Prof. Stephen Toope addressed a one hundred-year anniversary membership meeting of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) on Wednesday, Oct. 26, in Montreal.
Prof. Toope’s speech, titled “Opening Us to Larger Worlds,” highlighted shared contributions and values of the 95 members, and identified five future commitments of the AUCC: broadening the view of education; innovation in learning; commitment to excellence; finding solutions to the world’s biggest challenges, and cultivating engagement and partnerships.
“Our story is not about competition,” said Toope. “We are, first and foremost, Canadians whose vocation – our calling, if you will – is to contribute to the creation and advancement of knowledge in order to make a positive difference in the world.”
On Tuesday, Oct. 25, Toope began a two-year term as chair of the AUCC board of directors. AUCC’s membership is made up of university presidents, rectors and principals representing the interests of their 95 institutions across the country. Twelve members serve on the board of directors, along with the Association’s president Paul Davidson. AUCC is the voice of Canada’s universities both at home and abroad.
To see the President’s speech: http://president.ubc.ca/speeches/
To see the AUCC announcement of Prof. Toope’s appointment: http://www.aucc.ca/media-room/news-and-commentary