We are pleased to present our Community Report. At the University of Manitoba, we often ask ourselves: “How far can we go?” The stories included in this year’s edition demonstrate how we have worked together over the past year to push boundaries and barriers, resulting in remarkable achievements that benefit us all.
Our university has an enormous capacity to build new connections with the communities, province, country and world we serve. This spring, we were selected as future home to the National Research Centre on Residential Schools. We believe this research centre will foster a critically important conversation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people that will help us move forward on a path of reconciliation and healing.
This year our researchers distinguished themselves through discoveries that change our world. In March, we opened the 60,000 square foot Nellie Cournoyea Arctic Research Facility, which provides state-of-the-art facilities for our celebrated climate change research team.
Our talented students continued to distinguish themselves by receiving national and international honours. Thomas Toles was named our 97th Rhodes Scholar, the most of any university in Western Canada. Recent recipients of this prestigious academic honour represent the breadth of our academic disciplines at the University of Manitoba including engineering, science and the arts.
We are transforming our spaces to further enhance our learning and working environment and help us better serve the broader community. This fall, our Bison men’s football team began its first season at Investors Group Field. By 2015, our new Active Living Centre will serve as a new home for active, sustainable and healthy living.
The upcoming year will provide even more opportunities for transformation that will be embraced by our students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors, partners and friends. Thank you for reviewing the community report and for your continued support.
Dr. David T. Barnard
President and Vice-Chancellor