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February 2, 2015

Register now for CICan’s 2015 Conference

CICan’s annual conference is fast approaching, and registration is now open! We have also launched a brand new website specifically for the conference, making registration easier and navigation a breeze! Take a look for more information about the upcoming conference, our great pre-conference events and our keynote speakers: Rick Mercer and David Chilton, also known as the Wealthy Barber. The website will be updated regularly with new content and program information, so be sure to add it to your bookmarks. CICan’s 2015 conference will take place in Winnipeg from May 24-26 and will be hosted by Assiniboine College, the Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology, Red River College and the École technique et professionnelle de l'Université de Saint-Boniface. Its theme Leading Change will explore how colleges and institutes stimulate change through innovative practices and approaches in teaching and learning, applied research and engagement with business, industry and community partners. The 2015 Conference program will adopt a brand new structure this year and will focus on the following seven thematic streams: Leadership; Governance; Applied Research; Teaching, Learning and Student Success; Indigenous Education; Friend-raising/Fundraising; and Environmental Sustainability. The streams will be interactive and will feature a mix of panels, workshops and poster presentations. Cross-cutting concepts of quality assurance, international, emerging technologies and student engagement will provide opportunities for interaction across streams. We encourage you to register quickly. And if the exciting program we have in store is not enough, we’ve put in place some new perks for early birds. Register by April 15 and you will be entered in a draw to receive a 50% discount on your registration, up to a maximum of $500. Click here to see the conference website and register.

Did you know?

Lethbridge College has become the first post-secondary institution in western Canada to acquire two Judgment Training Simulators, which help students develop judgment, decision-making, communication and observation skills. The simulators feature real-life training scenarios, which work to develop and enhance students’ cognitive thinking skills and decision-making abilities in a realistic environment. The simulators will start being incorporated into the institution’s curriculum as early as March 2015!
This week, we had our first ever CICan Employee Recognition ceremony. Employee recognition is very important to this association, and we’ve committed to hosting an awards ceremony every year from this point on. Mrs. Chantal Denis CICan Chair and Director general of Cegep Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, even drove down from Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu to take part in this important event! This ceremony was particularly special because we were able to recognize years of service, as well as employee excellence in a number of categories. I was touched to see that some employees have been at CICan for 25 years or more! Their loyalty to the association is incredible, and I am very pleased that we were able to recognize their many years of service! We also awarded staff who have been at CICan for 20 years or more, 15 years or more, 10 years or more, and 5 years or more. Congratulations to all of you, and thank you for your service! Next, we handed out awards in specific categories. Eleven staff members received awards of distinction for the work they have done in the past year. From leadership skills to spirit and social abilities to volunteering, I was very proud of the employees that received these well-deserved awards. We finished off the ceremony with some cake, and of course to celebrate CICan’s achievements, it had to be purple! I’m already looking forward to next year’s ceremony. Congratulations and thank you to the CICan staff for an excellent year, and here’s to another excellent year to come! This week was also very busy as we prepared for the next CICan Board meeting. I also had the opportunity to meet Dr. Ted Guidotti, Fulbright Visiting Research Professor at the University of Ottawa’s Institute for Science, Society and Policy. On Tuesday I got to hear Thomas Mulcair, leader of the official opposition speaking in front of the Economic Club of Canada. As we are moving into what will clearly be an election year it was great to learn more about the NDP’s position on a variety of topics. Finally, I had the pleasure of co-chairing the latest meeting of our Industry and Colleges Coalition, along with Paul Charette, CICan Board member and Board Chair of Bird Construction Company Ltd. We were able to discuss a recent survey of coalition members and identify areas for collaboration. All in all, the coalition is looking strong and I am very pleased by the progress we are making.


Louise Mandell, one of Canada’s foremost Aboriginal rights lawyers and a tireless advocate for Canada’s First Nations, was officially installed as Chancellor of Vancouver Island University on January 29, as part of a convocation ceremony in Nanaimo. Mandell conferred degrees, diplomas, and certificates to graduates. Congratulations! 

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