Message from the Chair of the Board of GovernorsUniversity of Manitoba Annual Report 1999-2000
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Paul M. Soubry
Paul M. Soubry

The spirit of the University of Manitoba was alive and at its best in 1999-2000, beginning with the hosting of athletes and venues for the Pan American Games, and ending with the unveiling of a new graphic identity to represent our academic mission and proud history.

Message From the Chair
of the Board of Governors

1999-2000 will go down as one of the most exciting years in the history of the University of Manitoba.

Much of the early part of the year was spent preparing for, than participating in, the 13th Pan American Games. The Fort Garry Campus was transformed into a multi-cultural athletes village, complete with flags, pin-trading, and every size and shape of athlete. We also witnessed tremendously high-level competition in athletics, volleyball, basketball and rhythmic gymnastics.

We are very proud of the staff and students who helped make the university's contribution to this outstanding sporting and cultural event so successful. We also express appreciation to the Pan American Games Society and the Government of Manitoba for their contributions to the physical legacies of the Games.

Immediately after the Games departed, work was begun on building the infrastructure of SMARTpark, the university's research park.We are grateful to the federal and provincial governments for the $5.6 million contributed to advance this project, which will attract advanced technology firms and research facilities to the campus.

Also in the area of research, I want to congratulate all those researchers who have been successful in obtaining research grants this year from the national and provincial granting councils. Their success indicates the high quality of their work, and we expect the results of their investigations to have an impact on the way we live and work, and on the health and well-being of our province.

It was also satisfying to record the results of our private funding initiatives for 1999, which, at $16.68 million, represents a 40% increase over 1998.

The Manitoba Scholarship and Bursary Initiative (MSBI) was key to the outstanding response from individuals and organizations in establishing new student awards, and we acknowledge the Province of Manitoba for their foresight in establishing the MSBI.

Our innovative approach to first-year education, University 1, has been very successful. Now beginning its third year, University 1 continues to provide the most flexible range of options to students entering university. This program, combined with outstanding teaching and more scholarship and bursary funding available to students, ensures that the University of Manitoba remains the institution of first choice for many students in the province.

The Board is very pleased that the university has a new logo, replacing the former "UM" which was developed in the 1970s. The new shield represents strongly the academic mission of the university, and pays tribute to our historical colours of brown and gold.

The Board also notes that the amendments made to the budget process last year have allowed the administration to do better long-term strategic financial planning in the face of limitations on tuition increases and limited government grant increases.

The Board is committed to working with the Council on Post-Secondary Education and the Government of Manitoba to ensure that the province’s research-intensive university continues to play a key role in the provincial economy. We offer as well our deep appreciation to the commitment shown by Chancellor Mauro, President Szathmáry, staff, students, alumni, parents, corporations, foundations and friends of the university as the University of Manitoba strives to be one of the best universities in Canada.

Paul M. Soubry

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