2017 has been a momentous year for Langara, and I am incredibly grateful to all of you for your work on behalf of our students and the College. Together we have accomplished a great deal, including the start of a number of new initiatives that when completed, will be transformative for Langara.
Awards and Partnerships
We have had much to celebrate in 2017. Our new Science and Technology Building received LEED Gold status and an Illumination Merit award. We created an exciting new co-operative learning opportunity for students in partnership with the Asia Pacific Foundation and Optimus Information Systems. Three alumni were recognized as leaders in BC, two through Business in Vancouver’s Top 40 Under 40, and one in BC Business’ Top 30 Under 30. For the third year in a row, a nominee connected to Langara won the Webster’s Bruce Hutchison Lifetime Achievement Award, this year’s winner is instructor Kim Bolan.
Given the enrolment growth we have experienced these past few years, a re-organization of the academic structure of the College was needed. I am very pleased to see that after a thorough consultation process, we have landed on a new structure that should serve our students and faculty members well into the future.
It is amazing to consider that in the coming years we will be recognizing 49 years of operations here and 25 years as an independent institution. These important anniversaries are the jumping off point for the College’s first ever comprehensive fundraising and alumni engagement campaign – Beyond 49. A great deal of planning and work has occurred this year as we prepare for the launch of the campaign next fall.
Significant work was done this year on the business case and negotiated request for proposals for a new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system to replace our outdated student information, finance, and human resource systems. This project gives us the opportunity to improve services for students and employees by reviewing and modernizing our processes and providing better software tools with which to run the College.
Campus Master Plan
We have also taken important steps this year to stabilize our enrolment growth and address the space constraints exacerbated by it. This fall we engaged Teeple and Proscenium architects to re-open our campus master facilities plan. In consultation with our community, they are now drafting an exciting new vision for our West 49th campus that will better meet the needs of our students, faculty, and staff.
Breakfast with the President Program
In the rush of all these initiatives and the day to day operations of the College, it can be challenging at times to stay connected with individual employees and students. So I am starting a new program – Breakfast with the President. This initiative is an opportunity for one faculty member, one support staff, one student, and one administrator, to join me for an informal breakfast and discussion about the College. The first such breakfast will take place on the morning of January 25, 2018 from 9:00 am to 10:30 am. If you are interested in participating, please email my office by January 12 indicating which group you belong to. Dates for future breakfasts will be announced in the new year.
We could not have accomplished all of this without the amazing people who make up this institution, and I look forward to continuing to collaborate on these exciting initiatives with you next year. I want to wish you all the very happiest of holidays and a successful 2018.