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December 8, 2014


CICan launches Indigenous Education Protocol

CICan officially launched its Indigenous Education Protocol for Colleges and Institutes on December 2nd. Sixteen colleges and institutes across Canada have signed the Protocol, which asserts an institution’s commitment to improving Indigenous education practices and better serving Indigenous learners and communities. Many other colleges and institutes have also expressed interest in signing the Protocol in the coming weeks.

The Protocol was launched during CICan’s Serving Indigenous Learners and Communities Symposium in Ottawa, where individuals from the post-secondary sector came together to share exemplary practices on serving Indigenous learners and communities. The symposium was structured around the seven principles of the Indigenous Education Protocol.

The symposium featured presentations from college & institute presidents, sessions on professional development, an opening keynote from Aboriginal educator Rachel Mishenene and a closing keynote from diversity specialist Krystal Abotossaway. Aboriginal drummers from Algonquin College were also on hand for the official signing ceremony.

CICan would like to thank everyone who has committed to improving Indigenous education as well as everyone who attended the symposium! 


CICan on Parliament Hill

CICan hosted another successful Day on Parliament Hill on December 1 and 2 at the Chateau Laurier in Ottawa. College and institute presidents from across Canada joined CICan staff to meet with elected officials and share ideas with fellow presidents. Several industry partners from the College-Industry Coalition were also on hand to help share our message.

CICan on Parliament Hill 2014 started with a professional development day for presidents and CEOs. The day focussed on presentations, dialogue and interactive learning opportunities for senior institutional leaders in preparation for meetings on the Hill the following day.

On December 2, conference attendees were joined for breakfast by the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Liberal MP. Goodale emphasized that colleges and institutes are key to access for Aboriginal peoples, immigrants, and people with disabilities. College and institute presidents then made their way to the Parliament buildings for meetings with Members of Parliament.

The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, and the Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State, Science and Technology also delivered keynote speeches at the conference. Minister Holder highlighted the remarkable work of colleges who partner with local businesses, while Minister Kenney noted that he was very optimistic about the partnerships between colleges and the private sector. He also reminded the audience that colleges and institutes have a key role to play in bridging the skills gaps.

NDP Member of Parliament Jinny Sims closed the plenary session with remarks about her own experience as an educator, and accentuated the important role colleges and institutes play in training young Canadians.

CICan would like to thank everyone who participated in CICan’s Day on the Hill. The event fostered inspiring discussions and ideas and we are excited to see them develop. We will now be following up on a number of actions raised in bilateral meetings with MPs or during keynote speeches.


Education for Employment (EFE) partners meet in Peru

Seven Canadian colleges and institutes recently visited Peru as part of EFE Peru’s “Institutional Alliances” program in order to implement a plan to improve training programs in different regions of the country. Cegep de Trois Rivières, Cegep Édouard-Montpetit, Cegep Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Collège communautaire du Nouveau Brunwick, Marine Institute, NorQuest College and Olds College have all developed partnerships with Peruvian institutions.  They were selected in Ottawa last October by institution representatives.

A press conference took place on December 2nd in Peru. The conference reaffirmed these institutions’ commitment to working in Peru within the EFE Peru program. The Director of Canadian Cooperation for Peru and Bolivia was present at the press conference, as were members of CICan and CICan Peru.

Daniel Maurate Romero, Deputy Minister of employment and vocational training, stated that the technical assistance provided by Canadian colleges will ensure that the training programs correspond fully to requirements of productive sectors in Peru.

Following the announcement, CICan’s Sylvain Goudreau was invited to discuss the project on Peru’s national television. Click here for the full interview (in Spanish).

A second group of selected colleges will head to Peru in January 2015 to further collaboration with IESTP Luis E. Valcárcel and  CFAM (Moquegua), IESTP Illimo (Lambayeque) and CEFOP Trujillo (La Libertad).

For more information, see the Peruvian Minstry of Education’s news release. 


Government officials visit EFE Senegal partners

CICan’s Education for Employment Africa program in Senegal had the opportunity to present the program’s success twice during the recent Francophonie Summit in Dakar. On November 29, an activity was organized in Lac Rose for Mrs. Harper and the official Canadian delegation that accompanied the Prime Minister. Two Senegalese students with geomatics training, as part of the partnership between Dakar and cegep de Limoilou, demonstrated their skills by showcasing maps they have created of the Kedougou region. The maps indicate where schools, mines and healthcare services are located.

CICan also presented a panel with all the EFE Senegal partners. Four students from the same program attended the launch of the ESP-EFE program, which takes place at the Parcelles assainies elementary school in Dakar, to explain their progress to the Minister of Development, Christian Paradis, as well as the Senegalese Ministers of National Education and Professional Training, Apprenticeships, and Craftsmanship.


CICan welcomes the Canada First Research Excellence Fund

On December 4th, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the launch of the Canada First Research Excellence Fund. This $1.5 billion legacy investment fund will help post-secondary institutions excel in research areas that create long-term economic advantages for Canada.

Colleges and institutes are an important player in Canada’s research continuum and their diverse applied research projects contribute to Canada’s global productivity and competitiveness. By focusing research on product development, prototyping, business incubation, model simulations and commercialization, they address real-world challenges, and produce the highly skilled talent needed to apply and sustain an innovative practices workforce.

For more information, read the government news release.

CICan Leadership meets to discuss Military Training

The CICan Committee on Collaboration with the Canadian Armed Forces (4CAF) met for the first time on December 2, 2014, following a very successful two days of CICan on the Hill.

The committee members established three specific objectives. They are looking to identify key opportunities for collaboration between Colleges and Institutes and the Canadian Armed Forces and to decide on priority actions for CICan and/or CAF members to capitalize on these collaboration opportunities. They also seek effective approaches for promoting collaboration between Canadian Colleges and Institutes and the CAF.

The committee is focusing on value added national level opportunities with the CAF, which will aid the CAF in modernizing the Individual Training and Education system. For more information on the work of the committee, or to provide input, please contact Chris Paci, CAFCOP Manager at CICan (

New appointment at CICan

We would like to congratulate Michèle Clarke on her new position as CICan’s Director, Member Engagement. Michèle has been with CICan for many years and was previously Director, Government Relations & Policy Research. Few people know Canadian colleges and institutes as well as Michèle. She is therefore in a great position to develop new member engagement tools and will continue to be a great asset for our association.

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?

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) has added a Student Film showcase to their Canada’s Top Ten feature, and three of the top 10 student films have been created by Canadian college students and recent grads! Never Stop Cycling was created by Sheridan College graduate Colin Lepper, Dinner Time was created by Langara College’s Alexander Mainwaring, and Tomonster was created by Sheridan graduate Pui Ka Wong. The student short films shine a spotlight on the next great Canadian filmmakers. Congratulations!


What an eventful week for CICan! On December 1 and 2, we had the pleasure of hosting college and institute presidents from all over Canada for CICan’s Day on the Hill. We gathered at the Chateau Laurier in Ottawa, for our first professional development meetings and an evening reception with Members of Parliament on December 1st. I was delighted to see institution presidents so engaged – Canadian colleges and institutes are in good hands! I was also quite pleased to see so many MP’s at the evening reception; I’m sure many great ideas were shared!

The following day, CICan was very grateful to welcome the Honourable Ralph Goodale for breakfast. It was great to hear his insight about the future of colleges and institutes in Canada. I also had a very productive meeting with Member of Parliament Andrew Saxton. It was fantastic to see Minister Ed Holder and Minister Jason Kenney deliver speeches for all of our conference attendees. Both are great friends of the Canadian college & institute sector. Finally, Member of Parliament Jinny Sims was very inspiring – I enjoyed hearing about her own experiences as an educator, and listening to her highlight the importance of education! I was very proud of the CICan staff for throwing a very successful event.

As soon as CICan on the Hill was officially concluded, I rushed to the airport to catch a plane and travelled all night so I could meet with the Governor General’s delegation in Colombia in the morning. I was very honoured to be a part of this state visit, and also very pleased to see that Colombia is making education a priority. It’s very exciting to witness the changes there! I had the chance to attend the opening of LaSalle College’s brand new campus in Bogot. This was fantastic and shows great promise for our international partnerships. With a new EFE underway in Colombia geared towards agriculture, environment and mining, this was also a great opportunity to visit our latest partners and meet with new ones. I now have a lot of follow ups to do with both the Canadian delegation and the Colombian stakehodlers!

I had a productive time in Colombia with the rest of the delegation. The Governor General is such a delight to travel with and a great ambassador, advancing education both in Canada and overeas. We were all inspired by the courage, resilience and hope shown by the 6-7 million displaced people of Colombia. We tweeted (#GGcol), we shared stories and we all felt so privileged to participate in this trip. Thank you to Their Excellencies for inviting us to join them and to the Canadian embassy in Colombia staff for their hard work!

While in Colombia, I also had the opportunity to meet with our partner SENA, the Colombian national learning service agency; the APICE to discuss possibility of scholarships and exchanges and with the EFE-Colombia team and Cegep de Jonquière.


Eureka Moment

On December 1, Collège Shawinigan students participated in an explosion simulation on campus. Nursing, pre-hospital emergency care, analytical chemistry and health and safety students had to react quickly to a simulated explosion in a chemistry laboratory. Professors and technicians created the exercise in order to test students’ knowledge, skills acquisition, and emergency communications. The drill allowed students to demonstrate their knowledge in a real-life setting. What a neat idea!


The Women’s Executive Network has named Bow Valley College president Sharon Carry one of Canada’s top 100 most powerful women. Anne Sado of George Brown College also became the first college president to be named to the Women’s Executive Network Hall of Fame. CEO of Futurpreneur and member of CICan’s Entrepreneurship Committees Julia Deans was also named to the top 100. The 2014 list acknowledges women who have reshaped Canadian organizations at the highest level within the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

Brian Haugen has assumed the position of Dean of Trades and Technology at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Mr. Haugen was previously an instructor and a department head at Vancouver Community College’s school of transportation and trades. He has over 16 years of experience working in BC’s private and public post-secondary education system.

Brad Donaldson is the new Vice President, Academic at Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT).  Mr. Donaldson was previously the Vice President Academic at Red Deer College as well as the Dean of the School of Manufacturing and Automation at SAIT.  He will begin his term in March 2015.

Paul Campo is the new registrar at College of New Caledonia. Mr. Campo’s previous positions include Associate Registrar, Systems and Scheduling at Capilano University, and Acting Registrar at Mount Royal University. He was also a Senior Programmer/Analyst at Okanagan University College. Mr. Campo officially began his position on December 1.



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

Vice Provost


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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