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Exam Monitors Wanted!

December 2, 2016

The Centre for Academic Testing at Trent University monitors exams in December for Students registered with Student Accessibility Services.  Exams run from December 9th  – 21st  between the hours of 9:00 am and 10:00 pm.  They are looking for volunteers to monitor the writing room where approximately 15 students write in a quiet testing environment.  They are hoping to have exam monitors in blocks of 3 hours.  If you are available to volunteer for this exam period please contact them at 705 748 – 1011 ext. 6135 or




Trent Lands Plan Info Session

December 2, 2016

Representatives from Trent University, the City of Peterborough and Brook McIlroy architects will discuss the draft Master Plan for the Trent Research & Innovation Park. The evening will start with an Open House to review materials associated with the Master Plan, followed by a presentation at 7:30 p.m. All are invited to attend.
Date: Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Time: 6:45 p.m. – open house to review materials; 7:30 p.m. - presentation
Location: The Gathering Space, Gzowski College, Trent University’s East Bank (1 Gzowski Way, Peterborough)
To learn more about the Trent Lands Plan, and current and proposed developments, please visit Comments or questions can be sent to




Alumnus Jonathan Pinto '06 Releases "Best of Windsor Cookbook"

Jonathan Pinto poses with booksNovember 29, 2016

Straight from the streets of Windsor, Jonathan Pinto’s The Best of Windsor Cookbook chronicles many of the best recipes in Essex County -- tastes to make even the most distinguished foodie’s mouth water.

Pinto, a producer of CBC’s Windsor Morning show, has collected several years of interviews with chefs and restaurant owners as part of his radio column Food with Jonathan Pinto. This book revisits many of these establishments, including Caboto Club, Blak’s Bakery, the Chicken Inn, Wagner Orchards and Estate Winery, and Blind Owl.

Talking with Windsor Morning, Jonathan Pinto stated: "There was certainly more than enough material for a few cookbooks, but [the book] could only be so long and I wanted to have a good mixture of foods."

The Best of Windsor Cookbook was released on Nov. 15 and is available in bookstores, online and at restaurants in the Windsor region. It is also available at the Biblioasis retail store on Wyandotte Street East in Windsor.

For the full story, please visit the CBC website.

The book be purchased from Biblioasis.

Photo credit: Tyler Brownbridge / Windsor Star




Alumnus Blake Seward '84 Honoured with the Canadian Meritorious Service Medal

Blake Seward honoured with the Canadian Meritorious Service MedalNovember 25, 2016

A history teacher at the Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute, alumnus Blake Seward developed the Lest We Forget project with the help of his Grade 10 class, documenting the history of local soldiers who died in service to Canada during the First World War. The project was so successful it was replicated across the Upper Canada District School Board and has inspired a pan-Canadian project for students, involving Library and Archives Canada and Veterans Affairs Canada. 

The Meritorious Service Medal (French: Médaille du service méritoire) is one of the two Meritorious Service Decorations gifted by the the Queen. Created in 1991, the medal is intended to recognize individuals—both Canadian and foreign—who have carried out meritorious acts bringing benefit and honour in either of two categories: military and civilian. Award of the medal grants recipients the ability to use the post-nominal letters MSM.



Nathan Cullen '94 Honoured with Macleans Parliamentarian of the Year award for Best Orator

Nathan Cullen Photo from Maclean's.November 17, 2016

On Nov. 15, Maclean’s Magazine celebrated the work of Canada’s elected officials with their ninth Parliamentarians of the Year Awards (based on a secret-ballot survey of their peers in the House of Commons). NDP MP Nathan Cullen ’94 was honoured as the best orator of 2016.

“I don’t want to be too romantic about it, but the same person can ask the exact same question in two tonally different ways, and you’d think that two different things were going on,” he says. “I always want to walk them back a bit and say, ‘I know we’re asking about an oil spill here, but what feeling are we trying to accomplish? Do we want them to say yes? Do we want to embarrass them?’ ”

Cullen (International Studies Development and Environmental Studies/Science) is the longstanding NDP MP for Skeena-Bulkley Valley and the Environment and Climate Change and Democratic Reform Critic for his party.  He is currently making headlines by challenging fellow alumnus, Liberal Minister of Democratic Institutions Maryam Monsef ‘03 in the debate over electoral reform.

For the full story, please visit the Maclean's website.

(Photo credit: Jessica Deeks/Maclean's)




Shawn Adler '00: Pow Wow Cafe Tacos Help Preserve Indigenous Culture

shawn adler pow wow cafe tacosNovember 9th, 2016

Trent University alumnus Shawn Adler definitely serves up some of the best food we've ever tasted -- we've enjoyed his dishes at Peterborough's hidden gem Aasmaabik's (sadly, long closed) and at his OTHER hidden gem, the legendary The Flying Chestnut Kitchen in Eugenia, ON (deliciously still open). The Ojibway chef is now blending his unique cooking skills with indigenous tradition to both tantalize and educate. You can find Shawn serving up "Indian Tacos" at the Pow Wow Cafe in Toronto's Kensignton Market.

Meanwhile, check out this story on Shawn and the Cafe from CBC.



Bill Waiser '71 Wins Governor General's Literary Award

Bill Waiser and book coverNovember 9th, 2016

Historian and Trent Alumnus Bill Waiser has won the Governor General's Literary Award for non-fiction for his new book, A World We Have Lost: Saskatchewan Before 1905.  For more on the win, please see coverage by CBC and Global News.

Prof. Bill Waiser is a distinguished professor emeritus and former A.S. Morton Research Chair at the University of Saskatchewan. He has published over a dozen books, including Loyal till Death: Indians and the North-West Rebellion, with Blair Stonechild, a finalist for the 1997 Governor General’s literary award for non-fiction. Other works include His All Hell Can’t Stop Us: The On-to-Ottawa Trek, and Regina Riot, winner of the 2003 Saskatchewan Book Award for non-fiction. He is best known for his centennial history of the province, Saskatchewan: A New History.  His most 2001 book, Tommy’s Team, was a shortlist finalist for the Canadian Authors Association best book in Canadian History. Prof. Waiser has been awarded the Saskatchewan Order of Merit, named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and granted a D.Litt.

A World We Have Lost examines the early history of Saskatchewan through an Aboriginal and environmental lens. The Governor General Award jury notes: "From its first page, Bill Waiser’s A World We Have Lost: Saskatchewan Before 1905 surprises the reader with its reconsideration of Canada. In a sweeping blend of narrative, historical detail, and compelling images, Waiser refocuses the country’s story by putting Indigenous peoples and environmental concerns in the foreground."

Look for an excerpt from A World We Have Lost in the Spring edition of TRENT Magazine. We are planning a special podcast interview with Prof. Waiser to be broadcast at a future date.

Please find more about Prof. Waiser at his website.




Women of the Future Event Features Experiences, Insights and Advice for Career Advancement

Women of the Future panelOctober 14, 2016

Attendees of the Women of the future: Envisioning Potential panel discussion were inspired by the many words of advice and encouragement offered by the four accomplished Trent Alumni who made up the panel. Hosted by the organization Community for Trent Women, the October 13th event was moderated by Carol Gray (Trent Alumna 75, University board member, and director for AMEX and Ontario infrastructure) and was followed by a short question period and networking reception in Trents Bagnani hall at Catherine Parr Trail college. 

Rhonda Barnett is the VP of steelworks, which she co-owns with her husband. The company is a firm which focuses on Automation and engineering and has done work with globally successful technology corporations. Barnett will be the first female chair member of the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME) trade association in 2017, an organization which was significantly influenced by Canadas first Prime Minister, John A. Macdonald, in its very early years (details here).

Mary Bean is the director of culture and leadership for Learn2, a learning strategy firm, and is a former director for the South Central Region division of the Canadian Cancer Society. Marys stories and advice resonated with the audience.  Her message was that success is not a planned course, but requires being true to yourself and networking.

Killulark (Laura) Arngnanaaq is from Baker Lake, Nunavut. She was the first Indigenous student to be accepted into the prestigious Master of Management and Professional Accounting program at the University of Toronto and currently works as the accounting manager for Habitat for Humanity. She is very active in the Aboriginal Professional Association of Canada. Her advice to the audience was to dive headfirst into passions.

Nadine Changefoot is an associate professor & Chair of political studies at Trent University. Nadine has also worked as a policy analyst for the Ontario and Federal governments and as a management consultant for a private firm in Ottawa. Nadine's teaching and research interests combine Canadian politics, political theory, and gender and women and politics. She particularly enjoys tasks that she perceives as a challenge, and [takes] on challenges because [she] sees them as a version of [her]self that [she] wanted to be.

Panelists came from multiple academic backgrounds, ranging from Mathematics to political studies, but all had a common theme in their retold stories -- passion and being true to yourself.

The discussion ended with the posing of a question to the panelists If there was one policy which you could change that affects the status of women, what would it be? which saw insightful probing into potential directions of policy, such as developments in the accessibility of the Skilled Trades front (Rhonda Barnett), the introduction of mandated safe/shelter spaces for women in municipalities (Mary Bean), and advocating for accessible child care, which is seen in the labour market as being correlated to womens entry & staying in the work force.

Story by: Tyler Dore, Student Communications Assistant, Alumni Affairs.



Alumni Unleash $1.5 Million for New Student Centre at Trent University

Alumni raise money for new student centreOctober 3rd, 2016

Trent University alumni have demonstrated their generous spirit by unleashing $750,000 in matching funds from an anonymous alumni donor, through the Alumni Student Centre Challenge (ASCC).

All alumni pledges were matched, and first-time alumni donations were double-matched for a total of $1.5 million – a significant gift towards the new Student Centre on Trent University’s Symons Campus in Peterborough, announced October 1, 2016 at the Head of Trent homecoming weekend during the Annual Alumni General Meeting.

The ASCC launched in March 2015 as part of Trent University’s $50 Million Campaign: Unleash the Potential. It builds on successful fundraising from Trent faculty, staff, retirees and board members, and has raised over $3.5 million towards a $4 million goal for the Student Centre project.

To recognize this outstanding contribution, the main floor open area of the Student Centre will be named the “Alumni Atrium” in honour of alumni and the anonymous donor’s inspirational gifts. It will be the hub of student activities, enabling a new era of participation in clubs, groups, and extra-curricular activities, and providing additional space for thousands of on and off-campus students.

“Trent’s generous alumni were eager to enrich the student experience and the ASCC gave them the opportunity to make twice the impact,” said Sherry Booth, campaign director at Trent University. “The wonderful thing about the Alumni Atrium is that all of our students will one day become Trent alumni, and continue to have a connection to the Student Centre.”

On track for a completion date of September 2017, the new Student Centre designed by Teeple Architects is the vision of Trent students, past and present. It will be located beside the Bata Library on the bank of the Otonabee River.

The 37,000-square-foot building will offer new places and opportunities to socialize, learn, study, and engage in life on campus. It will also be home to Stohn Hall, a 250-seat tiered theatre for special events, lectures, performances, and two state-of-the-art, high-tech classrooms, following a generous donation of $1 million from entertainment entrepreneur, lawyer and alumnus, Stephen Stohn ’66 last fall.

“Students are the driving force behind the new Student Centre,” notes Alaine Spiwak, president of the Trent Central Student Association. “Through a special levy they are providing $10.5 million of the $16 million required.” The remaining $5.5 million for the project will come from both the University, and Trent University’s $50 Million Campaign: Unleash the Potential, the University’s most ambitious philanthropic campaign to date.

About Trent’s $50 Million Campaign:

The goal of the $50 Million Campaign is to unleash the potential of our students. To do that, we are focused on three strategic priorities: to ensure students benefit from outstanding student experiences, to support ongoing teaching excellence, and to invest in world-class research. For more about this ambitious campaign, please visit our site at




Special Pre-Homecoming Social Media Contest to win 4 CFL Game Tickets & Autographed Argos Jersey valued at $500.00.

MBNA Mastercard has provided a CFL Prize Pack including a signed Ricky Ray Toronto Argos Jersey and 4 tickets to see the Hamilton Tiger-Cats take on the Ottawa Red Blacks on Friday, October 14, 2016 at 7 pm in Hamilton. The seats are in section 117, Row 15.

To enter this Homecoming contest:

Promote Trent's Homecoming by sharing THIS post, using Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram (use the photo below or one of your own). Include the hashtags #HOTR and #bleedgreen and the phrase "It's YOUR Homecoming!" Once you have done so - email Sue Robinson to confirm this and include your name, alumni year (start year), program of study, email and daytime phone number (indicate if work, cell or home number). Put "Homecoming Contest" in the subject line. Contest closes Monday September 19th 9:00 a.m. Winner to be contacted September 21st and will be posted on our Homecoming website.

Full details of this years Head of the Trent/Homecoming can be found here.

pre homecoming social media contest







September 8, 2016

Trent excalibur logo

Kick-Off The School Year & Show Your School Spirit!

Trent University is proud of its outstanding academic and athletic history, and as the 2016/2017 Excalibur Varsity Season starts we want you to be part of a new tradition – #BleedGreenFriday  starting Friday, Sept. 9, 2016.

How it works:

Every Friday students, faculty, staff and alumni are encouraged to wear “Green & White” Trent Gear every week during September and October.

Enter To Win Prizes:

1. Take a picture of your friends, coach, colleague, or professor in their Trent “Green & White” and use the hashtag #BleedGreenFriday

2. Prizes awarded weekly to the most spirited student, faculty or employee on campus dressed in their Trent “Green & White” gear. 

3. Follow Trent’s student-athletes on:

a. Twitter @TrentExcalibur
b. Facebook / Trent Excalibur
c. Instagram – trentexcalibur

Trent Athletics hopes you will join in as we kick-off this school year with a great sense of pride! Join us and show your support for the Trent Excalibur and wear your Trent gear each Friday!

Don’t have any Trent Excalibur Gear? Stop by the Bookstore to purchase your officially licensed Excalibur adidas products.




Dr. Don Tapscott '66 Gives First TED Talk on Blockchain Technology 

Donald Tapscott speech August 25, 2016

Trent University alumnus and Chancellor Dr. Don Tapscott '66 recently gave the first TED talk on Blockchain technology. Dr. Don Tapscott is co-author, with son Alex Tapscott, of Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin is Changing Money, Business, and the World. (Photo from

The talk has been viewed over 250,000 times in under two weeks.  This is your chance to see what the buzz is all about.


What is the blockchain? If you don't know, you should; if you do, chances are you still need some clarification on how it actually works. Don Tapscott is here to help, demystifying this world-changing, trust-building technology which, he says, represents nothing less than the second generation of the internet and holds the potential to transform money, business, government and society.

To watch the new TED Talk, click here




First Generation Alumni-Student Mentoring Program

August 25, 2016

Were you the first person in your family to attend University? Do you want to share your experiences with current Trent students in the same boat? Then the Office of Student Transitions and Careers wants you to be a mentor in our new 1Gen Mentoring Program!

The 1Gen Mentoring Program is aimed at first generation students who are enrolled in their third or fourth year at Trent University (Peterborough Campus) with the purpose of connecting them with a first generation Trent Alumni as a career focused mentor. This program will attempt to give upper year first generation students an opportunity to interact with a first generation Trent Alumni to ask questions about their experiences as a graduate of university, how they found a job, as well as potential tips and strategies for breaking into their desired field of work. 

Contact for more information. In order to set mentor pairs up for success, we do require all interested alumni to participate in a short training session on Saturday, September 24 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (light refreshments will be provided). 






Multi-Disciplinary Experience Helps Trent Alumnus Succeed at Justice Canada

Stephen van der WerfAugust 22, 2016

Stephen van der Werf '03 bridges the gaps between law, stats, and computers.

"You wouldn't expect a person with an educational background in philosophy, computers, and economics to have the opportunity to apply all three of those areas to their work, but I make use of them every day of my life," says Trent University alumnus Stephen van der Werf ‘03.

Mr. van der Werf, who graduated from Trent in 2008 with a B.A. in Philosophy and in 2012 with a B.Sc. in Economics, is an analyst at the Business Analytics Centre at Canada's Department of Justice.

He credits Trent's emphasis on multi-disciplinary studies with helping him bridge the gaps between law, stats, and computers, thereby facilitating the problem-solving abilities necessary in his job.

"I use my experience in multiple disciplines to break problems down into their different aspects," he explains. "I understand the law from courses I took in Philosophy, which helps me turn abstract issues into concrete problems. Then, using my knowledge in Mathematics and Computer Science, I can code these problems and develop equations for the computer to solve."

Mr. van der Werf, who also holds a Masters degree in Economics, is currently working on a business management project to help Justice Canada better understand the activities of all aspects of the department.

"We're looking at how many lawyers we have, where they are, what they are working on, and how long it takes to complete various types of files," he says. "It's very workforce oriented so having a background in Labour Economics helps, but the Philosophy of Law course I took at Trent also helps."

Mr. van der Werf also credits Trent's small class sizes, the opportunity to get to know his professors, and the quality of their teaching as contributing factors in his career success.

"The Economics program at Trent was astoundingly good with respect to rigour, mathematics, and problem-solving," he says. "It prepared me at a much higher level for the Masters program at Carleton than students from many other universities."

To this day, Mr. van der Werf says he still communicates regularly with his Trent professors, who he praises for helping him to develop his skills and to grow as a person. "They helped me to not only understand the courses I was taking, but more importantly what I was supposed to take away from the courses and carry with me going forward."

Suggesting that the experience that students gain at Trent is as worthwhile as their degrees, Mr. van der Werf adds: "Trent gives students an opportunity to discover what they are passionate about and that's important when it comes to getting a job and developing a career."




Alumni Job Opportunity!

August 16, 2016

Lura Consulting is recruiting a full-time Climate Change Coordinator for the Greater Peterborough Area. At Lura, they get people engaged, connected, and talking to generate new ideas and solutions that benefit plans, strategies, and ultimately our communities. The Climate Change Coordinator will provide administration, coordination, and support Lura in assisting their client, the Greater Peterborough Area, in implementing the Greater Peterborough Area Climate Change Action Plan.

This position requires completion of a four year honours university degree in an environmental based program, with some municipal office administration, community development or program management experience. 

If this opportunity sounds like a good fit for you, please review the attached job posting, which can also be found on the Trent Student and Alumni Job Board ( by searching JOB ID 11342

The deadline to apply is Thursday, August 25 at 4:00 p.m.  

Questions? Please contact: 

Brittney Blake
Co-ordinator, Employer and Recruiter Relations
Office of Student Transitions and Careers
Trent University, Peterborough ON
705-748-1011 ext. 6011
Email me @ 
Find out more about hiring Trent Students @ 




Trent Voices Literary Series Part 2: Yann Martel

yann martel trent voicesJuly 12, 2016

LISTEN NOW: #TrentVoices Podcast Interview with Yann Martel

We are extremely excited to stream our summer #TrentVoices Literary Series. The impressive alumni lineup, which includes a who’s who of Canadian authors, is perfect listening for the dog days of summer. Tune in from your dock, deck, patio, or summer sanctuary. We hope that you’re as excited as we are.

This Week:

Yann Martel

From Penguin Random House Canada: "Yann Martel is the author of Life of Pi, the #1 international bestseller and winner of the 2002 Man Booker (among many other prizes). He is also the award-winning author of The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios (winner of the Journey Prize), Self, Beatrice & Virgil, and 101 Letters to a Prime Minister. Born in Spain in 1963, Martel studied philosophy at Trent University, worked at odd jobs—tree planter, dishwasher, security guard—and traveled widely before turning to writing. He lives in Saskatoon, Canada, with the writer Alice Kuipers and their four children."
His most recent work Is this year’s New York Times Bestseller The High Mountains of Portugal.

Also in the series:

Leah McLaren: August 5th

Click here for the the full interview.

From the Globe and Mail: “Leah McLaren is a journalist, novelist and screenwriter. She’s published two novels, The Continuity Girl (2007) and A Better Man (2015) both with Harper Collins Canada and Hachette in the USA. The first was a Canadian bestseller, though the second is actually much better. Leah is the Europe correspondent for Maclean’s and is a regular contributor to the Spectator magazine (UK) as well as Toronto Life for which she won a gold National Magazine Award in 2012. She’s been writing a column in the Globe since1999. She lives in Ontario and London, England where she shares a home with her husband and two boys.” 

Linwood Barclay: September 2nd

From Linwood Barclay is the #1 internationally bestselling author of thirteen novels, including Trust Your Eyes, A Tap on the Window, No Time for Goodbye and that novel's follow-up, No Safe House. Last summer, his thriller Broken Promise, the first of three linked novels about his fictional upstate New York town Promise Falls, was released. Book two, Far From True was released earlier this year.  The finale, The Twenty-Three, will be released this fall.

Janette Platana: September 9th

From Tightrope Books: Janette Platana’s cheerfully disturbing, gleefully outraged, and chillingly beautiful stories break open the lives of apparently ordinary people who struggle and sometimes succeed in living without compromise, refusing to sacrifice the world they sense to the world they see, and where things can be true without ever being real. The range of this accomplished and poetic voice may cause vertigo, owing, as it does, as much to the Clash to Stephen King, to Caitlin Moran as to Flannery O’Connor, and something to David Sedaris. A Token of My Affliction will make you laugh while breaking your heart wide open.

Richard B. Wright: TBA

From Simon and Schuster: Richard B. Wright is the author of thirteennovels and has won the Giller Prize, the Governor General’s Award, the TrilliumBook Award, and the CBA Libris Awards for Author and Book of the Year. His mostrecent novel is 2016’s Nightfall. He lives in St. Catharines with his wife, Phyllis.




Help With Student Move-In Day!

August 12, 2016

Housing Services is looking for volunteers to help welcome more than 1,500 first year students to Trent University and residence on Sunday, September 4, 2016. Move-in day 2015 was highly successful due to the volunteer efforts of Trent students, faculty and staff. We’d like you to be part of this significant milestone in a student’s Trent journey. We simply ask for a lunch hour for training in late August (we’ll provide lunch!) and time on September 4th  to lend a hand (contact at bottom in case you are unable to attend training).

Interested? Please complete the form here.  If you have any questions contact Lauren Silvestro, Residence Education Coordinator, at or 705.748.1011 ext. 7587




Row to Podium: Training Future Olympic Rowers at Trent

4 Trent students rowing on the Otonabee River

August 8, 2016

High performance athletes groomed for success at Trent University.

"I'm super excited about the athletes we have here and their prospects for the future," says Carol Love, coach of Rowing Canada's Talent Development Centre (TDC) at Trent University. Established in 2010, the TDC at Trent is one of seven in Canada tasked with identifying and training future high performance athletes as part of the Row to Podium program.

"Trent's program has the greatest momentum of any TDCs happening across Canada," says Ms. Love, a former Olympian herself and former Trent Rowing head coach. "We've put five athletes onto national teams who are part of the succession plan for the next Olympic quadrennial."

Current and former Trent students who have participated in the TDC and gone on to national teams include Sarah Rothwell, Alex Watson, Graham Peeters, Trevor Jones, and Andrew Stewart-Jones.

Mr. Peeters and Mr. Jones were recently selected to the team that will compete at the 2016 World University Championships in Poland, from September 2 to 4. Ms. Love is anticipating that other Trent TDC athletes will represent Canada at the Under 23 World Championships in Rotterdam on August 26 - an official announcement from Rowing Canada is expected on July 19.

As coach, Ms. Love's role is to identify athletes who have the potential to be world class rowers, test them, and work with them. Athletes receive specific coaching and constant evaluation geared towards high performance. The program is individualized to allow the students to work around their academic studies and other needs.

Ms. Love credits the supportive partnership with Trent University and the Peterborough Rowing Club for the local program's success.

"Trent is a one-stop shop for these athletes," she says. "It's an incredible environment with the school, the athletic facility where we do indoor training, the club right on campus, and a great stretch of water to train on."

Ms. Love says that other TDCs are looking at the partnership model created at Trent, to improve their programs. And she notes that the TDC program has started to raise the bar with Trent's varsity rowing program, because other athletes can see how successful they can be with work.

Explaining that it takes years to develop an elite athlete, she says it is too early for the Trent TDC to have rowers competing at this year's Olympics in Rio de Janieiro, but she is hopeful for the next games in 2020.




Trent University Ranked Among Top 1,000 Universities in the World

Aerial view of Bata Podium

July 13, 2016

World University Rankings places Trent within top 3.6 % of all universities worldwide; #29 nationally in Canada.

Trent University is climbing the ranks of the world’s top universities, according to the recently released Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) 2016 list of the world’s top 1,000 universities, which lists Trent at number 29 nationally, up from number 31 last year, and number 884 overall worldwide, up from last year’s 910 place ranking.

“To rank in the top four per cent of universities in the world is an impressive achievement for a small university like Trent. We believe the ranking in this year’s Center for World University Rankings demonstrates the extent to which our interactive learning atmosphere and strong focus on research and innovation is recognized and valued worldwide,” said Dr. Leo Groarke, president and vice-chancellor of Trent University. “To rank so well both nationally and internationally is a testament to the exceptional learning and research environment Trent provides.”

The new CWUR ranking caps off a year in which Trent University ranked highly in many prestigious independent rankings and surveys. In the 2016 Maclean’s University Report, Trent was named Ontario’s number one undergraduate university for the fifth year in a row, and number two in all of Canada. Also in Maclean’s, Trent also earned the top spot in all of Canada for scholarships and bursaries. Consistently punching above its weight in research excellence, Trent also ranked as the number three undergraduate research university in Canada, according to Re$earch Infosource’s Research Universities of the Year 2016. Trent students also rank the University highly in national student satisfaction surveys, and the unparalleled Trent experience leads graduates to success in today’s competitive job market, with 94 per cent of graduates securing jobs just two years after graduation and 90 per cent in jobs just six months after graduation.

The CWUR is the only global university ranking measuring the quality of education and training of students as well as the prestige of the faculty members and the quality of their research, without relying on surveys and university data submissions. CWUR uses eight indicators to rank the world's top 1,000 universities including: quality of education, alumni employment, quality of faculty, publications, influence, citations, broad impact and patents. Out of Canada’s 98 universities, only 32 made the list, including Trent. 




Alumnus Ian Proudfoot '73 Joins TRENT Magazine Editorial Board

Ian Proudfoot HeadshotJuly 8th, 2016

TRENT Magazine is honoured to announce the addition of Ian Proudfoot to its editorial board.  With five decades of involvement and leadership in the publishing sector, Ian will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to our ever-growing publication.

In January of 2016, Ian retired from his position as vice-president and regional publisher for Metroland Media Group’s Central Division, but continues to partner with them as a consultant. At present, he is focusing on his business venture, Catalyst 2 Growth; working with not for profit organizations; pursuing his love of golf and  spending more time with his family.  A resident of East Gwillimbury, Ian and his wife Kathy are parents of five children and three grandchildren.

Active in the community, Ian is a former president of The Newmarket Chamber of Commerce, former co-chair of communications for Southlake Regional Health Centre Capital Campaign, past chair of Newmarket Downtown Development Committee, past chair of Pickering College Board of Directors, and past Chair Newmarket Economic Development Advisory Committee.  Ian is the founder of Celebration of The Arts, a program that celebrates artistic talent. Currently, Ian is vice chair of The Children’s Fund (supporting York Region Children’s Aid), board member YMCA GTA and a government relations committee member for Deaf Blind Services Ontario. In 2011 he received the Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship for his work with not for profit organizations and the arts. 

Ian recently reflected on his career with Metroland:

“I’m really proud of the role we’ve played in building better communities. Take a look at it, whether it’s the hospital or it’s the United Way or the Celebration of the Arts or our staff Santa Fund, the YMCAs and the YRAPs, all those that we’ve played a role in, we’ve made the communities better places to live.” 

He has stated that he wants to TRENT Magazine to act as a tool for helping to bring the Trent community closer together.  We are excited about the  energy and experience Ian will provide in helping shape the future of TRENT Magazine and the changing media landscape of Trent University’s Alumni Affairs.




Play by Trent Alumnus Premieres at Toronto Fringe Festival

July 7, 2016

War Tapes - Documentary PosterWar Tapes, a play written by Trent University alumnus, Christian Metaxas ‘10, hit the stage at the 2016 Toronto Fringe Festival in June.

“War Tapes is about intimacy and reality and how those things are shaped by a digital, networked lifestyle,” explains Mr. Metaxas. “It’s a story about identity, and what that means exactly when you can live an entire life over the Internet.”

The Toronto Fringe Festival began in 1989 as a way to celebrate underrepresented and marginalized voices within the performing arts. Since then, the festival has expanded beyond theatre, incorporating dance, visual arts, buskers, and site-specific performances.

During his time at Trent University, Mr. Metaxas majored in English Literature and minored in Sociology. He wrote for both student-run publications, The Arthur and Absynthe Magazine, and later became the production assistant for Absynthe. In 2013, Mr. Metaxas was awarded the Timothy Findley Creative Writing Prize. He commends the supportive and collaborative environment that extends beyond the classroom at Trent University, citing it as an aid to his present success.

“The English department offered creative writing classes, and a number of other professors were more than happy to weigh in with advice and their expertise. The department seemed to always help out however they could—whether it was assisting with projects, meeting to talk about coursework, or just to chat about whatever—it was nice knowing there was someone in your corner.”

“I met a lot of people during my undergraduate years that I still work on projects with even today,” adds Mr. Metaxas, noting that the show features alumni within the cast and is directed by fellow alumnus, Dane Shumak ‘11.




Trent University Job Opportunity

July 5, 2016

Development Officer

For more information on the position, click here




We love a Trent wedding!

Ian and Shantel wedding photo

July 4, 2016

Shantel Popp & Ian Clark were joined by family and friends to celebrate their marriage on June 25 at Stillwaters Plate and Pour in Paris, Ontario. The couple celebrated with many fellow Trent alumni on the big day. Shantel graduated from the Queen's - Trent Con-Ed Program in 2011 and now is Science Department Head at Holy Trinity School in Richmond Hill, Ontario. Ian graduated with a joint major in Biology and Geography in 2011 and is a Marketing Analyst at State Farm Insurance in Aurora, Ontario.

Have you received a promotion or award, published a book, recently married or had a child? We want to know! Email information and photos to the Alumni Association at




A Message from Trent President Leo Groarke: A Report on the Traill College Review

June 28, 2016

Many of you will have read about and contributed your thoughts to the review of Traill College. The report on this review was released publicly today. Please see the below message from Trent University President Dr. Leo Groarke that was sent to staff and faculty, and includes a link to the report:

I hope your summers have begun well.  I am writing to bring you up to date on the Traill Review conducted by Professor Christopher Tindale (currently of the University of Windsor; formerly the senior tutor at Traill).  The review is now complete, and was shared with the Board at Friday’s Board Meeting.  You can read the review here.
There are many recommendations in the Tindale report. The university is planning to move in the general direction the report suggests – i.e. to develop Traill in the direction of a traditional college (of the sort that was originally envisaged when Trent was founded as a collegiate university). The goal will be a college which is an academic community which ultimately reports (through its Principal) to the Vice-President Academic. We aim to achieve this goal in a way that allows Traill some room to cultivate distinct traditions, and to organize itself in a way that is both academically and financially sustainable.
As we begin to move in this direction, we are initiating the following two changes:

Professor Michael Eamon will be appointed the Principal of Traill College for a transitional three year period. During this time he will be asked to lead the transition to a new Traill which will embrace collegiate traditions. Professor Eamon will report to Trent’s Provost/Vice-President Academic (Dr. Jackie Muldoon). Under the direction of the Provost, in consultation with others as appropriate, he will work with Dr. Nona Robinson, our Associate Vice-President, Students, in a consideration of the various recommendations contained in the report. I expect that some of the recommendations will be implemented fully, some partially, and some not at all.

In keeping with the Tindale report, Traill will remain a centre for graduate education, but undergraduate students will be reintegrated into the college in the way that he suggests – i.e. with a focus on those undergraduate students who are best suited to the academic experience Traill offers (e.g., older students, senior students, transfer students, and students pursuing second degrees). In view of our need to accommodate the number of students who have accepted offers of admission this year, this transition will begin immediately, with the conversion of the third floor of Wallis Hall into undergraduate residences which will be ready for the Fall (any graduate students eligible for offices who are displaced by this conversion will be accommodated elsewhere on the Traill campus).

It goes without saying that there will have to be some significant reorganization of what we do as we move in this new direction. The momentum the Tindale report establishes will provide us with an opportunity to reinvigorate Traill College in a way that makes it financially sustainable at the same time that it allows it to offer a unique college experience for Trent students and faculty.
I would like to end this message by thanking the many stakeholders who participated in the discussions that led Professor Tindale’s report!




Community Report Highlights Trent's Contributions and Impact in the Peterborough Region

Community Report announcement at Whistle StopJune 24, 2016

Each year, Trent University has an estimated economic impact of nearly $500M on the regional economies in which it operates – this is just one of the many facts and stories highlighting the relationship between Trent and the Peterborough region, showcased in Trent University’s 2016 Report to the Community, released at a special event at the Whistle Stop Café.

The report indicates overwhelming contributions from Trent alumni in the both the Peterborough and Durham communities, and across the globe. With over 45,000 alumni living and working in 126 countries, alumni impact spans internationally, while 36,000 live across Canada. In Southern Ontario, 23,500 alumni provide $1.77 billion worth of labour, and over 9,000 alumni live and work in the Peterborough area. 

The report also highlights the local economic contributions of Trent students. Each year, students spend more than $100M in the region, generating an estimated $200M in economic impact, while providing approximately 620,000 hours of part-time labour during the academic year.

“We are very proud of the strong, multi-pronged relationships between the region and Trent University. We rely on, and benefit from, a strong community, and the community benefits from a strong Trent,” said Dr. Leo Groarke, president and vice-chancellor, Trent University. “Our Community Report highlights stories our neighbours might not have heard about, like the award-winning research happening right here in Peterborough, or the cultural impact of our students, faculty and staff.”

“The TrentU Card has really marked a change in our business and we’ve seen sales increase as a direct result,” said Peggy Shaughnessy, owner of Whistle Stop Café, one of the inaugural partners of the program, and a Trent Ph.D. student. “The TrentU Card is an excellent partnership between the University and the downtown business community. I’m happy to see the program has been successful and is growing. We all benefit from seeing the students in the community.

Trent’s community impact extends beyond economic development. The newly created Trent Community Leadership Award is presented annually to a faculty member and a staff member who are exceptional leaders and volunteers in the Peterborough and Durham regions. Mary-Jane Pilgrim, coordinator of Trent Online, and Ann MacLeod of the Trent Fleming School of Nursing faculty were recognized earlier this year for their community contributions, after being nominated by members of the Peterborough community.

The Trent Talks: High School Edition is another avenue of community involvement by the University and its faculty. This series of talks in local high schools celebrates the community partnerships that have allowed Trent to grow into the dynamic institution it is today. These talks are a way for the University to give back to our community by sharing Trent’s passion for research, teaching, and learning. Faculty, graduate students and staff have volunteered to attend area schools, partner with a classroom teacher, and engage with students to talk about their research, while contributing to the course’s curriculum. This innovative program was recently recognized with a silver medal for Best Community Initiative at the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education’s 2016 Prix D’Excellence Awards.

In addition to being one of the region’s largest employers, Trent’s faculty, staff and students impact Peterborough culturally and socially. Over the past year, Trent hosted more than 170 lectures and public events through the Trent Idea Exchange, and welcomed 1,600 children to sports and academic camps. Trent staff and faculty volunteer their time and talent to more than 250 local organizations, teams, clubs and groups.

The Community Report is available online here, or can be requested as a hardcopy by emailing




Debbie Field ’70 Awarded Honorary Doctor of Laws from York University

Deb Field York University ConvocationJune 21, 2016

Trent alumna and executive director of Foodshare, Debbie Field ’70, was recently recognized with an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree at York University’s spring convocation ceremony on Friday June 17th, 2016.


From York University Website:


Debbie Field is an international leader in creating a more socially just and environmentally sustainable food system. As executive director of FoodShare, Canada’s largest food security organization, she has generated innovative solutions to problems at all levels of the food system. A social activist, Field has collaborated with York University faculty and students for two decades on research, advocacy and public education. She has also contributed to both movement-building and policy change at the municipal, provincial and federal levels. For her contributions, she has received many accolades including the Ophea Award for Outstanding Contribution, a Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Medal, OPSEU Bread and Roses Award, a Vital People Award and a Toronto Green Leader.




Grand Opening of the New Trent Sports Fields

Announcement of Blue Jays DiamondJune 21, 2016

Members of the Trent community and general public are invited to take part in the unveiling of the new Trent Sports Field on June 21, 2016 from 1-2pm.  The ceremony, taking place at the new baseball diamond at Nassau Mills Road and Pioneer Road on the East bank of Trent University will be hosted by Trent University, the City of Peterborough, the Jays Care Foundation, and the Peterborough Recreational Baseball Association. The opening will include an autograph session with Toronto Blue Jays alumni.

Kick-started by a $100,000 funding infusion from a Field of Dreams Grant from Jays Care Foundation of the Toronto Blue Jays, the Trent Sport Field project is a cooperative project of the City and Trent University, with support from the Peterborough Baseball Association (PBA) and the Peterborough Recreational Baseball Association (PRBA).

“These are exciting times for Trent University,” said President Groarke. “As we mark this important milestone in the development of the new Trent Sport Field project, following on the heels of the selection of Trent as the location for Peterborough’s new twin pad area, we are making the Symons Campus a comprehensive centre for indoor and outdoor recreational opportunities in the region. In many ways, this is only the beginning of some very exciting and critical north end developments we are planning. We are thrilled to be doing so with the City of Peterborough, who is a partner helping us make our field of dreams a reality.”

The new Trent Sports Fields include:
  • A major-league sized baseball field including grass infield, 325’ left and right outfields and 400’ centre field, irrigation system, players’ dugouts, pitchers’ bullpen, sports field lighting and outfield fencing;

  • A natural turf rectangular sport field to accommodate rugby, field lacrosse and soccer, meeting the IRB (rugby), FIFA (soccer) and IFL (lacrosse) requirements for field dimensions and including an irrigation system, sports field lighting and safety fencing;

  • Parking and pedestrian walkways.

Funding and financial contributions for the project breakdown as follows:
  • City of Peterborough - $1,438,052

  • Trent University - $250,000 and provision of land

  • Peterborough Baseball Association - $150,000

  • Jays Care Foundation - $100,000

  • Peterborough Recreational Association - $37,500

About Jays Care Foundation

As the charitable arm of Canada's only MLB team, Jays Care has made a Major League commitment to invest in Canadian children and communities from coast to coast. Since 1992, Jays Care Foundation has created opportunities for children and youth through programs that focus on helping kids get active, engage in the sport of baseball, excel academically and lead healthy lives.  Jays Care is committed to breaking down barriers to access sport and education and building safe, dedicated spaces for recreational and educational youth programming in communities across Canada.




The Robert W.F. Stephenson Prize: Alaine Spiwak

Jess Grover presenting Alaine Spiwak with the The Robert W.F. Stephenson PrizeJune 20, 2016

The Robert W.F. Stephenson Prize has been awarded to an exemplary student leader annually for over 20 years. This year's recipient, TCSA student president Alaine Spiwak, is no exception.

Robert Stephenson attended Trent from 1968 to 1971, pursuing a degree in Political Studies. He remained close to the Trent community long after graduating, serving on the Board of Governors for 15 years. Mr. Stephenson was the first alumnus to hold the position as chair on the Board of Governors, a title he held until 1991.

He served on the Board for a total of 15 years (1979-94) in a variety of roles, including vice-chair (1989-91), and a number of committees, including board executive, labour relations, nominating, audit and finance, physical planning and development, investment advisory, and compensation (subcommittee). As a student member of Champlain College, he was active in student government and served as a student representative on the Board (1968-71).

Established by the Alumni Association, the $500-prize has been awarded annually to an individual who displays outstanding student leadership.

Ms. Spiwak is an exemplary honoree for the prize. While working towards a degree in International Development Studies, Ms. Spiwak has held multiple titles within the TCSA. First serving as ethical standards commissioner, Ms. Spiwak was then elected as student council president—a position she has held for two years. Her leadership contributions are obvious and have left quite a positive impression on the current and future Trent community. She helped lead the TCSA to achieving a large surplus, which is being put towards initiatives that support both students and staff. This includes improving Trent summer bus schedules, and leading the Student Centre Challenge.

"I am very honoured to receive the Robert W.F. Stephenson Prize, especially because I was nominated by two fantastic female role models: Julie Davis and Pippa O'Brien," says Ms. Spiwak. "I consider myself very lucky to have the opportunity to work alongside a great leader like Julie, who reached out to me to offer her support and guidance as I navigated my new role as TCSA president. Pippa is an incredible student leader who I have thoroughly enjoyed working with over the past year. I am very excited that we have both been re-elected into our positions, and that we have the opportunity to work together once again. I would like to thank the Trent Alumni Association for this award, and of course, Nancy Stephenson, wife of late Robert Stephenson, who joined us at the ceremony."




Special Trent Alumni Invitation to Taste of Toronto

taste of toronto trent alumni special invitationAlumni, family and friends to receive special rate for Toronto's hottest culinary ticket.

June 15, 2016

Trent alumni, family, and friends, are invited to take part in a special rate for Taste of Toronto -- and it is only a mouse-click away!

Taste of Toronto showcases the true flavours of the local food scene. Enjoy signature dishes from the city’s finest restaurants, learn tricks of the trade from world-class chefs, and sample gourmet food and drinks, all in one place. Whether you’re a well-dined gourmand, a new-found food lover, or simply looking for a good time with friends, there’s something for everybody at Taste of Toronto!

To take part:

  • Visit the Taste of Toronto special registration page
  • Pick a session that is most convenient for you.
  • Choose your quantity and select “Taste of Toronto Partnership Offer," then enter the Trent Alumni code: YS6Q72
  • Once you’ve unlocked your exclusive offer you can choose your Price and Section and continue to click on Find Tickets.
  • You will have the option to add on a VIP Experience and load your crown card in order to purchase items at the event.
  • Follow the delivery and payment instructions and you’re good to go!

Bon appétit!




Canada's First Conference on Sexual Consent Hosted at Trent University

conference on sexual consent at TrentConference brings together leaders to challenge and examine issues of consent

June 15, 2016

"This is the first Canadian conference that has brought research and the community together based solely on the topic of sexual consent," said Dr. Terry Humphreys, a Psychology professor at Trent University, describing the Sexual Consent Conference that took place at Trent on June 2 and 3, 2016.

The event, which was held at Gzowski College and the First Peoples House of Learning, attracted more than 200 delegates from the educational, social service and public health sectors, including researchers and front-line practitioners.

"A place of higher learning is the ideal space to hold a conference of this kind," Professor Humphreys said. "We are here to critique and to gain knowledge through discussion."

The conference addressed a broad spectrum of issues around sexual consent, ranging from consent on university campuses, to people with impaired cognitive capacity, to Indigenous perspectives. "We wanted to make sure we were encompassing in terms of what consent means," Prof. Humphreys explained.

Prof. Humphreys, whose area of research at Trent focuses on how young people negotiate consent in their daily lives, hosted the conference in collaboration with the Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre (KSAC). He pointed out that the timing was right for this type of conference.

"There was enough of a groundswell of interest around this particular issue, due to a number of high profile events, that we felt we would attract enough people for a successful conference which could generate understanding, learning and practice," he said.

Prof. Humphreys praised the leadership and support the conference received from Trent University and its community, noting that a variety of university groups and research centres sponsored segments of the conference, including Trent Central Student Association (TCSA) and Trent Centre for Aging and Society.

Lisa Clarke of KSAC, who coordinated the conference, said the support of TCSA and the involvement of students in organization, logistics, and leadership, was integral to the success of the event.

"This conference is the beginning of a greater conversation about sexual consent and the leadership that Trent University and the Centre can have in the province," Ms. Clarke said.

Representing Alumni Affairs and the Alumni Association, Trent Alumni Council President Jess Grover was volunteer coordinator for the event.




Become a Part of Alumni Garden at Champlain College

alumni garden at champlain collegeJune 15, 2016

Trent is renowned for the aesthetic relationship between its Ron Thom architecture and the natural landscape that surrounds it.  Nowhere is this more notable than in Champlain College, where the texture of local stone links the craggy castle-like buildings to the ruggedness of the drumlin and the rocky shores of the Otonabee river.

Over the years, there has been a concerted effort to further this relationship between architecture and landscape by developing gardens that compliment both.

As Champlain prepares to celebrate its 50th Anniversary next year, plans are underway to build a garden at the base of the Thom Tower and the entryway to the college.

“Alumni Garden” will bring new life to the college entrance and act as a welcome for students and future alumni of the college. A decorative plaque – prepared by Traill College Principal (and plaque historian) Michael Eamon – will honour the contributions of Alumni from the past 50 years.

A Garden Dedication Ceremony will take place during Head of the Trent weekend.  All are welcome to attend.

Please help make the Alumni Garden a reality by making a donation today. Simply go to, choose “Champlain College Garden” in the “Designation” dropdown menu and complete the form.

Alumni of tomorrow will thank you!




What’s New at Trent: University Updates From TRENT Magazine

university updates via trent magazineJune 13, 2016

Four Distinguished Canadians Receive Honorary Degrees

A celebrated journalist, groundbreaking female business leader, publisher and environmentalist, and an acclaimed novelist were all celebrated with honorary degrees at Trent University’s 2016 Convocation ceremonies. Recipients included:

Kathleen Taylor
Honorary Doctor of Laws degree awarded for achievements in the banking industry, fostering respectful workplace cultures, and her dedication and contribution to charitable causes. Ms. Taylor received her honorary degree at a special convocation ceremony for Trent University Durham graduates, held in the Durham region for the first time in University history.

Michael de Pencier
Honorary Doctor of Laws degree awarded for significant contributions to Canadian nature, art, and publishing.

Linwood Barclay ’73
Honorary Doctor of Letters degree awarded for significant contributions to Canadian journalism and literature.

Roy MacGregor
Honorary Doctor of Letters degree awarded for significant contributions to literature, arts, journalism and culture in Canada.

Visit the website at to read full bios. 

Planting the Seeds of Change: Food Activism Takes Root

planting the seeds of change trent showcaseChange—it’s a reoccurring theme when Dr. Haroon Akram-Lodhi speaks about his research and teaching. “The world is changed by people,” says the professor of international development studies at Trent University. “My goal is to facilitate the capacity in my students to recognize that they are the authors of their own future, and that through the choices that they make and the actions that they take, they can make the world a better and more just place for everyone.”

Prof. Akram-Lohdi is one of Trent’s “Champions of Change” featured in the new Spring 2016 issue of Showcase, which looks at faculty, students, and alumni who are making a difference on a local, national, and global scale. Read this article and others on environmental policy, the incarceration of women in Canada, and more, and explore the entire spring issue at

Diploma to Degree Pathways Offer New Opportunities for Students

diploma degree new opportunitiesTrent University is not only making headlines for innovative new programs, but is also becoming increasingly well-known as Ontario’s most transfer credit-friendly institution. Building on this long-standing commitment to offer pathway programs to assist students in making the transition from diploma to degree studies, Trent University signed three new articulation agreements with Durham College, Fleming College and Loyalist College. Graduates of their Social Service Worker programs will now be admitted into Trent’s B.S.W. program with advanced standing, allowing students to earn both a diploma and degree in five years. The new pathway agreements will be in effect for September 2016, and students can choose to study either at Trent’s picturesque Peterborough campus or at the growing Durham campus in the GTA.

Celebrating Teaching Excellence at Trent University

celebrating teaching excellence at trentBuilding on Trent University’s reputation for excellence in teaching, faculty, staff, students and alumni gathered recently at the annual Celebration of Teaching Excellence to honour the extraordinary faculty members and instructors who are the recipients of the 2015/16 Teaching Awards. This year’s recipients include:

Dr. Joel Baetz, English Literature, Trent University Durham: Symons Award for Excellence in Teaching

Professor Baetz is recognized for being an authentic educator and mentor whose carefully considered teaching methodologies engage students as active participants in the process of learning and discovery. One of his nominators stated, “What supersedes Joel’s guidance toward academic excellence is his enthusiastic, insightful and engaging instruction, which ignites a passion and desire in his students to pursue excellence, advance critical thought, and relate our studies to the world and life around us.” Prof. Baetz will also be presented with the award at this year’s convocation celebration.

Professor David Newhouse, Indigenous Studies and Business Administration: Award for Educational Leadership and Innovation

Professor Newhouse was honoured for leading by example, for his dedication to the refinement of teaching methods that facilitate student learning, his vital contributions to undergraduate and graduate programs, and for the deeply influential role he has played in the development of teaching tools and approaches incorporating Indigenous thought and traditions. “These techniques facilitate student learning, build student confidence, and prepare students for the world beyond university,” said one of Prof. Newhouse’s nominators, adding: “He also has a unique understanding of how to generate student seminar leads that facilitate individual and group learning, model Indigenous responsibility and relationships, and contribute to capacity building at all  levels.”

Ms. Lesley Hewett, Forensic Science: Award for Excellence in Teaching Assistance

Highly regarded by her students for her approachability, fairness, and helpfulness, and for her adaptable teaching style, Ms. Hewett, a laboratory demonstrator in the Forensic Science Program at Trent, was recognized for her enthusiasm for teaching and her commitment to student learning and success. She was applauded for her efforts to implement the latest technologies and procedures to ensure that students have access to, and can apply, innovative analytical tools and approaches. In response to winning the award, Ms. Hewitt said: “I am very excited and honored to accept this award. It's easy to be passionate and invested in my job with students that are always enthusiastic, responsive, and engaged.”

Dr. Shirley Williams ’79, Indigenous Studies: CUPE 3908-1 Award for Excellence in Teaching

Professor Williams, an elder and professor emeritus in Indigenous studies at Trent, was recognized as an engaging educator whose caring, patient, and positive approach to teaching fosters a warm, welcoming, and inspiring learning environment for students. Her teaching creates powerful spaces where language and knowledge is imparted to younger generations, and where students feel comfortable, motivated, and supported. In the words of one of her nominators, “Shirley is a great example of all Trent has to offer. She bridges the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canada in a positive and meaningful way. She is a warm and caring person, and uses humour and a big smile to foster a spirit of resilience, determination, and positive actions for the future.”

Trent University Renews Historic Relationship with Bata Family

trent university renews relationship with bata familyGraduate students at Trent University will benefit from the establishment of a new scholarship named in honour of the namesake of Trent’s iconic Bata Library, Thomas J. Bata. It was announced at a special event at the University, which marked a renewed relationship between the Bata family and Trent University. Sonja Bata and family members were joined by the Trent community, and Mrs. Bata shared news of the new Thomas J. Bata Graduate Scholarship. It is an endowed $5,000-per-year scholarship available to a deserving graduate student from any country studying in any of Trent’s 15 distinguished graduate programs, and who holds values of leadership, innovation, entrepreneurship, community responsibility and global citizenship—values that Thomas J. Bata exemplified in his business and personal endeavours. As part of the scholarship announcement, Dr. Leo Groarke, president and vice-chancellor of Trent, unveiled a portrait of Thomas J. Bata by internationally-acclaimed portrait photographer Onnig Cavoukian, and rededicated the heritage plaque that honours the unique history and design legacy of the Thomas J. Bata Library.

Truth & Reconciliation Theme for 40th Annual Elders and Traditional Peoples Gathering

annual elders and traditional peoples gatheringIn honour of the historic release of the final report by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada earlier this year, Trent University and the First Peoples House of Learning welcomed hundreds of Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples from across the world to continue the ongoing conversation of reconciliation at “Rekindling the Fire: Reconciliation and the Way Forward,” the 40th annual Elders and Traditional Peoples Gathering. Dr. Tom Porter, elder and member of the Bear Clan of the Mohawk Nation at Akwesasne and champion of the revitalization of Indigenous languages and traditions, gave a well-received keynote address. A second keynote was presented by the Honourable Sydney Allicock, who is both vice-president and minister of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs of Guyana, and an Indigenous elder and crucial figure in Guyana’s Indigenous community. Through dialogue, experiential workshops, storytelling, drumming and song, traditional feasts, and other ceremonies, the Gathering created an accessible and safe space for people to explore and contemplate what their role in the reconciliation process could be.

Trent Students Showcase Research

trent students showcase researchThis semester, Trent University continued to cultivate and support students’ research with two events that saw students at all levels sharing their research with the broader Peterborough community. At the undergraduate level, students were invited to take part in the second annual Three Minute Paper (3MP) event, which challenged them to share the research they’ve spent weeks on, to a panel of judges in just three minutes. Shayna Deecker, a fourth-year forensic science student, walked away with the top prize for her presentation on “The Use of Environment DNA for Amphibian Conservation Efforts.” At the graduate level, the Three Minute Thesis event invited graduate students to sum up their months of research in front of a crowd of students, professors, and business leaders in the community, in just three minutes. Judges awarded Jessica Reid, a master’s in psychology student, the top prize, the President’s First Prize and Graduate Student Association (GSA) $500 travel stipend, for her presentation “Beyond the Prison Walls: Gender Differences on the Effects of Parental Incarceration.”




Convocation 2016: Watch Ceremonies Live, View Photo Galleries, and more!

Trent University to honour more than 1,600 graduates at 2016 Convocation

Trent University is welcoming thousands of students, families, faculty and special guests to the University Court of the Bata Library on Symons Campus to celebrate the accomplishments of its newest graduates from across Canada and around the world at the 2016 convocation ceremonies from Tuesday, June 7 to Thursday, June 9, 2016.


>>Watch the live webcast of the ceremonies 


View photos from each ceremony on the Trent University Facebook page


>> Learn more about some of our 2016 graduates and where they’re headed next


Follow @TrentUniversity on TwitterFacebook, SnapChat and Instagram and add your own comments and photos during the ceremonies by using the hashtag #TrentConvo.

>> Here is a full breakdown of every convocation ceremony, as well as profiles on our honorary degree recipients



Janette Platana '11 Shortlisted for Trillium Book Award; Plus New and Noteworthy Literature from Trent Alumni

janette platana for Trillium Book AwardMay 27, 2016

Trent alumna Janette Platana has been shortlisted for the presigious Trillium Book Award for her short story collection, A Token of My Affliction.  The Trillium is the province’s leading award for literature.

Janette was born and raised in Saskatchewan and now resides in Peterborough.  A multi-talented artist, she writes, plays music, and makes short films. Her writing has been published in Canada, the United States, and Turkey.

From Tightrope Books:

Janette Platana’s cheerfully disturbing, gleefully outraged, and chillingly beautiful stories break open the lives of apparently ordinary people who struggle and sometimes succeed in living without compromise, refusing to sacrifice the world they sense to the world they see, and where things can be true without ever being real. The range of this accomplished and poetic voice may cause vertigo, owing, as it does, as much to the Clash to Stephen King, to Caitlin Moran as to Flannery O’Connor, and something to David Sedaris. A Token of My Affliction will make you laugh while breaking your heart wide open.

Past Trillium winners include Margaret Atwood, Michael Ondaatje, Timothy Findley and Anne Michaels and Trent alumnus Richard B. Wright (see below for a new novel from Wright).

Coming soon: Look for a podcast interview with Janette Platana on Trent Voices.

Other New and Noteworthy Literature from Trent Alumni

Richard B. Wright '70: Nightfall

nightfall by richard wright trent alumniFrom Simon & Schuster Canada:

From the acclaimed writer of the beloved Clara Callan comes a memorable new novel about first loves, love-after-love, and the end of things, set during summer in Quebec City.

James Hillyer, a retired university professor whose life was evocatively described in Wright's novel October, is now barely existing after the death of his beloved daughter in her forties. On a whim, he tries to locate the woman he fell in love with so many years ago on a summer trip to Quebec and through the magic of the Internet he is able to find her. But Odette’s present existence seems to be haunted by ghosts from her own past, in particular, the tough ex-con Raoul, with his long-standing grievances and the beginnings of dementia. The collision of past and present leads to violence nobody could have predicted and alters the lives of James and Odette forever.

Nightfall skillfully captures the way in which our past is ever-present in our minds as we grow older, casting its spell of lost loves and the innocent joys of youth over the realities of aging and death. The novel is skillfully grounded in observation, propelled by unforgettable characters, and filled with wisdom about young love and old love. Drawing on the author’s profound understanding of the intimate bonds between men and women, Nightfall is classic Richard B. Wright.

Wright is known for his break-through 2001 novel Clara Callan, which won three major literary awards in Canada: The Giller Prize, the Trillium Book Award, and the Governor General's Award.

Highly decorated for his work, Wright has been nominated or won several major literary awards, including:

  • Toronto Book Award 1973 (In The Middle Of Life)
  • Faber Memorial Prize UK 1975 (In The Middle Of Life)
  • Nom. Giller Prize 1995 (The Age Of Longing)
  • Nom. Governor General's Award 1995 (The Age Of Longing)
  • Governor General's Award 2001 (Clara Callan)
  • Giller Prize 2001 (Clara Callan)
  • Trillium Book Award 2001 (Clara Callan)
  • Honorary Doctor of Letters 2006 (Trent University)
  • Member of The Order Of Canada 2007

Coming soon: Look for a podcast interview with Richard B. Wright on Trent Voices.

Linwood Barclay '73: The Promise Falls Trilogy

far from true by linwood barclay trent alumniThe first book of the Promise Falls Trilogy, Broken Promise, came out in 2015.  The second, Far From True, was released earlier this spring.  The final instalment, The Twenty-Three, will be released this fall.

Stephen King calls #1 bestseller Barclay "a suspense master" and The Promise Falls trilogy does not disappoint.


Broken Promises

Promise Falls is a broken town. No jobs. No prospects. Not even a newspaper since the Standard went under.  Which means   reporter David Harwood is unemployed.  But there are still things out there for him to look into, like how his cousin Marla has  acquired a baby she swears was given to her by an angel.  And what this baby has to do with a vicious murder on the other side of town.

Add into the mix a a series of strange and possibly connected occurrences. A mothballed Ferris wheel coming to life. A ritualistic animal slaughter. A serial predator on the prowl at the local college. Promise Falls is slipping into darkness...

Far From True

The second spine-chilling thriller set in the troubled town of Promise Falls.

After the screen of a run-down drive-in movie theater collapses and kills four people, the daughter of one of the victims asks private investigator Cal Weaver to look into a break-in at her father's house. Cal discovers a hidden room where salacious activities have taken place--as well as evidence of missing DVDs. But it may not be the discs the thief was interested in. . . .

Meanwhile, Detective Barry Duckworth is still trying to solve two murders he believes are connected, since each featured a similar distinctive wound. And when yet another murder happens, Cal and Barry are both driven to pursue their investigations, no matter where they lead. But where they lead may be more horrific than either man can imagine.

The Twenty-Three

Everything has been leading to this.

It’s the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, May 23rd, and the small town of Promise Falls, New York, has found itself in the midst of a full-blown catastrophe. Hundreds of people are going to the hospital with similar flu-like symptoms—and dozens have died. Investigators quickly zero in on the water supply. But the question for many, including private investigator Cal Weaver, remains: Who would benefit from a mass poisoning of this town?

Look for a Trent Voices Podcast interview with Linwood Barclay later this year.

Hannah Papp '94: The Mystical Backpacker

the mystical backpacker by Hannah Papp trent alumniFrom Simon & Schuster Canada:

Part memoir, part guidebook, The Mystical Backpacker invites you to explore your inner terrain and learn how to create your own unique version of a modern day vision quest or walk-about.

Tired of living a life based on other’s expectations, Hannah Papp quit her job, bought a EuroRail ticket and a map, notified her landlady, and left town. Embarking on a journey across Europe with no plan and no direction, Hannah stumbled into becoming a modern-day Mystical Backpacker. Along the way her discoveries and the teachers she encountered allowed her to go on a deeper journey into the self and the spirit—revealing the real self she had long been missing.

The Mystical Backpacker shows you how to identify the signs along the road that will lead to teachers and experiences that will reorient your own life map. Ultimately, The Mystical Backpacker offers a solution, a way to break free and find your inner self’s rhythms and needs, fulfilling your true destiny. It’s time you hit the road and become a mystical backpacker.


The journey is twofold; first, you head out into the world to experience an adventure all by yourself.  Go anywhere you want – Italy, Mozambique, Tibet or Wisconsin – the choice is yours and there’s no ‘wrong’ place to go.  Second, you travel the inner road to personal freedom (don’t worry, the book tells you how) and you reconnect with your authentic, bad-ass self! This is the 21st century vision quest: a place where the solitude required to experience the world from a fresh perspective yields the greatest treasure of all: discovering your destiny.

Carol-Ann Marshall'71: I Dare You!: Conquer Fear and Free Yourself from Emotional Abuse

i dare you by carol ann marshall trent alumniFrom

I Dare You! Conquer Fear and Free Yourself from Emotional Abuse examines the devastating affect of emotional abuse on women. Emotional abuse is the mental control of women by the systematic undermining of their self-confidence, self-esteem and sense of self. It is hidden behind closed doors, not discussed with anyone and often severely damages a woman’s thought processes and self -worth. Its effects have the potential of lingering for a lifetime. I Dare You! is a road map for women who find themselves uncomfortable in and questioning the state of their intimate relationships. It challenges the traditional definition of abuse, explores the signs of emotional abuse, suggests ideas for self-examination, provides steps to follow to heal their brokenness and encourages women to dream of a new and more fulfilling life. It is a wake up call for women to face their fears and take a bold step towards a new life.





Leading Business Thinker Dr. Don Tapscott '66 Re-Appointed Chancellor of Trent University

Trent alumnus and technology guru re-appointed chancellor for second three-year term

Don Tapscott giving speech

May 3rd, 2016 

Recognized as one of the world's leading authorities on innovation, media, and the economic and social impact of technology, Dr. Don Tapscott has been reappointed as chancellor of Trent University for a second three-year term.

The reappointment was celebrated at the annual alumni awards held on the weekend and was a fitting venue as Dr. Tapscott is also an alumnus of the University and became Trent’s first alumni chancellor when he was appointed in 2013.

“Over the last three years, Don has made a tremendous contribution to the Trent University community,” said Dr. Leo Groarke, president and vice-chancellor of Trent. “We are lucky to look forward to another three years of his engagement with students and alumni and his work as a key ambassador for our institution.”

Throughout his impressive career, Dr. Tapscott has been an advisor to business and government leaders and has introduced ground-breaking concepts that are part of our understanding of a rapidly changing world. A graduate of Psychology and Sociology at Trent University and a recipient of an honorary Doctor of Laws degree in 2006, he was re-named one of the most important living business thinkers in the world by Thinkers50 in 2013 and again in 2015. Most recently, Dr. Tapscott was appointed to the Order of Canada for his leadership in the field of business innovation, notably for his research on the economic and social impact of information technology.

In commenting on his appointment, Dr. Tapscott said: "I am delighted with this honour. The last three years as Trent’s chancellor has been deeply rewarding and inspiring for me. I’ve loved every minute of performing my duties and I look forward with great anticipation as Trent continues to evolve and become an even more important institution in this country. On a personal note, I am excited about the opportunity to continue working with President Leo Groarke and the wonderful leadership team that has been assembled at Trent.” 

Dr. Tapscott is the author and co-author of 15 widely-read books including Macrowikinomics; New Solutions for a Connected Planet; the 1992 bestseller Paradigm Shift; and Radical Openness: Four Unexpected Principles for Success. His book Wikinomics was the best-selling management book in the United States in 2007. In 2014 the 20th Anniversary Edition of Dr. Tapscott’s hit The Digital Economy was released with a new foreword by Eric Schmidt, Chairman of Google, and 12 new essays addressing the original topics of the book. Dr. Tapscott’s newest book, The Blockchain Revolution, which will hit stands later this month, will explain why blockchain technology will fundamentally change the Internet, what it does, how we use it, and both the promise and peril for our civilization.

A strong supporter of the Trent University learning model, Dr. Tapscott says, "It's no longer just what you know; it's your capacity to solve problems, to think, to research, and to reinvent your knowledge base. Trent's student-focused, customized, collaborative learning experience is the new model for developing knowledge workers who can build more effective social and economic institutions.

"In my parents' generation, you learned a trade or skill and you were set for life. Today, young people are set for fifteen minutes. Employers will need thinkers and problem-solvers, not just heads stuffed with facts." Trent's chancellor considers himself fortunate to have attended Trent. "It was the perfect place for me. I learned through small-group discussion and interaction with teachers. At Trent, I discovered my deep passions. And I learned how to think better, how to write, and how to solve problems."

A proponent of learning that encourages critical thinking and citizens who push the boundaries of new paradigms, Dr. Tapscott encourages undergraduates to study a range of liberal arts and science topics that pique their interest. "They'll discover what they love, equip themselves for citizenship and the next stage of the life-long learning required for success in a knowledge economy," he says.

Dr. Tapscott is CEO of a Toronto-based think tank The Tapscott Group, and was previously founder and chairman of New Paradigm. He is vice-chair of Spencer Trask Collaborative Innovations, a new company building a portfolio of companies in the collaboration and social media space. With a Master's degree in Education from the University of Alberta, he is also an adjunct professor at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto and the inaugural fellow of the school's Martin Prosperity Institute where he is currently leading a large investigation of new models of global problem solving, cooperation and governance.

Duties of Trent University Chancellor

The role of the chancellor includes conferring all degrees and diplomas and sitting as an ex officio member of the Board of Governors and the Senate. In addition, the chancellor serves as chair of the Senate Executive sub-committee on University Honours and represents the University in an official capacity at external functions from time to time. Each chancellor brings his or her special talents and interests to the position, and enters into and enhances the life of the University. The term of the office is normally for three years but is renewable upon the recommendation of Senate Executive and the agreement of Senate and the incumbent.

About Trent University

One of Canada's top universities, Trent University was founded on the ideal of interactive learning that's personal, purposeful and transformative. Consistently recognized nationally for leadership in teaching, research and student satisfaction, Trent attracts excellent students from across the country and around the world. Here, undergraduate and graduate students connect and collaborate with faculty, staff and their peers through diverse communities that span residential colleges, classrooms, disciplines, hands-on research, co-curricular and community-based activities. Across all disciplines, Trent brings critical, integrative thinking to life every day. Today, Trent's unique approach to personal development through supportive, collaborative community engagement is in more demand than ever. Students lead the way by co-creating experiences rooted in dialogue, diverse perspectives and collaboration. In a learning environment that builds life-long passion for inclusion, leadership and social change, Trent's students, alumni, faculty and staff are engaged global citizens who are catalysts in developing sustainable solutions to complex issues. Trent's Peterborough campus boasts award-winning architecture in a breathtaking natural setting on the banks of the Otonabee River, just 90 minutes from downtown Toronto, while Trent University Durham delivers a distinct mix of programming in the east GTA.




Trent University Celebrates Eight Inspirational Alumni at Annual Awards Ceremony

Two Order of Canada recipients among 2016 alumni award honourees

celebrating inspiration trent alumni at annual award ceremonyMay 2, 2016

Eight exceptional Trent alumni were recognized for outstanding contributions to their fields, their communities, and to the University at the 11th Annual Alumni Awards Ceremony, held in the Great Hall of Champlain College at Trent University on Saturday, April 30, 2016.

Alumni, staff, faculty and special guests gathered to celebrate the achievements of Fiona Sampson’87, a pioneering human rights lawyer; Dr. Tim Cook ‘90, a Governor General Award winning historian; Diane Therrien ‘10, a Peterborough City Councillor; Kate Ramsay ’71, a longstanding Trent Board of Governors member; Lorraine Bennett ’72, a volunteer leader in Vancouver, BC; and the organizers of one of Trent’s longest traditions, the Team Trend Hockey Reunion, David Wright ’74, William Fields ’71, and John Kennedy ’85.

“Our Trent alumni have gone on to accomplish incredible things and the honorees we’re celebrating today are no exception,” said Dr. Leo Groarke, president and vice-chancellor of Trent University. “Celebrating successful alumni from such diverse fields showcases the true value an interdisciplinary education at Trent offers.”

The afternoon event featured memorable musical performances by Trent alumna Athena Reich ’95 – recently named the world’s top Lady Gaga impersonator by Chatelaine Magazine. Special guests included members of the University’s Board of Governors, president of the Trent University Alumni Association Jess Grover ‘02, Trent alumnus and emcee DJ Cunningham ‘01, and several previous Alumni Award winners. Also in attendance was leading business thinker Dr. Don Tapscott ’66, Trent University chancellor. At the event, Dr. Tapscott, who is Trent’s first alumni chancellor, was celebrated and reappointed chancellor for a second three-year term.

“The Alumni Awards event is a highlight of the year for the Alumni Association,” said Lee Hays, director of Alumni Affairs at Trent University. “This is a chance to celebrate alumni who are building communities and changing the world.  This year’s recipients have made extensive contributions in humanitarianism, history, education, and social justice, and it’s a true honour to welcome them back to Trent for this recognition.”

At the event, alumni were honoured in four award categories: the Distinguished Alumni Award; the Spirit of Trent Award; Young Leader Award, and the Tony Storey Service Award.

The 2016 Alumni Award recipients are:

Distinguished Alumni Award

Presented based on a person's achievement and leadership in their field. Recipients show leadership in business, industry, a profession, or in public life. They have brought honour to Trent University through endeavours which have earned them prominence within their field.

Fiona Sampson ‘87

Ms. Sampson has dedicated her life to the pursuit of inclusiveness, equality, and social justice.  A graduate of Trent’s Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies MA program, with a PhD in Law, she has pioneered post-Charter equality law, both in Canada and abroad.

As a human rights lawyer, Ms. Sampson has appeared before the Supreme Court representing women and NGO’s in equality rights.  She has published extensively on disability, gender, and other issues of discrimination and served as an advisor to organizations dedicated to legal equality, such as the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF).

Ms. Sampson now serves as an appointed member of the Ontario Human Rights Commission, and is executive director of the Equality Effect (EE), an organization she founded in 2008. This innovative venture ensures that women in countries with common law traditions have access to legal counsel and support as they attempt to secure justice for women, especially relating to sexual assault cases.  Both EE and Fiona have received awards for their innovative human rights work, including the Lewis Perinbam Award (for human rights), and the Clifford Chance Access to Justice Award.

This passion for social justice has led Ms. Sampson to lend time, energy, and expertise to her community, taking on roles such as Women’s Gender Equality Advisor with the Ethiopian Muslim Relief and Development Association, Pro-Bono Counsel for Mt. Pleasant Moraine Environmental Protection Group, and member of the Thalidomide Victims’ Association Equality Rights Committee.

Ms. Sampson was recently appointed an Ashoka Fellow, given the 2014 New York State Bar Association’s Distinction in International Affairs Award from its International Section, and named one of Canada’s Top 25 most influential lawyers by Canadian Lawyers magazine.   Earlier this year, she was honoured with one of Canada’s highest distinctions, membership in the Order of Canada.

Tim Cook ‘90

A military historian and author, Mr. Cook has successfully ignited passionate interest in Canada’s military past.

He was the curator for the First World War permanent gallery at the Canadian War Museum (CWM), and has curated additional temporary, traveling, and digital exhibitions. He was also responsible for the historical content of For Crown and Country: The South African and First World Wars, as well as for two special exhibitions: Trench Life: A Survival Guide (2008) and War and Medicine (2011). He is currently the Director of Research for the CWM.

In 2012, he was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contributions to Canadian history and in 2013 he received the Governor General’s History Award for Popular Media: The Pierre Burton Award. The award was given to Cook for his work making military history "more accessible, vivid and factual", both in his role as an author and as the First World War Historian at the Canadian War Museum. In 2014, Tim Cook was named a member of the Order of Canada in recognition of his contributions to promoting Canada’s military history as an author, researcher and curator. For the past four years, Tim has been battling Hodgkin’s Disease and recently underwent a stem cell transplant as part of his treatment.  He endeavored to continue writing throughout his illness and made time for speaking events as his health permitted.

Young Leader Award

Recognizes young alumni who have shown outstanding leadership throughout their first 10 years of alumni status either in their professional career and/or community, public or humanitarian service, and are 35 years of age or younger.

Diane Therrien ‘10

Elected to Peterborough City Council in 2014, Ms. Therrien believes in challenging the political status quo.  She is a staunch advocate for the downtown community and frequently participates in and supports local events and businesses. Utilizing her voice in Council, Ms. Therrien regularly advocates for increased resources for marginalized groups within the city.

Before being elected, Ms. Therrien worked with the Peterborough Poverty Reduction Network (PPRN), where she proved herself a leader in local efforts to reduce poverty in Peterborough. She has run workshops, both at Trent and in the surrounding community, spoken with students and community groups, and been integral in securing funding for important initiatives to address the high rates of poverty in the City of Peterborough.

First Nations rights have remained a major focus for Ms. Therrien.  She was a policy advisor for the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs and has worked on several projects advocating for an improvement in both health services and post-secondary involvement for First Nations citizens.

Ms. Therrien continues to actively participate in academic life at Trent, frequently giving guest lectures in a variety of departments, most recently in Gender and Women’s Studies and in Political Studies.

Spirit of Trent Award

Presented to alumni who have made a difference, through contributions to the University, the alumni association, or the community.

Lorraine Bennett ‘72

Ms. Bennett heads up the leadership committee of the Vancouver chapter of the Trent Alumni Association, and has worked hard to elevate the group into one of the most active and innovative chapters in the alumni chapter network. Her leadership style is collaborative and engaging, based on gathering input and feedback.  She is dedicated to delivering quality results.

Through Ms. Bennett’s guidance, the Vancouver Chapter has hosted a variety of successful events under the “Vancouver TrentTalks” banner. 

Ms. Bennett is deeply committed to finding innovative ways connect alumni to the Trent tennet of lifelong learning, and in promoting the Trent Alumni Association as a key means of sharing that philosophy.

Her work with the Alumni Association is but a continuation of her history of volunteerism.  Ms. Bennett has given her energies to numerous causes, from The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games to Immigrant Services Society of BC to BLG Reads to Kids (where she works one-to-one with individual children to assist and encourage the development of their reading skills).

David Wright ‘74, Bill Fields ‘71, John Kennedy ‘85 (Team Trend)

Mr. Wright, Mr. Fields, and Mr. Kennedy all share a faithful commitment to the Trent community and an absolute love of the game of hockey.  Year after year, they combine these two passions to organize and host the Team Trend Reunion weekend – one of Trent’s oldest and most valued traditions.

Each have been integral to an event that demonstrates the values and lessons learned at Trent.  They continue to display the Spirit of Trent by bringing the community together for a weekend of friendly competition, shared memories, and celebratory food and drink.

For the past 40 years, the Team Trend Reunion has remained a standout alumni event and a valued part of alumni life.

Tony Storey Service Award

Presented to an alumni volunteer who has demonstrated a significant and long-term commitment to the Trent University Alumni Association (TUAA).

Kate Ramsay ‘71

Ms. Ramsay has exhibited extraordinary leadership and dedication to both Trent University and the Trent University Alumni Association. She has shown an unparalleled level of involvement in guiding her alma mater.

First appointed as an alumni member to the Board of Governors in 2001, Ms. Ramsay has provided a deep commitment to ensuring that alumni have an active voice in university governance.  She has encouraged association members to stay informed while raising Trent administrative awareness of alumni talent and expertise.

She has served as a Board visitor to Senate, vice chair of the Board, chair of the Executive Committee, chair of the HR Subcommittee and member of the Names Committee.

Volunteer roles included membership of the Presidency Review Committee (2003 and 2008), membership of the search team for the Board chair (2007), and membership of the Presidential Search Committee (2008).

Ms. Ramsay served for nine years on the Advancement Committee and on the Fundraising Council that raised $5.6 million for the Building Capacity and Peter Gzowski College campaigns. She also chaired the Catharine Parr Traill campaign which raised $2.1 million.  In 2014, she co-chaired the highly successful Chancellor’s 50th Anniversary Gala.

Ms. Ramsay was one of the lead fundraisers in establishing the Jack Matthews Fellowship endowment, created to honour Jack Matthew’s founding contributions to the Trent International Program, Lakefield College School and the Canadian Canoe Museum.

Honorary Alumni Membership

Presented to individuals who have made a significant contribution to the life of the University or the Alumni Association and who are selected by the Council of the Association to be known as an honorary member. The honorary alumni memberships were presented to:  Bryan Davies, Chair of Trent’s Board of Governors; Dr. Michael Allcott, director of Trent’s International Program; and Sonja Bata, long-time friend of the University.

About Trent University

One of Canada's top universities, Trent University was founded on the ideal of interactive learning that's personal, purposeful and transformative. Consistently recognized nationally for leadership in teaching, research and student satisfaction, Trent attracts excellent students from across the country and around the world. Here, undergraduate and graduate students connect and collaborate with faculty, staff and their peers through diverse communities that span residential colleges, classrooms, disciplines, hands-on research, co-curricular and community-based activities. Across all disciplines, Trent brings critical, integrative thinking to life every day. Today, Trent's unique approach to personal development through supportive, collaborative community engagement is in more demand than ever. Students lead the way by co-creating experiences rooted in dialogue, diverse perspectives and collaboration. In a learning environment that builds life-long passion for inclusion, leadership and social change, Trent's students, alumni, faculty and staff are engaged global citizens who are catalysts in developing sustainable solutions to complex issues. Trent's Peterborough campus boasts award-winning architecture in a breathtaking natural setting on the banks of the Otonabee River, just 90 minutes from downtown Toronto, while Trent University Durham delivers a distinct mix of programming in the east GTA.




Pryor Renderings

Pryor Renderings: Images of Romance

April 28th, 2016

On Saturday May 14th at Georges Vanier Secondary School, Toronto, Canadian artist and Trent alumn Spencer J. Harrison will show off his recent paintings and other work in studio. Dr. Harrison became the first artist-in-residence at Georges Vanier Secondary School, where he hopes to "inform and energize students to work towards a more open and accepting environment in their school and their world", and supports efforts to make schools safer for LGBT youth. Dr. Harrison is currently an instructor at OCAD University.

Dr. Harrison is a former liason officer and artist-in-residence for Champlain College. During his time at Trent University, he became the first Ph.D student to complete his dissetation through artwork, and has donated many pieces to the Trent University Art Collection. Harrison will be donating two more new pieces to Trent's Alumni House, and other pieces of his work can be viewed here.

Don't miss this amazing opportunity to view his work!

For more information, please visit our events page.




2016 Women's Leadership Assembly

April 28th, 2016

The 2016 Women's Leadership Assembly will feature several game-changing women who challenge the status quo and inspire innovation and progress. The event will be held on June 2nd at The Verity Club in Toronto, and will include a panel discussion and networking session. 

Krista Caldwell with Coca-cola logoKrista Scaldwell, Moderator

Vice President of Public Affairs and Communications for Coca-Cola Canada. Previously held the same role at Johnson & Johnson Consumer Group of Companies in Canada and at Bristol Myers Squibb Canada. 
Teyotsihstokwathe Dakota Brant Head ShotTeyotsihstokwathe Dakota Brant '06
An established international speaker and consultant on issues impacting Indigenous Communities. Volunteer firefighter, co-owner Twindian Designs. 2010 Miss Indian World, and 2011 Indspire (National Aboriginal Achievement Award) Laureate, 2011 Trent Young Leader Award.
Carol Gray Head ShotCarol Gray '75
Former President Equifax Canada; member of Board of Directors: Amex Bank of Canada, Infrastructure Ontario; past Chair Ontario Realty Corporation; (former) Executive Vice President CIBC. Trent mentor, co-founder of Community for Trent Women.
Fiona Sampson Head shotFiona Sampson '87
Ms Sampson is CEO of the Equality Effect and an appointed member of the Ontario Human Rights Commission. She was given the 2014 New York State Bar Association’s Distinction in International Affairs Award from its International Section, named one of the Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada (Top 5 on the “World Stage”), named one of 50 “Global Heroes,” and honoured with the Distinguished Alumni Award by Trent University. Ms Sampson is a Member of the Order of Canada.
Joanne Thomsen headshotJoanne Thomsen '81
Vice-President of Talent at MaRS, where she leads the human resources function for MaRS Discovery District, MaRS Innovation and the Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine. Over 20 years of human resource leadership experience in the private, public and not-fot-profit sectors. 

To register now, please visit the event page




Trent University Business Student Moves on to Finals of Bear's Lair Entrepreneurial Competition

brooke hammer moves on to finals of Bear's Lair Entrepreneurial CompetitionApril 22nd, 2016

Trent University Business student Brooke Hammer has been named a finalist for the 2016 Bears' Lair Entrepreneurial Competition.  She is one of six remaining competitors now vying for $120 000 in prizes.


Brooke’s venture is “Chimp Treats,” a line of sweet treats made entirely from fruit.  Chimp Treats signature product is “NICEcream,” an ice cream product made entirely from bananas.


“As a varsity athlete and busy student, I rely on the power of fruits and veggies to get me through my toughest races, longest workouts and hardest exams,” she notes.  “But who wants to give up ice cream and cookies?”


“Valuing simplicity and ethical ingredient-sourcing, I produced products that were free from allergens and chemicals and did not support animal cruelty, human exploitation, or environmental destruction.”


The Bears’ Lair Entrepreneurial Competition is in the style of CBC’s The Dragons’ Den. The competition was created to encourage entrepreneurship and small business development in the greater Peterborough area.  Entrepreneurs are eligible to enter the competition.


This isn’t Brooke’s first venture.  She previously launched “Take Flight,” a successful mission to assist youth with special needs as they transition from high school to adulthood.


She will be also be an exhibitor at the Ontario Centres of Excellence Discovery Showcase this May.

According to Brooke, none of this would have been possible without the assistance of FastStart – the youth entrepreneurship training partnership put on by Trent UniversityFleming College and The Greater Peterborough Innovation Cluster

“There are big things in our future and none of it would have been possible without my wonderful mentors at Trent University or the never-ending support, encouragement, and guidance of Rose from FastStart Peterborough.”


“Having people who believe in you, provide honest feedback/advice, and are willing to share their wealth of knowledge truly make all the difference, and that’s exactly what the Peterborough start-up community is all about.”

Bears' Lair competition finals will take place on April 26 at 7 p.m. at The Venue in Peterborough.




Peter Mills - Metamorphosis Book Release

April 7th, 2016

Peter Mills, Trent alumnus is “a naturalist, always, and an artist where and when it fits,” and he just released a new book called Metamorphosis.

"Metamorphosis is a thorough and illuminating account of both halves of the double life of amphibians, who live in water and on land. The authors dual focus on both larval and adult amphibians opens a new realm of information, and new keys to species identification. It will bring a deeper level of understanding to the many naturalists who know the adults well enough, but have limited knowledge of that critical developmental first half of the lives of frogs, toads and salamanders.” (From the foreword by David M. Carroll.

The title is "METAMORPHOSIS: Ontario's Amphibians at all Stages of Development", and offers completely new perspectives on these creatures and tools for identifying them.  There is more information to be found here.




Rafael Ramirez - Strategic Reframing Book Release

April 7th, 2016

Trent alumnus Rafael Ramirez has co-written/released a new book. Strategic Reframing: The Oxford Scenario Planning Approach, co-written with Angela Wilkinson, is an in-depth guide on scenario planning to support strategy and public policy.

“Ramirez is Director of the Oxford Scenarios Programme and Senior Fellow in Strategy at Sa—ód Business School and Green Templeton College, Oxford University. He is one of the world’s leading experts on scenario planning, having developed the Oxford Scenarios Planning Approach with colleagues Angela Wilkinson and Kees can der Heijden. He has also been one of the first scholars to develop theories on the aesthetics of business and organisation; theories that help to clarify how scenario planning can be rendered more effective.” ~University of Oxford~

Rafael holds a general Bachelor of Science degree from Trent University, a PhD from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and Master’s degrees from the University of Oxford and from the Environmental Studies Faculty at York University in Toronto. He was Tenured Professor of Management in HEC-Paris until 2009. He also has held positions in the Wharton School, and the Centre de Sociologie des Organisations.

For more information about Rafael and his book, please visit here.




Robert Alvo - Being a Bird in North America Book Release

April 7th, 2016Robert Alvo's book cover, Being a Bird in North America

We’ve just received a copy of alumnus Robert Alvo’s new book, Being a Bird in North America, hot off the press!

Alvo is a conservation biologist, bird expert, and author of Being a Bird in North America.  He first discovered his passion for the natural world at age ten, when his family moved from Montreal to Greece, and his walk to school took him through the hills of Thessaloniki. His fascination with the birds and other wildlife in the countryside ignited his lifelong study of the natural world.

After high school, Alvo returned to Canada to study biology at Queen’s University in Kingston. While working on his Master’s degree at Trent University, Alvo examined the effects of acid rain on the Common Loon, and has continued that research for over thirty years. The latest results from this project were published in 2009, reporting on 25 years of research. (From

For more about Alvo please see here. 

Alvo was recently featured on CBC Ottawa, you can view the full interview here.




Paint Your Space - April 22nd, 2016

April 1st, 2016Paint Your Space Promotional Poster

The TCSA is hosting av event at Trent University on Friday April 22nd 2016 called “Paint Your Space”. They are inviting all Trent University academic departments, alumni, students, staff, and faculty to take part in painting the parking spots in our main parking lot located between Bata Library and the Athletic Centre (Lot H). They hope to have a drone to fly by and take pictures of the event.

There will be a charge per parking space ($40 per space for departments, $30 per space for students/student groups), and any funds raised outside of covering costs of materials will be donated to the World University Service of Canada Student Refugee Program (WUSC SRP). This event is not only being run as a fundraiser, but also a "good-bye" to parking lot H, as it is being removed in May for the building of our new Student Centre.

We invite you to sign up and paint a parking space with a design that represents your department/program/group. You may invite students in your program/group to participate, or it could be painted by staff, faculty, family and friends etc. You are also more than welcome to sign up as an individual.

Sign up by April 13th 2016 in the TCSA office (located in Champlain College just past the Book Store) or reserve your spot via email with your program name at: 

Additional information: 

- All paint, brushes, rollers, trays, and other equipment will be provided
- You may bring your own painting equipment, a few plastic bags, and empty clean yogurt containers if you have them (bags and containers are highly encouraged)
- Painting of non-university related logos or promotions will be not permitted
- No use of profanity, inappropriate language, or inappropriate symbols
- The TCSA reserves the right to paint over your spot if we deem the content to be inappropriate
- If you would like to paint a solid background colour for your design, please let us know when you sign up so we can make sure we have enough paint. It is best to show up first thing at 9am if you are painting a background colour, as it will need 2-3hrs to dry.
- All paint will be environmentally friendly
- You may reserve more than one spot for multiple or large designs




Trent Honours Top Athletes at the 48th Annual Athletic Awards Ceremony

April 1st, 2016Atheltic Award Recipient

Trent University’s Department of Athletics and Recreation celebrated student athletic achievement at the 48th annual Athletic Awards Ceremony, held in the gymnasium at the Trent Athletics Centre on Tuesday night.

Varsity athletes Sarah MacLaren and Joshua King were awarded the Arthur Cup, the University’s most prestigious award for graduating students who have demonstrated outstanding contribution, sportsmanship, participation, and leadership in the athletic programs.

For full coverage on the event and a complete list of winners, please visit here.





Founding member of Médecins Sans Frontières Canada (and Trent Alumnus/Honourary Doctorate) James Orbinski Wins the Royal College's Prestigious Humanitarian Award

James Orbinski Wins the Royal College's Prestigious Humanitarian AwardOTTAWA, March 30, 2016 /CNW/ - SOURCE Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

From characterizing the symptoms of HIV/AIDS in children, to enabling the delivery of affordable medicines, the humanitarian career of James Orbinski, OC, OOnt, MD, MCFP, has made the world a better place for millions of people. Due to the far-reaching impacts of his work, he has won one of Canada's most prestigious medical awards: the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada's Teasdale-Corti Humanitarian Award.

Watch our short tribute video here:

Today, Dr. Orbinski works in Waterloo, Ont., where he is CIGI Chair in Global Health Governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, and a professor at Wilfrid Laurier University. He is also a professor at the University of Toronto's Dalla Lana School of Public Health.

However, in the late eighties, he was one of few doctors working on the ground in Africa to characterize the signs and symptoms of HIV/AIDS in children. It was a time when very little was known.

"Mothers would line up in the hundreds outside the hospital and many had walked for two or three days to get there, bringing their children to be seen and cared for," said Dr. Orbinski.  "The scale and scope of their need really struck me and I realized that a traditional approach was not going to work."

He responded by developing treatment algorithms for very common problems — fever, diarrhea, cough — in HIV-positive children. He taught these to local health care providers so that when he left the region, the children could still find relief.

"Since those early years, Dr. Orbinski has devoted his career to humanitarian medicine in famine, war and genocide, as well as developing new medicines, creating award-winning research and engaging others through advocacy and policy," said Royal College CEO Andrew Padmos, MD, FRCPC.

Dr. Orbinski then worked for many years in numerous countries with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), first as a physician, then medical director, then head of mission. The work was not easy — he was threatened at gunpoint in Somalia and survived shellfire in Rwanda during the genocide.

Eventually, he became MSF's international president and accepted the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999 on behalf of the organization.

He was also one of the founding members of MSF Canada, bringing it from "a spare desk in the basement" status to national recognition as a valuable member of the international MSF movement.

"In the spirit of the Teasdale-Corti award, Dr. Orbinski's body of work has made a worldwide impact to the quality of frontline medical care and the sustainability of health systems in developing countries," said Dr. Padmos.

For example, in 2003, Dr. Orbinski helped create with MSF the Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative, an organization that has made a tremendous difference developing and delivering drugs to millions of people suffering from neglected diseases. These are diseases such as paediatric HIV and sleeping sickness, for which current treatments are insufficient, too expensive or difficult to administer on the ground.

He also co-founded Dignitas International, a non-governmental organization that is removing barriers to health care access in developing countries. Thanks to Dignitas, more than 250,000 people in Malawi are on full treatment for HIV. In addition, acclaimed research by the Dignitas team has revolutionized the treatment of pregnant women with HIV, reducing transmission to their children.

Some of Dr. Orbinski's co-authored research has been recognized by The Lancet as among the best in the world in 2006, and as having shaped scholarship in the field of global health.

"Dr. Orbinski is a profile of courage," said Toronto cardiologist Vivian Rambihar, MD, FRCPC, one of his nominators. "He exemplifies exceptionally what the Teasdale-Corti is all about. As physicians, we're always looking for role models and he is an exceptional one."

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