The year 2018 marks the 30th anniversary of BCNET and will be remembered as a milestone of our strong contributions in support of world-class research and education in British Columbia. Thirty years ago, BCNET provided the original Internet connection for the Province.
Over the last five years, BCNET has evolved into a collaborative shared services organization that leverages its powerful Advanced Network to meet the increasing demand for innovative technology solutions at our higher education member institutions.
Today we celebrate the achievements of BCNET, enabled by our strong community of members who inspire and shape the development of solutions that advance teaching, learning and research.
One such achievement is BCNET’s delivery on its strategic initiative to connect all higher education institutions in the province to the high-speed BCNET Advanced Network. This year, in partnership with members and the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training, BCNET made significant progress on this massive network expansion project. With BCNET more than doubling the number of new campus site connections in the last five years, this has been an enormous undertaking. The exponential growth in network services delivered to an additional 84 campus sites means that more institutions than ever have access to critical network infrastructure to meet the increasing demand for digital innovation in higher education.
We have continued success in fostering collaboration and engagement with a diverse group of stakeholders to influence the future direction, development and participation in a wide variety of shared services. By bringing together individuals from across domains and institutions, BCNET is better able to precisely represent its members’ distinct needs and deliver greater value for all.
We have much to be proud of over the past year. The spirit of collaboration continues to flourish among institutions. This strong and engaged community is helping to deliver on our vision of being recognized as the global leader in providing innovative solutions that support world-class research and innovation.
I look forward to the year ahead and reporting even greater achievements.
President & CEO