Top Ten

November 26, 2020

U of T Faculty of Dentistry receives funding toward One Smile dentistry research program

The University of Toronto’s Faculty of Dentistry has received a $6.15M gift from Green Shield Canada to support the establishment of the five-year One Smile research program. The gift will fund a two-chair dental clinic within the Faculty of Dentistry that will offer free oral health care to lower-income individuals. The program will address oral health care issues in lower-income brackets, while establishing a body of evidence that can inform public health policies. “The Green Door Project and the Green Shield Canada Clinic will benefit so many disadvantaged individuals and communities, and help to build a healthy and inclusive society,” said U of T president Meric Gertler. “This wonderful gift will also significantly advance U of T’s mission of national and global leadership in health care and public health policy.” U of T (ON)

Concordia receives $5.1M investment in genome engineering

Concordia University has received $5.1M from Genome Canada, Genome Quebec, and the National Research Council to support research in the synthetic biology field. “These contributions speak to Concordia’s influence and leadership in synthetic biology,” said Paula Wood-Adams, Concordia’s interim VP of research and graduate studies. “They provide our researchers with resources and promising new technologies ensuring that their work will lead to breakthroughs in health care and other essential areas.” A project at Concordia’s Centre for Applied Synthetic Biology will receive $1.95M over the next three years through Genome Canada’s Genomic Applications Partnership Program (GAPP). Concordia (QC)

UNB, Opportunities New Brunswick, Lark Group partner to develop Health and Technology District

The University of New Brunswick, Opportunities New Brunswick, and Lark Group have partnered to develop the Health and Technology District Saint John. The proposed district will include a 75,000-square-foot building on UNB’s Saint John campus, adjacent to the Saint John Regional Hospital. The building will house health and social innovation businesses, start-ups, organizations, and researchers. “There will be tremendous synergy between our ambitious new Integrated Health Initiative and the activities in the Health and Technology District,” said UNB President Paul J Mazerolle. “I foresee productive research collaborations, internships for our students, employment for our graduates, commercialization of new ideas through the businesses located there and more.” UNB | Surrey Now Leader (NB | BC)

MITT, EC-Council partner on cybersecurity training

The Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology has partnered with EC-Council to launch training in cyber security through MITT’s Cyber Security Centre of Excellence. MITT states that the launch is in response to the need for more cyber security practitioners in Canada. Through the partnership, students will be able to access short-term training, micro-credentials, and certification. “Along with our partners, we’re building MITT’s Cyber Security Centre of Excellence to be a national-scale solution to the cyber security talent shortage across the country; one that will both train top-tier cyber security workers as well as help fortify the security of our economy through future applied research activity,” said MITT President Ray Karasevich. MITT (MB)

King’s receives $1M from estate of former Chief Librarian

King’s University College has received a $1M gift from the estate of Elizabeth Russell, the former Chief Librarian at King’s who retired in 1993. The funds will be used to renovate King’s G Emmett Cardinal Carter Library, with a focus on improving accessibility and student study spaces and enhancing technology. The library’s first floor will be named the “Elizabeth Russell Achievement Centre” to honour this support. “Through her work, Elizabeth brought new, modern technologies and library spaces to the King’s community,” said Adrienne Co-Dyre, Director of Libraries. “This gift continues that effort by supporting the needs of a current and evolving community and will allow King’s to offer the infrastructure and resources for tomorrow’s students and researchers.” King’s (1) | King’s (2) (ON)

Donation allows GPRC to plan establishment of Evaskevich Centre for Health Research and Innovation

Grande Prairie Regional College has received a significant donation from Grand Prairie residents Paul and Coreen Evaskevich. The funds will be used to establish the Evaskevich Centre for Health Research and Innovation, which will be located in the college wing of the new Grande Prairie Regional Hospital. The new facility will be dedicated to research on rural, northern, and Indigenous health and will create a research program through collaboration with health services and industry partners. Research done at the centre will be used to benefit new and existing health care programming. The facility will allow greater opportunities for health care students. NationTalk (AB)

Over 100 UBC students accused of cheating on math midterm

The University of British Columbia has confirmed that it is investigating allegations that over 100 students cheated on an entry-level math midterm. The investigation became public after the professor posted a note explaining the situation to students, saying that “if confirmed, the students involved will receive a 0% for the course (not just the midterm) and I will recommend their expulsion from UBC.” UBC Director of university affairs Matthew Ramsey said that it is too early for the university to be able to provide details on the situation. CBC | CTV News (BC)

WLU reimagines LaunchPad Brantford to meet community needs

Wilfrid Laurier University’s LaunchPad Brantford has reinvented its business incubator program to focus on the needs of the Brantford, Brant, and Six Nations communities. The program has been modified to offer a variety of resources – including webinars, programs, and mentorship – and includes the launch of new events and competitions. LaunchPad Brantford is open to WLU students and graduates, as well as the greater community. “We want to help entrepreneurs focus on their business or product, not the technology that supports it,” said LaunchPad program coordinator Julie Perkins. “We want to provide the tools so those who don’t have a technology background can still thrive.” WLU (ON)

VCC launches Computer System Technology program

Vancouver Community College has launched a two-year Computer System Technology program. The Computer Systems Technology program prepares students to find employment in Vancouver’s growing tech industry. Students will learn a variety of skills, including working with networks, programming languages, and app development. The program is designed to be flexible, enabling students to study part time and take courses that fit their schedules. Graduates will also be able to choose to continue at VCC in the Bachelor of Computer Systems Technologies program when the Bachelor’s program launches in January 2022 or pursue an undergraduate degree program at a local university. VCC (BC)

Lambton launches new online gaming initiatives

Lambton College has launched new initiatives and partnerships related to esports. Lambton has been invited to join the North American Collegiate League, which hosts tournaments and league play for scholarships. The college has also partnered with organizations such as Adamas Esports Training & Performance Ltd to collaborate on esports-specific performance research and services. Lambton’s sports and recreation management program has also recently launched a virtual darts league, where students participate by focusing their webcams on their home dart boards. Students also get experience setting up and running competition brackets and organizing the virtual darts league. Lambton | The Observer (ON)