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Association des retraité(e) de l'Université McGill

McGill University Retiree Association 




MURA Board Elections
April 26 to May 26, 2020

The Nominating Committee reported earlier this year that eight (8) members were candidates for the four (4) seats available on the Board for 2020-2021.  MURA is holding its first elections to the Board. The election is being held online. Members are invited to cast their votes until May 26, 2020. Results will be announced on June 3, 2020.

MURA Fall Reception
Wednesday, November 4, 5 - 7 p.m.

Members are invited to a discussion presented by Henry Mintzberg, Cleghorn Professor of Management Studies, and his daughter Susie Mintzberg, McGill PhD candidate, Social Work. This will be followed by a wine & cheese reception.

Topic: Looking Down–Reaching Out: The University in the 21st Century

Henry and Susan Mintzberg, from two fields (management and social work), in two roles (faculty and doctoral candidate), and as two generations (father and daughter), contrast two perspectives of the contemporary university: looking down from the Ivory Tower and reaching out like an octopus. Four aspects of these are considered:

  • Educating (autonomous teaching/social learning)
  • Researching (proving/exploring)
  • Disseminating (closed/open)
  • Organizing (leadership/ communityship)
Discussion will center on how universities in the 21st Century can blend these perspectives

Spring Luncheon-Lecture
April 2021, 12-2:30 pm
Faculty Club, Billiard Room

We are honoured to host a presentation by MURA member Sylvia Sklar and her daughter Dr. Alissa Sklar and grand-daughter Maya Hillcoat on their family’s incredible tunnel escape from Novogrodek Ghetto in Belarus--100 km outside of Minsk-- and the Bielski Partisan Brigade.

The Bielski partisans were the subject of the 2008 movie, Defiance, starting Liev Schreiber and Daniel Craig.  Co-presented by three generations of descendants  of two escapees and former partisans, this presentation came together following their participation in the Bielski Brigade 75th descendants’ reunion in Belarus in 2019.

Title of the Presentation:
Out of the Forest! A Holocaust Story of Escape, Defiance, and Resilience




Annual Holiday Season Luncheon
Wednesday, December 4, 2019
La Classe Restaurant
2000 St. Catherine Street West

Seventy four fortunate members and guests enjoyed the company of their colleages and were treated to a sumptuous gourmet holiday meal prepared and served by students at the restaurant of the LaSalle College’s International School of Hotel Management and Tourism. (Photos)


Benefits Information Session
Thursday, November 21, 2-4 p.m.

Thirty members attended MURA's 4th Benefits Information Session for a presentation by the new HR Benefits Manager and Advisor, Hélène Paquette, CRHA. The topics included health, emergency out-of-country/provincial medical insurance, dental, and basic and optional life insurance. The Q&A was moderated by Board Member, Kathy Mayhew, who also provided a wealth of information concerning the overall medical coverage.


Tribute to Bill Evans
Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019
Salle Bourgie

Almost 30 members attended this concert that is part of the 5 à 7 series where they enjoyed a dynamic presentation of the music of legendary American jazz pianist and composer Bill Evans by the very talended François Bourassa Quartet


Walking Tour of Little Italy
November 5&6, 2019

The walking tour of Little Italy was so popular that there were two tours offered by MURA to its members! Tour guide Justin Bur shared his vast knowledge of the fascinating history and the Art-Deco architecture of the neighbourhood. The tours were followed by a scrumptious luncheon at Pizzeria Napolitana. (Photos)

Taxation Seminar
Thursday, October 24, 2019

Fifty MURA members attended a Taxation Seminar that was led by two experts from Richardson GMP in Tax & Estate Planning. An hour-long presentation on various issues of interest and concern for seniors was followed by a Q & A where numerous questions were raised on taking advantage of taxation benefits as pensioners and ensuring optimum planning for the benefit of legal heirs.    


Centaur Theatre Play
October 17, 2019

Twenty MURA members  attended the play Alice and the World We Live In by award-winning author Alexandria Haber at the Centaur Theatre.  Supported by two talented actors, Jane Wheeler and Daniel Brochu, the play examines the aftermath of a terrorist attack through two parallel stories and the anxiety of experiencing the loss of  loved ones.


Vineyard Tour
Thursday, September 11, 2019

Sixteen MURA members joined a group from the retiree association of the Université de Montréal (Après l'Um) for a delightful wine tasting, meal and tour of the vineyard and sculpture garden at the Domaine des Côtes d’Ardoise Dunham in the Eastern Townships. New friends and promises were made to enjoy future trips with Après l'Um.

Annual General Meeting
Thursday, June 20, 2019

At MURA's 4th AGM on June 20th, members heard presentations by the president on the many ways that our association has been "Strengthening its roots in the McGill Community" and "Expanding its Reach Beyond." The Vice President (Internal) spoke about the participation at this year’s events and the results of a member survey concerning event preferences.

There was an update on membership by former category of employment by the Vice President (External).  The members also voted on the 2018-19 financial review, the annual fee for members, and the budget for 2019-20.  As requested during the session, the treasurer will send  a more detailed breakdown of the MURA expenses. 
The Principal then gave a most inspiring speech on this year’s breakthroughs at McGill and shared with us a vision of the future for McGill's Third Century that was followed by a general discussion with the members.  The AGM concluded with a wonderful occasion for members to chat and mingle with old friends and colleagues while enjoying delicious nibbles and drinks. (Photos)

Walking Tour of St. Henri District
Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Twenty members had the pleasure of  a walking tour of the Saint-Henri district.  Tour guide and lifelong resident, Guy Giasson, provided fascinating information about the area portrayed in Gabrielle Roy's famous and well-acclaimed novel The Tin Flute that was a recent choice of the MURA bookclub. The tour was followed by a wonderful lunch at the beautiful L'Ambroisie restaurant located near the Lachine Canel. Guy is also President of the Société historique de Saint-Henri (Facebook page) that offers these tours and has rotating displays on the history of St. Henri. (Photos)

Spring Luncheon Lecture at Macdonald Campus
Friday, May 3, 2019
Tadja Hall, 21,082 Lakeshore Road

Over 30 MAUT-RS and MURA members attended the annual spring luncheon/lecture at Macdonald Campus.

The speaker was Professor Daiva E. Nielsen, from the McGill School of Human Nutrition. Her fascinating talk was about genetic variation affects response to diet and indicators of health. The overall goal of her research program is to design genetically-tailored lifestyle interventions to prevent chronic diseases.

Spring Luncheon Lecture
Wednesday, April 17, 2019  Faculty Club, Billiard Room

Over 50 MAUT-RS and MURA members enjoyed a very informative and enlightening talk by 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, spoke about her fundamental research on reinforcement learning  and about AI applications in areas such as health care. Photos

Pension Investment Round-Table
Thursday, April 4, 2019

At MURA’s second annual Pension Investment Round-Table that was held in the Billiard Room of the Faculty Club, five speakers presented their chosen investment strategy. An open discussion followed between the speakers and the 45 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.

First Annual MURA New Members Reception
Thursday, March 28, 2019
Faculty Club, Maude Abbott Lounge

MURA was very pleased to host its first reception for new members who joined during 2018-19. Attendees enjoyed meeting members of the Board, catching up with their colleagues and making new friends in the cozy setting of the Maude Abbott Lounge. Photos

Fourth Annual Spring Concert & Luncheon 
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Elizabeth Wirth Music Building 
Tanna Schulich Hall

About 50 members attended MURA’s Fourth Annual Spring Concert & Luncheon. This event, in partnership with the Schulich School of Music, featured a fabulous concert ty a trio of very talented professors titled Intermezzo: Carte Blanche, Jazz (photo). Following the Concert, attendees enjoyed a delicious luncheon, where they caught up with colleagues and made new friends.
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