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Assiniboine Community College and the Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technol- ogy sign MOU Assiniboine Community College (ACC)

and the Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology (MITT) have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding. Tis MOU opens the door for ACC and MITT to more formally collaborate, which will accelerate the pace at which new and existing program partnerships can be discussed and imple- mented. Paul Holden, the President and CEO of

MITT said during the signing that "Tere's never been a more pivotal time for educa- tional institutions to work together to devel- op new, relevant and integrated programs; to create better outcomes for students, for employers, and for Manitoba. With 75,000

ductive management, nutrition, stable and pasture management, health and welfare, and equine behaviour. Guest speakers and a farm tour are included. The course runs 10 Mondays, start-

ing January 11, 2016. Lectures are held 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm in 219 Animal Sci- ence Building, University of Manitoba (12 Dafoe Road). Course cost is $189 and enrolment is limited to 25 participants. Instructor is Kim Van Cauwenberghe.

University of Winnipeg

Te ‘Fuss’ about research UWinnipeg student David Fuss is cur-

rently in his fourth year of biochemistry and is the winner of the John Roberts Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Research 2015. Fuss has a personal interest in organic synthetic chemistry and is looking into the Truce-Smiles rearrangement under the direction of Dr. Tabitha Wood, associate professor in the Department of Chemistry. “David has the attributes of a successful

researcher: an inquisitive, analytical mind and an energetic, positive attitude,” shared Wood. “He’s very resourceful and has ex- plored different opportunities for working as a research assistant.” At first Fuss was not certain about re-

search, “I wanted to explore the idea of do- ing research,” said Fuss. “I wanted to engage in the process and see if I would enjoy it. And after taking a class with Dr. Wood, I knew I wanted to conduct research with her.” Fuss credits UWinnipeg for offering

ACC President Mark Frison, MITT President Paul Holden signed the MOU on November 30, 2015.

new people likely to join the provincial work force by 2025, the need to develop relevant training for the next generation is absolutely critical. Assiniboine and MITT recognize this need and we're actively working in sync to prepare the workforce of tomorrow for the workplace of tomorrow." Te MOU aims to improve student trans-

fer opportunities as well as develop a range of new growth initiatives, including: joint program development and delivery, better capacity utilization, provincial economic growth opportunities and initiatives to in- crease the number of international students at both institutions. Both ACC and MITT are known for devel-

oping quality programs which are respon- sive to Manitoba's changing labour market. Starting with college program entry in September 2016, the multi-year agreement creates increased pathways for both MITT and ACC students to transfer into programs at either college.

him many opportunities and honing his research, analysis and critical thinking skills. “I love Te University of Winnipeg,” shared Fuss. “I wanted to be in a close com- munity. It feels like a family, and you can get to know people really well, including your professors.” Fuss has served as a laboratory demon-

strator, and said of the experience, “I enjoy sharing my passion for learning and con- necting with students.” When he’s not studying or researching,

Fuss finds time to volunteer. His service includes being a palliative care volunteer

widespread risk-adverse culture.” Te research will address the systemic

barriers that affect the commercialization cycle as experienced by innovators and stakeholders in the Manitoba agri-food industry. Researchers will also investigate southwestern Manitoba’s innovation cul- ture and risk-adversity within the context of the province’s agri-food industry. “Our focus with this project will be rural

Manitoba,” Ashton said. “It is a less studied area when it comes to the commercializa- tion aspects of innovation. By generating a range of strategies, tools

and support programs for agri-food innova- tors, researchers are expected to improve export and manufacturing opportunities in rural Manitoba, facilitating entrepre- neurship. Tese improvements will benefit many agri-food industry stakeholders, from scientists and researchers to economic and industry professionals, including financing agencies, patent lawyers and business advi- sors, as well as government organizations. This project is made possible through

partnerships with many individuals and organizations: Community Futures West- man, Innovate Manitoba, Life Sciences

Guiliano Bellabono, Reynold Beniza, and Chelsée Cure (shown above, with instructor Melodie Richard at left).

The CMA gala is Canada’s premiere

marketing awards event, celebrating the country’s best work by brands and agencies.

Providence University College

New students to benefit from biggest schol- arship in Providence history Incoming students pursuing full-time

studies at both Providence University Col- lege and Providence Teological Seminary will have a chance to benefit from a new, annual scholarship during the 2016-17 school year. Te Ross and Dorothy Smith Memorial

Scholarship will provide $10,000 apiece to the recipients (one in the University Col- lege; one in the Seminary), who will be an- nounced no later than July 1, 2016. To be considered for the University Col-

Rural Development Institute at Brandon University.

Association of Manitoba, Manitoba Food Development Centre, Southwest Regional Development Corporation, and Westman Agriculture Diversification Organization. These organizations are adding value to this project by offering knowledge, experi- ence, contacts and cash contributions. Te number of project partners is expected to increase over the duration of the project. “Te Rural Development Institute pro-

vides a tremendous example of the value of partnerships between Brandon Univer- sity and the community,” said Dr. Dem- etres Tryphonopoulos, BU’s Dean of Arts. “Trough its applied research, the institute provides knowledge and tools that benefit all Manitobans.”

Red River College

UWinnipeg student David Fuss is the winner of the John Roberts Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Research 2015.

at the Steinbach Bethesda Regional Health Care Center and an emergency ambassador at Victoria General Hospital, work he says has contributed to his developing a strong interest in becoming a physician.

Brandon University

Rural Innovation in Manitoba research project will provide tools to strengthen agri-food industry A new research project at Brandon Uni-

This one is known for horsing around. University of Manitoba

Horse course teaches production and management principles Horse Production and Management is a

non-credit course offered by the Depart- ment of Animal Science at the University of Manitoba. Te bond between horse and mankind is

centuries old. Discover how to enhance this bond by gaining well-rounded knowledge of the equine species. Learn techniques of horse mastership that will allow you to pro- vide quality care for your equine partner. This series of lectures deals with the

principles of horse production and manage- ment, including anatomy and physiology, genetics, selection and breeding, repro-

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versity (BU) will help rural Manitobans get their good ideas to market. Te Rural Development Institute (RDI)

has received $182,000 in funding from the Canada and Manitoba governments through Growing Forward 2, a federal- provincial initiative, for a two-year research project examining Rural Innovation in Manitoba. Focusing specifically on the agri-food

sector, and on barriers to commercializa- tion, the research aims to close the “innova- tion gap” and help unlock the value of rural Manitoban ideas and knowledge. “Te innovation gap is complex, not well

understood, and largely caused by sys- temic barriers,” said Dr. William Ashton, Director of the RDI. “Rural Manitobans face numerous barriers such as limited access to venture capital, fragmented services to innovators and commercialization, and a

CreComm students honoured at Canadian Marketing Association Awards A trio of Red River College students were

honoured at the Canadian Marketing Asso- ciation Awards gala in Toronto last weekend. Guiliano Bellabono, Reynold Beniza, and

Chelsée Cure (shown above, with instructor Melodie Richard at left) won Bronze in the Student Creative Case Study category for their integrated marketing campaign for retailer Te Source. All three took RRC’s Creative Communications program, and majored in Advertising during their second year. In this year’s Creative Case Study cat-

egory, entrants were tasked with develop- ing an integrated concept that would boost awareness and put Te Source back into the consideration set among younger con- sumers. Teir first challenge was to create a new value proposition that embodied the retailer’s youthful, energetic and future- ready tone and matter — one that fit into a one-year, $1-million marketing budget. Te RRC team’s creative honed in on mil-

lennials’ desire to update their social media followers with #phoneproblems, #autocor- rectproblems, and more. In response, their campaign provided #SourceSolutions to the corresponding hashtags, highlighting is- sues that could be solved using Te Source’s products and services. Te campaign included witty YouTube,

Twitter, Facebook and transit ads (and branded content), as well as a direct mail piece.

Providence's Ross and Dorothy Smith Memorial Scholarship will provide $10,000 apiece to the recipients.

January 2016

lege award, applicants will be Canadian citizens, will live in residence at Providence, and will be enrolled in a degree program comprising at least 30 credit hours over the fall and winter semesters. A 600-word essay describing past and present church and volunteer involvement, and expounding on how Providence will prepare the applicant to follow Christ and grow in knowledge and character for leadership and service, will be part of the application process. Further details are available on the University Col- lege website. Te Seminary recipient will meet similar

criteria, although the credit hour threshold will be 24 and a 1,000-word essay will be required. Additional information can be attained by visiting the Seminary website. All applications must be received by April

1, 2016. Ross (1930-2008) and Dorothy (1930-2014)

Smith met in Calgary, where both worked for Shell Oil, and were married in 1956. Ross earned a degree in Civil Engineering from McGill University and a Master of Business Administration from Stanford; Dorothy was one of the first women to graduate as a drafter from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. Upon relocation to Winnipeg, Ross was

appointed Vice President at James Rich- ardson and Sons and was a member of the Providence Board of Governors between 1988 and 2000. Additionally, he served as president of the Canadian Football League’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers, whom Dorothy cheered on with her famous whistle. Te Smiths supported numerous Chris-

tian charities and initiatives, and now, ahead of the 2016-17 school year, bequeath the biggest scholarship in Providence his- tory through their estate. Their generous contribution will help

enable Providence to continue training difference-makers for service in workplaces, communities, and churches.

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