York University advances plans to establish a new School of Medicine supported by GTA health and government leaders

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Today, York University and Greater Toronto Area (GTA) health sector and local government leaders are signalling positive momentum and growing support for a new School of Medicine at York that will focus on training family and community doctors in an integrated setting.

Medical and health curriculum and research will support this integrated and preventive model for health care, which aims to promote care beyond the walls of hospital facilities. The model is expected to create greater health equity for diverse communities in the GTA and underserved communities across Canada, including the more than one million Ontarians who do not have access to primary care.

York University President and Vice-Chancellor Rhonda L. Lenton
York University President and Vice-Chancellor Rhonda L. Lenton

“As we contemplate the public health demands of today and tomorrow, we know that innovative community collaborations, modern medical education and integrated health services will be vitally important. New medical schools can help to take the lead in making some of the structural changes that are necessary in the system,” says York University President and Vice-Chancellor Rhonda L. Lenton. “York University has long been a leader in health education and research, and we look forward to working with partners across the region to build on this strong foundation as we create a new model for health care that will better serve the current and future public health needs of the GTA and the country.

“We appreciate the support of esteemed health and local government leaders as we embark on the next phase of our plans to establish a School of Medicine, and remain committed to providing modern medical education that creates healthier and more equitable communities and drives positive change both locally and globally.”

Long known for its interdisciplinary approach to research, teaching and learning, York University possesses significant depth and breadth of academic programming and research, providing a solid foundation for a modern medical school. York’s Faculty of Health includes one of Canada’s largest Nursing and Nurse Practitioner programs, as well as outstanding bachelor and graduate degrees in psychology, kinesiology and health sciences, global health, health studies, health policy and management, health informatics, critical disability studies and neuroscience.

The University is home to centres of research excellence in antimicrobial resistance, disease modelling, data visualization, advanced robotics, global health, healthy aging, and muscle health, among others. York’s Centre for Vision Research is world-renowned and has an expansive network of global health partners. IP Osgoode provides thought leadership on the ownership, use and governance of data, including personal health data.

York’s many strengths in basic and applied health research are fuelling successful innovation, commercialization and collaborative community-centred partnerships. York recently launched an innovative health collaboration with Mackenzie Health that aims to enhance health services, research and innovation, and health outcomes for York Region residents through a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). In 2019, the University further strengthened ties with the City of Vaughan to collaborate on its Healthcare Centre Precinct, which allows for a York campus focused on training the future health workforce in York Region.

To learn more, visit https://www.yorku.ca/medicine/.

Support for a School of Medicine at York University

“Toronto is known around the world for its strong healthcare and medical sector. To have York University – an institution in our city – be home to our next medical school makes sense and will ensure Toronto continues to expand its healthcare sector and the innovation that comes with it. By attracting more students, researchers, teachers and leaders in the healthcare industry, we can continue to bring forward new ideas and breakthroughs that can help save lives and provide residents the top-notch care they deserve. I am in full support of bringing a medical school to York University – it is entirely good news for our residents and for our city.” –John Tory, Mayor, City of Toronto

“The City of Vaughan is pleased to support York University in advancing a new School of Medicine. Through our continued partnerships, we remain focused on enhancing healthcare services, research and innovation to support the healthcare needs of citizens in Vaughan and beyond. As mayor, I am committed to supporting higher learning and education. I believe that collectively, we must undertake city-building with a vision that focuses on improving access to healthcare and education for everyone. By working together and implementing shared goals, we will continue to do better. Now more than ever, providing accessible, front-line care is required to ensure our communities’ health, well-being and greater health equity for all. York University’s strength and breadth of academic programs and research make it well-positioned to establish a School of Medicine. This project is in perfect alignment with our existing collaborative efforts, including the Vaughan Health Centre Precinct, a first-of-its-kind initiative in Canada that will identify transformational opportunities to maximize the best use of lands surrounding the Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital. As we look to the future, I remain strongly committed to working with York University to support our longstanding shared mission and vision.” –Maurizio Bevilacqua, Mayor, City of Vaughan

“The Regional Municipality of York is home to one of the fastest growing and most diverse communities in Canada. As our communities grow, the needs of residents continue to change. The establishment of a Faculty of Medicine at York University will connect residents to more integrated health services while supporting economic growth and community health and well-being. Through collaborative partnerships and a shared commitment to advancing post-secondary opportunities, York Regional Council remains committed to connecting residents to high-quality education, and supports modern medical education as an investment in our people, the economy and our future.” –Wayne Emmerson, Chairman and CEO, The Regional Municipality of York

“Southlake is supportive of York University’s plans for a School of Medicine. Educating the next generation of physicians and physician leaders is critically important. As the province’s healthcare system transforms to focus on integrated care delivered by Ontario Health Teams, York University’s respected approach to interdisciplinary education can help enable the shift in mindset required to support the adoption of a population health management approach in Ontario.” –Arden Krystal, President and CEO, Southlake Regional Health Centre

“This unique model aligns well with our hospital’s vision of providing care beyond our walls with a commitment to serve the community beyond the boundaries of our physical facilities. We know that a more integrated and preventive model for healthcare leads to greater health equity for our diverse communities and all of the patients and families we care for.” –Jo-anne Marr, President and CEO of Markham Stouffville Hospital

“North York General Hospital is excited to support York University’s vision for a School of Medicine and to expand our partnership to meet our growing community’s health needs. With its commitment to interdisciplinary practice and focus on the social determinants of health, York University is positioned to play an even greater role in promoting healthy communities across the GTA.” –Karyn Popovich, President and CEO, North York General Hospital

“Mackenzie Health is proud to partner with York University to advance the delivery of health care in York Region by supporting plans for a new School of Medicine in the GTA. A new medical school, coupled with our shared commitment and ongoing collaboration with York University to further health research, programming, education and more, will allow us to build capacity together to improve the health and well-being of our communities for generations to come.” –Altaf Stationwala, President and CEO, Mackenzie Health

 

 

Researchers at York University receive $9 million in Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) funding

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Three major research projects at York University have received more than $9 million in research infrastructure funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced more than $518 million in research infrastructure funding on March 3 that will support 102 projects at 35 post-secondary institutions and research hospitals across the country.

“We are grateful for this visionary investment in the infrastructure needed to support York University’s ground-breaking research activities. The grants from CFI’s Innovation Fund will enable York to conduct fundamental research, helping us to better understand our planet and universe; develop technologies to address complex social, health, environmental, and economic challenges; and drive positive change in Canada and around the world,” said York University President and Vice-Chancellor Rhonda L. Lenton.
York University Distinguished Research Professor Eric Hessels receives the 2020 CAP Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Physics. Photo by Paola Scattolon
Eric Hessels. Photo by Paola Scattolon

York University Distinguished Research Professor Eric Hessels has been awarded $3,360,000 from the CFI Innovation Fund for the project Tabletop Probe of PeV-scale new physics. A professor in York’s Department of Physics and Astronomy in the Faculty of Science, Hessels was recently honoured for his work in high-precision atomic physics measurements and their significance as tests of fundamental physics. This CFI grant will allow for ultra-precise measurements that will test the fundamental laws of physics at energies that are much higher than the 14-TeV Large Hadron Collider at CERN.  The infrastructure will be used to test whether the electron is spherical, or whether it has an electric dipole moment − a small distortion in its charge distribution. Such a distortion would be evidence that a fundamental symmetry of physics is violated at high energies, making matter act differently than antimatter, and could help to explain why the universe is made entirely out of matter, rather than antimatter.   

Derek Wilson
Derek Wilson

Professor and York Research Chair Derek Wilson has been awarded almost $2.1 million as principal investigator of a project withYork University Distinguished Research Professor Sergey Krylov, Technology-Enhanced Drug Development and Manufacturing (TEnDev): MirrorLab. Their research in the Department of Chemistry in the Faculty of Science, is centered on the development of powerful new bioanalytical technologies that provide high detail, dynamic pictures of how drugs interact with their protein targets. TEnDev will enable Canadian international leadership in pre-clinical drug development and manufacturing through the creation of a globally competitive hub for technological innovation in biopharmaceuticals research. The result will be a greatly expanded capacity for biopharmaceuticals research at York University, and a distinct competitive advantage for pharmaceutical companies choosing to locate R & D activities in the surrounding region. TEnDev will also generate direct health benefits for Canadians through accelerated drug approvals and improved manufacturing quality.

George Zhu
George Zhu

Professor George Zhu has been awarded almost $3.6 million for Intelligent Additive Manufacturing Technology for Space Exploration, a project that will lead a transformation in mass and volume reduction for rocket launching satellites into space and self-sustained medical support to human spaceflight.  A professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Lassonde School of Engineering, Zhu aims to develop transformative Artificial Intelligence (AI) enhanced Additive Manufacturing (AM) and 3D bioprinting technologies for human space exploration in three new frontiers: near net-shape manufacturing by AI enhanced AM; lightweight multifunctional materials; and 3D bioprinting for regenerative medicine. The long-term objectives are to make spacecraft, payloads and surgical instruments with AM technology operated autonomously by intelligent robots, and 3D print implantable biological substitutes to enable in-situ medical treatment of astronauts in space. The goal is to create functional prototypes of selected AI-AM systems for spaceflight, within five years, as well as scaffold-free 3D bioprinting technology ready for spaceflight, and new lightweight multifunctional materials and metamaterials.

The Prime Minister’s full announcement: New investments to support research and science across Canada.

Researchers develop central bank digital currency proposal for Bank of Canada

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A proposal submitted to the Bank of Canada by a team of academic researchers from Osgoode Hall Law School and the University of Toronto (U of T) on what a central bank
digital currency framework could look like in Canada has been selected as one of three proposals to be developed by the bank into a full report.

The bank is undertaking research to potentially launch a digital currency alongside the country’s banknotes, and invited universities to play a role in this innovation by entering the Model X Design Challenge.

The challenge was meant to encourage the development of “foundational ideas” for a central bank digital currency business model and system architecture (known as “Model X”), according to the bank. While no decision has been taken to issue a central bank digital currency, the Bank of Canada notes “it is working to design and develop one, along with a business model, as a contingency.”

A central bank digital currency is a digital unit of payment, comparable to digital coins such as Bitcoin, but that is issued and backed by a central bank as opposed to a private network. It has similar characteristics to cash, but instead of keeping it in a physical wallet you keep it in an online wallet that you can access using your cell phone or another electronic device. Its digital features make it a good alternative to traditional payment methods, such as credit or debit card payments.

Poonam Puri
Poonam Puri

In addition to the U of T/YorkU submission from Osgoode Professor Poonam Puri and University of Toronto Professors Andreas Veneris and Fan Long (Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Department of Computer Science) and Andreas Park (U of T Mississauga’s Department of Management and the Rotman School of Management); the Bank also selected submissions from teams at McGill University and the University of Calgary.

Each team was awarded a project fee to put toward the research competition, and the work of the team had to be a business school and computer science department collaboration.

The U of T/YorkU contingent worked on their overall model and recommendations as a team, but the technical components of their analysis were led by Veneris, Long and Park, with Puri focusing primarily on the legal, governance and policy implications of their design recommendation.

“We are recommending the implementation of a brand new currency/payment system, which obviously raises a number of novel legal issues and policy choices,” said Puri, who is an expert in corporate governance, corporate law and securities law.

“My role on the team has been to consider the feasibility of our solution within the current regulatory regime and consider potential recommended changes to current regulatory frameworks in order to support our proposal.”

Osgoode students Anxhela Adhamidhis and Cameron Teschuk assisted her with the research.

Puri said their legal analysis focused on four main issues. First, whether the Bank of Canada has the authority to issue a new digital currency, or if any amendments are required to its governing legislation (the Bank of Canada Act) to permit it to do so. Second, consideration of the ideal regulatory framework to regulate participants in the new digital payments network. Third, how payment intermediaries would fit within anti-money laundering and counter terrorist financing (AML/CFT) laws.

“Canada has made a conscious effort in recent years to update its AML/CFT regulations and we wanted to make sure that our recommendation fits within the AML/CFT regulatory landscape to ensure that any central bank digital currency can’t be used as a vehicle for illegal activities.” The fourth consideration was privacy.

“We prioritized privacy in order to ensure that any central bank digital currency closely resembles the privacy benefits that currently accompany traditional cash payments,” Puri said.

She also noted that issuing a central bank digital currency would create a variety of different legal and regulatory challenges, but it is nevertheless possible to do so within our current regulatory regime.

“Our legal analysis touches on a number of issues that require further research, but the overall takeaway should be that these issues can be resolved and that the legal challenges should not be considered an insurmountable hurdle for the Bank of Canada,” Puri said. “We’re hoping that our legal analysis helps drive that point home and can be used as a launching point if the Bank of Canada decides to pursue our recommendation further.”

To view the proposal, visit https://bit.ly/2Zl4V3w.

York University, Mackenzie Health launch innovative health collaboration in York Region

Featured image for Mackenzie Health and York U MOU signing shows a medical worker with a chart

On Wednesday, Jan. 20, York University joined forces with Mackenzie Health in an innovative new community-focused health collaboration that will aim to enhance health services, training of highly qualified personnel, research and innovation and healthier outcomes for York Region residents, and beyond.

During a virtual signing event on Wednesday, York University President and Vice-Chancellor Rhonda L. Lenton was joined by the President and CEO of Mackenzie Health, Altaf Stationwala, the Mayor of Vaughan, Maurizio Bevilacqua, and the Mayor of Richmond Hill, David Barrow, to celebrate this important milestone and discuss their shared vision and opportunities that lie ahead.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is a two-year agreement that sets out the strategic areas of focus for engagement and cooperation: 1.) Education, Professional, and Community Development, and 2.) Health Research and Innovation. The MOU identifies specific areas of mutual interest that will be explored, including health related research, epidemiology and data sharing, clinical placements and training, professional development education for health sector workers, digital health solutions, and more.

“As we find ourselves amid the second wave of a global pandemic, the questions we are asking about the future of local and global healthcare have very real and timely implications,” said Lenton. “This Memorandum of Understanding will strengthen the partnership between York University and Mackenzie Health, and allow us to contribute toward advancements in research, management, and policy that create healthier communities in York Region and drive positive change both locally and globally.”

Recently, York U has strengthened ties within the York Region health community, including through a 2019 agreement with the City of Vaughan to collaborate on a new Healthcare Centre Precinct.

“Mackenzie Health has enjoyed a long-standing collaborative partnership with York University and the signing of this Memorandum of Understanding is yet another way to formalize this partnership,” said Stationwala. “We look forward to finding new ways to work together with the ultimate goal of improving the way we deliver care to residents across western York Region.”

Mackenzie Health is a dynamic regional health care provider, which includes the existing Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital and the future Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital, as well as a comprehensive network of community-based services.

The 2020-2025 Strategic Mandate Agreements (SMA3) now finalized by Ontario’s Ministry of Colleges and Universities

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The 2020-2025 Strategic Mandate Agreements (SMA3) between Ontario’s Ministry of Colleges and Universities and the province’s universities have been finalized. The SMA3 is a key component of the Ontario government’s accountability framework that identifies:

  • Government’s objectives and priorities for the post-secondary system;
  • New performance-based funding mechanism for the SMA3 time period;
  • Performance targets for 10 metrics that will be assessed annually;
  • Enrolment corridor midpoint that provides enrolment-based funding.

Finalization of all SMA3 documents was delayed from March 2020 due to COVID-19. Throughout the summer York University along with the Council of Ontario Universities engaged in advocacy work with MCU to ensure a commitment to stability for the sector was achieved and on-going engagement with the sector would occur to assess the impact of COVID-19 on universities and their ability to fulfill the commitments made in the SMA3.

The following are some highlights of what MCU and the universities agreed upon to achieve greater funding stability:

  • Performance metrics will be tracked but will not impact funding for 2020-21 and 2021-22
  • Commitment to consider revised methodologies for assessing performance given COVID impacts.
  • More opportunities for the University to change weights assigned to the 10 performance metrics
  • Confirmation of enrolment corridor funding

In addition, all SMA3 documents include a general statement about the uncertainty of  COVID-19 impacts on institutions and provide for some flexibility in the annual evaluation process that assesses performance. Each university was also permitted to explain briefly how COVID-19 is impacting them, in the Institutional Profile section of the document.

In 2019-20 Provost & Vice-President Academic Lisa Philipps led consultations with the York community supported by principles for the development and implementation of SMA3. These principles recognized the need to advance York’s University Academic Plan in the SMA3 context, and to maximize provincial funding in order to support the full breadth of important activities and programming across York’s campuses.

Thank you to all members of the York community who participated in the SMA3 consultation process and who provided input through the document development process last fall and spring.

To read the document and for more information click here.


Le ministère des Collèges et Universités de l’Ontario finalise actuellement les Ententes de mandat stratégiques (EMS 3) 2020-2025

Les Ententes de mandat stratégique (EMS3) 2020-2023 entre le ministère des Collèges et Universités (MCU) de l’Ontario et les universités de la province ont été finalisées. L’EMS3 est un élément clé du cadre de responsabilité du gouvernement de l’Ontario qui définit : 

  • Les objectifs et les priorités du gouvernement de l’Ontario pour le système postsecondaire; 
  • Le nouveau mécanisme de financement fondé sur le rendement pour la durée de l’EMS3; 
  • Les cibles de performance pour 10 mesures qui seront évaluées annuellement; 
  • L’effectif de base sur lequel repose le financement relatif à l’effectif.

La finalisation de tous les documents de l’EMS3 qui était prévue en mars 2020 a été retardée en raison de la COVID-19. Tout au long de l’été, l’Université York et le Conseil des universités de l’Ontario se sont engagés dans un travail de plaidoyer avec le MCU afin d’atteindre un engagement de stabilité pour le secteur et un engagement continu avec le secteur pour évaluer l’impact de la COVID-19 sur les universités et leur capacité à remplir les engagements pris dans l’EMS3. Voici quelques points saillants sur lesquels le MCU et les universités se sont entendus pour parvenir à une plus grande stabilité de financement : 

  • Les mesures de performance seront enregistrées, mais n’auront pas d’incidence sur le financement pour les années 2020-21 et 2021-22; 
  • Engagement pris d’envisager des méthodologies révisées pour l’évaluation des performances compte tenu des impacts de la COVID-19; 
  • Plus grande possibilité pour l’Université de modifier les pondérations attribuées aux 10 mesures de performance; 
  • Confirmation du financement en fonction du système de couloirs différentiels.  

De plus, tous les documents de l’EMS3 comprennent une déclaration générale au sujet des incertitudes liées aux répercussions de la COVID-19 sur les établissements et prévoient une certaine souplesse dans le processus annuel d’évaluation de la performance. Chaque université a également pu expliquer brièvement les répercussions de la COVID-19 sur son établissement dans la section « Profil de l’établissement » du document.  

En 2019-20, la rectrice et vice-présidente aux affaires académiques, Lisa Philipps, a mené des consultations avec la communauté de York fondées sur des principes pour le développement et la mise en œuvre de l’EMS3. Ces principes ont reconnu la nécessité de faire évoluer le plan académique de l’Université York dans le contexte de l’EMS3, et de maximiser notre financement provincial afin d’appuyer l’ensemble des activités et des programmes importants sur nos campus.  

Merci à tous les membres de la communauté de York qui ont participé au processus de consultation de l’EMS3 et qui ont apporté leur contribution tout au long de l’élaboration du document à l’automne et au printemps. 

Pour lire le document et pour plus d’information, cliquez ici.

Statement by the York University Indigenous Council regarding the Mi’kmaq fishers

Artwork by Métis (Otipemisiwak) artist Christi Belcourt

The Indigenous Council of York University calls on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to intervene, recognize the modest traditional fishery affirmed by Canada’s Supreme Court, and to stop the violence of the commercial fishermen. For more information, view the full statement at https://bit.ly/3mcIqYi.

City of Vaughan, York University, Mackenzie Health and ventureLAB sign MOU for feasibility study to create healthcare precinct

A stethoscope and patient chart
A stethoscope and patient chart

In a first-of-its-kind initiative in Vaughan, the city is leading a collaboration to transform an 82-acre parcel of land at Jane Street and Major Mackenzie Drive into the Vaughan Healthcare Centre Precinct. A memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed Oct. 2 between the City of Vaughan, York University, Mackenzie Health and ventureLAB to identify transformational opportunities to maximize the best use of lands surrounding the site of the Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital through a feasibility study.

From left: Signing partners Melissa Chee, president and CEO, ventureLAB; Rhonda L. Lenton, president and vice-chancellor, York University; Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua; and Mark Falbo, Chair of the Board, Mackenzie Health

The feasibility study will determine how best to create a world-class health experience and explore various options, including a new space for ventureLAB to expand and create another regional innovation hub in Vaughan and opportunities for Mackenzie Health to collaborate with York University in the area of academic health sciences.

“York University is delighted to be part of this unique opportunity to explore how we can work with the City of Vaughan, Mackenzie Health, and ventureLAB to develop a world-class healthcare precinct in the centre of Vaughan,” said York University President and Vice-Chancellor Rhonda L. Lenton.

“This initiative has the potential to increase the experiential learning opportunities available to students and to strengthen our ability to lead multi-sector, collaborative and community-engaged research projects that could improve the health and well-being of communities around the world,” said Lenton. “Health is one of York University’s fastest growing areas of study, research and community engagement. We have 10,000 students in health and health science programs and thousands more in related fields such as engineering, science, the environment, law, social science, business and the arts. We look forward to contributing our expertise to the Vaughan Healthcare Centre Precinct feasibility study.”

The goal of this unique collaboration is for the Vaughan Healthcare Centre Precinct to leverage resources to bring healthcare, innovation and jobs to this growing community. This site has the potential to be a place that will connect people and spaces and bring together different sectors to become an epicentre of healthcare excellence in the city.

Quick facts

  • The purpose of the feasibility study is to bring together community partners to identify transformational opportunities to maximize the highest and best use of lands surrounding the site of the future Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital – which are known as the Vaughan Healthcare Centre Precinct.
  • The study will identify strategies to generate economic opportunities, research innovation, training and development and enhance the delivery of modern front-line healthcare for patients.
  • Following the study, a comprehensive action plan that outlines opportunities, costs and strategies for unleashing the potential of the Vaughan Healthcare Centre Precinct will be presented.
  • The anticipated cost to complete the study is $210,000. The City of Vaughan is funding the study, approved by City Council as part of the 2019 Budget approval process.
  • By fall 2019, a consultant will be retained to undertake the study. The successful consultant will be obtained through an open, competitive and accountable procurement process overseen by the City of Vaughan. The study is anticipated to be complete by the end of 2020.

To learn more, read the Partnership to Advance Economic Development Opportunities in the Vaughan Healthcare Centre Precinct – Council Report (PDF).

FES hosts Candidates Debate on Environment and Economy

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Members of the York University community will have an opportunity to hear from candidates running in York’s riding of Humber River-Black Creek about how they, and their political parties, propose to address important environment-economy issues, including water and resources, wilderness conservation, pollution and climate change.

The Candidates Debate on Environment and Economy takes place Oct. 3 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the Moot Court, Room 1005, Osgoode Building, Keele Campus. This free event is hosted by the Faculty of Environmental Studies (FES) in association with 100 Debates.

Candidates confirmed to be in attendance include:

Maria Augimeri, New Democratic Party;

Iftikhar Choudry, Conservative Party of Canada;

Mike Schmitz, Green Party of Canada; and

Judy Sgro, Liberal Party of Canada.

The event’s moderator will be Eric Miller, FES course director and lead research associate on the Ecological Footprint Initiative (EFI). From his work with the EFI, his research team connected with the 100 Debates team to have FES to host a debate at York. The York event is officially one of the 120 debates happening across Canada.

The doors will open at 6:30 p.m., with the debate running from 7 to 8 p.m.

Light refreshments will be provided, and registration is necessary to attend.

York University statement regarding the MOU advancing French language post-secondary education

The following statement was released Saturday, Sept. 8.

“Today’s announcement of the MOU for the Université de l’Ontario français (UOF) is a great achievement for French-speaking communities across Ontario and beyond. York University and its Glendon Campus congratulate the federal and provincial governments on this important agreement of financial support that will provide additional resources for French language post-secondary education and respond to the growth and aspirations of the French-language population in Southern Ontario.

With more than 50 years of academic and research excellence, York University’s Glendon Campus provides leadership opportunities that empower students to become fully-engaged local and global changemakers in French and English. York University is pleased to offer its support for this project and looks forward to continuing to work with our French-language post-secondary partners, including the UOF, in exploring a collaborative model that highlights our common interests and finds opportunities to deliver much needed services to the francophone and francophile community.”


Déclaration de l’Université York à propos de l’annonce du protocole d’entente sur l’Université de l’Ontario français

L’annonce du protocole d’entente sur l’Université de l’Ontario français (UOF) faite aujourd’hui est une grande réalisation pour les communautés francophones de l’Ontario et d’ailleurs. L’Université York et son campus Glendon félicitent les gouvernements provincial et fédéral pour cet engagement important de soutien financier qui fournira des ressources additionnelles pour l’éducation postsecondaire en langue française et répondra à la croissance et aux aspirations de la population de langue française dans le sud de l’Ontario.

Avec plus de 50 ans d’excellence universitaire et en recherche à son acquis, le campus Glendon de l’Université York offre des possibilités de développement du leadership personnel qui permettent aux étudiants de devenir des artisans du changement en anglais et en français à l’échelle locale et mondiale. L’Université York est heureuse d’offrir son appui à ce projet et se réjouit à l’idée de continuer à travailler avec ses partenaires de langue française au niveau postsecondaire, y compris l’UOF, pour explorer un modèle de collaboration soulignant nos intérêts communs tout en trouvant des possibilités d’offrir des services indispensables à la communauté francophone et francophile.

Fire testing lab at York University among projects awarded Ontario research funding

York University researchers will receive more than $700,000 in provincial funding for research projects and equipment through the Early Researcher Award (ERA) program and the Ontario Research Fund (ORF).

Victor Fedeli, Ontario’s minister of economic development, job creation and trade, announced nearly $41 million in research funding for research institutions across Ontario yesterday, in the High Bay Structure Lab at York’s Lassonde School of Engineering.

Ontario MPP Victor Fedeli watches as Lassonde School of Engineering Professor John Gales demonstrates fire testing during a visit to York University's High Bay Structure Lab for an Ontario Government research funding announcement.
Ontario MPP Victor Fedeli (third from the right) and York University President and Vice-Chancellor Rhonda L. Lenton (fourth from the right) watch as Lassonde School of Engineering Professor John Gales (far left) demonstrates fire testing during a visit to York University’s High Bay Structure Lab for an Ontario government research funding announcement

Civil engineering Professor John Gales demonstrated how his lab assesses the resiliency of building materials to develop construction materials that are fire safe, innovative and sustainable.

Gales’ fire testing lab will receive $118,135 in ORF grants, which match funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s John R. Evans Leaders Fund. The grants will allow the fire testing lab at Lassonde, one of the few in Canada, to scale up the technology to test load and heat on larger building frames to make buildings safer and more cost-efficient.

“York University’s research excellence is rooted in creating positive impacts in the lives of individuals and communities,” said York University President and Vice-Chancellor Rhonda L. Lenton. “Professor Gales’ lab examines how materials can help make buildings and homes – and the people and families who live and work in them – safer from the risk of fire, and we are grateful to the government of Ontario for supporting this important research.”

Three other York University researchers will also receive ORF grants, and two researchers will receive ERAs. They are:

  • Cora Young, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science – $138,555 for Adaptable Liquid Chromatography System for Online and Offline Analysis of Trace Atmospheric Water-Soluble Compounds;
  • Ryan Hili, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science – $114,626 for Expanding the Chemistry of DNA;
  • Lyndsay Hayhurst, School of Kinesiology & Health Science, Faculty of Health – $49,664 for Digital Participatory Research and Physical Cultures Lab;
  • Doug Van Nort, Department of Music, School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design, Canada Research Chair in Digital Performance – $140,000 ERA for Improvising Machine Agents for Ensemble Musical Performance; and
  • Pouya Rezai, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Lassonde School of Engineering – $140,000 ERA for Organ- and Organism-on-a-Chip Platform Technologies for Neurodegenerative Disease Studies and Drug Screening.

To read the full government announcement, visit bit.ly/2lyLOCy.