Report: Governing Council - December 17, 2020

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Via Virtual Meeting

UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO
THE GOVERNING COUNCIL
DECEMBER 17, 2020

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE GOVERNING COUNCIL held on December 17, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. via virtual meeting.

Pursuant to section 28 (e) and 38 of By-Law Number 2,
consideration of items 12-16 will take place in camera.

Present:
Claire Kennedy (Chair), Brian D. Lawson (Vice-Chair), Rose Patten (Chancellor), Meric S. Gertler, (President), Cheryl Regehr, (Vice-President and Provost), Olivia Batt, Harvey T. Botting, David N. Bowden, Adanna Chigbo, P.C. Choo, Teodora Dechev, Stark Draper, Janet L. Ecker, Susan Froom, K. Sonu Gaind, Avrum I. Gotlieb, Sandra Hanington, Sarosh Jamal, Joan Johnston, Amin Kamaleddin, Shashi Kant, Anna Kennedy, Paul Kingston, Sameer Lal, Ernest W.N. Lam, Mark Lautens, Kikelomo Lawal, Ron Levi, Jiazhen (Diana) Li, Jan K. Mahrt-Smith, Stephane Martin Demers, Rajiv Mathur, Douglas E. McDougall, Joanne Jean McNamara, Andrew Padmos, Danielle Skipp, Salvatore M. Spadafora; Andrew Szende, Nicholas Terpstra, Wisdom J. Tettey, Marium Vahed, Grace Westcott, Bruce Winter, Vishar Yaghoubian, Samra Zafar, Lara Zink.

Sheree Drummond (Secretary of the Governing Council)

Regrets:
None

In Attendance:
David Estok (Vice-President, Communications), Alexandra Gillespie (Vice-President and Principal, University of Toronto Mississauga), Vivek Goel (Special Advisor to the President and Provost); Scott Mabury (Vice-President, University Operations & Real Estate Partnerships), David Palmer (Vice-President, Advancement), Joe Wong (Interim Vice-President, International), Nadina Jamison (Assistant Vice-President, Strategic Initiatives, Office of the President), Bryn MacPherson (Assistant Vice-President, Office of the President and Chief of Protocol), Anthony Gray (Director, Strategic Research, Office of the President), Steve Moate (Senior Legal Counsel, Office of the President), Archana Sridhar (Assistant Provost)

Guests:
Paul Downes (Professor, Department of English and Business Board Member), Khashayar Ebrahimi (Student Presenter) Tyler Riches (Vice-President, Public & University Affairs, University of Toronto Students Union), John Robinson, (Presidential Advisor on the Environment, Climate Change, and Sustainability), Ron Saporta, (Chief Operations Officer, Facilities & Services)

Secretariat:
Samantha Frost, Kristi Gourlay, Anwar Kazimi, Emma Thacker, David Walders


  1. Chair’s Remarks

    The Chair welcomed members and guests to the meeting. She announced that the use of closed captioning was being piloted for the meeting with the goal of applying this feature to all future virtual open-session governance meetings.

    The Chair then offered congratulations to LGIC governor Kikelomo Lawal who had recently been recognized as one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada.

    Finally, the Chair noted that three speaking requests had been received by the Secretariat. One was on the issue of drop in space for children in student family housing. The request had been declined as the matter was not on the agenda for the meeting, but the requester had been connected to the appropriate individual within the administration who was best placed to address the concern. The other two requests had been granted. One was from Professor Paul Downes who had asked to speak on the Investing to address Climate Change Charter, and the second was from Tyler Riches, the Vice-President, Public & University Affairs for the University of Toronto Students Union, who had asked to speak on the University of Toronto Asset Management Corporation and the University of Toronto's efforts to fight climate change.
  2. Report of the President

    Rankings

    The President began his report by commenting on the University’s exceptional results in the Times Higher Education rankings. For the 2020 Global University Employability Ranking, the President reported that the University of Toronto was ranked eighth in the world, up seven positions from last year. The University was fourth in the world among public universities and first among North American public universities. He noted that this was a fitting conclusion for what had been an excellent year for the University in the rankings.

    Research

    President Gertler reported that the University had been very successful in the annual Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Award competition. He noted that the following U of T scholars were recipients of awards:
  • Molly Shoichet (Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering) was the recipient of the Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal, Canada’s top science prize. He noted that this was the second year in row that a scientist from the University had won this award.
  • Karen Maxwell (Temerty Faculty of Medicine) received the John C. Polanyi Award.
  • Tovi Grossman (Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Arts & Science) and Marc Johnson (Department of Biology, University of Toronto Mississauga) were each awarded one of six E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowships.
  • Jonathan Abbatt and Jennifer Murphy (Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Arts & Science), leaders of the project NETCARE, received the Brockhouse Canada Prize for Interdisciplinary Research in Science and Engineering.

    The President remarked that these were exceptional results.

    The President also offered his congratulations to the many University of Toronto faculty and alumni who had been appointed to the Order of Canada in November.

    Fall Convocation

    President Gertler reported that the virtual Fall Convocation had been a great success. It had featured a Convocation address from Professor Maydianne Andrade and heartfelt and congratulatory messages from students and academic leaders. He noted that the video of the ceremony had been posted for viewing on November 21 and had already been viewed more than 11,000 times.

    100th Anniversary of the Discovery of Insulin

    The President reported that the University had planned a series of events throughout 2021 to mark the centennial of the discovery of insulin and to celebrate and showcase current research that continued to advance human health.

    Federal Matters

    President Gertler reported that the Fall Economic Statement delivered on November 30 had outlined plans for future stimulus spending with further details expected in the spring budget. He noted that the Statement did not include many specific measures for the university sector.

    The President commended the many contributions individual University of Toronto researchers have made to Canada’s COVID response. He noted that there were more than 110 research teams working on issues related to the pandemic, including more than 20 that were specifically focused on social and community impacts.

    Provincial Matters

    The President reported some of the highlights of the Ontario budget which had been presented on November 5 including funding for micro-credential initiatives and new, though limited, funding for capital and deferred maintenance, Advanced Research Computing, and intellectual property and commercialization.

    Changes in Senior Administration

    President Gertler reported on several recent changes in senior administrative roles at the University.

    He spoke positively about the recent appointment of Michael Sabia, former Director of the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, as Canada’s new Deputy Minister of Finance starting on December 14. He welcomed Professor Cheryl Misak to her new role as Interim Director and noted that the University would be starting the search for a permanent director in the new year.

    The President congratulated Professor Vivek Goel on his recent appointment as the seventh President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Waterloo. He commended Professor Goel for his extraordinary contributions to the University of Toronto’s success over his 30-year career at U of T and most recently for his contributions as Special Advisor to the President and Provost on the COVID-19 pandemic. The President welcomed Professor Salvatore Spadafora, Vice Dean, Strategy and Operations at the Temerty Faculty of Medicine, into his new role as Special Advisor from January 1 to June 30, 2021.

    Professor Goel thanked the President for his comments. He observed that he had served the Governing Council for 20 of his 30 years at the University, first as a faculty member and then as a Presidential appointee and senior assessor, during which time he had learned much about the University and its governance. He commented on the success of the University’s unique uni-cameral system and expressed his thanks for the opportunity to have been a part of the institution and its governance. He said he looked forward to future collaborations between the University of Waterloo and the University of Toronto.

    President Gertler closed his remarks with reference to his November 20 letter to the University community in which he had announced the University’s decision to delay the start of classes in 2021 until January 11 for most students. He noted that this was intended to help students and teaching staff rest and recharge over the break while preparing for the new term. He confirmed that the University would reopen on January 4 and, to help support staff wellness during this stressful and demanding time, the University was providing staff with three additional paid days off (‘wellness days’) to be taken before August 31, 2021.

    A member asked about the extra week of break provided to students and whether there were circumstances in which an individual course instructor could require students to return on the original return date of January 4. The President and Provost confirmed that any exceptions to the revised return date had been made at the divisional or program level in situations in which a later return would be detrimental to the program.

    Another member conveyed his appreciation for the degree of flexibility regarding the return date for professional programs, noting that many were team taught and rescheduling would be very challenging.

    Update on COVID-19 Response

    At the invitation of the President, the Provost provided some additional remarks on the University’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Professor Regehr observed that while it had been disheartening to see the Toronto and Peel regions’ return to lockdown on November 24, the University continued to be encouraged by the resilience of the community. She noted that in response to the changing conditions in the broader community, the University was continuing to update its policies and practices based on the new public health guidelines.

    Students

    The Provost emphasized that the safety and success of the University’s students was paramount. She reported that the University’s comprehensive quarantine program had been updated and expanded and was ready to welcome many more international students. She also reported that plans were in place to keep residences open for students who stayed on campus during the break and included access to health care and on-line programs available through Student Life.

    In response to a member’s question about whether these services were being provided to off-campus students who were unable to return to their home countries, the Provost confirmed that they were available to all students.

    Another member thanked and congratulated the Provost for arranging this central quarantine system which streamlined processes in a manner which might have proven challenging had they been left to individual faculties or divisions.

    Professor Regehr went on to report that the University continued its emergency bursary program which had provided $7.4 million to more than 6,000 students to ease their financial burdens during the unprecedented disruption to their studies.

    Research

    The Provost reported that the lockdown restrictions had not required any immediate changes and research was continuing with measures in place to follow public health guidance.

    Academic Continuity

    Professor Regehr remarked that she continued to receive positive reports about the amazing and creative work of faculty members and instructors delivering their courses remotely. She reported that the University and its health-care partners had successfully advocated with the provincial government on behalf of students for changes to the in-person teaching limits imposed by the lockdown restrictions to allow students in certain health science disciplines to continue their in-person studies, complete their programs on time, and join efforts to respond to the pandemic. She noted that restrictions had not been lifted for dentistry and the University continued to advocate for this and other programs that were critical for the recovery of the post-COVID world.

    Business Continuity

    The Provost provided a brief overview of the restrictions that had come into effect with the move into lockdown. They included:
  • closing indoor and outdoor sport and recreation facilities;
  • limiting the capacity of gatherings; and
  • updating the University’s ‘safety plan’ to ensure that it covered all operations.

    She confirmed that with these new measures in place, the University remained focused on teaching, research, and supporting students.

    Update on Strategic Mandate Agreement (SMA) with the Province

    The Provost reported that the new agreement, SMA3, would increase the percentage of funding that was tied to ten performance metrics. She noted that the University had worked with the Council of Ontario Universities to provide feedback to the Ministry of Colleges and Universities on this new funding mechanism. In response, the Ministry had agreed to adjust the target-setting process to provide the University with additional flexibility to allocate its funding, increase funding stability, and decrease financial risk.

    A member asked whether the ten performance indicators had been conveyed to individual faculty members. He observed that much curriculum planning happened at the department or program level, often involving individual coordinators or directors, and it would be important that they all understood the ten performance indicators to ensure that they were incorporated into the curriculum. The Provost responded by reminding members that the indicators were public information and although they had not been conveyed to individual instructors, they had been presented many times at governance meetings. She said that in order to make sure that all faculty were aware of the metrics, a link to them would be included in the next budget update.

    The Provost concluded her remarks by expressing gratitude to all members of the University community for their ongoing resilience and dedication during this challenging and ever-changing situation.

    The Chair thanked the President and Provost for their reports.

    A member then addressed the Council regarding President Gertler’s participation in a virtual discussion on the “Investing to Address Climate Change” charter held on December 1. The member acknowledged that his views on the topic differed from those of Professor Gertler, but lauded him for his open, thoughtful, and genuine approach to the topic. The member noted that having the top leadership take the time to speak directly to stakeholders on this contentious issue, and answering their questions in real time, was special -- not something that the Presidents of other institutions often do – and he thanked the President for taking the opportunity to speak to stakeholders and for being genuine in his approach to the topic.

    At the invitation of the Chair, President Gertler then welcomed Professor John Robinson, Presidential Advisor and Chair of the Committee on the Environment, Climate Change, and Sustainability (CECCS), who would be presenting this years’ CECCS annual report in Item 3 on the agenda. He noted that Professor Robinson was a distinguished member of the faculty at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy and at the School of the Environment. The President offered his congratulations for Professor Robinson’s recent reappointment to a second three-year term as Presidential Advisor. President Gertler then invited Professor Robinson to introduce a student presentation.

    Professor Robinson introduced Mr. Khashayar Ebrahimi, a second-year master's student in Civil Engineering at the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, to make a presentation on the Better Buildings Boot Camp, a project that had taken place in August 2020.

    Mr. Ebrahimi began his presentation by explaining that the intent of the Better Buildings Boot Camp had been to provide students with an interactive and experiential learning experience in sustainability and integrative building design using a real University building as a case study. The program, which had been conducted virtually due to COVID-19, included 45 student participants, 20 of whom were from four faculties at the University of Toronto and the remainder from other Toronto institutions. He outlined the process of the Boot Camp which had involved learning from presentations and sessions led by industry subject matter experts and then working with other students in interdisciplinary and cross-institutional groups in preparation for providing recommendations on the case study, the new Data Sciences Centre on the St. George campus. He closed his presentation by commenting on his own experience, observing that the panel discussions and workshops had laid the foundations for his understanding about sustainable design, the multi-disciplinary work had provided an opportunity to share his knowledge and skills, and the program in general had helped him build up his network with industry professionals and had contributed to his own research project.

    The Chair thanked Mr. Ebrahimi for his presentation and commented on the value of the program as a multi-disciplinary experiential learning opportunity which had had a genuine impact on the Data Sciences Centre. In response to a question from the Chair, Mr. Ebrahimi added that the program provided the opportunity to learn about the shared energy model which allowed students to apply their knowledge and understanding to making practical recommendations in ‘real world’ cases.

    The Chair then invited Professor Robinson to make his presentation on the Annual Report of the President’s Advisory Committee on the Environment, Climate Change, and Sustainability.
  1. President’s Advisory Committee on the Environment, Climate Change, and Sustainability: Annual Report, 2020: From Vision to Action

    Professor Robinson highlighted the mandate and membership of the Committee and summarized the Committee’s goal to make the University a leader in sustainability in three areas: curriculum innovation, integrating the worlds of operational and academic sustainability, and using the campus as a living lab in which models of sustainability could be taught using actual projects at the University. He concluded by reporting that the Committee was striving to embed sustainability across the wide array of offices, functions, and activities at the University and, as of November 2020, had engaged all nine Vice-Presidential offices and eight of eighteen divisions in initiatives to promote and coordinate sustainability.

    A member commented on the extraordinary work of the Committee during the past three years in bringing together leaders of sustainability from all three campus and expressed his hope that the Committee would continue to exist. He noted that sustainability was not only about reducing the bad but also about creating the good and making the world a better place for future generations. Accordingly, he recommended that the University should be taking the approach with its investments to both reduce its carbon footprint and to improve them in order to create a global good.

    In response to a member’s question, Ron Saporta, Chief Operations Officer, Facilities & Services, confirmed that vehicles owned by the University were a part of its low carbon action plan and announced that as of this year, within Operations, all new vehicles would be electric.

    In response to another member’s question about whether the University had identified certain United Nations’ sustainability goals as a priority for curriculum innovation, Professor Robinson clarified that the University was not making any of the goals a priority because they were all inter-related and the Committee’s focus was thus on innovations directed at that inter-relation.
  2. Capital Project: Report of the Project Planning Committee for the Academic Wood Tower

    At the invitation of the Chair, Professor Scott Mabury, Vice-President, Operations and Real Estate Partnerships, provided a brief overview of the project, highlighting the following points:
  • The Tower would be 77 meters tall making it one of the tallest wood structures in the world.
  • One of the project’s goals was to create access to an environmentally friendly third building material (in addition to concrete and steel) which would fit in with the Canadian landscape and industry.
  • The Tower would house a variety of complementary academic units, all of which were currently in rented space.
  • When Devonshire Place reopened after the construction, it would be an example of slow street design which would be safer for the significant student movement on the street.
  • All four sides of the building would be different to respond to different solar conditions for energy efficiency.

    Professor Nicholas Terpstra, Chair of the Academic Board, then commented on the discussion of the item at that body. He reported that as part of the discussion, Professor Mabury had noted the following:
  • Significant cost savings would be realized by moving faculty offices and administrative functions out of approximately 120,000 gross feet of off-campus rental space.
  • The project would advance the University towards its Carbon Reduction Action Plan of achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
  • Construction times were notably faster with the use of timber, resulting in lower costs.
  • Interest in wood as a building material would support scholarship and foster opportunities for active teaching and learning.

    He reported that there were no questions or comments from members at the Academic Board.

    A member commented that the project was important for how it would embody the University’s commitment to, and that she hoped that this was being used for marketing and public relations purposes. Professor Mabury confirmed that the project had already received very positive reviews in the press. He noted that the University had worked closely with officials on the project to ensure that it met all fire-code regulations so that the wood structure would not have to be covered in stucco, concealing the wood structure, as had happened in another non-U of T project.

    In response to another member’s question about whether a whole life-cycle analysis (LCA) of the overall footprint of the project had been undertaken, Professor Mabury confirmed that because the building had not yet been built, only a basic life cycle assessment had been done, but there would be an LCA comparing and contrasting the building to a more typical steel and concrete building once it had been built.

    On motion duly moved, seconded and carried

    IT WAS RESOLVED

    THAT the Report of the Project Planning Committee for the Academic Wood Tower dated September 18, 2020 (revised November 10, 2020), be approved in principle; and,

    THAT the project totaling 5,334 nasm (11,143 gross square metres (gsm)), be approved in principle, to be funded by Divisional Reserves, Operating Budget Contribution, Fundraising, Provostial Funds, Government Funding and Borrowing.
  1. Capital Project: Report of the Project Planning Committee for the New Woodsworth College Academic Building

    Professor Mabury introduced the item and provided a brief overview of the proposed project which highlighted the following:
  • The project would be built on the current site of Kruger Hall and would replace and expand upon the Hall’s function as an event space and academic/student-life hub.
  • The building would house a variety of academic units in addition to a student hub and learning commons.
  • The project would greatly benefit Woodsworth College by providing additional space for students, particularly Woodsworth’s many commuter students.

    Professor Terpstra reported that there had been no questions from members at the meeting of the Academic Board.

    Similarly, there were no questions or comments from members on this item.

    On motion duly moved, seconded and carried

    IT WAS RESOLVED

    THAT the Report of the Project Planning Committee for the New Woodsworth College Academic Building, dated September 17, 2020, be approved in principle; and,

    THAT the project totaling 2,399 net assignable square metres (nasm) (5,558 gross square metres (gsm)), be approved in principle, to be funded by Future Major Capital Project Reserves, Divisional & College Operating Reserves and Borrowing.

CONSENT AGENDA


On motion duly made, seconded and carried

IT WAS RESOLVED

THAT the consent agenda be adopted and Item 6 approved.

  1. Minutes of the Previous Meeting of the Governing Council – October 29, 2020

    The minutes of the previous meeting of the Governing Council were approved.
  2. Business Arising from the Report of the Previous Meeting

    There was no business arising from the report of the previous meeting.
  3. Reports for Information

    Members received the following reports for information:
    1. Review of Academic Programs and Units – Part 1
      1. Semi-Annual Report: April 2020 – October 2020
      2. Follow-up Reports from Previous Reviews:
        1. Temerty Faculty of Medicine, MD Program (Provostial Review)
        2. Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy (Provostial Review)
        3. Health Studies Program (Faculty of Arts and Science)
    2. Report Number 44 of the University of Toronto Mississauga Campus Council (November 16, 2020)
    3. Report Number 44 of the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus Council (November 17, 2020)
    4. Report Number 230 of the Academic Board (November 18, 2020)
    5. Report Number 220 of the University Affairs Board (November 24, 2020)
    6. Report Number 255 of the Business Board (November 25, 2020)
    7. Report Number 518 of the Executive Committee (December 8, 2020)

END OF CONSENT AGENDA

  1. Date of Next Meeting – Thursday, February 25, 2021 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

    The Chair advised that the next meeting of the Governing Council was scheduled for

    Thursday, February 25, 2021 and that she anticipated that it would be held virtually.
  2. Question Period

    Professor Paul Downes addressed the Council on the ‘Investing to Address Climate Change: A Charter for Canadian Universities’. He expressed disappointment with the approach outlined in the Charter. He stated that the Charter used the measure of carbon intensity as a way to measure the carbon footprint of the University’s investment portfolio. He argued that this measure was misleading because it reported the portfolio’s carbon footprint as carbon emissions per dollar invested and overlooked absolute carbon emissions. He noted that other universities had committed to divesting from fossil fuel companies as a way to reduce the absolute carbon emissions represented in their investments. He urged governors to ask the President to abandon the metric of carbon intensity and begin the process of fully divesting from the fossil fuel industry.

    Mr. Tyler Riches, a representative of the UTSU Board of Directors, then addressed the Council about the University of Toronto Asset Management Corporation (UTAM) and the University of Toronto's efforts to fight climate change. He reported that on October 31, the UTSU board had passed a resolution calling for the University to do the following:
    1. Instruct UTAM to withdraw from and cease to pursue investments in companies exploring for or developing reserves of fossil fuel or in companies that provided direct support for such exploration and development.
    2. Work with the administration of the University of Guelph and Queen’s University in seeking parallel commitments of divestment for the newly formed joint pension plan sponsored by the three institutions.

He urged the President, administration, and Governing Council to commit to sustainable and ethical investments across portfolios as well as divesting from the fossil fuel industry.

The President thanked both speakers for their comments. He observed that the measure of carbon intensity was an approach that had been endorsed by the Task Force on Climate Related Financial Disclosure and had been adopted by other major public sector pension funds. He noted that the advantage of this approach was that it standardized for absolute size of investment portfolios, allowing comparisons between funds of different sizes. He acknowledged that Professor Downes had highlighted an important disadvantage of this approach, agreeing that reporting emissions per dollar invested did not show absolute carbon emissions generated by companies in a portfolio nor how these absolute levels were changing over time. The President observed that in order to address this deficiency, UTAM in its most recent report, had included both metrics – carbon intensity and absolute emissions – and had committed to doing so in future reports. He further noted that the carbon footprint of the University’s investment portfolio had declined according to both metrics.

The President also observed that UTAM’s ESG (environmental, social, and governance) approach, which took into account climate risk and other factors across the entire portfolio, was proving successful: absolute emissions in the portfolio had already been reduced by 12.9%, almost the same amount (13%) that would have been achieved if UTAM had fully divested from the fossil fuel industry. He confirmed that UTAM was committed to continuous improvement, noting that UTAM had received a very positive assessment (the highest rating possible) by the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment, the external body that appraises practices in responsible investing, and was considered to be a leader in this evolving area. He noted also that the University’s investment strategy was only one component of a comprehensive strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help Canada meet its Paris Accord commitments. He highlighted the Annual Report of the CECCS and the University’s Low Carbon Action Plan as sources of additional information.

Members offered comments on approaches to responsible investing. A member urged greater transparency in reporting by UTAM, citing the need for clearer metrics. Another member posited that at the heart of the debate about metrics is the normative question of whether or not to divest from fossil fuels. Another member agreed that there is a debate about whether divestment versus engagement by institutional investors is more effective in achieving the transition to a decarbonized economy and noted their preference for engagement. The member went on to acknowledge that metrics are evolving across the investment industry as carbon measurement challenges are addressed, describing the process as a journey and further observed that a benefit of a carbon reduction metric tied to size of portfolio (versus absolute carbon reduction) is that it allows for comparative performance across funds of different sizes.

The Chair closed the discussion noting that Governing Council had demonstrated its ability to have an engaged and respectful conversation.

  1. Other Business

    There was no other business.


In Camera Session

On motion duly moved, seconded and carried

IT WAS RESOLVED

THAT the Governing Council move in camera.

  1. Capital Project: Report of the Project Planning Committee for the Academic Wood Tower – Total Project Costs and Sources of Funding

    On motion duly made, seconded and carried

    IT WAS RESOLVED

    THAT the Total Project Costs and Sources of Funding for the Academic Wood Tower, as outlined in the memorandum from Professor Scott Mabury, dated December 10, 2020, be approved in principle.
  2. Capital Project: Report of the Project Planning Committee for the New Woodsworth College Academic Building – Total Project Costs and Sources of Funding

    On motion duly made, seconded and carried

    IT WAS RESOLVED

    THAT the Total Project Costs and Sources of Funding for the New Woodsworth College Academic Building, as outlined in the memorandum from Professor Scott Mabury, dated December 10, 2020, be approved in principle.
  3. Capital Project: Report of the Project Planning Committee for the Schwartz Reisman Innovation Centre West/Phase 1 – Further Revised Total Project Cost Increase and Sources of Funding

    On motion duly made, seconded and carried

    IT WAS RESOLVED

    THAT the Further Revised Total Project Cost Increase and Sources of Funding for the Schwartz Reisman Innovation Centre West/Phase 1, as outlined in the memorandum from Professor Scott Mabury, dated December 10, 2020, be approved in principle.
  4. Appointments: Members of the Governing Council to Governance Bodies, 2020-21- Addendum

    On motion duly made, seconded and carried

    IT WAS RESOLVED

    THAT Professor Stark Draper be appointed to the Academic Board and the Committee on Academic Policy and Programs for a term effective December 18, 2020 to June 30, 2021;

    THAT Mr. Rajiv Mathur be appointed to the Business Board for a term effective December 18, 2020 to June 30, 2021.
  5. Appointment of an Assistant Secretary to the Discipline Appeals Board

    On motion duly made, seconded and carried

    IT WAS RESOLVED

    THAT Ms Carmelle Salomon-Labbé be appointed Assistant Secretary of the Discipline Appeals Board effective December 17, 2020. 


The meeting returned to open session.

The Chair wished all members a safe and restful holiday season.


The meeting adjourned at 4:15 p.m.


January 20, 2021