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Directeur général du Centre technologique en aérospatiale Collège Édouard-Montpetit Receives ACCC Leadership Excellence Award

Halifax, May 29, 2012 – Mr. Pascal Désilets, Directeur général du Centre technologique en aérospatiale (CTA) of Collège Édouard-Montpetit, in Chambly, Quebec, has received the 2012 Association of Canadian Community Colleges’ Gold Leadership Excellence Award.

Pascal Désilets has been the Directeur général of CTA since 2004, during which time the Centre has built a solid reputation in the industry, in the community, and within the collegial network as innovative and effective in the transfer of technology.

Beyond stabilizing the Centre’s fiscal health, Mr. Désilets, a graduate of the École Polytechnique de Montréal, was instrumental in securing an investment of $17 million to improve the CTA’s research infrastructure through composite materials, avionics, meteorology and manufacturing that positioned the Centre as a leader in applied aerospace research. CTA has grown from six to 35 employees under his leadership.

“Because of the dedication and commitment of Mr. Désilets, CTA, Collège Édouard-Montpetit and the École nationale d’aérotechnique campus enjoy a reputation and prominence reserved for the very best in their field,” said James Knight, President and CEO of ACCC.

The Silver Award for Leadership was given to Cheryl Jensen, Vice President, Academic, of Mohawk College of Hamilton, Ontario. The Bronze Award went to Jennifer Leith, Vice President, Student and Community Engagement, of Centennial College, Toronto, Ontario.

The Leadership Excellence Awards were presented at the biennial congress of the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics, hosted by ACCC in Halifax, May 26 to 29, 2012.

ACCC’s Awards of Excellence recognize and promote excellence in Canadian colleges and institutes. The awards showcase extraordinary contributions of individuals and programs to their institutions and highlight the role colleges play in social, economic and cultural development.

ACCC is the national voice for 128 publicly-funded colleges and institutes with campuses in 1,000 communities across Canada.

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Rosemary Lafrenière
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Tel: 613-513-6291
Email: rlafreniere@accc.ca