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Spring Concert & Luncheon
Wednesday, March 13, 2019, noon
Elizabeth Wirth Music Building
Tanna Schulich Hall
527 Sherbrooke West

In partnership with the Schulich School of Music, members and guests are invited to attend MURA’s Fourth Annual Spring Concert & Luncheon. Join us for a delightful concert with our very talented students titled: Intermezzo: Carte Blanche, Jazz. Following the Concert, a light lunch will be served on the 8th Floor.

For registration and payment, please click here.

Luncheon Cost: $18 (concert is free)
RSVP by March 8, 2019


Spring Luncheon Lecture
Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 11:30 am Faculty Club, Billiard Room

Come and join us for the MAUT-RS and MURA Spring Luncheon Lecture to hear Doina Precup, one of McGill’s stars in artificial intelligence (AI). Head of Deepmind’s Montreal Office (website), owned by Google, Prof. Precup of the School of Computer Science, will tell us about her fundamental research on reinforcement learning  and about AI applications in areas such as health care.

$20 members & guests, $26 non-members

Please confirm your participation by email or by phone 514-398-3942.

RSVP by April 12

Annual General Meeting
Thursday, June 20, 2019, 1:30 - 5 p.m.

Members are invited to attend the fourth AGM to learn about MURA's progress, propose new ideas, and vote on issues pertaining to the development of the Association. Principal Fortier will be our speaker at this event, followed by a 4th Anniversary Celebration. Registration and location information will be available in the spring.



2nd Annual Holiday Lunch
Thursday, December 6, 2018

There was a bounty of good cheer and excellent food at MURA's second annual holiday luncheon held at the École des métiers de la restauration et du tourisme de Montréal. Photos

Fall Luncheon/Lecture
Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Over 30 MURA and MAUT-RS members were treated to a very illuminating talk by Professor Chris Ragan who is the inaugural director of the Max Bell School of Public Policy at McGill on the topic of Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission, and its effort to reduce GHG emissions through the introduction of measures such as a carbon tax and cap & trade. Photos

Pension Investment Round-Table
Wednesday, September 26, 2018

At MURA’s first Pension Investment Round-Table, held in the Gold Room of the Faculty Club, five speakers presented their chosen investment strategy. An open discussion followed between the speakers and the thirty members present ranging from investing either with a small or large firm, selecting the right annuity, opting for the McGill Group Life Income Fund (LIF), being a hands-on investor, to having a hedge against market risk. A most informative afternoon for all.

Tour of Château Ramezay
Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Fifteen members were treated to a private tour of the exquisite Château Ramezay and its gardens by Joan Barrett and her colleague Carly Pepler who are volunteer guides. Throughout the exhibition, they viewed unique artefacts and learned about the daily lives of the people who inhabited the region. The tour included the Salle de Nantes, an opulent room noted for its magnificent mahogany panels. The Château Ramezay was built in the early 18th century as a prestigious residence and is now one of the few vestiges of New France open to the public. It was the first building in Quebec to be classified as an historic monument. After the tour, some members enjoyed a delicious luncheon accompanied by a soft jazz duo at the Jardin Nelson.  Photos.

Third Annual General Meeting (AGM)
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Almost 100 members attended this year's AGM. The meeting was followed by a riveting talk by Professor Henry Mintzberg who presented his views on the current state of our health care system. This was followed by a reception where members had the opportunity to catch up with colleagues and make new acquaintances.

Museum Lunch & Tour
Thursday, May 10, 2018
Pointe-à-Callière Museum

Twenty members were entranced by a fascinating tour of the Queens of Egypt exhibit at the Pointe-à-Callière Museum in Old Montreal. The vivacious guide, Alexandre, entertained and informed with his with vast knowledge about these archeological finds dating back 3,500 years ago. Many of the attendees enjoyed a gourmet lunch at L'Arrivage Bistro that is located next to the museum that also provided a beautiful view of the Old Port area. Photos

Spring Luncheon/Lecture
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Tadja Hall, Macdonald Campus

Over 30 MURA and MAUT-RS members enjoyed a luncheon with their colleagues and the view of beautiful Lac St. Louis at Tadja Hall.

Aftwards, Professor Elsa Vasseur gave fascinating talk: How to make sure cows age well? Perspective on the sustainable life of dairy cattle. She illustrated the many ways that improved living conditions for cows would increase their quality of life and milk production for dairy farmers. Photos

A McGill Reporter article on Professor Vasseur can be viewed by clicking here.

Campus Café & Concert
Tuesday, March 13, 2018

For the third consecutive year, MURA held its Campus Café & Concert in collaboration with the Schulich School of Music.  This year’s event entitled Musical Chairs Chamber Music Festival: Concerts and Masterclasses, featured students invited from Australia's Queensland Conservatorium and Finland's Sibelius Academy (photo). The concert was followed by a light luncheon and a friendly reunion. Photos

Holiday Luncheon
Thursday, December 7, 2017

A festive time was held by all who attended MURA's first holiday luncheon at the École des métiers de la restauration et du tourisme de Montréal. Fifty members were amazed at the quality of their gourmet meal that was prepared and served by the students of this school. Photos
Fall Luncheon/Lecture
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 

Over 50 MURA and MAUT-RS members enjoyed a very informative lecture in the Faculty Club Billiards Room by Professor Allan Greer, who holds the Canada Research Chair in Colonial North America at McGill, about the relationships between settlers and the indigenous people of Montreal during the mid 17th century. Photos

Third Annual Homecoming Reception & Concert
Friday, October 13, 2017

Before attending a moving concert featuring the talented McGill Baroque Orchestra at Redpath Hall, over 30 members enjoyed a lovely reception held on the 6th Floor of the Executive Institute of the Desautels Faculty of Management. The dean of music, Brenda Ravenscroft, spoke briefly, and Kelly Rice provided historical background to the work being presented. Photos
Water, Agriculture & Food Security
Tuesday, June 6, 2017

MAUT-RS and MURA co-hosted a spring luncheon/lecture in the ballroom of the Faculty Club. Over twenty members gathered to hear James McGill Professor of Bioresource Engineering, Chandra Madramootoo, talk about the critical importance of water, its scarcity, and the need to improve irrigation to enhance food production on the world scale. Photos

Annual General Meeting
June 1, 2017

About 60 members attended the second AGM where they learned about MURA events and activities, and enjoyed a very informative presentation by Yves Beauchamp, the new Vice-Principal (Administration & Finance) on the proposals for the Royal Victorial Hospital. This was followed by a very cordial reception where everyone met with colleagues and celebrated MURA's second year. Photos
Walking Tour of Old Montreal
May 10 & September 20, 2017

MURA members and friends gathered on May 10th at the Centre d'histoire de Montréal, Place d’Youville, for a guided walking tour of Old Montreal. The guide, Tyler Wood, B.A. History, McGill, gave a captivating presentation with many details about the history of Montreal and the daily life of Montrealers during the 18th and 19th centuries. Some members enjoyed a delicious lunch before the tour at the L'Arrivage restaurant at the Pointe-à-Callière Museum.  Photos


Campus Café & Concert
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Over 40 MURA members gathered at the Schulich School of Music for the Campus Café & Concert event. Gili Loftus and Hank Knox played a remarkable four-handed harpsichord rendition of works by Bach, Handel, and Mozart. Everyone enjoyed getting together and having a particularly delicious luncheon, thanks to caterer, Emma Cerulli. From all accounts, the MURA Spring event was a big success! Photos
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