The following is a snapshot of recent presidential presentations:

2020

General Academic Assembly April 8, 2020

COVID-19, the University of Saskatchewan and Change
- President Peter Stoicheff

2019

General Academic Assembly April 8, 2019

What "The University the World Needs" Needs from Us
- President Peter Stoicheff

2018

General Academic Assembly April 6, 2018

"How are we going to design ourselves to be the university for the future? And not just any university for the future, but the university that, with our unique strengths, we can be for the future."
- President Peter Stoicheff

2017

Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce November 29, 2017
Not Business as Usual: Disruptive Innovation and the University of Saskatchewan

"Our relationship with the city is more important than it has ever been.”
- President Peter Stoicheff

Op-Ed in the Saskatoon StarPhoenix November 22, 2017
Education the key to reconciliation

"Making good on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) 94 Calls to Action presents Canada with one of its greatest challenges—and greatest opportunities—in its 150-year history."
- President Peter Stoicheff

In memory of Marla Cole September 25, 2017

It is with great sadness that we are sharing the news of Marla Cole’s passing on September 20 after a long battle with cancer. Marla has many connections to our university, most notably as an alumna and a founding member of the U of S Amati Quartet.

Marla, who was a violinist in the quartet, inspired audiences around the world with her musicianship and was a proud ambassador for the University of Saskatchewan wherever she played.

Marla received a Bachelor of Music in violin performance at the U of S, and went on to become a scholarship and award-winning student at the Royal College of Music in London, England, where she received both the ARCM performer’s diploma and a Master of Music degree in violin performance.

Marla was an Artist-in-Residence for one year at the prestigious Banff Centre for the Arts, one of many stops in a career of highlights, that included: performing with the Saskatoon Symphony for 12 years, serving two years as principal violin II; performing as both concertmaster and principal violin II with the Saskatoon Opera; and adjudicating throughout the province for the Saskatchewan Music Festival Association.

As a member of the Amati Quartet, Marla performed for Queen Elizabeth II, and performed concerts in Holland, Rome and Cremona, Italy. Outside of her work with the Amati Quartet, Marla was highly sought after as a violinist by many major London orchestras and has performed chamber music in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Hungary, Italy, Holland and Austria in various ensembles.

Marla will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by her loving husband Geoff Cole, and their children Carmen and Miles. Marla leaves behind a lasting legacy on our campus community, as well as the broader Saskatoon and Saskatchewan communities that she so often stirred with her great artistic talents.

General Academic Assembly April 7, 2017

"We’re at a unique time in the history of post-secondary institutions. We cannot become out of touch—we need to stay connected, to understand the larger needs of the communities we serve: the city, province, country and globe, and to contribute to them. We must practise connectivity."
- President Peter Stoicheff

The Hill Times January 30, 2017
Reconciliation through education much more than access

"More funding to improve access to higher education is crucial to closing the gap. But access without retention is of little benefit. Efforts to support students throughout their university experience and build broader awareness and connections are central to universities’ role in advancing reconciliation." 
- President Peter Stoicheff

2016

Saskatchewan School Boards Association November 14, 2016
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"Education is the key to planning a sustainable future -- economically and environmentally. Education is the key to ensuring those values of inclusiveness and diversity and tolerance and compassion endure."
President Peter Stoicheff

Convocation Address June, 2016
President's Convocation Speech to Graduands

"... although we do not know what the solutions are to the major challenges facing us today, we do know this—that none of them will be solved by a single discipline or a single person, but by many people from many disciplines working together."
- President Peter Stoicheff

Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce April 13, 2016
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"The success of the U of S and our city and province are intertwined. When the university does well, the business community does well, and when the business community does well, the university does well. For this reason, I intend to strengthen the bridges between our two communities." 
- President Peter Stoicheff

 

General Academic Assembly April 8, 2016

“Building for Centuries”

2015

President Installation October 24, 2015

"One thing I know from our history is that a university is a place where problems can be solved; challenges can be met; where we see the beauty in truth and truth in beauty; that the arts and the sciences, at their highest levels, aspire to the same end; that creativity and innovation in a university are the fires that stoke the engines of change and that the world needs that creativity and innovation desperately today."
- President Peter Stoicheff

Presidential Announcement July 9, 2015

"This is a university whose future rests on its great potential to inquire, to inform, to innovate, and to Indigenize and I am very thankful – I am humbled – to be able to play a role in it. And I am thankful to see how many people are here today, which I know means you want to play a role as well."
- Incoming President Peter Stoicheff

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