Accelerating Clean Growth and Creating Green Jobs
The Government of Canada has made very clear, quickly, that combatting climate change is perhaps its top priority. In its commitment to creating a climate resilient economy by making significant new investments in green infrastructure and clean technology, there is huge opportunity for colleges and institutes across Canada. Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) and its members are committed and engaged participants in the growth of clean technology and energy.
Last March, CICan saw several of its priorities echoed in the federal budget. Since then, many members have received funding allocated through the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund (SIF) for projects on their campus that will contribute to accelerating clean growth.
SAIT, Sault College, Mohawk College and Langara College were among those who received funding for projects to upgrade facilities in order to make them more energy efficient and environmentally sustainable, or to build new facilities focused on green technologies and innovation.
Both are important steps in not only building a green infrastructure, but also giving students the tools and skills they will need to tackle the sustainability challenges of tomorrow.
Additionally, this year, over 100 interns were hired through CICan’s Clean Tech Internship program, stimulating green jobs growth and working to reduce Canada’s impact on climate change. The program, undertaken with the financial support of Environment and Climate Change Canada, supports the Government of Canada’s focus on clean technology research and development as drivers for sustainable economic growth, and allows eligible employers to receive a subsidy of up to $12,000 for each science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) program graduate hired.
Many CICan members across the country have taken part in the program, including the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) which has been one the most successful in placing STEM program graduates through clean tech internships.
To date, 14 STEM program graduates from NSCC have been hired through the program. “Clean Tech Internships are a fantastic added benefit that we have been able to provide to our students,” says Beth McCormack, Industry Liaison Officer, NSCC. “Next year, if the program is renewed, we believe we could easily place up to 20 graduates with Clean Tech Internship employers.”
Graduates have also recognized that NSCC’s involvement in CICan’s Clean Tech Internships provides significant added value and learning opportunities. “The program has given me the experience needed for future employment, and has connected me to many industry professionals,” says Jillian Duggan, NSCC graduate in the Oceans Technology program. “The program is a great step into my future, bridging the gap between the classroom and a career.”
Colleges and institutes can also benefit from the program as employers, if they have meaningful Clean Tech positions or projects for STEM graduates. This is another way NSCC has been able to benefit from the program. “The program so far has been excellent, and has allowed NSCC to expand research activities in the general area of applied oceans research,” says Dr. Craig Brown, Research Scientist and Clean Tech intern supervisor at NSCC.
The Clean Tech Internship program is still accepting applications from employers and we encourage CICan member institutions to participate. If you have a job opening for an intern or would like to place one of your graduates with an industry partner in clean technology, register as an employer today! You can also encourage your students to register as interns and apply for internships.
IRCC Minister visits Planning for Canada conference in Ottawa
On September 26 and 27, 2016, the Canadian Immigrant Integration Program (CIIP), in coordination with the Canadian Orientation Abroad (COA), held a Consultative Conference for the Planning for Canada pre-arrival initiative. Partners from coast to coast, facilitators from all over the world and representatives from IRCC came together for the first time under this initiative to engage in discussion on a variety of topics, including: trends and accomplishments, the continuum of services, and best practices.
The Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, the Honourable John McCallum joined the dialogue and highlighted the importance of pre-arrival services and their link to the economic success of newcomers in Canada. The Minister explored strategies with conference participants to deepen the reach of pre-arrival services to ensure more immigrants receive these services. He stated, “pre-arrival services do a fantastic job in helping immigrants prepare themselves for their arrival in Canada and Planning for Canada is at the forefront of the organization of such services.”
The Minister praised Planning for Canada’s initiative, stating that he “applauds Planning for Canada for their great work in the area of pre-arrival services.”
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 recognized at International Education Conference in Beijing
The China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE) has awarded CICan one of its 2016 Best Partner Awards during the Annual International Education Conference which took place October 20-21, 2016. CICan President and CEO, Denise Amyot and CICan Vice-President, International Partnerships, Paul Brennan, were on-site in Beijing to accept the award from CEAIE President Liu Limin.
CICan has been collaborating with CEAIE for over twenty years on various partnership programs including the Canada-China Institutional Partnership Program and the Vocational Education Leadership Training Program, as well as the recently launched PathPro Program, a comprehensive platform aimed at promoting cooperation between Chinese higher vocational colleges, and institutes of higher applied learning in other countries.
Canada will be welcoming the first PathPro delegation to Canada in early November 2017.
Registration is now open for CICan’s 2017 Conference
Canada is celebrating its 150th Anniversary and colleges and institutes across Canada will be gathering April 30-May 2 in Ottawa at the CICan “Celebration” Conference!
This year’s conference will be organized in six thematic streams – Leadership and Governance; Teaching, Learning and Student Success; Applied Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship; Indigenous Education; Serving Rural and Remote Communities; International Work – and feature two keynote speakers: astronaut Julie Payette, and award-winning author Lawrence Hill.
Calls for Nominations for CICan Awards
CICan is once again launching official calls for nominations for both the Awards of Excellence program and the Presidents’ Leadership Network Distinguished Service Award!
The Awards of Excellence program recognizes and promotes excellence within Canadian colleges, institutes, cégeps and polytechnics, showcasing the extraordinary contributions of individuals to their college or institute community and highlighting the role these institutions in social, cultural and economic development.
Nominations for the 2016-2017 Awards of Excellence will be accepted until January 12, 2017. For more information and nomination guidelines, click here.
The Presidents’ Leadership Network Distinguished Service Award recognizes a President/Director General, current or past, in honour of service and contribution to the college and institute movement nationally.
Nominations for the Presidents’ Leadership Network Distinguished Service Award will be accepted until December 16, 2016. For more information and to request a nomination form, please contact Anne Brazeau-Monnet.
Both the Presidents’ Leadership Network Distinguished Service Award and the CICan Awards of Excellence are presented annually during the CICan conference.
Mark your calendars for the 2017 CICan Leadership Institutes
CICan is pleased to announce that registration for its upcoming Leadership Institutes is now open. The following institutes will be offered summer 2017:
- CICan Leadership Institute for Program Chairs: June 24-29, 2017, Kelowna, BC
- CICan Leadership Institute for Managers (English): June 24-29, 2017, Kelowna BC
- CICan Leadership Institute for Managers (French): June 24-29, 2017, Manoir Saint Sauveur, Saint Sauveur, QC
- CICan Leadership Institute for Deans, Directors and Campus Principals: June 24-29, 2017, Western Shore, NS
- CICan Leadership Institute for Presidents: July 4-9, 2017, Fairmont Mont Tremblant, Mont Tremblant, QC
- CICan Leadership Institute for Emerging Leaders for International: July 16-21, 2017, Olds College, Olds, AB
CICan’s celebrated Leadership Institutes draw on the latest management concepts and experience to prepare participants to successfully lead in the college and institute system.
For more information, please contact Michèle Clarke, Director Member Relations.
Call for Proposals for STLHE Conference
The Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) is pleased to announce a call for proposals for the upcoming STLHE annual conference in Halifax, NS.
The conference, which will run from June 20-23, 2017 is appropriately themed “Gateways in Higher Education: Cultures, Transitions, and Transformations,” celebrating higher education as a gateway through which possibility and advancement is available.
Proposals should address questions such as the role of post-secondary institutions in supporting students in their quest for higher learning, and considerations of post-secondary contributions to social, political, and economic well-being in the context of Halifax. For more information and proposal guidelines, visit STLHE’s website.
The deadline for proposals is December 12, 2016. To submit, click here.
Did you know that Lakeland College’s Renewable Energy Learning Centre (RELC) – part of the Centre for Sustainable Innovation (CSI) – is a net-zero energy venue for small conference, meetings or education activities, including a smart-classroom, cooking facilities and indoor sun room? Facilities like the RELC help the college develop relationships related to bioenergy and advancing Alberta’s bioeconomy! Check out this cool video from Lakeland College.
Loyalist College was pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan as the college’s new President. Unanimously approved by the Board of Governors, Dr. Vaughan will begin her new role effective November 7, 2016. From 2011-2016, Dr. Vaughan served as President of the College of the North Atlantic.
The British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) was pleased to announce the appointment of Jack Davidson, President and COO of the BC Road Builders and Heavy Construction Association, as the new Chair of BCIT’s Board of Governors. A member of the BCIT Board of Governors since July 2014, David began his new role July 31, 2016.
4th Skills and PSE Summit 2016
Registration for the Conference Board of Canada’s (CBOC) 4th annual Skill and Post-Secondary Education Summit 2016 is on-going. Click here for more information and to register.
CICan’s Applied Research, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Forum
Registration for CICan’s Applied Research, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Forum is on-going. Click here for more information and to register.
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