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February 9, 2015

CICan Member Colleges among Top Employers for their regions!

The results are in, and 15 of CICan’s member institutions were named outstanding employers for their region this week by Canada’s Top Employers! The competition, which is evaluated by the editors of Canada’s top employers, considered elements such as the physical workplace, the work and social atmosphere, health, financial and family benefits, vacation and time off, employee communications, performance management, training and community involvement. Congratulations to BCIT, Douglas College, Kwantlen Polytechnic, UFV, Bow Valley College, NAIT, SAIT Polytechnic, Red River College, Université de St Boniface, Durham College, George Brown College, Seneca College, Mohawk College, Algonquin College and La Cité for being named top employers in your areas!  Keep up the excellent work! For more information, visit the Canada’s Top Employers 2015 website.

Did you know?

The Institut de tourisme et d’hôtellerie du Quebec (Institute of tourism & hospitality) has compiled an Ambassador’s Circle list to highlight individuals who have supported the institution through the years, either by getting involved in its activities and events, by training student apprentices, or by taking part in important partnerships. These 62 individuals have played a crucial role in the development of the tourism, hospitality and restaurant industries. The group includes chefs, businessmen and women, communications specialists, and leaders in the public and private sectors. What a neat way to recognize these ambassadors for their support!
This week, I had the absolute pleasure of co-chairing the Incredible and Credible Leader IPAC National Leadership Conference and Awards ceremony. The conference took place at the King Edward Hotel in Toronto, and it was great to travel with 3 of my CICan colleagues Susan Sproule, Cynthia Murphy and Joe Noguiera. This event was centered on how leaders can earn credibility and in turn be incredible by meeting organizational objectives and delivering results. I co-chaired this conference with Robert Taylor, the CEO of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada, and we had the opportunity to listen and learn from many incredible leaders. I particularly enjoyed listening to Juliet Bourke, a Partner in Human Capital at Deloitte and Partner & Chief Inclusion Officer at Deloitte Australia, speak about the importance of diversity and inclusion. She emphasized that these two elements lead to innovation, and I wholeheartedly agree! I also drew from some of my own experiences as a leader and spoke about how to build credibility at each stage of your career. I always enjoy sharing my experience and promoting leadership discussions. The conference was also a great way to meet and interact with leaders from all over the country and learn from their expertise. The event also featured an awards ceremony, where many individuals and associations were recognized for their leadership skills. Congratulations to all for being outstanding leaders, and thank you to IPAC for allowing me to take part in this great event!


Dr. Gwen Point has been named the new Chancellor of University of the Fraser Valley. She is the second chancellor in the history of UFV, and is known for her work on social and aboriginal issues. Tom Styffe has been re-elected Chair of the board of governors at Okanagan College. Styffe had served in the role for 2 years prior to his re-election. The Board of La Cité has renewed the mandate of Lise Bourgeois who will stay on as the colleges President and CEO for another five years. Her leadership has contributed to the great success of La Cité over the past few years

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