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June 1, 2015

Another successful Conference in Winnipeg

The CICan 2015 annual conference wrapped up last week in Winnipeg. It was another successful event for the association, with over 700 participants from across the country. International delegates from 31 different countries were also in attendance including speakers from many of CICan’s international partners from around the globe. It was also the perfect opportunity to hear speakers from colleges and institutes speak about their many groundbreaking initiatives. Dozens of panels were organized during the three-day event which were divided between six streams: teaching, learning and student success; applied research; leadership and governance; friend raising/fundraising; environmental sustainability and indigenous education. Five pre-conference events were also held to foster further exchanges between colleges and institutes. The conference was hosted by Assiniboine College, École technique et professionnelle de l’Université de Saint-Boniface, Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology and Red River College who truly showed our delegates the best that Manitoba has to offer. Next year’s conference will take place in Québec City and be hosted by Cegep Limoilou, Cegep Garneau, Cegep de Sainte-Foy and Champlain Regional College.

Did you know?

L’École nationale d’aérotechnique of Cégep Édouard-Montepetit, which is the largest aeronautics school in North America, celebrated its 50th anniversary this year. The celebrations culminated with an important reception on May 22 with over 700 participants.
Before the start of our annual conference in Winnipeg, I took a bit of time to visit Red River College and tour their campus. The college is extremely entrepreneurial and has several newly renovated buildings with state of the art equipment. There, I got to visit the Centre for Applied Research in Sustainable Infrastructure (CARSI) which is the first CFI-funded lab and integral part to the college’s applied research strategy. RRC also has an impressive Automation Lab that uses equipment from Spain to simulate a modular factory with ten different stations and a state of the art Robotics Lab. All of this equipment allows the college to work with the industry allowing them to leverage the college equipment. RRC has also established several partnerships including the Heavy Equipment Transportation Centre, which is an NSERC-supported facility, operated in partnership with Manitoba Hydro and the University of Manitoba. The facility is currently conducting research on LC3 electric vehicle charging stations, which can charge a car in 30 min. This research will test how the vehicles react to cold weather. The CICan annual conference was held last week in Winnipeg, which made it one of the biggest weeks of the year for our entire organization. The conference is by far the biggest event organized by CICan and it was once again a rousing success, with over 600 participants from all over the country and abroad. It was such a great opportunity to meet with our members and engage with partners from a diversity of sectors. Of course none of this could have been possible without the hard work of our four host colleges: Assiniboine College, l’École technique et profesionnelle de l’Université Saint-Boniface, the Manitoba Institute of Trade and Technology and Red River College. I would like to thank once again the staff of these four institutions who made this event such a success. The CICan conference was followed by the annual general meeting of the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics (WFCP), which also took place in Winnipeg. This was an opportunity to meet with our international counterparts and discuss common challenges. Finally, I ended the week on a slightly lighter, but no less important, note by speaking at the convocation ceremony at Canadore College in North Bay, Ontario. Meeting all these talented and passionate young people about to start a new chapter in their lives was a touching reminder of the importance of what our colleges and institutes achieve all across the country. With the baggage these new grads were able to accumulate during their time in college there’s no telling how far they’ll go.


Northwest Community College has announced the nomination of Justin Kohlman has its new Vice President Education, Student Development and International. He brings with him years of experience in the post-secondary sector specializing in student development, recruitment, and communications. This includes serving as Vice President Student Services at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) from 2011–14. Appointment Notice Christine Linteau has been nominated as the new Director of studies (directrice des études) at Cégep de Baie-Comeau. She brings to the job an extensive knowledge of the Quebec post-secondary education sector, with over ten years of experience as a teacher and manager at several different cegeps. Appointment Notice

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