St. Mary’s University joins Universities Canada

October 25, 2022
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OTTAWA – Universities Canada today welcomed Calgary, Alberta’s St. Mary’s University to its membership, effective immediately. During its fall membership meeting, Universities Canada’s members approved St. Mary’s University’s application, making it the 97th member of the national association.

“I am pleased to welcome St. Mary’s University to our association,” said Paul Davidson, president of Universities Canada. “As we advance Canada’s universities as the pre-eminent hubs of the talent and research that serve all Canadians, we will greatly benefit from St. Mary’s joining with universities across the country as we advance higher education, research and innovation.”

Located on a historic site in Calgary, Alberta, St. Mary’s University inspires students to combine academics with a passionate commitment to ethics, social justice and respect for diversity of opinion and belief. St. Mary’s has 1,025 full and part-time students, 80 full and part-time faculty, and an average class size of 25. The university is an innovative teaching and research university that provides affordable, accredited and highly valued degrees in liberal arts, sciences and education.

“We are honoured to join our colleagues across the country as a member of Universities Canada,” said Sinda Vanderpool, president and vice-chancellor of St. Mary’s University. “This is a reflection of the continuous work that has been put into expanding our already robust program offerings, and further strengthening our vibrant campus environment. As an independent university with program offerings across the liberal arts & sciences as well as education, we look forward to joining this esteemed community of Canadian universities to share best practices, advocate for common interests, advance collaborative research, and collectively prepare future graduates to solve our nation’s most pressing challenges.”

Founded in 1911, Universities Canada is the voice of Canada’s universities at home and abroad. Membership in the association requires universities to meet strict criteria and adhere to set principles of institutional quality assurance that must be reaffirmed every five years. This reinforces the recognition of a Canadian university degree around the world as a high-quality academic achievement.


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Lisa Wallace
Assistant Director, Communications
Universities Canada
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