April 30, 2021
Dear members of the McGill community:
As final exams conclude, the summer break draws nearer, bringing welcome respite during a most challenging year. Despite the constraints caused by COVID-19, our community has continued to fulfill McGill’s mission of teaching, research and service to the community with dedication and courage. Time and again, we have pulled together and uplifted one another in countless ways.
While COVID-19 has brought much disruption, it has also reaffirmed the importance of our University’s mandate. If we can see the light at the end of the tunnel, it is thanks to the power of research and education. In the context of McGill’s Bicentennial, the pandemic has provided a valuable perspective – one that will surely inspire how we define our next century and the kind of impact we aspire to have.
With sights set on the future, I wish to thank everyone who continues to help weather the storm. I especially want to acknowledge our students whose anticipated university experience was altered by the realities of the pandemic. You have shown great resolve and strength, and you should be very proud of what you have accomplished.
With the hope that we can resume in-person teaching in the fall, a return to a dynamic campus life is on the horizon. Please take some time this summer to rest, knowing that we will soon turn the page on this challenging period. I am looking forward to seeing you again in person, even if at a distance.
Professor Suzanne Fortier
Principal and Vice-Chancellor