Bow Valley College has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Canadian Energy Research Institute “to create inclusive and sustainable learning and research opportunities for each organization, either jointly or individually.”
In a news release, the school and the institute said the agreement will connect Canadian energy leaders and prepare the next generation of industry influencers to enhance community and industry growth. Outreach related to this partnership is intended to engage and better equip Canadian government and businesses focused on energy issues with fact-based information that can allow for more informed decision-making, it said.
The partnership also provides opportunities for learners in full-time programming and continuing learning to network through a series of presentation events hosted at Bow Valley College’s downtown Calgary campus to bring CERI’s research insights to learners, organizations and business leaders.
“CERI is excited to enter into this partnership with Bow Valley College, not only because it further facilitates the distribution of fact-based energy information, but also because it opens the door to future research collaboration opportunities, capacity building and knowledge sharing,” said Allan Fogwill, CERI president and CEO, in a statement. “As a registered charitable organization, key partnerships like this one provide CERI with another avenue to engage energy professionals, companies and consumers in Alberta and across Canada.”
Bow Valley College’s Chiu School of Business is exploring opportunities for joint research projects with CERI with two key areas of focus to include diversity and training in today’s energy labour market. The college is also collaborating with CERI on developing job experience and hiring opportunities with CERI member organizations for Bow Valley College learners, graduates and job seekers.
“The petroleum industry is looking to satisfy their demand for skilled workers and critical thinkers especially in a time when data analytics, cost control and innovative software are priorities,” said Dr. Misheck Mwaba, vice-president academic at Bow Valley College.
“This is an opportunity for Bow Valley College to showcase and demonstrate our capabilities to address the needs of the oil and gas sector and to create in-the-field opportunities for our students to learn directly from these leaders.”
Mario Toneguzzi is a veteran Calgary-based journalist who worked for 35 years for the Calgary Herald, including 12 years as a senior business writer.