Heading ‘back home’ to Nova Scotia

I loved my time in beautiful Halifax. I did my Ph.D. in chemical engineering at the Technical University of Nova Scotia (now part of Dalhousie University) and fondly remember the wonderful people, brilliant scholars, and scenic vistas. It’s a great place to be. And to millions of new Canadians over the years, Halifax has been their first point of contact with Canada. For that reason, I think Halifax symbolizes optimism for our country’s future.

Photo of MEDJUNK building from Dalhousie

The Ralph M. Medjuck building at Dalhousie University used to be the heart of the Technical University of Nova Scotia, where I earned my Ph.D. TUNS was incorporated into Dalhousie University in 1997. Photo credit: Dalhousie University

Tomorrow I’ll give a speech called “Surviving Disruption: Building Resilient Students, Universities, and Communities” to Halifax Chamber of Commerce. This builds on two initiatives that have been underway for a while now.

First, is the University of Waterloo’s great relationship with Dal. My colleague Richard Florizone was part of the Premier of Nova Scotia’s delegation to Waterloo in 2014 to talk about mutual opportunities and challenges, and to share best practices on supporting our regional innovation ecosystems. Our teams have kept in close contact and the Dal-Waterloo synergy is part of what brings me out to Halifax tomorrow.

Second, is the work we’ve been doing to bring Waterloo’s message to the world. You may have seen some of the work I’ve done lately to highlight the Waterloo university model. I refer to our approach to higher-ed as ‘additive education’ because it’s about so much more than traditional knowledge transfer. Through our co-op, entrepreneurship, and research strengths, the Waterloo model is a world leader in developing 21st century talent. I’m looking forward to unpacking this a bit for our friends in Halifax. Stay tuned for some photos and video of the event in the next few days.

I should note that in March I’ll be sharing this vision and addressing related topics here in Ontario: I address the Ottawa Economic Club on March 8 and the Economic Club of Toronto on March 30.

It’s important we get our message out there and work with our sister institutions to bring constant innovation to the higher-ed space. I’m looking forward to doing just that!

Have a great week. 

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