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Endowment System

fsdds In the 2017 University Investment Survey there were 72 Universities with Endowment Funds that support institutional missions providing financial support for scholarships, bursaries, awards and research centres (etc.). In 2015, we asked other Canadian Universities what systems are used to administer and track endowments (i.e. tracking endowment spending and market value, determining budget amounts, … Continue reading "Endowment System"

June 10, 2019


Staff Job Design, Evaluation and Compensation

In collaboration with the University of Western Ontario Staff Association, supervisors and administrators across campus, Human Resource staff developed and implemented a sustainable, effective and efficient job evaluation system for staff roles supporting student experience, administration and the research enterprise. The work began a number of years ago when discussions with the union representatives identified concerns … Continue reading "Staff Job Design, Evaluation and Compensation"

June 10, 2019


Network upgrade, phase 1: Upgrade of the distribution and access switches

Replacement of the outdated network infrastructures throughout the university campus, which includes more than 32 pavilions and 250 telecommunication rooms. All while ensuring interoperability with the different systems that are not being replaced and must remain operational, such as: all the IP telephony systems; IP telephony devices; fax, voice recognition, voicemail, security camera and call … Continue reading "Network upgrade, phase 1: Upgrade of the distribution and access switches"

June 10, 2019


Improving Organizational Safety through a Health and Safety Management System

From Wake-up Call to Transformation In the autumn of 2013 the University of Alberta experienced explosions in two labs, each resulting in significant injuries to a graduate student. The explosions represented a wake-up call, confirming that the university was not doing enough to improve its safety culture. After a review of best practices within both … Continue reading "Improving Organizational Safety through a Health and Safety Management System"

January 23, 2018


SFU Data Centre: Installation of Cedar

Simon Fraser University (SFU), in partnership with Compute Canada and regional partner WestGrid, installed a new, advanced research computing (ARC) system, Cedar, at the SFU Data Centre at SFU’s Burnaby Mountain campus. Named after the Western Red Cedar, British Columbia’s official tree, Cedar is one of four national new supercomputers in Canada that will provide … Continue reading "SFU Data Centre: Installation of Cedar"

January 22, 2018


Ensuring Job Security Through Dining and Janitorial Services Contracts at SFU

Post-secondary institutions have a unique opportunity and responsibility to contribute to the social infrastructure of the communities in which they are imbedded. As Canada’s leading engaged university, SFU undertook an innovative and socially progressive approach to awarding its $15M annual dining services contract with the objective of leveraging its purchasing power to positively impact the … Continue reading "Ensuring Job Security Through Dining and Janitorial Services Contracts at SFU"

January 22, 2018


Finance Support Program

Our finance support program really is all about support.  Support to department heads to ensure that they receive consistent, relevant information to base their decisions on.  Support in navigating the administrative tasks which are key to the smooth operation of their department. To achieve our support objectives we provided comprehensive training and resources to key … Continue reading "Finance Support Program"

January 22, 2018


Classroom Technology Modernization Program

The University of Victoria provides approximately 185 general-purpose teaching and learning spaces, including large lecture theatres.  All of these spaces are equipped with audio-visual technologies that enhance teaching and learning.  As technologies continue to evolve, our classrooms must be updated to meet the expectation of a modern teaching and learning environment, empower instructors to focus … Continue reading "Classroom Technology Modernization Program"

January 22, 2018


Partnering for Success – Modernizing Supply Chain Management at Memorial

The five-year overhaul of Memorial University’s Faculty of Science supply chain management (SCM) function stands apart from similar modernization projects for its holistic approach. The initiative focused heavily on partnerships and collaboration, drawing expertise from our Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S), Information Technology and Technical Services departments to achieve compatible objectives, as well as from … Continue reading "Partnering for Success – Modernizing Supply Chain Management at Memorial"

January 19, 2018


Addressing Climate Change: U of T’s Utility Reduction Revolving Fund (URRF) – An Innovative Approach to Implementing a Green Revolving Fund

The Utilities Reduction Revolving Fund (URRF), established in 2012, is UofT’s innovative approach to implementing a green revolving fund. This forward-looking project directly satisfies the commitments made by the university in the President’s 2016 report Beyond Divestment: Taking Decisive Action on Climate Change, as well as the mandate of the Committee on the Environment, Climate … Continue reading "Addressing Climate Change: U of T’s Utility Reduction Revolving Fund (URRF) – An Innovative Approach to Implementing a Green Revolving Fund"

January 11, 2018


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