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The Eastern Township’s best kept cultural secret celebrates 35th anniversary

The 35th Season of the Musique chez nous concert series continues to feature seasoned and emerging artists in a cultural space like no other to further the legacy of its founder, Howard Brown.  

The 2019-20 Musique Chez Nous concert season will be launched at Bandeen Hall with the Howard Brown Memorial Concert on Friday, September 20, 2019. Faculty members from the Music Department and their guests will perform in our annual tribute to the founder of the department. Season brochures will also be available at the event. All are invited to a reception following the concert to meet the artists.

The program includes appearances by pianists Ross Osmun, Francine Leng, and Fannie Gaudette, guitarists Mike Gauthier, Guillaume Gilbert and Andrew MacDonald, bassists Dave Gelfand and Guy Breton, soprano Melinda Enns and the Northern Comfort Duet with singer Sonia Patenaude and guitarist Ben Kinsley.

This year, proceeds raised from the Howard Brown Memorial Concert admission price and donations will go to the Canadian Friends of University of the Bahamas.  The money will be used to support relief and restoration efforts for North Campus of the University of the Bahamas in East Grand Bahama, which was severely affected by Hurricane Dorian. Bishop’s has a special connection to the University of the Bahamas through a previous Principal of ours, Janyne Hodder, who has actually worked on the North Campus in recent years.

Alongside Dr. Osmun, co-Artistic Directors Sonia Patenaude and professor Jack Eby have created an enthralling 35th season for Musique Chez Nous which will feature many highlights, including performances by well-known local musicians such as Sherbrooke’s Fannie Gaudette, who takes on an additional role as a singer-songwriter  under a singular stage name, Fannie, to perform original music composed on the text of local lyricist Normand Achim; former Sherbrooke resident, Olivier Hébert brings the LoFi Octet project (string quartet combined with jazz ensemble); a unique performance of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons by a quartet of violas de gamba, Les Voix Humaines Consort; composer and Bishop’s University professor Dr. Andrew Paul MacDonald will premiere,  not one but two, new works performed on separate occasions (baritone Jeremy Hyw Williams with pianist Paula Fan in October 2019 and Duo François in January 2020, the Bishop’s University Singers welcome guest director Jean-Philippe Dutil and will also join several local choirs in a performance with the Sherbrooke Symphony Orchestra.

Admission for students, from Bishop’s as well as other schools, is free. Subscriptions for the series are available for adults (six concerts for $90) and seniors (six concerts for $60). Individual tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors and can be purchased in advance at the Centennial Theatre Box Office in person or by phone (819-822-9692), or at Bandeen Hall the evening of the concert. Tickets prices differ for concerts by the Bishop’s University Singers. Parking on Bishop’s campus is free on concert nights.

Created by former music professor Tom Gordon, Musique Chez Nous is a student-run concert series of the Bishop’s University’s Music Department, designed to showcase the talents of local musicians, visiting artists, and the academic excellence of Bishop’s own music faculty and students.

For more information about the Musique chez nous program, visit our website.

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Philosopher Dr. Charles Taylor C.C. launches Donald Lecture Series – Activist Xiuhtezcatl Martinez and physicist Dr. Victoria Kaspi to follow

The 2019-20 edition of the Donald Lecture Series at Bishop’s University will offer members of the community expert insight on burning current event topics.

World-renowned philosopher Dr. Charles Taylor, C.C. opens the series at Bishop’s University’s Centennial Theatre on September 26. The McGill University Emeritus Professor, co-Chair of the Bouchard-Taylor commission on reasonable accommodation, and outspoken critic of Quebec legislation prohibiting the wearing of religious symbols by some public sector employees has also been recognized for his contributions to many branches of philosophy.

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, an indigenous climate activist and hip-hop artist from Colorado, will be speaking at Bishop’s on January 14, 2020. He has also spoken at the UN Summit in Rio de Janeiro and addressed the UN General Assembly in New York City. He advocates for the removal of pesticides from parks, coal ash containment, moratoriums on hydraulic fracturing to exploit fossil fuels, and is a plaintiff in a youth-led lawsuit against the U.S. federal government for its inaction on climate change.

Dr. Victoria Kaspi, a distinguished physics professor at McGill University, will visit Bishop’s on February 5, 2020. A graduate of Princeton University who completed her Ph.D. under the supervision of Nobel-prize winner Joseph Taylor, she held positions at the California Institute of Technology, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before returning to McGill, where she was named Lorne Trottier Professor of Astrophysics. She is also the recipient of numerous prizes and awards.

The Donald Lecture Series are free and public events that everyone is welcome to attend. Parking is free at Bishop’s on lecture evenings.

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Newly-renovated laboratories and greenhouse at Bishop’s – New natural sciences ready for 2019-20 academic year

Bishop’s University’s natural sciences facilities have benefited from a $9.3 million improvement for the beginning of the new academic year.

The project, which got underway in January 2018, will benefit students and faculty conducting research, notably in astrophysics, organic chemistry, biodiversity, epidemiology and cell biology. More than 700 square metres of renovated space also include modernized teaching laboratories in organic and analytical chemistry, improved communal study rooms, and new safety features such as electronic card access control points.

“As with our Library and Learning Commons Project last year, the Governments of Canada and Quebec provided funds to support these improvements to our infrastructures in the Johnson building, which will greatly benefit our students’ journey towards academic excellence,” remarked Bishop’s University’s Principal and Vice-Chancellor Michael Goldbloom, C.M.

Funding for the project came from the Post Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund and Quebec’s Plan quinquennal d’investissment universitaire.

Bishop’s newly-renovated greenhouse features 15-foot ceilings, allowing for cultivation of a wide variety of species and experiential learning opportunities, such as growing hops for the Brewing Sciences graduate certificate, for instance. It was also designed with sustainability features in mind, such as water recuperation systems for irrigation, and opaque curtains to limit light pollution.

“I am proud to see the completion of these state-of-the-art greenhouse and laboratories. Congratulations to Bishop’s University for modernizing these infrastructures which will provide new learning opportunities to its students,” declared Canada Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister and M.P. for Compton – Stanstead Marie-Claude Bibeau.

“When Quebec University students have access to quality research and learning infrastructures and equipment, all Quebecers stand to reap the benefits of their knowledge and discovery,” indicated Geneviève Hébert, M.N.A. for St-François.

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Inauguration of Johnson building laboratories and greenhouse

Bishop’s University will officially inaugurate its newly-renovated Johnson building laboratories and greenhouse, highlighting the completion of an over $9 million project, just in time to welcome students during move-in week-end and the start of the academic year next week.

Members of the public, guests and media are welcome to join and take part in group tours of the new facilities by attending the event in the Centennial Theatre lobby from 10:00 a.m. on Friday, August 30, 2019.

WHO:
The Hon. Marie Claude Bibeau
Canadian Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
M.P. for Compton – Stanstead

Geneviève Hébert
M.N.A. for St-François

Michael Goldbloom, C. M.
Principal and Vice-Chancellor
Bishop’s University

WHAT:  Inauguration of Johnson labs & greenhouse

WHERE:
Centennial Theatre Lobby
Bishop’s University
2600 College Street
Sherbrooke, QC

WHEN:
Friday, August 30, 2019
10:00 a.m.

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Third Civic Engagement Forum for Quebec’s English-Speaking Youth Kicks Off at Bishop’s University This Weekend

On Saturday over fifty English-speaking youths between the ages of 18 and 26 from across Quebec will gather on the campus of Bishop’s University in the Eastern Townships for a week-long immersion into Quebec society.

The Forum’s program will provide the young people an opportunity to learn, share, inspire and be inspired. Participants will come together and meet with politicians, business leaders, civil servants, not-for-profit leaders, journalists and university professors to benefit from their perspectives on Quebec. Over the week, participants will develop position papers on legislative changes they want to see in Quebec which they will present to a mock Parliamentary Commission on Thursday.

“English-speaking Quebecers are a vital part of the political, social and economic fabric of this province,” said Bishop’s Forum Director Yolande James. “The Bishop’s Forum is a unique opportunity for English-speaking youth to forge new relationships with peers from across Quebec and to engage with inspiring leaders.”

“The key objective of this initiative is to help young English-speaking Quebecers understand how some of Quebec’s major institutions operate in order to equip them to advocate effectively for the changes they would like to see in Quebec society,” said Michael Goldbloom, C.M., Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Bishop’s University which is hosting the forum. “Through an exciting, enriching and interactive program, we are seeking to empower the next generation of English-speaking leaders to build a smarter, richer, greener and more inclusive Quebec.”

This opportunity is provided at no cost to participants. The initiative is supported by the Quebec Government as part of its Stratégie d’action jeunesse 2016-2021.

Contact:
Denise Lauzière
Associate Director
denise.lauziere@ubishops.ca
819-822-9600 ext. 2201
bishopsforum.ubishops.ca

UBERGaiter now prowling the waters of local lakes – Bishop’s University’s aquatic drone research project

The Undergraduate Bishop’s Earth Research Group (UBERG) is launching an innovative tool to help map and identify the prevalence of invasive aquatic plant species in Eastern Townships’ lakes Brompton and Lovering. UBERGaiter is an aquatic drone developed and built by Bishop’s students under the supervision of Professor Bruno Courtemanche, of Bishop’s University’s Environment and Geography Department.

“Designing the UBERGaiter has been an exciting, hands-on projects for students involved with the UBERG team, and we now get to see whether all our hard work is rewarded with success,” explains Professor Courtemanche. “If we are successful, we will be in a position to better understand where invasive plant species are found in the lakes we examine, and hopefully this knowledge will prove useful to stakeholders involved with the preservation of those ecosystems.”

Starting on June 4, 2019, swimmers, boaters and residence owners living on the shores of lakes Brompton and Lovering may notice a new craft tirelessly cruising around the waters. The UBERGaiter is an electric-propelled aquatic drone. Student-designed software charts its course. Its mission is to map lake bottoms through a camera feeding a recognition algorithm which allows it to identify aquatic plant species.

Through UBERG, Bishop’s students have the opportunity to get actively involved in exciting research projects as undergraduate students; such opportunities for experiential learning reflect Bishop’s commitment towards academic excellence.

The UBERGaiter project is also an illustration of Bishop’s active engagement within the Eastern Townships community through knowledge mobilization. By developing the UBERGaiter drone to help map the prevalence of invasive species of aquatic plants, Bishop’s University will provide local environment protection groups such as the RAPPEL and waterfront residents associations with key information for the development of action plans to preserve at-risk ecosystems.

The UBERG team wishes to thank local Sherbrooke business Kenny U-Pull, for graciously providing the batteries that power UBERGaiter.

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UBERGaiter aquatic drone to launch

Starting on June 4, 2019, swimmers, boaters and residence owners living on the shores of Eastern Townships lakes may notice a new craft tirelessly cruising around the waters. The UBERGaiter is a battery-powered, algorithm-driven aquatic drone which will rely on student-developed software to chart its course to map the bottom of these lakes with an underwater camera trained to identify plant species.

UBERGaiter will launch on its maiden voyage on Tuesday June 4, 2019, on Brompton Lake. Media are invited to cover the event.

WHAT:  Launch of the UBERGaiter aquatic drone

WHERE:
MacKenzie Beach, Brompton Lake
842 Rte. 222, St-Denis-de-Brompton

WHEN:
Tuesday, June 4, 2019
10:30 a.m.

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Presenting the Preliminary plan of the Campus Educational Farm – New Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems program at Bishop’s

Members of the community and the media are invited to attend a public information session about the new Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Program’s project for a Campus Educational Farm with Bishop’s Professors Dr. Darren Bardati (Chair, Environment and Geography Department), Dr. Jane Morrison (Postdoctoral Fellow, Environment and Geography Department) and Jonathan Pineault (President of Écomestible agriculteurs paysagistes).

Bishop’s University’s Department of Environment and Geography now offers a new specialization in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems (SAFS), leading to either a SAFS Minor, a 30 credits Certificate in SAFS, or a six credits Permaculture Design Certificate. The Campus Educational Farm project is part of Bishop’s plans to develop SAFS into a full-fledged Major program.

The public information session will take place at the McConnell Agora of the Library Learning Commons, on May 30th at 2:00 p.m.

WHO:
Dr. Darren Bardati
Chair
Environment and Geography Department

Dr. Jane Morrison
Postdoctoral Fellow
Environment and Geography Department

Jonathan Pineault
President
Écomestible agriculteurs paysagistes

WHAT:
Public information session
Campus Educational Farm project

WHERE:
McConnell Agora
Library Learning Commons
Bishop’s University
2600 College Street
Sherbrooke, QC

WHEN:
Thursday, May 30th, 2019
2:00 p.m.

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Bishop’s University celebrates Class of ’19 achievement – Honorands Colm Feore, Kim Thúy, Christiane Germain and Claude Belleau

On June 8, Bishop’s University Chancellor Brian Levitt O.C. will preside over the 191st Convocation ceremony, to confer degrees to 583 Class of ’19 graduates in attendance, out of a total of 667 graduates this year.

Convocation is also an occasion to recognize the outstanding achievements of deserving individuals, by conferring Doctorates in Civil Law (D.C.L.) upon Honourands – who this year include stage and screen actor Colm Feore, O.C., author Kim Thúy, Groupe Germain Hotels Co-President Christiane Germain, C.Q., and ’85 Bishop’s alumnus and Estrie Aide Director General Claude Belleau. The ceremony will also highlight the contribution of recipients of academic excellence and community engagement awards.

Two Convocation ceremonies will take place on June 8, 2019 at 10 am and 3 pm. For more details, consult the Convocation Ceremony Schedule. Graduating students Molly Sweeney and Tyler Smith have been selected as Valedictorians for Convocation 2019 and will deliver their address.

“Convocation marks an important milestone for all Bishop’s University graduates, a memorable life event for students who have been the heart of our community in recent years,” remarks Bishop’s University Chancellor Brian Levitt O.C. “They are now ready to face the new challenges that await them, and we are confident that they are well prepared to do so.”

“While all Bishop’s graduates deserve our esteem and congratulations for successfully completing their respective programs, Convocation is also the occasion to celebrate those who have gone above and beyond, and gave our community the best of themselves, such as Honorands, and recipients of prizes,” indicates Bishop’s University Principal and Vice-Chancellor Michael Goldbloom, C.M.

ABOUT THE HONORANDS:

Colm Feore O.C.

Colm Feore has had a long and distinguished career as an actor on stage and screen. Trained at the National Theatre School in Montreal, Mr. Feore joined the Stratford Festival Company in 1981. Over many seasons with the Festival he played nearly every one of Shakespeare’s leading men from Romeo to King Lear as well as Moliere’s Don Juan and Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac and many, many more. On screen Mr. Feore has moved between blockbuster movies, intimate independent features and award winning television. He is equally at home in THOR, Trudeau, 32 Short Films About Glenn Gould, The Chronicles of Riddick and The Red Violin. He is also known for 24, The Borgias, House of Cards, The Umbrella Academy and Bon Cop, Bad Cop.

Mr. Feore serves on the board of Reel Canada, a non-profit organization dedicated to celebrating Canada through film. Reel Canada’s core programs bring Canadian films into schools, introduce new Canadians to Canadian culture, and celebrate our creativity with National Canadian Film Day, the largest film festival in the world. Mr. Feore is also a Creative Consultant on the Advisory Board of Shakespearience, a program that uses the works of Shakespeare for activities in class and after class in a vital and comprehensible way to engage young people in developing communication skills and confidence.

Mr. Feore is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a 2019 Governor General’s Performing Arts Award Laureate for Lifetime Artistic Achievement and a recipient of both the Golden and Diamond Queen’s Jubilee Medals. He has won various acting awards including the Jutra, SAG, Gemini as well as the Gascon-Thomas Award (NTS) and the Earle Grey Award (Academy of Canadian Film and Television). He also holds honorary degrees from the University of Windsor and Wilfrid Laurier University.

Kim Thúy

Born in Saigon in 1968, Kim Thúy left Vietnam with the boat people at the age of 10 and settled with her family in Quebec. A graduate in translation and law, she has worked as a seamstress, interpreter, lawyer, restaurant owner and food commentator on radio and television. She lives in Montreal and devotes herself to writing.

From the moment of its release, her first book, Ru, was a phenomenal success. A best-seller in Quebec and France and translated into more than 25 languages, Ru also garnered numerous literary awards, including the prestigious 2010 Governor General’s Literary Award (Canada), the 2010 Grand Prix RTL-Lire at the Salon du livre de Paris (France), the 2010 Premio Mondello per la Multiculturalitaà (Italy), the 2010 Prix du Grand public at the Salon du livre de Montréal and the 2011 Grand Prix littéraire Archambault.

Ru was also shortlisted for the 2010 Prix des cinq continents de la Francophonie and the 2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize, which recognizes excellence in Canadian fiction. The English edition won the battle of the books organized by Canada Reads and was declared “the” book to read in Canada in 2015. She has published three other fiction works: À toi, Mãn and Vi.

Kim Thúy has also authored a Vietnamese cookbook, SECRETS from my VIETNAMESE KITCHEN, and co-authored a guide, Explaining Autism to the Non-autistic, that embodies a cause dear to her as the mother of an autistic teenager.

In 2013, Kim Thúy was awarded the Paul-Gérin-Lajoie Award for Diversity by the organization ENSEMBLE for the respect of diversity. In 2017, she was awarded an honorary doctorate by Concordia University, for giving eloquent voice to the refugee experience, and the Medal of Honour of the National Assembly of Québec. Kim Thúy has been appointed a Knight of the Ordre national du Québec.

Christiane Germain, C.M., C.Q.

Christiane Germain is co-founder and co-president of Germain Hotels, a family-owned business that owns and operates 18 properties in seven Canadian provinces.

Born in a family of entrepreneurs from Quebec City, Mrs. Germain first started by following in her parents’ footsteps in the restaurant business. After her degree in hotel management from Humber College, Mrs. Germain and her brother Jean-Yves launched and managed many successful restaurants in Québec city in their early twenties. During a business trip to New York City In the mid-80’s, a visit at the Morgan’s Hotel changed the course of history: inspired by this renowned boutique hotel, the two restaurateurs decided within a few hours that they would become hoteliers! This is how in 1988 that the Germain-des-prés in Ste-Foy, Québec, became the very first boutique hotel in Canada. Thirty years later, Germain Hotels owns three banners: Le Germain Hotels, Alt Hotels and the Alt+ Hotel, from Calgary to St-John’s, Newfoundland.

Today the company employs close to 1,450 employees and among them Christiane and Jean-Yves Germain’s children. They are proud to see their legacy continue and especially their company values being transmitted to the next generation. To highlight Canadian talent is definitely among these values, from artists to local partners. This is at the very heart of Mrs. Germain’s approach: emphasize the human connection and encourage local entrepreneurs.

Mrs. Germain supports numerous charities and takes a leading role in the community to promote, amongst other things, entrepreneurship. One of the best examples is her appearance in the popular TV show “Dans l’oeil du dragon”. She is also chair of the board of directors of the Musée National des beaux-arts du Québec. Through the years, her contributions to the economic and cultural vitality of the country have been recognized. Among them, honorary doctorates from Ryerson and Concordia Universities and from the l’Institut de tourisme et d’hôtellerie du Québec. Christiane Germain was nominated in the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada in 2018 by Women’s Executive Network (WXN) for the third year in a row. Last April, Christiane and Jean-Yves Germain were inducted in the Académie des Grands Québécois for their exceptional contribution to the Québec region economy.

Mrs. Germain is a member of the Order of Canada (C.M.) and l’Ordre national du Québec (C.Q.).

Claude Belleau

During his fulfilling career with the United Nations (UN), Claude Belleau held a variety of positions related to international development, as well as various conflicts and humanitarian crises. His work brought him to all five continents, from Mauritania to Afghanistan, through Armenia, Geneva, and New York City. Before joining the UN, Claude was also employed by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) where he worked on special economic zones projects in China in the 1980’s.

Upon returning to his hometown of Sherbrooke in 2004, Mr. Belleau’s community involvement allowed him to take his convictions and action in favour of society’s most vulnerable to the next level. His 30 years of work on these issues led him initially to get involved with Sherbrooke’s Service d’Aide aux Néo-Canadiens, where he helped welcome and settle refugees in the Eastern Townships, a safe haven for them after years of wandering and exile.

He then became a conference speaker at his two alma maters, Bishop’s University and Champlain College, and later took on the role of lecturer at the Université de Sherbrooke.

“Encouraging students to reflect on issues related to international cooperation and helping them understand the power relationships between the key actors on the global stage has been a great source of satisfaction for me. It’s where theory meets practice, and where concepts become reality.”

Since 2013, he has taken over the management of Estrie Aide, a dynamic social enterprise. Mr. Belleau is a tirelessly positive and ambitious visionary whose latest combat is fighting waste in our consumerist society. This fits perfectly with his passion for environmental, economic, and social issues. His new mission: keeping an ever-growing number of refurbished items out of landfills and demonstrating that an environmental conscience can give rise to a venture that is both economically sustainable and socially responsible.

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eTick.ca expands to Ontario and New Brunswick – Identification of tick species and real-time mapping

As the Spring thaw begins, ticks are becoming active again. The eTick.ca citizen science tick-monitoring platform created by Dr. Jade Savage of Bishop’s University’s Biology Department has been upgraded and is ready to expand to Ontario and New Brunswick, thanks to the financial support of the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Using the eTick.ca platform, members of the public who find ticks on animals, humans or in various habitats can submit a picture of the tick to have it identified by trained personnel, notably to learn whether the tick they found belongs to a species susceptible of transmitting Lyme disease or not.

In addition to discovering what species of tick they have found, users will see their record appear in real time on a map to better outline the area of distribution of the various tick species in Quebec, Ontario and New Brunswick. With this information, residents can gain insight on the prevalence of tick species in precise areas of those three provinces.

“The current context of rapid environmental changes requires new approaches to monitor modifications in wildlife distribution, especially for groups of medical relevance such as ticks,” explains Dr. Savage. “With eTick.ca we created an online tool to directly engage Canadians to participate in this monitoring effort. In exchange for the submission of tick pictures on our platform, we provide each contributor with rapid identification and public-health information about the species collected. It’s a win-win situation where our knowledge of tick species distribution is improved, and members of the public gain insight about whether the type of tick they have found may pose health risks or not.”

Collaborators include academic partners Dr. Manisha Kulkarni of the University of Ottawa, Dr. Claire Jardine of the University of Guelph, and Drs. Stephen Heard and Joe Nocera of the University of New Brunswick as well as key personnel from the Laboratoire de santé publique du Québec, the Institut national de santé publique du Québec, Public Health Ontario, and New Brunswick Department of Health.

To submit a tick specimen for identification by experts, or to view what types of ticks have been reported in your area, visit www.etick.ca.

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