Ottawa, May 27, 2014 – Centennial College President and CEO, Ann Buller’s remarkable contribution to post secondary education has been recognized with the Association of Canadian College’s (ACCC) Distinguished Service Award.
Ann Buller has been involved in the college sector for over twenty-five years and recently accepted a third, five-year term at the head of Toronto’s Centennial College, one of the most culturally diverse institutions in Canada.
“For many years, Ann has been a tireless advocate of Centennial College and the benefits of Canada’s entire college system,” said ACCC President and CEO, Denise Amyot. “Ann’s hard work and dedication is an inspiration to many in the post secondary sector where she has gained the respect of those who collaborate with her at home and abroad.”
Ann Buller assumed the presidency of Centennial College in 2004 and is credited with a number of improvements that enhanced the learning experience at this culturally and socially diverse urban college. Ann has also played an instrumental role in launching several progressive programs such as Centennial’s Helping Youth Pursue Education (HYPE), an award-winning program to encourage disadvantaged young people pursue technical education.
Her leadership is also felt beyond the walls of Centennial College. Ann has been chair of the ACCC’s board of directors since June 2011 in addition to her roles in a variety of other educational boards and committees. She has received a number of professional awards, including the 2013 Chief Executive Leadership Award (Council for Advancement and Support of Education); 2013 Top 25 Women of Influence (Women of Influence Magazine) and the 2014 Chief Executive Leadership Award (Council for Advancement and Support of Education), among several others.
“Ann Buller is an inspiration not only to her students and colleagues but to other presidents as well. Every decision she makes, every speech she gives, reminds others of the power of education to transform lives. Ann inspires us all to reach higher, to do more for our communities, and to recommit to the compelling mission of Canadian colleges,” said Bow Valley College President and CEO, Sharon Carry, who was among colleagues from all over the country who endorsed Ms. Buller’s nomination.
ACCC, soon to be known as Colleges and Institutes Canada, is the national and international voice of 95 per cent of Canada’s publicly funded colleges, institutes and polytechnics. We work 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 in Canada. ACCC operates in 29 countries via 13 offices around the world.