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March 7, 2022

What does it mean to be future-proof?

If we’ve learned anything in recent times, it’s that the future is unpredictable. Still, we can try to plan for what we know and prepare for what we don’t. That’s the essence of future-proof: it means that we ready for any and all challenges that could arise in 6 months, a year, 10 years or 20 years.

Colleges and institutes anticipate the needs of our economy, then train, upskill, and reskill thinkers and doers. They are vital to making Canada future-proof. As their voice in the national agenda, it’s our job to make sure decisionmakers know what college and institute expertise can do for Canada. For federal budget planners, we have some ideas:

  1. There is no future without net-zero. We need colleges and institutes to get us there.
  2. Our economy needs bold innovators. Colleges and institutes make Canada more competitive and Canadian business faster to commercialize.
  3. A future-proof Canada needs newcomers to address labour shortages. Colleges and institutes ensure those coming to start a new life in Canada have the resources and support they need to realize their aspirations.
  4. Our future is one where all are included and supported. We need colleges and institutes to support the wellbeing of all students and empower diverse groups to achieve their full potential.

Read “The Next Step Forward” our latest submission to pre-budget consultations. We have six recommendations that build on these fours ideas to make Canada future-proof!

Advocacy is a big part of what we do, but it isn’t just about the federal budget; it’s about maximizing our collective efforts and empowering colleges and institutes to lead change.

In 1972, the first thing we needed to do was define the space. Remember that many of today’s colleges and institutes were officially created by provincial decree in the mid-to-late 60s.

Today, we use the SDGs as a framework for collaboration to ensure that our actions contribute to positive change for people, communities, and the planet. Help us make Canada future-proof!

Statement: On Ukraine

As details emerge on Canada’s commitment to introduce new immigration streams for Ukrainians who want to come to Canada, either temporarily or permanently, our president and CEO, Denise Amyot issued a statement amplifying the messages of solidarity and support of our 140 members across Canada. We are deeply troubled by the continued violent invasion of Ukraine by Russia. We stand with the people of Ukraine, and all non-Ukrainians also suffering in the country.

Conference 2022: Register before March 21 to take advantage of reduced early-bird rates!

Good news! We are moving forward with a hybrid event which means we will be welcoming participants online and in person in HalifaxOver three days, six streams, and 50+ sessions, we will be Navigating Anew!

  • If the public-health situation in Nova Scotia changes and we are not able to hold in-person activities, switch to a virtual registration at no charge! We’ll refund the difference.

Our hosts are excited to show you everything that Halifax has to offer! Mark your calendars for April 25-27.

Nova Scotia Community College and Université Sainte-Anne can’t wait to welcome you to Halifax, located on the traditional homeland of the Mi’kmaq nation. Be sure to book your hotels and travel early!

LIVE: The future is female

Episode 6 of Perspectives LIVE airs March 16! In what ways can we drive further growth by creating more opportunities for women to reach their full potential? What can colleges and institutes do to support women?

Data: For women living in remote communities, colleges and institutes are the key to post-secondary education attainment.

Women in Canada are highly educated overall, but educational attainment rates vary from urban to remote settings. The latest in Statistics Canada’s Studies on Gender and Intersecting Identities series shows that women in remote communities are less likely to complete post-secondary education. However, those that do are more likely to choose a college or institute. Read more on the blog.

Professional development for non-managerial staff and faculty!

Looking to progress in your career or become a manager? New this year: Our newest leadership institute will help you strengthen your leadership skills! Designed specifically for non-managerial college and institute staff and faculty to help you take the next step in your career. June 25-30 in Morell (PE).

  • Recently appointed managers may also be interested in participating to expand their leadership profile. Share this new opportunity with your team!
  • Our other Leadership Institutes are designed for specific roles at all institutional levels: staff & faculty, managers, deans, directors, vice-presidents, and presidents! Hurry as seats are limited.

Help reduce barriers to inclusive access: Share your initiatives!

Do you know of a project helping to reduce barriers to inclusive access on campus, online, or in your community? Add it to ImpAct’s new online platform! Help map and raise awareness of the resources, initiatives, and support that make post-secondary education more accessible. Together, let’s share, learn, grow, and change.

  • Reducing Barriers to Inclusive Access is a pan-Canadian working group within our ImpAct project!

Indspire: Help define and enhance Indigenous achievement in post-secondary education

Join Indigenous thought leaders in post-secondary education to learn from each other, build relationships, and shape a post-secondary ecosystem that supports Indigenous achievement. The virtual summit is completely free and hosted by Indspire and its Rivers to Success student mentorship program. March 8-10.

Eureka! Moment

Did you know that Québec has officially designated Sherbrooke as one of its first provincial innovation zones thanks to world-class collaboration between six local organizations, including Cégep de Sherbrooke? 13 projects have already started in the region with more to come for a total investment of $435 million. The announcement is part of the province’s plan to inspire Québec-tech that will rival well-known innovation centres like Silicon Valley!


NAIT appointed Peter Leclaire vice-president, Academic. BCIT appointed Danica Djurkovic vice-president, Campus Planning and Facilities. Seneca College appointed Caroline Riley vice-president, Human Resources. Olds College appointed Todd Ormann associate vice-president, Industry Solutions and Partnerships. Congratulations!

Send Us Your News

One of our main goals at Colleges and Institutes Canada is to champion and share the innovations and awesomeness of our members. You can help! We want to hear about your new applied research, industry and community partnerships, international education, important financial investments and more. Add to your media mailing lists! We’ll share member institution News Releases and other upcoming announcements online and with our national media contacts based in Ottawa.