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February 25, 2019

Members of the newly appointed Future Skills Council pose with Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour the Honourable Patty Hajdu. Photo: Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC).

Future Skills: Preparing Canadians for the changing nature of work

In this age of rapid change and disruption, taking the time to reflect on the future of skills has perhaps never been more important. With this in mind, CICan happily joined in the recent celebration of the creation of the long-awaited Future Skills Centre and we can’t wait to contribute to its important mission!

At the beginning of January, we warned our readers to watch for details about a new future skills centre tasked with “exploring new and innovative approaches to skills development.” On February 14, those details came to light as Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour the Honourable Patty Hajdu, and Minister of Finance the Honourable Bill Morneau were in Toronto to announce to official launch of the Future Skills Centre – Centre des Compétences futures (FSC-CCF).

A partnership between Ryerson University, the Conference Board of Canada, and Blueprint, FSC-CCF is funded by the Government of Canada and rests on four foundational pillars: it will build a network of key partners and stakeholders, lead cutting-edge research, test and evaluate innovative projects, and share and mobilize knowledge to help Canadians develop the skills they need to take full advantage of and succeed in the workplace of the future. The consortium will also engage a network of partners across the country to enhance in-demand skills training.

We can’t wait to get involved and look forward to seeing many of our members from across the country do the same.  A key win in that respect is the appointment of CICan President and CEO Denise Amyot to the newly formed Future Skills Council that will inform the Centre’s priorities and investments. Of her appointment, Amyot noted:

“I am very proud to have been selected to sit on the Council and look forward to working with colleagues from multiple sectors of the economy to develop a shared vision on the future of skills, work, and training in Canada. Though disruptive technologies may pose a challenge, they also offer new opportunities to train the workforce of the future and ensure that Canadians have the skills they need to succeed for years to come and that no one is left behind.”

Dr. Alexander MacDonald, President and CEO of Holland College, a CICan member institution on Prince Edward Island, will also sit on the Council. Participation on the Council from both representatives will ensure that the college and institute voice is heard and their expertise in developing skills training for the future is put to good use.

For more information about the Centre and Council, consult the FSC-CCF website, the Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) website, and CICan’s news release

Call for Presentations: Pre-Conference Forum

Submit your presentation ideas for this year’s Pre-Conference Forum for Colleges Serving Rural, Remote and Northern Communities taking place from May 2-4, 2019 in Owen Sound, ON, and hosted by Georgian College!

Presentations should focus on this year’s theme: Sustainability of Campuses in Small Communities, keeping in mind the importance of inclusion and the diversity of learners and underrepresented groups such as newcomers and Indigenous peoples. Click here for a list of key topics to inspire your submissions.

The Pre-conference Forum will be an opportunity to explore and share strategies and best practices on how colleges and institutes can improve sustainability on regional campuses; and to learn from other communities about social innovation, economic development and entrepreneurship solutions from a sustainability standpoint.

Submit a presentation now – and don’t forget to register for the main event: Conference 2019 in Niagara Falls

Take advantage of fair dealing resources for teachers

Did you know that teachers and students today have greater opportunities for learning as a result of a Supreme Court of Canada 2012 decision clarifying how fair dealing applies in the classroom?

The decision permits teachers to use short excerpts from copyright-protected works in their classes without needing to obtain permission from the copyright owner or paying copyright royalties, provided the dealing is for an educational purpose and is “fair.”

With this in mind, the Copyright Consortium of the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) has developed an online Fair Dealing Decision Tool to inform educators of their rights and obligations to ensure compliance with copyright law.

This #FairDealingWeek, we encourage you to take advantage of CMEC’s online tool to support further learning, foster innovation, and drive knowledge in your classrooms! Be sure to join the conversation on Twitter during #FairDealingWeek, from February 25 to March 1st.


Explore the full Conference 2019 program!

The countdown is on to CICan’s Conference in Niagara Falls! With less than 90 days to go, check out the full program now live!

This year’s conference has six streams with cross-cutting topics incorporated across the program, including Indigenous education and applied research:

  • Entrepreneurial Approaches: featuring new initiatives building entrepreneurial institutions and training future entrepreneurs, including endeavors in social innovation;
  • Future Ready: including preparing diverse learners for the jobs of the future and innovations that will help institutions and students thrive in a global economy;
  • Going Global: presenting sessions related to the full range of international activities undertaken by colleges and institutes, from international student recruitment to contract training for development;
  • Innovative Education: looking at new and exciting ways to approach teaching and learning, from integrating new technologies and applied research into curriculum, to work-integrated learning;
  • Leading Success: exploring new trends in leadership and governance at colleges and institutes; and,
  • Student Success: looking at making campus spaces inclusive for diverse learners to ensuring support is in place from application to career placement.

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.

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

IRCC launches national Call for Proposals for newcomer programming

As part of its commitment to deliver high quality settlement services to newcomers, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is issuing a call for proposals for its Settlement and Resettlement Assistance programs.

This national Call for Proposals will establish a comprehensive set of Settlement and Resettlement Assistance Program services across Canada. Funding for recommended projects will commence on April 1, 2020 and will be eligible for a duration of up to 5 years, ending no later than March 31, 2025.

Proposals will be assessed based on key priority areas such as ensuring the proposed services are widely available, avoiding duplication of services, fostering the entrepreneurial spirit of newcomers and engagement with the private sector, as well as an increased focus on the integration of vulnerable populations, such as refugees, youth and LGBTQ2+.

The deadline for submissions is April 12, 2019. Submit a proposal here.

IRCC administers the Settlement and Resettlement Assistance Programs to help newcomers settle and adapt to life in Canada, setting them on a path to integration and full citizenship. Through these programs, IRCC works with many partners to deliver a set of ongoing high-quality services to newcomers.

Register now: CICan’s Leadership Institutes!

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:

And from July 3-8, 2019 in Halifax, NS:

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 Managers (French), Fall 2019 in Quebec City, QC;
  • CICan Leadership Institute for Leaders in International (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.

Eureka! Moment

Did you know that the Cégep de Sept-Îles recently welcomed five international nurses for a training program responding to the needs of the Integrated Health and Social Services Centre (CISSS) (Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux) in the Côte-Nord region? The accelerated training will not only allow the nurses to upgrade the skills learned in their countries of origin to respond directly to the nursing shortage but will also help facilitate social and professional integration for the new arrivals!


The British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) was pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Currie to the position of Associate Dean, Building Design and Construction Technology, School of Construction and the Environment (SOCE).


Conference 2019

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

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