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CICan elects new Board members

Ottawa, June 2, 2016 – Colleges and institutes Canada (CICan) is proud to welcome several new members to its Board of Directors. During its first meeting on June 3, the new board also elected its Chair. Liane Roy, president of Collège Communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB), will replace outgoing Chair, Chantal Denis of Cégep Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu.

The new board members were elected last week during CICan’s general assembly which was held in Québec City during the association’s annual conference. Paula Burns will sit as a representative for Alberta and the Northwest Territories, David Agnew, will represent Ontario, François Dornier will represent Quebec and Major-General Eric Tremblay will join the Board as an elected Public Director representing CICan’s partners in the Canadian Armed Forces. CICan was also pleased to welcome Chris Power who joined the Board earlier this year as and elected Public Director and took part in her first meeting.

“CICan is pleased to welcome such accomplished senior leaders to its Board of directors”, said Denise Amyot, president and CEO of CICan. “We are also grateful to our outgoing board members, including our president Chantal Denis, for their wise counsel and dedicated work on behalf of Canada’s colleges and institutes.”

Liane Roy
CICan’s new Board Chair, Liane Roy became the first President and CEO of CCNB when the network of colleges officially obtained the status of autonomous college society in 2010. Prior to that post, she had a distinguished career in the New Brunswick public service where she occupied various senior positions, including assistant deputy minister for Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour.

Chris Power
Chris Power joined the Board of CICan in February of 2016. As the Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Patient Safety Institute, and former CEO of Capital Health, Nova Scotia, she brings a wealth of knowledge of the Canadian health system. An experienced and respected leader She was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in the Public Sector Category three years in a row from 2007-2009 and in 2010 was inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Paula Burns
Dr. Paula Burns, the 8th president and CEO of Lethbridge College, is a collaborative leader who invests her commitment, passion and energy to advance education and to support and create a safe and respectful learning environment for all students and staff. Before coming to Lethbridge College in February 2013, Dr. Burns had served as Northern Alberta Institute of Technology’s Provost and Vice President Academic.

David Agnew
With extensive experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors, David Agnew became the fifth president of Seneca College in July 2009.
Mr. Agnew was Secretary to the Cabinet and head of the public service in the Government of Ontario from 1992 to 1995 after serving as Principal Secretary to the Premier. Other positions have included President and CEO of UNICEF Canada, Principal consultant for the international consulting firm Digital 4Sight and Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments.

François Dornier
François Dornier has been a director general within the Quebec college system for over a decade. He is at the head of Cegep de Rimouski since 2015 and was previously director general of Cegep de Thetford from 2005 to 2014. He has also been a part of several boards, including the board of the Fédération des Cégeps, which he has chaired for several years.

Major-General Eric Tremblay
Major-General Eric Tremblay is the head of Military Personnel Generation, which is charged with leading the Canadian Armed Forces personnel generation system to uphold distinction in the Profession of Arms. Major General Tremblay began his career with the Royal Canadian Artillery with 5e Régiment d’artillerie légère du Canada (5e RALC) and has since occupied several command and senior staff positions.

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Colleges and Institutes Canada is the national and international voice of Canada’s publicly supported colleges, institutes and polytechnics. Its members 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. The association operates in 29 countries via 12 offices around the world.


For more information:

Julien Abord-Babin
Senior Strategic Communications Officer
Colleges and Institutes Canada
Tel. : 613-746-2222 ext. 3131
Twitter : @CollegeCan