University Affairs: The race to net zero

How universities are overhauling operations in an effort to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. BY MOIRA MACDONALD SEP 05 2023 Read more here about UofT's leading role in on campus greenhouse gas emission reduction through Landmark's "geoexchange" initiative.

September 5, 2023|Categories: News, Updates|

OREP hosts 8th annual OREP BBQ & Awards event!

(photo credit: David Koufis) On August 28th, over 650 Operations & Real Estate Partnerships team members gathered for the 8th OREP Thank BBQ & Awards event. This is our opportunity to celebrate our entire team, and to honour our often unsung heroes for the great work they do in creatively, efficiently and dedicatedly furthering our mission through our three levels of OREP Awards. At the ceremony, Ron Saporta, Acting VPOREP presented staff with 15 Distinguished Service Awards; 5 Impact Awards (Individual); 53 Impact Awards (Team) to members from 10 OREP and cross-divisional teams; and 12 Service Excellence Awards. OREP [...]

August 28, 2023|Categories: Awards, News, Updates|

Congratulations to our VPOREP Annual Award Winners 2023!

Read more about our award winners below: The OREP Impact Award  The Impact Award has been designed to recognize individuals or teams who, above and beyond their regular roles and responsibilities, have developed, revised or implemented a system, tool, process, initiative or program, which concluded in the last calendar year, that had a positive impact within their unit or portfolio, or across the University. The new Impact Award replaces the previous Outstanding Individual Employee and Outstanding Staff Team Awards. To be considered for the award, the nominee must have made an impact in at least one of the following [...]

August 28, 2023|Categories: Awards, Uncategorized, Updates|

4 OREP staff recognized with Simcoe Hall Vice-Presidential (SVP) Staff Awards!

Four OREP staff members have been honoured with a 2023 Simcoe Hall Vice-Presidential (SVP) Staff Award, which celebrates exemplary contributions by staff working within the Office of the President, the Division of the Vice-President & Provost, a Vice-Presidential Division, or the Office of the Governing Council. The 2023 OREP recipients are: Ryan Dow – assistant director, community liaison and support, Campus Safety Kiren Handa – executive director, institutional research and data governance, Institutional Research & Data Governance Anna Kulikov – senior manager, business improvement and strategic initiatives, Facilities & Services Brian Szuberwood – executive director, capital projects, University Planning, Design & Construction CONGRATULATIONS to our colleagues!

July 28, 2023|Categories: Awards, News, Updates|

New facility accessibility design standard

Facilities & Services has launched a new tri-campus standard that will guide the accessible design of campus facilities. The standard was developed through a tri-campus technical working group following a community consultation process, and complies with accessibility requirements set out by the Ontario Building Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Design of Public Spaces Standards. The new standard was effective as of June 15, 2023, for all new construction, renovation, renewal, maintenance, and capital projects—including projects currently in early design stages. Where possible, feedback received through the consultation process was incorporated into this version; the remainder [...]

July 10, 2023|Categories: News, Updates|

Four OREP colleagues are honoured with Simcoe Hall Vice-Presidential Staff Awards!

Established in 2013, the Simcoe Hall Vice-Presidential (SVP) Staff Award recognizes outstanding contributions by staff (Confidential, Unionized, or Professional & Managerial at any level) who work in service of the President’s Office, the Division of the Vice-President & Provost, a Vice-Presidential Division (where the Vice-President is a member of Simcoe Hall Vice-Presidents), or the Office of the Governing Council. Recipients of the SVP Staff Award demonstrate outstanding leadership advancing the University’s mission and / or exceptional service to enhance the University experience for students, faculty, librarians, and / or staff. This year, four OREP colleagues were honoured: Brian Szuberwood, Executive [...]

June 27, 2023|Categories: Awards, Updates|

2023 Operations & Real Estate Partnerships Annual Staff Achievement Awards Program is now open for nominations! (deadline: May 12 2023)

The Vice-President Operations & Real Estate Partnerships (OREP) established the annual Staff Achievement Awards Program in order to recognize exceptional staff contributions to the success of their particular unit, the Operations & Real Estate Partnerships portfolio and the University. The program provides Operations & Real Estate Partnerships with an opportunity to thank staff for the valuable work performed throughout the year. The awards will be presented at the VPOREP Thank You BBQ on August 28 (save the date – details to come!) Three Award categories are now open for nominations: The OREP Impact Awards (Individual or Team) The Impact Award has been designed to [...]

March 31, 2023|Categories: Awards, Uncategorized, Updates|

Ron Saporta, COO, is the 2023 Chancellor’s Award (Influential Leader) Winner!

The Division of People Strategy, Equity & Culture at the University of Toronto has announced the 2023 recipients of the Pinnacle Awards and we are delighted to announce that Ron Saporta, Chief Operating Officer, Property Services & Sustainability, Operations & Real Estate Partnerships, has been named the winner of the Chancellor's Award 2023, Influential Leader category. The citation states: Ron has led and collaborated on a broad range of initiatives since he joined U of T that have had a significant and lasting impact on the institution. Lauded by his colleagues and staff as “incredibly collaborative”, “supportive”, “unflappable”, “inspirational”, “innovative, energetic, [...]

March 24, 2023|Categories: Awards, News, Updates|

Spaces & Experiences Celebrates International Women’s Day

In honour of International Women’s Day, S & E met up with six incredible women who work with us in various areas of our university operations. These consummate professionals are just a few of the individuals who keep things running behind the scenes at U of T, always with a smile and a focus on providing excellence in service to our community. Here are their stories.

March 8, 2023|Categories: News, Updates|
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