ACCC on Parliament Hill 2012, February 6 and 7
This jam-packed two day event exhausted many participants, but demonstrated an increased understanding of and interest in Canada’s colleges and institutes by the Government of Canada.
Presidents engaged with several ministers including Industry, Science and Technology, Finance, Fisheries, and Public Safety. The Chairs of Commons committees including Human Resources, Aboriginal Affairs, Defence, Industry, Heritage, Health, International Development and International Trade made themselves available. Several critics from opposition parties were on hand, along with the Leader of the Liberal Party, Bob Rae.
Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo engaged in a plenary discussion, and National Chief of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, Betty Ann Lavallée and Deputy Chief, Dwight Dorey joined the group at dinner.
Janice Charette, Deputy Clerk of the Privy Council and 13 deputy ministers joined us over dinner for an evening of discussion.
The Key Messages we brought to the Hill in coordinated, well-briefed groups included addressing the advanced skills shortage that is bearing down on Canada’s economy, the unacceptable low level of PSE success among Aboriginal learners; fostering innovation; and colleges’ partnerships with SMEs.
We learned that colleges have been well listened to on the International Education Marketing Strategy agenda. A summary of highlights and the synthesis presented by Gilbert Héroux, President of Vanier College, is in the works.
The Prime Minister’s recent remarks about extending the age of retirement and Jason Kenney’s statement about treating skilled immigrants more favourably dovetailed with our messages on the advanced skills shortage.
This event generated significant media interest and coverage in national and local newspapers, radio and TV, and requests for interviews have continued throughout the week.
College-Industry Research Showcase Now Available
During our Hill event, we released the 2012 showcase of college applied research and innovation projects carried out in partnership with SMEs.
Increasing Productivity Through Incremental Innovation – Colleges, Institutes and Polytechnics: Applied Research for Economic and Social Development outlines more than 100 projects where business processes, products or services improved as a result of innovations introduced by post-secondary students and faculty, and produced in partnership with local industries.
The showcase highlights seven specialized areas: environmental science and technology; health, medical and life sciences; information and communications technology; manufacturing; natural resources; renewable energy; and social innovation.
We have received many expressions of praise on the quality of the projects showcased, and have received requests to include more from other colleges, which we are accommodating now.
Mark your Calendars
Several leadership development events will take place this summer:
The National Executive Leadership Institute
VPNELI for Potential Vice-Presidents will interest those considering senior positions in academic, administration, finance, and student services departments, such as college and institute vice-presidents, directors of pedagogical services, directors, chief operation officers or bursars, as well as positions in fund development, contracts and business development. It may also interest current vice-presidents looking to move to a larger institutional context. July 8-13, Parksville, BC.
The Leadership Development Institute
The National Executive Leadership Institute will interest those considering deans, directors or equivalent positions across all areas of college/institute operations. The intensive residential program is designed to enable participants to explore whether a dean or director position is one they wish to pursue in the future, June 24-29, Western Shore, NS.
Visit www.accc.ca/events for registration information.
World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics (WFCP) – World Congress 2012
ACCC, in collaboration with Nova Scotia Community College, will host the WFCP World Congress in 2012. Driving the Global Economy will stimulate dialogue on the profound influence of education on societies, economies and communities. Cross-cutting themes will include Local and Global Innovation, Indigenous Peoples, Access for the Disadvantaged, Sustainability, and Transformational Leadership. President Vicente Fox, President of Mexico 2000-2006, will give the opening keynote address. Twelve hundred institutional leaders, senior government officials, international partners, faculty and students will gather in Halifax in May 2012. The ACCC Annual Conference is integrated into the WFCP event. The World Congress site is available at: world.accc.ca.
College and Institute Showcase at Marketplace 2012
The ACCC College and Institute Showcase provides an opportunity for member institutions to profile leading-edge programs and services to the World. Reserve early as space is limited.
2012 ACCC Applied Research Symposium
This year’s Applied Research Symposium, Colleges and Institutes in Canada’s Innovation EcoSystem: Making It Happen will take place in Ottawa at the Château Laurier from February 28-March 1, 2012. Keynote speakers include Dr. Howard Alper, Chair, Science, Technology and Innovation Council; Bogdan Ciobanu, Director General, NRC-Industrial Research Assistance Program; and Denise Amyot, President and CEO, Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation. Senior representatives from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and the International Development Research Centre will participate. One hundred participants are expected to attend this event.