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April 11, 2014

April 11, 2014

CEO on the Move

Paul Brennan and I spent a few very busy days in Washington, DC recently to position colleges and institutes at the World Bank and Inter American Bank. These powerful banks are both very interested in ACCC’s experience with the Education for Employment (EFE) programs in various countries, as well as the Leadership Development Program for China and the support to Brazil to make their system more accessible to low-income women. They will help make our experience better known; consider co-financing EFE programs, where relevant, and ensure Canadian college proposals are considered more seriously in the future. I will return to both banks early in May, accompanied by a good number of colleges and institutes from Québec and the Atlantic provinces, to attend their sessions on education perspectives.

Paul and I represented Canadian colleges, institutes and polytechnics along with the CEOs from Keyano, Northwest, Parkland and Algonquin colleges‎, at the annual conference of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) held in Washington recently. AACC’s 21st Century implementation guide, “Empowering Community Colleges,” is now available on their website.

I chaired the first one day retreat of the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics‘ Board of Directors from eight countries which produced the first WFCP strategic plan and some concrete actions to better prepare the upcoming World Congress in late October 2014 in Beijing. We also held a trilateral meeting of the three national college associations from the USA, Mexico and Canada to see how we can significantly increase student and faculty mobility.

I attended a two day CEOs Orientation session for new Presidents in Washington. If you think we should do one in Canada, drop me an email! I would love to hear your views.

It was great to see colleagues from Colleges Ontario, George Brown College and Seneca College at the Public Policy Forum’s 27th Annual Testimonial Dinner and Awards, honouring Annette Verschuren, Chair and CEO, NRStor Inc. and former President of The Home Depot Canada and Asia; Mary Simon, Chairperson, National Committee on Inuit Education, past President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami & Canada’s first Ambassador for Circumpolar Affairs; Sheila Fraser, former Auditor-General of Canada; and Heather Munroe-Blum, former Principal and Vice-Chancellor of McGill University for their public policy leadership in Canada.

Meetings and Partnerships

I was thrilled to be invited to the State dinner in honour of His Excellency Ollanta Humala Tasso, President of the Republic of Peru at Rideau Hall. The Government of Peru and I signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on Friday to share Canadian expertise in post-secondary education.  The agreement, with Peru’s Ministry of Education and Ministry of Labour and Promotion of Employment, builds on earlier progress towards implementation of ACCC’s Education for Employment (EFE) program.

A Leadership Academy for International Directors and Managers | August 11-15, 2014 | Montebello, QC

Building on the tradition of our very popular summer Academies for College and Institute Presidents and Vice-Presidents, we are launching a Leadership Academy for those who lead, or will lead, internationalization processes within your institutions.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn from some of the best and brightest in international education, both as faculty and mentors. They will participate in a four-day session this summer and continue their learning over the course of the following year by integrating their newly acquired knowledge in an international leadership project to be implemented with guidance from their peers.

Please visit the event website for additional information or to register.

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

Don’t miss out on the April 15 early registration deadline for the ACCC Annual Conference!

Hosted by ACCC, in partnership with La Cité and Algonquin College, the Annual Conference takes place from May 25 to 27 in 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.

You will have an opportunity to hear:

  • The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism – Sunday, May 25
  • Jeff Selingo, author and columnist – Sunday, May 25
  • Rex Murphy, Host of Cross Country Checkup, Rex Murphy contributes weekly TV essays on diverse topics to CBC TV’s The National – Monday, May 26
  • Lise Paiement, acclaimed author and educator – Monday, May 26
  • Wab Kinew, former Host of the acclaimed CBC Television series “8th Fire”, recipient of an Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Award – Tuesday, May 27
  • Chantal Hébert, Toronto Star national affairs writer and political columnist – Tuesday, May 27

New this year! On Tuesday, May 27 from 7:00 am to 8:30 am join Perrin Beatty, President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Chamber of Commerce and members of the business and industry community at the first annual Business and Industry Power Breakfast. Joining Perrin Beatty are Joanne Lefebvre, President and CEO, Regroupement des gens d’affaires (RGA) and Jeff Westeinde, Co-Chair, Invest Ottawa and President, Quantum Environmental Group.

Hotel Reservation Confirmation

The Conference dates are Sunday, May 25 – Tuesday, May 27. With the exception of the pre-conference Rural Colleges Matter – Leaders in Best Practices which is being held at Algonquin College in Pembroke, all other pre-conference events take place at the Ottawa Convention Centre during the day on Sunday, May 25. The Conference Opening begins at 5:00 pm on Sunday, May 25. The Conference concludes with the Closing Gala on Tuesday evening, May 27.

If you are holding multiple reservations, please contact your hotel as soon as possible to confirm names.

Visit the Conference website for more information or to register today!

Canada 150

In 2017, Canada’s 150th anniversary is going to be a “once-in-a-lifetime” occasion for Canadians to celebrate our nation-building, to reflect on and take pride in our accomplishments and to envision our country’s future. The celebration will also provide a unique chance to underline the importance of science, technology, engineering and innovation to the building, transformation and future of Canada.

At the invitation of the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation (CSTMC), ACCC Communications has joined a network of collaborators from government, academia, associations, industry, research institutions, science centres and other museums towards achieving a greater impact in celebrating Canada at 150.
As planning takes shape, ACCC will be looking for opportunities to champion member innovations of yesterday and tomorrow, as well as to connect colleges and institutes with activities of Canada’s broader scientific communities.


Congratulations to Peter R Kingston who was named the new Vice President, Finance & Administration at the Justice Institute of British Columbia, effective April 28. Peter brings an extensive background in public accounting and financial management at the executive level, in both private and not-for-profit organizations, to the role.

Congratulations to Don Lovisa, President of Durham College, on the renewal of his term. We look forward to continuing to work together!

Congratulations to Douglas White on his appointment to the position of Interim Director of Vancouver Island University‘s new Centre for Pre-Confederation Treaties and Reconciliation. Douglas is a lawyer, former Chief of the Snuneymuxw First Nation, and former member of the First Nations Summit Task Group and BC First Nations Leadership Council.

Congratulations to Kristine Morrissey who was named Vice-President, Finance and Administration at Cambrian College.  Kristine joined Cambrian in 2011 as Director, Financial Services, and served as Acting Vice President, Finance and Administration since August 2013.

ACCC Career Opportunity

Are you the ideal candidate for ACCC’s Director, Business Development & Social Finance position?  Click here to learn more about the position or for application instructions. Apply before April 22, 2014.

Eureka! Moment

It is always a joy to visit our members and I try to take advantage of my travels to visit as many colleges as I can. This week I had the pleasure of visiting Seneca College in Toronto and spending some time with David Agnew. I was so impressed by the number of students who knew David and stopped him in the halls during my visit. They were stopping to say hello, making suggestions, having their pictures taken with the President…or even to just ask directions. David makes it a priority to walks the hallways, engage and show that he is “approachable!”

My visit included a great visit to the Newnham Campus, with 8,000 of Senaca’s more than 25-thousand students and an additional 70K part time! Seneca also has impressive partnerships, including with DND for the Aviation Degree, and great support first generation and international students.

Did You Know?

Did you know that McDonald’s Canada has a partnership with the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)? The first of its kind in Canada, students at BCIT can receive advanced placement or course credit for McDonald’s training that can be applied to a BCIT School of Business diploma or degree. The program is available to McDonald’s employees in BC and out-of-province employees enrolled in BCIT’s distance education program.  McDonald’s Canada is exploring similar opportunities with other post-secondary institutions in Canada, so this program may soon be available for offer at a college near you!

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