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Algoma U Board of Governors appoint Mike Moraca as Chair

University prepares for development of new Strategic Plan

(BRAMPTON/ SAULT STE. MARIE/ TIMMINS- June 23, 2022): Members of the Algoma University Board of Governors gathered virtually this evening for both their Annual General Meeting and the final regular meeting of the 2021-22 academic year. In addition to an overview of key achievements from the past year, the Board appointed a number of new members, including representatives from Brampton and Timmins, who will help govern the institution as it prepares to develop a new multi-year Strategic Plan to guide Algoma’s continued growth and prosperity.

During her annual report to the Board, President and Vice-Chancellor Asima Vezina, who was recently reappointed to a second five-year term, expressed her gratitude to the Board, Senate, students, faculty, staff, government officials and community partners who have enabled the institution’s current success. “We are extremely proud of our continued progress and numerous accomplishments over the past year. Algoma’s success is the result of creative problem solving, innovative thinking, sound strategy, strong partnerships and the unwavering support of the communities we serve, ” said Vezina. “As we look to the future, our efforts will be supported through the establishment of a new multi-year strategic plan which will provide the framework for our continued success.”

Vezina noted that student enrolment has tripled since 2018, enabling record investment in academics, research and other strategic initiatives. Planning is underway that will see the introduction of master’s degrees in the areas of biology and computer science in Fall 2023. Further expansion of state of the art facilities and innovative programming in Brampton, Sault Ste. Marie and Timmins will continue to attract students from throughout the world. With students from over sixty countries, the University continues to prioritize the development of an inclusive, cross-cultural learning environment for all. Final planning on the Mukwa Waakaa’igan centre of cultural excellence in Sault Ste. Marie as well as the next phase of facility expansion in Brampton is well underway.

Vezina also reinforced the importance of Algoma’s ongoing commitment to addressing specific Calls to Action identified by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC). Last year, the Board reinforced their commitment by unanimously adopting and assigning resources to Honouring our Commitment that will guide a range of related initiatives over the next several years.

During the Annual General Meeting, Mike Moraca, Treasurer and Investor Relations Officer for Algoma Steel Inc, was appointed as incoming Chair. In addition, Elaine Pitcher, lawyer and owner of her own practice specializing in corporate commercial and estate planning, was appointed Vice-Chair. Newly elected external members of the Board include Arjun Batra, President and CEO of Doon School (based in Brampton, ON); Jamie Lim, retired former President and CEO of Ontario Forest Industries Association, and former Mayor of Timmins, ON (based in Timmins/Toronto, ON); Kelli-Ann Lemieux, Vice President Surgical and Clinical Services, Health Sciences North in Sudbury, ON (based in Sault Ste. Marie, ON); Robert Battisti, Vice-President, Corporate Services, PUC Services Inc. (based in Sault Ste. Marie, ON); and, Taylor Sayers, Director of Corporate Services, UCCM Anishinaabe Police Service (based in M’Chigeeng, ON). 

With respect to internal elections, Tim van Weerden, President of the Algoma University Students’ Union (AUSU) Local 82, was elected as Algoma University Students’ Union Representative; Nina Trudeau, President of the Shingwauk Anishinaabe Students’ Association, was elected as Shingwauk Anishinaabe Students’ Association Representative; and Dr. Dionisio Nyaga, Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work, was elected as Faculty Representative.  

In addition to extending words of gratitude to the Board, outgoing Chair, Shelley Schell shared, “The Board of Governors continues to be pleased with the tremendous progress that has been made across the University over the past year.  Although we were faced with many unexpected challenges during the pandemic, we persevered by finding new synergies, leveraging strategic partnerships and supporting one another. Our collective efforts have made us stronger as an institution and we are well prepared for continued success.”

The next regular meeting of the Board of Governors is scheduled for September 29, 2022.

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