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November 13, 2017

The Welding Distance Delivery option at NAIT provides theoretical and technical training online from the apprentice’s home and workplace.

Blended learning opens doors for college and institute students

Did you know that a recent survey indicated that Canada is among the world leaders in online and distance education? According to the Canadian National Survey of Online Learning and Distance Education, almost all Canadian colleges, institutes and universities offer online and distance learning options, and two-thirds of Canadian post-secondary institutions indicated that these types of learning figure prominently in their strategies for the future of their establishments!

In almost every subject area, online approaches to programming can revolutionize education and make learning much more accessible to those who cannot attend classes on campus – whether because of financial challenges, work or family related issues, or because of distance.

When it comes to professions where hands-on approaches to learning are critical to success, colleges and institutes have championed innovative hybrid blended learning programs and courses that combine both face-to-face, in-class learning and online environments through the use of high-tech simulators, and mobile and virtual classrooms. Thompson Rivers University, for example offers over 55 programs and 5400 courses online and by distance education. Other examples include:

Similarly, Nova Scotia Community College’s Building Your Small Business Program is delivered in a flexible format – including online interactions and in-person meetings – to produce confident, educated and empowered new entrepreneurs in rural Nova Scotia; and, in January 2018, the Cégep de Trois-Rivières will be launching an online entrepreneurship program (Démarrage et gestion de son entreprise) to teach students how to develop both a business plan and the necessary management skills to make it a success. The Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick and Lambton College both offer programs in Palliative Care (Soins palliatifs) with flexible and online delivery designed to provide students with the specialized knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to be involved with caring for a person with a life-limiting illness and their families; and in the north, Aurora College’s post graduate certificate in Remote Nursing is delivered through distance and online methods, with 3-weeks of on-site practical testing at the college’s Yellowknife North Slave Campus. Lakeland College also offers a diploma in Early Learning and Child Care online for those looking to upgrade their skills in the child care sector. If your institution offers other programs, certificates, or diplomas fully online, please let us know! Contact Sarah Moreault at to share your programs.

As online and distance learning are increasingly becoming a norm in post-secondary education in Canada, these are just a few examples of the innovative ways colleges continue to champion a hands-on, interactive approach to learning while remaining flexible and adaptable to changes in the Canadian landscape.

Member News

Submit your presentations for CICan’s 2018 Conference

Colleges and institutes across Canada will be gathering April 29 – May 1, 2018 in Victoria, BC, at the CICan “Na’Tsa’Maht” Conference, divided into five thematic streams: Leadership and Governance; Student Experience; Applied Research, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation; International; and the Future of Skills.

Please use this link to submit your presentations. The deadline for submissions is Friday, November 17, 2017.

Please note that simultaneous interpretation will be available for each stream!

For further information, please contact Gail Mulhall, Manager, Member Relations, at or (613) 746-2222 ext. 3115.

Submit your nominations for the 2018 Awards of Excellence

CICan is still accepting nominations for the 2018 Awards of Excellence! The Awards showcase the extraordinary contribution of individuals to their communities and highlight the role of Canadian institutions in social, cultural and economic development.

Awards will be presented at the Awards Luncheon, Monday, April 30th, 2018, at the CICan 2018 Conference, in Victoria, BC.

TD Insurance will give an award of $1,000 to each Gold-level Award of Excellence recipient.

The deadline for submissions is December 4, 2017. To submit a nomination, click here.

Roberta Jamieson recognized at Conference of the Americas on International Education

The 5th edition of the Conference of the Americas on International Education (CAIE) came to a close in Montreal last month, successfully gathering a total of 640 participants from 29 different countries. Under the theme of “Preparing the Leaders and Innovators of Tomorrow: Research and Higher Education, Bridges to Prosperity Across the Americas,” participants in the conference discussed issues such as the value of knowledge in society, innovation ecosystems, information technologies, and institutional collaboration strategies. To read more about the conference, click here.

A huge congratulations to Roberta L. Jamieson, an Indigenous Canadian woman from the Mohawk nation and President and CEO of Indspire, who was recognized with the traditional Inter-America Award. The award recognizes Mrs. Jamieson’s work in advancing civil rights for Indigenous communities, and for the establishment of scholarship programs to improve access to post-secondary education among Indigenous populations. Congratulations!

CICan is proud to support the conference, and recently become CAIE’s 37th associate member, and its fifth member in Canada.

Call for submissions: UNESCO Prize for Use of ICTs in Education

The UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the Use of ICTs in Education is now accepting nominations!

The prize aims to contribute to equity in education – one of the key pillars of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals – and rewards projects and activities of individuals, institutions, other entities or non-governmental organizations for models, best practices, and creative uses of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to enhance learning and teaching, and to improve educational outcomes.

Nominations can be submitted online in English or in French here. The deadline for submissions is January 12, 2018.

Take part in the WFCP Affinity Groups

The World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics (WFCP) is looking for members to take part in the organization’s Affinity Groups. The Affinity Groups are made up of WFCP members that communicate and work on common challenges and opportunities, and are designed to facilitate exchanges and greater mutual understanding between its member associations and institutions.

Current Affinity Group areas include Access to Learning and Employment, Applied Research and Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Higher Technical Skills, Leadership Development, and Student Support Services.

Those interested in participating can contact the WFCP Secretariat for an application form at

The Higher Technical Skills Affinity Group will be hosting a webinar on Scholarly Activity at Colleges on November 23rd, 2017. For more information and to register, click here.

Eureka! Moment

Did you know that NorQuest College recently opened a “legacy room” to spark conversation on residential schools? The Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund Legacy Room is the first of its kind in Western Canada and will serve as an opportunity for students, employees, and the general public to come together to discuss and take action on reconciliation. The college also recently became the 55th signatory to CICan’s Indigenous Education Protocol. Congratulations!


Vancouver Community College was pleased to announce the renewal of Dr. Peter Nunoda’s presidency. Nunoda joined VCC in 2014, and will resume his role for another 3-year term.

College of the Rockies welcomed a new Executive Director, Public Relations. Erin Gawne brings over 15 years of experience to the role and will being on November 20, 2017.

SAIT was pleased to welcome a new Chief Financial Officer and Vice-President Corporate Services. Roy Daykin will assume the role after more than 30 years professional experience in the education system.


Canada’s 150th Anniversary! 

Submissions for CICan’s Canada 150 project are ongoing. Check out our Canada 150 website for more details.

A student crowdfunding platform 

Crowdfunding options are available for students looking to launch creative ideas to give back to their communities through fundmy150. Read more here.

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