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November 3, 2014


CICan forges new partnerships in China

Colleges and Institutes Canada was in China last week at the head of a 45 person delegation from 27 member institutions. This was an opportunity to meet with current and potential partners and to promote Canadian colleges with the Chinese public and education sector. The trip proved quite productive with CICan signing two brand new memorandums of understanding (MOU) with key partners.

On October 25, CICan signed a MOU with the China Education Association of International Exchange (CEAIE), a not-for-profit organization that meets the needs of China’s modernization construction by developing exchanges and cooperation.

CICan also signed a MOU with the Guandong Provincial Department of Education (GDPE), which is the most populous province in China and the principal driver of the Chinese economy for the past three decades.


Both MOUs will facilitate linkages and partnerships of Canadian colleges, institutes, cégeps and polytechnics with China’s post-secondary sector. These MOUs will allow Chinese post-secondary institutions to access Canadian expertise in technical education and training, curriculum development, student and teacher exchange. CICan and its partners have also committed to report on the results of both agreement on a yearly basis.

China has recently decided to transform 600 universities into institutions of applied learning and technology, and Canadian institutions are clearly seen as partners of choice. They have the know how, the expertise an the experience required to help with this major transition.

Click here for the news release.

C-EFE partnerships announced

After hosting delegates from CICan’s CARICOM Education for Employment (C-EFE) and Youth Skills Development (YSD) programs, we are pleased to announce that our Carribean partners have selected three Canadian colleges and institutes for their Pre-Technology Partnerships.

Following a rigourous selection process, the partnerships were chosen as follows:

Parkland College will partner with Jamaica;

College of the Rockies will partner with St. Vincent & the Grenadines/Dominica; and Cegep de la Gaspésie et des Iles will partner with St. Lucia, Grenada, Antigua & Barbuda.

These new co-financed institutional partnerships have now been officially endorsed by the CARICOM Secretariat, the British Department for International Development (DIFD) and the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD).

CICan would like to thank all the colleges who applied.


Call for presentations at Conference

CICan is looking for presenters for the CICan 2015 Conference. Presentations that feature cross-disciplinary/inter-disciplinary approaches as well as those specific to a discipline or theme are especially welcomed.

We are looking for presentations that fit in six different thematic streams: Applied Research, Environmental Sustainability, Friend-raising/Fundraising, Indigenous Education, Leadership, Teaching and Learning/Student Success.

Submissions will be accepted until Friday, December 5th 2014. Presenters will be notified about the status of their submission by email in mid-January 2015. Presenters must also register online to the CICan 2015 Conference.

To submit a presentation, click here.

ACE’s High: the Canadian Armed Forces College Opportunities Directory (CAFCOD) has changed its name!

Major Dino Laplante, of the Canadian Defense Academy in Kingston, has announced that the Canadian Armed Forces College Opportunities Directory (CAFCOD) has changed its name to the CAF-ACE Directory. ACE stands for Accreditation Certification Equivalencies. The change reflects the CAF’s goal to have Prior Learning Assessment Recognition (PLAR) included as an integral part of the directory.

According to Major Laplante, “the directory continues to evolve to meet the occupational training needs of the Canadian Forces and to better align the CAFCOP work we hope to achieve in partnership with Colleges, Institutes and Cegeps in the future.”

The new directory will include a full listing of equivalencies, matching civilian and military education and training requirements and outcomes. The new directory will better aid Colleges and military members to match their respective objectives. For the time being, the CAF-ACE is still available at the same URL at

For Colleges, Institutes, Polytechnics, and Cegeps who already have programs in the directory, now is a good opportunity to review the older entries to update your submissions. “We want to ensure that what is listed on College websites is the same information as in the directory,” says Chris Paci, CICan Manager of the CAFCOP. For example, if there have been a title change or changes in contact staff, duration of program, or additional information, now is the time to update and verify. To do so please contact Lisa Daigle at

Did you know?

Cegep Beauce-Appalaches has developed a “linguistic speed dating” initiative. Students from the Dominican Republic, China, the U.S., Peru, Cuba, Mexico and the Philippines who study French at the institute recently had the option of practicing their skills during a linguistic speed dating activity. This initiative also helps newcomers to Canada meet Canadian contacts!


I had the great pleasure of spending all of last week in China with a group of devoted leaders from colleges across the country. In total, 45 people from 27 of our colleges and institutes joined me to promote the Canadian college advantage to a very receptive Chinese public. We got to meet several potential partners, but also many students and parents looking for more information about our postsecondary system.

The delegation took part in a series of partnership meetings and public information sessions in Beijing, Changsha, Guangzhou and Shenyan. Although I had to skip that last stretch of the tour to go to Chengdu for the Education Forum for Asia conference (more on this next week). Everywhere we went, our delegation received a very warm welcome and gave presentations to rooms packed with eager students and keen heads of Chinese education institutions.

It was truly hearthwarming to receive such an enthusiastic welcome. I was also very pleased to see that past participants from our Vocational Education and Training (VELT) partnerships are now among our best ambassadors in China.

This was also a great opportunity to create stronger connections with our Canadian colleagues as we endured early morning flights and long trips with no “real” coffee. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all participants.


Eureka! Moment

I was very proud to see not only one, but two of our member colleges sign their own MOU’s with Chinese institutions last week. Ontario’s Canadore College signed a deal with Changsha College to share expertise in aeronautics while PEI’s Holland College partnered with Guangdong Engineering Polytechnic. These are two great examples of international collaboration that show once again that Canadian colleges are deeply respected on the world stage.


Louise Mandell Q.C. has been appointed the second chancellor of Vancouver Island University (VIU). Mandell is a prominent Aboriginal rights lawyer and advocate for Canada’s First Nations. She is the co-founder of Mandell Pinder, a law firm specializing in the recognition and implementation of Indigenous people’s constitutional rights. Mandell’s term has begun, though she will be installed officially in January 2015, during VIU’s convocation ceremonies.

Stan Chung is the new Vice President, Education and Applied Research at College of the Rockies. Mr. Chung has 25 years of experience in Canadian post-secondary education, and his previous positions include Vice President Academic and Research at Red River College, Dean of Arts & Sciences at Camosun College and Associate Dean of Arts and Foundational Programs at Okanagan College. His appointment is effective December 1st.

Danielle Lafaille has been named Vanier College’s new Academic Dean. Mrs. Lafaille has close to 20 years of experience in the college network, and was previously Assistant Dean at Cégep Limoilou, Academic Dean at Cégep Gérald-Godin, and Director of Studies at Champlain Regional College. Mrs. Lafaille’s five-year mandate begins in January 2015.

David Leis has been named the new Director of Advancement at the University of the Fraser Valley. Mr. Leis will lead fundraising for university initiatives, programs and scholarships. His previous positions include Director of Communications and Donor Relations at MCC (Mennonite Central Committee) and Vice-President Advancement at Canadian Mennonite University. Mr. Leis began his term on October 20th,

Alice Wainwright-Stewart is the new interim president and chief executive officer of Lakeland College. Mrs. Wainright-Stewart has been the vice president, academic of Lakeland College for the past nine years. Prior to this, Mrs. Wainright-Stewart served as dean of the School of Health and Human services. Her appointment is effective immediately.



Chair, Wellness, Research and Innovation
Andrea Barton/Algonquin College

Chair, Financial Studies
Andrea Barton

Regional Programming Officer
Bow Valley College

Director, Human Resources
Northwest Community College

Executive Assistant to the V.P. Marketing & Strategic Enrollment Management
George Brown 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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