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November 24, 2014


Government launches social innovation fund at Red River College

Last Friday, the Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology) was at Red River College to announce the launch of a new pilot initiative for college-based social innovation research. The new Community and College Social Innovation Fund will be administered by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). It’s objective is to increase college capacity to engage in collaborative projects with community organizations and businesses to address social issues such as poverty, crime prevention, community safety and economic development at the community level. Stay tuned for a forthcoming webinar that will provide more information.

CICan has advocated for a project of this type for years and was able to demonstrate that colleges are not only well positioned to handle social innovation research, but that they are already producing some inspired work. For example, in 2012-2013, 821 new projects launched in colleges and institutes across Canada.

CICan President and CEO Denise Amyot was present for the announcement and took part in the subsequent round table with the Minister and other key stakeholders. She reminded participants that colleges are not only places of learning but that their expertise in a wide variety of fields is a great asset for communities. Amyot added that this new program will increase opportunities for community organizations to tap into the talent, facilities and capabilities of Canada’s colleges and institutes.

Click here for the government news release.


Federal government renews ASETS for one year

CICan was pleased to learn that Employment and Social Development Canada has confirmed that the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy (ASETS) has been extended to March 31, 2016. ASETS renewal is one of our recommendations in our Submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance. This is a 1-year extension and the Department is currently exploring options to renew and improve Aboriginal labour market programming post-2016, following consultations with Aboriginal partners and stakeholders. CICan contributed to the consultation process and we look forward to continuing our engagement with the Department as they explore the renewal of Aboriginal labour market programming post-2016.

Seeking proposals for a ground-breaking social project

Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) invites colleges from across Canada, especially those in regions with high unemployment and the potential for employment, to submit an Expression of Interest to provide essential skills services. This will be part of a ground-breaking Essential Skills Social Finance Pilot project (ESSF) lead by CICan.

CICan has been contracted by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) to manage the ESSF pilot project, which is scheduled to conclude in mid-to-late 2016. The objective is to test whether a social finance model, supported via a Social Impact Bond (SIB) instrument, is an effective way to increase the Essential Skills of unemployed or displaced Canadians.

ESDC defines social finance as follows:  Social finance is an approach to mobilizing private capital that delivers a social dividend and an economic return to achieve social and environmental goals. It creates opportunities for investors to finance projects that benefit society and for community organizations to access new sources of funds.

Download Call for Expression of Interest.

Your proposal must be sent to the CICan Secretariat no later than December 8, 2014, before 5:00 p.m. EST via e-mail to Judy Prud’homme, Program Officer, Business Development and Social Finance,

CBIE Conference

CICan took part in the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) 2014 Conference which took place from November 19-22 at the Westin in Ottawa. The conference’s theme for 2014 was The Diplomacy of Knowledge and Our Common Future. CICan was proud to take part in the CBIE Conference as an exhibitor. The event featured several professional development workshops, a Canada-Pacific Alliance Countries Education Forum, keynote speakers and thought leaders from around the world, and an International Education Fair. Congratulations to the Canadian Bureau for International Education on a successful event!

Another professional cook program recognized by the CAF-ACE directory

As part of the ongoing and continued work of expanding cook training programs for the Canadian Armed Forces – Accreditation, Certification and Equivalencies (CAF-ACE) Directory and for the CAF’s recruitment initiative, Chris Paci, CICan Manager for the CAFCOP and Lisa Daigle, System Administrator for CAF-ACE, visited the Relais de la Lièvre-Seigneurie professional training centre, affiliated to the Service régionale de la formation professionelle en Outaouais.

Thanks, to Chef Luc Montagne and Ms. Annie Larocque, Assistant Director, who provided a tour of their kitchen facilities and labs.  The cook program at the campus has been recognized in the CAF-ACE Directory and meets the requirements for the Non-Commissioned Member Subsidized Entry Plan (NCM-SEP) and for Incentives and Allowances.

You can sample students’ delicious work with a wide range of take-out meals, baking, and meats by visiting “La Boutique Gourmande” which is open every Thursday from 12h00 to 8 PM, September to June. If you prefer, there is a “haute cuisine” restaurant for a sit down meal at “La Table des Trois-Vallées” which opens in January (call the CFP to confirm the sitting). If you are interested in the CAF-ACE Program, visit:

Quebec recognizes new College Centres for the Transfer of Technologies

On November 17, the Quebec government announced the official recognition of three College Centres for the Transfer of Technologies (CCTT). They are the industrial design expertise and training centre, which is affiliated with Cégep régional de Lanaudière, the organic and local farming expertise and transfer centre, affiliated with Cégep de Victoriaville, and the digital imaging research and development centre, associated with Cégep de Matane.

These three new CCTTs specialize in technology, and bring the number of government-supported tech-transfer networks to 49 in Quebec. CCTTs link colleges to small and medium businesses as well as non-profit organizations. They allow researchers to conduct research and innovate in specific areas, and sensitize college students to research in these areas. 

Reminder :  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.

Reminder: 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?

With the help of web conferencing software, Yukon College instructor Everett Igobwa is teaching music to students in Nairobi, Kenya who happen to be located 13,370 kilometres away. Igobwa has partnered with the Head of Music at Nairobi School, an all-boys residential school, and has transformed the struggling brass band into an award-winning orchestra. Igobwa is a Faculty Development instructor at the college, and assists faculty to bring new technology into classrooms.


Last week I was in British Columbia to meet our colleagues at the BC Colleges meeting. This was a great opportunity to discuss common strategies and objectives and learn more about the situation of our western members. I also took some time to visit two of our colleges in the Vancouver area.

On November 18th, I had the pleasure of visiting BC’s Douglas College. I toured the New Westminster campus, where I learned a lot about Douglas College’s impressive accessibility services. Accessibility is a source of pride at Douglas College: their campus has been recognized as one of the most accessible campuses in B.C. post-secondary education. Douglas is helping students with disabilities reach their educational goals, what a great accomplishment!

I was also quite impressed by Douglas’ partnership with Simon Fraser University. The two institutions have created a degree program where students are able to move freely and easily between the two schools while completing a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science from Simon Fraser University. This program offers financial and academic flexibility, and is less rigid than a regular transfer program of 2 years in college followed by 2 years in university. Students also get to study in both a small college environment, and a large university setting – what an incredible initiative that could transform the college and post-secondary education transfer system!

I also visited Vancouver Community College, which is the only community college located in downtown and East Vancouver. I learned that most of VCC’s programs are designed to support newcomers to Canada and that the institution provides excellent training for immigrant settlement and integration. 25% of students are studying language studies at VCC, which is more popular than any other program, and VCC students come from more than 40 countries and speak more than 30 different languages!

Last but not least, I had a delicious dinner at JJ’s, the VCC restaurant. I was also impressed by the beautiful indigenous artwork at both Douglas and VCC!

More next week on my visits to Red River College, ETP of l’Université St-Boniface and the Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology in Winnipeg.


Eureka! Moment

As a first generation postsecondary student myself, I was very impressed by College Boreal’s First Generation Project for students whose parents and/or legal guardians have not attended a post-secondary institution. Services for first generation students at the college include general information, academic orientation, one-on-one and group meetings, mentorship programs, workshops, career planning services, and scholarships. What a great way to support first generation students!


Roy Daykin is the new Vice President of Finance and Administration at Okanagan College. Mr. Daykin’s previous positions include interim President and CEO, Vice President, Administration and Community Engagement, and Vice President of Administration and Finance at Langara College. Mr. Daykin will join the Okanagan College on December 15.

Gilles Vaillancourt is the new Coordinator of Student services at Cegep Saint-Jerome. Mr. Vaillancourt has vast knowledge of the education sector, and significant experience in managing projects, strategic planning, and socioeconomic and community development. Mr. Vaillancourt begins his term on December 15.

Manon Gingras is the new Director of business and community services at Cegep de St-Felicien. Ms. Gingras has over 20 years of experience in accounting, management, and business finance. Ms. Gingras holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from l’Université Laval.


College of the North Atlantic – Qatar

Dean of Liberal Arts and Access Programs
Georgian College

Dean of Health and Wellness
Georgian College

Coordinator Plant and Facilities
Vanier College

Coordinator Financial Services
Vanier 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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