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:
- The Mawji Centre for New Venture and Student Entrepreneurship at NAIT inspires creators and trailblazers to take on an entrepreneurial mindset through business mentorship and workshops, interdisciplinary challenges, and networking opportunities. The centre capitalizes on the diversity of the community to shape the next generation of innovators who propel business and industry forward!
- Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Yukon University supports Yukoners starting businesses and developing new products and services with funding, resources, expertise, and incubation from beginning to end. The university is also a Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Huband works to identify additional barriers and challenges faced by women entrepreneurs and provide support to overcome them.
- Coast Mountain College’s series of Skills Development for the Entrepreneur microcredentials, offered in partnership with Ed2Go, help small business owners, or those looking to start their own business, increase their market share or bring their ideas to life.
- Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Bachelor of Business Administration in Entrepreneurial Leadership is a renewed and modernized program that sets students up to discover their entrepreneurial identity, bring their diverse ideas and passions to the table, and discover entrepreneurial ventures that celebrate their unique value propositions.
- The Aboriginal Entrepreneurship Program at Keyano College gives students the skills and knowledge they need to develop their business ideas including viability assessment, financial resources, and an understanding of the unique context of entrepreneurship within Indigenous communities.
- Algonquin College’s Discovery, Applied Research, and Entrepreneurship (DARE) District is a multidisciplinary space for faculty, researchers, businesses and students that embeds Indigenous knowledge, methodology, and imagery in its design, identity, andpurpose – including the new Institute for Indigenization.
- Cégep Garneau’s Espace Entreprendre introduces students to the world of small business management, connects them with other entrepreneurs, and encourages them to launch their own ideas. The cégep is also home to the École d’entrepreneuriat de Québec (Quebec School of Entrepreneurship) that offers training and personalized mentoring for student entrepreneurs.
- The Indigenous Digital Accelerator at Capilano University empowers Indigenous entrepreneurs to scale up early-stage businesses with high growth, commercialization, and innovation potential, ultimately having a positive impact on communities.
- The ACE Project Space at Red River College is a collaborative space connecting students and entrepreneurs to share experiences, bring innovative ideas to life, and make a difference in the community.
- At Durham College, FastStart is a free, extra-curricular program designed to help entrepreneurial students develop and launch their own businesses while they study. Students develop valid business ideas, solid business plans, and marketing assets to take their products and services to market quickly and successfully!
- The Institut de recherche sur l’intégration professionnelle des immigrants (CCTT affiliated with Collège de Maisonneuve) specializes in projects the support cultural diversity in Quebec workplaces, including a study of the barriers faced by women immigrants entering business and entrepreneurship.
- At Collège d’Alma, CoLab is the college’s innovation centre dedicated to initiating, testing, and driving projects that help people, businesses, and communities increase their digital skills. Specifically, CoLab’s « Les Ambitieuses » project aims to encourage more young women to become entrepreneurs and join male-dominated industries like digital sciences and engineering.
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.
- Join us with officials from ISED on June 3 in a virtual workshop to learn more about the network and the role college and institutes can play.
- We have also established a new Information Technology and Security Network and Advisory Committee to advise us on college and institute digital infrastructure and information technology needs. Share this opportunity with Chief Information Officers at your institution and contact us to find out more!
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!
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.
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.
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