uWaterloo, WLU and York U face CAUT censure over ties to CIGI

March 14, 2012

The Canadian Association of University Teachers has served notice that it intends to censure the University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University, and York University over their joint collaborations with the Centre for International Governance Innovation, a private think-tank founded and chaired by BlackBerry co-founder Jim Balsillie. CAUT's academic freedom and tenure committee has informed the universities' faculty associations of its unanimous decision to put forward a censure motion for CAUT's executive committee to consider at its general meeting on April 26. CAUT executive director James Turk told the National Post that CAUT's "overriding concern is that any collaborative agreements signed between universities and third-party donors maintain, protect and ensure the academic integrity of the university and that it not compromise its academic integrity in order to get the money." The association hopes its professional rebuke will motivate the institutions to renegotiate or amend sections of their agreements with CIGI before CAUT's next general meeting in 6 months. uWaterloo and York U officials told the Post that they are prepared to discuss their respective deals but see no reason to modify them. National Post