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ACCC Distinguished Service Award Honours Director General of Cégep Marie-Victorin

Penticton, BC – Saturday, June 1, 2013 – The Association of Canadian Community Colleges today honoured Cégep Marie-Victorin Director General Nicole Rouillier with the presentation of its Distinguished Service Award for her service and dedication to higher learning throughout Canada.

“Exceptional leaders like Nicole have positioned Canada’s public colleges, institutes and polytechnics at the heart of Canada’s innovation system and of efforts to close the skills gap. As a leader devoted equally to hear learners and her faculty, Nicole crafted a dynamic, new institution,” said ACCC President and CEO James Knight.

Nicole Rouillier represented the college sector on the ACCC Board. As Board Chair, she was a compelling advocate for ACCC and its members.  She stood out in the Quebec college community for her institution’s innovations in community and business partnerships, international engagement and exemplary student services. Her institution’s policy statement on work-life balance is captured in bold letters in the central foyer of the administrative centre.

“Words don’t do justice to Nicole’s positive impact on the promotion of college education across Canada and in her home province. She really reinforced the links between colleges in Quebec and those in other provinces,” said Gilbert Héroux, Director General of Vanier College and ACCC Board member.

Ms. Rouillier served the Canadian college system with dignity and compassion. She was a builder of bridges across the Canadian landscape.

ACCC’s Presidents’ Leadership Network presents the Distinguished Service Award to Presidents and CEOs, current or past, to honour exceptional service and outstanding contributions to Canadian colleges, institutes and polytechnics at the local, regional and national levels.

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 backgrounds at campuses in 1,000 urban, rural and remote communities.


For more information:

Shawn Dearn
Director, Communications and Information Services
ACCC, Public Affairs
613-746-2222 ext. 3123