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November 1, 2013

November 1, 2013

CEO on the Move

Following last week’s successful National Skills Summit and ACCC on Parliament Hill, it is my pleasure to be a featured speaker at the 5th meeting of the China-Canada Joint Committee for Cooperation on Science and Technology in Beijing, along with David Agnew, President of Seneca College; Kathryn Laurin, President of Camosun College; Kent MacDonald, President of Algonquin College; Sylvain Mandeville, Director General of Cégep Marie-Victorin; Scott McAlpine, President of Douglas College; and Tony Tilly, President of Fleming College. I also met with representatives from the China Ministry of Education, the leadership of the China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE), the Chinese Service Center for Scholarly Exchange, the China Scholarship Council and the Canadian Embassy Trade Section and Immigration Section. The trip has been important to strengthening partnerships and highlighting the excellence of Canada’s colleges, institutes and polytechnics, with 20 member institutions represented in the delegation. For more information on the delegation, please read our recent News Release or follow my Twitter feed.


I met with a second 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.


Last week, we announced that ACCC has withdrawn as an official objector in the judicial proceeding at the Copyright Board of Canada on Post-Secondary Education Tariffs, filed by Access Copyright. ACCC has been actively representing the copyright interests of its members since the start of this case in 2010. A number of factors influenced this decision, including revised copyright legislation in 2012 that provides new rights for educational uses of copyright-protected works without permission or paying royalties and a decision by the Supreme Court of Canada interpreting fair dealing in an education context.

Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Award

On behalf of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE), it is our pleasure to support the call for nominations for the College Sector Educator Award.  This prestigious annual award celebrates up to five individuals who are excellent teachers, and promote and support the development of their peers and/or the Canadian college sector with regard to teaching excellence.

These awards are open to all individuals who have a primary appointment within a Canadian college sector institution (colleges, polytechnics, cégeps, institutes, etc.) at the time of submission regardless of discipline, level, or term of appointment.  Applications in French or English are welcomed. Detailed criteria and application procedures are available at:


Congratulations to Rob MacIsaac, President of Mohawk College, on being named CEO of Hamilton Health Sciences, effective February 1, 2014. Over his almost five years at Mohawk, he oversaw $80-million in rebuilding the Fennell Avenue campus, improved the school’s ratings and put an increased emphasis on health and technology education and research. MacIsaac’s reputation as a community builder and successful leader will serve him well in his new role.

Congratulations to Jeff Norris, Kwantlen Polytechnic University‘s chief advancement officer, who was named to Business in Vancouver’s ‘Forty under 40’ for 2013-2014, in recognition of his professional success, community service, leadership abilities and involvement in professional associations.

Congratulations to Tracey Ternoway, who was named vice president of finance and administration of Douglas College, effective November 27. Ternoway most recently held the same position at the Justice Institute of B.C.  She is a designated chartered accountant and holds a business administration degree.

Congratulations to Michel Béchard who is the new executive director of public relations and communications at Lethbridge College, effective November 12.  Béchard is a communications professional, with experience with his own independent marketing communications company, as the director of public affairs for Laurentian University, and in a number of different positions at post-secondary institutions and non-profit organizations in Ontario.

Congratulations to Sault College, recipient of the 2013 Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce Business Award for Diversity.  The award recognizes a business or organization that embraces, celebrates and applies holistic inclusion and participation of a diverse people making the workplace a better environment in which to work, and the community a better place in which to live, work and raise a family.

Nomination Information for ACCC Awards of Excellence Now Available Online

The ACCC Awards program recognizes and promotes excellence within member colleges, institutes, polytechnics, cégeps, and university colleges. It showcases extraordinary contributions of individuals to their communities and highlights the role of our institutions in social, cultural and economic development. Nomination packages are now available for the 2013-2014 awards. Gold, silver and bronze awards will be presented in six categories: staff excellence, program excellence, student leadership excellence, teaching excellence, leadership excellence and internationalization excellence. The deadline to submit nominations is 11:59 p.m., Monday, January 27, 2014.

Eureka! Moment

Bow Valley College partnered with Athabasca University, University of Lethbridge and Olds College to share space and create a dynamic and learner-centred community at its South Campus.  The campus features 23,000 sq. m. and seven stories, has LEED silver certification, a fourth-floor patio and roof-top gardens, student services, and a convenient location right on the CTrain line. What a fabulous use of space!

Did You Know?

The Culinary Institute of Canada (The CIC) at Holland College is home to Kitchen Uncovered, a new cooking program produced in conjunction with Universum Media on the Bell Network. Chef Andrew Nicholson, a second-year chef instructor at The CIC, hosts the show, and showcases the talents of local chefs who use local ingredients. Visit the Kitchen Uncovered website to view episodes or download the recipes.

And speaking of culinary excellence, congratulations also go out to the Niagara College Canadian Food and Wine Institute’s culinary team, which was named Junior Culinary Team Canada last weekend. Grads and current students competed fiercely, including against the culinary expertise from Humber and Holland colleges at the event, hosted at George Brown College. Please know that ACCC also welcomes samples.  😉

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