Remarks by

The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.

Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba

University of Manitoba

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

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Scholars, students, friends of learning – welcome this very special day in the history of a great university.

It is an absolute joy to join you today – here on Treaty One land, the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, and the homeland of the Metis people. We strive for respectful partnerships with all the peoples of this province, as we search for collective healing and true reconciliation and honour this beautiful land together.

As Western Canada’s oldest, and Manitoba’s largest university, with more than 180,000 alumni spread across the province and around the world, the University of Manitoba has a central role in bringing us together in understanding and shared values.

I know this ceremony has been delayed for some time as this university – like every other organization – has responded to unpredicted and constantly changing circumstances.

That postponement has meant that we are celebrating Dr. Benarroch’s installation as president during the year of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – the 70th anniversary of the beginning of Her Majesty’s reign.

The central theme of the Platinum Jubilee is celebrating leadership and service to others that the Queen has recognized and encouraged throughout those 70 years – years in which faculty, students and alumni of the University of Manitoba have continually reached for the sky.

A great nation is something that requires creative, passionate leadership throughout its institutions. And universities, which play such a crucial role in society, have especially great requirements for leadership.

Dr. Benarroch, you have demonstrated that kind of leadership throughout your career – and thousands of students and alumni are the better for it.

Establishing the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Winnipeg, incorporating experiential learning and improving access for Indigenous students here at the Asper School of Business, chairing Truth and Reconciliation initiatives at Toronto Metropolitan University – accomplishments like these tell incoming students to expect great things from this university and its president.

Dr. Benarroch, thank you for bringing your passion and initiative back to Manitoba and to the university I’m proud to call my alma mater.

Thank you for your visionary leadership, your dedicated service, and for saying yes.

May the years ahead be marked by many more milestone achievements in the long and illustrious history of this great institution.

Thank you.      Merci.      Meegwetch.