Université de Sherbrooke lies at the center of one of Quebec’s three major research hubs. Recognized for its sense of innovation, the university is a key partner of senior and regional governments in promoting social, cultural, and economic development. Moreover, the university stands out because of the significant growth in its research activities in recent years, its technology-transfer successes, and its entrepreneurial and open-innovation initiatives in collaboration with industry and social communities.

University Rankings 2018: Canada’s Top Medical/Doctoral Schools

Canada’s Top School by Student Satisfaction 2018: Bishop’s University

Université de Sherbrooke (Maclean’s magazine)

Bishop’s University (Maclean’s magazine)

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Isabelle Huard, Media-Relations Officer
Communications Department | Université de Sherbrooke
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Denise Lauzière, Executive Assistant to the Principal and Vice-Chancellor
Bishop’s University
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BISHOP’S UNIVERSITY SETS ENROLMENT RECORDS Largest ever enrolment in the University’s history

Bishop’s University experienced a 3.3% increase in new full-time students from Fall 2016 to Fall 2017, welcoming 945 incoming students including 303 international students (9.4% increase in international students from Fall 2016).  Bishop’s has experienced a 28% increase in new full-time student enrolment since Fall 2014.

Total enrolment grew to 2,790 students (2,415 full-time undergraduates; 269 part-time undergraduates; and 106 graduate students), which is the most Bishop’s has had in its 174-year history and is an increase of 0.8% from Fall 2016 and a 5% increase since Fall 2014.

Approximately half of the students are from Quebec, with Francophones and Anglophones represented equally. Approximately 30% of students come from the rest of Canada, while approximately 20% hail from 63 other countries (the United States, China, and France are the top three countries represented).

This is the University’s largest incoming class, graduate program cohort, and total student enrolment in its 174-year history.

Dan Seneker, Director of Enrolment Management at Bishop’s University states, “While we have seen an increase in enrolment over the past few years, we are proud to say that it continues to be accomplished without lowering our admission standards.   There is a growing demand for a liberal education model and for Bishop’s University specifically.  Admission to Bishop’s will become increasingly more selective and competitive.”

Applications for Fall 2018 admissions are now being accepted online.


Denise Lauzière
Executive Assistant to the Principal and Vice-Chancellor
Bishop’s University
819-822-9600, extension 2201

Bishop’s University to host distinguished filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin in a special day of programming honouring Abenaki traditional land stewards

On October 12, 2017, Bishop’s University welcomes featured speaker Alanis Obomsawin, a multiple award-winning filmmaker, and Abenaki leaders from the community of Odanak, Quebec in an afternoon and evening of dialogue in recognition that the university stands on the traditional territory of the Abenaki people.

Alanis Obomsawin, a member of the Abenaki Nation, is one of Canada’s most distinguished filmmakers. In 2017, Ms. Obomsawin completed her 50th film in the 50th year of a legendary filmmaking career at the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), during which she has devoted herself to chronicling the lives and concerns of First Nations people and exploring issues of importance to all. The campus community is eager for the opportunity to learn from Ms. Obomsawin as the featured speaker during an afternoon lecture, and she will also join a roundtable discussion with Abenaki leaders during the evening. Members of the public are warmly invited to attend both events.

Afternoon lecture by Alanis Obomsawin
Waban-aki: People from Where the Sun Rises
Thursday, October 12, 2-4 PM
Centennial Theatre

An evening with Abenaki leaders and filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin
Honouring the traditional land stewards of Nikitotegwasis: Truth telling, the spirit of Treaty, and the Path to Renewal (organized in collaboration with Uplands Cultural and Heritage Centre)
Thursday, October 12, 6-9 PM
Centennial Theatre

Roundtable discussion featuring:

  • Alanis Obomsawin, distinguished Canadian filmmaker, member of the Abenaki Nation
  • Richard O’Bomsawin, Chief, Abenaki Band Council of Odanak
  • Daniel G. Nolett, General Manager, Abenaki Band Council of Odanak
  • Suzie O’Bomsawin, Director of the Ndakinna Office (claim and territorial consultation), Grand Conseil de La Nation Waban-Aki
  • Mathieu O’Bomsawin, Director, Musée des Abénakis
  • Miles Turnbull, Vice-Principal Academic, Bishop’s University

For Ms. Obomsawin, her most recent film cycle represents a departure for First Nations: “Young people are leading the way. Their leadership and strength is beautiful and inspiring. We are on the road to a place we’ve never been before, to a new age for Indigenous peoples, and it is our youth who are leading us. This is what I am trying to show in these films.”

“We are honoured that Ms. Obomsawin and her fellow Abenaki leaders will be on hand to share their insight and experience with us,” says the event organizer, Dr. Lisa Taylor of the School of Education. “The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada has called upon all Canadians, and particularly educational institutions, to commit to the serious work of truth-telling and relationship building. Acknowledging and honouring the traditional land stewards of what today is the University’s campus can only be a first step in a process of listening and dialogue,” she continued.

“Bishop’s University believes that there is an urgent need for educational institutions at all levels to do their part in reconciliation with Canada’s indigenous peoples,” said Miles Turnbull, Vice-Principal Academic. “Indigenous youth continue to be underrepresented in Canadian higher education institutions and Bishop’s is committed to doing its part to close this education gap,” he added.

Both events are free and open to the public, and are sponsored by the Bishop’s Speakers’ Fund, the School of Education, the Faculty of Arts and Science, and the Crossing Borders Research Cluster.


Dr. Lisa Taylor, Full Professor, School of Education
Bishop’s University
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Bishop’s University launched its annual campaign for Centraide Estrie today, setting its goal at $16,000. Five percent of the funds raised will be directed to Student Services to help students with urgent needs.

The Dean of the Williams School of Business, Ms. Francine Turmel, is spearheading this year’s campaign. “Our team of volunteers will be canvassing everyone on campus, including faculty, staff, and students,” she said. “We’re fortunate to be able to count on so many people, many of whom worked for the campaign in previous years.”

Ms. Nadia Choubane, Campaign Director for the public sector at Centraide, and Mr. Yves Jodoin, chairman of the board of directors at Centraide and former Secretary General at Bishop’s, were present to launch the campaign with Principal Michael Goldbloom, C.M., and Dean Turmel. An individual gave a heartfelt testimonial about what Centraide means to her and how past campaigns have impacted the Lennoxville organizations.

“We are counting on the spirit of generosity that is synonymous with our University and its people,” said the Dean. “We invite everyone to consider a donation and to participate in the upcoming activities.”

Centraide is a not-for-profit organization that raises money to support local organizations that help break the cycle of poverty and social exclusion.

Annual campaign for Centraide Estrie

For more information on the campaign’s activities on campus, see the Events Calendar and our Facebook page.


Stephanie Chicoine
Social Media Associate
Bishop’s University
819-822-9600, ext. 2602

Come experience Bishop’s…let us show you why we #BleedPurple!


Open House – October 14, 2017 at Bishop’s University

Bishop’s University will open its doors to visitors on October 14, 2017. High school and CEGEP students, along with their parents, will get to immerse themselves in the full Bishop’s experience.

Visitors will hear current students sharing their academic and campus life experiences. They will be taken on a guided campus tour and meet with deans and professors. Representatives from the Athletics Department, Student Services, and the Business Office will all be on hand to answer questions. Principal Michael Goldbloom, C.M., and members of the Student Recruitment and Admissions Team, will speak to the group of prospective students coming from across the country and the United States.

On-site admissions: Students who have already applied are encouraged to bring their educational documents for CEGEP (or high school), and the Admissions Office will review their application and provide an answer on their acceptance at the end of the day. If a student has not yet applied, there will also be an opportunity to apply for free (the fee will be waived).

Reporters interested in covering this event should reserve their spot by contacting Lyssa Paquette, Campus Tours and Events Coordinator by Thursday, October 12. Interviews with Mr. Doug McCooeye, Manager, Student Recruitment, Admissions and Student Exchange, can be arranged.

Saturday, October 14, 2017
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Centennial Theatre
2600 College Street, Sherbrooke

See detailed schedule on our website.


Lyssa Paquette, Campus Tours and Events Coordinator
Bishop’s University
819-822-9600, ext. 2011

Bishop’s University raises $40.5 million in its most successful fundraising campaign ever

Bishop’s University announced today the results of the most successful fundraising campaign in its 174-year history.

The Leading the Way Campaign was launched in 2012 with a target of $30 million. Having achieved its objective one year ahead of schedule, the goal was raised to $36 million. As of today, the Campaign has raised $40.5 million in philanthropic donations.

“I would like to express my profound gratitude to the donors and volunteers who have contributed to the campaign over the past five years,” said Tim Griffin, Co-Chair of the Campaign.

“As a proud alumnus, I am very grateful to all of our supporters who have invested in making one of Canada’s top undergraduate universities even better.

”The one million dollars contributed by the students and the 80% participation rate by faculty and staff, which is one of the highest participation rates for any university in Canada, are a testament to our community’s profound commitment to Bishop’s.”

The money raised will have a significant, long-term impact on several aspects of the University.

It will fund the following initiatives in perpetuity:

  • $16.8 million raised for student support which will generate $750,000 per year in scholarships, bursaries and awards for students;
  • The Stephen A. Jarislowsky Chair in Undergraduate Teaching Excellence (a $2 million endowment);
  • The Bishop’s Exceptional Student Talent Fund, which provides $50,000 annually for individual student projects (a $1 million endowment); and
  • The Donald Lecture Series which brings outstanding speakers to the campus (a $2 million endowment).

The campaign also contributed $3.8 million to the renovation of the John Bassett Memorial Library and one million dollars towards the renovation of the Abbott residence which was completed in 2016.

In addition to the $40.5 million raised through the Campaign, the University’s Annual Fundraising campaigns have raised $5.8 million since 2012.

Based on these results, the Quebec government has provided $5.6 million in matching funds since 2012, which means that Bishop’s fundraising efforts have generated $51.9 million over the last five years.

As well, during the same period there has been significant investment in infrastructure at Bishop’s. The federal, provincial and municipal governments provided an additional $57 million to:

  • install an energy efficient geothermal heating and cooling system ($7.5M; completed in 2014);
  • renovate and expand the John H. Price Sports Centre ($29.3M; completed in 2015);
  • transform the John Bassett Memorial Library into a Learning Commons ($12.5M; to be completed in September 2018), and
  • renovate science laboratories, ($7.5M; to be completed in September 2018).

This adds up to more than $100 million in investments in Bishop’s from private and public sources since 2012.

“We are very grateful for the broad support we received for the Leading the Way Campaign,” said Principal Michael Goldbloom, C.M. “The campaign benefitted from major gifts from donors like Wally Denver ’61, John Donald ’61, Robert Goldberger ‘79, Scott Griffin ‘60, Richard Tomlinson ’43, the Jarislowsky Foundation, the Joyce Family Foundation, The Molson Foundation, the Webster Family and Foundations, and many Quebec companies and national financial institutions.

The Leading the Way Campaign raised over 40 million

Bishop’s is continuing to invite donors to contribute to a variety of initiatives including the modernization of the library and the revitalization of its residences. The final tally of donations will be completed on March 14, 2018.

Co-Chair Daniel Fournier, said that: “Raising $40 million is a great achievement and eloquent testimony to the high respect for Bishop’s. When you put this together with the increase of $4 million in annual funding by the Ministry of Higher Education and the fact that Bishop’s students rate their experiences as the best in Canada you have a virtuous circle which confirms that Bishop’s has great momentum to pursue its goal of providing the best undergraduate education in Canada.”

Bishop’s previous capital campaign was completed in 2003 and raised $18 million.

Bishop’s University, which was founded in 1843, is a predominantly residential, undergraduate university in Sherbrooke, Quebec. It provides a high quality education in the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, business, and education. Its small size (2,400 full time students) allows students to develop close relationships with their professors and each other.

For additional information:
Denise Lauzière
Executive Assistant to the Principal and Vice-Chancellor
Bishop’s University
819-822-9600, ext. 2201


Bishop’s University is proud to announce the 2017-18 season of the Donald Lecture Series. William Deresiewicz, Senator Murray Sinclair, Maggie MacDonnell and Amal Elsana Alhjooj, this year’s speakers and social commentators, promise to keep the Bishop’s community engaged as ever by addressing some of the most compelling topics of our time.

The series will begin Tuesday, September 26, with author, essayist and critic William Deresiewicz. A former professor of English at Yale and Columbia, contributing writer for The Nation and contributing editor for The American Scholar, Mr. Deresiewicz will share his insights on culture and society.

On Tuesday, November 14, Senator Murray Sinclair will speak about his experience in the Manitoba and Canadian justice systems and his role as Chief Commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

On Wednesday, January 24, 2018, educator and community builder Maggie MacDonnell will speak about her teaching approach in  the  northern Quebec community of Salluit as well as her experience as the recipient of the 2017 Global Teaching Prize, which recognizes one teacher worldwide who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession.

Finally, on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, Amal Elsana Alhjooj will share her experiences as an advocate for women’s rights, Bedouin rights and peace. A Bedouin-Palestinian Israeli, Ms. Alhjooj founded the first women’s Bedouin organization, is the founding director of the Arab Jewish Center for Equality, Empowerment and Cooperation, and is the co-director of the Negev Institute for Strategies of Peace and Development.

Celebrating its 10th season this year, the Donald Lecture Series brings speakers of national and international renown to the Bishop’s campus to provide insight, provoke thought, and stimulate debate on the most compelling issues and events in the world today.

The series is made possible thanks to the generous support of Bishop’s alumnus John Donald ‘60, DCL ‘12. All lectures are free of charge, open to the public, and available for worldwide live stream viewing. For more information on the series, including speaker biographies, lecture descriptions, and public live-stream broadcast information, visit the Donald Lecture Series website.

Donald Lecture Series – 2017-18 Season

All four lectures are free and will take place in Centennial Theatre.

William Deresiewicz: Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 7 p.m.

Senator Murray Sinclair: Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 7 p.m.

Maggie MacDonnell: Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 7 p.m.

Amal Elsana Alhjooj: Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 7 p.m.


Denise Lauzière
Executive Assistant to the Principal and Vice-Chancellor
Bishop’s University
819-822-9600, ext. 2201


Bishop’s University is pleased to announce that CIBC has made a $200,000 donation to establish the CIBC Business Bursaries. Over the next four years, the bursaries will be awarded to business students who require financial support to pursue their studies.

Preference will be provided to those participating in the co-operative education program at the Williams School of Business (WSB).

The co-operative education program complements the WSB’s academic program with integrated work experiences through full-time work terms and regular academic sessions.  The work terms are designed to give students the opportunity to blend theory and practice and to gain relevant work experience. This summer, 37 students in Business and three students in Computer Science participated in the co-operative education program.

“This gift will have a significant impact on the students at the Williams School of Business,” said Michael Goldbloom, C.M., Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Bishop’s University. “We are deeply committed to ensuring that all students who would like to come to Bishop’s – and who have the intellectual capacity and determination to do so – are able to join our community regardless of their financial circumstances.  We are very grateful to CIBC for this important investment in our students.”

“We are thrilled to receive this donation from CIBC,” said Francine Turmel, Dean of the Williams School of Business. “The co-operative program is added value for the students who participate because they are well equipped for success in the workforce when they graduate.”

“CIBC is very pleased to support Bishop’s University, a highly respected institution with shared values of advancing student opportunity and investing in our leaders of tomorrow,” says Sylvain Vinet, Senior Vice President and Region Head, Eastern Canada. “This donation supports our commitment to helping students achieve their academic and career goals, and we wish the first recipients the greatest of success.”


One of the main goals of the University’s Leading the Way Campaign is to raise funds for scholarships and bursaries. This gift will support Bishop’s in helping the students who need it the most.

Bishop’s University, which was founded in 1843, is a predominantly residential, undergraduate university in Sherbrooke, Quebec. It provides a high quality education in the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, business, and education. Its small size (2,400 full time students) allows students to develop close relationships with their professors and each other.


For additional information:
Denise Lauzière
Executive Assistant to the Principal and Vice-Chancellor
Bishop’s University
819-822-9600, ext. 2201

E-Portfolio Mentorship Project

Dear Members of the Bishop’s Community,

I am pleased to announce that the E-Portfolio Mentorship Project, started last year as an exploratory project with funding secured from the Entente Canada-Québec, will be relaunched at Bishop’s for the 2017-2018 year.

The project, which supports the creation of an e-portfolio by Bishop’s students in any year and any program, is also intended as a mentorship opportunity for students. Each student participant is assigned a mentor who comes to the project with study, life, and professional experience to assist students in developing their e-portfolios. According to the student participants from last year’s exploratory phase, the mentorship aspect of the project was highly appreciated, and the opportunity to develop an e-portfolio through this mentorship was valued. Promotional posters will be in evidence around campus as the semester begins; they provide student testimonials about the benefits of the project.

The e-portfolio, created through the Mahara platform and supported by the IT Department, can take many forms, according to the goals of individual students as they manage the various dimensions of their university experience. They can use it to set academic and career goals and monitor their progress toward these goals, to display the results of their extra-curricular activities, to enhance their CVs, to create realistic schedules and timelines for academic work and projects, to exchange ideas and feedback with their peers about their course work, and to support job and scholarship applications. An end-of-semester E-Portfolio Demonstration Event will be held to show results of the project.

The project this year will be led by Dr. Catherine Beauchamp, known to the Bishop’s community as former Professor and Dean of the School of Education. Dr. Beauchamp acted last year as the Lead Mentor on the project and from that experience, in collaboration with members of the mentor team from last year, has put into place an appealing opportunity for students for 2017-2018. The project this year will also benefit from the involvement of a former student participant who will act as e-Portfolio Project Assistant and will provide liaison between student participants and mentors. The project will be housed in the Continuing Education Department, which will support the organizational aspects of this endeavour. A parallel project will be offered at Champlain Regional College, through the same financial grant, and the Bishop’s English Department will offer an e-portfolio component as a pilot initiative.

I would encourage professors and University staff to refer students to this project, which has the potential to enhance not only the work of students in need of academic support and guidance but also the work of any success-oriented students interested in strengthening their academic dossiers. Please see the links following this letter for additional information for all members of the Bishop’s community and sign-up possibilities for prospective student participants.

Along with the Dr. Beauchamp, the mentors and the project assistant, I look forward to sharing the results of this year’s project with you at the end of each semester in 2017-2018.

Additional information can be found on the project website.

Students can sign up for the project, which is offered without charge, by contacting Once registered, they will immediately be assigned a mentor who will lead them through the initial steps of the process.

Questions regarding the project can be addressed to or to

Marie-Josée Berger, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Education
Associate VP, Continuing Education
Bishop’s University


The 2016-2021 Youth Action Strategy

Bishop’s University has received $471 000 in financial support over three years to organize the Bishop’s Forum. The event, which runs until August 18, is aimed at English-speaking Secondary V, college and university students. It is focusing on the themes of citizenship, community involvement, philanthropy, the environment, the political system, the media, entrepreneurship, the social economy, and parliamentary committees. It falls within the scope of the key objective of The 2030 Québec Youth Policy focusing on citizenship to encourage a commitment by young people to culture, the community and society.

“I would like to pay tribute to the initial Bishop’s Forum in my region, which is contributing to training youth committed and prepared to build a fair, prosperous Québec and in which English-speaking youth acquire the requisite skills to engage in active citizenship. In the 2016-2021 Youth Action Strategy, the Québec government is relying largely on civic engagement and citizen involvement among young people. We are proud to see initiatives such as this forum organized for English-speaking youth, whose active participation and leadership are essential to build an inclusive society. I am convinced that the young participants will be enriched by the experience and, above all, better equipped to commit themselves to society.”

Karine Vallières, MNA for Richmond and Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier (youth)

“Québec society has everything to gain from involved, motivated, dynamic young people, since they are the leaders and entrepreneurs of tomorrow. Indeed, we need them to take their rightful place in Québec’s democratic life. Bishop’s University’s organization of the Forum makes it a key partner of the government in attaining this objective. Together, let us continue to support our young people to give them the means to build a strong, prosperous Québec that resembles them.”

Philippe Couillard, Premier of Québec, responsible for youth-related questions


  • The first Bishop’s Forum is being held from August 13 to 18, 2017 and will be held annually in August.
  • The funds granted by the Secrétariat à la jeunesse are spread over three years, until the end of the 2018-2019 fiscal year.
  • The Forum essentially offers:
    • a networking space for English-speaking youth from all over Québec;
    • opportunities for intergenerational dialogue;
    • activities focusing on governance, public administration and participative management;
    • workshops designed to enable participants to acquire technical skills in civic leadership.
  • Bishop’s University is one of 18 Québec universities and one of three English-speaking institutions.
  • The 2030 Québec Youth Policy sets out youth-related government policy directions to satisfy the needs of today’s young people. It is aimed at Quebecers 15 to 29 years of age and offers a reference framework for the government and its partners in the elaboration and implementation of the entire array of youth-related initiatives. The 2030 Québec Youth Policy has engendered five-year action strategies, including the 2016-2021 Youth Action Strategy.

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Harold Fortin
Director of Communications
Spokesman for the Premier
Telephone: 418-643-5321