Colleges and institutes: leaders in managing the world’s freshwater supply
An artist rendering of the new pavilion at the Centre for Water Technologies (Centre des Technologies de l’Eau), a College Centre of Technology Transfer (CCTT) specializing in water-related applied research at the Cégep de Saint-Laurent. Photo: Cégep de Saint-Laurent.
For many Canadians, freshwater is an omnipresent resource. According to the Government of Canada, Canada contains about 20% of the world’s total freshwater resources, 7% of which are considered renewable. Playing such a large role in Canada’s geography and ecosystems through ground and sub-surface water; glaciers and ice cover; wetlands, rivers, and lakes, water is the focus of many careers and management of the resource often involves multiple fields and government and industry partners.
Given the uniquely Canadian abundance of freshwater in, the water-related training and research opportunities at Canadian colleges and institutes are a critical component of the global march towards sustainability. For example:
- The Centre for Advancement of Water and Wastewater Technologies (CAWT) at Fleming College’s Lindsay, Ontario campus, works with industry, government, NGOs, and other academic institutions on research projects driving water innovation and helping find new ways to protect, reuse, treat, and manage the world’s water supply. For example, a 2014 report released collaboratively between CAWT and the Institute of Watershed Science at Trent University presented findings on the use of natural tundra wetlands in the treatment of municipal wastewaters at 13 sites across Nunavut and the Northwest Territories. The centre also offers more than 25 accredited courses in Water Operator and Wastewater Operator Training.
- The Cégep de Saint-Laurent is home to the Centre des Technologies de l’Eau (CTE) [Centre for Water Technologies], a College Centre of Technology Transfer specializing in water-related applied research, information diffusion, and technical expertise. The CTE also recently received funding approval to construct a brand-new facility to house its projects and offer training.
- At University College of the North, a two-year Natural Resources Management Technology (NRMT) diploma equips students to work in natural resources management, including forests, water, fish, and wildlife through hands-on training in semi-remote wilderness settings where students are immersed in the life of field work.
- The Land and Water Resources Diploma at Olds College gets students involved in environmental stewardship and rural planning, and prepares them for careers ensuring sustainability of the soil, water and wildlife resources amidst agriculture or land development activities.
- NAIT’s Water and Wastewater Technician distance learning courses provide training for work in fields like water treatment, water distribution, wastewater collection, and wastewater treatment, both at entry-level and as an option for ongoing specialized training. NAIT also offers the Water and Wastewater Operation Preparation course in partnership with Northern Lakes College.
- At Yukon College many research projects involve water treatment, including a project looking at the possibilities for treatment of recycled water used in mining operations to limit the build-up of contaminants.
- Nova Scotia Community College’s (NSCC) Natural Resources Environmental Technology program includes training in watershed management, focusing on how development activities affect water quality, the provision of drinking water, and the restoration of aquatic habitats.
- Through its Riverview High School Hydroponics project, an Engineering Technology instructor from New Brunswick Community Collee (NBCC) has teamed up with high school staff and students to produce vegetables sustainably in an aquaponics garden using water and fish waste to act as a natural fertilizer.
Providing solutions and taking action to better manage the world’s freshwater supply is essential to addressing the pressing challenges of climate change. With a presence in urban, rural, remote, and northern communities across the country, Canada’s colleges and institutes take advantage of the geographic variety of their surroundings to train a strong workforce and conduct research projects that are critically important for sustainability efforts in Canada and around the world.
- Capilano University partners on Creative Tech Community for animation, film, video games, visual effects, and emerging platforms
- BCIT launches Canada’s first full-time two-year diploma program in Industrial Network Cybersecurity beginning September 2019
- Joint Michener Institute/University of Toronto Medical Radiation Sciences program receives full accreditation
- Red Deer College commits to Indigenous education and opportunities by signing CICan’s Indigenous Education Protocol
- L’Institut du tourisme et d’hôtellerie du Québec lance une nouvelle formation 100 % accueillant
- Les étudiantes et les étudiants en Travail social du Cégep Marie-Victorin s’impliquent dans leur communauté
Explore strategies in sustainability of campuses in small communities
Ahead of Conference 2019, join us this year in Owen Sound, ON with our host Georgian College for the Pre-Conference Forum for Colleges Serving Rural, Remote and Northern Communities!
With this year’s theme, Sustainability of Campuses in Small Communities, sessions will include key topics ranging from access and faculty retention to community development and entrepreneurship.
Hear from leaders such as:
- Corina Moore, President and CEO of Ontario Northland and a proud northerner with a hands-on leadership style focused on long-term sustainability;
- David Trick, President of David Trick and Associates Inc., consultants in higher education strategy and management; and
- Nelson Rogers, MSW, Ed.D. is a researcher and consultant in areas related to program review and strategic planning, community development, postsecondary education, and applied research and innovation with particular expertise in rural contexts.
Don’t miss the chance to discover a unique viewpoint on post-secondary education delivery!
Register now: Leaders in International!
Are you a manager or director of an international division interested in developing your leadership skills and learning from and networking with your counterparts from across the country?
Don’t miss the CICan Leadership Institute for Leaders in International this summer in Halifax, NS!
Examine current and emerging requirements of International Managers and Directors, as well as the leadership profile and essential skills for success, including:
- the role of the international offices and divisions in colleges and institutes;
- off-shore projects, programs, and campuses, their opportunities and challenges, and how to access funding agencies;
- key elements and challenges of the role;
- human resources management practices and approaches; and,
- risk management in international work.
The Leadership Institute will run from July 3-8, 2019. Register now!
EFE-Pacific Alliance: Call for Proposals
The third round of Call for Proposals for Institutional Partnerships for CICan’s Education for Employment in the Pacific Alliance Program (EFE-PA) has launched! This program is funded by Global Affairs Canada in four Latin American countries: Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru.
Round 3 includes partnerships for Educational success of learners and employability Support services with the following stakeholders:
- Chile – Ministry of Education (MINEDUC) and technical institutions selected in the Program: CEDUC-UCN in the regions of Antofagasta and Coquimbo and CTI – Don Bosco Antofagasta and CFT Coquimbo – – for Terms of Reference ToR-B.09
- Peru – Ministry of Education (MINEDU) and Instituto Honorio Delgado in Arequipa – for ToR-B.12
We look forward to your participation in these partnerships! The deadline to submit proposals is May 17, 2019. Download the submission package here.
Strengths of Canada’s colleges and institutes systems discussed in China’s top vocational education journals
Dr. Deng Zemin, a senior researcher at the Central Institute of Vocational and Technical Education under the Chinese Ministry of Education, has recently written three articles on the strengths of Canada’s applied higher education system, two published and one forthcoming in some of China’s top vocational education journals.
These papers are based on his findings from a two-week research tour to Canada last spring, which began at CICan’s annual conference in Victoria, BC, and included visits to seven CICan members: BCIT, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, SAIT, Bow Valley College, Centennial College, Seneca College, and Niagara College.
This research project was coordinated by CICan, with funding support from Global Affairs Canada through the Global Opportunities for Associations (GOA) program.
For more information and to see copies of the published articles, please contact Xin Qin at firstname.lastname@example.org [original in Chinese with abstracts available English].
Please note that the next issue of Perspectives will be delayed due to CICan’s annual conference. It will be published on Monday, May 13.
Did you know that Selkirk College is offering a new five-day immersive course focused on regional Indigenous history and knowledge for both students and community members? Indigenous 100: Regional Indigenous Perspectives on Languages and Culture explores the voices, cultures, histories, values, beliefs, oral traditions, literature, and art of the Sinixt (Lakes), Okanagan-Sylix, Ktunaxa and Métis peoples. As a signatory of CICan’s Indigenous Education Protocol, Selkirk has committed to seven reconciliatory principles.
Kwantlen Polytechnic University welcomed Dr. Sandy Vanderburgh as the university’s new provost and vice-president academic. With 26 years of professional experience in post-secondary education, Vanderburgh will fully assume the role effective July 1.
The Cégep de Rimouski was pleased to announce the appointment of Imane Benhayoune as Associate Director of Studies at the Institut Maritime du Québec. Benhayoune has occupied several positions at the Cégep since 2013.
Both Douglas College and Vancouver Island University were pleased to welcome new Associate Deans. Dr. Edith Kirkpatrick will take on the role of Associate Dean, Health Sciences at Douglas College with 23 years of experience, including extensive experience in curriculum development. Dr. Lynda Phillips will join VIU as Associate Dean, Faculty of Health and Human Services with a strong background in post-secondary education and educational psychology.
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