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June 5, 2014

May 26, 2014

Partnerships and Engagement

I took part in a conference call with the ACCC Presidents’ Committee on Science, Technology and Innovation and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). We discussed new criteria for the Social Innovation Research Program.  The call also gave colleges the opportunity to express their needs under the program and learn about what kind of flexibility might exist within the new application guidelines.  The first Call for Proposals is expected this summer or September at the latest.

I met a friend for lunch, and as usual, the conversation turned to business. Kate Morican, a Partner at Deloitte, shared their report Higher education is evolving: As the business model changes, the governance model must too. While the report is university-focused, it is easy to see the parallels between the systems, and draw similar conclusions. We also discussed the possibility of Deloitte presenting the report at one of our future Colleges and Institutes Canada events.

I had a surprise visit from Grande Prairie Regional College President Don Gnatiuk who dropped by the ACCC offices on Friday.  If you are travelling to Ottawa, please keep in mind that you are always welcome to the ACCC offices.  We have a number of meeting rooms and offices where you can work from. We will do our best to make you feel welcome, and offer you an alternative to working in the hotel business centre or your hotel room.

Paul Brennan, ACCC VP of International Partnerships and I met with Khalil Z. Shariff, Chief Executive Officer, of AGA KHAN Foundation Canada (AKFC) was interesting. We discussed our organizations’ respective roles on the international scene. Combining our efforts in countries where both organizations are working could significantly extend our reach. Further discussions on possible areas of collaboration are sure to follow.  We will keep you informed.

VP International, Paul Brennan, recently returned from four provinces in China whose institutions wish to expand their partnerships with Canada’s colleges to transform 600 academic colleges and universities into institutions of applied learning. This will create huge potential for us in teacher training, curriculum development, two-way student exchanges, joint applied research and leadership development. Paul will present his report and recommendations at the International session of our Annual Conference for discussion and then it will be sent out to all members. Follow online with #accc14.

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 theevent 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.

UNESCO Education for Sustainable Development Youth Conference | November 10 -12, 2014 | Aichi-Nagoya, Japan

If you know someone who is between 18 and 35 years old, share this opportunity to take part in the UNESCO Education for Sustainable Development Youth Conference in Japan! For more information on the call for applications, visit the event website.  Move quickly, as the deadline for applications is June 1.


Congratulations to Holland College President Dr. Brian McMillan on being named to Atlantic Business Magazine’s Top 50 CEO list for the fifth consecutive year, earning him a place in the Top 50 CEO Hall of Fame.

Congratulations to Ron McKerlie, who was named the new President of Mohawk College, effective August 5, 2014. Ron is currently Ontario’s Deputy Minister of Open Government and has 35 years of experience in the public and private sectors, along with his previous roles as senior vice president of eBusiness at Bank of Montreal and vice president of eBusiness at Rogers.

Congratulations to Mike Baker, who will assume the role of Vice-President, Finance, Administration and Aboriginal Services at Northern College on June 9.  Mike brings a blend of operations management, accounting, and human resources experience to the role, and a good understanding of the college from his time as a member of Northern’s Board of Governors.  He will be replacing Loran Charbonneau who is retiring.

Congratulations to Dr. Paulette Hanna, who was appointed to the newly created position of Associate Vice President Academic at Red Deer College.  Paulette’s background as a teacher, school principal, deputy superintendent, chief superintendent, sessional instructor, and as a former member of the Board of Governors for Red Deer College from 2003 to 2010 will serve her well.

Congratulations to Cégep de Chicoutimi’s Centre de géomatique du Québec on receiving an award of partnership excellence from the Association pour le développement de la recherche
et de l’innovation du Québec, in recognition of their work on drones for civil and commercial use with ING Robotic Aviation.

Eureka! Moment

To assist students deal with the increasing cost of education,Vancouver Community College (VCC) has launched a series of video tutorials, helping students “Live Well for Less.” The intent of the tutorials is to show students that there are some luxuries that they can afford. For example, Sofia Gabbato, a recent graduate from the college’s fashion program shared how to “upcycle” a t-shirt. Chopped Canada winner and Top Chef Canada contestant Shelley Robinson, a VCC instructor, shared a simple, easy AND inexpensive recipe to get cash-strapped students eating well. If you have tips and tricks on how to “stretch” a dollar, you can share them on VCC’s Facebook page.

Did You Know?

Prince Charles and Camilla completed a four-day Canadian tour this week, which included stops at Holland College and Red River College.

At Holland College, Prince Charles got “into the swing of things“ when he visited with students in the heritage retrofit program, picking up a large wooden mallet and swinging it toward the ground as if it was a croquet mallet.

At Red River College (RRC), the royal couple visited the College’s Stevenson aircraft hangar with Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his wife Laureen. Prince Charles and Camilla later visited RRC’s Roblin Centre, a state of the art facility in the heart of Winnipeg’s historic Exchange District for approximately 200 staff and 2000 students in modern media, information technology, and business programs.

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