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October 28, 2013

October 18, 2013

Building Partnerships

I was a guest speaker at Le Club du Midi’s luncheon in Ottawa, and spoke to the topics of leadership and career transition at any age. Le Club du Midi is a not-for-profit sociocultural and humanitarian women’s organization in the National Capital region.

I have been touching base with sister organizations, including the Canadian Bureau for International Education, the Fédération des cégeps, and the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada to continue discussions on areas of common interest and collaboration.

I met with a group of senior federal public servants as part of the Canada School of Public Service’s Living Leadership: the Executive Excellence Program. During this leadership development program, senior federal public servants carry out site visits to explore leadership at different levels. Site visits are done in conjunction with organizations in the not for profit sector, the private sector and in federal, provincial and municipal governments. The group was quite impressed to learn about college success stories and outcomes.

We met with representatives from the National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC), a network of 119 Friendship Centres across Canada, to explore partnerships involving Canada’s growing Aboriginal population.  We discussed essential skills, Aboriginal access to post-secondary education, Aboriginal skills and employment programs, and the relationships existing between member colleges and Friendship Centres, which are the primary providers of culturally-enhanced programs and services to urban Aboriginal residents. We also discussed ACCC’s upcoming event, Serving Indigenous Learners and Communities Symposium 2013.

ACCC in Brazil: Imagine Studying in Canada

The third Imagine Studying in Canada fair, one of the largest in Brazil for students looking to study abroad, proved an exciting opportunity for ACCC to showcase the strength and diversity of Canadian colleges, institutes and polytechnics. The fair, organized by the Government of Canada, featured more than 80 institutions and travelled to Sao Paolo, Recife and Porto Alegre.

ACCC had the opportunity to interact with over 4,000 students in these three distinct regions of Brazil, answering questions and explaining the Canadian college/institution system, application processes and academic and student life in Canada. There was huge interest in studying at Canadian institutions and we look forward to following up with interested students.

This fair was another important event in ACCC’s long-term relationship with Brazil. We have created a strong, integrated approach to building two-way partnerships that will result in 30 Canadian colleges receiving up to 1000 Brazilian students in the new year!

CARICOM Education for Employment: DACUM Facilitator Training a Success

Last month, Vancouver Island University, working in partnership with the Canadian Vocational Association (CVA), led workshops in Barbados to effectively engage learners as DACUM facilitators under the ACCC CARICOM Education for Employment Program (C-EFE). The Caribbean Association of National Training Agencies (CANTA) is in the process of updating the Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ) occupational standards amongst member countries so it is of utmost importance that they are able to perform an occupational analysis, create a committee of expert practitioners to participate in an occupational analysis and facilitate a DACUM analysis. These workshops gave participants the skills necessary to support their institutions in the reform of their curriculum.

“So many people from the private sector are coming to the TVET Unit and now, with DACUM, we have a simple model to use to respond to them.  The timing is very good as we are setting up a National Training Agency and we need to develop demand-driven curriculum.”  – Claudia Wongsosemito echte van Palas, Education coordinator, LOBO TVET Teacher Training College, Suriname

ACCC Annual Conference, May 25-27, 2014 in Ottawa

We recently met with host colleges Algonquin College and La Cité collégiale to continue preparing the ACCC 2014 Annual Conference, which promises to be top-notch. Stay tuned to future editions of Inside ACCC for details, including the 2014 theme (being kept under wraps for now). For current information, including related to accommodation, visit our website.


Congratulations to Don Lovisa, President of Durham College on being named Businessperson of the Year at the Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade’s Business Excellence Awards. Don was recognized for his leadership over the past five years in the tremendous growth in enrolment, new programs and reputation at Durham College. Additionally, the college has completed almost $100 million in new campus space and renovations at its campuses in Oshawa and Whitby, including the opening of a spectacular new Centre for Food.

Congratulations to Stuart Cullum who was named vice-president, academic and chief operating officer of Lethbridge College, effective November 25.  Stuart is currently the vice-president, agriculture for Canada’s largest and oldest agriculture society, Northlands. He previously spent nearly four years as executive director of novaNAIT at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), directing applied research, entrepreneurship and company incubation activities.  Stuart replaces Peter Leclaire, who had served as vice-president, academic for the college from 2006 to June of this year.

Congratulations to Mike Trojan, who was named interim vice president, administrative services at Niagara College. Mike holds a professional accounting designation (CMA) from the Society of Management Accountants and is the former chief administrative officer for the Niagara Region, where he had previously held the positions of deputy chief administrative officer, treasurer and director of corporate services.

Skills Award for Aboriginal Youth

The deadline for nominations for the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) Skills Award for Aboriginal Youth is November 30, 2013.  The Award recognizes and celebrates Aboriginal youth for their skills development and career aspirations in the forest products industry. For additional information on the award, the nomination process and criteria, please visit the FPAC website.

Coup de Coeur

Collège Rosemont is the only publicly-funded cégep in Quebec that offers a Funeral Service Education (Techniques de thanatologie). While thanatology is defined as the study of death, in this program students learn how to greet grieving families, how to assist them with the choices necessary in a difficult time, the aspects of funeral home operation, as well as the practical and theoretical sides of funeral service. The compassion required by these students and their willingness to help people of all walks of life are remarkable! We found other colleges offering Funeral Service Education or similar:  Humber College, Collège Boréal, Nova Scotia Community College, and Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology.

Did You Know?

A tug-of-war competition was held recently between Fleming College and Trent University in support of their local United Way campaign. The Fleming College team included a mix of staff and students, led by President Tony Tilly, won the competition, but the real victory was the increased awareness for the United Way.

ACCC is running a United Way fundraising campaign of its own, and we are more than halfway to reaching our goal!

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