University’s national leader in institutional research honoured

By Costa Maragos Posted: November 2, 2017 11:00 a.m.

Mike Krywy (l), President of the Canadian Institutional Research and Planning Association, presents Brian Christie, Associate Vice-President, Resource Planning, with the Outstanding Service Award.
Mike Krywy (l), President of the Canadian Institutional Research and Planning Association, presents Brian Christie, Associate Vice-President, Resource Planning, with the Outstanding Service Award. Photo Courtesy of David Paul – Portage College

“Brian has been integral to the development of the Association, delivering many presentations by himself and with the U of R team, facilitating workshops, and assisting with conference planning,” says Mike Krywy, Association President of the Canadian Institutional Research and Planning Association. “He has created an enduring legacy, based on his own contributions and by encouraging his colleagues at the University of Regina to be actively involved on the Association’s Board and the activities of the Association.”

Brian Christie, Associate Vice-President in the Office of Resource Planning, has been awarded the 2017 Outstanding Service Award by the Canadian Institutional Research and Planning Association (CIRPA).

The Association was formed to promote and advance the study and practices of institutional research and planning across Canada. Most of its members come from the post-secondary education sector with the remaining members employed in government and private industry.

“Brian is one of the founders of our Association, and is truly one of the leading institutional research practitioners in Canada,” says Krywy.

Christie was on the planning committee for the association’s inaugural conference more than 25 years ago, and has presented at many others, including the most recent one in October, 2017.

The Outstanding Service Award is in recognition of individuals who have provided exemplary service and professional leadership to CIRPA and who have actively supported the goals of the association.

Christie was nominated by Keith Fortowsky, the University’s Director, Institutional Research and Data Governance Officer.

In the nomination submission, Fortowsky wrote: “Brian has been a mentor, guide, and visionary to staff at the two Institutional Research Offices he has created and led – Dalhousie and the University of Regina – and to the larger institutional research community.”  
 
Christie is a graduate of the University of Toronto with degrees in mathematics and physics, and economics.   
Originally from Toronto, Christie first came to Regina in the early 1970’s for summer teaching positions while a graduate student at the U of T.

He returned to Saskatchewan in 2003 (from a senior administrative position at Dalhousie University) to head the Resource Planning Office. He’s an Associate Member of the Department of Economics and the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, teaching policy analysis, current economic policy issues, and program evaluation. He returns to the classroom for the Winter 2018 semester where he will teach an economics class (ECON 396AM) on current economic policy issues.

“Brian is a great role model for both experienced and aspiring institutional researchers, who personifies a commitment to lifelong learning and professional development,” says Krywy. “I always look forward to hearing what Brian and his team are up to, as it is usually an interesting and innovative take on institutional research that others can learn from.”

Christie was presented with the award October 24, 2017 at CIRPA’s conference in Toronto.