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March 15, 2021

Come knock on our door

At this time of year, Ottawa is buzzing with talk of the federal budget! Consultations with Canadians officially closed at the end of last month, meaning that decision makers are now evaluating submissions to build a greener, more competitive, more innovative, more inclusive, and more resilient Canada. In the context of post-pandemic recovery, we’re drawing eyes to the powerful stories of how college and institute applied research supports small business and community innovation!

  • Did you know that colleges and institutes help local businesses improve productivity, create new jobs and skills development opportunities for employees, expand into new markets, and launch new products and services?

In January, we asked SMEs, innovation partners, and national stakeholders to share the impact of applied research opportunities with their local college or institute on their business. In total, we gathered 115 letters representing every sector of the economy to share with 79 different members of parliament! At the beginning of February, we shared some of what we heard. Here’s another snapshot:

  • Through an applied-research partnership with Durham College, Health Espresso designed and built an artificial-intelligence platform supporting its connected, remote-monitoring solution for virtual healthcare services in aging-in-place, post-discharge, and remote communities, including Indigenous populations.
  • Working with experts in Lakeland College’s Renewable Energy & Conservation Program has helped Decentralised Energy Canada scale the adoption of clean technology and advance efficiency, automation, and digitalization within the sustainable energy sector.
  • In partnership with the Centre technologique en aérospatiale at the Cégep Édouard-Montpetit, aeronautics engine manufacturer Mesotoc was able to take a significant step in its business with a contract to automate the production of airplane motor blades.
  • Working with INÉDI, the college centre for the transfer of technology (CCTT) affiliated with Cégep regional de Lanaudière, Cyberkar Systems was able to take advantage of INÉDI’s expertise, research and specialized design laboratories to incorporate digitization, 3-D printing, and virtual reality in its integrated IT solutions for emergency services.
  • With NAIT’s Centre for Boreal Research, Fuse Consulting, a science communication company, diversified its offered services and products, including a service using 360-degree photo and video technology to innovate natural-resources training and public outreach.
  • In partnership with Camosun College’s Technology Access Centre, Cetacea Contracting Ltd has benefitted from expertise in 3-D scanning, modelling, and printing technologies to increase the company’s precision when engineering world-class marine skeleton museum exhibitions.
  • Working with Innofibre, (the college centre for the transfer of technology at Cégep de Trois-Rivières), recycling firm BRQ Fibre & Broyure was able to diversify its markets and accelerate new product development, including a high-end organic animal litter.
  • Since 2017, SoilOptix has been working with the Agriculture & Environmental Technologies Innovation Centre at Niagara College to develop technologies that help farmers understand and improve the health of their soil, including one-of-a-kind digital soil analysis and nutrient mapping systems.

Examples like these attest to the impact of college and institute applied research on job creation, skills development, and innovation, making clear what could be achieved with further support from government!

Follow our joint campaign and help amplify our message on social media with Synchronex and Tech-Access Canada, the national networks of CCTTs and technology access centres to show decision makers in Ottawa the value of additional investments in applied research!

Perspectives LIVE: “Future-proofing international student recruitment”

A year ago, when international borders were closed in efforts to contain the worldwide pandemic, for many students, the prospects of work and study overseas were put in jeopardy. In last week’s episode of Perspectives LIVE, we looked at ways in which colleges and institutes have been challenged to think of new ways to maintain and engage in international student recruitment!

Thank you to our fantastic speakers: Emma Meredith and Craig Riggs; and our co-hosts: Fanshawe College president Peter Devlin and Catherine Clark! Follow us on YouTube to watch all our previous episodes.

On March 24, we’re taking another look at international student recruitment with our next French-language episode: “Assurer l’avenir du recrutement étudiant à l’international.Register for free and add it to your calendars!

Rewriting the future of post-secondary education!

Our Connection Conference is back with three days, five keynote speakers, six streams, and 50+ sessions exploring our changing narratives! Join us from April 26-28.

New this year: dynamic pricing options to personalize your conference experience, including brand-new group registration rates! Register before April 1 to take advantage of reduced rates.

Six streams offer something for everybody:

  • Governing Excellence
  • Wiring for Student Success
  • Hacking Education
  • Driving Innovation
  • Embodying Sustainability
  • Going Global

Access presentations online after the event

This year’s unique format means that participants will be able to engage with content in non-traditional ways. Registration gives you unlimited access to pre-recorded sessions after the event!

Celebrate resilient francophone women!

For over 50 years, the Organization Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) has worked to promote the richness of the French language, the diversity of Francophone culture around the world, and cooperation between member nations. On the International Day of La Francophonie, we join Francophones and Francophiles in celebration!

This year, the theme “Femmes francophones, Femmes résilientes,” calls on us to pay particular attention to the ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected women and girls, and the importance of driving a recovery that enables women to achieve their full potential. On March 20, celebrate #LaFrancophonieAvecElles!  

In the Canadian context, celebration of the French language and bilingualism reflects a linguistic heritage that is unique in the world. The exceptional work and range of colleges and institutes ensures that quality education is available in both languages and accessible across the country – in English-language minority communities in Quebec, and in French-language minority communities in the rest of Canada.

Strong official languages ensure that Canada’s future is egalitarian, prosperous, and bilingual. To all Canadians and Francophones around: happy International Day of La Francophonie!

Reminder: Looking for talented student artists!

Are you a student artist? Do you know a talented student artist on campus? We are looking to showcase more art on the walls of our national offices in Ottawa. Submit a work of art to our annual Student Art Showcase!

This year, we invite participants to submit work that reflects on the last year and inspires new ways of looking at the years to come: on connectedness, community, disruption, and reconciliation. Submit in one of six categories: printmaking; textile, mixed media, or sculpture; photography; digital illustration or animation; painting; and drawing.

The winner in each category will receive a monetary prize of $350 and have their art exhibited at our Ottawa office, where it will be visible to visiting Members of Parliament, senior government officials, international dignitaries, and college and institute officials and of course CICan staff!

Celebrate World Health Day by learning about sustainable nutrition

Did you know that April 7 is World Health Day? Celebrate with us, and with students and instructors in culinary, hospitality, agriculture and nutrition programs, as well as foodservice professionals, dietitians, and nutritionists from colleges and institutes across Canada!

On April 7, our 21st Century Cooking Summit will highlight the role that culinary and food-service professionals can play in creating a more nutritious and sustainable food system in Canada, which will contribute to meeting Canada’s commitment to the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda and the 17 SDGs. Join us online!

Congratulations to our new Tunisia partners!

We’re excited to begin working with new partners on projects in Tunisia! Education for Employment in Tunisia pairs Canadian colleges and institutes with local post-secondary institutions to increase the economic autonomy of young graduates, reduce unemployment, and combat poverty among women. On two new partnerships:

  • Collège Montmorency will work in partnership with Cégep Marie-Victorin on women’s employability and female entrepreneurship; and
  • Cégep Marie-Victorin will collaborate with Collège de Maisonneuve on educational and technical training for Tunisia’s network of Instituts Supérieurs des Études Technologiques.

Congratulations to the selected institutions!

Eureka! Moment

Did you know that Conestoga College recently launched its brand-new Canadian Remote Access for Dementia Learning Experiences (CRADLE) program? CRADLE is the first fully-online, multilingual educational opportunity for unregulated care workers providing support for those living with dementia in the community, or in nursing or retirement homes. CRADLE’s content reflects the real-world complexities of caring for people living with dementia and is now available across the country, with a particular emphasis on rural areas that have limited access to training! Conestoga College began developing CRADLE last year with funding from the Future Skills Centre.


Lambton College announced the selection of Robert Kardas as the college’s 11th president and CEO. Currently vice-president, Academic and Student Success, Kardas will take on his new role effective July 1.


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