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Aches, Pains, and Office Strains

Statistics Canada has estimated that 20% of the current Canadian workforce (3.5 million) is 55 or older, with that expected to increase to 25% by 2021. Universities have realized a rapid increase in technology that has changed the way employees and students physically interact with their workspaces.  This intersection of demographics and technology has resulted … Continue reading "Aches, Pains, and Office Strains"

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

IT Services Transformation – Review Approach and Outcomes

In 2016, concerned with whether IT investments in a highly decentralized environment were optimized to deliver the university’s strategies, McMaster utilized an innovative approach for a review of its campus-wide Information Technology (“IT”) services to identify opportunities for improvements.  A committee of three external University Chief Information Officers and three internal faculty members, supported by a dedicated … Continue reading "IT Services Transformation – Review Approach and Outcomes"

January 15, 2018

Building Career Resiliency for Organizational Success: UBC HR’s Career Navigation and Transition Service

As a world-class university striving for academic excellence, the University of British Columbia (UBC) is continually discovering new ways of teaching, researching, learning, and working. Consequently, business needs change and employee roles are impacted. UBC Human Resources (HR) faces the challenge of retention and engagement during change, and building people’s capacity to successfully respond to … Continue reading "Building Career Resiliency for Organizational Success: UBC HR’s Career Navigation and Transition Service"

January 13, 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

Moving Finance into the Cloud

On October 27th, 2015, Brock University broke new ground in the Canadian University landscape by signing a contract with Workday to implement their financial package.  This project involved the replacement of a 30 year old homegrown system that was both unsupported and missing key functionality required in a modern University environment.  The move to Workday … Continue reading "Moving Finance into the Cloud"

January 25, 2017

YU START: York’s Online Transition Program

Responding to the identified need for a more comprehensive, efficient and effective way to enrol, transition and orient incoming students, York University created YU START. Piloted in 2012 and launched in its current form in 2015, YU START is an online transition tool that offers new undergraduate students an Online Enrolment Tutorial, an interactive University … Continue reading "YU START: York’s Online Transition Program"

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

Campus Engagement in Strategic Planning for Sustainability

The University of Alberta’s released their second institutional sustainability plan in August 2016. The engagement process invited the entire campus community to contribute through a combination of online and in-person conversations. Based on a proven model for effective strategic planning, the engagement process produced many wide-ranging benefits. This session will provide a high level overview … Continue reading "Campus Engagement in Strategic Planning for Sustainability"

January 17, 2017

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