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RDC’s Donald School Of Business Celebrates Major Enrollment Milestone!


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The Donald School of Business at RDC is celebrating a special milestone, as enrolment at the School has surpassed 1,000 students for the 2016-17 academic year.

“We officially opened the doors at our downtown campus to students in the fall of 2011,” says Darcy Mykytyshyn, Dean, Donald School of Business. “It’s incredible to consider that, over the last five years, we’ve continued to expand and grow our offerings, and our student enrolment has also grown by 82% during this time.”

“The enrolment increase can be explained by the manner in which we look at our business,” says Mykytyshyn. “We focus on what we call the three A’s of the Donald School of Business – Achievement through Access and Application.” Course delivery is a critical component to meeting students where they are. Online courses and innovative delivery options, such as the new executive weekend delivery of Business Administration 110, make courses more accessible to those in the workforce.

The breadth of business programs offered is also positive for students, allowing them to follow their chosen career paths without having to leave central Alberta. As an example, the Donald School of Business offers a Bachelor of Business Administration degree at RDC, partnering with Mount Royal University, which allows business students to remain in central Alberta while completing the fouryear degree.

For RDC alumna, Laura Allard, the opportunity to stay in her community while pursuing her education was a huge benefit. “I had lived in Calgary and Edmonton for several years, but Red Deer is home, as I grew up here and my family are in this community,” she says. “Through Red Deer College and the Donald School of Business, I was able to go through a laddering option for my education, where I completed a Management Certificate, then a Business Administration Diploma and finally my Bachelor of Business Administration Degree – all right here in Red Deer.”

Now a Senior Accountant with MNP in Red Deer, Allard is still a part of RDC through her volunteerism with the Donald School of Business Advisory Council, which allows her to have a positive impact on the School and its students.

Allard’s on-going connection to the Donald School of Business reflects the commitment demonstrated by the central Alberta business community. “From the beginning, we’ve emphasized building strong relationships with key stakeholders, from the generosity and engagement of Jack and Joan Donald, to the students and the businesses that hire them,” says Mykytyshyn. “By embracing the location of our campus, which is in the heart of Red Deer’s downtown business district, and working with business leaders we have been able to bring strong practical opportunities to the classroom that augment the academic experience we provide. We’re educating students who will be part of our local business community, and that means we have a very special relationship with our partners.”

Through these relationships, Mykytyshyn notes that students can learn from local entrepreneurs and business leaders through presentations and special events, and many students have hands-on learning experiences through practicums, community service learning and applied opportunities they gain during their education. None of this would be possible without the in-class expertise and instruction students receive from a diverse, experienced and professional team of faculty who teach at RDC’s Donald School of Business.

“As one of the Schools at Red Deer College, we take great pride in educating students and connecting with local businesses for the benefit of everyone,” says Mykytyshyn. “We’re a part of central Alberta and, while we’re celebrating this 1,000 student milestone, we’re also looking ahead to the exciting ways we can continue to grow.”

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Moneris confirms credit and debit card processing outage, but offers few details

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The Canadian payment processing firm Moneris confirmed Saturday that credit and debit card transactions were interrupted by a network outage earlier in the day.

The Toronto-based technology company issued a statement saying there was nothing to suggest the outage was related to a cyber attack.

Complaints about outages started rolling in to the website before noon eastern time, but Moneris did not say when the outage started.

About three hours later, Moneris posted a message on X — the  social media site formerly known as Twitter — saying it had resolved the network problem.

It remains unclear how many businesses and transactions were affected, but data provided by indicated complaints had come in from across the country.

In a statement provided to The Canadian Press, the company said the outage lasted about 90 minutes.

“We have resolved the network outage and returned transaction processing to normal,” the statement said. “We continue to investigate the root cause of the issue. There are no indications this appears to be cyber-attack related and all transaction systems are functioning normally again.”

The company, a joint venture between  Royal Bank and BMO Bank of Montreal, said transaction processing could be slow as its systems catch up with the backlog.

Moneris says it supports more than 325,000 merchant locations across Canada.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 23, 2024.

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Smith says despite difficulty with Ottawa, Alberta has allies in Trudeau cabinet

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Alberta Premier Danielle Smith speaks to business leaders at the Global Business Forum in Banff, Alta., Friday, Sept. 22, 2023. Smith told the conference that despite her concerns with the federal Liberal government there was some cabinet ministers she can work with. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

By Bill Graveland in Banff

Alberta Premier Danielle Smith told a business conference on Friday that despite her concerns with the federal Liberal government, there are some cabinet ministers she can work with.

Smith has been at odds with federal Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault and Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson amid concerns over Ottawa’s climate-change policies and transition plan for a net-zero emissions economy.

Guilbeault intends to publish draft regulations this fall to cap emissions from oil and gas, then force them downward overtime. Ottawa has also set a target to have the electricity grid be net-zero by 2035, but Alberta says it’s unrealistic.

Smith says Alberta won’t implement the emissions cap, nor will it follow the 2035 target.

The premier told delegates at the Global Business Forum in Banff, Alta., that Wilkinson needs to answer for comments he made earlier this week at the World Petroleum Congress in Calgary.

Wilkinson’s call for the industry to work aggressively to get to net-zero was basically telling them to “pack it up, because the oil and gas industry is winding down,” said Smith.

“You could just feel the energy leave the room and you could just feel the investment dollars leave the room.”

Smith said energy producing provinces such as Alberta, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland and Labrador, can’t trust the Trudeau government to look out for their interests at international conferences.

“After hearing how the natural resources minister talks about our industry, after hearing how the federal environment minister talks about our industry, we can’t afford to let them carry our message,” Smith said.

“We can’t afford not to be there.”

Smith said she has been in discussions with Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe and intends to talk to Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Andrew Furey about joint presentations at conferences in the future.

Despite her disappointment with Wilkinson and Guilbeault, Smith said it’s not all bad.

Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland among the top allies, she said.

“Let’s give her credit for shepherding through all of the constant need to give more debt financing to Trans Mountain pipeline to get that to the finish line. That has not been easy,” Smith said.

She also praised Innovation Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne, Public Safety Minister Dominic LeBlanc, Labour Minister Seamus O’Regan and Employment Minister Randy Boissonnault.

“I would say it’s not uniformly negative in the Liberal caucus. But for some reason they’re allowing Stephen Guilbeault to be a maverick and a renegade and quite offensive to those of who are trying to be reasonable and adult about this,” Smith said.

Smith said it’s time for the federal government to back away from setting “aggressive targets” in dealing with the provinces.

“Aggressive targets are not helpful. They’re not helpful to us. They’re not helpful to investors.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 22, 2023.

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