Office of the Vice-President and Principal

Message from the Vice-President and Principal, Professor Deep Saini:

Vice-President and Principal Deep Saini

A brand new semester is upon us at U of T Mississauga, and I’d like to wish you all a very happy new year!

For UTM, 2016 marks the beginning of an exciting new year, and the continuation of the “renaissance” of the northern edge of our campus. In 1967, students at what was then Erindale College attended classes in the first structure on campus—the North Building. The first phase of the reconstruction of that building opened in 2014, and now rises gracefully over the northern side of campus. In March 2016, the demolition and reconstruction of North Building Phase 2 will begin. On the strong foundations of our history, this new facility will continue to improve our student experience.

Another exciting initiative involves Professor Alexandra Gillespie, a specialist in English and medieval studies in the Department of English and Drama, who is co-leading a $1 million dollar project to develop digital tools that will support the study and archiving of precious and fragile medieval manuscripts.

2016 also promises to be another exciting year for I-CUBE, the business accelerator at UTM’s Institute for Management & Innovation. I-CUBE offers students and community youth early-stage business development and commercialization services, including collaborative space, expert speaker sessions and a mentorship program. Through initiatives like I-Cube, UTM acts an integral partner of the Peel region community, helping to foster entrepreneurship and city building, and ultimately making a positive economic impact on Mississauga.

Finally, 2016 brings major developments for UTM’s Centre for Cancer Stem Cell Therapeutics, led by Professor Patrick Gunning. The $5.9 million centre aims to develop new therapeutic compounds that will target some of the deadliest cancers, such as leukemia and glioblastoma (brain cancer), which are thought to originate from cancer stem cells. His laboratory’s groundbreaking molecules could also make chemotherapy less toxic.  These compounds, built the foundations of research excellence, have potentially lifesaving implications for cancer patients on a global scale.

These are just four examples of the exciting initiatives happening at U of T Mississauga, as we move towards our fiftieth anniversary in 2017. As 2016 begins, I welcome you all back to U of T Mississauga and wish you the very best for a healthy and happy year ahead.