Top Ten

November 27, 2020

Canada announces opening of applications for Black Entrepreneurship Program’s Knowledge Hub

The Government of Canada has announced the opening of applications for the Black Entrepreneurship Program’s Knowledge Hub. The Knowledge Hub will be jointly run by Black-led business organizations and educational institutions and will focus on gathering data about Black entrepreneurship in Canada. This data will help identify critical gaps, barriers to success, and opportunities for growth. Canada also stated that applications are open for the National Ecosystem Fund and that information about the program’s third pillar, the Black Entrepreneurship Loan Fund, will be available at a later date. Canada (National)

UoGuelph launches dairy research centre, partners with SVG Ventures

The University of Guelph has created a new dairy research centre called Dairy at Guelph: The Centre for Dairy Research and Innovation. The centre will increase collaboration between researchers, strengthen UoGuelph research impacts, and ensure that dairy researchers and innovators are equipped to meet industry needs. “This centre will amplify collaboration, accelerate research and development, and elevate the University’s expertise, which will in turn escalate our researchers’ incredibly positive impacts on the dairy industry worldwide, including supporting sustainability and fuelling innovation for the industry,” said UoGuelph VP (research) Malcolm Campbell. UoGuelph has additionally announced that it has partnered with SVG Ventures’ THRIVE to support Canadian agri-food sector innovation through the establishment of SVG’s THRIVE Canada Accelerator and start-up program. UoGuelph (1) | UoGuelph (2) (ON)

SMU receives $2M from alumnus for support of MTEI program

Saint Mary’s University’s Sobey School of Business’ Master of Technology Entrepreneurship and Innovation (MTEI) program has received a $2M gift from alumnus Robert Steele. The investment will double the size of the MTEI program, support the creation of resources, and provide scholarships to student entrepreneurs. The funds will also support three major initiatives: The Steele MTEI Scholarships, The Steele Entrepreneurship Awards, and The Steele Professorship in Entrepreneurship in the Sobey School of Business. “With the rapid change this year in how businesses operate, programs focused on the integration of technology and innovation like MTEI are more important now than ever before,” said Harjeet Bhabra, Dean of the SMU Sobey School of Business. SMU (NS)

Algonquin launches Victimology Research Centre

Algonquin College is officially launching its Victimology Research Centre during Victims and Survivors of Crime Week. The launch of the centre, which Algonquin says is the first of its kind in Canada, will work with non-profits and government stakeholders to study the experiences of people who have survived violent crime. “The launch of the Centre helps formalize the research we have been conducting for the past several years,” said Algonquin Professor Benjamin Roebuck. “Our partnerships and projects have grown so much since we started, we thought it timely to highlight our initiatives during Victims and Survivors of Crime Week.” Algonquin | CTV News (ON)

UQAM announces new master’s program in information technology

Université du Québec à Montréal has announced a new master’s degree program in the computer sciences. The program will train students in data management and analysis practices in order to solve problems in different types of organizations. Students are able to specialize in one or more fields, including machine learning and data modelling, and will take part in a work placement or technical project during the course of the program. The program plans to start in Winter 2021. UQAM (QC)

GPRC, Health City partner on increasing student opportunities

Grande Prairie Regional College and Health City have signed a MOU that will foster research and innovation within the region. The MOU will allow students access to opportunities through Health City, including funding, WIL, and mentorship. “This partnership with Health City allows GPRC to leverage collaborator assets for the enhancement of the student experience and innovation and partnership opportunities for the College,” said GPRC President Robert Murray. “As we evolve, it is crucial we provide innovative resources, and inspire our students to foster innovative thinking to create a diverse and bright future.” GPRC (AB)

Algoma SRSC, UBC IRSHDC sign MOU to improve data sharing, collaboration, knowledge transfer

Algoma University’s Shingqauk Residential Schools Centre and the University of British Columbia’s Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre have signed a memorandum of understanding to share data and collaborate on ongoing community engagement and research projects. Both centres work with survivors, Indigenous communities, church entities, and educators to research, collect, preserve, and display the history of residential schools in Canada. Through the partnership, communities will benefit from the reciprocal sharing of knowledge and co-developed resources. AlgomaU (ON)

UManitoba students request alternate grading process

A group of student senators and student unions at the University of Manitoba are pushing for the university to consider an alternative grading process for the 2020-21 semesters. The group has written a proposal to UManitoba administration requesting that student be allowed to choose a pass/fail or letter grade, which would be excluded from their GPA, for one course per term in 2020-21. The Student Senate Caucus has also requested that instructors allow students who feel unsafe doing in-person coursework the flexibility to claim an incomplete grade until they can complete their work. Winnipeg Free Press | CBC (MB)

UNBC, AGE-WELL, Northern Health, CTAAN partner on technology for the aging

The University of Northern British Columbia will be the host for the Centre for Technology Adoption for Aging in the North, a new AGE-WELL National Innovation Hub. The hub will be led in partnership with AGE-WELL, Northern Health, and The Centre for Technology Adoption for Aging in the North (CTAAN). The partnership will support the development, testing, and implementation of new technologies that can help those aging in northern or rural communities live independently. “The Centre for Technology Adoption for Aging in the North aligns with and supports UNBC’s vision to transform lives and communities in northern B.C. and beyond,” says UNBC Interim President Geoff Payne. “As the host institution, CTAAN will allow UNBC to deepen our ties with AGE-WELL and Northern Health and forge new research partnerships.” UNBC (BC)

How not to write a DEI statement: Opinion

A look at diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) statements for job applications shows that applicants may not understand how to write a good DEI statement, writes Manya Whitaker. Whitaker explains that this is likely because applicants do not know what “good” commentary on DEI is. The article describes five of the worst approaches to use when writing a DEI statement. The most common is the theoretical approach, in which applicants describe how their teaching and research aligns with DEI issues, followed by a focus on one’s own marginalized identity, only acknowledging oppression, the saviour approach, and the diary approach. “Each of them fails to meet the goals of a DEI statement: to demonstrate how you can contribute to the eradication of white supremacy,” writes Whitaker. The Chronicle of Higher Ed (International)