The school has once again cracked the Financial Times Top 100 list of masters in management programs see more
Source: Times Colonist
UVic business program improves global ranking
The Peter B. Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria has again cracked the Financial Times Top 100 list of masters in management programs. Gustavson School’s Masters of Global Business program is offered through the Sardul S. Gill Graduate School and has moved this year to an overall ranking of 69 from 71 in 2017. It is now ranked 12th in international mobility and 21st in the international course experience category. It remains one of only three Canadian universities to be listed in the global ranking.
University of B.C.’s Sauder School was ranked 49, an improvement from 58 last year, while Queens slipped to 53 from 46. “Being named to FT’s top masters in management list two years in a row, and moving up in the ranking, is a great achievement and a testament to the strength of our programs,” said Gustavson dean Saul Klein. “Developing a global mindset helps our graduates better understand the world’s complex business challenges, and provides them with the courage and confidence to succeed wherever they build their careers.”
The program hopes to address a gap in the industry with a novel approach for students. see more
Source: Times Colonist
Author: Spencer Harwood / The Canadian Press
UVic program preps students for tech world
A technology education program launching at the University of Victoria hopes to address a gap in the industry with a novel approach for students.
HighTechU is a pilot program developed through the university’s computer science department in partnership with Victoria’s technology and education sectors. It aims to develop skills in enterprising Vancouver Island teens to make them more effective in the tech industry, beyond the primary coding and technical abilities needed.
Andrew MacLean said he and program co-founder Ulrike Stege wanted to prepare students for the reality of the industry ahead of them, while making diversity a cornerstone of the program.
“It really focuses on the soft skills that go along with that career, and really focuses on workplace competencies for these students,” MacLean said.
“They get a sneak peek and to test drive a technology industry career before they even graduate from high school.”
HighTechU has two separate programs — the Computer Science Skills Academy, a six-week program that teaches coding and practical skills, and a summer industry internship program to give those students an eight-week, paid experience with a technology company in Greater Victoria.
MacLean said students enrolled in HighTechU are taught “soft skills” such as project management and personal communication to help them understand the breadth of roles in the tech sector.
Stege said there appears to be a perception of what working in the tech sector is like, which she said is not necessarily in line with reality. “It’s never been right and might still not be right. A program like ours will hopefully help to correct that,” she said.
MacLean said their mission is to impart to students how critical personal development is to a successful career in technology and that it’s as important as mastering the latest code language.
“It’s about how to be someone who’s not just building something, but someone who’s developing something and truly bringing it from start to finish,” said MacLean.
MacLean said HighTechU is a grassroots initiative that de-emphasizes students’ socio-economic backgrounds while it looks to narrow the diversity gap in the technology sector. They do this by focusing on groups that are underrepresented in the industry, such as women, Indigenous youth and people of colour.
“We have six core competencies we were looking for in students,” he said.
Those values of respect, resilience, teamwork, creativity, curiosity and innovation were specifically asked for by the industry partners who worked with MacLean and Stege through each step of their students’ application process, he noted.
MacLean said when they pitched the project initially it started out being a coding-primary program, until conversations with several industry partners revealed a different need.
They told MacLean they did not care as much about the technical skills as having balanced, flexible students. “They said ‘we’re looking for you to find those students that are self-motivated, passionate,”’ said MacLean, “their ‘big words’ were curious and passionate about technology, willing to learn and do the work and put in the time to be able to adapt to the changing situations [of the industry].”
MacLean likened their approach to the old truism of the fisherman. “If you teach one programming language, that’s great for the year that language is really popular. But then when the new programming language comes out, those students need to be able to learn on their own.”
MacLean said they worked with three school districts and several private schools in Greater Victoria to develop curriculum for the program. “A lot of the students that come through have done the computer science programs and are exceptional students before they come to us,” he said.
One of those students from an earlier pilot program, Bridget Weston, finished high school at Victoria High in June and is already working as an intern at Victoria tech firm Sendwithus. Weston will attend UVic’s software engineering program when classes resume.
MacLean said the demand from industry partners is so high that almost every teacher in the area would need additional training to continue educating in the field. “Schools think about it one way and we’re able to provide additional challenges that aren’t always possible in school,” said Stege.
The program is delivered at no cost to students beyond nominal registration fees and MacLean said the next group of students will be welcomed to HighTechU’s Academy program in February.
Simon is now headed off to Palo Alto for a co-op term at Tesla in September! see more
Source: CTV News Vancouver Island
UVic student lands internship with Tesla
Simon Park, a Mechanical Engineering and Business School student at UVic (And one of the recent winners of the "PitchIT" competition run by the Coast Capital Savings Innovation Centre), was featured on CTV News on August 14th sharing the newest version of his technology Caboost (He was also featured back in March).
Caboost is a new way to give cyclists a boost when it comes to grueling climbs up hills. It's a small trailer-mounted electrically motorized wheel that attaches to the back of a bike, to give the rider an on-demand boost.
Simon is now headed off to Palo Alto for a co-op term at Tesla in September! Watch the news feature below:
VIATEC posted an articleSubmissions for challenges are now open for Victoria's first ever Health Hackathon see more
The Victoria Health Hackathon – Call for Challenges!
The first ever health and regenerative medicine themed Hackathon will take place in Victoria September 28-30, 2018. Health Hackathons are focused events that bring together interdisciplinary teams to develop innovative solutions to front-line healthcare problems. This event is being held with support from the Centre of Biomedical Research at the University of Victoria, the B.C. Regenerative Medicine Initiative, Starfish Medical, and Island Health.
Call for Challenges: The Hackathon’s organizers are seeking a diverse array of health related challenges that can be addressed by groups of hackers in a one month time period as part of our Hackathon! These challenges can be addressed through a variety of engineering disciplines, including biomedical, electrical, mechanical, and software engineering. See below for the event timeline. Preference will be given to projects with strong in-kind support through either mentorship or donation of supplies or resources. The challenges should be no longer than 750 words in length.
Please email Stephanie Willerth (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your potential challenges for consideration with subject line “Health Hackathon Challenge” and you will be notified by mid-August if yours has been selected for the competition. Those wishing to serve as judges or mentors are invited to provide their interest via email as well.
Deadline for submissions: July 31st, 2018.
Dates / Format:
Summer: Hackers, mentors, and judges will be recruited to participate
September 7: Kick-off, to be held at the University of Victoria, where the challenges will be presented to the hackers, enabling them to create teams. The teams will have until the hacking weekend to think about their approach to challenges. During this period, we will have a team of mentors who will answer questions about the challenges during that time.
September 28-30: The Hackathon itself will take place at Fort Tectoria, with the solutions being judged on Sunday, and an awards ceremony to follow.
November 2: A status update on the hacks has been tentatively scheduled during the University of Victoria’s Biomedical Engineering Day on November 2nd, 2018.
Register: Registration for the Hackathon will open in July
Still puzzled about what a Hackathon is? Check out the following links to similar events for inspiration!
Questions can be directed to Stephanie Willerth (email@example.com)
A high-tech whiz kid who taught himself computer code at an early age and went on to create.... see more
Source: Times Colonist
UVic honours tech innovator Stewart Butterfield
Victoria honoured one of its technology innovators on Friday at a soldout black-tie gala for Stewart Butterfield, a high-tech whiz kid who taught himself computer code at an early age and went on to create communication companies worth billions.
Butterfield was honoured as this year’s University of Victoria Peter B. Gustavson School of Business Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year.
He joins a prestigious group of previous technology winners, including Don Mattrick, former president of Microsoft Interactive Entertainment; Sir Terrance Matthews of Mitel Corp.; and Jeff Mallett, former president of Yahoo!
Butterfield went to St. Michaels University School and graduated from UVic with a philosophy degree in 1996, earning a master’s degree from Cambridge University two years later.
He is co-founder and chief executive of Slack, an enterprise communications platform with more than nine million weekly active users around the world.
Slack is used by small and medium businesses, and about 40 per cent of Fortune 500 companies.
In addition to developing Slack, Butterfield co-founded Flickr. The image- and video-hosting website was acquired by Yahoo! in 2005.
“Stewart’s entrepreneurship is an inspiration to our students and our city,” said Saul Klein, dean of the business school. “It is wonderful to be able to celebrate a homegrown talent at our 15th annual gala.”
The Gustavson School celebrates entrepreneurial excellence with its Distinguished Entrepreneur Award. Each year, it recognizes an inspirational entrepreneur who has had a significant impact on the global community through business leadership.
In 2005, Butterfield was named one of Businessweek’s Top 50 leaders in the entrepreneur category. The same year, he was named to the TR35, a list created by MIT of top innovators in the world under age 35. In 2006, he was named to the Time 100, Time magazine’s list of the most influential people in the world, and also appeared on the cover of Newsweek magazine.
In November 2008, Butterfield received the Legacy Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Victoria.
In 2015, he was named the Wall Street Journal’s Technology Innovator.
2017: Don Mattrick, Microsoft
2016: Linda Hasenfratz, Linamar Corp.
2015: David Foster, music producer
2014: Dennis Washington, industrialist
2013: Brandt C. Louie, London Drugs
2012: Dennis (Chip) Wilson, Lululemon
2011: JR Shaw, Shaw Communications
2010: Alex Campbell Sr., Thrifty Foods
2009: Sir Terence Matthews, Mitel Corp.
2008: Clive Beddoe, WestJet
2007: David Black, Black Press
2006: Gwyn Morgan, Encana
2005: Dave Ritchie, Ritchie Bros.
2004: Jeff Mallett, Yahoo!
Virtually every aspect of the city's tech scene is influenced in some way by UVic Engineering. see more
Author: Mitch Wright
Tech Sector's strength tied to UVic Engineering
UVic's Faculty of Engineering has been a part of Victoria's flourishing tech community from the very beginning. With students in co-op positions, faculty working with startups, and alumni as CEOs, virtually every aspect of the city's tech scene is influenced in some way by UVic Engineering.
Give students the competitive edge they need to cut through the data jungle and make informed... see more
UVic introduces new Business Intelligence and Data Analytics program
The University of Victoria has just launched the Business Intelligence and Data Analytics program. The goal of the program is to give students the competitive edge they need to cut through the data jungle and make informed business decisions.
Recent graduates or career professionals looking to add relevant and highly marketable skills to their resume or toolkit would be interested in this program:
This three-course Certificate of Completion program is designed to provide you with a combination of business intelligence knowledge, skills and ability that employers will value. Using the case study model, you will work in a multi-disciplinary team to enhance your knowledge and learn industry-accepted informatics tools and strategies for analyzing a variety of data sets.
The Certificate of Completion in Business Intelligence and Data Analytics is the first program of its kind being offered by the University of Victoria. Delivered via a unique blended learning model, you will spend the first weekend of each course on campus in the classroom and then have the flexibility of four weeks of online studies. You will complete the entire program within six months.
- Residency requirement for each course — this face-to-face component will require students to attend the course on campus at the University of Victoria in Victoria, BC
- Instructors are seasoned industry professionals who bring a practical, high level of knowledge to the student’s learning experience
- Committed staff who provide excellent service to instructors and students
- Opportunities in this field are growing at a phenomenal pace with projections estimating 30,000 new jobs to be created across Canada between 2014 and 2024*
The ACE program offered through UVic is receiving a $1-million donation from BMO. see more
Source: Times Colonist
Author: Carla Wilson
BMO donates $1M to Aboriginal entrepreneurs
A successful Aboriginal entrepreneurs program offered through the University of Victoria is receiving a $1-million donation from BMO Financial Group.
The Aboriginal Canadian Entrepreneurs (ACE) program has delivered entrepreneurial training to 26 First Nations communities in B.C. and has, so far, been focused in B.C.’s northwest and the Okanagan.
For the first time, ACE training is being offered on Vancouver Island starting this month. It is aimed at Indigenous artists throughout the Island who are keen to start or grow their endeavours.
Lianna Spence of Lax Kw’alaams, formerly known as Port Simpson, in B.C.’s northwest, is one of the 275 students who have completed the program. She attended the funding announcement at UVic Tuesday to talk about what the training meant to her. “I didn’t know anything about marketing, networking or writing a business plan but everything that I learned in this course has changed my life drastically.”
A lawyer taught Spence about the importance of contracts, and she learned about the need to keep her life in balance.
The ACE program not only helped in Spence’s career, but as an Indigenous leader in her community. “Every new professor who came in — my brain was like a sponge,” she said.
Spence, who has a 14-year-old daughter, carves, makes jewelry and recently became a tattoo artist in Prince Rupert, with a three-week waiting list. She raised the first totem pole in her village in more than 100 years and hosted her first feast, keeping in mind lessons from her training.
The 20-week ACE program was developed in 2013 in partnership with the Tribal Resources Investment Corp. and UVic’s Gustavson School of Business.
Brent Mainprize, a UVic business professor, said as the program becomes stronger, students are becoming more successful. So far, 72 businesses have been started and more than 30 graduates have moved on to more education. Another 128 are completing business plans.
Initiatives have involved artists, eco-tourism, taxis, trades businesses, coffee shops and music lessons.
Miles Richardson, executive director for the National Consortium for Indigenous Economic Development at UVic, said the donation underlines the notion of bringing together Indigenous governments, federal and provincial governments and industry to support people like Spence.
Richardson was at an ACE graduation in Prince Rupert attended by young people who needed skills and support. Program leaders worked with students, “helping them problem-solve, to get through the week, to get through the month, get through the program.”
In some communities, 60 to 70 per cent of employment relates to art, Richardson said.
“Learning business skills is going to be transformational. You don’t always have to bring it to a shop in Vancouver and have them double up the overhead. Maybe you can turn that money over in our communities, which is the beginning of having our own economy.”
Mercer swings by the Neuroeconomics Lab, the Victoria Hand Project and the Faculty of Music see more
Canadian comedian, television personality, political satirist and author, Rick Mercer, paid a visit to the University of Victoria on Jan 16th's "Mercer Report" episode.
Mercer swings by the Neuroeconomics Lab, the Victoria Hand Project and the Faculty of Music. Click below to watch the segment!
Research hopes to get remote coastal communities off diesel-based power see more
Author: Travis Paterson
UVic draws $2.4M towards harvesting clean energy from the ocean
Research hopes to get remote coastal communities off diesel-based power
The influx of $2.4 million into clean energy is a stepping stone towards renewable energy alternatives for B.C.’s remote coastal communities and heavy-duty marine transportation companies.
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Jonathan Wilkinson made the announcement at the University of Victoria on Thursday. About $1.4 million from the federally run Western Economic Diversification Canada will establish the Pacific Regional Institute for Marine Energy Discovery at UVic, which will strive to develop and commercialize wind, wave and tidal energy technologies.
“Clean energy is a critical piece of the [Canadian clean growth plan], the mechanisms are obviously different here than in Saskatchewan, and the marine side of it is something we’re very interested in,” Wilkinson said. “It’s an area still developing, it offers significant promises on both the West Coast and the East Coast, where they’re interested in tidal technologies.
“This type of technology offers the promise of being able to take [coastal communities] off diesel and put them on a renewable source.”
The other $1 million is coming from the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation, in conjunction with Seaspan Shipyards, and will go to a green transportation research team at UVic. Mechanical engineer Zuomin Dong leads the team and will work with UVic’s Institute for Integrated Energy Systems to find ways clean energy use can be implemented in the heavy-duty marine, mining and transportation sectors.
Brad Buckham, mechanical engineer and lead with PRIMED, said the $1.4 million is the latest of many grants and will continue ongoing research that will eventually help remote coastal communities, including Indigenous communities, move away from using diesel fuel generators to produce electricity.
Buckham said the more money they can put towards current research models now will save money for the communities, and companies, who eventually install the wind and ocean propulsion technologies to provide them with electricity.
Among the projects PRIMED has worked with are the wave monitoring buoys and a turbine that monitors wind performance.
There are several of the yellow wave monitoring buoys anchored in the Salish Sea and one off of Sombrio Beach. The wind turbine, on the other hand, is land based (mounted on a trailer) but will give way to ocean-based turbines, said Curran Crawford, a UVic associate professor and researcher with UVic’s Institute for Integrated Energy Systems.
“Putting the turbines on the ocean gets them away from people and avoids the NIMBY [issue], plus there is a lot of wind offshore,” Crawford said.
As the costs of wind-produced power have come down, the West Coast of Vancouver Island is being eyed for turbines that either float, or are on a base driven below the sea, Cawford said.
“As we tackle the many challenges posed by climate change, our researchers are leading the way in sustainable energy research, working closely with governments, industry and community groups to foster clean growth and low-carbon economic development,” said UVic president Jamie Cassels. “We’re very grateful to the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation and Seaspan for their investments in this vital work, which responds to one of our most significant national and global challenges.”
A group of UVic engineers is working with 3-D printers to help children in the developing world. see more
Source: Times Colonist
Author: Richard Watts
UVic engineers use 3-D printing to help children overseas
A group of UVic engineers is working with 3-D printers to help children in the developing world.
The bio-medical engineers use the printers to fashion corrective devices and braces to treat clubfoot and scoliosis, curvature of the spine. They will begin in Nepal.
The group has been awarded a $100,000 seed grant, one of 20 across Canada. The federal government’s Grand Challenges Canada announced $2 million in grants on Monday.
UVic team member Nick Dechev said the two orthotic conditions are no more common in developing countries than in Canada. But a visitor to the developing world is likely to notice adults and children with disabling deformities of their feet and bent spines.
Most people with the two conditions don’t receive the inexpensive and simple corrective measures in childhood.
“In Western countries, it is relatively rare to see an adult with a clubfoot,” said Dechev. “But if you go to the developing world, it’s not uncommon to see adults with their feet rotated outwards at 90 degrees.”
With scoliosis, in countries such as Canada, children whose spines begin to curve are often treated with corrective braces. These are worn for a few years until bones stop growing.
Dechev said his team believes that for less than $50 worth of plastic and printer time, effective treatment devices can be fashioned to assist a child overseas with either of the two deformities.
That’s to make immobilizing foot platforms and braces worn by infants and toddlers to treat clubfoot, and plastic girdles worn by children, ages six to eight, for scoliosis.
Dechev is part of the Victoria Hand Project, an already successful entry into assisting people in the developing world using 3-D printers. It has deployed scanners and 3-D printers to fashion customized prosthetic hands in Nepal, Guatemala, Ecuador, Haiti, Cambodia and Egypt.
The Victoria Hand Project partners with existing clinics overseas where it sets up a 3-D printer and scanner. It trains locals to use the machines to fashion customized prosthetics. Including the cost of materials and local wages, the cost of a prosthetic hand is about $300.
That same device in the developed world runs about $3,000, largely due to higher wages.
Dechev said it’s expected the latest move to treat clubfoot and scoliosis will piggyback on the Victoria Hand Project. That group has already installed printers and scanners and trained technicians.
“Eventually, it’s expected the Victoria Hand Project will inherit the orthotic technology and deploy it,” he said.
The latest research grant will be used to test the effectiveness of the 3-D-printed, plastic orthotic braces.
To do this, the research will initially see 12 scoliosis children fitted and treated, along with 24 clubfoot cases. They will be monitored by clinicians for two to three years.
Dechev said part of the grant funding will be kept on hand so people can step in and fit standard braces if the plastic ones start to go wrong.
“It’s not just thrown over the wall to people,” he said. “There is a process of two to three years of follow-up to make sure everything is going well.”
Grand Challenges Canada was started in 2010 as an independent, non-profit agency funded by Global Affairs Canada. Its mandate is to assist with new ideas in areas of women’s and children’s health in low or middle-income counties.
Since it began, 470 ideas have received funding. Of those, 60 per cent arose from the developing countries themselves and 40 per cent arose in Canada. All Canadian ventures must partner with local people to qualify.
Liam Brown, spokesman for Grand Challenges Canada, said 20 per cent of ideas funded so far have entered a phase where they are ready to scale up to a point where they will have a significant impact by 2030.
That’s a rate significantly higher than similar venture-capital initiatives.
Tech community members are invited to join these open discussions! see more
Software Engineering Research Seminars at UVic
A group of PhD graduate students at the University of Victoria run a weekly seminar to present and discuss current software engineering research. Presentations are conducted by UVic computer science/software engineering faculty, grad students, as well as the many visiting faculty and industry professionals that collaborate with the program. The seminars are held on Thursdays at 11am in the UVic Engineering/Computer Science building.
Members of the Victoria tech community are invited to join these open discussions! If you would like to attend, check the seminar website to see what's being presented each week or sign up for the mailing list: https://research-seminar.github.io/. If you have an idea for a seminar or would like to present something, please contact the organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UVic provides FREE legal information to anyone with a business-related issue. see more
University of Victoria’s Business Law Clinic:
Free Legal Information for Your Business Needs
The University of Victoria’s Business Law Clinic provides FREE legal information to anyone with a business-related issue. This includes entrepreneurs, innovators, and members of the technology sector in the Greater Victoria Area.
Since 1998, the students that staff the Business Law Clinic have worked to meet the legal demands of the community, notably helping those who lack the resources to retain a lawyer. Every year, the Clinic services approximately 100 clients, each with their own unique business-legal needs. Law students of the Business Law Clinic work closely with clients to assess the inquiry, and provide legal information catered to the needs of the client. Previous topics have included:
Incorporation (eg. sole proprietorships, partnerships, corporations, etc)
Financing (eg. the different ways to obtain capital)
Charitable Registration (eg. the next steps for a society)
Intellectual Property Protection (eg. copyrights or trademarks)
Business Liability (eg. your exposure and risks)
Partnership Agreements (eg. necessity and expansion)
Employment Law (eg. the rights of an employer or employee)
The Business Law Clinic offers important educational opportunities for students entering the legal profession. Students of the Clinic benefit from developing their practical skills on client-file management, conducting effective interviews, and examining the diverse legal issues affecting their community. The students will find guidance in Michael Litchfield, an experienced business lawyer and director of the Clinic, as well as from the lawyers across British Columbia that have volunteered to mentor their future colleagues.
Students at the Business Law Clinic are not lawyers, and therefore cannot provide legal advice, legal opinion, nor assist in active litigation. Students may only provide legal information related to business. If you require business law information and are interested in our services, please contact the Business Law Clinic today!
The Clinic operates year-round, except for the months of April, August and December. For more information, visit the Clinic’s website at www.uvic.ca/law/jd/lawclinics/businessclinic. To book an appointment, contact the Clinic at 250-472-4522 or email@example.com
The Trauma Resiliency Program is geared towards veterans, military members and first responders. see more
Source: CHEK News
UVic experts develops program to help those battling with PTSD [Video]
"Trauma tends to isolate people makes people want to disappear, disconnect," says Dr. Tim Black, "As people we don't survive and do very well when we're not connected"
The UVic psychology researcher announced the launch of the Trauma Resiliency Program geared towards veterans, military members and first responders. It's a collaborative project with Wounded Warriors Canada.
"A lot of people who have an operational stress injury like PTSD don't even know what it is or why it's causing them the symptoms and the struggles that they're living with," explains Scott Maxwell, Executive Director of Wounded Warriors Canada.
Maxwell says the group training will help those who have been exposed to traumatic events, to become more resilient.
"Traumatic injury is real and it's never gonna to go away," he says, "This is just the nature of the line of work for these people. So we want to be there in their time of need to help them."
Brad Cameron with the B.C. Ambulance Service says in the midst of the fentanyl crisis, the program couldn't come at a better time.
"It impacts not just the individual paramedic or first responders but also the family so it is something that we face and we're continuing to face every day."
The first training session is already full and begins this weekend in Sooke. Jason Campbell is among the participants.
"A lot of us with PTSD, we don't know how to deal with it so some guys you know go to drinking or push away from their family,' says Campbell, "Or you isolate yourself from the community."
The army veteran of 15 years says the program is a step towards removing the stigma around PTSD.
"We just got to talk more about it and talk with each other about it and help each other."
Wounded Warriors Canada hopes with additional funding, they will be able to take the program across the country and come back to Vancouver Island to give training to a new group in need.
Winter arrives with three decades of experience in the technology sector and government. see more
Source: Times Colonist
Author: Darron Kloster
UVic business school adds technology top gun
Alan Winter has joined the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria as an adjunct professor.
Winter arrives with three decades of experience in the technology sector and government. He is a director of Discovery Capital, the B.C. Business Council and Geoscience B.C., and is a member of the University of B.C.’s Research and Innovation Council.
Between 2001 and 2016, Winter was president and CEO of Genome British Columbia, a research group established in Vancouver to enable B.C. to become a world leader in selected areas of genomics and to develop a vibrant life sciences cluster in the province.
Winter’s other roles include founding president and CEO of the New Media Innovation Centre in Vancouver, president of the ComDev Space Group in Ontario, and president and CEO of MPR Teltech in Vancouver. Winter chaired the federal Communications Research Centre, served as deputy chair of the Council of Science and Technology Advisors and was a member of the Council of Canadian Academies.
At UVic, Winter will be a guest lecturer. He will provide career advice and be a mentor to students. He will work with faculty on research, teaching and curriculum development and ensure that courses line up with practices in specific fields.