KIRKLAND LAKE, ON: Northern College and the Town of Kirkland Lake are in the process of establishing a new partnership that will see them collaborating on leading edge social innovation research.
Dr. Audrey J. Penner, Northern College Vice President, Academic and Student Success, proposed this innovative partnership to Kirkland Lake town council, Tuesday, January 13, 2015. The concept received unanimous support.
“This initiative with the Town of Kirkland Lake puts Northern in a unique position to examine significant social and societal issues, through the lenses of community planning and citizen well-being” says Dr. Penner. “The research we’re designing will be applicable to communities throughout Canada, and of particular interest to rural and remote communities. We’re very excited to work with Kirkland Lake.”
While the college has been actively involved in applied research for many years through the Northern Office of Applied Research and Innovation (NOARI), this new partnership marks the launch of the college’s social innovation research agenda.
“The Municipality is extremely committed to the health and wellness of the residents of our Community. Applied research is the foundation we need to use as our health care providers seek funding to build improved locally available health care for small rural communities such as Kirkland Lake” stated Nancy Allick, Chief Administrative Officer for the Town of Kirkland Lake.
The first objective of the new research partnership is to develop strategic and research design, followed by application to the Community and College Social Innovation Fund through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
The college and town will formalize the new partnership with a Memorandum of Understanding within the next few weeks.
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