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Annual Report

President's message

Dr. Paul J. Mazerolle, UNB President and Vice-Chancellor. Credit: Joy Cummings-Dickinson

Three words come to mind in describing the UNB community this past year—adaptable, resilient and tenacious. It is truly an honour and a pleasure to serve as the President of this amazing institution.

Even with the ongoing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, UNB students, faculty, staff and alumni continue to thrive. We have many incredible people who are passionate about our institution and its purpose and who continue to affect positive change within our local communities and beyond.

As we celebrate how we have came together as an institution to innovate and collaborate through 2019 and 2020, it is important to recognize our successes and achievements. They are numerous and remarkable.

Whether it be UNB students recognized for their academic, community-based or athletic successes, UNB faculty and staff who have reached important career milestones, or UNB researchers who are undertaking ground-breaking and innovative research, we continue to make progress as an academic community. We are committed to change the world around us and accomplish great things together.

In line with our ambitious strategic vision: UNB Toward 2030, we continue to move ahead through a series of impactful initiatives and partnerships in response to the ever-evolving needs and challenges, both local and global.

As an academic community, we are committed to equity, diversity and inclusion and are working to implement key actions to strengthen our entire university. We are deeply committed to reconciliation and working to improve participation rates for Indigenous students, staff and faculty while also raising awareness of Indigenous language and culture. Our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion and to reconciliation is unwavering. We continue to strive to be a more inclusive, open and welcoming community.

As an institution, we have embraced the principle that we are stronger when we work together as One UNB. By making education more accessible, working with our partners to create more experiential learning opportunities for our students and supporting the global reach and impact of our researchers, we are building a better New Brunswick and highlighting the importance of UNB’s contribution to the wider community.

I encourage you to read and reflect upon our achievements over the past year. In the context of a global pandemic, I believe we have a lot to be grateful for and to celebrate. The passion, creativity and community spirit across UNB is truly remarkable. It is the people of UNB - so impressively captured in the pages ahead -- that I want to commend to you. They are extraordinary!

The world needs more UNB!

With kind regards,

Paul J. Mazerolle
UNB President and Vice-Chancellor