Inspired by CICan’s 5-year Strategic Plan 2019-2024, the ImpAct initiative, aims to support colleges and institutes in achieving their shared vision of Better Futures for Peoples and Communities.
Backed by the McConnell Foundation and placed under the patronage of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, it builds on the common values and aspirations of CICan members and is designed to amplify the college and institute system’s contributions to economic and social development, community well-being and a sustainable future by supporting deliberate and collaborative approaches.
The ImpAct initiative’s actions will be guided by Canada’s commitments to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). By using the SDGs as a framework for setting priorities, partnering with others and measuring results, the ImpAct initiative will support CICan members in collaborating for a healthy, inclusive, prosperous and sustainable 21st century Canada.
Three collaborative pan-Canadian projects will help strengthen and scale up member institutions’ contributions to social and economic inclusion and ecological sustainability:
Reducing barriers to inclusive access
- Shauna Moore (co-chair), Durham College
- Zeina Sleiman (co-chair), NorQuest College
- Roch Ducharme, Cégep du Vieux-Montréal
- Mary Ellen Kingston-Ritchie, New Brunswick Community College
- Ira Mamis, Yukon University
- Taranjeet Manchanda, George Brown College
- Jean Maltesen, Vancouver Island University
- Kate Nott, Selkirk College
- Kevin Holmes (co-chair), Algonquin College
- Halia Valladeres (co-chair), Thompson Rivers University
- Suzie Addison-Toor, Georgian College
- Lynn Coveyduck, Nova Scotia Community College
- Enrique Arce Gonzalez, Capilano University
- Pascale Maheu, Collège Édouard-Montpetit
- Viviane Martel, Collège Édouard-Montpetit
- Megan Shapka, Lethbridge College
- Brett Sharman, Confederation College
- Chris Adam, Dawson College
- Edith Brasset-Mimeault, Cégep Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu
- Shannon Coulter-Low, Cégep John Abbott College
- Cris Dias, Centennial College
- Nathalie Guibord, Cégep Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu
- Jeanette Miron, Canadore College
- Lan Chi Nguyen Weekes, Collège La Cité
- Herbert Sinnock, Sheridan College
- Amy Spark, Bow Valley College
- David Tracey, Native Education College
Two advisory committees will guide the project, bringing the perspectives of large, small, urban, rural and Northern institutions from across the country:
The Presidents’ Advisory Committee
The Student and Alumni Advisory Committee (ISAAC)
- Elsa Mondésir Villefort (Chair), Cégep du Vieux-Montréal
- Jerra Green (First Co-Chair), Assiniboine Community College
- Beth Eden (Second Co-Chair), UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network
- Ira Mamis (Third Co-Chair), Yukon University
- Garrett Koehler (CASA Representative), Southern Alberta Institute of Technology
- Taranjeet Singh Manchanda (CFS Representative), George Brown College
- Sierra Scott (ENACTUS Representative), St. Clair College
- Abdul A. Malik, Mohawk College
- Casey Caines, Grande Prairie Regional College
- Cris Dias, Centennial College
- Jason Cotton, Lethbridge College
- Jordan Dubois, Native Education College
- Kaylie Broome, New Brunswick Community College
- Mohammad Al Masalma, Nova Scotia Community College
- Oanh Ngo, Bow Valley College
- Stéphanie Rochon, La Cité
- Stephanie Tate, Thompson Rivers University
- Steve Lee, Foundation for Environmental Stewardship
- Zy St-Pierre-Bourdelais, Cégep du Vieux Montréal
The Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCUNESCO) helps Canadians share knowledge locally and globally in order to create better societies and build peace in the minds of men and women. To do so, the Commission facilitates cooperation in the fields of education, science, culture, communication and information to address some of the most complex challenges facing the world today.
The McConnell Foundation is a private Canadian foundation that develops and applies innovative approaches to social, cultural, economic and environmental challenges. They do so through granting and investing, capacity building, convening, and co-creation with grantees, partners and the public.
In November 2018, ESDC launched the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Funding Program to support projects aimed at: building awareness of the 2030 Agenda; increase partnerships and networks; advance research; and further Canada’s implementation of the 2030 Agenda.
CICan became a member of SDSN Canada in June 2019 as part of our commitment to scaling up the Canadian college and institute sector’s contributions to the SDGs. We encourage all our member institutions to join this global network of post-secondary stakeholders committed to a just, inclusive and sustainable future.
CICan joined Alliance 2030 in February 2020 to engage with other Canadian stakeholders working towards achieving Canada’s SDG ambitions. Alliance 2030 is a national network of organizations, institutions, and individuals committed to achieving the 17 SDGs by the year 2030. We believe these goals can be accomplished both in Canada and abroad by working creatively and collaboratively at both the local and global level.
- 300+ individuals who are part of our ImpAct Community of Practice served since February 2019
- 3 Project Working Groups, 2 Advisory Committees, and 1 Task Force were formed to support the work of the ImpAct initiative
- ImpActful webinars on sustainable development
- The McConnell Foundation
- Employment and Social Development Canada