Office of the Registrar
General Information (2019/2020)
7.19 Public Engagement, Office of

  • Executive Director
  • Greenwood, R., B.A.(Hons.) Memorial, M.A. York, Ph.D. Warwick

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The Office of Public Engagement (OPE) reports to the President, and is tasked with supporting the implementation of Memorial University of Newfoundland's Public Engagement Framework by providing supports for public engagement activities, locally, nationally and internationally. The OPE also provides leadership and supports for a range of public engagement-related units and activities within the University and is the lead on strategic external relations for the University. ‘Public Engagement’ at the University encompasses collaborations between people and groups within the University and people and groups external to the University – i.e., the ”public” – that further the mission of Memorial University of Newfoundland. Drawing on the knowledge and resources brought by all involved, public engagement involves mutual respect, mutual contributions and mutual benefits for all participants.

7.19.1 Alumni Engagement

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The Office of Alumni Engagement at Memorial University of Newfoundland exists to foster connections between and among alumni, and between alumni and the University. Alumni Engagement works to create and deliver programs, events, benefits and services that further the strategic priorities of the University and create mutual benefit for alumni and Memorial University of Newfoundland. The Office of Alumni Engagement, Public Engagement maintains a strategic connection to the Office of Development.

7.19.2 Harris Centre

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The Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development is tasked with coordinating and facilitating the University’s educational, research and outreach activities in the areas of regional development and public policy. The Harris Centre works with all faculty, staff, and students as well as all units within the University and serves as a reliable point of access for all stakeholders seeking to work with the University in activities related to regional development and public policy. The Centre interprets regional as all communities and regions in Newfoundland and Labrador, and policy and development includes all issues that affect the ability of communities and regions to be prosperous and sustainable.

The Harris Centre seeks to connect faculty, staff and students with opportunity for practical application in Newfoundland and Labrador while representing the integrity and independence of University research, teaching and outreach. The Centre also provides support for communications, operations, and administration to the Office of Public Engagement and its reporting units.

Further information may be obtained by contacting The Harris Centre by telephone at (709) 864-3143, by e-mail at, or through the website at

The Harris Centre is home to Memorial University of Newfoundland's online connecting tool, Yaffle. Further information may be obtained at

7.19.3 Memorial University of Newfoundland Botanical Garden

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The Botanical Garden is an ideal resource for faculty, staff, students, and the public. Located on Mount Scio Road, the Garden is only a five minute drive from Campus, or a twenty minute walk on the Grand Concourse trail. The Botanical Garden strives to spark curiosity and a sense of wonder about the natural world. There are stories to be told and secrets yet to be discovered. The Garden is a university and community space: a place to learn, teach, research, and play. Memorial University of Newfoundland's faculty, staff, students, and the public have utilized the Botanical Garden as a resource for over 30 years. Experienced research staff are available to support research and learning opportunities from all disciplines. Free to Memorial University of Newfoundland students, the Garden is also a great place to step away from studies and be inspired by six acres of display gardens, and a 110 acres of boreal forest, including Oxen Pond, all accessible by trails. Research and learning opportunities are available all year. The Botanical Garden is open to the public from May-December.

7.19.4 Newfoundland Quarterly

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The Newfoundland Quarterly, a journal established in 1901, focuses on the arts, culture, history, industry, and people of Newfoundland and Labrador. The journal is published by Memorial University of Newfoundland, under the auspices of the Office of Public Engagement. The Newfoundland Quarterly can be contacted by telephone at (709) 864-2426, or by email at, or through the website at