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Professor Reena Atanasiadis appointed Dean of Williams School of Business

Dear Bishop’s community,

I am very pleased to advise you that Professor Reena Atanasiadis has been appointed Dean of the Williams School of Business effective August 1st, 2019.

The Search Committee was chaired by Dr. Miles Turnbull and included Dr. Hafid Agourram, Professor Marlène Canuel (Contract Faculty), Mr. Kent Carson (external member of the Board of Governors), Dr. Nathalie Hivert, Dr. Robert Palmer, Dr. Cranmer Rutihinda and Dr. Calin Valsan.

Reena Atansiadis

Professor Atanasiadis earned a Bachelor of Commerce and an MBA with distinction at Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business. She is a Senior Lecturer with permanence at the John Molson School of Business, where she has been employed since 2003.

She is the Graduate Program Director for Concordia’s MBA in Investment Management, the Academic Director of the Van Berkom JMSB Small Cap Case Competition and the Academic Director of the Kenneth Woods Portfolio Management Program.

During her tenure at the John Molson School of Business, she introduced Behavioural Finance to the MBA program and served as Director of International Accreditation.

Professor Atanasiadis is an award-winning teacher and has been very successful in attracting significant private donations to Concordia.

Prior to becoming a professor, she had an impressive 15-year career in the investment banking and wealth management industry.

Professor Atanasiadis has been a member of Concordia’s Senate and has served on several search committees assisting with the recruitment of department chairs and program directors.

Please join me in welcoming Professor Atanasiadis to Bishop’s.

I would also like to take this opportunity to express my admiration and appreciation to Dr. Francine Turmel for her leadership as Dean of the WSB over the past five years.

Francine’s accomplishments are numerous, including a significant review and revision of the undergraduate Business curriculum, a new graduate certificate in Business designed for graduates of the Humanities and Social Sciences, and constructive contributions to the Board of the Dobson-Lagassé Centre.

Francine played a key role in attracting a significant donation from the Banque Nationale to support experiential learning in Business. She also played an important leadership role in signing several DEC-BACC agreements with Cégeps across the province.

Francine was also responsible for reviving and leading our annual Centraide campaign, which was an eloquent manifestation of her character and values.

It has been a pleasure to have Francine as a colleague and I am very grateful to her for her dedication and significant contributions to Bishop’s.

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

Doolittle’s co-op

Fall 2019 Update!

Reminder that the Doolittle’s Coop Bookstore is temporarily located in the Modular Complex next to the Sports Centre until renovations in the SUB are completed. Doolittle’s Coop website.

Doolittle's co-op

Good day, Bishop’s and Champlain Campus Communities.

The Bishop’s Co-op board of directors has lots of exciting news to share with you!

Please welcome your new bookstore manager: Miguel Levesque

  • We are thrilled to welcome Miguel to the position of General Manager; he started his position on Monday, May 6th.
  • Miguel studied at Champlain for a period of time, so is familiar with the campus, and brings to the Doolittle’s co-op a vast experience in purchasing, sales and human resource management in the retail industry. His implication with event planning will also be an asset for the administration of the newly-created co-op.
  • Miguel’s office is temporarily situated in Mackinnon 106 until further notice. He can be reached at

The official name of the co-op has been selected:  Doolittle’s co-op!

  • This name embraces the longstanding history of the Doolittle’s name on campus in the form of the student-operated convenience store, and reflects the co-op’s desire to maximize the benefits for students and other members with the newly-merged convenience store and bookstore.
  • The next step is to choose a logo. Stay tuned!

The co-op bookstore will open in its temporary location beside the sports centre in mid-June.

  • More information will follow once the precise opening date is confirmed.
  • Please note that the existing bookstore will close on May 24th 2019, so there will likely be a period of time where there will be no bookstore available on campus.
  • We would like to extend our thanks to Follett for collaborating with the University to provide an exceptional bookstore experience over the last nearly twenty years.

For any questions or inquiries you may have, please don’t hesitate to contact Miguel or visit the Doolittle’s co-op website.

We, your co-op board members, are truly thrilled to see this exciting initiative coming to fruition.

Alexandra Medalsy
Stine Linden-Andersen
Isabelle Goyette
Kylie Cote
Erin Mallory
Adam Basmadjian

Vice-Principal Academic Dr. Miles Turnbull appointed for a second term

Dear Bishop’s community,

I am very pleased to advise you that the Board of Governors has accepted my recommendation that Dr. Miles Turnbull be appointed for a second five-year term as Vice-Principal Academic as of July 1, 2019. He will also be responsible for the research portfolio.

I would like to thank Miles for his dedication and significant contributions to Bishop’s. The University confronted several major financial challenges during Miles’ first term. Nonetheless, we made progress in many aspects of our teaching and research. I am confident that under Miles’ leadership we are positioned for a period of significant ambition and achievement, particularly in the academic and research dimensions of the University.

Dr. Miles Turnbull

Please join me in thanking him for his service and wishing him well as he prepares to undertake his second mandate.

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

Melissa Poirier confirmed as Indigenous Student Support and Community Liaison on permanent basis

Bishop’s University is pleased to announce that Ms. Melissa Poirier has been confirmed on a permanent basis in her role as Indigenous Student Support and Community Liaison.

“Ms. Poirier had been performing her duties on a contractual basis since she took up the role at Bishop’s in 2017,” explains Dr. Stine Linden-Andersen, Dean of Student Affairs at Bishop’s University. “Making her position permanent demonstrates Bishop’s University’s commitment to be a welcoming and inclusive community, in particular for our students of First Nations, Métis and Inuit origin.”

“I am very proud of the trusting relationships and friendships I have developed with Bishop’s University’s Indigenous students over the past few years, which have been very rewarding personally,” Ms. Poirier declared. “Now that I have been confirmed in my role as Indigenous Student Support and Community Liaison on a permanent basis, I look forward to deepening those relationships and playing my role by welcoming new students to Bishop’s and helping them share their unique perspective with our entire community.”

Melissa Poirier

Hydro-Québec academic excellence scholarships

Bishop’s University is pleased to announce the recipients of the Hydro-Québec academic excellence scholarships, they are:

  • Patricia Aubin –  Biology Health Sciences
  • Isabelle Audet – Biology Health Sciences
  • Christof Belisle – Computer Science
  • Sarah Caimano – Psychology Neurosciences
  • Megan Cipro – Biology Health Sciences
  • Olivia Page – Biology Health Sciences
  • Lydia Toussaint – Biology and Education

“We are deeply committed to ensuring that all students who excel academically are rewarded for their efforts. We are very grateful to Hydro-Québec for this important investment in our students,” said Dr. Miles Turnbull, Vice-Principal Academic at Bishop’s University.

The Hydro-Québec academic excellence scholarships support one of the main goals of Bishop’s University’s Leading the Way Campaign – which concluded in April 2018 and raised $44.5 million on a goal of $30 million – which was to raise funds for scholarships and bursaries. This gift will support Bishop’s in attracting the most promising students to its campus.

Hydro-Québec’s donation of $160,000, delivered in $32,000 increments over five years, allows deserving Bishop’s students to benefit from an annual scholarship of $4,000 to $6,000.

Ethan Pohl awarded 3M National Student Fellowship

Bishop’s University is pleased to announce that Ethan Pohl, a fourth year undergraduate student majoring in Sociology, has been awarded the prestigious 3M National Student Fellowship.

The 3M National Student Fellowship honours up to ten full-time students at Canadian post-secondary institutions who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in their lives, at their post-secondary institution. These students embrace a vision of education that enhances their academic experience and beyond.

During his time at Bishop’s, Ethan has been the Station Manager at BU Toast Radio and helped design and facilitate ENG454 Podcasting, one of the experiential learning opportunities offered through the English Department. As part of this project he also co-published a peer-reviewed article on student-faculty partnerships and has since presented at international conferences. He has been a valuable contributor to the Maple League Student Advisory Council, and is a wonderful example of a student who has benefitted from a model of education that values collaboration as a fundamental process in building capacities for new ways of thinking, doing, and learning through an individualized approach to undergraduate education. As Dr. Jessica Riddell, his 3M nominator, writes, “Ethan has been a leader on campus throughout his time at Bishop’s, and continues to seek out colleagues and collaborators to broaden his knowledge – but also to help his peers find their voices. Ethan is the ultimate amplifier of student voices, which makes him an ideal 3M fellow. Ethan has always been very open about his own struggles and messy journeys: because he knows how hard it is to find your voice, he has committed himself to helping others find theirs.”

Awardees attend the annual conference of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) in June, where they will participate in a 3M National Student Fellowship Program retreat and lead the closing plenary. This year STLHE2019 is in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

“At Bishop’s, we are small and yet mighty in our aspirations to be the institution of choice for outstanding young people seeking academic excellence and a comprehensive undergraduate experience,” Dr. Riddell explains. “We believe that student learning and strong student-faculty partnerships are at the heart of higher education, and we are very proud of Ethan as a model of educational leadership, academic rigor, research, and creative activity.”


For additional information:
Dr. Jessica Riddell
Stephen A. Jarislowsky Chair of Undergraduate Teaching Excellence
Executive Director, The Maple League of Universities
Associate Professor, Department of English, Bishop’s University
3M National Teaching Fellow (2015)
Chair, Teaching and Learning Centre (TLC)

Planned power outage Feb. 27 – Academic activities maintained

Bishop’s has been notified by Hydro-Québec of a planned power outage related to highway 410 construction work on Wednesday, February 27, 2019, between noon and 4 p.m. This planned power outage unfortunately cannot be rescheduled. Should unforeseen circumstances prevent Hydro-Québec from performing the required work on February 27, the planned postponement date is the next day, February 28, 2019.

Academic activities will be maintained as most areas on campus are naturally lit. Emergency lighting will be available, but some facilities – including, but not limited to, washrooms and elevators – may pose challenges. Faculty can use discretion to proceed with regularly-scheduled classes and will be expected to notify students of modifications to regularly-scheduled classes.

Hydro-Québec is confident power will be restored before the end of daylight; however, the situation will be monitored and reassessed as needed, should the outage be expected to persist beyond daylight. Please monitor further information through SAFEGaiter, the University’s twitter and facebook accounts as well as the website to be informed of further developments.

Coming in July 2019…YOUR Campus Bookstore!

Fall 2019 Update!

Reminder that the Doolittle’s Coop Bookstore is temporarily located in the Modular Complex next to the Sports Centre until renovations in the SUB are completed. Doolittle’s Coop website.

Dear Members of the Bishop’s community,

Bishop’s University and the SRC are pleased to share exciting news with you about upcoming changes to the Bishop’s University Bookstore.

Beginning in July 2019, the campus bookstore is changing its model of operation and will become a co-op: owned by you, for you!

A co-op is a not-for-profit organization, for which users may purchase a share and become a member to benefit from lower prices than non-members. The goals of the co-op will be to offer its members the lowest possible prices while remaining financially sustainable, and to provide maximum employment and experiential learning opportunities to Bishop’s students.

Additional information will follow in the coming months. In the meantime, for more information please feel free to contact Kylie Côté, Financial Planning Analyst, at or at 819-822-9600 ext. 2543.

Extended deadline to submit an application for a 2019 B.E.S.T. Project

Dear Bishop’s Students,

We have extended the deadline to submit an application for a 2019 B.E.S.T. Project until end of day Monday, February 11, 2019.

The Bishop’s Exceptional Student Talent (B.E.S.T.) Project Fund awards up to $7,000 per student to support an experiential learning project which will assist them in determining their career paths and realizing their future goals.


To learn more about the application requirements and additional details please visit:

If you have any questions, please contact Denise Lauzière, Chief of Staff, Office of the Principal and Vice-Chancellor, at or 819-822-9600, #2201 or stop by our office in McGreer or reach out to any of the 2018 B.E.S.T. recipients.

I encourage as many of you as possible to apply for this exceptional learning opportunity.

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

Acadia President Dr. Peter Ricketts Named Chair of the Maple League of Universities

Dr. Peter RickettsAcadia University’s President and Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Peter Ricketts, has been elected Chair of the Maple League of Universities, succeeding Michael Goldbloom, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Bishop’s University. The Maple League is a consortium of universities — which includes Acadia, Bishop’s, Mount Allison, and Saint Francis Xavier Universities — that fosters reciprocal relationships and engages across institutional boundaries to enhance the student experience while leading the way on what it means to be educated in the 21st century.

“I am very pleased to follow Michael in the role of Chair of the Maple League and want to thank him for his outstanding leadership while we’ve built momentum inside and outside our institutions,” says Ricketts. “Michael was instrumental to the formation of the Maple League and continues to champion our new initiatives and activities. Our four institutions are so similar in their approach to teaching, learning, and student experience that we have been able to develop concepts such as a multi-campus course delivery that has been an exciting and popular offering to students. We expect these sorts of academic innovations to continue and for more students to choose to study at one of our four institutions as a result.”

The Maple League of Universities (formerly the U4 group) was officially launched in November of 2016. All four universities take great pride in fostering close-knit communities with small class sizes and a residential focus (90% of students live within 1km of campus). Maple League institutions are primarily undergraduate institutions and 70 to 80% of courses are taught by full-time faculty. The four universities are economic and cultural drivers for their respective regional communities, each with their own distinct eco-systems and socio-linguistic communities. History and tradition abound – institutions were founded between 1838 and 1853 – and yet offer degrees that are increasingly relevant to modern society: our 21st century liberal education focuses on critical thinking, communication, collaboration, creativity, innovation, and real-world experiences. Students benefit from high levels of engagement with faculty and are encouraged to become involved in hands on research – an experience that is usually only offered to graduate students at most large Canadian universities.

“Earning an undergraduate degree is a significant investment for students and their families and in the Maple League we are firmly convinced of the value of an education that includes the entire range of student interests,” says Ricketts. “Small scale universities offer young people an opportunity to engage directly with faculty and their classroom peers. It is nearly impossible to remain anonymous on a campus where almost the entire student body lives on or within several blocks of campus so learning is an immersive experience. On every one of the Maple League campuses there are virtually limitless opportunities for volunteering in the community, giving students early exposure to what it means to be a member of a community and forming habits and building networks that will last a lifetime. University should be more than simply earning a degree: it should be about finding out what kind of person you can be and how far your interests and expertise can take you in life.”

Dr. Jessica Riddell, Executive Director of the Maple League (and the Stephen A. Jarislowsky Chair of Undergraduate Teaching Excellence at Bishop’s University), is looking forward to working with President Ricketts in his new role: “The Maple League is a unique partnership in the landscape of higher education in Canada, and requires visionary leadership, which we have in abundance with President. Ricketts and the other three presidents, Principal Goldbloom, President MacDonald, and President Boudreau. This collaboration challenges us to ask two fundamental questions: What can we do together that we cannot do on our own? And how does working together enhance what we do do on our own? These questions are progressive and unconventional since universities are usually hard-wired to compete. The Maple League – under the leadership of President Ricketts – has tremendous potential to re-wire mindsets around higher education, challenges us to be creative and bold in designing exceptional student experiences, and distinguishes us as leaders in defining what a 21st century education looks like.”