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New committee steers UM’s COVID-19 recovery efforts into the future

September 2, 2020 — 

In May 2020, UM announced two working groups to oversee the university’s COVID-19 recovery efforts. The Recovery Working Group and the Academic Planning Working Group have been guiding us through the web of complexities associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Recognizing that recovery planning will need to continue for several months, and years, a more developed and sustainable committee structure with broader representation—including faculty members, students, and Indigenous representatives—is required to oversee these planning activities. 

The new COVID-19 Recovery Steering Committee, chaired by Todd Mondor, Deputy Provost (Academic Planning and Programs), will be responsible for recommending the UM’s overall response to COVID-19 recovery, and will report to the Provost and Vice-President (Academic), Janice Ristock, through to the President and the President’s Executive Team. 

Four teams will be struck to provide recommendations to the Steering Committee:  

  • Academic, chaired by Mark Torchia, Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning). This team will provide recommendations on our instructional recovery efforts and supports for our faculty/instructors and students.
  • Research, chaired by Jay Doering, Associate Vice-President (Research and International). This team will provide recommendations on our research recovery efforts and protocols.
  • Health and Safety, chaired by Marcia Anderson, Vice-Dean, Indigenous Health, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences. This team will provide health and safety recommendations.
  • Operations, chaired by Andrew Konowalchuk, Associate Vice-President (Administration). This team will identify operation needs associated with our UM recovery activities.   

Information on membership of the teams and the steering committee will be posted once finalized.

“I would like to acknowledge the work of so many members of our university community to carry us through the last two phases of our COVID recovery efforts. I would also like to thank those who will be stepping up, or continuing to step up, as we steer our recovery efforts into the next academic year,” says Janice Ristock, Provost and Vice-President (Academic).

“The fluidity and urgency of the pandemic will continue to require great care and attention,” says President and Vice-Chancellor Michael Benarroch. “The health and safety of our community remains our highest priority.”

For up-to-date information on UM’s pandemic recovery efforts please visit the UM’s COVID-19 website.  For your ease of reference, please see Your Safety is Our Priority: resUMe 2020


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