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March 21, 2014

March 21, 2014

CEO on the Move

This week started off with meetings in Kingston, Ontario, at the Canadian Defence Academy and St. Lawrence College (SLC)

At the Canadian Defence Academy, ACCC VP Public Policy and Canadian Partnerships Terry Anne Boyles and I met with Major General Éric Tremblay. We discussed the Canadian Forces’ vision for the future of learning for their personnel, and the role that colleges across Canada could play in achieving their vision. 

St. Lawrence College President Glenn Vollebregt gave us a tour of the very impressive Kingston campus. The College’s commitment to sustainability is remarkable: SLC is home to the largest solar panel installation in an educational setting in North America; has electric charging stations on each campus; has a solar charging station at Energy House, the College’s off-grid renewable technologies demonstration building; and uses reclaimed materials where possible, such as the sitting area made with benches discarded by a local restaurant.

The Wind Turbine and Skilled Trades Training Centre opened in Fall 2010, featuring space for about 80 apprentices in the Wind Turbine Technician, Brick and Stone Mason programs and other trades; an exterior solar wall and rooftop solar panels that create energy and can be used as a learning lab; and a full size wind turbine nacelle, which give students hands-on learning.

Partnering with the local YMCA, SLC has a YMCA facility right on campus – and students can use any YMCA in the world as an additional benefit.

On Tuesday, I was thrilled to join Sheridan College President Jeff Zabudsky for the announcement of the Business Innovation Access Program (BIAP) by the Honourable Greg Rickford, Minister of State (Science and Technology). With $20-million in funding, the program will leverage NRC’s Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) networks and knowledge, connecting SMEs with colleges, universities and other research institutions, to address and resolve barriers to the commercialization of ideas, products and services. John R. McDougall, President of the National Research Council (NRC), and David Agnew, President of Seneca College and Chair of Colleges Ontario, were also on hand for the announcement.

We toured the College’s Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Design Technologies (CAMDT), learning that Sheridan is the only educational institution in North America with two types of 3D printers or production systems, and CAMDT’s main research areas are additive manufacturing (3D printing) and rapid prototyping; sustainable energy systems; plant layout/efficiency; automation; and robotics and flexible manufacturing systems. In more simple terms, Sheridan’s support to SMEs is varied, having carried out research on 70 projects, developed a system to sort clothing, and designed an advanced heart diagnostic system that remotely detects cardiac arrhythmia.

Meetings / Partnerships

ACCC took part in the Nigerian Economic Summit on Transforming Education through Partnerships for Global Competitiveness.  As a member of the opening panel alongside the Vice-President of Nigeria, the Minister of Education, the Vice President of the World Bank and two Nigerian education sector leaders, ACCC VP International Partnerships Paul Brennan spoke to the Education for Employment approach, the need to work closely with employers and to learn from other countries which have faced similar challenges. He also did four media interviews, including with CNBC Africa (at the 4:32 mark of the video).

Paul Brennan also took part in a Panel on Improving Skills for Youth at the Comparative and International Education Society’s Global Conference in Toronto. He brought the college perspectives to a panel made up of three other representatives from UNICEF, UNESCO and DFATD. He also challenged OISE, the host institution, and other universities to undertake research on what colleges, institutes and polytechnics are contributing to this challenge in Canada and in many other countries.


Congratulations to Louise Riel, on being named Vice President, Continuing Education and Training at Cégep Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. Louise was previously a Counsellor in the Continuing Education and Corporate Training department at Collège Lionel-Groulx

Congratulations to Dr. Kent MacDonald, President and CEO of Algonquin College, on being named President of his alma mater, St. Francis Xavier University.  Over his 16 years with Algonquin, Kent held the role of Academic Chair of Business, Technology and Outdoor Training at the Pembroke Campus, before moving to Ottawa as Dean of the School of Business; Vice President Student Services and Development, Vice President Academic, and ultimately became its President. Kent’s departure from Algonquin is effective July 31, 2014. We will miss his leadership.

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

ACCC in partnership with La Cité and Algonquin College is hosting the Annual Conference, May 25-27, 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.

ACCC is bringing together an impressive group of distinguished keynote speakers, including award-winning authors and journalists; students, college, aboriginal and business leaders. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to hear:

  • Rex Murphy, host of Cross Country Checkup, Rex Murphy contributes weekly TV essays on diverse topics to CBC TV’s The National.
  • Wab Kinew, former host of the acclaimed CBC Television series “8th Fire”, recipient of an Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Award.
  • Lise Paiement, acclaimed author and educator
  • Chantal Hébert, Toronto Star national affairs writer and political columnist

New this year! Join Perrin Beatty, President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Chamber of Commerce and members of the business and industry community at the Business and Industry Power Breakfast on Tuesday, May 27.

If you haven’t already registered, you can do it right now. Don’t miss the early registration deadline of April 15th.

Nominations for the 2014 Innovative Management Award

The Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) recently recognized ACCC’s Canadian Immigrant Integration Program (CIIP) with the 2013 Public Sector Leadership Award.  IPAC is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Innovative Management Award, sponsored by IBM. The IPAC Award for Innovative Management Award aims to recognize and encourage innovation in public organizations and governments which have: transformed public administration; advanced knowledge management systems and structures; enhanced the use and management of public funds; improved transparency, accountability and responsiveness; and increased public participation.

For more information on the Awards criteria, details, and application process, visit the website. The deadline for submission is April 4, 2014.

Staff Changes

ACCC is pleased to welcome Julien Abord-Babin as the Association’s Senior Strategic Writer on the Communications team.  Julien is fluently bilingual, holds a masters degree in political science from the University of Ottawa and a bachelor in journalism from l’Université du Québec à Montréal. He has worked as a journalist for L’Étoile in Moncton, New Brunswick; La Liberté in Winnipeg, Manitoba; and as research assistant, in addition to a variety of interesting volunteer and internship projects with Association des étudiant(e)s diplômé(e)s en études politiques (AEDEEP); and Union de la presse francophone (UPF) Acadie, Moncton; among others.

Logo Contest Needs Designers!

ACCC has put out a call to students of design across our member institutions. We’re looking for for a student to come up with a new logo and wordmark to go along with our new name. The winning student will be awarded $5,000 for their design.

Get more information at!

Startup Canada Awards

Startup Canada is a national, grassroots, volunteer-run and entrepreneur-led movement to enhance the nation’s competitiveness and prosperity through uniting and strengthening the entrepreneurship ecosystem and promoting a vibrant entrepreneurial culture.  The Startup Canada Awards celebrate and distinguish the individuals, communities and institutions in Canada that have demonstrated innovation, excellence, outstanding achievement and impact in advancing Canadian entrepreneurship.

Nominate your college for its impact on advancing entrepreneurship at  The Startup Canada Awards are accepting nominations until 5 p.m. on April 12.

For additional information, please visit the Startup Canada Awards website.

Canadian Association of Continuing Care Educators Conference and AGM | May 29-30, 2014 | Vancouver, BC

The 2014 Canadian Association of Continuing Care Educators Conference and AGM will be held May 29-30, 2014, in beautiful Vancouver, BC with conference accommodations at the downtown Listel Hotel. The theme of the conference is: Transforming Teaching and Learning: Unlocking Potential. 

Look for more information in the coming weeks on the CACCE website or register at:

CANHEIT Conference | June 1 to 4, 2014 | Charlottetown, PEI

CANHEIT, the national conference for higher education IT professionals in Canada, brings together over 400 IT leaders, decision-makers, and professionals to connect, share, discuss challenges, and explore new ideas, technologies, and opportunities. Hosted this year by the University of Prince Edward Island in historic Charlottetown, CANHEIT is the not-to-be-missed event on the higher education IT calendar. UPEI will roll out the welcome mat and offer colleagues a chance to get away from the office and immerse themselves in keynotes, themed presentations, panels, impromptu networking opportunities, and social events.

For more information, please visit the conference website. Program proposals are being accepted until March 21.  Use the Program Submission link to submit your ideas.

Save the date! WFCP World Congress | October 24-26, 2014 | Beijing, China

The 2014 WFCP World Congress, hosted by the China Education Association for International Exchange will take place at the China Conference Centre in Beijing, China, from October 24th-26th, 2014. The conference is organised in conjunction with the China Annual Conference for International Education. The World Congress will bring together leaders of the applied higher education system to discuss the latest trends, topics and development in this sector.

Eureka! Moment

ACCC recently joined with The Royal, one of Canada’s foremost mental health care and academic health science centre, and the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC), to launch and promote the HealthyMinds app. HealthyMinds features a daily mood tracker, a journaling feature, a problem-solving tool, coping and stress buster strategies and much more. The app is currently available through the Apple App Store or at

Another mental health initiative gaining momentum across the country is Clara’s Big Ride for Bell Let’s Talk. Clara Hughes, a six-time Canadian Olympic speed-skating and cycling medalist, visitedLambton College as the national spokesperson for Bell Let’s Talk.  To coincide with her visit, Judith Morris, President & CEO, Lambton College declared Tuesday, March 18 a Mental Health Day across campus, and took part in a fundraising indoor bike relay against other Lambton College executives. The funds raised will support The Jack Project – Lambton College, a student group supporting mental health awareness.

Did You Know?

Did you know that Canada Water Week is held annually in the third week of March to coincide with World Water Day on March 22? It is a week-long celebration of water from coast-to-coast-to-coast. Colleges offer many water-related programs, such as Water Engineering, Water Quality Technician, Water and Waste Water Technician, Water and Wastewater Operator, Environmental Engineering Technology, and are involved in water research and treatment.

Are you taking part in Canada Water Week? Follow the conversation @CanadaWaterWeek, or use #canadah2o to Tweet about your college’s water initiatives.

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