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Memorial gets Ottawa champion

On Friday, April 8, a memorandum of understanding was signed by Memorial President Gary Kachanoski and Associate Deputy Minister of Public Works and Services Canada Andrew Treusch officially recognizing Mr. Treusch as Memorial University’s Deputy Minister University Champion.

Established in 2002, the Deputy Minister University Champion program is intended to strengthen the federal public service’s relationship with Canada’s universities through partnership and collaboration. Mr. Treusch, one of 33 deputy minister champions nationwide, was nominated for the position by the clerk of the Privy Council, and will represent not only his own department, but the federal public service as a whole.

During the course of his appointment, Mr. Treusch will act as a liaison between Memorial and the federal government, work to help increase the relevance of university research by working with faculty members in research design and activities, facilitate lectures and presentations by senior public servants, and promote the federal public service as a career choice.

During his visit, Mr. Treusch announced that Melissa Mackay, a co-op student in business, will complete her third work term working with the Newfoundland Federal Council as his student ambassador. Her focus will be on providing recruitment advice to Memorial University students who are interested in pursuing careers in the federal public service.

Mr. Treusch’s visit also included a tour of C-Core and the Marine Institute. Both facilities will be central to Mr. Treusch’s stated focus on Arctic and Northern issues.

Mr. Treusch will return to Memorial in June to present a Harris Centre Synergy Session on the changing role of the public servant in Canada. Faculty and graduate students are welcome to attend, but registration is mandatory. Please contact Mike Clair at 864-7963 or mclair@mun.ca.

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