UPEI President's Annual Report 2012

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President’s Annual Report 2012

Suc ceeding through T r a nsform at ion

M i ssion The University of Prince Edward Island, founded on the tradition of liberal education, exists to encourage and assist people to acquire the skills, knowledge, and understanding necessary for critical and creative thinking, and thus prepare them to contribute to their own betterment—and that of society—through the development of their full potential. To accomplish these ends, the University is a community of scholars whose primary tasks are to teach and to learn, to engage in scholarship and research, and to offer service for the benefit of our Island and beyond.

Un i v er si t y of P r i nce E dwa r d Isl a n d Located in Charlottetown, the capital city of the province of Prince Edward Island, UPEI has a rich and vibrant history with roots in two founding institutions—Prince of Wales College and St. Dunstan’s University. The University honours this proud legacy through a growing reputation for research innovation, academic excellence, community engagement, and service—locally, nationally, and internationally. Consistently ranked as one of Canada’s top primarily undergraduate universities, UPEI offers a wide range of programs and degrees to over 4,400 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students from over 60 countries. The University is home to a talented community of educators and researchers including five 3M Teaching Award-winners, and 15 funded research chairs—one a prestigious Canada Excellence Research Chair in Aquatic Epidemiology. UPEI’s beautiful campus consists of 28 academic, administrative, residential, and athletics buildings surrounding an historic central quadrangle. UPEI students benefit from outstanding student-faculty interaction, real-world research opportunities, a supportive campus environment, international study exchanges, and over $4.4 million in scholarships. Upon graduation they join our growing network of successful alumni who pursue rewarding careers in their chosen fields—demonstrating the value and promise inherent in a UPEI education.

Ta bl e of Con t en t s Message from the President ......................... 4 Future Directions Process Overview ................ 5 Core Strengths—Future Directions Pillars ......... 6 Student Experience .............................. 6 Vibrant Communities ............................ 8 Exploration and Discovery ..................... 10 Living Sustainability ............................. 12 Points of Pride ........................................... 14 UPEI By the Numbers .................................. 18 Results of Operations ........................... 18 Students ............................................. 19

Donor Support .................................... 20 Campus Community ............................. 21 Research ........................................... 21 University of Prince Edward Island Leadership .. 22 Board of Governors .............................. 22 Senate ............................................... 23 Administrative Structure ...................... 23 A Word from the VPs ................................... 22 Vice-President Academic (Interim) ......... 24 Vice-President Administration & Finance .. 25 Vice-President Research ....................... 26

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Me ss age f rom t h e P r e si den t “UPEI’s vision of fulfilling potential and succeeding through transformation is based on a sound understanding of our core values, and strengths.”

UPEI is proud to be an integral and valued component of the Island community. UPEI’s success as an educational destination of choice for talented and creative students, faculty, and staff nourishes our ability to deliver exceptional opportunities for learning, discovery, community engagement, and professional achievement. In the pages that follow, you will see highlights of recent individual and institutional accomplishment, excellence, and impact. 2012 was a year of significant renewal and progress with colleagues and students bringing fresh perspectives, talent, and energy to initiatives and roles. UPEI added several new program offerings including PhDs in molecular and macromolecular science, and environmental sciences, as well as a bachelor of science in kinesiology. UPEI, however, is not immune to the challenges facing post-secondary institutions worldwide. Ongoing institutional evaluation and transformation is essential in order to succeed. We must continually adapt and improve. To this end, 2012 has also been a year of engagement and idea-sharing through the Future Directions visioning initiative. UPEI’s vision of fulfilling potential and succeeding through transformation is based on a sound understanding of our core values and strengths. The UPEI Future Directions Vision Document was developed to provide a foundation for broader planning and decision-making over the next five years. Based on further dialogue and consultation, UPEI’s strategic action plan, which will be shared with our community in 2013, will guide and advance priority areas critical to success. The energy and ideas of our faculty, staff, and students and the relevancy of our programs, research, and services are valuable resources that contribute to the reputation of our University and the future of our province. By investing in people, connecting to community, and demonstrating accountability and transformational capacity, UPEI will continue to deliver exceptional educational experiences and outcomes.

Alaa Abd-El-Aziz President and Vice-Chancellor


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F u t u r e D ir ec t ions P ro ce ss O v erv i e w Unprecedented Dialogue Future Directions is a broadly based, consultative visioning exercise focused on identifying UPEI’s core strengths, values, opportunities, and ideas and the ways in which the University can build upon these to position UPEI, its people and partners for extraordinary success. At the request of President Abd-El-Aziz, and on behalf of the University, the Reflections and Future Directions steering committee and 11 subcommittees, made up of staff, faculty, and students were established in November of 2011. The committees worked collaboratively to engage UPEI colleagues and members of the community in the visioning process. Regular meetings and several retreats were held to receive valued input and discuss themes resulting in the identification of key priorities. A UPEI Future Directions Vision Document was produced which identified UPEI’s “Vision,” “Values,” and “Future Directions Pillars.” Acting as a foundation for further planning, the vision document was presented to the UPEI Board of Governors in May 2012. The second phase of the Future Directions initiative, Dare to Dream, encouraged UPEI community members to share “What if?” ideas that could make a positive difference and contribute to UPEI’s growing success. More than 130 ideas were submitted. After review and alignment by the strategy incubation team, the ideas were sorted by responsibility areas and delivered to the pertinent vice-presidents for review. Many of these ideas have played an influential role in the development of UPEI’s draft strategic action plan, due for release in 2013.

Vision The University of Prince Edward Island will be a leader in delivering outstanding experiential learning opportunities that encourage our students to develop their full potential in both the classroom and the community. Driven by discovery, UPEI will be a destination for those eager to advance our world by creating new knowledge. Together, we will foster the development of tomorrow’s leaders who will emerge from their studies ready to excel and contribute to the betterment of our local and global communities.


Future Directions Pillars

• Accountability and Integrity • Excellence • Respect and Collegiality • Shared Responsibility

UPEI will focus energies and resources on four collaboratively identified core strengths—our pillars: Student Experience, Vibrant Communities, Exploration and Discovery, and Living Sustainability.

For additional information on the Future Directions initiative, visit: futuredirections.upei.ca

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International Exchanges

Core Strengths—Future Directions Pillars

S t u den t E x per i ence At UPEI, we challenge our students to reach their full potential by becoming thoughtful, productive citizens on a local and global scale through high quality academic and experiential learning opportunities.

During the University’s 2012 visioning exercise, UPEI’s long-term commitment to ensuring student success by providing outstanding learning experiences, within and outside the classroom, was identified as a core institutional strength.

Community Responsibility Nurses seeking to further their education through graduate studies now have the opportunity to do so at UPEI through the master of science in nursing (MN) program. The program has both thesis and nurse practitioner streams. A graduate of the MN thesis stream will be prepared to engage in a variety of advanced practice roles including direct care of individuals, families, communities or populations; education; administration; and research. Graduates of the nurse practitioner stream will be well-prepared for evidence-based nursing practice as they assume the clinical, research, leadership, collaborator, and educator roles of the primary health care nurse practitioner. UPEI’s first nurse practitioner (NP) students will complete their program in early summer of 2013, and after writing their national certification will be the first NPs to receive didactic and clinical advanced practice nursing education in the province. The development of the MN program speaks to the University’s commitment to offering relevant and timely programming—educating skilled health-care providers as a partial solution to health-care challenges.

Real World Solutions UPEI’s Annual Engineering Design Expo is a great opportunity for second- and thirdyear engineering students to work with industry and government organizations— “clients”—that provide them with real issues to solve. Student groups meet, plan, build, analyze, and present prototypes to their clients. The Expo provides a venue for students to display their work to community members and industry professionals. Engineers PEI

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judges the projects and presents an award to the team that best demonstrates a high level of professionalism, understanding of the client’s problem, and an ability to effectively explain their designs to the general community. First-year Engineering students are also involved, and in 2012 they demonstrated their work for the Mikinduri Children of Hope, a local organization dedicated to relieving the effects of poverty in Kenya. These students, including some from Africa, were challenged to develop drawings and instructions for a charcoal press that could produce bricks of charcoal, with tools readily available in Kenya. 2012 saw the largest number of international students enrolled in the Engineering program at UPEI to date.

Opportunities for Personal Growth During his time at UPEI, arts student Dylan Rose (honours English) has broadened his horizons, and experienced personal growth well beyond his expectations. By welcoming opportunities available to him, Dylan has participated in international exchanges, spending six months at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia and six months at Korea University in Seoul, South Korea. In 2012, Dylan volunteered with the UPEI International Buddy Program— helping international students feel at home at UPEI. He is working closely with several of UPEI’s Korean students and is well on his way to fluency in Korean. Dylan has challenged himself at UPEI. His life-altering educational experiences have given him the confidence and ability to pursue a world of future possibilities.

Teaching Abroad The opportunity to teach and learn in another country is a key feature of UPEI’s teacher education program. The UPEI Faculty of Education formalized an agreement with Advanced Knowledge Database International Inc. in China, which offers opportunities for UPEI education students to teach abroad in a K-12 school in China during six-week practicums.

Master of Science in Nursing

Engineering Design Expo

teaching in china

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AVC Summer Academy

Core Strengths—Future Directions Pillars

Vi br a n t Com m u n i t i e s Building upon our closeknit campus culture, program offerings, and extensive connections with the broader community, UPEI provides a gateway to exceptional learning and living opportunities in an intimate, welcoming, learning environment.

Connection to each other, to friends, colleagues, and to community, at home and abroad, is a well-known strength of the University of Prince Edward Island. We value this special characteristic that creates vibrant learning communities.

Welcome to UPEI! During Welcome Day 2012, hundreds of first-year students and their families, well over 80 staff, and over 100 students from the student body and the Student Union, gathered in Louis W. MacEachern Market Street and Schurman Market Square in Don and Marion McDougall Hall to celebrate the start of a new academic year with the incoming class of 2016. Led by UPEI’s Registrar Kathy Kielly, staff and faculty were available to answer questions, provide tours, and introduce students to the university experience. The University also regularly hosts groups of international students attending UPEI through various study programs including, in 2012, seven Science Without Borders (SWB) students from Brazil, and 11 PhD students from Egypt. The SWB program is funded by the Brazilian government, allowing Brazilian students to attend higher education institutions around the world. Students study academic courses for two semesters followed by an internship or research placement. UPEI’s International Relations Office hosted the PhD students from a partner school, Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt. The post-graduate students were mentored by faculty members across campus and assisted with research initiatives and teaching, concurrently improving their English-language skills.

AVC Friends and Family In 2012, the Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC) established AVC Friends and Family, a community-based volunteer organization dedicated to supporting and promoting the

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College. The group now has over 500 members. AVC also established the AVC Summer Academy, an academically based program for undergraduates interested in exploring an education in veterinary medicine. The pilot program, attended by students from the Atlantic provinces, Ontario, and Quebec, was a resounding success and builds upon the national award-winning Dr. Tim Olgilvie AVC Vet Camp program.

Telling Island Stories Telling Island Stories (TIS) is a collaborative digitization and economic development project led by the Robertson Library. The team successfully launched its TIS application in the summer of 2012, and it is now available worldwide in Apple’s App Store. This unique discovery tool, provides a new way to access Prince Edward Island historical materials, and participate in their enhancement and preservation within an online community. TIS exemplifies the innovative, collaborative, and entrepreneurial possibilities that exist at UPEI.

Making History and Giving Back UPEI’s women’s hockey team claimed its first-ever Atlantic University Sport (AUS) hockey banner by defeating the Mount Allison Mounties 3-0 in the final game of the AUS Championship on March 4, 2012 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. UPEI goalie Kristy Dobson was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. The team’s Head Coach, Bruce Donaldson, was chosen by his peers as the 2011–12 AUS Women’s Hockey Coach of the Year. While achieving outstanding academic and athletic success, (in 2011–12, UPEI had a record 54 Academic All-Canadian athletes playing in nine Panther sports), athletes from all UPEI varsity teams are actively engaged in initiatives that benefit team members, the University and the community. The UPEI women’s hockey team was privileged to receive a 2012 RBC Play Hockey grant of $10,000 for its “Newcomers Play Hockey” program—a concept developed by Coach Donaldson, to encourage youth who are new to Canada to become involved in hockey through skill sessions put on by members of the women’s team. With the help of this grant—and working with the PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada and various government and local agencies—UPEI’s women’s hockey varsity players provided a positive example for young players and newcomers as they learned about the sport and had lots of fun in the process!

Welcome day

Telling Island Stories

Newcomers Play Hockey program

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Human Development and Health

Core Strengths—Future Directions Pillars

E x pl or at ion a n d Di scov ery UPEI will strengthen partnerships with industry, government, and private companies to share expertise that informs research-based decision-making in areas of policy and practice essential to the health and prosperity of our communities.

UPEI is recognized as a growing centre of research excellence. Our distinctive research clusters have global reach and impact, resulting in a substantial increase in graduate student enrolment and the attraction of world-class funded research chairs over the past decade.

Reducing costs to the health-care system In 2012 UPEI welcomed Dr. William Montelpare as the Margaret and Wallace McCain Chair in Human Development and Health. His research programs are directed toward issues in public health and exercise science, with a specific focus on injury prevention in sport and recreational pursuits, as well as promoting quality, daily physical activity, balanced energy consumption, and tobacco exposure avoidance. One area in particular that Montelpare examines is concussion in sport. In the course of his research Montelpare works with athletes, including university athletes at UPEI. While the prevention or reduction of concussion is his primary goal, Montelpare is also working on a novel technique to evaluate damage to the brain following concussion. Current evaluation techniques use memory tests and neurological examinations but Montelpare is developing a subcortical test that appears to be more accurate at estimating when a concussed athlete can safely return to play.

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research capacity—people and resources In 2011–12 UPEI—and more specifically, the Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC)—continued to build its research capacity, with a prestigious Canada Excellence Research Chair (Dr. Ian Gardner, Aquatic Epidemiology) and a Canada Research Chair in Integrated Health Research for Sustainable Aquaculture (Dr. Sophie St-Hilaire). The addition of such eminent chairs strengthens the University’s research program, enhances its attractiveness to graduate students, and builds UPEI’s reputation.

Entrepreneurially Inclined UPEI computer science student Ben Docksteader was recognized as one of Canada’s most promising undergraduates when he was selected as a member of Canada’s entrepreneurial leadership initiative—The NEXT 36. The initiative aims to increase Canadian prosperity by developing Canada’s new generation of high-impact entrepreneurs. During an eight-month period, students are mentored by some of the country’s top business leaders, and academic instruction is provided by some of the world’s top faculty.

Canada’s Future Science Leaders For the first time in its 51-year history, Youth Science Canada’s 2012 Canada-Wide Science Fair (CWSF) was held in Prince Edward Island. UPEI was pleased at the opportunity to partner with federal and provincial governments and agencies, as well as local businesses and volunteers to bring Canada’s brightest young scientific minds to the province and to campus for a week of fun, discovery, and networking with fellow students, scientists, and researchers. The 18-member CWSF 2012 host committee was co-chaired by UPEI faculty members Dr. Bill Whelan and Dr. Andrew Trivett. UPEI chemistry professor Dr. Barry Linkletter acted as chief judge, and Dr. John Burka of AVC’s biomedical sciences department recruited close to 300 dedicated community volunteers. Over 500 top student scientists from grades 7 to 12 showcased their projects and inspired fellow participants and attendees while competing for national awards and prizes.

Dr. Ian Gardner

Ben Docksteader

Canada-Wide Science Fair

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Dr. Sophie St-Hilaire

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L i v i ng S us ta i n a bi l i t y Our University will continue to build unique programs, relationships, and initiatives that promote Prince Edward Island as a living laboratory.

The University of Prince Edward Island embraces sustainability in our research, operations, and daily activities. By modeling programs and decisions that demonstrate our commitment to a sustainable future, UPEI inspires members of our community to become knowledgeable and conscientious citizens.

Improving Aquaculture systems Dr. Sophie St-Hilaire (AVC ’94) joined UPEI as the Canada Research Chair in Integrated Health Research for Sustainable Aquaculture. Dr. St-Hilaire has studied aquaculture in Chile, Europe, and on both coasts of North America. Her unique expertise examines the short- and long-term costs of an intensive aquaculture system, with a careful eye on environmental sustainability. Her international experience complements AVC’s world-renowned aquatics program and the breadth of her research projects involves collaboration with researchers in many different areas of investigation.

a leader in sustainable facilities management UPEI received the Association of Physical Plant Administrators (APPA) Sustainability Award in the Small Colleges and Universities category in 2012. The international award is designed to advance sustainability excellence in educational facilities and recognized UPEI’s Facilities Management department for integrating sustainable policies and “green” practices throughout all facets of UPEI’s operations.

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Initiatives include energy management, resource conservation, waste management, improved energy efficiency, improved maintenance and cleaning practices, sustainable landscaping, and construction. UPEI was also recognized for environmental savings with an “Environmental Calculator” plaque from Quebec’s Cascades Fine Papers Group and Wood Wyant. The plaque details UPEI’s reduction in environmental impact based on actual consumption. In 2011, UPEI achieved BOMA Building Environmental Standards (BESt) Certification from the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) of Canada for 22 of its campus buildings.

Sustainable Business Hannah Bell, a student in UPEI’s Executive MBA program was dubbed PEI “champion” as part of the 2012 Student Entrepreneur National Competition. The competition is sponsored by the charitable organization, Advancing Canadian Entrepreneurship and is presented by the John Dobson Foundation. Bell owns a company that provides sustainable business planning tools and techniques for municipal governments and non-governmental organizations. Her entrepreneurial spirit, combined with her UPEI executive MBA experience, led to the creation of an innovative model for working with municipal organizations for sustainable futures.

Program inspires students to host environmental symposium Environmental Studies students hosted an environmental symposium on campus that focused on the true costs of what we eat, wear, and use. Students presented posters that demonstrated the environmental and social impacts of consumerism on the local, national, and global economies. Guest speakers addressed topics ranging from a bioregional approach to local economies, to the true costs and environmental implications of plastics.

Green Practices

Hannah Bell

environmental symposium

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Poi n t s of P r i de

Dr. Ian Dowbiggin, UPEI professor of history and the author of several books on the history of science and medicine, was named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in the Academy of the Arts and Humanities.


The SHARE (Students Hearing About Real Experiences) program creates an extensive and varied list of supportive alumni who have agreed to be contacted by UPEI students to discuss career options. To date, 125 alumni have been recruited.

Former UPEI basketball Panther, Curtis Robinson (1991–96), pictured with his wife, Tina Klonaris, was inducted into the UPEI Sports Hall of Fame at the annual UPEI Sport Legacy Celebration.



In the most spirited New Student Orientation week ever at UPEI, students raised a recordbreaking $32,609 for Shinerama, a fundraiser for cystic fibrosis. UPEI first-year student, Kaitlyn Parks, was the top online fundraiser in the country raising $2,247.

UPEI’s case team members—(left to right) Janell MacDonald, Jingshu Zhang, Jordan McNally, and Kristina MacLean— took home the first place trophy at the Wing Lung Bank International Institute for Business Development Case Competition in Hong Kong.

For the first time in AVC’s history, the Class of 2012 achieved an overall pass rate of 100 per cent in the North American veterinary licensing exam. As well, AVC received full accreditation earlier in the year from the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education. The College has received full accreditation since its first graduating class in 1990.

December 2011

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Michael van den Heuvel, UPEI’s Canada Research Chair in Watershed Ecological Integrity, was awarded funding by the Canadian Water Network and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to construct a long-term monitoring program in the watersheds in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence, including the Northumberland Strait.


UPEI’s Future Directions visioning exercise was launched at a retreat in Summerside, PEI, generating discussion with the purpose of identifying UPEI’s strengths, growth potential, vision, and planning.

Fiona Walton, professor of education at UPEI (second from left) was awarded a 2012 3M National Teaching Fellowship, bringing UPEI’s total of 3M Teaching Fellows to five. Each year the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and 3M Canada reward exceptional teaching and learning at Canadian universities.

UPEI celebrated the launch of BioVOS. This new contract research company, based partly on UPEI technology, tests new drugs and treatments for neuro-inflammatory, metabolic, and cardiovascular disorders.

FEBRUARY 2012 Future Directions dialogue and consultation continued within the UPEI community.

The doors officially opened to UPEI’s Health Sciences building. Home to the School of Nursing and the Department of Applied Human Sciences, the 39,000-squarefoot building received funding from the province, with UPEI raising the balance through the support of many generous donors including the estate of Mary Eileen (McMillan) Fulford, the family of G. Stewart and C. Jean (Ross) MacKay, Vera Elizabeth Dewar, and Bill and Denise Andrew.

March 2012

UPEI Co-operative Education programs in Business Administration and Computer Science received formal accreditation by the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education in time for National Co-op Week, 2012. Over 500 students have graduated from UPEI’s Co-op programs, generating over eight million dollars in student work-term salaries.

UPEI’s Climate Research Lab hosted a symposium sponsored by the province of PEI, the government of Canada, and UPEI. The conference featured the results from PEI’s climate-change adaptation efforts, a report on climate changes that have occurred on PEI over the past 50–100 years, and projections of anticipated variations.

April 2012

Conversations on UPEI’s Future Directions took place with community and funding partners.

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UPEI once again celebrated its largest graduating class ever at convocation. 914 students crossed the stage, exactly the same number of students who graduated in 2011!

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June 2012

The UPEI Vision Document was endorsed by the Board of Governors as a foundation for planning.

The Centre for Life-Long Learning held graduation ceremonies for the fourth cohort in the Public Sector Leadership Development Program. Over 100 students have graduated from the program. Alumni include managers from the provincial government, the Canada Revenue Agency, Veterans Affairs Canada, ACOA, and the City of Charlottetown.

UPEI’s fourth president, Dr. Elizabeth “Betsy” Epperly, professor emerita, founding chair of the L.M. Montgomery Institute, was honoured with a plaza dedicated in her name. The plaza is located at the south entrance to the Robertson Library. Dr. Epperly served as president from 1995–98.

UPEI was proud to recognize a generous $3-million gift from Margaret and the late Wallace McCain through the naming of the Margaret and Wallace McCain Chair in Human Development and Health.

July 2012

UPEI’s Conference Services supported major national conferences and events on campus. The Canada-Wide Science Fair, Legion Canadian Youth Track and Field Championships, and AIRS conferences involved hosting over 1,500 participants and delegates.


The University was awarded two national Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education (CCAE) silver awards for “Best Print Ad or Poster” and “Best Photograph.” The CCAE Prix d’Excellence program recognizes outstanding achievements in areas such as communications, recruitment, and institutional advancement.

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UPEI formally launched the Dare to Dream initiative—Phase 2 of Future Directions—during a celebration attended by more than 300. Students, faculty, staff, and alumni were encouraged to share ideas on ways to build upon UPEI’s Vision Document to shape our future.


Selvi Roy, a PhD student in the faculty of education (pictured above with her PhD advisor, Dr. Barbara Campbell), was awarded a prestigious Strategic Training in Health Research fellowship by Knowledge Translation Canada.

UPEI signed a memorandum of understanding with the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute , a unit of the Smithsonian Institution (SI). The two institutions will work together on publications; organize seminars, lectures, and symposia; and collaborate on teaching and training. UPEI will also host the SI’s database of international forest biodiversity.

Over 130 ideas were submitted to UPEI’s Dare to Dream initiative!

OctobER 2012

UPEI celebrated the MacLauchlan Prizes for Effective Writing at its first annual event in recognition of the importance of effective writing as a foundational skill for academic success and lifelong learning. The award—presented to 39 students and one faculty member—was established in 2011 by the MacLauchlan family to honour H. Wade MacLauchlan’s contributions to the University and his 12 years of service as UPEI president and vice-chancellor.

novemBER 2012 President Alaa Abd-El-Aziz and Premier Robert Ghiz travelled to Egypt and Turkey to advance educational partnerships. Relationships with universities around the world are critical to strategic international student recruitment, expanded student/ faculty mobility, and UPEI’s success as an educational destination.

Staff member David Taylor, and faculty member Stephen Champion (pictured far left with his students), were recipients of Engineers PEI recognition awards for environmental excellence and industry excellence, respectively.


Phase 2 of Future Directions wrapped up with Dare to Dream ideas being reviewed and categorized for use in strategic planning over the next quarter.

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U PEI B y t h e Nu m ber s The University of Prince Edward Island creates a yearly UPEI By the Numbers update following the release of regional enrolment numbers by the Association of Atlantic Universities. The most recent version is available online at upei.ca/ president/publications-and-documents.

Results of Operations Operating Revenues (%) (year ended April 30, 2012) 1.8

$108 M


54.1 26.2

 Operating Grants  Tuition and Fees  Ancillary, Sales, Service, and Other  Donations

Operating Expenditures and Interfund Transfers (%) (year ended April 30, 2012) $108 M 5

4 32

5 12 69

 Salaries and Benefits  Supplies and Other  Capital and Financing Costs  Scholarships and Bursaries  Utilities  Professional Fees and Travel  Repairs and Maintenance

Complete audited financial statements are available under the subject heading “UPEI Financial Statements” at home.upei.ca/about-upei/publications

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students UPEI offers its students a quality education, competitive tuition, and a unique learning experience. Enrolments have grown steadily over the years reaching a high of 4,567 students in 2011/12. In the fall of 2012, a decline in UPEI enrolments (4,477) reflects the beginnings of predicted demographic challenges in the region. As the universityage population in PEI decreases, the number of Island residents attending UPEI declines. Positive enrolment trends in the fall of 2012 for full-time, first-year registrations in arts, business, and science include: an increase of 26 per cent in the number of students attending UPEI from other provinces, and a 19-per-cent increase in the number of international students. 2011 STUDENT ORIGIN (%)

undergraduate and Graduate ENROLMENT HEADCOUNT




























Total Headcount*







Total FTE







11.7 16.9 71.4

*Headcount = # full-time + # part-time.

2012 STUDENT ORIGIN (%) Undergraduate enrolment by faculty (%) (Fall 2012)

5.9 5.7 6.5


6.3 16.9 29.4

12.4 Headcount

 Arts 1220  Science 1225  Business 702  Nursing 264  Education 270 244  Veterinary Medicine  Unclassified/Conversion Certificate 240

Includes total full-time/part-time undergraduate and professional program headcounts.

17.8 69.8

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Prince Edward Island Other Canadian Provinces International

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Donor Support The Department of Advancement at the University of Prince Edward Island strives to sustain UPEI’s future success by securing private philanthropic support and fostering donor-centred relationships. Donor support enhances the UPEI student experience and strengthens UPEI’s ability to achieve its mission and potential. In 2011–12 many donors completed commitments made to UPEI’s highly successful Building a Legacy campaign. The following information provides a financial review of support received during the fiscal year 2011–12.

Donations by area (%) 10.7 29.7


17.1 26.5

$2,215,917.00  Education & Research Student Support* $1,979,852.55   Capital $1,280,322.57  Unrestricted $1,193,286.40  Special Programs & Projects $ 802,267.21 TOTAL



*Scholarships, Bursaries, & Awards

Donations by Donor (%)

4.2 1.2





 Friends $1,985,484.01  Estates $1,766,868.27  Alumni $1,712,783.58  Foundations $1,246,011.85  Corporations $ 359,487.37  Campus Community* $ 310,611.88  Community Organizations $ 90,398.77 TOTAL $7,471,645.73

*Contributions from full-time, parttime, and retired/former faculty & staff, Board of Governors, honorary degree recipients, and on-campus organizations. Donors from this group who are also alumni of PWC, SDU, or UPEI are included under the alumni category.

On behalf of the University, our students, faculty and staff, thank you to our many generous donors who have made gifts to our Annual Fund, capital campaigns, who established endowments and awards, and whose planned giving was realized. You have generated funding for student support, capital needs, educational programming, and research. UPEI is grateful that you continue to make your University a giving priority. To view UPEI’s 2011/12 Annual Donor Report visit upei.ca/adr.

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Campus Community UPEI is a close-knit university with extensive links to the broader community. With over 4,400 students enrolled at UPEI from over 60 countries, and more than 800 faculty and staff employed, our provincial University makes an important contribution to the social, cultural, and economic fabric of Prince Edward Island. Human Resources (August 2012)

Term Faculty

• Number of buildings: 28 square feet

building space Academic/Research/ Administrative/Recreation/Other Residence

796,179 210,000


Employment level Permanent Faculty



247 41

Land holdings (PEI)


Permanent staff


Charlottetown campus

Term staff






Total Employees*


*Excludes sessional faculty, student/casual employees, coaches.


*Does NOT include washrooms, hallways, mechanical rooms, etc.

Research UPEI is a growing centre of research excellence in Atlantic Canada, and is home to 15 funded research chairs, including the prestigious Canada Excellence Research Chair in Aquatic Epidemiology. The University manages nearly $16 million in research expenditures annually. Individual and collaborative research is centred within three main areas: environment, health, and community and culture. To read UPEI’s research blog, visit: upei.ca/research/blog





• Research commercialization: 6 invention disclosures, 2 patent applications, 1 new license







• Research Chairs: 1 Canada Excellence Research Chair, 7 Canada Research Chairs, 7 Endowed/sponsored Chairs


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Un i v er si t y of P r i nce E dwa r d Isl a n d L e a der sh i p

Mr. W.E. Bill Andrew

MR. Tom Cullen

Dr. Alaa Abd-El-Aziz

Chancellor of UPEI

chair, Board of Governors

President and Vice-Chancellor

Board of Governors

(December 31, 2012)

Dr. Alaa Abd-El-Aziz

Mr. Tom Cullen

Dr. David McKenna

Mr. Duncan Shaw

(President and Vice-Chancellor)


(Chair, Appeals Committee)

Mr. W.E. (Bill) Andrew

Ms. Tracey Cutcliffe Dr. Linnell Edwards Mr. Scott D. Harper Mr. Ron Keefe Dr. Nebojsa Kujundzic Ms. Nicole Lane Ms. Elizabeth Maynard

Dr. Brian McMillan Mr. Shawn Murphy

(Chair, Development, Fundraising, and External Relations Committee)


Mr. Andrew Bartlett Ms. Alicia Bremner Mr. John A. Buchanan Dr. David Buck Dr. Barbara Campbell

(Chair, Property and Asset Management Committee)

Ms. Lynn Murray (Vice-Chair, Chair, Human Resources Committee)

Dr. Carolanne Nelson

Mr. Pat Sinnott (Chair, Finance and Audit Committee)

Dr. Lowell Sweet Ms. Margo Thompson Ms. Kate VanGerven Mr. Xuan (Frank) Zhou

UPEI will be known for the quality of our education, and for exceptional student experiences and outcomes.

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(December 31, 2012)

Ex Officio Dr. Alaa Abd-El-Aziz (Chair of Senate)

Dr. Don Desserud Mr. Alan Duncan Dr. Robert Gilmour Dr. Rosemary Herbert Ms. Kathy Kielly (Secretary of Senate)

Dr. Christian Lacroix Mr. Mark Leggott Ms. Pat MacAulay Dr. Deborah MacLellan Ms. Jackie Podger Dr. Don Reynolds

Dr. Miles Turnbull Ms. Kate VanGerven Dr. Brian Wagner Alumni Representative Mr. Walter Bradley Board Representative Dr. Linnell Edwards Students Mr. Robert Déziel Ms. Margaret Doyle Ms. Danielle MacDonald Mr. Matt MacInnis Ms. Anastasia Smallwood Ms. Laura Wisener

Administrative structure

Elected by the Teaching Faculty Dr. David Buck Dr. Barbara Campbell Dr. Lisa Chilton Dr. Gary Conboy Dr. Sue Dawson Dr. Ian Dowbiggin Dr. Reuben Domike Dr. Kathy Gottschall-Pass (Vice-Chair of Senate)

Dr. Nebojsa Kujundzic Dr. Frances Gray Dr. Gil Germain

Dr. Richard Lemm Dr. Gordon MacDonald Dr. Amy MacFarlane Dr. Jane Magrath Dr. Laurie McDuffee Dr. Jean Mitchell Dr. Sheldon Opps Dr. LeeAnn Pack Dr. Cathy Ryan Dr. Jim Sentance Dr. Marva Sweeney-Nixon Dr. Suzanne Thomas Dr. Kate Tilleczek Dr. Don Wagner


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Official visitor to the university Honourable H. Frank Lewis, Lieutenant Governor

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A Word from the VPs

Dr . C h r i s t i a n L acroi x Vice-President Academic (interim)

“It is all about providing our students with the best possible academic and personal experiences.”

You could call Dr. Lacroix the home-grown member of UPEI’s senior management team. Dr. Lacroix first came to UPEI as an assistant professor of biology. He’s since held positions as department chair, dean, and now as the interim vice-president academic. Dr. Lacroix completed his BSc and MSc at McGill University. He earned his PhD in botany from the University of Guelph. After a brief stint back at McGill as a postdoctoral fellow, he arrived at the University of Prince Edward Island in 1990. Dr. Lacroix brings an important sense of history and context to the senior management team. He was dean of science for six years before taking on this interim role and was at the helm during an important era of growth in research, programming, and graduate studies in the Faculty of Science. Dr. Lacroix says his learning curve as vice-president academic has been a steep one. He oversaw a restructuring of departments and services that has enhanced the support offered to students. “I’m interested in moving initiatives ahead,” says Dr. Lacroix, “and by that, I mean good initiatives. Not just change for change’s sake. I feel like we have a team here that’s not content to let the boat drift. We want to sail it to a destination that is both ambitious and achievable.” “This is a big-picture job,” explains Dr. Lacroix. “It is all about providing our students with the best possible academic and personal experiences. Our personnel, services, and facilities are key supporting elements of our academic mission.” Looking around campus, Dr. Lacroix sees nothing but potential. “I think the barriers between departments and faculties are being removed. We’re creating a university where people now look around to see how they can work together, in an environment where student success is a priority. That’s exciting.”

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Ms. Jack i e Pod ger Vice-President Administration and Finance UPEI’s new vice-president of administration and finance likes to build from the ground up. Before coming to UPEI in the fall of 2012, Ms. Jackie Podger was a founding member of the administration teams at two universities. At UPEI, she discovered a university old enough to have its own traditions, but small enough to be nimble and progressive.

“I’m excited by what the future holds for UPEI.”

“I have great respect for the history of UPEI,” says Podger. “But I also see an institution that can adapt swiftly to be better, faster, and more efficient. It’s an attractive place to work.” Podger began her post-secondary studies at the University of Waterloo, where she did her honours bachelor degree in political science with a business option. She completed her first master’s degree, in industrial relations, at Queen’s University. Upon graduation, she moved to British Columbia, where she worked in human resources at Vancouver General Hospital. The University of Northern British Columbia hired her to be an HR specialist, but she would go on to become director of human resources. She held the same position at UBC Okanagan before being appointed associate vice-president of administration and finance. Podger comes to UPEI with an enthusiasm for learning. While working in her various positions in the last 20 years, she completed her second master’s degree in leadership and training from Royal Roads University. She also recently became a certified management accountant. Bringing a fresh perspective to the administrative team at the University of Prince Edward Island, Podger leads a group of outstanding directors who are equipped to tackle the challenges and opportunities ahead. “I see a university with a history of growth and with a strong ability to maintain that momentum in terms of space, in the programs we offer, and even in our interests. I’m excited by what the future holds for UPEI.”

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Dr . R obert G i l mou r Vice-President Research

“I saw a strong research university with both the room and the ability to grow.”

UPEI’s Vice-President Research Robert Gilmour, recalls a summer nearly 40 years ago that changed his life. In the summer between his third and fourth years of college, Dr. Gilmour worked as a research fellow at the Masonic Medial Research Laboratory in Utica, New York. “At this point, I had always thought that I wanted to be a chest surgeon,” remembers Dr. Gilmour, “but the lab of Dr. Gordon Moe—an internationally renowned cardiovascular researcher—had such a creative atmosphere. People were excited every day about science. It was infectious. I knew I wanted to be a researcher.” Dr. Gilmour went on to complete his undergraduate degree at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. He received his PhD in Pharmacology at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, New York. His first faculty position was at Indiana University’s Krannert Institute of Cardiology where he was a professor of pharmacology. He then moved to Cornell University, where he was a professor of physiology and served as associate dean of research and graduate studies in the veterinary college. When Dr. Gilmour made the decision in 2012 to come to UPEI, he based it on a number of factors. “It was a logical time in my professional life to take on a new challenge,” says Dr. Gilmour. “My main research was wrapping up, and I was finishing my second term as associate dean. At UPEI, I saw a strong research university with both the room and the ability to grow. I want people to be excited about research and to remove any obstacles that prevent them from doing it.” Dr. Gilmour is looking forward to creating new opportunities for both student and faculty researchers. He’s also establishing his own research lab at the Atlantic Veterinary College where he holds a position as a professor of biomedical sciences.

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University of Prince Edward Island President’s Annual Report Published by Integrated Communications for the Office of the President. This report includes financial information for fiscal year 2011–2012 and highlights from July 2011–December 2012.

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