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Perspectives | April 7 2015

CICan officially announces phase two of the CIIP

CICan has officially signed a two-year agreement (April 1, 2015 – March 31, 2017) with Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) for a second phase of the Canadian Immigrant Integration Program (CIIP). In this new phase of the program, CICan is collaborating with an important new partner: the International Organization for Migration (IOM, which administers the Canadian Orientation Abroad (COA) project). This partnership will expand pre-arrival services and ensure consistent curricula and materials worldwide.

CIIP is also partnering with the Association des collèges et universités de la francophonie canadienne (ACUFC) to ensure that French-speaking immigrants destined for francophone minority communities have access to pre-arrival services that include connections to appropriate supports in Canada.

CIIP has provided information, planning and linkages to almost 30,000 prospective immigrants since 2007. This pre-arrival support has contributed to excellent integration outcomes for participants.

CICan members and partners, such as immigrant serving agencies, sector councils, regulatory bodies, industry and professional associations have contributed to the success of CIIP over the years and will continue to play a significant role in the program.

Register now for the CICan leadership institutes

Registration is now open for four of CICan’s upcoming leadership development institutes. We encourage all of our members to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity. Click the link below for more information and to register.

 National Executive Leadership Institute (NELI) for Potential Presidents (English)

Dates: July 5, 2015 to July 10, 2015

Location: Tigh-Na-Mara, Parksville, BC

National Executive Leadership Institute for Potential Vice-Presidents (VP NELI) (English)

Dates: June 25, 2015 to June 30, 2015

Location: Tigh Na-Mara, Parksville, BC

Leadership Development Institute for Potential Deans and Directors (LDI)

English program:

Dates: June 21, 2015 (evening) to June 26, 2015 (breakfast)

Location: Rodd Brudenell River, Charlottetown, PEI


French program:

Dates: June 21, 2015 (evening) to June 26, 2015 (breakfast)

Location: Collège Communautaire du Nouveau Brunswick, Edmundston, NB

Leadership and Management Development Institute for Program Chairs: ** NEW** (English)

Dates: June 23-25, 2015

Location: Alberta (TBD)

International Leadership Development Institute (English)

Dates: July 20, 2015 (evening) to July 24, 2015 (noon)

Location: Holland College, Charlottetown, PEI

CAF looking to recruit firefighters


The CAF are now accepting applications from future firefighters through Direct Entry. If you already have a college diploma, the CAF will decide if your academic program matches the training criteria for this job and may place you directly into the required on-the-job training program following basic training. Basic training and military occupation training is required before being assigned.

Fire Fighters in the CAF prevent the loss of life or property due to fire. They have training to perform a variety of tasks including, but not limited to, structural, wild land and shipboard firefighting, hazardous material, and confined space/high angle rescue. Fire investigation, fire prevention and life safety inspections are also areas of expertise. As a trade in the CAF, the occupation offers great opportunities for promotion and advancement. In a reasonable time, you can work your way up to a Fire Prevention Inspector, Platoon Chief, Deputy Fire Chief, or Fire Chief. CAF Fire Fighters respond to aircraft, helicopter and vehicle incidents. The work includes driving fire fighting vehicles, keeping fire-detection and suppression systems in working order, responding to hazmat spills, and maintaining self-contained breathing apparatus for confined spaces.

Fire Fighter is a very popular occupation and, as a result, very competitive. Successful applicants often have additional education in a related field or previous experience as a full or part-time fire fighter. Applicants should be physically fit, follow a physical fitness program and pursue an active and healthy lifestyle. All applicants are required to successfully pass the Firefighter Pre-Entry Fitness Evaluation prior to beginning training at the Canadian Forces Fire Academy.

Reminder : CICan Conference 2015 – Early Registration Deadline – April 15


Be sure to register by April 15th and benefit from early registration rates and be entered in a draw to receive a 50% discount on your registration!

Don’t forget to visit the Conference website where you will find the latest program news. Each stream will cover a diversity of topics including: Strategic Planning; Talent Management; Responsibility Center Management; Innovative Approaches to Internationalization; Innovation and Entrepreneurship; Student Success Initiatives; Leading Change through Appreciative Inquiry; Environmental Sustainability; Building Capacity through Applied Research; Trends in Student Mobility and Pathways; and many others. Join the dialogue with your colleagues and partners as you move between streams.

Be sure to read the next issue of Perspectives where you will learn more about the exciting social events that are being planned for you in Winnipeg.

Click here for more information.

Did you know?

Red River College (RRC) and the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) were recently chosen as two of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers for 2015. The awards, which are given out by Canada’s Top Employers, recognize employers across Canada that have exceptional workplace diversity and inclusiveness programs. BCIT was recognized for elements such as its Women’s Leadership Council and it’s Diversity and Inclusiveness Committee, while RRC was selected for elements such as its recent hiring of a full-time Workplace Equity and Diversity Coordinator and its LGBTT strategy.

See the press release.

What an exciting week! I travelled to the North West Territories where I gave five presentations and had the opportunity to meet with staff at Aurora College in Yellowknife, which I had yet to visit. I also had the chance of meeting with their Board of directors. On Wednesday, the alumni and faculty of the college celebrated 20 years of nursing in the North. It was inspiring to see the hard work that nurses in the region have been doing for the past 20 years. Before the launch of the nursing program at Aurora, nursing students had to travel south to receive their education. Now, the program has evolved into a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, which is offered in partnership with the University of Victoria. It was great to be able to see the nursing facilities at the college and meet with the program’s dedicated staff, such as Denise Bowen, a passionate and dedicated nurse who was recognized for her years of service at Aurora. What an inspiring event! Congratulations to Aurora for 20 years of nursing training.

While in Yellowknife, I also met with the senior management of Aurora College. I was very impressed with their programs related to the development of essential skills, as well as the huge variety of programs that the college offers. The college has only been active since 1981, but they have developed greatly in such a short amount of time, and offer great programs! Following my visit to the college, I met with Jean de Dieu Tuyishime, who is the director general of the Fédération Franco-ténoise. This federation represents the French-speaking community of the Northwest Territories. Mr. Tuyishime is very dynamic and enthusiastic about the work of this group, and it was great to see how much it has evolved since its inception! Few people know that there is also a French college in the NWT, called Collège Nordique, which I also visited. I had a very production with its CEO Josée Clermont who seemed keen to join our association.

I also had the pleasure of meeting with, the NWT’s minister of Education, Culture and Employment the honourable Jackson Lafferty and his deputy minister. We discussed their Skills 4 Success initiative which is looking at improving education and employment outcomes in the NWT.

Finally, I spoke at an event for the Northwest Territories chapter of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC). The event was centered on policy innovation, and I was encouraged to see how vibrant and keen this chapter of IPAC is. They were great participants and very willing to discuss leadership. I greatly enjoyed speaking at this event! Thank you to IPAC NWT!



We would like to apologize for a mistake in last week’s congratulations. We erroneously stated that Sylvain Lambert had been nominated as the new director general of Cépep de Granby when he will in fact leave that position to become the new director general of Cégep Édouard-Montpetit. Our sincere apologies to Mr. Lambert, to both Cégeps and to anyone who may have been confused by this mistake.


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Justice Institute of British Columbia

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Medicine Hat College

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Colleges and Institutes Canada

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Justice Institute of British Columbia

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Fleming College


Webinar: CICan’s Membership with International SOS (English)
Jan 23rd, 2017
Ottawa, Ontario, Colleges and Institutes Canada

Webinar: Creating Mentally Healthy Educational Environments (French)
Feb 8th, 2017
Ottawa, Ontario, Colleges and Institutes Canada

Webinar: CICan’s Membership with International SOS (French)
Feb 9th, 2017
Ottawa, Ontario, Colleges and Institutes Canada

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