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June 22, 2015

CICan signs MOU with Senegal

Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) has signed a memorandum of understanding with Senegal’s Ministry for Professional Training, Learning and Crafts (ministère de la Formation professionnelle, de l’Apprentissage et de l’Artisanat – MFPAA) to implement a new initiative in support of post-secondary education in the West African nation. The document was signed by Minister Mamadou Talla of MFPAA and the signing was witnessed by Christian Paradis, Canadian Minister for International Development and Minister for La Francophonie. Under the banner Private Sector Growth Through Education for Employment, this project will support the training of a skilled labour force in Senegal, strengthening the professional and technical training capacity of Senegal’s ministry of Professional Training, Learning and Crafts through partnerships with Canadian colleges and institutes. Approximately a dozen Canadian colleges, institutes and cegeps, in collaboration with Senegalese educational institutions, will take part in this program which will train roughly 13 500 students in Senegal. Click here to read the CICan News Release.

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7 of the 14 recipients of this year’s Indspire awards have links to Canadian colleges and institutes! This year’s Indspire awards took place on June 19, and recognized Indigenous professionals and youth who demonstrate outstanding career achievements. Laureates Paulette C. Tremblay, Elsie Yanik, Gabrielle Fayant, Gerald Anderson, Jordan Konek, Kendal Netmaker, and Kim Baird have all attended or worked for one of our member institutions. Congratulations to all the award recipients!
Though our annual conference has passed, CICan has not slowed down – what a busy two weeks it’s been! On June 8, I was in Montreal to launch a partnership between CICan and Senegal. I had the honour of signing a memorandum of understanding on behalf of CICan with Minister Mamadou Talla from Senegal’s Ministry of Professional Training, Learning and Crafts to implement post-secondary education in this nation. Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and Minister for La Francophonie was also on hand to witness the signing. While in Montreal, I also attended the 21st annual Conference of Montreal, which gathered leaders from all over the world including the Senegal delegation. The conference focused on economy, governance, energy, innovation, sustainability and trade. It was a thought-provoking conference with speakers such as Michaëlle Jean, Minister Christian Paradis. I also attended a very good session focusing on collaborative robots, like the one I mentioned a few weeks ago from Red River College. The session captured my attention as it seems there will be increasing need for these robots on college and institute campuses -- it is now proven that they create jobs and do not reduce them, contrary to industrial robots, and they may have a role to play in social services as well. Back in Ottawa, I attended a reception for Switzerland’s National Day at the Swiss embassy. It was useful to connect with Elizabeth May, as well as with Public Safety officials and members of the RCMP. I also had interesting discussions with foreign diplomats, such as a diplomat from Kenya who was very interested in CICan’s Education for Employment program. The day after, I was at the Brazilian Embassy where I was able to make a plea for better access to funding from CIHR for colleges and institutes. I also mentioned the need for increased partnerships between colleges and institutes and tri-council funding agencies and the NRC. The advocacy continued with meetings with officials from Public Safety Canada, where we discussed anti-radicalization and welcomed a partnership to tackle this increasingly serious matter. These meetings were followed by meetings with NDP MPs to inform them of our advocacy areas, with a particular focus on Applied Research. There were also many exciting things happening at the office last week! We had a productive all staff meeting, where Dwight Powless, the community liaison from Algonquin College’s College Access program, gave the CICan staff a great presentation about Aboriginal History. I also hosted a Nigerian delegation in the office at the end of the week, which was a great opportunity to connect and discuss potential new projects. The delegation had just visited BCIT, NAIT, SAIT, Bow Valley and Niagara College, and it was interesting to give them a presentation and see that they had concrete images of what I was presenting. I also had great conversations with a number of college presidents on their needs and CICAN priorities and offerings. To cap off the week, I was interviewed and participated in a roundtable on Broadening Talent Pathways: Cross-Sector Career mobility in Canada including government, private sector and non-profit senior representatives. This is an area where colleges have great best practices.


Yvan O’Connor was appointed as the Director General of Cégep de Granby. He was previously Director of Human Ressources and Corporate Affairs at Cégep André-Laurendeau. His five year mandate will begin August 10. Alain Desjarlais has obtained a second mandate as Cégep André-Laurendeau’s Director of Studies (Directeur des études). He began in this role in October 2011 and has played a key role in implementing the institution Strategic Plan 2011-2015, which led to the creation of two new programs.


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