Ottawa, Canada - Lloyd Stanford

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Kindly contact: Mr. C. Lloyd Stanford

Email: ottawa@alumni.uwi.edu

A former senior public servant, Lloyd Stanford is president of Le Groupe Stanford Inc., a consulting firm specialising in matters related to multiculturalism, employment equity, bilingualism and biculturalism, responsibility and accountability, human resource development in general, Canadian social and cultural policy, and international development issues. He is a partner in the consortium Pan-Continental Business and Development Consultants Inc.

Trained in the humanities (Honours French [London – UCWI]) and the social sciences (MA at Carleton in Public Administration, doctoral studies in Political Science at Queen's), his working experience includes: policy development as a member of the senior cadre of the Ministry of Education in the Government of Jamaica; organisational analysis (O&M) in the Government of Saskatchewan (Budget Bureau); research on the Canadian power élite under the late Professor John Porter (The Vertical Mosaic); research and the management of research for the Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism (in charge of the study of recruitment into the federal public service); the management of the research grants programme of the Canada Council and establishment of its programme evaluation unit; management of the "Linguistic Auditor General" and "Management Consultant" functions of the (first) Commissioner of Official Languages (as director of special studies); management of policy development and review at the Unemployment Insurance Commission; policy development in the Federal-Provincial Relations Office and the provision of advice to the Prime Minister and Ministers of State on a range of social and cultural issues, including official languages policy, multiculturalism, justice, police and corrections issues, privacy, human rights and monitoring provincial developments (notably in Ontario and the Maritimes); lead work on the establishment of the Canadian Human Rights Commission at the Department of Justice and the Commission; the design of operating systems of the Commission; launching and management of the programme evaluation and internal audit unit at Labour Canada; research for the parliamentary committee on The Participation of Visible Minorities in Canadian Society; conduct of the feasibility study for the establishment of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation; and serving on the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal Panel and the Ontario Crown Employees Grievance Settlement Board and as a deployment recourse investigator for the Public Service Commission of Canada.

Lloyd Stanford has also been a university teacher and researcher. He was a visiting professor in the School of Public Administration at Carleton University (1984-85) where he has given graduate seminars on "public sector management and the Canadian political system", and responsibility and accountability. His publications include the volume Canada 2000: Race Relations and Public Policy which he edited along with O.P. Dwivedi, Ronald D'Costa and Elliot Tepper.

Stanford's community work has ranged from co-founder and president of the theatre group Third World Players (1978-present), Chairman of the Rothwell Heights Property Owner's Association and the Community-Police Committee of Gloucester, serving on the executive of the Black Business and Professional Association, and the Media Resources Group that published the manual Gaining a Voice. He was a member of the Ontario Minister of Communications and Culture's Committee on the New Heritage Legislation (1991-94), and alternate representative of the National Visible Minority Council on Labour Force Development on the Canadian Labour Force Development Board (1991-94). He is past president and honorary life member of the Ottawa Branch of the Royal Commonwealth Society, and was a member of its National Council, and a member of the Board of Governors and Senate of Carleton University (1993-1999) He is the recipient of awards for voluntary community service including the Jamaican (Ottawa) Community Association Inc. Heroes Day Award [1991], the Queen’s Jubilee Medal & the Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation for Service to Jamaica [2003].

Ottawa CONTACT Report for CEC 2010
Submitted by C. Lloyd Stanford:

When the Director of Alumni Affairs, Mrs. Celia Davidson-Francis, approached me in early June 2009 to serve as the ‘contact person’ for UWI alumni in Ottawa, I swung into immediate action to reactivate contact that I had made earlier and most latterly in 2005—in the wake of the Chancellor’s visit-- to form a UWIAA Chapter in Ottawa. Permission was sought of most of the alumni and friends of the University with whom I had been in previous contact and I am happy to report that they have all given their approval of my transmitting their ‘co-ordinates’ to Mrs. Davidson Francis so that they, as members of the UWI family, can be apprised of developments at their Alma Mater. The same unhesitating co-operation was received from alumni in the diplomatic corps resident here.

Approach to Practical Support of the University

As I indicated to the Director from the outset, my hunch is that, as a mostly civil service town now that the quantum of ‘high tech’ activity has declined in the erstwhile ‘Silicon Valley North’, Ottawa is not very fertile ground for impressive fund-raising. However, based on my previous experience of action on behalf UWI, as the capital of Canada and the seat of the federal government as well as the site of two universities and two important community colleges on this side of the Ottawa River, it can be a source of ‘gifts of kind’. In addition, there are a number of NGOs and Caribbean associations that may have an interest in UWI. [This interest may in fact also be shared by institutions on he other side of the River in the Gatineau portion of the National Capital Region.] With this in mind and acting on the hunch that concrete projects would serve as a point of focus for alumni, about a fortnight after I had accepted to serve as the ‘contact person’, I ventured an unofficial exploratory conversation with the president of Carleton University [of which, among other things, I am also a graduate and a former governor] about a possible liaison with UWI. In response to a general ‘feeler’ from me, she gave an immediate precise, positive and practical three-pronged offer in the briefest of conversations:

  1. A possible framework Memorandum of Understanding [MOU] for staff and student exchanges 
  2. Accommodation for holding conferences and other events at Carleton 
  3. Collaboration for electronic advertising of major UWI events—as is done for US universities like Harvard.

This offer was communicated to the Vice-Chancellor, after I had sounded out possible interest in collaboration with universities in Ottawa that had been in an embryonic state in the 1990s. In early February 2010, I was notified by Mrs. Celia Davidson–Francis that Dr. Anthony Fisher, one of the international officers at the Cave Hill campus, was in discussion with Carleton University about a specific project and that the international officers were working on MOUs and other matters.

Other Initiatives

At quite a different level, I have tried to ‘re-connect’ with the region and UWI during a private tour of the Southern Caribbean which included brief visits to Barbados and St. Lucia. In the latter, I was privileged to visit the park in Castries dedicated to Derek Walcott. and where Sir Arthur Lewis is also honoured, and saw, but did not have time to visit, the UWI campus there. Perhaps of some significance is the fact that I have been in subsequent contact with Mrs. Roderick Walcott regarding the status of her late mother-in-law’s home, and was briefed on the on-going UWI archival project to which we may be able to contribute in a modest way from Ottawa [since Roderick was a member of the theatre group Third World Players which staged the world première of his play Cul de Sac]. On the cruise I also had a fortuitous conversation with a retired American university professor who intimated a possible source of substantial financial contribution to any compelling project planned or in train in Montserrat. The details of this ‘lead’ were sent to the Director of Alumni Relations for verification and exploration. The stunning news of Professor Nettleford’s illness and subsequent untimely death were shared with our network of alumni and friends of the UWI and triggered quite a response. Two of the many remarkable tributes paid him were that penned by alumnus Karl Gordon who wrote an acrostic poem, and that placed on the Web site of Canada’s International Development Research Centre [IDRC] based here. This tragedy, however, and perhaps fittingly, has provoked a wider interest in the University that he was serving right to the very end. Among the local NGOs with which we are in touch and which, on the other hand, have always had a keen interest in education in the Commonwealth, is the Ottawa Branch of the Royal Commonwealth Society, an organisation of which several alumni are members, including those high commissioners from CARICOM countries who, like their Commonwealth counterparts, are automatically honorary members.

News of Ottawa-based Alumni

We have been pleased to note that one of our alumnae who had kindly agreed to be ‘connected’ with UWI in her private capacity, Ambassador Evadne Coye, was appointed to, and has assumed, the post of Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jamaica. Her successor as High Commissioner for Jamaica in Canada, Her Excellency Sheila Sealy Monteith is also an alumna. We congratulate both on their appointments and demonstrated distinction in their careers. The UWI family, notably those in the medical field, will also be aware of the outstanding work of our Ottawa- based alumni in the that field. But we are particularly proud and grateful that our cherished Ottawa -based alumnus, Dr. Robert Moore, has been the very deserving recipient of one of the Vice-Chancellor’s 2010 Awards given in Toronto on the 26th of February 2010.

Fund-raising Target

Despite the caveat registered above, and without extensive ‘sounding’ within the group, we will aim for a $1,500 [CD] contribution in 2010/11 to one of the funds, on closer review of the UWI strategic plan at the CEC meeting in Nassau. In the spirit of the ‘ gifts of kind’ approach mentioned above, we will monitor the developments that may flow from the recently announced plans of the Canadian and Ontario governments to boost expenditure on education, to see what implications they may have and what opportunities they may afford for possible co-operation between Canadian universities and those abroad. The increased outreach by the Director of Alumni Relations through the electronic instrument Alumni Online and the magazine UWI Connect may very well trigger more material support that could be offered direct without the organization of events.

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