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From February 10th and 11th 2017, Bishop’s University will host the fifth annual Up for Debate, a weekend where members of the Maple League will examine this year’s theme: The Maple League Prepares U4 Advocacy.

The weekend’s activities will explore how higher education should support students as they become global citizens. The Maple League schools are united in a shared vision that promotes social justice and human rights for all members of the community.

Packed with activities to suit every taste, the event promises to be stimulating and thought provoking. Activities include:

  • A conference by criminal lawyer Marie Henein;
  • A student debate tournament in the Canadian Parliamentary style where Bishop’s hopes to win the Jane Blaikie Cup for the third consecutive year;
  • TEDxBishopsU, featuring speakers drawn from the talented pool of students, faculty, alumni, community members, and staff from the four universities; and
  • A Business CASE Competition.

All four universities in the Maple League are dedicated to maintaining and enriching the quality of undergraduate education and to improve the overall experience offered to students through innovative, sustainable, and transformative action.

More information about this event and the full schedule.

More information about the Maple League.


Contact: Chantal Sneath
Communications Officer
Bishop’s University
819-822-9600, extension 2840


Bishop’s University will be waiving undergraduate application fees for students holding passports from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, in response to the executive order issued in the United States preventing individuals from these countries from entering the U.S. for 90 days.

“Inclusiveness and community are at the heart of our values as an institution. Every year we open our arms to students and faculty from around the world. Our student body in particular is a rich tapestry of different cultures, nationalities, religions, and passions. The diversity found on our campus plays an important role in our success as a liberal arts university,” said Michael Goldbloom, C.M., Principal and Vice-Chancellor.

Dan Seneker, Director of Enrolment Management at Bishop’s, said: “Sixty countries are represented on the Bishop’s campus, including some that are affected by the executive order. We are happy to waive the application fee for anyone applying that holds a passport from these countries for the 2017-18 academic year.”

It’s worth noting that the Bishop’s campus is well known for its long tradition of welcoming international students, and has shown its unwavering support of refugee students through its Student-Refugee Sponsorship Program over the years.

The application deadline for Fall 2017 is April 1, 2017. Prospective students can apply on our website.


Contact: Chantal Sneath
Communications Officer
Bishop’s University
819-822-9600, extension 2840


John Bassett Memorial Library and science laboratories will be renovated

Sherbrooke, January 27, 2017 – Today, Michael Goldbloom, C.M., Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Bishop’s University, announced that a total investment of $24.55 million will be made to renovate the John Bassett Memorial Library and several laboratories in the Andrew S. Johnson building.

The cost for the Learning Commons project totals $17 million, while the renovations in the Johnson building will cost $7.5 million.

To carry out these projects, Bishop’s University received grants from the federal and provincial governments under the Major Infrastructure Component of the Building Canada Fund. Both projects are expected to be finished in September 2018.

Learning Commons

With the renovations inside the library already underway, Bishop’s will be able to carry out its vision for a Learning Commons thanks to this investment from the federal and provincial governments. Built in 1959, the library was designed to accommodate 1,500 students.  Bishop’s enrollment has grown to over 2,400 students and Champlain Regional College, which uses the library, has 1,100 students. The Learning Commons will support a student-centred approach that emphasizes active and collaborative engagement, and encourages the co-creation of knowledge by all students. It will increase opportunities for students to deepen their understanding of critical issues, learn new skills, enjoy collaboration with others, and make new connections.

“These infrastructure investments will dramatically impact the student experience and campus life at our University for decades to come. We will be able to carry out these projects thanks to the support of the federal and provincial governments, as well as the financial contributions of our students, faculty, staff, alumni and partners,” said Mr. Goldbloom.

Mr. Goldbloom noted that the University has raised $3.8 million toward its goal of $4.5 million thanks to the overwhelming support it has received from its alumni and donor community, including Bishop’s University students who pledged $1 million in support of the project.

“This project will give Bishop’s University the opportunity to offer its students a thoroughly modern place to meet, exchange and learn,” said Mr. Eric Pelletier, architect, partner and chief creative officer at Lemay, an award-winning firm. “We are delighted to be partnering with Bishop’s on this ambitious project.”

Andrew S. Johnson Science Building

Several spaces inside the Johnson building will be renovated, including teaching labs in chemistry and biology, several research labs, and the greenhouse.  The building will also get a new roof.

“Providing students with exceptional practical learning experiences is a strength of our science programs,” explained Dr. Kerry Hull, Project Director and Professor in the Biology Department. “The renovated teaching and research spaces will allow our faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students learn and generate knowledge in areas as varied as brewing science and insect biodiversity.”

John Bassett Memorial Library and science laboratories will be renovated


Information: Chantal Sneath
Communications Officer
Bishop’s University
819-822-9600, ext. 2840


In August 2017 Bishop’s University will welcome young English-speaking Quebecers to its Lennoxville campus for a week-long Civic Leadership Institute. This initiative is being supported by the Quebec Government as part of its Stratégie d’action jeunesse 2016-2021.

The Institute, which is part of the action plan announced on Monday by Premier Philippe Couillard and Karine Vallières, Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier (Youth) and MNA for Richmond, is being led by Bishop’s Dean of Education, Marie-Josée Berger with the support of the Quebec Community Group’s Network (QCGN).

“One of the most important challenges facing Quebec’s English-speaking community is its capacity to retain its young people,” said Michael Goldbloom C.M., Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Bishop’s University. “As for all young Quebecers, the economic health and social dynamism of Quebec society will be critical determinants in whether young English-speaking adults choose to make their lives here.”

“There are additional factors which impact young English-speaking Quebecers and their decisions to remain in Quebec,” commented Sylvia Martin-Laforge, Director General of the QCGN. “Three of the most important factors are their capacity to communicate effectively in French; their employment opportunities; and their sense of engagement in – and capacity to contribute to – Quebec society.”

“Bishop’s University believes that it can contribute to this third element by enhancing their understanding of how some of the fundamental institutions of Quebec society function,” Goldbloom said.

“We are looking forward to working with the QCGN and English CEGEPs to organize a program which will give young people a better understanding of how their society operates,” said Berger, noting the program will give the students insight into how some major Quebec institutions operate, such as the National Assembly, political parties, the education and health care systems, community and not-for-profit organizations and the media. “The goal of the program will be to give young people not only a sense of what it is like to work in these major sectors but also how to influence change.”

“We believe that the more engaged that young people are in Quebec society the more likely they are to choose to make their lives here,” said Martin-Laforge.

During the Institute, participants will be asked to identify a change that they would like to see in an aspect of Quebec society and they will be given guidance about how to develop and implement a strategy to help effect that change.

This week-long Institute, to be held on the Bishop’s campus in Sherbrooke (Lennoxville), will take place in August of 2017. This opportunity for CEGEP students will be at no cost to the participants. Instructors will include a cross section of Quebec’s institutional and organizational leaders.

Contact: Denise Lauzière
Principal’s Office
Bishop’s University
819-822-9600, extension 2201

Bishop’s University Invites Community to Learn How to Support Reading Development in Bilingual Children

As part of its Café Scientifique Series, Bishop’s University invites members of the community with an interest in literacy development and bilingualism to take part in a free discussion and exchange of ideas on the topic “Supporting Reading Development in Bilingual Children”.

Hosted by the University’s Research Office, the event promises to tackle the following questions:

  • How reading works, with a particular focus on bilingual readers;
  • How to identify students/children who may be at risk for reading difficulty and some general ways to support them;
  • How to promote literacy development in general;
  • Some factors to consider when deciding what educational model (e.g. monolingual, immersion, bilingual) works best for a given child or student.

The talk will be led by Dr. Corinne Haigh of Bishop’s University’s School of Education. Dr. Haigh holds a Ph.D. in Educational and Cognitive Psychology from the University of Waterloo, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at McGill University’s Centre for Research on Language, Mind and Brain, where she led a study on literacy development in elementary school students in French immersion programs, with a particular emphasis on children at risk for difficulty with decoding, reading comprehension, or a combination of these skills. This talk stems from her Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) funded extension of this project, which followed this same group of students from kindergarten to the end of Grade 6.

Anyone with a general interest in bilingual learning, reading development and fostering literacy skills in young children can attend and participate actively in what will surely be a lively and enlightening discussion.

Event details

Wednesday, December 7, 7 p.m.
Lennoxville Elementary School, 1 Academy St., Lennoxville
Public Talk: Supporting Reading Development in Bilingual Children

This event is free of charge and open to the public.


Contact : Chantal Sneath
Communications Officer
Bishop’s University
819-822-9600, extension 2840


Bishop’s University is pleased to announce that Quebecor has made a $100,000 donation to support the Bishop’s University Singers Choir.

Spread over three years, this gift will help fund the choir and provide financial support to its musicians. Some of the money will be directed to marketing and promotion of the choir.

“This gift is a huge boost for our choir and our musicians,” said Fannie Gaudette, Director of the Bishop’s University Singers Choir. “It will go a long way to sustain our activities and improve the overall financial health of the choir. We are very grateful to Quebecor for this fantastic investment in our choir.”

‘‘As an engaged company, Quebecor firmly believes in the importance of forging enriching and long-lasting relationships. We are proud to support the Bishop’s University Singers Choir, which brings people from all backgrounds together in a shared passion for music’’, said Pierre Dion, President and CEO of Quebecor.

BU Singers Fall 2016

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 (2,300 full time students) allows students to develop close relationships with their professors and each other.

About Quebecor

About Quebecor

Quebecor, a Canadian leader in telecommunications, news media, entertainment and culture, is one of the best-performing integrated communications companies in the industry. Driven by their determination to deliver the best possible customer experience, all of Quebecor’s subsidiaries and brands are differentiated by their high-quality, multiplatform, convergent products and services. Quebecor (TSX: QBR.A, QBR.B) is headquartered in Québec. It holds a 81.07% interest in Quebecor Media, which employs close to 11,000 people in Canada. A family business founded in 1950, Quebecor is strongly committed to the community. Every year, it actively supports people working with more than 400 organizations in the vital fields of culture, health, education, the environment and entrepreneurship.


For additional information:

Chantal Sneath
Communications Officer
Bishop’s University
819-822-9600, ext. 2840

The U4 League ─ Acadia, Bishop’s, Mount Allison, and StFX ─ is now the Maple League of Universities

Maple League of Universities logo

At a gala dinner on Wednesday night in Toronto, the U4 League announced that it was adopting a new name – the Maple League of Universities.

The U4 League was formed in May 2013 as an association of four small, residential, primarily undergraduate universities in three provinces.

Michael Goldbloom, Principal of Bishop’s University and Chair of the Presidents’ Group, said: “When we formed our alliance three years ago, we considered calling ourselves the Maple League, but we feared that we might be seen as being overly ambitious. Based on what we have accomplished and our agenda of new initiatives, we are now comfortable adopting a name which reflects our ambitions.”

“Working collaboratively allows us to expand the breadth and depth of opportunities we provide for our students,” Goldbloom said. “We have held joint academic conferences and student competitions, shared significant lectures and will be making it possible for students to take a course at another Maple League university without leaving their own campus.”

Next spring, each of the four universities will be offering a unique course for students from the four universities.

Goldbloom said: “I am confident that many more opportunities for collaboration will emerge as our universities work together to offer the best possible undergraduate experiences in Canada.”

Contact: Katie Edwards, Executive Director


Second consecutive ranking from annual Maclean’s University Rankings

Bishop’s University is ranked #1 in Canada for student satisfaction according to the Maclean’s University Rankings published today.

This is the second year in a row that Bishop’s has topped the Student Satisfaction category for primarily undergraduate universities.

Bishop’s also cracked the top ten in the overall ranking of primarily undergraduate universities, jumping from twelfth to ninth place this year.

Dan Seneker, Director of Enrolment at Bishop’s University states, “This survey reaffirms what our students and alumni have been telling us for years: that Bishop’s is simply the best place to get a superior education at the undergraduate level and enjoy a diversity of experiential learning and extracurricular experiences all while being part of a unique and tight-knit community.”

He adds: “At Bishop’s, our students don’t feel like a number. It’s about the people, and that’s what makes our campus so extraordinary.”

Just last month, Bishop’s welcomed its largest incoming class in its 173-year history.

Applications for Fall 2017 admissions are now available online.


Contact: Chantal Sneath
Communications Officer
Bishop’s University
819-822-9600, extension 2840

ENROLMENT NUMBERS UP AGAIN AT BISHOP’S UNIVERSITY – Largest ever incoming class in university’s history

Bishop’s University experienced a 9.4% increase in new full-time student enrolment from Fall 2015 to Fall 2016, welcoming 919 incoming students including 146 international exchange students (20 more than last year).

Overall full-time enrolment grew to 2,428 students, while part-time enrolment rose to 342 students. This is an increase of 1% from Fall 2015 and a 4% increase from Fall 2014.

Fifty-three percent of students are from Quebec, with Francophones and Anglophones represented equally. Thirty-two percent of students come from the rest of Canada, while 15% hail from 60 other countries (the United States, France and China are the top three countries represented).

This is the university’s largest incoming class in its 173-year history.

Dan Seneker, Director of Enrolment at Bishop’s University states, “While we have seen an increase in enrolment over the past two years, I’m proud to say that it has been accomplished without jeopardizing our academic standards. Our minimum admission standards remain at an R-score of 23 or a 75% for general entry to the university, with some programs requiring a higher average and/or supplemental materials. Admission to Bishop’s will increasingly become more selective and competitive.”

While the increase in overall enrolment demonstrates a worldwide appreciation for our liberal education model and the quality of education at Bishop’s, we are still projecting a budget shortfall for the 2016-17 fiscal year. The University is now assessing the financial impact of this enrolment growth. Nevertheless, it appears clear that this growth will help Bishop’s in its financial recovery and sustainability efforts.

Applications for Fall 2017 admissions are now available online.


Contact: Chantal Sneath
Communications Officer
Bishop’s University
819-822-9600, extension 2840


Bishop’s University is proud to announce the 2016-17 season of the Donald Lecture Series. Maureen Dowd, Amanda Lindhout, Senator Murray Sinclair and Marie Henein, this year’s headliners 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 kick off on Thursday, October 20, with Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd in conversation with Carl Hulse. Ms. Dowd will share her wry humour and acerbic insights into the most controversial presidential race in modern history, just a few weeks before the American election. Chief Washington Correspondent of the New York Times Carl Hulse will lead the conversation.

On Wednesday, November 16, Amanda Lindhout will tell the searingly intimate story of her search for compassion in the face of unimaginable adversity. A captivating, unforgettable speaker, Ms. Lindhout alights on the positive and leaves the audience with a fuller understanding of the freedom we can all experience when we choose to embrace compassion. What emerges is a celebration of resilience — a powerful portrait of the strength of the human spirit.

On Wednesday, January 18, 2017, Senator Murray Sinclair will speak about his 25 year experience in the justice system in Manitoba and his role as Chief Commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Finally, on Friday, February 10, 2017, Marie Henein will share her experiences as a defense lawyer in Canada. Ms. Henein has been repeatedly recognized as one of the Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers by Canadian Lawyer Magazine and was the 2013 recipient of the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Laura Legge Award.

Into its 9th season, 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 and open to the public. For more information on the series, including speaker biographies and lecture descriptions, visit the Donald Lecture Series website.

Donald Lecture Series – 2016-17 Season
All four lectures are free and will take place in Centennial Theatre.

Maureen Dowd with Carl Hulse
Thursday, October 20, 2016
7 p.m.

Amanda Lindhout
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
7 p.m.

Senator Murray Sinclair
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
7 p.m.

Marie Henein
Friday, February 10, 2017
7 p.m.


Contact: Chantal Sneath
Communications Officer
Bishop’s University
819-822-9600, extension 2840