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New President and CEO Announced for Association of Canadian Community Colleges

Ottawa, April 25, 2013 – The ACCC Board is pleased to announce that it has named Denise Amyot as the new President and CEO of the Association, effective June 4, 2013.

Ms. Amyot most recently served as President and CEO of the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation, where she built on her track record of leadership excellence by implementing a strategic plan emphasizing beneficial partnerships with private sector, government institutions, not-for-profit organizations and academia.

“We have found a great combination of skills and leadership in Denise and I am delighted that we have this amazing woman to lead our organization,” said Ann Buller, Board Chair and President of Centennial College. “Denise will be a wonderful champion for our members and I believe she will do great things for Canada’s colleges, institutes and polytechnics.”

A longtime advocate of education and learning, Ms. Amyot began her career as a teacher. She is familiar with the challenges facing today’s higher education leaders, as she is completing Board of Governors terms at both Algonquin College and the University of Ottawa.

“Canadian colleges, institutes and polytechnics are increasingly being asked to contribute towards economic prosperity through industry, government and not-for-profit partnerships,” said Denise Amyot, incoming ACCC President and CEO. “I am honoured to join ACCC, such a key institution for today’s skills agenda and look forward to working with all our member institutions.”

Ms. Amyot brings more than 25 years of public sector leadership experience to ACCC, with previous posts including Senior Vice President, Leadership and Talent Management Sector, Canada Public Service Agency (now with Treasury Board Secretariat); Assistant Deputy Minister, Corporate Management and Public Affairs, Social Development Canada; and Assistant Deputy Minister, Public Affairs and Ministerial Services, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.  She has worked at the federal, territorial and para-public levels of government.

Her background in policy development and program delivery, as well as her astute ability to foster mutually beneficial partnerships, uniquely qualify her to take on the role of President and CEO of ACCC.

Throughout her career, Ms. Amyot has established herself as an engaging leader recognized for her commitment to workplace respect, integrity and trust. The Association looks forward to welcoming Ms. Amyot.

ACCC is the national and international voice of Canada’s publicly funded colleges, institutes and polytechnics, serving 1.5 million learners of all ages and from all socio-economic quarters at campuses in 1,000 urban, rural and remote communities.


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Shawn Dearn
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