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Oceans, artificial intelligence, advanced manufacturing and more: Business/Higher Education Roundtable celebrates superclusters as unprecedented examples of research partnerships

OTTAWA – On February 15th, the federal government announced the recipients of major research funding, aimed at boosting collaboration between business and higher education. Each of the five regional superclusters involves a consortium of large anchor companies, SMEs, public research facilities, post-secondary institutions and non-profit organizations.

Each cluster teamed up to submit a joint funding proposal that identified key regional players, capacity for growth, and a long-term sustainability strategy. Over the next six years, the five recipients will match dollar-for-dollar the $950 million in federal funding – a strong commitment …

Partnership to help students gain work experience through wage subsidy program

Announced by Red River College on February 6th, 2018.

Students in Red River College’s Applied Computer Education (ACE) department will gain an important first step towards their careers, thanks to a new partnership with the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC).

Through the ITAC Talent Career Ready program, eligible companies in the ACE Project Space, along with Co-operative Education and Work Integrated Learning (CEWIL) ACE Partners, will receive a wage subsidy for students’ work placements, which allows the companies to hire a driven employee who can apply cutting-edge …

Business and post-secondary leaders celebrate major investments in preparing students for the workforce

Thousands of Canadian students will find the pathway from the classroom to the workforce much easier to navigate, thanks to a major commitment by Toronto region businesses and post-secondary institutions. Earlier today, leading financial services companies, universities and colleges announced an ambitious plan to provide 10,000 work-integrated learning placements by the end of 2020.


A joint initiative from 10 members of the Toronto Financial Services Alliance (TFSA) and seven universities and colleges, the program – ASPIRE – seeks to help students transition from post-secondary to the workplace while also …

Algonquin College and Shopify announce new program making experiential learning a priority

As reported by Algonquin College

Ottawa — Algonquin College and Shopify are pleased to announce a partnership that brings students into the future of commerce and design.

Sixty third-year Algonquin College Graphic Design students from the School of Media and Design will be receiving hands-on training in a pilot course that provides experiential learning opportunities at Shopify’s company headquarters. As part of the curriculum, students will partner with local businesses to improve design aspects of their companies. The students will gain expert insight and training from Shopify instructors, who collaborated …

Centennial College’s $90-million digs unveiled

As reported by Bill Tremblay and the Canadian Lodging News

SCARBOROUGH, Ont. — While its students are well into their first semester at Centennial College’s new Culinary Arts Centre, the school is beginning to introduce the public to its state-of-the-art hospitality facility.

Planning for the $90-million facility began about three years ago. Following two years of construction, the building opened its doors in September and includes a 742-bed residence, classrooms, labs, offices, a restaurant, café and conference centre.

“It feels like natural growth. Centennial has a long history of hospitality. …

State-of-the-art clinical learning space to open at St. Lawrence College

As reported by St. Lawrence College:

With half of St. Lawrence College students in health and health-related programs, the need for expanded state-of-the-art clinical learning space is critical. The College’s lab space was recently rebuilt and modernized in order to meet the increased need for highly advanced technical training for students in programs such as degree and practical nursing, Medical Laboratory Science/Assistant, and Pre-Health Science.

The grand opening of the new Clinical Simulation Lab will take place on January 11 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am at the Kingston campus.…

Calling for Collaboration: Putting the voice of youth at the centre to help solve the school to work transition

A new whitepaper, Addressing the Catch 22: RBC Career Launch Applicants Recommendations for Improving School-to-Work Transitions, published by RBC in partnership with the Canadian Career Development Foundation reveals that recent grads in Canada want to be part of the solution but they are calling for more support and collaboration from business, schools and government to help them reach their full potential as they transition from school to work.

According to the study based on more than 1,350 applications randomly selected from the approximately 5,800 that RBC has received …

Report advocates for national protocols in high-impact world of work-integrated learning

As reported by the University of Calgary

As someone on a university campus, you’ve probably heard about it, but you may not even know it. Work-integrated learning (WIL) goes by many terms in the academic world — such as work-based learning, practice-based learning, co-operative education and internship, to name a few — but they are all a part of a fundamental aspect of high-quality education that readies students for their future.

A new report from the Business/Higher Education Roundtable (BHER) advocates for a common definition for post-secondary institutions to consider …

Report takes pulse of work-integrated learning opportunities

As originally appearing on the McGill Reporter

On Sept. 27, Principal Suzanne Fortier met with leaders from 26 Canadian post-secondary institutions and the private sector for the Business/Higher Education Roundtable on work-integrated learning. McGill is one of six universities participating in the group. This week, the B/HER released its research report, “Taking the Pulse of Work-Integrated Learning in Canada.”

The report identifies best practices regarding, and barriers to implementing, work-integrated learning (WIL). The report concludes with recommendations for increasing student access to WIL opportunities. Both a summary and the full

College celebrates opening of Centre for Northern Innovation in Mining building

As announced by Yukon College

Yukon College held a grand opening ceremony today for the new Centre for Northern Innovation in Mining (CNIM) building at the Ayamdigut campus. The $8.3 million, 18,000 square foot building is eighty per cent larger than originally envisioned and has been completed a year ahead of schedule.

Yukon Premier Darrell Pasloski, Yukon Minister for Energy Mines and Resources Scott Kent, Yukon Member of Parliament Larry Bagnell and the CNIM governing council joined students, faculty and staff for the ribbon cutting and tour of the new …

Scotiabank Invests $1 Million in the University of New Brunswick’s Student Abroad Programs and Honours Former Chief Executive

As announced by the University of New Brunswick.

Fredricton, New Brunswick – Students at the University of New Brunswick (UNB) now have more opportunities to study and learn abroad thanks to Scotiabank, Canada’s international bank.

Scotiabank today announced that it is furthering its commitment to international study awards at UNB with a leadership gift of $1 million. The new funds will be used to support awards for students interested in pursuing educational opportunities overseas.

“I wish to extend my thanks to Scotiabank for this exceptional gift,” said Eddy Campbell, UNB …

Every university and college student should have access to work-integrated learning, business and post-secondary leaders say

Making work-integrated learning a fundamental part of the Canadian undergraduate experience is one of several commitments recently made by Canada’s Business/Higher Education Roundtable – a year-old organization representing some of the country’s leading companies and post-secondary institutions.

Roundtable members agreed on an ambitious agenda, which includes:

  1. A national goal for work-integrated learning – to ensure 100 per cent of Canadian post-secondary students benefit from some form of meaningful work-integrated learning before graduation.
  2. A national campaign to promote the importance of work-integrated learning.
  3. A series of work-integrated learning pilot projects focused

University of Toronto and RBC create startup accelerator for young innovators

As announced by the University of Toronto on April 5, 2016

The University of Toronto and the Royal Bank of Canada today announced ONRamp, a major new initiative that will help support Canada’s innovative entrepreneurs.

Located in the Banting & Best Centre for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (BBCIE), ONRamp will provide new collaborative workspaces for students, entrepreneurs and startup companies to support them in developing commercial ideas.

“U of T is a global leader in transforming innovative ideas into products, services, companies and jobs,” said Meric Gertler, president of the University …

University of Waterloo honours its top co-op students, including national winner

Tuesday, March 15 2016

As announced by the University of Waterloo

A student from the University of Waterloo has won the award for top co-op student in Canada for her work coordinating a radiotherapy program for people in the advanced stages of cancer.…

McGill launches Masters of Management in Finance

February 11, 2016

As announced by McGill University

McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management is launching a new twelve-month Masters of Management in Finance (MMF).…

YRC & industry partner to discover the best solar technology for the North

February 4, 2016

As announced by Yukon College

Whitehorse – Yukoners will soon have a better understanding of what solar technologies could work best in the North. Cold Climate Innovation, of the Yukon Research Centre at Yukon College has partnered with Solvest Inc. and Triniti Technology to study solar technology performance in the North.…

CAE Healthcare launches world-class neurosurgery simulator in partnership with the National Research Council of Canada

January 18, 2016

As announced by CAE Inc.

CAE Healthcare announced today the launch of NeuroVRTM, a neurosurgery simulator that offers the world’s most realistic training environment for open cranial and endoscopic brain surgery procedures.…

Business leaders and post-secondary presidents launch Business/Higher Education Roundtable to improve school-to-work transitions

In a move aimed at strengthening cooperation between employers and educators, a group representing some of Canada’s largest companies and post-secondary institutions today announced the creation of the Canadian Business/Higher Education Roundtable.…