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August 14, 2017

CICan issues recommendations for Budget 2018

Although it pains us to admit, the summer is quickly coming to a close – which means an exciting new academic year is around the corner!

For CICan, the fall means renewed advocacy efforts coinciding with the start of a new parliamentary session. Just last week, CICan welcomed the opportunity to help shape the federal government’s priorities for the coming year, submitting recommendations for Budget 2018 to the House of Commons Standing Committee of Finance.

As the national voice of Canada’s colleges and institutes, CICan took this opportunity to advocate for measures that would help colleges and institutes realize their full potential in addressing the skills development needs of Canadians, and to infuse innovation in their communities and regions to increase productivity and strengthen the middle class.

Here are CICan’s recommendations:

  • Increase the current funding for college applied research to $100 million per year, as a first step towards ramping up this investment to $300 million per year by 2022.
  • Make a new investment of $25 million per year in research support funding for college and institute applied research offices to stabilize their role as innovation centres in their communities and regions.
  • Invest in a second round of the Post-secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund, prioritising investments that will makes campuses greener, more energy efficient and aligned with key priorities including Indigenous learning, entrepreneurship development, and innovation.
  • Invest further in adult basic education, essential skills training and upskilling for Indigenous people to improve labour market outcomes and support economic development in Indigenous, rural, remote, and northern communities.
  • Invest $26 million per year to support truth and reconciliation programming and wrap-around services at post-secondary institutions to improve the recruitment, retention and academic success of Indigenous students.
  • Enhance incentives to employers for the retention of third and fourth year apprentices through to completion.
  • Invest in incubators for student entrepreneurs at colleges and institutes to expand employment options for young graduates and career transition opportunities for mature learners.
  • Fund international work-integrated learning mobility opportunities for college and institute students to enable them to acquire the skills needed to compete in a global marketplace.

To read more about each recommendation, download the full submission here.

CICan believes that these recommendations will enable colleges and institutes to help both Canadians and Canadian businesses be more productive, competitive, and innovative in their communities.

CICan and its members look forward to working with the federal government to contribute to inclusive growth and build vibrant communities across Canada.

Member News

CICan and Seneca deliver successful LOJIC Program


CICan and Seneca were pleased to successfully deliver Learning on the Job in Canada (LOJIC), a 1-week leadership training program, to 13 Italian administrators of Istituti Tecnici Superiori (ITS) (Higher Institutes of Technology) and executives of the Ministero dell’Istruzione, Universita e Ricerca (MIUR) (Ministry of Education, University and Research) from June 12 to June 16, 2017, at Seneca College’s Newnham and King campuses.

In addition to classroom training and workshops aimed at enhancing the leadership skills of ITS Presidents, the leadership program included site visits and a business-to-business (B2B) session that gave the Italian delegation an opportunity to meet representatives from colleges and institutes across Ontario, including Centennial College, Durham College, George Brown College, Mohawk College, Niagara College, and Sheridan College; as well as the program host, Seneca College.

In a joint press release from July 5, 2017, the Canadian Embassy in Rome and the MIUR recognized that the experience of CICan and Ontario colleges over the past 50 years represents a model from which Italy’s new system can learn.

The Director of the DG Ordinamenti at MIUR expressed her complete satisfaction at the results of this leadership program and reaffirmed her commitment to support and strengthen the development of the ITS system in her country.

Read the full press release here.

CICan hopes that this is the beginning of a new partnership and an ongoing dialogue will be pursued on how we can continue to support the Ministry and the ITS leaders to strengthen their emerging ITS association.

Celebrating 150+ years of Canada at the Leading Edge

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The Summer Edition of Canadian Innovation News (CIN) celebrates 150+ years of Canadian innovation.

You might have heard of Frederick Banting and Charles Best – the duo who discovered insulin. You might even know that Dr. Banting was Canadian. But what about Drs. Nestor Burtnyk and Marceli Wein, who discovered key frame animation? Or Lewis Urry, whose work led to the creation of the modern alkaline dry battery “the Energizer”?

Canadians have contributed to the invention of countless modern miracles including the cardiac pacemaker, the Java programming language, Pablum (baby food) and the electron microscope. And of course, Canada’s unique landscape has spurred the conception of a whole line of cold-weather creations like snowshoes, snowmobiles and snow goggles.

The most recent issue of CIN highlights incredible Canadian innovations of the past, while profiling some of the most cutting-edge research, facilities, innovators and organizations in the country today. Learn how Titanium Corporation is revolutionizing oil sands waste recovery, or how National Microbiology Laboratory started the world’s first mobile laboratory. Connect with ground breaking innovators like Wilfred Buck, who is working with First Nations schools to bring an Indigenous perspective to teaching science, and 19-year-old Ann Makosinski, who invented a flashlight powered by heat expelled from the human hand. Explore an exciting new model for museums from Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation.

All of these stories and more are in the Summer 2017 Edition of CIN – brought to you by Research Money Inc., the leading source of intelligence on Canada’s innovation ecosystem.

Download the full issue here.

Three days of Leadership, Policy Innovation and Sustainability at IPAC’s Annual Conference

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The Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) invites you to join delegates for three days of Leadership, Policy Innovation, and Sustainability at their 69th National Annual Conference in Charlottetown, PEI from August 20-23, 2017.

With workshops, sessions, networking, and social opportunities, conference delegates will explore the three conference themes, focusing on topics such as “The Leader’s Role in Fostering Mental Wellness in the Workplace;” “Leadership through Ethics, Values and Open Government;” “The Role of Civil Society in Policy Innovation;” “Indigenous Approaches to Sustainability;” and “Sustainability and Government: A Change in Thinking.”

For full program details, click here.

Take the opportunity to network, socialize and explore Prince Edward Island and all that is has to offer! Come early – Stay late! Check out this video.

Register here.

Note: Over the summer, Perspectives will be published once a month. Bi-weekly publication will resume Sept 5, 2017.

Eureka! Moment

Did you know that, in response to the needs of the ongoing wildfire situation in British Columbia, the College of New Caledonia (CNC) designed and delivered a Fire Suppression Training course free to the public? The 14-hour course covered basic knowledge of wildland fire suppression, wildfire behaviour, and safety procedures, and helped met the contracting needs of the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. Read more about the initiative from CNC here.


University College of the North was pleased to welcome a new President & Vice Chancellor. Doug Lauvstad assumed to role effective August 1, 2017, leaving his Executive Director role in the mining, forestry and energy sector.

Langara College was pleased to welcome a new Chair of its Board of Governors. Jas Sandhu assumed the role effective August 1, 2017.

Olds College announced the appointment of Debbie Thompson as the college’s new Vice President, Academic & Student Experience and Chief Innovation Officer. Thompson most recently served as the college’s Vice President Student and Support Services.

Bow Valley College was also pleased to announce two new appointments; Vaughn Ravenscroft was appointed to the Vice President, Strategy and Chief Information Officer portfolio, and Donna Schendel was promoted to the role of Associate Vice President, Human Resources. Ravenscroft brings with him a board professional background in both the public and private sectors, while Schendel brings over 25 years of leadership experience in health care and education.


Canada’s 150th Anniversary! 

Submissions for CICan’s Canada 150 project are ongoing. Check out our Canada 150 website for more details.

A new crowdfunding platform 

Crowdfunding options are available for students looking to launch creative ideas to give back to their communities through fundmy150. Read more here.

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