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Report to the Community is an opportunity to showcase the year in review and highlight milestones, as well as share stories of our successes and impact over the past year. After a year of in-depth consultations, Trent University has developed a strong strategic intent based on growth and success. The Trent of the future is emerging, balancing our significant heritage with the essential components for success: high quality, distinctive academic programming; a reputation for international research; financial planning and accountability; and strong community connections. With six strategic directions (Graduate Studies, Internal and External Community Partnerships, Research, Student Engagement and Accessibility, Teaching and Learning, and Trent University Oshawa), as well as a new Vision and Mission, Trent University has clarified what will be important for our institution in the future, based on the values we share. Strong governance, through a dedicated Board of Governors, has led the University on a positive path forward, despite many external forces of economic uncertainty. Structural change internally has enhanced Trent’s ability to effectively communicate and be responsive to opportunity. A new provost and vicepresident academic, Dr. Gary Boire, joined Trent in September 2010. Three new deans were appointed in the Faculty of Arts and Science, as well as deans in the Trent-Fleming School of Nursing and the School of Education and Professional Learning. A School of Graduate Studies was introduced in September 2010, led by a newly appointed dean.

Combined academic and business planning will give new clarity to our priorities and initiatives over the next four years. The opening of the new Trent University Oshawa Thornton Road Campus has renewed our 36-year history of granting degrees in the Durham region. On Symons Campus in Peterborough, the opening of the new Life and Health Sciences Building furthers Trent’s leadership in Nursing, Anthropology, Psychology and other health-related studies. Also just opened, the Trent Community Sport and Recreation Centre, exemplary in both architecture and functionality, is already contributing to the wellbeing of our entire community as it accepts members from throughout the region. As Trent University attracts high-achieving students and advances learning and knowledge, we continue to fuel new opportunity in our local communities of Peterborough and Oshawa – and around the world. Truly, we do have “two campuses with limitless possibilities.” We approach our 50th anniversary in 2014 with bold thinking and a new confidence about the future. Thank you for your part in the ongoing story of Trent’s success.

David Morton Chair, Board of Governors

Dr. Steven E. Franklin President & Vice-Chancellor

Inside the Report A New Vision for Trent................................................................................................................2 Three New Buildings Open........................................................................................................3 Research NSERC/GFO/ERS Senior Industrial Chair...............................................................5 $50 Million Campaign..................................................................................................................8

A New Vision for Trent University n

We create vibrant, engaged and sustainable communities of learning, teaching and research committed to free enquiry and expression.


We support a diversity of faculty, staff and students who share a commitment to the learning experience and are responsive to its challenges.


We create opportunities for students, staff and faculty to flourish and develop as individuals and as global citizens.


We encourage the dynamic interplay of research, teaching and learning, which enhance and energize each other in the classroom and beyond.


We foster an environment where Indigenous knowledges are respected and recognized as a valid means by which to understand the world.


We affirm our commitment to excellence, to innovation and to leadership in research, academic programmes and community partnerships.


We strive to make valued and socially responsible contributions to our local communities, to Canada, and to the world.


We offer an enriched learning environment that encourages a passion for all knowledge, the exploration of the creative links between fields of study and a critical engagement with the world.


We commit to building an inclusive intellectual and social community that values the collaboration of all of its individual members.

Headlines and Highlights Trent: A National Leader #1 for Scholarships & Bursaries #1 Awards per Full-Time Faculty #1 MRC/ NSERC Grants

In the Top Three of Research Universities of the Year

85% of Trent students were satisfied with their university experience

85% of Trent students would choose to attend Trent again


Eco-Canada Accredited Trent University was the first in the nation to gain stringent Eco-Canada accreditation for its Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Resource Science. “Trent stood out for the quality of its faculty and facilities,” said Dr. Stephen Bocking, professor and chair of Trent’s ERS program.

Nurturing Olympic Talent Trent University was named an Official Talent Development Centre in the Row to Podium Program. Trent rowing coach and former Olympic rower Carol Love will be the head coach of the Centre, created to identify, target and develop elite rowing athletes in the province for national and international competition.

Trent Hosts Canada’s Best & Brightest Young Scientists Trent University and the City of Peterborough hosted the 49th annual Canada Wide Science Fair in May 2010. Nearly 500 students in grades seven to 12 from across the country converged for the week-long fair, which brought $2.5 million in economic benefits to the community.

Pathways and Partnerships Trent and Fleming College signed five new degree completion pathways in 2010, giving advance standing to more college graduates wishing to pursue a degree at Trent. The new pathways bring the total number of agreements between the institutions to 25. Trent continues to forge a growing number of strategic partnerships with colleges and universities including Durham College and UOIT.

Largest Class of Graduate Students During its 43rd convocation, Trent University honoured 1,883 members of the graduating class of 2010 over the course of five ceremonies, granting the largest number of graduate degrees in the University’s history: ten Ph.D.s and 80 Masters’ degrees. Convocation ceremonies were water bottle-free for the second year in a row.

Building for Excellence and Achievement Trent University Oshawa Thornton Road Campus – A Powerful Trent Presence in the GTA Marked as a major contributor to the economic vitality of the City of Oshawa and the Region of Durham, the Thornton Road Campus is expected to inject over $175 million into the local economy over several years and produce thousands of new university graduates. The new $11.5 million facility secures a strong presence for Trent in the GTA, just minutes north of Highway 401, and reaffirms Trent University Oshawa’s reputation as a centre for teaching and research excellence over the past 36 years. Opened in September to current and new Trent students, the fully accessible building offers: n Full degree programs in Anthropology, English Literature, Environmental and Resource Science/Studies, History, Psychology, and Sociology n Continually evolving academic programming – new this year is first-year introductory Business Administration and innovative new English as a Second Language program, the only course of its kind in the Durham Region n Continued efforts to develop more joint degrees, fast-tracked degrees and articulation agreements with UOIT and Durham College n A vibrant new student commons area, newly-outfitted labs, classrooms, office spaces, lecture halls and Wi-Fi library n Lectures, concerts and events open to the entire community

Life and Health Sciences Building: Fostering Education and Research Excellence The $17.2 million Life and Health Sciences Building was officially opened October 25, becoming home to Trent’s Nursing, Anthropology and Psychology departments. More than $9.8 million in support from the Provincial government has contributed to a facility that will enhance the prosperity of Peterborough and Ontario. n The new facility will foster even more collaboration with Fleming College, the Peterborough Regional Health Centre and other potential partners n New and improved classroom space, offices and research labs include the Psychology Action and Cognition Lab, the Trent/Fleming Nursing Clinical Learning Centres and a series of new Anthropology research labs n The Centre became home to Trent’s Canada Research Chair in Emotion and Health, led by Dr. James Parker, vice president research and international n The building links to the existing DNA building and will eventually encompass Module D, soon-to-be home of the Biology Department

Three new state-of-the-art

Trent Community Sport & Recreation Centre (TCSRC) – Trent’s Athletic Advantage

buildings opened across Trent’s

On the 40th anniversary Head of the Trent, the TCSRC opened its doors, welcoming alumni, the community and North America’s rowing elite to explore its world class facility, the product of a $16 million investment, including a $2.1 million contribution from undergraduate student levy fees, the City of Peterborough’s $1 million investment and a generous alumnus’ $1 million gift to name the Justin Chiu Stadium. A most welcome addition to Trent and the City of Peterborough, the centre is: n The only athletics and recreation facility in the north end of the city providing vital wellness services to all residents, including seniors, children, youth-at-risk and persons with disabilities n One of our most sustainable buildings, achieving a silver rating from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System n Fifty percent larger than the previous building and home to the Carol Love Rowing/Paddling Tank, the most advanced combination training tank in North America, the state-of-the-art, fully accessible Swimex hydrotherapy pool for conditioning and rehabilitation, indoor climbing wall, expanded therapy clinic with Trent Health in Motion, remodelled pool and change rooms and Wi-Fi equipped café

ceremonies for the Trent University

campuses this year. Opening

Oshawa Thornton Road Campus, the Trent Community Sport & Recreation Centre, and the Life and Health Sciences Building attracted dignitaries, community members, alumni faculty and staff.


Exceptional Student Success Trent students made national and international news this year with their academic, athletic, fundraising and cultural outreach efforts. Some highlights:

Accomplished Undergraduate Students n



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Competing as a team in the 2010 Excalibur Human Resources Case Competition business students Teresa Adachi, David Frazer, Kristina Goldring and Tishina Zavery used strategic, tactical thinking and exceptional case-analysis and problem-solving skills to place fourth among 23 teams from leading business schools across Canada. First-year Indigenous Studies and Psychology student Kara Kennedy was awarded the Lena White Odig, Dominic Eshkawkogan Scholarship, a $1000 Anishinaabe language scholarship from Anishinaabemowin Teg Inc, presented to just three recipients from universities across Canada and the United States. Dakota Brant was crowned Miss Indian World at the 27th Annual Gathering of Nations in Albuquerque, New Mexico in April. Miss Brant, a recent Indigenous Environmental Studies graduate, will represent all Native and Indigenous people as a world cultural goodwill ambassador for 2010/11. Trent students worked together to foster inclusivity and celebrate diversity by creating and delivering the first Colleges Connect Culture Week in January, set to become an annual event. Trent celebrated 63 Academic All Canadians in November 2009. These Trent students, representing various academic disciplines, maintain academic averages of 80 per cent or higher while competing as varsity athletes.

Discovery & Innovation at the Graduate Level n

Kingsley Hurlington, Canadian Studies Ph.D. candidate and research associate of the School of Education and Professional Learning, authored and edited Oxford Atlas 1 Project, a colourfully-illustrated atlas and full-scale learning text for kindergarteners to grade threes. n Dr. Linda Rutledge turned traditional beliefs about historic grey wolf distribution upside down when research she conducted as a Trent Ph.D. student challenged the accepted belief that only grey wolves populated eastern North America prior to European settlement. Her findings suggest grey wolves did not inhabit Southern Ontario in the 16th century, contrary to long-standing belief, and is important information for future conservation of the species. n Environmental and Life Sciences Master’s student Tasnova Khan’s work as intern for Mathematics of Information Technology and Complex Systems Accelerate Ontario, working with DNA Ident Inc, is assisting in the development of a more effective process of collecting DNA samples with a kit called C-POD, which can capture DNA from many sources, like meat tissue and blood stain. Working with organic meat distributor Rowe Meat Farms, Ms. Khan is customizing sampling procedures and devices to trace meat from “farm to fork.” The C-POD is being positioned as a universal DNA collection device.

Contributing to their community n

$5000 was raised for the Afghanistan Challenge by Trent student groups, a contribution that accounted for more than half the $9000 nationwide fundraising goal. The national campaign to raise awareness and funds for a vocational training project for Afghan widows was matched by the federal government. n Partnering with ARAMARK, Lady Eaton College students pulled together at the Bikes for Tykes event to assemble bicycles to be donated to the local chapter of Big Brothers and Big Sisters in time to bring holiday joy to children in the Peterborough community. This was the first in what will become an annual event. n Trent University Oshawa student Jessica Miller made history when she carried the Olympic torch in Pickering on December 17, 2009. Ms. Miller was selected as torchbearer for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Ajax/Pickering, where she has been a dedicated volunteer. n The Alumni Association awarded Miranda Wilson, Jennifer Kimball and Julie Kimball the Robert W.F. Stephenson Prize for Excellence in Student Governance for their extraordinary leadership efforts in the coordination of the Trent University Penpal Program, which celebrated its 20th anniversary this year.

2010 Financial Highlights To view the University’s complete 2010 Financial Statement visit Ancillary sales and services 15.3%


Tuition fees 31.2%

Other income 3.7%

Scholarships and Bursaries 6.6%

Private donations and non-government grants 2.5%

Utilities 1.8% Supplies 16.9%

Government grants 47.3%


Salaries and Benefits 68.6%

Interest 1.0% Amortization 6.5% Fair value adjustment -0.1%


Appropriated earnings -1.3%

Innovative Research

Across the Humanities, Social Sciences and Sciences

This fall Trent took a $6 million lead in the field of Biomaterial research. The Biomaterials Research Program becomes one of the top-tier research facilities of its kind in the world with news-making research grants awarded to alumnus and professor, Dr. Suresh Narine : n $1.25 million Ontario Research Chair in Green Chemistry and Engineering – Dr. Narine will receive

$250,000 a year for five years to develop and publish research in green chemistry and engineering and address barriers to the commercialization of new discoveries n More than $1.5 million in funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of

Canada (NSERC) to create the NSERC/GFO/ERS Senior Industrial Research Chair in Lipid Derived Biomaterials n With 2009 investments of $1 million from Elevance Renewable Sciences, $500,000 from the Grain Farmers

of Ontario, $500,000 from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, and an anonymous donation of $500,000, Dr. Narine will continue his work discovering and developing commonly-used materials – like creams, car parts or artificial hips – from environmentally-friendly agricultural oilseed crops.

Research Excellence Places Trent at the Top At Trent, those who teach are also high achieving researchers. In fact, that research often crosses over to the classroom – and vice versa. Following up its title of 2009 Research University of the Year, Trent was named among the top three research universities of 2010 in a survey* ranking Canada’s innovation leaders. Trent continues to occupy a spot among world leading research institutions with ground-breaking research. n Dr. Robert Wright of the History Department grabbed national headlines for his book Our Man in Tehran, detailing activities of former Canadian ambassador Ken Taylor during the 1979 seizure of the US embassy in Tehran, the topic of Trent University Oshawa’s inaugural alumni lecture this fall. He received the Canadian Authors Association Lela Common Award for Canadian History for Three Nights in Havana, the first-ever examination of the relationship between Pierre Trudeau and Fidel Castro. An author of six books, this Trent alumnus is working on his seventh, Decoding Cuba, with former Canadian Ambassador to Cuba Mark Entwistle. n Professor Peri Ballantyne is the lead researcher of a number of studies investigating pharmaceuticals and health in the 21st century. Prof. Ballantyne is shedding light on a practice and industry profoundly affecting our nation by surveying Canadians to gain insight into everyday medicinal treatments and medication for chronic pain, depression and anxiety. n Dr. Winnie Lem, cross appointed to Women’s Studies and International Development, was the recipient of a significant grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) for her work on migrants, citizenship and the public sphere in contemporary Europe, with a focus on Chinese migrants living and working in France n Trent researchers have received a combined $260,000 from SSHRC: Dr. Alan O’Connor, $81,780 to study Peterborough’s underground arts scene; Dr. Arne Bialuschewski, $63,000 for his study of the relations between buccaneers and Indigenous populations of Mesoamerica in the 17th century; Dr. Hugh Elton, $43,127 for research on the region of Isuaria, a seldom studied part of the Roman Empire; and Dr. Rodney Fitzsimons, $76,032 to further his Ayia Irini Northern Sector Archaeological Project, studying changes in the material correlates of status and identity in the Middle and Late Bronze Age. *Research InfoSource

As in past years, Trent hosted a number of research lectures, presentations and events. Trent University Oshawa’s inaugural research day was held April 13, 2010. For the first time the Trent Oshawa community was invited to learn about research conducted by professors and students at the Trent University Oshawa Research Day.

KENGO Second-year student, Sociology and International Development Studies Peterborough Symons Campus Extracurricular: Trent Global Living Learning Community, softball, baseball, swimming What I Love about Trent: The human touch and close connections with the community Future Goals: MA Sociology, international trade



Teaching Matters Trent honoured four outstanding teachers during a ceremony celebrating teaching award winners: n Dr. Paul Shaffer, Department of International Development Studies, awarded the Symons Award for Excellence in Teaching n Canadian Studies and History professor Dr. James Struthers recipient of the Award for Educational Leadership and Innovation n Excellence in Teaching Assistance Award winner Yani Kong, Theory, Culture and Politics Master’s student n Dr. Leigh Symonds of the Department of Anthropology, recipient of the CUPE 3908-1 Award for Excellence in Part-time Teaching

World renowned for excellence in both research and teaching, Trent University is home to accomplished faculty. Many of our professors and teachers have been recognized locally, nationally and internationally for outstanding contributions to academics. Notable dedication to excellence in research and a shared focus on the individual student and student success contribute to Trent faculty’s world-class reputation. Among faculty who made headlines in 2010: n Dr. Douglas Evans, Environmental and Resource Studies professor and dean of Graduate Studies, was presented with the Distinguished Research Award, one of Trent’s top honours. In the span of his 30 year Trent career Dr. Evans has become an international leader in the field of Environmental Biogeochemistry, renowned for his research of inorganic contaminants, and the supervisor of more than 40 graduate and post-doctoral students n Dr. Leonard Conolly, English Literature professor and first-class Bernard Shaw scholar, was appointed President of the International Shaw Society. Dr. Conolly will fulfill a two-year term, during which he will preside over a major international conference in honour of the 50th anniversary season of the Shaw Festival in 2011, and publish his illustrated history of the Festival.

Alumni Achievement Five Alumni Leaders Honoured at 2010 Alumni Awards The 2010 Alumni Awards held at Trent celebrated the theme “Colouring our World” by honouring five recipients who commit their talent, compassion and achievements to making a difference. The event featured an awards ceremony and special 100-mile dinner in the Great Hall of Champlain College and celebrated the achievement of the following individuals for their contributions to their respective fields of correctional services, pathology and molecular biology, process facilitation, law and education: Distinguished Alumni Award

Spirit of Trent Award

Paul Crookall ‘65

John Butcher ‘67

James Richardson ‘64

Karen Sisson ‘78

Young Leader Award Jessica Wolff ‘99

Trent Students Gain International Experience Thanks to International Alumnus Respected international property developer and Trent alum Justin Chiu made another generous donation to Trent with the development of an international summer internship. Outstanding students Timothy Shah and Dean Howley spent summer 2010 working for Cheung Kong (Holdings) as the first recipients of the Justin Chiu Internship. The students were provided with accommodations and an unparalleled learning experience working for one of the largest developers of residential, office, retail, industrial and hotel properties in Hong Kong.

Trent Alum’s Latest Book Named One of the Best of the Year This year alumnus Don Tapscott released his 11th book, Macrowikinomics: Rebooting Business and the World, a follow-up to his 2007 success Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything, and recently named one of the best business books of 2010, in the running for the prestigious Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year. The Chairman of nGenera Innovation Network, Mr. Tapscott is considered one of the world’s leading authorities on business strategy and the affects of information technology. He and his wife Ana Lopes sponsor Trent’s annual Tapscott-Lopes Business and Society Lecture.


Community Connections Community connection is a source of pride at Trent University. Each year our students, faculty and staff dedicate time and their unique perspectives to the local community through outreach programs and community events. n In March, Peterborough elementary students met with their Trent penpals to celebrate another successful year and the 20th anniversary of the Trent Penpal Program. After 20 years of writing letters to promote elementary school literacy skills, 58,000 letters have been shared between over 8,600 penpals. The milestone was also celebrated in October at the Head of the Trent Homecoming Festival Tent with a ribbon cutting to launch the 20th year. n Trent hosted the Canadian Interuniversity Sport Women’s Ruby Championship in November. Trent facilities, volunteers and cheering crowds left an impression nationally. More than 1,800 fans turned out for the final cup game. n The Trent International Students Association held “Niyonkwarihoten – Our Cultural Ways” 2010’s Cultural Outreach celebration at Showplace theatre in downtown Peterborough. n The Afrobana Cultural Show was held in November 2009. Organized by the Trent African Caribbean Student Union, the evening featured song, dance, music, stories and spoken word performances. n Various events were sponsored by the Indigenous Studies Department, such as the 33rd Annual Elders’s and Traditional Peoples’ Gathering and Celebrating Indigenous Knowledge: Peoples, Lands and Cultures Conference. n Trent University Oshawa Thornton Road Campus hosted an evening of free music for the entire community with Welsh Guitar Virtuoso Gareth Pearson. A Taste of Trent and a number of public cultural, literary and historical presentations have been featured at the new campus. n A free public lecture on the global warming crisis and fallout from the Copenhagen Climate Conference was delivered by Dave Martin, Greenpeace Canada’s climate and energy coordinator. n Through the Trent Centre for Community-Based Education (TCCBE), a number of research projects for various community organizations in Peterborough and Haliburton Counties were completed this year. A number of students received awards for their community-based research projects: Clare Hanlon, Central East Community Care Access Centre Prize, A History of the Women’s Health Care Centre, Ann Baker, Civic Award (City of Peterborough) – Cultural Betterment, Dissecting a Doctor’s Ledgers Two Centuries Later, Patarapa Padungpat, Pammett Historical Prize, Memoir of an Environmental Activist, and Robert Kiley, Symons Essay Prize: Fourth Year, Aging Well: The Personal Experience Project Two.

ASHLEY Fourth-year student, Psychology Trent University Oshawa Thornton Road Campus Extracurricular: Peer mentor, IMPACT leadership program, dance instructor, fundraising for children’s charities What I love about Trent: The best thing about studying at Trent University Oshawa is the sense of community within the school. You get to know the professors and other students really well which infinitely enhances your learning experience Future Goals: International lawyer, United Nations



A Thriving Culture of Philanthropy Leading up to the Trent University’s 50th Anniversary in 2014, a $50 million Campaign, the largest in the University’s history, was launched in October 2009. One year later, the campaign is at 44% of its goal, marking another year that exemplifies the ongoing commitment and exemplary philanthropy of those connected with the Trent community.

Creation of a Graduate Studies College ($2M)

Enhancing Athletics and Recreation ($4M)


Total raised to date: $3.134M (78% of goal)

Student Support ($6M)


Total raised to date: $ 4.102M (68% of goal)

Annual Special Initiatives and Library Enhancements ($6M)

Total raised to date: $3.963M (66% of goal)

Centres of Knowledge ($32M)


Total raised: $2.219M (111% of goal)



Total raised to date: $8.577M (27%)

Total raised to date: $ 22 M (44% of goal)


Preliminary figures as of Oct. 31, 2010

International Alumnus Justin Chiu Donates $1 Million to Name Trent’s Stadium Trent University alumnus Justin Chiu made another transformational gift to Trent when he gave his second gift of $1 million to the University in July 2010 – this one to name the University’s outdoor stadium. The Justin Chiu Stadium is a focal point of the new Trent Community Sport & Recreation Centre, which offers all users a full-spectrum indoor and outdoor athletics

and recreation experience unparalleled anywhere in the region. “This new sport and recreation centre is an exciting addition to the community and will help build even stronger ties between the University and the surrounding region,” said Mr. Chiu. “I take great pride in being part of the Trent and Peterborough communities.”

Kenneth Mark Drain Chair in Ethics Chair Appointed Leading philosopher Dr. Kathryn Norlock was named the Kenneth Mark Drain Chair in Ethics in 2010. Previously an

associate professor of Philosophy at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Prof. Norlock gave the inaugural Drain Chair Lecture in November 2010: “Beyond Punishment: BP, Technological Disaster, and Moral Repair.” Members of the Patterson

and Drain families, who established the Kenneth Mark Drain Chair in Ethics, the University’s first endowed chair, were in attendance at the lecture, which attracted many interested students, faculty and community members. Themes of the

prevention of disasters and evils brought about by those who could have acted differently were explored in a question and answer period following the talk, mediated by journalist and award-winning author Alana Mitchell.

Leaving a Legacy: the Late Fern Rahmel Supports Women in Education Generations of Trent University students will benefit from a generous $1.4 million bequest from Fern Rahmel, a leader in education, the arts and culture in the City of Peterborough, Ontario, who passed away in late November 2009. The third

largest bequest in the history of Trent University, the gift will focus on Trent University’s campuses in both Peterborough and Oshawa, leaving a remarkable legacy in support of women pursuing higher education. When matched by the Ontario Trust for Student Support, the total endowment will equal $2.8 million. At Trent University Oshawa Thornton Road

Campus, $1 million will be endowed in perpetuity, and will generate approximately $40,000 annually. According to the wishes of Ms. Rahmel, the funds will be used for bursaries for female students over the age of twenty-five who have

demonstrated financial need as they work toward earning a Trent degree. An additional $1 million will be endowed, and the

income made available to third- and fourth-year students of proven academic ability who have demonstrated financial need, studying at either the Peterborough or Oshawa campuses.


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