Project Renaissance, campus space planning and more

Project Renaissance, the Faculty of Medicine’s current strategic planning exercise, was among the many topics discussed during the most recent Faculty Council meeting September 26. During the two-hour session, which opened with remarks from McGill Principal and Vice-Chancellor Suzanne Fortier, updates were given on four major themes of the exercise: Research, Space, Education and Health Affairs.

Dr. Philippe Gros, Vice-Dean, Life Sciences, presented the updated version of the Faculty’s Strategic Research Plan. With the objectives of the 2014 plan achieved, such as the launch of the School of Population and Global Health and the Computational Medicine initiative, the 2017 plan lays out five foci for new initiatives, namely: Stem cells and regenerative medicine; BioX; Translational Research/Knowledge Translation;  Life Sciences Complex – Bioinformatics; and the McGill Interdisciplinary Initiative in Infection and Immunity.

Cameron Charlebois and Anna Bendix from McGill’s Campus Planning and Development joined the meeting to present the draft of the Campus Real Estate Master Plan. The speakers shared potential plans for the reorganization of McGill’s current space and onboarding of new space leading up to 2025, working on the premise that the University will acquire the former Royal Victoria Hospital site. The preliminary plan foresees the removal of many historic buildings, the majority currently used by the Faculty of Medicine.

Vice-Principal (Health Affairs) and Dean of Medicine David Eidelman provided an update on Physicians of Tomorrow, part of the educational strategic planning efforts. On the topic of Health Affairs, the Dean updated Faculty Council members on a successful retreat held in June 2017 bringing together key stakeholders from McGill’s academic health network. The goal was to explore potential collaborations and define a collective vision and approach to training health professionals in our partner organizations on the Island of Montreal. A follow-up meeting is scheduled for December.

Other topics covered included the Naylor Report, presented by Dr. Anne McKinney, Associate Vice-Principal, Research and Innovation, and regular Faculty Council business.

The Faculty Council minutes and presentation are available here.


November 3, 2017