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ANNUAL REPORT 2016-2017 


Rector's Message 

Chantal Beauvais

Saint Paul University: Proud of our accomplishments, Excited about our future!

Thoughtful and compassionate action: seeing opportunities beyond the obstacles

 True to our Oblate roots, we’re bold, pragmatic and ready to respond to what is needed. At Saint Paul University, our shared vision is to guide transformation and build a stronger, inclusive and more humane society. Making our vision a reality starts with our unique programs, our distinctive research and our commitment to serve as a community hub built on the core values of social justice, inclusiveness and innovation. As a community, we seek to understand what is going on: armed with this knowledge, we are better equipped to help. 

Providing a different student experience: a focus on the whole person

As a fully bilingual institution, Saint Paul University continues to contribute to the mutual understanding and enrichment of the English and French-speaking communities. We are unique and very proud of it.

Our smaller class sizes allow students from around the world to get to know their professors, and professors to know their students. Our healthy bursary program and our numerous 2 + 2 articulation agreements with colleges throughout Ontario attract a diverse student body. These agreements help students transition from their college degree to a full undergraduate diploma by completing a further two-year program with us, providing them with both the practical and theoretical underpinnings that will better prepare them for the world of work. Graduates have both a college and a university degree upon completion and incur less student debt.

The 2017 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) tells us that 96% of senior-year students rate their overall experience at Saint Paul University as excellent or good, while the figure for first-year students is 94%. In comparison, average satisfaction levels reported by those two groups at the 26 Ontario universities surveyed were 78% and 79%, respectively.

“Our university stands out for its human scale, personalized services, diverse student population, solid reputation, rich history and strong intellectual tradition,” notes Maria Dagba, President of the SPU Student Association. “The survey results clearly indicate that Saint Paul University students are getting the education they need to be the face of change.”

 I would like to take this opportunity to thank our dedicated faculty and staff, who do such outstanding work to help our students succeed in their academic endeavours.


Results through sound planning

With the Guiding Transformation Together Campaign currently in its quiet phase, Saint Paul University is seeking to develop a number of progressive and impactful priorities that will enable the University to significantly expand its scope and ability to effect change both locally and globally. This past year we have had the privilege of celebrating many firsts, including new facilities and new programs.


New facilities

  • Counselling and Psychotherapy Centre – serving over 1,000 clients per year
  • Student Life Centre – with state-of-the-art facilities
  • Innovation hub – the first hub/one-stop multi-purpose space designed to host
    – Not-for-profit groups focused on advancing the region’s social economy
    – Social enterprises at the incubation (pre-revenue) and acceleration (post‑revenue) stages
    – Students and researchers dedicated to fostering partnerships and job creation to impact social change and reduce poverty

New programs that speak to emerging issues

  • Élisabeth Bruyère School of Social Innovation
  • Providence School of Transformative Leadership and Spirituality
  • Supportive Care and Spirituality in Palliation

New chair 

  • Clinical and Organizational Bioethics

This year was made very special by the holding of our very first commencement exercise on our campus, during which we celebrated the success of 186 graduating students. We also held several recognition events highlighting the contributions of exceptional people, including

  • The awarding of an honorary doctorate to his Eminence Cardinal Gérald Cyprien Lacroix of Québec;
  • The presentation of the Eugène de Mazenod Medal to Joe Gunn, executive director of Citizens for Public Justice; and
  • The presentation of the Alumnus of the Year Award to Archbishop Donald Bolen of Regina.

We are very proud of our achievements and are confident that we will take up our next challenges with the same energy and conviction. As we do so, we will remember to draw on the fundamental values that have shaped and guided Saint Paul University since its foundation as we endeavour together to “Be the face of change.”


Chantal Beauvais