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December 1, 2014


CICan launches new program in Senegal

CICan has announced a brand new Education for Employment (EFE) program in Senegal. The official announcement was made by the honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and Minister for La Francophonie, during the 2014 Sommet de la Francophonie in Dakar.

This project, titled Private Sector Growth Through Education for Employment, will support the training of a skilled labour force in Senegal. The program will strengthen the capacities of Senegal’s ministry of Professional Training, Learning and Crafts thanks to Canadian expertise in professional and technical training.

Approximately a dozen Canadian colleges, institutes and cegeps will take part in this program which will train roughly 135 000 students in Senegal. This new $20 million program will be financed by Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) and implemented by CICan and Senegal’s ministry of Professional Training, Learning and Crafts. Over the next six years, seven regions in Senegal will be targeted: Dakar, St-Louis, Thiès, Diourbel, Ziguinchor, Kaolack and Kédougou.

For more information, please consult the CICan news release or the DFATD news release.

CICan CEO to join Governor General’s state visit to Colombia

CICan President and CEO Denise Amyot will be accompanying their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston, on an upcoming state visit to the Republic of Colombia. The visit will take place from December 3 to 6.

During this stay, Their Excellencies will inaugurate the new LaSalle College campus in Bogotá and will attend the launch of three Canadian rural development initiatives to help small-scale farmers in Colombia strengthen their co-operatives, increase their production and facilitate their access to financing and new markets. Their Excellencies will also visit Medellin to witness the benefits of e-training between Canada and Colombia during a visit to Ruta-N, a corporation created to promote the development of innovative technology-based businesses.

CICan has fostered important relationships in Colombia thanks to its Education for Employment Program (EFE) in the Andean region. The EFE program in Colombia seeks to meet the demand for short-term skills training as well as longer-term education and the expansion of the country’s key sectors. This state visit will be a good opportunity for CICan to showcase its involvement and partnerships with Colombia, and the importance of colleges and institutes forming international partnerships.

Niagara College’s Junior Culinary Team Canada brings home the gold!

Niagara College culinary students representing Canada won top honours at this year’s World Culinary Championships, which took place in Luxembourg from November 21-27. Niagara College’s Junior Culinary Team Canada came home with a gold medal for the hot program category, and a silver medal for the cold program category. They competed against 14 other national junior culinary teams.

The team is comprised of current students and recent graduates from Niagara College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute. It was designated as Junior Culinary Team Canada following its win at the Canadian Culinary Federation of Chefs and Cooks (CCFCC) Junior Culinary Team Selection Competition in October 2013, but this was the team’s first international competition. Congratulations to Junior Culinary Team Canada for this remarkable achievement!

CICan at the Sommet de la Francophonie

Marie-Josée Fortin, CICan’s Director of International Partnerships, represented the association at the 2014 Francophonie summit, which took place in Dakar, Senegal from November 28 to 30. Liane Roy president of Collège communautaire du Nouveau Brunswick, was also present at the event.Prime Minister Stephen Harper led a Canadian delegation to the event, which was organized by the International Organization of La Francophonie (IOF), an association composed of 77 states and governments. The 2014 theme for the summit was: “Women and Youth: Vectors of Peace and Actors in Development”.

This was a great opportunity to meet with current and potential partners from francophone nations from around the world. Senegal has also shown great interest in working with CICan members in order to develop it’s own network of technical education institutions.

During the summit, former Governor General Michaëlle Jean was named the new secretary-general of the OIF. CICan could not be more pleased with her selection and congratulates Michaëlle Jean on her nomination.

Exploring opportunities in Russia

Paul Brennan, CICan’s Vice President of International Partnerships, was invited to speak at the Annual Conference of Russian Colleges in Moscow on November 25th. This was the first opportunity for Canada and CICan to explore potential collaborations if and when diplomatic relations improve. Russia has decided to invest in reinvigorating its colleges and institutes, which have been neglected over the past two decades. 

Centennial College opens new offices in Mexico

Centennial College opened two new offices in Mexico this week, in Cancun and Mexico City. Brad Chapman, Vice President, Business Development at Centennial was on hand to launch these new offices. Mr. Chapman was accompanied by many dignitaries, including the Ambassador of Canada to Mexico, as well as a dozen key guests from the education and external relations sectors.

CICan was also present at the launch, and took the opportunity to look into new marketing strategies. Meetings were held with PEMEX, a Mexican petrol company that will soon be offering interesting scholarships to students, the ministry of external relations and the ministry of education. There was a unanimous desire for student mobility between Canada and Mexico. More than 27,000 Mexican students study abroad, with 14,000 of them studying in the US.

Canadian Armed Forces are High Tech and Recruiting Technology Grads!

The Canadian Armed Forces continues to be a leader in the use of technology. For every member of the Canadian Forces personnel with boots on the ground (as well as sitting in the seat of a high tech ground vehicle, naval vessel or in the air) there are teams of technologists of all types, working to ensure peak military effectiveness. The Canadian Armed Forces Accreditation Certifications Equivalencies directory (CAF-ACE, formerly the CAFCOD), already lists numerous occupations including, but not limited to: Aerospace Telecommunications and Information Systems Technicians, Avionics Systems Technicians, Biomedical Electronics Technologists, Medical Laboratory Technicians, and Naval Electronics Technicians.

According to Captain Glen Perry, Manager of the CAF-ACE at the Canadian Defense Academy, there will be a number of occupations joining those already listed in the directory. “Over the next few months, Weapons Engineering Technologists and Geotechs are two occupations that will be joining those already in demand training the CAF recognizes.”

According to Lisa Daigle, System Administrator at CICan, there are numerous inquiries into the CAF-ACE every week, many of them asking about technology submissions. Now is a good opportunity for you to review your existing programmes in the directory. If there have been changes since the submission, for example changes in duration or additional information, please update and verify by contacting Lisa Daigle

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.

Click here to download the nomination forms.

Reminder: Call for presentations at annual conference

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 your presentation


Did you know?

The British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) and Vancouver Community College (VCC) have opened a Motive Power Centre of Excellence. The purpose of this facility is to replace outdated facilities at the two institutions and to train mechanics, railway conductors, and forklift operators. The new centre will allow students to learn in a spacious facility while acquiring job-ready skills for these in-demand careers, says VCC President Peter Nunoda.


Last week I had the pleasure of visiting three institutions in Winnipeg, Manitoba. On Friday the 21st, I was present at Red River College where Minister Ed Holder made an important announcement on a brand new social innovation fund specific to colleges and institutes. This exciting initiative will foster and encourage research in areas like poverty, community safety and economy and I couldn’t be more proud to have participated in the roundtable after the announcement. CICan has advocated for a program like this for a long time, and it was wonderful to see it come to fruition!

I was impressed by Red River College’s campus, which has so much character – it blends heritage buildings with modern ones, making the architecture very unique! I was also mesmerized by Université St-Boniface’s campus. It was a very welcoming environment, and the architecture and décor there is also stunning. I had a great chat with Réjean Laroche, the Director of Technical and Professional Programs. My last stop in Winnipeg was the Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology. I had a great conversation with MITT’s President Holden. MITT is a college to watch and a great model for the future of education!

After my Manitoban adventure, it was back to Ontario for the 2014 Higher Education Summit in Toronto, and the Digital Diplomacy Conference in Ottawa. Both events were quite inspirational. I especially loved Sally Armstrong’s speech on women’s issues around the world at the Higher Education Summit. I took the opportunity to speak to Ontario Chairs and Vice Chairs of Boards about national college and institute trends in Canada, and shared concerns that need to be addressed.

Last but not least, I visited Cégep de Sept-Îles in Quebec on Thursday, November 27th. Cégep de Sept-Îles’ programs are developed to train students for jobs in the local labour market, or prepare them for university. The cegep has also developed international partnerships with France, New Caledonia and Cameroon! Cégep de Sept-Îles is a leader in railway operations and maintenance, and in research linked to industrial maintenance and reasearch linked to Nordic environments. The cegep also excels at research in the health and education of indigenous people. The cegep has a very welcoming and dynamic environment that places innovation at the heart of its activities, and it shines bright in its sector. This institution is a true role model for college-level entrepreneurship in a rural area! 

Eureka! Moment

Cegep de l’Outaouais, Cegep de Thetford and Cegep de la Pocatière have incorporated Fab Labs into their campuses. Fab Labs serve as community innovation centres, where students and members of the public can develop their innovation capabilities and potential. Fab Labs are present throughout the world, in countries such as India, South Africa and Norway. These labs foster and encourage innovation – way to go!


Dr. Howard Rundle receives 2014 Minister’s Lifetime Achievement Award

Each year, Ontario recognizes an individual who has demonstrated exceptional leadership and promoted excellence within the province’s college system. This year’s winner of the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities’ annual Lifetime Achievement Award is Dr. Howard Rundle. As Fanshawe College’s longest serving president, Dr. Rundle witnessed significant change in post-secondary education and left a lasting legacy in the sector.

George Brown President Anne Sado inducted into WXN Hall of Fame

George Brown President Ann Sado is the first college president to be inducted into the Women’s Executive Network top 100 Hall of Fame. The WXN recognizes women who’ve demonstrated vision, influence, strong corporate performance and a commitment to their communities. Mrs. Sado was previously named one of Canada’s most influential leaders by WXN in 2010, 20102, 2013 and 2014. Congratulations!

Dr. Christine Bradaric-Baus is the new Vice President, Academic at Mohawk College. Dr. Bradaric-Baus is currently Dean of the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering Technology at Seneca College. She was previously Dean, Technology Division at Niagara College. Dr. Bradaric-Braus will join Mohawk on January 5th, 2015.

Dr. Nicholas Rubidge is the new interim President and Chief Executive Officer of Northern Lights College. Dr. Rubidge is the former President and CEO of the College of the Rockies, and previously served as the Director of the Colleges and Institutional Planning Branch in Victoria. Dr. Rubidge was appointed by the College’s Board of Governors on November 4th.

Stan Sae-Hoon Chung is the new Vice-President, Education and Applied Research at College of the Rockies. Mr. Chung is the former Vice President, Academic and Research at Red River College. Mr. Chung is a PhD candidate at the University of British Columbia in Interdisciplinary studies. His term is effective December 1.

Philippe Nasr is the new Director of Studies at Collège Lionel-Groulx. Mr. Nasr holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, with a specialization in Finance, as well as a Masters in IT Management from l’Université du Québec in Montreal. Mr. Nasr’s term will begin on January 8, 2015.


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CICan on Parliament Hill
December 1st – December 2nd 2014
Ottawa, ON
Fairmont Château Laurier

Serving Indigenous Learners and Communities Symposium
December 2nd – December 4th 2014
Ottawa, Ontario
Delta Ottawa City Centre

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

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