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Convocation Update

Dear members of the Class of 2021,

We hope that you are healthy, safe and in good spirits.

As you know, when we decided to postpone your June 2021 Convocation, we hoped to hold an on-campus event in August, and we committed to letting you know our plans by July 1st.

Regrettably, it now appears that we will not be able to hold an in-person ceremony in August 2021.

Although the public health guidelines have been relaxed somewhat in recent weeks, the current rules in the Eastern Townships would severely limit the number of people who could be welcomed in the Denver Gym. (For example, the audience would have to be divided into independent sections of no more than 250 people, each of which would have to have separate entrances, exits and sanitary facilities. Students and guests who do not reside at the same address would have to sit at least 1.5 metres apart and graduating students would have to be masked when crossing the stage.)

Furthermore, it is likely that many graduating students and their families would not be able or be willing to travel to Lennoxville in August and the celebrations that are normally held in conjunction with Convocation would also likely be curtailed.

It is possible that the rules may be further relaxed by the end of the summer, but it is also possible that the spread of the Delta variant may result in further restrictions.

For these reasons and based on the recommendation of Quebec’s public health authorities, we have decided to hold a two-part Convocation which will begin with a virtual ceremony on Saturday, August 28th, 2021 and conclude with in-person ceremonies for the graduating classes of 2020, 2021 and 2022 from Friday, June 3rd to Sunday, June 5th, 2022.

The Convocation schedule will be as follows:

  • Saturday, August 28th, 2021, noon – 1:30 p.m. EDT: virtual ceremony for the Class of 2021
  • Friday, June 3rd, 2022: in-person Convocation ceremony for the Class of 2020
  • Saturday, June 4th, 2022: in-person Convocation ceremony for the Class of 2021
  • Sunday, June 5th, 2022: in-person Convocation ceremonies for the Class of 2022

The virtual ceremony will include some of the elements of a traditional Convocation with a recognition of each graduate and addresses by the two Valedictorians, the Chancellor and the Principal.

Our intention is to make the in-person Convocation period between June 3rd and 5th, 2022 one of the largest celebrations in Bishop’s history.

Your Convocation next spring will include a traditional in-person event with a formal ceremony in academic regalia in which each student who is present will cross the stage to be acknowledged by the Chancellor, the Principal, their classmates, professors, families and friends. We will bestow Honorary Degrees, and honour a Distinguished Professor Emeritus, a Turner Teaching Award winner, an Alumnus/Alumna of the Year and the winners of major student awards.

The formal ceremonies are its centrepiece, but there are many other important aspects of a Bishop’s Convocation. By holding the in-person ceremonies next June we want to give you the opportunity to celebrate with your friends and families and with the faculty, librarians and staff who have supported you during your time at Bishop’s.

With that goal in mind, we will hold two Chancellor’s Graduation Dinners, one for the Classes of 2020 and 2021 on Friday, June 3rd, and one for the Class of 2022 on Saturday, June 4th.

We will also organize additional events where the Classes of 2020, 2021 and 2022 can gather and celebrate together.

There are many components to work out for both portions of the Convocation and the details of the ceremonies next June may need to be modified once we know how many members of the Classes of 2020 and 2021 will be present.

We hope that you will understand why we have decided to proceed in this way and we look forward to celebrating your Convocation with you.

Please put both the August 28th, 2021 and the June 2022 dates in your calendar.

With warm best wishes to all of you.

Be healthy
Be resilient
BU

Daniel Fournier
Chancellor

Michael Goldbloom, C.M.
Principal and Vice-Chancellor

New members to Bishop’s Board of Governors

We are pleased to announce the addition of two new members to Bishop’s Board of Governors: Suzie O’Bomsawin (External Governor) and Dr. Samia Mihoub (Internal Governor, Staff Council).

Suzie O’Bomsawin is Director of the Ndakina Office of the Grand Conseil de la Nation Waban-Aki which represents and supports the Abenaki Councils of Odanak and Wôlinak. Ms. O’Bomsawin is responsible for matters relating to territorial consultations and issues concerning natural resources affecting the ancestral territory of the Abenaki.

Suzie O’Bomsawin

Ms. Obomsawin is a resident of the Odanak community. She is involved with an array of organizations dedicated to First Nations interests. For example, she was one of the spokespersons of the First Nations Quebec-Labrador Youth Network from August 2011 to August 2015. She also chaired the board of directors of the Odanak Historical Society, an umbrella organization for the Musée des Abénakis until April 2021. In addition, she is a member of the Quebec Native Women Association and helps to organize various cultural events in her community. Since June 2019, she has been a member of the Indigenous Advisory Committee of the Canadian Impact Assessment Agency.

Ms. Obomsawin has been a member of the Board of Directors of Sépaq since 2015, where she is the Chair of the Governance and Ethics Committee, a member of the Audit Committee and a member of the Sustainable Development Committee.

Ms. O’Bomsawin holds an integrated bachelor’s degree in economics and politics (2007) and an MBA in international development (2010) from Université Laval. In 2020, she completed a Certificate in Corporate Governance (ASC) at the Collège des administrateurs de sociétés of Université Laval.

Dr. Samia Mihoub is a Grant Officer in Bishop’s Office of Research and Graduate Studies. Before joining Bishop’s in 2018, Dr. Mihoub worked at Université de Sherbrooke for almost 10 years where she started as a contract faculty. She subsequently occupied different administrative positions in Research and Graduate Studies at the faculties of Medicine, Science, Education, and the School of Management. Her roles at UdeS evolved from research and academic coordination to program evaluation and strategic planning.

Dr. Samia Mihoub

In her role as a research administrator at Bishop’s, Dr. Mihoub supports Faculty to obtain research funding and helps them manage the funds and comply with the agencies’ requirements. Very involved in her community, Dr. Mihoub has volunteered in a variety of associations. Her most significant community engagement was at the Service d’Aide aux Néo Canadiens de l’Estrie where she served as an interpreter for Syrian Refugees for almost 3 years.

Dr. Mihoub holds a M.A and a Ph.D. in Communications obtained at Université Paris-Assas and Paris-Diderot and a M.A in Administration obtained at Université de Sherbrooke. Her Ph.D. dissertation focused on cyberactivism under authoritarian regimes.

Statement on the attack on Muslims in London, Ont.

On behalf of the Bishop’s community, I wish to state how horrified I was to learn of the killing of several members of a Muslim family in London, Ontario.

This vicious act of hate and terrorism against a Muslim family is an attack on all of us.

We mourn and stand in solidarity with every person of the Muslim faith.

Each one of us in our words and our actions has an obligation to fight the scourge of Islamophobia.

To be silent in the face of racism is to be complicit in it.

As individuals and as members of an educational institution we must do all we can to eradicate racism.

Our Counselling Services are prepared to support anyone who requires support in the face of these traumatic events and can be reached by emailing francine.hamel@ubishops.ca or by clicking the link:
https://www.ubishops.ca/future-current-students/student-campus-life/student-services/mental-health/

Michael Goldbloom, C.M.
Principal and Vice-Chancellor

Website revamp deployment on June 2

Dear members of the Bishop’s community.

Bishop’s University’s website (ubishops.ca) is getting a revamp!

Following consultation with the community over the last year, and having worked with local firm Beauvoir, we’re proud to introduce a new look, which we hope you’ll agree will make our website more attractive and easier to navigate.

We expect the revamp to be online in the first half of the week of May 31st. We are working closely with ITS and Beauvoir to make the switch as seamless as possible.

We invite you to explore the homepage’s new design, including the new unified featured content section, as well as the new “Megamenu,” which is intended to improve ease of navigation.

The Bishop’s website contains over 1,200 different pages. We will be gradually converting the website sections to the new look and feel over the coming months.

Until we get in touch with you to set a date to migrate your content to the new design, it’s a good time to start considering whether you’d like to update some of your respective pages’ content.

While we are making every effort to make the transition as smooth as possible, please don’t hesitate to flag issues through the new Website Work Request form (https://www.ubishops.ca/communications-office/website-work-request/).

Sincerely,

The Communications Office team

Every Child Matters

Dear Members of the Bishop’s Community,

Every child matters.

It is deeply disturbing to learn of the deaths of 215 Indigenous children through the discovery of their remains on the grounds of a former residential school in Kamloops, British Columbia.

This tragedy reminds us of the devastating effects residential schools had, and continue to have, on Canada’s Indigenous peoples and on our entire country.

Calls to Action 71-76 of the 2015 Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s final report urge all levels of government to work with the Indigenous communities to develop strategies and procedures to uncover residential school cemeteries so we may all understand the magnitude of these horrific events and commemorate and honour the deceased children.

May we uncover each child’s story and tell them forcefully.

As all Canadians should be, we are outraged and profoundly sorry. We will lend support to those individuals in our community who are in need.

A national Indian Residential School Crisis Line has been set up to provide support to former students and those affected. The number to call is 1-866-925-4419.

Our counseling services are open to all students: https://www.ubishops.ca/mental-health

The Employee Assistance Program is available to faculty and staff:
Employee Assistance Program

We will be lowering our flags today for 215 hours beginning on Monday, May 31 to remember the children who did not return home to their parents.

Michael Goldbloom, C.M.
Principal and Vice-Chancellor

Bishop’s University remains committed to equity, diversity and inclusion

A statement was issued today by some members of the Indigenous Cultural Alliance at Bishop’s University denouncing systemic racism on campus and calling for change.

“As Principal of the University I want to reaffirm our commitment to continuing our efforts to address systemic racism in our institution and to advance equity, diversity and inclusion in all aspects of Bishop’s”, said Michael Goldbloom C.M., Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Bishop’s University.

“These are important and at times difficult and painful discussions and we are determined to pursue them in a climate of candor and mutual respect,” the Principal adds.

“Last fall, we established a Joint Board and Senate Task Force on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion which has broad representation from across the University. The Task Force issued a preliminary report in December 2020,” he indicates.

“Its first recommendation was that we should hire a Special Advisor on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion whose mandate will be to foster a university environment where individual differences are recognized, embraced and valued. The recruitment process is underway,” the Principal concludes.

“I am confident that as the Task Force continues its work it will identify additional actions that the University must take in order to ensure that we are the truly inclusive institution we aspire to be.”

“The acknowledgement and condemnation of systemic racism at Bishop’s University is a driving force behind the work of the Joint Board-Senate Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. As Co-Chair of this Task Force, I am committed to the active dismantling of all barriers that keep our institution from becoming as equitable, diverse, and inclusive as it can be,” said Dr. Jenn Cianca.

“Barriers are present not only in terms of race-based inequities, but also among other equity-deserving groups, including those experiencing discrimination on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious practice, and ability. The Task Force is examining all policies, frameworks, and structures that contribute to barriers to all equity-deserving groups at Bishop’s University,” Dr. Cianca continues.

“I am hopeful that the work of the members of the Task Force, in open and respectful dialogue with the Bishop’s community at large, will help move us towards a community of belonging of which we may all be proud”, she concludes.

Call for applications: Stadelman Fellowship

Are you interested in fostering student success here at Bishop’s? Are you developing your own skills as a leader and reflective community-builder?

Apply now to be a Stadelman Fellow! This is a paid fellowship.

Criteria

To be eligible, you must:

  • be in first or second year
  • express interest in fostering a campus environment that supports student success
  • be available to work (flexible schedule) about ten hours a week
  • be in good academic standing (not on probation)

Application process

Please send the following documents in a PDF format to Katie Bibbs, Academic Facilitator before February 28, 2021:

  1. Letter of intent: maximum 500 words about yourself (tell us what you think is important!)
  2. CV

Email: kbibbs@ubishops.ca

The Olney Family Internship at Rocky Mountain Adaptive, Canmore, Alberta

Rocky Mountain Adaptive, based in Canmore, Alberta, promotes opportunities for individuals of all ages with physical or neurodivergent (intellectual, cognitive, or developmental) disABILITIES to participate in the unique sporting and adventure activities of the Rockies.

RMA facilitates programming ranging from multi-week programs to single day lessons and experiences and provides opportunities for both locals and tourists from around the world to access its programs.

This video provides a glimpse into RMA and the organization in general:

Internship

RMA is inviting applications to join their team in Canmore, Alberta, for three months in the summer of 2021, and then through six credits of Experiential learning courses at Bishop’s in Fall 2021 and Winter 2022 semesters.

Funding

Value: $12,000. Funding awarded can be applied against tuition, fees, books and a stipend for the internship / independent study project, as well as the summer work experience at RMA in Alberta.

Eligibility:

The successful intern has to be returning to Bishop’s to continue his/her studies in the 2021-2022 academic year, during which time they will complete 6 credits of an experiential Learning courses (Fall/Winter).

  1. Applicants must have completed at least 30 credits at Bishop’s and must be returning to Bishop’s University full time in the 2021-2022 academic year.
  2. Applicants must be in good academic standing throughout the internship.
  3. Applicants should have an interest in sports and recreation but need not be “athletes”.  Experience and/or interest in teaching sports will be considered an asset.
  4. Applicants should demonstrate a willingness to understand or have a pre-existing interest in accessibility issues as they relate to individuals of all ABILITIES partaking in all aspects of society including sports and recreational activities.
  5. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of Canada.

Schedule

  • June – August: At RMA in Canmore to work with the RMA team, collect data.
  • September – April: 6 credits of Experiential Learning at Bishop’s University. The course code will reflect the student’s degree area (3 credits) and ELP (Experiential Learning Internship / Placement) 300 (3 credits). The appropriate Dean and Chair will determine the supervisor for ELP 300.

Possible student projects

Applicants should submit a proposal that suggests ways to enhance RMA’s impact on the community in general, and on the disABLED in particular. Project proposals will be evaluated by the Selection Committee on the basis on their alignment with RMA’s mission.  The successful intern will have flexibility to modify and adjust the proposed project based on field work at RMA over the summer and in collaboration with RMA staff.

Projects could entail:

  1. A proposal of a marketing / fundraising campaign for RMA.
  2. A review of existing disABLED sports and recreation programs available in Canada vis-à-vis successes and failures.
  3. A proposal for a path forward to make RMA a Canadian (International) Centre of Excellence.
  4. The development of comprehensive internal and external Communications Plans for RMA and the subsequent execution of said plan.
  5. Development of metrics and key performance indicators (KPI) to evaluate RMA program effectiveness.
  6. Development of a diversity plan to make sports and recreational activities accessible to individuals of all abilities (to include, but not limited to senior/elderly individuals, Indigenous peoples, new Canadians) while maintaining RMA’s primary goal of providing these opportunities to individuals of various disABILITIES.

Application Process

We are currently receiving applications for the 2021-2022 internship until February 28th 2021.

Your application package should include three documents:

  1. A letter of introduction (maximum 2 pages) in which you outline how you feel that your life experiences, goals for the future and personal development, align with this mission and philosophy?
  2. In a separate proposal (maximum 2 pages), outline the project you wish to pursue in support of RMA’s objectives in general terms, with the understanding that the on-site / field component of your time at RMA headquarters will further define the nature and goals of your project.
  3. Please include a CV and two letters of reference from Bishop’s professors.

Applications should be submitted as three PDF files to Dr. Claire Grogan, Associate Vice-Principal Academic, c/o Jimmy Couturier at jcouturi@ubishops.ca.

Beaverbrook Canadian Foundation – Hugh Cowans Scholarship (value $20,000)

Bishop’s University is delighted to offer a Beaverbrook Canadian Foundation – Hugh Cowans Scholarship towards post-graduate study in the United Kingdom for the 2021-2022 academic year.

This scholarship is made possible thanks to a generous donation by the Beaverbrook Canadian Foundation to Bishop’s University in honour of Hugh Cowans and his service to the Foundation.  Mr. Cowans graduated from Bishop’s in 1970 with a BA in History.

Eligibility:

The scholarship will be awarded to a graduating student with a minimum cumulative average of 85% who wishes to broaden his/her horizons by studying in a UK graduate program for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Preference will be given to educational opportunities at UK universities ranked among the top 100 universities in the world as per the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

Successful applicants will be expected to begin their studies in the term for which they have received their scholarship. Deferrals will not be permitted.

Application:

Interested students should submit a curriculum vitae and a Letter of Intent (maximum 2 pages) in which they provide a detailed description of their intended course of graduate study and a compelling case for receiving the award.

Applications should be directed to Principal Goldbloom, C/o Denise Lauzière at denise.lauziere@ubishops.ca to arrive no later than 12:00 noon on February 15th, 2021.

Williams School of Business Alums Shine in CFE Exam Results

The results of the 2020 Common Final Examination (CFE) of chartered professional accountants were released last November 1,183 Quebec candidates succeeded at this national examination, being one step closer to obtaining their CPA designation. Nineteen Williams School of Business alumni did the exam. Bishop’s University is beyond ecstatic to announce that, for the second year in a row, our graduates have excelled and managed to get a perfect score, with all our alumni passing the exam.

Congratulations to:

  • Christos Nikolaos Lembessis ’17
  • Gabrielle Thuot ’17
  • Rachel Abbott ’18
  • Nicolas Côté ’19
  • Christine Gauthier ’18
  • Courteney Magwood ’18
  • Amanda Moore ’18
  • Tyler Jensen Smith, MAcc ’19
  • Maude Archambault ’19
  • Dominic Breton-Veillette ’19
  • Xavier Daigneault ’19
  • Mathieu Demers ’19
  • Elizabeth Gauthier ’19
  • Vincent Porlier ’19
  • Jonathan Rousseau ’20
  • Berthier Tanguay ’19
  • Rebecca Vezina ’19
  • Angus McAlpine ’14
  • Karly Ziebarth ’17

Maude ArchambaultKnowing that the national passing rate is 75%, we can be very proud of Bishop’s Accounting program. Our alumni are unanimous to say that the strong academic foundation they received at Bishop’s was a key part of their success. Maude Archambault ’19 largely attribute her success to her academic experience at Bishop’s: “Dedicated professors, unwavering support from staff combined with personalized and pertinent learning opportunities is what this program offers. It guarantees students the ultimate preparation for the CPA program, exam and professional life. Our professors ensured that we were prepared for a professional career not only conceptually in class, but also allowing us to manage projects with real companies. A CPA program is rigorous and demanding, but my time at Bishop’s was essential in passing the exam.”

Tyler SmithTyler Smith ’19 is immensely grateful for his unique educational journey at the Williams School of Business: “The BBA Accounting at Bishop’s has helped me tremendously in pursuing a Masters of Accounting (MAcc), in preparing for and writing the CPA Common Final Exam (CFE), and in the early stages of my career at PwC. Bishop’s approach of case study-based learning is something I took for granted in the moment, but after speaking to classmates, colleagues and fellow CFE writers realized how unique and special it was, and how fortunate I am. The professors truly engage you and invest in you from day 1 and will support you through your CPA journey.”

Senior Instructor Nathalie Hivert is not surprised by the success of our graduates: “At Bishop’s, we are fortunate to have small classes, which allows us to organize formative projects such as practical work with real companies, learning by project and participation in case competitions. Our students not only develop their theoretical knowledge, but also their practical skills, thus bringing added value to their organization. Bishop’s community is unique. It allows our students to grow and build a solid system of values ​​based on open-mindedness, mutual aid and solidarity. With their technical skills and their qualities of heart, our students and graduates will become CPAs capable of changing the world and making it better.”