Robert Couvrette has one of the most diverse jobs in the senior administration at McGill. Responsible for everything from how the washrooms are cleaned to how buildings are renovated (or built), as well as McGill’s efforts in sustainability and space planning, Couvrette’s day is pulled in many directions. We’re not sure how he found time to sit down and talk with The Reporter, but, late on a Friday afternoon, he did. And he talked about taking the long view on buildings and sustainable practices.
Michael Specter, staff writer at The New Yorker, tells the McGill Reporter that there is an increasing trend among people to reject scientific truths – and this rejection could have disastrous results.
McGill’s new Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Suzanne Fortier, officially begins duties today, Sept. 5. She took time from a busy preparatory period to meet The Reporter and talk about herself, her experience at university and some of the issues McGill will face in the years ahead.
After more than a decade as Principal and Vice-Chancellor of McGill, Heather Munroe-Blum will be stepping down on June 30. Recently she spoke with the McGill Reporter and reflected upon her ten years of service leading the University on the road to success.
Because of the way library use is changing in an increasingly digitized world some of McGill’s library spaces are slated to undergo changes this summer. Recently the Reporter sat down with Colleen Cook, Trenholme Dean of Libraries, to get a fuller sense of what is prompting these changes, why they have to occur in such a short time frame and how they present opportunities for improving student study space while still ensuring that librarians continue to play a vital role in teaching and research and are present to provide services to students and faculty.
Jean-François Nadeau came to McGill in 2010 with a mission to improve the ways in which the University interacts with companies and corporations looking to offer financial support for various campus initiatives, such as sponsoring research projects, assisting students, or hiring student interns. Nadeau recently sat down with the McGill Reporter to talk about the University’s new centre designed to streamline the relationships between the corporate and academic worlds.
Principal Heather Munroe-Blum has a lot on her plate as she prepares for the provincial Summit on postsecondary education in Montreal next week while dealing with a sudden budget crisis brought on by recently announced government cutbacks. She found time to share her thoughts on some critical issues with The Reporter on the eve of the Summit.
Entre Nous with Guy Rouleau, Director of the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital – The NeuroEntre Nous
In the latest installment of Entre Nous, new Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital Director Guy Rouleau tells the Reporter about himself, The Neuro, and his plans and vision for the institution Wilder Penfield founded in 1934.
Pierre Moreau wears two big hats at McGill. Not only is he Executive Director of Planning and Institutional Analysis (PIA), he is also Senior Advisor to the Principal on Policy Development. Formerly President of the Université du Québec system, Moreau, who did his PhD at McGill in molecular biology, returned to the University about three and a half years ago, and is now a member of the senior executive team. These days, he’s especially busy, steering the massive Strategic Reframing Initiative and other projects intended to change the way McGill runs itself, as well as helping prepare for next year’s provincial summit.
Nathalie Cooke, Associate Provost (Academic Staff and Priority Initiatives), has worked with a committee of McGill faculty members and student representatives to organize McGill’s Academic Freedom Conference being held on the evening of Thursday, Sept. 27, and the afternoon of Friday, Sept. 28. She sat down with The Reporter to discuss the issues the conference will address and outlined how McGill’s conference is different than others held this year in Canada.