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September 28, 2015

CICan announces STEM partnerships

CICan is pleased to announce the Canadian colleges selected for the first round of partnerships for the Skills Training for Employment in Mozambique (STEM) program. This was done following a very rigorous process, and all institutional partnerships have been endorsed by our government partner in Mozambique: the National Directorate for Technical Education in the Ministry of Science and Technology, Higher and Professional and Technical Education. The selected Canadian colleges are: Cégep Édouard Montpetit (in partnership with Cégep Saint-Jean sur Richelieu and Cégep Trois-Rivières), Cégep de l´Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Cégep de Jonquière (in partnership with Collège Montmorency), Cégep de Chicoutimi (in partnership with Cégep de Jonquière), Collège Montmorency (in partnership with Cégep de Chicoutimi) and Seneca College (in partnership with Camosun College and the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University). Thank you to all the colleges that submitted proposals. A second request for proposal will follow soon. Last week’s orientation session in Maputo (see photo), attended by all Mozambican and Canadian partners, was a great success. All the very best to all for the next steps!

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Vancouver Island University (VIU) was recently selected by Fulbright Canada, a prestigious scholarship program, to be the home of their newest research Chair. VIU was chosen because of the university’s leadership role in establishing relationships with First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities and supporting Aboriginal education. VIU and Fulbright Canada signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish the Chair, which will focus on reconciliation and Aboriginal education research
Fall is now in full swing, with colleges and institutes having settled in and the federal election campaign picking up speed! It’s been a busy couple of weeks here at CICan, and it’s great to be able to see the hard work and the new initiatives being developed by Members across the country. I had several phone calls with presidents including some of the newest members of the college and institute family: Paul Vogt of Red River College, Colin Ewart of BC Colleges, Paul Thériault of Cégep de Victoriaville‎ as well as a great meeting with Suzanne Bossé, DG of the Fédération des communautés francophones et acadienne du Canada and discussions with the regional associations on issues of common interests. I also had the pleasure of attending several international events this week, where I shared CICan’s international goals and successes and connected with many interesting individuals. I attended receptions for the 70th National Day of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, for the 205th Anniversary of the Independence of the Republic of Chile, and for Korea National Day as well as a dinner with representatives of the embassy of Switzerland following their invitation to speak on Professional and Technical Education and training in Canada. Those events were fantastic opportunities to share CICan’s successes. On September 16, I also attended a luncheon hosted by the Canada Media fund named “Big Talent, Big Business: Canada’s best kept secret is on-screen content”. I was accompanied by CICan’s Director of Communications and Stakeholder Engagement, Leah Jurkovic, and we both enjoyed learning more about Canada’s audio-visual industry. It was fascinating to hear Valerie Creighton, the President and CEO of the Canada Media Fund, discuss the television and media production industries and the role they will play in the future.‎ It was also an opportunity to be the voice of the post-secondary sector considering the growing importance of media and gaming programs in the college system. I made a specific request to ensure that skills development be part of the 22 city tour Mrs. Creighton is now undertaking across the country.


Paul Theriault is the new Director General of Cégep de Victoriaville. Mr. Theriault has more than 25 years of experience in the college sector. He was previously the director of continuing education at Cégep de Ste-Foy. Appointment notice Colin Ewart is the new President of BC Colleges. Mr. Ewart’s has over 29 years of experience in private and public sector organizations in Canada and the United Kingdom. He was previously the Vice President, Strategic Partnerships at the Rick Hansen Foundation. Appointment notice. Patti France is the new President of St. Clair College. Mrs. France’s joined the college 25 years ago and has held several different positions. She was previously Senior Vice President of College Operations. Appointment notice Russ Lazaruk is the new Chair of the Board of Governors at Camosun College. Mr. Lazaruk was elected Chair on September 14. He has been a board member since 2011. Appointment notice

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