Good news

Sent on behalf of Dr. Deborah Saucier, President and Vice-Chancellor, and Dr. Carol Stuart, Provost and Vice-President Academic

Today, the Jarislowsky Foundation announced that VIU is one of five universities in Canada selected to lead the creation of a network focused on training tomorrow’s leaders in government, politics, and the public service. At the heart of this network will be five Chairs endowed at each institution as the prestigious Jarislowsky Chair in Trust and Political Leadership

The VIU Chair will be supported by a $2-million gift from the Jarislowsky Foundation to ensure the development of a robust program of scholarship that will expand knowledge and training in the ethical practice of politics, fiduciary responsibility and democratic governance for VIU students.

This initiative, focused on the role and responsibilities of public policy makers, is aimed at attracting students who are interested in politics, as well as at anyone who wishes to eventually work, or already works in public administration, the public sector or for any order of government.

The network of universities will aim to professionalize ethical and fiduciary responsibility in political and public service by developing certification in trust and political leadership, and providing the foundation for successful and impactful careers in politics and public service.

Global, national, and local current affairs illustrate the importance of devoting resources to critical and conscious thinking for future leaders, and we are honored to be one of the universities entrusted with this crucial investment in the social sciences. This Chair will make a significant contribution in the social sciences and to ensuring VIU’s position as a regional hub for expertise.

We would like to thank to the Jarislowsky Foundation for recognizing the potential of VIU to fulfill this mandate. The Jarislowsky Foundation, headed by Stephen Jarislowsky, promotes, supports, and fosters excellence and ethics in education, medicine and the arts, and the environment and climate change. The Foundation supports programs that allow students from diverse backgrounds to discuss contemporary issues with mentors and recognized experts.    

Recruitment of the Chair will begin immediately with a September 2022 commencement date. The Chair will be a faculty member in the Faculty of Social Sciences and be supported through the Office of Scholarship, Research, and Creative Activity. 

Please join us in celebrating the announcement of this prestigious Chair and thanking the Jarislowsky Foundation for their generous support.”

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