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As part of our 50th anniversary we are inviting, members, partners and friends from around the world to share their stories and reflect on the evolution of Canada’s college system. The objective of this series is both to reflect on the past and look to the future. It is an opportunity to discover diverse perspectives and insights about the college system as a whole, as well as the broader landscape of postsecondary education and the labour market.

May 4, 2022

Message from the Governor General on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of Colleges and Institutes Canada

By Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada
I am pleased to extend warm greetings to everyone taking part in Colleges and Institutes Canada’s (CICan’s) annual conference as they celebrate their 50th anniversary this year. Read More

February 4, 2022

Reflecting on 50 years of growth and the path ahead

By Denise Amyot, President and CEO, Colleges and Institutes Canada
Fifty years ago, colleges and institutes from across Canada decided to join forces and give themselves the means to speak with one voice at the national level. Read More

February 18, 2022

Reflecting on 50 years of growth and the path ahead

By Paul Brennan, Retired VP International, CICan (1993-2017)
Fifteen years ago, CICan undertook a fundamental transformation of its international development projects. Read More

March 21, 2022

Telling our story, from local communities to the national agenda

By Gerry Brown, President and CEO of CICan (1998-2007)
As a college President one of the realities that you must keep foremost in your mind is that Colleges are “local”. What happens down the corridor from your office, what happens around the block from the college, and what happens in the community that you serve must constantly remain top of mind. Read More

June 6, 2022

Tomorrow’s Leadership

by Nicole Rouiller, Director General, Cégep Marie-Victorin (2003-2013)
Since it was established, CICan has always been a trailblazer supporting the leaders of its member institutions to develop their skills. Its leadership institutes and the recent mentoring program are a testament to the significant role that CICan plays in developing inclusive and diverse leadership. Read More

July 20, 2022

The first in our 50th anniversary podcast series!

Moderated by MaryLynn West-Moynes, former president of Georgian College.
Take a trip back in time as we speak to the people who helped shape CICan and witnessed first-hand the growth of Canada’s college system. Read More

Sept 19, 2022

The newest addition to our 50th anniversary podcast!

Moderated by Alain Roy, Vice President of International Partnerships.
Did you know colleges and institutes have been working overseas since CICan’s was founded in the 1970’s? Dive into the successes of our international programs throughout the years. Read More

We want to hear from you!

Do you have a story to share? Do you have a unique perspective on the history, evolution and future of the college system?
Learn more about how you can contribute.