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December 22, 2014


Happy Holidays

As the holidays approach, Colleges and Institutes Canada will be reflecting on a wonderful 2014 and looks forward to the joys and successes of 2015. On behalf of all the staff members at CICan, we wish you holidays filled with love, family, friends, laughter, and cheer. We hope that friends of CICan enjoy their time off and we are excited to see them in the New Year. Happy holidays, happy New Year, and best wishes!

Click here to see CICan’s holiday video


More colleges sign on to the Indigenous Education Protocol for Colleges and Institutes

Three more colleges have signed on to CICan’s Indigenous Education Protocol for Colleges and Institutes this week. This brings the number of signatories to 20 since the Protocol’s launch earlier this month. Saskatchewan’s Parkland College, as well as Ontario’s Confederation College and Humber College all hosted local signing ceremonies last week to endorse the protocol’s seven principles.

The protocol was also signed by Leona Scanlon, Chair of the Negahneewin Council, who is a key partner of Confederation College.

Several other colleges have also pledged to sign the protocol and will host signing ceremonies in the new year.


CICan hosts Indonesian delegation

Last week, CICan received a delegation of Senior Officials from Indonesia’s Ministry of Education and Culture as well as representatives of Selected Polytechnic Institutions in Indonesia. They were here with the support of the Asian Development Bank as part of a study tour to gain knowledge of the various approaches to managing polytechnic institutions. The delegation also visited Humber College, Centennial College and Algonquin College as well as Cegep Edouard Montpetit and Cegep Vanier.


UNESCO looking for input from Canada’s colleges and institutes

UNESCO is entering the final round of international consultations to prepare for the World Education Forum in Incheon, Republic of Korea from May 19-22, 2015.  In this context, the Canadian Commission for UNESCO and the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) is asking Colleges and Institutes Canada and its members to contribute to the development of a set of indicators corresponding to the proposed post-2015 targets. These indicators will be incorporated into the last UIS report, “Towards indicators for a post-2015 education framework” (Nov. 2014).

For your convenience, the consultation forms can be downloaded here. Once filled out, please forward them  with ‘Education Indicators Post-2015’ as a subject heading.  The deadline for submitting these indicators is January 30, 2015. You only need to act on the tabs that are relevant to you. 

CAF looking to recognize Geomatic Technician programs

Colleges and Institutes Canada is pleased to announce that the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) is looking to include Geomatic Technician programs in the Canadian Armed Forces – Accreditation, Certification, Equivalencies (CAF-ACE) Directory (formerly CAFCOD).

The Geomatics Technician occupation in the CAF focuses on the collection of geospatial data using imagery and Global Positioning System devices and survey equipment. Geomatic Technicians capture, analyze, process, present, disseminate, and manage data to support the operations of the Army, the Navy and the Air Force.

Their primary responsibilities are to:

  • Collect geospatial data satellite, aerial and photo imagery, Global Positioning System devices and survey equipment.
  • Manage and fuse digital geospatial data and products from a wide range of sources.
  • Produce digital and hard-copy maps, charts, three-dimensional visualizations and other geospatial products to help military leaders understand and move in the battle space.
  • Generate and reproduce digital geospatial products.
  • Distribute geospatial products from the Canadian Forces Map Depot to units in garrison and on operations.
  • Provide expert geomatics advice and liaison to Forces personnel at all levels of command.

For more information, watch the CAF Geomatic Technician recruiting video.

Should you be interested in submitting your program for review by the CAF, please submit the required information via the CAF-ACE Directory.  If you have any questions or need assistance with your submission, please contact: Lisa Daigle Senior Program Officer, Canadian Armed Forces – Accreditation, Certification, Equivalencies Program at or (613) 746-2222 ext 3199.


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.

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 

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.


Did you know?

Algonquin College has launched several mental health initiatives for students during winter semester exams. The campus has a purple couch in its student commons area, which is used to « start the conversation ». When students need someone to talk to, they can some sit on the purple couch and talk to the person beside them, trained student leaders, or mental health professionals. The purple couch makes an appearance in the video below, which features another mental health initiative. Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind teamed up with Algonquin to come deliver stress relief in the form of guide dogs in training to anxious students before the start of exams.


I love visiting our colleges and I certainly have visited a lot of them in this last year, but last week might just be one for the books. All in all, I visited seven colleges in five cities and two different provinces. What a way to finish another great year at CICan!

I started the week in Saskatchewan where I visited Parkland College and Cumberland College. I was particularly proud to be there to witness Parkland College’s official signing of the CICan Protocol for Indigenous Education. The ceremony included local elders who reminded us of the importance of collaboration with indigenous communities and of the difference that education can make.

I also got to tour the Parkland campus in Melville and the one in Yorkton to discover their many programs. I was especially impressed by the live burn site they use to train firefighters. The giant blaze was almost warm enough to make you forget the prairie winter!

I also had a great time meeting with the friendly staff at Cumberland College who showed me around their campus in Melfort Saskatchewan. I love their focus on ensuring that all students have a chance to upgrade their skills and to pursue postsecondary education. They are also doing some inspired work, studying ways to increase student retention through action research! This seems to be paying off as the college is bursting at the seams. It is definitely time for Cumberland to build new expanded facilities.

After Saskatchewan I went straight to Québec City for our first meeting with Cégep Limoilou, Cégep Garneau, Cégep Sainte-Foy and the St Lawrence campus of Champlain College to plan the 2016 national conference that will be held in Québec city on May 28-30th. That conference will be one no one should miss!

Following the meeting I had the pleasure of visiting Champlain College. It was a great opportunity to discuss the needs of our Quebec anglophone membership and their Centre of Excellence for the recognition of acquired competencies. Plus even though it was a quick visit, who doesn’t love beautiful Québec City in the winter!

I then made my way to Montreal where I stayed at the Institut de tourisme et d’hôtellerie du Québec (ITHQ) which is one of our newest members and happens to offer some of the finest accommodations and gastronomy in the city. Students there get real hands-on experience by working in a real hotel and a real restaurant; both top-notch establishments. I was truly impressed by the quality of their work. The service was impeccable and the food was absolutely delicious. I even ran into Liza Frulla, one of the Former Federal Cabinet Minister I used to work for at Social Development Canada, who now sits on the Board of ITHQ. Small world!

I also had the pleasure of meeting with the Chair and Executive Director of the Association Québécoise de Pédagogie, housed in Cegep Marie-Victorin, to explores synergies and areas of collaboration. Much to explore there!

I finished the trip with a visit to one of our largest members in Québec, le cégep du Vieux Montréal. They offer a very wide variety of programs, but are especially known for their various arts programs, whether it be visual arts, design, dance, jewelry, or even violin making.

There I took part in workshops at the famous #SMAQ craftshow. I was very impressed by the family spirit and dynamism shown thanks to the leadership of the DG Murielle Lanciault, and their focus on ALL students and ensuring that ALL experiences/happenings are used as a learning opportunity.


Eureka! Moment

The holidays are a time for sharing and this is clearly being emphasized across Canadian colleges and institutes. Groups of college students and staff across the country are giving back to their communities in all kind of ways. This is certainly true of the students of Lambton College’s Hairstylist and Esthetician program who have found an original way to help those in need. They will be offering free salon services to individuals who are part of Goodwill’s First Impressions program. The First Impressions initiative provides job interview attire from Goodwill to individuals who are seeking employment. These individuals will now also receive a pass for a complimentary hair or nail treatment from Lambton students. Students will be able to practice their skills while also giving back to the community – way to go! 


Randal Heidt has been appointed Vice-President Strategic Initiatives at North Island College. Heidt was previously Executive Director External Relations at the College of New Caledona and City Editor at the Prince George Citizen.

Deborah Meyers is the new chief financial officer (CFO) and vice-president of Administrative Services at Saskatchewan Polytechnic. Mrs. Meyers has more than 25 years of experience in building, leading and advising in corporate administrative services. She has previously worked for the British Columbia provincial government and the Calgary Board of Education.

Guy Normandeau is the new interim director general of Cegep André-Laurendeau. Mr. Normandeau has over 25 years of experience in the fields of consulting, technology development and business intelligence. Mr. Normandeau took on the position on December 10th 2014, and will remain in this role until November 2015.

Denyse Blanchet is the new director general of Cégep de Chicoutimi.Mrs. Blanchet has over 40 years of experience working for the public sector and has taught nursing at several different Quebec cegeps.


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College of the Rockies

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Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB)

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Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB)

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Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB)

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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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