Top Ten

April 30, 2021

Carleton, BlackBerry QNX announce $21M USD strategic partnership

Carleton University has partnered with BlackBerry QNX on a five year, $21M USD strategic partnership. The partnership will see BlackBerry provide technology for a new embedded operating system software research lab at Carleton’s Advanced Research and Innovation in Smart Environments building. BlackBerry will also provide 600 BlackBerry QNX software development seat licences for students, and the company’s R&D and leadership teams will collaborate with Carleton faculty, undergraduate, and graduate co-op students. “We are proud to strategically and holistically partner with BlackBerry QNX, building on our past research collaborations in connected and autonomous vehicles, biomedical engineering and robotics,” said Carleton President Benoit-Antoine Bacon. “We look forward to working with the QNX team to advance future developments of the high-tech industry in our city and around the world.” Carleton (ON)

PolyMTL reaches Engineers Canada milestone 10 years early

Polytechnique Montréal has announced that women made up 30.2% of its undergraduate engineering students in 2020, passing an important milestone 10 years before the 2030 target date for Engineers Canada’s “30 in 30” national gender diversity goal. The institution reports that women currently account for 14% of practicing engineers in the country, and Engineers Canada and other organizations wish to see the rate of newly licensed women engineers rise to 30% by 2030 in order to fundamentally transform the profession. PolyMTL met this milestone through a variety of initiatives that included science camps, mentoring programs, the hiring of female professors, and the creation of new programs. “We believe it’s essential for women to take their rightful place in engineering to contribute to the development and deployment of sustainable solutions to meet the challenges of our time,” said PolyMTL President Philippe A Tanguy. NewsWire | Journal de Montréal (QC)

Dal announces new faculty, program names

Dalhousie University has announced new faculty and program names. Dal’s Faculty of Open Learning and Career Development, formerly known as the College of Continuing Education, has been renamed to recognize the faculty’s recent growth and changes. The Faculty has also announced the launch of its recently named English Language Studies Department. Dal says that the new name highlights the importance of the study of the English language and its legitimacy as an area of academic study. The Faculty has also introduced a variety of new courses within the last year to address the needs of the labour market. Dal (NS)