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home. The graduates of that first cohort have made a lasting impact on their
As UVic’s provost and academic vice-president, he initiated, oversaw or
supported multiple developments at UVic, including the LE,NONET program,
which provides support for Indigenous students, and a strategy and
system of incentives designed to hire an extraordinary cohort of Indigenous
faculty members across the faculties.
The university’s new strategic framework led by Jamie has set out
renewed commitments towards reconciliation, decolonization and achieving
Indigenous student success. Jamie would say that the opportunity to
make these contributions at UVic, and also at the national level, has been
one of the signal privileges of his career. He continues to devote substantial
energy towards the development of initiatives and securing resources to
promote the success of Indigenous students.
Jamie has served in several academic leadership roles at the University of
Victoria for over two decades: as associate dean and then dean of the Faculty
of Law, as vice president academic and provost for two terms and currently
as president and vice-chancellor. In each position, he was ratified by
his colleagues unanimously or by a vast majority. A few themes emerge.
First, Jamie has exemplified collegiality. Consistently, he claims that
people are the university’s greatest strength; and consistently, he backs up
this claim through action, characterized by dialogue and collaboration with,
and steadfast support of, students, faculty, staff and the larger community.
Second, he has earnestly championed the university’s mandate to transmit
knowledge for the benefit of the broader society, through excellence in
teaching and research and, in particular, through their integration. Teaching
and research are, in his view, mutually reinforcing. In all his roles, he
has led in supporting a research-rich environment for students.
Third, Jamie has advocated for a more just society. As a scholar and
lawyer with his record of engagement with such issues as gender, race and
the environment, he has brought the same thoughtfulness to his academic
leadership roles. In addition to his commitment to reconciliation with
Indigenous people, he has fostered practices of sustainability, equity, diversity
and inclusion throughout the university community. He supported academic
units across campus to build the research culture of the university,
oversaw a major expansion of research-focused graduate programs and
established an undergraduate research award to provide undergraduate students
with resources to conduct their own research with the support of a