Haskayne College of Enterprise welcomes Gina Grandy as new dean

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Rising up in Newfoundland, Gina Grandy all the time knew she was occurring to college. Her dad and mom — father a trainer and mom a registered nurse — had been the primary technology of their rural islander household to get post-secondary training, and instilled in her the advantages of exhausting work and examine.

That inspiration has labored properly for Grandy, who’s settling in as the brand new dean of the Haskayne College of Enterprise.

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After attending Memorial College of Newfoundland for her bachelor of commerce and masters of enterprise administration, she left her house province to show at Mount Allison College in New Brunswick. She says she preferred educating but in addition fell in love with analysis, and determined she wanted a PhD and left to check at Northumbria College in Newcastle, England, the place she earned her PhD in administration and likewise gained a complicated diploma in management and efficiency teaching, earlier than returning to Mount Allison.

Grandy wants the scent of the ocean, however feeling the should be related to a much bigger college, moved properly away from the ocean in accepting a place as professor and affiliate dean of analysis and graduate research on the College of Regina. She was appointed as dean of the Hill and Levene College of Enterprise in 2018. A full professor with experience in technique and management, she additionally served because the Royal Financial institution of Canada Girls in Management Analysis Scholar.

Exterior of her 10 years on the prairies, Grandy has taught at different universities throughout Canada and took part in quite a few worldwide educating and analysis stints, together with in Kyiv, Ukraine, and Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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She enjoys life and sees journey as an enormous profit to her life experiences, even treating airline journeys and delays as a present of time to mirror.

Her five-year time period was renewed at Regina however, when she heard that colleague Jim Dewald had accomplished his 10-year time period as dean right here, she put her identify within the hat, conscious of the alternatives supplied by being his successor.

“Haskayne is among the prime enterprise colleges on this nation, and the establishment has been acknowledged as one of many top-five analysis universities,” she says. “World-class researchers, trans-disciplinary collaborative alternatives throughout campus and a extremely engaged enterprise neighborhood all stood out for me. To be a part of constructing the long run for a faculty and establishment of this calibre is certainly thrilling.”

Grandy’s appointment as the brand new dean started Sept. 1, and prior to now six weeks she has been busy introducing herself to Haskayne school and workers, in addition to to Calgary’s enterprise neighborhood.

“It’s very early days for me and I intend to pay attention loads over my first couple of months to college students, colleagues right here and throughout campus, in addition to the enterprise neighborhood to higher perceive the place they see alternatives.”

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In her efforts as a catalyst to assist and create significant change, she says it will be important to not bounce with out listening intently first.

Anticipate her to be seen in attendance at occasions off campus, constructing relationships with the neighborhood, which she calls Pals of Haskayne.

“I totally admire how enterprise colleges should be related,” says Grandy. “My fashion is one among collaboration, and I already can see that inside and out of doors the College of Calgary persons are wanting to collaborate with Haskayne. I’m keen and excited to change into a part of the Calgary neighborhood.”

She’s nonetheless a great distance from the ocean, however Grandy is having fun with her new journey and is keen about serving to others. “Schooling adjustments lives” is what she realized from her dad and mom, and the sacrifices they made for her to succeed continues to be a driving drive in her life.


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David Parker seems commonly within the Herald. Learn his columns on-line at calgaryherald.com/enterprise. He could be reached at 403-830-4622 or by electronic mail at [email protected]

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