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May 12, 2015

Only two weeks left until CICan's 2015 Annual Conference

Don’t miss out on the CICan 2015 Annual Conference. In two weeks, over 600 delegates will be convening in Winnipeg. If you have not registered yet, it’s not too late to do so. Explore CICan’s Conference website where you will also find the latest news and schedule updates. CICan’s 2015 Conference will take place in Winnipeg from May 24-26 and will be hosted by Assiniboine College, the Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology, Red River College and École technique et professionnelle de l’Université de Saint-Boniface. If you have already registered for the Conference you can use your confirmation number to go back into your registration and add a pre-conference event or confirm your attendance at one of the Network Business Meetings. These networks are a great opportunity to meet with colleagues from across the country, discuss challenges specific to your job and exchange best practices. Don’t miss the outstanding keynotes: Rick Mercer will open the Conference on Sunday, May 24; David Chilton will kick off the 2nd CICan Business and Industry Breakfast; and we are pleased to announce that National Chief Perry Bellegarde of the Assembly of First Nations will give the closing keynote. As we pursue the work started this year with the launch of CICan’s Indigenous Education Protocol, this will be a great opportunity to hear from one of the foremost leaders in the indigenous community. Stay tuned for information on downloading the Conference App which will allow you to connect with speakers and other delegates. Click here to register.  

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Students at Algonquin College’s Construction Research Centre have partnered with Ottawa-based Fractal Tectonics Ltd. to create an alternative concrete paving slab system for city roads. The system being tested could save cities, drivers, and insurance companies billions a year in road and car repairs by fixing potholes efficiently. Algonquin has been working with Fractal Tectonics since 2013.
I travelled to Quebec last week to visit several of our members from la belle province. I began on Monday with a visit to Cégep de Saint-Hyacinthe, which has an incredible campus. I was quite impressed with the Cegep’s links to industry, and all of their partnerships. These partnerships give students fantastic opportunities to develop their skills. I was quite impressed with the fact that 90 per cent of their programs are offered in “alternance études travail” which includes paid internships of 8 to 12 weeks. Cégep de Saint-Hyacinthe also hosts and amazing College Centre for the Transfer of Technology CCTT in textiles. I had never seen such diversity of tools that help measure resistance, hydrofuge properties and even add molecules to textiles. I also loved seeing some of the artwork created by their fine art students that was displayed for an end of program exhibit. On Tuesday, I visited Cégep de Victoriaville, where I was very impressed by their focus on partnerships, applied research, and sustainability. The cegep hosts three CCTTs that are quite active both in Canada and overseas. They have one that focuses on wood and furniture, one looking at organic agriculture and another specializing in social innovation in agriculture.‎ All of them are very focused on sustainability and use the latest technologies available. In fact, the college has undertaken a major technological shift in the majority of its programs already. Cégep de Victoriaville also has a neat tradition – there is an old bell on campus that students touch during their orientation and then again on graduation day to see how far they’ve come! On Wednesday I headed to Collège Shawinigan, where I visited the institution’s amazing virtual clinical immersion centre. I also met with the dynamic Nancy Deziel, the director general of the CNETE( Centre national en électrochimie et en technologies environnementales). Their level of activity and impact is just amazing with 85 per cent of their projects resulting in a direct transfer of technology. They are working with 15 other CCTT and are now ready to work with TACs. On Wednesday I also visited Cégep de Trois-Rivières, where I met with Raymond Robert Tremblay, the director general and also quite an entrepreneur! I visited two of the pavilions as well as the brand new building “Zone Entrepreneuriale”‎. The cegpe has taken several creative approaches to improve education outcomes and support students, suh as a hallway social worker which is like a street social worker, a room for light therapy that’s available to students who are feeling depressed in winter and a room for parents students where they can talk to peers or receive coaching. The cegpe has also adopted a strong focus on entrepreneurship for students. On Thursday, I headed to Rideau Hall for a state visit from the President of the Phillipines, Benigno Aquino. It was a great opportunity to connect with the president and his delegation to discuss CICan’s activities in the region, and always wonderful to see the Governor General.


Alice Wainwright-Stewart is the new President of Lakeland College. Mrs. Wainwright-Stewart had been the interim President at Lakeland for the past six months. Appointment Notice David Porter is the new Associate Vice President, Education Support and Innovation at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Mr. Porter’s previous experiences include Project Manager for Simon Fraser University’s Task Force on Flexible Education. He begins his role on June 15. Appointment Notice Doug Callbeck is the new Vice President, Industry Partnerships at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Mr. Callbeck’s previous experiences include Interim President at Vancouver Community College. He has been appointed to a one-year term. Appointment Notice Heather Hepworth is the new Dean, Health and Human Services at College of the Rockies. Mrs. Hepworth had been the Acting Dean since 2013. Appointment Notice Lara Johnson is the new Associate Vice President, Marketing and Communications at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Mrs. Johnson previously worked at Shaw Communications. Appointment Notice

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