As a professional educator Dr. Rubidge has been involved in most of the major educational developments in the Province of British Columbia over the last 20 years. Initially as a researcher, consultant and practitioner, and latterly, as the most senior professional in the Post Secondary Division of the Provincial Ministry of Advanced Education, Training and Technology, where as Director of colleges and institutional planning, he had direct responsibility for 14 of the province's colleges and institutes, and system wide responsibility for planning across the entire province. In this capacity, he was responsible for formulating provincial policy, establishing funding mechanisms, conducting program and project audits and evaluations, approving initiatives, negotiating solutions and encouraging institutional innovation. He managed, approved and allocate the ministry grant contributions, provided management advice to institutional presidents, and program and educational advice and leadership, to meet the needs within the some 70 communities served by the BC institutions. He is well familiar with the issues of regional or community competition, the difficulties of delivering quality education across distances and all aspects of institutional governance.

In his previous capacity, Nicholas was Founding Vice President, Royal Roads University, and as founding vice president, he had responsibility for all aspects of administration: finance, personnel, facilities, student services, information technology, library, housing, union contract negotiations etc. In addition I have been involved in the academic planning and program development. As was a relatively small institution in its start-up phase, he had the opportunity to become reacquainted with all aspects of institutional management, including negotiation of collective agreements with unionized staff and employment contracts for non-unionized faculty and staff. Dr. Rubidge worked with the union to develop and model an alternative approach to labour management relations.

In addition, as a member of the senior management team in the Ministry with responsibility for post-secondary education in the Province of British Columbia, he has held all Directorships, and at various times, has had had full responsibility for:

  • Designing and developing the mandate for a new type of post secondary institution - the university college. Co-management of three university colleges during their first two years of start-up and responsibility for the five major urban institutions. He has had responsibility for troubleshooting and solving such issues as labour disputes and strikes, addressing issues such as institutional mismanagement, major capital projects and institutional evolution, providing advice to the Minister, ministry executive and management team, senior college institutional executives and governing boards.
  • Research and curriculum development, establishing procedures for graduate student follow-up studies, and established the model for provincial curriculum materials which have received national acclaim.
  • Managing the institutional and ministry budget development process (both operating and capital) and the allocation of operating grants to the colleges and institutes (approx. $400M).
  • Provincial International Education initiatives which contribute to the province's economic development by permitting B.C. students to acquire the social, Iinguistic and cultural skills necessary to compete in the increasingly complex international world, while at the same time generating revenues for the province, B.C.'s approach has also received national attention.

Dr. Rubidge holds a Doctorate in Adult Education, with research interests in learning and instructional style congruence from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics, specializing in Extension from the University of British Columbia, and Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from Wye College, London University, England.

John James (Jim) Carney, Principal, Media Development

Mr. Carney has an extensive international background in the design, production and application of mass media programming in support of socio-economic development. Over a forty-year career he has worked as a print journalist, a television producer for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, a documentary film writer/director for the National Film Board of Canada, and with the United Nations in the field of development support communications and public information. Much of his work has been associated with projects in or related to developing countries.

Before coming to Vancouver in 1986 as Commissioner-General of the United Nations Pavilion at Expo ’86, Mr. Carney headed up the Division of Audio-visual, Information and Documentation for the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (Habitat), headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya. The Division was responsible for the translation, physical production and world-wide dissemination of the reports, studies and publications created by UNCHS’s Divisions of Research and Development and Technical Co-operation as well as for the regional distribution of the films and other audio-visual materials produced by governments for the 1976 UN Conference on Human Settlements. Previously, Mr. Carney had been Deputy Director of "Vision Habitat", a UN unit established in 1976 to ensure the world-wide distribution of the Habitat films through UNCHS Information Offices in Amman, Bangkok, Budapest, Dakar, Geneva, Mexico City, Nairobi, and Vancouver.

Prior to the 1976 Habitat Conference Mr. Carney, on behalf of the National Film Board of Canada and the Government of Canada, worked with the UN Habitat Secretariat in New York in the design and implementation of a program of financial and technical assistance for developing countries enabling them to produce for the Habitat Conference short documentary films on human settlement problems, issues and solutions in their respective countries. The program resulted in the production of 240 films and slide presentations by 120 national governments within a period of approximately 10 months.

Mr. Carney had previously written and co-directed a 12-part television film series called "Children of the World", a co-production between the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and the United Nations Children’s Fun. The series focused on individual children in Asia, Africa and Latin America, including Brazil, Guatemala, Peru, Chile, Somalia, Benin, Thailand and Nepal, and a film on educational technology in developing countries for the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

Mr. Carney's films have won a number of Canadian and international awards at festivals in San Francisco, Tokyo, Monte Carlo, Rome, Columbus, Buenos Aires, Brisbane, Krakow, Prague, Venice and Montreal. In 1987, he received a World Environment Festival Award for his work in the field of human settlements. In 1995 he received the United Nations Association/Canada Medal of Honour, for having made "an exceptional contribution by a Canadian at the international level and related to the United Nations System". In 2001 he received the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for his work in public affairs for The Royal Canadian Legion, BC/Yukon Command.

Mr. Carney holds a B.A. in Political Science and History from the University of British Columbia, followed by graduate courses in international development at UBC, and studies in film and television at Stanford University, California.