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November 9, 2015

Colleges and institutes lead innovation and entrepreneurship

Business leaders, aspiring entrepreneurs, and colleges and institutes across Canada will celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week from November 16-22. All over the country, colleges and institutes play a critical role in training the next generation of entrepreneurs, both in and out of the classroom.

In fact, according to CICan’s 2014 report on Applied Research, 87% of colleges and institutes indicated that they supported student entrepreneurship and a total of 7,639 students received support from their institution to pursue an entrepreneurial idea— a 52% increase from the previous year.

With this increased focus on entrepreneurship, many colleges and institutes have launched incubators to support start-up businesses. There are now over a dozen business incubators linked directly to colleges and institutes across the country.  Spaces such as Medicine Hat College’s Entrepreneur Development Centre, Centennial college’s Accelerator for Centennial Community Entrepreneurs and Leaders or Cégep Garneau’s Espace entreprendre all help young entrepreneurs explore new business ideas and connect with mentors in order to help them launch their own business.

More and more colleges and institutes are also integrating entrepreneurship in their curricula. There are many programs specialising in business development and planning, but a growing trend is to include elements of entrepreneurship in other programs to push students to think outside the box and consider self-employment as a career option. Alberta’s Olds College has even made an entrepreneurship course a graduation requirement for all students. To do this, they’ve decided to make it fun by launching a gamified app called Spirit of Entrepreneurship that teaches the basics of managing a business.

Colleges and institutes clearly understand the link between innovation and entrepreneurship and the need to foster an entrepreneurial mindset among their students. This is being integrated as a core value at many institutions and fits perfectly with their focus on supporting the development of their local  economy. It is therefore fitting that Global Entrepreneurship Week be celebrated in campuses across the country.

Prime Minister Trudeau announces new Cabinet

Prime Minister Trudeau announced his Cabinet on November 4, along with slight changes to the structure of a few government departments. The Cabinet announcement also gave CICan the opportunity to look at the ministerial portfolios that relate to our key policy priorities.

Prime Minister Trudeau has taken on key responsibilities in the areas of intergovernmental affairs and youth. The Honourable Navdeep Singh Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, will be supported by the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, and the Honourable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Small Business and Tourism.

Minister Bains is also now responsible for regional economic development agencies. The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, leads a strong team of ministers, supported by the Honourable MaryAnn Mihychuk, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, and the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, in her role for persons with disabilities. The name of the department will remain Employment and Social Development Canada.

Along with the restructuring at the cabinet level, a few government departments received new names:

  • Industry Canada will now be known as Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada.
  • Citizenship and Immigration Canada is now Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada.
  • Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada will now be known as Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada.
  • Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada is now Global Affairs Canada.

For a full list of Cabinet members, and more information, click here.

Sign up for CICan’s Fall/Winter Webinar series

CICan Webinar Series - Fall 2015 - EN

Are you interested in learning about internationalization in colleges and institutes? Would you like to know more about fundraising practices in the college and institute system? How about furthering your knowledge of social finance? CICan is once again hosting a series of webinars centered around these themes. The webinars will run from November 2015 to February 2016. Stay tuned for more information, and mark your calendars with the webinars below!

Internationalization in Colleges and Institutes: Moving to a more balanced and comprehensive policy (English)

Date: November 19, 2015, 1-2pm EDT

Internationalization in Colleges and Institutes: Moving to a more balanced and comprehensive policy (French)

Date: November 20, 2015, 11:30am-12:30pm EDT

 Manufacturing GPS (including live demo) (English)

Date: December 7, 2015, 2-3pm EDT

Manufacturing GPS (including live demo) (French)

Date: December 2015

Successful Fundraising practices in the college and institute system (English)

Date: January 2016

Successful Fundraising practices in the college and institute system (French)

Date: January 2016

 Social Finance (English)

Date: February 2016

Social Finance (French)

Date: February 2016

To register for a webinar, click here.

November is Financial Literacy Month

This year marks the fifth anniversary of Financial Literacy Month (FLM) —a time to celebrate the momentum building to help all Canadians gain the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to make good financial decisions. You can stay connected throughout FLM 2015 by joining the conversation via social media using the #FLM2015 and #CountMeInCA hashtags, and by taking part in FLM’s daily challenge on FCAC’s Facebook page. Organizations from the private, public and non-profit sectors will be holding events and providing resources to Canadians to strengthen their financial literacy. A complete list of events and resources is available in the Canadian Financial Literacy Database.

Competition open for Canadians: Canada-China Scholars’ Exchange Program

Canadian academics, students and professionals can now enter a China Scholarship Council scholarship competition. Individuals who wish to study, conduct research or participate in language studies at a participating Chinese institution can apply here. The deadline for applications is March 10, 2016.

Eureka! Moment

Seneca College’s new student governor is the second international student in a row to represent Seneca’s student body. Aryan Desai, a Chemical Laboratory Technician student, was recently elected in this role. How nice to see international students thriving at colleges! Way to go Aryan!


Sylvie Prescott is the new director of studies at Cegep de Saint-Felicien. Mrs. Prescott began her role on October 28 and will remain in the position for 5 years. Appointment notice

Jocelyn Milette has been re-elected as Collège Shawinigan’s president of the board. Mr. Milette was re-elected during the institution’s board meeting on October 26. Appointment notice.


Call for Nominations: CICan Awards of Excellence 2015 

The Colleges and Institutes Canada Awards Program recognizes and promotes excellence within Canadian colleges, institutes, cégeps, university colleges and polytechnics. The Awards showcase the extraordinary contribution of individuals to their college/institute communities and highlight the role of our institutions in social, cultural and economic development. There are three levels of recognition: Gold, Silver and Bronze.

Deadline: December 1, 2015

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