New President and CEO
The ACCC Board of Directors has announced that it has named Denise Amyot as the new President and CEO of the Association.
Ms. Amyot most recently served as President and CEO of the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation, where she built on her track record of leadership excellence by implementing a strategic plan emphasizing beneficial partnerships with private sector, government institutions, not-for-profit organizations and academia.
Current President and CEO, James Knight, congratulated the Board on its decision saying, “Denise is an ideal successor. I admire her energy, enthusiasm, imagination and leadership talents.”
Ms. Amyot begins her new role effective June 4, 2013.
ACCC Applied Research Symposium
The 2013 ACCC Applied Research Symposium drew 180 participants to Quebec City, April 16 – 17. ACCC released two publications at the symposium: Smart Investments for Business highlights projects of the College and Community Innovation (CCI) program; and Stimulating Innovation for Small Businesses and Communities is the fourth showcase that illustrates and celebrates applied research partnerships.
The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), delivered the opening keynote address and announced $12.5 million supporting 17 applied research infrastructure projects at colleges, cégeps and polytechnics through the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) College-Industry Innovation Fund.
Discussions focused on partnerships with industry, engaging in social sciences and humanities research, as well as student perspectives on involvement in research and improved performance metrics. We were also pleased to host Rémi Quirion, Quebec Chief Scientist, Jeffrey Simpson, National Affairs Columnist at the Globe and Mail, and Mark Henderson, Managing Editor of Research Money, who addressed delegates.
CARICOM Education for Employment Program (C-EFE)
The ACCC CARICOM Education for Employment Program (C-EFE) partner organizations recently completed the selection process for three institutional partnerships to develop training programs in the areas of agriculture and aircraft maintenance. Five ACCC members were selected by our Caribbean counterparts:
- St. Kitts & Nevis – Agriculture sector: the Agricultural Campus of Dalhousie University (formerly Nova Scotia Agriculture College), in partnership with Nova Scotia Community College;
- Antigua & Barbuda – Aircraft Maintenance: College of North Atlantic, in partnership with the Fisheries and Marine Institute; and
- Suriname – Agriculture: the Fisheries and Marine Institute, in partnership with Centennial College.
Seven C-EFE institutional partnerships are currently in their implementation phase. A request for proposals for the final six institutional partnerships will be launched in August 2013. For more information contact Susan Sproule.
Ideas Uncorked | ACCC Annual Conference | June 1-3, 2013
Ideas Uncorked is the theme for this year’s ACCC Annual Conference, hosted by Okanagan College in Penticton, British Columbia.
The Conference, sponsored by Workbay.Net, provides ample opportunities for participants to connect, share ideas and influence the future direction of applied higher education. Four hundred delegates are expected to attend, including CEOs, senior administrators, board members, managers, faculty, staff, students, international guests and industry executives.
Gwyn Morgan’s recent column To cure skills shortage, a radical proposalsets the stage for his opening keynote address. Supportive of colleges’ contribution to employment opportunities and economic prosperity, his suggestion that reallocating some university research funding towards college and institute infrastructure is sure to fuel discussion. Hear more when he addresses delegates.
The Conference program (keynote speakers, network sessions, pre-Conference sessions), accommodation and registration information are available on the Conference website.
Sharon Brownrigg, a member of the International Partnerships team at ACCC, passed away April 26, 2013 after a long illness. Her smile, sense of humour and positive outlook will be missed by all who knew her. Our sympathies are with Sharon’s family.
We welcome Major Daniel Jobin who is retiring from the Canadian Forces (CF) to join ACCC as Manager of the Canadian Forces College Opportunities Program. Daniel has served as a Senior Instructor and Deputy Chief Instructor at the CF Training Development Centre, as a Training Advisor to the Air Force, and as a Senior Training Development Officer with the Directorate of Training, Education and Policy. He has also worked internationally, in Sierra Leone, Africa as Canadian Senior Training Development Officer and Deputy Commander with the International Military Assistance Training Team.