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President’s Message

Welcome to York University’s President’s Report 2014. At York, our faculty, researchers, students and alumni are making a positive impact on the world in every imaginable field.

Whether it is discovering snow on Mars, translating leading-edge bullying prevention research into practice, or designing 21st-century cities, we are proud to be known for the impact of our teaching and research.

We are committed to putting our learning, ingenuity and creativity to work in other ways, too. This report represents the achievements of a community dedicated to the values of inclusion, service to society and respect for diversity in all its forms — a community breaking new ground every day with vision, strength and purpose.

We hope you enjoy these stories of #YorkUImpact and will share them with others.

Sincerely,
York University President signature
Mamdouh Shoukri
President & Vice-Chancellor

Our People

At York, our impact starts with our people. In 2014, we welcomed six outstanding new colleagues to our leadership team.

York University Chancellor, Gregory Sorbara
Chancellor
Gregory Sorbara
York University Secretary and General Counsel, Maureen Armstrong
University Secretary and General Counsel
Maureen Armstrong
Associate Vice-President York University, Graduate Barbara Crow
Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies and Associate Vice-President
Graduate Barbara Crow
Dean, Faculty of Science of York University, Ray Jayawardhana
Dean, Faculty of Science
Ray Jayawardhana
Dean, School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design of York University Shawn Brixey
Dean, School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design
Shawn Brixey
Principal, Glendon College at York University, Donald Ipperciel
Principal, Glendon College
Donald Ipperciel

Fast Facts

1959
Founded In
2nd
largest university in ontario
275,000+
alumni
1 billion
dollar budget
$94,000,000+
in research funding, grants and contracts
$52,000,000+
in scholarships

Our Priorities

At York, our impact comes in a variety of forms, supported by our strategic priorities of academic and research excellence, student success and community engagement.

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Our impact begins with our vibrant teaching and learning environment. Guided by outstanding faculty, we are pushing the boundaries of teaching through innovative delivery methods and unique classroom settings. A recognized leader in knowledge mobilization, York is committed to research that has a positive impact on economic and community development. From sending instruments into space to transforming vision science, York research is sparking new and innovative discoveries and their application.

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Leaders of tomorrow.

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The heart of campus life at York University is our students. We are passionate about students and committed to their development, learning and success. With more than 52,000 students from around the world enrolled in our undergraduate and graduate programs, we are helping our students to forge their own unique paths to success and giving them the tools they need to contribute meaningfully to their communities today and long after graduation.

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Canada’s engaged university.

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As a recognized leader in collaborative research and community engagement, York University is committed to creating mutually productive and beneficial partnerships with business, industry and community organizations to support new ideas, research and development. We are proud of our reputation as a socially responsive and engaged university, and remain committed to improving access to university education for mature, part-time and first-generation students.

Our Points of Pride

Our strength is, and always has been, truly exceptional programs distinguished by their quality and global perspective. York is home to Canada’s largest liberal arts program, the only Space Engineering program in the country, a leading-edge, interdisciplinary Digital Media program and professional schools that are consistently ranked among the best in the world.

Canada’s largest liberal arts program

Canada’s only Space Engineering program

a leading-edge Digital Media program

top ranked professional schools


Did you know?

Impressed by two undergraduate design students who secured internships at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo, Calif., the social networking giant visited the Department of Design on a talent-spotting and recruitment mission, resulting in new internships and job offers for graduating students.


Accolades

Notable alumni. Stellar students. Athletic triumphs. Inspiring professors. Research with impact.

Vari Hall at York University
Order of Canada Medal
Professor Priscila Uppal
Osgoode Hall Law School
York University Faculty of Science
York ranked fourth in Canada and in the top 100 universities in the world for social sciences, humanities and arts by Times Higher Education.

Seven York community members appointed to the Order of Canada: Paul Cantor, Robert Cox, Edgar Dosman, Julia Foster, Susan McGrath, Marcia Rioux and Rick Waugh.

Professor Priscila Uppal elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Osgoode Hall Law School celebrated its 125th anniversary this year.

Faculty of Science celebrated its 50th anniversary this year.

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Dean Ray Jayawardhana
Schulich’s REACH Diagnostics team
Julia Foster, chair of York’s Board of Governors
2014 York Lions men’s soccer team
York named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers by Mediacorp Canada Inc.

International Astronomical Union named asteroid (4668) “Rayjay” after Faculty of Science Dean Ray Jayawardhana.

Schulich’s REACH Diagnostics team named finalist in the prestigious Hult Prize case competition in New York.

Julia Foster, chair of York’s Board of Governors, named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by Women’s Executive Network.

York Lions men’s soccer team won national and provincial titles. Coach Carmine Isacco named CIS Coach of the Year.

Nigel Lockyer, Samuel Schwartz, Kofi N. Barnes, Sonia Cianfarani and Irvin Studin
Sarah Flicker from York University
2014 York Lions men’s track
York University Biomedical science student Lidia Kazakova
Dezsö J. Horváth, Dean of the Schulich School of Business
Five outstanding alumni received Bryden Alumni Awards: Nigel Lockyer, Samuel Schwartz, Kofi N. Barnes, Sonia Cianfarani and Irvin Studin.

Three York professors named inaugural members of the College of New Scholars, Artists & Scientists by the Royal Society of Canada: Alidad Amirfazli, Sarah Flicker (pictured) and Shayna Rosenbaum.

York Lions men’s track and field team captured first national championship in 30 years

Biomedical science student Lidia Kazakova won free tuition in the “this is my time” contest

Toronto Star named Dezsö J. Horváth, Dean of the Schulich School of Business, one of the 180 people who have shaped the city of Toronto since its founding in 1834.

York ranked fourth in Canada and in the top 100 universities in the world for social sciences, humanities and arts by Times Higher Education.

Seven York community members appointed to the Order of Canada: Paul Cantor, Robert Cox, Edgar Dosman, Julia Foster, Susan McGrath, Marcia Rioux and Rick Waugh.

Professor Priscila Uppal elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Osgoode Hall Law School celebrated its 125th anniversary this year.

Faculty of Science celebrated its 50th anniversary this year.

York named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers by Mediacorp Canada Inc.

International Astronomical Union named asteroid (4668) “Rayjay” after Faculty of Science Dean Ray Jayawardhana.

Schulich’s REACH Diagnostics team named finalist in the prestigious Hult Prize case competition in New York.

Julia Foster, chair of York’s Board of Governors, named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by Women’s Executive Network.

York Lions men’s soccer team won national and provincial titles. Coach Carmine Isacco named CIS Coach of the Year.

Five outstanding alumni received Bryden Alumni Awards: Nigel Lockyer, Samuel Schwartz, Kofi N. Barnes, Sonia Cianfarani and Irvin Studin.

Alidad Amirfazli, Sarah Flicker (pictured) and Shayna Rosenbaum named inaugural members of the College of New Scholars, Artists & Scientists by the Royal Society of Canada.

York Lions men’s track and field team captured first national championship in 30 years

Biomedical science student Lidia Kazakova won free tuition in the “this is my time” contest

Toronto Star named Dezsö J. Horváth, Dean of the Schulich School of Business, one of the 180 people who have shaped the city of Toronto since its founding in 1834.

Social Media Year in Review

2014 was a memorable year at York, from selfies with Rick Mercer and Mr. D, to outstanding athletic achievements.

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2014 Men's Soccer team
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Famous Canadian TV personalities dropped by campus

including Peter Mansbridge from CBC News, Gerry Dee from the CBC comedy Mr. D, and Rick Mercer from the Rick Mercer Report.

 
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York University by the Numbers

York University by the numbers

Total Revenue – 2014

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In Millions of Canadian Dollars
Student fees: $476.7
Grants and contracts: $391.0
Sales and services: $62.6
Fees and other recoveries: $30.4
Investment income: $29.8
Amortization of deferred capital contributions: $14.3
Donations: $8.2
Other: $3.9
Total: $1,016.9

Investment Performance – Endowments

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2009-10
Performance benchmark: 22.9%
Actual performance: 24.0%
2010-11
Performance benchmark: 12.8%
Actual performance: 13.3%
2011-12
Performance benchmark: 0.1%
Actual performance: 2.2%
2012-13
Performance benchmark: 12.3%
Actual performance: 14.6%
2013-14
Performance benchmark: 15.1%
Actual performance: 14.8%

Total Expenses – 2014

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In Millions of Canadian Dollars
Salaries and benefits: $711.4
Operating costs: $133.1
Scholarships and bursaries: $60.3
Amortization of capital assets: $42.1
Taxes and utilities: $29.9
Interest on long-term debt: $19.9
Cost of sales and services: $15.9
Total: $1,012.6

Pension Plan – Funded Status

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In Millions of Canadian Dollars
2010: $(217.2)
2011: $(217.2)
2012: $(217.2)
2013: $(17.7)