We have a unique window to advance our advocacy agenda this year. Many business organizations have identified the skills shortage as the major barrier to economic growth. They are looking to the federal and provincial governments for solutions.
We encourage Presidents and CEOs of member institutions to communicate with local MPs and ministers. The 2013-2014 federal budget is being prepared. The time is right to emphasize ACCC’s advocacy goals. A package of materials was mailed to each member institution earlier this week. (Framework to Address Shortages in Advanced Skills and Draft Letter to MPs)
ACCC staff continues to meet regularly with senior political and departmental officials.
We met with staff in Minister of Finance, Jim Flaherty’s office, and with staff in Minister of International Trade, Ed Fast’s office, to discuss investments to promote Canada as a destination of choice for international students and to urge the development of a program enabling Canadian post-secondary students to have internships abroad.
Our meeting with senior policy advisors to Diane Finley focused on the importance of integrating Essential Skills into programs for technical and trades professions to improve student success and retention.
Minister Kenney Visits CIIP India Office
On January 10, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney visited ACCC’s India office of the Canadian Immigrant Integration Program (CIIP). The Minister received an update on our service in India, interacted with clients and presented certificates to them. Following the meeting, the Minister took to social media and tweeted, “Met some tremendous folks about to immigrate (sic) from India to CDA through the Skilled Worker Program,” adding “They had participated in the Canadian Immigration Integration Project, ie pre-arrival orientation which helps immigrants get a head start.”
You can follow the Canadian Immigrant Integration Program on Twitter: @CIIPimmigration
In the Media
A letter to the editor was published in the Windsor Star and the Ottawa Citizen clarifying a January 9 article on proposed student visa reforms and private colleges, “Career colleges raise concerns about student visa reforms.” Click here to read the complete letter. The headlines were very positive: “Welcoming Foreign Students” and “ACCC works to strengthen international student program.”
A letter to the editor, in response to Maclean’s The New Underclass, disagrees with Maclean’s case that an entire generation of talented young Canadians have no employment future. Click here to read the complete letter.
Reminder: ACCC Awards of Excellence Submission Deadline
The ACCC Awards of Excellence Program recognizes and promotes excellence within member colleges and institutes. It showcases the extraordinary contributions of individuals or teams and highlights the role of institutions in economic, social, and development.
Gold, Silver and Bronze awards will be presented in six categories: staff excellence, program excellence, student leadership excellence, teaching excellence, leadership excellence and internationalization excellence. Nomination packages are available for download for the 2012-2013 Awards.
Submissions must be received by Monday, January 28, 2013.
Don’t Miss this Summer’s NELI for Potential Vice-Presidents – July 7-12, 2013
The National Executive Leadership Institute for Potential Vice-Presidents (VPNELI) will be of interest to those considering senior positions in academic, administration, finance, external relations and student services departments. VPNELI for Potential Vice-Presidents targets those currently serving within the system as part of the management team in positions such as deans, chairs or program directors. Visit www.accc.ca/events for registration information.
Congratulations to Roy Daykin who has been appointed Interim President of Langara College, effective January 2, 2013. Mr. Daykin has over 30 years of experience in the post-secondary sector. He joined Langara in 2010 and most recently served as the College’s Vice-President, Administration and Finance.
Congratulations to Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee medal recipient Dr. Kevin Nagel, President and CEO of Keyano College.
ACCC welcomes Shawn Dearn as its new Director of Communications and Information Services. Shawn is a bilingual communicator, broadcaster and graduate of John Abbott College and Algonquin College. He spent a decade managing strategic communications and media relations on high profile files for the federal government. He was a journalist and is a former President of the Canadian Parliamentary Press Gallery. Shawn also brings significant international experience to us through his work in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
He is looking forward to working with members and can already be found on Twitter at @ACCC_Comms.