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June 5, 2014

May 19, 2014 CEO on the Move

May 19, 2014

CEO on the Move

I started off the week on the east coast where I gave a presentation to Chairs and Vice-Chairs of Boards of Governors at the Atlantic Provinces Community Colleges Consortium (APCCC) meeting about trends in colleges across the country.

During my visit to the Moncton Campus ofNew Brunswick Community College(NBCC), I toured the Alternate Energy Lab, met with Dr. Bill McIver, the NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Mobile First Technology, and was treated to a fabulous lunch prepared by students in the Demonstration Kitchen. I was so impressed by the meal that I insisted on personally thanking the staff and students in the new and very spacious kitchen and happily tweeted about it. It was really delicious from appetizer to dessert.
I travelled from Moncton to Dieppe to visit with Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick’s President and CEO, Liane Roy, and her management team. I learned about their numerous partnerships linked to research in biotechnology, agro-industry, composite materials, and metals, the College’s research centres and specialized services they offer to industry.

Stay tuned for the next issue of Inside ACCC, and news on my visits to Lasalle CollegeCollège de Maisonneuve and more!

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

We’re now just days away from #ACCC14!Are you registered? This year’s Conference lineup includes some great keynote speakers:

  • Jeffrey Selingo, an author, columnist, and speaker who has spent his journalism career covering colleges and universities worldwide.  His book, College (Un)Bound: The Future of Higher Education and What It Means for Students, explores the college of tomorrow – how families will pay, what campuses will look like, how students will learn, and what skills will lead to success in the job market.
  • Lise Paiement, who, after a career in the field of education, is today a renowned speaker known for her charisma, enthusiasm, leadership and continuous involvement with Canada’s francophone communities. She has received several awards, including the Mérite franco-ontarien en éducation (AEFO), the Bernard-Grandmaître Award (AEFO) and the Prime minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence. She recently published the book «Une goutte d’eau à la fois… vers un modèle pédagogique de responsabilisation et de leadership culturel en milieu minoritaire».
  • Rex Murphy is a trusted face and voice in Canadian media. His intellect and biting humour strike at the heart of today’s political and social issues. He appears on CBC’s The National and hosts CBC Radio’s Cross Country Checkup in addition to his role as a columnist for the National Post.
  • The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism, voted the “best overall” and “hardest working” MP by his colleagues in Maclean’s Magazine’s annual survey of parliamentarians.
  • Wab Kinew is a one-of-a-kind talent, named by Postmedia News as one of “9 Aboriginal movers and shakers you should kno.” He is the Director of Indigenous Inclusion at the University of Winnipeg. In 2012, he hosted the acclaimed CBC Television series “8th Fire.” His hip-hop has won an Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Award and his journalism has won an Adrienne Clarkson RTNDA Award, a Gabriel Award and he has been nominated for a Gemini Award. He has a BA in Economics and is a member of the Midewin.
  • As the National Affairs writer for the Toronto StarChantal Hebert is an influential voice on major national issues of the day. But what makes her perspective unique is that, more than any of her peers, she has immersed herself in French-English duality that defines this nation. Fluently bilingual, she is an outstanding choice for national conferences and able to provide insight into the many different cultures that make up Canada’s political reality.
  • We are delighted that His Excellency the Right HonourableDavid Johnston, Governor General of Canada will deliver the conference closing address.

We look forward to seeing you in Ottawa for the Conference, but if you can’t join us in person, you can watch most of our keynote speakers live via our live-stream, courtesy of conference sponsor, Workbay.  Click here for schedule and pricing information.

Anti-Spam Legislation

ACCC has arranged a special briefing by teleconference on Canada’s new anti-spam legislation, which comes into effect on July 1.  We are pleased that key officials at Industry Canada and at the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC, responsible for enforcement) will lead the briefing. It will be offered on June 2, from 1 pm to 3 pm Ottawa time.

Institutions have been working on their internal processes since the sessions Industry Canada led at the ACCC conference in Edmonton.  In addition to the briefing, the two departments are preparing a specific Q&A document to address points more specific college/institute context.

To participate in the conference call please contact Sylvie Taher.

For more information, you can also visit the government’s website on the issue.

Applied Research

This week, there were two separate events for our many colleges interested and engaged in applied research

In British Columbia, Langara College hosted a province-wide Applied Research Symposium, in partnership with ACCC and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). Forty Presidents, Vice Presidents, and Research Directors from the province’s colleges discussed how to strengthen their Applied Research programs, shared exemplary practices, and explored province-wide collaboration and strategic approaches.

In Quebec, at the 82nd Association francophone pour le savoir (Acfas) Conference, the Association pour la recherche au collégial (ARC)shared 31 poster presentations during the symposium on college research. Président-directeur general of the Fédération des cégeps, Jean Beauchesne, provided this blog wrap-up of the event.


Congratulations to Bow Valley College President and CEO Sharon Carry, who will be invested with the Alberta Order of Excellence, the province’s highest honour. Sharon’s career in post-secondary education spans four decades, during which time she has demonstrated her vision of the transformative potential of education to change the lives of adult learners and their families.

Congratulations to Ann Johnson who has been appointed Director of Finance at Okanagan College, effective July 2014. She will be leavingVancouver Community College, where she has held the position of Director of Finance for the last 8 years. Ann is replacing Chi-Fui Chong, who is retiring after six years at Okanagan College.

Congratulations to Malcolm Haines, the new Dean of the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology’s School of Trades. Malcolm knows NAIT well, as he is a former NAIT student and has been with the institution since 1997, serving in various capacities including instructor, Associate Chair, Associate Dean, and Acting Dean.

Brazilians Educators Learning About Canadian Innovation

In February 2014, during one of the coldest winters Canada has experienced in many years, 43 Brazilians professors and administrators arrived in Toronto to begin a three months fellowship.   The fellowship began with a two day orientation meeting in Toronto.  From Toronto, the 43 Brazilians were deployed to 19 colleges or institutes from the west coast to the Gaspésie.  Their mission was to observe and learn how Canadian colleges operate in an applied learning environment with special attention to innovation, applied research and the role of industry linkages in our Canadian system.  The group of 43 Brazilians and Canadian college representatives met in Ottawa May 13-15 to take stock of their 3-month fellowship before returning to Brazil and warmer climates. This meeting was an opportunity to share the successes of this pilot program and to plan the teacher training curricula for Phase two, in which up to 1,000 teachers will be welcomed in Canadian institutions.

Eureka! Moment

Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick, Dieppe campus offers a great one-year  distance education welding training program.  Yes, a welding program offered through distance education!  The program includes the use video instruction on welding techniques, simulations and an internship during which the student must complete an industry practicum based on a workbook of projects.

Did You Know?

Did you know that the Government of Canada has extended the deadline to submit nominations for the Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards?

You can nominate an individual, a business or a forward-thinking not-for-profit organization that makes a difference in their community for the Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards (PMVA). Nominations are now being accepted until June 23, 2014, for a total of 17 awards – two at the national level and 15 at the regional level. Visit the PMVA websitefor additional information.

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