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June 5, 2014

May 5, 2014 CEO on the Move

CEO on the Move

I attended the Canadian Society of Association Executives (CSAE)Government Relations Breakfast featuring political journalists Althia Raj (Huffington Post), Jeffrey Simpson (Globe and Mail) and Heather Scoffield (Canadian Press).  While some of the messages were familiar, it was interesting to hear them from the journalists:  in order to get media coverage of your agenda, you should make links with the story of the day, build relationships with the media and take advantage of op-ed opportunities.  Associations can often assist the journalists by filling knowledge gaps and myth-busting.

At an Economic Club Lunch, I spoke with the Ambassadors of Brazil and Mexico about the Canadian college system, the challenges their countries are facing and areas of interest for possible collaborations. In Mexico, education is just one area of reform and its government is exploring a number of sustainable growth options and is interested in Canada’s system. Human mobility is the most critical factor in addressing the need to diversify the workforce across multiple sectors, including information technology, manufacturing and more.  The Government of Brazil is sending increasing numbers of students abroad to learn about what other countries are doing, especially in areas of science and technology, and to bring that knowledge home.  Over 20,000 Brazilian students are expected to study in Canada over the next few years.

I spoke to the Chairs and Vice-Chairs attending the Canadian University Boards AssociationAnnual Conference on the conference theme – Canadian Universities – Partners in Canada’s future. The participants were impressed by all that colleges do and the number of partnerships in place between colleges and universities.

Meetings and Partnerships

This week, I met with Namir Anani, President & CEO, Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC).  ICTC is part of ourindustry-college coalition. We discussed ICTC’s assessment tool, which will identify supply and demand of IT workers at the national, provincial and municipal levels. ACCC will provide assistance with college intelligence and linkages. Also of interest are their youth programs.  Visit their website to find out more about the Focus on Information Technology (FIT) program, which provides a head start on post-secondary education goals by providing students with a foundation of technical, business and interpersonal skills; and ICTC’s College and University Search, a searchable, online database of post-secondary ICT programs.

I was pleased to be joined by Serge Brasset, Director General of Cégep Édouard-Montpetit;Chantal Denis, ACCC Board Vice-Chair and Director General of Cégep Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu;Pierre Riopel, President of Collège Boréal; Sylvain Mandeville, Director General of Cégep Marie-VictorinTony Tilly, President ofFleming CollegeSylvain Blais, Director General of Cégep de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue; for an excellent roundtable meeting with the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie. We raised a number of issues faced by the colleges and shared their overseas success stories. We made a number of recommendations including leveraging not only Canada’s strong reputation of development assistance, but also the expertise and experience of our members of the industry-college coalition ; further exploring new areas for the Education for Employment (EFE) program; creating an EFE Centre of Excellence; making the transfer of funding to international funding agencies conditional on the use of Canadian expertise; and more.

Alisha Todd is the Director General of ParlAmericas, a hemispheric organization of the national legislatures of 35 independent states from North, Central, and South Americas, and the Caribbean. Parliamentarians from across the Americas attend their events, gathering to share experiences and best practices for enhancing regional cooperation and sustainable development. We exchanged information about our organizations and explored the possibility of sharing the Education for Employment concept with their delegates.

Keep an eye out for an article in an upcoming issue of Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters’ 20/20 Magazine.  Denise was interviewed by James Careless about the many linkages between colleges and industry.

Denise Amyot Named to Ottawa Innovation Centre Board of Directors

The Innovation Centre, a partnership between the City of Ottawa, the Province of Ontario and the private sector, recently appointed new directors to their board, including ACCC President and CEO Denise Amyot. The Innovation Centre will provide a focal point for entrepreneurs to access where incubation, acceleration, peer-to-peer networking, subject matter expertise, mentoring and professional services.

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

The ACCC Annual Conference is less than a month away!  Have youregistered and booked your accommodations? Hotel space is limited, as Ottawa Race Weekend, Canada’s largest multi-day running event, is taking place May 24-25 with thousands of runners participating.

New at our conference this year is the Business and Industry Power Breakfast, featuring Perrin Beatty, President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Chamber of Commerce and members of the business and industry community.  The networking opportunities to build on existing relationships or create new ones are invaluable.  Meet potential partners, discuss innovative research and programs, and share how your college can assist in addressing the skills shortages.  You can also invite your partners to register for the breakfast, which takes place on Tuesday, May 27 from 7:00 am to 8:30 am.

Be sure to join or follow conference discussions online with our event hashtag: #accc14.

Conference Social Events

Join us for a complete sensory experience at the Regional Night, hosted by Algonquin College and La Cité. While Le Marché will take place in the Château Laurier Ballroom, it is a recreation of Ottawa’s ByWard Market, one of Canada’s oldest and largest public markets. Experience culinary delights prepared by the chefs and students of the host colleges’ hospitality and tourism programs while enjoying the entertainers more commonly seen outside in the real ByWard Market, just steps away from the hotel.

To close out the Conference, delegates will walk the red carpet and unwind with a fun evening to remember with friends and colleagues. The Closing Black and White Gala will take place on the evening of Tuesday, May 27. Mingle over cocktails, enjoy a wonderful dinner and bring your dancing shoes as the live band Groovy Little Orchestra (“Glo”) is sure to get you on your feet! Business/Cocktail attire is suggested.

If you are planning on staying for a few extra days and would like some information on what to do in and around Ottawa, visit the Ottawa Tourism website.

New PBSN/PNPA Website

In the latest evolution of Canada’s Professional Board Staff Network (PBSN) and Professional Network of Presidents’ Assistants (PNPA), the association’s 2013-14 Co-Chairs have launched a new website,

The Professional Board Staff Network (PBSN) was founded in 1995 as a peer network and professional development body for people contributing in governance capacities at ACCC member institutions. In 2011, recognising that membership had grown to also include counterparts with primary or dual responsibilities related to Presidents’ offices, the association expanded both its scope and name, and is now known as the PBSN/PNPA. Shelagh Donnelly, one of this year’s Co-Chairs, encourages those whose roles are key to governance or CEO support to turn to the site for a broad range of professional development resources, including information about the PBSN/PNPA’s 2014 AGM, with events planned for May 24 -27 at the ACCC 2014 conference.

Bilingual counterparts interested in contributing to the site are encouraged to contact any of the PBSN/PNPA Co-Chairs – Nicole Blanchette (Northern Lights College), Lori Brown (Nova Scotia Community College), Jennifer Clark (Durham College), Laureen Dailey (Douglas College) or Shelagh Donnelly( College).  Visit the website for their contact information.

Space is Limited for these Leadership Development Events

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. ThePresidents’ 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.


Congratulations to René Gingras on being named Director General of Cégep de Rivière-du-Loup. René joined the college in 1998 as a faculty member before taking on the roles of Director of Communications and Corporate Affairs, Associate Vice-President Academic, and then finally Vice President Academic. Congratulations also to Marjolaine Roy, Associate Vice-President Academic, who will take on the role of Interim Vice-President Academic.

Congratulations to Bill Best, who will take on the role of President atCambrian College, effective August 5, 2014. Bill has more than 20 years experience in higher education, and has held a number of senior positions at New Brunswick Community College, including CEO, interim president, vice president finance, and vice president academic.

Congratulations to Gary LimaFanshawe College’s new Senior Vice-President Academic.  Gary spent 3 years as was Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Media, and Design before taking on the role of Acting VP Academic in January 2014. Prior to joining Fanshawe, he held progressively senior roles at Humber College.

Congratulations to Jean-Pierre St-Pierre on being named Vice-President Academic (directeur des études) at Cégep de Sainte-Foy, effective July 1, 2014. Jean-Pierre has held the roles of Faculty Member, Department Head, Associate Vice-President Academic and Vice-President, Physical Resources.

Congratulations to Amy Vaillancourt is the lead instructor and Program Chair for Okanagan College’s new Sustainable Construction Management Technology program. Amy’s blend of international education and work experience in sustainable development and environmental engineering make her an ideal fit for the position.

Canada’s Greenest Employers recognizes employers that lead the nation in creating a culture of environmental awareness and developing exceptional earth-friendly initiatives and are attracting people because of their environmental leadership. Congratulations toGeorgian CollegeMohawk College, and Red River College on being named to the 2014 list of Canada’s Greenest Employers.

Eureka! Moment

Recently, Holland College held a campaign to challenge students to quit smoking – and the Canadian Cancer Society called it a success.  The Dare2Quit challenge invited students to commit to publicly share their struggles and victories of their journey to quit smoking.

Over six weeks, the Holland College students used social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, personal blogs and YouTube videos. The College Student Union President, A.J. MacIntyre, successfully quit “cold turkey” and said the secret to his success was in large part his support group of friends, family members, co-workers and classmates.  In addition to quitting, he tracked his progress – and savings – over the six week period. By his calculations, he saved $370.56 by not smoking the 772 cigarettes he normally would have over the 42 days.

Did You Know “Mother Goose” is Visiting Medicine Hat College?

Medicine Hat College has cordoned off some parking spaces for a few months for some returning visitors and has posted some warning signs.  Some very determined geese have returned to nest in the parking lot for the second year in a row, ignoring the measures the College put in place to discourage them from returning to their nesting ground such as security patrols, scarecrows and other items. The Director of Facility Operations, Melinda Arthur, has learned more about geese in the last year than she ever thought she would need to know.

Now that the nest has been established and the eggs have been laid, the only thing left to do is wait for the eggs to hatch, and give the geese some space.

For others visiting the campus, there is still a gaggle of parking available in “non-geese areas.” 😉

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