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March 5, 2014

February 28, 2014

CEO on the Move

Travelling to India with Their Excellencies, the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston, is quite the experience. 

A few notable moments from the week:  watching Team Canada win gold in Men’s Olympic hockey at the Canadian High Commission; visiting the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort; attending the wreath-laying ceremony at Samadhi of Mahatma Gandhi, a memorial built in memory of Mahatma Gandhi; and the unveiling of an inuksuk presented to the people of India as a symbol of the friendship and co-operation shared between both countries.

I also participated in roundtable discussions and panels on skills, education, innovation and entrepreneurship; met with Chambers of Commerce, CEOs forum and Business councils; and visited incubator centres, agricultural sciences projects, Institutes of Technology and universities. The full itinerary and delegation list are available online. Many potential opportunities to be nurtured in the coming months!

ACCC and India’s National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at developing projects and programs to promote needed skills development in India. This MoU supports objectives of India’s National Skills Policy, which is to provide needed workforce and skills development for 500 million people by 2022.

ACCC, the Canada-India Water Training Consortium (CIWTC), and ReserWater Innovation Foundation (RWIF) have signed an Agreement of Cooperation to enhance workforce capacity and planning through skills development in the water sector. The three organizations will collaborate with Indian stakeholders to support the sharing of water sector knowledge, expertise, and products with Indian institutions.

The Canada-India Water Training Consortium was created in 2012 and consists of Centennial College, Confederation College, Fleming College, Northern College, and the Ontario Clean Water Agency. The purpose of the consortium is to provide training and skills development for the purpose of growing the capacity of the water sector in India.

The two agreements were signed during the State Visit to India by Their Excellencies, the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston.

Meetings and Partnerships

The Honourable Thomas Lukaszuk, Minister of Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour for the Government of Alberta, dropped by the ACCC offices on February 20th.  We discussed ACCC immigration and skills projects, and Alberta’s current priorities and concerns.  The Government of Alberta is working to address the skills gap within the province through increased pathways to pre-accreditation and competency assessments for those in trades and technology, and better orientation and recruitment of immigrants .

ACCC Colleges Feature

On February 28, The Globe and Mail published a special ACCC colleges feature focusing on innovation and the success stories of Canada’s colleges, institutes and polytechnics. From addressing the skills gap to partnerships with industry that support economic development for small- and medium-sized enterprises, including excellent college project profiles, Canadian colleges are well represented. Grab a copy of The Globe and Mail or save a tree by viewing the ACCC Colleges supplement online.

Federal Science and Technology Consultation

ACCC was invited to participate in the Government of Canada’s Science and Technology Consultation.  Recommendations in ACCC’s submission included developing research talent through equal opportunities for college/institute students to participate in research and innovation placements, supporting research excellence through a more balanced approach to support the demand-pull model of innovation, and including college and institute representatives in federal government bodies responsible for overseeing Canada’s science, technology and innovation policies and programs.  The full submission is available on the ACCC website.


Congratulations to Henry Reiser, who has been named the President of the College of New Caledonia, effective June 1, 2014.  Henry is currently the Dean of Trades and Technology at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, and previously held the positions of Dean of the School of Technology, Applied Science and Apprenticeship and the School of Fire Sciences at Lambton College; Chair of Engineering and IT at Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning; and taught Industrial Automation and Control for 20 years at Thompson Rivers University.  He holds a Master of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of British Columbia, and has more than 25 years of applied research experience.

Congratulations to Neil Cooke, Chair of Transportation Heavy Apprenticeship Trades at Red River College who was appointed to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). Members of the council are appointed by the federal government to represent the interests of the academic, public and private sector. The Council promotes and assists research and scholarship in the social sciences and humanities. It meets regularly to set policy and program priorities, allocate budgets and to advise the minister of industry and Parliament on research policy in these areas.

Leadership Development

The Leadership Development Institute (LDI) for Potential Deans and Directors will be of interest to those considering deans, directors or equivalent positions across all areas of college/institute operations. The intensive residential program is designed to enable participants to explore whether a dean or director position is one they wish to pursue in the future. LDI will take place a the Moulin Wakefield Mill in picturesque Wakefield, Quebec, June 22 to 27, 2014.  For additional information or to register, visit the event information page.

The National Executive Leadership Institute for Potential Vice-Presidents (VP-NELI) will be of interest to those considering senior positions in academic, administration, finance, and student services departments, such as college and institute vice-presidents, directors of pedagogical services, directors, chief operation officers or bursars, as well as positions in fund development, contracts and business development. It may also interest current vice-presidents looking to move to a larger institutional context. This year’s VP-NELI takes place at the incomparable Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort &Conference Centre in Parksville, British Columbia, from July 6 to 11, 2014. For additional information or to register, visit the event information page.

Eureka! Moment

Can a small motion sensor stuck to a refrigerator door make a difference in someone’s life? Absolutely!  A Newfoundland woman can rest easier, by keeping tabs on her elderly mother, who is living independently in Ottawa, through the use of the motion sensor. Invented by GoodRobot, a Toronto technology firm, with the help of George Brown College students, the device sends a signal to an Internet hub that can be programmed for all kinds of alerts. It can send an email or text message when the refrigerator door is opened, or if the fridge door has not been opened by a specific time. The device was pilot-tested by George Brown students, both in test kitchens on campus and in the homes of 18 families.  Feedback received through the applied research project led to modifications to the initial designs, and the development of additional products, including a device that sounds an alarm or flashes lights if the stove is left on.  Many seniors value their independence, and through these devices are able to compromise with their families in order to continue to live independently.

Did You Know?

The Executive Chef at the Canadian High Commission in New Delhi, India, is Newfoundland-born Andrew Parsons, a George Brown College grad!  Another great college success story! The poutine served during this week’s reception at the High Commission was a very popular dish. Kudos to Andrew!

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