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February 1, 2021

Recovery starts with innovation

The federal government is weeks away from tabling its next budget and is calling on Canadians to share their bold ideas to build a greener, more competitive, more innovative, more inclusive, and more resilient Canada. 

For us, collaboration between colleges and institutes and their industry partners will be key to rebuilding a growing economy. Over the past few months, we asked our members to share their own examples of how their partnerships are driving community innovation. Here’s a snapshot of what we heard:

  • Working with Saskatchewan Polytechnic, VeriGrain Sampling, a company specializing in grain sampling and data management to improve farm sustainability has been able to advance its leading-edge products towards commercialization.
  • Working with Optech (the college centre for the transfer of technology affiliated with Cégep André-Laurendeau), ChrysaLabs was able to take advantage of laboratory expertise to develop, test, and validate its final spectroscopic probe aiming to improve agricultural production by measuring soil health and nutrient distribution.
  • In partnership with Canadore College, The Stratagem Group, a creative collective specializing in post-production and screen-based industries in Northern Ontario was able to provide extraordinary training and workforce development opportunities for young people across the region.
  • Working with NAIT, Growing Greener Innovations, a Canadian energy technology company focused on engineering and manufacturing batteries, battery management systems, and battery energy storage solutions was able to recruit new talent, participate in joint research, and advance products towards commercialization.
  • Nova Scotia Community College has been a critical partner for Glas Ocean Electric, working to electrify small commercial marine vessels and scale the impact of introducing cleaner energy to coastal waters.
  • Through a collaborative research effort with Selkirk College’s Selkirk-SME Applied Research & Technology Solutions (SMARTS) Program, Dark Horse Innovations has been able to strengthen its mandate of assisting others in bringing innovative ideas to market in the most sustainable way possible.

We’re always looking for powerful stories of how college and institute applied research supports small business and community innovation to share with decision makers in Ottawa! So far, we’ve heard from close to 100 SMEs.

In the context of post-pandemic recovery, the eye on innovation is more important than ever and gives real-world examples to inspire Canadians across the country:

Perspectives LIVE: “Amplifying BIPOC voices: representation, visibility, and opportunity”

As calls to action for social justice echo around the world, important conversations about race, racism, and barriers to success continue to be had at many levels across the country. At post-secondary institutions the challenge remains to not only amplify the voices of the Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) community but to redesign equity, diversity, and inclusion policies to better support student success on and off campus.

What role must post-secondary institutions play in addressing systemic racism in Canada and what steps can institutions take to move from celebrating diversity to driving meaningful change?  

Join us for next week for the next episode of Perspectives LIVE: Our expert guests will reflect on innovative strategies to reduce barriers to equality and ask the difficult questions that help expose implicit and unintentional biases.

If you missed our most recent episode in English, watch the recording on YouTube. Thanks to our fantastic hosts and speakers: Shingai Manjengwa, João Santos, Steven Tobin, Mary Butler and Andrew Beattie!

Register now: Connection Conference

Our annual conference is back, and this year, we’re going completely virtual! It will certainly be different, but we’re looking forward to welcoming everyone online. Mark your calendars for April 26-28, 2021!

The theme “Changing Narratives” reflects how the COVID-19 pandemic has challenged us all to rewrite the future of post-secondary education. Register now with dynamic options to personalize your experience!

Wondering what to expect this year? We’ve got you covered:

  • 1500+delegates, 50+ live and recorded sessions and presentations, and 100+ speakers from Canada and around the world;
  • a comprehensive, easy-to-use virtual platform,
  • thought forums on critical issues in post-secondary education, and opportunities to engage one on one or in small group conversations,
  • innovative and engaging keynote speakers, and access to Conference recordings after the event!

Learn about cybersecurity with the Cyber Centre

As more businesses move their operations online, cybersecurity is becoming an increasingly important aspect many college and institute administrations. Join us for a new virtual workshop organized in partnership with the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security (CCCS or Cyber Centre) to learn more about the risks of Canada’s rapidly changing digital landscape.

During the workshop the Cyber Centre will present its suite of free, public resources to help Canadian employers and businesses assess the status and the risks of their cybersecurity infrastructure. Join heads of IT departments and Information Security Officers from colleges and institutes across the country on February 8.

The CCCS operates as part of Canada’s Communications Security Establishment (CSE) and is the national authority on cybersecurity, working closely with government, critical infrastructure, and Canadian businesses to prepare for, respond to, mitigate, and recover from cyber events.

Did you know? We have also partnered with Field Effect to make powerful cyber security accessible to colleges and institutes. CICan member institutions can benefit from Field Effect’s threat detection, monitoring, training, and compliance products and services.

Support youth employability in Kenya with Young Africa Works

Two new opportunities are available two help strengthen technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in Kenya and give youth, particularly women, market-relevant skills to find fulfilling work through Young Africa Works-Kenya: Youth Employability through TVET with the Mastercard Foundation!

The two new thematic partnerships will focus on applied research and gender equality policies and training. Submit a proposal for either opportunity before Monday, March 1.

The CICan in Kenya team will also be hosting a webinar to answer questions about these two opportunities on Wednesday, February 17. For more information, contact Nathalie Garon.

Help shape new career guidance tools with LMIC and FSC

The Labour Market Information Council and the Future Skills Centre are currently looking for passionate experts to help develop a new Front-line Career Guidance Tools project! Over the next two years, the project will test the viability of a centralized data hub in the labour-market information and career-delivery ecosystem, better identify information gaps and needs, and better orient labour-market information to support Canadians in their career decisions.

Have your voice heard on the project’s Career Guidance Stakeholder Committee, which will orient the work undertaken during the project and ensure it responds to the needs of the ecosystem of career services delivery and their clients, leverages existing work in this space and avoids duplication, and that all activities are evidence-based and impactful. Apply before February 19.

Student employment opportunities with Statistics Canada

Do you know a student looking to gain valuable work experience at one of the top statistical agencies in the world? Statistics Canada is looking to hire approximately 32,000 people across Canada to assist in census data collection activities!

The census paints a portrait of Canada’s population and the places we live. Information from the census ensures that communities across the country have the data they need to plan schools, daycare, housing, hospitals, emergency services, roads, public transportation, and employment skills training.

Share this opportunity to be a part of the 2021 Census team!

For students: free financial literacy webinars

In the context of a pandemic, many students are currently facing a heavier-than-usual financial burden. Recognizing the importance of financial literacy in managing stress and anxiety, achieving goals, and building a successful future, the Canadian Foundation for Economic Education (CFEE) has launched a new webinar series to support students in post-secondary!

The free “Help! Managing Your Money on Campus” webinar series for students in post-secondary includes eight different topics, such as goal setting, budgeting and saving; investing; borrowing for school; and an introduction to personal income tax.

Help contribute to the future financial well-being of your students! Reach out to CFEE for more information or to schedule a session.

Eureka! Moment

Did you know that the Cégep Édouard-Montpetit and its Centre technologique en aérospatiale (CTA) in November received funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation to pursue an applied research project that will support the air travel industry in responding to COVID-19? The CTA is now developing enhanced methods of installing, treating, and sanitizing anti-microbials surfaces to better ensure the safety of airplane cabins!


Mohawk College appointed Angela Zehr as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Zehr has served in the Acting CFO role since April 2020, and previously on two separate appointments throughout 2018 and 2019.

Cégep Garneau appointed Jean-Yves Tremblay as Directeur d’études. Tremblay has more than 25 years of experience in the post-secondary sector and has worked with Cégep Garneau since 2012.


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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.