ACCC continues to meet with senior federal officials in the lead up to the 2013 federal budget.
Meeting with Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology)
In a meeting with Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), we addressed the success of applied research partnerships with small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) through the College and Community Innovation (CCI) Program and urged further investment to enhance their productivity. We also spoke to the success of the Knowledge Infrastructure Program (KIP) and shared information on ready-to-go infrastructure projects from 76 institutions. While there may not be a large economic stimulus need, targeted investments in both applied research and college infrastructure were strategically vital for competitiveness. We emphasized the advanced skills shortage is seen by business and industry as being the key impediment to economic growth. While recognizing the need for restraint, the skills shortage cannot be ignored. Targeted investments in technical and trades professions are required.
Meeting Deputy Minister of Finance
We met with Michael Horgan and his team, speaking to the contributions of colleges and institutes to economic growth. Our suggestions mirrored those shared with ministers over the past few weeks.
Minister Recognizes CIIP’s 20,000th Graduate
On February 12, ACCC President James Knight hosted the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, at an event celebrating the 20,000th graduate of the ACCC-managed Canadian Immigrant Integration Program. Patricia Soyao, 28, a nurse from the Philippines, will arrive in Vancouver this spring.
Consultation with Minister of International Cooperation
We participated in a roundtable with the Honourable Julian Fantino on Sustainable Economic Growth and the Private Sector. The Minister was joined by Lois Brown, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Cooperation, and Gerald Keddy, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade. Discussions focused on how to promote private sector-led economic growth in developing countries; ways to leverage the skills, resources, and innovation of the private sector to reduce poverty; and how best to engage Canadians. We spoke to the success of the Education for Employment programs; and how increased collaboration among Canadian partners in the field could foster sustainable development in our partner countries.
Alberta Association of Colleges and Technical Institutes
James Knight was the guest of honour at a special dinner hosted by the Alberta Association of Colleges and Technical Institutes (AACTI) on February 7. The Association recognized Jim, who will retire in June, for his dedication to Canada’s colleges and institutes during his tenure at the helm of ACCC. Jim thanked Don Gnatiuk, President of Grande Prairie Regional College and Chair of the Council of Presidents and Barry Mehr, Chair of AACTI, of the Board of Olds College and of the Council of Board Chairs for their kind words. The ACCC Board of Directors recently began its search for Jim’s successor.
ACCC 2013 Conference | June 1-3, 2013 | Penticton, BC
Hosted by Okanagan College, the 2013 ACCC Annual Conference “Ideas Uncorked” will showcase innovations, spotlight best-practices, engage participants in discussion and spark new ideas. The Conference takes place at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre with some network sessions at the Penticton Lakeside Resort.
Keynote speakers include Wade Davis, anthropologist, author and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence; Evan Solomon, Host of CBC’s Power and Politics; Gwyn Morgan, founding CEO of Encana Corporation, Globe and Mail contributor and Member of the Order of Canada; and John Ralston Saul, award-winning essayist, novelist and Companion to the Order of Canada.
Register and book your accommodation early! Pre-Conference events will take place on Friday, May 31.
At a recent Canadian education fair in Lagos, Nigeria, Marcello DiFranco, Canadian Deputy High Commissioner in Nigeria, spoke to local media about the expertise of Canada’s colleges and institutes. He touched upon the importance of colleges in identifying and addressing skills gaps, and how this knowledge is being transferred to Nigerian institutions.
Read more: http://allafrica.com/stories/201302010380.html
Congratulations to Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee medal recipients David Agnew, President of Seneca College and Paul Charette, Bird Construction Board Chair and ACCC Board member.
Congratulations to the College of New Caledonia (CNC) and lead design architect Steve McFarlane, FRAIC, of mcfarlane biggar ARCHITECTS + DESIGNERS inc., recipient of the 2012 Governor General’s Medal in Architecture for the Technical Trades Centre, CNC Quesnel campus. The Centre was chosen as one of the top 12 architecture projects in Canada for 2012, out of a field of 166. The $9.8-million project was funded by the provincial and federal governments through the Stimulus Action Plan and Knowledge Infrastructure Program, and completed in March 2011.