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February 5, 2018

Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, Marie-Claude Bibeau (second from the left) visits one of the PSG-EFE program’s local partner institutions in Thiès, Senegal.

International development through Education for Employment

Over the weekend, CICan’s Education for Employment team in Senegal had the pleasure of welcoming Canada’s minister of International Development and La Francophonie, Marie-Claude Bibeau, at the Lycée technique professionnel in Thiès. The team was able to present the program and its successes in further technical and vocational training in Senegal. The Kenya Education for Employment (KEFEP) team also recently had the pleasure of welcoming Sara Hradecky, Canadian High Commissioner to Kenya, to the Eldoret National Polytechnic, one of its local partner institutions, for a tour of the institution’s engineering workshop and a roundtable with institutional, government, and industry partners. High profile visits like these recognize the contribution of CICan and our members to poverty reduction and international humanitarian assistance in the developing world.

This week, as we celebrate Canadian contributions to positive global change through International Development Week (IDW) 2018, we want to highlight the important work being accomplished through CICan’s Education for Employment (EFE) program. The program encompasses a series of partnerships between Canadian colleges and institutes and their counterparts abroad, epitomizing the theme of IDW 2018: ‘Partners for a Better World.’

Did you know that CICan currently facilitates seven EFE programs around the world: in the Andes region, Pacific Alliance countries, Caribbean, Kenya, Mozambique, Senegal, and Tanzania? This amounts to partnerships in a total of 21 countries! Here’s a quick look at some of our EFE programs amazing accomplishments:

Not only do these EFE partnerships draw on Canadian college and institute expertise to support the development of responsive, demand-driven and practical learning opportunities for students that benefit the local economy and integrate labour-market needs in applied education, but the strength of the relationships built on the ground ensures that the changes are long-lasting and sustainable within the unique daily challenges of each community.

We are thrilled to be able to celebrate these successes during International Development Week 2018!

Call for Proposals: Pacific Alliance Program

CICan is pleased to launch the first round of call for proposals for institutional partnerships for the Pacific Alliance Program (PAP). This program is funded by Global Affairs Canada.

This first round seeks to establish partnerships with institutions in Peru and Chile in three different sectors: metallurgy and heavy equipment maintenance; electricity, energy efficiency, and entrepreneurship for women and Indigenous populations; and operation of mining sites.

The deadline to submit proposals is March 16, 2018.

The Pacific Alliance Program will allow Canadian colleges and institutes to develop and expand international networks, share expertise in program development that is responsive to economic trends and labour-market shifts, and bring new skills and insights back home in order to internationalize curriculum.

To download the Call for Proposal, Terms of Reference, and Program Implementation Plan, click here. For more information please contact Lina Amaya, Senior Program Officer at or at (613) 746-2222, ext. 3157.

Call for Talent: CICan’s 2018 Art Showcase

For the fifth year in a row, Colleges and Institutes Canada is looking to showcase student talent on the walls of the association’s national office at the Chateau Laurier in Ottawa! For the 2018 Art Showcase, CICan invites students from colleges and institutes across the country to submit their artwork.

This year, CICan will be selecting a winner from the following six categories:

  • printmaking, including etching, lithography, relief, silkscreen-printing, or papermaking;
  • textile, mixed media, or sculpture, from stitching rich tapestries to molding clay, carving wood to unique dyeing techniques;
  • photography;
  • digital Illustration or animation, including comic strips, posters, or multi-dimensional living images;
  • painting; and,
  • drawing.

Each winner will receive a monetary prize of $350!

The winning artwork will be displayed at the CICan offices, and will receive recognition on CICan’s website and in various association publications. The final voting will take place during CICan’s annual conference, April 29- May 1 in Victoria, BC!

Click here for more information and to submit your artwork! The deadline for submissions is March 9, 2018.

Reminder: CICan’s Applied Research Symposium and Student Innovation Showcase

With only a week left before CICan’s Applied Research Symposium, we invite you to register before Tuesday, February 6, 5:00 p.m. EST. We also want to remind you that this year’s symposium will feature a Student Innovation Showcase on Parliament Hill that will celebrate student projects and successes with parliamentarians and government representatives.!

We are also looking forward to fruitful exchanges on the Mitacs pilot program for college and institute students; growing talent through work and research integrated learning; business, social and health innovation; and on the future of college and institute applied research in the context of the federal government’s Innovation and Skills Plan.

Don’t miss this exciting event! Register now.

Science Odyssey is back!

The countdown is on: Science Odyssey 2018 is officially only 100 days away! Canada’s largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), featuring fun and inspiring experiences in museums, research centres, laboratories and classrooms from coast to coast will be taking place from May 11-20, 2018.

Remember to align your outreach activities to coincide with this national celebration. Registration of events will start in March 2018.

Powered by NSERC, Science Odyssey demonstrates how discoveries and innovations shape our daily lives and foster a strong science culture in Canada. For more information, visit the Science Odyssey website.

Call for speakers: Marketing & Communications for Post-Secondary Conference

From May 7-9, 2018, SummersDirect Conference & Events and Swansea Communications, in collaboration with Academica Group, will be bringing together communications professionals from universities, colleges, and institutes across Canada for the 2nd Annual Marketing & Communications for Post-Secondary Conference in Toronto.

SummersDirect is currently seeking charismatic speakers for this year’s programme. Do you have tools, techniques, and best practices that would be of value to other post-secondary communications professionals? Have you participated in a relevant case study that you would like to share?

If you are interested in presenting or leading a workshop or session, please contact

Submit your salt-free recipes!

Salt-Free Canada is a nation-wide initiative with the goal of creating awareness about the need for no-salt choices in public food service, and is a result of a three-year successful and positive pilot project with the Culinary Arts Program within Algonquin College.

CICan is inviting members that offer culinary, nutrition and dietitian programs to support Salt-Free Canada in the creation of a Salt-Free Recipe Book.

The group is looking for salt-recipes to put together in a national cookbook which will be used as an awareness tool and also fundraising support for the millions of Canadians, who suffer with and struggle daily, to have salt-restrictive diets for wellness.

For more information and to submit your recipe, visit Salt-Free Canada. The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2018.

WFCP Awards of Excellence deadline extension

The World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics (WFCP) is still accepting nominations for its 3rd Awards of Excellence. The Awards recognize excellence in WFCP membership in seven categories – Access to Learning and Employment, Applied Research, Entrepreneurship, Green Colleges, Leadership Development, Higher Technical Skills, and Student Support Services – and will be announced in Melbourne, Australia on the occasion of the 9th Bi-Annual World Congress, from October 8-10, 2018.

The new deadline for submissions is February 26, 2018. Winners will be asked to make a short presentation in Australia during the World Congress and will be featured in the Guide of Best Practices. Click here to download a nomination form.

Take part in a webinar with the Canadian Armed Forces

Full- and part-time career opportunities in over 100 trades are available for your students. Join us to learn about the benefits and opportunities sure to spark your students’ interests in starting a career with the Canadian Armed Forces during and after their studies.

Webinar: 100 Career Options to Ignite Your Students’ Futures

Date: Wednesday, February 21 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (EST)

Hear from Private Loba Ayari, a graduate of pure and applied sciences at Collège de Maisonneuve, who is now a water, fuels and environmental technician. Recruiting Advisors will also be present to answer your questions on eligibility, education requirements and how the Canadian Armed Forces can be an employer of choice for your students.

Click here for more information and to join the webinar.

Eureka! Moment

Did you know that Northern College’s Veterinary Technology – Wildlife Rehabilitation program is the first of its kind on Ontario? The three-year advanced diploma teaches students practical aspects of wildlife rehabilitation from rescue to release, preparing them for careers in both public and private sectors, including wildlife parks, avian rehabilitation centres, and orphanage programs! Read more about the program here.


Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (NVIT) was pleased to announce the renewal of President Ken Tourand’s contract. Tourand has accepted an additional 7-year term as NVIT’s President and CEO through October 2024.

Okanagan College welcomed a new Chair and Vice Chair of the college’s Board of Governors. Chris Derickson, who has served on the Board for four years, will step into the role of Chair; while Gloria Morgan, who has served on the Board since 2016, will assume the role of Vice Chair.


Conference 2018

Registration for CICan’s 2018 Conference is currently open. Click here for more information and to register.

Art Showcase

Submissions for CICan’s 2018 Art Showcase are open. Click here for more information and to submit.

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