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September 16, 2019

Federal Election Watch 2019

Last Wednesday, in a long-awaited step, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited Governor General Julie Payette at Rideau Hall to formally request the dissolution of Parliament and officially kick off a 40-day federal election campaign!

With the vote scheduled for October 21, the 2019 federal election is an important opportunity to engage with candidates nationwide to make sure they fully understand the critical role colleges and institutes play in communities across the country, driving Canadian innovation and training a globally competitive workforce.

To that end, we have launched the CICan Election Watch webpage and a suite of resources, including:

  • a quick and easy email campaign to reach candidates in your riding and invite them to visit your campuses to see firsthand the incredible contribution colleges and institutes make to your community,
  • two fact sheets for you to share about how your institutions serve communities and equip Canadians with the skills needed in a context of disruption,
  • links to federal party platforms, Elections Canada information about the Vote on Campus Program and opportunities for students to work during the election, and,
  • information about federal election debates.

In addition to these resources, we are also hosting a free webinar for CICan members hosted by Joe Jordan, former Member of Parliament and member of the Queen’s Privy Council, with tips for engaging with political candidates during the election. The webinar will take place on September 23, from 1 to 2 pm EST.

Please make your voice heard and we look forward to hearing about your campus visits with candidates!

Be recognized and nominate your colleagues for CICan’s Awards of Excellence

We are currently accepting nominations for our Awards of Excellence! The awards showcase the extraordinary contributions of individuals to their communities and highlight the role of Canadian colleges and institutes in social, cultural, and economic development.

Gold recipients in each category will receive a recognition trophy and a complimentary registration to the CICan 2020 Connection Conference, as well as $1,000 courtesy of TD Insurance. The nominating institution will also receive a recognition plaque and one complimentary registration to the conference.

Submit a nomination for before November 18, 2019.

We are also looking for reviewers to sit on one of eight Awards of Excellence selection committees! Apply before October 7, 2019.

Review and comment on a new draft standard for student mental health

Over the past year, the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) undertook public consultations to help develop a new Standard for Psychological Health and Safety for Post-Secondary Students. Now, in partnership with the Canadian Standards Association (CSA Group), MHCC is pleased to present a draft Standard and is asking stakeholders for their comments.

Have your say: this is the opportunity for all stakeholder voices to be heard.

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

Presidents and CEOs: recognize your outstanding colleagues!

The CICan Distinguished Service Award acknowledges the exceptional performance, leadership, and service of a college or institute president, not only within their own institution, but with stakeholders and the broader community at regional and national levels.

Nominate an incredible institutional leader before December 13, 2019.

Nominations are reviewed by CICan’s Presidents’ Leadership Network (PLN) and the recipient will be acknowledged at CICan’s 2020 Connection Conference in Montreal, May 3-5.

Share your thoughts on the future of CICan’s Board of Directors

Healthy governance policies, practices, and structures are essential to an organization achieving its goals. As such, we are reviewing our governance composition to ensure our Board of Directors has the optimal skills, competencies, and perspectives to govern CICan into the future!

The board is seeking feedback from CICan members on questions such as the ideal size of the board, recruitment streams for directors, and board leadership positions to inform its decision-making. To share your thoughts, please respond to this short online survey before September 22.

Submit a proposal for the SAGE program in the Caribbean

Our Skills to Access the Green Economy (SAGE) Education for Employment team is pleased to launch its first Call for Proposals for technical assistance in key green economy sectors in the Caribbean!

Click here to view the full call for proposals and related documents. Proposals must be submitted by October 22, 2019.

The SAGE team will host a webinar to answer questions on September 19, from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm. Please confirm your attendance beforehand.

SAGE is a five-year $15 million program funded by the Government of Canada. SAGE focuses on sharing expertise from Canadian colleges and institutes with educational institutions and employers in six Caribbean countries: Belize, Dominica, Guyana, Grenada, Jamaica and St. Lucia.

Career-Launcher internships connects talent and employers

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Did you know that CICan’s Career-Launcher Internship program helps Canadian youth acquire the skills and experience they need to jump start their careers through paid internships? The program connects employers with skilled grads by providing up to $20,000 towards an intern’s salary.

For example, as an intern at Simulare Medical and recent graduate of University of Victoria’s Biomedical Engineering as part of a joint program with North Island College, Jonathan L’Heureux-Haché has been working on improvements to a rhinoplasty simulator that allows surgeons to practice with materials that simulate tissue, bone, and cartilage. Jonathan is also helping to upgrade versions of existing products through improving models based on client feedback, while working to drive down product costs. Jonathan’s experience has helped the company develop new products while minimizing costs, as he gets hands on work experience to develop in-demand skills.

Read more about Jonathan and many more student success stories through the Career-Launcher Internships program.

Improve your CCSIF application with an NSERC webinar

Having recently launched an official call for proposals for the College and Community Social Innovation Fund (CCSIF), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) is offering a series of webinars intended to better inform applicants about the submission process. Webinars will take place:

  • Wednesday, September 25 from 10am to 12pm (EST) in English,
  • Wednesday, September 25 from 2pm to 4pm (EST) in French,
  • Thursday, September 26 from 10am to 12pm (EST) in English, and
  • Thursday, September 26 from 2pm to 4pm (EST) in French.

Please contact Kathleen Lorenzo, Senior Program Officer at NSERC by email at for more information and to confirm your participation.

Through CCSIF, institutions can apply for up to $120,000 in funding for projects per year for a duration of one to three years. The deadline for submissions is December 2, 2019.

Work with Elections Canada at a Vote on Campus office

During the upcoming federal election period, over 100 post-secondary institutions across Canada will be hosting Vote on Campus offices, about half of which are colleges and institutes. Elections Canada is currently looking for students to take part!

Many student job opportunities are available as election workers at Vote on Campus offices. Visit Elections Canada for more information and to apply.

Pacific Alliance embassy delegation meets in Canada

On Tuesday, September 10th, we welcomed a Pacific Alliance embassy delegation with representatives from Chile, Mexico, and Peru here in Canada! Our guests received a progress update on the Pacific Alliance Education for Employment (EFE) program.

An overview of the year’s initiatives was presented, including very positive results from the Forum on Gender Equality in the Extractive Sector and a variety of projects undertaken by institutional alliances between Canada and the Pacific Alliance. Future activities were also presented to delegates, such as the call for proposals at the end of September, the work to be done during future missions and future PA-EFE forums, including the CICan 2019 Indigenous Education Symposium in early November in Saskatoon.

For more information on the PA-EFE program, please visit our website and follow @CICan_EPE_AP on Twitter.

Eureka! Moment

Did you know that researchers at SEREX, a College Centre for Technology Transfer (CCTT) affiliated with the Cégep de Rimouski specializing in innovation in the forestry sector have developed a wood adhesive made from pyrolytic oils, a petroleum substitute? The team gathers sawmill residue which it then liquifies to produce a resin used to make particle board! Read more in l’Actualité magazine.


Northern College was pleased to announce the appointment of a new Vice President, Corporate Services. Mitch Dumas will take on the role after serving as the college’s Controller for past two years. Dumas has an extensive career in the post-secondary, construction, and mining sectors.

College of the Rockies also announced the appointment of Robin Hicks as the college’s new Vice President, Academic and Applied Research. Hicks brings extensive experience in both postsecondary and private sector, most recently serving as Dean, Faculty of Applied Science at St. Lawrence College in Kingston, Ontario.

St. Lawrence College was also pleased to announce the appointment of Rick Anderson as the college’s Vice President, Student Affairs. Anderson brings 25 years of experience in higher education, including serving as SLC’s registrar and director, student services.


CICan Paul and Gerri Charette Bursary

Submit an application for the CICan Paul and Gerri Charette Bursary on behalf of a student before September 27, 2019.

Indigenous Education Symposium 

Register now for CICan’s upcoming Indigenous Education Symposium in Saskatoon, SK, from November 4-6.

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