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December 13, 2013

Inside ACCC | President's Update

December 13, 2013

CEO on the Move

ACCC Director of Communications, Shawn Dearn, accompanied me on this week’s adventures, which had us travelling to Montreal and Sherbrooke area cégeps with much milder weather than last week in Saskatchewan.

We started at Cégep Édouard-Montpetit, where we met with Director General Serge Brasset and members of his management team.  We learned about the strong entrepreneurial spirit at the cégep, which is well known for its École nationale d’aérotechnique (ÉNA). The ÉNA facilities include 5 hangars, 24 airplanes, 10 helicopters, and offers programs in the fields of aircraft construction, aircraft maintenance and avionics, recognized by Transport Canada, the Canadian Aviation Maintenance Council (CAMC) and National Defence. Another impressive fact: in the 40-year history of the Cégep, they have not run a deficit!

Cégep Marie-Victorin Director General Sylvain Mandeville and his staff welcomed us to their table at the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal luncheon at the Palais des congrès, to listen to guest speaker Pierre Duchesne, Minister of Higher Education, Research, 
Science and Technology on the topic of Enriching Québec Through Research and Innovation. We were treated to a tour of Marie-Victorin’s campus where we were impressed at every turn. From the biology, science and fashion labs to their unique daycare and music facilities or Montreal’s only indoor FIFA-sized soccer pitch, much thought has gone into the student-centered space to encourage creativity and learning.

On Tuesday, we were at Cégep de Sherbrooke to meet with Director General Marie-France Bélanger and her team.  The Cégep’s commitment to sustainability is remarkable – water consumption has been reduced by 60 %, with the target of 65 % within reach, and in 2012 the Cégep became the first carbon neutral facility in the world, with certification of the “CSA Registered Carbon Neutral ™ Program” awarded by the Canadian Standard Association (CSA).  Students in healthcare programs learn in simulated hospital/medical facilities using lifelike state-of-the-art mannequins that even have names.  My favourite was Dany, developed by CAE Healthcare, a Canadian company.

Education for Employment – Tanzania

The Minister of International Cooperation, the Honourable Christian Paradis, has approved the “Improving Skills Training for Employment Program” (ISTEP). It is a five-year Education for Employment (EFE) program in Tanzania developed in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training and lead Tanzanian employer associations. ISTEP will support the Tanzanian government in achieving its TVET policy objective: a TVET system that will serve as the driving force for a productive and competitive workforce capable of contributing to the country’s socio-economic development.  ISTEP will build capacity of technical and vocational institutions to deliver effective skills training programs, leading to Tanzanian youth with the right skills sets to find or create employment in the extractive and tourism sectors.  There will be opportunities for Canadian college and institute involvement to support curriculum development, teacher training, leadership development, development of student and career services and outreach and publicity strategies.  ISTEP is undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada provided through Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD). We will share more details with you as they become available.

Paul Brennan featured in The Rising Africa’s Education Edition

The Rising Africa, the Canadian Council on Africa’s magazine, celebrates Canadian and African business partnerships and highlights the continent’s strong economic development potential. Their latest edition focuses on Education in Africa, where Canada has played an important role. Bridging the Skills Gap is an interview exploring ACCC’s experience in Africa and how Canada can support the development of education in Africa. Read Paul’s interview here.

Call for Talent: Transformations – ACCC Art Showcase 2014

ACCC launched a call for talent, inviting students from its member institutions to submit a piece of art to embellish the ACCC Secretariat office space located in Ottawa. We are looking for unique pieces that are visually interesting and could include technical drawings, illustrations, paintings, sculptures, photos and textiles that best represent the talent within your institution. The selected pieces will be showcased in the ACCC offices, on the website and in our publications. Visit the ACCC website for additional information.


Congratulations to Steve Moores on being named Dean of Trades and Apprenticeship at Okanagan College, effective January 2014. Steve is an experienced post-secondary education administrator, having spent nearly three decades working in education, including 23 years at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), in a range of instructional and administrative positions. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from San Diego State University, a Bachelor’s degree in Vocational Education from the University of Alberta, and is certified as a Red Seal Machinist Journeyperson. In his most recent position, Steve was at Jazan Economic City Polytechnic, Saudi Arabia, in the role of Dean responsible for Vocational Development.

CIIP Team in one of China’s Terry Fox Runs

The entire staff from the CIIP China Office participated in the 11th Annual Terry Fox Run in Guangzhou in early December.  An initiative of the Canadian Consulate, the Run was organized by the Four Seasons Hotel and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. It is the second time that ACCC employees and their families participate in the Run. 

Serving Indigenous Learners and Communities Symposium

The #ACCCIndigenous symposium took place on December 2 and 3 in Vancouver. College leaders, Elders, students, and community and industry partners shared perspectives and exemplary practices on: supportive learning environments, preserving Indigenous languages, indigenizing the curriculum, fostering inclusion by increasing understanding about Indigenous cultures by non-Indigenous staff and students and supporting self-determination in Indigenous communities. Participants also provided input on the development of an Indigenous Education Protocol for Colleges and Institutes. Symposium highlights are available on Twitter at #ACCCIndigenous.


The Call for Presentations and Recommendations for the 2014 ACCC Annual Conference is now open for submissions. If you are interested in submitting a presentation(s) and/or a recommendation(s), please complete the online form by Monday, January 13, 2014.

Nomination packages are now available for the 2013-2014 ACCC Awards of Excellence. 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

The Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies has two custom-made RVs fully equipped with laptops, satellite Internet and career coaches. These Mobile career assessment units are designed to deliver career services in communities with career coaches trained to help prospective students discover their skills, abilities and values through series of on-line assessments and sharing passions and interests.

Thank you!

This week, ACCC celebrated the holidays with a campus tour and staff Christmas lunch at Algonquin College’s Restaurant International. We want to thank the college for making us feel so welcome and to the team of culinary students that provided us with great food and hospitality. It is always a pleasure to support our members and the development of future college grads. 

Did You Know?

World Cup fans take note! Cégep Marie-Victorin’s indoor soccer facility is one of just 6 North American playing fields meeting FIFA standards.

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