Professor Stephen J Toope will become the next President and CEO of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) after completing his five-year term of office as Vice-Chancellor at the University of Cambridge.
While I look forward to this new challenge, I am immensely proud of what we as a university community have achieved in a remarkable five years.
Professor Stephen J Toope, Vice-Chancellor
Based in Toronto, and working across national and disciplinary boundaries, CIFAR brings together some of the world’s best researchers to address the most pressing and complex issues facing individuals and societies.
Under Professor Toope’s leadership at Cambridge, sustainability and widening student access have been key areas of focus for the University, with several new and exciting research and teaching initiatives launched. These include the ambitious climate initiative Cambridge Zero, and the creation of the landmark Cambridge Foundation Year. Professor Toope has also led the university sector in pushing towards a carbon-neutral endowment fund, and has overseen remarkable progress on a £500 million Student Support Initiative. During his tenure, the “Dear World… Yours, Cambridge” fundraising campaign for the collegiate University surpassed its £2 billion target. He has guided the University through a global pandemic and into a programme of recovery that will help build the Cambridge of the future.
Professor Toope said: “CIFAR is an extraordinary organisation, and I am honoured to be offered this opportunity to lead it. While I look forward to this new challenge, I am immensely proud of what we as a university community have achieved in a remarkable five years. The University of Cambridge is without question a force for good in the world. It has been a great privilege to work with so many gifted people carrying out such extraordinary work.”
Professor Toope will take on the new role from 1 November 2022. The process to recruit a new Vice-Chancellor is under way.
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