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James Knight Retiring

Ottawa, October 19, 2012 –ACCC Board Chair and President of Centennial College, Ann Buller, today announced that ACCC President and CEO James Knight informed the Board of his intention to retire, effective June 30, 2013.

“With his rich experience in Ottawa, Jim brought an intense focus and new ideas to our work,” commented Ms. Buller. “Many colleges, institutes and polytechnics benefitted from the Knowledge Infrastructure Program, a result of a proposal made by ACCC to ministers at the height of the 2008 financial crisis. Just under $2 billion were invested in member institutions across Canada. Other legacies include increased federal support for college-SME applied research partnerships, the creation of industrial research chairs in colleges, and dedicated funding for research infrastructure. He spearheaded our engagement with Access Copyright which broadened access to published materials for teaching purposes and led the Board and staff into a new headquarters in the shadow of Parliament Hill.”

Mr. Knight commented that “every day was a great day at ACCC. With committed members, a dedicated and experienced staff, and a wise board chaired by three inspired leaders, success came easily. I am gratified that partnerships with the Government of Canada have flourished with many departments including National Defence, Health Canada, Human Resources and Skills Development, Industry Canada (with the Tri-Councils and the Canada Foundation for Innovation), Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Citizenship and Immigration, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, the regional development agencies, and the Canadian International Development Agency, among others.”

The Board has begun the process to recruit ACCC’s next CEO.

For more information contact:

Judy Barbeau
Communications Officer
Tel: 613-746-5656