Why Dr. Gayle Broad will be in Hamilton next weekSaturday, November 02, 2013 by: SooToday.com Staff
Dr. Gayle Broad kicks off Research Matters Speaker Series
Broad to highlight social youth entrepreneurship in Northern Ontario
SAULT STE. MARIE - Dr. Gayle Broad, professor at Algoma University and research director of the Northern Ontario Research, Development, Ideas and Knowledge (NORDIK) Institute, will be giving a presentation on youth social entrepreneurship at McMaster Innovation Park as part of the Research Matters campaign, on November 4.
The event is the first of five talks in the 2014 free speaker series, which will be travelling across Ontario for the next six months.
Dr. Broad will be giving a presentation on the latest research she is conducting with NORDIK Institute, which examines the infrastructure that exists for youth social entrepreneurs in Northern Ontario and how it can be enhanced.
Together, she and NORDIK will be investigating which supports exist, including funding, training, educational, and online resources, as well as how young people are becoming agents of change in their communities.
Also of interest is how youth can be aided in developing their business skills and developing revenue strategies to support social, ecological, and economic change.
Her work is being funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, and aims to change policy within Northern Ontario.
"Having the evidence for good policy making is crucial... it is really important that we have awareness across Ontario about the importance of research. We won't have very wise policies that will profoundly affect all of our lives if we don't have the research. It has to be documented for us to convince others," said Dr. Broad.
Research Matters is a collaborative effort of the Council of Ontario Universities (COU), and will be moderated by well-known radio and television personality Piya Chattopadhyay, who is often a host on both CBC and TVO's flagship current affairs program, The Agenda.
Researchers will present their topics and then ask audiences in the room and online to decide what matters now.
These free events allow the public to discuss the future with the university researchers who are creating it.
Those unable to attend the event can sign up to view the live webcast at yourontarioresearch.ca/events/.
"Research Matters is a snapshot of the life changing research going on at Ontario universities," says COU President and CEO Bonnie M. Patterson. "Without research, we would not be able to combat disease, solve series social problems, create more effective public policy, and discover things we've never thought of."
Other topics that will be presented at the Hamilton Research Matters event include McMaster's Dr. John Brennan's talk on preventing illnesses and saving lives through water safety; the University of Ottawa's Dr. Muralee Murugesu's research on the miracles of nano-magnets; the University of Toronto's Dr. Ray Jayawardhana's investigation on planet hunting; and the University of Waterloo's Dr. Chris Eliasmith talk on the building of intelligent machines.
Research Matters travels to London, Ontario on November 26, Thunder Bay, Ontario on March 4, to Toronto, Ontario on April 9, and wraps up in Kingston on April 23.
For more information on Research Matters, please visit yourontarioresearch.ca and @OntarioResearch on Twitter.
About Algoma University
Algoma University offers a wide variety of liberal arts and sciences degree options including programs in Psychology, Computer Science, Business Administration, Fine Arts, Community Economic and Social Development, and Biology in Sault Ste. Marie, Brampton, Timmins and St. Thomas.
As a partner with Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig, Algoma U is committed to respecting Anishinaabe knowledge and culture.
Algoma University has launched its Essential Elements Campaign to expand its campus and offer more scholarships and awards to students.
To learn more, visit www.algomau.ca.