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October 20, 2014


Disadvantaged Learners report launched at UNESCO-UNEVOC Summit

CICan took part in the UNESCO-UNEVOC Skills for Work and Life summit in Bonn, Germany, where it unveiled a new report: Maximizing Opportunities for Disadvantaged and Low-skilled Learners. This report introduces partners to the programs, support services and innovations that Canadian colleges are using to increase access to post-secondary education for vulnerable groups. CICan also discussed how these could work internationally.

The Skills for Work and Life summit gathered technical education experts and stakeholders from around the world to discuss and identify concrete and coherent global directions, policy measures and other priority areas around youth employability and skills development. CICan launched its report in Germany to demonstrate how Canada’s colleges, institutes and polytechnics are improving people’s lives through greater access to education.

Visit our website to read the news release and the full report.


CICan welcomes Peruvian delegates

CICan is very happy to host a delegation from our Education for employment (EFE) partners in Peru. Seventeen delegates representing eight different technical training institutions are in Ottawa to meet with Canadian colleges looking to work in Peru under the Institutional Partnerships component of the EFE Andean Region Program.

Stay tuned for an upcoming announcement regarding these very promising partnerships.


UNESCO-UNEVOC network news

The UNEVOC North American cluster has published its third newsletter. Its theme focuses on access for disadvantaged learners, whether due to vulnerable social status, physical or mental disability, or simply the fact of not following a traditional path. You can read it here, on the CICan website.

CICan leads delegation to China

Canadian colleges, institutes and polytechnics will be well represented at the upcoming World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics (WFCP) World Congress taking place in Beijing, China from October 24-26. Twenty-six Canadian institutions will join CICan President and WFCP Chair, Denise Amyot, at this important international education forum.

Four Canadian students, from Humber and Niagara colleges, will also travel to China to participate in the WFCP International Youth Camp. This event provides opportunities for young leaders to acquire new experiences and to exchange ideas with colleagues from around the world.

The WFCP World Congress is the leading international event for the vocational education, technical and skills training community. Delegates from 62 countries, including Canada, will attend to share best practices and discuss common challenges.

The CICan-led delegation of Canadian institutions will then embark on a week-long tour to promote Canada’s college advantage in technical education for potential Chinese international students and industry partners. The Canadian colleges delegation will participate in a series of partnership meetings and public information sessions in: Beijing (Oct. 26-27); Changsha (Oct. 27-28), Guangzhou, (Oct. 29-30) and Shenyang (Oct. 31- Nov. 1).

Strengthening the Brazil-Canada partnership

We are pleased to announce that on October 8, 2014, the Brazilian Ministry of Education (MEC) and Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) formally recognized the 43 Brazilian teachers and senior managers who participated in the first phase of the Brazil-Canada Technological and Professional Fellowship Exchange Program. Nineteen Canadian colleges and cégeps took part in this project and hosted our Brazilian partners for three months, between February and May 2014.

The event closed with the first public screening of the Brazil-Canada Technological and Professional Fellowship Exchange Program video, created as a reflection on the first phase of the Program. We invite you to view it here.

C-EFE/YSD Pre-Technology Programme hosts institutional partnership selection interviews in Ottawa Oct 23-24 2014.

Following an overwhelming response to the RFP for the CARICOM Education for Employment (C-EFE) Program’s Youth Skills Development (YSD) initiative, seven Caribbean institutional representatives will travel to Ottawa on October 21 to interview nine Canadian colleges and institutes.

The Pre-Technology Partnerships will include technical education institutions in Jamaica, St. Vincent & The Grenadines, Dominica, St. Lucia, Grenada, and Antigua & Barbuda. The project is funded jointly by Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) and the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID).

Did you know?

Approximately 70% of Canadian colleges now offer co-op programs. A recent survey of our members revealed that 891 different co-op projects are offered across 92 colleges. This is great news for students looking for hands on experience and proves that collaboration with industry and local businesses can lead to lasting partnerships.




Tuesday I had the pleasure of visiting Fleming College in Peterborough. This was a wonderful opportunity to see their newly constructed $36.6 million Kawartha Trades and Technology Centre. The 87,000 square foot training facility is located on the college’s Sutherland Campus. Through a unique partnership with industry, it will support students from regional secondary schools, Fleming College and regional industry.

The facility will provide new spaces and equipment for training in carpentry, welding, plumbing and machining. With state-of-the art, sustainable shop facilities, smart-wired classrooms, and labs with the newest technology, students will have access to a full suite of services and a vibrant campus life. The new facility has already had an impact on enrolment at the training centre, which has increased by 30% this year.

Denise-Fleming-collegeI also visited Fleming’s Frost School of Environment and Natural Resources Sciences in Lindsay and was very impressed with their new Centre for Alternative Wastewater Treatment. The work they have been doing in the artic is particularly inspiring and will have a direct impact on many communities.

On Wednesday, I flew to Calgary for a fascinating conference organised by the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada on the topic of Canada’s Asia Challenge: Building Skills and Knowledge for the Next Generation. I was honoured to be asked to join as a panellist in a session on “Building Asia Competence in Universities and Colleges: understanding and incorporating industry needs”. CICan Vice-President for International Partnerships, Paul Brennan, also moderated another workshop on the importance of international mobility.

For a good overview of the topics discussed at the conference, I strongly recommend reading this fascinating reported titled Canada’s Asia Challenge: Creating Competence for the Next Generation of Canadians.

I finished the week with a great visit of the very entrepreneurial Red Deer College. This college is about real entrepreneurship, not only from an institutional point of view but also because of its linkages with the industry. They engaged with over 500 industries in the last 18 months.

I also loved seeing how business and art coexist at Red Deer College with the Donald School of Business and the college’s Arts Centre both located in Red Deer College’s downtown campus. This makes for a great learning environment!

Eureka Moment!

The New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) provided us all with a brilliant display of community engagement last week. More than 4000 NBCC staff and students participated in 175 community leadership activities to mark the official launch of the Robertson Institute for Community Leadership.

The institute will put community service and leadership front and center for students, staff, alumni and NBCC partners. Through this initiative, every NBCC student will graduate from the college having completed a community leadership course and community service learning experiences.



Bow Valley College President and CEO Sharon Carry has been invested with the Alberta Order of Excellence on October 25. Over the last four decades, she has worked in progressively more responsible academic and administrative roles at four Alberta post-secondary institutions: University of Calgary; Mount Royal University; Olds College; and Bow Valley College, where she has been President and CEO since 1997.

Bernice Budz has been appointed Interim Dean of the School of Health Sciences at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). Bernice has been with the college since 2009 following an extensive career in the health sector and was previously Associate Dean for the Bachelor of Science Nursing program.


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