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CICan’s 2015 Conference coming to Manitoba

Winnipeg, May 21, 2015 – Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) brings its annual conference to Manitoba this year with the help of four local colleges. Assiniboine Community College, l’École technique et professionnelle de l’Université de Saint-Boniface, Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology and Red River College will host this important national event from May 24 to 26.

Over 600 leaders from the technical education sector are expected to take part in this year’s conference that will look at how colleges and institutes lead change through innovative practices and approaches in teaching and learning, applied research and engagement with business.

CICan’s 2015 Conference will be held at Winnipeg’s RBC Convention Centre, with a reception at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. It will feature several prominent keynote speakers, including Comedian Rick Mercer, National Chief Perry Bellegarde of the Assembly of First Nations and entrepreneur David Chilton, better known as the Wealthy Barber.

Several pre-conference activities will be held, including a symposium on rural education and partnerships hosted by Brandon’s Assiniboine Community College, a workshop on mentorship, an international forum that looks at ways colleges and institutes can support immigrant integration and a symposium on learning technologies hosted by Algonquin College.

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


“We are thrilled to be in Manitoba for this year’s annual conference. Manitoba is home to remarkable colleges and institutes that bring so much to their communities. With their help, we expect this event will be a great success.”
Denise Amyot, President and CEO of Colleges and Institutes Canada

“Red River College is proud to work in partnership with Colleges and Institutes Canada and other Manitoba institutions to host this educational conference themed Leading Change. We welcome delegates to explore this theme in a City where leadership, supported by government, is transforming our Province into a world-class centre with new attractions and opportunities for our students and future leaders.”
David Rew, Interim President & CEO, Red River College.

“MITT is a proud to join its distinguished partner colleges from across Manitoba to host the 2015 CICan Conference. This event provides a forum for all Colleges and Institutes from across the country to come together and share best practices, allowing institutions to enhance the high quality of education and services  we provide daily for our students.”
Paul Holden, President and CEO of the Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology.

“In order to build the Canadian economy we need to take action to address skills shortages in the country. This conference represents an opportunity for colleges from coast to coast to coast to develop plans for increasing public support for investments in higher education that contribute to our prosperity”
Mark Frison, President, Assiniboine College

“L’École technique et professionnelle de l’Université de Saint-Boniface is delighted to welcome, along with Manitoba’s eminent institutions, all delegates to the Colleges and Institutes Canada’s Leading Change conference. As Western Canada’s only francophone university, we are proud to take part in this “must attend” educational conference that fosters the sharing of best practices and contributes in transforming Canada’s future leaders.”
Réjean LaRoche, Directeur, École technique et professionnelle, Université de Saint-Boniface d



For more information :
Julien Abord-Babin

Senior Strategic Communications Officer
Colleges and Institutes Canada
613-746-2222 ext 3131
Twitter : @CollegeCan