New GPRIN Coordinator Can’t Wait to Help Students with Innovative Ideas

New GPRIN Coordinator Can’t Wait to Help Students with Innovative Ideas

My name is Ejibola Adetokunbo-Taiwo, and I can’t wait to meet you!

I’m the new GPRIN/Student Projects Coordinator at GPRC. In a nutshell, that means that if students have big idea they’re not sure what to do with, they can come to me for help.

GPRIN, or the Grande Prairie Regional Innovation Network, is a system of support services for innovators, entrepreneurs, and small businesses in Grande Prairie and area. The network has partnered with GPRC to provide services for innovative student projects here at the College. My job is to help turn ideas into reality, connecting innovative students to the resources they need to succeed.

My passion is helping people move their innovative ideas forward. I’ve worked as a financial adviser and educator for small businesses and entrepreneurs at institutions around the world, from Nigeria and Cameroon to Halifax and Ottawa. Working with small businesses is both challenging and exciting. Often, people would come to me with a great idea but not the first clue about how to make it happen. My first piece of advice to them is always to write it down. So you have an idea? What are your goals? What challenges are you facing? How can you anticipate and overcome them? Put it all down on paper and come up with a plan.

Transitioning into the world of post-secondary education is a dream come true for me. It’s the intersection of all my passions rolled into one job. I love research—I’m a curious person, and I feel inspired when I meet new people and learn about their passions. A lot of students do not realize that research is not just for scientists; it’s for everyone. Whether you’re studying music, business, art – whatever it is, you can become involved with research that can change your community and even your world.

We live in a world where innovation is key, and we are constantly needing to come up with new ways of doing things. The world is evolving and becoming smaller—a true global village—thanks to technology. We need to keep up with that pace to sustain a better future. Our students have a big role to play in making sure we don’t get complacent and are always looking forward.

If I were to give advice to students, I would tell them to remember that your passions and hobbies are what will change your college, your community, and maybe even your world. I want to help students integrate their passions and skills into their course of study, help them feel fulfilled, and bring their ideas to where they can make a difference.

I’m excited to be here at GPRC and GPRIN, but what I’m most excited about is the potential of GPRC students. I can’t wait to empower them to build a bright future.

Working on a research project? Thinking about starting a business? Need help getting started? Visit Ejibola:

Ejibola Adetokunbo-Taiwo

Coordinator, GPRIN & Student Projects

Research & Innovation

Office E401-0, Grande Prairie Campus

etaiwo@gprc.ab.ca

780-357-7733

GPRC Instructors and Researchers invited to speak at 2017 CICan Conference

GPRC Instructors and Researchers invited to speak at 2017 CICan Conference

Check out the awesome roles our GPRC Instructors and Researchers are playing in college and community partnerships!

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Dr. Connie Korpan, Principal Investigator and Dr. Michelle Yeung, Applied Scientist, of  GPRC’s Research & Innovation Community Enhancement Research team were selected to speak at the 2017 CICan Conference, Celebration on their continued work for the Grande Prairie Police and Crisis Team (PACT) research project. A project being done in dynamic collaboration between GPRC, the RCMP, Alberta Health Services and the City of Grande Prairie.

The conference will take place April 30 – May 2, 2017 in Ottawa, Ontario. 

Dr. Korpan and Dr. Yeung will be highlighting the role of effective stakeholder partnerships in instrument development and data collection. The current project findings will continue to inform recommendations for responder training, program delivery improvements, and also have broader implications for future mental health policy development in rural communities.

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Learn more about PACT.

Learn more about GPRC Research & Innovation projects