Case Study: I want to Build a School

24.06.2011 0


What do you do when you’re given $17.5 million dollars and asked to set up a new university endowment program?   There are a number of issues to navigate when you’re establishing a provincial program in forest research.

Deciding how funds will be distributed, setting limits, and ensuring accountability are significant challenges.

Applicants need equitable access to funds and information on how they can apply for them.  Determining eligible activities is important, as many competing interest groups want to participate in funding initiatives.



The crown agency I was working for was asked to be the delivery agent for a new program to support new faculties at universities around British Columbia.

I was responsible for establishing the funding criteria.  This included defining what should be included in proposal contents, setting benchmarks for evaluation, and recruiting a committee of experts that would examine and determine which proposals would be funded.

I coached applicants on the process and on the contents of the proposals – matching funding requests with the program criteria.

I determined that frequent communication to all stakeholders would be the most beneficial activity I could do.  This kept all expectations focused on the program’s objectives



I solicited subject matter experts from around North America to participate on the evaluation committee.  We toured each applicant’s facilities and then conducted two evaluation rounds, providing feedback on proposed programs.   Endowments were established in the areas of genetics, geosciences, ecology, and watershed research.

I managed the ongoing administration for the program, establishing processes for reporting, evaluating progress, making disbursements, and for the extension of research results.



Funny thing happened on the way to the Blog

09.06.2011 0

So this is the first blog for my site.  Now it would be easy for me to write about some grand vision of what I want my “professional presence on the web” to be but I think writing honestly about my thoughts is more my style.  Cut to the chase, no dramas, and tell me about the bottom line.

The motive for creating this site came about through discussions with my professional coach Roberta Sawatsky, admiration for the talent of colleague William Azaroff, and through the urging of consultant Colin Parker.  These talented people have inspired me to communicate on a wider level, and share my leadership perspective.  So I’m adding to the milieu we call social media.  Let’s hope the content is good  and possibly compelling.

Funny thing happened to me on the way to the Blog – My career has progressively evolved and I have been taking greater and greater responsibilities.  This means I’ve seen some crazy things, stubbed my toes, made a difference, and repeatedly enjoyed the reward of working with the team to secure our objectives.  Now its time to give back; add to other’s bottom lines.  Add value.


Stay tuned.