Community Messages

Dr. Dale Keefe, President & Vice-Chancellor (Interim) is committed to keeping the students, staff and faculty of the CBU community informed and values open communication.  Below are messages sent to the campus community.

  • Happy New Year - January 3, 2018

    To the University community,

    I want to welcome you back to campus from what I trust was a wonderful holiday break.

    As a new year begins, I am taking time to reflect upon the victories, challenges, new and renewed partnerships, and many moments of pride of 2017. Working together, we have given our community much to celebrate and look forward to.

    • The teaching culture at CBU continues to receive recognition. Dr. Andy Parnaby received the 2017 Distinguished Teaching Award presented by the Association of Atlantic Universities, marking the fifth time, in the last six years, that a CBU faculty member has been recognized for classroom excellence.
    • The men’s CAPERS soccer team made history by being the first CBU men’s team to bring home a national gold medal. The women’s team also made us proud by capturing a silver medal at the national championship, and the women’s basketball team also claimed an Atlantic University Sport title.
    • CBU researchers received various funding awards and established industry partnerships that will allow for new spaces, opportunities, discoveries and student experiences.
    • CBU has renewed its commitment to Indigenous education by strengthening relationships with local leaders to ensure community needs are being supported and collaborative opportunities are actioned. You can expect to see increased signage around CBU that is written in Mi’kmaw, and I have given my full support to Chief Leroy Denny in his quest to have Mi’kmaw recognized as an official language in Nova Scotia.

    These are just a few of the highlights that made me proud this past year, you can read more here in the 2017 President’s Report.

    Moving forward, the 2018-19 budget process will soon begin. Although the budget is looking more positive than the last few years, like all universities, we still have serious challenges. We will be hosting a town hall session near the end of the month to provide an update on the current budget year and initial projections for the 2018-19 budget.

    Lastly, I want to extend best wishes for a successful winter term and thank you for your ongoing contributions to Cape Breton University.

    C. Dale Keefe, PhD
    President & Vice-Chancellor (Interim)

  • Sexual Violence Prevention Update - December 15, 2017

    To the University Community,

    Today, the Sexual Violence Prevention Committee released its report, Changing the Culture of Acceptance, which includes in 10 recommendations that are intended to shift the culture in which sexual violence exists, and to support Nova Scotia universities in advancing their efforts to prevent sexual violence on campus. Cape Breton University joins all universities across the province in supporting the report and will use the recommendations to build on the work already underway to prevent sexual violence on its campus.

    The effective prevention of sexual violence and protection of students are important priorities to Cape Breton University and we fully-endorse the Report’s ten recommendations. I am pleased to that many programs and policies currently in place at CBU align with the recommendations. Moving forward, we will establish an advisory committee whose work will be guided by the Report, which will help us continue to provide a safe and respectful campus to our community.

    I am proud that CBU was among the first in Nova Scotia to implement a stand-alone sexual violence policy in 2016. This policy outlines the university’s commitment to raise awareness and educate about sexual violence, to prevent sexual violence, to reduce the risk of sexual violence incidents, to promote a consent culture, and to respond to the needs in our community for support and empowerment. Please read this policy and familiarize yourself with the terms and guidelines.

    Since then, we have also implemented Bystander Training for our community and have made it mandatory for all Resident Advisors (RA’s). If you’d like to take this training please fill in the form and you’ll be notified when the next free course is being offered.

    With ongoing harm reduction and education campaigns such as the #CBUstandsup campaign (a pledge campaign against sexual assault) we continue to work toward an even safer campus.

    For more information, please visit our Safety and Respect Hub.


    Dale Keefe

    President, Cape Breton University


  • CBU Recognizes Treaty Day - September 30, 2017

    To the University Community:

    On October 1, Mi’kmaw communities from across Nova Scotia will celebrate Treaty Day in recognition of the Treaties signed between the British Crown and the Mi’kmaq. Celebrated since 1987, the day acknowledges that within the 1752 Treaty of Peace and Friendship a promise was made by the British Government to provide food, blankets, gunpowder, lead and other sundries, if the Mi’kmaq came to Halifax on October 1 of each year in perpetuity.

    For more than 40 years, Cape Breton University has been committed to working with community leaders from First Nation communities across Unama’ki to support Indigenous learning, cultural preservation and research excellence.

    As our story continues, the Calls to Action put forth by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada are helping to guide our direction.  In response to one of the Calls to Action in the Report, Unama’ki College and the Purdy Crawford Chair in Aboriginal Business Studies Office will be closed on Monday, October 2 in observance of Treaty Day and Aboriginal students will be exempt from classes to allow them to participate in Treaty Day celebrations being held across the Province.

    I hope you will join me in recognizing this very important part of Canada’s history.




    Dale Keefe, PhD

    President & Vice-Chancellor (Interim)