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Equity and Inclusive Communities: The First 50 Days with Dr. Rick Colbourne

October 21, 2020, 4:30PM - 5:30PM


On September 1, 2020, Dr. Rick Colbourne was appointed the inaugural Assistant Dean, Equity and Inclusive Communities at Carleton’s Sprott School of Business. In this new role, Colbourne is being tasked with building new and innovative partnerships with Indigenous communities in education, entrepreneurship and economic development. But what does a position of this nature actually entail, especially with it being a new role within the Sprott leadership team? Where does one begin? Join us as Dr. Colbourne gives us insight into the first 50 days and how his extensive expertise will serve Carleton in reaching their EDI goals.


Dr. Rick Colbourne, a member of the Mattawa / North Bay Algonquin First Nation, is an award-winning educator and Fulbright Fellow (Visiting Research Chair in Indigenous Entrepreneurship), who has served at universities in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Europe. He teaches entrepreneurship (international, Indigenous, social), international business, strategy, leadership and management on Indigenous and non-Indigenous graduate and Executive Education programs. Dr Colbourne’s research interests center on developing integrated and comprehensive understandings of the intersection between Indigenous entrepreneurship, hybrid venture creation and Indigenous entrepreneurial ecosystems as a means by which Indigenous communities can assert sovereignty and act on inherent rights to develop vibrant Indigenous-led economies that support sustainable economic development and community well-being. He is a recipient of the University of Northern British Columbia’s University Achievement Award for Teaching; the Government of Canada’s Deputy Minister’s Recognition Award for Collaboration and Partnerships (AANDC); Canadian Council for Learning’s Award for Excellence in Learning (Learning Strategies Group); and the University of Westminster’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. 



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