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March 7, 2014

March 7, 2014

CEO on the Move

During the last day of the Governor General’s State Visit to India, I saw how India’s deep-seated entrepreneurship was evident in Dharavi Slum, one of the largest slums in Asia and home to approximately one million people in 1.75 square kilometres. The various micro-businesses in recycling, small-scale manufacturing and textiles within the slum generate an estimated $665 million in annual revenues.  We learned of the Community Outreach Program (CORP), an NGO operating 20 community centres in 14 slum communities across Mumbai and the difference the contribution by the Government of Canada can make.  Their focus is on empowering women and supporting at-risk children by providing them with access to quality education, shelter, nutritious meals, health care and vocational training.  I was struck by the fact that they do not have a business model to leverage funding from their projects. Should your college have business students in Mumbai or partners in an Indian College willing to provide some assistance, it would make a difference in the lives of many living in the slum.  I would be pleased to put you in contact with the right person.

We also visited Film City and participated in a roundtable discussion on the future of audiovisual co-production between Canada and India.  Mumbai’s Bollywood industry is recognized worldwide, and Film City hosts the most film shoots in India.  There was interest expressed in collaborations for industry-related skills training, such as film, animation and game development.

ACCC appeared before the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities (HUMA) regarding their study on the Opportunities for Aboriginal Persons in the Workforce.  We spoke to how colleges serve Aboriginal learners and the holistic approach used by colleges and institutes to provide effective support through proactive recruitment, open and supportive admissions policies and culturally-appropriate assessment services; a broad range of education and training programs; and wrap-around support services such as tutoring, daycare, Aboriginal gathering places, financial assistance.

On Friday, I flew to Germany to join the Honourable Jason Kenney’s study tour to Germany and the United Kingdom to examine innovative approaches to skills training.  Stay tuned for next week’s Inside ACCC for more information, or follow my Twitter feed @DAmyot to see photos and updates from what is sure to be an interesting trip, or use #ACCCGermany or #ACCCUK.

Meetings and Partnerships

This week, we engaged with:

  • Dr. Deborah Bartlette, Vice-President, Academic and Student Services, Yukon College and member of the board of the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education (CSSHE). We discussed the importance of sharing the research done on colleges on a greater scale.  We invite you to share your research on colleges with us, and with your permission, we will post it on the ACCC or World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics websites.
  • Magdalene Woo, President, Canadian Chamber of Commerce in South China.  The Chamber is partnering with ACCC to offer internships to 30 Canadian students in education, social work or business administration programs this summer. Additional information to follow!
  • Dr. Peter Dietsche, President PSE Information Systems, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) / University of Toronto. We spoke about the importance of research done on colleges.
  • Namir Anani, President and CEO, Information and Communication Technology Council (ICTC).  ICTC is a centre of expertise in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) research, policy development and workforce solutions. More to follow about a potential pilot project on IT-related programs.

ACCC co-hosted a meeting of the forest industry looking at the transformation the industry and the role that innovation plays in that process with a view to exploring opportunities for ACCC and its members to engage in that process.  We are also collaborating with the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) on an online national labour market information system for the industry.  The tool would build on the national data source surveys and macro-economic data available through Employment and Social Development Canada and incorporate regionally specific data collected at a facility level.

At the invitation of British Columbia Council for International Education, ACCC VP, Paul Brennan, spoke to three different groups about how international recruitment and programs can help address Canada’s skill gaps. Sessions and dialogue were held on March 4th and 5th with institutional CEOs, with managers of international activities and with Executive Directors from two BC Ministries overseeing trades training and technical education. Discussions included how to be more flexible regarding how to integrate potential apprentices into college programs first and then on-the-job training, how to undertake more targeted recruitment of immigrants and students, and how the ACCC programs and offices abroad can best support the BC provincial and institutional international objectives.

New PSE Program for First Nations and Inuit Students

A new PSE program for First Nations and Inuit students was announced this week, and a call for proposals issued, inviting eligible post-secondary institutions to apply for funding to design and deliver university- and college-level courses designed specifically for First Nations and Inuit students. There are 2 deadlines for proposals:  March 31, 2014 and April 30, 2014.  The program responds to needs colleges and their Indigenous partners say are of vital importance. Additional information is available on the Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development website.

Applied Research Symposium

The 2014 ACCC Applied Research symposium took place March 5 and 6 in Ottawa. We welcomed 180 participants, sharing and exploring strategies for integrating, managing and sustaining growth of college applied research. The ACCC report, College Applied Research 2012-13: Innovation for Small Business and Communities was released at the Symposium.

During the Symposium, ACCC announced a new Scholarship Fund to support research done on colleges. The as-yet unnamed Scholarship Program (suggestions are welcomed) will be launched in 2015 with a first scholarship to assist with specific costs relative to research on aspects of Canadian colleges and institutes. Applicants must be faculty or staff at an ACCC member institution to be eligible for consideration. Donations to the Scholarship fund are accepted. We will seek advice from the ACCC National Research Advisory Committee as we further develop the Program.

Other Symposium highlights are available on Twitter at #CollegeInnovation.

ACCC Annual Conference| Ottawa, ON | May 25-27, 2014

In May 2014, ACCC, in partnership with La Cité and Algonquin College, is hosting the Annual Conference in Canada’s Capital, Ottawa. Preparations are in full swing, with an exciting lineup of engaging sessions for leaders, learners, teachers and influencers from colleges and institutions from across Canada.

Collaboration | Innovation | Transformation will focus on leading-edge approaches in teaching and learning, quality, governance, institutional leadership, and collaborative partnerships. The program will feature a mix of networking opportunities, plenary sessions, workshops, lightning talks, and innovative eLearning applications and adaptive technologies showcases.

More than 700 delegates from Canada and around the world are expected to attend including CEOs, senior administrators, board members, managers, faculty, staff, students, international guests and business executives. If you haven’t already registered, you can do it right now.

ACCC is bringing together an impressive group of distinguished keynote speakers, including award-winning authors and journalists; students, college, aboriginal and business leaders. Networking breakfasts are also a significant component to the ACCC Annual Conference and provide formal and informal opportunities for sharing or shaping future action. 

Pre-Conference Sessions | May 23-25, 2014

The Conference features an array of engaging pre-conference sessions designed to spark discussions, exchange solutions to ongoing challenges and identify paths to success, including on international and applied research.

Algonquin College’s Pembroke Campus is hosting the Rural College Symposium and La Cité is inviting delegates to discover their Ottawa and Orleans Campuses.

Post-Conference Session | May 28, 2014

Co-Sponsored by Algonquin College and Pearson Canada, join your colleagues at the Digital Innovation Leadership Summit.

Visit the Conference website for more information.


Congratulations to Nathalie Vallée, who was named Vice President Academic at Collège Ahuntsic, effective March 31. Nathalie has a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Design, and is working on her Masters in Public Administration at the École nationale d’administration publique.  She gained experience in the education sector through roles as a teacher of interior design at Cégep régional de Lanaudière, a Ministry of Education expert, Technical education coordinator at Collège Ahuntsic, and Associate Vice President Academic at Cégep régional de Lanaudière. 

Congratulations to Murielle Lanciault, Director General at Cégep du Vieux Montréal, on renewal of her term. We look forward to continuing to work together!

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2014 College Sector Educator Award from the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education in recognition of their efforts to promote and support the development of their peers with regard to teaching excellence: Dianne Bateman, Champlain Regional College, St-Lambert Campus; Rosalina Chiovitti, Humber College; Carmen Hall, Fanshawe College; Wendy Lawson, Mohawk College; and Tom Stephenson, George Brown College.

The 2014 Art Showcase deadline has been extend to March 21st, 2014 – Submissions Welcomed!

ACCC invites students from its member institutions to submit a piece of art to embellish the ACCC Secretariat office space located in Ottawa and bring the colleges within our walls. We are looking for unique pieces, encompassing any theme 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 on ACCC’s website and in its publications. An award will be given to the best submission from each ACCC membership region (BC/Yukon, Alberta/Northwest Territories, Manitoba/Saskatchewan/Nunavut, Ontario, Québec, Atlantic). There will be a financial award for the top 3 selections from all submissions: $500 for first place, $400 for second place and $300 for third place. The winners will also be showcased at the ACCC 2014 Annual Conference, taking place May 25 to 27 in Ottawa. 

Only 3 provinces are represented in the submissions received to date:  Alberta, Ontario and Québec.

Visit for any updates and to download the application form.

WFCP World Congress 2014

The World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics (WFCP)’s World Congress 2014, hosted by the China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE) will take place at the China National Convention Centre in Beijing, China, from October 24 to 26, 2014.  Bringing together leaders of the applied higher education system to discuss the latest trends, topics and developments in this sector, the Congress is being held in conjunction with the China Annual Conference for International Education 2014.  The Call for Proposals is available online.

March 8 is International Women’s Day

“Countries with more gender equality have better economic growth. Companies with more women leaders perform better. Peace agreements that include women are more durable. Parliaments with more women enact more legislation on key social issues such as health, education, anti-discrimination and child support. The evidence is clear: equality for women means progress for all.”

Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations

Eureka! Moment

Yet another contribution by college applied research to the success of Canadian Olympians!  VestechPro, a college centre for the transfer of technology (CCTT) affiliated with Cégep Marie-Victorin, worked with the three Dufour-Lapointe sisters and developed a smart Hexoskin compression top that monitored their physiological responses to training in order to optimize the results and fine-tune their workouts, both in the gym and on the slopes. Radio-Canada profiled the work done by VestechPro, which is credited to contributing to the Gold and Silver medals brought home by Justine Dufour-Lapointe and Chloé Dufour-Lapointe.  The Hexoskin top was developed by Carré Technologies and Vestechpro with funding from an Applied Research and Development Grant through Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)Community and College Innovation Program.

Did You Know?

Sheridan College graduates were well represented at the Academy Awards, not only by Colin Doncaster and Tibor Madjar, who won Oscars for technical achievement, but also through the involvement of 31 other alumni who worked in Oscar-nominated films including: Despicable Me 2; Frozen; Gravity; Iron Man 3; Star Trek into Darkness; The Croods; The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug; and The Lone Ranger.

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