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May 2, 2016

Colleges and institutes contribute to mental health awareness during CMHA’s Mental Health Week

This week, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is organizing their 65th annual Mental Health Week to encourage discussion, reflection, and engagement on mental health issues.

According to the CMHA, 1 in 5 Canadians will experience a mental illness in their lifetime. As more attention is drawn to mental illness, Canada’s colleges and institutes are developing innovative ways to support students and staff, while working to train more and more mental health professionals every year in programs across the country.

One new addition, Lakeland College’s Community Mental Health Certificate program, recently gained approval from Alberta Advanced Education, granting credit to students who complete the college’s online courses in mental health, and adding the program to a long list of training offered in behavioural sciences, addiction studies and social work among others.

Programs of study, however – while a huge step in confronting mental health concerns – are only part of the solution. As centres of innovation, colleges and institutes across Canada are developing innovative ways to address not only education, but also the stigmatization of the mental struggles many students face.

For example, Mohawk College has created a team called Mental Health in Motion, which organizes campus events to break down barriers to mental health among students, staff and faculty through awareness, promotion and recognition of strength. Meanwhile Niagara College has launched “Mend the Mind” an online campaign which provides resources to better cope with mental illness, and to be informed about misconceptions and where to get needed help.

In addition to these campaigns, the Alberta College of Art and Design, last year, organized a week-long exhibit called “Take With Plenty of Water,” in which students were given the opportunity to create works of art reflecting their views and beliefs on mental health. Algonquin College also continues its AC Purple Couch project with the idea of encouraging discussion and taking the time to speak about issues you may be facing. Cambrian College, Canadore College, Confederation College and Northern College also have a similar project named Bridging the Distance, but that uses a Red Couch.

Finally, some of our members have also taken an administrative approach, such as Camosun College and Cégep de Sainte-Foy, who have both adopted mental health action plans and strategies to improve upon the establishments’ ability to respond to signs of psychological distress, and create inclusive environments.

Whether forming partnerships to expand services, raising awareness with artistic outside-the-box thinking, or committing to action, Canada’s colleges and institutes are an important part of changing the way we look at mental health, and we at CICan feel it should be recognized. Good work members!

Register now for CICan’s 2016 Leadership Institutes

Leading in the ever-evolving landscape of post-secondary education requires strong skills and tools to be effective and successful. That is the focus of CICan’s celebrated leadership institutes which will be returning again this summer.

Drawing on the latest management concepts and experience these unique professional development opportunities aim to prepare participants to successfully lead in the college and institute system. Each institute is tailored to a different position and provides participants the opportunity to learn from distinguished college and institute leaders who will share stories, knowledge and experience to underline the skills needed to lead in higher education.

The institutes also provide participants with the unique opportunity to interact with colleagues from across the country.

Institutes offered this year are CICan Leadership Institute for Presidents; CICan Leadership Institute for Vice-Presidents; CICan Leadership Institute for Dean, Directors and Campus Principals; CICan Leadership Institute for Managers; CICan Leadership Institute for Program Chairs; and the CICan Leadership Institute for Emerging Leaders of International.

CICan’s new member profiles draw attention

At the end of February, our website’s member profiles were updated, leading to an increase of 75% in web traffic over last year. From 4132 in March 2015, page views of the “Our Members” section increased to 7496 in March 2016 – which means significantly more publicity for our members.

Students, business partners, and government officials can now easily access information on enrolment figures, facts about programs and partnerships as well as community involvement initiatives contributed by members.

The new profiles include easily shareable material, such as a printable and formatted factsheets that can be distributed internally as well as in discussion with government and corporate partners. We have also launched a searchable database of degrees and post-graduate programs offered by members, and an interactive map.

Similarly, a searchable database showcasing members’ applied research projects will be launched in the near future with a focus on encouraging interest from prospective students.

Since submissions were opened in the fall, 63% of members have completed their updated member profile. Help us make the website a fully comprehensive source of information about our members by submitting if you haven’t already.

Explore Digital Textbooks with Texidium


CICan members can receive guidance on and access to Texidium, Canada’s most comprehensive eText platform, through our Corporate Alliance Program partnership with Kivuto Solutions.

With Texidium, students can access their book notes, readings, and academic resources digitally – anytime, anywhere, and on any device, both online and offline.

Developed by Kivuto Solutions in collaboration with Algonquin College and leading publishers such as Nelson Education and Pearson, Texidium gives schools the tools they need to improve student success and cut costs at the same time.

The benefits of Texidium include:

  • Personalized digital course materials (eTexts and software).
  • Cloud-based eReader designed with best practices of student learning.
  • Real-time reporting and tracking of student learning data.
  • Reduced costs of required resources, inventory and shipping.

To learn more about Texidium, visit

UNESCO-UNEVOC virtual conference on Return on Investment in TVET

As the pan-Canadian UNESCO-UNEVOC centre and lead of the North-American cluster, CICan is pleased to invite its member to take part in an upcoming virtual conference on the theme of Return on Investment in TVET. The conference will take place May 9-16 on the online TVeT Forum and aims to inform the wider TVET community about a current research project currently undertaken by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) in Australia.

Attendance is free of charge, but participants will need to register in the UNESCO-UNEVOC e-Forum in order to participate, which is accessible to all CICan members. Detailed information is available by clicking here.

More general information on UNESCO-UNEVOC is available on their website. Otherwise, feel free to get in touch with Thierry Hardy, from CICan’s International Partnerships team, for additional queries.

Five new partnerships with CTEM launched


CICan had the pleasure of launching five new Skills Training for Employment in Mozambique (CTEM) partnerships during an information session held from April 20th to 22nd in Mozambique. Eight colleges and institutes will participate in these partnerships: SAIT, Cégep de Chicoutimi, Cégep de Jonquière, Collège Montmorency, Cégep St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Cégep Garneau, Collège Boréal, and Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick. Delegates from Seneca College were also in attendance to represent the Seneca/Camosun/Marine Institute Consortium, whose mandate is to work with the administrations of colleges and institutes involved in the CTEM project.

For the occasion, CICan hosted approximately 50 people in Pemba in the province of Cabo Delgado, including senior officials from the Mozambique national government and the Cabo Delgado provincial government. Also in attendance were the High Commissioner and a team from Global Affairs Canada representing the head office in Ottawa.

Congratulations to all the new partnerships and good luck in your new mandates.

Calling student participants in WFCP Youth Camp

WFCP world congress 2014

The WFCP is looking for students to participate in this year’s Youth Camp that will begin on September 19th – 25th to correspond with the 2016 WFCP World Congress in Vitória, Brazil. Students who attend the Youth Camp will have an opportunity to meet peers from around the world, visit local institutions in the Espírito Santo province, participate in cultural activities, attend the World Congress, and take part in discussions framed by the Sustainable Development Goals with leaders in professional and technical education and training (PTET).

The first WFCP Youth Camp was held in Beijing in 2014 to coincide the 2014 World Congress. Participants described the camp as life changing and said the camp gave them valuable insight into the applied education sector and the importance of PTET worldwide. Just as in Beijing, the 40 student participants will produce a “Voice of the Youth” presentation for the Closing Ceremonies of the World Congress – this time as a video.

Registration, lodging, transportation to activities, food and reception at the Vitória Airport are included for the selected students. Flights and other related travel expenses are not covered.

To learn more about the Youth Camp please visit the World Congress website.

Those interested in registering a student for the event should contact the Secretariat of WFCP from April 29 to May 29 at Note that Canada will be allowed to send two students to the Youth Camp.

Hill Times event to look at applied research

CICan is proud partner with the Hill Times to present « Sparking Innovation », a breakfast event which will be held in Ottawa on May 18. The conference will start with the launch of CICan’s new annual report on the state of applied research at colleges and institutes and will be followed by a panel discussion between four distinguished guests.

For more information, please see the Hill Times Events web page.

Eureka! Moment

George Brown College unveiled Canada’s first YouTube Space at the college’s downtown Toronto campus which will offer training, networking and production opportunities for students and YouTube creators alike. Underlining potential for students through this innovative partnership, George Brown President Anne Sado thanked YouTube for the “vote of confidence” in the creativity of young Canadians. The facility adds Toronto to a global list of YouTube creator spaces in Tokyo, Los Angeles, London, Paris, New York, Sao Paulo, Mumbai and Berlin.


Capilano University has appointed a new president and named its next chancellor. J. Paul Dangerfield will become the university’s seventh president and third vice-chancellor beginning October 1, 2016. Dangerfield is currently the executive director and Vancouver campus dean of the New York Institute of Technology.

David T. Fung was also appointed by Capilano University’s Board of Governors on April 19 to the role of chancellor. Fung will assume his duties following the university’s 2016 convocation ceremony on June 6.


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 is now open for the 2016 WFCP World Congress in Brazil. Register before May 13 to take advantage of Early Bird pricing.

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