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March 21, 2016

Celebrating Applied Research in la Francophonie

With the Semaine de la Francophonie ending on March 20th, we would like to take a moment to recognize one of the strengths of Canada’s Francophone colleges and institutes: research.

In Quebec, research is synonymous with the College Centres for Technology Transfer (Centres collégiaux de transfert de technologie – CCTT), which bring together over 1200 experts, including researchers, engineers, technicians and specialists. Together, the province’s 49 CCTTs, known as the Réseau Trans-tech, promote innovation by providing a variety of services to businesses and organizations. CCTTs offer technical support, contribute to the  development of new products and processes, and provide resources to help develop customized training that meets their partners’ needs.

Having successfully supported many innovations, this model has inspired the creation of the Technology Access Centres (TAC) Network, with the support of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. Established in 2015, the network has recently opened a national office in Ottawa, where a model based on the Réseau Trans-tech will help small and medium enterprises across Canada benefit from the expertise of the country’s colleges and institutes.

Francophone colleges outside Quebec have also distinguished themselves in recent years through a variety of applied research projects. Collège La Cité and Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB) are two great examples.

Since 2005, CCNB has focused on creating an environment that encourages innovation and has quickly increased its capacity. In 2013, it was named one of Canada’s top 50 research colleges.CCNB coordinates a provincial value-added wood products program, which supports innovation and commercialization in New Brunswick’s wood products sector.

La Cité, through its Research and Innovation Office (Bureau de la recherche et de l’innovation), lets local businesses access college resources distributed among several research centres, including the Bio-innovation Technology Access Centre (Centre d’accès à la technologie en bio-innovation) and the Specialized Professions Institute (Institut des métiers spécialisés). La Cité also works with the Ontario Research Group on Social Inclusion (Groupe de recherche sur l’inclusion sociale en Ontario – GRISO), whose goal is the development, implementation, and evaluation of a new internship to promote the social inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities.

The initiatives of colleges and cégeps across the country contribute not only to vitality of their individual communities, but to that of the Canadian Francophonie from coast to coast.

A successful Applied Research Symposium!


CICan was thrilled to host over 130 people during our Applied Research Symposium held in Winnipeg from March 6th to 8th.

The symposium got off to a wonderful start thanks to the generous participation of the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science. During the Opening Reception, Ms. Duncan spent the entire evening meeting, talking with, and getting to know representatives from Canadian colleges and institutes. CICan’s president and CEO, Denise Amyot, also met with the Minister to share our members’ perspectives and requests regarding applied research and innovation.

Kenneth W. Knox, president of the Science, Technology and Innovation Council, jumped right in with a frank description of Canada’s current innovation landscape. This same issue was then taken up by David B. Watters, president and CEO of Global Advantage Consulting Group Inc., which will soon release a report on the contribution of colleges and institutes to Canada’s innovation ecosystem.

The discussions and exchanges that took place over the next two days revealed a wide variety of applied research practices, challenges, and lessons learned from past experience. Many students also had the opportunity to demonstrate their applied research expertise and entrepreneurial spirit during the Symposium.

For an overview of this event, please visit the Photo Gallery and watch this short video featuring young researchers who participated in the Symposium.

Students share their applied research experience

Leila Benmerrouche Play Video

One of the highlights of the Applied Research Symposium was the student presentations that offered a glimpse into a variety of research projects. Several of them agreed to comment on camera to discuss their projects and the influence it has had on their college experience.

Click here to watch the video.

Durham and Seneca train Barbados education leaders


From March 7 to 18, 25 Barbadian participants from secondary schools, vocational training institutions, colleges, and the Ministry of Education spent two weeks in Canada participating in a densely-packed and rich program at Durham, with 2 days at Seneca.

This training opportunity was initiated by the Higher Education Unit of the Barbados Ministry of Education, which  reached out to CICan to help train future leaders in change management, leadership, and shifting to competency-based training.  CICan member Durham College took on the challenge, with support from Seneca College and sponsorship from the Inter-American Development Bank through the Barbados Skills for the Future Program.

When they return to Barbados, participants will implement a change management project, with mentorship from Pam Stoneham, Associate Dean at Durham’s Whitby Campus, provided through a virtual portal and through face-to-face sessions in Barbados.

Discover degrees and post-graduate programs

CICan is continuing the revamp of its website with the addition of a new tool to explore the many degrees and post-graduate programs offered by its members across the country. This will allow potential students and partners to discover the rich variety of programs that colleges and institutes have on offer beyond diplomas, certificates and apprenticeships.

CICan members currently offer a total 523 Bachelor degrees, 29 Master degrees and 598 Post-Graduate programs in a variety of fields. Unfortunately, too many people still see them only as trades school while their program offering has clearly evolved to meet the needs of both students and employers. This new tool on the CICan website will help dispel this myth and helps students search for the program that fits their needs and interest from a complete and up to date databank of degrees and post-graduate programs.

New Member Benefits Through Kivuto Solutions

CICan members can now enjoy even more benefits though an exciting new partnership with Kivuto Solutions under our Corporate Alliance Program.

Kivuto has been committed to improving student success through education technology for over 17 years. Benefits available to members through Kivuto include:

  • Managing software easier through a custom WebStore, based on Kivuto’s Electronic License Management System (ELMS), and multilingual customer care.
  • Guidance on and access to Texidium, Canada’s most comprehensive eText platform for delivering digital course material to students.
  • Special entry to educational events hosted by Kivuto.
  • One-on-one consultation meetings with Kivuto to discuss eText, digital resource management, and software distribution options.

Click here to learn more about Kivuto.

New deadline for the CICan Art Showcase

For the third year in a row, CICan is looking to showcase student talent on the walls of the association’s national office in Ottawa! The contest is open to college and institute students from across the country who can submit their artwork until Friday April 29.

This year, CICan is looking for submissions in the following categories: Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Print, Textile/Mixed Media, Photography and Digital Art.

The winners will receive cash prices and their artwork will be displayed at the CICan offices. They will also receive recognition on CICan’s website and in various association publications. The winning pieces will also be prominently showcased at CICan’s 2016 Annual Conference, which will take place from May 29-31 in Quebec City.

Click here for more information or to submit your artwork.

Nominations now open for WFCP’s 2016 Awards of Excellence

The WFCP has announced its second annual Awards of Excellence. Recipients will be recognized at the 2016 World Congress to be held in Vitória, Brazil from September 23 – 25. Recipients of the first annual awards, held at the 2014 Congress in Beijing, came from a variety of countries and demonstrated the breadth of innovation and leadership among the Federation members.

This year, awards are matched to the Federation’s Affinity Groups and seeks to recognize member initiatives that contribute to or strengthen professional and technical education and training around the world.

For more information, visit the WFCP website.

Eureka! Moment

A group of Okanagan College business students are volunteering to help take the stress out of filing for tax season by offering a series of free public weekday tax clinics until April 29. For the sixth year in a row, the Okanagan College Accounting Club is hosting the Canada Revenue Agency guided Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP) to help individuals with an income of less than $30,000 (or a family income of less than $40,000). This is a great opportunity for students to practice their skills while giving back to their community.


Langara College has appointed Dr. Ian Humphreys as its new provost and vice-president academic and students. In this role Dr. Humphreys will provide academic leadership for Langara as well as oversee key areas including academic innovation, student services, and registrar and enrolment services.

On March 10, 2016, Ahuntsic College’s board of directors named Chantal Daneau as its new Director of Studies. She will begin her three-year mandate on April 11, 2016.


CICan 2016 Conference – Early Registration Deadline: April 15

Be sure to register by April 15 and benefit from early registration rates and be entered in a draw to receive a 50% discount on your registration!

Call for Presentations at the WFCP World Congress

The call for Presentations for the 2016 WFCP World Congress has been extended. Submissions will be accepted until April 29th, 2016. You can make your submission on the Congress website.

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