BC Research and Innovation Network Launched
JIBC contributes expertise in research to solve practical problems in justice and public safety
The Presidents of British Columbia Colleges (BC Colleges) representing 11 colleges in BC, the Justice Institute of British Columbia, and Yukon College announced today the formal creation of a BC Applied Research and Innovation Network (BCARIN).
BCARIN’s mandate is to connect member institutions – their students and faculty – with business and community organizations who seek to solve ‘real world’ problems which demand skill in research and innovation. BCARIN has launched a web site and network ‘portal’ at www.bcarin.ca and it has appointed its first executive board, Co-Chaired by Thor Borgford, Dean of Science & Technology at Douglas College, and Margaret Heldman, Dean of Science at Langara.
Said Borgford and Heldman, “The BCARIN initiative will grow applied research capacity within the Colleges and fellow institutions, it will produce greater direct engagement of students and faculty with their communities, and promote an extensive sharing of knowledge and resources. Importantly, the network aims to enhance business productivity and improve the outcomes sought by community organizations.”
Angus Graeme, President of Selkirk College and Chair of BC Colleges, stated “Skilled and educated workers are our most critical resource and BC’s 11 public colleges are focused on ensuring our graduates have the right advanced skills and education to meet labour market demands. This includes fostering an environment that places an emphasis on applied research and innovation as a means to improved workforce productivity, sustained business and enterprise success, and expanded community engagement.”
“Applied research at JIBC involves the systematic application of scientific principles to solve practical, real-world problems,” said Greg Anderson, dean of the Office of Applied Research & Graduate studies at JIBC. “We’re embracing applied research that fosters partnerships with community stakeholders, informs best practices, and ensures we remain on the leading edge of curriculum development, as well as learning and teaching, while providing opportunities for faculty development.”
Members of BCARIN belong to the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) and are accredited to administer funding from the three major Canadian federal granting agencies: the Canadian Institutes of Health research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).
Member institutions include: Camosun College, the College of New Caledonia, College of the Rockies, Douglas College, Justice Institute of British Columbia, Langara, North Island College, Northwest Community College, Northern Lights College, Okanagan College, Selkirk College, Vancouver Community College, and Yukon College. Members offer a broad-range of expertise and experience in research and development, and the required infrastructure to support innovation in industrial, corporate, and community contexts.
BCARIN’s website – www.bcarin.ca – was created and is maintained by students working with the Douglas College Digital Cultures Lab.
Last updated April 10, 2014