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June 5, 2014

April 25, 2014 CEO on the Move

CEO on the Move

This week, I had the pleasure of travelling to Toronto to host a roundtable discussion in partnership with the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute (SICI). The event took place at Humber College where representatives from several colleges as well as private sector partners gathered to discuss collaboration between Canada in India in post-secondary education.

After travelling to India just a few weeks ago as a member of the Canadian delegation led by the Governor General, I was very happy to speak about the successful partnerships in place (water sector / skills development) and the potential for further collaboration.

During the roundtable with SICI, five themes were discussed:  student mobility, faculty development, curriculum development, institutional partnerships and industry linkages and the role of applied research. This led to some very interesting discussions that may pave the way to further collaboration with India, where many institutions are interested in Canada’s expertise in post-secondary education and trades professions.

It is always interesting to meet with Deputy Ministers early in their mandate. This week, I had the pleasure of visiting Gina Wilson, new Associate Deputy Minister at Employment and Social Development Canada to talk about the forthcoming Federal Skills Summit; essential skills; social financing and the important issue of making the public service more open to college graduates. It was encouraging to hear that Wilson recognizes that a degree is a degree, whether from a university or a college, and was very supportive. She also acknowledged that a number of Aboriginal students could face barriers to entering the public service because of certain biases against college degrees. ACCC will be continuing its efforts in this regard.

I was pleased to visit Collège de l’Acadie-Université Sainte-Anne, last week to speak with Daniel Lamy (Campus de Halifax) and Marie-Germaine Chartrand (Campus de Tusket). I was impressed by their boundless energy and efforts to attract francophones and francophiles to study at their college with popular online courses such as, Education for Early Childhood; ErgoTherapy and physiotherapy, as well as continuing care assistant, and a new online offering for next September to train teaching assistants.


Congratulations to Gabor Csepregi who was appointed as the new President of l’Université de Saint-Boniface, Manitoba’s only francophone post-secondary institution. Mr. Csepregi was previously Assistant Dean for Research and Teaching at the University. He will start his new position on July 1.

Congratulations to Jason Seright who was named as the new Director, Aboriginal Strategy at the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST)Mr. Seright brings a wealth of experience, having held a number of leadership positions in the field of education with a focus on First Nations and Métis education.

Congratulations to Centennial College, which received the Governor-General’s Medal in Architecture for its new Athletic and Wellness Centre. This is one of twelve medals awarded each year to honour excellence in Canadian architecture. It is the second time Centennial College receives this award after the nomination of its Progress Campus Student Centre in 2002. Both buildings were designed by Toronto’s Kongats Architects.

Congratulations to Collège Boréal whose joint Bachelor of Science in Nursing with Laurentian University was recently accredited by the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN). This accreditation attests to the high training standards Laurentian University and Collège Boréal meet in a vital area of the health sector.

Congratulations to Maureen Adamson who was appointed as the new President and CEO of the Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences. Mrs. Adamson brings a wealth of experience to the job having held various senior executive positions in government, post-secondary institutions and national organizations. For the past three years, she has been the President and CEO of Cystic Fibrosis Canada.

Congratulations to Brody Creig from the Langara College Falcons who was named the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association athlete of the year. The star student-athlete led the men’s basketball team to a historic victory at this year’s CCAA National Championships, in a thrilling 88-86 final against the Red Deer College Kings.

Applied Research

Grande Prairie Regional College (GPRC) is among the Canadian colleges that have been awarded support to purchase specialized research equipment. Thanks to a $150,000 grant, part of the $40 million in grants announced at Nova Scotia Community College earlier this month by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). GPRC will be able to improve the capacity of its National Bee Diagnostic Centre (NBDC) through the purchase of two pieces of specialized equipment to localize and evaluate the viability of honeybee pathogens. Given the recent vulnerability of bee populations across the world and its impact on the food chain, it is great to see Canadian colleges leading the way in this research field.

Many of our members have received funding through NSERC to support ground-breaking research in a wide variety of disciplines. If you have interesting stories you would like to share, email links to your posts or press releases to

Anti-Spam Legislation

ACCC has arranged a special briefing by teleconference on Canada’s new anti-spam legislation, which comes into effect on July 1st.  We are pleased that key officials at Industry Canada and at the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC-responsible for enforcement) will lead the briefing. It will be offered on June 2, from 1 pm to 3 pm Ottawa time.

Institutions have been working on their internal processes since the sessions Industry Canada led at the ACCC conference in Edmonton.  In addition to the briefing the two departments are preparing a specific Q&A document subsequent to the call to address points more specific to the college/institute context.

To participate in the conference call please contact Sylvie Taher.

For more information, you can also visit the government’s website on the issue.

Eureka! Moment

April 23rd was Administrative Professionals Day and we would like to extend a big thank you to the administrative staff at ACCC and across our network of Canadian colleges for supporting us so well and making our lives easier. We are lucky to be able to rely on so many wonderful professionals whose great work, loyalty and attention to details make our organizations stronger and more effective.  We would never be able to accomplish what we all do without the amazing support of our administrative staff.

ACCC Annual Conference | May 25-27, 2014 | Ottawa, ON

Rooms are booking fast to attend the ACCC Annual Conference in Ottawa, May 25-27.  We hope still more of you will join us as we are planning several interesting sessions and event with our hosts La Citéand Algonquin College.

Collaboration | Innovation | Transformation will focus on leading-edge approaches in teaching and learning, quality, governance, institutional leadership, and collaborative partnerships. The program will feature a mix of networking opportunities, plenary sessions, workshops, lightning talks, and innovative eLearning applications and adaptive technologies showcases.

Don’t miss your opportunity to join Perrin Beatty, President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Chamber of Commerce and members of the business and industry community at the new Business and Industry Power Breakfast on Tuesday, May 27 from 7:00 am to 8:30 am.

Visit the Conference website for information on the program, keynote speakers, social activities or to register.

Logo update

We are pleased to announce that the ACCC logo contest was well-received by members and produced more than 180 submissions from students across the country, including from two member institutions’ design programs that used the contest as part of their course work. We are now in the process of selecting a winner, with the announcement taking place at the ACCC Annual Conference in May. The winner will receive a $5000 cash prize and see their logo used on all Association materials – everything from business cards and stationery; to signage and event materials; websites, social media and more.

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