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September 8, 2014


Yes we CICan!

Since adopting our new name and corporate identity last May, Colleges and Institutes Canada has been using its full name in all internal and external communications and encouraged its stakeholders to do the same. Following input from our members, partners and staff; and seeing that different acronyms were already being used by some, we have decided to adopt a new approach.

To save time and avoid confusion with other organizations, Colleges and Institutes Canada has selected CICan as the organization’s acronym in both official languages.

We invite you to start using CICan right away when the use of abbreviations is in order. Please help us spread the word by using it where needed

Parkland College inks MOU with Treaty 4 Student Success Program Inc.

No matter what background we come from, the language we speak or the place we call home, education is the common thread in the battle against illiteracy, poverty and marginalization. That is why we are thrilled when we see efforts by Aboriginal leaders and our members to empower Indigenous communities through education.

Parkland College and Treaty 4 Student Success Program Inc. (T4SSP) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that will open new pathways to post-secondary education for First Nations students in the Treaty 4 region. This region covers much of southern Saskatchewan and small portions of western Manitoba and eastern Alberta. The formal partnership will link 11 First Nations schools in the area with learning opportunities at Parkland College.

To mark the occasion, an official signing took place on August 29 that began with a traditional pipe ceremony and was held in conjunction with Treaty 4’s annual school year kick-off.

Parkland College President Dr. Fay Myers (right) with T4SSP Executive Director Lori Whiteman.

Support for a new partnership with First Peoples

Last week, a group of Indigenous leaders and politicians, including former Prime ministers Paul Martin and Joe Clark launched Canadians for a New Partnership. This initiative aims to heighten awareness and increase understanding about Canada’s Indigenous Peoples.

As Colleges and Institutes Canada is also working towards a Indigenous Education Protocol, our association salutes this initiative and would welcome the opportunity to take part in a national dialogue that contributes to the success of Indigenous Peoples.

A full statement was issued on the matter and can be found here.

Did you know?

Happy Birthday to Cégep Gérald-Godin
Cégep Gérald-Godin is celebrating its 15th anniversary. Over the course of the upcoming school year, the institution will be marking this significant anniversary with a series of unique cultural events including art, music, food and more. This should be a great year for the staff and students of the only francophone cégep on Montreal’s West Island.

Read more (in French).

The Two Ann(e)s: Women of Influence among us

Two of our college presidents have been named to this year’s Top 25 Women of Influence list!

Anne Sado, President of George Brown College, and Ann Buller, President and CEO of Centennial College of Applied Arts and Technology, were both ranked among the top 25 leading Canadian female executives. Anne and Ann will be profiled in the winter issues of Women of Influence magazine and will be celebrated at a December 4 luncheon with Ontario Premier, Kathleen Wynne, who also made the Top 25 list. Congratulations Anne and Ann!

Partnerships work

Increasingly, partnership arrangements between colleges or colleges and universities are playing an important role in preparing students for their future. If you’re institution is involved in a unique or innovative post-secondary partnership arrangement, we want to hear from you. Share your news with us so that we can promote your successes across the Association and to Canadians.

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CEO on the move

I was in Australia last week where I had the pleasure of taking part in the TAFE Directors Australia conference in Sydney and visiting colleges in Melbourne. This was a wonderful opportunity to meet with our Australian counterparts from Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutes and discuss common challenges in technical post-secondary education.

I was invited to speak at two different workshops, one on entrepreneurial leadership and the second on diversified higher education where I shared success stories from Canadian colleges and institutes that have been working to expand their curricula to reach a diversity of students, including under-represented groups and disadvantaged learners. I was also able to discuss the crucial role of community and industry partnerships in developing better programs to meet the needs of both students and employers; as well as our focus on employer relationships and applied research.

While there are many similarities between the Canadian and Australian systems, I believe we offer many more degrees. Our colleges also offer many post-graduate programs, which does not seem to be the case in Australia.

I was very pleased to see that quite a few colleges in Australia seemed interested in developing student and teacher exchange opportunities. This could potentially lead to some interesting partnerships.

Coup de coeur

It is often said that a society is measured by how it treats its most vulnerable. This lesson has been taken to heart by Cégep de Sherbrooke teacher and veterinary technician Martine Nadeau.

Since the start of her teaching career in 1991, Ms. Nadeau demonstrated a clear passion and heightened awareness not only for animals’ plight, but also for individuals who experience hardship and misfortune.

In 2008 Ms. Nadeau founded a veterinary clinic at the Cégep in partnership with the institution and a local organization for the homeless. With their combined support along with the assistance of Cégep students studying animal health, Ms. Nadeau offers veterinary services to the animals of the homeless once every month—services she provides free of charge.

This project has already had a lasting impact on her college community, which is why Ms. Nadeau was recently presented with the Fondation Cégep de Sherbrooke’s annual Coup de cœur award, given each September to a member of the local Cégep community who contributes to the institution and to society in a positive way. Bravo Martine!


Wayne Resch has been appointed to the newly-created position of Vice-President Administration and Finance at Medicine Hat College (MHC). Mr. Resch has served in various roles at MHC since 2003, including most recently as Chief Financial Officer. Congratulations Wayne!

Bonnie Ireland has been named Executive Director of Campus Alberta Central, a joint venture between Olds College and Red Deer College that was established to guide post-secondary education in Alberta’s central region. Ms. Ireland assumed her new responsibilities on September 4. Congratulations Bonnie!

Barry O’Brien has been appointed Dean of the School of Business at Centennial College. Mr. O’Brien previously served at the director level in various capacities at the Liquor Control Board of Ontario from 1997 to 2014. Since 2003, he has also taught a variety of courses in business, government relations, business strategy and international commerce at York University. Congratulations Barry!

The Board of Governors at Red River College has announced the appointment of David Rew, Vice-President, Student Services and Planning, as interim President and CEO of the College. A 35-year veteran of the college, he is sure to bring a wealth of experience to the job. Congratulations David!

Karen Harker, has been named Lethbridge College’s new Associate Vice President, Academic. She assumed the new role on Sept. 1, 2014. Ms. Harker has been with the college since 1988 working in multiple roles including Director, Education Enhancement Team and Program Chair, General Studies. She was most recently the Acting Director in the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Innovation at Lethbridge College. Congratulations Karen!


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