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July 14, 2014

CEO on the move

What an incredible week! I have just returned from the Charlevoix region in Quebec where I took part in our biannual Presidents’ Academy with college and institute CEOs from across the country. The conference serves as a valuable opportunity to network, exchange ideas on key issues and share strategies and best practices for the challenging times we face as administrators.

The sessions were divided in five topics and for each we enjoyed a number of thought-provoking presentations always followed by insightful discussions. One speaker in particular David Mitchell, CEO and President of the Public Policy Forum, spoke about what he calls the “emergent political context” and its effect on colleges. His ideas generated a lot of conversation in the room and on Twitter as well. Subsequent presentations on technology, entrepreneurship and leadership were also very well received.

If you have the opportunity to attend the Presidents’ Academy in 2016, please make plans to attend!

Also, do not forget that our orientation sessions for new CEOs will be held on October 7 and 8 in Ottawa.


Eureka! Moment

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of visiting the library at CÉGEP Saint-Jean sur Richelieu which boasts one of the most amazing collections of old books you will find anywhere in Canada. Some of the rarest books date from the 16th, 17th and 18th Centuries and many were inherited from the Séminaire de Saint-Jean, whose facilities became home to the CÉGEP upon its founding in 1968. The library contains historical artifacts and magnificent wood shelving that date from decades ago when clergy and seminary students lived and studied here. Everything has been preserved out of a love of books and cultural heritage thanks to librarian Robert Dufour, a former Séminaire de Saint-Jean student who retired in 2007. Today, a new generation is tasked with preserving this valuable cultural repository.

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Association update

“Skills for the Future” symposium

On July 9-10, Colleges and Institutes Canada attended “Skills for the Future”, a national symposium on Canada’s education and skills training systems and labour markets organized hosted by the provincial and territorial education and labour market ministers in Charlottetown, PEI. Sixteen members of Colleges and Institutes Canada and eight members of the Industry College Coalition were in attendance among the more than 215 delegates comprised of business, industry, provincial government, NGO and educational institution representatives, plus the Ministers.

The key messages heard were similar to those expressed at our own Skills Summit in October and at the Summit hosted by Minister Kenney in June: the need for better labour market data, collaboration between stakeholders, soft skills, the importance of diverse educational options and pathways for learners, continued dialogue and changes to the educational approaches in Canada.

Partnership for Resource Trade (PRT) Scholarship

Do you know passionate post-secondary students who possess a talent for video production? Who understand the significance of Canada’s natural resource for our economy? Who could use a few extra bucks to reduce the cost of their education? If the answer to these questions is yes, tell them the Canadian Chamber of Commerce is offering college and university students a chance to win $2,000 through its Partnership for Resource Trade (PRT) scholarship.

This scholarship was created to reinforce pride in Canada’s natural resources, to improve understanding of how this sector benefits the Canadian economy, and to promote a favourable environment for policy decisions that enable responsible resource development and trade. The deadline to submit the video is July 18 (tentative date) and after there will be a two-week public voting period.

Click this link for information on how to participate.


Cégep international joins the Fédération des cégeps

Cégep international, the Quebec-based association that has helped cégeps develop strategies to enhance student internationalization since 1993, announced it has ceased operations. As of July 1, 2014, all staff, functions and assets have been transferred to the Fédération des cégeps, which will pursue its internationalization mandate.


Humber interns in Ottawa!

For twelve weeks this summer, the International Division at Colleges and Institutes Canada is pleased to be hosting three student interns pursuing postgraduate studies at Humber College’s International Development Institute: Lauren Beer, Devon Malcolm and Tresanna Hassanally. Each chose Humber College knowing it has more than 30 years of experience in the design and delivery of international development projects.

All three agree they are learning many practical skills in the International Division: how to write proposals, how to apply for program funding, and how to take good ideas from planning and development through to implementation. While Devon has been focusing on the ISTEP Tanzania project, Lauren has been busy preparing for the launch of a similar skills, training and employment program in Mozambique (STEM). Tresanna, meanwhile, is enjoying her communications role writing participant success stories in support of the Canadian Immigrant Integration Program (CIIP).

All are looking forward to completing their program and moving on to rewarding jobs in the international development sector.  Colleges and Institutes Canada appreciates their contribution and wishes them every success as they prepare to pursue a career in their chosen field.



Left to right: Colleges and Institutes Canada student interns from Humber College’s International Development postgraduate program: Lauren Beer (Hensall, Ontario), Devon Malcolm (Lindsay, Ontario) and Tresanna Hassanally (Toronto, Ontario).


Minister Alexander Visits CIIP India Field Office

Last week, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) Minister Chris Alexander was in India for meetings with government officials, entrepreneurs, students and business leaders. His agenda included a visit to the Canadian Immigrant Integration Program (CIIP) field office in New Delhi, where he met with staff and 16 CIIP clients on Tuesday, July 8.

Clients shared their stories with the Minister while he spoke about the importance of immigration to Canada. During his visit, the Minister stressed the importance of access to pre-departure services like CIIP. He also described the federal government’s commitment to providing immigrants with quality services after arriving in Canada.

CIIP is an initiative between the Government of Canada, Colleges and Institutes Canada and a network of Canadian partners that provides immigrants with pre-departure information, guidance and support as they prepare to join Canada’s workforce.



In a related matter, Colleges and Institutes Canada hosted a CIIP advisory group meeting in Ottawa last week to discuss the future of pre-departure services and CIIP’s role in delivering these. In attendance were senior representatives of CIIP partner organizations including colleges, immigrant support organizations, sector councils, provincial governments, francophone support organizations as well as CIC Managers Ryhan Mansour and Marie-Christine Morin. Paul Brennan and Cynthia Murphy represented the Association and are pleased to report that a follow-up meeting will be taking place later this month to continue these important discussions.

Strengthening ties with Vietnam

On Monday, July 7, Colleges and Institutes Canada issued a news release announcing the signing of a Letter of Intent with Vietnam’s KNE, (Khoi Nguyen Investment and Education Development Company). The letter identifies several agreed-upon areas for cooperation including the promotion of Canadian colleges and institutes to students in Vietnam and the establishment of an English Language Institute in Vietnam.

President and CEO Denise Amyot endorsed this two-year collaboration on June 27 alongside KNE General Director, Trinh Quang Dong, in the presence of Vietman’s Ambassador, His Excellency To Ahn Dung. For more information, read the full release here.






Gina Funicelli has been appointed the new Dean of Applied Research and Innovation at Lethbridge College. This is a brand new position at the College created to better serve the institution’s applied research priorities. Ms. Funicelli assumed her new role on July 2. Congratulations Gina!

Patricia Remillard has been named interim director of the University of Guelph’s Kemptville campus effective Monday, June 2nd. Ms. Remillard will be managing campus operations to ensure the seamless delivery of programs and will be working closely with external partners and stakeholders. Congratulations Patricia!

Audrey Penner has been appointed Vice-President, Academic and Student Success at Northern College, effective August 1. Ms. Penner comes to Northern from Holland College in Prince Edward Island, where she was Director of Learning Support, Applied Research and Transitions. Congratulations Audrey!

Stephen Mooney, Director of Cold Climate Innovation at Yukon College, was appointed as a Council member of the National Research Council in May 2014. A member of the Yukon Association of Professional Engineers, Mr. Mooney specializes in developing, commercializing and exporting cold climate technologies around the world. Congratulations Stephen!