Release Date: November 25, 2008
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University of Regina president named one of Canada's Most Powerful Women
University of Regina President and Vice-Chancellor Vianne Timmons has been selected as a recipient of the 2008 Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award. The Top 100 Award is an initiative of the Women's Executive Network (WXN) and is co-presented by the Richard Ivey School of Business and Scotiabank. The annual listing of the Top 100 most powerful women in Canada honours the accomplishments of women in eight categories and all fields of endeavour. Winners are selected by an independent advisory board under the leadership of the WXN.

Timmons' award in the Professional category will be presented today at an awards luncheon at the Canada's Most Powerful Women Summit held in Toronto.

Mo Bundon, chair of the University's Board of Governors, said the University is pleased and honoured that President Timmons has been recognized as a leader in Canada.

"We congratulate President Timmons on being named one of Canada's most powerful women, and we are honoured to have her as our president. Her strengths are evident in the work she is undertaking at the University of Regina in areas such as student engagement, and her leadership, insight and enthusiasm are highly valued," said Bundon.

Timmons officially took her place as president and vice-chancellor of the University of Regina on September 1, 2008, after serving as vice-president of Academic Development at the University of Prince Edward Island. She has extensive research expertise in the area of education with a particular emphasis on literacy and learning and their roles in establishing healthy vibrant communities. She has a history of community engagement and was lead investigator of a three-year collaborative research project looking at six rural communities in Prince Edward Island and their need to address the issues their children are facing.

Timmons undertook several initiatives to develop rural and Aboriginal family literacy programs in Atlantic Canada prior to coming to the Regina.

Most recently, she is leading a team of University of Regina researchers on a program designed to increase the literacy levels of new Canadians whose first language is not English. Called "Connecting Families through Community," the project involves working closely with immigrant families in Regina to develop and implement a flexible literacy program that meets the families' specific needs. By providing information, training, and resources on family literacy, the resulting program will increase the ability of service providers to help new immigrants both in Saskatchewan and across the country. The project also involves a research team at the University of Prince Edward Island.

In "Conversations with the Top 100," a questionnaire completed by award recipients, Timmons spoke about the importance of the University of Regina's relationship with the community, and her role as president.

"I've always believed that strong universities and strong communities go hand-in-hand, so helping the University become an even more integral part of life in Saskatchewan is a major focus of my work," Timmons said.

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The Women's Executive Network is Canada's most influential female audience and the country's leading organization dedicated to the advancement and recognition of executive-minded women in the workplace. Since 1997, WXN has expanded rapidly to meet the needs of the growing number of female managers and executives across Canada. In the fall of 2008, WXN launched in Ireland, a first step in creating an international community of women leaders. More information about WXN and the 2008 Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award can be found at