Toronto, ON, February 13, 2014 – The Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) is proud to announce it has won the IPAC Deloitte 2013 Public Sector Leadership Award. ACCC President and CEO Denise Amyot accepted the gold honour in recognition of the Association’s pioneering overseas orientation program for economic immigrants.
“Winning this leadership award is a recognition of the important work and services we deliver with our many partners and it is a validation of our work from a public policy perspective,” said Amyot. “We’ve all heard the story of the janitor that is a doctor or the engineer that is a cab driver. CIIP makes connections that result in jobs for people in their field and is making a real difference for newcomers to our country.”
The Canadian Immigrant Integration Program (CIIP), funded through Citizenship and Immigration Canada, provides tailored pre-arrival information (Group Orientation) and planning (My Action Plan) services, as well as immediate online referrals to an extensive network of partners across Canada. Partners include ACCC member institutions, immigrant-serving organizations, regulatory bodies, credential assessment agencies and employer-based organizations, including sector councils.
“CIIP is the only Canadian program that provides a full spectrum of free pre-departure services for immigrants and it’s an initiative that is solving real employment challenges,” said Ann Buller, ACCC Board Chair and President of Centennial College. “This award gives us hope that CIIP will continue for many years to come as it helps demonstrate that we are a successful strategic partner to government — and that we have supported employment and economic growth by easing newcomer integration.”
ACCC shares the credit for this award with all the employees, partners and member colleges that live the vision of the IPAC Deloitte 2013 Public Sector Leadership Award every day. The Association designed and manages CIIP, which is delivered to immigrants in more than 25 countries through four regional offices in China, India, the Philippines and the UK.
ACCC is the national and international voice of Canada’s publicly funded colleges and institutes, working with industry and social sectors to train 1.5 million learners of all ages and backgrounds at campuses serving over 3,000 urban, rural and remote communities from coast to coast to coast.
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