Our History

It all began with an important mission led by the Ursuline Sisters of Chatham, Ontario in 1919.  These bold and courageous women responded to an invitation from the Bishop Michael Fallon to take the lead in creating a women’s university that would be the first of its kind in Canada, Brescia University College.

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The Ursuline Sisters

Brescia is grateful to the Ursuline Sisters of Chatham, Ontario who had the wisdom, vision and foresight to create a university where women could learn, grow and lead. In recognition of our Centennial year, and a century of women leading, we are honoured to share 100 facts about our foundresses, the Ursuline Sisters.

To learn more about the Ursuline Sisters of Chatham, their mission and ongoing commitment to social justice and their community, visit ursulines.org

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Our Leadership

Establishing, developing and advancing the work of Canada’s only women’s university is a bold endeavor and would not have been possible without the remarkable leadership of Brescia’s dedicated Principals.

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From 7 students in 1919, Brescia is currently the home of 1,350 full-time and 200 part-time student leaders. Building on Brescia’s inclusive culture, 13% of the University’s full-time students are international and come from over 36 countries around the world.

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Become Part of Brescia's Living History

How do you encapsulate 100 bold years of women leading? By sharing the stories of those who lived and breathed it. Become part of Brescia’s living history by adding to our Online Memory Album.

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