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November 26, 2018

Student mobility: developing global skills

Recently, in conversations as wide-ranging as trade, climate change, and human rights, globalization has been top of mind for key decision-makers. The World Economic Forum (WEF) is poised to tackle the discussion at its Annual Meeting in Davos in January 2019, gathering world leaders under the theme Globalization 4.0. We are fast approaching a new phase of global cooperation shaped by advanced technologies and transformative innovations at a speed unparalleled in human history, says the WEF – and Canada is no exception.

Post-secondary institutions in Canada have long been grappling with how best to prepare students to succeed in the rapidly changing global marketplace. CICan’s submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance (FINA) brings together six recommendations from its members for increasing inclusive economic growth and competitiveness in Canada, one of which is critical to this conversation: global skills and student mobility.

In an increasingly global world, employers seek graduates who possess not only academic credentials but also the adaptability, intercultural, collaborative, and problem-solving competencies needed to thrive. A 2018 report from the McKinsey Global Institute emphasizes the importance of social, emotional, and cognitive skills for the future workplace as technology fills positions more closely related to physical and manual skills. One of the best ways to develop these abilities is by spending time abroad, or even in another province or territory, where students are exposed to different cultures, languages, and practices.

Colleges and institutes have long encouraged student mobility; however, with less than 2% of Canadian college and institute students taking part in one or more sessions overseas, Canada lags behind most OECD countries in student mobility.

A 2017 report of the Study Group on Global Education put together by the Universities of Ottawa and Toronto highlights that global education is needed to respond to challenges such as the changing nature of work and fundamental skills in the shifting global economy. The same report highlights that improved academic outcomes and employment rates after graduation are strongest for students from less-advantaged backgrounds, which is key to ensuring that growth within Canada is inclusive and fair. While Canada has a national strategy in place to attract international students, the lack of a national strategy encouraging Canadian students to go abroad means that we are likely to continue to fall behind. 

To avoid this, both CICan and Universities Canada have recognized increasing opportunities for student mobility, both domestic and international, as essential to ensuring Canada remains globally competitive, and recommended the federal government take action in pre-budget submissions to FINA.

Read CICan’s full submission and recommendations for spurring inclusive economic growth and competitiveness in Canada here.

KEFEP documentary launches at Durham College

On November 15, Durham College hosted the premiere screening of a new documentary highlighting CICan’s Kenya Education for Employment Program (KEFEP) for an audience of over 120 people, including Celina Caesar-Chavannes, Member of Parliament for Whitby and champion of Durham College!

Filmed in May and June of 2018 by four students and two faculty from Durham College, the 30-minute video documentary showcases the story of international collaboration, Canadian college and institute commitment and support, and inspirational leaders in Kenya devoted to the development of education for employment. The Durham College documentary crew visited nine cities in Kenya and conducted 52 interviews with KEFEP partners, stakeholders and beneficiaries.

As part of the screening event, a panel discussion featuring three students and two faculty from Durham College shared their journey and experience on the KEFEP video production.

Watch the video here!

KEFEP is a $26-million initiative funded by Global Affairs Canada and delivered by CICan in partnership with 17 Canadian institutions.

Help develop a new standard for PSE mental health

The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) in partnership with CICan is looking for help to inform the content of a new Standard for Psychological Health and Safety for Post-Secondary Students! Individuals, organizations, groups, and associations interested in getting involved can submit a Request for Interest here!

The standard will build on existing mental health strategies, national frameworks, and promising practices and create a consistent evidence-informed approach that any post-secondary institution across the country can implement. It will support student success by promoting and strengthening their psychological health and safety.

MHCC intends the Standard to reflect the diversity of Canada, including but is not limited to: LGBTQ2S+ communities, enthocultural communities; First Nations, Metis, and Inuit communities; and people living with invisible and visible disabilities.

This is an opportunity for everyone to get involved and provide input! For more information, click here.

Call for Submissions: Applied PeR$pectives

Applied PeR$pectives is a monthly online blog series presented by RE$EARCH MONEY (R$) in partnership with CICan that seeks to showcase colleges and institutes as thought leaders in the innovation space, with the goal of increasing the innovation community’s awareness of the important role they play.

Submissions must relate to issues or topics that are timely and relevant to R$’s readers, and that highlight the work of the colleges and institutes in the broader innovation context. Submissions should read as opinion, analysis and/or commentary – not solely as self-promotion, though of course they may include discussion of and/or reference to examples of an organization’s work.

R$ readers include federal government departments and agencies (e.g. ISED, NRC, NRCan, granting councils, CFI, Finance, Treasury Board, etc.), provincial and territorial governments, municipal governments, innovation intermediaries (e.g. OCE, NCEs, Genome Canada, etc.), industry and other relevant associations, research organizations, colleges and institutes, universities, consultants, some industry and finance (BDC etc.) – broadly, all the players in Canada’s innovation ecosystem.

Interested in submitting an article? Please contact Rebecca Melville at or by phone at 416-481-7070 ex 2.

Don’t forget to subscribe to RE$EARCH MONEY – sign up before November 30, 2018 and get a whole month free!  Contact Adity Das Gupta at ex3).


R$ is the only publication reporting exclusively on Canadian STI policy and funding issues. We’ve kept our readers up-to-date on the strategies, activities and interactions of government, industry, investors and funders, innovation intermediaries and the academic sector for over 30 years. In this era of information overload, we offer digestible, trustworthy and ad-free insight into the trends, initiatives and major players shaping the STI landscape.

CICan welcomes a delegation from Chile

On November 1st, CICan was pleased to welcome Chile’s Minister of Women and Gender Equality, Isabel Plá, as well as the Chilean Ambassador to Canada, Alejandro Marisio Cugat, in the context its Pacific Alliance Education for Employment (EFE-PA) program. The meeting allowed to begin a dialogue with the minister about the Canadian college and institute experience with gender equality.

CICan’s President and CEO, Denise Amyot, shared examples of inclusive policies and best practices, as well as Canadian programs and initiatives encouraging women to enter technical and professional careers and other traditionally male-dominated fields.

Cheryl Jensen, President of Algonquin College also shared her own experience supporting women in their career advancement. Jensen’s addition was greatly appreciated by the minister, who recognized Chile’s need for female leadership and governance within technical and professional institutes.

The minister also kindly accepted to give the opening address at EFE-PA’s upcoming Forum on Gender Equality and the Extractive Sector that will take place in Santiago Chile in March 2019.

Apply now for ICTC’s work-integrated learning digital internship program

The Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) invites both employers and students to apply for its Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) Digital program offering employer wage subsidies for putting students into the jobs of the future!

Tomorrow’s jobs in intelligent retail, financial technology, advanced manufacturing, AI, data, and cybersecurity demand practical experience, adaptability, and up-to-date skills. ICTC’s national WIL Digital program supports Canadian businesses with wage subsidies to hire students in emerging industries and kick-start their careers in the digital economy!

Eligible companies across Canada can receive subsidies up to $5,000 to hire an eligible student, or $7,000 to hire an eligible student from a specified underrepresented group. WIL Digital is funded by the Government of Canada’s Student Work-Integrated Learning Program.

For both employer and student eligibility requirements, click here. For more information, contact ICTC at Make sure to check out CICan’s digital internships here.

Submit a nomination for CEWIL Canada Student of the Year Awards 2018

Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning (CEWIL) Canada is happy to launch a call for nominations to celebrate post-secondary students participating in co-op and other forms of work-integrated learning (WIL) throughout 2018!

Nominees will be assessed on how their WIL experience positively impacted them, and how they have impacted their employer and their academic institution.

Nominate a student from your institution before January 25, 2019. Each CEWIL member institution may submit up to two nominations (one from each category).

Each winning student will receive a prize of $1,000 (two university students, and two college or institute students)! For more information and to download the nomination forms, click here.

Don’t miss the Research Data Management Summit for Colleges, Institutes, and Polytechnics

CICan, Centennial College, and Research Data Canada (RDC) invite senior administrators in applied research offices, computing/IT, and libraries to take part in the upcoming Summit of Research Data Management for Colleges, Institutes, and Polytechnics on December 7 in Toronto.

The event will take place in the context of consultations on the Tri-Agency Research Data Management Draft Policy recently launched by Canada’s three federal research funding agencies – the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), which will impact any organization that receives funds from the agencies.

Workshop participants will review the draft policy and facilitate the development of individual institutions’ approaches to the policy and to data management in general. The Summit will also include updates on other issues in the digital research infrastructure file, including cybersecurity and intellectual property.

For more information, contact Mark Leggott, Executive Director, Research Data Canada at

CAIE launches countdown to 2019 conference

The Conference of the Americas on International Education (CAIE) was pleased, last week to launch its official Call for Proposals for its upcoming conference in Bogota, Colombia from October 23-25, 2019.

CAIE Colombia 2019 is calling upon representatives and stakeholders from the academic, public and private sectors as well as civil society to be a part of a conversation guided by the theme, Knowledge and Innovation Hubs: Synergies for Internationalization in the Americas.

Presentations can be submitted online here. For more information contact CAIE at

CAIE is the continental forum that brings together the key decision-makers involved in the internationalization of higher education in the Americas to strengthen contacts, exchange experiences and prepare the future of academic cooperation in the region. Last year, CICan was pleased to become the CAIE’s 37th associate member and its fifth member in Canada.

Eureka! Moment

Did you know that Collège LaSalle is reinventing the standard classroom? The college has given its learning spaces a new look, with no front, back, classic chalkboards, or desks in rows. The new spaces encourage collaboration and reduce competition between students, inspire creativity, and motivate students to reflect on their learning. Collège LaSalle hopes to double the number of collaboratives classrooms, and eventually model every classroom to better reflect modern approaches to learning! Check out the video here.


Yukon College was pleased to welcome a new Director of First Nations Initiatives. Davida Wood will take on the role of director, having worked with First Nations Initiatives since 2014.

The British Columbia Institute of Technology was pleased to welcome Jennifer Figner as the institute’s new Associate Vice President, Implementation and Integration. Figner has held positions at BCIT since 2005. BCIT also recently welcomed two new deans. The institute was pleased to appoint Dr. Dean Hildebrand as its new Dean, School of Computing and Academic Studies; and Lisa Chu as the institute’s new Dean, School of Health Sciences.


Share your recipe for success! 

Submit a presentation for Conference 2019. Click here.


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