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November 8, 2013

November 8, 2013

CEO on the Move

My trip to China continued this week with meetings with the Guangdong province’s Department of Education to discuss closer partnerships with ACCC and Canadian colleges; and with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce to develop internship opportunities with industry for students.

Paul Brennan and I were interviewed by four media outlets, and visited the Guangzhou Institute of Railway Technology and the Zhejiang Province Police Vocational Academy in Hangzhou.

We attended a reception with stakeholders from colleges, banks, Chamber of Commerce and industry at the Canadian Immigrant Integration Program (CIIP) China office, where we also met with its great staff to talk about increasing client participation in China.

Follow my Twitter feed @DAmyot or use the #ChinaMission2013 hashtag to see photos and learn more about my productive visit to China.


In Beijing this week, the China Education Association for International Exchanges presented ACCC with an Outstanding Partner award in recognition of its continuous support and tremendous contribution to the Vocational and Technical Education Training (VELT) program for presidents and vice-presidents of Chinese colleges and institutes.  Funded by the Ministry of Education in China, the four-week VELT program showcases advanced practices of leading entrepreneurial colleges.  ACCC and member colleges have welcomed 80 leaders of Chinese Institutes of Technology and Vocational Colleges in the last four years. Former ACCC President and CEO Gerald Brown also received an Award of Recognition for his contribution as the head VELT leadership trainer.

ACCC recognizes the valuable contribution of the following member institutions to this award-winning program:  Bow Valley College, Camosun College, Cégep de Sherbrooke, Cégep Marie-Victorin, Centennial College, College of New Caledonia, Collège Rosemont, Douglas College, Durham College, Fanshawe College, George Brown College, Langara College, Niagara College, SIAST, Vancouver Community College, and Vancouver Island University.

ACCC met with Marc Lebrun, Director General, Canada Student Loans Directorate and his senior team to share ACCC’s advocacy priorities related to students.  We spoke to the need for increased number of Canada Study Grants for those in need and expanding the eligibility of loan forgiveness to other allied health graduates willing to work in rural areas of the country and not just to doctors and nurses.  The Canada Student Loans Program (CSLP) Annual Report for 2011-12 was tabled in Parliament on November 5 and provides key information and data on CSLP activities and results. A detailed CSLP statistical review of key data is also available on the Employment and Social Development Canada website.

Members in National Media

Watch for the upcoming Report on Colleges, expected in The Globe and Mail on Tuesday, November 12. A big “thank you” goes to all ACCC members that were interviewed for the report, provided institutional or program information, or otherwise assisted in getting details and statistics to reporters. We look forward to collaborating with you on other communications activities in the future.

Youth Skills Development Programme (YSD) – Extending our Reach in the Caribbean

ACCC signed a contract with the U.K.’s Department for International Development (DFID) to fund the Youth Skills Development Programme (YSD), which will complement our CARICOM Education for Employment program (C-EFE) funded by the Department for Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD). The YSD will support the development and delivery of short (12-week) access to education programs, to prepare 1,000 youth aged 15 to 29 who are not in school and unemployed for further education and training or entry into the labour market. The YSD will draw on Canadian college expertise in providing creative and innovative pre-technology and pre-college programs to meet the unique needs of various population groups. Stay tuned for information on YSD partnership opportunities for Canadian colleges and institutes and Caribbean councils responsible for technical and vocational education and training!

Report on Internationally Educated Professionals

Keep an eye out for BioTalent Canada’s 2013 Internationally Educated Professionals (IEP) Special Focus Report, to be released on November 13, 2013. The report will highlight the positive impacts of hiring IEPs, focus on the skills IEPs bring to Canada and highlight immigration serving agency initiatives across the country.

CARICOM Education for Employment Program (C-EFE)

The ACCC CARICOM Education for Employment Program (C-EFE) partner organizations recently selected six institutional partnerships to develop training programs involving nine ACCC members:

  • Grenada – Environmental Sustainability Practices:  Canadore College, in partnership with Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles;
  • Jamaica – Logistics:  Niagara College, in partnership with the Fisheries and Marine Institute;
  • Barbados – Renewable Energy:  Sault College;
  • Guyana – Automotive Electronics:  Durham College, in partnership with College of the North Atlantic and the Fisheries and Marine Institute;
  • Suriname – Geriatrics: Selkirk College; and
  • Trinidad & Tobago – Cosmetology:  Vancouver Island University.

For more information contact Susan Sproule.

Serving Indigenous Learners and Communities Symposium

Join us for the Serving Indigenous Learners and Communities Symposium, December 2 and 3, 2013, in Vancouver, B.C., hosted by Nicola Valley Institute of Technology, Native Education College, Justice Institute of British Columbia and Vancouver Community College.  The Symposium will provide opportunities for participants to contribute to the development of the ACCC Indigenous Education Protocol for Colleges and Institutes through interactive sessions on:  environments that support Indigenous education; preservation of Indigenous languages; indigenizing the curriculum; fostering inclusion through the development of cultural competencies for non-Indigenous people; and, education and self-determination for Indigenous peoples and communities. Sessions will include a conversation with Elders working with colleges and institutes and perspectives from Indigenous learners. Keynote presentations will feature Jody Wilson-Raybould, Regional Chief, British Columbia Assembly of First Nations; Duncan McCue, CBC Correspondent, The National; and Jeffrey Cyr, Executive Director, National Association of Friendship Centres.


Congratulations to Octavia Laliberte, who was named President and CEO of North West Regional College. Most recently the director of training and employment at the Gabriel Dumont Institute, Laliberte assumed her new duties October 15. She succeeds Bryan Nylander, who served as President and CEO of North West Regional College for more than 16 of the 23 years he worked there.

Congratulations to Dr. Lane Trotter, who was named the new President and CEO of Langara College, effective January 20, 2014. Dr. Trotter brings over 22 years of experience in higher education to the role, having held the roles of Senior Vice President, Academic, at Fanshawe College; Dean, School of Transportation, at BCIT; and Dean, Academic Policy, at St. Clair College.  He also contributed his expertise to Colleges Ontario, serving as an expert panelist for the Ontario Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities on plans for colleges to offer three-year applied and four-year honours degrees, and for the creation of a province-wide Ontario Online Institute.

Congratulations to Ken Haycock on being appointed Chancellor-elect of Capilano University, effective June 2, 2014. Haycock is an internationally-acclaimed educator, mentor, and consultant, and a leading Canadian educator in library and information science. He is currently Research Professor of Management and Organization at the Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California, adjunct professor at Australia’s Queensland University of Technology, professor emeritus and former director at San Jose School of Library and Information Science, and at the University of British Columbia School of Library, Archival and Information Studies.

Congratulations to Northern College’s Practical Nursing and Personal Support Worker Program Coordinator and Professor Mireille Walsh, who was awarded the Canadian Association of Practical Nurse Educators (CAPNE) Award for Innovation in Practical Nursing Education.  Walsh received the award in recognition of her development of over 31 unique patient care simulation scenarios for use in Northern College’s Practical Nursing program. These scenarios utilize the state-of-the-art, high-fidelity patient simulation mannequins.

Staff Changes

ACCC welcomes Ronald Rojas as its new Manager of Operations for the Education for Employment (EFE) Program in the Andean Region, effective November 7. Rojas has a Master of Arts in Economics from Carleton University and a Licentiate in Economics with Honors from Catholic University of Bolivia. He is well-suited to the position with his many years of experience with the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE), the Canadian Foundation for the Americas (FOCAL), the Centre for International Studies and Cooperation (CECI), the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA); Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC); and the Bolivian Confederation of Private Entrepreneurs.

Eureka! Moment

Wow!  One website gives access to ALL adult education/training options in Quebec cégeps. Visit for your one-stop-shop for information on continuing education, financial support, and how to find the right program for you.

Did You Know?

The Robert C. Gillett Student Commons at Algonquin College was built to LEED-Gold standards. The building’s design uses natural lighting and brings the outdoors in through the ‘greening’ of the adjacent landscape. It includes a 700-seat auditorium, space for Counselling Services, the Centre for Students with Disabilities, the Mamidosewin Aboriginal Student Centre, and other student services. The design and construction of the facility was not only completed on time and under budget, but has also been recognized with an award from the Canadian Design-Build Institute (Buildings category) and received the Award of Merit at the 2013 Ottawa Urban Design Awards in the new “Campus Infill” category – a category created this year because the building unique design did not fall in any of the existing categories.

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