The Meewasin Valley Authority (Meewasin) and the University of Saskatchewan (USask) are proud to announce the re-signing of a three-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The MOU is aimed at fostering and advancing joint initiatives in sustainability and conservation in the Saskatoon region.
Meewasin and USask have a longstanding history of collaboration and shared interests. The Meewasin Valley Authority Act (1979) outlines the authority of Meewasin and articulates USask has a shared responsibility (with the City of Saskatoon and the provincial government) for the governance of Meewasin. More informally, USask and Meewasin collaborate through teaching and research opportunities within the river valley, student engagement and employment, and governance processes related to infrastructure development and approvals. The MOU signifies a continued commitment by both organizations to this collaboration. Both organizations share a focus on sustaining, conserving and preserving the natural beauty and ecological integrity of the Meewasin Valley, a unique and vital environmental asset within Saskatoon and the surrounding area. USask's expertise in sustainability, environmental science and research, and Meewasin’s on the ground work in active conservation and monitoring, are a strong combination.
Leaders from both organizations expressed their enthusiasm for the re-signing of the MOU.
"This MOU represents a significant opportunity to further combine the strengths of Meewasin and the University of Saskatchewan to conserve and promote our region’s environmental health and vitality," said Andrea Lafond, CEO of Meewasin.
Peter Stoicheff, President and vice-chancellor added, "Our university is committed to advancing research and education that contributes to the well-being of our communities. This collaboration aligns perfectly with our mission to create a sustainable future for all."
The Meewasin Valley Authority and the University of Saskatchewan believe that this MOU will have a lasting positive impact on the Meewasin Valley, USask students, staff and faculty and set an example for collaborative environmental stewardship in the region and beyond.