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Joint Board and Senate Task Force on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Dear Members of the Bishop’s Community,

The Joint Board and Senate Task Force on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion held its first meeting on Tuesday, September 8.

I am pleased to inform you that Dr. Jenn Cianca will Chair the Task Force and Nikki Baribeau and Sufia Langevin will be the Vice-Chairs.

The Task Force’s mandate is to make recommendations in the following areas:

  1. Hiring, promotion and retention objectives and practices for faculty, research chairs, staff, librarians and management
  2. Training for faculty, research chairs, librarians, staff, managers, students and governors
  3. Governance
  4. The academic curriculum including research programs and activities
  5. The University’s policies, procedures and guidelines.

The Task Force is also charged with making recommendations as to what data should be collected, how it should be collected and communicated and what metrics should be used to measure the University’s progress.

The Task Force will identify any structural or systemic barriers, injustices or biases at the University and to make recommendations about actions to dismantle these barriers and advance equity, diversity and inclusion at Bishop’s.

The Task Force is composed of:

Two members of the Board of Governors named by the Board

  • Abel Bosum, Grand Chief, The Grand Council of the Crees
  • Tova White’92, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Giant Tiger

Two faculty members of Senate named by Senate

  • Darren Bardati’94, Full Professor, Environment and Geography
  • David Webster, Associate Professor, History and Global Studies

Five students representing the :

  • Caribbean African Student Association: Sarah Maria Onyango, 3rd year Education student
  • BU Pride Alliance: Genève Juneau, 3rd year Psychology student
  • Indigenous Cultural Alliance: Nikki Baribeau, 4th year Education student
  • Students’ Representative Council (SRC), at least one of whom is a member of a racialized minority group:
    • Sabrina Kone, 5th year Business Administration student
    • Sufia Langevin, 2nd year student in Education and Social Studies

Two members of the Bishop’s Council named by the Council

  • Junior Sirivar ’99, Partner and Co-Chair International Arbitration, McCarthy Tétrault
  • Heather Thomson, Retired Campus Minister

One faculty member or librarian named by Faculty Council

  • Jenn Cianca’01, Associate Professor, Classical Studies

One manager named by the Managers’ Council

  • Theresa Gagnon, Manager, Counselling, Career and Student Accessibility

One member named by the Association of Professors of Bishop’s University (APBU)

  • Layachi Bentabet, Full Professor, Computer Science

Two members of the Administration named by the Executive Committee

  • Nick Andrews, Associate Vice-Principal Human Resources
  • Stine Linden-Andersen, Dean of Student Affairs

One member of the staff named by the Staff Council

  • Monika Mitchell, Administrative Assistant, Building and Grounds

The Principal

  • Michael Goldbloom, Principal and Vice-Chancellor

The Committee may name up to two members

  • Chérif Nicolas, Head Coach, Football
  • Heather Lawford, Full Professor, Psychology and Canada Research Chair

The Principal may name one member

  • Yolande James, Chair, Bishop’s Council

Supported by: Maëli Émond, HR Advisor and Denise Lauzière, Chief of Staff.

The Task Force will make a preliminary report to the Board and Senate on or before November 30, 2020. It may propose that its mandate be extended or that other structures be established in order to ensure that meaningful progress is made and monitored.

The striking of this Task Force does not preclude actions being taken to advance equity, diversity and inclusion while the Task Force is pursuing its work.

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


COVID-19 Training Modules for Bishop’s Students and Employees

#Ubishops has developed two online training modules in response to COVID-19 and in our effort to prevent its spread on campus. Students, faculty, staff, librarians and administrators are invited to take the training as soon as possible. The training is about 12 minutes long and includes both general COVID-19 information as well as guidelines and sources of support from Bishop’s University.

For employees:

For students:

Best wishes for a healthy and productive term,

Dr. Stine Linden-Andersen, Chair
Bishop’s University Task Force on COVID-19
Dean of Student Affairs

Scholar Strike: to engage in concrete action to support justice and equity for Black, Indigenous and Communities of Colour

Dear academic colleagues at Bishop’s,

Many of you are aware that there is a Scholar Strike organized for September 9 and 10. As the website indicates, Scholar Strike is a labour action/teach-in/social justice advocacy in which faculty, staff and students engage in concrete action to support justice and equity for Black, Indigenous and Communities of Colour around the globe.

The Scholar Strike organizers encourage us all to engage in some of the wide array of activities listed on the program beyond the strike itself such as amplifying the message on social media to using the organization’s digital public teach-ins during class time. See detailed program here:

We believe that there are many ways to integrate a focus on anti-racist and anti-discriminatory education in all our academic activities and support you in doing so today, tomorrow and throughout the academic year. The Scholar Strike website includes a rich list of useful resources:

Bishop’s University has much to do and learn as we move forward in increasing the diversity of our community. We all have a responsibility to do our part. The dialogue and concrete actions must and will continue throughout the year.

All the best for a productive, supportive and respectful year.

Dr. Miles Turnbull
Vice-Principal Academic & Research

Dr. Claire Grogan
Associate Vice-Principal Academic

Appointment of Associate Vice-Principal Academic

Dear Bishop’s community,

We are very pleased to advise you that the Board of Governors has approved the appointment of Dr. Claire Grogan as Associate Vice-Principal Academic effective September 1st, 2020, for a three-year period.

The Search Committee  included Dr. Miles Turnbull (Vice-Principal Academic & Research), Ms. Reena Atanasiadis, Dr. Anthony Di Mascio, George-Philippe Gadoury-Sansfaçon (Vice-President Academic of the SRC), Ms. Monetta Gallichon, Dr. Heather Lawford, Ms. Patricia Pleszczynska (External member of the Board of Governors),  Dr. Jessica Riddell, Dr. Jasmeen Sidhu, Dr. Amy Svotelis and Ms. Tova White (external member of the Board of Governors). The Committee was chaired by the Principal.

As recommended by an Academic Administrative Structures Committee and approved by the Board of Governors, the position of Associate Vice-Principal Academic has been established on a three-year trial basis. The position will be reviewed after two years to determine whether it should be made permanent after August 31, 2023.

Dr. Grogan is an award-winning Full Professor of English. She is an internationally renowned scholar in the   area of feminist politics in British women’s writing, particularly in the 18th century. Over the years since her first appointment at Bishop’s in 1994, Claire has contributed to the University in significant and varied ways. She was Chair of the Department of English on two occasions during which she played a key role in program renewal.  Her service to the Association of Professors of Bishop’s University has included a role as Faculty negotiator, member of the Pension Committee and as First Vice President & Grievance Officer. She has served on the Faculty Evaluation Committee, the Senate Planning Committee, the Senate Research & Scholarship Committee and was co-Chair of the University’s Status of Women Committee. Moreover, in the 2019-20 academic year, she was interim co-Dean and then interim Dean of Arts & Science. Dr. Grogan has also served on Senate and on the Board of Governors.

Claire’s leadership, commitment to and passion for Bishop’s at this point in our evolution will be crucial. We anticipate that she will play a major role in advancing Faculty relations at a critical point for the University’s.  We are confident that she will provide transformational leadership in support of our goal of offering the foremost undergraduate education in Canada.

Please join us in wishing Claire the very best as she assumes this new important role at Bishop’s. We are committed to supporting her in every way possible.

Michael Goldbloom, C.M.
Principal & Vice Chancellor

Miles Turnbull
Vice-Principal Academic & Research

Appointment of Dean of Science

Dear Bishop’s community,

We are very pleased to advise you that the Board of Governors has approved the appointment of Dr. Kerry Hull as Dean of Science, effective September 1st, 2020, for a three-year period.

The Search Committee was chaired by Dr. Miles Turnbull and included Dr. Estelle Chamoux, Dr. Trevor Jones, Dr. Elizabeth Prusak, Dr. Michael Richardson, Dr. Jason Rowe, Dr. Mary Ellen Donnan, Dr. Elisabeth Levac, Ms. Patricia Elias (Contract Faculty), Ms. Jane Brydges (external member of the Board of Governors) and George-Philippe Gadoury-Sansfaçon (Vice-President Academic of the SRC).

As recommended by an Academic Administrative Structures Committee and approved by the Board of Governors, the position of Dean of Science has been established on a three-year trial basis. The position will be reviewed after two years to determine whether it should be made permanent after August 31, 2023.

Kerry is currently Full Professor in the Department of Biology. She was appointed as Assistant Professor at Bishop’s in 1998.  Kerry is recognized and appreciated by her students as an excellent professor. Her scholarly dossier includes an impressive variety of research projects, publications, conference presentations and knowledge mobilization activities in her fields of expertise, especially in the teaching of anatomy and physiology. Her role as Editor in Chief of the Journal of Human Anatomy and Physiology is but one of the highlights of her impressive dossier.

Dr. Hull has assumed many different service and leadership roles over the years at Bishop’s, including the coordination of the renovation and modernization of the Johnson Building and her experience as co-Dean of Arts & Science in the fall of 2019.  She has served on both Senate and the Board of Governors.

Kerry is an action-oriented individual, exceptionally driven and a creative and strategic thinker. We are confident that she will play a major role in enhancing the quality of, and increasing enrolment in, our Science programs. We are confident that she will provide effective leadership in support of our goal of offering the foremost undergraduate education in Canada.

Please join us in wishing Kerry the very best for the next three years as Dean of Science.

Michael Goldbloom, C.M.
Principal & Vice Chancellor

Miles Turnbull
Vice-Principal Academic & Research

Meet Sofia, the Library Learning Commons’ new discovery tool

Bishop’s University Library has partnered with the Bureau de coopération interuniversitaire (BCI) and a coalition of the 17 other Quebec universities to implement a unified catalogue that rolled out earlier in July 2020. Learn more here. 

The catalogue uses a new search interface, or discovery tool, called SofiaSofia will permit to survey some 20 million documents, can be searched in English and in French, and will clearly identify availability in each of the libraries. Users will be able to see, in priority, the works available at Bishop’s, but also those of other universities. Further along the implementation, it will be easy to request items from other Quebec universities directly from the Sofia’s results page. A final benefit of the collaboration between the 18 university libraries in the province and the shared system is that users will have a single file, accessible in all libraries. You will be able to borrow books in another university in Quebec with your BU card. 

You will also be able to instigate a chat session with a Bishop’s librarian directly from Sofia. Although the Library Learning Commons has been closed due to the pandemic, the librarians have remained available for assist students and faculty in their research. As needed, a videoconference and screen sharing session can be started from the chat application for demonstrations and troubleshooting. 

The new catalogue features the newly-designed Sofia logo, which is what the discovery tool is called. The name was chosen by BCI’s Libraries Subcommittee because its Greek roots mean “wisdom” and “knowledge” which is particularly relevant for  academic libraries.Sofia is also easy to pronounce in English, French and several other languages, reflecting Quebec’s diversity.  

For more information on Sofia and resources available to the Bishop’s community, please contact the Library Learning Commons.








Maple League Presidents’ Panel

Dear Bishop’s community,

On behalf of the Maple League of Universities, we would like to invite you to attend the upcoming Maple League Presidents’ Panel.

Peter Ricketts of Acadia University, Jean-Paul Boudreau of Mount Allison University, Andrew Hakin of St. Francis Xavier University and Principal Goldbloom will be discussing the future of post-secondary education – with a particular focus on the role of a 21st century liberal education – in the context of COVID-19 and beyond.

The panel will take place on the BlueJeans platform on Wednesday, July 15th, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Eastern.

The Maple League has been very active this year, as you can see from the year-end report now available by following this link:

We encourage you to review this document and the remarkable things that our colleagues – faculty, staff, students and administrators – have achieved by working together. COVID-19 has accelerated many projects and initiatives, and the guiding question that animates this consortium – what can we do together than we cannot do on our own? – has been answered in myriad ways as we grapple with the effects of the global pandemic.

We hope you are able to join the presidents on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. for this event.

If you have questions for the Presidents’ Panel, please submit them in advance to

Connection details are as follows:

Meeting ID: 8198229605

All you will need to participate is a webcam-equipped computer with internet access. Simply download the app using the link below, and enter the Meeting ID when prompted.

You can download the BlueJeans app here:

  1. Download and open the Bluejeans app, or visit the URL below in your browser.
  2. When prompted, sign in as a guest. You will be asked to enter your name so others can identify you.
  3. Enter the Meeting ID provided above.
  4. You can customize any connection options on the following screen; the system defaults should work on most devices.

Alternatively, you can join the meeting using:

  • A telephone: dial 1-888-240-2560 and enter the meeting ID when prompted, followed by the “hash” symbol.
  • A room video conferencing system: dial and enter the meeting ID when prompted.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Please visit for more information.

Telephone Fraud

The Sherbrooke Police has asked us to share the following information with our community:

A type of fraud is still rampant on our territory and throughout Quebec. The modus operandi is classic: an individual claiming to be from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police or Service Canada contacts you, first stating that your social insurance number has been compromised and adding that an arrest warrant has been issued against you. The fake officer wants to force you to pay the amount due immediately. They then ask you to go and buy gift cards and give them the numbers and codes of these cards, or go to a BitCoin counter and deposit in a “safe account”.

Specifically, the citizen sees 819-821-5555 on their telephone display, the telephone number of the Sherbrooke Police Department or any other government number. These fraudsters have the IT capacity to modify the displayed caller’s number.

This way of operating allows them not to expose themselves in person, and renders police searches more complex. In this type of fraud, the suspects are often very insistent, and refuse to let you hang up (and avoid allowing the victim to seek advice). The Sherbrooke police have received numerous calls in connection with this fraud in recent days.

Remember that no police department or government agency would require these payment methods!

Black Lives Matter

Dear Bishop’s Community,

It has been deeply shocking and devastating to watch the acts of racism that have occurred in the United States in recent days.

The pain and anger of the Black community calls us to stand in solidarity with them and to combat racism in all its forms.

We know all too well that the brutality and injustice that caused the murder of George Floyd are systemic.

It is heartbreaking to know that any person has reason to be afraid when they interact with public authorities or that parents must have conversations with their sons and daughters about how to stay safe when interacting with the police.

The protests across Canada are eloquent testimony to the fact that many of our fellow citizens face discrimination, intolerance and racism in our own country.

At Bishop’s we aspire to be an open, respectful and inclusive community.

But we have a lot of listening and learning to do.

We have made progress as a University but we are not yet the truly diverse community we aspire to be.

We must learn to be allies of everyone who faces discrimination and each of us must rededicate ourselves to building a truly diverse and inclusive community at Bishop’s.

Our Counselling Services are prepared to provide assistance to anyone who requires support in the face of these traumatic events, and can be reached at

Michael Goldbloom C.M.
Principal & Vice-Chancellor

Maxim Jacques awarded 2020 3M National Student Fellowship

Bishop’s University is delighted to announce that Maxim Jacques, a fourth-year Williams School of Business student majoring in Global Management & Leadership has been awarded the prestigious 3M National Student Fellowship.

Maxim Jacques

The 3M National Student Fellowship recognizes up to ten full-time students at Canadian post-secondary institutions who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in their lives, at their post-secondary institution, and in their communities. These students embrace a vision of education that enhances their academic experience through leadership and community engagement. Four Bishop’s students have been awarded the 3M prize in the last five years: Jason Earl (2015), Chloé Soucy (2018), Ethan Pohl (2019) and Maxim Jacques (2020).

Maxim chose to attend Bishop’s to have a meaningful impact on campus. During his first year, Maxim joined the Bishop’s University Commerce Society (BUCS). He launched a merchandising line for the business school, implemented recruitment and training tools for BUCS, and was involved on many business case competitions. Maxim developed an interest in sustainability and climate change while on exchange in the UK. Through the Bishop’s Exceptional Student Talent Project Fund (B.E.S.T.), he spent 10 days in Peru in the summer of 2019 (TGP) learning about water resource management and sustainable development. In his final year at Bishop’s, he increased environmental awareness on campus by organizing an information session for TGP, joined the Bishop’s sustainability task force to advise the school on how to position itself as a sustainable institution, and worked as a research assistant to determine how environmental sustainability could be integrated in business curriculums. Maxim will later pursue his education with a Master’s degree in sustainable development to become an environmental leader. Professor Denise Fortier was instrumental in nominating and supporting Maxim during the qualification process and remains one of his biggest fans.

Professor Reena Atanasiadis, Dean of the Williams School of Business, was thrilled about Maxim’s journey being celebrated on a national level: “What a wonderful achievement for Maxim Jacques and the Williams School of Business. Maxim is a great example of how dedication and hard work leads to outstanding accomplishments and recognition.”

Dr. Jessica Riddell, 3M National Teaching Fellow (2015) and Associate Professor of the Department of English at Bishop’s, has also been mentoring Maxim throughout the 3M qualification process: “Maxim embodies the values that drive the vision, mission, and values of our institution. This is truly one of the feel good stories of the year for the power of education and values of empathy and ethics Max models in every aspect of his life. He is a true leader.”

Bishop’s University is a member of the Maple League of universities, a consortium of four universities that also includes Acadia, Mount Allison and St. Francis Xavier. Together, this alliance of small, primarily undergraduate institutions collaborate to deliver an extraordinary 21st century liberal education. The Maple League created a mentoring network for student leaders in 2019: this year four out of the ten 3M Fellows were from Maple League institutions. This remarkable achievement is a testament to the focus on extraordinary student experience across these four universities as they deliver a 21st century education.