Through the pandemic, we have collectively ensured that education and research were not interrupted, even as we retreated to our individual bubbles. The collaborative spirit of the community was not dampened or diminished, even as we were forced into isolation. If anything, the resolve to connect and collaborate for the common good became stronger, evidenced by the growing range of services and solutions we now offer.
As we look to a brighter future, we are ready to bounce forward, get back to the new and better normal, and become a stronger and more inclusive community that offers opportunities for every student, staff, faculty and researcher to participate and contribute irrespective of their location, institution, gender, colour, race or creed.
Through all this isolation, discomfort, pain and suffering, we have made some huge gains — and we want to build on that to go from strength to strength. We owe that to ourselves as well as to millions around the world whose lives were lost prematurely.
In addition to the challenges brought on by the pandemic, we are also starting to experience increased levels of cybersecurity threats throughout the sector. The threats we face today, or those we may face in the future, are better met with the strength of our collective capacity. Helping our members minimize these cybersecurity threats is becoming a focus of BCNET.
To my colleagues at BCNET — who are inspired by our vision and strive for our values of collaboration, innovation and responsiveness in each interaction — I am very proud to have the honour and privilege to be your leader and work by your side.