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June 13, 2016

Finding Inspiration in Quebec City

CICan’s annual conference was a huge success! Over 800 participants from all over the world – representing 115 colleges and institutes, and international partners from 12 countries – joined us Quebec City this year!

The event ran from May 29-31, and was hosted by Champlain Regional College, Cégep de Sainte-Foy, Cégep Limoilou, and Cégep Garneau, who chose the theme Inspiration for this year’s edition.

During the conference, participants were treated to a wide variety of sessions, discussing important issues and sharing ideas related to six key streams: applied research and innovation; teaching, learning and student success; leadership and governance; urban landscape; entrepreneurship; and indigenous education.

One of the most exciting things to be presented was Global Advantage Consulting Group Inc’s Map of College and Institute Applied Research – an evidence-based portrait of colleges and institutes’ contribution to Canada’s innovation ecosystem, led by David B Watters. The presentation is accessible at

The sessions were followed by CICan’s annual general meeting (AGM), during which several new board members were elected. CICan is pleased to welcome Chris Power, CEO of the Canadian Patient Safety Institute; Paula Burns, President and CEO of Lethbridge College; David Agnew, President of Seneca College; François Dornier, Director General of Cégep de Rimouski; and Major-General Eric Tremblay, head of the Military Personnel Generation.

At the new board’s first meeting on June 3, Liane Roy, president and CEO of Collège Communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick was elected to serve as the new Chair.

CICan would like to thank all outgoing board members for their service: Tony Tilly, President of Fleming College; Paul Charette, Chair of the Board of Directors of Bird Construction; and Joel Ward, President of Red Deer College. We would also like to thank our outgoing Chair, Chantal Denis of Cégep Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu for her leadership.

The AGM also served as the official launching platform for CICan’s new online annual report and an exciting project to mark Canada’s 150th Anniversary.

As in previous years, CICan also used the conference as an opportunity to honour champions of post-secondary education both within and outside the network of colleges and institutes. Our Awards of Excellence recipients were honoured at a special reception – see item below.

This year, the association handed out two recognitions separate from our Awards of Excellence program:

  • Jim Hamilton, President of Okanagan College, received CICan’s Distinguished Service Award,
  • and Garth Whyte, President of Fertilizer Canada, was presented with CICan’s Outstanding Partner Award.

Congratulations to both!

We would also like to extend thanks to our keynote speakers: Stephen Lewis, Humanitarian and Former UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa; Manjit Minhas, entrepreneur and host of CBC’s Dragon’s Den; and Lise Watier, entrepreneur and founder of the eponymous Canadian cosmetics company.

This year’s conference would not have been such a success were it not for the enthusiasm of participants and exhibitors from all across the country. A big thank you to everyone involved – and we hope to see you all next year in Ottawa for CICan’s 2017 Conference!

Photos of the event are available here. A video is also available here.

CICan honours 2016 Awards of Excellence winners


During the 2016 Annual Conference, CICan was thrilled to announce the recipients of the 2016 Awards of Excellence, recognizing the passionate staff, teachers, researchers, administrators, and students who excel in all aspects of post-secondary education.

Awards were distributed in eight categories in partnership with TD Insurance Meloche Monnex, the exclusive sponsor of CICan’s Awards of Excellence.

In the Program Excellence category, Keyano College received the Gold prize, Seneca College took Silver, followed by Georgian College and Holland College receiving Bronze.

For Leadership Excellence, Gold was awarded to Robert Brown of Lakeland College, Silver to Jamie Bramburger of Algonquin College, and Bronze to Mary Pierce of Fanshawe College.

The Gold prize for Innovation in Applied Research Excellence was awarded to Lambton College, the Silver prize to Centennial College, and the Bronze prize to Lethbridge College.

In Teaching Excellence, Jared McKenzie from Great Plains College took Gold, while Amy Abe of NorQuest College took Silver, and Dwayne Giberson of NBCC took Bronze.

Gold in Internationalization Excellence was awarded to Centennial College, Silver to Niagara College, and Bronze to Algonquin College.

In Staff Excellence, Marg Medeiros of Fanshawe College won Gold, while Hadi Majzoub of Seneca College took Silver, and Michele Deis of NorQuest College won Bronze.

Centennial College was awarded the Gold prize for Indigenous Education Excellence, while Cambrian College took Silver, and Algonquin College took home Bronze.

And finally, in the Student Leadership Excellence category, Maryanne McGrath, a student at Red Deer College, won Gold; Erin Everard from College of the North Atlantic took Silver; and Chris Cartwright, of Confederation College took Bronze.

Congratulations to all recipients!

Pictures of this year’s honorees are available here.

Tech-Access Canada unveils new branding

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On June 2, 2016, the Network of Technology Access Centres (Tech-Access Canada) held its annual general meeting at the Cégep de Lévis-Lauzon in Lévis, Québec, during which the network’s 25 directors unveiled a new brand image.

Previously known as TACCAT, the network will now present an image that “better represents the role that Technology Access Centres (TACs) play for Canadian small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs),” highlighting the innovation and competitive advantages they provide.

Dr. B. Mario Pinto, President of the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), was present during the announcement, and showed his support for the initiative.

The new branding will include a logo update, an updated website, and a start to the network’s presence on Twitter.

Originally founded in September 2015, the network is composed of 25 TACs, working to answer the needs of business and industry through applied research.

Head of UNESCO-UNEVOC attends CICan’s Annual Conference


As the pan-Canadian UNESCO-UNEVOC centre and lead for the North American Cluster, CICan invited Dr Shyamal Majumdar, Head of Office for UNESCO-UNEVOC, to attend and speak at our annual Conference.

Dr Majumdar was a presenter in two of the Conference’s sessions, and met with numerous international delegations and Canadian partners. At the pre-conference international forum on May 29, he shared insights’ from UNEVOC’s current work on Greening TVET as part of a panel session looking at the role of TVET in responding to climate change and sustainable development priorities in developing countries. On May 31st, he was the key presenter at a Conference presentation session that unpacked the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and explored the role of TVET in reaching these goals.

Dr Majumdar also took the time to meet with some international delegations, including those from Mexico, Peru, Brazil and two representatives from CEDEFOP, the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training. During these talks, he discussed the possibility of opening a new UNESCO-UNEVOC centre in Brazil and in Mexico.

Nomination deadline extended for WFCP Awards of Excellence

There is still time to nominate candidates for the second annual World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics’ (WFCP) Awards of Excellence, recognizing contributions to achieving the Federation’s vision, and accomplishments in the global colleges and polytechnics sector.

The seven Awards categories now coincide with the Federation’s Affinity Groups: access to learning and employment, applied research, entrepreneurship, green colleges, leadership development, higher technical skills, and student support services.

The deadline for nominations has been extended to June 30th, 2016. Since CICan is a member of the WFCP, all of its member institutions are eligible for the Awards.

Recipients of the first Awards, held at the 2014 Congress in Beijing, included six Canadian institutions, demonstrating the strength of innovation and leadership at Canadian colleges and polytechnics.

The Awards will be presented during the WFCP’s 2016 World Congress in Vitória, Brazil, taking place between September 23-27.

To nominate a WFCP member institution or association, complete the nomination form and submit to the Secretariat before June 30th, 2016.

NOTICE: During the summer, publication of Perspectives will be reduced to one issue per month. The next issue will be published on Monday, July 11, 2016.

Eureka! Moment

Did you know that JIBC offers state-of-the-art resources for conducting simulations, including the Dr. Donald B. Rix Public Safety Simulation Building and the award-winning Praxis computer simulation technology. Using these and other resources, JIBC incorporates simulations in programs and courses across the Institute, as well as in customized contract training. It also offers and Aboriginal Disaster Resilience Planning Project.


Georgian College has appointed Kevin Weaver as Vice President, International Workforce Development and Partnerships effective August 1, 2016. Weaver previously served as Dean, Technology and Visual Arts at the college.

Mary O’Farrell-Bowers will assume the role of Vice-President, Academic on Canadore College’s senior executive team effective August 8, 2016. O’Farrell-Bowers joins Canadore College from Georgian College’s Orillia Campus, where she served as Campus Principal and Dean, Schools of Human Services and Community Safety.

Langara College happily announced the appointment of Moira Gookstetter as Director of College Advancement, and as Executive Director of the Langara College Foundation. She comes from a background in leadership of various not-for-profit organizations.

Red Deer College has appointed a new Director of Applied Research & Innovation. Dr. Naveen Anand joined the college on June 1, 2016 from a strong background in applied research, most recently at the University of Northern British Columbia.


2016 WFCP World Congress in Brazil

Registration for the 2016 WFCP World Congress in Brazil is ongoing. Youth Camp applications are also being accepted the Secretariat.

CICan Leadership Institutes

CICan’s celebrated leadership institutes are returning this summer. Click for more information and to register.

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