For 30 years, BCNET has evolved, grown and reached countless milestones. Throughout our history and evolution, three constants have helped ensure our success: our engaged member community, our external stakeholders and our dedicated staff.
First, and foremost, our members have been tightly woven into the very fabric and success of our organization since its genesis. They are engaged in identifying new opportunities, designing and developing solutions, and in some instances, delivering solutions. From our early days as an internet service provider, to today’s service and governance committees, our members’ collaborative efforts have ensured that we provide exceptional value to all our members.
A second constant, our external stakeholders, partner with us behind the scenes. They trust BCNET to represent our members’ interests fairly and accurately, and include partners like CANARIE, the Ministry of Advanced Education Skills and Training, the Research University Council of British Columbia, BC Association of Institutes + Universities, BC Colleges, BCcampus, as well as our industry partners and many other public entities. Our stakeholders collaborate with us to offer technology solutions, generously sponsor our events and guide our efforts in representing the sector.
Last, and most important, our success would not be possible without our dedicated staff. It’s our group of highly engaged and committed employees who share their expertise, facilitate collaboration and work with our members to advance their strategic mandates. I‘m honoured to have the opportunity to work with them.
Since launching the first shared services in 2010, we have grown our portfolio to offer an exceptional and unparalleled range of solutions and services in Procurement, Shared Systems and Technology, and Professional Development and Training. We have come a long way from our early days as an education and research network—and we should all be proud of what we have achieved together.
I’m delighted to be a part of this community, and look forward to the many milestones ahead.