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October 14, 2014


Register for CICan on Parliament Hill

Registration for CICan on Parliament Hill is now open. We encourage all of our member institutions to join us to bring their concerns and priorities directly to decision-makers in Ottawa.

This year, CICan on Parliament Hill will begin with a Professional Development Day for college and institute presidents on December 1, 2014 and a dinner with Deputy Ministers. On December 2, 2014, the day will involve a blend of formal presentations by key Ministers and Opposition Leaders, and meetings with Parliamentarians and senior government officials.

CICan on Parliament Hill is an opportunity for member institutions and key partners to speak with one voice on the pivotal role of colleges and institutes in supporting Canada’s economic and social prosperity.

With the next federal election looming, it is timely for college and institute Presidents to gather in Ottawa with community and private sector partners to advance priorities of Canada’s colleges, institutes and polytechnics.

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Industry investment promotes student success

A $1,050,000 gift from Dow Canada will support student success and campus expansion at The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT). Dow’s investment includes $800,000 for NAIT’s Centre for Applied Technologies and $250,000 to sponsor a biennial seminar showcasing the field of power engineering.

Click here for the full news release

MITT and Durham College host PM Harper

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has put colleges in the spotlight, with visits to two of our member institutions last week. On October 9, the PM was at Durham College’s Whitby campus along with members of his cabinet, where he was also treated to culinary students’ skills at Bistro ’67, the college’s green-certified, teaching-inspired restaurant.



On October 10, the Prime Minister was at the Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology (MITT) in Winnipeg along with the Hon. Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, and the Hon. Greg Selinger, Premier of Manitoba. The Prime Minister was there to announce the first recipient of the Canada Job Grant.

Museums offering open data 


On October 20, the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation (CSTMC) will release data sets relating to the collections of the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, and the Canada Science and Technology Museum. The data sets will be available on the Government of Canada’s Open Data Portal and the museums’ websites.

Featuring more than 100,000 artifacts from the CSTMC collection, highlighting Canadian achievements in science, technology and engineering, the data sets cover everything from planes and trains, to tractors and toasters. Each object has more than 80 data fields, including images of the artifact.




Last week, CICan launched its first orientation for new presidents – a new leadership development initiative of the Association. We were pleased to host eleven new CEOs from across the country, who started in their positions over the last few months. They were joined by veteran presidents who shared their knowledge and experience, accumulated over years of dedicated service.

Assuming the position of CEO is no easy task. For those who might have missed it, CICan will host a second orientation for new presidents in the New Year on Jan 27th- 28th in Ottawa.

CICan is constantly reviewing the Leadership Development programs to ensure they are leading edge. If you have any comments or suggestions, please do not hesitate to send them to Sylvie Taher.



Eureka moment!

Our friends and colleagues at Colleges Ontario have designed a truly original way to promote college education by allowing high school students to “picture” their future careers. The Picture Your Future Tour has been traveling around Ontario and uses green screen technology to take pictures of students and insert them in various career settings such as firefighting, broadcasting, game development, nursing and much more.

This second edition of the tour will run until November and has already been a hit in many Ontario high schools. This week it travels to Durham College.


Catherine Rushton has been appointed Senior Vice-President Finance and Corporate Services at Loyalist College. Rushton’s background includes serving as Vice President Finance and Administration for Red River College in Winnipeg, and senior financial leadership roles with several other organizations. She is currently serving as Director of Finance and Corporate Services at Manitoba Centennial Centre Corporation.

Jackie Smith has been appointed Executive Director of the British Columbia Institute of Technology Foundation. Jackie is a respected, strategic and highly motivated leader who served for 11 years as Executive Director at the Peace Arch Hospital and Community Health Foundation.

Gwendolyn Point will be the new Chancellor of the University of the Fraser Valley. Currently, Point is an assistant professor in the School of Social Work at UFV, and teaches First Nations Studies courses. Point will take over from Brian Minter, who was UFV’s Chancellor from 2008 to 2014. She will be installed as Chancellor at a ceremony in the coming months.


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World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics Congress
October 24th – October 26th 2014
Beijing, China
China National Convention Center

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

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