2018 Annual General Meeting

Arboretum Centre
Thursday, 14 June starting at 10:00 am

Refreshments & Informal Social from 9:30am

Agenda:

  1. Call to Order
  2. Approval of this Agenda
  3. Approval of the Minutes of the June 2017 AGM
    (see the minutes online at www.ugra.ca)
  4. Reports for the Executive Committee
    1. President’s Remarks
    2. Hosting CURAC at Guelph, 2019 & tentative program (Kent Percival)
    3. UGRA Scholarship (now fully endowed!) (Frances Sharom)
    4. Newsletter news (Charlotte McCallum)
    5. UGRA Adventures (China trip, local excitement, future idea) (Vikki Tremblay)
    6. Pensions & Benefits (special notes regarding new Jointly Sponsored Pension Plan negotiations) (Doug Badger)
    7. Treasurer’s Report & Appointment of Financial Reviewer (Cathy Ralston)
  5. Report of the Nominations Committee with Call for Nominations from the Floor followed by Election of the 2018-2019 Executive
  6. United Way Campaign 2017-8, and for 2018-9 (Julie Hutchins)
  7. Growing the Synergy between UGRA & U of G Alumni Development (Jason Moreton)
  8. Newly elected President’s remarks
  9. Adjournment

11:15 am – Address: Provost & Vice-President (Academic) Charlotte Yates
The Bright Future of the University of Guelph: Academic, Administrative, and Fiscal Visions

Spring 2018 Newsletter published

The Spring 2018 Newsletter has been published and has been mailed to most UGRA members (unless you requested it not be mailed). You can download a PDF copy of the Spring Newsletter by clicking: Newsletters.

…BTW, if you appreciate reading the online PDF version of the newsletter, you can help reduce mailing costs by letting us know you do not want the paper copy mailed to you.

Annual General Meeting 2018

Arboretum Centre
Thursday, 14 June starting at 10:00 am
Refreshments will be served from 9:30am

Agenda:

10:00 am- Start of Business Meeting

  1. Call to Order
  2. Approval of the Agenda
  3. Approval of the Minutes of the June 2017 AGM (see the minutes online at www.ugra.ca)
  4. Reports for the Executive Committee
  5. Appointment of the Financial Reviewer
  6. Election of the 2018-2019 Executive
  7. Adjournment

11:15 am – Address by Provost and Vice-President (Academic) Charlotte Yates

2017-18 UGRA Scholarship winner

Congratulations to Mariel Burnside, winner of this year’s UGRA Scholarship. Mariel’s grandfather is Ted Burnside, a well known emeritus professor and UGRA member.  Mariel is in her 3rd year of the B.Sc.(Hon) Plant Science – Statistics program. She has also worked with UoG researchers on botany projects.

Mariel Burnside -UGRA 2017-18 Scholarship Recipient with UGRA President and Scholarship advocate
Mariel Burnside with UGRA president, Peter Kevan, and scholarship advocate, Frances Sharom

Winter 2018 Newsletter published

The Winter 2018 Newsletter has been published and has been mailed to most UGRA members (unless you requested it not be mailed). You can download a PDF copy of the Fall Newsletter by clicking: Newsletters.

…BTW, if you appreciate reading the online PDF version of the newsletter, you can help reduce mailing costs by letting us know you do not want the paer copy mailed to you.

Also, Colleges and Universities Retiree Associations of Canada (CURAC) recently published their Winter newsletter. You can find it on the CURAC websiteSee a summary here.

UoG Event: ECONOMIC GROWTH ON FIRST NATIONS

UoG INVITATION ANNOUNCEMENT ……..  Free Admission | Open to All

The Dept. of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics, Ontario Agricultural College, University of Guelph will host the following event:

ECONOMIC GROWTH ON FIRST NATIONS: OPPORTUNITIES AND CONSTRAINTS
March 14, 2018, 1:30-3:00 pm
Rozanski Hall, Room 102 – 98 Trent Lane, University of Guelph campus 

A Panel Discussion Featuring Honoured Guests:
Grand Chief Abram Benedict (Mohawk Council of Akwesasne)
Chief Ava Hill (Six Nations of the Grand River)
Grand Chief Patrick Madahbee (Anishinabek Nation)
Deputy Grand Chief Gordon Peters (Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians) 

Discussion will be moderated by Professor Brady Deaton, Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics (McCain Family Chair in Food Security).  Contact Professor Deaton with questions: bdeaton@uoguelph.ca

A Bumpy Road to Pension Reform

An article from our upcoming Winter 2018 Newsletter, available in February

The University of Guelph is continuing to move toward participation in a new multi-university sector Jointly Sponsored Pension Plan (JSSP).  Progress however, has not been easy.

The University Pension Project was formally launched in 2014, led by the Council of Ontario Universities (COU) and the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA), with the goal of creating a multi-employer, jointly-sponsored pension plan.  The University of Guelph has been an enthusiastic participant, with representation from the administration, the Faculty Association and other bargaining groups.

As of last August, a tentative agreement had been reached between three universities: Guelph, Toronto and Queen’s to move forward with a new JSPP.  The tentative agreement included the three faculty associations and the United Steelworkers union.  It has not been an easy negotiation process however. Several universities in Ontario did not take part in the initiative and numerous bargaining groups in each of the remaining universities withdrew from the discussions.

The target date for implementation of the new JSPP is July of 2019.  The participants are now entering the “communications” phase.  Current employees of each university will have to vote in favour of proceeding.  Although retirees are not significantly affected by the move, we also have a voice regarding the proposal.  Please stay tuned; UGRA is prepared to assist the University in communicating information to Guelph retirees.

Doug Badger, CPA CGA (Retired), member of the UGRA Exec

UGRA Fall Forum

Food for Thought… and for Health!

 Arboretum Centre
Thursday, November 16, 1:00–3:30

Doors Open and Refreshments at 1:00 (note earlier time)
Program begin at 1:30

Program

Introductory Remarks
Peter Kevan, UGRA President

Excellence in Food and Nutrition: University of Guelph Innovations
Andrea Buchholz (FRAN)

Vitamins and Minerals from A to Z
Janis Randall Simpson (FRAN)

Functional Foods for Healthy Aging
Alison Duncan (HHNS)