Keynote

Keynote

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Coming to UTSC as Interim Principal, I was inspired by the spirit of educational innovation, leading edge research and the vibrant, generous community that characterizes this campus.

What I found blew me away —creative, engaged learners on a physically stunning campus embedded in one of Canada’s most dynamic regions, poised to advance to the next level with a brilliant strategic plan.

I quickly learned that UTSC aligns with what I personally value most: equity, rigorous intellectual pursuit and a strong social commitment. I am honoured to have the opportunity to serve as UTSC’s 10th Principal and to make this campus my U of T home.

UTSC is rapidly becoming a destination for Ontario students and a magnet for students from abroad as we grow our academic programs and expand our facilities. We are committed to providing the next generation with an outstanding, relevant and socially conscious academic experience, with strong co-curricular programs and student support services.

With a persistently global mindset, we research issues relevant to the city/region at our doorstep as our students learn by engaging with the world around them. Our programs leverage our unique location. We’re a leading-edge research university with a teaching soul.

UTSC exemplifies President Gertler’s priorities of city-building, innovative undergraduate education and internationalization.

The 2015 Pan Am & Parapan American Games will strengthen our links across the hemisphere and give us two remarkable new facilities: the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre and the UTSC Tennis Centre. We now have the opportunity to make UTSC a healthier campus in everything we do—in research, teaching, co-curricular programming and community engagement. Looking back during our 50th anniversary, we saw how accessibility to sport and recreation has been an enduring theme in our story. We will build upon this tradition in the years ahead.

As an historian, I know the weight of continuity. The seeds for UTSC’s story are planted with each generation of students, faculty and staff. As the saying goes: To know the road ahead, ask those coming back. I thank you for your contributions and welcome your input as we embark on our next 50 years.

Bruce Kidd, OC, PhD, LLD

Vice-President, University of Toronto, and Principal, UTSC