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September 30, 2013

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Foreign Service Strike Ends

ACCC is pleased the Government of Canada and the Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers (PAFSO) have reached a tentative agreement in their ongoing labour dispute, which many members had expressed concerns would delayed visas processing for international students. ACCC was successful with efforts to eliminate delays for Canada’s incoming international students. Paul Brennan, VP, International and his team were great ambassadors and spokespeople for members and they will continue to monitor developments as this tentative agreement is finalized.

Building Partnerships

I was pleased to have a chance to speak with Ken Steele from Academica Group recently. We touched on college innovations and the economic opportunities they create, member priorities and the Association’s federal engagement, including the recent submission of ACCC’s Finance Brief to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance. We appreciate Academica’s focus on the higher education sector and will aim to support their emphasis on sharing knowledge and insights by keeping them informed of developments at Canada’s public colleges, institutes and polytechnics. We also encourage ACCC members to submit news items and other innovations both to Academica directly and to ACCC Communications.

On September 23, we met the senior team of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE). The discussion focused on the many ways colleges and institutes work with and support industry, and we explored areas of possible future collaboration especially on the policy front. CCCE is referred to as the world’s most effective CEO-based organization dedicated to public policy development and solutions.
We had the pleasure of hosting Dr. Karen Barnes, President of Yukon College, and Jane Arychuk, President of Aurora College for a planning session at the ACCC offices late last week. If college executives are in Ottawa and in need a space to meet, we would be pleased to try and accommodate you. Please contact Aline Gauthier for further information.

CEO on the move

This week, I visited Cégep Heritage College in Gatineau, Quebec where I met with the management team and toured the campus located in the stunning natural beauty of Gatineau Park.

On Monday, I head north to Whitehorse for meetings and a tour at Yukon College, followed by visits to Bow Valley College in Calgary, and a number of cégeps in-and-around the Gaspé region of Quebec later in the week.


Congratulations to Martin Galvin, the new Dean of Aviation, Business and Liberal Studies at Canadore College.  Galvin recently retired from the Royal Canadian Air Force as a general, and has 33 years of leadership experience in aerospace, education and training.  He holds a Master of Defense Studies from Royal Military College of Canada, an Advanced Military Studies Course from Canadian Forces College, and a Bachelor of Arts (Political Studies) from the University of Manitoba.
Congratulations to Patricia Rokosh, who is the new Dean of Trades and Technology at North Island College, effective September 1. Pat has over 12 years of experience in the college system, having held positions at Red Deer College and SAIT Polytechnic.  She holds a Diploma in Engineering Technology from SAIT, a Bachelor of Applied Communications degree in Public Relations from Mount Royal College (University), and is completing her Masters of Environment and Management degree from Royal Roads University.

Serving Indigenous Learners and Communities Symposium – December 2 and 3, 2013, Vancouver B.C.

The symposium will enable participants to explore strategies and provide input for the development of an Indigenous Education Protocol for Colleges and Institutes. Key themes will include: environments that support Indigenous education and reflect Indigenous cultures and traditional knowledge; institution-wide commitment for Indigenous education; the role of Elders in supporting Indigenous learners; indigenizing the curriculum; cultural competencies for non-Indigenous learners, faculty, staff and administrators; and capacity-building and self-determination for Indigenous peoples and communities. Visit the website for more information or to register.

Coup de coeur

Centennial College’s Library and Academic Facility received the New Library Building Award from the Ontario Library Association.  The building was designed to LEED gold certification standards, houses the library, 22 classrooms, a large lecture theatre and the president’s office. I was particularly impressed by its inclusion of a four storey bio-wall, which is an integral part of the building’s air circulation system.

Did You Know?

Okanagan College is celebrating its 50th anniversary this week with a garden party celebration at the Kelowna campus.  Happy Anniversary!

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