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February 25, 2014


February 21, 2014

CEO on the Move

I kicked off this week with visits to four Cégeps in Quebec.

At Cégep de Sainte-Foy, I met with Director General Carole Langlois and her management team. During my tour of the campus, I saw the particle accelerator used by students studying radio-oncology. An impressive piece of equipment!  The Cégep was named a Centre of Expertise for the Assessment and Recognition of Prior Learning and Skills for the province of Quebec. The walls of the Cégep also “spoke” to me – many of the walls feature quotes under the heading “The walls talk”, like the one pictured, which translated reads “Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being” (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe).

My next stop was at Cégep Limoilou, where I met with Director General Louis Grou and members of his management team. Their expertise in geomatics is second to none. The Cégep publishes “Relance”, which documents the success of graduates 6 months after completion of their studies, and includes information on average salary, number of hours of work per week, and not only whether the employment is linked to their field of study, but also if they found employment locally or had to go outside of the catchment area. “Relance” is a useful tool to potential students and their parents for program selection.  The Cégep also offers a unique bilingual Tourism program (DEC) in partnership with Champlain Regional College’s St. Lawrence Campus.

The ferry between Quebec and Lévis on the way to Cégep de Lévis-Lauzon brought back memories – I believe I last travelled on it 40 years ago with my grandmother!  It was, however, my first visit to the Cégep, where I met with Jean Gaudreau, Vice President Academic (Directeur des études) and Jacques Belleau, Associate Vice President, Academic (directeur adjoint des études). Cégep de Lévis-Lauzon was the first Quebec college to receive accreditation by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. TransBIOtech, the College Centre for the Transfer of Technologies affiliated with the Cégep, has some interesting projects involving functional food, nutraceuticals, pharmaceuticals (drugs), cosmetics and cosmeceuticals, and natural health products.

I sat down with Cégep Garneau’s management team and learned much about the Cégep and its programs, including the Cyber-investigations and Inventory Control Programs. Also of note are the services they offer to industry, such as the logistics perfomance index to measure the effectiveness of a supply chain, and Convergence Garneau, a centre of expertise for skills development and assessment.

At the Fédération des cégeps meeting, I spoke to the gains made for our network in the Federal budget, the continued advocacy efforts, and the ACCC Annual Conferences in Ottawa 2014 and in Québec City in 2016.  I was very pleased to recognize so many people in the room – thanks to my visits to their colleges.

I am honoured to have been asked to join his Excellency, the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, on his upcoming State visit to India. We depart for India on February 21 and will meet with heads of state and government, senior government officials, business leaders and civil society. Canada’s goals include strengthening bilateral relations including commercial and educational ties, which is supported by ACCC and its members as key partners post-secondary development. More on this exciting trip in next week’s issue of Inside ACCC or follow my Twitter feed @DAmyot.

Meetings / Partnerships

While in Toronto last week for the ACCC Board meeting, we met with Glen Jones, Ontario Research Chair in Postsecondary Education Policy and Measurement, and Professor of Higher Education; and Leesa Wheelahan, who holds the William G. Davis Chair in Community College Leadership, of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. We explored ways to enhance and showcase the research about colleges and institutes including their contributions to local communities, to national workforce development, and to knowledge and skills development.  A workshop is being planned for the ACCC Annual Conference in Ottawa.

ACCC attended the Youth and Digital Skills Symposium jointly organized by the Information and Communications Technology Council and MediaSmarts.  The symposium brought together academics, industry executives and government policymakers to address the challenges posed by the increasingly sophisticated skills needed by youth to enable them to participate in a digital society and workplace. Visit the event website for additional information.

Celebrating Canada@150

ACCC is pleased to join with the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation (CSTMC) and others in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields in celebrating 150 years of innovations.

The CSTMC is assembling a network of collaborators from government, academia, associations, industry, research institutions and more, aimed at promoting the ideas that have inspired a nation.

ACCC looks forward to working with the Museums Corporation, collaborators and with our college and institute members to highlight innovations around science, technology, engineering and mathematics that have or will contribute to the development of Canada.

ACCC Board of Directors

We are please to announce that Susan Swan and David Lindsay have joined the ACCC Board as Public Directors. 

Susan Swan is the President of the Imperial Oil Foundation in Calgary, having previously held the positions of Investor Relations Manager and Public and Government Affairs Manager.  The Imperial Oil Foundation is the main philanthropic branch of Imperial Oil, and supports education initiatives linked to science, technology, engineering and math. The Foundation also supports community initiatives and environmental programs in areas where the company operates.

David Lindsay is the President and CEO of the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC). Prior to joining FPAC, David held the positions of senior Deputy Minister in the Government of Ontario serving in the portfolios of Energy and Infrastructure, Northern Development, Mines and Forestry, Natural Resources, and Tourism and Culture; and President and CEO of the Association of Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology of Ontario (now Colleges Ontario). Canada’s wood, pulp and paper producers count on FPAC as their voice, both nationally and internationally in government, trade, and environmental affairs.

Strengthening Quebec Research Connections

Colleges, institutes and polytechnics play an important role in stimulating economic growth and social benefits through applied research partnerships. Late last week, ACCC met with Lynn Lapostolle, Director General of l’Association pour la recherche au collégial (ARC), to explore collaboration and to deepen the connection between our two organizations. 

This discussion builds on the excellent introductory meeting between ACCC president Denise Amyot and l’ARC president Nancy Gagnon in December 2013, where the two organizations agreed to support one anothers’ efforts in promoting college research. ACCC is committed to working with ARC and with the Fédération des cégeps to enhance the capture of applied research data for cégeps and looks forward to our ongoing collaboration.

Education for Employment

Two new Senior Technical Advisors have joined the Education for Employment (EFE) Andes team.

In Bolivia, Ms. Eliana Gallardo replaces Roger Mailhot.  Eliana has 20 years experience in international development, specializing in gender, education, labour market and governance.

Mr. Yvan Girardin will take over the reins from Jos Nolle in Colombia.  Yvan has 38 years of experience in international development, with expertise in organizational development, results-based management, international cooperation, strategic planning, capacity management, design and development of management training programs and training of trainers.

Science Without Borders

Under the Science Without Borders Program, ACCC welcomed 44 faculty and researchers from the network of Brazilian Federal Institutes of Science, Education and Technology to Canada.  The group will spend three months observing, learning and participating in the applied research centres at 19 participating member institutions. The Brazilians will also assist with the program design for similar learning experiences to be offered to 900 of their colleagues over the next two years.  As Brazil invests significantly in applied research and innovation, developing mutual understanding and partnerships in fields of common concern with the leaders of this massive effort in Brazil will benefit us for decades to come.


Congratulations to Danielle Malkassoff on her appointment to the position of Vice President, Student Services at Cégep de Saint-Laurent.  Danielle has worked in the education milieu for 18 years, as a high school drama and Spanish teacher and primary school principal. She joined the Cégep in 2009 as Director of Student Services. Danielle knows the Cégep well, as a former student and through her work with the Student Life Department since her student days.

Congratulations to Barr Gilmore who was recently named Professor and Coordinator of the new Integrated Design program at Fleming College’s Haliburton School of The Arts. Barr has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in sculpture and printmaking from the University of British Columbia and a Master of Design from OCAD University for which he won the prestigious Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal.  Before launching his own company, Barr Gilmore Art + Design, he worked as Production Manager and Studio Assistant at General Idea, and as Senior Design Associate at Bruce Mau Design.  Barr’s book and exhibition designs have won numerous awards, and he was inducted into the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts in 2009.

BDC Young Entrepreneur Award

The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) is a financial institution owned by the Government of Canada has been serving Canadian entrepreneurs for more than 65 years. The BDC Young Entrepreneur Award contest is open to Canadian entrepreneurs aged 18 to 35 looking to take their business to the next level. If your company has reached a turning point and you have innovative solutions to ensure its growth, why not enter the contest for your chance at the $100,000 grand prize?  See the BDC Young Entrepreneur Award contest website for more information.

Special Olympic Edition: Combined Eureka! Moment and Did You Know?

Alliance Sport-Études is a program that offers adapted educational services to Quebec post-secondary students who are also high-performance athletes.  Program partners include 36 colleges and Cégep à distance, home to 1150 students-athletes from 50 different sports during the fall 2013 semester.

Through Alliance Sport-Études, the student-athletes can modify their class schedule according to their training and competition needs; extend studies into additional semesters; take distance education courses via Cégep à distance; access bursaries; have the support of an academic success counsellor; and more.

Twenty-two former and current Alliance Sport-Études college students competed in the Olympics in Sochi:

  • Alex Beaulieu-Marchand, Freestyle Skiing – Slopestyle, Cégep à distance
  • Alexandre Bilodeau, Freestyle Skiing – Moguls, Collège Montmorency (GOLD medal)
  • Charle Cournoyer, Short Track Speed Skating, Cégep Édouard-Montpetit, Cégep à distance, Collège de Rosemont (BRONZE medal)
  • Mélodie Daoust, Women’s Hockey, Cégep Édouard-Montpetit (GOLD medal)
  • Marie-Ève Drolet, Short Track Speed Skating, Cégep de Chicoutimi (SILVER medal)
  • Chloé Dufour-Lapointe, Freestyle Skiing – Moguls, Cégep à distance, Cégep Marie-Victorin (SILVER medal)
  • Justine Dufour-Lapointe, Freestyle Skiing – Moguls, Cégep à distance, Collège Ahuntsic (GOLD medal)
  • Maxime Dufour-Lapointe, Freestyle Skiing – Moguls, Cégep à distance, Collège Ahuntsic
  • Marc-Antoine Gagnon, Freestyle Skiing – Moguls, Cégep à distance, Cégep régional de Lanaudière
  • Marie-Michèle Gagnon, Alpine Skiing, Cégep Édouard-Montpetit, Cégep à distance
  • Charles Hamelin, Short Track Speed Skating,  Cégep Édouard-Montpetit (GOLD medal)
  • François Hamelin, Short Track Speed Skating,  Cégep Édouard-Montpetit, Collège de Maisonneuve
  • Alex Harvey, Cross Country Skiing, Cégep Garneau
  • Jean-Philippe Le Guellec, Biathlon, Cégep Garneau, Cégep à distance
  • Roberto Luongo, Men’s Hockey, Cégep de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Cégep à distance (GOLD medal)
  • Valérie Maltais, Short Track Speed Skating, Collège de Maisonneuve (SILVER medal)
  • Philippe Marquis, Freestyle Skiing – Moguls, Cégep à distance, Cégep Garneau
  • Muncef Ouardi, Long Track Speed Skating, Cégep Garneau
  • Caroline Ouellette, Women’s Hockey, Collège Ahuntsic (GOLD medal)
  • Marie-Pier Préfontaine, Alpine Skiing, Cégep à distance
  • Audrey Robichaud, Freestyle Skiing – Moguls, Cégep à distance
  • Marianne St-Gelais, Short Track Speed Skating, Collège de Maisonneuve (SILVER medal)

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