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Principal Michael Goldbloom, C.M., has advised the Chair of the Board of Governors of Bishop’s University that he will forego one of the two years of administrative leave to which he would be entitled at the conclusion of his second five-year mandate as Principal of Bishop’s University.

Principal Goldbloom explained that he made this decision because he did not want his deferred salary allowance to be an impediment to the Government’s willingness to help Bishop’s address the serious financial challenges it is facing.  “It would not be possible for me to continue as Principal if I am compromised in my ability to represent the University in what will be critical negotiations with the Quebec Government”, he said.  “Consequently, although the provisions of my contract are consistent with the norms for university heads in the rest of Canada, I have decided that it will be best to forego the additional leave.”

Me Robert Hall, Chair of the Board of Governors of Bishop’s University, has accepted Principal Goldbloom’s decision, albeit with regret.  “I want to emphasise that the Board and the Principal have been transparent about the terms of Principal Goldbloom’s contract with the Bishop’s community and with the government,” added Me Hall.  “His decision to forego part of the leave to which he’s entitled is another example of the thoughtful and responsible leadership that Michael Goldbloom has provided since taking on the role of Principal at Bishop’s University.”

For additional information :
Chantal Sneath
Communications Officer
Bishop’s University
819-822-9600, extension 2840


A student from Bishop’s University’s Williams School of Business has received provincial recognition this month, putting once again the university’s culture of business excellence in the spotlight.

Jay (Zhenyi) Chen, a 3rd year Entrepreneurship student from Fuzhou, China, won the ‘‘University – individual and small group’’ category at the 17th Annual Québec Entrepreneurship Contest in Québec City last week with his project ApplyEdu, an online tool that aims to revolutionize the international university enrolment industry. His project won the local and regional levels of competition in order to get to the finals against all other Quebec regions.

Mr. Chen received extensive support and coaching for his project from the Dobson-Lagassé Entrepreneurship Centre, located on campus. This significant achievement underlines the advantage for Bishop’s students of having an Entrepreneurship Centre so highly connected to the local and regional business community.

‘‘I am very proud of Jay,’’ says Dr. Francine Turmel, Dean of the Williams School of Business. ‘‘He overcame many obstacles to study in Canada, and now he has successfully leveraged his experience into a viable business opportunity to help others who face a similar situation. We’re happy that the Centre continues to play a key role in supporting Bishop’s students in their entrepreneurial endeavours.’’

The Québec Entrepreneurship Contest is the most prestigious provincial contest where the education and business communities join forces in promoting, developing and recognizing entrepreneurship across Québec.

Through the Student Entrepreneurship division, the Contest calls on students from elementary school to university who have carried out projects that have demonstrated their entrepreneurial skills during the school year. The Contest’s Business Creation division is aimed at Quebecers who are at least 18 years old and are planning to set up a business in Quebec.


For additional information :
Chantal Sneath
Communications Officer
Bishop’s University
819-822-9600, extension 2840


Award-winning author, Heather O’Neill, reads at Bishop’s University
Sherbrooke, September 10th, 2015 – Bishop’s University is pleased to announce the start of its annual Morris House Reading Series, hosted by the English Department, with a reading by and discussion with Montreal native, Heather O’Neill, on Thursday, September 17th, 2015, at 4:30 pm in the Centennial Lobby. The event is free and open to the public. An informal reception with refreshments will follow the reading.

Heather O’Neill’s most recent publication, Daydreams of Angels, was long-listed for this year’s Scotiabank Giller Prize. She is also the author of two novels. Her first novel, Lullabies for Little Criminals (2006), won her both the CBC’s Canada Reads award and the Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction in 2007. The novel was also a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Fiction and the Orange Prize for Fiction. She published her second novel, The Girl Who Was Saturday Night, in 2014, which was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. O’Neill is also a contributor for The New York Times Magazine, The Globe and Mail, The Gazette, and CBC Books and CBC Radio.

The Morris House Reading Series is in its twelfth year of hosting both established and up-and-coming Canadian authors at Bishop’s University. Prestigious writers such as Claire Holden Rothman, Alistair MacLeod, Anne Michaels, Douglas Gibson, Anne Fortier, and M. NourbeSe Philip have shared their work, answered questions, and spoken personally with students, faculty, and community members during past events. This year’s line-up also includes writer Sarah Lolley and playwright Jordan Tannahill.

Additional Information:
Further information about past readings or updates about our events can be viewed at our website.


For additional information :
Linda Morra
819 822-9600 ext. 2872

The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences and Bishop’s University Present a Common Front for Research

Attracting the Next Generation of Scientists to the Eastern Townships

Sherbrooke, September 11, 2015 – In an effort to ensure the continuum of programs in the health sciences, the Université de Sherbrooke and Bishop’s University renewed their research partnership. Unique in Quebec, this 5-year agreement gives undergraduate students in science at Bishop’s University the opportunity to acquire hands-on experience in science and research that will prepare them for undertaking graduate studies at the FMSS.

This partnership gives Bishop’s students access to research programs offered by the FMSS. In practical terms, Bishop’s University students carry out summer research internships at the FMSS. This past summer, 30 Bishop’s students took advantage of this opportunity, which is double the number from when the program first started three years ago. Bishop’s University students choose to stay in the Eastern Townships to pursue a master’s degree at the Université de Sherbrooke, which has lead to higher retention rates of students in the region. It is of interest to note that, in 2010 and 2011¬– that is, the period before the two-party agreement – the FMSS only had one Bishop’s University student who applied for and was admitted to a graduate program there. In 2013 and 2014, 5 and 7 Bishop’s students, respectively, enrolled in a master’s program at the FMSS.

Exploring Career Possibilities in the Health Sciences

All of the interns work in laboratories under the supervision of experienced researchers. In addition to exploring career possibilities in the health sciences, the students are in contact with professors and other high-caliber students. “Given the success of the first round, it was a natural decision to renew our agreement with Bishop’s University. It is an outstanding experience for future scientists,” stated Professor Jean-Pierre Perreault, Vice-Dean for Research and Graduate Studies at the FMSS.

This opportunity also gives Bishop’s students in the Pre-Medicine program the chance to earn the prerequisites required for admission to the doctorate in medicine at the FMSS.

This partnership has also facilitated collaborative work between researchers at both institutions. “We have identified common fields of research and carried out interuniversity networking, enabling researchers to share their expertise. Some will soon become adjunct professors at the FMSS so as to contribute to the training of students there. This is a very interesting development,” pointed out Miles Turnbull, Vice-Principal Academic at Bishop’s University.

Another benefit of this partnership can be seen in its contribution to the Sherbrooke University Pole, which builds on the multidisciplinary expertise of its members and on the networks they belong to in order to heighten their development and influence. Furthermore, these two institutions arrived at this agreement as the result of a spirit of exchange and solidarity so as to promote the strategic growth and action of Sherbrooke, a university town, and thereby better serve the region, Quebec society, and its many international partners.


For additional information :

Marie Gendron, Communications Officer
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences | Université de Sherbrooke
819-821-8000, ext. 72581 |

Chantal Sneath, Communications Officer
Bishop’s University
819-822-9600, ext. 2840 |

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As part of its 2015-16 student recruitment campaign, Bishop’s University is launching #BleedPurple, a distinctive awareness effort that unites Canadian Blood Services, Héma-Québec, and Bishop’s under one common cause: saving lives.

Beginning on September 17, Bishop’s students, staff, faculty and alumni across Canada will be answering the call of many Canadians in need by participating in various blood drives on and off campus.

The partnership between Bishop’s, Héma-Québec and Canadian Blood Services takes the premise of being part of a community and being socially aware, and links it with our student recruitment campaign. Always on the lookout for young women and men to become the next generation of Gaiters, Bishop’s strives to attract students who will build a better community and strive to be better global citizens.

Giving blood only takes about an hour and Canada needs at least 85,000 new blood donors this year to meet demand. The public is invited to participate in the upcoming blood drives and leave their purple mark:

Scheduled blood drives

Thursday, September 17, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Canadian Blood Services Donor Clinic, 67 College Street, Toronto (Bay and College)
Organized by Canadian Blood Services

Monday, November 16, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
John H. Price Sports and Recreation Centre, 2600 College Street, Sherbrooke (Bishop’s University campus)
Organized by Héma-Québec and Bishop’s University Students’ Representative Council

We invite everyone to contact their nearest blood donor clinic to book an appointment then dress in purple on your big day and post your photo tagging @HemaQuebec, @ItsInYouToGive and @UBishops.

In Quebec:

Call 1-888-666-HEMA (4362)

In the rest of Canada:

Download the GiveBlood App (App Store & Google Play)
Call 1 888 2 DONATE (1-888-236-6283)

The #BleedPurple campaign also encourages individuals to donate stem cells though these same organizations. Stem cell transplants are used to treat some 80 diseases and disorders. At any given time, close to 1,000 Canadians are waiting for a stem cell match. Fewer than 25 percent are able to find a match within their own families – meaning 75% rely on the generosity of volunteer donors.

Héma-Québec’s Stem Cell Registry and Canadian Blood Services’ OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network recruits healthy, committed volunteers who are willing to be a match for non-relative patients. With more younger, ethnically diverse males registering with the Stem Cell Registry and OneMatch, we can better meet patients’ needs and increase the likelihood of successful transplants.

If you are between 17 and 35 years of age (18-35 years of age in Quebec), in good general health and willing to donate to any patient in need, you could be the one match to save a life. Register at or

For more information on the #BleedPurple campaign and ways to participate, please visit


For additional information :
Chantal Sneath
Communications Officer
Bishop’s University
819-822-9600, extension 2840


As part of its Café Scientifique Series, Bishop’s University invites members of the community with an interest in the current federal election campaign to take part in a discussion and exchange of ideas around the topic “What Makes the 2015 Election Unique?”.

Hosted by the University’s Research Office, the event promises to tackle a variety of factors that have combined to make the 2015 Federal election unique in Canadian history, namely the New Democratic Party polling at unprecedented levels across the country, a campaign period running twice as long as usual, and the recent passing of the Fair Election Act.

The panel discussion will include: Dr. Michael McGregor, Professor in Bishop’s University’s Department of Politics and International Studies, Dr. Patrick Fournier, Professor at the Université de Montréal’s Department of Political Science, and David Price, Lennoxville Borough President at the City of Sherbrooke and former Member of Parliament. Each will provide the audience with his own unique insights from academia and the political trenches.

Anyone with a general interest in the 2015 Federal Election is invited to come enjoy a beer and participate actively in what will surely be a lively and enlightening discussion.

Event details

Public Talk: What Makes the 2015 Election Unique?
Monday September 28, 7 p.m.
Golden Lion Pub and Brewery, 2896 College St., Lennoxville

Contact : Chantal Sneath
Communications Officer
Bishop’s University
819-822-9600, extension 2840


Jeremy Huw WIlliams photoBishop’s University is excited to welcome Jeremy Huw Williams to Bandeen Hall for the first concert of his North American tour on Friday, September 25. A Welsh baritone, Mr. Williams is coming to Bishop’s from the Welsh National Opera, and will be accompanied on the piano by Paula Fan. Mr. Williams will also be presenting the lecture ”A New Voice: Creativity and Collaboration in Classical Music” on September 25 at 12:30 p.m. in Bandeen Hall.

He made his debut with Welsh National Opera as Guglielmo (Così fan tutte) and has since appeared in sixty operatic roles.  He has given performances at major venues in North and South America, Australia, Hong Kong, and most European countries.

Mr. Williams was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by Glyndwr University in 2009 for services to music in Wales, and received the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Music from the University of Aberdeen in 2011.

Mr. Williams’s North American tour is supported by the William Alwyn Foundation. Special thanks to Bishop’s University Foundation and the Janine Hodder Internship program.

For tickets and reservations for Mr Williams’s concert, please call 819-822-9692.

For more information about Mr. Williams, please visit his website:

Image by Tucson wedding photographers Chris Richards Photography
Image by Tucson wedding photographers Chris Richards Photography


Contact : Chantal Sneath
Communications Officer
Bishop’s University
819-822-9600, extension 2840


Bishop’s University launched its redesigned website today. The website has undergone a comprehensive redesign to connect the institution’s strong brand image to its target audiences: prospective students, their parents, current students, alumni, donors, faculty and staff.

As a critical piece of its student recruitment and communication strategy, the University recognized the importance of the site and focused its efforts on the following features:

Responsive design Our new design makes it easy to view the website on both desktop and mobile devices.


Audience-centric The content on homepage is customized for each of our main audiences.


Story-driven Our values are grounded in the student experience. Our story and social media sections capture the essence of what’s happening on (and off) campus and what it means to #BleedPurple.


Visual identity A crisp design and stunning photography unify the clean, modern look.

The new interface offers users a pleasing visual experience while making navigation easier than ever.  Users can find everything; from general information about the University, program information, news, stories about current students, faculty, alumni and more, as well as tools that are commonly used by students, faculty and staff.

Another change is the progressive elimination of the parallel website. Now prospective students simply need to point their browser to to find out everything they need to know about the Bishop’s experience. The website remains easily accessible from the portal.

The University is proud to have partnered with Lemieux Bédard, a communications and advertising firm located in Sherbrooke, Quebec, where the institution is also located. The firm provided its expertise in strategy, content development, design, and translation to make the project a reality.

We invite you to visit the website and check out the brand new look for the university’s digital presence:

For more information on the project, please visit:

Join the Purple conversation.  @UBishops  #UBishops  #BleedPurple


Contact : Chantal Sneath
Communications Officer
Bishop’s University
819-822-9600, extension 2840


Bishop’s University is proud to announce the 2015-16 season of the Donald Lecture Series. Paul Wells, Edward Snowden and Naomi Klein, this year’s trio of headliners and social commentators, promise to keep the Bishop’s community engaged as ever by tackling some of the most pressing topics of our time.  Audiences will hear about the 2015 Canadian federal election, about cybersecurity, government surveillance and human rights, and finally about the way climate change is being deeply affected by corporatist structures and economies.

The series will kick off on Wednesday, October 21, with Paul Wells. Less than 48 hours after the election results are in, Principal Michael Goldbloom will interview Mr. Wells on the core issues, trends and controversies that shaped the election and an interpretation of what the newly elected government will mean for Canada. Mr. Wells is a political editor and a senior columnist for Maclean’s magazine, and is known nationwide as one of Canada’s leading political commentators. This public interview is designed both for those who need a helping hand in making sense of Canadian politics and for those who are seasoned political information consumers.

On Tuesday, November 3, Edward Snowden will be interviewed via webcast by Royal Orr, where they will discuss issues of global cyber security, surveillance in the digital age, and the intersection of human rights and security with technology. A former intelligence officer who served the CIA, NSA, and DIA for nearly a decade as a subject matter expert on technology and cybersecurity, Mr. Snowden revealed in 2013 that the NSA was seizing the private records of billions of individuals who had not been suspected of any wrongdoing, resulting in the most significant reforms to US surveillance policy since 1978. He has received awards for courage, integrity, and public service, and was named the top global thinker of 2013 by Foreign Policy magazine.

Finally, on Wednesday, January 27, 2016, Naomi Klein will speak about one of the most profound threats humanity has ever faced: the war our economic model is waging against life on earth. Ms. Klein is a Canadian journalist, social activist, and filmmaker known for her political analyses and criticism of corporate globalization and of corporate capitalism. Her internationally best-selling books are No Logo, and The Shock Doctrine and This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, a New York Times non-fiction bestseller and the 2014 winner of the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction. The New York Times called it “the most momentous and contentious environmental book since Silent Spring.”

Into its 8th season, the Donald Lecture Series brings speakers of national and international renown to the Bishop’s campus to provide insight, provoke thought, and stimulate debate on the most compelling issues and events in the world today.

The series is made possible thanks to the generous support of Bishop’s alumnus John Donald ’60, DCL ’12. All lectures are free of charge, open to the public, and available for world-wide live stream viewing. For more information on the series, including speaker biographies, lecture descriptions, and public live-stream broadcast information, visit

Donald Lecture Series – 2015-16 Season

All three lectures are free and will take place in Centennial Theatre.

Paul Wells
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
7 p.m.
Political editor, Maclean’s magazine
“Election 2015: What just happened?”
(in interview with Principal Michael Goldbloom)

Edward Snowden
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
7 p.m.
Former CIA agent, cybersecurity expert
‘‘Mass surveillance, secrecy, and democracy’’
(in interview with Royal Orr)

Naomi Klein
Tuesday, January 27, 2016
7 p.m.
Journalist, author
“This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate”


Contact: Chantal Sneath
Communications Officer
Bishop’s University
819-822-9600, extension 2840


Champlain College Lennoxville and Bishop’s University have joined forces to organize the third Empty Bowls/Bols du Partage Project that will be held at the Hope Community Church on October 17.  Dating back to the 1990’s, the Empty Bowls international project has been adopted by many communities to fight hunger in their very own neighbourhood. This event invites the public to share in a bowl of soup to support those in need.

Several hundred beautiful handcrafted bowls have been made by local potters. Each bowl is hand painted and unique. Some of the bowls have been decorated by well-known artists and local dignitaries. Delicious homemade soups and breads have been made by local chefs.

You are invited to come choose one of the hundreds of bowls, fill it with soup, grab a homemade bun and enjoy. You then take the bowl home as a reminder that your contribution has gone directly into your community. All the money raised will go to Lennoxville Elementary School Breakfast Program, The Cornerstone Food Bank and the BU/CRC Pastoral Fund.

Soup is truly food for the soul, so help feed another soul and enjoy an autumn afternoon in Lennoxville on October 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Hope Church, 102 Queen Street. Tickets are available for $25.00 each at the Bishop’s University Bookstore, or 819-564-3666, ext. 119.

This event is made possible by BU/CRC, Sodexo, Provigo Lennoxville, Patisserie et Gâteaux Lorraine and Lucy Doheny Potter.



Heather Thomson
819-822-9600, ext. 2718
Bishop’s University
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Sherbrooke, Quebec
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