Office of the President Fri, 06 Jul 2018 17:43:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Announcement of the appointment of Deputy Provost Markham Wed, 27 Jun 2018 14:11:22 +0000 The following message to the University community is from York President and Vice-Chancellor Rhonda L. Lenton and Provost and Vice-President Academic Lisa Philipps:

We are delighted to announce that the search for the Deputy Provost to lead our Markham Centre Campus planning and implementation has reached a successful conclusion.

Last fall, a search committee was established and charged with advising the President in regards to the appointment of the inaugural Deputy Provost Markham. This is an important and exciting time in York’s evolution as we put in place—and bring to reality—plans for innovative teaching and research programs, physical space, and partnerships for our new Markham Centre Campus to better serve students and the community in York Region.

Dr. Rui Wang

Dr. Rui Wang

Following an extensive search which attracted outstanding candidates, the search committee recommended the appointment of Dr. Rui Wang to the position of Deputy Provost Markham. We are very pleased that Dr. Wang has accepted our invitation to take up a five-year term, commencing July 1, 2018. Dr. Wang will arrive to take up the position on August 1. On June 26, on the President’s recommendation, the Board of Governors Executive Committee, on behalf of the Board of Governors, concurred with the recommendation for the appointment.

Dr. Wang joins York from Laurentian University, where he is a member of the Department of Biology and has served as Vice-President Research since 2015. Prior to that appointment, from 2004 to 2015, he was Vice-President of Research and subsequently Vice-President of Research, Economic Development and Innovation at Lakehead University. He also held previous appointments at the University of Saskatchewan and the Université de Montréal. In his administrative positions, he has been actively involved in strategic planning, academic policies and programming, communications, enrolment management, student services, and government relationships. At Laurentian, he has put in place strategies to intensify research capacity and consolidate research strengths, thereby increasing funding. He has also promoted collaborative initiatives with community and industry partners and Canadian and international universities. While at Lakehead, he spearheaded development and implementation of the university’s first strategic research plan and put in place policies and procedures to support research and researchers. He was also deeply involved in the process of planning and establishing Lakehead’s Orillia campus, including negotiations with local governments and communities and leading program development and complement and regional economic development. He has been a champion of equity and diversity throughout his career, promoting Indigenous teaching and research, and was instrumental in supporting the establishment of the Maamwizing Indigenous Research Institute at Laurentian in 2017.

Dr. Wang has worked closely with governments at all levels—federal, provincial, and local—to foster partnerships and strong relationships, support local industry and raise the profile of his institutions. At Laurentian, he has worked with the city of Sudbury to highlight the city’s environmental resuscitation and promote economic development in the city and northern Ontario more generally.

Dr. Wang holds an MSc and MD from universities in Xi’an and Shandong, China and a PhD in Physiology from the University of Alberta. His research focuses on the study of metabolism and the physiological functions of gas molecules known as gasotransmitters, including NO, CO, and H2S. He has trained more than 110 graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and other research personnel. Dr. Wang has more than 270 peer-reviewed papers to his credit and has given 161 lectures and keynotes around the world.

We would like to thank the members of the Search Committee for Deputy Provost for their contributions to this important process. We also wish to express appreciation to Professor Angelo Belcastro for his service as Advisor and Executive Director, Markham Centre Campus.

We look forward to welcoming Dr. Wang to York University as Deputy Provost Markham and to working with him in the coming years to advance our Markham Centre Campus. We hope that all members of the University will join us in congratulating and welcoming him.

Lisa Philipps appointed York University Provost and Vice-President Academic Tue, 26 Jun 2018 19:58:04 +0000 Rhonda L. Lenton, President and Vice-Chancellor, York University, announced the appointment of Professor Lisa Philipps to the position of Provost and Vice-President Academic, effective July 1, 2018, for a five-year term. The appointment follows a pan-university community consultation process, and extensive international search, approved by the Board of Governors today. Professor Philipps has been serving as Interim Vice-President Academic & Provost since May of 2017.

“Lisa has served York in a variety of capacities and has provided outstanding leadership in advancing the University Academic Plan priorities, facilitating the transition to a new budget model, and supporting the Faculties in academic program development, pedagogical innovation, Strategic Enrolment Management and complement planning,” said Rhonda L. Lenton, President and Vice-Chancellor. “A champion of York’s values, and tireless advocate for our students and faculty colleagues, I am delighted that the University will continue to benefit from Lisa’s passion for education, as well as her knowledge, expertise, and continuing dedication to her new role.”

Philipps first joined York in 1996 and is a Professor of Law in Osgoode Hall Law School. An award-winning law teacher, she holds an LLB from the University of Toronto and an LLM from York. She is also a well published scholar in the areas of taxation law and policy, fiscal policy, higher education policy, and feminist legal theory.

“I am honoured to have been selected as York’s next Provost and Vice-President Academic,” said Philipps. “I care deeply about teaching, learning and research and see this as an exciting time to be at York. We are growing into a new Markham Campus, we are more connected to the GTA than ever before, and we continue building on the exceptional academic programs that serve an incredible, diverse student population. York is unique, and while still a young university, we understand what it takes to provide a world-class education that will serve our students here at home and around the globe.”

Previously, Philipps served as Assistant Dean (First Year) and Associate Dean (Research, Graduate Studies & Institutional Relations) at Osgoode, and in 2014, she chaired the University’s Academic Task Force. From 2011 to 2014 Philipps served as Associate Vice-President Research, with responsibility for supporting research intensification across the University and as liaison with SSHRC and community research partners. In 2015-16, Philipps served as Interim Dean of the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law at Lakehead University, a new law school with a mandate to strengthen the Indigenous bar and prepare lawyers to practice in northern and rural communities.

Philipps practised tax law with the firm of Blake, Cassels & Graydon prior to embarking on her academic career, and taught at the University of Victoria and University of British Columbia before joining York University.

An active volunteer, Philipps currently serves on the eCampus Ontario Board as well as the Provincial Judges Pension Board.

New infrastructure financing program at York University’s Schulich School of Business to support G7 global development initiatives Wed, 06 Jun 2018 15:13:22 +0000 York University’s Schulich School of Business will launch a new program to teach the world’s latest advances in infrastructure financing and development to visiting G7 Fellows from  emerging economies. The program was specially created in response to key challenges in addressing the infrastructure gap that G7 leaders plan to discuss in Quebec later this week, such as climate change, the health of the world’s oceans, and the use and production of energy sources.

The infrastructure education program is part of a major G7 Investor Global Initiatives project announced today by Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (Ontario Teachers’) and Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), in collaboration with other leading Canadian and international investors and the Government of Canada. The initiatives will focus on three themes: closing the infrastructure gap, climate change and gender equality.

York University’s Schulich School of Business, through the School’s Brookfield Centre in Real Estate and Infrastructure, is the initial educational partner.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau speaking at announcement of Canadian and G7 investors.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau speaking at announcement of Canadian and G7 investors.

“York University is working with partners around the globe and here at home to address the most pressing challenges of our time,” said President and Vice-Chancellor Rhonda Lenton. “As an educational institution that is dedicated to sustainability, York is proud to join with leading Canadian and G7 investors to build the expertise in infrastructure financing that is so critical in our interconnected world.”

The program will bring senior public sector infrastructure managers in emerging markets to Schulich for a three-month intensive business program, followed by an internship in the infrastructure group of a participating global investor.  Fellows will also receive training on the Sustainable Infrastructure Foundation’s leading SOURCE platform for infrastructure project development.

“Schulich School of Business is proud to be the education partner, together with the Government of Canada and leading institutional investors, toward advancing the G7 goals of closing the infrastructure gap and addressing gender inequality and climate change in emerging and frontier economies around the world,” said Dezsö J. Horváth, Dean of the Schulich School. “We look forward to welcoming the accomplished women and men selected as the first G7 Fellows to take our new custom-designed infrastructure program through the School’s Brookfield Centre in Real Estate and Infrastructure.”

The first cohort of 12 Fellows will start their studies a year from now, and the number is expected to grow to more than 30 in future years.

“Schulich’s Infrastructure program is global and collaborative in outlook so that the first Fellows will learn not only from their professors, but also from each other, returning to their countries of origin equipped with the expertise and international network they need to successfully achieve their infrastructure goals, as set out by the G7,” said James McKellar, Director of Schulich’s Brookfield Centre in Real Estate and Infrastructure. “The Brookfield Centre is proud to play a role in addressing the challenges of city building and improving the quality of environment for people across the globe.”

A message from President Lenton on Pride Month 2018 Tue, 05 Jun 2018 15:05:22 +0000

Each June, York University joins communities across Canada and around the world as we mark Pride Month and reaffirm our commitment to the University’s values of equity, inclusion and diversity. Through our research, scholarship, teaching and creative endeavours, York is dedicated to creating campus environments where all feel accepted and are empowered to reach their fullest potential.

This month is also an important time to reflect on the challenges queer communities have faced across the years, and to think critically about allyship in today’s world. These issues demand and deserve our attention, and they speak to York’s distinct identity and vision in offering a diverse student population access to a high-quality, research-intensive university that is committed to the social, economic, cultural and other well-being of society.

Throughout the month, we look forward to highlighting members of our community who have championed initiatives to support queer communities both locally and globally. These include the Hall of Justice poster program, which honours LGBTQ heroes from across the city and was coordinated by alumnus John Caffery to engage youth in social change and support creative responses to oppression. Professor Nancy Nicol of the School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design recently donated a documentary collection, which includes watershed civil rights moments, to the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives. And last month, on the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, York alumna Susan Gapka was recognized for her longtime advocacy by Mayor John Tory, becoming the first trans person to be presented with a Key to the City.

York University provides a variety of services and resources for the LGBTQ community, and you can learn more about them here:

I wish you all a happy Pride Month.


Rhonda L. Lenton
President & Vice-Chancellor

2018 President’s University-Wide Teaching Award recipients announced Thu, 31 May 2018 12:37:10 +0000 Four outstanding faculty members who have demonstrated innovative approaches to teaching will be honoured during the 2018 Spring Convocation Ceremonies with President’s University-Wide Teaching Awards.

This year’s recipients are: Professor Dan Palermo in the Lassonde School of Engineering; Professor Ruth Koleszar-Green in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies (LA&PS); Bridget Cauthery, a contract faculty member in the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design (AMPD); Minha Ha, a teaching assistant in the Lassonde School of Engineering; and Reena Shadaan, a teaching assistant in LA&PS. They were selected by the Senate Committee on Awards for their imaginative and significant contributions to enhancing the quality of learning for students enrolled at York University.

“We are delighted to recognize this year’s recipients for the innovative teaching practices, creativity and commitment they bring to providing the best possible learning experiences for our students,” said York University President and Vice-Chancellor Rhonda Lenton. “We are grateful to these academic leaders in our community not only for their dedication to our students, but also for their vital contributions to creating a culture of teaching and learning excellence that makes York one of Canada’s leading progressive and engaged universities.”

Each of the recipients will receive $3,000. Their names will be engraved on the President’s University-Wide Teaching Awards plaque in Vari Hall.

Dan Palermo

Dan Palermo, a professor in the Civil Engineering Program in the Lassonde School of Engineering, will receive the President’s University-Wide Teaching Award in the Full-Time Senior Faculty category. Palermo was the first faculty member to join Lassonde’s Civil Engineering program when it was established in 2013. He was instrumental in setting up both the undergraduate and graduate programs.

In their letters of support for Palermo’s nomination, students commented on his enthusiasm, clarity and approachability, his ability to connect theoretical with practical knowledge, and his ability to consistently offer real-world examples of theoretical practices in action. “Dr. Palermo looked for any chance to present real-world examples of lecture material… giving a deeper connection between the concepts and their role in my future career,” wrote one of his undergraduate student nominators. A proponent of experiential learning, Palermo is an avid supporter of involving undergraduate students in research and actively seeks research opportunities for them. His service extends beyond the University and he has hosted and trained MITACS Globalink Research interns in his laboratory. In 2009, Palermo received the Dean’s Teaching Commendation for his graduate course in seismic analysis and design for reinforced concrete structures.

Ruth Koleszar-Green

Professor Ruth Koleszar-Green in the School of Social Work in LA&PS is the University’s inaugural Special Adviser on Indigenous Initiatives to the Office of the President. She is also the co-chair of the York University Indigenous Council, an advisory body on Indigenous education. Koleszar-Green will receive the President’s University-Wide Teaching award in the Full-Time Faculty category. Koleszar-Green, who identifies as an urban Indigenous person, is a citizen of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. She is from the Mohawk Nation and is a member of the Turtle Clan. Koleszar-Green is an expert in Indigenous education and social issues that impact Indigenous communities, as well as anti-racist education and income security reform.

In their letters of support, Koleszar-Green’s nominators consistently praised her teaching and knowledge of Indigenous peoples in Canada and for her approach to creating an inclusive environment. “Professor Koleszar-Green always motivated the ongoing development of learning processes inside and outside the classroom through disruptive, creative and Indigenous ways of knowledge production,” writes one of her nominators. She has led the way in Indigenizing institutional research and teaching structures at York University, receiving accolades from one nominator, who writes: “Her incredible skill as a knowledge keeper for our community continues to inspire and encourage us to believe that change is not only possible but, under her leadership, it is inevitable.”

Bridget Cauthery

As a contract faculty member in AMPD since 2008, Bridget Cauthery teaches in the Department of Dance. She is being recognized with a President’s University-Wide Teaching Award in the Contract and Adjunct Faculty category. Her nominators praised Cauthery for her imaginative use and command of technology enhanced learning and creative course development. She is a proponent for the use of video both as a teaching aid and as a method for students to submit videos of their original choreography. She has been an invited speaker on effective blended learning strategies to members of AMPD through the school’s lunch and learn sessions and focus groups.

Her investment in evaluating effective e-Learning strategies led her to complete the Teaching Commons’ EduCATE! Education, Curriculum and Teaching Excellence one-year program in 2015-16. She has researched the impact of innovative teaching methods on undergraduate students and will use her findings to inform future iterations of her courses. Her nominators referred to her outstanding ability to engage undergraduate students in their learning (for example, she addresses 250 students in one class each by name). She is a respected mentor and actively promotes the work of her graduate students. Under her leadership, one student writes: “I had the opportunity to benefit from her caring and attentive manner, her skillful maneuvering through a variety of different learning platforms and information sources, and her ability to draw all of these together as a coherent whole in a way which resonated with students’ immediate experiences.”

Minha Ha

Minha Ha

Minha Ha is a mechanical engineering doctoral student in the Lassonde School of Engineering. She will receive a President’s University-Wide Teaching Award in the Teaching Assistant category. Her nominators refer to her demonstrated leadership and contributions to the scholarship of teaching. “Students highlight the compassion, empathy, enthusiasm and engagement that Minha demonstrates in her teaching,” writes her primary nominator. “Ms. Ha is a teaching assistant who truly cares about her students and will go above and beyond normal expectations in order to see her students succeed.”

Ha received praise for her work as a teaching assistant coordinator and is described as someone who cares about her colleagues and mentors, and promotes their success in teaching. In her courses, she strives to include the historical narrative of concepts so as to situate students’ learning, she also invests in a genuine relational experience of mutual recognition and incorporates a firsthand experience of success. Inquiry learning is a large part of her teaching approach and Ha endeavours to make students’ learning visible as an important part of responding to their needs.

Reena Shadaan

Reena Shadaan is a doctoral candidate in the Faculty of Environmental Studies. Shadaan is a teaching assistant in the Business & Society Program in the Department of Social Science in LA&PS. She will receive the President’s University-Wide Teaching Award in the Teaching Assistant category. Shadaan is an interdisciplinary researcher and the recipient of the 2017 Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship established to honour Nelson Mandela. “Reena is in a league of her own when it comes to TAing because she goes beyond what is expected and she strives to give her students the very best academic experience,” writes one of her nominators.

As a TA for SOSC 1341, Shadaan works with more than 200 students, (35 of them are taking the course remotely in Kenya). The course is in partnership with the Borderless Higher Education for Refugees (BHER) program, which provides online access to postsecondary education for refugees in the Dadaab and Kakuma camps in Kenya. (The course is challenging as it is delivered remotely to the students in Kenya.) Shadaan is praised by students in Canada and Kenya for her use of technologies such as email, Skype, Camtasia, Moodle discussion forums and WhatsApp, to make the pedagogy work for the African students. She uses a Freirean inspired, problem-posing method in her tutorials. She is described as being especially good at teaching students how to think critically about what they are reading and to think creatively about how to formulate and express their own ideas in class discussions and in written assignments.

The purpose of the President’s University-Wide Teaching Awards is to provide significant recognition for excellence in teaching, to encourage its pursuit, to publicize such excellence when achieved across the University and in the wider community, and to promote informed discussion of teaching and its improvement. The awards demonstrate the value York University attaches to teaching.

York University welcomes $25 million investment toward the new Markham Campus from York Regional Council Thu, 17 May 2018 19:54:42 +0000 Today, York University welcomed York Regional Council’s authorization of a $25 million contribution toward the new Markham Centre Campus. The University has approved the $253 million design and build budget with construction set to begin this fall. The new campus will include a collaboration with Seneca College, and is expected to open in fall 2021.

“York’s new campus will be an integral part of Markham’s city centre and an innovative education hub for students, families and businesses across the fast-growing York Region,” said Rhonda L. Lenton, President and Vice-Chancellor, York University. “York Regional Council’s generous commitment brings us closer to realizing our shared vision for this new state-of-the-art campus. The Markham Centre Campus will support our goal of ensuring students have increased access to a high-quality, research-intensive university education in the region, and will enhance our local and global connectedness and impact.”

Located in Markham near the corner of Enterprise Boulevard and Rivis Road and the Markham Pan Am Centre, the Markham Centre Campus is already serviced by 15 transit routes and is anticipated to accommodate up to 10,000 students in future phases.

“York University’s Markham Centre Campus is a significant milestone for York Region’s academic and economic future,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson. “When complete, the new campus will play an essential role in our economic growth by attracting new residents and businesses. Our business sector will also benefit from the number of students available to the workforce for work placements and internships.”

Last year, the Ontario government committed $127.3 million toward the cost of the new campus which will be built on approximately five acres of land contributed by the City of Markham. York is also raising funds for this important project from its alumni and friends as part of Impact - The Campaign for York University.

York University President and VPRI acknowledge research leaders Thu, 10 May 2018 20:27:54 +0000 The following is a joint statement from York University President and Vice-Chancellor Rhonda L. Lenton, and Vice-President Research and Innovation Robert Haché:

Research excellence and innovation at York University are flourishing. York University’s researchers − recognized leaders and pioneers in their fields − are deeply committed to advancing innovative research projects across the vast spectrum of disciplines for the social, economic, cultural, environmental and other well-being of society.

Cover of the Research Leaders book


Each spring, the President and the Vice-President Research & Innovation of York University take the opportunity to acknowledge York’s research leaders, and recognize the remarkable achievements of York’s community over the past year.

We are deeply committed to supporting our researchers and scholars, and wish to extend our warmest congratulations and best wishes to all our research leaders for their continued success.

We encourage everyone to read this year’s research leaders booklet on the VPRI website.

York U space technology team to participate in new Canadian Space Agency initiative Fri, 04 May 2018 13:49:34 +0000 TORONTO, ON Friday May 4, 2018— Today, at an event hosted by the University of Manitoba, Canadian Space Agency (CSA) astronaut Jennifer Sidey unveiled the research teams selected to take part in the CSA Canadian CubeSat Project. A total of 15 teams from across Canada have been selected to participate in the initiative, including a team of researchers from York University’s Lassonde School of Engineering, led by Professor George Z.H. Zhu, York’s Research Chair in Space Technology.

Research Chair in Space Technology at York University, George Z.H. Zhu and team

Professor Zhu has been awarded a $200,000 grant to support the project, which will be used to test a Canadian-developed wide-angle camera that observes snow and ice coverage in Northern Canada. The satellite will be sent to the International Space Station in 2020 and then ejected into orbit approximately 400km above earth.

Canadian space agency cubesat project

Photo Credit: The Canadian Space Agency

Data collected is expected to help map the thawing of Arctic ice and permafrost and give a better picture of the impacts of climate change.

Zhu’s team will operate the satellite from the ground station at York’s Lassonde School of Engineering.

“Our mission could provide a means to conduct earth observation at a much lower cost and higher frequency,” said Zhu, “It will also provide a real flight opportunity for students to design, build and operate a satellite, which has not been possible in the past.”

As part of the project, the York University engineering students will have the opportunity to experience operating satellites and to conduct science experiments in space

“York is a Canadian leader in space engineering and technology, and we continue to build this area of strength, including through the innovative research led by Professor Zhu,” said Rhonda L. Lenton, President and Vice-Chancellor, York University. “This grant from the CSA will further enhance our students’ experiential learning opportunities, while supporting Canada’s space mission aimed at better understanding the impacts of climate change.”

York University champions new ways of thinking that drive teaching and research excellence. Our students receive the education they need to create big ideas that make an impact on the world. Meaningful and sometimes unexpected careers result from cross-disciplinary programming, innovative course design and diverse experiential learning opportunities. York students and graduates push limits, achieve goals and find solutions to the world’s most pressing social challenges, empowered by a strong community that opens minds. York U is an internationally recognized research university – our 11 faculties and 25 research centres have partnerships with 200+ leading universities worldwide. Located in Toronto, York is the third largest university in Canada, with a strong community of 53,000 students, 7,000 faculty and administrative staff, and more than 300,000 alumni.

York U's fully bilingual Glendon Campus is home to Southern Ontario's Centre of Excellence for French Language and Bilingual Postsecondary Education.

Background: Link to CSA backgrounder

Media contact: Anjum Nayyar, York University Media Relations, 416 736 2100 ext. 44543

Canadian Space Agency, Media Relations Office, (450) 926-4370

York University gains four new Canada Research Chairs and two renewed appointments Thu, 03 May 2018 13:46:00 +0000 York University welcomes the appointment of four new Canada Research Chairs, who will study topics ranging from the impact of government policy on migrant workers to how to improve camera images used for scientific tasks.

The Government of Canada announced the CRC recipients today. Researchers at post-secondary institutions across Canada will receive $158.7 million in funding under the CRC program; for each Tier 1 appointment the university receives $200,000 annually for seven years, while for Tier 2 CRCs it will receive $100,000 annually for five years. The CRCs are also supported with $8.3 million in research infrastructure funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation.

CRC appointments at York include professors Regina Rini, Michael Brown, Kate Tilleczek and Ethel Tungohan. Today’s announcement also included CRC renewals for Gordon Flett and John Tsotsos.

“The CRC program supports some of the most important and exciting research being done at York,” said Robert Haché, vice-president research & innovation. “We are particularly proud that the four CRCs announced today, and the successful renewals of two more, represent research across the university, from the Lassonde School of Engineering to the Faculty of Education, and the Faculty of Health to the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies.”

The four CRCs announced today include:

Regina Rini, Canada Research Chair in Philosophy of Moral and Social Cognition (Tier 2) Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies − Rini’s research focuses on how people in democratic societies justify their social beliefs to one another. Her work analyzes research from the social sciences, especially cognitive science and sociology, to draw conclusions about how public debate currently works. She also investigates philosophical questions about what it means to improve public debate. How can we take deep moral and political difference seriously while remaining respectful in a diverse society? Rini's central answer is a connection between public discourse and personal moral agency. She argues that we cannot understand our individual moral and political decisions without also understanding how we relate to those of others.

Michael Brown, Canada Research Chair in Computer Vision (Tier 1)
Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, Lassonde School of Engineering –
Brown’s research aims to improve the understanding of the physical world through camera images by: investigating image formation models that describe how incoming light (i.e., physical scene irradiance) is converted to camera sensor responses under different imaging scenarios; and designing novel in-camera imaging pipelines that produce image outputs suitable for both photographic and scientific tasks. His program is strongly aligned with York University’s $33.3 million Canada First Research Excellence Fund program, Vision: Science to Applications (VISTA), which focuses on research in biological and computational computer vision.

Kate Tilleczek, Canada Research Chair in Young Lives, Education and Global Good (Tier 1)
Professor, Faculty of Education (commencing July 1) −
Tilleczek’s research examines how education can better assist more young people and provides unique national and international data on critical risk and protective situations encountered by contemporary youth. Her work documents how marginal youth are affected by shifting global and local contexts such as digital technology and mental health challenges. It unearths the positive and resilient aspects of young lives and provides longitudinal and cross-cultural comparisons in Canada and beyond. Her research is mobilized to the academy, communities, and decision makers who are in positions to better support youth. The Chair also builds new global youth partnerships, linking young people across countries and cultures to develop social innovations for the greatest challenges they face.

Ethel Tungohan, Canada Research Chair in Canadian Migration Policy, Impacts and Activism (Tier 2)
Assistant Professor, Department of Politics, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies −
Tungohan will undertake an analysis of discourses that have underpinned the Canadian government’s policies towards temporary foreign workers from 1973 until 2017 and the nature of these policies and their effects on different groups of temporary foreign workers. She will also examine the range of migrant workers’ social movement activities that have emerged as a response, in particular, to anti-migrant discourses and policies.

CRC renewals announced today include:

John Tsotsos, Canada Research Chair in Computational Vision (Tier 1)
Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering &Computer Science, Lassonde School of Engineering −
Tsotsos’ research focuses on two main goals: to further understanding of how vision can be the primary sense that guides human behavior, and to use this understanding to build active agents that purposely behave in real environments. Using human experimental studies and the full spectrum of computational methods, Tsotsos will extend his model of visual attention to support visual reasoning and task execution in dynamic environments. These require interactions with memory, control, sensor sub-systems, and joint attention for interactions with other agents. The research is relevant for applications to autonomous driving, companion robots for the elderly and robots in manufacturing.anti-migrant discourses and policies.

Gordon Flett, Canada Research Chair in Personality and Health (Tier 1)
Professor, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Health –
Flett’s past research on perfectionism and its consequences has established that the perfectionism construct is complex and multi-faceted and associated with numerous costs and consequences. His research will now further increase understanding of the vulnerability inherent in dysfunctional perfectionism. A series of investigations will evaluate a failure orientation theory and test unique conceptualizations of the cognitive and motivational aspects of perfectionism. Research will also elaborate the developmental roots of perfectionism in children and adolescents. Finally, his research will assess conceptual models linking perfectionism with health problems.

York University is one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for sixth consecutive time Fri, 20 Apr 2018 14:17:59 +0000 How does an institution like York University become one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for the sixth consecutive time? By reducing annual electrical consumption by 34,730,786 kWh, saving $5M in utilities every year, and recycling 3,705,780 kg of waste, for starters.

In the 11 years since the Canada’s Greenest Employers competition began, York has landed on the list of Canada’s Top 100 Employers for sustainability initiatives more than half the time. York is one of only eight out of close to 100 universities across Canada to win a spot at the top.

As a leader in sustainability, the University has embarked on several environmentally friendly initiatives that alter the footprint of campus buildings, such as five green roofs, the use of PV solar panels, the collection of rainwater, a solar powered electric vehicle charging station, and the LEED Gold certified Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence. Three more buildings are also LEED certified.

York’s sustainability highlights:

  • As a long-time member of Smart Commute, York has successfully reduced the use of single occupant vehicles to campus from 70 per cent to 20 per cent;
  • York’s ZeroWaste program diverts 68 per cent of waste from landfills;
  • York has the largest and first of its kind Faculty of Environmental Studies;
  • The new Eco Campus in Costa Rica next to the largest rainforest ecosystem in Centre America;
  • York offers more than 500 courses that relate to environmental and sustainability studies;
  • 22 kilometres of walking paths and more than 200 gardens, including the 2,000-sq-ft Maloca Community Garden; and
  • Water refill stations across the University replaced disposable water bottles.

For more, read the York University Sustainability Report.

York University champions new ways of thinking that drive teaching and research excellence. Our students receive the education they need to create big ideas that make an impact on the world. Meaningful and sometimes unexpected careers result from cross-disciplinary programming, innovative course design and diverse experiential learning opportunities. York students and graduates push limits, achieve goals and find solutions to the world’s most pressing social challenges, empowered by a strong community that opens minds. York U is an internationally recognized research university – our 11 faculties and 25 research centres have partnerships with 200+ leading universities worldwide. Located in Toronto, York is the third largest university in Canada, with a strong community of 53,000 students, 7,000 faculty and administrative staff, and more than 300,000 alumni. York U's fully bilingual Glendon Campus is home to Southern Ontario's Centre of Excellence for French Language and Bilingual Postsecondary Education.


Canada’s Greenest Employers is part of the Canada's Top 100 Employers project managed by Mediacorp Canada Inc. Learn more about the full list of winners.