Top Ten

June 20, 2022

USherbrooke achieves carbon neutrality

Université de Sherbrooke has formally achieved carbon neutrality eight years before its goal. USherbrooke states that carbon neutrality is one of the most powerful ways to limit global warming, which is why the university has been taking on initiatives such as purchasing biogas, installing heat pumps and a geothermal system, and renovating the student life pavilion. The university also purchased certified securities to finance greenhouse gas (GHGs) reduction projects and credits certified by the UN, although it states that the purchase of these credits is a “last resort” as it focuses on further reducing its GHGs. The announcement was unveiled in the presence of David Suzuki, who provided a lecture on climate change at the institutional event. USherbrooke (QC)

AB’s future depends on embracing change: BCA report

The Business Council of Alberta (BCA) stated that the future of the province of Alberta will depend on people’s willingness to embrace change. As the provinces turns the page on the most recent of several difficult chapters in the province’s history, the council stated that it is uniquely positioned to address global issues related to food security, clean energy demands, and health and medical care advancements. Alberta could become a leading supplier of hydrogen and net-zero oil and gas, as well as a global hub for the development of new energy sources and climate technologies. To support this growth, the report outlines a number of recommendations for the province, including funding provincial postsecondary education enrolment growth strategies to support the development of a skilled workforce and fostering innovation by increasing opportunities for business and postsecondary research. BCA | BCA (Summary PDF) | Globe and Mail | CBC (AB)

CICan announces International Strategy for futureproofing colleges, institutes

Colleges & Institutes Canada (CICan) has announced a new three-year International Strategy that focuses on Internationalization and global engagement as a way of futureproofing the college and institute network in Canada. The strategy is built on three pillars: futureproofing Canada; bringing the world to Canada; and taking Canada to the world. The strategy encourages student mobility, diversification in student recruitment, and capacity-building for internationalization strategies. The strategy is also aligned with CICan’s commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals, and includes frameworks for institutional collaboration. “This new strategy will guide the college and institute sector and ensure that our work contributes to a more equitable and sustainable world,” said CICan President Denise Amyot. CICan (National)

UOttawa, Xanadu partner to accelerate quantum computing technology development

The University of Ottawa has partnered with Xanadu to accelerate quantum computing technology development. The partnership will allow UOttawa students and researchers to use Xanadu’s quantum computers, hardware, and software to advance quantum computing. “This partnership will help elevate emerging quantum research by giving our students and researchers access to the cutting-edge technologies and expertise held at Xanadu,” said UOttawa VP, Research and Innovation Sylvain Charbonneau. “It has the potential to change lives as we train the next generation of quantum pioneers, and work with industry experts to develop and commercialize real-life applications.” UOttawa 1 (EN) | UOttawa 2 (FR) (ON)

HEC Montréal, University of Oxford embark on joint initiative for ESG measurement

HEC Montréal and the Saïd Business School of the University of Oxford have partnered on the creation of a joint initiative called Measuring Beyond. The initiative will focus on the question of how to measure corporate performance on environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors. HEC states that the project will involve collaboration with members of the business community, fostering a rich research environment where corporate partners can provide internal data to the institutions and gain access to transfer activities and a recruitment pool of students. The initiative has been supported by a $1M contribution from Lallemand Inc. HEC (QC)

NIC, Hawai’i institutions sign MOUs to support Indigenization, enhanced student opportunities

North Island College and the University of Hawai’i have signed two memorandums of understanding (MOUs) that support Indigenization, knowledge sharing, and study abroad opportunities. An MOU between NIC and UHawai’i’s seven community colleges will allow NIC students to pay NIC tuition while they complete studies in Hawai’i. The second agreement will build on the 15-year relationship between NIC and UHawai’i. “Indigenous-led, land-based language revitalization is at the very heart of NIC’s commitment to ‘work together as one’ and to walk the long path toward truth and reconciliation,” said NIC President Lisa Domae. “As island schools, we share a special kinship with the University of Hawaiʻi and Kapiʻolani Community College that we look forward to growing together.” NIC | Campbell River Mirror (BC)

Cégeps announce new, revised programs

Several cégeps have announced that they have been authorized to launch new or revised programs. Cégep de Baie-Comeau has received permanent authorization to train paramedics. Cégep de Victoriaville has been approved to launch a revised version of its DEC in nursing (180.B0) program, and has also applied for programs in the area of civil engineering, social work, and physiotherapy. Cégep de l'Outaouais has been approved to launch three new programs in the areas of radiodiagnostic technology, social work, and leisure management. Le Droit reports that three new programs will bring 210 more students to the cégep, and that the institution plans to offer inter-regional scholarships to broaden its recruitment pool. L’Outaouais also applied for a program in physiotherapy techniques, but has not been authorized at this time. Le Manic (Baie-Comaeu) | La Nouvelle (Victoriaville) | Le Droit (l’Outaouais) (QC)

Property at centre of dispute with Laurentian listed for over $9M

A property at the centre of a legal dispute with Laurentian University has been listed for $9.35M, the highest price for property in Sudbury, reports CTV News. Property owners James Crispo and Dominique Ansell said that the “Board of Governors … established the value of this property,” and that the price was calculated from factors such as the university’s spend on the dispute to date and the current state of the housing market. “We’ve listed at $9.35 million because we believe that’s what the university values this property at,” said Crispo. The listing advertises the property as “Northern Ontario’s most sought-after property!” “Since 2016, the Laurentian University Board of Governors has taken a special interest in this picturesque 1.2-acre property.” The Sudbury Star | CTV News | Property Guys (Listing) (ON)

Supporting transitions to careers outside academia: Opinion

Academics who transition to careers outside of higher education should focus on their transition into their new role so that they can flourish, writes Brandy L Simula. Simula discusses how career transitions can be used as an opportunity to consider what habits, patterns, or routines from a past academic role have been beneficial and could be carried into their new role, and to cultivate healthy boundaries to ensure their well-being. The author encourages those who have recently transitioned into a non-academic role to expand their professional networks, be curious about how things work, and connect with those working in the new field or who have transitioned to careers outside academia. “[G]ive yourself time, space and grace to be a human learning a new organizational culture and career path while also navigating a significant identity transition,” writes Simula. Inside Higher Ed (Sub. Req.) (Editorial)

Conestoga receives support for skilled trades campus in Cambridge

Conestoga College has received a $500K donation from ATS Automation to support the college’s new skilled trades campus, which will be opening in Fall 2022. The new Cambridge campus will provide training in the industrial/manufacturing and construction trades, with plans to expand in phases. “Conestoga and Ontario’s public colleges play a vital role in addressing workforce needs and in the prosperity and well-being of our communities,” said Conestoga President John Tibbits. “We greatly appreciate this support from ATS, one of our key industry partners, in our efforts to provide more career-focused learning opportunities for students as they prepare for successful careers and futures.” Conestoga (ON)