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Business development plan aimed to create jobs, boost economic growth

Queen’s is being awarded $750,000 from the Applied Research and Commercialization Initiative to help small and medium business in southern Ontario bring new products to the marketplace. The initiative is part of the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), which was created to support economic and community development in the region.

The program is designed to create jobs in local communities and assist economic growth by providing small businesses the opportunity to bring new ideas from research facilities into the market place.

St. Lawrence College will be receiving $154,993 under the initiative. The federal government announced its $15-million Applied Research and Commercialization Imitative on Oct. 12. The announcement was made at Innovation Park by Government House Leader John Baird and Leeds-Grenville MP Gord Brown.

The initiative will provide opportunities to address challenges between small-and medium-sized businesses in the local community and help build strong relations between Queen’s research and the local community. The money awarded to Queen’s will be used to fund approximately 15 research and commercial projects for the University including a long-term collaborations between the University and local businesses.

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Vice-principal appointed co-chair of Queen’s Aboriginal Council

Caroline Davis, vice-principal (finance and administration), has been named co-chair of the Aboriginal Council at Queen’s. The Council is involved in all decisions affecting Aboriginal programs and services at the University.

Davis said that she wants to make the Council more inclusive to Aboriginal students, and that she wants to draw the Queen’s Native Student Association back into the Council. Through talks with Four Directions Aboriginal centre on campus, Davis also hopes to attract more Aboriginal faculty and staff members.

She said she will also try to make Aboriginal history and current culture more accessible to the Queen’s community.

Principal Daniel Woolf is confident that Davis is the right woman for the job.

“I know that Caroline Davis will make a positive contribution to the Aboriginal Council given her background and demonstrated commitment to working with and supporting Canada’s Aboriginal communities,” Woolf said.

Davis has had a 30-year career in the federal civil service within Indian and Northern Affairs Canada. She is familiar with the social and economic issues that Canadian Aboriginal peoples face today.

Davis will be heading the Council with Paul Latchford. The Aboriginal Council was established in 1992 and reports directly to the University’s Senate and Board of Trustees.

Katherine Fernandez-Blance

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