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June 5, 2014

New Name, New Logo

After more than 42 years serving and promoting Canada’s colleges, the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) has officially launched a new brand under the name Colleges and Institutes Canada. The new name better reflects the identities of association members at a critical time for post-secondary education.

Colleges and Institutes Canada has also adopted a beautiful new logo following our logo design contest. The winning concept was designed by Matt Szurnicki, a student of production art at Winnipeg Technical College. His logo was the winner out of more than 180 design submissions by college students from across the country. Matt received a cash prize of $5,000 for his great design. We were thrilled to welcome him on his first trip to Ottawa. Click here to view the video!

ACCC Annual Conference

The final ACCC Annual Conference took place May 25-27 in Ottawa.  With the assistance of host colleges Algonquin College and La Cité, we welcomed over 700 delegates to the conference, including participants from Argentina, Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Cameroon, China, Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire, India, Jamaica, Mozambique, Nigeria, Peru, Philippines, Senegal, Tanzania, Trinidad, the United States and Vietnam.

Participants engaged more than ever through social media on Twitter, Instagram and other platforms.  Search for #ACCC14 to find out what all the buzz was about. Congratulations to Peter Devlin, President ofFanshawe College, on being the most active “Tweeter.”

Changes to Board of Directors

Congratulations to the new Chair, Chantal Denis, Directrice générale, Cégep Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu; and the new Vice-Chair, Dr. Brian McMillan, President, Holland College.

Congratulations to newly elected Board members Dr. Dan Patterson, President, Niagara CollegeHervé Pilon, Directeur général, Collège Montmorency; and Tavia Laliberte, President and CEO, North West Regional College.

Big thanks to retiring Board members Ann BullerCentennial College, and Fay Myers, Parkland College, for representing their regions. We will miss them dearly, but suspect they will remain important champions of Canada’s college advantage!

Update Your Bookmarks, Favourites & Emails!

Colleges and Institutes Canada has a new web address and you can now reach employees with our updated email addresses too (don’t worry, the old addresses will continue to work for a few months). Our new website address is

To send us a message, only the domain portion of our email addresses has changed. For example, an old email address becomes


Along with our new website, Colleges and Institutes Canada has taken another step to increase its presence on social media by creating a brand new Facebook page for our Association.

This gives us another platform on which to promote our projects, and champion our members. We would like to invite you all to “Like” us on Facebook and help us spread the word by sharing the page.

A New Inside ACCC & Summer Distribution

The launch of Colleges and Institutes Canada as our official name means that June 2 will mark the “final” edition of Inside ACCC to members before it too goes through a transformation. Launched in May 2009, Inside ACCC has become a popular and useful tool for sharing information and Association updates with our members and partners.

We are currently considering new names for Inside ACCC and we will continue to distribute a regular update to members. If you have any good, bilingual suggestions for a new newsletter name, we would love to receive them at Unlike our recent logo contest there is no cash prize for helping rename Inside ACCC, but we will thank you publicly so that you get “bragging rights,” and send you some Colleges and Institutes Canada swag. 😉

Please also note that we are switching to bi-weekly distribution of the newsletter for July and August and will return to weekly delivery in the fall.

Updated Jobs Board

In addition to the new Colleges and Institutes Canada website, we have also launched an updated Job Board to promote employment opportunities at your institution or organization. Much effort has gone into trying to provide a smooth transition to the new job site.

However, should you experience any difficulties logging-in to post your employment opportunity, please click on “Reset Password” and a message will be e-mailed to you with instructions to follow. Should you need additional assistance, please do not hesitate to contact Joe Nogueira at or 613-746-2222 ext 3120.

Space is Limited for these Leadership Development Events

National Executive Leadership Institute for Potential Vice-Presidents

Have you ever attended the National Executive Leadership Institute for Potential Vice-Presidents (VP-NELI)? If not, it is a must if you are considering a senior position in academic, administration, finance, and student services departments, such as a college and institute vice-president, director of pedagogical services, director, chief operation officer or bursar, as well as a position in fund development, contracts and business development. It may also interest current vice-presidents who are looking to move to a larger institutional context. This year’s VP-NELI takes place at the incomparable Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort & Conference Centre in Parksville, British Columbia, from July 6 to 11, 2014. For additional information or to register, visit the event information page.

The Presidents’ Academy

Are you a President or Director General?  Why not spend six exhilarating days in the picturesque Charlevoix region? Interact and network with colleagues from across the country exploring strategies for challenging times. The Presidents’ Academy is a wonderful opportunity to participate in structured and unstructured sessions designed to track down new insights and information. Nestled majestically between the sea and the mountains, the Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu is a vision of historical splendor in Quebec’s Charlevoix region. Rich in tradition, this hotel in La Malbaie blends the quiet charm of the countryside with the sophistication of a world-class resort. Enjoy the sites with CEOs who share your need to learn.  To learn more or to register, please visit the website.

Meetings and Partnerships

In collaboration with the regional associations, we held a first retreat with the several college presidents to explore how colleges could highlight and celebrate their accomplishments and develop a vision for the future.  Stay tuned for more.

We welcomed representatives from Bombardier to the office. Discussions focused on potential partnerships through the Canada-India CEO forum, and in other countries where Canadian college expertise could be useful.

With the assistance of former Board Chair Ann Buller and several other college presidents, we are reviewing the leadership development programs to make them even better.  We welcome your suggestions.

Susan Sproule, Manager, International Partnerships, met on May 29 in Toronto with the Tanzanian Minister of Education and Vocational Training, the Hon. Dr. Shukuru Kawambwa to review his recommendations for maximum involvement of our colleges in our new $ 13M DFATD-funded Improving Skills for Employment Program (ISTEP) in Tanzania.


On May 24th, the Board of Directors of Colleges and Institutes Canada approved Transfer Principles that will be recommended to the members for adoption.


Congratulations to Centennial College President Ann Buller and former Fanshawe College president Howard Rundle who both received distinguished service awards at this years annual conference. Both are esteemed leaders in the college sector who have been had a lasting impact, not only on their colleges, but on Canadian post-secondary education as a whole.

We would also like to congratulate once again the winners of our excellence awards, which recognize not only institutions, but the people who make Canadian colleges such great places to learn. Here are this year’s winners:


College of the Rockies wins the Gold Award for its very successful approach to internationalization. In 2012-2013 alone, it managed five large international projects in countries such as Burkina Faso and Tanzania. The college has also led intensive recruitment efforts abroad and hosts students from over 30 different countries. Approximately 6% of their student population now comes from outside Canada.

Alberta’s Olds College, has been recognized with the Silver Internationalization Excellence Award for building a strong partnerships with coffee growers in the Dominican Republic and helping them export and market their product in Canada.

Student Leadership

New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) graduate Alexander Tucker has been recognized with Gold Student Leadership Award. Alexander maintained the highest cumulative GPA in his Protective Services program while also becoming involved in a number of student activities where he demonstrated outstanding and ongoing leadership.

An exchange student from Pakistan, Rumman Ullah Khan was recognized with the Silver Student Leadership Award for his involvement in the college community and for the role of ambassador he has come to play for Fanshawe College.

Caitlyn Nelson, received the Bronze Student Leadership Award in recognition of her impressive level of engagement to promote social justice, both at home and abroad, through her role as the President of Sault College’s local World University Services of Canada (WUSC).

Staff Excellence

Diane Banks, Faculty Marketing Officer at Algonquin College’s Faculty of Arts, Media and Design, received the 2014 Gold Staff Excellence Award. This award honours individual staff members who have made exceptional contributions within the institution and communities they serve.

Mede Ovbiagele, the Community Outreach Coordinator at Centennial College won the Silver Staff Excellence Award for his work with the award-winning Helping Youth Pursue Education (HYPE) program.

The Bronze Staff Excellence Award went to Colin Hill, Dining Room Service Technician at Fanshawe College’s School of Tourism and Hospitality, in recognition of his remarkable enthusiasm and the role of mentor he has played for countless students.

Best Program

Sheridan College’s Bachelor of Applied Information Sciences (Information Systems Security) won our Gold Program Excellence Award. Since being launched in 2003, the program has achieved unparalleled success with a 100% rate of graduate employment while remaining on the cutting edge of a rapidly changing industry.

Colleges and Institutes Canada also recognized George Brown College’s Basic Culinary Skills Certificate Training & Employment Program with the Silver Award. Based on a partnership with local employment service agencies and Paintbox Bistro, an up-and-coming social enterprise, this program provides training and job placement opportunities to residents of Toronto’s Regent Park neighborhood, Canada’s largest and oldest social housing development.

Nicola Valley Institute of Technology received the Bronze Award for its Chemical Addictions Worker Certificate, Diploma and Advanced Diploma. Developed in collaboration with community partners, this program was conceived not only to train qualified chemical addictions workers, but also to consider the specific needs and healing practices of First Nations’ communities.


John Helliker, Director of Sheridan College’s Screen Industries Research and Training Centre (SIRT), has been recognized for his leadership in significantly elevating Sheridan’s role in Ontario’s screen industry. He was awarded the Gold Leadership Excellence Award.

Colleges and Institutes Canada also recognized Camosun College’s Director of Learning Services, Sybil Harrison with the Silver Leadership Excellence Award. A long-time librarian and lover of books, Mrs. Harrison oversaw the rejuvenation of the college’s libraries while balancing numerous commitments in her community.

The Bronze Leadership Excellence Award went to Glenn MacDougall, Director of Learning and Teaching Services at Algonquin College in Ottawa. Mr. MacDougall pioneered a series of dramatic technological innovations at Algonquin College, such as its new Mobile Learning and eText initiatives.


Professor Jeff Sadler, Coordinator of the Recreation and Leisure Services program at Ontario’s Fanshawe College, was awarded the Gold Teaching Excellence Award. Admired by his colleagues and students alike, Professor Sadler was recognized for his astonishing command of his subject matter and his exemplary dedication to his students.

Professor Tim Callin from BC’s Camosun College’s English department won the Silver Teaching Excellence Award. Always enthusiastic about teaching, Dr. Callin has been sharing his passion for literature with the students of Camosun since 2004 and his classes quickly became favourites with students who appreciate his dynamic teaching style and his sense of humour.

The Bronze Award went to Dr. Roger MacLean, Professor of Sociology at Quebec’s Cégep John Abbott College. MacLean is a strong defender of active learning and is credited for completely transforming the teaching of police technology in his college.

Eureka! Moment

The colleges advocate for lifelong learning. A great example of this is Vancouver Island University’s Elder College program, which focuses on the lifelong learning needs and interests of persons 50 years and older. Classes are held during the day, with no exams or compulsory assignments – with class participation and personal learning being key.

The best part is that Elder College is volunteer-based – all instructors and board of management members are volunteers, which keeps course fees modest, usually only $40 for a six-week course of one to two hours per week, and an an annual membership fee of $20. Elder College students also benefit from free entrance to Milner Gardens and use of VIU Library Services.  Visit for more information.

Did You Know?

Did you know that #ACCC14 was the 25th consecutive ACCC Annual Conference attended by Marilyn Luscombe, President and CEO of New Brunswick Community College? Imagine the stories that she could share!

Thanks to our Corporate Partner