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Ryerson University Departmental Safety Officer Program

In its continuing effort to embed safety into the culture and operation of every academic and non-academic unit on campus, Ryerson University’s Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) department implemented a university-wide system of Departmental Safety Officers (DSOs) and Departmental Safety Committees (DSCs). This innovative program is distinctive in three primary ways: 1) while a handful … Continue reading "Ryerson University Departmental Safety Officer Program"

June 10, 2019


Breaking silos right from the launch of a strategic planning exercise

“Breaking silos” is often one of the objectives that appear in the strategic plans adopted by universities. At the Université de Sherbrooke (UdeS), “breaking silos” was more of a means of carrying out the strategic planning exercise the new administration launched in September 2017. Working without an external consultant, the president’s team fully appropriated the … Continue reading "Breaking silos right from the launch of a strategic planning exercise"

June 10, 2019


Sharing knowledge and saving time with a Business Glossary and a FAQ tool

As with many organizations there is a lot of knowledge accumulated and shared through emails, documents, presentations, training sessions, workshops, and sometimes just in people’s heads. This decentralized method of organizing and accessing information was decreasing the quality, accuracy and consistency of UBC Development and Alumni Engagement (DAE) staff work. The primary goal of this … Continue reading "Sharing knowledge and saving time with a Business Glossary and a FAQ tool"

January 10, 2018


Cloud Enabled Collaboration & Productivity

All eleven Nova Scotia institutions of higher education now use a common communication and collaboration platform. Offered to higher education at no- to very low cost, Office365 is the new technology standard and portends future sharing opportunities in information technology (IT). Through the Higher-Ed IT Shared Services program, there was a single procurement and contract … Continue reading "Cloud Enabled Collaboration & Productivity"

January 25, 2017


Incorporating Sustainability into University Governance: Sustainability Strategy 2016-2018

The University of Manitoba’s Sustainability Policy outlines a commitment to excellence and leadership based on a strategy of broad engagement and integrated planning across the entire University community. In response to the Policy, the Sustainability Committee and the Office of Sustainability undertook broad engagement to identify priorities for the University. Based on the results, the … Continue reading "Incorporating Sustainability into University Governance: Sustainability Strategy 2016-2018"

January 25, 2017


Managing campus expansion in an era of climate change

Through ten years of comprehensive climate action, the University of Winnipeg has made quantitative reductions in its greenhouse gas emissions while showing strong leadership and innovation in GHG emission tracking, policy development, management, and reporting.  Between 1990 and 2015, absolute campus wide emissions decreased by approximately 32% despite the fact that 38% of currently owned … Continue reading "Managing campus expansion in an era of climate change"

January 25, 2017


SFU Zero Waste Initiative

In January 2014, SFU launched its Zero Waste initiative, with the aim of diverting 70% of waste from landfill, while doubling the amount recycled or composted. This goal was adopted in the SFU Sustainability Strategic Plan (2013-16) and has strong administrative support. The Zero Waste Initiative has employed infrastructure improvements, cross-departmental governance, a comprehensive communication … Continue reading "SFU Zero Waste Initiative"

June 14, 2016


Collaborative Development of a Governance and Reporting Framework for Land Development Activities

Land is one of the University of New Brunswick's (UNB) key assets. In addition to its core campus lands, UNB owns significant endowment lands, many of which are used directly for teaching and research.   In 2003, UNB adopted a Land Management Strategy (LMS) that provided an administrative framework for the co-ordinated management of our … Continue reading "Collaborative Development of a Governance and Reporting Framework for Land Development Activities"

June 13, 2016


Partnership agreement between the Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO), the Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT) and the Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR) for maintaining, evolving and developing IT systems.

First and foremost, UQO, UQAT and UQAR sought to share each university’s customized IT systems and equitably pool the organizational resources devoted to maintaining, evolving and developing these IT systems. Collectively, five analysts and five programmers (four at UQO, four at UQAR and two at UQAT) were assigned to the partnership. The agreement also aimed … Continue reading "Partnership agreement between the Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO), the Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT) and the Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR) for maintaining, evolving and developing IT systems."

April 16, 2015


University Manager 2014 Summer

Governance and management underpin a university’s credit rating, Charting a data-driven strategy

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June 17, 2014


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