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November 10, 2014


CICan remembers

Colleges and Institutes Canada joins all Canadians in remembering those who have sacrificed so much in the defense of our nation.

Tomorrow’s ceremonies will be particularly emotional for many Canadians, given the recent events in Ottawa and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. We are however united in honouring the memory of all those who have lost their lives, proudly wearing the uniform. We also express our deepest gratitude to all veterans. Their service to Canada will never be forgotten.

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Bolivian partners visit CICan

Representatives from four technical institutions in Bolivia visited CICan’s headquarters on November 6th and 7th to hold interviews with member institutions looking to take part in the EFE Andean Region Program. These partners will be working in Bolivia under the Institutional Partnerships component of the EFE program.

The delegation will be in the Montreal region this week to visit several colleges and cégeps. Selected partners will be notified shortly.

The EFE Andean Region Program takes place in Bolivia, Colombia and Peru. It aims to design and deliver technical, hands-on programs that respond to social and economic needs and prepare students for employment.


C-EFE Partnership Forum in Barbados

The CARICOM Education for Employment (C-EFE) hosted its Institutional Partnership Forum in Bridgetown, Barbados on November 5th. This was an opportunity for the 16 Canadian and Caribbean colleges/institutes implementing Institutional Partnerships to share updates, best practices and reflect on progress made in developing demand-driven TVET programs.

The event was inaugurated by Richard Hanley, High Commissioner of Canada to Barbados and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) who noted that “Canada is proud to fund the C-EFE institutional partnerships program which provides a unique opportunity to share expertise, build relationships, and strengthen TVET program delivery throughout CARICOM.”

The C-EFE is a $20-million program sponsored by Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs Trade and Development (DFATD), and implemented by Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan). The program is active in 12 countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago.


Serving Indigenous Learners and Communities Symposium

Colleges and Institutes Canada is proud to present the upcoming Serving Indigenous Learners and Communities Symposium at the Delta Ottawa City Centre Hotel from December 2-4, 2014. This event will highlight the important work colleges and institutes from across Canada are doing to support Indigenous learners and their communities.

Former Member of Parliament and Liberal party leader Bob Rae will be delivering the opening keynote at the symposium and speaking on the importance of partnerships with Indigenous communities and industry. The event will also feature the official launch and signing ceremony of the Indigenous Education Protocol for colleges and institutes, as well as sessions on exemplary practices related to the seven principles of the Indigenous Education Protocol. Dr. Suzanne Stewart, OISE, University of Toronto will deliver the closing keynote on supporting transitions for Indigenous youth.

Click here to register and see the symposium’s agenda.

World Bank’s Annual Workshop

CICan’s Vice-President for International Partnerships, Paul Brennan, was invited by the World Bank to speak at its Annual Workshop in Asia on “Developing the Right Skills for the Job: Workforce Training Systems in Action”, held this year in Seoul, Korea on November 3rd and 4th. The experiences of colleges and institutes both in Canada and in Asia drew a lot of interest and questions. This was a great opportunity to reach out to policy makers, researchers and practitioners in the region who clearly left the event with a better understanding of our Canadian system. This should set the stage for more involvement of Canadian colleges and institutes in World Bank funded programs in Asia.

Let’s get cooking! – CAF Cook Recruitment

According to Major Dino Laplante of the Canadian Defense Academy in Kingston, the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) will recruit more than half of the total new cook recruits from colleges. As part of this initiative, several Colleges will receive targeted visits from CAF recruiters and CAF cooks. Look for them to visit between now and March 2015. To contact a recruiter follow the link at


As part of the cook recruitment drive, CICan and the CAF is looking at expanding the number of cook programs in the CAF-Accreditation Certification Equivalencies (CAF-ACE) program. The CAF will also be reviewing all cook programs every three years to ensure CAF-ACE has the most up to date and accurate information for the cook occupation. In addition to the culinary skills students train for, a key skill for the CAF cooks is institutional cooking, training that prepares cooks to organize and prepare meals for 200-1,000 people. For more information on how you can review your program or to submit your program contact Lisa Daigle, System Administrator

Chris Paci, CICan Manager for the Canadian Forces College Opportunities Program reports that CAF and CICan guests had a delicious site visit to St. Lawrence College in Kingston. Thanks to Associate Dean Russ Phin and Chefs Richard and Leslie, who took the team through St Lawrence’s labs and kitchens where students were preparing very tasty pizza and focaccia. Thanks also to Tracy Coady at St Lawrence for organizing the visit. CICan also visited Loyalist College, where Chef Karin introduced the team to the talented student cooks at work.

Nomination information for Colleges and Institute Canada Awards of Excellence is now available online

The CICan Awards program recognizes and promotes excellence within member colleges, institutes, polytechnics, cégeps, and university colleges. It showcases extraordinary contributions of individuals to their communities and highlights the role of our institutions in social, cultural and economic development. Nomination packages are now available for the 2014-2015 awards. Gold, silver and bronze awards will be presented in eight categories: indigenous education excellence, innovation in applied research excellence, internationalization excellence, leadership excellences, program excellence, staff excellence, student leadership excellence and teaching excellence. The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, January 16, 2015 at 11:59 p.m.

Click here to download the nomination forms.

Call for presentations at annual conference

Hosted by Assiniboine Community College, Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology and Red River College, the Conference will explore how colleges and institutes lead change through innovative practices and approaches in teaching and learning, applied research and engagement with business, industry and community partners.


Colleges and institutes are invited to submit proposals related to the following thematic streams: Leadership and Governance; Teaching; Learning and Student Success; Applied Research; Indigenous Education; Friend-raising and Fundraising and Environmental Sustainability. Cross-cutting concepts of quality assurance, international, emerging technologies and student engagement will provide opportunities for interaction across streams.

Click here to submit your presentation


Did you know?

The new Disney animated feature Big Hero 6 was co-directed by a graduate of Sheridan College. Kitchener native Chris Williams moved to Hollywood shortly after graduating from Sheridan’s animation program in the early 90s and has worked on a number of Disney movies including Mulan, Brother Bear and 2008’s Bolt, which was nominated for an academy award.


Last week I wrapped up a very successful trip to China by taking part in the Education Forum for Asia in Chengdu. I was invited to participate in a panel on international vocational education, which was a great opportunity to talk about our Canadian system and share our successes with a very attentive audience. I also met with colleagues from two other provinces who were quite impressed by our delegation’s trip to China.

I didn’t have much time to recover from my jetlag as last week was also the Conference Board of Canada’s second Skills and Post-Secondary Education Summit. The event gathered post-secondary leaders, government officials as well as private sector representatives from across the country in Toronto for two days of highly informative panels and debates. I was invited to participate in a panel on Innovations in Identifying and Utilizing Data Sources to Measure Educational Outcomesm, as well as one on Student mobility. I made a plea to all the employers in the room for full recognition of college degrees, stating that a degree is a degree, whether from a college or a university and that employers should not limit their hiring to university graduates.

I finished the week with a visit to BC’s College of the Rockies (COTR) where I presented them with our Gold Award of Excellence for Internationalisation. Over the past few years, COTR has developed a wide variety of very successful international initiatives and has hosted many international students. Their success dispels the myth that internationalization is only for big urban colleges. COTR has integrated internationalization throughout the college and the community and was recently ranked first in Canada and second in the world on the International Student Barometer. Clearly the entire college has all the reasons to be proud and I was very happy to join them in celebrating this recognition of their leadership.

COTR was also awarded the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics’ (WFCP) Silver Award for Social Development at the recent WFCP World Congress, in the social development category for their MAISHA project on Maternal Access and Infant Survival in rural Kenya through the development of training systems in educational institutions. As WFCP chair, I was happy to deliver this second award in person to the COTR team.

Eureka moment!

I was very impressed with College of the Rockies’ innovative Haul Truck Operator Program which uses a sophisticated simulator to train job-ready drivers. Not only are they using cutting edge technology, but the college keeps the classes fairly small so that every student gets to spend enough time on the simulator and receive one on one feedback from the instructors.



George Brown was the only college named to the list of Canada’s Top 100 Employers for 2015. The college prides itself on providing a progressive workplace with opportunities for staff to enhance and expand their education, a strong parental leave program and a demonstrated respect for work-life balance.

Gerald Anderson, director of Development and Engagement at the Marine Institute, has been selected as a recipient of the 2015 Indspire Awards. Mr. Anderson is among 14 outstanding Indigenous Canadians recognized this year for achievements thats promote self-esteem and pride for Indigenous communities and provide role models for Indigenous youth. Mr. Anderson won the environment and natural resources award for his work establishing fisheries and marine education in Nunavik, Nunavut and Labrador.


Instructor, Community Social Work
Portage College

Instructor, Economics
North Island College

Associate Dean, Commerce and Business Administration
Douglas College

Associate Vice President, External Relations
Olds College

Vice-President, Finance & Administration
Red River College


CICan on Parliament Hill
December 1st – December 2nd 2014
Ottawa, ON
Fairmont Château Laurier

Serving Indigenous Learners and Communities Symposium
December 2nd – December 4th 2014
Ottawa, Ontario
Delta Ottawa City Centre

Colleges and Institutes Canada 2015 Conference
May 25th – May 26th 2015
Winnipeg, Manitoba

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