O'Neil Outar represents U of A at international programme tackling global challenges

O’Neil Outar, Vice-President of Advancement at the University of Alberta, has been chosen for the Commonwealth Study Conferences (CSC) Leaders international program in the United Kingdom in March 2014.

“It is a great honour to be the first representative from the University of Alberta,” said Outar. “I am excited about linking this leadership opportunity to global outreach efforts across campus.”

CSC Leaders is a leadership program which assembles exceptional senior leaders from across the Commonwealth to tackle challenges that businesses, governments and society face today and build the global relationships needed by the leaders of tomorrow.

Outar will join over 100 other global leaders from public, private and NGO sectors across the Commonwealth to find innovative and practical solutions to this year’s challenge: “How do you get societal - as well as economic - value out of technological innovation?” Outar will also be presented to HRH The Princess Royal at a reception for CSC Leaders at Buckingham Palace.

After two days in London hearing from experts on the challenge, Outar will travel to London, Birmingham, Manchester and Newcastle on a three-day study tour to meet leaders in these cities working on this challenge on a daily basis.

Following the study tour, CSC Leaders will finish with two days in Oxford where the group will present their ideas for solutions to the challenge to a panel of experts who could help turn them into reality.

Outar’s recognition as a CSC Leader connects to the second cornerstone of the University’s strategic plan, Dare to Discover - Learning, Discovery and Leadership. This cornerstone helps define us as a place which will significantly contribute to scientific, social, and cultural structures of global society, creating and sustaining prosperity and well-being for future generations.

Outar received a scholarship to cover the costs of participating in the program. The CSC Leaders program is the renewal of the Commonwealth Study Conferences - first run in 1956 - for the 21st century, delivered by a partnership between Common Purpose and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Study Conferences. To find out more about CSC Leaders, visit www.cscleaders.org.