“Our Experts-in-Residence Initiative will harness the expertise of renowned professionals — non-academic talents who are excited to bring their know-how to a university campus. The initiative embodies several of Concordia’s strategic directions, including to Experiment Boldly and Teach for Tomorrow.”
— Concordia President Alan Shepard
Imagine an aspiring journalist conducting a report with a New York Times editor, a budding entrepreneur accepting guidance from a successful startup CEO or a young artist collaborating with a renowned contemporary composer. Each scenario has taken place at Concordia thanks to residencies that welcomed world-class professionals to teach a course, give workshops or offer in-house mentorship.
For many of the students who have benefited from an Expert-in-Residence, it was the highlight of their university experience. Through the Experts-in- Residence Initiative, we aim to make these invaluable learning opportunities a prevalent feature of a Concordia education.
Professionals from outside a university environment bring new perspectives and vast practical experience that complement what students gain from academic work.
High public engagement
Past residencies at Concordia have led to sold-out lectures, published articles and exhibitions — demonstrating their power to draw and reach new audiences. They have expanded networks that increase the impact of our knowledge.
Among the pre-eminent professionals who have taken up this role are:
Patti Sonntag, BA 00, a managing editor in the News Services division at The New York Times. As journalist-in-residence, Sonntag led an investigative report with a group of third- and fourth-year journalism students that was published in The Walrus.
Greg Adelstein, GrDip 92, president of iGotcha Media. As the National Bank Entrepreneur-in-Residence, he coached business students one on one or in groups to guide them through the entrepreneurial process.
Caroline Boileau, MFA 10. As artist-in-residence, she set up her studio at Concordia’s Grey Nuns Residence, providing fine arts students with mentorship and exposure to her creative process.
Anne-Marie MacDonald, award-winning author. As Concordia’s first Mordecai Richler Writer-in-Residence she produced several “digital dispatches” available online and gave a sold-out lecture at Concordia. The role is currently held by Peter Behrens, BA 76, award-winning novelist, scriptwriter and short story writer.
Morton Minc, former Chief Justice of the Municipal Court of Montreal. Named Concordia’s first Jurist-in-Residence in fall 2017, Minc has since moderated a panel on child maltreatment that welcomed Quebec judges and lawyers to the university.
The next level of learning
With your support, we can attract more leaders from outside Concordia. Your contribution to the Experts-in-Residence Initiative will:
Provide students across our four faculties with a life-changing opportunity to be mentored by a highly successful individual within his or her respective field of interest;
Increase the visibility of knowledge generated at our university and connect it with the public;
Complement university-wide next-generation learning opportunities, including work placements, collaborative research or social innovation.
Build and strengthen ties between our university and leaders across a variety of fields, including many great Concordians.
Support the Experts-In-Residence Initiative at Concordia