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May 22, 2018

Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) staff and faculty celebrate exceptional leadership at a Community College Education Diploma Program (CCEDP) graduation ceremony. Photo: NSCC.

Colleges and institutes: exceptional leadership for today and tomorrow

It takes an extraordinary level of dedication and adaptability to successfully provide leadership in areas as diverse as applied research, entrepreneurship, Indigenous education, and international development. Colleges and institutes have proven this, with expertise that is highly sought after by all five of the funded Innovation Superclusters – including the Digital Technology Supercluster being led by British Columbia colleges and institutes. Indigenous populations, including those in rural, remote, and northern communities, also turn to colleges and institutes as the main providers of post-secondary education; and, through programs such as Education for Employment (EFE), Canadian colleges and institutes have proven their expertise in leadership by exporting their savoir-faire to the benefit of institutional partners in developing countries.

For Canada’s colleges and institutes, their leadership leverages the exceptional capacity building, mentorship, and collaboration being fostered across the system.

As the national voice of colleges and institutes, CICan aims to both facilitate this leadership development and recognize its success. Our Awards of Excellence program includes categories recognizing leadership at all levels, including students, faculty, and staff in management and non-management positions. Consult our full list of award recipients from this year’s annual conference here.

We were also pleased to present Marilyn Luscombe, President of New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) with this year’s Distinguished Service Award in recognition of her exceptional leadership, vision and passion that has brought transformational changes and opportunities to NBCC, including new programs, increased research capacity, and new community service partnerships. View the press release here.

Make sure to take advantage of CICan’s celebrated Leadership Institutes to support your leadership journey. These tailored professional development opportunities prepare participants to successfully take on new leadership roles, facilitate collaborative learning and mentorship within the college and institute system, and ensure the continuity of the exceptional leadership that has brought colleges and institutes into their current leading-edge roles. This year’s program includes the following institutes:

Don’t miss your chance to share strategies, identify strengths and areas for development, coach and mentor colleagues, and build strong relationships with your counterparts in these upcoming Leadership Institutes. Having exceptional leaders is one of the greatest strengths of the college and institute system and is essential to shaping the leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs of tomorrow. Register now.

Government of Canada launches the Citizen Science Portal

Canada’s minister of science, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, has long been a passionate advocate for the importance of science in our daily lives, and recently gave a TED Talk to that effect, speaking to the importance of accessibility and openness in scientific discussion.

To celebrate the launch of the TED Talk, the minister worked with Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) to launch a Citizen Science Portal. This new portal will feature citizen science projects in which Canadians can get involved.

ISED is also launching a new hashtag: #ScienceAroundMe (#LaScienceEtMoi), inviting Canadians across the country to be active participants in the social media conversation and share how science has an impact in their lives and their communities.

This is a great opportunity for colleges and institutes to share their groundbreaking science and applied research projects with a national audience!

Quebec colleges welcome Senegal’s Minister of Professional Development

Last May 6 to 11, Collège Montmorency, Cégep Marie Victorin, Cégep de Maisonneuve, and Cégep Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu were pleased to welcome a special delegation from Senegal’s Ministry of Professional Development, Learning, and Artisanal Activities (ministère de la Formation professionnelle, de l’Apprentissage et de l’Artisanat) as part of a Canadian exchange mission organized through CICan’s Private Sector Growth through Education for Employment (PSG-EFE) project.

In order to familiarize the delegation with the administrative, financial, and educational models used in Canadian colleges and institutes and to stimulate reflection on new directions to help Senegal support professional education reform, the host institutions focused on how business services and professional development are structured within colleges and College Centres for Technology Transfer (CCTT).

Accompanied by CICan’s Alain Roy and Marie-Josée Fortin, the delegation then made its way to Ottawa, where delegates had the opportunity to meet Jennifer Goosen, Manager for West Africa with Global Affairs Canada (GAC), and Her Excellence Viviane Bampassy, Ambassador of Senegal to Canada. On May 11, the mission concluded in Montreal with the Senegal-Canada Economic Forum.

CICan’s PSG-EFE project would like to thank all of its partners for their dedication and generous participation in organizing this special mission to Montreal.

Algonquin College intern gains valuable experience through CICan’s Career-Launcher Internship program

Thanks to CICan’s Career-Launcher Internship program, Algonquin College was able to hire Martyna Tomczynski, a grad from the college’s Environmental Technician Diploma Program, to advance their agri-environmental research. Hiring Martyna through the program gave Algonquin College $15,000 towards her salary.

“Our experience with Martyna has been exemplary. She is eager to learn, works well in a team setting, but is also self-directed and independent, says Julie Sylvestre, Project Manager at the Office of Applied Research and Innovation, Algonquin College’s Waterfront Campus. Martyna has played an integral role in the evolution of our many projects targeting the implementation of agricultural best management practices. The knowledge and skill she brings to projects is without a doubt a major part of why we are so successful at what we do.”

As one of 21 colleges and institutes benefiting from the program, the applied research team at Algonquin College’s Waterfront Campus in Pembroke, Ontario, is seeing firsthand the high-quality work graduates are ready to and capable of achieving.

“I have been able to collaborate with college and university faculty, community partners, local NGOs and industry leaders on several projects throughout my internship. This has exposed me to the ways that organizations navigate the political, social, economic and technological aspects of approaching a mutual goal – in this case, restoring the health of the Muskrat Lake Watershed, says Martyna. I am very grateful for this experience, and the knowledge I have gained throughout my time working at Algonquin College. It has inspired me to continue my studies in the natural sciences.”

Is your institution launching an environmental initiative or leading applied research in clean technology or natural resources? You could qualify to receive up to $15,000 to hire a grad for 6 to 12 months. Don’t miss out! Go to

Don’t miss the AESIS Impact of Science 2018 Conference – save $70 on registration!

Following the federal government’s Fundamental Science Review, its Innovation and Skills Agenda, and most recently, the Innovation Superclusters initiative, assessing, enabling and advancing the societal impact of science in Canada has been top of mind for many Canadians. In this context, the Network for Advancing & Evaluating the Societal Impact of Science (AESIS) is excited to be hosting its upcoming Impact of Science 2018 Conference, Finding shared approaches to assess, enable and accelerate impact on society, in Ottawa from June 14-15, 2018!

This year’s conference will bring together experts such as R&D evaluators, university managers, research councils, policy makers, funders, and other stakeholders of impact with the goal of sharing, evaluating and discussing best practices in science policy from around the world.

Speakers include Rush Holt, CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; Christine Trauttmansdorff, VP Government Relations and Canadian Partnership, CICan; and Pari Johnston, VP Policy and Public Affairs, Universities Canada.

CICan is proud to support this exciting conference on the societal impact of science. CICan members will receive a discount of $70 on registration – select CICan Member when registering! For more information and to register, click here.

The WFCP announces finalists for its 2018 Awards of Excellence

The International Awards Committee of the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics (WFCP) is pleased to announce the 2018 finalists for the Awards of Excellence. Having received 82 nominations, this year’s awards were met with great interest! The 2018 submissions demonstrated the innovation, dedication, and spirit of the individuals and institutions in the professional and technical education and training sector around the world.

Award recipients will be announced at a ceremony to be held on October 9, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia during the 2018 World Congress. Recipients of the 2018 Awards will also be featured in the second volume of the WFCP publication, World’s Best Practice Guide in Professional and Technical Education and Training.

The WFCP Awards of Excellence are awarded in seven categories that correspond with the Federation’s affinity groups. Awards are recognized at three levels: Gold, Silver, and Bronze.

For a complete list of finalists, click here.

Food Allergy Canada launches new post-secondary guide for managing food allergies

CICan is pleased to partner with Food Allergy Canada, who has released a new, free resource titled Managing Food Allergies and Anaphylaxis: A Guide for Post-Secondary Institutions. This comprehensive guide is the result of a collaboration with over 75 stakeholders from post-secondary institutions and organizations, including food service providers, allergy organizations, allergists and other healthcare professionals, students, and parents across Canada.

Youth with food allergies are at the highest risk of having serious allergic reactions. This guide will help institutions foster a supportive and inclusive environment at a time of great change in their lives, ultimately helping these students to develop the skills they need to self-advocate in the future. This guide covers the importance of developing and maintaining institution-wide food allergy policies and practices and shares tips on implementation.

The full guide can be downloaded from Food Allergy Canada’s website here (currently available only in English), along with a fun and informative video on the benefits of the guide, and Food Allergy Management Quiz to find out well your institutions manage food allergies on campus.

Eureka! Moment

Did you know that the Cégep de Victoriaville has launched a new program in mental health intervention? The program teaches students techniques to identify and support people of all ages struggling with mental health issues, and to promote positive mental health in their community. Learn more about the program here.


Durham College was pleased to announce the appointment of Michelle Hutt as Executive Dean of the college’s School of Science & Engineering Technology. Saskatchewan Polytechnic was also pleased to welcome Sandra Blevins as the new Dean of the polytechnic’s School of Nursing and School of Health Sciences.

Polytechnics Canada was pleased to welcome a new Chief Executive Officer. Sarah Watts-Rynard will succeed outgoing President Nobina Robinson, effective July 30, 2018. Watts-Rynard is joining Polytechnics Canada from the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF), where she served as Executive Director.


Leadership Institutes

Registration is live for CICan’s 2018 Leadership Institutes. Click here to register.

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