Kawartha Conservation Launches New Innovation Hub in Lindsay

Feb 01, 2020

For 40 years, Kawartha Conservation has worked to protect the people, property and environment within the Kawartha watershed. With an area of 2,563 square kilometers, services and programs ranging from integrated watershed management and science, to data analysis, mapping and stewardship, the conservation authority has worked to create and implement a comprehensive portfolio of initiatives to support best environmental practices.

The newly created Innovation Hub is a natural extension of those programs and services, explains Director of Integrated Watershed Management Emma Collyer.

“When we looked at opportunities to expand and grow our programs and services to better support not only our watershed, but also that of neighbouring watersheds, we developed a program to provide top notch training and education to professionals from a broad spectrum of backgrounds, positions and industries.”

Courses launched in 2019 as part of the Innovation Hub included Project Management for the Practitioner, PMI Application Ask the Experts, and Ontario Building Code Part 8 On-Site Sewage Systems exam prep.

“All of these things tie together,” explained Ms. Collyer. “Successful project management principles can be applied at any level to any position and project for example. These courses are intended to provide our conservation and municipal partners as well as the business, development and related industry colleagues an opportunity to receive excellent training opportunities here in Kawartha Lakes and at a cost much lower than they would normally be paying in larger urban centers.”

Based on feedback and overwhelming response to the initial slate of training opportunities in 2019, the Innovation Hub has expanded its program offerings for 2020 including:

  • Project Management for the Practitioner
  • Ontario Building Code (OBC) - Part 8 On-Site Sewage Systems 2012 (Exam Prep)
  • Preparing for your PMI Application for PMP Certification
  • Tips & Techniques: Leading Successful Meetings
  • Ask the Experts about the PMI Application
  • Introduction to River Ice Engineering
  • Soils Evaluation

The training opportunities range from webinar-style learning to one day and multi-day workshops.

“The workshops are held at our Administrative Building at Ken Reid Conservation Area and feature small groups and hands-on learning with qualified instructors with several years of experience,” said Ms. Collyer. “We had such positive feedback last year when we started this, it made sense to grow in 2020 to include even more courses and workshops that people have been asking for.”

Ms. Collyer said there is a definite need for the training opportunities and being able to provide them at a place like Ken Reid Conservation Area makes the workshops much less expensive than having to drive to Toronto or Ottawa for a day or two, spend time in traffic and money on hotels.

“The Innovation Hub is a way of working with all of our colleagues and partners to provide the necessary programs, courses, workshops and skills that professionals across a broad range of fields and industries require,” Ms. Collyer said. “It also helps provide a local solution to the growing numbers of professionals who are telecommuting or living part-time in Kawartha Lakes.

To learn more about the programs and workshops offered through Kawartha Conservation’s Innovation Hub, visit http://kawarthaconservation.com/education/innovation-hub.

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