At York University, we take pride in doing things differently, both inside and outside of the classroom. As a still relatively young university, York has retained its progressive spirit and outlook.
An increasingly complex world requires new ways of thinking and fresh ideas to solve challenging local and global issues. This is what will differentiate the leaders of tomorrow. As a university founded on change, this is our strength: we are bold, diverse, creative and dynamic.
Today, we are home to a faculty of dedicated, unconventional thinkers who create powerful educational experiences for our students, as well as facilities that are setting standards for educational architecture in the 21st century. We are expanding the bounds of knowledge and building on our foundation of academic quality, social responsibility, global perspectives and community engagement. Read on to learn more about how we are redefining teaching, learning and research excellence as a community connected to what matters.
President and Vice-Chancellor
York University continued to advance bilingual education at our Glendon Campus
School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design renamed to reflect a bold new vision
Yes to York
York University selected to bring a new campus to York Region
The world came to York with the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games
The Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence opened its doors to students
Victor Phillip Dahdaleh’s donation established The Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health
York University’s academic excellence is rooted in the curiosity of our scholars, the innovative nature of our programs and teaching strategies, and the richness of our learning experiences. In 2015, we continued to grow our capacity in each of these areas, contributing to historic levels of achievement as a community.
Vice-President, Academic and Provost
Did you know?
York’s new School of Continuing Studies, one of the largest in Canada, launched in January 2015.
NEW WAYS OF THINKING
This year, we launched innovative new programs to meet the evolving needs of the labour market and to reflect the nation’s higher learning priorities. These include Canada’s only undergraduate degree program in Mathematical Biology and Glendon’s new bilingual Bachelor of Science programs in Biology and Psychology. The Ministry of Training, Colleges & Universities approved the expansion of graduate programs in Mechanical and Civil Engineering at the Lassonde School of Engineering.
In addition to delivering award-winning curricula, we are interested in how students learn and what effective teaching looks and sounds like today. Our innovations in this area are driven by our Faculties and fuelled by the Academic Innovation Fund, which supports teaching and learning and pedagogical innovation relating to experiential education, eLearning and our first-year student experience.
At York, we believe that deep knowledge comes from lived experiences. We are expanding our experiential education (EE) programs across all areas, starting with the YU Experience Hub – a faculty resource for integration of EE in new courses and programs.
More modern, innovative ways to learn means more eLearning opportunities. This year, our Faculties received more than $250,000 in Ontario government funding to enhance digital learning opportunities at York. We completed an eLearning audit and developed a plan for increased eLearning across the University, and launched Interactive Art Design Learning Modules, an interdisciplinary learning tool developed in collaboration with Brock and Ryerson Universities, accessible to students around the world.
The Ontario government’s commitment to create a York campus in Markham Centre allows us to better serve one of the country’s fastest-growing regions. Expected to open in 2020-21, the new campus will be an incubator for innovation, collaborative partnerships and student success, offering programs in areas such as media design, digital culture, technology education, environmental management, commerce, engineering design, and criminal justice administration. These offerings will be augmented in later phases by innovative programs to meet the needs of the region.
of our professors have the highest qualification in their fields
students participated in international exchanges
in grants awarded by the Academic Innovation Fund for 47 research projects
York University is proudly leading some of the most ambitious research on the planet, with groundbreaking projects active across 11 Faculties and 25 research centres.
Vice-President, Research and Innovation
Open Your Mind
York researchers are leading the way in discovery and innovation. Groundbreaking achievements of 2015 include creating an app that decreases brain decline in those with Alzheimer’s, detecting that lakes are warming at a faster rate than the air or the oceans, and taking the lead on a laser altimeter that will create a 3‑D model of the asteroid Bennu during a Nasa mission.
Fuelling Knowledge and Discovery
York researchers earned 22 SSHRC grants in 2014-15, totalling more than $10 million. The University also leads the nation in large-scale SSHRC partnership-based grants valued at $1 million or more. A leader in advanced research in natural sciences and engineering, York researchers were awarded 2 out of 17 Collaborative Research & Training Experience program grants by NSERC for studies including innovative research in data analytics and visualization, and disaster and emergency response simulations.
Innovation York, Enabling Success
Innovation York, the University’s industry liaison and commercialization unit, continues to expand and enhance a culture of industry-engaged scholarship and entrepreneurship. This year, it facilitated 556 research agreements with a value of $24.1 million, an increase of 93% in research agreement funding to support technology transfer and research commercialization.
The Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health
Created this year through a $20 million donation from alumnus Victor Phillip Dahdaleh, the largest ever donation by a York graduate, The Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health will be a leader and a catalyst in addressing global health issues, and will provide a robust context for students involved in York’s Global Health program, as well as academics and researchers working in the field at the University and around the world.
Did you know?
York researchers were awarded 2 out of 5 national SSHRC Impact
Awards for research on refugees and youth homelessness.
external research income
increase in tri-council grant instalments
new Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada
We are proud to share the impact made by the philanthropic support of our alumni, donors and friends, totalling $38 million during 2015. This funding has enabled York to provide critical student financial support, advance innovative faculty research, enhance unique programming and learning experiences, and much more. Join us in 2016 as we launch a transformational campaign to ensure that York and our partners continue to make an impact locally and globally.
Did you know?
Lilly Singh (BA ’10) was named to Forbes’ 30 under 30 list, and scored the No. 8 spot on its list of highest paid YouTube stars.
Supporting Local and Global Excellence
In addition to receiving our largest-ever donation by an alumnus, $20 million from Victor Phillip Dahdaleh for global health, York celebrated a record-breaking year in donations. The Brain Canada Foundation and Krembil Foundation’s combined gift of more than $1.3 million to neuroscience in the Faculty of Health was focused on research to develop new ways to diagnose and treat all types of neurological and mental illnesses.
Leading the Nation
15 accomplished York alumni were elected to Parliament, including Navdeep Bains (BAS ’99), who joined the cabinet as minister of innovation, science and economic development, Gary Anandasangaree (LLB ’05), Omar Alghabra (MBA ’00), Mike Bossio (BA ’89), Ali Ehsassi (LLB ’99), Rajvinder (Raj) Grewal (MBA ’10, JD ’13), Ahmed Hussen (BA ’02), Majid Jowhari (MBA ’92), Kamalpreet (Kamal) Khera (BScN ’13), Iqra Khalid (BA ’07), Joseph Peschisolido (LLB ’89), Lisa Raitt (LLB ’96), Sven Spengemann (LLB ’98), Anita Vandenbeld (MA ’95), and Peter Van Loan (LLB ‘97).
Alumni Making a Difference
Five York alumni were inducted into the Order of Canada: Joseph Boyden (BA ’91), Rudy Buttignol (BFA ’82), Barbara Hall (LLB ’78), Fiona Amaryllis Sampson (DJur ’05), and Faye Thomson (BFA ’77). Trailblazing entrepreneur and philanthropist Douglas Bergeron (BA ’83, Hon. LLD ’13), received a Bryden Alumni Award for his contributions and achievements, along with Unity Charity founder Michael Prosserman; psychologist and researcher Gail McVey; and Bruce Lourie, president of the Ivey Foundation.
total value of donations
of our donors are alumni
donors made their first gift to York
Our impact was felt both locally and globally this year as we worked with our partners to unite international communities in sport, support refugees at home and abroad, advance environmental conservation efforts and improve access to education for marginalized groups.
Vice-President, Finance & Administration
Did you know?
York’s Faculty of Environmental Studies has begun plans to build an eco‑campus in Costa Rica, near Las Nubes Forest Reserve.
Improving Access to Education
In 2016, the University will offer five four-year tuition waivers for refugee students sponsored by the World University Service of Canada. York is also participating in a multi-institutional partnership with Lifeline Syria in support of Syrian refugees. Osgoode Hall Law School has joined with the University of Ottawa’s Refugee Sponsorship Support Program to match law students with immigration and refugee lawyers providing pro-bono assistance to asylum seekers.
Dadaab Institute Grads
In Dadaab, Kenya, in June 2015, 59 students in the world’s largest refugee camp graduated with York certificates in educational studies. They are the first graduates of a unique program designed to take postsecondary education to where refugees live.
York continued to deepen its engagement with Indigenous communities, their laws and political and legal traditions. Osgoode Hall Law School hosted the inaugural Honour Ceremony for Indigenous graduates as well as the second annual Anishinaabe Law Camp.
Connecting Youth with Science & Technology
Participation in our science engagement camps aimed at students from grades three to twelve increased significantly, reaching nearly 500 participants at our Keele campus location. York digital media students shared their creativity and expertise with children aged nine to 12 in a series of free, hands-on Summer Inventors Workshops exploring the world of video game design held at libraries in Brampton and Richmond Hill, Ontario.
Toronto 2015 Pan Am & Parapan Am Games
York welcomed thousands of athletes and tens of thousands of spectators to our Keele campus for the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am & Parapan Am Games, the world’s third largest multi-sport event. The University’s new world-class York Lions Stadium drew large crowds and served as an important centre for competition, especially for the York students and alumni who competed on campus and at events across the Greater Toronto Area.
countries represented at TORONTO 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games
seating capacity in the new York Lions Stadium
medals (1 gold, 1 silver, 3 bronze) won by York students and alumni at TORONTO 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games
York University shone in 2015.
World-class rankings. Research with impact. Award‑winning teachers.
Innovative students. Inspiring staff. Alumni making a difference.
We are proud to showcase and salute them all.
Five faculty members named Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada: Marie‑Christine Pioffet, Seth Feldman, Peter Victor, Leah Vosko (pictured) and Barry Lever.
Professor Stephen Gaetz awarded SSHRC Impact Award ‑ Partnership for leading work in youth homelessness.
Professor Susan McGrath received SSHRC Impact Award ‑ Connection for her innovative work leading the Refugee Research Network.
Professor Sampa Bhadra was part of Tokai to Kamioka team that received 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics.
Professor John Tsotsos received Royal Society’s Sir William Dawson Medal.
Professor Debra Pepler awarded Donald O. Hebb Award for distinguished contributions to psychology.
Professor Paul Sych named one of the world’s Ten Masters of Typography by international design journal Graphis.
Professor Carys Craig, Associate Dean, Research & Institutional Relations at Osgoode, awarded 2015 President’s University‑Wide Teaching Award.
Professor Poonam Puri (pictured) and six Osgoode alumni named Top 25 Most Influential by Canadian Lawyer magazine.
History Professor Adrian Shubert won prestigious Killam Research Fellowship.
Seventeen honorary degrees awarded to distinguished recipients, including writer Alberto Manguel, Justice Murray Sinclair (pictured) and activist Sheila Watt‑Cloutier.
Three professors named to Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists: Mark Jurdjevic, Kristin Andrews and Fuyuki Kurasawa (pictured).
Rhonda Lenton, Vice‑President, Academic and Provost, named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by Women’s Executive Network.
Alan Middleton, Executive Director of Schulich Executive Education Centre and Assistant Professor of Marketing, named 2015 Communicator of the Year by IABC Toronto.
David Phipps, Executive Director, Research & Innovation Services, received the 2015 President’s Award for Leadership from the Institute for Knowledge Mobilization.
York’s commitment to mental health led to graduate Devon MacPherson’s service dog, Barkley, crossing the stage with her at convocation.
Seven graduate students out of 20 nationwide received Canada Graduate Scholarships to honour Nelson Mandella.
Two graduate students awarded Governor General’s Gold Medals: David Moffette and Sarah D’Amour (pictured).
Six PhD students received Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships: Samantha Fashler, Jolin Joseph, Kyo Maclear, Noa Nahmias, Christopher Vanden Berg and Dessi Zaharieva (pictured).
Graduate student Tanya Elchuk selected as one of the country’s five best storytellers by SSHRC.
York Lions won the CIS and OUA
Men’s Soccer Championships.
York ranked among top 100 universities in the world for geography, history, law & psychology by QS World University Rankings.
Schulich School of Business ranked No. 1 in Canada and among the world’s leading schools in six consecutive global rankings.
Schulich School of Business celebrated its 50th anniversary.
Victor Phillip Dahdaleh donated $20 million to create The Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health.
York named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for 3rd consecutive year.
Four York community members appointed to Order of Canada: Julia Foster (pictured), Susan McGrath, Edgar Dosman and Robert Cox.
Investment Performance - Endowments
Pension Investment Performance
This year, York announced nine new Board appointments and ten new senior leadership appointments — all leaders selected for their proven expertise and ability to help the University achieve its strategic goals. Our new colleagues will strengthen York’s leadership team.
More importantly, they will make an impact on our students.
Chair, Board of Governors
Senate nominee to the Board
Student nominee to the Board
Non-academic nominee to the Board
(Associate Professor, Health)
Advisor and Executive Director,
(Associate Professor, Faculty of
Liberal Arts & Professional Studies)
Interim Associate Vice-President,
Teaching & Learning
Associate Vice-President, Research
Associate Vice-President, Research
Dean, Faculty of Liberal Arts &
Executive Director, Community Safety
Special Advisor to the President
on Community Engagement
York University subway extension to open to the public in 2017
new quad student housing coming to Keele Campus
breaking ground on a York Region campus for York University
new student centre coming to Keele Campus