“Blended learning has been demonstrated to yield higher levels of success than either face-to-face or online alone. Studies in both academic and grey literature have presented findings which show higher orders of learning – what we call “deeper learning” through this model. The future is very promising, due to its accessibility and ease of access, regardless of location, or time zones….”
Dr. Martine Durier-Copp
Have you ever been involved in a project or endeavour that came from an idea that arrives spontaneously and impromptu? Unplanned, with the added advantage of optimum timing? CEGE Connection is an outcome of such an occurrence. March 2016, Dr. Martine Durier-Copp facilitated a Dalhousie presentation to potential MBA students at the Delta Hotel, Vancouver. This session provided an opportunity for graduates of the CEGE MBA program to share their experiences and encourage others to join a robust academic program. There is a singular connection that exists with CEGE graduates, whether they are freshly minted 2019 graduates or whether they completed their MBA in the early days of the program.
After the presentation, Martine and I headed out into the chilly Vancouver weather. Our conversation was stopped mid-stride when Mr. Peanut and his representative offered us a rose, a bag of peanuts and an opportunity to discuss marketing strategies, product placement, delivery systems and branding. And that was the genesis of CEGE Connection. For in that short meeting, Martine and I came away with the same thought that we need to have meaningful discussions, even with Mr. Peanut. Martine looked at me and said, “Wouldn’t it be interesting if the graduates had a forum to dialogue and reconnect?”
So here we are, four years later. Martine’s vision has been realized. CEGE Connection has become and continues to be a vibrant place to share experiences and explore new ideas. It has become an evolving narrative of what’s next, the next chapter, and the ongoing adventures of the CEGE family.
Today, we are celebrating Martine’s next chapter Martine has accepted an appointment as Dean at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) University. In a recent announcement, Dr. Vivian Howard, Associate Professor, Interim Dean, Associate Vice-President (Academic) shared her thoughts on Martine’s Legacy.
Martine joined the Faculty of Management as an adjunct professor in the School of Public Administration in 1996, following a career in public service, in Ottawa, Toronto, Washington and Halifax. Since 2010, Martine has been Director of the Faculty of Management’s Centre for Executive and Graduate Education (CEGE, formerly CFAME), and under her leadership our Faculty has launched new programs and certificates, both credit and non-credit, and has seen enrolments grow. She directed several projects in Cuba, and our current projects with the Government of Nunavut. Martine’s career has consistently demonstrated her commitment to lifelong personal and professional growth.
In addition to her role managing the CEGE office, Martine has a strong commitment to music and dance and performs with flamenco company, Flamenco en Rouge. Her new role at NSCAD will give her an opportunity to combine her interest in post-secondary educational administration with her passion for the visual and performing arts. While we will all miss Martine’s energy and positivity, there is no doubt that this is a unique opportunity for her to move into a stimulating new role and to take on new challenges.
Martine, you will be missed. From all of us at the Centre for Executive and Graduate Education, congratulations on your appointment as Dean at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) University. We are grateful for your encouragement and dedication to our CEGE family and extended community over the years. Your enthusiasm for life, dedication to excellence and commitment to creativity continues to inspire us all.
CEGE Connection, Editor & Blog Coordinator
“Martine, you have been a great leader of our team and a wonderful mentor to me. I have always appreciated your support, guidance and your incredible enthusiasm and work ethics for the programs, the students, the alumni and department. It is not going to be the same without you, but you have taught us all so much, thus we have much more in our toolbox that will guide us in your absence. I wish you all the best in this new chapter of your life; NSCAD is very lucky to have you a part of their leadership team.”
Interim Director CEGE
“Dear Martine, we miss you already. You’ve taught us well what a good boss should be; someone has some very big shoes to fill and they should have nails on the bottom of them if at all possible 😊. After all, as someone needs to keep doing the kicking around here. Who knew all those years ago when we first worked together that things would come back around? I feel quite confident that our continued relationship will come around again in one way or another and we’ll get up to something new. Be well, be happy and stay in touch. Hugs and love.”
Learning Coordinator MPA (M) & MIM Programs
“Martine was an inspirational leader and good friend. She knew exactly what to say to make you fell needed and encouraged. I honestly am having a hard time imagining our office without her around. I wish her the very best in her new position and know she will make as big an impact at NSCAD as she did here. Cheers!”
Learning Coordinator MBA (FS/L) Program
“Wishing you all the best at NSCAD! Such a great opportunity to combine your love of academics and art to benefit the students and wider community. Thank you for everything and enjoy this next adventure!”
Admissions and Registration Coordinator
“Martine, wishing you all the best for all your future endeavors. Thank you for everything, you have always been a great boss and mentor, it has been great experience working with you, once again all the best, NSCAD is very fortunate to have you. Will miss you a lot!”
“Martine, we’ll miss your energy and optimism, your warmth, wit and big heart. Many thanks for your expert guidance and support over the years, which has built a great team here at CEGE. Wishing you every success in your new role where your passion for the arts and academic leadership skills will combine for even greater things! Merci et à la prochaine.”
Manager, Executive Education
“Hi Martine, thank you for all your support while I have been with Executive Education. I will miss you working with you. Wishing you all the best and may success follow you with your new position at NSCAD; they are lucky to have you! I’m sure your creativity will continue to flourish in that environment.
Program Coordinator, Executive Education
“Thank you for your support and guidance during my time here at CEGE. It has been a wonderful experience working with you. I will miss your positive attitude and sense of humor. I wish you all the best in your future endeavors!”