Thompson Rivers College – Feb 5, 2021 / 3:53 pm | Story: 324236
TRU’s Industrial Training and Technology Centre (ITTC) has been acknowledged with Gold certification by the Management Power and Environmental Design (LEED) Canada Score System. LEED-certified buildings cut back impacts on the atmosphere and are extra vitality environment friendly. The power’s distinctive sustainability is one other step towards the college’s aim to attain carbon-neutral standing by 2030.
Warren Asuchak, Affiliate Vice-President of Campus Infrastructure, Sustainability and Ancillary Companies, and Dillon Alexandre, Supervisor of Services and Capital Initiatives, led a rigorous course of to pursue LEED Gold. To realize this distinguished ranking, TRU had to make sure the brand new ITTC constructing would considerably cut back using vitality, water and different sources.
Reaching LEED Gold demonstrates TRU’s ongoing dedication to being a world chief in sustainability initiatives. The Scholar Union Constructing and the Brown Household Home of Studying had been additionally each constructed to LEED Gold requirements.
Sustainability is without doubt one of the core values of the college’s new imaginative and prescient assertion, encouraging a tradition inside and past the college group that takes motion now for the well-being of the planet and future generations.
“We’re proud to attain LEED Gold certification of the ITTC constructing. This certification demonstrates that we’re a frontrunner in sustainable buildings, which is one a part of the college’s general dedication to sustainability, and I look ahead to extra TRU buildings receiving LEED certification within the years to return,” stated Asuchak
As a part of its imaginative and prescient, TRU goals to interact the TRU group with sustainability occasions and tasks, resembling this LEED certification course of.
Thompson Rivers College – Feb 5, 2021 / 10:49 am | Story: 324200
KAMLOOPS – The Metropolis of Kamloops and Thompson Rivers College (TRU) are happy to announce the appointment of Dr. Cheryl Gladu as the brand new Researcher-in-Residence (RiR), marking the beginning of a three-year pilot venture that may present helpful analysis to learn the group.
The RiR program, authorized for Mitacs joint funding, is an initiative between the Metropolis and TRU, which was developed below the memorandum of understanding that was renewed final fall. This system is a chance for TRU college and college students to use their experience to Metropolis-driven analysis tasks and to co-develop options based mostly on group participation and dialogue. The analysis may end in modifications to Metropolis insurance policies, bylaws, and inside processes or the creation of recent providers, packages, and partnerships.
Supported by 5 analysis interns, Dr. Gladu will work intently with the Metropolis to determine annual analysis tasks which have a direct impression and relevance to the group. Anticipated areas of analysis and coverage growth may embrace financial restoration from COVID-19, response to susceptible inhabitants wants in the neighborhood, and future planning for the cultural sector.
Dr. Gladu was chosen from a world pool of candidates. She has an interdisciplinary Ph.D. from Concordia College’s Impartial Program and has been instructing at TRU since 2019. Dr. Gladu brings over a decade of expertise in instructing and analysis, with a concentrate on collaboration in her research and her apply (see bio beneath).
“I’m excited in regards to the prospect of partaking in very utilized analysis that addresses actual issues, in actual time, with individuals from throughout the group, and I’m excited to start studying collectively. When you’re coping with such advanced issues with the aim of a more healthy group, you actually should be capable to interact in productive and iterative dialogues,” stated Dr. Cheryl Gladu.
“This initiative is a testomony to the intent and efforts of the memorandum of understanding to determine and pursue alternatives for collaboration. The analysis that Dr. Gladu and her group will undertake will inform options to urgent challenges going through the municipality and the area and supply native alternatives for TRU college students to achieve actual life expertise,” stated Mayor Ken Christian.
“It is a threshold second for the college and the Metropolis, and a fruits of the work now we have been doing collectively for the previous 20 years. This isn’t nearly making the analysis sources of the college accessible to the Metropolis, however moderately it’s about working collectively and co-creating options to actual world issues. The brand new Researcher-in-Residence initiative is all about enhancing the impression of our collective analysis energy,” stated Dr. Will Garrett-Petts, TRU’s Affiliate Vice President, Analysis and Graduate Research.
The RiR initiative is collectively funded by the Metropolis and Mitacs, a not-for-profit group that fosters development and innovation in Canada by fixing organizational challenges with analysis options from tutorial establishments.
About Dr. Cheryl Gladu
Cheryl Gladu, Ph.D., MBA, is the Researcher-in-Residence Postdoctoral fellow at TRU. Cheryl has an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Design and Administration from Concordia College. Along with being inquisitive about practically all the pieces, she research how individuals co-create methods and buildings for easier but richer lives and, to that finish, has investigated collaborative housing communities. Earlier than this work, she co-created and managed a small upstart inexperienced actual property growth firm that developed Canada’s first net-zero multi-unit residential constructing utilizing a singular built-in design course of. Along with her analysis, Cheryl has over a decade of expertise instructing, with a major concentrate on creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship.
Dr. Cheryl Gladu, Researcher-in-Residence
Todd Hauptman, Senior Communications Marketing consultant, Thompson Rivers College
Thompson Rivers College – Feb 4, 2021 / 3:57 pm | Story: 324114
Enterprise scholar Josh Parker spent a whole lot of time working within the restaurant trade whereas going to college, so when eating places had been compelled to close down because of the COVID-19 pandemic he was involved about what it will imply for native companies.
Working with college supervisor Terry Lake and supported by Mitacs, the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce, and the College of Enterprise and Economics via a Business Strategy Internship, Parker got down to learn the way the pandemic was impacting native eating places.
Diversification advantages enterprise
By means of surveys, interviews and roundtable discussions with clients, staff and restaurant homeowners, Parker found that the eating places which have fared the most effective in the course of the pandemic had been people who diversified operations, which means that they had extra streams of income to attract upon. This meant enhancing takeout choices, providing catering or private chef experiences, or in some instances, promoting specialty substances with directions for at-home preparation.
Parker additionally discovered clients wish to assist the trade and would assist worth will increase of as much as 15 p.c, nevertheless, in contradiction, in addition they reported that their No. 1 destructive expertise was the price of ordering in. This highlights a lack of information on a part of the buyer, he says.
Clients nonetheless unclear about the place cash goes
“Being open and clear along with your clients will create a extra supportive and understanding group that may provide help to get via the unsure highway that lies forward,” he says.
“In talking with homeowners, it was fascinating as a result of all of them expressed comparable considerations with takeout and supply providers,” Parker says, referring to on-line ordering platforms like SkipTheDishes and DoorDash, which had been in a position to cost native eating places 20 p.c or extra on orders up till final month when the Province of BC briefly capped the charges.
He suspects that if purchasers knew the place the cash was going, they’d be extra inclined to assist short-term worth will increase with the intention to hold their favorite eating places afloat.
Parker developed a sequence of surveys which he distributed to most of the people, in addition to to restaurant homeowners and staff. The most important problem he confronted within the information assortment course of was monitoring down a big pattern measurement in an worker group that was within the midst of large disruption.
“We had been solely in a position to survey about 30 staff, which wasn’t what we wished, however we had been additionally in a position to converse with a number of homeowners who took 20-Half-hour out of their very hectic days to talk with us,” he says.
He had important purchase in from clients, with 160 survey responses.
Parker’s analysis might be shared to restaurant homeowners via the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce, and he hopes it should present insights that may assist clean the highway to financial restoration.
Danna Bach, analysis communications
Thompson Rivers College – Feb 2, 2021 / 2:00 pm | Story: 323879
Right this moment, (Feb. 2), Dr. Rod McCormick testified as a witness earlier than the Standing Senate Committee on Authorized and Constitutional Affairs about Invoice C7, an act to amend the Prison Code (medial help in dying, or MAID).
McCormick, Professor and Analysis Chair in Indigenous Well being, and director of All My Relations, an Indigenous analysis centre based mostly at Thompson Rivers College, helps the proposed change to MAID that states these whose sole underlying medical situation is a psychological sickness should not eligible. Additional, McCormick doesn’t assist repealing the supply that requires an individual’s pure loss of life be moderately foreseeable for them to be eligible for medical help in dying.
An internationally famend knowledgeable in Indigenous psychological well being, McCormick spent a lot of his profession as a training psychotherapist working to assist Indigenous communities in disaster and has practiced extensively within the space of suicide prevention.
“The message that MAID presents to those that are struggling is that when the struggling turns into greater than they will tolerate that they will have medical professionals finish their life for them. This message undermines the entire idea of suicide prevention,” he advised Senate.
“When Indigenous peoples are already over-represented at each stage of our well being system, it appears ironic to offer one more path to loss of life,” he stated. “The COVID pandemic has exacerbated issues in our communities as we see a rise in home violence, suicide, and drug overdoses. As a substitute of giving us a brand new ‘device’ for assisted loss of life, the federal government must be offering us with higher entry to counselling providers, psychological well being and incapacity assist providers, group providers, and palliative care.”
Rod McCormick, PhD
Professor and BCIC Analysis Chair in Indigenous Well being