National Summit on Advanced Skills, Demographics and Impact of Technology and ACCC on Parliament Hill 2013
The ACCC-led National Summit on Advanced Skills, Demographics and the Impact of Technology takes place October 20-21, 2013.
A priority for Canada’s colleges, institutes and polytechnics is collaborating with industry, social organizations and governments to overcome mutual challenges and build on successes. The Summit will assemble senior leaders across economic and social sectors, some key government leaders and ACCC member Presidents.
The Summit will allow participants to garner a shared perspective on the challenges, successes and opportunities from several senior leaders. The latter part of the Summit will be a facilitated dialogue and a synthesis of go-forward actions.
Several federal government departments, including Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, Citizenship and Immigration Canada, and Finance Canada have agreed to support the Summit. We are firming up the national associations to name as collaborating partners. The Canadian Chamber of Commerce and the Canadian Labour Congress are also lending their support.
The Summit will be followed by a condensed version of ACCC on Parliament Hill 2013 on October 21-22, where Presidents will engage with Ministers, MPs, senators and senior public service executives.
Registration for CEOs will commence in mid-August.
A block of rooms has been reserved at the Fairmont Château Laurier Hotel.
Ongoing labour negotiations between the union representing Foreign Service officers and the federal government are not yet resolved. Targeted work actions at embassies and consulates with some of the busiest visa processing operations, notably those in China, India and Brazil have been undertaken, which has caused a backlog that has many international students and colleges concerned. Students needing a visa to study in Canada are being encouraged to apply as soon as possible and to apply online to minimize wait times.
ACCC remains active on this issue and was quoted by CBC and The Ottawa Citizen last week. We will continue our advocacy efforts with both sides in this dispute on behalf of our members.
On July 2, ACCC hosted foreign journalists visiting from Portugal, Italy and Spain who were in Canada to learn more about our education system. The meeting followed a week-long tour of language schools, colleges and universities in Niagara, Toronto, Halifax, Montreal, and Ottawa. Teresa Compos, Manuela Mancioppi, Alicia Arranz and Elisa Maniotti met with ACCC and other members of the Canadian Consortium on International Education and Marketing to write about education in Canada, and how international students are welcomed here.
On June 20, ACCC attended a roundtable on the Canada Job Grant with Dr. Kellie Leitch, Member of Parliament for Simcoe-Grey and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and to the Minister of Labour. The discussion focused primarily on what elements should be included as criteria for the Canada Job Grant and how best to structure the application process. We spoke to the role colleges could play and the importance of timelines with respect to application decisions.
On June 26, ACCC attended a roundtable on Youth Employment with Justin Trudeau, Leader of the Liberal Party. The discussion focused primarily on the factors driving high unemployment and underemployment among young Canadians. We underlined the value of post-secondary education and the need to improve awareness of PSE options and pathways among colleges, to trades and to universities, and to improve transferability.
ACCC has been invited to participate in a series of roundtables across Canada with Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology) to discuss the Indirect Costs Program. This is a follow-up to Budget 2013 and is to ensure that the Indirect Costs Program is meeting its objective of reinforcing excellence in post-secondary research and that eligible institutions are making optimal use of the total federal investment in academic research. The roundtables will be held in August. We will prepare a written submission on the Indirect Costs Program for early September. Member feedback is welcomed.
International Student Recruitment
From June 14-27, ACCC led a delegation of twenty Canadian colleges to speak with over 3,200 students in 38 Federal Institutes all over Brazil. The tour promoted Canada as a leader in technical and applied education, making it the perfect choice to take advantage of Brazil’s Science Without Borders scholarship program. Canada is already in the process of placing 250 students in our colleges, and we will welcome an additional 1,200 next year.
At the July 8th deadline, we have received 1,847 applications from Brazilian students to come to Canada next year!
For information, please see our developing Portuguese-language web and Facebook pages for the latest information on our efforts in Brazil (over 32,000 visits at press time!).
Congratulations to Anne Sado, President of George Brown College, on being appointed Member of the Order of Canada by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada. She was recognized for her work to enhance the role of colleges and the new vision she brought to George Brown College since being named President in 2004.
Congratulations to Gail Murdock, who is the new Vice President Academic at Confederation College. Gail was the Dean, School of Business, Hospitality and Media Arts, and was acting in the role of Dean, School of Engineering Technology, Trades and Aviation, since February 2013. She holds a Masters degree in Education from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Science in Foods/Nutrition and a Bachelor of Science, Biology/Chemistry from Acadia University. Gail joined Confederation College in 1989 as a faculty member before roles as Coordinator, Regional Manager for Dryden and Sioux Lookout campuses, Associate Dean of Negahneewin College, and Dean of the School of Business, Hospitality and Media Arts.
Congratulations to Sylvain Blais on being named Director General of Cégep de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue, as of August 5. Sylvain joined the Cégep more than 25 years ago as a member of the faculty, before moving to the position of Registrar. He is also a graduate of the management accounting program at the Cégep, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems, and a Masters degree in Business Administration.
Congratulations to Dr. Richard Gale on his appointment to the position of VP Academic & Provost of Capilano University. Richard brings many years of experience working with colleges and universities around the globe in building best practices in teaching and learning. He holds a PhD in Theatre History from the University of Minnesota, a Master of Fine Arts in Playwriting from the University of California, San Diego and a Master of Arts in Drama from San Jose State University.
Did You Know?
In 2011-12, colleges & institutes received $179 million in applied research funding.
The next issue of Inside ACCC is planned for August 16, 2013. In the meantime, keep following @ACCC_Comms on Twitter for ongoing updates and send links to stories that are published about your college or institute to firstname.lastname@example.org.