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January 10, 2014

Inside ACCC | President's Update

January 10, 2014

CEO on the Move

I managed to catch my polar vortex-delayed flight to Jamaica to attend the annual CCCJ conference, but arrived without a suitcase. So, I started a new fashion trend by wearing a dress and running shoes to give the keynote address on the topic of “Critical Transformations; Essentials for Community Colleges.” I also delivered a talk about leadership to hundreds of participants, did a live local radio interview and visited the National Tool and Engineering Institute. I also had the pleasure of meeting with Canada’s High Commissioner to Jamaica, Mr. Robert Ready, some of our key partners and the staff at C-EFE offices, including the new senior technical advisor, Pat Bidart, formerly of Olds College and Bow Valley College.

Learn more about the mission from this ACCC News Release, which also references C-EFE projects being undertaken in the region by St. Lawrence College, Niagara College, Nova Scotia Community College and the Marine Institute. Our release has also been shared on the Facebook page of the High Commission of Canada in Jamaica. 

Education for Employment

The partner organizations for the Education for Employment Program (EFE) in the Andean Region recently selected three institutional partnerships to develop training programs involving six Association members:

For more information contact ACCC’s Ronald Rojas.


Congratulations to Normand W. Bernier on being named Director General of Cégep Vanier College, effective January 15, 2014. Normand brings over 35 years of experience in education to the role, including as the former Director General of Cégep de Drummondville.  He continued to work as an expert consultant for the Commission d’évaluation de l’enseignement collégial (CEEC) after his retirement in 2011.  The opportunity to work at Vanier College was too good to pass up, and tempted him out of retirement.

Congratulations to Michael Randall, the new Director General of Cégep Heritage College, effective January 15, 2014.  Michael has held the role of Academic Dean at the college since 2010.  He has almost 30 years of experience in education, and has held teaching and coordinator positions at Cégep St-Laurent and Collège Gérald-Godin.

Congratulations to Claude Roy, who recently announced his departure from his position of Director General at Cégep de Rivière-du-Loup to take on the role of Director General at Cégep André-Laurendeau, effective February 2014. Claude had over 17 years of management experience in the college system, and 10 years as a teacher. He was previously Academic Dean at Cégep de Chicoutimi, at Campus Notre-Dame-de-Foy and at Collège Ellis.  He is currently vice-chair for Cégep International.

Congratulations to Tony Appels who is joining Red Deer College as Dean of Trades and Manufacturing.  A retired Lieutenant Colonel from CFB Comox, Tony holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Aerospace Vehicle Design. His combination of education, qualifications, skills and experience will be invaluable to the College as they work to address skilled trades training needs in the province.

Congratulations to Chrissie Bowker on being named Director of Development at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU). Chrissie joins KPU from Glacier Media’s South Delta Leader publication, where as publisher, she not only increased revenues while maintaining a high standard of editorial content, but more importantly made an impact on her community through a number of work and volunteer assignments.

Congratulations to Tracy Stroud who is taking on the role of Development Officer at Medicine Hat College (MHC) Foundation.  Tracy has more than seven years of experience in economic development, employment and career resources as well as hotel financial appraisals across Canada.  Her enthusiam for the role at the Foundation has already helped her to identify natural synergies between the college and private industry.

Congratulations to Dr. Beverlie Dietze, who will join Okanagan College as its new Director of Learning and Teaching, effective January 27, 2014. Beverlie has nearly 30 years of experience as a post-secondary professional in a variety of roles that include faculty member, department head, director and campus dean. She previously held the positions of Dean of St. Lawrence College’s Brockville Campus, Director of Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Loyalist College and Department Head at New Brunswick Community College in Saint John.

Congratulations to Michael Maynard who joined Seneca College as the Dean of the Faculty of Communication, Art and Design this week. Michael has extensive experience as a graphic designer, educator and academic leader and has received many awards in North America and Asia in recognition of his corporate communication design projects, brand identity and art direction. He taught graphic design at Georgian College and Sheridan College, was the founding director of George Brown College’s School of Design, and was most recently, the Director of the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design.

Let’s Talk Energy week – February 21-28, 2014

Energy powers our lives. How we live – and how well we live – depends on how much energy we produce and consume. We must be informed and engaged to ensure a sustainable future.
Let’s Talk Energy is an initiative of the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation. It is the first energy awareness week of its kind in Canada, which invites Canadians to explore and discuss how energy is connected to their lives, and the importance of energy systems and their elements to our economic, social and environmental future.

Learn more about energy to make informed choices and join the discussion with your students to share how your college is participating in Let’s Talk Energy Week!


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 pm on Monday, January 27, 2014.

Eureka! Moment

It is said that it is better to give than it is to receive, so I am very pleased to let you know that ACCC staff dug deep and gave generously this past holiday season. ACCC’s Social, Health and Wellness Committee spearheaded an initiative to sponsor a local family for Christmas. In fact, employees responded with so many donations of food, gifts and money that we exceeded expectations and were able to provide a very happy holiday to two deserving families and make a donation to the Ottawa Mission. Again, please accept our best wishes for healthy and successful 2014!

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