Georgian SMA highlights economic contributions, entrepreneurship

August 27, 2014

The strategic mandate agreement (SMA) signed between Georgian College and Ontario highlights the institution’s culture of entrepreneurship, its provision of diverse and relevant education pathways, and its “extraordinary” experiential and work-integrated learning programs. The SMA says that Georgian’s distributed locations are important economic catalysts, and cites Georgian’s strong relationships with industry and community leaders as contributing to an annual economic impact of $157 M regionally and $361 M provincially. The SMA also notes that Georgian is one of the largest co-operative education colleges in Canada. The Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre is highlighted as enhancing student opportunities for self-employment as well as community and industry capacity, while Georgian’s Centre for Social Entrepreneurship is cited as one of few PSE centres to partner students with the not-for-profit sector. Georgian’s programs to support access for underrepresented groups are emphasized in the SMA, including its First Generation Mentors program and its Aboriginal Resource Centres. The SMA identifies 5 proposed program areas of growth: economic and social entrepreneurship; integrated community inter-professional health education; advanced technology; tourism, food, and recreation; and design and visual arts and society. Georgian SMA