Newspaper article The Canadian Press

University of Calgary President Addresses Corporate Influence Allegations

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

University of Calgary President Addresses Corporate Influence Allegations

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University president addresses allegations

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CALGARY - The president of the University of Calgary doesn't believe the school's reputation as a research facility will be hurt by concerns from faculty members over corporate influence.

The Canadian Association of University Teachers is looking into a CBC investigation in which senior academics alleged that oil company Enbridge (TSX:ENB) inappropriately interfered in the University's Centre for Corporate Sustainability after the company provided a donation.

CAUT says in a news release that the former chairman of the Centre claims he was fired after raising concerns about Enbridge's influence in the Centre, while another left in protest over the university's failure to defend academic freedom.

University president Elizabeth Cannon says when funds come from the private sector, there is a written agreement set out with expectations but on the questions of day to day operations and staffing, that's a decision made solely by the university. …

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