This 60-minute will profile the Edmonton model of inter-institutional and cross-sector collaboration. Leaders in post-secondary education, government, industry, and other education sectors wishing to build stronger partnerships will find inspiration in the lessons and good practices the Edmonton example offers. Participants will come away with insights into:
- Identifying opportunities for a municipal-industry-education collaboration.
- Creating a road map for a coordinated effort with partners in education, industry, and business.
- Identifying guiding principles that can drive a team to achieve long-term goals.
- Developing a vision for collaboration.
Dr. Hank Bestman, Vice-President Academic and Research, Professor of Biology and Biochemistry, The King’s University
Dr. Hank Bestman completed his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Plant Science (Weed Science) at the University of Alberta in the 1980’s. In 1987 he was appointed as the second faculty member in the biology department at what was then known as The King’s College. In due time he obtained tenure as Professor of Biology and Biochemistry. For 24 years, besides teaching Introductory Biology, he has taught Biochemistry, Plant Physiology, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Biostatistics, and Mathematical Modeling in Biology, and had an active research program with undergraduate students on carbon metabolism in algae. In 2011 Hank was appointed as the Vice-President Academic and Research at what had now become The King’s University, after having been the Chair of the Biology Department and the Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences for numerous three-year terms.
Dr. Sue Fitzsimmons, Vice-President Academic, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT)
Sue Fitzsimmons joined NAIT’s executive team as Vice-President Academic in 2016 on a two-year interim term. She is responsible for championing NAIT’s academic mission, which includes the promotion of excellence in polytechnic education, research and industrial innovation, and holistic student success. Sue, who has spent most of her professional career working in education, has been at NAIT since 2008. Her previous positions include Senior Advisor in the Office of the Provost and Vice President Academic, Director of the Department of Teaching and Academic Development and Consultant with Corporate and International Training. Prior to joining NAIT, she was a senior manager with Alberta Health Services and before that an Assistant Professor at the University of Winnipeg. Sue holds a PhD in education from the University of Alberta.
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