Minutes: September 25, 2008

MINUTES OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING OF ERINDALE COLLEGE COUNCIL, held on Thursday, September 25th, 2008 at noon in room 3129, South Building.


Present: A. Wensley, (in the Chair), I. Orchard, A. Lange, R. Reisz, J. Lim, W. Malik; D. Kreuger

The Executive Committee met to set the agenda for the October 2, 2008 meeting of Erindale College Council. Professor Wensley called on the Chair of each standing committee to summarize recent business and identify items for possible inclusion on the next ECC agenda.

On behalf of the Academic Affairs Committee, Professor Lange reported that the committee had cancelled their meeting scheduled for September 23rd, 2008. She reported that there was no need to include a report from the Academic Affairs Committee in the ECC agenda.

The Resource Planning and Priorities Committee met on September 22, 2008. Professor Reisz reported that at the meeting the members had received two reports. The first report was from Assistant Dean McGrath concerning residences. It was expected that the operating deficit would be cleared in four years, instead of the five to eight years as previously projected. Professor Reisz reported that the conference manager, Ms Gale Richter, had provided an update of activities in her portfolio. The conference service had exceeded its projected revenues, but expenses were higher than anticipated.

Chief Information Officer Joe Lim reported that at the Computing Committee meeting on September 24, 2008, the members had received a report from Computing Services. A client-satisfaction survey, conducted at the end of the spring term, had found that there was general satisfaction with the services, but some problems had been identified and those were being addressed. A network backbone upgrade was completed over the summer, and a 100MB Orion link would soon serve as a dedicated link to the Medical Sciences Building. The wireless infrastructure redesigned for the library was running well, and wireless capability had been deployed to the Research Wing. A number of new sites were slated to receive wireless access points. Mr. Joe Lim also reported that Mr. Anil Vyas, from MicroElectronics, had provided an update on classroom technologies.

The Vice-President and Principal noted that he would provide a brief report to update the ECC members on the Towards 2030 initiative, the ongoing capital projects, and a number of other timely issues.

The Chair proceeded to discuss the agenda of the October 2, 2008 meeting of Council. As agreed above, the Council meeting agenda would feature the reports from the Resource Planning and Priorities Committee, the Computing Committee, and the Vice-President & Principal.

The Acting Director of Governance, Mr. Devin Kreuger, reported that the Council agenda should begin with the ratification of the new ECC membership, as the elections, to be held September 26th, will have been concluded.

The Executive Committee meeting adjourned at 1:00 p.m. (A. Lange / I. Orchard)