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Calgary cleared in academic freedom probe

An independent review of the relationship between the University of Calgary’s Centre for Corporate Sustainability and the oil company Enbridge has found no evidence of improper conduct by the university or any of its employees.

The review by retired judge Terrence McMahon found that “none of the involvement by Enbridge…resulted in any encroachment upon or compromise of the academic freedom of the university or its staff”. It also stated that there was no evidence that Enbridge, the centre’s initial sponsor, “sought or was granted any inappropriate influence on the academic practices of the university”.

The review followed an investigation by CBC News, which found that Enbridge—whose name the centre bore from 2012 to 2014—frequently offered its opinion to the centre on a variety of subjects, including staffing decisions, board membership, partnerships with other institutions, and student awards.

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