World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics (WFCP) – World Congress 2012 – May 26-29, 2012
For the full Congress program, visit world.accc.ca, or click here for the PDF.
Spotlight on World Congress Presenter:
President Vicente Fox, President of Mexico (2000 to 2006)
Vicente Fox served as President of Mexico from 2000 to 2006. The first candidate from an opposition party to be elected president since 1920, he garnered 42 percent of the vote, marking the first time that the then-dominant Institutional Revolutionary Party had lost a presidential election. Under his leadership, the country experienced a period of fundamental economic strength and stability.
Since leaving office, Vicente Fox has been involved in the development of Centro Fox, a center for the advancement and study of democracy that encourages a sense of commitment and solidarity among the Mexican population for the underprivileged and for those who have not enjoyed the benefits of development.
In his book, released in October 2007, Revolution of Hope, The Life, Faith and Dreams of a Mexican President, Fox outlines a new vision of hope for the future of the Americas.
Countries Represented by Delegates to the World Congress
The Congress has attracted delegates from:
Antigua/Barbuda, Australia, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Bhutan, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Dominica, England, Egypt, Germany, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Malawi, Mexico, Mozambique, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, St. Vincent and The Grenadines, St. Kits/Nevis, St. Lucia, Suriname, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, USA and Vietnam.
ACCC President & CEO in Brazil – April
ACCC’s Mulheres Mil (1,000 Women) project became a cornerstone of the Brazil mission. The Governor General raised it in every presentation and celebrated its success with Her Excellency Dilma Vana Rousseff, President of the Federative Republic of Brazil.
Mulheres Mil was launched in 2005 through co-operative efforts among ACCC’s Secretariat and eight member colleges, the Canadian International Development Agency, and Brazilian partners. The project was such a success that President Dilma recently approved it as a national program, with a goal of training 100,000 women by 2014.
Intellectual Property Toolkit
ACCC unveiled a national model for intellectual property (IP) practices for colleges and institutes this week. The IP Toolkit is a compilation of best practices applicable across Canada. It will assist in the management of IP in collaborative applied research between institutions and in projects between colleges, and with their industry and community partners, and guide development of new tools. Funding for the project was provided by a grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council.
Federal Aerospace Review
The Prime Minister announced an arms-length review of programs and policies related to the aerospace sector. Chaired by David Emerson, the review panel will report by the end of 2012. ACCC established a committee to provide the college/institute perspective to the review panel. Serge Brasset, Directeur général, Collège Édouard-Montpetit is the Chair. Members are: Don Bureaux, President, Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC), Judi Maundrell, Senior Vice-President, Academic, Confederation College (alternate Colin Kelly, Director of Applied Research), Don MacDonald, Dean, School of Transportation Aviation and Management, Red River College, Andrew Petrou, Office of the President, Special Project Officer, Centennial College, Tim Walzak, Director, Applied Research & Innovation, Camosun College, Ken Webb, Executive Director, Manitoba Aerospace Association and former Vice-President, Academic, Red River College. ACCC Committee members have been appointed to Federal Review Working Groups of the Federal Committee.
NSERC College and Community Innovation Program Grants Awarded
On May 8, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) announced the recipients of grants for: Industrial Research Chairs for Colleges, College-University Idea to Innovation, Innovation Enhancement, Applied Research, and pilot Technology Access Centres. Congratulations to the 29 members awarded one or more grants. ACCC has proposed to NSERC an expansion of the Technology Access Centres pilot in current fiscal year.
Next issue of Inside ACCC
Please note that the next issue of Inside ACCC will be on June 8. See you at the World Congress.