Beyond the Classroom: College Partnerships to Accelerate Innovation (E/SI)

April 25, 2023 | 1:45 pm - 2:45 pm

Stream: Building and maintaining strong Industry Partnerships
Location: 513
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Strong academic, industry and community partnerships are essential for advancing college innovation beyond the classroom.

At George Brown College, two goals drive our work in this space: to be a recognized industry champion and community and city builder by enabling innovation, prosperity, sustainability, and vibrancy of our local, regional, and international communities; and to advance the GBC brand and reputation as a renowned Canadian college to facilitate future growth by building trust and loyalty among key audiences. This session will explore the different types of existing partnerships underway at GBC and share the college’s partnerships framework and guiding principles that inform our approach to developing and sustaining partnerships in our respective areas of expertise.

At Lambton College, applied research has proven to be an effective platform to support industry-college partnerships, student-college and researcher-college engagements. The growth and sustainability of the portfolio is a complex process and requires a comprehensive approach. In this presentation, the College will share Lambton’s 6-pillar Model on how to build an effective research portfolio. The 6-pillar model includes Strategy, Operations, People, Partnership, Promotion and Culture.

Attendees will be invited to discuss their experiences with partnership development at their respective institutions, explore challenges and opportunities for maintaining high-quality partnerships, and share best practices for engaging in this important work.

Christine Walker, Director, Global Partnerships, George Brown College
Kizzy Rodney, Director, External and Community Relations, George Brown College
Krista Holmes, Associate Vice-President, Research & Innovation, George Brown College
Mehdi Sheikhzadeh, Vice President, Research and Innovation, Lambton College
Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 4
Quality Education
Goal 8
Decent Work and Economic Growth
Goal 9
Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
Goal 10
Reduced Inequality
Goal 11
Sustainable Cities and Communities
Goal 16
Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
Goal 17
Partnerships to achieve the Goal