An inclusive Canada finds strength in diversity
While many countries around the world have turned their focus inwards, Canada has maintained that welcoming talent from around the world, ensuring a global advantage, and strengthening international perspectives in education are the hallmarks of its strategy for building a strong, innovation-ready workforce. Recent changes to the Canada Express Entry Program have given prospective immigrants an advantage in the application process through the pursuit of post-secondary education. Many newcomers are looking to Canadian post-secondary institutions to upgrade their skills, prepare them for the Canadian job market, and help them integrate into Canadian society.
Institutions are welcoming record numbers of international students, and Canada is quickly becoming a leading destination country for higher education. Canadian post-secondary institutions are the face of Canada’s diversity and have become increasingly important as entry points, committed to inclusiveness and the sharing of ideas and opinions.
Canadian colleges and institutes are often the main access points to skills development training for vulnerable learners, including prospective immigrants and newcomers – as outlined in CICan’s submission to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities (HUMA) on strategies for poverty reduction. They play a vital role in helping newcomers to Canada find their feet through ambitious language training programs, community health and social service projects, and teaching methods that take into account cultural differences.
Welcoming non-traditional learners means that colleges and institutes are among the most diverse communities in the country, and this is the key to the success of their approach to education.
Beyond attracting international students, Canada’s colleges and institutes have long worked to establish international partnerships to offer Canadian students valuable experiences abroad. International academic mobility programs enable Canadian students to develop a global outlook, become global citizens, and ultimately contribute to Canada’s productivity.
Limitations placed on the mobility of students, staff, and faculty at post-secondary institutions affect opportunities for international studies, academic and research partnerships, and important experiential learning, such as international field placements, internships, co-ops, and other forms of work-integrated learning.
As global borders seem to be closing, let’s take this time to remind ourselves of the work Canadian colleges and institutes do in attracting international students, welcoming refugees, and embracing newcomers to Canada from around the world. Forming partnerships abroad and welcoming diverse cultures at home bring important international perspectives to Canada that enrich our society.
CICan to host new Leadership Institutes and Webinars!
CICan is pleased to announce its new 2017 Leadership Institute for Applied Research and Innovation in response to the exponential increase of applied research activities in colleges and institutes and the need for leaders in this field to play diverse roles. For details and registration please click here.
Registration is also still open for CICan’s February webinars on the following topics:
- CICan’s Membership with International SOS, focusing on International Health and the benefits of CICan’s International SOS membership.
- In French: Thursday, February 9, 2017 from 1:30pm-2:30pm
- Creating Mentally Healthy Educational Environments, focusing on creating mentally healthy working and learning environments in colleges and institutes.
- In French: Wednesday, February 8, 2017 from 1:30pm-2:30pm
CICan and Durham College support emerging leaders in Barbados
On January 25, 2017, 26 emerging leaders in the Barbados Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) system were presented with certificates from Durham College upon the completion of their leadership training. Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) President and CEO Denise Amyot, and Durham College President Don Lovisa were pleased to speak at the ceremony, which was attended by various Barbadian officials.
The training was part of a program funded by the National Skills for the Future Program and run through CICan. Participants spent two weeks at Durham College and Seneca College in March 2016, after which they took what they learned back to Barbados to implement Change Management Plans at their respective institutions. All Change Management Projects were related to introducing Caribbean Vocational Qualifications to their institutions.
Participants were drawn from 12 secondary schools, the Barbados TVET Council, the Barbados Vocational Training Board, the Barbados Community College, and Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic.
Additional mentoring and coaching was provided by Durham College Associate Dean Pam Stoneham, who visited the island twice and who facilitated an online project learning portal.
For more information about the project, click here.
CICan 2017 Conference update
CICan’s 2017 Conference is fast approaching and we are pleased to announce the latest update:
- Early registration is now open, with reduced rates continuing until March 15, 2017.
Any questions regarding the conference can be directed to Bruce Landry here. Stay tuned for updates.
Kenya EFE Program begins implementation
Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) is beginning the implementation of a new Education for Employment program to strengthen and support technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in Kenya. The new program was launched January 26, 2017 at a reception held at the Hands on the Future National TVET Conference and Skills Show in Nairobi, Kenya.
This followed the completion of a baseline mission by CICan, which visited all of the ten national polytechnics in Kenya. The Kenyan institutions will be matched with ten Canadian colleges and institutes over the coming weeks.
The Kenya Education for Employment Program (KEFEP) is a five-year initiative offered in collaboration with Kenya’s Ministry of Education and funded by the Government of Canada. KEFEP will work with national polytechnics across Kenya to develop new or enhanced competency-based programs in the agriculture and energy sectors, in order to increase employment and economic development opportunities for Kenyan youth.
“We are very happy to see this new program take shape and cannot wait to begin working with our Kenyan counterparts to provide new education opportunities to Kenya’s young men and women”, said CICan president and CEO, Denise Amyot. “This remains the best way to increase economic opportunities for young Kenyans, which in turn will support local growth and development.”
For more information, click here.
Canadian Public Relations Society launches new SSHRC Award of Excellence
The newest award added to the Canadian Public Relations Society’s (CPRS) National Awards program is the SSHRC Award of Excellence. This award recognizes the communications efforts of post-secondary institutions in promoting the benefits and impacts of social sciences and humanities research.
The SSHRC Award for Excellence is jointly presented by CPRS and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). Founded in 1977, SSHRC is an agency of the Government of Canada.
Social sciences and humanities research is used by people across Canada to innovate, improve our quality of life and build prosperity.
As storytellers, post-secondary communications professionals craft narratives about their school, its culture and its contribution to Canadian society. The goal of this award is to recognize the hard work put into innovative and creative communications efforts aimed at promoting the impact of social sciences and humanities research.
The deadline for submissions is Monday, March 6, 2017.
For more information about rules and submissions guidelines, and to submit, click here.
Notice: Please note that the next issue of Perspectives will be published on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 due to Family Day in Ontario.
Did you know that Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation at Mohawk College will be the region’s first Net-Zero institutional building? Opening in 2018, the facility will feature solar panels, geothermal walls, a storm-water harvesting system, high-efficiency plumbing, and a green roof among other environmentally conscious elements. Read more about the centre here.
Collège Boréal was pleased to announce the appointment of three new Vice-Presidents to its senior management team. Having previously served in various Vice-President roles at the college, Danielle Talbot-Larivière will hold the position of Vice-President, Corporate Services; Brian Vaillancourt, who currently serves as Dean of Collège Boréal’s School of Trades and Applied Technology, will take-on the role of Vice-President, Business Development; and Lynne Michaud will serve as Vice-President, Academic Affairs after holding various management positions at La Cité collégiale.
Vancouver Island University (VIU) was also happy to announce the appointment of Dr. Nicole Vaugeois as the university’s new Associate Vice-President of Scholarship, Research and Creative Activity. Dr. Vaugeois has previously held various positions at VIU.
Toronto, Toronto Marriott City Centre
Send Us Your News
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 email@example.com 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.