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May 2, 2022

Who, what, when, where, why, and how?

We just wrapped up our first-ever hybrid conference and we hope you’ll agree it was a success! This year, our Connection Conference promised to get participants thinking about how we can Navigate Anew in these shifting global tides. If you missed it, here’s the who, what, when, where, why, and how in key conference numbers. If you took part, did you leave inspired?

Who participated?

This was our first ever hybrid conference! Nearly 700 college and institute leaders and partners joined us in person in Halifax, and almost 300 participants joined us online from home. That includes representatives from every province and territory across the country and from 8 countries around the world!

What did we do?

We listened to four thought-provoking keynote speakers with unique perspectives on the future: Susan Aglukark: Inuk singer and songwriter; Fabienne Goux-Baudiment: CEO of proGective; Chika Stacy Oriuwa: physician and advocate for diversity & inclusion; and Barbara Stegemann: CEO and founder of The 7 Virtues.

We learned from over 100 presenters in more than 50 live and pre-recorded presentations in 6 nautical streams: Governing the Vessel, Charting Teaching and Learning, Navigating the Economy, Mapping Sustainability, Steering Innovation, and Sailing Globally.

We took part in unique connection activities and 6 thought forums on the biggest subjects of the year: challenges and opportunities in applied research; sustainability and prosperity in Indigenous, rural, remote, and northern communities; student and learner success; gender equality and student mobility in international education; and embracing diversity in leadership.

  • We hope you will take what you learned in your conversations back to your institutions as inspiration to steer the college and institute sector in the right direction!

Who did we recognize?

Twenty-three institutions across seven provinces and territories, 11 individuals, and one faculty team for their outstanding leadership and innovation in 10 Awards of Excellence categories!

  • Congratulations to the gold-, silver-, and bronze-level recipients in each category: applied research and innovation, Indigenous education, sustainable development, global engagement, program excellence, and leadership excellence for managerial and non-managerial staff, faculty, and students.
  • Greg Fergus, Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister and to the President of the Treasury Board, shared a message of congratulations and recognition of the important role of college and institute leaders.
  • Big thanks to TD Insurance, the exclusive sponsor of the awards, and to the representatives from our member institutions who participated in independent selection committees to review nominations and adjudicate results. 

Twenty-seven institutions, representing nearly 20% of college and institute campuses, have already formalized their commitment to building a sustainable and equitable world by signing the SDG Accord.

  • The SDG Accord inspires, celebrates, and advances the critical role of education in delivering on the SDGs. As signatories, we maximize the impact of our efforts, share knowledge, commit to doing more, and hold each other accountable.

We also officially celebrated CICan’s new role as an Ecosystem Partner for the 50-30 Challenge! CICan joined the 50-30 challenge in November 2020. Now, we are taking on a new role with $10 million in funding from Innovation, Science and Economic Development.

  • As an Ecosystem Partner, we will have a larger role in distributing resources and acting as a champion of diversity and inclusion in the college and institute sector!
  • Andy Fillmore, Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry joined us to make the announcement. More to come.

What comes next?

Thank you to our incredible hosts Nova Scotia Community College and Université Sainte-Anne for your hospitality in Nova Scotia! Next year we’re coming to Montreal.

  • Mark the dates: Apr 24 to 26, 2023! More details to follow.

LIVE: Let your pride flag wave!

Pride is about community, visibility, and celebrating being true to yourself. As administrators, educators, and students what can we learn from each other, and how can we ensure dialogue remains open and receptive to new ideas? Episode 9 airs May 25.

50 years: A look at our history!

Reminder: from humble beginnings, we’re celebrating our 50th anniversary. So far, we’ve reflected on our advocacy history and the development of our Canadian and international projects, including reflections from presidents and vice-presidents past and presentExplore more.

New! Get up to $32,000 to hire students and grads

Career Launcher is open for a new round of funding! Your college, institute, research centre, or industry partners can get up to $32,000 to hire and train an intern. Submit your internship for funding before May 19.

  • We are looking for internships that help create an inclusive workforce, build the green economy, meet the needs of the evolving digital world, create a sustainable natural resources sector, or contribute to the SDGs. Don’t wait! 

Eureka! Moment

Did you know that Durham College is reinventing the college and institute experience by offering eight certificate, graduate certificate, and diploma programs in a new, flexible weekend delivery format? The weekend delivery concept was designed to meet the needs of students looking for opportunities to study full-time and benefit from on-campus learning experiences without having to attend traditional weekday in-person classes!


Red Deer Polytechnic appointed Stuart Cullum as president, effective August 2. Collège nordique francophone appointed Patrick Arsenault as director general, effective May 9.

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