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JMH & Co. invests in Mount Royal University to create new venture opportunites for students
Ray DePaul, Director for Innovation & Entrepreneurship and JMH & Co.'s, Jerry F. Gartly, C.A., CPA.
JMH & Co., an Alberta-based accounting firm with offices in Medicine Hat, Brooks and Calgary has established a partnership with Mount Royal University and pledged $250,000 over five years to the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. JMH was keen to work with Mount Royal to set up a program that empowers students to follow their passion and launch their own businesses. The JMH New Venture LaunchPad was created to help foster an entrepreneural mindset and provide resources to succeed in launching their new endeavor. Most students wait until after graduation to pursue their ideas but this program encourages students to follow their dreams even sooner.
“Wading into the world of accounting, payroll and taxes can be intimidating for new business owners," said Terri Benson, who was instrumental in creating the program. "Our goal is to partner with the students and create a strong mentoring relationship. JMH is keen to help the new entrepreneurs navigate the accounting process, ensure that they follow proper procedures and don’t forget to even pay themselves. Our experience with single operator owned businesses is a perfect fit for students embarking on their first small venture.”
"Mount Royal has an award-winning Entrepreneurship program that helps students generate and refine their ideas into venture opportunities that can have a significant economic and social impact", said Ray DePaul, Director for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Mount Royal. "The JMH New Venture LaunchPad program will allow passionate students to take the bold step of moving out of the classroom and actually launching their venture. We are thrilled to have JMH&Co as a partner to help provide mentorship and financial support to these student ventures."
Nexen Inc. has invested $1 million, over five years, to the newly named Nexen Scholars Program at Mount Royal University — the largest gift to the Institute for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning to date.
The first of its kind in Canada, and one of the Institute’s signature programs, the Nexen Scholars Program attracts faculty from across North America and supports the development of new best practices for teaching and learning.
“The Nexen Scholars Program helps University teachers use their own classrooms to conduct innovative research which results in better understanding and improved learning for students everywhere," said Richard A. Gale, PhD, director of the Institute for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.
The central work of the Scholars will be to develop course-based inquiry projects, conduct research that sheds new light on a significant aspect of student learning, share evidence and findings publicly in an effort to influence practice in the field, and create a culture of teaching and learning inquiry at Mount Royal and beyond.
Scholars are selected for a one-year term and participate in several on-site workshops, three multi-day off-site residencies, and monthly meetings. The work of this year’s scholarship recipients represent several different faculties and areas within Mount Royal and will benefit future journalists, educators, youth workers and more.
“Nexen is proud to invest in this exciting initiative at Mount Royal University,” said Pierre Alvarez, Vice President, Corporate Relations at Nexen. “Supporting education is one of the pillars of our community investment strategy. We’re committed to building strong communities, and one of the best ways we can contribute to that is by enhancing educational initiatives that help students become successful employees and citizens.”
|Encana Corporation's David Lye, Vice President, Corporate Environment, Health & Safety, Security & Corporate Responsibility accepts a token of appreciation from the Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology, Jeff Goldberg, in recognition of Encana's support of Mount Royal's Institute for Sustainability and the Environment|
Mount Royal University’s new Institute for Sustainability and the Environment, the core of the Centre of Excellence for Sustainability and the Environment, has received a nod from Encana Corporation with a generous $1.5-million donation.
Encana made the announcement at the recent official opening of Mount Royal’s new Learning Labs and Resource Hall for students in arts, science and technology during a ceremony held in the new facility.
“Encana is committed to continuous improvement of its practices, and the applied research conducted through the new MRU Institute will support that improvement – and will be shared in the public domain,” said Dave Lye, Vice President, Corporate Environment, Health & Safety, Security & Corporate Responsibility, Encana Corporation.
The Institute will be a forum where faculty, students and other stakeholders will undertake collaborative, multidisciplinary research and scholarship, build knowledge and develop viable solutions for the future.
“Involving students in research will allow them to develop skills and first-hand understanding of environmental issues. They will enter the workforce with knowledge and experience that will be invaluable in their careers and to the employers lucky enough to attract them,” added Lye.
From seeking new and affordable ways to improve water quality, to analyzing Canada’s attitudes and policies toward fossil fuel energy-related environmental issues, environmentally sustainable and competitive business strategies, Mount Royal is engaged in progressive and cutting-edge research and scholarship that will be brought together under the umbrella of the Centre for Sustainability and the Environment.
Encana is the lead corporate donor to date in Mount Royal’s Changing the Face of Education campaign.
National Bank funds scholarships in Nursing and Business Administration
Mount Royal University’s campaign funding priority Learning Opportunities recently got a hefty boost by the National Bank of Canada. National Bank committed $100,000 over five years to fund scholarships for students in the Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Business Administration programs.
"We are proud to support this initiative in education that emphasizes students' wellness and success," said National Bank President and Chief Executive Officer, Louis Vachon at a recent gift announcement and cheque presentation luncheon in Calgary. "National Bank's contribution will allow Mount Royal University – its faculties and students – to pursue their mutual goal of taking student success to the next level."
|Louis Vachon, National Bank’s President and Chief Executive Officer (far left) and colleagues Murray D'Angelo, Vice‐President, Western Canada, Personal and Commercial Banking (centre right), Sakine Hammoud, Personal Banker, National Bank (second from right), and Linda Smart, Vice‐President, Commercial Banking, Specialized Groups, Central, Western & Atlantic Canada (far right) present National Bank's donation of $100,000 to Dr. Murray Young, Dean, Bissett School of Business (second from left) and Dr. Chad London, Dean, Health and Community Studies (centre left).|
"Our students are our future community leaders. This contribution from National Bank shows a shared vote of confidence in their potential. We thank National Bank for partnering with us to support their success," added Dr. Murray Young, Dean, Bissett School of Business.
The first National Bank Scholarships in Nursing and Business Administration will be awarded in Fall 2012.
Sandra Botting was a pioneer in the establishment and growth of midwifery as a recognized, valuable and highly sought after profession in Alberta and beyond. A radiologic technologist, midwife, mentor, mother of four and beloved wife, Sandra dedicated 25 years of her life to advancing the status of midwifery, proliferating the practice of safe, alternative birthing options for Alberta families, and demonstrating the spirit of community leadership.
Sandra succumbed to cancer in 1999 but she knew that the future of midwifery was going to be bright. She would’ve been immensely proud to know that her life’s work has led to so many milestones over the past 10 years and, most recently, the launch of Alberta’s first Bachelor of Midwifery degree here at Mount Royal University. The four-year, direct entry program will prepare future midwives for a successful career in the primary care of low-risk women and their babies through pregnancy, birth and six weeks postpartum. The first cohort of students will commence their studies in the Fall 2011 term.
|Sandra Botting's husband, Ron, and friend Laura de Jonge spearheaded the efforts to establish the bursary honoring Sandra and her life-long contributions to midwifery.|
At a recent celebration of the International Day of the Midwife, Mount Royal University announced the new Sandra Botting Bursary for students in Midwifery funded through a group of generous donors, including Laura and Mike de Jonge and, through its employee matching gift program, Nexen Inc.
“The bursary is a wonderful tribute to Sandra,” said Laura de Jonge, friend of Sandra’s and founder of Birthing Magazine. “Through this award midwifery students today, and in years to come, will carry on Sandra’s courageous spirit, her passion and love of life. She literally paved the way for us to be where we are today and I am thrilled that her story will live on through the bursary at Mount Royal University.”
|Aashish Kumar, president of the CIS Students Society accepted a cheque from Cisco Systems' Shaun Moar. The donation established the Cisco Systems Scholarship in Computer Information Systems.|
Cisco Systems Canada has been a valuable partner of Mount Royal for nearly a decade. One of the company’s key mandates is supporting education, particularly in information technology, through education credits for partnering institutions, which are, essentially, discounts on Cisco technology solutions and products.
Rather than take the credits, Mount Royal chose to use the funds to establish the Cisco Systems Scholarship. The scholarship will help attract and keep more students in the Bachelor of Computer Information Systems program which equips students with skills in programming, systems analysis and design, hardware, internet development and networking support.
“The creation of this scholarship demonstrates our continued commitment to Mount Royal,” said Greg Masniuk, Cisco Canada’s regional director, Southern Alberta/Prairies. “It helps ensure the next generation of students is ready to address the growing IT demands of an increasingly networked world.”
Cisco Systems Canada identifies a looming shortfall of graduates in the area of converged and advanced networking technologies such as wireless, voice applications and security. A decreasing number of students are pursuing an education in science and technology, posing a serious global threat to public-sector and private organizations that rely on technology to be innovative and productive.
These concerns are echoed in the recent report Human Resources in the ICT Labour Market, 2011-2016 by the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) and Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) that warns Canada will face alarming skills and labour shortages in the next five years.
“Information and communications technology is changing how we do everything – from healthcare to education – and how we collaborate and innovate. It’s at the centre of everything,” added Masniuk. “Cisco's partnership with Mount Royal is one of the many ways we are doing our part to encourage young people to pursue careers in IT.”
A formal cheque presentation took place at a networking event hosted by the Mount Royal Computer Information Systems Alumni Chapter (CISAC) and the Mount Royal Computer Information Systems Student Society (CISSS).