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May 27, 2019

The Marine Institute in Newfoundland uses a high tech marine simulator to train students. Photo credit: Marine Institute

Marine innovation from coast to coast! 

Measuring more than 200,000 km, Canada’s coastline is the longest of any country in the world and plays an important role in our economy and identity. Just last month, the Government of Canada announced funding for the Marine Training Program designed to assist women and Indigenous people access training for careers in the marine industry over the next three years: in the  Atlantic Region through Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC), and on the West Coast through BCIT and Camosun College. The program is part ofthe $1.5 billion national Oceans Protection Plan launched in 2016: the largest investment the Government of Canada has ever made to protect our coasts and waterways, aiming to ensure that our oceans are cleaner, healthier, and safer for years to come.  

Elsewhere, Canadian colleges and institutes are leading ground-breaking research in the marine and coastal sector. Last month, we tackled colleges and institutes’ leadership in freshwater; this week, let’s turn our attention to Canada’s other water resources: aquaculture, ocean geomatics, marine engineering, and more!  

  • On the Pacific coast, Vancouver Island University’sCentre for Shellfish Research (CSR) undertakes technical and scientific research to respond to the needs of a growing and diversifying shellfish aquaculture industry, including new species and technologies, oceanography, and environmental stewardship. 
  • Camosun Coastal Centre at Camosun College, located on the Songhees Nation land in Esquimalt, BC, offers training to sustain and grow a strong marine-sector workforce, while providing innovative solutions to increase the competitiveness of companies in the industrial marine sector.  
  • In central Canada, Georgian College’s Owen Sound campus is home to the Centre for Marine Training and Research (CMTR) specializing in simulation at the leading edge of marine training. The facilities include a world-class Navigational Simulator, Engine Room Simulator, and Survival Craft Operation Simulator.   
  • In the Gulf of St Lawrence, the Maritime Institute of Quebec, a College Centre of Technology Transfer(CCTT) affiliated with the Cégep de Rimouski, conducts applied research in areas such as maritime engineering and environmental technologies to provide solutions for marine-industry professionals. For example, one project focuses on developing a hybrid propulsion system for fishing vessels to minimizing both operational costs and ecological impact.  
  • Similarly, Merinov, a CCTT affiliated with the Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles specializes in applied research related to fishing, aquaculture, and the processing and development of aquatic products.  
  • On the Atlantic coast, the Applied Oceans Research Group (AORG) at Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) is using innovation in ocean survey instruments, including subsea camera systems and multi-beam echo sounders (MBES) in a series of projects to map the ocean floor. NSCC is also leading at the Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship (COVE), a collaborative space for applied innovation in the ocean sector. COVE tenants benefit from collaborative spaces, shared equipment, workshops, direct ocean access, incubation space, and more.  
  • The Centre for Marine Research at the Université Sainte-Anne works closely with partners to ensure the sustainability of the marine industry in rural communities through innovation, education, and research. Project areas include commercial fishing, aquaculture, and adapting to the effects of climate change.   
  • The Wave Energy Research Centre at College of the North Atlantic benefits from significant waves, tidal currents, and a year-round ice-free harbor to conduct research on the use of ocean wave energy to supply sea water to land-based aquaculture. 
  • The Marine Institute of Memorial University is home to world-class facilities providing training, applied research opportunities, and industrial support for ocean industries. For example, the institute’s Centre for Marine Simulation (CMS) uses advanced simulation technology to conduct research into conditions affecting mariners cognitive and physical performance, and improving the safety and efficiency of offshore operations in harsh maritime environments. The Centre for Applied Ocean Technology (CTec) conducts research and data collection projects to more effectively manage and sustainably develop coastal ocean areas, such as the Newfoundland and Labrador Seabed Atlas. 

College of the North Atlantic, Marine Institute, Merinov, and NSCC are also among the partners involved in Canada’s Ocean Supercluster aiming to drive sustainable economic growth from our oceans. With such wide-ranging expertise in the marine industry, colleges and institutes surely have a valuable role to play!   

New report looks at trends and opportunities for international student recruitment

CICan is pleased to share the results of an extensive research project related to emerging markets for international recruitment to Canadian colleges and institutes. This study, made possible with support from Global Affairs Canada (GAC) through the Global Opportunities for Associations (GOA) Program, is meant to support the internationalization objectives of our members and offers valuable insights and strategies to capitalize on new trends and opportunities in fast-growing and emerging markets.  

While markets like India, China, France and others, will continue to be of critical importance with respect to recruitment, developing new markets and diversifying international student enrollments are important steps to mitigate risk and develop sustainable recruitment practices. 

The report can be downloaded in PDF. 

Take part in CICan’s Pacific Alliance EFE Program

The fifth round of Call for Proposals to offer technical assistance for CICan’s Pacific Alliance Education for Employment Program (PA-EFE) is now openFunded by Global Affairs Canada the program is implemented in four Pacific Alliance countries (Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru). 

CICan member institutions, ideally working with a consortium of other CICan member institutions and possibly other Canadian partner organizations (such as a sectorial council or provincial/territorial/federal relevant ministries), are invited to collaborate with PA-EFE lead Ministries in each Pacific Alliance member nation to: 

  1. Develop or strengthen sector-level organizations or initiatives that promote dialogue and cooperation among the key labour market stakeholders to address skills and labour market development issues, and/or; 
  1. Support the development or implementation of national or sector-level qualification frameworks. 

The Consortium will also work at the regional level, directing a part of its resources to supporting knowledge exchange and cooperation at the regional level among the Pacific Alliance countries in these two areas. 

We look forward to your participation! The deadline to submit a Concept Paper for Round 5 is June 14th, 2019. Download the submission package here. 

A positive step for equity, diversity and inclusion in the research community

On May 9, 2019 the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, launched Dimensions: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Canada, a pilot program aimed to address systemic barriers, particularly those experienced by members of underrepresented or disadvantaged groups, including, but not limited to, women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minority/racialized groups, and members of LGBTQ2+ communities.  A Letter of Intent (LOI) call to join the first cohort of institutions seeking a Dimensions award in this pilot will open on June 3, 2019. 

At the same time, Minister Duncan unveiled the Dimensions charter for all post-secondary institutions.  Many colleges and institutes have already committed to develop and embed EDI principles in their policies, practices, action plans and culture throughout their institutions.  CICan supports Minister Duncan’s initiative and encourages its members to endorse the Dimensions charter. 

As well, Minister Duncan announced an investment of $5.3 million in funding under the Tri-Agency EDI Institutional Capacity-Building Grant program to help institutions advance their EDI goals.  CICan is very proud that four of our members received funding under the first round of this grant program: 

To learn more about the charter, visit the Government of Canada’s website.

Join CICan’s leadership Institutes

Are you a leader in the field of applied research or in the International division of your college or institute? If so, we have CICan leadership institutes just for you!  

This year, the CICan Leadership Institute for Leaders in Applied Research and Innovation, and the CICan Leadership Institute for Leaders in International will both be offered in Halifax, NS from July 3-8, 2019.

Institutes for Program ChairsManagers, Deans and Directors; and for Presidents or Director Generals will also be offered this summer. 

Our leadership institutes are designed to equip the leaders of today and tomorrow with the necessary skills to lead successfully in the postsecondary context now and into the future by presenting the newest management concepts in a collaborative and inclusive setting.  

Register now! 

Become a UMAP member!

CICan members are eligible to join theUniversity Mobility in Asia and the Pacific (UMAP) Consortium which promotes student exchanges among colleges, institutes and universities in 18 countries in Asia and the Pacific Rim. 

Access to UMAP gives Canadian education institutions the following: 

  • Mobility for students and faculty via reciprocal exchanges to higher education institutions in Asia and on the Pacific Rim 
  • Access to scholarships for study in Japan and Taiwan 
  • A foothold in emerging and existing markets for international students 
  • Strategic partnerships with UMAP partner institutions that share their values and vision around internationalization 

Participating schools must be a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) and have sufficient infrastructure for facilitating education abroad programs. There is no cost to Canadian post-secondary institutions to participate. A full list of UMAP members can be found here.  

For more information, please visit or email 

Eureka! Moment

Did you know that Northern Lakes College students are working towards providing free solar power on their campus? Read about how they turned a school project into an ecological initiative that could be the start to the common usage of renewable energy. 


Centennial College recently appointed Dr. Craig Stephenson as their new President and CEO and will assume his new role on August 26. Dr. Stephenson was previously Vice President of Student and Community Engagement and is noted for his strong leadership skills as well as his influential teaching style.

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