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January 19, 2015


2014 Art Showcase Booklet

In 2014, CICan invited students from its member institutions to submit art pieces they had created in order to embellish the CICan Secretariat office spaceand bring their colleges within our walls. Students from across the country submitted drawings, paintings, sculptures, photos, and textiles to be part of CICan’s 2014 Art Showcase. The winning pieces can now be found in the halls of CICan’s Ottawa headquarters to the great pleasure of our staff and our national and international visitors. The winners of the Art Showcase as well as other submissions are also now available online in CICan’s 2014 Art Showcase Booklet. Congratulations to all the artist who submitted a piece, and stay tuned for details about CICan’s 2015 Art Showcase!

Click here for more information and to download the booklet.


CIIP Consultative Conference

CICan’s Canadian Immigrant Integration Program (CIIP) will be holding the CIIP Consultative Conference in Ottawa on February 11th, 2015.  This one-day event will bring together a range of stakeholders from across Canada involved in immigrant integration. The conference will open with presentations from Citizenship and Immigration Canada followed by several armchair discussions on the expansion of pre-arrival services for prospective immigrants worldwide, employer engagement and labour market gaps, partnership coordination within an extensive network, and the expansion of this extensive network.  Delegates include federal, provincial and territorial governments, colleges, councils, immigrant serving organizations, regulatory bodies, employers and various national and provincial associations. The event will also be available via webcast.

New KPMG-SECOR report highlights economic benefits of Cegep

A new study commissioned by the Fédération des cégeps (Cegeps Federation) and the Réseau Trans-Tech (Trans-tech network) has shown that the economic impact of the public cegep network is incredibly positive for students and the Quebec economy at large. The KPMG-SECOR-led study highlighted that the cegep network brings in a very impressive 9,8 billion dollars to Quebec society every year. Furthermore, cegep graduates receive an annual return of 16,6% on what they paid for their college education. The study also emphasizes the importance of Technology Transfer Centres, which facilitate applied research in many economic sectors. According to the study, the economic impact of these centres in 2012-2013 reached an estimated $210 million.

The full study is available here.

What’s Cooking in Northern Alberta?

In December, Portage College submitted their Institutional Cook and Culinary Arts Programs for recognition in the CAF-ACE Directory, and it was recognized in record speed! Way to go Portage College! Recognition in CAF-ACE Directory is important for a number of reasons: students enrolled there can be considered for subsidies in the future, graduates from the program will receive advanced placement in the CAF when they join, and the relationship between CAF and Portage College can continue to grow and expand in the future.

For more information on the CAF-ACE and College programs recognized and being processed in the CAF-ACE directory, contact Lisa Daigle at

To learn more about programs in the directory go to .

Submit your nomination for the 2015 Partners in Research National Awards

Partnerships in Research (PIR) is looking for submissions for the PIR National Awards. These are awarded to outstanding candidates who conduct exemplary and innovative research within the biomedical and natural sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics domains. This year’s nominations deadline has been extended to January 31st. We encourage all the concerned college researchers to submit their work in this national competition.

Click here for more information.

Submit your GARDN project idea!

Through partnerships between industry, SMEs, research centres and post-secondary institutions, the Green Aviation Research & Development Network (GARDN) improves the environmental performance of the Canadian aerospace sector. GARDN is currently in its second round of funding, and is looking for new project ideas for its research program. Submissions must be made two days prior to GARDN workshops, which will be taking place across Canada starting January 20th.

Click here for more information.

CICan Symposium on Colleges and Institutes Supporting the Integration of Immigrants

CICan’s Symposium on Colleges and Institutes supporting the integration of immigrants is fast approaching. The event will take place from February 11-13 at the Novotel Hotel in Ottawa, and will feature keynote presentations from guests such as Nick Noorani, Immigrant Advocate and Social Entrepreneur; Andrew Galley, Policy Associate at the Mowat Centre; and Victoria M. Esses, Principal Investigator and Co-Chair of Pathways to Prosperity: Canada. 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, and will feature an interactive mix of presentations and roundtable discussions.

Click here to register.


Did You Know?

A new certificate at Humber is allowing students to build a global backpack. The Global Citizenship Certificate is a free, online and multi-disciplinary program open to students at Humber who wish to gain a cross-cultural understanding through classes, travel, and extra-curricular activities that have a “global perspective” theme. Students in this course will have the opportunity to volunteer locally and abroad.


Things are settling in quite nicely here at CICan as 2015 kicks into full gear. This week I had the pleasure of joining the entire CICan staff for our first all-staff meeting of 2015. It was great to see everyone fully rested and eager to talk about the many projects that are planned in the coming weeks and months.

I also had very promising meetings this week with potential partners as well as senior officials and even a couple of ambassadors. I am quite confident that CICan’s national andinternational reach will soon be growing with more promising projects! Stay tuned!

Speaking of international projects, I am off to Abu Dhabi this week to participate in a conference on TVET. I am excited to head to the Middle East to share CICan’s vision and meet with potential partners! Stay tuned next week for more details about my trip!

Eureka! Moment

Nunavut Arctic College will soon be offering a Certificate in Aboriginal Language Revitalization (CALR) in partnership with the En’owkin Centre in Cambridge Bay. The program was developed by the University of Victoria’s Department of Linguistics and Division of Continuing Studies. The program will enable individuals to develop knowledge and practical strategies for language revitalization. The program at Nunavut Arctic College will start on February 16th, and will focus on the Inuinnaqtun language, which is used by fewer than 400 people.

Click here for the Arctic College news release.


Darrel Howell has been appointed Chair of the Board of Governors at Lakeland College. Howell has over 30 years of experience in the energy sector, most recently serving as President of Tartan Canada Corporation. He began his term on December 19, 2014.

Wayne Hand has been appointed Dean of the School of Construction and the Environment at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). Hand was previously Associate Dean, Building Design and Construction Technology at BCIT for 15 years.

Dwayne Hart is the new Vice-President, Administration at Grand Prairie Regional College. Mr. Hart’s previous positions include Vice President, Finance and Administration & CFO at Keyano College, as well as the same position at Northern Lights College. He brings many years of post-secondary and community college experience to the role.


Lakeland College

Academic Specialist
University College of the North

Gestionnaire, relations externes
Collèges et instituts Canada

Manager, External Relations
Colleges and Institutes Canada

Dean, Trades & Technology


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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