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Limocar Bus Services Back on campus at Bishop’s University

Starting this Friday, February 9th, the Montreal-bound Limocar bus will once again pick up passengers on Bishop’s University’s campus.

The schedule will consist of a 1:30 p.m. Friday pickup and an 8 p.m. return on Sunday (departure from Montreal Bus Depot will be at 5:30 p.m.).

Departures and arrivals on campus: located at the STS Bus Stop (in front of Bus Stop Café).

Note to B.U. faculty, staff, and student who wish to travel with Limocar outside this specific schedule (Friday/Sunday): departures and arrivals will not be available on the Bishop’s campus.


Passengers can benefit from a discount when purchasing tickets online with Limocar by using the following code:

BISHOPS-STUDENT2024” for 20% discount

BISHOPS-EMPLOYEE2024” for 15% discount

You can purchase your tickets on the Limocar website.

A valid B.U. ID may be required.

Pierre Grimard
Procurement Manager

Lyssa Paquette, Bishop’s University’s Manager of Student Recruitment and Retention, honoured with Council of International Schools’ Future Leader Award

At its 2023 CIS Global Forum in Dublin, Ireland, the Council of International Schools (CIS) honoured Bishop’s University’s Manager of Student Recruitment and Retention Lyssa Paquette with the Future Leader Award for her strong leadership and commitment to service within the international admissions and guidance communities.

Lyssa Paquette, Manager of Student Recruitment & Retention

People who nominated Lyssa said of her that ‘In times of adversity, she consistently provides a guiding presence in our community and department and reminds us of the importance of what we do’ and that ‘she is a rising star in our industry… She is positively leading and mentoring other future leaders.’

The CIS Future Leader Award was created to honour an up-and-coming international admissions officer or school counsellor who embodies the CIS mission, vision, and values.

Read more about the award on the CIS website.

In Memoriam – Coach Ian Breck

Coach Ian Breck

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of former head football coach Ian Breck on Sunday, September 24, 2023.

Coach Breck spent 11 years at the helm of the Gaiters football program and made the playoffs 10 times. He led the team to five regular season championships and won three Dunsmore Cup titles in 1988, 1990 and 1994.

He was inducted into the Bishop’s University Wall of Distinction in 2017.

After Bishop’s, Mr. Breck went on to teach at Alexander Galt Regional High School and helped rejuvenate their football program. In 2000, he became the Head Coach of Team Canada and brought a team of U-20 all-stars to the Global Junior Football Championship held annually at the site of the Super Bowl, winning the World Championship in 2000.

Ian returned to Bishop’s in 2011 to help as a volunteer assistant coach.

He is fondly remembered for his passion for his family and the game of football.

He is survived by his wife Kathy and their daughters Erika, Bridget and Lizzy.

Details on a celebration of life will be communicated at a later date on the Gaiters Website.


Denise Lauzière, LLB

National Tree Day – Thursday, September 21 – Apple Tree Planting

Dear Bishop’s Community,

In celebration of National Tree Day, this Thursday, September 21st, the University is planting eight apple trees in the Hamilton Quad – the first fruit trees of Bishop’s future orchard.

The Tree Care and Biodiversity Committee led by Dr. Hugh Scott will be assisted by members of the Sustainable Development Office, the Environmental Club, and the Buildings and Grounds Office.

The apple tree varieties that will be planted this Thursday are: Akane, Honeycrisp, Liberty, Yellow Transparent (also known as Harvest Apple).

Please join us this Thursday, September 21st at 1:00 p.m. in the Hamilton Quad to celebrate the beginning of our very own fruit orchard in the middle of campus!

Isabelle Goyette
Vice-Principal Finance and Administration
Tree Care and Biodiversity Working Committee

Asphalt Work in Lennoxville on roads 108 & 143

The Ministère des Transports et de la Mobilité durable has informing the public that paving work has begun this week on Highways 108 and 143, between highway 410 and Aberdeen Street, in Sherbrooke, and will last until early November.

Traffic Circulation:
Throughout the work, traffic will alternate with the presence of signallers to ensure good fluidity. Slowdowns and delays are to be expected during the busiest periods of the morning and evening.

To facilitate your access to the campus, please consider using the secondary entrance behind Coulter Field by exiting the roundabout at the end of highway 410. To follow the progress of the work, please consult Québec 511 regularly to find out about the obstacles in progress.

Three Maple League Students are awarded the prestigious 3M National Student Fellowship

The Maple League of Universities is proud to announce that three students – SunMin Park from Mount Allison University, Liam O’Toole from Bishop’s University, and Oliver Storseth, from St. Francis Xavier University – are recipients of the prestigious 3M National Student Fellowship (2023), the highest national recognition of student educational leadership in Canada.

Liam O’Toole from Bishop’s University

Only ten fellowships are awarded each year from over 1.1 million eligible students attending Canadian post-secondary institutions.

The track record for these four small, liberal education universities is extraordinary: in both 2020 and 2022, four students from Maple League Universities were awarded 3M Fellowships, while three students in 2021 and three students in 2023 received this recognition.

Fourteen 3M National Student Fellows in four years, drawn from small, primarily undergraduate institutions, is evidence that these four universities are increasingly differentiated in a sector that has seen growing class sizes, faced increased financial pressure, and witnessed the massification of universities. In contrast, the four universities in the Maple League have remained small by design, doubling down on mentorship, inclusive high-impact practices, smaller class sizes, and access to research and leadership opportunities that are much harder to access at larger universities.

In other words, 35% of nationally recognized student changemakers across Canada come from universities with fewer than 4000 students per campus.

This track record of national recognition is aligned with the foundational values of the Maple League, an academic consortium of four universities – Acadia, Bishop’s, Mount Allison, and St. Francis Xavier – whose mandate is to lead conversations on quality undergraduate education in Canada.

Stewarding and celebrating the success of undergraduate students through the Maple League’s 3M Mentorship Program is an example of the student-centred approach to higher education in this model of 21st-century liberal education.

Dr. Jessica Riddell, Executive Director of the Maple League, and herself a 3M National Teaching Fellow, notes, “This national award recognizes the incredible and heroic work student leaders do—often in grassroots ways, in the margins, or on the edges of institutions. The 3M Fellowship values student-citizens who build things for others on their campuses and in their communities in generous and generative ways. The submission process requires student leaders to critically reflect on their journeys as learners; this is not an intuitive or easy-to-navigate process, so we created pathways to make the process more accessible and foster a sense of belonging.”

One of this year’s recipients, SunMin Park, is a Marjorie Young Bell Scholar Intern and Honours Biology student at Mount Allison University. She reflects on the impact of the award: “It’s really an incredible honour to be selected as one of 10 students awarded with the 3M National Student Fellowship. Writing my dossier was a great opportunity to reflect on my journey so far, but more importantly, it served as a motivator for me to keep working hard to make a positive impact in my community. I want to keep doing my part to carve out spaces for narratives and voices that have been historically excluded and continue to be marginalized – whether that’s in academia, science/research, or healthcare.”

Dr. Peter Ricketts, President of Acadia University and Chair of the Maple League Presidents Council, adds, “The Maple League universities strive to build critical thinkers and leaders through the delivery of an extraordinary 21st-century liberal education. Having three students from Maple League institutions in this year’s 3M winners reinforces that our model of education is more relevant than ever.”

In 2019, the Maple League created a 3M National Student Fellow Mentorship Program to provide on-campus student leaders with resources for critical reflection about the most pressing issues we face in higher education. Nominees are asked to critically reflect on their leadership capacity in the context of their educational journeys and the biggest challenges facing post-secondary education in Canada. They were also challenges to respond to the following thought prompt: “If you had the resource capacity, how would you implement concrete solutions to these challenges?”

The future is in good hands with these remarkable student leaders!

About the Maple League

The Maple League is made up of four universities – Acadia, Bishop’s, Mount Allison and St. Francis Xavier – who together form an alliance of small, rural, undergraduate liberal education institutions with Francophone heritage and a commitment to truth and reconciliation with indigenous communities. By fostering reciprocal relationships across institutional boundaries, we provide extraordinary opportunities to transform as leaders, scholars, and institutions. The Maple League creates distinctive learning environments that ensure our graduates are capable of navigating an increasingly complex world as citizens and leaders dedicated to the values of a just and civil society. For more information, visit our website:

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Jessica Riddell
Executive Director, The Maple League of Universities
Stephen A. Jarislowsky Chair of Undergraduate Teaching Excellence
Full Professor, Department of English, Bishop’s University
3M National Teaching Fellow (2015)

Sherri Turner
Director, University Communications
Acadia University

Sonia Patenaude
Communications Manager
Bishop’s University

Robert Hiscock
Director of Marketing & Communications
Mount Allison University

Kyler Bell
Director of Marketing & Communications
St. FX University

Siciliano and Corrigan Claim Top Honours at Bishop’s Gaiters Athletic Awards Night

2023-23 Bishop's Gaiters Major Award Winners
L to R: Michael Goldbloom (Principal & Vice-Chancellor), Drew Pollock (Ray Almond Award), Karl Szabo, Lacrosse (Male Student-Athlete Leadership Award), Marie-Camille Theoret, Women’s Hockey (Female Student-Athlete Leadership Award), Regan Garreau, Women’s Hockey (Female Freshman of the Year), Zenith Leroux, Women’s Rugby (Female Academic Student-Athlete of the Year), Charles Robert, Men’s Basketball (Male Academic Student-Athlete of the Year), Etienne Gagnon, Men’s Basketball (Male Freshman of the Year), Kyle Corrigan, Men’s Rugby (Male Athlete of the Year), Amaiquen Siciliano, Women’s Basketball (Female Athlete of the Year), Matt McBrine (Director of Athletics and Recreation)

On Thursday, April 13th the Bishop’s Gaiters hosted the annual Athletic Awards Night on Thursday night. The night served as a celebration of athletic and academic success over the 2022-23 season for all the student-athletes, coaches and staff members who worked hard all year long.

After previously hosting the event at the Delta Hotel in Sherbrooke, the celebration was hosted at Centennial Theatre, on campus, Thursday night. The theatre allowed for the show to be webcasted live for friends, family and alumni to watch and be a part of a special night.

Kyle Corrigan of the Bishop’s Gaiters men’s rugby team and Amaiquen Siciliano (Buenos Aires, Argentina, Velez Sarsfield) of the women’s basketball team headlined the night, taking home top honours as the Athletes of the Year.

Corrigan closes his standout season with Male Athlete of the Year honours. The wing picked up where he left off in 2021, earning a first-team RSEQ All-Star selection. He scored 11 tries which led the league in 2022. He ranked first on the team in metres carried, metres per carry and tries per carry. He also ranked second in forced turnovers. Despite an early end to the campaign due to injury, Corrigan’s impact on his team and the league did not go unnoticed. He is also a strong leader off the field, where he is a proud member of the Gaiters Student Athlete Leadership Committee (SALC).

Amaiquen Siciliano (Buenos Aires, Argentina, Velez Sarsfield) adds yet another accolade as her career at Bishop’s comes to a close. The Bishop’s Gaiters women’s basketball guard was named the Player of the Year in the RSEQ for the third straight season, an RSEQ First Team All-Star and a U SPORTS First Team All-Canadian (third straight) and is this year’s Female Athlete of the Year. The Buenos Aires, Argentina native led the conference in scoring averaging 22.5 points per game. Siciliano made 126 field goals and 39 3-pointers, both ranking first in the conference. She also averaged 4.2 assists per game, good for third in the league, while averaging just over 34 minutes a game. She went on to eclipse the 1000-regular season point mark for her career, capping off an outstanding five years wearing the purple and silver.

The Academic Student-Athletes of the Year for 2022-23 are Zenith Leroux of the women’s rugby team and Charles Robert of the men’s basketball team. Both Gaiters exemplify what it means to be a student-athlete, combining love of their sport with success in the classroom, and receiving top marks for their performances this year.

Men’s Basketball’s Etienne Gagnon and women’s hockey’s Regan Garreau were named this year’s Freshmen of the Year. Both Gagnon and Garreau were honoured as members of the RSEQ All-Rookie Team, while Gagnon earned an RSEQ second team all-star nod and was named part of the U SPORTS All-Rookie team.

This was just the second year that the Student-Athlete Leadership Awards were handed out. These awards are given annually to a male and female student-athlete who have been able to find success athletically, academically, and in the community, while also leading those around them to be better. The winners of this award for 2022-23 are Karl Szabo of the lacrosse team and Marie-Camille Théorêt of the women’s hockey team.

The Ray Almond Award is given annually to a dedicated member of the Bishop’s Athletics community who rises above the expected to deliver an invaluable service to Gaiters Athletics. This year’s recipient was Drew Pollock, the general manager and assistant head coach of the lacrosse team.

The Athletic Awards Night marks the official close of the 2022-23 varsity season. The Gaiters will return to action in August.

Stay up to date any time with the Bishop’s Gaiters at or on social media by using @BishopsGaiters.

The full list of award winners from the night is below:


Team Awards

Rookie of the Year: Mya Anthony
Most Valuable Player: Michelle Garrison

Newcomer of the Year: Cherif Camara
Marcel Lebrun Award: Nathan Lupien
Special Teams Player of the Year: Noah Laursen
Offensive Player of the Year: David Chaloux
Brian Morley Defensive Player of the Year: Jake Kelly
Best Lineman of the Year: Mitchell Martel
Most Outstanding Player: Gabriel Royer

Rookies of the Year: Macy Louvet-Maik & Michael Brazel
Most Valuable Players: Avery Mack & Shawn Robillard

Rookie of the Year: Alex Lizotte
Lacrosse Coaches’ Award: Daniel Kozicki
Defensive Player of the Year: Karl Szabo
Offensive Player of the Year: Jacob Gasperetti
Chris Lesanko Award: Antoine Tremblay

Men’s Basketball
Newcomer of the Year: Etienne Gagnon
Garth Smith Award: Tiernan McDougall
Michel Fontaine Award: Dani Longarela
Most Valuable Player: Charles Robert

Men’s Rugby
Rookie of the Year: Zack Gauthier
Cody Triggs Award: Archie Morris
Men’s Rugby Coaches’ Award: Grant Allatt
Best Forward: Matthew Shufelt
Best Back: Kyle Corrigan
Most Valuable Player (Varsity Team): Kyle Corrigan

Women’s Basketball
Rookie of the Year: Lea Boucher
Nancy Knowlton Award: Jasmine Martel
Most Improved Player: Sandra Mbekou
Most Valuable Player: Amaiquen Siciliano

Women’s Hockey
Rookie of the Year: Regan Garreau
Charles Chapman Award: Fallon Sholdice
Al Ansell Trophy: Catherine Berger-Dube
Defensive Player of the Year: Gabrielle Rousseau
Offensive Player of the Year (new): Neleh Vigneau Sargeant

Most Valuable Player: Marie-Camille Théorêt

Women’s Rugby
Rookie of the Year: Tyanna Irvin
Myriam Cozen-McNally Memorial Award: Kaitie Shea
Most Improved Player: Sophie Marier
Most Valuable Forwards: Katie Locke & Isabella Aguiar
Most Valuable Back: Zenith Leroux
Most Valuable Player: Melody Leggett

Women’s Soccer
Rookie of the Year: Katie Phee
SISU Award: Shannon Phee
Daniel Jeong Servant Leadership Award: Zahra Metivier
Kaizen Award: Maya Gibson
Erin Patrick Most Valuable Player: Jessalynn Hill


Major Awards

Ray Almond Award
Drew Pollock

Student-Athlete Leadership Award
Marie-Camille Théorêt

Karl Szabo

Freshman of the Year
Regan Garreau

Etienne Gagnon

Academic Student-Athlete of the Year
Zenith Leroux

Charles Robert

Athlete of the Year
Amaiquen Siciliano

Kyle Corrigan

Bishop’s University a Top Destination for International Baccalaureate Students

Sherbrooke, March 27th, 2023 – On February 24th the Bishop’s University Senate approved Canada’s first official recognition policy for the International Baccalaureate Career-related Program (IBCP).  Working closely with the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) North America University Relations Team on crafting a policy that offers admission to IBCP graduates from the over 180 IB curriculum schools across Canada and the more than 5,600 schools in 159 countries worldwide, the new policy further enhances Bishop’s strong recognition and support of IB Diploma Program (IBDP) and individual diploma course taking students.

IBO Senior Outreach and Development Manager, Marie Vivas, calls Bishop’s IBCP policy “groundbreaking” and is confident that this will enhance post-secondary options for IBCP students while paving a path for other post-secondary institutions to emulate.  “Our new IBCP policy allows the IBO and school counsellors to talk to their students and point them to us as a definite place where their program is accepted, recognized and valued,” says Bishop’s Vice-Principal Academic and Research, Dr. Andrew Webster.  Webster goes on to say that, “The various IB programs on offer align nicely with Bishop’s new curricular approach and experiential learning models that recognizes learning opportunities that foster intellectual, professional and personal growth both inside and outside the classroom, meaning that IB students’ transition to Bishop’s should be smoother and in-line with the core values encountered through the IB. Bishop’s is eager to strengthen our relationship with the IBO and its partner schools in addition to welcoming more IB students to our campus.”

The IBCP program was officially introduced by the IBO in 2017 and was specifically developed for students who wish to engage in more targeted career-related and experiential learning.  The IBCP maintains the core elements of the IBDP program (diploma program courses, international-mindedness, approaches to teaching, language development, reflective project, service learning, and personal and professional skills), and adds career-related studies elements that include technical and employability skills.

Please visit our website, for more information on Bishop’s various IB admissions policies.

For more information on the International Baccalaureate Organization and the IBDP and IBCP programs please visit:


Source and information:

Dan Seneker, BA MCS UTC
Director Student Recruitment and Retention
Bishop’s University
819-822-9600 extension 2217

Liam O’Toole: Finalist for McCall MacBain Schoolarship

Bishop’s University student Liam O’Toole (BA’23) is a finalist for the first global cohort of McCall MacBain Scholars at McGill University.

The scholarships are the result of a landmark $200 million gift in 2019 by John and Marcy McCall MacBain, the second-largest single donation in Canadian history. Designed to encourage purposeful leadership, the scholarships enable students to pursue a fully funded master’s or professional degree while participating in mentorship, coaching, and a leadership development program.

Liam is among 88 finalists chosen from across Canada and around the world after a first round of regional interviews. He will attend the final round of interviews in Montréal from March 8 to 12, meeting with leaders from academia, business, government, and the social sector.

Students and graduates from more than 1,200 universities applied for the McCall MacBain Scholarships in this first year of global admissions, and 242 participated in regional interviews with local leaders in October and November before the 88 finalists were selected. Up to 30 McCall MacBain Scholars will be selected after final interviews.

Originally from Massachusetts, Liam is a fourth-year international political economy student at Bishop’s. He co-founded the university’s first interdisciplinary undergraduate research journal, emphasizing research accessibility, and organized a local mutual aid network. Liam also worked as a student success manager, leading a small team to run a peer mentorship program. He has been an executive member of the outdoors club, head judge of orientation week, and a teaching assistant. Liam’s research interests involves the politics and policy of organized labour, specifically the revival of trade unionism and changes in industrial workplaces.

“Being selected as a finalist is a surreal feeling. I had never thought of myself as the type of person who would be a contender for scholarships of this magnitude,” said Liam. “The community at Bishop’s University has helped me grow as both a student and a person during my time as an undergraduate student. I want to give just as much back to the BU community as the BU community has given to me.”

“McGill, Montréal, Québec, and Canada attract talented students from all over the world,” said John McCall MacBain, Chair of the McCall MacBain Scholarships at McGill. “Our aim is to provide a life-changing opportunity for students who have a track record of contributing to their communities and a genuine desire to make a positive impact.”

“Our committees were delighted to receive great interest from all corners of the world,” said Natasha Sawh, Dean of the McCall MacBain Scholarships at McGill. “More than 280 volunteers were involved in assessing candidates. They looked not only for academic strength, but for qualities like integrity, kindness, curiosity, and courage.”

If not selected as a McCall MacBain Scholar, Liam is eligible to receive a $20,000 International Finalist Award for studies at McGill.

Applications will open in June 2023 for September 2024 admission.