I am pleased to present our second annual Accountability Report.
The report details our performance in key areas of interest to our students, our local and international communities, our government, our donors and our faculty and staff. It is our intention to report on Cape Breton University’s commitments to our stakeholders in an honest and transparent way. And so I welcome your feedback on the report.
There is no doubt that Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia and the world needs Cape Breton University – today more than ever.
In Canada there are growing calls for national action on indigenous rights to education; there are international calls to action on climate change; and of course there are urgent calls to address the Syrian refugee crisis. Cape Breton University faculty and staff are directly involved in all of these challenges.
We are mobilising millions of dollars of investment in a consortium of universities, communities, governments and businesses that is attracting hundreds of First Nations, Métis and Inuit high school students into the study of business across Canada.
By the end of this year we will be offsetting all of our direct carbon dioxide emissions as we complete the commissioning of a self-funding 5.4 MW wind farm close to our campus on Cape Breton Island. We believe this may be a North American, and potentially a global first for a university campus.
We have also been an active participant in the setting up of Lifeline Syria Cape Breton, supporting an interim target of 100 refugee families coming to Cape Breton Island and a longer term target of 1000 refugees coming to the Island.
Meanwhile, we continue to support Government of Nova Scotia priorities in terms of Aboriginal education, the promotion of experiential and entrepreneurial learning, the commercialisation of research and development and – in concert with Cape Breton Island municipalities – immigration. The overwhelming majority of our alumni still live and work in Nova Scotia – 50 per cent on Cape Breton Island. We continue to put students first and we continue to observe high standards of fiscal responsibility. All of these activities are described in the report.
Thank you for your interest in our university.
Dr. David Wheeler
President & Vice Chancellor