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July 20, 2015

CANARIE Issues $3M Call Supporting Innovative Research Software

CANARIE, a vital component of Canada’s national digital infrastructure supporting research, education and innovation, has announced the first call of its Research Software Program (Research Software Call 1) for the 2015 – 2020 mandate, supported by an initial investment of $3 million. The first phase of the application process requires applicants to complete a short Expression of Interest (EOI) form. To foster collaboration among the research and software development communities, CANARIE is also inviting research software development teams and researchers with existing reusable software to indicate their availability for collaboration and co-development at the EOI stage. This call will achieve two outcomes: investment in innovative software tools for research and “matchmaking” between research software development teams and researchers in need of software development expertise Interested parties may click here to obtain full call documentation and submit Expressions of Interest.

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College of the Rockies was recently recognized as the best institution in the world for overall international student satisfaction. COTR has received this mention for the third consecutive year as Canada’s top institution in this regard and for the second consecutive year worldwide. The survey was conducted by the International Graduate Insight Group. It is the largest annual survey of international students in the world, covering four categories: arrival experience, learning, living and support. The College ranked first in all of these categories. Congratulations!
Last week began with meetings with officials from Industry and Finance in which we discussed election preparation and pre-budget consultations. I also had conference calls with members of the Industry College Coalition, and received input from industry representatives that I can now share with college and institute presidents. I also had a productive meeting with the Ambassador of Ethiopia regarding support for women in her country, which is an interesting opportunity for college involvement. Stay tuned! Last week, I also went to Northwestern Ontario for the first time! It took me a few plane rides to get there (6 airports in total!), but I had an amazing visit at the Kenora campus of Confederation College. I was quite impressed with the college’s distance education offerings - they offer schooling in over 70 centres! They also have an impressive 70% success rate for Indigenous students, since they are able to learn in their communities, without having to move away. Confederation even has a 2-year forest ecosystem management program in a First Nations community! Another impressive element is that Confederation went from very few international students to close to 400 in just a few years. This institution is going through many positive developments, and is close to the communities it serves in both rural and remote areas. While in Kenora, I also participated in the National Forestry Innovation Summit organized by Natural Resources Canada. This event brought together hundreds of participants from all levels of government, research organizations, First Nations, and the private sector. The participants discussed opportunities and challenges in the forestry sector. A Kenora Declaration was issued based on the commitment to work together. It was great to see Jim Madder, Confederation College’s president, as well as David Lindsay, president of the Forest Products Association of Canada and CICan board member. Colleges and institutes were mentioned often with respect to their important role in the training of skilled workers, as well as their role in applied research. It was reiterated often that to attract youth to traditional sectors, the innovation happening in these fields and their positive environmental contributions should be promoted.


Red River College’s (RRC) Board of Governors has announced that Paul Vogt will join Red River College as the institution’s fifth President and CEO effective August 17, 2015. Appointment notice Michael Crowe has been appointed Lakeland College’s vice president, academic, a position he’s filled on an interim basis since last November. Crowe started his career at Lakeland College in 2003 as an instructor and taught in the School of Environmental Sciences until 2011. Appointment notice John Kurjata was recently elected as Board Chair at Northern Lights College. He was first appointed to the board in 2012 and became Vice Chair in 2013. Dennis Armitage will be taking over for him as the new Vice Chair. Appointment notice Liza Frulla is the new Director of l’Institut de tourisme et d’hôtellerie du Québec (ITHQ).Appointment notice (French)

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