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Hellos and goodbyes for Feds exec

The beginning of spring term marks the new Feds exec’s first days in office while the previous exec have moved on, their tenure over.  

New execs taking their positions for the next year are Danielle Burt, president; Ben Balfour, vice-president operations and finance; Stephane Hamade, vice-president education; and Maaz Yasin, vice-president, internal. Their predecessors leaving office are David Collins, Natasha Pozega, Adam Garcia, and Devin Drury. Garcia is ending a two-year term. 

All eight exec recently went on a transition retreat to Niagara Falls. 

UW prof wins L.S. Rosen award

Theresa Libby, a UW professor in the School of Accounting and Finance has been named the recipient of the L.S. Rosen Outstanding Educator Award, by the Canadian Academic Accounting Association (CAAA). 

The selection committee for the award said Libby “demonstrated depth and breadth in all five areas considered for the award,” according to a UW press release. 

The award was created in 1983 in honour of the founding president of the CAAA. Since its creation, eight professors from the School of Accounting and Finance have won the award. 

UW group studies the well-being of Ontarians

The Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW) at UW has released the results of their first Ontario-focused study analyzing how residents of the province are actually measuring in the areas of life that matter most. 

The study was commissioned by the Ontario Trillium Foundation and reveals that Ontario’s GDP has grown four times more than overall well-being in the last 17 years.

The CIW says that the well-being study covers indicators that are not captured by  GDP measures of prosperity, according to the CBC. 

The study found that Ontario resident’s well-being has increased 7.3 per cent overall, compared to the 7.5 national increase found in a Canada-wide study conducted in 2012 by the CIW according to a UW press release.

 UW prof and director of CIW Bryan Smale said a goal of the study was “to spark political dialogue and action.

“Well-being is a state that I think we all strive for. It often gets confused with happiness,” Smale told the CBC. He said that well-being is a state of mind that results from being part of vital communities and engaging in democracy.

The study found that in Ontario, the areas with the strongest growth has been education and community volatility — with increases of 30 per cent and 15.4 per cent respectively. Leisure and culture took a 5.9 per cent decline. 

The purpose of measuring well-being is to help governments develop and improve policies based on the needs of citizens. 

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