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Cattle Industry Sustainability - TRU - John Church

John Church, who has a PhD in rangeland and wildlife resources and senior management experience with Alberta Agriculture and Food, has been appointed B.C. Regional Innovation Chair in Cattle Industry Sustainability. His job will be to develop new techniques and technologies to help make B.C.’s cattle industry sustainable – both economically and environmentally.

Church will lead a multidisciplinary research team at TRU , working closely with industry through a steering committee. Church is particularly interested in developing feeding strategies to increase health-giving Omega 3 oils in beef, and to reduce the amount of methane – a greenhouse gas up to 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide – produced by cattle.

The Province provided $1.25 million for the chair through the Leading Edge Endowment Fund. Matching funding includes $625,000 from the Cattle Industry Development Council and $250,000 from the Real Estate Foundation of B.C.

Tourism & Sustainable Rural Development - VIU - Nicole Vaugeois

A regional innovation chair at Vancouver Island University to support tourism in rural B.C. will provide the knowledge to increase the benefits of the 2010 Winter Games in smaller communities and help them expand their economic base. The chair is held by Nicole Vaugeois, who has a PhD in tourism planning and development from Michigan State University, and has worked with regional and community tourism organizations on Vancouver Island to identify opportunities to expand tourism in the region. The chair will be part of the faculty of management at Vancouver Island University, and its research program will include developing and delivering customized management training, help regions and communities with their planning needs, and promote long-term opportunities resulting from the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Canada-India Business and Economic Development - UFV - DJ Sandhu

The BC Regional Innovation Chair on Canada-India Business and Economic Development will help businesses in the Fraser Valley and Lower Mainland region take advantage of the opportunities offered by the huge Indian market. The new chair, with support from the Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies at UFV, will provide local businesses with the expertise and research necessary for them to access the fast-growing Indian economy and other overseas markets.

UFV business professor DJ Sandhu brings more than 20 years of marketing and teaching experience to this new position. He has a strong background in marketing consulting for Fortune 500 companies such as Johnson & Johnson. He earned his BBA and MBA at Simon Fraser University and also teaches business there. He has extensive experience developing international markets and launching companies involved in financing new manufacturing ventures.

Since 2004, Sandhu has served as a special advisor to UFV. He is also a member of the India Market Advisory Group, the working group of the Province’s Asia Pacific Trade Council.

Sandhu has been formally working on UFV’s India initiatives since 2004 in his special advisor role. He played a key role in the establishment of the UFV Bachelor of Business Administration degree program in Chandigarh, India, and in the creation of partnerships with several Indian post-secondary institutions, including Panjab University, which has established a Canadian Studies centre, and Guru Nanak Dev University.

The Province provided a $1.25-million contribution for the BC Regional Innovation Chair on Canada-India Business and Economic Development with matching funding from hundreds of community supporters to bring the total endowment for the chair to $2.5 million.

Rural Economic Development - Selkirk College - George Penfold

B.C.’s first regional innovation chair, Mr. George Penfold, has been appointed at Selkirk College to produce research that will help the West Kootenay Boundary region reach its full economic potential. 

Penfold is a professional planner who combines university-level academic experience with public consultation, training, education and research, facilitation and mediation, organizational development, municipal planning and resources policy work.

The $2.5-million B.C. Regional Innovation Chair in Rural Economic Development is funded by a $1.25-million investment from the Province’s Leading Edge Endowment Fund, and $1.25 million in matching funding by non-government sources. The chair will work with local business clusters and organizations, municipalities and community development NGOs to identify their needs and produce information and training to help them take full advantage of economic opportunities.

For more info: http://selkirk.ca/research/ric/

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