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March 30, 2015

CICan Leadership Development Institutes

CICan is pleased to announce the dates for its national leadership development institutes. This year, we will be offering a total of six institutes, including the brand new Leadership and Management Development Institute for Program Chairs. See below for the dates and locations of each institute and stay tuned for more information. Registration will open soon. National Executive Leadership Institute (NELI) for Potential Presidents (English) Dates: July 5, 2015 to July 10, 2015 Location: Tigh-Na-Mara, Parksville, BC National Executive Leadership Institute for Potential Vice-Presidents (VP NELI) (English) Dates: June 25, 2015 to June 30, 2015 Location: Tigh Na-Mara, Parksville, BC   Leadership Development Institute for Potential Deans and Directors (LDI) English program: Dates: June 21, 2015 (evening) to June 26, 2015 (breakfast) Location: Rodd Brudenell River, Charlottetown, PEI   French program: Dates: June 21, 2015 (evening) to June 26, 2015 (breakfast) Location: Collège Communautaire du Nouveau Brunswick, Edmundston, NB   Leadership and Management Development Institute for Program Chairs: ** NEW** (English) Dates: June 23-25, 2015 Location: Alberta (TBD)   International Leadership Development Institute (English) Dates: July 20, 2015 (evening) to July 24, 2015 (noon) Location: Holland College, Charlottetown, PEI

Did you know?

Georgian College has received an important recognition for its unique social entrepreneurship program. It is one of the few postsecondary programs of its kind in Canada, and was recently awarded a $500,000 grant from the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation to keep developing social entrepreneurship initiatives. The project is allowing students to work with non-profit organizations in order to strengthen them, develop innovative ideas, and come up with new ways to deliver services. Click here for the Georgian College news release.
Last Monday, the entire CICan team gathered at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, for our annual staff retreat. It was a very stimulating day filled with exchanges and reflexion. We all appreciated the activities which were focused on our organizational values and our member services. It was great to review the progress made as a team and also get feedback for new goals for 2015. Following the retreat, I spent three days in Barbados and Trinidad & Tobago to promote the great work that CICan is doing in the Caribbean region. As you know, CICan’s CARICOM Education for Employment (C-EFE) program, funded by the Government of Canada, works in 12 Caribbean countries to shift education and training from a supply-driven system to one that is demand driven and responsive to industry needs. In the Caribbean, CICan also works with the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) on the Youth Skills Development Programme, which is extending the reach of the C-EFE, and is a wonderful example of donor collaboration! We are also exploring exciting new funding opportunities with the Inter-American Development Bank and the Caribbean Development Bank. In Barbados, I had the pleasure of meeting the Honourable Senator Dr. Esther Byer Suckoo, Minister of Labour, Social Security and Human Resources Development, who is a strong supporter of the C-EFE program and an advocate for skills development. While in Bridgetown, I also met with Mr. Richard Hanley, High Commissioner of Canada to Barbados, Antigua & Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St. Lucia, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Vincent & The Grenadines. It was great to learn more about Canada’s Caribbean program, and to discuss the many benefits of CICan’s partner-led approach to development. I also discussed how the C-EFE is strengthening the Caribbean Association of National Training Authorities (CANTA) ownership of the Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ), an important piece in strengthening the Caribbean Single Market Economy (CSME) by enhancing the mobility of skilled workers. I then mad my way to Trinidad and, after an early morning flight, met with Mr. Gerard Latulippe, High Commissioner of Canada to Trinidad & Tobago. Mr. Latulippe spoke at the launch of the TVET Regional Strategy in September 2014, an important milestone that C-EFE supported. This is an important document guiding TVET programming and policies across the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) because it ensures TVET systems align with the emerging demands of employment. In Port of Spain, I also visited YTEPP, a Caribbean institution that is working with Vancouver Island University to develop a cosmetology program that meets the needs of local employers. While Barbados and Trinidad & Tobago are two different countries, they both face challenges in building a TVET system that is responsive to industry needs. I am proud of CICan’s C-EFE program and the Canadian colleges/institutes that we are working with our Caribbean partners to improve education and training in the Caribbean. I was especially encouraged to hear the interest of stakeholders in Canada's approach to applied research with the industry and social innovation with the community. We hope that some new partnering possibilities will soon be emerging in that sector.


Sylvain Lambert has been named the Director General of Cégep Édouard-Montpetit and the director of l’ÉNA. Mr. Lambert brings more than 20 years of experience in the education sector and was previously DG of the Cégep the Granby. Marie-France Bélanger’s term as president of Cégep de Sherbrooke has been renewed for another five years. The administrative council renewed Mrs. Belanger’s term on March 18. She will remain the president of the institution until June 2020.

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