Sorbara named York University chancellor

When he graduated from York University, it never occurred to Greg Sorbara he’d return 36 years later as chancellor of his alma mater, reported the Toronto Star and others April 28. “Very few would have thought it,” the former Ontario cabinet minister joked during an interview Monday after it was announced he will serve as the university’s 13th chancellor. Read full story.

CIBC retirement draws attention to succession planning
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce’s coming leadership shuffle spotlights the need for boards of directors to devote more resources to the crucial task of succession planning, reported The Globe and Mail April 28. . . . CEO succession is “the most important job of the board . . . it’s screaming for attention,” said Richard Leblanc, a York University professor who has served as an external adviser to boards, including CIBC’s. The trouble is, “there’s a real disconnect between how important this is and what boards do about it.” Read full story.

Libido Productions to stage Queer Bathroom Stories, May 31 to June 15
Queer Bathroom Stories (QBS) is verbatim theatre culled from 100 interviews with LGBTQ North Americans, reported April 28. Much more than the secret sex life of bathrooms, QBS is a brutally honest display of gender politics in public washrooms. Written by York University professor, author and playwright Sheila Cavanagh, QBS won the Patron’s Pick Award at the Toronto Fringe Festival in 2011 and is based on the award-winning book also by Cavanagh, titled Queering Bathrooms. Read full story.

Business students created a cheap way to test for the preventable disease
As a part of a social enterprise competition, students from Toronto’s Schulich School of Business at York University have developed a two-cent diabetes test, reported Trend Hunter April 29. Read full story.

Parents of severely ill children see benefits as caregivers, says study
Benefits often coexist with the negative and stressful outcomes for parents who have a child born with or later diagnosed with a life-limiting illness, according to a recent study led by a researcher at the University of Waterloo. . . . Researchers from six universities contributed to the study, including McGill University, the University of British Columbia, York University, University of Victoria and Nipissing University, reported Medical News Today April 29. Read full story.