Edmonton Public Library Wins Library of the Year: Statement in the Senate

Posted June 18th, 2014 in blog by Doug Black
The Edmonton Public Library's Stanley Milner Library, located in downtown Edmonton

The EPL’s Stanley Milner Library, located in downtown Edmonton.

The Edmonton Public Library (EPL) was named 2014 Library of the Year, the highest honour in North America bestowed on a public library. The EPL is the first ever Canadian library to receive the prestigious award, given by Library Journal magazine and Gale Cengage Learning.

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Geoffrey Cumming donates $100 Million to UofC School of Medicine

Posted June 17th, 2014 in blog by Doug Black

(Todd Korol For The Globe and Mail)

Some exciting news for the University of Calgary today. Local businessman and UofC alumnus Geoffrey Cumming made an incredible gift of $100 million to the University’s medical faculty. The gift is one of the largest philanthropic gifts ever given to a Canadian university and the largest ever bestowed to an Alberta post-secondary institution.

The faculty will now be known as the Cumming School of Medicine. Continue Reading »

Making Canada an Innovation Powerhouse – National Post

Posted March 4th, 2014 in Article, blog by Doug Black

Amit Chakma, President at Western University f In an opinion piece from last Wednesday’s National Post, Amit Chakma believes that Canada is finally getting serious about innovation.

President of the University of Western Ontario, Chakma points to the recently announced Canada First Research Excellence Fund, which will invest $50-million into world-class university research starting in 2015-16, growing to $200-million annually by 2018-19 and beyond. It is a sign of commitment from the federal government that “our country’s brightest minds will be more strongly supported to excel at knowledge creation.” Continue Reading »

Rapid innovation in the oilsands: a worthy challenge

Posted November 14th, 2013 in blog by Doug Black

lightbulb-oilsands-innovation-stevenc-designSome food for thought from Matt McCulloch, who until recently was director of consulting services at the Pembina Institute and is now working with the Canadian Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA). In a blog post published just before his move to COSIA, McCulloch writes:

“Are we as Albertans ready to take up this challenge? Can we develop a world-leading innovation system that improves environmental performance in the energy sector? I know that we are and I know that we can.”