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June 17, 2014

Meetings and Partnerships 

I met with Frédéric Poulin, Director General of Cégep de l’Outaouais. Our conversation was very interesting as his experience working at colleges in both Ontario and Quebec has given him a unique perspective. Time did not allow for a full campus visit, but I hope to return soon to tour their facilities and share a few of their innovations with you.

I spoke with Mike Colledge, President, Canadian Public Affairs, Ipsos-Reid. Ipsos Reid conducts strategic research with clients from the government, public, corporate, and not-for-profit sectors. They have interesting information about colleges and postsecondary education, which they have agreed to present, in collaboration with Colleges and Institutes Canada, to an upcoming presidents’ meeting and to members of the Industry-College Coalition.

Communitech is a Waterloo Region hub for the commercialization of innovative technologies, which supports tech companies at all stages of their growth and development. I met with Communitech’s Vice President of Marketing & Communications, Avvey Peters. It was great to hear how they are involving post-secondary institutions in their entrepreneurship training and are supporting the industry.

CEO on the Move

I had a great visit in the Niagara region where I toured both Niagara College campuses, in Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake. They are both fascinating campuses in their own right and offer wonderful learning opportunities.

The Welland campus is definitely a leader in environmental sustainability and has established an impressive renewable energy program. They have installed 500 solar panels on campus and are also experimenting with wind and geothermal energy. The campus has also eliminated all plastic water bottles and can even measure savings through water fountains. I was also quite impressed by their focus on industry and innovation with very cool equipment such as the FaroArm; a portable coordinates measuring machine that allows quick and efficient quality control of manufactured goods.

The Niagara-on-the-Lake campus hosts the Canadian Food & Wine Institute research centre and laboratories where top food scientists and culinary experts are creating new products at the request of industry. And of course wine is on the menu. This campus is in the heart of wine country and manages 40 acres of vineyards located close to the escarpment of a UNESCO world heritage protected area.

Students can also learn about beers at Niagara College’s award winning brewery teaching school and experiment with its 70 hops and 140 malts. The college’s Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management diploma program won the Association’s 2013 Program Excellence Award and they have perfected an alcohol free beer that will soon be available in groceries in both Canada and the US. And the best is that the Niagara College logo appears on the can. So each time someone drinks the beer they read about Niagara College’s research capacity! You can’t get much better publicity!

CEAIE Youth Camp | October 18-27, 2014 | Beijing, China

The China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE) will be holding a Youth Camp in Beijing prior to and concurrently with the 2014 World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics (WFCP) World Congress. This is a great opportunity for students, as CEAIE will cover the cost of the youth camp accommodation and activities for international participants while in China. Students or their institutions are responsible for the travel costs to and from China. Details on the application or nomination process will be available soon, but if there is already interest from your institution, feel free to contact Sabina Mihaescu of WFCP.

Canadian Commission for UNESCO

On June 5, 6 and 7, Marie-Josée Fortin, Director of International Partnerships, Colleges and Institutes Canada, attended the 54th Annual General meeting of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO in Victoria, B.C. It was held in the presence of the Ambassador of Canada to UNESCO, Mr. Jean-Pierre Blackburn. We are pleased to collaborate with other nations through Marie-Josée’s leadership as Chair of the Sectoral Committee. Other college representatives present includedCégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles (with its UNEVOC centre), Cégep Marie-Victorin (with its UNESCO Chair in Applied Research for Education in Prison), Nunavut Arctic College (particularly involved in education for Aboriginal people and prior learning assessment and recognition) as well as Cégep Montmorency (with its expertise in the teaching of biology and its involvement in the sectoral committee on natural science and humanities). Finally, l’Association pour la recherche au collégial (ARC) was also well represented through their research at the college level. Given the preparation of post-2015 activities for the Millennium Goals, next year will be a significant one for the education sector. Our presence is therefore extremely important.  Lastly, for the first year ever, the college sector was very well represented in the annual report, available at the following link: This link will also give you access to the 2014-2021 strategic plan of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO.

Requests for Proposals for EFE – Andean Region

Please note that the deadlines for the Requests for Proposals (RFP) for Institutional Partnerships with the Education for Employment (EFE)- Andean Region Program have been extended.

The EFE-Peru RFP focuses on the development of training supply related to the Agribusiness production chain which will allow the development of various training programs related to agro production, as mechanics of equipment, products’ processing and their marketing. The new deadline for submissions is July 4, 2014.

The EFE-Bolivia RFP focuses on the development of training supply related to the Industrial Mechanics sector. The new deadline for submissions is July 9, 2014.

For additional information, please contact Ronald Rojas, Manager of Operations – EFE Andean Region.

Transfer, Articulation and Pathways

On May 24, the Board of Directors of Colleges and Institutes Canada approved revised Transfer Principles developed by the Transfer, Articulation and Pathways Committee chaired by Anne Sado, President of George Brown College. The Principles were initially distributed to members last year and were revised to align with others from regions across the country.

New Government Relations Network

At the request of members, Colleges and Institutes Canada is creating a new network for persons responsible for Government Relations. Invitations to participate in this network were recently sent to CEOs. This Government Relations Network will be a vehicle for members to share information on their practices in the area of government relations as well as institutional and regional priorities. It will help to support collaborative approaches among and between members and partners, further contribute to inform our respective advocacy efforts and support the “one voice” approach to key messages for stakeholders including the Government of Canada. We are extremely pleased with the interest shown:  27 colleges have already identified representatives for the network.  For more information, contact Michèle Clarke, Director, Government Relations and Policy Research.


Congratulations to Guy Dumais, who was appointed Director General of Collège Shawinigan, effective August 4. Mr. Dumais has over 20 years in management roles in education, most recently as a Director General with the Quebec Ministry of Education, Recreation and Sports.

Congratulations to the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) who has been named a winner of a Blackboard Catalyst Award for Exemplary Course. This award recognizes faculty and course designers from schools, colleges and universities around the world which have develop exciting and innovative courses that represent the very best in technology and learning.

As convocation ceremonies are held all across the country, we would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the thousands of new graduates coming out of our Canadian colleges, institutes, cegeps and polytechnics. We wish them all the best in their future endeavours.

Eureka! Moment

George Brown College’s Office of Research and Innovation has a new way of recognizing student participation and achievement in applied research – a digital innovation badge.

The Excellence in Research and Innovation digital badge recognizes skills and experience that don’t show up on transcript, such as a student’s ability to problem-solve, work within a team, and find innovative solutions to problems faced by industry.

The digital/electronic badge can be added to a LinkedIn profile, Facebook page, a personal website or wherever a prospective employer can see it.

How does your college or institute recognize student participation and achievement? We would love to be able to share your best practices.

Did You Know?

Did you know that the population served by Aurora College is spread across 1.3 million square kilometres in the Northwest Territories? That’s a lot of ground to cover! The College has a network of three regional campuses as well as Community Learning Centres in most of the 33 communities they serve.

Share your news!

Do you have innovations, new applied research or industry partnerships to announce? Members can send their news release (preferably links to websites over attachments) and the Association will be happy to share it on our CollegeCan Twitter feed and Facebook page. Members can email their releases to

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