Dr. Gillian Siddall to Become President + Vice-Chancellor of Emily Carr University

he Board of Governors of Emily Carr University of Art + Design today named Dr. Gillian Siddall as the University’s next President and Vice-Chancellor. “I am delighted to announce Dr. Gillian Siddall as ECU’s new President and Vice-Chancellor,” said Kim Peacock, Chair, ECU Board of Governors. “As the University begins writing the next chapter of its story, Dr. Siddall has the qualities, experience and track record to harness the best ideas from the ECU community and the leadership experience to … Continued

Yukon College hosts workshop on Indigenizing university governance

For immediate release   |  Friday, March 23, 2018 Yukon College hosts workshop on Indigenizing university governance WHITEHORSE—Twenty-two university Presidents, Vice-Presidents, Directors, Indigenization leads and Elders from across Canada are in Whitehorse on Monday for a one-day workshop on Indigenizing University Governance hosted by Yukon College and the BC Association of Institutes and Universities (BCAIU). The event will be co-facilitated by University of Regina President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Vianne Timmons and Professor of Higher Education and Dean of the Ontario Institute … Continued

VIU turns black into green

Times Colonist January 25, 2018 12:36 AM Vancouver Island University is betting that one of the world’s blackest fuels can be the foundation of one of its greenest energy sources. The Nanaimo campus is delving into an abandoned coal mine to provide heating and cooling for some of its buildings. The university deserves an A+ on this idea. Read more…. .  

Vancouver’s urban conundrum: Let’s design better cities

THE CANADIAN PRESS “Over the last 16 years, I have been working on the development of a new campus for Emily Carr University of Art and Design. As a consequence, I have learned more than I ever could have imagined about the challenges of creatively engaging with the built environment in urban centres and with the ways in which cities like Vancouver are organized to both facilitate and impede the development of new areas of the city and the buildings … Continued

Yukon College and Vancouver Island University to increase enrollment and completion rates of Indigenous learners

NANAIMO, B.C. In the spirit of reconciliation, a new learning partnership for Indigenous youth at Vancouver Island University (VIU) and Yukon College is being announced today. Building from the guidance of Elders and the aspirations of Indigenous youth, VIU will join Yukon College in a collaboration supported by the Rideau Hall Foundation and Mastercard Foundation that creates opportunities for Indigenous learners to be full partners in their education.  Read more…..

Capilano University’s first student housing closer to reality

Capilano University is pleased to announce that its first phase of student housing will begin operation in September 2017, in time for the 2017-2018 school year. “We are listening to our students: the housing challenge on the North Shore is real and it is urgent,” says Paul Dangerfield, president of Capilano University. “We worked on an ambitious timeline to prepare CapU Residence, offering our students an engaging, safe and convenient living environment.”  Read more.. .

Accelerating evolution in B.C.’s employee capability and institutional agility

The pace of industrial evolution is accelerating and the scope of change is expanding. While not necessarily a revolution, industry and government leaders are paying serious attention to an accelerated evolution. This changing pace of change will force our primary to post-secondary educational institutions to revisit just how they can foster innovation, agility and adaptability to a new industrial and economic reality. The phrase “Industry 4.0” seems to keep popping up in trade publications, higher education news sources and in … Continued

Preparing Graduates for Future Knowledge Practices

Teaching and learning environments as model workplaces.  By Thomas Carey  January 8, 2017 I was in several meetings last month with groups of higher education Vice-Presidents with oversight for teaching and learning, where the topics of discussion included the increasingly dynamic knowledge environment which our graduates are facing. The capsule summary of the workplace knowledge dynamics from one of these meetings was daunting: “We expect most of our graduates will enter work contexts where they will soon face the following new challenges: … Continued

Four ways PSE can treat the classroom as an innovative workplace

Higher education’s approach to fostering students’ innovation potential has focused mostly on developing innovation leadership among a select cadre of students, originally in entrepreneurship and more recently in social sector innovation. But what about the rest of our graduates: what capability do all our graduates need if they’re going to engage effectively with innovation in the workplace? Can elements of this capability be adapted to enhance their roles as community members and global citizens as well?  In order to develop … Continued