• A spring photo of the Durham College Oshawa Campus

    Annual Report

    2014-2015

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    FAMILY VALUES

    The student experience comes first at Durham College

  • Franklin Wu, Don Lovia and Susan Todd posing for a picture in a classroom.

    OUR RESEARCH

    Research is at the heart of what DC does

  • Members of the Durham College family participating in the Habitat for Humanity

    OUR EXTENDED FAMILY

    Contributing to the economic stability

LETTER FROM OUR PRESIDENT

Don Lovisa

Durham College President Don Lovisa

It has been another successful year at Durham College (DC). We continue to foster innovation and drive the college forward as one of Ontario’s leading post-secondary institutions.

One of the goals at DC is to support and empower OUR PEOPLE to make the best possible contribution towards the student experience; we do this by capitalizing on their vast experiences and expertise. One of the resounding sentiments we hear when speaking with DC’s employees is that the college is like a family. It’s a sentiment that shapes how we operate the college and underlies everything we do – that is why we captured its importance in our Strategic Plan.

With roots firmly entrenched in our local community and branches that span the globe, DC is working to prepare its graduates for the demands of a complex and changing economy and world by offering best in-class teaching and learning.

As you read through the pages of this annual report you will see DC’s innovation in action and learn more about some of the incredible employees who help make the college what it is today. From applied research achievements to hosting high-profile visitors on campus and mapping out the road ahead, Durham College's future is bright.

This is our annual report, from our family to yours.

Sincerely,

President Signature

FAMILY VALUES

OUR MISSION, VISION, VALUES, AND GOALS

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MISSION

The student experience comes first at Durham College.

VISION

Durham College is the premier post-secondary destination for students who succeed in a dynamic and supportive learning environment. Our graduates develop the professional and personal skills required to realize meaningful careers and make a difference in the world.

VALUES

Our values drive our organizational culture and behaviour in delivering our vision and mission.

Our Values

  • Integrity and transparency We behave and communicate sincerely and honestly.
  • Respect We treat everyone with dignity, deliver superior service and offer a safe environment.
  • Equal access and diversity We embrace diversity, ensure accessibility and champion all learners.
  • Personal and team accountability We do what we say we will do and are creative and innovative in how we conduct our business.

GOALS

Our Students – To provide students with the best possible learning experiences by offering new opportunities for experiential learning, fostering greater mobility within the postsecondary system and ensuring all necessary supports are in place.

Our People – To capitalize on the vast experiences and expertise of our people and help them make the best possible contribution towards the student experience.

Our Business – To be prudent stewards of all resources so that we are financially responsible, demonstrate good governance and are system leaders in making decisions that support outstanding teaching and learning.

Our Community – To ensure the college, in all its actions and decisions, is contributing to the economic and social prosperity of our communities.

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EMPLOYEE PROFILES

SPEND SOME TIME GETTING TO KNOW OUR FAMILY

OUR RESEARCH FAMILY

PROFESSOR, SCHOOL OF BUSINESS, IT & MANAGEMENT AND PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR, OFFICE OF RESEARCH SERVICES, INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP (ORSIE)

OUR COMMUNITY FAMILY

DEAN, SCHOOL OF JUSTICE & EMERGENCY SERVICES

OUR GLOBAL FAMILY

PROFESSOR, SCHOOL OF INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES & EMPLOYMENT SERVICES

OUR DIVERSE FAMILY

DIVERSITY CONSULTANT, DIVERSITY OFFICE

SHARING SUCCESS

AT DC SUCCESS MATTERS AND WE ACHIEVED
SOME AMAZING THINGS IN 2014-2015

GOOD INFLUENCE
AUGUST - OCTOBER 2014


DC’s reputation as a leading post-secondary institution was confirmed when all three of Canada’s top political leaders were welcomed to campus. In three separate visits over three consecutive months, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Thomas Mulcair, official Opposition leader and leader of the New Democratic Party (NDP), and Liberal leader Justin Trudeau all visited the college, speaking with students and employees and touring both the Oshawa and Whitby campuses.

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    • Three political parties
    • Three opportunities for engagement
    • Three opportunities for DC to help shape the federal post-secondary discussion

GOOD POLICY
MARCH 2015


Durham College finalized its stand-alone policy and procedure on sexual assault and violence. These documents provide precise definitions of sexual assault and sexual violence, set clear standards for reporting and responding to incidents of sexual violence, and establish clear processes for complaints and investigations. The policy also includes measures to ensure that people who make complaints are protected from reprisals, retaliation or threats. As well, it includes provisions to ensure that confidentiality is strictly observed.

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    • One Policy
    • One procedure
    • A landmark first step in the fight against sexual violence.

GOOD CONNECTIONS
DECEMBER 2014


Social media monitoring and analysis company MediaMiser named DC one of Canada’s top social media colleges. By tracking social media metrics such as Twitter and Facebook mentions, page activity, likes, followers, and retweets, MediaMiser was able to compile a list of which Canadian colleges rank as the best in the country for using social networks to communicate effectively.

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    • DC finished in the top 10 in several categories, including social media mentions.
    • Over 8,400 Twitter followers and a reach of over 924,000.

GOOD EATS
NOVEMBER 2014


Celebrity chef and Centre for Food (CFF) ambassador Jamie Kennedy hosted an exclusive lunch for the community in Bistro ’67, DC’s 70-seat, full-service, green-certified teaching-inspired restaurant which is open to the public. Jamie also met with students in the college’s culinary and hospitality programs.

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    • Four courses
    • Over 50 guests and an exploration of the field-to-fork philosophy.

HONOUR ROLL

DC’s students aren’t the only ones achieving success. The college’s employees work hard to earn their place on the honour roll, receiving both internal and external recognition for their contributions, innovations and hard work.

A female student removing a book from a library shelf.

In August 2014, Jane Hilton, a project manager in the Office of Research Services, Innovation and Entrepreneurship became the 2015 President of the Ontario Library Association (OLA), the largest library association in Canada with over 5,000 members. Jane is the first library board member in 35 years to attain the office of president.


Committed to the importance of libraries to a community, Jane has gained much of her governance experience from her years on the Whitby Public Library Board to which she was recently reappointed.

A screenshot of the award winning 2013 Durham College Annual Report website.

In March 2015, Durham College’s (DC) Communications and Marketing department was awarded gold medals at the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations (NCMPR) Paragon Awards in the Video Shorts and Electronic College Annual Report categories. It also won bronze in Special Events Promotion. The prestigious awards are part of the only national competition of its kind showcasing outstanding achievement in communications at community and technical colleges.

Gary Gannon smiling after receiving the Lifetime Contribution Award from the Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA), Durham Chapter.

In May 2014, Gary Gannon, professor and program co-ordinator of the Human Resources program in the School of Business, IT & Management, received a Lifetime Contribution Award from the Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA), Durham Chapter.


The HRPA recognizes Human Resources Management (HRM) professionals who have shown leadership and contributed to the development of the profession within the chapter during their career. Gary was honoured for his work in forging close partnerships between the college’s HRM programs and the region’s professional community.

Critical Care Nursing students working in a simulation lab.

Margret Campkin, a co-ordinator and professor in the Critical Care Nursing e-Learning Graduate Certificate program, received the President’s Award at Lakeridge Health in August 2014 for her work on the Resuscitation Strategy Implementation Project. The award is presented to people who go above and beyond to make health-care facilities a better place for employees to work and for patients to receive care.


As the clinical lead of the project, Margret collaborated with and supported the resuscitation team to create new policies and procedures; implement basic cardiac life support guidelines; provide education to over 1,400 registered nurses, registered practical nurses and registered respiratory therapists; deliver 50 mock code blues (cardiac arrest scenarios); and roll out standardized resuscitation equipment, including automated external defibrillators and manual defibrillators and on-the-go live dates to four Lakeridge Health sites.

OUR RESEARCH

Research is at the heart of what DC does as a post-secondary institution. The college’s Office of Research Services, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ORSIE) is responsible for driving innovation. Since its inception in 2009 it has created a strong applied agenda for DC, which is why the college was ranked number 25 on the list of Canada’s Top 50 Research Colleges for the second year in a row.

It’s an agenda designed to respond to the significant business and industry need for practical solutions through applied research and innovation activities, while remaining focused on providing unique and real-world experiences to students.

As the students are learning, ORSIE is also helping community businesses innovate, commercialize and advance ideas. Whether developing a solution to a business problem, improving a commercial product or system or providing consultancy services, ORSIE’s involvement with its industry partners creates a win-win situation; students gain invaluable experience and businesses benefit from DC’s best-in-class expertise.

ORSIE’s work includes:

  • Collaborating with local small- and medium-sized businesses in the information technology, energy, mechanical and electronics engineering technology, social sciences and humanities fields.
  • Developing and implementing a strategic research plan.
  • Maintaining a Research Ethics Board.
  • Receiving important research funding from several government agencies.

ORSIE is unique in that it embraces all manner and types of research and quality assurance activities that occur throughout the college, by supporting those who are new to research as well as those who are more experienced to participate and lead interdisciplinary research opportunities.

RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS

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GAMING EVOLUTION

ORSIE’s collaboration with Inventing Future Technology Inc. (IFTech) has brought excitement into the technological community with their flagship invention, As Real As it Gets (ARAIG). ARAIG is a suit that allows gamers to fully immerse themselves in virtual worlds, by providing the wearer with vibratory feedback, muscle stimulation and a 7.1 surround sound audio system. IFTech has utilized the expertise of DC’s students and faculty to redesign and improve the functionality of the suit. This has provided hands-on opportunities for students as they practise the skills they are learning in class, in a real-world setting.

3D PRINTING

DC installed a new Fortus® 360mc rapid prototyper in its Integrated Manufacturing Centre (IMC) at the college’s Oshawa campus. The installation is the result of a $150,000 Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Applied Research Tools and Instruments (ARTI) grant that was awarded to the college via NSERC’s College and Community Innovation (CCI) program. Students are using the machine to print parts for their pneumatic engine designs. These include pistons, cams, connecting rods and various brackets.

ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT

Durham College and ORSIE launched the FastStart program (FastStart), a powerful new resource designed to help college students acquire entrepreneurial skills and convert innovative business ideas into successful companies through programs such as student incubators and boot camps.

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PROJECT FUNDING RECEIVED IN 2014-15 FISCAL YEAR
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TOTAL AMOUNT OF ADMINISTRATION FUNDING
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TOTAL NUMBER OF PROJECTS
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TOTAL STUDENTS INVOLVED
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FACULTY AND STAFF INVOLVED
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INDUSTRY IN-KIND CASH
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TOTAL AMOUNT OF INDUSTRY CASH

OUR EXTENDED FAMILY

The concept of family applies not only to the college employees and students but also to the wider community. DC is proud to call Durham Region home, partnering with local organizations, contributing to the economic stability of the region and supporting the communities that in turn support us.

  • Total number of charities that benefitted from working with a DC employee in 2014-15: more than 150
  • Total employee hours spent on community projects in both personal and professional capacities: approximately 17,600
  • A third-party review found that Durham College’s economic impact on Durham Region was valued at $816 million in 2012-2013.
  • Campuses in Oshawa and Whitby and the Pickering Learning Site.
  • More than 1,000 local industry and business leaders sitting on 77 Program Advisory Committees (PACs) means DC can tap into participant expertise to ensure its programs are current and aligned with industry trends.
Future Durham College students visiting booths at the Fall Open House.
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Heather and Matisse from Team Experience taking a selfie with Karley after presenting her with gifts for the Make it Merry campaign.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH HIGHLIGHTS

MAKING IT MERRY FOR A LOCAL MOM IN-NEED

DC’s employees and members of the Experience DC team, a group of 14 students who are part of a unique marketing and awareness campaign to help potential students connect with the college, helped make the holidays a little brighter for a local mom-in-need. After hearing the call for assistance via radio station Virgin 99.9, DC’s Team Experience jumped into action, purchasing everything the pregnant mom would need from diapers to a crib. One year of tuition was also donated to help her achieve her dream of attending college.

OPEN HOUSE

Durham College welcomed over 7,400 future students, their families and friends to its annual Spring and Fall Open Houses. Guests had the opportunity to tour campus, meet with employees and students and experience the college first-hand.

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GROWING OUR ROOTS

Whether at home or abroad, DC is proud of its international presence and global partnerships.

  • DC is home to 523 international students from around the world.

  • The college is currently working on international projects with three countries – Guyana, India and Peru.

  • DC has four offices in three countries overseas – China, India and Nigeria.

  • DC offers more than 450 pathway opportunities where students can earn both a diploma and degree in less-than-traditional time, including more than 60 opportunities to transfer to our campus partner, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT).

  • 10 international students were recipients of in-course Academic Excellence scholarships.

INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

PATHWAYS AND CONNECTIONS IN IRELAND

Durham College (DC) and the Irish Institute of Technology, Tralee (ITT) aligned on an articulation agreement that will enable graduates of several of the college’s two- and three-year programs to enter ITT’s bachelor programs with advanced standing, allowing them to earn their degree in as little as two additional semesters of study. In addition, DC, along with UOIT and Trent University co-hosted the first Irish-Canadian Higher Education in Transformation Symposium, held at both the Dublin Institute of Technology and the Printworks, Dublin Castle. Representatives from DC were on-hand to share their expertise and showcase the excellent programs offered at the college.

DEVELOPING AN AUTOMOTIVE ELECTRONICS PROGRAM IN GUYANA

Durham College (DC), along with additional educational partners, is working with the Government Technical Institute (GTI) in Georgetown, Guyana to help develop a new Automotive Electronics Technician program. The three institutions will partner with faculty and administrators at GTI to develop a program responsive to the needs of Guyana’s auto industry, which has seen a significant increase in the number of cars on the road with new electronic systems.

PROMOTING EDUCATION FOR EMPLOYMENT IN PERU

Durham College (DC) alongside other Canadian educational institutions announced new partnerships with Peruvian technical institutes. Working with Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan), DC will help strengthen skills and technical training in key sectors of the Peruvian economy, which will set students up for employment success.

Durham College's international students arrive from around the globe

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LOOKING AHEAD

DC honours its past, celebrates its present and eagerly anticipates and plans for the future. One of the fastest growing colleges in Ontario over the past five years in terms of enrolment, new programs and reputation, our connection to students and the broader community is stronger than ever. The college family continues to develop and grow to meet the demand for innovative, quality education and research for the betterment of our students and community.

CAMPUS MASTER PLAN

DC and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) are working together on a Campus Master Plan (www.campusmasterplan.ca) designed to address the future expansion and needs of both institutions. Two open houses were held in 2014-15 to share the development plans and progress with the campus community. Local media and members of the community attended to hear about the developments, ask questions and share in the excitement about the road ahead. Completion of the plan is scheduled for fall of 2015.

dLAB

DC is proud to be taking a leadership role in the development and realization of the Durham Learning and Business (dLAB) district (www.dlab.ws). dLAB has been designed to create links that will develop opportunities for students to get involved in research and manufacturing and entrepreneurial activities, which will in turn create stable and long-term employment.
This development project brings private enterprise together with higher education and emerging technology – a dynamic new urban hub of talent, innovation and growth.

APPENDICES

DURHAM REALIZES SUCCESS WITH BUSINESS PLAN

Strategic planning is a key factor in Durham College finding short-, medium- and long-term success. In that context, 2014-2015 saw the college put forward another ambitious corporate Business Plan that resulted in significant efforts, activities and successes across campus.

The provincial government’s Minister Binding Policy Directive for Annual Reports requires that college annual reports include a summary of the results of the previous year’s Business Plan. Below is a summary of how DC did.

The college’s 2014-2015 Business Plan [PDF 2 MB] contained four high-level goals:


  • Responsible, strategic growth.
  • Dynamic partnerships.
  • Student-focused teaching and learning.
  • Core institutional priorities that set out 65 specific objectives.

Hundreds of actions were taken to realize success in the four goals, and the results have collectively strengthened academic operations, helped grow and renew the campus, provided students with more support and services than ever before, increased the college’s visibility in the community, and furthered research and innovation activities.

Among the many highlights of the past year, were:

RESPONSIBLE, STRATEGIC GROWTH

  • Continued overall enrolment growth, even as the system flattened.
  • International enrolment growth of 32 per cent, leadership on international projects and recruitment activities in new markets.
  • Submission of a joint proposal with UOIT and Trent University to the provincial government for its Major Capacity Expansion program.

DYNAMIC PARTNERSHIPS

  • College awarded two international development projects in Peru; implementation currently under way.
  • Under the Science Without Borders project, more than 40 students from Brazil attended DC.
  • Launched FastStart, a new post-secondary collaboration that is designed to increase entrepreneurial skills and awareness, while also helping students create solid business plans that take their products and services to market – quickly and successfully.
  • Developed multiple new partnerships that provide new academic pathways for college students to pursue a university education in Ontario, England and Ireland.

STUDENT-FOCUSED TEACHING AND LEARNING

  • Team Experience, a brand awareness campaign that is unique and innovative in connecting with students and drawing attention to the college.
  • Enhancements, additional opportunities and a new delivery model for students in a number of service areas, including our Access and Support Centre, Financial Aid and with the credit transfer process.
  • Launch of four new programs and the development of new hybrid and online courses.
  • A continued commitment to campus safety through lockdown exercises and the launch of a new Sexual Assault and Sexual Violence policy and procedure.
  • The successful launch of an innovative coaching model for students.

CORE INSTITUTIONAL PRIORITIES

  • Launch of new core institutional documents to guide us in the years ahead, including a renewed Academic Direction, renewed Strategic Research Plan and a new Academic Information Technology Plan.
  • Submission to the government of an application for our first-ever degree program.
  • A fifth consecutive year with surplus financial results.

2014-2015 DURHAM COLLEGE BOARD OF GOVERNORS

  • Ron Chatterton, chair of the Board
  • Pierre Tremblay, vice-chair of the Board
  • Douglas I. Allingham
  • Nneka Bowen
  • Dan Borowec
  • Ivan DeJong
  • Kevin Dougherty
  • Joanne Dykeman
  • Darren Fisher
  • Renate Ilse
  • Paul Macklin
  • Debbie McKee Demczyk
  • Donna Raetsen-Kemp
  • Steve Stewart
  • Heather Quantrill
  • Doug Wilson
  • Don Lovisa, president, ex-officio

DURHAM COLLEGE LEADERSHIP TEAM

  • Don Lovisa, president, Durham College
  • Judy Robinson, vice-president, Academic
  • Meri Kim Oliver, vice-president, Student Affairs
  • Nevzat Gurmen, vice-president, Corporate Services and chief financial officer
  • Scott Blakey, vice-president, Administration

SUMMARY OF ADVERTISING AND MARKETING COMPLAINTS RECEIVED.

None received.

REPORT ON COLLEGE COUNCIL

College Council plays an important role in helping to inform and shape decisions and documents that are key to Durham College operations. Council met two times during 2014-2015, providing feedback on a range of new operational policies and procedures; reviewed the college’s construction plans, its major capacity expansion proposal, and campus master plan; and also offered feedback on campus security and class scheduling, among other issues of importance. College Council is made up of representatives from across all employee groups – faculty, support and administrative staff – and is chaired by the college president.

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AUDITED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

ANNUAL REPORT 2014-2015

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