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February 11, 2019

Participants in last year’s Leadership Institute for Program Chairs gather for a photo outside the event venue in beautiful Canmore, AB.

Post-secondary leadership for an ever-changing world

As delegates gathered last month in Davos, Switzerland at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting, many conversations focused on employment, leadership, and learning through political and technological changes brought about by globalization and the Fourth Industrial Revolution. What skills will be required to remain competitive, and how can business leaders and policy-makers adopt and adapt institutional strategies to successfully navigate disruption in the workplace?

As partners, many colleges and institutes have developed solutions for businesses that provide tailored, on-the-job professional development for their staff. For example, Sheridan College recently partnered with Amazon to offer skills training for Amazon employees in areas of growing demand. Similarly, both Seneca College and Bow Valley College have teamed up with IBM on the IBM Skills Academy initiative, which offers digital badges to equip students with in-demand skills to meet the changing needs of the IT sector. The Cégep de Saint-Laurent also offers dozens of short-term professional development programs in areas like architecture and construction management, water treatment and filtration, IT systems, and health. These types of professional development opportunities help employers streamline investments in expanding the skillsets of their employees so that they remain competitive through disruption.

It is clear that both businesses and employees must adopt a lifelong approach to learning if they want to remain competitive. The same is true for leaders in the ever-evolving world of post-secondary education – they must continue to adapt and expand their own capacity to lead in areas as diverse as applied research, entrepreneurship, Indigenous education, and international development.

We can help. CICan’s Leadership Institutes leverage the exceptional capacity, talent, and collaboration across the post-secondary system to support the leadership journey. These tailored professional development opportunities prepare participants to tackle leadership challenges in the college and institute context, while facilitating collaborative learning and mentorship that help individuals thrive professionally.

This year, the following institutes will be offered from June 22-27, 2019 in Victoria, BC:

The CICan Leadership Institute for Presidents and Directors General (English) will  be offered from July 2-7, 2019 in Wallace, NS (held once every two years).

Stay tuned for more information on other upcoming CICan Leadership Institutes, including:

  • CICan Leadership Institute for Leaders in Applied Research and Innovation (English), Summer 2019 in Halifax, NS;
  • CICan Leadership Institute for Managers (French), Fall 2019 in Quebec City, QC;
  • CICan Leadership Institute for Leaders in International offered in English, Summer 2019 in Halifax, NS; and in French, Fall 2019 in Quebec City, QC.

Don’t miss your chance to share strategies, identify strengths and areas for development, coach and mentor colleagues, and build strong relationships with your counterparts in these upcoming Leadership Institutes.

Having exceptional leaders is one of the greatest strengths of the college and institute system and is essential to shaping the leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs of tomorrow. Register now.

CICan’s brand new national Job Board!

We are very excited to announce the launch of CICan’s brand new, completely redesigned Job Board! We have made posting jobs quick, easy, and effective with lots of added functionality to ensure that your postings reach the candidates you want to attract all across Canada.

The new Job Board now includes the ability to share on social media platforms and other job pages, as well as the ability to apply for postings directly through the Jobs Board.

The new site also features packages of three, five, or ten job postings, with standard and premium options for additional visibility, to help HR departments meet all their job-posting needs and save on expenses!

Visit the new Jobs Board here!

National Symposium on Continuing Education program launch!

With just over two weeks until the “Training and the Labour Market – Always Evolving,” symposium in Montreal, QC, we are launching the official program!

This National Symposium on Continuing Education will engage participants in areas such as work-integrated learning, matching training to employment, and digital transformation in post-secondary education; and provide an opportunity to meet and exchange with experts and leaders from colleges and institutes, the labour market, and government.

View the full program here.

We are also thrilled to announce our opening keynote: Thierry Karsenti M.A., M.Ed., Ph.D., Director of the Canada Research Chair on information and communication technologies, Professor at the University of Montreal and member of the Royal Society of Canada! During his career, Dr. Karsenti has published over 30 books and 250 academic articles in the field of education and received many national and international prizes. This presentation will provide a better understanding of the range of skills required for today’s learners if they are to be truly prepared for the workplace of tomorrow. Don’t miss this event!

Join us and the Fédération des cégeps in Montréal on February 28 and March 1st! Register now.

Apply now for the RCMP 2019 Troop 17 Scholarship

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) is currently accepting applications for the 2019 Troop 17 Scholarship recognizing post-secondary students who have made a significant effort to prevent bullying and harassment in their schools and communities!

This scholarship, named in honour of the first troop of women to attend the RCMP Academy and to be hired subsequently as RCMP police officers, will award up to five scholarships annually in the amount of $1000 to college or university students across Canada.

The deadline to apply is March 31, 2019. Scholarship recipients will be announced on September 30, 2019.

For more information, including eligibility criteria, visit the RCMP website.

Conference 2019 program now live!

The countdown is on to Conference 2019 in Niagara Falls! With less than 100 days until the event, we are so excited to officially launch the conference program!

This year’s event will feature presentations on topics such as enhancing student mental health and psychological wellbeing, creating opportunities for women and LGBTQ students, approaches to indigenization, and internationalizing post-secondary education.

View the full program here.

CICan’s annual conference is the largest event of its kind in Canada and gathers post-secondary education leaders from across the country and around the world to network, share best practices, and be inspired as we envision together the future of colleges and institutes.

Read more on our Conference 2019 website, including biographies of our confirmed keynotes: Luke Anderson, founder, STOPGAP; Tarana Burke, Civil Rights Activist; The Associates; Vikram Vij, Celebrity Chef and Entrepreneur; and Wayne Lee, Peak Performance Expert.

Join us and our host Niagara College from May 5-7, 2019! Register now – early-bird pricing ends on Thursday, March 14, 2019.

Apply for the TD Insurance Indigenous Internship program

TD Insurance is currently accepting applications for the Indigenous internship program, specifically designed for Indigenous young professionals to refine their aptitudes by working in various segments of business at TD Insurance. Gain professional experience in a safe space where Indigenous cultures can be celebrated and cultivated!

During their time with TD Insurance, participants will have the opportunity to network with individuals across the organization, including Indigenous professionals and other interns. This program has allowed successful candidates to branch out in the company and create strong corporate connections that will last throughout their careers.

Positions will be available in Toronto, Montreal, and Halifax. Internships will begin in May and last approximately three months.

Students can apply by sending their resume by email to Krystal Abotossaway at

Submit a proposal for the 2019 IAP2 North American Conference

Do you have ideas or insights on how to engage the public in enhancing their communities? The International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) Canada and IAP2 USA are seeking session proposals for the upcoming 8th Annual IAP2 North American Conference exploring the theme of Leveraging P2 to Create Thriving Communities.

Taking place from September 4-6, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina, the conference will provide an opportunity to discuss how public participation can be leveraged in all types of communities: communities of practice; communities of interest; communities where we live, work, or play – whether connected to a specific place or region, or connected through a shared task or purpose.

The deadline to submit a proposal is Thursday, February 21, 2019. For more information and to submit your presentation, visit IAP2’s website.

IAP2 serves professionals in public participation and related fields who seek to promote and improve the practice in relation to individuals, governments, institutions, industry, non-profits, and other entities that affect the public interest in North America and around the world.

KEFEP Video Screening at #IDW2019

On February 6, CICan’s Kenya Education for Employment Program (KEFEP) was provided another opportunity to showcase its video documentary, this time in the context Global Affairs Canada’s (GAC) International Development Week (IDW) 2019!

The documentary was one of two screened by GAC at an event highlighting its flagship international project initiatives in Africa. In addition to the KEFEP documentary, a video featuring CODE’s Better Education through Teacher Training and Empowerment for Results (BETTER) project in Mozambique was also screened.

Over 30 participants took part in the event, including GAC officers and representatives from CICan, CODE, and their partners.

Eureka! Moment

Did you know that the Asimov robotics club (Club Asimov) at the Cégep de Chicoutimi brings students together from various programs to build small machines and robots from recycled materials? Last year, club members constructed a robotic Steampunk-inspired fish out of pieces recycled from an old dishwasher, a truck engine, and copper piping, complete with motion-sensor technology! The project involved students from computer science, art, industrial electronics, architecture, and engineering programs. Watch the “making of” video here.


Medicine Hat College was pleased to announce the appointment of a new president and CEO. Kevin Shufflebotham will take on the role effective April 15, 2019 with many years of experience in senior positions at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT).

Saskatchewan Polytechnic was pleased to announce that Cheryl Schmitz has taken on the role of chief financial officer (CFO) and vice president, Administrative Services. Schmitz joined Sask Polytech (then SIAST) in 1995 and has served as associate vice president, Financial Services for the past 12 years.

Red River College was pleased to welcome Carla Kematch as the college’s first-ever Truth and Reconciliation Manager. Kematch brings 30 years of experience working with Indigenous communities to the role.


Conference 2019

Join us in Niagara Falls for CICan’s annual conference! Register now.

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