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September 6, 2016

A bird’s-eye view of Fleming College in the fall.

Back to School

Welcome Back! – to students, staff, and faculty returning to campus to start the fall semester, and a warm welcome to new students eager to take advantage of everything colleges and institutes can offer. We’ve had a busy summer, and now we are so excited to kick off this new school year that will lead us to Canada’s 150th celebrations!

If you’ve been on Twitter this summer, you would have heard the buzzing going on throughout various government departments eager to consult with the public. Canadians were being asked to give their input on shaping the future of the country and its place in the world.

As the national voice for colleges and institutes, CICan took the opportunity to provide input on how to grow post-secondary education in Canada, and how to continue using these vital institutions to the benefit of Canadian society.

We submitted recommendations to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance ahead of Budget 2017; to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in a nation-wide conversation on immigration; and to Global Affairs Canada (GAC-AMC) during a review of Canada’s International Assistance program.

  • CICan’s pre-Budget submission featured eight recommendations in the areas of partnered innovation for business and industry success and community well-being, and enhanced employability to ensure that Canadians have the skills to participate fully in the economy;
  • To GAC-AMC CICan offered seven recommendations to recognize and capitalize on the role Canada’s colleges and institutes play in providing education and training that is key to reducing economic and social disparities in developing countries;
  • And finally, CICan’s submission to IRCC highlighted the role colleges and institutes play in providing pathways to immigration and successful economic integration for international students and refugees.

The complete submissions can be viewed on the new Federal Consultations page on our website.

Through the fall, we plan on continuing the conversation with more submissions – including a submission to Canadian Heritage’s Cross-Canada Official Languages consultations. Stay tuned!

We were also pleased to have a few notable guests in our offices over the summer months. In August, Confederation College’s President and CEO, Jim Madder, and Vice-President, Centre for Policy in Aboriginal Learning, Brenda Small gave CICan staff a presentation about their college and its Aboriginal Learning initiatives. In May, we were visited by both Portage College President, Trent Keough and BC Colleges President, Colin Ewart, following a visit by Paul Thériault, Director General of Cégep de Victoriaville in April. Earlier in the year, we also had the pleasure of welcoming the former Director General of Cégep Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu as well as Liane Roy, President of Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick and the newest Chair of CICan’s Board.

These visits and presentations provide unique opportunities for CICan to learn about how to better serve our members, and CICan President and CEO, Denise Amyot would like to encourage more presidents to visit through the fall!

The fall also means some exciting events are quickly approaching!

On October 3rd and 4th, CICan will be holding a two-day Leaders’ Fall Forum for Presidents and CEOs of colleges and institutes, as well as their Government Relations staff, which will provide an opportunity for reflection on the trends that are shaping the future of Canada’s educational institutions and to exchange news and views on how our work aligns with the emerging priorities and initiatives of the new federal government.

See our events page for information about more exciting events coming up this fall!

IRCC Minister visits CICan initiatives in the Philippines


On August 11th, 2016, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, the Honourable John McCallum, visited the Canadian Immigrant Integration Program (CIIP) office in Manila.

During the celebratory event, which coincided with the ten-year anniversary of CIIP services in the Philippines, the Minister awarded certificates to ten recent CIIP graduates and unveiled a plaque marking the occasion.

The Minister also attended a formal presentation on CIIP services, engaged in a “speed dating” activity with graduates, and participated in a lively discussion thereafter. The CIIP Director from Ottawa and members from the Minister’s delegation were also in attendance.

The Minister was impressed by the effectiveness of CIIP services, remarking that such a thorough orientation could be given during a two-day session.

During a keynote speech at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce earlier that day, the Minister reiterated Canada’s commitment to immigration and pre-arrival support of prospective immigrants.

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) while COA is managed by the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

New UNESCO TVET Strategy adopted


UNESCO’s Executive Board has recently adopted the new Strategy for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) for the period 2016 to 2021. The Strategy sets out a number of key policy areas and actions with the aim of supporting Member States to enhance the relevance of their TVET systems.

The Strategy is aligned with Sustainable Development Goal 4 namely to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”.

UNESCO-UNEVOC is UNESCO’s specialized centre for TVET and its important role in the implementation of the new Strategy is evident.

The development of this new Strategy for TVET took into account input from various consultations, including the virtual conference organized in September to October on UNESCO-UNEVOC’s TVeT Forum. UNESCO-UNEVOC also contributed to the development of the UNESCO’s new TVET Strategy by engaging its UNEVOC Centres.

Between April and June 2015, 191 UNEVOC Centres provided valuable feedback on the effectiveness of UNESCO’s interventions, tools and services.

The full document is available here.

As a reminder, CICan is the pan-Canadien UNESCO-UNEVOC centre and lead of the North-American cluster. Feel free to get in touch with Thierry Hardy at CICan for any information you may need.

Join the conversation on applied research, entrepreneurship and innovation

Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) invites you to join colleagues, partners and stakeholders from across the country at CICan’s Applied Research, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Forum, from November 7-8, to share strategies and success stories on how colleges and institutes are helping to make Canada a “confident nation of innovators”.

As the federal government puts the finishing touches on its Innovation Agenda, this event will bring college and institute leaders in applied research, entrepreneurship and skills training together with government and industry representatives, the next generation of entrepreneurs and a full range of industry and community partners.

Participants will exchange perspectives and explore solutions related to:

  • Creating applied research partnerships that respond to the Research & Development needs of all sectors;
  • Equipping students with the skills, experience and attitudes that make them “innovation ready”; and
  • Accelerating the growth of new businesses and social enterprises on campus and in communities.

We look forward to a lively exchange on how to create a more innovative Canada!

Member college and institute representatives responsible for entrepreneurship initiatives at their institution can subscribe to CICan’s information list in order to be informed of our activities related to this thematic. To subscribe, please send an email with the subject: Request – Subscribe Entrepreneurship list including your name, title and institution name to

Three new special programs from Mark’s Commercial


Mark’s Commercial, Colleges and Institutes Canada’s (CICan) corporate partner, is excited to be offering three new programs for CICan member establishments in time for the return to campus this fall:

  • The Student Discount program will give students in trades, hospitality, and healthcare programs a 20% discount on pre-selected products for their programs of study from August 25 to September 30, 2016.
  • The Bookstore program will make Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for trades students – including safety glasses, hearing protection, and work gloves – available in campus bookstores so students can easily get what they need.
  • The Bulk Purchasing program will allow procurement departments to provide staff and students with industrial work wear, casual apparel, and promotional items.

To take advantage of these great programs, or for more information, contact Mark’s Commercial by email at or

Eureka! Moment

Did you know that Canada’s Wheelchair Rugby Team will be wearing functional apparel designed by two Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) alumni to give them an edge at the Rio Paralympic Games? After discovering that athletes with spinal cord injuries struggle to control their body temperature (thermoregulation), the alumni designed a prototype of a cooling vest specifically for wheelchair athletes in 2014. Two years later, the Canadian Sport Institute commissioned the pair to make eight vests to outfit Team Canada! Way to go! Read the story here.


Selkirk College has reappointed Angus Graeme as the college’s President. First appointed in 2011, Graeme will continue in this position until 2021. Keyano College has also appointed a new president. Dr. Tracy Edwards took over the position effective September 1, 2016. Dr. Edwards has served as the college’s interim president since February 2016.

Seneca College has named a new Vice-President Academic. Laurel Schollen will take over the position effective September 26, 2016 after having served in the same position at Fleming College since 2014.

Red Deer College has also appointed a new Associate Vice-President, Academic. Dr. Steven Lane joined the college on August 22, 2016 after having served as Associate Vice-President, Academic Planning and Aboriginal Initiatives at Vancouver Island University.


2016 WFCP World Congress in Brazil

Registration for the 2016 WFCP World Congress in Brazil is ongoing.

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