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October 27, 2014


Canadian colleges at WFCP World Congress

Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) and its members played a leading role at the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnic (WFCP) Congress, held this weekend in Beijing, China. The event gathered technical post-secondary experts from many of the 62 countries represented at the WFCP including a large Canadian delegation representing 26 colleges, institutes and polytechnics.

The world Congress saw the adoption of the Beijing Declaration: Building a Better Future. The Declaration reaffirms the commitment of the WFCP and its members toquality education and program development, based on dialogue and cooperation. This important document will pave the way for WFCP activities for years to come.

Four Canadian students from Humber College and Niagara College also took part in the WFCP’s first International Youth Camp.

The congress also saw the creation of three new affinity groups on the topics of applied research, green colleges and sustainability, as well as access to postsecondary education.

Many Canadian Colleges are still in China and will embark this week on a tour to promote Canadian technical education and forge stronger ties with potential Chinese partners. This will take them to Beijing (Oct. 26-27), Changsha (Oct. 27-28), Guangzhou (Oct. 29-30) and Shenyang, (Oct. 31- Nov. 1) where the Canadian colleges delegation will participate in a series of partnership meetings and public information sessions.


Canadian colleges receive top honours at WFCP World Congress

CICan is pleased to announce that six of its members have won international awards of excellence at the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnic’s (WFCP) World Congress in Beijing, China.

Alberta’s Olds College struck Gold in the Governance category, which is awarded to a college or a college association that has demonstrated excellence in improving institutional performance through initiatives that modernize governance.

British Columbia’s Douglas College received Silver for International Collaboration, along with the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), which took home the bronze in that category.

Alberta’s Lakeland College was awarded a silver medal for its college-industry partnerships while BCs College of the Rockies received another Silver medal in the Social development category.  Manitoba’s Red River College received a Bronze award in the same category.

Click here for the full news release 

New partnerships announced for EFE Peru

Several Canadian colleges, institutes and polytechnics have partnered with eight different Peruvian technical institutes as part of CICan’s Education for Employment (EFE) program in the Andean region. These institutional partnerships will help develop skills and technical training in key sectors of the Peruvian economy, and prepare students for employment.

The EFE program in the Andean region aims to improve the socio-economic well-being of vulnerable youth by providing them with an education that prepares them for employment. Self-employment and entrepreneurship training is also provided.

“We are very happy to see the Education for Employment Program in the Andean region advancing so that young people can gain greater options and financial stability,” said CICan President and CEO, Denise Amyot.


Caribbean partners in Ottawa

CICan is delighted to host a delegation from our CARICOM Education for employment (C-EFE) and Youth Skills Development Programme (YSD). Seven delegates representing seven different Caribbean institutions are in Ottawa to meet and interview Canadian colleges and institutes shortlisted for C-EFE/YSD Pre-Technology Partnerships. After interviews, our Caribbean partners will select the Canadian colleges and institutes they will work with to implement Pre-Technology Partnerships.

The C-EFE/YSD Pre-Technology Partnerships is a joint program of Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) and the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID). Partnerships will be implemented in Jamaica, St. Vincent & The Grenadines, Dominica, St. Lucia, Grenada, and Antigua & Barbuda.


New request for proposal for Bolivian partnerships

During the week of October 20th, CICan launched the final Request for Proposals (RFP) for Institutional Partnerships with the Education for Employment – Andean Region Program in Bolivia.

Three partnerships between three technical institutions in Bolivia and five Canadian Colleges and Institutes have been in place since last September. During the first week of November, three more Bolivian Technical institutions will travel to Ottawa to interview twelve Canadian Colleges and Institutes.

The Education For Employment – Andean Region Program is funded by Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD)

Click here to download the request for proposal documents.

Demers Report to be implemented in Quebec

During a recent visit to Cégep de Trois-Rivières, Yves Bolduc, Quebec’s Minister of Higher Education, Research and Science announced the implementation of recommendations made in the Demers Report (Rapport final du chantier sur l’offre de formation collégiale) regarding college training in the Province.

The report, written by Guy Demers, president of Quebec’s College Training Committee, and former Director General of Cégep Lévis-Lauzon, proposes ways to modernize the college training system and allow institutions to better react to challenges they are facing.

The Demers report calls for the innovation of college training courses and the funding of specific college projects rather than the funding of an institution as a whole. The report also recommends a discussion on the role that college partners and the Ministry play in the management of continuing education, while also keeping in mind the growing demands for labour.

The implementation of these recommendations will be overseen by higher education professionals, including Mrs. Nicole Rouillier, former Director General of Cégep Marie-Victorin. Rouillier has 30 years of experience in post-secondary education and is a former CICan Board member.

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This was a very busy week, filled with long travels, but also fascinating meetings. As chair of the WFCP I travelled to China for the federation’s World Congress; a major event in it’s own right which I was honoured to host. I was accompanied by a great Canadian delegation, representing 26 colleges and Institutes. I can assure you that their presence was noticed and very appreciated by our partners joining us from many of the 62 countries represented at the WFCP.

The group includes five College presidents from Canada: Brian McMillan of Holland College, Chris Whittaker of Humber College, David Ross of Sault College, Ron Commons of Sault Ste-Marie, Paul Holden of the Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology and Ann Buller of Centennial College who gave a very compelling keynote address.

On my way to China I took a slight detour to take part in the SEAMEO Congress in Bangkok, Thailand. Organized around the theme of Southeast Asia in Transition: Re-thinking Education, Science and Culture for Regional Integration. This was a great opportunity to meet with partners in the region. I was also asked to moderate a session on Technical and Vocational Education and Training Models.



Eureka Moment!

I was very impressed by the Bow Valley College’s Corporate Readiness Training Program (CRPT) which I discovered during latest recent trip to Alberta. This initiative helps immigrants find work at their skill level, and gives them valuable experience in Canadian workplaces.

The 16-week long program has a success rate of over 90% and features intercultural language training, workplace experience, and mentorship during and after the program.  Bow Valley College has implemented a program that benefits both immigrant workers and Canadian businesses!


Luc Desautels, professor of philosophy at Cégep régioanl de Lanaudière is the first winner of the College research prize awarded by the Association francophone pour le savoir (Acfas). This award was launched at the last Acfas summit in Québec to include College research in social sciences and the humanities in this traditionally university dominated association. Mr. Desautels has been teaching at the college level since 1983 and specializes in ethics.



Associate Dean, Access Programs
Niagara College Canada

Associate Dean, Faculty of Trades & Technology
Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Director, Student Development
Saskatchewan Polytechnic

INSTRUCTOR, Social Services Worker
Assiniboine Community College

Associate Vice-President, Facilities & Ancillary Services
Durham 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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