CHAPTER 6 The Competition Rob Prichard “I also saw [Fields] as attracting new resources as much as spending them ...” The idea of the Fields Institute predated my becoming President of the University of Toronto. It was strongly supported by the Department of Mathematics and the Faculty of Arts and Science. After being temporarily housed at the University of Waterloo, it was agreed that the Institute needed a permanent home. There would be a province-wide competition to settle the permanent location of the Institute, and a competitive process was established. I believe Peter Nicholson chaired it. If there had never been a competition for the permanent location, it would have remained at Waterloo and done fine. But by holding a competition, the Board of the Fields Institute forced potential hosts to make their strongest possible bids. It was in this context that we decided to put our proposal forward.