Changes to Inside ACCC
We’re working on some changes to serve you better! Inside ACCC will soon be given a new look, offer some new features and be sent via a new distribution system. To ensure you continue to receive the latest updates via Inside ACCC, please click to Subscribe and provide the requested information before September 25. ACCC will complete its transition before the end of September. You will have until September 25 to subscribe to the new and improved Inside ACCC, otherwise, the September 20 issue may be the last one you receive.
Canadian Chamber of Commerce
We are pleased to announce that the Association became a member of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce over the summer. This is in addition to being a member of the local, Ottawa Chamber. Denise has also been invited to join the Canadian Chamber’s Human Resources Policy Committee, which provides strategic and technical advice to the Chamber on the execution of its skills action plan and other actions as appropriate. We look forward to collaborating with them on issues of common interest in support of members.
Submission to the Government of Canada on the 2014 Budget
ACCC has made its submission to the 2014 Pre-Budget Consultations of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance. The Association’s focus remains on Canada’s skills gap, the need to provide Canadians with the advanced skills employers seek and the need for enhanced workplace innovation. Our submission recommends investments for priority solutions in: education and skills training, infrastructure, and innovation and commercialization.
Watch for news on our website early next week.
ACCC 2014 Annual Conference – Modification to Dates
The ACCC 2014 Annual Conference will be held in Ottawa, with the Official Opening taking place on the afternoon of Sunday, May 25. Pre-Conference events will be held on Saturday, May 24 and Sunday, May 25. The Conference will conclude with a Closing Dinner on Tuesday, May 27. The Conference will take place at the new Ottawa Convention Centre. The Conference overlaps with the end of the Ottawa Race Weekend, so we encourage you to make your reservations early. Please visit the ACCC website for information on Conference hotels.
ACCC Responds to the Government of Canada on its Blueprint for a First Nation Education Act
In consultation with its Indigenous Education Committee, ACCC responded to Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada on its Blueprint for Legislation for First Nation students on reserve.
ACCC’s response will be available on our website soon.
ACCC continues its advocacy efforts with both sides of the dispute between the union representing Foreign Service officers and the federal government, encouraging them to settle their dispute. Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has made the processing of student visas a priority until early September, and we are told that there are no delays in visa issuance to report at this time, compared to last year. Future applicants and their agents should be encouraged to use the CIC Online Visa Application process, unless the advice of a local CIC officer is needed.
At CIC’s request, we are compiling a list of programs and/or colleges that cannot accept students arriving by September 16 (or September 9 for Quebec colleges) as an exceptional late arrival date. Without this list, CIC officers will not issue visas to students who would not be able to arrive in Canada by September 2 (August 26 in Quebec).
Following its letter of concern to Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers (PAFSO), the Association received a request to meet from union President, Tim Edwards. A meeting took place at ACCC’s offices on August 12.
Through these and other measures, we hope to limit negative impacts on member institutions and to maintain the number of students coming to Canada along with our positive reputation abroad.
Distinguished Alumni Website
ACCC is developing a Distinguished Alumni website. The site will recognize the remarkable achievements of graduates from Canada’s colleges, institutes and polytechnics, as well as highlight the contributions that former students are making to their communities. For information on how to submit profiles of your college’s alumni, please contact Judy Barbeau.
Congratulations to Riel Bellegarde who was appointed as President of the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT). A proud member of Treaty Four and the Peepeekisis First Nation, Riel comes to SIIT after 21 years in the public service, most recently as Regional Director General, Saskatchewan Region, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada.
Congratulations to Sylvain Mandeville, on being named Director General of Cégep Marie-Victorin, replacing Nicole Rouillier. Sylvain knows the Cégep well, as he has worked for Cégep Marie-Victorin since 1998, most recently as Director of Human Resources and Corporate Secretary, and has over 26 years experience in the Quebec college system.
Congratulations to Peter Devlin (Lieutenant General Retired), the former Commander of the Canadian Army, who was named President of Fanshawe College, effective September 3, 2013. Over his 35-year career with the Armed Forces, he commanded troops in Canada, Europe, the Middle East and the United States. As Commander of the Canadian Army, he led 50,000 regular, reserve, and civilian members; managed an annual budget of $2 billion and infrastructure worth $10 billion. Peter replaces Howard Rundle, who will step down August 30, after serving 17 years as President.
Did You Know?
The host and star of the six-time Gemini nominated TV series Survivorman, Les Stroud, is a graduate of Fanshawe College (Music Industry Arts, Recorded Music Production, 1983). Les Stroud’s profile is one of the many that will be featured on the ACCC Distinguished Alumni website.