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July 6, 2015

Medicine Hat College to host the CICan Energy Symposium

Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) is pleased to announce its 2015 Energy Symposium that will take place November 5-7 in Medicine Hat, Alberta. Medicine Hat College will be hosting the event, along with the co-chair of the National Planning Committee, BCIT. The theme for the symposium is Energy Partnerships, Plug in! Speakers and keynotes will feature the most innovative practices in the sector as well as skills development and in demand skills for the sector. Participants will have the opportunity to share and discuss advances in energy efficiency and applied research led by the college sector and industry. The symposium will attract a diverse group of applied researchers and senior college administrators, along with representatives from municipal, provincial, territorial and federal governments, industry, utilities, manufacturers, and interest holders in the energy sector. Keynotes are being invited and will represent major Energy leaders in Canada and around the world. The organizers are also working on an Indigenous Panel as well as a panel to discuss smart grid technologies. A call out for concurrent sessions will be issued in July and we hope to attract a range of presenters working on fuel cells, oil and gas, hydro, nuclear, and other energy alternatives colleges and institutes are involved with. For more information about the symposium, contact Chris Paci, Manager, Canadian Partnerships at Further information, including sponsorship and registration will be sent out over the summer.

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Tina Martel, an Art instructor at Grande Prairie Regional College was a finalist
for the 2015 International Book Awards. Her book “Not in the Pink” is a memoir of her battle with cancer told through text and images.
It looks like summer has finally arrived. I’d like to take this opportunity to wish everybody a Happy belated Canada Day. I hope you all partook in the festivities around the country to celebrate Canada’s 148th birthday! It’s always nice to be in the nation’s capital for Canada Day, the enthusiasm was infectious this year and the fireworks were amazing. Canada Day also means summer has officially kicked off, and I’d like to congratulate all the college and institute students across the country who have recently received their diplomas. I hope you all enjoyed your college or institute experience, and I wish you all the best in the future! I’ve had the pleasure of speaking at several convocations, and I’m always inspired by the hard work and dedication that college and institute students put into their education. Other than that, I kept quite busy in the past two weeks, speaking with many of our college and institute presidents and meeting with some of our key partners and funders. I also had a very productive meeting with the RCMP on the topic of youth de-radicalization, which, in light of recent events, has become a topic of growing concern within the post-secondary sector. Stay tuned for CICan’s summer updates, and enjoy your holidays!


Dr. Paulette Hanna is the new Vice President, Academic at Red Deer College. She was previously the Associate Vice President Academic, and is well prepared for her new role as the leader of RDC’s varied academic programs. Prior to joining RDC last year, Dr. Hanna was the Director of Leadership Learning with the College of Alberta School Superintendents. Appointment notice Nancy Armitage has been appointed Director, Alumni Relations at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). She brings over 12 years of experience in post-secondary advancement and was previously Manager, Alumni Engagement at the University of the Fraser Valley. Appointment notice The Board of Confederation College has officially renewed the employment contract of President Jim Madder who will stay on for a second term of up to five years beginning in July 2016. Appointment notice

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