Earlier this month I had the pleasure to attend the 2014 Student Applied Research Showcase, presented by Polytechnics Canada and hosted by BCIT in Vancouver.
When we think about research in science, technology, and engineering, we typically don’t think of Canadian Colleges to play a very active and relevant role. Nothing seems to be further from the truth: in the 2013/2014 school year, 11,927 students at the Polytechnics Canada college members undertook 1,789 applied research projects. Some 1,643 faculty/staff participated in the applied research, helping develop 946 prototypes among other commercial ventures. Read More
Last week the Council of Canadian Academies issued a new expert panel report, Enabling Sustainability in an Interconnected World. The report features some excellent and fascinating insight into Canada and its relationship with information and communication technologies (ICTs), with a strong emphasis on how this will impact the country’s sustainable future.
In short, the report outlines the many opportunities that ICTs offer with regards to achieving Read More
Almost nine years ago, I joined Cisco in its corporate real estate department. The team I joined was tasked to look at innovative ways to reduce the need and improve the utilization of slightly less than 20 million sq.ft of corporate real estate. I’d like to believe that this is where the Cisco Smart + Connected Real Estate practice was born. Now, almost nine years later and after several departmental and international job-role changes, I am still close to the transformation of the real estate industry.
Keynote Address Friday June 13
Dr. Rick Huijbregts 10:30am
Madame Chancellor, Madame President, Members of the Platform Party, Graduates, George Brown Faculty and Staff, Ladies and Gentlemen.
I want to extend my heartfelt congratulations to all of you today who are marking the end of an important chapter in your lives.
I was honored when Nancy asked me to address you today. Convocation speeches are given by people who have amazing careers so they can share with you their lessons learned, and give you advice on your path forward. At the risk of disappointing your family, I have to admit that I am not that.
But I do have three thoughts for you today.
Let me start with a quote as I share with you the first of my three thoughts: and that is FUTURE. The quote is from Gandhi: “The Future depends on what you do today”.