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January 12, 2015


Happy New Year from CICan!

After a wonderful holiday break, Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) is back for a new year and ready to tackle 2015 with the same determination as it continues to champion colleges and institutes across the country. But as we say goodbye to 2014, CICan would like to reflect on a few of the past year’s key achievements and highlights:

  • In May, the association unveiled its new brand and logo and formally adopted Colleges and Institutes Canada as its new name after 42 years as the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC). Following a nationwide logo design competition for college students, Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology student Matt Szurnicki’s concept was chosen. The stylized maple leaf made of smaller leaves reaching outwards, perfectly illustrates Colleges and Institutes Canada’s collaborative approach and ambition to champion colleges, institutes and polytechnics in Canada while building Canada.
  • In January, CICan, known then as ACCC, partnered with leading industry and labour organizations to launch an industry-college coalition to help identify solutions to Canada’s current skills challenges. The coalition has since grown to 36 members representing a very large portion of Canada’s economy.
  • In May, CICan launched Transfer Principles to enhance student mobility between colleges and institutes. These principles will help students who wish to transfer relevant credits from one institution to another and will guide mobility practices at member institutions.
  • In September, CICan signed a Framework for Collaboration with the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) to enhance partnerships between colleges and universities including those for the transferability of credits.
  • In October, CICan led an important delegation to China and showcased once again its international leadership by spearheading the adoption of the Beijing Declaration at the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnic’s (WFCP) World Congress in Beijing.
  • Throughout the year, CICan launched several new international programs under the Education for Employment (EFE) banner. EFE Andes was launched with success in Bolivia, Peru and Colombia and a new agreement was signed in December for the launch of EFE in Senegal.

2014 was a busy year for CICan, and we could not have done it without our friends and partners. We look forward to working with you all in 2015 and are excited about the new initiatives that are forthcoming!

Happy New Year!  

CICan applauds the launch of the Canada Apprentice Loan

Prime Minister Stephen Harper was at the joint BCIT/Vancouver Community College Annacsis Island campus last week to launch the Canada Apprentice Loan. This is welcome news for apprentices across the country who will have access to interest free loans to help with the costs they encounter during technical training, including educational fees, tools and equipment, living expenses and forgone wages.

For more information, click the following links for the government news release and the CICan news release.

A new start for the CAFCOD

CICan is pleased to start the New Year by reporting that the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) has a new and improved CAF-ACE.  ACE stands for Accreditation Certifications and Equivalencies. CAF-ACE replaces the very successful Colleges Opportunities Program (COP) and directory (CAFCOD). Stay tuned in the next few weeks for a new URL to reflect the name change. The current URL will remain available for the next several months.

The name was changed by the CAF to better reflect its focus on the inclusion of Certification and Equivalencies for military members. The next phase of the CAF’s vision for post-secondary education is to see military training that will be recognized or partially recognized by interested Colleges, to allow CAF members easier transition to the civilian world in the future with college recognized credentials. In time, colleges and industry will be in sync when it comes to CAF occupational training, as well as the recognition of prior learning and experience as it is evaluated in the civilian world. One Canadian Standard is not an unrealistic idea for the medium and long term. The Canadian military is fully in support and this is one of the new ideas behind the next iteration of CAF-ACE.

For more information on CAF-ACE contact Lisa Daigle, System Administrator 

Reminder:  Nomination information for Colleges and Institute Canada Awards of Excellence is now available online

The CICan Awards program recognizes and promotes excellence within member colleges, institutes, polytechnics, cégeps, and university colleges. It showcases extraordinary contributions of individuals to their communities and highlights the role of our institutions in social, cultural and economic development. Nomination packages are now available for the 2014-2015 awards. Gold, silver and bronze awards will be presented in eight categories: indigenous education excellence, innovation in applied research excellence, internationalization excellence, leadership excellences, program excellence, staff excellence, student leadership excellence and teaching excellence.

The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, January 16, 2015 at 11:59 p.m.

Cick here to download the nomination forms 

CICan Symposium on Colleges and Institutes Supporting the Integration of Immigrants

CICan will be hosting a Symposium on Colleges and Institutes supporting the integration of immigrants from February 11-13 at the Novotel Hotel in Ottawa. The symposium will provide a platform for participants to discuss the important role of colleges and institutes in supporting the integration of immigrants into the Canadian labour market.

The symposium will feature an interactive mix of presentations and roundtable discussions on specific subjects, including partnerships with private sector employers, partnerships with municipalities, occupation specific language training, and essential support services for immigrant student success.

Click here for registration information.

Did You Know?

Yukon College has launched a Skills for Employment in Culinary Arts program, which allows 12 students to learn professional kitchen skills. The program’s themes include meal planning, menu design, nutrition, budgeting, ordering supplies, preparation and presentation. Red Seal Chefs Joel Siefert and Lynn Fabio are the course’s instructors. 


CEO on the move

As colleges and institute students across Canada began their winter semesters, the staff at CICan also came back from holidays last week! Though I’m grateful for a wonderful and relaxing holiday, I am excited to be back to work! 2014 was an eventful year, and judging from our schedule for the next few months, CICan won’t be slowing down even a little bit in 2015.

In the next few weeks, I will be travelling across Canada and internationally to keep championing the work that colleges and institutes are doing. For now, I am taking advantage of a quiet week back to catch up with staff and with our members and partners. I feel well rested and look forward to visiting more institutions this year!

Happy New Year, and welcome back! 

Eureka! Moment

George Brown recently launched a new online tool called Career Coach. The resource is the first of its kind among GTA colleges, and offers up-to-date job market information such as salaries and employment growth projection. It also pinpoints which George Brown courses are useful to students who know what job they want. What a neat tool!


Dr. Kathy Denton is the new president of Douglas College. Dr. Denton’s previous positions include interim president and vice president at the College. She first joined Douglas College in 1993 as a psychology instructor. She begins her term immediately.

Crystal Nett is the new associate-vice-president, Strategy, at Saskatchewan Polytechnic. Nett’s previous positions include chief financial officer and vice-president of the Finance, Safety and Risk Division at the Saskatchewan Research Council.

Dr. Reg Urbanowski is the new vice-president, Strategy and Advancement at Saskatchewan Polytechnic. Dr. Urbanowski’s previous positions include Assistant Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Advanced Education of the Government of Saskatchewan, and Special Advisor to the Deputy Minister of the same ministry.

Mr. Marc Éthier is the new President of the Administration Council at Cegep de la Pocatière.Mr. Éthier’s previous positionsinclude parents’ representative as well as technical sector alumni representative. He was selected on December 17, 2014.


Coordinator, Risk Management
New Brunswick Community College

Associate Dean, Faculty of Trades & Technology
Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Vice President, Education And Student Development

College Professor, Anthropology

Senior Director, Capital Planning and Construction
Humber College


Colleges and Institutes Supporting the Integration of Immigrants
February 11th – February 13th 2015
Ottawa, ON

Enabling Entrepreneurship
March 8th – March 10th 2015
Quebec City, QC
Cégep Garneau

Colleges and Institutes Canada 2015 Conference
May 24th – May 26th 2015
Winnipeg, Manitoba

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