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RDC Looking for New President – Joel Ward to Retire



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  • RDC Board of Governors announces search for next President

    Joel Ward, President & CEO, will retire at end of 2019

    RDC’s Board of Governors held a special announcement event today, sharing that current President & CEO, Joel Ward, has submitted to the Board his letter of intent to retire in 2019.

    “Joel Ward has been in his role as since 2009, and he has always been and continues to be a passionate advocate for Red Deer College,” says Morris Flewwelling, Board Chair. “As a Board, we have known the day would come when he would share his intention to retire, and we have accepted his letter.”

    Flewwelling notes that the Board of Governors will now move on to one of its most important functions in the selection and hiring of a new President. The Board has hired an executive search firm, Leaders International, to assist with the process. “We have started developing a profile for the next President, which will be the foundational document in our search,” says Flewwelling. “It’s very important for us that this is an inclusive and comprehensive process. In the immediate future, we will seek the input of internal and external stakeholders to help determine what qualities, skills, attributes and characteristics prospective candidates should possess.”

    This feedback will be used to finalize the profile document. Once this is complete, the Board anticipates it will take several months to connect with potential candidates. The Board’s long-term goal is to have an individual in place for the start of the 2019-20 academic year, and to celebrate the installation of RDC’s 11th President in the fall of 2019.

    While this is happening, the College will continue with its incredibly busy and exciting year under the leadership of Joel Ward. Flewwelling notes that the achievements and the evolution that the College has realized is the result of Ward’s unwavering, future-focused vision for RDC. This vision has enabled the College to reach many milestones, including new and expanded facilities, new program growth, new partnership and hosting opportunities, and the transition to become a recognized university.

    “This is certainly a time of growth and opportunities unlike anything Red Deer College has seen before, and it is possible because of the dedicated team we have here,” says Ward. “Through the extensive planning that has been undertaken and the expertise of the people who are leading the way and doing the work each and every day, I’m confident that this institution will continue to change the lives of our students and community members in profound ways. I’m so proud of everything we have already accomplished, and I look forward to leading the College through the coming year and celebrating our achievements with central Alberta.”

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    RDC and Alberta Colleges supporting soldiers



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  • From RDC Communications

    RDC joins Colleges Alberta partnership supporting reservists

    A group of 12 Alberta post-secondary institutions have signed a memorandum of understanding supporting Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Reservists who are college employees or students.

    The services of Canadian Reservists may be required by the Department of National Defence while having work or study commitments at RDC, or partnered colleges.  Leave may be granted under this memorandum, securing their employment and accommodating their studies until they return.

    “It is really important if Reservists get called to duty, or have opportunities to train, our institutions support them,” says Joel Ward, RDC President & CEO, on behalf of Colleges Alberta. “There were some formal policies in place but we decided as a group of Alberta colleges to make a strong statement through a MOU, supporting Reservists in our institutions, whether they are students or employees.”

    Of the approximately 90,000 dedicated men and women serving in the Canadian Armed Forces, 26,000 are Reservists.  About 30 per cent of those Reservists are students.   As needed, several accommodations will be available for these learners.  Tests and assignments can be rescheduled, and a program may be deferred during a lengthy deployment.

    As Commander of 41 Canadian Brigade Group (41 CBG), Colonel Eppo van Weelderen, recognizes the importance and value of this formal agreement. “This collaboration among the Alberta colleges is paramount to continue the development of educated, hard-working and strong leaders for Canada,” he says. “This will help provide the necessary supports to our soldiers as they fulfill their duties serving our nation, in our communities and abroad.”

    Forty-one CBG is one of three Army Reserve formations within 3rd Canadian Division. Made up of nine units and a brigade headquarters in Calgary, 41 CBG has seen the number of reserve soldiers increase by nearly 10 per cent the past two years, to approximately 1,600 reserve soldiers garrisoned in Calgary, Edmonton, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Red Deer and Yellowknife. Ninety per cent of the soldiers serve part-time.

    Carolyn Patton, Alberta Chair of Canadian Forces Liaison Council, views the agreement as mutually advantageous. “This memorandum strengthens the relationship and provides benefits to both parties,” she says. “While serving our country, the Reservists will be able to focus on their duties, and share their skills, knowledge and experiences when they return to their college settings, and communities.”

    Maria Anderson, RDC Technician Parts Instructor, has taught at Red Deer College since 2013. She has previously been granted leave by RDC to fulfill her duties as a Reservist. The support from RDC, along with this formal agreement accommodating all Reservists in this group of Alberta colleges, will allow for future development.

    “I am grateful to have an employer who encourages my career in the Canadian Army Reserves,” says Anderson. “Knowing that I am supported if I have an opportunity for military training allows me to grow professionally and personally, in ways that benefit my whole community.”

    The Reservists’ diverse skillsets provide tremendous value to colleges, and beyond. “The leadership and skills that are developed through military training produces strong employees and students at Red Deer College, and their work benefits the citizens of Canada in many ways,” says Ward. “Reservists are used, not just overseas in combat missions, but also in civil emergencies. Whether it was the ice storm that was in Quebec, or floods, the Reservists are the first to be called so we need to support them.”

    To join the Canadian Reserve, contact the nearest armoury in your community.  For more information and a list of units in your region, visit the Canadian Army Reserve online.

    About Canadian Forces Liaison Council: Canadian Forces Liaison Council is a group of more than two hundred Canada-wide senior business executives and educational leaders, a full-time Secretariat and a national network of Reserve officers. The civilians volunteer their time and efforts to promote the primary Reserve Force by highlighting the benefits of Reserve Force training and experience to the civilian workplace. They also support individual Reservists as well as Reserve units in matters related to employer support. The Council’s mandate is to enhance the availability of Reservists for their military duties by obtaining the support and co-operation of organization leaders in Canada. The Council encourages civilian employers and educational institutions to grant Reservists time off on a voluntary basis, without penalty, to allow them to participate in their military activities, duties and training.

    About RDC: For 55 years, RDC has been proudly serving its learners and communities. The College continues to grow programs, facilities and opportunities as it transitions to become a comprehensive regional teaching university during the next three to five years.

    This year, RDC will add seven new programs to more than 100 established programs (including full degrees, certificates, diplomas and skilled trades programs). RDC educates 7,500 full-and part-time credit students and more than 38,000 youth and adult learners in the School of Continuing Education each year. The College is expanding its teaching, learning, athletic and living spaces with the additions of the state-of-the-art Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre/Centre des Jeux du Canada Gary W. Harris, Alternative Energy Lab and construction of a new Residence which all enhance RDC’s Alternative Energy Initiative. Main campus is strategically situated on 290 acres of Alberta’s natural landscape along Queen Elizabeth II Highway. RDC is also proud to serve its Donald School of Business students housed at a downtown campus, located in the Millennium Centre, in addition to housing teaching and learning space at the Welikoklad Event Centre.

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    You can help name Red Deer’s new university!



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  • From Red Deer College Communications

    Red Deer College seeks community input during next steps of university journey

    As Red Deer College continues its transition to become a university, community members are invited to share their thoughts to help shape the institution’s future name and new brand identity.

    “Have a Voice in our University Journey” | Community Feedback Sessions

    • Four sessions held at RDC Main Campus in November
    • Additional sessions held throughout central Alberta in December
    • Register at

      During these energetic community sessions, participants will collaborate in small groups to provide their insight into a series of provocative questions. The feedback gathered will be used to help determine the new name and brand identity of our future university.

      As a university, RDC will continue to meet the changing and diverse needs of learners in central Alberta and beyond, offering the same breadth of programming and credentials it does now, with the added ability to grant its own degrees to students.

      For more information about RDC’s journey to become a university, visit:

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