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Colleges Gather for ‘Big Sky Thinking’ at Annual Conference

Ottawa, June 2, 2011 – More than 600 college presidents, vice-presidents, faculty, staff and students from across Canada will meet in Edmonton, Alberta June 5-7 for the annual conference of the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC).

This year’s theme, ‘Big Sky Thinking’, offers the opportunity for college representatives to discuss their role in both the local community and the national and global economies. Colleges are the primary educators of graduates with the advanced skills needed to support Canada’s economic recovery. They also contribute significantly to the applied research needs of local and regional businesses.


Keynote speakers at the conference include: Ken Baker, Consulting Director of Environmental Sustainability at the Vancouver Olympics; Roberta Jamieson, CEO and President of the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation; Stephen John Murgatroyd, futurist and science and innovation strategist; and, Lance Secretan, an internationally-recognized leadership coach.

Pre-conference symposia on June 4 will focus on the role of colleges in immigrant integration and international development, funding for applied research at colleges, and the key role being played by colleges serving aboriginal, rural and remote communities.

The conference is co-hosted by three Edmonton institutions, NorQuest College, NAIT and Grant MacEwan University. Media representatives are invited to attend the entire conference or any session of interest. For more information, visit

ACCC is the national and international voice of 150 Canadian colleges, institutes and polytechnics with 1,000 campuses across Canada. Visit for more information.

For more information:

Judy Barbeau Communications Officer
Association of Canadian Community Colleges
Tel.: (613) 746-5656