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March 28, 2014

March 28, 2014

CEO on the Move

After arriving in Toronto too early for the Colleges Ontario Committee of Presidents meeting, I spent some time learning about Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone (DMZ).  Over the last four years, DMZ has helped create over 1,000 jobs and assisted 400 entrepreneurs with the creation of 72 companies. The information gathered on DMZ’s entrepreneurship model will help feed into an event ACCC is developing on entrepreneurship, in addition to information about your college’s entrepreneurship initiatives.  If your institution has initiatives to share, please send the information to Judy Barbeau.

I was pleased to recognize many faces at the Colleges Ontario Committee of Presidents meeting, but there were a few that I have yet to meet and visit. I am grateful to have been able to attend the meeting as I gained a better understanding of the issues faced by the college presidents, and will incorporate them in to the curriculum for future Leadership Development events.

At the Spring Policy Conference held by the Ottawa Economics Association and the Canadian Association for Business Economics, there were representatives from all levels of government. I gave what I like to call my “College 101” presentation, where I dispel myths about the colleges and speak to impressive college accomplishments around Essential Skills; the Canadian Immigrant Integration Program; applied research; internationalization. I also spoke of the need to recognize all post-secondary degrees in government hiring practices.

Meetings and Partnerships

We met with Yazmine Laroche, Associate Deputy Minister, and Jeff Moore, Assistant Deputy Minister of Infrastructure Canada as the government nears the operationalization stage of its Building Canada Fund.  As announced in the budget, post-secondary education institutions will be eligible under the Innovation component.  The government is working with the provinces and territories with respect to these monies.  Applications will go to the provincial/territorial governments and then on to the federal government for approval.  Watch the Infrastructure Canada website for the official launch on March 31st.  College and institute proposals should be sent in as soon as possible, with the province’s support (not necessarily financial).  The funding ratio for most of Canada is expected to be a maximum of 33.3 % from the federal government, with the rest from other sources and up to 75 % federal contribution for projects located in the territories.

Presidents’ Leadership Network

The Presidents’ Leadership Network (PLN) held a conference call this week.  We discussed areas of focus for the Annual Conference, the Distinguished Service Award, the Presidents’ Academy planned for July 5-9 in Charlevoix, Quebec, and the Presidents’ Professional Development Day proposed during the ACCC on Parliament Hill event.

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

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 institutes across Canada.

Collaboration | Innovation | Transformation will focus on leading-edge approaches in teaching and learning, quality, governance, institutional leadership, and collaborative partnerships.

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.

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 an address by the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism on Sunday, May 25.

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 from 7:00 am to 8:30 am.

Digital Innovation Leadership Summit

Register for the post-conference event Digital Innovation Leadership Summit. Pearson, the world’s leading learning partner, in collaboration with Algonquin College, a global leader in digitally-connected applied education and training, along with the Institute for Digital Education @ Algonquin, invite you to join us for a one-day event on May 28th. It is geared towards academic leaders at Canadian colleges and institutes across the country that are focused on strategies and best-practices for translating digital vision into action at your institution.

Registration is complimentary! Space is limited; please register today at

Visit the Conference website for more information.

Eureka! Moment

The expertise found within our colleges is second to none, but what happens to this expertise when someone retires?  We are very happy to say that many retired college personnel still contribute to various college initiatives and projects.  This week, we want to highlight the contribution of Bernard Lachance.  Bernard held the position of Director General at Cégep Bois-de-Boulogne, then spent a few years in the role of ACCC Vice President, Partnership Programs, before returning to the role of Director General, but at Cégep régional de Lanaudière, retiring in 2011.

Bernard does not enjoy being idle, and has volunteered his time to coordinate international efforts to expand the reach and the activities of the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics (WFCP).  He will coordinate a team of retired College Presidents to network with WFCP member countries to identify networking areas for the WFCP World Congress in Beijing, such as:

  • Access
  • Applied Research
  • Green Colleges
  • Recognition of learning / Transferability across international borders

A big thank you to Bernard and the others who have stepped forward to assist – we will be in contact soon!

Did You Know?

Did you know that the Association of Saskatchewan Regional Colleges (ASRC) recently announced the premiere of College TV – a television series on City TV Saskatchewan providing an illustrative, real-world example of the diversity of careers available with training from Saskatchewan’s regional colleges.

“This series showcases how training at regional colleges is really responsive to industry need as well as a great opportunity to get on a range of exciting career paths,” says ASRC Executive Director Beverly Crossman.

College TV hosts will take the viewer on a tour of Saskatchewan’s seven regional colleges and their surrounding areas, providing information on the wide range of programs offered, from nursing to oil field specialists to university courses. 

Why not view an episode online?

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