A Word from Our CEO

I am pleased to introduce our strategic plan refresh – CICan’s Roadmap to 2026. Initiated in the fall of 2023 with members, staff, and our Board of Directors, this roadmap – along with our new organizational structure – provides a foundation for a strategic planning exercise to be launched in the fall of 2024, charting a course for CICan’s new strategic directions for 2026 and beyond.

I am fully convinced that the time is now – and the future is bright – for our members, Canada’s publicly funded colleges, institutes, cégeps and polytechnics.

Building on the foundations of our 2019-2024 plan, our Roadmap to 2026 strategically focuses CICan’s agenda over the next 18 months on a set of priorities and activities for impact. It ensures we are well positioned to navigate the changing federal policy and political landscape – as well as global headwinds and tailwinds – while maintaining a laser focus on the needs and aspirations of our members.

The roadmap introduces Impact Goals as the focal point of our strategic direction.

These goals will serve as targeted responses to the pressing issues faced by Canada and by our members, directing our resources towards priority areas where we want to drive tangible change.

One key evolution is the reimagining of our strategic pillars – Advocate, Build Capacity, Drive Knowledge, and Excel. These pillars are reconceived not as the end goal, but as the means to greater impact. They guide our actions and interactions at home and abroad. They put into action CICan’s commitment to supporting the publicly funded college and institute ecosystem, aligning our efforts in service of our mission and vision.

I would like to thank all those who shared their insights and participated in the discussions that shaped this roadmap. I am confident it will strategically position our sector, leading to a more focused CICan and greater impact for members and the communities we serve.

Together, working in shared purpose around shared challenges, we are going to achieve big things for Canada, and the world.

Pari Johnston

President and CEO
Colleges and Institutes Canada