Northern SMA focuses on applied research, partnerships with Aboriginal communities

September 5, 2014

The strategic mandate agreement (SMA) signed between Northern College and Ontario emphasizes the college’s support for applied research through the Northern Office for Applied Research and Innovation (NOARI), its participation in the Colleges Ontario Network for Industry Innovation, and its work with Hydro One and other small and medium enterprises. Northern is also recognized for its delivery of programming in mining-related fields and its partnership in establishing Impact Benefit Agreements between local Aboriginal communities and industry. The SMA recognizes Northern’s demonstrated expertise in blended technology-enabled and experiential learning, as well as its small class sizes. The college is further cited for its efforts to incorporate Aboriginal perspectives into its learning environment and its collaboration with the Aboriginal Council on Education, Elders, and community leaders in northeastern Ontario. The agreement also highlights Northern’s participation in the Northern Colleges Collaboration and its partnerships with Laurentian University and Algoma University. 4 proposed program areas for growth are named in the agreement: veterinary sciences, wellness and health sciences, mining, and technology/trades. Northern SMA