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November 17, 2014


EFE Andes announces new partnerships

Education for Employment (EFE) in the Andean region is pleased to announce that our Bolivian and Colombian partners have selected six Canadian colleges and institutes for their Institutional Partnerships component. The partnerships were chosen as follows:

In Bolivia, Cégep de Trois Rivières will partner with the Instituto Tecnológico Tarijain the sector of Industrial Mechanics – Industrial Welding, and Cégep de Victoriaville will partner with the Instituto Superior Tecnológico Agroindustrial Jose Marti and Olds College will partner with Instituto Agropecuario Portachuelo in the agricultural sector.

In Colombia, the consortium composed by Cégep de Jonquière, Cégep Édouard Montpetit and Collège d’Alma will partner with the Servicio Nacional de Aprendizaje(SENA) in the agricultural sector.

CICan would like to thank all the colleges who participated in these round of proposals.

New College Committee aims at deepening our working relationship with the Canadian Armed Forces

CICan President and CEO Denise Amyot is pleased to report that Peter Devlin, President  of Fanshawe College, has agreed to chair a committee on collaboration to deepen the relationship with the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). “For CICan and our members, the relationship with the Canadian Armed Forces is incredibly important,” noted Amyot. The committee members include key College Presidents, Vice-Presidents and Directors.

“I am looking forward to working with colleges from across the country”, said Peter Devlin. “We are going to have a great team exploring Canadian Forces training needs and partnership opportunities now and into the future.” For more information on the committee and its work, please contact Chris Paci,

Serving Indigenous Learners and Communities Symposium

Registration is still open for CICan’s 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. We hope many of you will attend.

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.

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

Globe and Mail Supplement on Canadian Colleges

On Monday, November 10, the Globe and Mail issued a report on Canadian colleges. Many CICan members were mentioned for their unique programs and innovation. Camosun College’s Comics and Graphic Novels Certificate Program was highlighted, as were College of the Rockies’ Adventure Tourism Business Operations Program and George Brown’s jewellery design program. All three programs show an impressive success rate. The report also emphasized the applied research efforts of the British Columbia Institute of Technology and Algonquin College. An article also explored the evolution of New Brunswick Community College and Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick since their 2010 shift in governance. We are proud of all mentions of our members, keep up the good work!

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New report suggests teens like science, but not enough to pursue a STEM degree

Let’s Talk Science’s most recent report offers insight into the distinction between teens’ interests and their post-secondary choices. The report, titled “Spotlight on Science Learning: Shaping Tomorrow’s Workforce: What do Canada’s Teens Think About their Futures?” reveals that today’s youth have a growing interest in science, with 72% believing that science is fun, yet only 12% of this group expressed a strong interest in working in a science-based job. Canadian teens are failing to make a connection between their interests and values and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). In summary, interest and appreciation for science has increased over the years, yet attitudes towards STEM learning have remained flat.

To read the report, please visit:

George Brown College opens new Green Building Centre

George Brown College officially opened its new Green Building Centre on November 10 at the Casa Loma Campus in Toronto. This new building will give students, instructors and industry the opportunity to collaborate on the creation of environmentally friendly and energy-efficient construction practices and products. Students will be able to participate in applied research that is directly applicable to the construction industry. The Centre’s labs will allow students to work with industry on siting, design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation and demolition projects.


Did you know?

The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) has two Mobile Education Units and a Mobile Water & Wastewater Technician Program. The institute can deliver training to communities in western and northern Canada, particularly in remote areas and Aboriginal Communities. NAIT revolutionizes distance learning by letting students stay in their communities instead of relocating to an urban centre to get a valuable education experience.


Last week I was in Northern Ontario where I had the opportunity to visit Cambrian College and Collège Boréal, both in Sudbury. I got to tour both of these wonderful institutions and meet with their very passionate staff. It’s great to see the evolving partnership developing between the two institutions.

At Cambrian College I discovered several innovative and diverse applied research projects directly linked to industry, from pipelines to lime and drifts just to name a few! The college even developed Faculty and Student Tool Kits. I was impressed to see that almost all of their programs have a co-op component, which students really appreciate. Cambrian has also achieved a 40% increase in international student enrollment, which is quite impressive! I love the new retention initiative of using an automated telephone survey in week three of each semester informing students of key support services available. Among its many programs, the college even has a music program to train voices for opera performance! My unique treat was to have a ride in the “Lil Big Rig”, a student-made truck used to treat special guests, which was built in the Heavy Equipment program over a two-year period. The “Lil Big Rig” is even used as a recruitment tool. Students had to customize a lot of the equipment. Its construction was a real labour of love!

It was also great to visit Collège Boréal on the eve of its 20-year anniversary. As one of the few francophone colleges in Ontario, Collèges Boréal is a very significant institution for Franco-Ontarians, serving 27 communities in Northern Ontario. It’s definitely easy to feel that strong sense of community within its walls. Also very interesting to see three francophone institutions co-located at the college:  Theatre du Nouvel Ontario,l’Association canadienne-française de l’Ontario (ACFO) and TFO..

I was quite impressed by its rapid response system for students, where a full time employee is available to answer student questions 24/7. To top if off, President Pierre Riopel visits every single first year class to talk about!

Finally, I was very surprised to see so many animals, which were gifts from a local taxidermist. They even had a rhinoceros and an elephant!

The rate of student satisfaction, high level of graduates with diplomas, and highoverall satisfaction in services makes it easy to understand why these colleges are leaders in Ontario.


Eureka! Moment

Thanks to support from BC’s North Island College, four post-secondary students are helping to preserve the Nuu-chah-nulth aboriginal language. The Aboriginal Language Revitalization program provides cultural awareness and appreciation, and runs through a partnership between North Island College and the University of Victoria. The students officially graduated from the program on November 10 following their commitment to preserving the Nuu-chah-nulth language. Classes are expected to continue in the New Year.

Click here for the full story from the Alberni Valley Times.


Ken Adams is the new Vice President – College Services at Confederation College. Mr. Adams’ previous positions include Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Financial Officer at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and the VP Finance and Corporate Services for the Sun Country Regional Health Authority. Mr. Adams will join the college on January 5th, 2015.

Deborah Brown is the new Vice President, Corporate Services at Mohawk College. Mrs. Brown is currently the Acting Chief Administrative Officer and Assistant Deputy Minister at Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS). She was previously the Director of the Strategic Business Unit at TBS. Mrs. Brown will begin her position on December 1st, 2014.

Fabien Pellerin is the new president of CégepRivière-du-Loup. Mr. Pellerin has been the graduate’s representative in the pre-university program sector of the cegep’s administration council since 2010. Mr. Pellerin studied health sciences at the cegep and went on to study bio-agronomy with a specialty in animal science at Université de Laval.


Director, Enterprise Applications
George Brown College

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


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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