President’s message

2016 was an exciting year at the University of Saskatchewan. From record-setting gifts from generous donors to significant national recognition of our research efforts, we have a lot to be proud of, and a lot to share with all of you.

The University of Saskatchewan and the communities it serves have always enjoyed a special relationship. From our students, faculty and staff to our donors, partners, alumni and neighbours, the passion for the university and the benefits it brings to the province and beyond is part of what I love about being the president of this great institution.

Please enjoy some of our stories of 2016. I hope you’ll stay connected with us to see the great things 2017 will bring. 

Warm regards,

Peter Stoicheff signature

Peter Stoicheff
President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Saskatchewan

2016 highlights


Aboriginal Career Start program launches

Graduates from partner institutions now have the opportunity to gain practical on-the-job training and experience at the U of S, thanks to the new Aboriginal Career Start (ACS) program. ACS is open to Aboriginal graduates from the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technology and the Gabriel Dumont Institute of Native Studies and Applied Research. [more]


Advances in feeding a hungry world

The unique Plant Phenotyping and Imaging Research Centre (P2IRC) opened on campus as part of the innovative program “Designing Crops for Global Food Security.”  This research area received another major boost when Leon Kochian, one of the world’s most highly cited scientific researchers, was named the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Food Systems and Security. [more]


New immunotherapy possible cure for food allergies

U of S scientists developed a new immunotherapy technique that nearly eliminates the allergic response to peanut and egg white proteins in food-allergic mice, reducing the anaphylactic response by up to 90 per cent with only one treatment. With Health Canada approval, the first human trial could begin in about one year. [more]


Donors make history

Our generous donors raised the bar this year with historic gifts to the new ice facility. In October, Merlis Belsher gave $12.25 million, the largest-ever gift to the university from an alumnus and individual. In December, Ron and Jane Graham made a $4-million gift to add practice gymnasiums and amenities for Huskie basketball to the new facility, making them the largest cumulative alumni donors. [more]


VIDO-InterVac develops vaccine for devastating pig virus

U of S scientists at VIDO-InterVac developed and tested a prototype vaccine that could protect the North American swine industry from a virus that has killed more than eight million pigs and cost more than $400 million in lost income since 2013. The vaccine is now undergoing field testing in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. [more]


Graduate students awarded Vanier Scholarships

Jacques Desmarais and Kimberly MacKay were both awarded Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships, the country’s most prestigious and competitive scholarship for top-tier graduate students. They each receive up to $150,000 over three years from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) to continue their research projects. [more]


Cyclotron produces first medical isotopes

The Saskatchewan Centre for Cyclotron Sciences at the U of S passed two major milestones as it prepared to enter full operations: clearance from Health Canada to begin supplying radioisotopes to Royal University Hospital; and the first use in research of radioisotopes produced by the cyclotron. [more]


New child-care centre lessens barriers to education

The university’s first stand-alone child-care centre opened its doors, adding 90 spots for children aged six months to six years. Access to child care is a challenge for many parents, and attaining quality care can help student-parents as they pursue their educational goals. [more]


Global Water Futures program awarded $77.8 million

The U of S will lead the “Global Water Futures: Solutions to Water Threats in an Era of Global Change” initiative—the largest university-led water research program ever funded worldwide—thanks to a $77.8-million grant from the Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF) to address water-related challenges in Canada and around the world. [more]


Grand opening of Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre

The grand opening of the Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre brought dignitaries from around the province and the country to the U of S campus to celebrate with university leaders and students. The centre houses the Aboriginal Students’ Centre, the Aboriginal Initiatives Office, and the offices for undergraduate and graduate Indigenous student leadership. [more]