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August 31, 2015

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Okanagan College will be hosting a brand new conference called Tiltshift on September 25 and 26. The conference will explore new methods of technology for learning and teaching, and will look at innovative ideas to help the education community adapt to new technologies and teaching platforms. Keynote speakers at the conference include Dr. Norm Vaughan and Nikos Theodosakis. Click here for more information.
What a busy few weeks it has been! With summer’s end, things are back in full swing here at CICan. Last Monday, I headed to Halifax, where I attended the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) 2015 Conference. I had the pleasure of moderating a panel titled “The Long and Winding Road: Governance Approaches and Results in Canadian Public Administration”, as well as taking part in a session with mayor Bonnie Crombie of Mississauga during which I highlighted the impact of colleges on communities. Overall this was a wonderful opportunity to meet with movers and shakers in public administration from across the country. The IPAC conference was a great success, and I was glad to participate in discussions about colleges and institutes! Among many success stories that were shared there was one particularly interesting initiative by IBM which has launched an Innovation Centre in Halifax in partnership with seven post-secondary institutions, including the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC). While in Halifax, I also took some time to visit NSCC. I really enjoyed meeting with President Don Bureaux and members of NSCC’s senior management. It was a great opportunity to receive their feedback on our priorities for Canada’s colleges and institutes. I also got to learn more about a new NSCC Centre that was built on a reserve in Cape Breton and is already creating a great sense of pride and change in the community. NSCC has also launched several wonderful initiatives to foster entrepreneurships, which is literally everywhere on their campus. I finished the week with a visit to Kitchener’s Conestoga College, one of Ontario’s fastest growing college, where I also met with senior management and toured their campus. It was a great opportunity to learn more about their latest applied research projects and discover their facilities. It was great to see how one of their simulation laboratories was always open to students who might want to book some time to practice their learning of their own. Conestoga is one of the top two providers of apprenticeship training in the country with its 29 apprenticeship training programs. I was particularly impressed with their Center of Excellence for Innovation in Aging, which is focused on advancing healthy communities. There is even a new hospice that was built on Conestoga property to help address the growing need for additional residential end-of-life care in the community. It is the first college-hospice collaboration in the country and has allowed for the development of post-graduate certifications in palliative and end-of-life care.


Bow Valley has announced the appointment of David Harvey as Director of Business Development at Bow Valley College. This is a new role that will be focused on fostering innovative, mutually beneficial partnerships and training opportunities in the business and healthcare communities in the Greater Calgary region. Harvey has more than 20 years of experience in higher education and joins the College from Saskatchewan Polytechnic, where he served as the Associate Vice President, Business Development and Advancement. Appointment notice

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