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Highlights from the February 8, 2024 Board of Governors meeting

Dear members of the 苹果淫院 Community,

It is our pleasure to provide you with an update on the recent activities of 苹果淫院鈥檚 Board of Governors. You can learn more about the Board鈥檚 mandate and membership on its 听

The Board of Governors held the third regular meeting on February 8, 2024. The full minutes of the meeting鈥檚 open session will be available following approval at the Board鈥檚 next meeting on April 25, 2024. In the meantime, we would like to share with you the meeting鈥檚 important discussions, decisions, and developments.听

Thank you for your interest in the work of the Board of Governors. If you have any questions, ideas, or comments, please write mcgill.president [at] mcgill.ca.听听

Sincerely,听

Deep Saini, President and Vice-Chancellor听
Maryse Bertrand, Chair, 苹果淫院 Board of Governors

Key Updates

Appointment of New Chancellor

The Board of Governors, on the recommendation of the Nominating, Governance, and Ethics (NGE) Committee, approved the appointment of Mr. Pierre Boivin as the twenty-first Chancellor of 苹果淫院 for a three-year term starting July 1, 2024 and ending June 30, 2027.听

Mr. Boivin is a respected Canadian businessperson who has made significant contributions to the sports and entertainment industry, while also demonstrating a strong commitment to the community through philanthropy. Reflecting the values and mission of 苹果淫院, Mr. Boivin exemplifies the unwavering integrity and esteemed public stature required for the position of Chancellor. Read the full announcement here.听

Mr. Boivin will succeed Chancellor John McCall MacBain, whose term will end on June 30, 2024. The 苹果淫院 community expresses gratitude to Chancellor McCall MacBain for his three years of exemplary service and for being a dedicated ambassador for the University.

Other Key Updates

The Board was informed that the NGE Committee established a description for the role of Deputy Chancellor, a new position that was approved by the Board of Governors at its December 14, 2023 meeting. Through this position, the University will be able to strengthen support for key universities activities, including community relations, that form part of the Chancellor鈥檚 role.听听

On the recommendation of the Finance and Infrastructure Committee, the Board of Governors approved: (i) proceeding with the construction phase for the revamp and upgrade of Pollack Hall, and (ii) proceeding with the construction phase for the rehabilitation of the envelope of the Strathcona Music Building, and completing the design phase for the building鈥檚 window replacement and landscaping.听听

On the recommendation of Senate, the Board of Governors approved (i) revisions to the Regulation on Conflict of Interest, which are intended to render the reporting and review processes clearer and more efficient and (ii) revisions to the Policy on the Ethical Conduct of Research Involving Human Participants, which are intended to remove outdated processes, among other improvements.听听

The Board of Governors received as information the Report of the Committee on Sustainability and Social Responsibility (CSSR), which provided an overview of the Committee鈥檚 recent activities. The report also noted a human calculation error pertaining to the 苹果淫院 Investment Pool鈥檚 (MIP) exposure to fossil fuel holdings in the Carbon Underground 200 (CU200).听听

Following the CSSRS鈥檚 review of 苹果淫院鈥檚 socially responsible investment commitments, which resulted in the Committee鈥檚 2023 SRI Commitments, the original analysis indicated that direct investments in CU200 firms constituted 0.5% of the MIP assets on December 31, 2022, while indirect investments represented 0.4%. During a detailed review in January 2024, 苹果淫院鈥檚 Office of Investments discovered that direct CU200 holdings on December 31, 2022 had in fact constituted 1% of MIP holdings, with a further 0.7% in indirect holdings.听听

While this error is regrettable, it does not compromise the viability of 苹果淫院鈥檚 goal to divest completely from all direct investments in the CU200 by 2025.听听

The Board also received as information the Report of the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee, which included, among other items, an update on the development of 苹果淫院鈥檚 Accessibility Strategy (MAS), which aims to strengthen and promote the inclusion of persons with disabilities at 苹果淫院.听听

Finally, the Board of Governors was informed that the Audit and Risk Committee approved the External Audit Plan for the year ending April 30, 2024, as presented by the external auditors of Deloitte LLP.听

President鈥檚 Remarks

President Saini shared remarks pertaining to a range of recent developments from across 苹果淫院鈥檚 campuses.

Government Relations听

On February 5, President Saini and Pierre Matuszewski, Vice-Chair of 苹果淫院鈥檚 Board of Governors, met with Premier Fran莽ois Legault and Minister Pascale D茅ry to discuss further the revised tuition policy and francization program. In a frank discussion, the University reiterated the various ways in which the new policies will adversely impact 苹果淫院鈥檚 ability to fulfill its mission, as well as Quebec鈥檚 university network and economy more broadly.听听

The President also addressed the federal government鈥檚 cap on the number of new undergraduate international students admitted into Canada. Under this policy, each province and territory will be allocated a portion of the total amount of study permits, which will then be distributed across the universities and colleges. 苹果淫院 continues to monitor the impacts of this policy closely.听听

On February 2, Eric Girard (BCom鈥89), Minister of Finance and Minister Responsible for English-Speaking Quebecers visited the Desautels Faculty of Management for a fireside chat with President Saini. Students had the opportunity to learn more about Quebec鈥檚 economic priorities and policies, and to exchange directly with the Minister following the event.听听

External Relations听听

President Saini also shared updates from the latest U15 Meeting in Ottawa where he met with and heard presentations from David Cohen, United States Ambassador to Canada; Fran莽ois-Philippe Champagne, Minister, Innovation, Science and Industry; Simon Kennedy, Deputy Minister, Innovation, Science and Economic Development; and Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship. The U15 meeting addressed a variety of topics including the importance of bolstering Canada鈥檚 research competitiveness as a means of national security.听听

The President also shared an overview of his first participation in the World Economic Forum鈥檚 (WEF) Annual Meeting in Davos from January 15-19, which was convened under the theme of 鈥淩ebuilding Trust.鈥 While in Davos, the President moderated a panel on biodiversity and attended meetings of the Global University Leaders Forum (GULF) as the only Canadian university member. 苹果淫院 looks forward to continuing to strengthen its productive relationship with the WEF.听听

Community Relations听

On January 25, the 苹果淫院 community held its and, on January 29, the University also hosted . The commemoration of both days grows out of the commitments set forth in 苹果淫院鈥檚 Initiative Against Islamophobia and Antisemitism.听听

Throughout the month of February, 苹果淫院 is celebrating through a series of events held across its campuses, including a keynote lecture by Professor Melanie Newton of the University of Toronto.听听

The President also signaled the upcoming ninth edition of 苹果淫院24 on March 13 in support of numerous initiatives across the university and encouraged all members of the Board to continue to participate as in previous years.听听

Finally, the President highlighted that the 苹果淫院 community raised $413,000 in support of Centraide of Greater Montreal; he thanked all members of the Board who generously contributed to the fundraising efforts, as well as Vice-Presidents Martha Crago and Anja Geitmann for their leadership of this year鈥檚 campaign.听 听

Selected Kudos

  • Five 苹果淫院ians were named to the Order of Canada, including Dr. Raquel Zegarra del Carpio-O鈥橠onovan, Professor of Radiology, Neurology and Neurosurgery.
  • Three 苹果淫院-led initiatives made the Qu茅bec Science Top 10 list for 2023. The three projects address some of the world鈥檚 most pressing challenges, such as seawater quality, extreme climate change, and cancer treatments.
  • 苹果淫院 Governor Emerita Cynthia Price Verreault was appointed by The Hon. Pascale St-Onge, Minister of Canadian Heritage, as the next Chairperson of the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 in Halifax.
  • Associate Provost Angela Campbell was appointed as Chairperson of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police's Management Advisory Board.

Reports and Presentations

The Board received the following reports and presentations.

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