2023 President’s Annual Report

Working in Partnership

Right the Future

We are expanding our collaborations with leading partners in the public, private and non-profit sectors to tackle society’s most pressing issues and provide valuable learning opportunities for our students.

As co-hosts of the 2023 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, we served as a nexus for critical conversations on decolonization, equity, diversity and inclusion. We signed transformative MOUs with local and international governments as we work to advance the SDGs and launched a new Water Academy in partnership with UNITAR and others.

As we move forward, we will continue to facilitate cross-sector collaboration and conversation that stimulates equitable economic prosperity, sustainable development and long-term success.

By the Numbers

funds raised for York’s Impact Campaign
annual funds raised in 2023
As an alumna and Chancellor, whenever I am connecting with students as they graduate or working to advance the priorities of the University, I continue to be reminded of the transformative power of a York education.”
Kathleen Taylor
Chancellor of York University
Alumni (JD/MBA ‘84)
York taught me the power of community-based organizing to increase access to culturally relevant healthcare resources. I was empowered with the skills and confidence required to make a change.”
Essete Makonnen Tesfaye
Alumni & Staff, Faculty of Health and Residence Life Department
2023 Murray G. Ross Award recipient
The planet earth in space is lit on the top half of the planet and dark on the bottom half.

Advancing York’s leadership in sustainability 

In the past year, York has made remarkable progress towards achieving its sustainability goals, enhancing its position as a leader in sustainability, and its commitment to creating a better future for the planet.
17. Partnerships for the Goals

Boosting economic growth through equitable procurement

In March 2023, York University and the Canadian Black Chamber of Commerce (CBCC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that aims to reduce barriers to commerce and drive inclusive economic growth.
8. Decent Work & Economic Growth
10. Reduced Inequalities

Addressing the water crisis 

In partnership with UNITAR and others, York launched a Global Water Academy to tackle diverse aspects of the water sustainability crisis – a key action supporting York’s goals to advance the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and building on York’s rich research expertise in water and sustainability.
6. Clean Water & Sanitization
13. Climate Action
14. Life below Water
17. Partnerships for the Goals

New research expansion project set to transform global health

A revolutionary new Neuroscience Laboratory and Research Building began construction in August 2022 – the work is part of plans to expand the current Sherman Health Sciences Research Centre by adding a 52,000 square-foot, two-story structure which will foster interdisciplinary research opportunities and provide students with more experiential learning.
3. Good Health & Well Being
9. Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure

Bringing community together through art  

The Joan and Martin Goldfarb Gallery of York University (GGYU) will usher in a new era for the arts at York University and York Region.  The GGYU has been made possible thanks to a generous $6 million donation from long-time York University supporters, Joan and Martin Goldfarb, who donated $5 million in 2019 to establish the gallery, and an additional $1 million gift at the official groundbreaking ceremony in November 2022.
4. Quality Education
9. Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure

Examining “Reckonings & Re-Imaginings” at Congress

In May 2023, York University hosted Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Canada’s largest academic gathering, in partnership with the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. More than 10,000 participants assembled on York’s Keele Campus to explore the theme “Reckonings and Re-imaginings.”
5. Gender Equality
10. Reduced Inequalities
17. Partnerships for the Goals

Building ties between Canada and the Philippines 

A historic donation agreement between York University and the Philippine government will enhance academic and research collaborations between the Philippines and Canada related to Filipino history, cultures and society, particularly through the York Centre for Asian Research.

Advancing the SDGs through transformative partnership  

In March 2023, York University renewed its transformative partnership with UNITAR, the Regional Municipality of York and York Regional Police, which aims to deliver joint training and professional development activities targeting government officials, leaders, civil society and other interested parties in support of the SDGs.
3. Good Health & Well Being
5. Gender Equality
8. Decent Work & Economic Growth
10. Reduced Inequalities
11. Sustainable Cities & Communities
13. Climate Action
16. Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions

Designing sustainable programs for municipalities

In September 2022, York University and the Town of Newmarket partnered to realize their shared vision of creating healthy and prosperous communities.   The five-year partnership aims to bolster education, professional development and research in ways that improve lives, institutions and environmental sustainability.
8. Decent Work & Economic Growth
17. Partnerships for the Goals