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June 8, 2015

Sign up now for CICan’s Leadership Development Institutes

CICan’s Leadership Development Institutes will start at the end of the month but there are still a few spots available for late registrations. These professional development programs are designed to help managers at various levels acquire new leadership skills while sharing their expertise with colleagues from other Canadian institutions. Places are still available in the following institutes: Leadership Development Institute for Potential Deans and Directors (LDI) June 21-26: French program:  Edmundston, NB; English program: Charlottetown, PEI. The LDI will be of interest to those considering deans, directors or equivalent positions across all areas of college/institute operations. The intensive residential program is designed to enable participants to explore whether a dean or director position is one they wish to pursue in the future. New Leadership and Management Development Institute for Current Program Chairs June 21-24, Olds AB. Leadership and Management Development Institute for Current Program Chairs is targeted at those currently serving in these management roles. Not every institution uses this title, however, the incumbents are typically responsible for a few program areas in their institutions. This intensive program is designed to enhance the skill sets of Chairs as leaders within their respective areas and as part of the wider institutional leadership teams. The institute will also address skills which related to the management requirements of Chairs roles respective of those of the senior leaders of the institutions. International Leadership Development Institute July 20 – July 24, Charlottetown, PEI. The goal of the International Leadership Development Institute is to provide current managers or new directors of international divisions within colleges and institutes across Canada with valuable information and strategies that will help them to be more effective leaders in their roles. The institute will also provide leaders who are either new or interested in learning more about leading their organization in international initiatives with a significant amount of information about the international leadership role. The facilitators are leaders (directors, vice-presidents or presidents) with significant experience within the college community in Canada, who have worked to transform or lead their College with major international divisions. For more information or to register to a leadership development institute, visit the events section of the CICan website at:  

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Olds College celebrated its 100th graduating class on Saturday June 6. Since the first intake of students to Olds College in September of 1913, the College has grown from an intake of roughly three dozen students in its inaugural class, to over 1000 full time students in 2014-2015. Over the years, Olds College has expanded its programming beyond its traditional agriculture and home economics base to include world class programs in trades, fashion, business, land, horticulture, and agriculture.
I started the week by attending the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education (CSSHE) conference in Ottawa organized under the auspices of the Federation of the Humanities and Social Sciences. It was a wonderful opportunity to hear about some truly innovative projects in postsecondary institutions across the country and how research helps to make us a better country. There, I had the pleasure of joining Paul Davidson, President and CEO of Universities Canada for a panel on the future of higher education following which we were both complimented on the linkages between our respective institutions. Governor General David Johnston also spoke of innovation and mentioned that any Canadian should have the possibility of either working or studying in another part of the country or overseas. The talented writer Monique Proulx offered a fantastic reading of her latest book on the Montréal of yesterday and today. Finally I attended a Symposium on Technological Unemployment and the Future of Work looking at the impact of robots and longer life prospects made possible by advances in technology. I also had the chance to meet my counterpart of the WFCP and chair of EURASHE (European Association of Institutions in Higher Education) to explore joint initiatives and discuss the impact of the International Experience Canada program on students. On Wednesday I attended a lecture from Derek Burney who is a senior strategic advisor to Norton Rose Fulbright and a former diplomat, public servant and former Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. His talk, entitled “Advantage Canada: Recalibrating our Role in a Transforming World” was quite inspiring and reiterated the importance that colleges put on the globalization of their curriculum, students and faculty. The rest of the week was dedicated to chats with several college presidents and meetings with the CICan staff. With our annual conference now behind us, it was great to take some time to debrief and refocus on our many other ongoing projects.


Conestoga’s Board of Governors has announce that Dr. John Tibbits will continue to serve as president of the college as the result of a new agreement that extends his term through August 31, 2018. John Tibbits has been president of Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning since 1987. Appointment notice  Ana White recently joined Seneca College as Vice-President, External, formerly Strategy and College Affairs. Ana joins Seneca from the Nature Conservancy of Canada where she was Vice-President, Marketing and Development. She brings an extensive background in all areas of advancement, marketing and development. Appointment notice Ranjan Bhattacharya has joined Seneca College as Dean, Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering Technology. With more than 18 years of experience in postsecondary education, including roles as a Professor, Project Consultant, Program Co-ordinator, Associate Dean, and Dean, Ranjan has provided strategic and operational leadership in a number of college settings in Canada, the Caribbean and the Middle East. Ranjan was previously the Dean of Technology, Energy, and Apprenticeship at Lambton College. Appointment notice Dr. Jean Choi will join Seneca College on June 12, 2015 as Dean, Academic Quality. With more than fifteen years of experience in postsecondary education, Jean has provided academic and administrative leadership to teams of faculty and students, as a Chair, Professor and Researcher/Principal Investigator. Jean is currently the Chair, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, in the Division of Preparatory and Liberal Studies at George Brown College. Appointment notice Notice Please note that starting this week, Perspectives will be distributed on a bi-weekly basis for the rest of the summer.

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