Top Ten

December 10, 2020

UAlberta, Drayton Valley partner to offer continuing education courses

The University of Alberta’s Faculty of Extension has partnered with the Town of Drayton Valley to offer continuing education courses in the areas of business, environment, and technology. The program, which starts in 2021, will allow eligible students to access education through a Zero Fee Tuition Program. Programming will initially be offered remotely, with in-person classes being held at Drayton Valley’s Clean Energy Technology Centre when it is safe to do so again. “We know that close, mutually-beneficial relationships with industry, our rural partners, and our learners are key to a sustainable and thriving shared future and we’re looking forward to building these relationships further,” said UAlberta Faculty of Extension interim dean Maria Mayan. UAlberta (AB)

McGill Faculty of Education receives $7.3M

McGill University’s Faculty of Education has received two donations totalling $7.3M that will go toward student financial supports and collaborations. A donation of $4.8M from the estate of Alumnus Mary (Marie) Marsh will be used to boost her previously created entrance bursaries, scholarships, and fellowships, as well as supporting student work on inclusive education projects. The Molson Foundation donated $2.5M to support the CoLab, which brings researchers and educators together through a partnership between the Faculty of Education and Montreal’s Trafalgar School for Girls. McGill | Montreal Gazette (QC)

GPRC, Serious Labs announce partnership to introduce, improve VR training solutions

Grande Prairie Regional College and Serious Labs have signed a MOU that will see Serious Labs’ virtual reality training solutions implemented at the college. The two parties will also collaborate in to develop and pilot new learning solutions in order to expand technical training in northwestern Alberta. “GPRC is well-known for its innovative approach to post-secondary education, particularly in the skilled trades and apprenticeships,” said Serious Labs President Jim Colvin, “Their intention to utilize training tools such as VR simulators demonstrates their next generation thinking.” GPRC (AB)

USask medical students receive free access to Indigenous wellness learning course

Thanks to support from the Canadian Medical Association and the Saskatchewan Medical Association, fourth-year medical students at the University of Saskatchewan will be able to take part in a nationally recognized Indigenous wellness course for free. The Role of Practitioners in Indigenous Wellness was developed by Indigenous community members and scholars to equip health care providers with the knowledge and insight needed to understand and support their Indigenous patients. “Conceptually, this course is designed to move mainstream health practitioners into a ‘middle ground’ space through increased cultural awareness and understanding,” explained FSIN Vice Chief David Pratt, “and from this place of understanding, have individuals and work units commit to meaningful, culturally responsive changes that will make their workplace more culturally respectful and safe for Indigenous people.” Newswire (SK)

Re$earch Infosource releases list of Top 50 Research Universities

Re$earch Infosource has released its list of Canada’s Top 50 Research Universities for 2020. Re$earch Infosource states that the top 50 institutions posted a combined research income of $8B in Fiscal 2019, a gain of 5.7% over the previous fiscal year. The list overall is led by the University of Toronto, the University of British Columbia, and McGill University. When looking at institutional categories, U of T was the Medical university leader, the University of Waterloo was the Comprehensive university leader, and Laurentian University was the Undergraduate university leader. Re$earch Infosource | Release (National)

Carleton, Gratz College sign MOU focusing on Holocaust studies

Carleton University and Gratz College have signed a MOU that will see the two parties work together on Holocaust studies and international engagement. The partnership will allow Carleton faculty and students to access Gratz’s Holocaust Oral History Archive and will enhance the scholarly opportunities offered to Gratz graduate students. Additional ventures may include exchanging faculty and staff, student exchange programs, and joint research projects. “This international partnership focused on Holocaust Studies will greatly benefit students and researchers at both Carleton University and Gratz College,” said Carleton President Benoit-Antoine Bacon. Carleton (ON)

UVic invests in Raven Indigenous Impact Fund LP

The University of Victoria has announced a $500K investment into the Raven Indigenous Impact Fund LP, which was created by Raven Indigenous Capital Partners. The investment, which is UVic’s first under its new policy for responsible investment, will support Indigenous entrepreneurs and businesses. “It is an honour for the Raven Fund to be UVic’s first impact investment under its new responsible investment policy,” said managing partner and co-founder Paul Lacerte. “By pairing this investment with a robust case study and ongoing student engagement, we are role modelling the way that reciprocity can show up as a key feature of real economic reconciliation.” UVic | Times Colonist (BC)

Canadian Business College, Level SIX Esports Incubator partner on esports entrepreneurship

The Canadian Business College, a private career college, has announced a partnership with Level SIX Esports Incubator that will see the Level SIX Incubator program brought to its campus. Students from the college who are pursuing a business in the esports or gaming industry will be able to take part in a 10-week program that teaches them about market opportunities, how to get their product or service into market, and the fundamentals of the industry. “We are very excited to partner with Level SIX and Amuka Esports to provide greater access to world-class academics and entrepreneurial opportunities in the esports and gaming industries,” said college VP of Marketing and Recruitment Dean Tremain. EIN Presswire (ON)

ACC, Tribal Tripartite Health Group partner on nine-week EMR program

Assiniboine Community College and Tribal Tripartite Health Group have partnered on the delivery of a nine-week Emergency Medical Responder program in order to address a shortage of skilled responders in First Nation Communities. The program will cover essential skills, emergency medical response training, and preparation for the Emergency Medical Responder Entry to Practice exam. “The current pandemic has demonstrated the need for emergency management training for First Nations to properly respond to health emergencies,” stated the health group’s leaders. “This program is the beginning of First Nations creating the capacity and infrastructure, at the community level, for the transfer of control of health services which are culturally safe and appropriate.” ACC (MB)

UCN, ULethbridge, MRU delay winter term start dates

Several more postsecondary institutions are delaying the start of winter term classes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The University College of the North has announced that it will delay its first day of Winter Term classes by two weeks. The University of Lethbridge is extending its holiday break, and says that this move will extend the semester by one day. Mount Royal University is also delaying the start of its winter semester. All three postsecondary institutions say that the move to extend the holiday break was made to support the health of students and to mitigate virus transmission after the holidays. UCN | ULethbridge | Calgary Herald (MB | AB)