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Saint Paul University is about to celebrate its 2019 Convocation

Ottawa (Ontario), Wednesday, June 12, 2019 ‒ It is with excitement and pride that the staff, professors and graduates of Saint Paul University are getting ready for the 2019 convocation ceremonies, which will take place on Friday, June 14.

For the third consecutive year, the ceremonies will take place on campus, located on Main Street, where we will welcome the largest SPU graduating class in our history. No fewer than 200 students in canon law, human sciences, theology and transformative leadership will receive their diplomas at two separate ceremonies.

Influential members of our community
What could be better than an example of community involvement to motivate a newly minted group of graduates? That is what Stéphane Trottier, president of the Fédération des caisses populaires de l’Ontario, and Nancy Chahwan, Chief Human Resources Officer at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat and champion for university relations within the federal government for SPU, will have the honour of doing as the students celebrate a significant achievement in their lives.

Students who have distinguished themselves
Over the past year, Saint Paul University accomplished a number of projects, including the renovation of the Jean-Léon Allie Library and Archives and the creation of the Learning Commons. The Learning Commons, located at the heart of the University, is a destination for learning, collaboration and innovation, providing every SPU student with the opportunity to succeed. It is in this fresh new setting that two of our graduates, Diana Christelle Ombe Bissila and Hannah MacFarlane, completed their studies and composed their farewell speeches, which they will deliver on Friday in front of parents, friends, professors and classmates. We had the chance to meet with each of them before they leave campus. Be among the first to read these interviews, which will be published on our website on Monday, June 17.

Governor General’s Academic Medals
The Governor General’s Silver Medal will be awarded to Isabelle Lagrange, who has just completed an honours degree in Human Relations and Spirituality. The Governor General’s Gold Medal will go to Julie Daigle, a graduate of the master’s program in Counselling, Psychotherapy and Spirituality.

Congratulations to all our graduates!

Date and time: Friday, June 14, from 10 a.m. to noon, and from 2 to 4 p.m.
Location: De Mazenod Chapel, room 245, Laframboise Hall, Saint Paul University

Stéphane Trottier

Stéphane Trottier has more than 20 years of experience within caisses populaires (credit unions) in Ontario, including as a member of Caisse populaire Trillium. The owner of International Human Factors, Mr. Trottier is a qualified professional in the area of occupational and psychosocial ergonomics.

He became president of the Fédération des caisses populaires de l’Ontario in 2016. Since then, he has sat on the board of directors of the Desjardins Group.

Nancy ChahwanNancy Chahwan was appointed as the Chief Human Resources Officer at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS) in August 2018. Prior to this, she served as Assistant Secretary of the Government Operations Sector, TBS, from May 2015 to March 2017, at which time she was appointed Deputy Commissioner of the Canada Revenue Agency.

Ms. Chahwan is passionate about authentic leadership, empathetic service and lasting partnerships, and actively champions youth and executives.

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