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February 22, 2016

New report: $7.6 B in shovel-ready projects needed to fuel skills and innovation

On February 16, Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) released the results of a national study on infrastructure and equipment needs at colleges and institutes across the country. The findings point to the need for the federal government to dedicate a portion of its infrastructure spending to address the urgent requirements in the post-secondary sector. Investments are necessary to ensure colleges and institutes are able to deliver skills training in high demand professions, support the innovation efforts of small business and community organizations, and reduce the sector’s environmental footprint.

A recent survey of CICan members shows that, in 2015, the average age of buildings was between 41 and 50 years old. Almost two thirds (63%) of respondents indicated that their institutions’ physical infrastructure had passed its useful service life which is generally estimated at 40 years for education buildings. Older buildings quickly become inefficient, driving up operational costs and negatively impacting the environment. CICan members have identified over $7.6 Billion in shovel-ready maintenance and new construction projects awaiting funding.

CICan worked hard over the past few weeks to bring this message to key government officials. On February 11, CICan’s Board met with senior government officials from key department to discuss the current challenges colleges and institutes are facing. As the federal government looks at ways to implement its ambitious infrastructure plan, they made the point that the government should make investing in colleges and institutes a priority. Denise Amyot, president and CEO of CICan, also brought this message to the Standing Committee of Finance on February 18 as part of pre-budget consultations.

CICan members have also been quite vocal about this issue, sharing their concerns with local media and helping the association make the case for increased funding for Canada’s essential knowledge infrastructure.

CICan launches brand new member profiles

CICan is thrilled to launch a brand new feature on its website to showcase its members’ profiles. These snapshots of each institution will play an important role in CICan’s government relations and it will now be easier for prospective students and community partners to learn about Canada’s diverse network of colleges and institutes.

Thanks to member input, CICan has completely revamped its members section to include tailored information about programs, research initiatives, student life and much more. Each of the association’s members now have a full page on the CICan website.

This all serves to put members front and center, aiming to meet the growing demand for information about colleges and institutes. Though CICan members already have a strong online presence, there was nowhere people could go to search through a full list of colleges and institutes – this new web section solves that problem at last.

Members will be able to update their profiles to keep the content as fresh and relevant as possible.

CICan leads mission to Mexico

CICan leads mission to Mexico

CICan leads mission to Mexico

Representatives from seven colleges (Algonquin College, College of New Caledonia, Confederation College, Georgian, North Island College, SAIT, Vancouver Island University) and CICan’s Secretariat participated in a mission to Mexico from February 7-12, 2016. As part of this mission, they talked about the college system to 120 parents and students at the Edu Canada Fair.

During their visit, they also signed a memorandum of understanding with ANUIES (Asociación Nacional de Universidades e Instituciones de Educación Superior), which represents more than 180 public and private higher education institutions and universities in Mexico. This memorandum of understanding will facilitate partnerships between members of CICan and ANUIES and help them join forces to support applied research and increase student and instructor mobility.

In total, Canadian delegates met with 23 Mexican institutions and visited 3 universities/polytechnics. They also met with the Canadian representative for Proyecta 10,000, a program administered by the country’s Ministry of Energy, SENER, as well as leaders in the Secretariat of Public Education.

It is clear from these meetings that Canada is a priority for Mexico. In fact, a large Mexican delegation may participate in CICan’s annual Conference.

For more information on the results of this mission, please contact Paola Ortiz at

Ontario Minister of Immigration, Citizenship and International Trade visits CIIP office in India

Min Chan delegation with Planning for Canada Grads

On February 1st, 2016, Ontario’s Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade, the Honourable Michael Chan, visited the Canadian Immigrant Integration Program (CIIP) office in New Delhi. As part of his visit, the Minister met with a group of graduates who were about to immigrate to Canada. Born in China, the Minister shared that when he moved to Canada 47 years ago he did not speak English, but was willing to work hard to succeed.

The Minister was in New Delhi as part of an Ontario delegation led by Premier Kathleen Wynne to strengthen the province’s economic ties with India. He requested a meeting with CIIP as one of his first appointments in the country.

Funded by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada, CIIP delivers the pre-arrival initiative Planning for Canada with the Canadian Orientation Abroad Program (COA). CIIP is managed by CICan while COA is managed by the International Organization for Migration.

Call for presentation at the WFCP congress in Brazil

The WFCP has launched a call for presentations for this year’s World Congress in Vitória, Espírito Santo, Brazil. Proposed presentations should be aligned with the Congress’ central theme: The Role of Professional Education in the 21st Century, and should fall under one of the umbrella themes of the 7 WFCP Affinity

Groups: Access to Learning and Employment, Applied Research and Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Green Colleges, Higher Technical Skills, Leadership Development and Student Support Services.

The WFCP’s World Congress is the leading international event for the vocational education, technical and skills training community. The WFCP Congress will bring together leaders of the professional and technical education and training sector to discuss the latest trends, topics and development.

Presentations will need to be submitted by March 11, 2016. For more information about the submission process, visit the WFCP website.

Register now for CICan’s Applied Research Symposium

The CICan 2016 Applied Research Symposium will take place in Winnipeg from March 6-8. The event will provide a forum for college and institute applied research leaders to network and meet with external partners from both the public and private sectors. Sessions will be structured around interactive workshops, discussion forums and dialogues on key themes for moving the applied research agenda forward. Mr. Dave Watters, President and CEO – Global Advantage Consulting Group Inc. and ex-Assistant Deputy Minister in Finance Canada for Economic Development and Corporate Finance, will also provide an update on Applied Research perspectives and initiatives. The symposium will also be an opportunity to learn about the recently created Technology Access Centre Network and how it can stimulate and optimize innovation for SMEs in industrial sectors across Canada.

The Symposium will innovate this year by inviting college and institute students to present their applied research projects. This will be a great opportunity to meet with the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs! There is still time to submit proposals from students – just forward them to

Click here for more information, or to register to the symposium.

Lise Watier to speak at the CICan Conference

CICan is pleased to announce that Lise Watier, founder of Lise Watier Cosmetic and one of Canada’s most successful entrepreneur will be among the guest speakers at CICan’s 2016 Conference in Quebec City. Mrs. Watier will take part in the third Annual Business and Industry Breakfast on Tuesday, May 31. The event will feature another notable entrepreneur, Manjit Minhas co-founder and CEO of Minhas Brewery and one of the latest Dragons on CBC’s popular Dragon’s Den.

For more information about CICan’s 2016 Conference or to register, please visit the conference website.


A nation-wide search has led to the appointment of Ralph Troschke as the next President and CEO of Carlton Trail College. Mr. Troschke will officially begin his duties in August, following the retirement of current President, Dr. Ivan Yackel, who has served the College for the past four years.

Keyano College announced that Dr. Tracy Edwards will step in as its interim President and Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Edwards has extensive experience working in post-secondary education and was the President and CEO of Lethbridge College From 2005 to 2012.

Sonia Del Missier who initially planned to retire in June 2016 after 39 years at Cambrian College, has agreed to extend her tenure for another year to assume the newly-created role of Vice President, International, Innovation and Pathways.

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