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Bishop’s University awarded VÉLOSYMPATHIQUE certification

Bishop’s University announces its VÉLOSYMPATHIQUE Bronze certification awarded by Vélo Québec.  This certification is in line with the actions prescribed by the University’s Sustainable Development Plan and recognizes the efforts of organizations working for the well-being of their community by making cycling a real transportation and leisure option.

“Bishop’s University is remarkably dynamic; its initiatives toward cycling education and promotion are second to none on larger campuses. It is committed to its community, working closely with all members, and adopting astute solutions that complement public transportation. Its vision for the future is promising, and we look forward to seeing its plans come to fruition. According to these actions, we should soon see more cyclists on its campus!” notes Jean-François Rheault, President and CEO of Vélo Québec.

Bishop’s University’s Office of Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Transportation Working Group are working closely to develop initiatives that support the development of cycling culture on campus. The judging committee’s analysis includes four key areas: Environment, Education, Encouragement, and Evaluation and Planning (the 4Es). The VÉLOSYMPATHIQUE movement wishes to highlight the following successes in the awarding of this certification:

  • Mobilizes during Sherbrooke cycling events and gets involved with municipal authorities to promote cycling, advocates for the development of the cycling network and requests winter maintenance.
  • Encourages the adoption of cycling by organizing various educational activities on the safe use of bicycles and holding maintenance clinics on campus every semester.
  • Offers, as part of its BoulotBUSolution transit subsidy program, an annual “active transportation” package specifically for those who travel primarily by active means from May to October and by bus during the cold season.
  • Collects a variety of data on the mobility habits of its community through a survey with the Centre for Sustainable Mobility of Sherbrooke.

About the VÉLOSYMPATHIQUE movement

The VÉLOSYMPATHIQUE movement encourages communities and organizations to make cycling a real transport and leisure option for all. Through its rigorous certification process, it offers tools and support services to communities and organizations working to promote cycling.

The VÉLOSYMPATHIQUE movement receives financial assistance from the Government of Québec under the Action-Climat Québec program and is in line with the objectives of the 2030 Plan for a Green Economy.

Sonia Patenaude, Manager of Communications | 819-342-2587

Mathieu Désy, composer and musical director for stage production of Gaz Bar Blues

Photo credit: Danny Taillon

Music Department Chair at Bishop’s University, the Eastern Townships’ native and double bass player Mathieu Désy unveils his third score for Duceppe theatre company, this time in the theatrical version of Gaz Bar Blues, inspired by the 2003 film by Louis Bélanger and scheduled to premiere on Wednesday, January 18th.

A master of the polyphonic double bass navigating between classical, jazz and pop, Désy composed the musical landscape for the production and leads the cast of performers throughout live performances. Following a month of shows in Montréal, Mathieu Désy and the Gaz Bar Blues cast will perform at Théâtre de la Bordée in Québec City and will pursue their blues journey in more than twenty locations throughout the province, including Sherbrooke in April 2023.



Sonia Patenaude
Communications Manager – Bishop’s University
819-342-2587 |

Unveiling of a mobile maple production unit by students from the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Program

As part of an experiential learning course of the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems (ASAD) Program, four students presented and unveiled the final concept of the mobile maple syrup production unit at Bishop’s University.

Under the supervision of Bruno Courtemanche of the Department of Environment and Geography, students Andrew Belleville, Gabrielle Bourbeau, Marianne Granger and Jacob Guité, were mandated to design and build a mobile maple production camp, facilitating its use on campus, at the ASAD farm, to eventually participate in community events in the borough of Lennoxville and in the region.

The process started with many brainstorming sessions, a 3D model and a design report. Then the team began construction, making slight changes to the original model and report as the process progressed. The teams’ final design revolves around a flatbed trailer, which has been modified to include walls, roof, solar panel, and boil-out equipment, all while staying within their $6,000 budget.

There are a few final adjustments to brings to the unit and the team is confident that maple syrup production on campus will be possible as of the next spring season!


Sonia Patenaude
Communications Manager | 819-342-2587

Sustainable Agriculture and Experiential Learning meet as Students Unveil Mobile Maple Syrup Production Unit

Students enrolled in an Experiential Learning course in Sustainable Agriculture will present their project for the design and creation of a mobile maple production unit on Friday, December 9th at 11 a.m. at Bishop’s University.

Under the supervision of Bruno Courtemanche of the Department of Environment and Geography and as part of the Experiential learning in Sustainable Agriculture course, students Andrew Belleville, Gabrielle Bourbeau, Marianne Granger, and Jacob Guité have designed and built a mobile maple syrup production camp to solve the issue of off-campus transformation for the maple sap tapped on campus.

What :Presentation and Reveal of Design – Maple Syrup Production Unit
When :Friday, December 9th
Where:11:15 a.m. Unveiling of the Maple Syrup Production Unit, The Quad

Sonia Patenaude
Communications Manager | 819-342-2587

Canada Research Chair in Exoplanet Astrophysics renewed for Dr. Jason Rowe

Dr. Jason Rowe, of Bishop’s University’s Physics and Astronomy Department and one of the world’s leading experts on exoplanet astrophysics, has successfully renewed his Canada Research Chair for another five-year term.

The funding associated with Dr. Rowe’s Canada Research Chair in Exoplanet Astrophysics allows him to continue to discover and characterize exoplanets, to help understand their origins and composition, which may help determine if other habitable planets and life beyond Earth exist.

“Dr. Rowe is one of the world’s authoritative experts on exoplanet astrophysics, explains Michael Goldbloom, Principal and Vice-Chancellor at Bishop’s University, and we’re very proud and delighted that he’s here with us at Bishop’s University, further demonstrating our commitment toward academic excellence.”

“The renewal of this Research Chair for Bishop’s University demonstrates that regional universities are also able to attract leading thinkers such as Dr. Jason Rowe and are just as conducive to bringing together creative teams that can be leaders in physics and astronomy.” – The Hon. Marie-Claude Bibeau, MNA for Compton-Stanstead, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food.

This research work will notably be conducted through the newly-launched Webb Space Telescope, for which Dr. Rowe is among a select group of privileged users based on his outstanding contributions to exoplanet astrophysics, and also likely in the future through the POET (Photometric Observation of Extrasolar Transits) mission, an upcoming Canadian microsatellite telescope which is being developed by Dr. Rowe and partners at Western University and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA).

Olivier Bouffard
Communications Director | 819-822-9600 ext. 2840

Department of Physics and Astronomy at Bishop’s University to make announcement

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Bishop’s University will make an announcement pertaining to research on Friday, November 25th at 10 a.m. in the lobby of Centennial Theatre at Bishop’s University.

Guest speakers of this event will include, The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-food, Mr. Michael Goldbloom, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Bishop’s University, Dr. Andrew Webster, Vice-Principal Academic & Research, Dr. Kerry Hull, Dean of Science.

What :Announcement from the Department of Physics and Astronomy
When :Friday, November 25th, 2022, at 10: 00 a.m.
Where:Centennial Theatre Lobby, Bishop’s University
2600, College, Sherbrooke (Quebec)
Centennial Theatre C10 / Parking P4 (1004)  – See campus map
See Directions to the event

Sonia Patenaude
Communications Manager | 819-342-2587

The Maple League of Universities appoints a new governance model to support unprecedented growth

The Maple League of Universities is an academic consortium that has grown rapidly since 2018. The four university presidents believe that this inter-institutional collaboration is a strategic priority for each of their institutions, and that working together will continue to enhance the quality, innovation, and sustainability of their respective universities.

Due to rapid growth in multiple areas – including shared academic courses, supporting student leadership, leading a virtual teaching and learning centre, decolonizing education abroad, and attracting over $1 million of external funding – the Maple League is moving into a new phase of working together.

In light of these achievements, the four university presidents have designed a new governance model that will enable this academic consortium to continue to grow and become more deeply engrained in the four institutions.

This fall, the Maple League Presidents Council vested operational leadership to a Governing Board, which is composed of the Vice-Presidents Academic/Provosts of the four institutions. This new Governing Board will be chaired by Dr. Jeff Hennessy, Provost and Vice President Academic at Mount Allison University. The four universities have agreed to extend funding from 2023 to 2028 at the current level, and to operationalize inter-institutional collaboration through the intentional design of systems and structures.

The Maple League of Universities continue to model how excellence is achieved through collaboration. All four Maple League universities appeared in the top six spots in the category of primarily undergraduate universities in Canada for 2023. Moreover, four of the ten 3M National Student Fellowships awarded across Canada went to students attending a Maple League university. A project shared across the Maple League called the Online Teaching and Technology Consultants (OLTC) program won the D2L Award in June 2022, the highest recognition of innovation in higher education by a team.

On the heels of national and international achievements, Dr. Jessica Riddell finishes a stellar five-year term as Executive Director of the Maple League June 30, 2023; the governing board will initiate a search process for a new Executive Director in November 2022. Dr. Jeff Hennessy, new Chair of the Governing Board, states, “We are so grateful to Dr. Riddell for her tremendous leadership as the Executive Director of the Maple League. Under her direction, our consortium grew from a beautiful idea to a thriving, collaborative community of scholars, students, and staff. We would not be where we are today without Jessica’s leadership and vision, and we are sad to see her term come to an end. Her new book project, Hope University, will no doubt shape what excellence looks like in undergraduate education well into the future.”

Dr. Riddell reflects, “The privilege of seeing the inside of four institutions provided deep insights into how policies, systems, and structures operate and how they inform, shape, and reflect deep cultures. I have benefitted from a master class in policy development and implementation, governance, funding structures, and strategic planning. The experience has offered me a nuts-and-bolts understanding of systems – and constraints – as well as a greater understanding of how universities are striving to fulfill their mandate to contribute to the broader society. I am excited to take this knowledge into new spheres and share these insights with the Post-Secondary sector. The Maple League is in excellent hands, and I will continue to support these endeavors for many years to come.”

As the only academic consortium in Canada, the Maple League is proud to lead conversations on quality undergraduate education. Each institution is dedicated to graduating highly employable and deeply ethical individuals. The Maple League provides collaborative and innovative opportunities to students, faculty, and staff, which enhances resilience, engagement, and civic engagement.

“The Maple League consortium stands out as innovative in the landscape of higher education in Canada,” Hennessy remarks, “at Mount Allison University and across the four universities, we value inclusive, accessible, and high-quality undergraduate education: As four primarily undergraduate universities with common values and vision for 21st-century liberal education, our institutions are committed to helping students lead while they learn,” says Hennessy. “And the potential is simply extraordinary.”


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)
Lauren Boultbee
Strategy & Advancement Lead
The Maple League of Universities
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

Donald Lecture Series: Eva Kuper, Holocaust survivor and educator

The 2022-2023 Donald Lecture Series continues with guest speaker Eva Kuper: Holocaust survivor and educator on Monday, November 21st at 7 pm at Centennial Theatre on the campus of Bishop’s University.

Eva Kuper was born after the start of WWII in Warsaw, Poland.  She survived the war by a series of miraculous events, but mainly as a result of the courage and humanity of both family and virtual strangers. She immigrated to Canada with her family in 1949 where she grew up in Montreal, with the Holocaust history always present in her life.

Mrs. Kuper spent her professional life as a teacher and educational administrator. Holocaust education has become her “calling” and a passion.  As a life-long student and teacher, Eva believes that education is the most powerful tool we have in combatting antisemitism, racism, and hate.

What :Donald Lecture Series
Eva Kuper, Holocaust survivor and educator
When :NEW DATE Monday, November 21st at 7 pm
Where:Centennial Theatre, Bishop’s University
Admission is free.

Sonia Patenaude
Communications Manager | 819-342-2587

Bishop’s University now a Designated Fair-Trade Campus

Bishop’s University announced that it is now recognized as a fairtrade campus and received the designation from Loïc de Fabritus Gautier, a representative of FairTrade Canada. This designation is part of the actions prescribed by the University’s sustainable development plan. The FairTrade Campus designation aims to recognize, through official status, educational institutions committed to supporting fair trade.

Bishop’s University’s Office of Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Working Committee have work together to meet the three key requirements for FairTrade Canada’s fair trade campus designation:

  • Since October 2021, Bishop’s has set up a steering committee made up of active volunteers and members of the administration who meet on a regular basis.
  • Foodservice locations under campus control offer a range of FairTrade certified products, such as coffee, tea, hot chocolate, chocolate bars.
  • The Bishop’s Sustainable Development Office supports the student-run Environmental club, which organizes events and activities to increase the visibility of fair-trade products available on campus and to raise community awareness of fair-trade issues

Fair Trade Campus designation

Trade in fair trade certified products is growing all over the world. The “fair trade” certification of these products, created towards the end of the 1980s, facilitated access to products from this alternative trade. This is a sustainable development approach integrating social development, environmental protection, and fair remuneration criteria.


Sonia Patenaude
Manager of Communications | 819-342-2587

“Orange Shirt Day” march to honour survivors and the memory of residential school victims and their families

On this second National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, also known as “Orange Shirt Day”, Bishop’s University and Champlain College again organized the “Every Child Matters” memorial march to honour survivors as well as the memory of victims of residential schools and their families.

The event represents the culmination of the Week of Truth and Reconciliation that brought together member institutions of the Pôle régional en enseignement supérieur de l’Estrie (PRESE), including Champlain and Bishop’s as well as the CÉGEP de Sherbrooke, and the Université de Sherbrooke.

Vicky Boldo, Special Advisor – Indigenous Student Support, and Shawna Jerome, Assistant – Indigenous Student Support, will greet the community at the heart of the Bishop’s University campus. Camilla Rizzi, President of the Representative Council (SRC) of Bishop’s University, invites participants to march through the streets of the Borough of Lennoxville. Students and teachers from Lennoxville Elementary School and Sherbrooke Elementary School, Bishop’s College School as well as Alexander-Galt High School also signed up for the demonstration.

The end of the 60-minute is located at Coulter field at Bishop’s University with student athletes distributing orange cards to participants to form each letter of the phrase “Every Child Matters”, to allow a drone to capture an aerial photo of the moment.

The event includes speeches by students from Bishop’s University and representatives of PRESE member institutions, including Lois Dana, Student Life Advisor – Aboriginal and Intercultural Affairs, Champlain College Lennoxville, and Jesse Lepage from Université de Sherbrooke.

Orange Shirt Day

The meaning of Orange shirt day is based on the story of Phyllis Webstad, an Indigenous girl who was taken from her community in 1973 in British Columbia. Her grandmother gave her a new orange outfit for her first day of school. When she arrived at the residential school, all her belongings, including the outfit, were confiscated, and destroyed. Each year, Canadians are encouraged to wear orange on September 30 in memory of the tragic impact of residential schools, the missing children, the families affected and the survivors of these institutions.


Sonia Patenaude
Manager of Communications