Balsillie School director unjustly fired, CAUT investigation concludes

November 8, 2010

A Canadian Association of University Teachers investigation finds that Ramesh Thakur was unjustly fired from his position as director of the Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA) over his objection to the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), the school's principal private partner, asserting a stronger role in the institution's governance. The report calls on the school's partners -- CIGI, the University of Waterloo, and Wilfrid Laurier University -- to apologize publicly to Thakur for his termination, and calls for changes to the BSIA's governance structure to ensure the 2 universities have independent control over the school's academic mission. uWaterloo and WLU say they "strenuously" disagree with the report, arguing it is based "on flawed and incomplete interpretation of the circumstances and rationale for the decisions." CAUT News | uWaterloo News Release | Globe and Mail | Read the report