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June 5, 2014

May 12, 2014 CEO on the Move

CEO on the Move

This week I travelled to Washington, D.C. with the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal and representatives fromCégep André-LaurendeauCégep Marie-VictorinCégep de Trois-RivièresCégep du Vieux Montréal,Collège MontmorencyCape Breton UniversityMI International of the Fisheries and Marine Institute, and theCentre for Nursing Studies.

I attended a networking dinner at the Embassy of Canada.  It is always a pleasure to see former colleagues and meet new ones from colleges in attendance.

I met with representatives of the World Bank, the Multilateral Investment Fund, the Inter-American Development Bank and the Asian Development Bank to discuss their respective education and training strategies and key initiatives where Canadian colleges have expertise. There is a significant focus on early childhood development and expanding options for postsecondary students, especially in Technical Vocational Education and Training. Stay tuned for information on potential opportunities.

Federal Funding for Paid Internships

Last week, Prime Minister Stephen Harper visited Fanshawe Collegeto announce $40 million to support 3,000 paid internships for recent grads in “high-demand” fields, such as science, technology, engineering, mathematics and the skilled trades. The internships will be funded through the National Research Council and the government’s Career Focus Program between 2014 and 2016.

New Name for the Association

We will officially unveil our new name and logo as part of a broader rebranding effort at the Annual Conference.  As of May 27, ACCC will be known as Colleges and Institutes Canada. This new name reflects the association’s will to put its members at the forefront of all of its activities and reflects our broad coalition of colleges and institutes from all across the country. It also acknowledges the evolution of our membership composed of post-secondary leaders, training highly qualified workers in a variety of fields and extending their reach at the national, even international level.

Winning Logo Selected!

After careful review of more than 180 student submissions to ACCC’s logo competition, we are pleased to announce that the Board of Directors has approved the new Colleges and Institutes Canada logo. ACCC employees; the winning student and their institution are all very excited to unveil it to members and our partners at our upcoming annual conference #accc14. We can’t say too much, but we hope you will find our new logo as beautiful, flexible and representative of the Association as we do.

Now, time to order new business cards, stationary and so on… 😉

New Twitter & Instagram for Our New Name

Preparing to launch the new Colleges and Institutes Canada name and brand means a few other changes for the Association’s online that we wanted to tell you about. You can now find us on Twitter at@CollegeCan and on Instagram at @college_can. Please follow us and tell all your friends. We’re looking forward to connecting with you!

ACCC Annual Conference | May 25-27, 2014 | Ottawa, ON

The Annual Conference is less than 2 weeks away, but there is still time to register! We have an exciting lineup of engaging sessions for leaders, learners, teachers and influencers from colleges and institutions from across Canada.

ACCC is bringing together an impressive group of distinguished keynote speakers, including award-winning authors and journalists; students, college, aboriginal and business leaders.  If you are unable to attend in person but still want to hear the presentations by the keynote speakers, you can watch them live as they share their thoughts and perspectives, or view the archived videos at your leisure until November 28, 2014.

Please note that not all of the speakers will authorize the airing of their presentations. Click here for information on the schedule and applicable fees.

Don’t forget to download a QR Reader app for your mobile device, such as Scan or QR Code Reader to access Conference information in Ottawa.  For example, scanning the QR code you see next to this text will give you access to the Conference Program.

International Forum | May 25, 2014 | Ottawa, ON

As part of the International Forum being held just prior to the Annual Conference, Paul Brennan, Vice President of International Partnerships will be reporting on his trip to China, and the ACCC China-Canada partnership and recruitment campaign planned for October 2014.

Paul is currently touring four provinces in China to prepare for the October campaign, along with ACCC’s Wang Fang.  They met withthe Deputy Governor of the Province of Hunan, the senior education officials of this province of 80 million people, and were accompanied by Weldon Epp, Canada’s Consul General for Southern China, andJean-Philippe Davignon, Education Trade Commissioner in Guangzhou.

There is much interest in increasing the quantity and quality of two-way partnerships between leaders, faculty and students, due in large part to the links created by previous ACCC-managed CIDA projects and the Vocational Leadership Training programs.

Join us at the International Forum to learn more.

Skilled Trades Summit | June 1-3, 2014 | Ottawa, ON

The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF) Skilled Trades Summit 2014 is being held June 1 to 3, 2014 in Ottawa. The HonourableJason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) is one of the featured speakers and he is expected to share his perspectives on apprenticeship and provide insight about new federal initiatives. Join Canada’s apprenticeship community to network, share best practices and more! to register or for additional information.

Education for Employment – Andean Region

This week, ACCC issued the Request for Proposals (RFP) for Institutional Partnerships with the Education for Employment – Andean Region Program in Peru. This program is funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD, previously the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).

Your Institution & Content On Our Website

Member Presidents recently received a message from ACCC’s CEO asking for their help to populate the new Colleges and Institutes Canada website with member images, videos and more. To date, we have received just a small number of responses and would like to remind Communications and Marketing professionals to send us your content and other links or embed codes as soon as possible

Thank you in advance for your assistance on this project and we look forward to promoting and highlighting your institutions’ innovations on our new website soon.


Congratulations to Glenn Vollebregt, President and CEO of St. Lawrence College, who has been named the new Co-Chair of theOntario Council on Articulation and Transfer (ONCAT).  Glenn takes over the college Co-Chair role of the ONCAT Board fromDon Lovisa, President of Durham College.  Dominic Giroux, President and Vice-Chancellor of Laurentian University, is the current university Co-Chair. ONCAT was created in 2011 to support the development of the infrastructure required to promote student mobility, and is the only Ontario organization that brings together all members of the postsecondary education sector.

Congratulations to Rémi Massé, on his nomination as the new Director General at Cégep de Matane.  Rémi is leaving the Federal Public Service where he has held various management positions in Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Health Canada, and Justice Canada.

Congratulations to Dr. Ron Common, President of Sault College, on the renewal of his position as President for another three years.

Congratulations to Professor Dianne Taylor-Gearing, the new President of NSCAD University, effective August 4.  Dianne has more than 27 years of experience in art and design education and practice, including her current position of Vice-President Research and Academic Affairs at the Alberta College of Art + Design (ACAD).

Congratulations to Gina Funicelli on being appointed as Lethbridge College’s new Dean of Applied Research and Innovation, effective July 2. Gina has a reputation for developing innovative approaches to building partnerships with industry and communities.  She is currently the Director of the Industry Liaison Office at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax.

Congratulations to Josée Leblanc, the new Vice-President, Continuing Education and Training (directrice de la formation continue) at Cégep de Saint-Laurent.  Josée first joined the Cégep in 2008, and has more than 20 years experience in education as a teacher, business trainer, and educational consultant developing training programs.

Congratulations to Noémie Moisan on being named Interim Vice-President, Human Resources at Cégep du Vieux Montréal, effective June 2.  Noémie brings a wealth of experience to the position from her previous roles as a lawyer, labour relations consultant, and negotiator.  (directrice des ressources humaines par intérim)

Congratulations to RenéGuitar on being appointed as Vice-President, Information Technology (directeur des technologies de l’information) at Cégep du Vieux Montréal, effective June 16. René has 20 years experience in Information Technology and previously held the position of Computer and Information Systems Manager and Team Leader at Statistics Canada.

WFCP Awards of Excellence

The World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics (WFCP) is pleased to announce its first annual Awards of Excellence, recognizing outstanding contributions from member institutions to achieving the vision of the Federation and celebrating accomplishments in the global colleges and polytechnics sector.

The Awards seek to distinguish WFCP member institutions, whose exceptional initiatives are strengthening applied learning and research outcomes. The Awards celebrate remarkable contributions to human resource development and the wider economic development, through college-industry partnerships, international cooperation, and commitment to social development and sustainability as well as recognize innovative institutional practices and the promotion of institutional diversity.

Please visit the website for information on the selection and eligibility criteria, award categories, and the application procedure.

The deadline for submission is September 12, 2014.

Eureka! Moment

College applied research continues to demonstrate creativity and innovation.  At Lambton College, researchers in the College’s Fire & Public Safety Centre of Excellence are investigating the possibility of using ozone chambers to clean and kill bacteria off of firefighting equipment.  This technology is currently being used by the National Hockey League (NHL) and the National Football League (NFL) to clean equipment.

The use of the ozone chambers would allow the firefighting gear to be cleaned right at the stations, more quickly and economically than the traditional method of sending it out to companies for cleaning, and having to wait for its return.

Students will assist the two faculty members heading up the research with the testing to verify the level of cleanliness and the impact of the ozone chambers on the durability of the equipment.

If the project is a success, should we refer to it as a goal or a touchdown for college research?

Did You Know?

Did you know that ACCC is hiring?  Are you the right candidate for the position of Vice-President, Government Relations and Canadian Partnerships at ACCC ?  Click here to learn more about this opportunity.

The ACCC Colleges and Institutes Job Site features many great opportunities within ACCC and member institutions. for more information.

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