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November 14, 2016

Colleges and institutes meet in Toronto to fast-track innovation

Nearly 200 leaders in innovation and entrepreneurship from across the country met at Toronto’s Seneca College last week for a sold-out Colleges and Institutes Canada’s (CICan) Applied Research, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Forum. The event was a rousing success, focusing on the key role that colleges and institutes play in the innovation ecosystem just as the federal government is looking to renew its innovation agenda.

The forum featured several prominent guests, including the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Health, who acknowledged the essential contribution of colleges and institutes to Canada’s healthcare innovation system. Industry leaders Robert Hardt, President and CEO of Siemens Canada, Patrick Horgan, Vice-President of Manufacturing, Development and Operations at IBM Canada, and Rick Huijbregts, Vice President of Digital Transformation and Innovation at Cisco Canada also took the stage, as well as innovation leaders Arvind Gupta and Valerie Fox who are leaders in the ongoing national Innovation consultations.

Innovative students were also front and center thanks to a showcase of applied research and entrepreneurship projects that culminated in CICan’s first pitch competition for students. More than 25 students from colleges and institutes across the country were selected to take part in the competition.

Louise Marchand, a fashion design student at Fanshawe College was chosen as the winner in the applied research category for her work on improving a motion capture suit used in the diagnosis and monitoring of Parkinson’s disease. Her design expertise helped make the suit quicker to take on and off, easier to manipulate, and more comfortable.

In the entrepreneurship category, two students, both from Seneca College, tied for the top prize. Kim Ng impressed the judges with BEAUT, a mobile application that connects customers to professional hairdressers, make-up artists, and nail technicians in their area. The jury was just as impressed by Paulo Henrique Meneghel and his company, EMERGE Network Solutions, which aims to make hospitals, urgent care centers and clinics more efficient by providing them with the health information of incoming patients before their arrival. The system also gives patients valuable information on wait times so they can find appropriate care faster.

The top prizes were awarded by a panel of judges that included Members of Parliament Raj Grewal of Brampton East, Majid Jowhari of Richmond Hill, and Geng Tan of Don Valley North, as well as CICan president and CEO, Denise Amyot and Chantal Beaulieu, executive director of the Council of Ministers of Education.

A panel organized by iPolitics Live events on the topic of innovation and entrepreneurship was also presented during the Forum. It featured JP Gladu, president of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, Ann Buller, president of Centennial College, Andrea Stairs, managing director of E-Bay Canada and Jan De Silva, president and CEO of the Toronto Board of Trade.

The panel discussion was broadcast live on Facebook and can be viewed at:

Pictures of the event are available at:

Ministers Visit CICan Initiative in India

McCallum and Team

On November 7, 2016, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, the Honourable John McCallum, Nova Scotia Minister of Immigration, the Honourable Lena Diab, and Ontario Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, the Honorouble Laura Albanese, welcomed ten soon-to-be newcomers to Canada at the High Commission of Canada in New Delhi, India. These ten immigrants were all graduates of the pre-arrival initiative Planning for Canada, delivered by the  Canadian Immigrant Integration Program (CIIP) team in India.

With the ability to make introductions to the right stakeholders for each client and providing an array of services facilitating a smooth transition towards successful economic and social settlement, the Ministers acknowledged how these services benefit Canada and the destination provinces. This is the third time that Minister McCallum has lent his public support for the Planning for Canada program.

Joined by the CIIP India team, IRCC officials from Ottawa and New Delhi, as well as the Canadian Consul General, Chandigarh, Christopher Gibbins, Minister McCallum underscored his enthusiasm for pre-arrival services, citing the importance of being prepared for immigration and the impact that Planning for Canada has on new immigrants to ensure their successful establishment.

The Ministers also got a sneak preview of the new CIIP logo which will be formally launched with the unveiling of a revamped website.

Funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), CIIP delivers the joint pre-arrival initiative Planning for Canada with the Canadian Orientation Abroad (COA) Program. CIIP is managed by Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan); COA is managed by the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

CICan and Shell sign MOU to improve skills training in Mozambique


Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) and global energy & petrochemical company Shell in Mozambique signed a Memorandum of Understanding last week to implement a program for the promotion and development of vocational training in Mozambique. Entitled Skills Training for Employment in Mozambique (STEM/CTEM), the project supports the development of a skilled workforce in the country.

This partnership will strengthen the professional capacity of Mozambican women and men to meet the employment demands of the country’s emerging energy sector. The objective is to improve the employability of TVET graduates as well as the economic prospects offered to them and their communities.

More than a dozen Canadian colleges are involved in the STEM project, which trains young women and men for jobs in Mozambique, particularly in Tete and Cabo Delgado provinces. CICan is working in close partnership with the National Directorate for Technical Education (DINET), the National Institute for Employment and Professional Training (INEFP), the Technical and Vocational Education Reform Project (PIREP), and five vocational and technical training institutions in Tete and Cabo Delgado.

CICan contributes to official languages consultation

Logo Langues Officielles

Over the past few months, CICan has worked with its members based in official language minority communities to prepare a submission to the Cross-Canada Official Language Consultation 2016. Together, we established a series of recommendations, aimed at promoting official languages and cultural diversity, supporting second-language training and protecting the vitality of official language minorities across the country.

The submission recommends leveraging the expertise of colleges and institutes in language training in order to train a more bilingual workforce and improve the capacity of Canadian businesses and institutions to serve all Canadians in the official language of their choice. This also includes offering second-language training to new Canadians in order to facilitate their integration and programs to encourage student mobility, and to facilitate partnerships between institutions in order to improve course offerings in areas where official language minorities have very limited options.

For more information, download the full submission at :

Canadian launch of the 2016 UNESCO Global Education Monitoring Report

On October 28th, the Canadian launch of the 2016 UNESCO Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report was held under the auspices of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, Global Affairs Canada, and CODE (formerly the Canadian Organization for Development through Education). CICan, as the pan-Canadian UNEVOC centre was heavily involved in this major event and Marie-Josée Fortin, as chair of the Sectoral Commission on Education of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, moderated a high-level panel of education experts, practitioners and government representatives.

The Canadian launch highlighted key findings from the report and the accompanying 2016 Gender Review.

Since 2002, UNESCO has published an evidence-based annual report to monitor progress toward the Education for All and education-related Millennium Development Goals. Starting in 2016, a newly mandated annual report, the Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report, will assess the progress made on the state of education around the world, within the new framework of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in particular Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4. This goal aims to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.”

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United Nations Association in Canada recruiting talent to ignite the green economy

Canada Green Corps (CGC) is the United Nations Association (UNA) in Canada’s innovative new youth employment programme designed to bridge talented, yet un- and underemployed, Canadian youth to meaningful employment to ignite Canada’s green economy.

CGC participants will undertake four or six-month work-integrated learning placements with various companies, governments, associations, postsecondary institutions and civil society organizations across Canada, but particularly in these cities of focus: Vancouver, Whitehorse, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax. Employer organizations will receive an approximate 50% wage subsidy when hiring CGC participants. CGC participants may assist their employer organizations and communities in reducing their environmental footprint and increasing sustainability.

UNA-Canada requests applications from diverse academic backgrounds, including: Marketing and communication, business, policy and governance, research, sciences, trade/technical certificates, law, engineering, arts and music, information technology, among others.

The application deadline for youth is Friday, November 25 at 11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email Kanchan Muti (613) 232-5751 ext. 25 or Julie-Pier Nadeau at, (613) 232-5751 ext. 234.

Eureka! Moment

Did you know that, beginning spring 2017, Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) will introduce Indigenous course requirements for all its journalism students? The decision follows the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) 2015 recommendations that all Canadian journalism and media programs to include instruction on Indigenous history, including the history of residential schools, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and more (recommendation no. 86). KPU hopes that teaching the history of Indigenous peoples will dispel false narratives and stereotypes. Read more here.


Langara College has appointed Ajay Patel as its Vice-President, External Development. Patel most recently held the position of Associate Vice President, International and External Development. He was Dean, International Education, from 2012-2015, and division Chair, Health Sciences, in 2010-2012. Appointment notice.

The Board of Governors of St. Lawrence College has voted unanimously to extend the contract of President and CEO Glenn Vollebregt for a second five-year term. Vollebregt joined St. Lawrence College in 2000 as Senior Vice President, Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer. He was appointed President and CEO of the College in 2013. Appointment notice.


CICan Conference 2017

Conference registration is open, to register, CLICK HERE. 2017 will be a very busy year in Ottawa! Please book your accommodations as soon as possible. Hotels will fill up quickly. For a list of host conference hotels, please visit

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