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Wilfrid Laurier University Vice President: Academic & Provost
July 28, 2014
Canadian Excellence

Conference overview


The academic community at large has a vested interest in the growing conversation between academics, senior academic administrators and the broader public regarding the role of philanthropic giving to support research at our publicly funded institutions.  Wilfrid Laurier University, the University of Waterloo and the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) invite you to partake in a discussion about the role and future of private sector support to publicly funded academic institutions.

The fundamental goals of the Conference are:

  • to place the issues of academic freedom and university collaborations into an objective framework provided by international experts;
  • to enable the press to obtain objective information and evaluation of the broad issues as well as to those that are specific to (1) the BSIA governance arrangements and (2) the CAUT document "Guiding Principles for University Collaboration";
  • to enable interested faculty and administrators to learn, and to test and shape their own awareness and opinions, about academic freedom and related matters;
  • to enable persons from government and the broader public to similarly learn and engage.

The half-day conference will feature thought-provoking keynotes, expert discussion panels and networking opportunities.

We are pleased to announce that keynote speakers and panelists will include Mr. Robert O’Neil, Professor of Law Emeritus, University of Virginia, Dr. Peter MacKinnon, President, University of Saskatchewan and Dr. Jim Turk, President, CAUT.