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Our blog captures a behind-the-scenes dialogue about the research, initiatives and programs that are so important to the postsecondary sector in Ontario.

New Report Highlights Ontario Universities’ Economic Impact, but Their Footprint in Communities Goes Much Farther
July 18 2017 | David Lindsay

The Council of Ontario Universities released the results of a new economic impact report that highlights how Ontario’s universities serve as powerful economic engines, fueling prosperity not just for the province but for the communities they serve.

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New Report Highlights Ontario Universities’ Economic Impact, but Their Footprint in Communities Goes Much Farther
David Lindsay July 18, 2017

Today, the Council of ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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