(From left) Langford Coun. Winnie Sifert, Coun. Roger Wade, Coun. Matt Sahlstrom, Coun. Lillian Szpak, Royal Roads director Dale Gann, Coun. Denise Blackwell and Coun. Lanny Seaton watch as Mayor Stew Young (centre) signs a memorandum of understanding between the City of Langford and Royal Roads University. (Katherine Engqvist/News Gazette staff)

Langford, Royal Roads partner to keep talent on the West Shore

MOU will target talent creation, retention and attraction with official partnership

The City of Langford and Royal Roads University achieved a new milestone at Monday’s council meeting.

Royal Roads and the City signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that formalizes a partnership between the two parties to allow them to explore opportunities that promote growth, sustainability and economic prosperity through education.

“This is a great start and we’re excited to work with you to improve what we have,” said Mayor Stew Young. “We’re looking forward to a good relationship … what we’re trying to do in Langford is get people to stay in our community and provide the proper education and facilities. Royal Roads has that.”

Young noted this MOU will enhance their existing relationship. “Post-secondary education is paramount to this council … we want to make sure that as we have growth in this community we actually have the post-secondary education facilities for the kids to stay in our community and not have to go somewhere else.”

The hope is that this partnership will help address the growing needs of the West Shore through collaboration and exploration in several areas including applied research and community-focused education, educational services, meeting the needs of local Indigenous communities and international students, work integrated learning opportunities for students, opportunities in sustainability and technology sectors, and community development initiatives.

Dale Gann, the university’s director of business development, was at Monday’s council meeting on behalf of president and vice-chancellor Allan Cahoon and Royal Roads.

“It’s pretty exciting to see this here this evening,” he said. “The spirit of this is to do exactly what has been happening – it’s to work on something we all know is really important to our economy and that’s talent creation, talent retention and talent attraction.”

Gann noted the university is looking to make this relationship official as they have been in the community for a long time and have had a great impact on the region. He added they want to continue that by taking a more active role.

“We look forward to many more years of working with the City of Langford.”

The MOU will be in effect for five years, at which time it can be reviewed for the possibility of extending the partnership.


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

editor@goldstreamgazette.com

Just Posted

Victoria cannabis advocates call proposed trust fund an ‘overreach’

BCICA says North Saanich councillor’s ideas on cannabis ‘cherry picking’

BC BUDGET: Fare freeze and free travel for seniors on BC Ferries

A complete fare freeze will be put into place on major routes, and fares will be rolled back on smaller routes by 15 per cent

BC BUDGET: New spaces a step to universal child care

Fees reduced for licensed daycare operators

BC BUDGET: NDP cracks down on speculators, hidden ownership

Foreign buyers’ tax extended to Fraser Valley, Okanagan, Vancouver Island

BC BUDGET: Payroll tax replaces medical premiums

Health spending to increase $1.5 billion for drugs, primary care teams

Victoria curling team headed to B.C. Winter Games hoping for a podium finish

Great team chemistry and a former coach of the year are a recipe for success.

Widow of avalanche victim sues Golden lodge operator

A woman from Alberta is suing guides, their mountain guide association and the lodge operator for negligence

BC BUDGET: NDP hope to nix court delays with $15 million cash influx

Union says funding could stop sheriffs from leaving for higher paid jobs

BC Cattlemen’s Association calls for remediation of firebreaks to prevent erosion, spread of invasive species

Other concerns are fencing restoration and repair, and a lack of feed for cattle.

Patrick Brown’s Tory leadership bid fate looms

Brown’s bid to for Tory leadership to be decided on Wednesday

Duncan cousins found guilty of aggravated sexual assault

Assault so violent, victim required surgery

Alberta shrugs off B.C. legal challenge on wine ban

The potential fine Alberta faces for violating free trade rules according to economic development minister

Yelling vulgar slur at reporter not a crime says judge

Judge rules ‘vulgar’ slur against reporter was not a public disturbance

B.C. runner takes silver at Pan American cross-country championships

Tyler Dozzi’s medal pushes U20 Team Canada to gold finish

Most Read