Mandate, Visions and Values

Our Mandate

The Harris Centre mandate is to co-ordinate and facilitate Memorial University’s activities relating to regional policy and development, and advise on building the University’s capacity and identify priority themes and projects relating to teaching, research and outreach.

Our Vision

The Harris Centre’s vision for Newfoundland and Labrador is of a vibrant democracy with informed citizens actively engaged in realizing a prosperous and sustainable society which values individual and collective responsibility for decision-making and development, true to our unique culture and identity.

Our Mission

The Mission of the Harris Centre is to encourage informed public policy and regional development in Newfoundland and Labrador by supporting communication and collaboration between Memorial University and the people of this province.

Our Values

The Harris Centre aspires to live up to the reputation of, Dr. Leslie Harris, in whose honour the Centre was named. The following qualities guide the work done at the Harris Centre:

  • Integrity: The Harris Centre is an honest broker that harnesses the resources of the University in speaking truth to power at all levels.
  • Independence: The Harris Centre respects the professional expertise of Memorial’s faculty, staff and students in providing objective contributions to regional policy and development.
  • Inclusivity: The Harris Centre values and respects difference, and strives to include varying perspectives in its activities and programs
  • Transparency: The Harris Centre adopts best practices in governance, decision making and communications to ensure fair and open operations.
  • Collaboration: The Harris Centre recognizes the contributions of individual citizens, private, public and community organizations, as well as Memorial faculty, staff and students, in the collective advancement of regional policy and development.
  • Practical Application: The Harris Centre will encourage research, teaching and outreach that are relevant to the needs of the citizens, communities and organizations of Newfoundland and Labrador and to the governance of the province.


The Harris Centre

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000