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October 4, 2013

October 4, 2013


On October 2, we participated in a Skills Training Roundtable co-chaired by The Honourable Christy Clark, Premier of British Columbia and the Honourable David Alward, Premier of New Brunswick on behalf of The Council of the Federation. The goal of the roundtable was to engage stakeholder groups representing a large cross-section of Canadian workers to identify the best strategies to address the skills pressures building across Canada.

ACCC Highlights Canada’s Promising Practices at UN meetings

ACCC was in Costa Rica in August, Korea in September and will be in Russia in October to share Canadian promising practices with the UNESCO-UNEVOC network. UNEVOC makes evidence the basis of sound policy by gathering Promising Practices for transforming TVET on the topics of youth employment and green skills. These regional forums aim to further address the transformation of TVET through regional and international exchange of evidence-based policies and practices, providing a platform to showcase innovative regional initiatives.
UNESCO-UNEVOC is part of the United Nations mandate focused on assisting Member States to develop policies and practices concerning education for the world of work and skills development. UNESCO-UNEVOC undertakes its activities through a worldwide network of UNEVOC Centres in more than 165 countries.
ACCC is the pan-Canadian UNEVOC centre and the lead for the North American cluster of UNEVOC centres. Read our latest newsletter online.

CEO on the move

I started off the week in Whitehorse, where I met with Karen Barnes, President of Yukon College and her management team. While there, I was interviewed for the CBC North’s A New Day, and spoke about the importance of funding in applied research for colleges resulting in innovation and commercialization services. Yukon College’s work on alternative energy conservation and on aboriginal initiatives is very impressive.
From Whitehorse, I travelled to Calgary’s Bow Valley College to meet with Sharon Carry, President and CEO and her management team and visited their spectacular new South Campus.
Wednesday found me in Quebec meeting with Yves Galipeau, Directeur général of Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles and his team. The Cégep offers a windmill maintenance program that I found unique. I also visited the Cégep’s École des pêches et de l’aquaculture du Québec in Grande-Rivière, which houses a real fish processing facility.
On October 3rd, I visited Cégep de Matane and met with Louis Poirier, Academic Dean.
I ended the week visiting Daniel Dion, interim Director at l’Institut Maritime du Québec, affiliated with Cégep de Rimouski and with Claude Harvey, Director General at Cégep de La Pocatière.


Congratulations to Dr. Robert McCulloch, who was named interim President of Medicine Hat College, effective October 2.  Dr. McCulloch is a consultant and an adjunct professor of Graduate Studies and Research at the University of Regina. He is well-known in the college system, as he was President and CEO of Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology until 2012, and he is a former member of the ACCC Board of Directors.

Congratulations to Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles, which received the Africa 2013 Business Award for Women Entrepreneurship Development during the Forum Africa 2013 event in recognition of their contributions to development projects led by women in Africa.
Congratulations to the Centre National en Électrochimie et en Technologies Environnementales at Collège Shawinigan where a 20th anniversary reception took place this week.  Happy Anniversary!

Congratulations to Canadore College on the 40th Anniversary of its School of Aviation. The School has come a long way since its humble beginnings in 1973 on a farmer’s field, at the bottom of a hill off the college’s main campus. Today it is an 87,000 sq. ft. training facility located at North Bay’s Jack Garland Airport. Happy Anniversary!

Coup de coeur (we’re still looking for a great translation of this!)

Kudos to Stephanie Forsyth, President and CEO of Red River College, for joining other CEOs and area celebrities on CEO Sleepout 2013. The group spent the night outside on the streets of Winnipeg to bring attention to the plight of the homeless and to raise money for Change for the Better and homeless employment programs.

Did You Know?

SIAST Nursing students can now use InstruMentorTM, a new app that gives the audio pronunciation of surgical instruments, which are often named after the person who invented them.  The mobile application was developed by Nursing faculty working with SIAST’s Learning Technologies division.  The app offers a Canadian-specific pronunciation guide, and an authentic presentation of instruments and their assembly. Kudos to SIAST for this learning innovation!

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