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Ontario Universities Strengthen Commitment to Going Green
Ontario Universities Strengthen Commitment to Going Green
November 29 2016 | Council of Ontario Universities

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Ontario Universities Strengthen Commitment to Going Green
Council of Ontario Universities November 29, 2016

There are no simple solutions. Much collaboration and passion is needed in the quest to make our planet a cleaner, greener place -- and ...

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Futuring with COU President David Lindsay
David Lindsay September 30, 2016

Imagine a world where a wrist watch doesn’t just monitor your heart rate and count your steps, but can actually help detect a cancerous growth in your body. Or a future where ...

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How I made It: A Successful Guelph PhD Grad Shares His Story
Council of Ontario Universities July 6, 2016

As convocation season comes to a close and undergraduates decide whether to launch into the work world, or to continue their studies, ...

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Aboriginal Students Taking Their Future Further
Marlene Brant Castellano June 29, 2016

As we near the close of Canada’s National Aboriginal History Month - a month filled with the recognition and celebration of the unique heritage, diverse cultures and ...

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Celebrating Ontario nurses: Q & A with Karen Frecker
Council of Ontario Universities May 12, 2016

Recent grad and COUPN Award winner for excellence in nursing Karen Frecker shares her experiences in nursing school and in the workforce It’s ...

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Turning IDeAs into Action
Council of Ontario Universities May 10, 2016

Back in 2014, Nick Schoenhoff was the second runner-up in the Council of Ontario Universities’ annual Innovative Designs for Accessibility (IDeA) student competition for designing an interactive campus map ...

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eCampus Ontario: Expanding Virtual Choices for Students
Council of Ontario Universities May 3, 2016

A student's journey through the postsecondary system can often take many twists and turns. Recognizing that, eCampus Ontario offers students the ...

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Worming Their Way to a Solution
Council of Ontario Universities April 22, 2016

Ryerson Students Learn About Entrepreneurship as They Work to Better Our Planet After discovering that 60 per cent of Ryerson’s landfill waste is organic material, environmental studies students ...

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Nursing prof receives COUPN Award for out-of-the-box teaching style
Council of Ontario Universities April 20, 2016

COUPN Award winner and Nursing prof Jason Kirenan talks about the impact of nursing and how to make tough concepts stick ...

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Universities Helping Refugees Reach the Potential They See For Themselves and Their Families
David Lindsay March 21, 2016

Over the past few months, we’ve welcomed 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada ...

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Real World Learning: A Co-op Success Story – Q & A with Christina Hassan
Council of Ontario Universities March 16, 2016

Co-op Education Week is a time to celebrate students, co-operative education and work ...

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Respecting the choice and voice of survivors of sexual violence and harassment
Janet Morrison March 8, 2016

A condensed version of the below Op Ed was featured in The Toronto Star on March 8, 2016.  For ...

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Paving the Way to Reconciliation through Education
Council of Ontario Universities February 24, 2016

Universities are doing their part to improve the well-being and opportunities for Canada’s Aboriginal peoples – to enhance all levels of education and ...

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As an Aboriginal Learner, I Chose to Take my Future Further with Zero Regrets
Elizabeth McLeod February 18, 2016

Life in Northern Ontario is slow and simple. So familiar. So quiet. As I neared the end of my high school ...

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Guest Blog: Changing the Face of Aboriginal Education
Dr. Sheila Cote-Meek February 2, 2016

When I reflect on the changes I’ve seen in the postsecondary education sector, I’m immediately reminded of my grandparents -- of the great strength and ...

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Let’s Talk about Mental Illness
Council of Ontario Universities January 27, 2016

Change starts small - for many, it begins with a conversation. So let’s chat. Today is Bell Let’s Talk day, an opportunity for us all to take the time to remember the importance of ...

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PhDs are Important Contributors to Ontario’s Success – and Not Just in Universities.
Michael Snowdon January 26, 2016

I have a PhD… in the Humanities… and I’m employed. Gainfully employed, in fact – ...

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Get to know the Council of Ontario University’s new President and CEO: David Lindsay
Council of Ontario Universities January 14, 2016

David Lindsay, a veteran leader in public policy and business who brings a wealth ...

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An Efficient Operation
Council of Ontario Universities December 14, 2015

Ontario Universities are Becoming Lean, Agile and Adept at ‘Doing More with Less’ Interesting fact: Did you know that Ontario universities are the most efficient in the country, educating more students with ...

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Straight Talk: Bonnie M. Patterson Challenges Universities, Businesses and Government to Do More
Council of Ontario Universities November 24, 2015

Today, our President and CEO Bonnie M. Patterson was joined by ...

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Five things I wish my younger self knew
October 5, 2015

University was not on my radar screen when I was in high school. Having left home at 16, I was focused on my part-time job, paying my room and board, and finding a full-time job ...

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10 reasons to invest in your future and visit the Ontario Universities’ Fair
Carla White September 16, 2015

Your days of summer vacation have come to an end and as a Grade 12 (or even Grade 11) student you ...

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Take heart university students, the odds are in your favour
September 4, 2015

This week, the Council of Ontario Universities released an annual survey conducted on behalf of the Ontario government on the employment ...

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Hang In There, New Grads!
Dayana Fraser September 1, 2015

So you want to get rid of your student debt, earn a great salary and land your dream job... Been there, done that. I know first-hand the difficulties of graduating with student loans, to struggle to ...

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Breaking for water
Sharon Oosthoek August 6, 2015

A strenuous workout should be accompanied by frequent water breaks, right? Not so fast, says Brock University physiologist Stephen Cheung. While that certainly is the received wisdom, Cheung points out that ...

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Bonnie Patterson: Reflections on Leadership, Life and Losing a Friend
July 29, 2015

There are times when one gets to welcome a new member to a family or organization with great excitement and expectations ...

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COU releases its 2013-14 Annual Report to the community
Bonnie Patterson and Max Blouw June 19, 2015

Ontario’s universities are playing a critical role in the social, cultural and economic success of our province, and indeed our country. The past ...

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COU launches newly designed website, showcasing the value of a university education
June 16, 2015

We are delighted to share with you the Council of Ontario Universities’ (COU) newly ...

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Celebrating nursing week at Ontario university schools of nursing
Alice Ormiston May 14, 2015

Nursing week is a great opportunity to celebrate the many innovative programs and collaborative initiatives going on at ...

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Education shouldn’t be a zero-sum game
Andrew Parkin April 16, 2015

The following piece was written by Andrew Parkin, and was published in Rethinking Higher Ed, a publication of the Academica Group, on April 16, 2015. Are we pushing ...

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Why shutting out 30% of Canadians from university doesn’t make sense
April 15, 2015

The following commentary by COU President and CEO Bonnie M. Patterson was published in the Toronto Star  on April 13, ...

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What are the greatest Ontario discoveries of the past century? (AUDIO: 610 CKTB)
Mary Chaktsiris March 25, 2015

The Council of Ontario Universities' Research Matters Campaign is launching a fun, online ...

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Research Matters: Adjusting goals is not the same as giving up on them
Deborah Durbin February 5, 2015

On January 1st many people set bold exercise goals for themselves as part of their New Year resolutions. Come ...

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Storify: Premier’s tour of Ontario postsecondary
Council of Ontario Universities January 20, 2015

Premier Wynne kicked off her 10-day tour of Ontario campuses. First stop - Laurentian University's Model Parliament in Ottawa!  

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Quotes from Premier Wynne on postsecondary education
Council of Ontario Universities January 20, 2015

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne did a 10-day tour of Ontario postsecondary campuses from January 9-19, where she met with students to engage with them on ...

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Leveraging skills and talent of Ontarians key to economic growth, says Premier Wynne
Council of Ontario Universities January 9, 2015

Education is a cornerstone of Canadian democracy, and leveraging the skills and talent of ...

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University is still worth it after all these years, HEQCO study finds
Council of Ontario Universities January 8, 2015

Even in difficult economic times, a university degree is still well worth the investment, according to a new report - ...

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Exam Survival Guide for Students
Rachel Gardner November 25, 2014

It’s that time of year again: sweatpants become the dominant fashion trend, coffee shops fill with the glare of laptops, and chocolate and candy purchases soar at local convenience stores… ...

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From campus to career, advice for students from a top exec
Paul Davidson October 20, 2014

While tens of thousands of post-secondary students are back to hitting the books, rising tuition costs, high youth unemployment and a ...

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Why turning diplomas into degrees is a bad idea
October 14, 2014

October 10, 2014 Bonnie Patterson Posted with permission from QP Briefing The following is an op-ed column from Bonnie Patterson, president and chief ...

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Let your university education speak for itself
October 9, 2014

Blog originally posted on The Huffington Post The fall back-to-school period is always so infused with optimism. The fresh-faced first-year students descend in ...

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Queen’s commerce student blogs about transformative internship in Bangkok
Jennifer Huang October 7, 2014

Bangkok, Thailand After an eye-opening internship abroad, I’ve recently arrived back in Kingston to start ...

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The fact is, university grads are getting jobs
Jack Lightstone September 29, 2014

This fall, thousands of students entered or returned to Canadian universities. By graduation they will have grown intellectually, socially and emotionally — and ...

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Net Tuition at Ontario Universities
Council of Ontario Universities September 11, 2014

*** NOTE: A newer version of our Net Tuition Infographic - published in September 2016 - can be found here: http://cou.on.ca/infographic/net-tuition-explained/ *** The “sticker price” of ...

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Faculty jobs are rare, but Canada still needs its PhDs
Allison Sekuler September 11, 2014

Faculty jobs are rare, but Canada still needs its PhDsAllison Sekuler, McMaster University’s Associate Vice-President and Dean of Graduate Studies ...

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Researching Ontario universities: The top 5 resources
Carla White August 19, 2014

There are so many great Ontario universities to choose from! Help make the choice easier by following these tips! Summer may be nearing its end, but ...

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COU launches report: Growing Greener Campuses at Ontario Universities
Council of Ontario Universities August 12, 2014

Several universities have developed ‘living laboratory programs’ in which research and learning takes place using the ...

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Words of Wisdom: Convocation 2014
Rachel Gardner July 17, 2014

Convocation season is full of wise words and life lessons for university graduates. We’ve collected some of our favourite snippets from the many authors, lawyers, activists, business leaders ...

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COU economist becomes regular contributor to The Globe and Mail
Council of Ontario Universities July 10, 2014

COU’s own in-house economist and senior policy analyst Cecilia Brain is being featured as a regular contributor at The Globe and ...

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Your 9-step guide to finding a summer job
Rachel Gardner May 21, 2014

If you're late in your search for a summer job, then take a look through the guide below! The summer job hunt is already well underway for many students. With exams finished ...

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Quick tips to reduce stress during a hectic exam season
April 17, 2014

It’s a stressful time of year for students. Exam season means juggling a busy study schedule, wrapping up the academic year and, for some, ...

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From experiential learning to full-time career: Maya Blomme
March 28, 2014

Read more stories like Maya’s in COU’s Experiential Learning report!

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How one co-op student saved Shell Canada $1 million a year
March 27, 2014

Read more stories like Dominic's in COU's Experiential Learning report!

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Why Research Matters
Patchen Barss March 3, 2014

A funny thing happened on my way to becoming an astrophysicist. In high school, my plan was to do a double PhD in math and physics, and then spend my life studying the cosmos. Then in my final year, at just the time ...

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A university education works
Council of Ontario Universities February 25, 2014

A university education works. In a report prepared by the Council of Ontario University’s own Cecilia Brain, Economist and Senior Policy Analyst at COU, it’s clear that university students are ...

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Matlock, mochas and metamorphosis: The journey from university life to my career
Lisa Krawiec January 28, 2014

Growing up, Ben Matlock (one of TV’s greatest defense attorneys) was my idol. He was charming and ...

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COU launches blog to spark conversation about universities as gateway to success.
January 16, 2014

COU launches blog to spark conversation about universities as gateways to success. Photo Credit: ...

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Authors
Alice Ormiston Senior Policy Analyst, COU
Dayana Fraser Senior Communications Officer, COU
Lisa Krawiec Senior Policy Analyst, Corporate Services, COU
Michael Snowdon Senior Policy and Data Analyst, COU
Rachel Gardner Communications and Public Affairs Officer, COU