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December 15, 2014


CICan in Manila for the Asian Development Bank’s International Skills Forum

Leah Jurkovic, CICan’s Manager of Applied Research and Knowledge Dissemination, traveled to Manila, Philippines on December 11 and 12 to participate in the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) International Skills Forum. The 2014 Forum looked to both advanced and developing countries to provide experiences and insights on skills development.

Approximately 80 leading experts and policy makers in the area of skills, training and workforce development attended the forum. The discussions addressed how the ADB will anticipate the needs of the future, with a focus on green skills development.


CICan Symposium on Colleges and Institutes Supporting the Integration of Immigrants

CICan will be hosting a Symposium on Colleges and Institutes supporting the integration of immigrants from February 11-13 at the Novotel Hotel in Ottawa. The symposium will provide a platform for participants to discuss the important role of colleges and institutes in supporting the integration of immigrants into the Canadian labour market.

The symposium will feature an interactive mix of presentations and roundtable discussions on specific subjects, including partnerships with private sector employers, partnerships with municipalities, occupation specific language training, and essential support services for immigrant student success.

Click here for registration information.

JIBC grad grateful for NCM-STEP program

Major Corporal Charles Wigger has had a diverse military career. He began as a medical assistant before serving as an armoured soldier with the Lord Strathcona’s Horse (RC) between 1996 and 2003. In 2003, MCpl Wigger began military firefighter training. Thanks to the Non-Commissioned Member Subsidized Training and Education Plan (NCM-STEP) he was able to complete a diploma from the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC). “I did this for self-betterment. I did it for educating myself. But, by all means, I’ll be using the things I learned that make my job easier or make the lives of the guys that work with me better,” says MCpl Wigger.

“The determination of MCplCharles Wigger to complete his diploma is a an example of the life-long learning that is required in many public safety professions, and I’m confident that the skills he has gained through his studies at JIBC will support his important and demanding work in the Canadian Armed Forces,” said JIBC Fire & Safety Division Director Peter Grootendorst.

JIBC’s firefighter program was recognized in the Canadian Armed Forces – Accreditation, Certification, Equivalencies Directory (CAF-ACE) as meeting the occupational training and learning requirements for firefighting personnel in the Canadian Armed Forces. For more information on how to submit your programs to the CAF-ACE Directory, please contact: Lisa Daigle,, (613) 746-2222 ext.  3199.


New appointment at CICan

CICan would like to welcome Michael Alloy as its new Manager, Information Technology (IT). Michael officially joined the CICan team on December 1. He has over 20 years of managerial experience in IT, including governance, application development and systems integration.


Logo contest for Canada’s 150th anniversary

The Government of Canada has issued a special challenge to post-secondary students over the age of 18. They are invited to share their vision of Canada by submitting a logo design for the 150th anniversary of Confederation, which will take place in 2017. The logo should evoke feelings of pride, unity and celebration, and it should reflect Canada as a diverse nation with a rich past and a promising future.

The Canada 150 Logo Design Contest runs from December 5, 2014, to January 23, 2015. In addition to the prestige and recognition of having his or her logo used as the Government of Canada’s brand for the 150th anniversary of Confederation, the winner will receive $5,000 and a display in one of Canada’s national institutions.

Having experienced first hand the great talent of colleges and institutes students when we were looking for a logo, we believe this can be another great opportunity for our students to exercise their talent and have hands on experience.

Details are available online here.

Extended Deadline: Call for presentations at annual conference

The deadline to submit a presentation at CICan’s annual conference has been extended to Friday, December 19.

Hosted by Assiniboine Community College, Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology, Red River College and the École technique et professionnelle of l’Université de Saint-Boniface, the Conference will explore how colleges and institutes lead change through innovative practices and approaches in teaching and learning, applied research and engagement with business, industry and community partners.

Colleges and institutes are invited to submit proposals related to the following thematic streams: Leadership and Governance; Teaching; Learning and Student Success; Applied Research; Indigenous Education; Friend-raising and Fundraising and Environmental Sustainability. Cross-cutting concepts of quality assurance, international, emerging technologies and student engagement will provide opportunities for interaction across streams.

Click here to submit a presentation

Reminder:  Nomination information for Colleges and Institute Canada Awards of Excellence is now available online

The CICan Awards program recognizes and promotes excellence within member colleges, institutes, polytechnics, cégeps, and university colleges. It showcases extraordinary contributions of individuals to their communities and highlights the role of our institutions in social, cultural and economic development. Nomination packages are now available for the 2014-2015 awards. Gold, silver and bronze awards will be presented in eight categories: indigenous education excellence, innovation in applied research excellence, internationalization excellence, leadership excellences, program excellence, staff excellence, student leadership excellence and teaching excellence.

The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, January 16, 2015 at 11:59 p.m.

Cick here to download the nomination forms 


Did you know?

A Lakeland College alum is headed to Harvard University! Maria Sarcauga, a former Lakeland student, will be starting a Master of Liberal Arts in Psychology at Harvard University in January. Sarcauga was unsure what to study after high school and enrolled in Lakeland’s university transfer program, where she took numerous psychology classes. She credits Lakeland’s sense of community and supportive environment for her success, and is grateful for her incredible mentors Kelly Mutter and Dr. Leonard Wilhelm. Good luck Maria!


After returning from a great trip to Colombia, I got the opportunity to get into the Christmas spirit this week with the CICan staff! We had the pleasure of visiting La Cité, where we had our holiday lunch and staff party at the institution’s restaurant, les Jardins de la Cité. The entire menu was created by La Cité Hospitality students, under their professors’ supervision, and each dish was elaborate and unique. We had the chance to eat some amazing food served with many smiles. It was delicious!

After our meal, I thanked our staff for the great year we have had and for all their hard work. I think we are all looking forward to resting during the Christmas holidays.

We also had the opportunity to visit the La Cité campus, and all of us were quite enlightened! We discovered their amazing 911 underground building with its training facilities for students training to be firefighters, paramedics and police officers. Those lucky students have access to some impressive equipment, including a real fire truck and police car that they can practice with

All in all, the whole day was a success! The culinary students at La Cité were excellent, and the staff members were very welcoming! Thank you to La Cité!

I also took some time last week to follow up on our successful Day on the Hill and complete some meetings with MPs. I also had the opportunity to go to a Colombian embassy reception and to the Governor General’s Spiced Beef reception (along with Cheryl Jensen of Algonquin College) where I was able to make several connections for our international files.


Eureka Moment

Niagara College will soon be launching a new hub that will develop the institution’s entrepreneurship activities. This hub will increase student access to experts, mentors, events and opportunities on campus and in their communities. The hub will also collaborate with partners such as Innovate Niagara, Start-Up Niagara, and Brock University. Way to go!


Deborah Brown is the new Vice President, Corporate Services at Mohawk College. Mrs. Brown’s previous positions include Acting Chief Administrative Officer and Assistant Deputy Minister at Treasury Board Secretariat. She began her role on December 1. 

Louise Turcotte is the new Dean of the Schools of Skills Training and Community and Corporate Learning at Cambrian College. Mrs. Turcotte was previously the Associate Dean of these schools, and was named their Interim Dean in July 2014. She officially began this position on December 8th.

Alena Perout is the new Dean of the Faculty of Social Science, Commerce, Arts and Letters and Music at Vanier College. Mrs. Perout’s previous positions include President and Vice President of the Vanier College Teachers’ Association, and Department Coordinator at the institution. She will begin her mandate on January 12 2015.


Associate Vice President, Research, Office of Research and Scholarship
Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Associate Dean, Community & Continuing Education
College of New Caledonia

Chairperson, Construction Trades Programs
Assiniboine Community College

AVP, Education Support & Innovation ; AVP, Student Services
British Columbia Institute of Technology

Market Data and Research Analyst
ACTVET, the Abu Dhabi Centre for Technical and Vocational Education


2015 CICan Symposium on Colleges and Institutes Supporting the Integration of Immigrants
February 11th – 13th
Ottawa, Ontario

Colleges and Institutes – Enabling Entrepreneurship Symposium, Hosted by Cégep Garneau
March 8th – March 10, 2015
Quebec City, Quebec

Colleges and Institutes Canada 2015 Conference
May 25th – May 26th 2015
Winnipeg, Manitoba

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