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December 2, 2013

November 30, 2013

CEO on the Move

This week, my travels took me to India, where I met with the Canadian High Commissioner, Trade Commissioners at the Mumbai Consulate; and the Management staff of the Kohinoor Business School and the Kohinoor Technical Institute (KTI).

Meeting with the Director General of the National Skills Development Agency and the Indian Human Resources Development Ministry focused on possible partnerships and the transformation of Indian colleges.

The Canada-India Business Council invited me to speak at the 3rd Annual Canada-India Business Forum, to highlight the role of Canada’s colleges, institutes and polytechnics in providing companies from both countries the necessary training for future investments and joint ventures.

While in Delhi, I visited ACCC’s local Canadian Immigrant Integration Program (CIIP) office and enjoyed an opportunity to meet with our locally based employees. I sat in on a group orientation workshop and individual planning sessions with 17 future immigrants to Canada. It is truly remarkable to see how excited these Indian citizens are; not only at the prospect of a better life for their families, but to contribute towards Canada’s economic success.  Colleges participating on the India mission include Algonquin College, Cambrian College, Canadore College, Centennial College, Conestoga College, Cégep John Abbott College, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Langara College and St. Clair College.

ACCC Named Finalist for IPAC Deloitte 2013 Public Sector Leadership Award

We are pleased to announce that a jury panel of senior public sector executives from across Canada has determined that ACCC is in the winners’ circle of the IPAC Deloitte 2013 Public Sector Leadership Award, in recognition of its pioneering overseas orientation program for economic immigrants. The Canadian Immigrant Integration Program (CIIP) provides tailored pre-arrival information and planning services, as well as immediate online referrals to an extensive network of partners across Canada.

The gold, silver and bronze award winners will be announced at the IPAC Deloitte Public Sector Leadership Award Gala on February 13, 2014.

Canadian Chamber of Commerce Says Skills Gap is Real

This week, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce issued a news release stating that the skills gap continues to be the most pressing issue for Canada’s business community. The news release provides a snapshot of where the gaps are widest, including in the natural resources, construction, information technology, and services sectors. ACCC was among a number of national associations joining the Canadian Chamber in supporting their statement.

ACCC 2014 Annual Conference

The Call for Presentations and Recommendations for the 2014 ACCC Annual Conference is now open for submissions. Hosted by Algonquin College and La Cité, the Conference will take place May 25-27 in Ottawa and will provide a forum for member institutions to learn from each other by sharing insights and experience. The overall goal of the Conference is to enhance the capacity of member institutions to further their visions, mandates and strategic orientations.

The theme Collaboration ● Innovation ● Transformation will focus on leading-edge approaches in teaching and learning, quality, governance, institutional leadership, and collaborative partnerships.

We look forward to receiving your presentations and/or recommendations for submissions on leading-edge work undertaken within your institution, jointly with other ACCC member institutions or with community partners for the 2014 Conference.

If you are interested in submitting a presentation(s) and/or a recommendation(s), please complete the online form  by Monday, January 13, 2014.

Canada Foundation for Innovation Helps Businesses Connect with Colleges

The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) launched the CFI Research Facilities Navigator, a new online tool that will help businesses connect with research expertise and cutting-edge facilities at Canadian colleges, universities, and research hospitals in order to establish research partnerships and collaborations.

Congratulations

Congratulations to Red River College and Université de Saint-Boniface on being named to Manitoba’s Top 25 Employers list.

Congratulations to Durham College, Humber College, the Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences, and Seneca College on being selected as Greater Toronto’s Top Employers, and to Mohawk College on being named one of Hamilton-Niagara Top Employers.

Eureka! Moment

Poverty, homelessness and other life circumstances can change a warm coat, a pair of socks or a toothbrush into the out of the ordinary.  Okanagan College alumna Sarah Comba initiated the College’s Pay it Forward campaign after seeing the power of a small act of kindness. While Comba was volunteering at a local mission, an elderly client refused an offer of two pairs of socks, accepting only one, insisting that the second pair be given to someone else in need.  Until December 6, Pay it Forward volunteers are accepting new or gently used winter coats, winter boots, mittens and toques; new toiletries; unwrapped toys for children aged 2 – 16 years; and baby formula, diapers and jars of food for distribution by Kelowna’s Gospel Mission and Inn from the Cold.

The campaign is now in its 8th year. What a difference that one pair of socks has made in the lives of many!

Did You Know?

Therapy dogs are being used on several campuses, including Red River College and University of the Fraser Valley, to help students unwind and cope with post-secondary stress. What an innovative (and furry) student service!

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