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August 8, 2016

Let’s Celebrate Canada!

With just under 150 days until Canada’s 150th birthday, CICan is gearing up to celebrate this important milestone in Canadian history.

Colleges and institutes in Canada have a long and important history that dates back even more than 150 years. All across the country, they educate the population for the local job market reality, they are hubs of innovation that business and industry rely on to support their growth, and they provide important services for community development – all of which means that colleges and institutes are driving Canadian prosperity in many ways that we want to celebrate.

During our annual conference, we launched a new website dedicated to celebrating the historical contributions of CICan members across the country. Colleges and Institutes 150 includes an interactive timeline of the rich history of CICan members, and serves as a launching pad for our celebratory year.

To mark this exciting celebration, CICan will launch Canada 150: A National Anthology, a project designed to showcase member success at the national level.

Over the course of 2017, we will be using member submissions to highlight the role colleges and institutes have played and will continue to play in making Canada one of the world’s strongest societies, embodying openness, respect, and diversity.

Each month of 2017 will showcase a different area in which colleges and institutes excel.

Categories of excellence include achievements in art & design, international success stories, green spaces, innovation, Indigenous inclusion, programs of interest, cool spaces, outstanding graduates, entrepreneurship, and community impact.

Members can use the online Submission Form to get involved and share examples their success!

As July 1st approaches, we want to engage Canada’s 1.5 million learners in over 3,000 communities in a suite of inter-related activities with a National Celebration Week. We encourage members to plan local activities during the week of April 3-7, 2017 to coincide with a national celebration that will be held in Ottawa.

A media kit is available for planning events on or around your campus.

After looking back on the system’s incredible accomplishments, we will cap off the year with a look forward to Canada 2067. Colleges and institutes will remain a very important part of shaping Canadian society, and we want to capture your vision for colleges and institutes in the next 50 years.

“2017 will be a special year for all Canadians and we are thrilled to take part in the celebrations,” says CICan president and CEO, Denise Amyot. “Colleges and institutes have played an integral role in Canada’s history and it is only fitting that we take this time to reflect on their tremendous contribution to their individual communities and society as a whole.”

Stay tuned for updates in our Perspectives newsletter and on Twitter using the hashtag #CICan150.

Fanshawe College signs new partnership with Peruvian technological institute


On July 22, 2016, Fanshawe College was proud to enter into a new partnership with the Armed Forces Public Technological Institute of Peru (IESTPFFAA) to advance technical training in the South American country.

The agreement, signed by Fanshawe President Peter Devlin and then Peruvian President Ollanta Humala at the Presidential Palace in Peru, will allow future graduates of the IESTPFFAA to validate their titles in Canada.

Fanshawe will provide an intensive leadership program in Canada to the institute’s leaders, who will then take the module back to Peru and train 55 additional faculty members. Graduates of the institute will also receive a diploma from Fanshawe and credentials from the college for each year successfully completed in five different programs.

Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) was proud to take part in facilitating the negotiations, and was thrilled to receive thanks from both Fanshawe and Canadian Ambassador to Peru Gwyneth Kutz, and congratulations for the success of CICan’s Education for Employment project in Peru, in place since 2014.

“Betting on education is the only path to be a developed country,” said the Peruvian president.

After the ceremony, CICan presented President Humala with an Indigenous Canadian painting, framed in Peru and adorned with a silver plaque and personal inscription.

A video of the ceremony is available in Spanish.

Exciting Opportunities for Students

As the fall term approaches and students are coming back to campus, there is no shortage of opportunities for them to get involved and showcase their skills, knowledge, and the unique perspective they bring to Canadian society.

The Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) is accepting nominations for their annual National Youth Aboriginal Entrepreneur Award – Aboriginal Business Hall of Fame (ABHF).

If you know of an Aboriginal student entrepreneur under the age of 35, encourage them to self-nominate for the award by submitting a short video about their business. The deadline for nominations is October 7, 2106.

The recipient will receive a $10,000 financial award and be recognized at CCAB’s upcoming Toronto Gala!

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has also launched a call for young people aged 16 to 24 to join the Prime Minister’s Youth Council, a body that will meet to advise the prime minister on national issues such as employment, access to education, building stronger communities, climate change, and clean growth.

The government wants to hear from up to 30 young people from diverse communities in every region of the country on the issues that matter most. If you know of outstanding students with a range of knowledge and experience to bring to the table, encourage them to apply.

The first wave of selections will close on August 12, 2016, followed by a second wave closing on October 7, 2016.

Finally, The Walrus Foundation will be launching the Walrus Talks Conversations about Canada: We Desire a Better Country – an exciting initiative in partnership with the Order of Canada and Canada 150.

Beginning in 2017, the national tour will offer a unique opportunity for student leaders to share ideas on the future of our country with Canadians who have been recognized for their incredible contributions to Canadian society.

If you know of extraordinary student leaders, contact CICan by email at for more information about the process.

UNESCO releases new Strategy for TVET


Coinciding with World Youth Skills Day on July 15, 2016, UNESCO released its new Strategy for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) (2016-2021) at the UNESCO International Centre for TVET (UNESCO-UNEVOC) in Bonn, Germany.

The strategy – which supports the enhancement of TVET systems in both developed and developing countries – focuses on the skills required to find decent work and develop innovative ideas, with priority areas such as youth employment, the promotion of gender equality, and the transition to green, sustainable economies.

As TVET advocacy is increasing worldwide, the new strategy was welcomed by UNESCO Member States and adopted by UNESCO’s Executive Board in April 2016. The full document is available for download here.

Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) is the pan-Canadian centre for UNESCO-UNEVOC, and the lead for the North American cluster of centres. Through its international programs and networks, CICan interventions build on Canadian expertise in TVET and have helped a number of developing countries to strengthen their TVET systems.

Updates in Edtech from Kivuto

EdNotes - Kivuto

EdNotes is a brand-new education blog from Kivuto, our Coporate Alliance Partner, sharing ideas in Edtech – technology on campus and in the classroom changing learning and the way information is shared! Those interested in staying informed can check out the blog for great reads on accessibility, textbooks, tuition, the faces of Kivuto, and more.

Here are a few stories to get you started:

Three new special programs from Mark’s Commercial


Mark’s Commercial, Colleges and Institutes Canada’s (CICan) corporate partner, is excited to be offering three new programs for CICan member establishments in time for the return to campus this fall:

  • The Student Discount program will give students in trades, hospitality, and healthcare programs a 20% discount on pre-selected products for their programs of study from August 25 to September 30, 2016.
  • The Bookstore program will make Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for trades students – including safety glasses, hearing protection, and work gloves – available in campus bookstores so students can easily get what they need.
  • The Bulk Purchasing program will allow procurement departments to provide staff and students with industrial workwear, casual apparel, and promotional items.

To take advantage of these great programs, or for more information, contact Mark’s Commercial by email at or

NOTICE: In accordance with a reduced summer publication schedule, the next issue of Perspectives will be published on Tuesday, September 6, 2016.

Eureka! Moment

DYK: North Island College’s (NIC) innovative Remote Web-based Science Lab (RWSL) gives students and educators access to high quality online STEM labs in real-time, both from home or in the classroom. Users from all over the world can access a variety of lab exercises in biology, chemistry, engineering, and physics anywhere they are connected to the Internet. Institutions can rent lab time from NIC to conduct more than 50 existing labs or custom-designed their-own. Check out this video for more information.


Daniel Giroux has been named the fifth president of Collège Boréal. Giroux currently serves as the college’s Vice-President of Workforce and Business Development, and will assume his new responsibilities on September 1, 2016.

Fanshawe College has appointed Jeff Wright as the college’s new Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Business Development. Wright currently serves as the college’s Associate Vice-President, Strategy. Fanshawe also appointed Michele Beaudoin as their new Vice President, Student Services. Beaudoin currently serves as Assocaite Vice President and Dean of Students at Georgian College.

Currently serving as Director of Human Resources for the school district of Burnaby, BC, Shannon Railton will join Vancouver Community College as Vice-President, People and Culture. BCIT also announced a new Vice-President of Human Resources and People Development: Ana Lopez will assume the role effective August 15, 2016. Lopez currently serves as Vice-President, Human Resources at TransLink.

Red River College was happy to announce the appointment of two new Vice-Presidents: Christine Watson, currently Interim Vice-President, Academic at the college will assume the role permanently; and Mark Hoddenbagh will take the role of Vice-President, Strategic Development. Hoddenbagh currently serves as Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives at Algonquin College.


2016 WFCP World Congress in Brazil

Registration for the 2016 WFCP World Congress in Brazil is ongoing.


Consultation Contributions

CICan members can contribute to government consultations on Innovation. Click the links for more information.

Send Us Your News

One of our main goals at Colleges and Institutes Canada is to champion and share the innovations and awesomeness of our members. You can help! We want to hear about your new applied research, industry and community partnerships, international education, important financial investments and more. Add to your media mailing lists! We’ll share member institution News Releases and other upcoming announcements online and with our national media contacts based in Ottawa.