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January 23, 2017

CICan kicks off Canada 150 celebrations

It’s finally here! The start of 2017 brings the kick-off of Canada 150: A National Anthology.

Over the past few months, CICan members across the country have been submitting stories of their success – achievements in categories ranging from art & design, to entrepreneurship, innovation, and community impact – to form the basis of our national anthology project celebrating Canada 150.

In January, we launched with the Art & Design category. We found out so much about our member institutions, and their students – like this student from Holland College, this prestigious award for the Alberta College of Art + Design (ACAD), and this fashion design project from Collège LaSalle.

The submissions so far have been amazing, but we still have an ambitious goal to showcase 150 achievements in each category. To help, submissions for all categories will be open all year long, so don’t worry if you miss a category’s launch date.

Visit the website to explore the stories submitted so far and monitor our progress towards 150! Help us capture your success here.

The celebrations don’t stop at the anthology – in fact, next month we are taking another exciting step forward with our fundmy150 crowdfunding initiative. Students are often among the most innovative and forward-thinking Canadians, with great ideas for how to improve campus and community life. With fundmy150, we hope to give students from CICan member institutions the modest resources they need to grow their projects and get new ideas off the ground through crowdfunding – like an arts and crafts program that needs a bit of money for supplies, or a student-designed adult coloring book with printing costs.

Launching in February 2017, any student from a CICan members institution will be able to submit a project that contributes to campus or community life to our fundmy150 website. CICan will work to gather student submissions and showcase them on a platform that gives friends and family the opportunity to offer financial support through crowdfunding.

This is a chance to support creative student ideas while giving back to the community. Spread the word on campus, in clubs, at the gym, between classes, through student associations – anywhere and everywhere – about this exciting opportunity!

We’re also excited to plan a National Celebration Week for colleges and institutes across the country. We’ve put together some brand resources that can be used to help you celebrate and turn any event taking place on campus during the week of April 3-9, 2017 into a Canada 150 Celebration event!

We looking forward to Canada’s big year- seeing new submissions, student crowdfunding projects, and the exciting events from colleges and institutes across the country. Get involved!

Member News

Saskatchewan Polytechnic launches Aboriginal Student Achievement Plan (ASAP) Calendar featuring Indigenous student success stories each month

Capilano University graphic design students transform experiences from seniors into shareable posters

NAIT congratulates the first graduates of “transformational” Trades to Degree program

Four Nunavut Arctic College nursing students receive Queen Elizabeth II scholarships totalling $12,000

Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) increases intake of international students nearly 40%

Holland College Computer Information Systems (CIS) students design app to help alumni stay in touch

Sault College partners with Trent University on Indigenous education and language programs

Aurora College student selected to attend three-day summit for youth leaders working to end stigma around mental health

StayNorth project from Confederation College, Sault College, Collège Boréal, Cambrian College, Northern College, and Canadore College exceeds targets

JIBC intelligence program trains students for data sleuthing

Un investissement provincial et fédéral de 2,158 millions de dollars au Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB)

Le Cégep Édouard-Montpetit relance sa programmation pour favoriser l’échange culturel et la lecture

Le Cégep de Saint-Laurent reçoit 4M$ pour de nouvelles installations pour les programmes scientifiques

La Cité procède avec la construction d’un nouvel édifice de technologie intégrative, Place La Cité, avec du financement fédéral et provincial

Le Cégep André-Laurendeau offre des cours de français pour allophones et immigrants

Huit étudiants du Cégep Marie-Victorin partent en stage au Sénégal

Conference 2017 social events to celebrate Canada


CICan’s 2017 Conference is fast approaching and we are pleased to announce some of the exciting social activities to be held during the event – both the Conference’s Opening Reception and Closing Gala are set to impress!

The conference will open in the Grand Hall of the Canadian Museum of History – taking advantage its unrivalled view of Parliament Hill – with a reception featuring Indigenous themes and entertainment, including a collection of breathtaking totem poles, and access to the museum’s First Peoples of Canada exhibits.

The Closing will feature a special performance from DRUM! – a heart-pumping fusion of music, dance, video, rhythm, and song – featuring musicians, dancers, drummers, and singers from Canada’s Indigenous, Black, Celtic, and Acadian communities. Don’t miss this chance to celebrate!

The conference will take place from April 30 – May 2, 2017. Click here to register.

Any questions regarding the conference can be directed to Bruce Landry here. Stay tuned for updates.

CICan releases new report on Green Skills for colleges

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There is a new sense of urgency about escalating the global response to climate change and pursuing cleaner and greener pathways to economic growth. For Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in both developing and developed countries, the challenge is not only building the capacity to deliver the next generation of “green skill” development, but the need to rethink education more deeply in terms of Education for Sustainable Development. Canada’s colleges, institutes and Cégeps are important leaders and innovators in this promising field.

CICan is therefore pleased to announce the release of the publication Green Skills for Sustainable Economic Growth: The Role of Canadian Colleges and Institutes in Advancing Education for Sustainability in Canada and Overseas. Authored by researcher Helen Knibb (Canadian Studies doctoral program, Trent University, and former faculty from Fleming College), the report was commissioned by CICan in 2016 as part of its advice to Global Affairs Canada’s review of international assistance. 

Green Skills for Sustainable Economic Growth examines the capabilities of Canadian colleges and institutes to contribute to, and partner in, the process of “greening” globally. It also serves as an important, though not yet comprehensive, effort to document and assess the range and scope of the “greening” of Canada’s colleges and institutes and how these activities measure up with the current state of knowledge and practice in Education for Sustainable Development globally. If your college or institute has another initiative that should be highlighted, please send a brief description to Alex Stephens. It could be added to the report.

The report is accessible by clicking here. CICan encourages its members to download and share the report link within their institutions and with other partners.

CICan to host two February Webinars!

CICan is happy to announce two upcoming Webinars for CICan members, tackling today’s important topics, including international access to medical assistance and creating mentally healthy educational environments.

The following Webinars will be hosted:

  • CICan’s Membership with International SOS, focusing on International Health and the benefits of CICan’s International SOS membership.
    • In English: Monday, January 23, 2017 from 1:30pm-2:30 pm
    • 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

Click here to register for both! Any further questions concerning the Webinars can be directed to Bruce Landry, here.

Mark your calendars for IPAC’s National Leadership Conference


The Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) is hosting its National Leadership Conference and Awards from February 6-7, 2017 at the Chelsea Hotel in downtown Toronto. Under the theme of Facing New Frontiers: Leadership Without Borders, the conference will focus on looking forward to address the challenges to global leadership as defined by the digital age, threats to the environment, and other unknown variables.

The two-day event will welcome both government and private-sector speakers discussing the Role of Government, Building Leadership for Tomorrow, and Reconciliation among other themes, as well as feature networking sessions and the IPAC/Deloitte Public Sector Leadership Awards.

The Leadership Awards recognize organizations that have demonstrated outstanding leadership by taking bold steps to improve Canada, through advancements in public policy and management.

Both faculty and students at post-secondary institutions will benefit from this unique opportunity to network and share idea about leadership.

Don’t miss your chance to register for this opportunity; click here. For more information, a detailed schedule of the event, click here.

UNESCO-UNEVOC’s International Centre releases new bulletin


The UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre has released the latest issue of its newsletter, the UNEVOC Bulletin.

The Bulletin is a means of the Centre to communicate with individual experts and institutions in the field of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET). It is also a platform for the UNEVOC Network and other TVET agencies to report on their activities. The Bulletin is published in all UN languages.

In this issue, among others, you will find interesting articles about UNEVOC’s TVET Leadership program, green skills and entrepreneurship. It is available for download by clicking on this here.

As a complement to the bulletin, CICan produces twice a year a newsletter focusing on the activities of the North American cluster. The next edition will be in March, prior to UNESCO Week for Peace and Sustainable Development.

As a reminder, CICan is the pan-Canadian UNESCO-UNEVOC centre and lead of the North-American cluster.

UNISDR announces upcoming Disaster Risk Reduction platform


The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) is pleased to announce the upcoming Fifth Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in the Americas.

Hosted by the Government of Canada in cooperation with UNISDR as part of its international strategy for disaster reduction, the three-day conference will take place in Montreal from March 7-9, 2017, and include discussions on working “Towards Risk Informed Sustainable Development.”

The event will mark the first opportunity for governments and stakeholders in the Americas to discuss an Action Plan to support the implementation and measurement of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Reduction 2015-2030. The platform will also feature a market place for networking, as well as sharing of innovative DRR tools and initiatives.

The free event may be of interest to those working in a variety of fields such as environmental monitoring, emergency management, urban planning, and sustainable development. More than 1,000 delegates are expected to attend, including policy makers, practitioners, experts and disaster risk managers.

Click here to register. If you can’t make it to the event, follow the conversation on twitter using the hashtag #SendaiAmericas.

For full details of the agenda, click here.

The event will also feature a Youth Video Challenge for DRR, which invites young people in the Americas interested in contributing to the sustainable development of their communities to be part of the conversation by submitting their ideas in video format. Click here for more information about the challenge.

Eureka! Moment

Did you know that Saskatchewan Polytechnic students have been working to build a home for a family in need thanks to a partnership with Habitat for Humanity? The partnership uses work-integrated learning to teach skill while giving back to the local community. Read more about Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s partnership in the Globe and Mail here.


Sault College was pleased to announce the appointment of three new Academic Deans. Marilyn King will assume the role of Dean, Health and Community Services after having served for 10 years as Chair of the college’s Health programs; Carolyn Hepburn will take the position of Dean, Indigenous Studies and Academic Upgrading after serving as Director of the same portfolio; and David Orazietti will join the college as Dean of Aviation, Trades and Technology, Natural Environment and Business, after having served as a Member of Provincial Parliament and Cabinet Minister.


Canada’s 150th Anniversary! 

Submissions for CICan’s Canada 150 project are ongoing. Check out our Canada 150 website for more details.

CICan’s Leadership Institutes 

Registration is live for CICan’s 2017 Leadership Institutes. Click here to register.

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