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February 14, 2014


February 14, 2014

ACCC Immigration Program on the Podium

The Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) Leadership Conference honoured excellence in Toronto on February 13 and ACCC is thrilled that its Canadian Immigrant Integration Program (CIIP) is on the podium! ACCC CEO Denise Amyot accepted the Gold IPAC Deloitte 2013 Public Sector Leadership Award. The honour was given to ACCC because of CIIP’s pioneering overseas orientation program for economic immigrants. To learn more or to watch our new CIIP video, click here.

CEO on the Move

This week, I had the pleasure of visiting the High Commission of India, where I met with the High Commissioner, Admiral Nirmal Verma, and the Deputy High Commissioner, Mr.Tsewang Namgyal. Discussion focused on the India strategy, the insights gained during the November 2013 mission to India and possible next steps, and a planned return visit to India.

Federal Budget

We are pleased to report that the Federal government recognized the importance of many advocacy priorities identified ACCC’s submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance. For more information on the Budget 2014 announcements as they relate to colleges, please see the ACCC Statement, or the additional analysis document. Read ACCC’s Budget statement here.

This Week’s Partnerships/Meetings

I met with Robert Dunlop, Assistant Deputy Minister, Science and Innovation Sector, Industry Canada.  We spoke of the many colleges and institutes involved in applied research and their accomplishments; the number of scholarships and internships to which college students are ineligible, despite attending post-graduate or post-diploma programs and carrying out research equivalent to those of university students, and ACCC’s submission to the Government of Canada’s Science and Technology Consultation.  Stay tuned for next week’s issue of Inside ACCC for more information on the submission!

The ACCC-led industry-college coalition continues to gain members and momentum.  This week, Shaun Thorson, Chief Executive Officer, Skills/Compétences Canada, agreed to join the coalition. Skills/Compétences Canada is a not-for-profit organization that actively promotes careers in skilled trades and technologies. For more information about the new industry-college coalition, click here.

The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is a Canadian Crown corporation that helps developing countries find solutions to their problems by providing researchers with the financial resources, advice, and training that will help them find solutions to the local problems they identify; encouraging knowledge-sharing with policymakers, other researchers, and communities around the world; fostering talent through fellowships and awards; and disseminating research findings. I spoke with IDRC President Jean Lebel about ACCC’s international work, the possibility of researching the impact that the Education for Employment program has on the countries where it takes place in order to benefit/justify future projects, and other synergies between our organizations.  The IDRC’s online resources include many reports, lectures and databases that could be of interest to your college’s international department

In 2008, ACCC partnered with Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI) on an analysis of the economic impacts generated by Canada’s colleges and institutes. The resulting report showed that colleges and institutes stimulate the national economy, return far more to taxpayers than they cost, and increase students’ earning potential.  I spoke with Bill Bailey, EMSI Representative for Eastern Canada, about our interest in reprising the study to get more current data on the value members bring to the country and building on similar studies in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and the Atlantic.

I met with the Honourable Chris Alexander, Citizenship and Immigration Minister, to discuss the successes of the Canadian Immigrant Integration Program and the Student Partners Program, and our vision for the future of the programs.


Congratulations to Denis Caron who was appointed Acting President and CEO of Northwest Community College, effective March 20, 2014.  Denis was previously Interim Dean of Trades and Workforce Training for the College.  He brings more than 30 years of business, education, health, and leadership experience to the role.

Staff Changes

ACCC is pleased to welcome Judith Perron as the Association’s new Director of Member Engagement as of March 17, 2014.  Judith currently holds the position of Executive Director for Academic, Research and International Services at Cégep de Sherbrooke, and previously held the positions of Academic Dean for Social Sciences and Social Career programs, and Teacher of English as a Second Language.  With more than 20 years of post-secondary experience, her leadership, communication and strategic planning skills will serve her well in her new role. 

Eureka! Moment

Yukon College researchers recently launched a balloon into space from the Yukon Research Centre laboratory on the College’s Whitehorse campus to kick off their third annual Research, Innovation and Commercialization (RIC) workshop. The balloon was equipped with a camera and GPS equipment to film the curvature of the Earth.  The team believes that the balloon reached as high as 36,000 metres (120,000 feet), the edge of space, before it popped and plummeted back to Earth.  To recover the balloon’s capsule, which landed on the edge of a mountain just east of Juneau, Alaska, nearly 300 kilometres from Whitehorse, it took a combination of a ride to the Canada/U.S. border, a ferry down the coast and a helicopter trip to a remote glacier.  The footage captured by the camera says it all!

Did You Know?

Did you know that Shannon Szabados, one of the goaltenders on Canada’s Olympic Women’s Hockey team, studied education at NAIT, where she played for NAIT’s Ooks men’s hockey team for two seasons plus a championship.  With the exception of the Olympics, “Mother Ook”, as Shannon is known to former NAIT teammates, has only ever played on boys/men teams.

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