One of the most fundamental roles of a university is to advance knowledge. But, we also exist to create knowledge.

Over the past year we’ve built on our strong foundation of institutional support for research, our tradition of experiential and service learning, and have introduced new curricular innovations. We’ve renewed several of our Canada Research Chairs—a reflection of the national prominence of our scholars. Most importantly, Saint Mary’s remains committed to academic excellence, community-engaged research, and support for teaching.

As a member of the provincial government’s Transitions Task Force, I see the alignment of our university’s approach with the Province’s efforts to support young people as they transition from high school. Some of the recommendations to support academic success in the Province’s report are already in place at Saint Mary’s.

This past year we have seen the development of the new Change Lab Action Research Institute (CLARI) that will play an important role in pursuing community-based and partner-focused research at Saint Mary’s and our partner institutions. Much energy and expertise has gone into the development of a proposal for our new Entrepreneurship Development and Innovation (EDI) Hub—this will be a game changer for Saint Mary’s and will make a significant contribution to the innovation agenda for Nova Scotia.