Sub Menu

Main Content

May 16, 2016

Colleges and institutes show generosity in wake of Alberta wildfires

Canadians have once again demonstrated their generosity and resourcefulness in response to the recent wildfire evacuation around Fort McMurray, Alberta. Donations have poured in to the Canadian Red Cross and requests for donated good have been met with abundance. The devastating effects of the fire has also brought out the best in the Canadian post-secondary education community with colleges and institutes reacting quickly to support the people of Fort McMurray and surroundings, including the staff and students of Keyano College.

While many institutions and student associations across the country have held, and are continuing to hold, fundraisers to support relief efforts – among them NAIT’s Student Association, who raised $3000 in a Car Wash Fundraiser in Edmonton, all proceeds going to Red Cross Canada – many of CICan’s members are offering their support in other ways.

Student, faculty, and staff displacement is one of many issues affecting residents of Fort McMurray that needs addressing. Thankfully Keyano College was spared fire damage, but many students have been unable to continue coursework because of the evacuation.

Reinforcing bonds within the post-secondary education community in Alberta, NorQuest College and NAIT – along with the four universities in the Edmonton area – issued a joint statement underlining their full commitment to supporting applicants who may have difficulty completing coursework or getting official marks or transcripts.

Medicine Hat College also announced that they would open their doors to displaced Keyano College trades students needing to complete their certificates.

Extending aid in other ways, Lethbridge College has offered residence space for over 200 people and Portage College, in Northeastern Alberta, shared on Twitter that they are providing temporary office space for Keyano College’s displaced HR department, as well as providing aid in other ways such as stocking shelves at grocery stores in Lac la Biche.

New graduates from NorQuest College’s Woodland Fire Program were sent to Fort McMurray to provide much needed man-power, fighting fires immediately following their graduation ceremony on May 6.

It’s an extraordinary time to see the post-secondary education community come together in Alberta and across the country. The help institutions have provided to one another is a testament to their deep community connections and their commitment to ensuring student success.

STLHE announces 2016 College Sector Educator Award winners

The Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) has announced the recipients of the 2016 College Sector Educator Awards, designed to recognize educators actively teaching in the college sector across Canada.

More than being exceptional teachers, the following recipients were nominated because of the ways by which they support the development of their peers, such as leading workshops, presenting at conferences, mentoring, and participating on academic committees.

Congratulations to:

  • Holly Catalfamo, Professor/Coordinator, Human Resources Programs, Niagara College,
  • Nancy Harvey, Faculty, Adult Learning Program, School of Access, Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC),
  • Michelle Kwas, Psychology Department Chair and Professor, John Abbot College,
  • Janice Simcoe, Chair and Co-Leader, The Centre for Indigenous Education & Community Connections, Camosun College, and
  • Kathryn Weatherall, Faculty/Program Coordinator, Bachelor of Science in Nursing Collaborative Program, Georgian College.

The recipients will each receive a certificate of recognition, a one-year STLHE membership, and $1000 towards expenses to attend STLHE’s annual conference, where the award winners will be formally honoured.

Canadian colleges share knowledge with Indonesian delegation


From May 7 – June 4, Humber Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning in Toronto is welcoming 12 senior lecturers and administrators from polytechnic institutions across Indonesia for a four-week internship program.

Their visit is part of an initiative that aims to establish Centres of Technology (COT) in polytechnics in Indonesia, instill the pedagogy of applied learning and innovation, and encourage partnerships between Canadian and Indonesian Polytechnic Institutions.

Delegates will also be travelling to Seneca College, Conestoga College, and Niagara College to learn about their approaches to polytechnic education, using the practical knowledge gained to develop a plan of action to set in motion upon their return to Indonesia.

CICan’s Paul Brennan, VP for International Partnerships, was also at Humber College on Wednesday to address the delegates.

The program is funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada.

The delegates will also be visiting with the Indonesian Consulate, and will be attending both the Polytechnics Canada Annual Conference 2016, hosted by Humber College, and the Humber Showcase 2016 Conference.

Leading discussion on Innovation in Seniors Care


By training a huge number of essential health care workers and constantly working to innovate products and practice, colleges and institutes have a key role to play in dealing with the challenges of an aging population. That is why CICan is proud to be one of the sponsors of The Hill Times’ upcoming forum on Innovation in Seniors Care.

The event will take place on June 2 at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa, and will look at the issue of the sustainability of Canada’s health care system as well as the federal government’s commitment to a new Health Accord.

In recognition of the fact that seniors are expected to represent more than 25% of Canada’s population by 2036, the new federal government’s budget has committed to investing in best practices that further sustain the health care system for all Canadians.

The forum is designed to identify and discuss opportunities to foster innovative technologies and procedures, implement integrated health solutions, and shift policies in order to allow for necessary growth and development.

Speakers will include executives from various Canadian health associations such as the Canadian Nurses Association and the Canadian Medical Association, former presidents of the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association and the Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry, as well as prominent business and education industry professionals. CICan is also among the speakers.

For more information on registration and fees, visit The Hill Times’ website.

College and Institute focus at CAPS-I 2016 Conference

From May 1-3, 2016, The Canadian Association of Public Schools – International (CAPS-I) hosted their annual conference, hosting various school boards, government agencies, and non-government organizations, one of which was CICan’s Vice President of International Partnerships, Paul Brennan.

Through plenary sessions, professional development workshops, and panel discussions, the three-day conference promoted the recruitment of international students and shared post-secondary education success stories. Brennan’s presentation focused specifically on forming pathways with Canada’s colleges and institutes.

While many international students and parents think only of the university option when pursuing education in Canada, CICan and CAPS-I took the opportunity to highlight pathways from high schools to colleges and institutes, to work experience, to future university studies, and a final pathway to citizenship.

With specific examples, such as a recent agreement between Georgian College and Lakehead University, Brennan’s presentation explored how collaboration among post-secondary institutions widens opportunities and promotes the Canadian education system abroad.

Colleges and Institutes were also reminded that CICan remains at their service to facilitate and develop similar partnerships, and to provide examples of how to get involved.

Meet CICan’s Corporate Alliance Partners at the 2016 Annual Conference

If you are attending the Annual Conference, be sure to stop by our Corporate Alliance Partners’ booths at Marketplace 2016. TD Insurance Meloche Monnex, offering preferred group rates for home and auto insurance to CICan member institution employees, will be at booth 211. Mark’s Commercial, our preferred vendor for industrial, safety and uniform apparel will be presenting their extensive product range and showing how members can save money at booths 200 & 210. Kivuto Solutions will be presenting Texidium, at booth 400. Developed in collaboration with Nelson, Pearson and Algonquin College, this product allows students to access their school notes, readings, and academic resources digitally on any device, thereby reducing costs and improving student success.

The Corporate Alliance Program supports CICan’s national and international work; provides added value to member institutions through special offers, preferential pricing, and group discounts; and gives these companies the opportunity to secure and maintain business in the Canadian college sector.

Eureka! Moment

The Collège nordique francophone (CNF) is having great success expanding its offering of French-language courses in the Northwest Territories. In April, 17 students from Fort Smith began learning French directly within their community through CNF’s first in-class course to be taught outside Yellowknife. CNF also began offering its first French distance-learning course to six students from Inuvik and Hay River.

The college’s growth and spread of the French language has received considerable support from community partners, as the courses offers residents of these communities both professional and personal development opportunities.


Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) has appointed a new Vice Provost, Teaching and Learning. Dr. Stephanie Chu will assume the role as of July 25, 2016. Dr. Chu will be joining KPU from Simon Fraser University, where she served as Director of the Teaching & Learning Centre.

College of the North Atlantic (CNA) is pleased to welcome Dr. William Radford as the college’s new Senior Vice President, Academic, and Chief Learning Officer effective June 6, 2016. Dr. Radford was most recently the National Director for Strategy, Project Management and Applied Research for the Abu Dhabi Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training.

Capilano University is also looking forward to working with their new Associate Vice-President of Student Success, Cyndi Banks, who previously served as Dean, Associate Dean, Associate Vice-Provost, and Professor of Criminology at Northern Arizona University.


CICan 2016 Conference

There is still time to register for CICan’s 2016 Conference taking place May 29-31 in Quebec City. The conference will focus on inspiration, which drives innovation, development and discoveries. The Conference App will also be available soon.

We look forward to welcoming you!

2016 WFCP World Congress in Brazil

Registration for the 2016 WFCP World Congress in Brazil is ongoing. Youth Camp applications are also being accepted the Secretariat.

CICan Leadership Institutes

CICan’s celebrated leadership institutes are returning this summer. Click for more information and to register.

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.