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CICan honours two champions of post secondary education

Quebec, June 1, 2016 – Every year, Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) is proud to honour champions of postsecondary education, both in and out of the network of colleges and institutes. This year again, the association handed out recognitions for distinguished service and outstanding partner at its annual conference in Québec City.

Jim Hamilton, President of Okanagan College was presented with the Distinguished Service Award and Garth Whyte, the President of Fertilizer Canada received CICan’s Outstanding Partner Award.

“This year’s recipients of the CICan Distinguished Service Award and Outstanding Partner Award have both been involved in promoting excellence in postsecondary education for many years”, says CICan president and CEO, Denise Amyot. “Though they come from very different backgrounds, they have both played a vital role in its success through their vision and dedication.”

Jim Hamilton began his career with Okanagan College in 1980 teaching English at its Vernon Campus. Prior to becoming President, he was actively engaged in the College, serving as a member of the Okanagan University College Board of Governors, a faculty member, and as the Regional Dean of the North Okanagan.

He became president of Okanagan College in 2004, and his term was recently extended to 2019. Currently, he serves as Chair of the BC Council for International Education. He has also served as Chair of the Trades Training Consortium of British Columbia and Chair of BC Colleges.

Garth Whyte is currently the president of Fertilizer Canada, which represents manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors of nitrogen, phosphate and potash agricultural fertilizers.

For many years, he has been a strong advocate for colleges and institutes, recognizing their strengths and linkages with the private sector as a vital element of Canada’s innovation ecosystem and highly skilled workforce. This led him to become the first external director named to CICan’s Board of Directors where he represented that critical link between postsecondary education and the community.

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