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January 25, 2016

CICan and Universities Canada launch series of collaboration stories

Though they are often perceived as rival institutions, the truth is that colleges and institutes have a long and rich history of collaboration with universities. After all, their mandates are complimentary and their objectives are essentially the same: to help Canadians acquire the skills and knowledge they need to succeed. By working together, they offer students a huge number of pathways to their career goals.

This story of collaboration is the focus of two new web resources, launched this week by Colleges and Institutes Canada and Universities Canada and, to showcases the myriad ways institutions collaborate to the benefit of students, business and industry, and communities. This collection of innovative partnership examples – in student programs, collaborative spaces, and research initiatives, among others –highlights the continued commitment of Canada’s postsecondary institutions to work together to address Canada’s needs for advanced knowledge and skills in all sectors.

This project builds on the historic framework for collaboration agreement signed by CICan and Universities Canada in 2014. Together, the two national organisations represent over 230 postsecondary institutions, all across the country.
This showcase celebrates the important partnerships between colleges, institutes, and universities. Our high degree of mobility and the number of pathways between postsecondary institutions is one of Canada’s strengths according to the OECD’s 2014 Education at a Glance report.

For example, in Alberta there are currently more than 32,000 active transfer agreements in place between colleges, institutes and universities. One exciting partnership between the University of Alberta, NorQuest College, MacEwan University, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), and the Alberta Health Services (AHS) has developed the Interdisciplinary Health Education Partnership (IHEP) project. This joint initiative aims to design and implement a series of interdisciplinary health team simulations to be used in the different institutions and facilitate interdisciplinary learning.
Since 2011, transfer agreements between colleges and universities in Ontario have also increased from about 300 to more than 650 in 2014, creating more than 35,000 student transfer possibilities through the province’s college and university system. In BC postsecondary institutions have similar transfer agreements for more than 2,100 programs.

A growing number of research partnerships also exist between colleges, institutes and universities. For example, In Québec, a partnership between the Cégep de Trois-Rivières and l’Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières is developing new types of biofuel using algae. This is only one of 25 research partnerships between the two institutions.

The potential is huge for partnerships across the post-secondary education landscape and we know there will be many more innovative examples to share in the future.

CICan congratulates the recipients of the SSHRC Social innovation grants

Humber - Minister Duncan

Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) is thriller that a first round of grants was awarded for 27 projects in 20 colleges and institutes across the country under the Community College Social Innovation Funds (CCSIF). Nearly $6 million has been invested in support of a variety of applied research projects looking at social innovation.

Minister of Science Kirsty Duncan announced funding for the 27 projects on Jan. 21 at Humber College’s Lakeshore Campus. The event featured Humber College’s impact study on the Toronto Police Service’s Neighborhood Officer program, spearheaded by Dr. Jeanine Webber. The two-year study will be receiving $200,000.

Congratulations to all the CICan members who received funding! For a full list of award recipients, click here.

Conference Board of Canada hosts Webinar on Global Education opportunities for students

On Jan. 26, CICan will be joining the Conference Board of Canada for a one-hour webinar on creating international learning opportunities for Canadian students. Paul Brennan, CICan’s Vice President, International will be one of the guest speakers during this webinar. This session will explore international student mobility initiatives that aim to take Canadian students away from their home campuses and immerse them in foreign experiences.

The webinar will take place at 2 p.m. EST, and CICan is offering a 50% discount on the registration fee! You or a colleague can attend this webinar for only $99! To take advantage of this special rate, please contact or call 1-866-242-0075. Don’t forget to quote code EXBRENNAN1!

Click here for more information about this event.

Call for nominations for the CIPEC Future Leaders Awards

Attention future energy leaders : the Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation (CIPEC), offered through Natural Resources Canada will be honouring post-secondary students whose projects or initiatives have had a considerable impact on industrial energy efficiency.

The CIPEC Future Leaders Awards will be presented during Energy Summit 2016, Canada’s foremost industrial energy efficiency conference, on May 17 and 18th at the Sheraton on the Falls Hotel in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

By applying for this prestigious award, students will be given the unique opportunity to gain national recognition and garner greater appeal to future employers. Selected winners will be honoured with framed plaques at the Energy Summit 2016 awards ceremony.

Recipients will also be recognized in national news releases and featured in CIPEC’s monthly newsletter, Heads Up CIPEC which is delivered to more than 10,000 industry and government officials.

Students interested in applying must submit their application along with supporting documentation by March 4, 2016. For more information on the Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation and CIPEC Future Leaders Awards, visit

Register for CICan’s 2016 Conference!

CICan’s 2016 Conference will take place in Quebec City from May 29-31. Its theme Inspiration will explore how colleges and institutes stimulate change through innovative practices and approaches.

Don’t miss out on the 3rd Annual Business and Industry Breakfast on Tuesday, May 31 featuring, Manjit Minhas, an entrepreneur and judge on CBC’s Dragons’ Den who shares business lessons with equal parts force and finesse. Minhas runs a $155 million brewery—the 10th largest worldwide—that she helped build from scratch.

Congratulations to Deepak Gupta from Centennial College and Stephen Neis from Lethbridge College for winning each a $75 gift certificate from Chapters. Don’t miss out on the upcoming draws – be sure to stay at one of the Conference Hotels.

Register by April 15 and you will be entered in a draw to receive a 50% discount on your registration, up to a maximum of $500.

Click here to see the conference website. The website will be updated regularly with new content and program information, so be sure to add it to your bookmarks!

CICan launches the 2016 Art Showcase

For the third 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 2016 Art Showcase, CICan invites students from colleges and institutes across the country to submit their paintings, illustrations, sculptures, prints, textiles, photos, and electronic art.

This year, CICan will be selecting a winner from the following 7 categories:

  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Sculpture
  • Print
  • Textile/Mixed Media
  • Photo
  • Digital Illustration

Each winner will receive a monetary prize of $300.

Visit our contest page for eligibility and instructions! We look forward to receiving artwork from students across the country!

Eureka! Moment

Humber College graduate Natalie Daley has launched Movies for Mental Health : Canada, which is a series of workshops designed to encourage students to discuss thoughts and feelings about mental illness after watching short films on the topic. Check out this video about the inspiring initiative featuring George Brown College and Seneca College. Congratulations on a wonderful project, Natalie!



Register now for CICan’s Indigenous Education Symposium

Join colleagues from across the country to share and explore strategies on serving Indigenous learners and communities and approaches to supporting reconciliation in Canada.

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