We are pleased to present the University of Manitoba’s Community Report. It celebrates the success we have achieved together. Our university is home to trailblazers, visionaries, innovators, explorers, mavericks, rebels and creators. The success stories included in this report reflect that indomitable spirit.
In the past year, our students have achieved great acclaim. Mark Hearson was named the University of Manitoba’s 96th Rhodes Scholar, the most of any university in Western Canada.
We launched the groundbreaking and award-winning Visionary Conversations speaker series. These public forums showcase our world-class scholars who engage in spirited debates on subjects of urgent public importance. We also celebrated the amazing breadth and scope of the University of Manitoba’s 190 inner city programs with his Excellency, The Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada.
This year, we opened the Sea-ice Environmental Research Facility, allowing scientists to gather data necessary to determine the causes of the polar ice melt that is forever changing Canada’s North.
In October 2011, we made a significant step in advancing our university’s commitment to building a society where Indigenous peoples, cultures and customs are reflected and respected. We issued a Statement of Apology and Reconciliation to Indian Residential School Survivors at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Before and after this statement, our university hosted a series of dialogues and exhibits to increase awareness of the impact of residential schools on individuals and on our community.
In the New Year, we will continue to work together to shape our university, province, country and world as they have never been shaped before. Thank you for taking time to review the University of Manitoba's community report and for your continued support.
DR. DAVID T. BARNARD, President and Vice-Chancellor
JANICE Y. LEDERMAN, Chair, Board of Governors