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January 26, 2015


Launch of CICan 2014 Art Showcase competition!

For the second year in a row, Colleges and Institutes Canada is calling on student talent to bring the college presence within the walls of our national office at the Château Laurier in Ottawa. For the 2015 Art Showcase, CICan invites students from colleges and institutes across the country to send in their illustrations, paintings, photos, fabrics, sculptures and technical drawings. The top three submissions will receive monetary prizes, and every finalist’s artwork will be displayed in the CICan secretariat. Regional prizes will also be awarded. Artists have until March 13th to submit their pieces.

Click here for instructions & eligibility criteria.


CICan’s Colleges and Institutes Enabling Entrepreneurship Symposium

Registration is now open for CICan’s Colleges and Institutes Enabling Entrepreneurship Symposium which will take place March 8-10 in Quebec city.

This Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) symposium will bring together leaders from the colleges and institutes, partners in economic development authorities, entrepreneurs, youth leaders, government agencies, foundations and other key partners supporting the entrepreneurs of the country. Recognizing that entrepreneurship is a global competitive advantage, this symposium will explore the impact that colleges and institutes have on the entrepreneurial eco-system.

Click here to register.

SSHRC to promote the Community and College Social Innovation Fund

Following the launch of the new pilot Community and College Social Innovation Fund last November 21, SSHRC representatives will be travelling across Canada and offering outreach visits at selected colleges and institutes to promote the new Fund as well as offering Webinars in January and February. The three-year pilot initiative will increase college and institute capacity to engage in collaborative partnerships to address social issues. The Community and College Social Innovation Fund description is available on the SSHRC website.

The deadline to submit proposals is March 2, 2015.

New partnership on Aboriginal business opportunities

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) is partnering with Natural Resources Canada for their Green Mining Initiative (GMI) in order to raise awareness and increase Aboriginal business opportunities in innovative green mining. GMI targets the development of innovative energy-efficient technologies required for mining to leave behind only clean water, rehabilitated landscapes and healthy ecosystems. It aims to improve the mining sector’s environmental performance.

An upcoming roundtable will focus on supporting Aboriginal businesses in the green mining sector, and AANDC would like to hear perspectives from post-secondary institutions involved in partnerships with the mining industry.

They will be holding roundtable meetings across Canada and have requested our assistance to identify representatives from colleges and institutes. The tentative schedule is as follows:

  • Saskatoon, SK week of Jan 26th
  • Montreal, QC week of Feb 9th
  • Thunder Bay, ON week of Feb 23rd
  • Fort Nelson, BC week of March 9th
  • Yellowknife, NWT week of March 23rd

Please email Anna Toneguzzo ( if you have a recommendation for a representative from your institution, and confirm their name, title and contact information.

New director general at the Fédération des cégeps

CICan would like to congratulate Mr. Bernard Tremblay, who was recently announced as the new director general of the Federation des cégeps. Mr. Tremblay currently holds the position of director of work relations, secretary general, and director of legal affairs at the Fédération des commissions scolaires du Québec. He holds a law degree and a Masters degree in Public Law from Université de Laval as well as a Masters in Public Administration from the École nationale d’administration. He has been a member of the Quebec Bar since 1990. Mr Tremblay will begin his term on March 9th at the Fédération des cégeps, which represents the 48 public colleges in Quebec, and is an ally of CICan. We wish him all the best and look forward to working with Mr Tremblay!


Call for Proposals : Flexibility and Innovation in Apprenticeship Technical Training (FIATT)

Employment and Social Development Canada is now accepting applications for the Flexibility and Innovation in Apprenticeship Technical Training (FIATT) Call for Proposald (CFP). The FIATT pilot project is linked to the Government of Canada’s Economic Action Plan, and its goal is to expand innovative approaches to the delivery of apprentice technical training. This program seeks to reduce barriers to completing training and obtaining certification.

Funding applications from community colleges can be submitted until March 3rd, 2015. For more information, please visit :

Did you know?

SAIT Polytechnic has launched an innovative project to help students get rid of the winter blues. Student Development and Counseling at the institution is encouraging students to sign up for a new initiative called the “28 Days of Happiness” . Starting February 1st, students who have signed up will receive a positive email in their inbox with information about activities to raise their spirits. SAIT has many upcoming positive initiatives planned to help students deal with periods of high-stress.



After several weeks in Ottawa, I embarked last week on my first international trip of 2015. What an exciting trip it was! I had the pleasure of travelling to Abu Dhabi for the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Week; the first event of its kind in the United Arab Emirates. TVET Week was hosted by the Abu Dhabi Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training, and its theme was “A Reliable Route to Employment”.

I received a very warm welcome once I landed, and I was also touched by the welcome I got at the Higher Colleges of Technology, which I really enjoyed visiting. I toured the campus with Sultan Karmostaji, and I couldn’t help but be impressed by the progress made in the last two decades since Canadians helped establish the college’s first campus. Back then, a single campus served about 200 students, but the college has since grown to include 17 campuses that train 22 000 students.

I was honoured to speak about the Canadian college and institute model and CICan’s Education for Employment program during TVET week. There was clearly a lot of interest for our approach to applied research, our post-graduate diploma options and our forthcoming symposium on entrepreneurship.

It was also very inspirational to hear the ideas of educational professionals from around the world. I particularly liked hearing Joao Santos of the European Commission suggesting that TVET students need more incentives and scholarships. I had the opportunity to exchange ideas with a variety of people in the education sector, and make connections in Abu Dhabi that seem quite promising.

Now it’s time to return to Ottawa. I have to admit, though I didn’t particularly miss the cold weather, it’s good to be back.


Eureka! Moment

Two students at Collège Lionel-Groulx have created a mobile app that coordinates an individual’s personal schedule with a close friend’s so they can make plans more efficiently. Apple has already approved Friend’s There, the social application Mathieu Tousignant and Frédéric Grenier created after Tousignant realized he wanted to find a way to track down his friends when they were on campus at the same time. The app became available to the public on January 19, and the creators are hoping to expand it to up to 200 schools across the country. What a creative idea!

For more information, visit


Dr. John Fallavollita is the new director of Applied Research and Innovation Services (ARIS) at SAIT Polytechnic. Dr. Fallavollita’s previous positions include Adjunct Professor and Industry Consultant in the Chemicals and Materials Engineering Department at the University of Alberta. Dr. Fallavollita was chosen after the selection committee saw applicants from around the world. He began his term in October of 2014.

Cheryl O’Connell is the new interim Dean of Trades and Technology at North Island College. In this position, she will ensure students achieve success in BC’s growing trades sector. Mrs. O’Connell will keep her position as the Dean of Continuing Education and Training at NIC. She will begin her new role on January 26th.

Lise Bégin is the new Director of Administrative Services, Finance, Building and Maintenance and IT at Vanier College. Mrs. Bégin’s previous positions include Senior Director of Finance and Administration at Marianopolis College and Director of Administrative and Financial Services at College Laval. She begins her term in March 2015.


Instructor, Nunavut Teacher Education Program
Nunavut Arctic College

Professor, School of International Business
Seneca College

Professor, School of International Business
Seneca College

Professor, School of Early Childhood Education (2 Positions)
Seneca College

Parkland 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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