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May 25, 2021

On the other side of bold

A new Growth Untapped report from the Brookfield Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship highlights how supporting entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds is not only ethically important, it is also critical for fostering innovation. By supporting the success of entrepreneurs from diverse and intersecting identities – for example related to race, ethnicity, class, disability, sexual orientation, gender, age and geography – we can generate the bold new ideas we need to drive recovery.

Still, a recent ISED study of SME-ownership demographics showed that in 2017 only 15.6 percent of SMEs were majority owned by women, 12.2 percent by visible minorities, and just 1.4 percent by Indigenous persons. College and institute programs, support services, and specialized entrepreneurship spaces can help us do more to tap into the potential of these underrepresented innovators:

Looking towards recovery and a more prosperous and equitable future, we have an important opportunity to think about how we can encourage inclusive recovery. Entrepreneurs help us challenge our own perceptions, processes, and ways of doing business. We need more Canadians to think outside the box!

Watch “Sustainability means intergenerational equity”!

Last week on Perspectives LIVE, we looked at the role of post-secondary institutions in fostering intergenerational equity in sustainability, and how colleges and institutes can help shape climate policy that meets the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to flourish. Unfortunately, due to technical difficulties, the live stream of this episode was not available.

Watch the recording on YouTube to hear what our expert guests had to say! Thank you to our fantastic speakers: Riley Yesno, Sue Bird, and Tim Brodhead; and our co-hosts: Nova Scotia Community College president Don Bureaux and Catherine Clark!

On May 26, we’re taking another look at intergenerational equity in sustainability with our next French-language episode: “La durabilité est synonyme d’équité intergénérationnelle.” Register for free and add it to your calendars!

Elevate cyber security education with a cyber range

Cyber ranges are a critical tool for today’s students. By offering a secure environment for hands-on cyber security training and assessments, cyber ranges help students quickly develop the tools, skills, and knowledge for long-term success. Cyber ranges have a long list of benefits, and implementing one is an easy way to elevate your cyber security program:

  • Give your students hands-on experience. The next generation of cyber security professionals needs practical, hands-on experience from the safety of a classroom. With a cyber range, students gain access to pre-built lab-style courses, team exercises, and much more content based on real-world incidents and forensics cases.
  • Easy to implement, easier to use. Whether you’re enhancing your existing curriculum or crafting a new one, cyber ranges are easy to adopt and use. Deploy on-prem with your own hardware or in a private cloud for as many students as you need — then stand up, tear down, and rescale training environments in minutes.
  • No specialized hardware needed. Cyber ranges are incredibly accessible. No need for special computers or technology to run the platform. Students can access instructor-led or self-directed courses using their personal hardware and a secure browser.
  • Enable remote learning. Access training from anywhere with an internet connection, with on-demand insights into student progress and engagement, and the ability to offer help with one click. Plus, all content is dynamically generated, meaning no two tests, courses, or scenarios are alike.

And these benefits are just the beginning! Discover how a cyber range will elevate your program and be sure to ask about the special promotion for academic institutions.

Skills training to help get Canadians back to work!

Last week, during a virtual meeting with stakeholders, including our own CEO, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough launched a new skills training program to help Canadians improve their foundational skills so they can find and keep good jobs! Skills for Success will provide training to nearly 90,000 Canadians to help get them back to work.

Skills for success are the skills needed to participate, adapt, and thrive in learning, work, and life. They include foundational skills like writing, reading, and numeracy; and socio-emotional skills like problem solving, communication, and collaboration.

The program will fund organizations to provide tools, resources and training to Canadians of all ages and at all skill levels. The federal government will launch a call for proposals later this year. Stay tuned!

Support work-integrated learning in a virtual world

Help us take work-integrated learning opportunities in the health-care sector to new virtual levels! In collaboration with Simulation Canada, our new Virtu-WIL program will make more than 120 new, modified, and existing simulations in English and in French available to students in nursing, medical laboratory technologies, and paramedicine at Canadian post-secondary institutions!

Interested? We want to hear from you!

  • Are you a supplier, or a partner, of a software system, either cloud-based or locally installed, that enables the creation, publication, and distribution of virtual learning and clinical simulations? Apply before May 28.
  • Are you a post-secondary institution offering training in nursing, medical laboratory technology, or paramedicine? Apply before June 4.

Collaborate in the Canadian cybersecurity space

Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) is looking for innovators across the country to form a national cybersecurity network supporting the growth of a comprehensive and collaborative Canadian cyber security innovation ecosystem!

The Cyber Security Innovation Network will support collaboration in cybersecurity research and development; accelerate the commercialization of cybersecurity products, services and processes; and diversify, deepen, and expand Canada’s cybersecurity pipeline of talent! Apply before July 25.

Explore the Canadian innovation landscape with Research Money

Next week, join Research Money during their 20th annual conference engaging international and domestic experts in a critical and constructive dialogue about how countries like Canada support innovation and how the COVID-19 pandemic has challenged us to develop better approaches and outcomes.

Our own Denise Amyot will be moderating a panel on building skills for recovery, innovation and growth:

  • What are the prospects and limitations of industry investments in upskilling and reskilling? Are business and higher education connected in the right ways? Should equity, diversity, and inclusion be part of a social agenda, an economic agenda, or both?

Register for “Co-creating Economic Recovery: New Models for Innovation Support,” taking place entirely online from June 1-4!

Apply for a scholarship in TVET

Applications are now open for this year’s Horatio Alger Association of Canada Vocational & Technical Education Scholarships awarded to students pursuing trade and career programs at non-profit institutions across Canada.

In total, 25 scholarships valued at $3,000 each will be awarded to deserving students in financial need who have overcome significant adversity while demonstrating strength of character, strong academics, a commitment to pursuing higher education as well as a desire to contribute to society.

Apply before the June 30 priority deadline; however, applications will continue to be accepted until all scholarships have been awarded! Last year, seven scholarships were awarded to students from First Nations Technical Institute, Thompson Rivers University, Nova Scotia Community College, Fanshawe College, Conestoga College, Cégep Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, and British Columbia Institute of Technology.

Reminder: Support youth employability in Kenya with Young Africa Works

New opportunities are available to help strengthen technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in Kenya and give youth, particularly women, market-relevant skills to find fulfilling work through Young Africa Works-Kenya: Youth Employability through TVET with the Mastercard Foundation!

Colleges and institutes can apply for ten new institutional supporting 25 Kenyan TVET institutions over three years. Apply before June 7.

Eureka! Moment

Did you know that two members of the Indigenous Institutes Consortium are partnering to improve virtual learning in Ontario for Indigenous learners? In partnership with eCampusOntario, Six Nations Polytechnic and Kenjgewin Teg will be developing two new microcredentials focused on Indigenous e-learning assessment strategies and hybrid-flexible (hyflex) design in Indigenous teaching and learning! The work is funded as part of an historic $50-million investment in the province’s Virtual Learning Strategy.

Appointments

George Brown College appointed Dr. Gervan Fearon as its new president beginning in August 2021. He has served as the President of Brock University since 2017 and was formerly the President of Brandon University.

Reminders

Stay safe and healthy on campus. Download the COVID Alert app.

Visit Wellness Together Canada for free online mental health and substance use support.

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