Welcome to the 2014-2015 academic year

September 11, 2014

Dear members of the McGill community:

It is exciting to see our campuses buzzing with so much joy and activity. I hope that you all had a chance to take some summer vacation and have refueled your energy and enthusiasm.  Welcome back, and thank you to all the new members of our community – students, faculty and staff – for choosing McGill.  

For me, last year was a year of discovery. I learned about your values, your aspirations, your priorities. I listened to your observations about what McGill is today, and your thoughts on what we should strive to achieve. McGill is a community that sets very high goals for itself.  

Our community understands that its strengths are in the people who have been a part of its history and the people who are here today building its future. The University has been described to me in a wonderful and succinct way: “a bunch of smart people doing amazing things and delivering results.” What a great foundation for us to build on as we focus our energies and resources on the five priority areas that we have chosen for ourselves:

  • Student life and learning: Creating a rich environment for a new generation of students who are eager to put their classroom learning to use in concrete ways.
  • Research: Cultivating an environment that encourages creativity, innovation and answering game-changing questions.
  • Engagement: Collaborating with partners to maximize benefits from our shared expertise and knowledge.
  • A learning organization: Creating a workplace culture where employees are empowered to make McGill more agile and effective.
  • Space: Transforming our physical and virtual campuses into places that are sustainable, accessible, state-of-the-art and healthy.

We will continue to work together, as a community and a team, as we build action plans that will implement our collective vision for McGill.

It is always a great pleasure to meet you and to hear from you.  As you can see from my schedule, I will be in many corners of our campuses throughout the year – and, if we are not able to meet, you can always share your thoughts and ideas at suzanne.fortier [at] mcgill.ca.

Happy new academic year!


Suzanne Fortier

Principal and Vice-Chancellor

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