Trent U Installs New Permeable Parking Spots, First University In Ontario With Green Parking

Trent University will become the first university in Ontario to install permeable grid paving—an environmental innovation made popular in Europe—when they add about 100 parking spots this summer to their Symons Campus in Peterborough.

The environmentally-friendly parking solution is created using 100% recycled plastic, helping to curb plastic pollution as it does not require the use of asphalt—often a byproduct of the petroleum industry. Similar parking systems are being used in countries around the world, in a variety of settings such as agriculture, parks and industrial spaces.

Photo of Symons Campus courtesy Trent University

Photo of Symons Campus courtesy Trent University

“Our campus is growing and we need to balance that growth with our commitment to the environment,” says Kent Stringham, vice-president, Finance and Administration at Trent University. “This innovative and environmental solution to meeting campus demands boasts a number of ecological benefits including the ability to plant grass within the grid, better drainage, and less required road salt in the winter. It’s a win-win for Trent and for our environment.”

HOW PERMEABLE GRID PAVING SYSTEMS WORK

They are installed as a series of recycled plastic interlocking grid on top of land which can then be filled with grass or gravel. The system offers a host of environmental benefits including reduction of flood risk and increased capacity for storm-water management. The permeable parking grids are weather-resistant, can be plowed, and require far less salt in the winter—significantly lessening impact on nearby animal habitats.

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF THIS PROJECT

• utilize 35,640 pounds of recycled plastic
• detain 64,627 gallons of stormwater
• save 162.9 tonnes of CO2, the equivalent of planting 34,295 trees

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22 Nations Competing At World Lacrosse U19 Championships In Peterborough

The opening ceremonies of the 2019 World Lacrosse U19 Women’s Lacrosse Championships at Trent University will honour the origins of the sport within Indigenous nations alongside 21 additional teams.

The ceremony on Wednesday, July 31st at 6 p.m. at Justin Chiu Stadium at Trent officially opens the U19 Championships. Over the next 10 days, 22 nations—including the Haudenosaunee—will compete in games at Trent and at Fleming College. Canada will defend its 2015 World Championship with Team Canada alumnus Allison Daley on the bench as associate coach.

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The modern game of lacrosse originated with the Haudenosaunee and has been played among them for centuries. It is known as Teiontshihkwa:’eks (pronounced Day yoo chee gwa ecks), meaning the “ball and stick” game, as well as Tewa’a:raton (pronounced Day wa awe law doo), meaning the “netted stick” in the Mohawk language. It was passed among different Indigenous nations including the Anishinaabe as a way to settle disputes and heal the body and mind.

“As a reflection of Indigenous communities who began this sport, we are opening our event with a focus on the people who first played this great game,” says co-chair Cheryl MacNeill, a Team Canada alumnus from 1987, who referees the sport around the world. “We are looking forward to seeing teams come together from six continents, many of them for the first time at games of this calibre.”

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Field lacrosse is now one of the fastest growing sports in North America, with a record number of teams playing in the women’s U19 games this summer. When Peterborough hosted this event in 2007, 11 teams competed. Now, twice as many teams will take to the field.

The Haudenosaunee will lead the teams entering the stadium, followed by 20 visiting teams in alphabetical order, accompanied by bagpipers. Team Canada will enter last. All teams will be introduced in English, French and Anishinabemowin, then circle the stadium around the Armour Hill drum group.

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The opening ceremonies are free for the public to attend. Seating will be limited so guests are encouraged to come early to participate.

Additional games will be played at Fleming College as well and the event’s final banquet will be hosted there on August 10th.

The full schedule for the games is available here.

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Trent University Crushes Its United Way Goal For Second Year In A Row

Trent University blew past its United Way goal for a second year in a row. The target was $100,000, and they raised a whopping $114,328.

United Way’s Cabinet member Michael Nasello—the Education Director for the Peterborough, Victoria, Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board—was on hand at the United Way office (see picture below) to receive the oversized cheque from Trent University’s Julie Davis, Vice President of External Relations and Advancement, and Trent’s internal United Way committee.

Michael Nasello (far left) And Julie Davis (far right) with Trent’s internal United Way Committee (Photo courtesy United Way)

Michael Nasello (far left) And Julie Davis (far right) with Trent’s internal United Way Committee (Photo courtesy United Way)

“This is humbling and speaks to the quality of educators and educational institutions in Peterborough and their commitment to the community,” says Nasello.

Since 1991, employees at Trent University have given more than $1.6 million to United Way of Peterborough and that is definitely something to celebrate.

“We really challenged our faculty, staff and retirees by setting a $100,000 goal for the 2018 campaign—our highest ever,” adds Julie Davis, vice-president, External Relations & Advancement. “Trent University’s annual campaign is the largest corporate campaign in the community and it’s an important way for us to give back and support the Peterborough region.”

Photo courtesy United Way

Photo courtesy United Way

“Trent University is setting the standard for leadership and employee engagement in the annual Campaign,” adds United Way CEO Jim Russell. “Not only have they raised the most money this year, they maintain their unofficial title of best damn burgers during campaign.”

United Way Peterborough will be celebrating its 2018 campaign wrap-up on Wednesday, March 27th from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Showplace Performance Centre.

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Canadian Entertainment Industry Powerhouse Stephen Stohn Appointed 12th Chancellor Of Trent University

Trent University alumnus Stephen Stohn ’66, a respected entertainment lawyer, award-winning producer, songwriter and author, has been appointed as the 12th chancellor of Trent University.

Stohn is the second alumnus to hold the position in the institution’s 55-year history. A 14-time Canadian Screen Award (formerly the Gemini Award) winner, Stohn is well known as the executive producer of various iterations of the Degrassi television franchise and for his role as executive producer of The Juno Awards for close to 20 years. 

Photo of Stephen Stohn courtesy Trent University

Photo of Stephen Stohn courtesy Trent University

As an attorney, Stohn has represented some of the most talented and successful artists Canada has produced in the last 30-plus years, helping to guide their careers to international success.

“The unique guiding principles of Trent have been foundational to my life,” says Stohn. “The formal and the informal learning opportunities that I look back on propelled my own career, but are even more important for students today as formative and needed tools to help confront and adapt to our rapidly-changing economic, political and social times. In coming back as chancellor, I’m delighted that I will be promulgating these special qualities of Trent.”

Photo of Stephen Stohn courtesy Trent University

Photo of Stephen Stohn courtesy Trent University

As a student in the late Sixties, Stohn co-founded Trent’s student newspaper, Arthur, as well as Trent Radio—both of which are still widely known to Trent students and the Peterborough community.

Stohn’s transformational philanthropic support for Trent has been key in the development of several projects, including a $1 million gift to make the new Student Centre a reality. In 2015, he served as alumni-in-residence, participating and mentoring Trent students in workshops and seminars.

In 2011, Stohn was inducted into the Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame. He has also written a book, Whatever It Takes: Life Lessons from Degrassi and Elsewhere in the World of Music and Television.

Stohn will be installed as Trent University’s 12th chancellor at Convocation ceremonies to be held Friday, June 7th at 2 p.m.

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Innovation Cluster & Trent University Celebrate New Entrepreneurship & Social Innovation Centre

The Innovation Cluster and Trent University held an Open House for the recently launched Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation Centre (ESIC), a meeting hub within Trent’s Bata Library that will foster the development of entrepreneurship culture at Trent University.

The Open House featured speakers representing those that have assisted in the development of ESIC, including John Knight, Manager, Corporate Research Partnerships at Trent University; Michael Skinner, President & CEO at Innovation Cluster; and Scott Mancini, Vice President Commercial at RBC.

Scott Mancini, Vice President Commercial, RBC, speaking at Open House (John Knight at left & Michael Skinner at right)

Scott Mancini, Vice President Commercial, RBC, speaking at Open House (John Knight at left & Michael Skinner at right)

Through ESIC, students and aspiring entrepreneurs will be able to meet at the centre with Alexandra Kuhne (Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation Centre Coordinator at Trent University) and Braden Clark (Innovation Specialist at the Innovation Cluster) to gain business mentorship and community connections.

Michael Skinner noted at the Open House that the Innovation Cluster is happy to further support youth entrepreneurship through ESIC. Throughout 2018, the Innovation Cluster supported 46 youth (18 - 29) entrepreneurs in growing their business through mentorship, incubation space, mentorship and more.

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John Knight noted the importance of having a centre where students can improve their “soft skills”—a trait that multiple studies over the past year have shown is what graduates lack most in the workforce. “Entrepreneurial skills can be implemented in any career,” says Knight.

A way to teach these skills will include training programs, which is made possible by RBC. Scott Mancini, Vice President Commercial of RBC, noted they are excited to support these programs and create meaningful opportunities for young entrepreneurs.

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Trent University Student Among 100 Rhodes Scholars Selected Worldwide

Trent University international student Joshua (Yee Aung) Low has been selected as a 2019 Oxford University Rhodes Scholar—the oldest and most celebrated international fellowship award in the world.

A 4th-year International Development Studies (IDS) and International Political Economy student, Low attributes part of his success as a recipient of the coveted scholarship to the personalized learning environment at Trent, the academic rigour of the IDS program, and the incredible support and mentorship from his professors and the Trent International team.

“At Trent, professors care about you both personally and intellectually,” says Low. “Studying International Development, I have loved the intellectual challenge and the tight-knit community of the program. Starting with Trent International as soon as I arrived from Malaysia and continuing through the last four years, my time at Trent has been very meaningful for me and full of many key experiences and cherished friendships.”

Joshua Low

Joshua Low

Low has a strong interest in forced migration issues, human rights theory and practice, and citizenship theory that was fostered through his experiences at Trent.

“One of the first things that strikes one about Joshua is his genuine intellectual curiosity—this is about ideas, but also much more,” says Dr. Chris Beyers, professor of International Development Studies at Trent. “He continually seeks insight into how people think and act, in social, economic and political contexts, as well as in everyday life.”

Low applied for the esteemed Rhodes Scholarship in hopes of continuing his intellectual journey at the University of Oxford in the Refugee and Forced Migration Studies master’s program where he is looking forward to “living and loving the questions.” Trent International supported his application and helped fund his more than 20-hour journey back home to Malaysia where he completed his final interview before being named the successful applicant in November.

Low—who will graduate from Trent this spring—is the fifth Trent student to be named a Rhodes Scholar. Previous recipients include: Shelagh Scarth ‘74 (Canadian Studies and History), Jim Retallack ‘74 (History), Alison Van Rooy ’86 (Politics & International Development Studies), and Kai Alderson ‘90 (Philosophy).

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Trent University’s Newly Launched Bata Library Has Entrepreneurship & Social Innovation Centre

Trent University’s Bata Library had a grand opening on Friday (November 16th) to celebrate its renovated space. Community members, donors and partners including the Innovation Cluster were present to celebrate the launch.

The library is now a host of the Entrepreneurship & Social Innovation Centre, a collaboration between the university, FastStart Peterborough and the Innovation Cluster.

Photo courtesy Innovation Cluster

Photo courtesy Innovation Cluster

The Innovation centre, which is located at the main entrance of the Bata Library, will focus on supporting students aspiring to enter entrepreneurship right on campus. An Innovation Specialist from the Innovation Cluster will be on site every Friday, and over time skills training, workshops and other events will be implemented.

“Through this new centre, students at Trent University will be able to access an environment of entrepreneurship on campus, and have mentorship available to kick-off their initial business planning,” says Michael Skinner, President & CEO, Innovation Cluster.

Photo courtesy Innovation Cluster

Photo courtesy Innovation Cluster

"The new Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation Centre will allow Trent students to have access to community resources on campus that will both bring awareness to entrepreneurship opportunities as well as implement skills training,” adds John Knight, Manager, Research Partnerships, Trent University.

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3rd Annual Electric City Hackathon Taking Place At Trent University

Ingenuity will be the name of the game as more than 300 creative students from across Canada descend on Peterborough for Trent University’s 3rd Annual Electric City Hackathon event.

The Innovation Cluster will again sponsor the event, along with over a dozen tech supporters. It takes place between November 2th to 4th.

Photo courtesy Innovation Cluster

Photo courtesy Innovation Cluster

Electric City Hacks is a 37-hour student run event in the Trent Student Centre in Trent University’s Symons campus. This Hackathon will challenge student innovators to create innovative products with software and hardware, solving problems for communities.

“Electric City Hacks is a great opportunity for students and hackers of all skill levels and experience to come together to learn and invent products that solve issues within communities,” says Nicholas Barnes, president of the Trent Computer Science Society. “It promotes innovation, creativity and cooperation in a welcoming and inclusive environment, allowing participants to network with tech companies and one another.”

Photo courtesy Innovation Cluster

Photo courtesy Innovation Cluster

All post secondary and high school students interested in the development, innovation and progression of technology are encouraged to join. It will also be a fantastic networking opportunity as many representative scouts will be on hand to scout student talent in the tech industry.

“We are extremely excited to support the 3rd Annual Electric City Hacks,” says Michael Skinner, President & CEO of the Innovation Cluster. “This hackathon will be a great opportunity for students to expose talent, grow, recruit and bring new innovative companies to Peterborough.”

Photo courtesy Innovation Cluster

Photo courtesy Innovation Cluster

The hackathon will offer workshops, games, prizes and other activities to give hackers a break from their projects throughout the event.

To register for the event, click here.

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