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August 17, 2015

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Niagara College’s Junior Culinary Team Canada has once again proven its talents at an international competition. The team recently won gold and silver medals and the overall championship at the American Culinary Classic in Orlando, Florida. The team is preparing for the World Culinary Olympics in Germany in 2016. Keep up the excellent work!
I can’t believe how quickly summer is going! Soon we will be fully immersed in back-to-school preparation here at CICan, and there are many exciting things ahead. Last week, it was back to the office for me after a lovely summer vacation. It was great to be able to catch up with staff, and I had many productive meetings to plan our fall activities. This week, for example, I hosted a meeting with the new chair of the Government of Canada’s Science, Technology and Innovation Council to discuss the role of colleges and institutes in Canada’s innovation future. I also received positive feedback on our advocacy work. A poster of our work featuring the recognition of college degrees has been shared by the Public Service Commission, who has since then noted an increase in the number of departments using the terminology “college degree”. Of course, the early start of the federal election made for an interesting return to the office. You can be sure that everybody at CICan will be following the campaign very closely and combing through politicians’ statements for anything related to post-secondary education and any opportunity to raise college and institute needs. Finally, I greatly enjoyed myself at the High Commission of India's reception for Independence Day on August 13.


Kent Scales has been appointed Chair of the Board of Governors at Holland College. He joined the Holland College Board of Governors in May of 2010, and for the past year served as vice chair of the board and chair of the finance committee. He is also CEO of Scales Group of Companies, which includes ServiceMaster of PEI, Robin’s Donuts and Landfest. Appointment notice The Langara College Board of Governors has elected Kwin Grauer to be its new Chair. A member of the Board since August 2011, Mr. Grauer has most recently served as Board Second Vice Chair. He is the Managing Director of Salmon's Rentals Ltd. and Apex Tents. Appointment notice Algonquin College has announced that Marc Fares will be its first ever Vice President of Digital Technologies and Innovation on Tuesday, a brand new position and the first of its kind within the Ontario college system. Marc Fares has more than 17 years of experience in digital and corporate strategy, and has had a long career of fostering innovation in corporations such as Air Canada, Bell Media and Cossette Media. Appointment notice

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