Prime Minister Visits ACCC Project in Senegal
Prime Minister Harper visited the Centre d’Entreprenariat et de Développement Technique (CEDT) in Dakar and met with students studying in the geomatics program developed through a partnership with Cégep Limoilou under the CIDA-funded Education for Employment Program (EFE). Mr. Harper was accompanied by Julian Fantino, Minister of International Cooperation, and Member of Parliament Shelly Glover.
Commons Finance Committee
On October 18, we appeared before the Commons Finance Committee. We focused on measures to address the acute skills shortages pervasive in all sectors of economic activity, and the contribution of college-SME partnerships to Canada’s innovation ecosystem and productivity. Click here to read the speaking notes.
A letter to the editor was published in the Globe and Mail challenging the premise that Canada’s postsecondary institutions do not provide quality education leading to employment. Click here to read the complete letter.
The October 29 issue of Maclean’s magazine includes College Triple Play, a higher education information supplement.
Watch for upcoming media coverage: the Globe and Mail Report on Colleges, November 12, and Maclean’s information supplements: The West Side Story in the November 12 issue, and Distance and Continuing Education in the December 17 issue.
National Summit on Advanced Skills, Demographics and Technology
ACCC on Parliament Hill 2013 will take the form of the ACCC-led National Summit on Advanced Skills, Demographics and Technology on October 21 and 22. Regional summits are being organized by college associations or councils of Presidents in advance of the national summit. Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, Citizenship and Immigration Canada, and Industry Canada have all committed to support the national summit, and we are soliciting the support of national industry organizations.
New Industry Canada Deputy Minister
We met with John Knubley, the new Deputy Minister of Industry Canada. We focused on the success of the Tri-council College and Community Innovation Program administered by NSERC; our 5% goal of federal research investments to be designated for partnerships between colleges and small- and medium-sized enterprises; the excellence of Industry Canada’s execution of the Knowledge Infrastructure Program and the readiness of the system for further stimulus projects.
CIIP UK/Gulf Field Office Hosts Immigration Minister Jason Kenney
Minister Kenney visited the ACCC Canadian Immigrant Integration Program (CIIP) UK/Gulf Field Office. CIIP is funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. He noted the value of overseas services and presented certificates to CIIP clients. He met with ACCC staff and representatives of the UK Association of Colleges to discuss a possible pilot program for trades professionals wishing to immigrate to Canada.
Members Promoted on Chinese Twitter Network
At the Annual International Education Conference and Student Recruitment Fair in Beijing, China, ACCC participated in a session organized by the Canadian Embassy on Weibo, the Chinese Twitter network. Over three hundred questions were received.
A Terrible Loss
Randell Morris, President of Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT), passed away unexpectedly on October 16. Randell chaired the ACCC Aboriginal Network for several years, provided leadership for ACCC symposia, and was a member of the Canada/U.S. Alliance of Rural Colleges Council. He will be greatly missed. Our sympathies are with Randell’s family and the staff and students of SIIT.
James Knight Announces Retirement
On October 19, ACCC Board Chair and President and CEO of Centennial College, Ann Buller, announced that James Knight had informed the Board of his intention to retire, effective June 30, 2013. The Board has begun the process to recruit the next CEO.
Welcome to Native Education College, Vancouver, British Columbia.
We welcome Milica Njegovan, Senior Project Officer, International Partnerships.