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June 10, 2019

At the Justice Institute of British Columbia scenario-based training is an integral part of its experiential learning approach to help prepare our students for real-life incidents they will likely respond to when working as public safety professionals. Photo: JIBC.

Building public safety in communities across the country

Public safety professionals, including law enforcement officers, firefighters, and paramedics, are a vital part of strong communities, protecting individuals and property, responding to emergency situations, and saving lives. At colleges and institutes across the country, unique training opportunities and applied research projects are preparing Canadians to work in the public safety sector, advancing the capacity of emergency response professionals, and making sure that Canada’s emergency management framework can be successfully implemented in communities with diverse challenges. For example:

  • The Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) is Canada’s unique leading public safety educator, developing dynamic justice and public safety professionals through applied education, training and research, training approximately 26,000 students on campus and online each year.
    • Through its Centre for Applied Research, JIBC is also advancing justice and public safety, providing solutions to real-world questions that impact first responders, emergency managers, and other public safety professionals, including the development of a mental health screening tool for public safety personnel, through funding awarded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).
    • JIBC has also developed a web-based Aboriginal Disaster Resilience Planning (ADRP) guide to help First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities assess emergency preparedness and build resiliency plans specifically designed to be compatible with Indigenous cultures and to ensure the continuity of traditional knowledge.
  • Researchers at Grande Prairie Regional College have partnered with the RCMP, Alberta Health Services, and the City of Grande Prairie on a Police and Crisis Team (PACT) project to examine and improve upon police response to mental health issues in remote communities.
  • Bow Valley College’s two-year Justice Studies diploma with Aboriginal Focus Specialization trains students for careers in justice sectors, covering topics such as psychology and mental health, correctional methods, and intervention strategies with youth.
  • The Northern Justice and Criminology program at Yukon College also provides a uniquely northern perspective on the study of crime, justice, criminal behaviour, and social reactions to crime.
  • For public safety and emergency services professionals, Fanshawe College offers a one-year Public Safety Leadership program to help advance their careers with the leadership skills necessary to move into roles such as staff sergeant, captain, charge nurse, or EMS superintendent.
  • At Durham CollegeFire and Life Safety Systems Technician students learn about the design and technical methodologies for various fire and life safety systems, including building codes and construction, fire alarm design and fire dynamics.
  • The 911 Institute at Collège la Cité brings together under one roof training for professions related to emergency services, offering future police officers, firefighters, paramedics, 911 respondents and dispatchers, and security professionals an unrivalled environment for highly realistic simulation.
  • The Cégep de Sainte-Foy offers seven programs in public health and safety, including Paramedic Emergency Care [Soins préhospitaliers d’urgence], taking advantage of sophisticated equipment and mannequins programmed to reflect targeted situations at the cégep’s Le Centre S, a specialized centre for clinical simulation.
  • Public safety training at the Cégep Garneau includes protecting citizens and maintaining public order with the Police Technologies program [Techniques policières] and crime prevention and resocialization of offenders with the Delinquency Response Technologies program [Techniques d’intervention en délinquance].
  • The Collège d’Alma’s Police Technologies for First Nations program [Techniques policières des Premières Nations] trains public safety officials with particular emphasis on the unique realities and challenges often faced by Indigenous communities.
  • The Atlantic Police Academy (APA) at Holland College provides training to enter public safety careers such as firefighter, correctional officer, and conservation enforcement officer as well as in-service skills upgrading for those looking to advance their careers. APA is also a leader in the development of the Canadian Police Knowledge Network (CPKN), an innovative network of training and knowledge sharing between police and public safety professionals.

These types of programs, community partnerships, and applied research projects are a vital part of building Canada’s public safety and emergency management capacity.

To recognize outstanding individuals, communities, and projects contributing to the work being done across Canada to prevent, respond to, and recover from emergencies and disasters, Public Safety Canada is currently accepting nominations for the Emergency Management Exemplary Service Awards. Be sure to nominate deserving individuals and teams on your campuses and in your communities! The deadline for nominations is August 30, 2019. Contact Public Safety Canada to learn more.

Plan for sustainability with BGIS – CICan members save 20%

Sustainable buildings are not only good for the environment, they’re good for business. Using industry-leading expertise and tools, BGIS can help you plan system renewals and upgrades that will maximize the efficiency, sustainability and operational integrity of your real estate assets.

BGIS has the in-house expertise to take care of the auditing, analysis, incentive applications, recommendations and implementations required to institute positive change. CICan members enjoy 20% off on Energy Audits and Building Condition Assessments for facilities that are a minimum of 50,000 sq. ft.

Contact BGIS to get started today!

Register now for the upcoming leadership institute for Leaders in International!

Are you a manager or director of an international division within a college or institute interested in developing your leadership skills and learning from and networking with your counterparts from across the country?

Don’t miss the CICan Leadership Institute for Leaders in International this summer Halifax, NS!

Examine current and emerging requirements of the role of International Managers and Directors as well as the leadership profile and essential skills for success, including:

  • the role of the international offices and divisions in colleges and institutes;
  • off-shore projects, programs, and campuses, their opportunities and challenges, and how to access funding agencies;
  • key elements and challenges of the role;
  • human resources management practices and approaches; and,
  • risk management in international work.

The Leadership Institute will run from July 3-8, 2019. Register now!

Don’t miss this summer’s other Leadership Institutes. Seats are still available for:

Participate in the new Globe and Mail special feature on higher learning

Once again, we are partnering with the Globe and Mail to produce a new special feature highlighting colleges and institutes. Slated for publication on September 27, the upcoming “Focus on higher learning” feature will be an opportunity to showcase new and exciting programs, facilities, and student services. We encourage you to take part!

Please view the PDF overview of the project for more details. Special print, digital and social packages are available for CICan members and partners. There is also an opportunity for inclusion in the content for those that are involved in the feature.

The deadline to confirm your participation in June 27.

Please connect with Richard Deacon, Globe and Mail’s National Business Development Manager at for more information.

A year-end update from CICan

The past year was one of reflection as we imagined the future of our organization. Check out our latest Annual Report, highlighting some of the wins and opportunities we have been able to create for our members, including the launch of a new strategic plan and a presence on the Future Skills Council. The report can be viewed online shortly.

With such a great year behind us, we will be hosting our Annual General Meeting (AGM) this Wednesday, June 12. This is our third virtual AGM, connecting members from coast to coast to coast!

The meeting will take place on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 12:00 pm EDT. Meeting delegates will receive the report of the Board of Directors and financial statements, appoint auditors, and elect directors.

Please note that documents and connection information were sent to all presidents and voting delegates on June 5. Members with questions may contact Carol Dolbel for more information at

Eureka! Moment

Did you know that construction on George Brown College’s The Arbour project, a 10-storey mass-timber building featuring solar chimneys for sustainable, natural ventilation and flexible learning spaces is set to begin in 2021? The project is the first in Canada to receive funding through Natural Resources Canada’s Green Construction through Wood Program (GCWood) and will be home to an advanced research hub focused on mass-timber construction!


The Board of Cégep Saint-Jean-sur Richelieu was pleased to announce the appointment of Nathalie Beaudoin as the cégep’s new Director General. Beaudoin has 20 years of experience in the college sector and most recently served as the cégep’s director of communications and corporate affairs.

Cégep de Victoriaville also welcomed a new Director General. Also with 20 years of experience in higher education, Denis Deschamps will assume the role effective September 2019.

At University of the Fraser Valley, Dr. James Mandigo was appointed Provost and Vice-President, Academic, bringing more than 20 years of research, teaching, and administrative experience to UFV.

Georgian College has appointed David Bell as the college’s new Associate Vice President, Advancement and Alumni Relations. Bell bring more than 17 years of experience and expertise in higher education advancement.

Holland College welcomed Doug Currie as its new Vice President, Corporate Services. Currie’s experience includes roles in senior management at Nelson Canada and as provincial cabinet minister for education and healthcare.


Leadership Institutes

Register now for CICan’s 2019 Leadership Institutes.

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