September 2014

Let’s ‘Run for the Cure’ on Sunday

September 29, 2014

Sunday, October 5 is the annual CIBC Run for the Cure and once again, the campus is excited to host the Mississauga event. We expect some 4,000 runners, walkers and supporters to festoon the campus with pink. UTM will have a large contingent of runners participating–126 at the last count, and rising.

Sustainability Management – The smarts of doing ‘business NOT as usual’

September 16, 2014

There’s much new this year on the campus: the Deerfield Hall we celebrated yesterday; the Innovation Complex to house the new Institute for Management and Innovation; Spiegel Hall reborn as the physics teaching lab; a fresh new look and expansion for the OPH cafeteria; and much more… These are the obvious visible signs of change, but there’s one development that has probably not been noticed as widely – the launch of our latest professional master’s program in Sustainability Management.

Earth’s climate is changing rapidly, and there’s now a consensus among informed minds that human activity is at the root of this change. The weight of scientific evidence also tells us that we have very little time left before the runaway consequences of these changes would likely escape our ability to control them. This is on top of the broader human-induced environmental degradation. We know that the vast majority of human impacts on the global environment originate directly or indirectly from our commercial activities. So we are faced with a conundrum: The lifestyle we so love is in mortal peril without a drastic shift in our ways, and yet changing those ways appears to be so hard, if not impossible, without destroying the system that gave us this lifestyle in the first place.

Welcome to another great year!

September 2, 2014

Wow, what a transformation! The campus is bustling again. Just a week ago, as I was on my habitual evening walk with our dog, the campus looked so empty. You could’ve had the ‘Honda Indy’ right here on the Outer Circle Road! Oh, wait a minute; someone in Dad’s blue Bimmer did think it was a racetrack! (Btw, I have your licence plate number…)

It is so nice to have you all back. The summers are wonderful but by the end of August, I’m always ready to get back to the usual action. There’s something special about seeing the excited – and sometimes a little nervous – faces of the new students. It is great to see the staff and student-volunteers helping the newcomers find their way or settle in, and profs getting ready for the classes.