We met with the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences to explore the possibility of linkages between the Federation and ACCC. The Federation is the national voice and public policy advocate for Canada’s scholars, students and practitioners in the humanities and social sciences. Colleges and institutes are eligible for Federation membership.
ACCC discussed areas of mutual interest and the ACCC National Skills Summit with the Automotive Industries Association of Canada (AIA Canada), the national trade association representing the automotive aftermarket industry in Canada. AIA Canada is predicting a looming skills shortage in its sector because 50% of automotive service technicians will begin to retire over the next few years. Industry data and Employment and Social Development Canada suggest there will be insufficient numbers of technicians to keep pace with the attrition. The aftermarket is a $19.4 billion industry that currently employs more than 420,000 people.
We met with Rio Tinto Canada on areas of collaboration in Canada and around the world. Rio Tinto is a leading global mining and metals company employing 13,000 people at 35 sites across Canada, and 71,000 in more than 40 countries across six continents.
ACCC was invited to an introductory meeting with the Minister of Finance’s Chief of Staff and Policy Advisors, where we shared our priorities and perspectives on skills shortages, the labour force, and more.
ACCC also met with the Conference Board of Canada about their Centre for Skills and Post-Secondary Education (SPSE), and how ACCC might contribute to this major initiative to address the advanced skills and education challenges facing Canada.
Education For Employment (EFE) in the Andes has officially begun
In August, ACCC signed three Memoranda of Understanding with its partners in Bolivia, Colombia and Peru.
The program’s goal is to improve the quality of life for vulnerable youth by providing the skills necessary to find employment or create their own businesses in sectors where economic opportunity exists, such as mining, industrial mechanics, industrialization of strategic resources, agriculture and agribusiness.
ACCC and its members will support the development of new competency-based curriculum and teacher training, working with the Ministry of Education in Bolivia, SENA (Servicio Nacional de Aprendizaje) in Colombia and the Ministries of Education and Labour and Promotion of Employment in Peru.
Colleges and institutes interested in participating should watch for the first Request for Proposals this fall.
ACCC CEO on the move
Mea Culpa! In our last issue of Inside ACCC, we reported on the President and CEO’s recent visits to member colleges, but we missed one! In August, Denise visited Cégep Gérald-Godin in Montreal, Quebec, where she met with Director General Christian Roy and his leadership team, and toured the Cégep. This week, Denise travelled to Scarborough, Ontario, to visit Ann Buller, ACCC Board Chair and President of Centennial College and her leadership team.
Congratulations to Dr. Tracy Edwards, who was named the next President and CEO of Lakeland College, effective January 6, 2014. Dr. Edwards’ has more than 25 years experience in post-secondary education, having worked at colleges in Alberta, Nova Scotia, Florida and Michigan. She was most recently President of Lethbridge College. Dr. Edwards will succeed President Glenn Charlesworth, who recently announced his retirement, effective January 3, 2014.
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Did You Know?
The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Industry and MP for Port Moody-Westwood-Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, attended Douglas College from 1995-98, studying Criminology, History, Business Administration, and Political Science.
Minister Moore’s profile is one of the many that will be featured on the ACCC Distinguished Alumni website. For information on how to submit profiles of your college’s alumni, please contact Judy Barbeau.