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November 15, 2013

November 15, 2013

CEO on the Move

This week, I visited Fanshawe College in London, Ontario.  I met with President Peter Devlin and his Executive team and took part in their Remembrance Day ceremonies on campus. While touring the Fanshawe campus, I posted many photos to my Twitter feed.  What a great learning environment and great facilities!

The member institutions of the Atlantic Provinces Community College Consortium met this week in Charlottetown, where I had the pleasure of speaking to them about ACCC’s new strategic directions.  Thank you to Ken MacRae for the invitation to participate!

Next week’s issue of Inside ACCC will include an update on my visit to Holland College, where I am meeting with President Brian McMillan and his Executive staff, and my visit to Collège Acadie Î.-P.-É., where I am meeting with President Donald DesRoches and Vice President Academic Colette Aucoin.

Report on Colleges

On Tuesday November 12, The Globe and Mail included its Report on Colleges, a special section developed with assistance from ACCC Communications, which included a number of interesting articles on entrepreneurship and incubators, logistics (supply chain), employment (university grads going to college), applied research, resources (mining), style (fashion), and technology (high-tech health training).

Thank you to the British Columbia Institute of Technology, Cambrian College, Canadore College, Cégep de La Pocatière, Colleges Ontario, Conestoga College, George Brown College, Humber College, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Olds College, Seneca College, Sheridan College, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, and Yukon College for their contributions to these articles.

We are now collaborating with Maclean’s Magazine on an upcoming issue related to Continuing Education, which we will provide additional information about in the coming week.

Remembrance Moments

Many of our member institutions hosted or participated in local Remembrance Day ceremonies in their communities this year. If you or your organization captured any good or heart-warming moments on November 11, ACCC would love for you to share them with us for use on our website or other publications. Please send your photos, along with a brief description, to Michelle Dupras.

National TVET week a huge success!

CARICOM Education for Employment Program (C-EFE) and the National Training Agency launched a national TVET week in Antigua and Barbuda, November 4 – 8, to promote the importance of certification and training in developing a strong workforce.  There were radio and television interviews, school visits by successful TVET graduates to promote the value of careers in skilled disciplines, a national symposium and an open house at the main TVET training institution.  This was also an opportunity to pilot the C-EFE social marketing strategy, with the development of a Facebook competition to write a jingle about TVET.

EDC’s 14th Annual International Business Scholarships

This week, Export Development Canada (EDC) launched its 14th annual International Business Scholarships competition, designed to develop the next generation of Canadian globally-minded business leaders.  EDC created the International Business Scholarships because international trade is critical to Canada’s economic prosperity and we’re dedicated to helping students – the next generation of business leaders – to succeed. Up to 30 scholarships are awarded annually, 25 of which to undergraduate university or college students interested in pursuing a career or furthering their studies in international business, and up to 5 additional scholarships for students in programs which combine business with environmental or sustainability studies. An EDC scholarship is worth a $4,000 cash award. Please visit for additional information.

Society for Teaching & Learning in Higher Education

The Society for Teaching & Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) Conference will be held June 17-20th, 2014 in Kingston, Ontario, and hosted by Queen’s University, in partnership with St. Lawrence College and the Royal Military College of Canada.  Information on the Call for Proposals for the Conference is available at The STLHE strives to be the pre-eminent national voice, and a world leader, for enhancing teaching and learning in higher education. The Society supports research, its dissemination, increased awareness, and application of research through scholarly teaching and learning. The goals and strategic directions of STLHE are as applicable to educators in the Canadian college sector as they are to university educators, however, there are issues and factors specific to the college context that may merit specific collegial support, resource sharing, and targeted publications/presentations.


Congratulations to Tanya McDonald, the current Dean of Agriculture at Olds College, on being named the college’s new Associate Vice President of Research and Learning Enterprises. McDonald holds a Master of Science Degree in Civil Engineering (Specialization in Environmental Engineering) from the University of Calgary in 2007 and a Bachelor of Science Degree with Great Distinction from Athabasca University in 2000. Her nine years of experience in applied research, and her recent role in leading the School of Agriculture make her a perfect fit for the role.

Congratulations to Kevin Weaver who has been named Dean, Technology and Visual Arts, at Georgian College. Currently Acting Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences and Human Services at Fanshawe College, Weaver previously served as Fanshawe’s Chair of the School of Information Technology and worked at Sault College as a professor and program co-ordinator, and in IT project management in the private sector. He holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in geography (GIS Spatial Modeling) and is an outstanding leader with a focus on academic excellence, student access, retention and success.

Eureka! Moment

While visiting Fanshawe College this week, the college’s Atonometrics solar simulator caught my eye, and my attention.  I’m very interested in renewable energy and was fascinated by the custom-made simulator, the first of its kind to be commissioned in Canada.  The solar simulator can emit a continuous stream of light (using the large bulbs inside) at various intensity levels and at ambient temperatures. Students are getting hands-on experience on state-of-the-art equipment, the same used by industry to design and test the durability of solar panels over time and under various weather conditions.  The purchase was funded by the College and Community Innovation’s Applied Research Tools & Instruments program, administered by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

Did You Know?

Colleges, institutes and polytechnics are constantly innovating and updating the programs they offer to meet the needs of industry.  College of the North Atlantic’s (CNA) journalism program is going where no college or university in Canada has gone before – to the skies. Drone journalism is being incorporated into the college’s photojournalism course. This emerging field uses remote controlled quadrocopters, called drones, to capture images and data. While Transport Canada’s regulations governing the operation of drones in Canada are restrictive, CNA journalism instructor Jeff Ducharme believes that providing the latest technology to the college’s students will make them that much more attractive to potential employers and expand their employment opportunities.

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