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ESB and A&S Get New Deans

Daphne Taras

Daphne Taras

Peter Stoicheff

Peter Stoicheff

Daphne Taras began a five-year term as dean of the University of Saskatchewan Edwards School of Business July 1.

Taras has identified accreditation to provide a consistent level of excellence across all programs, the college’s 100-year anniversary in 2014 and enhancing the student experience as her top priorities.

Taras obtained a Bachelor of Arts from York University, and an Master of Arts from Duke University, both in political science. She received her MBA and PhD from the University of Calgary, and holds a Master of Laws degree in labour and employment law from Osgoode Hall. Her most recent position was associate dean (research) at the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary.

Peter Stoicheff, vice-dean of humanities and fine arts in the College of Arts and Science, will take over as dean of the college in March 2011.

Stoicheff has an undergraduate degree from Queen’s University and master’s and PhD degrees from the University of Toronto. He joined the U of S in 1986 as an assistant professor.

Dr. Hockey

Cordie Howe

Gordie Howe, commonly known as Mr. Hockey, was granted an Honourary Doctor of Laws at spring convocation.

U of S Lands CERC

Saskatoon-Humboldt MP Brad Trost, Peter MacKinnon and Howard Wheater tour the Aquatic Toxicology Research Centre

Saskatoon-Humboldt MP Brad Trost, Peter MacKinnon and Howard Wheater tour the Aquatic Toxicology Research Centre


The University of Saskatchewan’s first Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC), Howard Wheater, one of the world’s foremost experts in hydrology and water resources management, will join the U of S in October. Wheater comes to the U of S from the United Kingdom’s Imperial College of London, where he was a professor of hydrology and director of the environment forum.

The establishment of the CERC in water security—one of 19 chairs announced across Canada in May—is a $30 million, seven-year investment split evenly among the U of S and the federal and provincial governments, with inkind contributions from Environment Canada and the Saskatchewan Research Council.

The U of S is now positioned to be a leading research training institute to address the quality and availability of water, bringing together the fields of ecology, toxicology and hydrology into a new field of study to be known as ecotoxicohydrology.

More than 65 faculty researchers on campus, including five Canada Research Chairs, currently look at water and water related issues. It is expected a total of 85 people will be recruited to the institute, including six new faculty, 20 post-doctoral fellows, 24 PhD students and 24 master’s students.

JD Replaces LLB

The College of Law, with the approval of the Academic Programs Committee of University Council, has begun bestowing Juris Doctor (JD) degrees to graduates instead of Bachelors of Law (LLB).

Over the past several years, nine of 14 Canadian law schools have changed their degree designation, recognizing that law schools are not direct entry and that most students have degrees prior to studying law. Some believe there is also the perception, in America and internationally, LLB could be misunderstood as less than a professional law degree.

Alumni will be given the option of changing their degree to JD retroactively.

Celebrating Canadian Rights

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall, Peter MacKinnon, and Prime Minister Peter Harper

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall, Peter MacKinnon, and Prime Minister Stephen Harper (Photo by Liam Richards)

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Canadian Bill of Rights, enacted by Prime Minister John G. Diefenbaker (BA’15, MA’16, LLB’19, DCL’58). Two separate events were held with high profile guests to celebrate the anniversary.

Governor General Michaëlle Jean visited the U of S August 24. After a tour of the Canadian Light Source, Canada’s only synchrotron, Jean addressed a standing-room-only crowd at Convocation Hall—a lecture hall in the Physics Building showed a live video stream for the few hundred people that could not fit into Convocation Hall.

A traditional Cree ceremony was held at the beginning of the event, at which Elders Walter and Maria Linklater presented Jean with a blanket and bestowed on her the ceremonial name Kīhcōkimāskwew Kānīkānīt (Great Woman Who Leads).

Jean spoke how the Canadian Bill of Rights should be protected without exception for all people, with an emphasis on women’s rights. Jean’s speech was followed by a panel discussion with Beth Bilson (BA’67, MA’70, LLB’77), acting dean of the College of Law, Pamela Jordan, associate professor of history, Pamela Downe, department head and associate professor of archeology, and Omeasoo Butt (BA’05), Graduate Students’ Association president.

After the event, a brief reception in Nobel Plaza in front of the College Building was held before Jean continued onto other engagements in Saskatchewan.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Premier Brad Wall (BA’87) came to campus September 9 to celebrate not only the bill’s anniversary, but the 30th anniversary of the Diefenbaker Centre.

Before the prime minister arrived at the Diefenbaker Centre, Professor Emeritus John Courtney (DLitt’05), senior fellow at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, gave a brief biography of Diefenbaker and spoke how significant the Canadian Bill of Rights was in starting a “rights culture” in Canada and laying the foundation for the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, enacted by Deifenbaker’s political rival Pierre E. Trudeau, in 1982.

A restored bronze replica plaque of the Bill of Rights—an item originally given to Diefenbaker—was unveiled. The plaque will become part of the centre’s permanent collection. After a brief tour of the centre’s display highlighting the bill, Harper spoke on the significance of Diefenbaker’s tenure as prime minister and his passion and vision for rights for all Canadians. He then announced “tangible recognition” for the centre’s “profound national purpose” in the form of a financial contribution to rejuvenate the centre. The $1.3 million contribution—given as part of the Federal Government’s Economic Action Plan—will be matched by U of S.

Premier Wall and U of S President Peter MacKinnon (LLM’76) provide brief comments on Diefenbaker and the centre and expressed thanks to Harper for the federal government’s continued support of the university and the province.

Governor General Michaelle Jean

Governor General Michaelle Jean (Photo by David Stobbe)

Stone Barn Closed

The Stone Barn

The Stone Barn, built in 1912, was closed in sept. over concerns about its structural integrity.

Ferguson Joins Board of Governors

Linda Ferguson

Linda Ferguson (BSN’69, PGD’79, MN’90), a professor in the College of Nursing, has been elected to represent the General Academic Assembly on the university’s Board of Governors. Her three-year term began July 1.

Ferguson currently serves as director of the Centre for the Advancement of the Study of Nursing Education and Interprofessional Education in the college. She has been elected to University Council for four terms, where she has served on several committees.



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