Inspired by CICan’s 5-year Strategic Plan 2019-2024, the ImpAct initiative, aims to support colleges and institutes in achieving their shared vision of Better Futures for Peoples and Communities. Backed by the McConnell Foundation and placed under the patronage of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, it builds on the common values and aspirations of CICan members and is designed to amplify the college and institute system’s contributions to economic and social development, community well-being and a sustainable future by supporting deliberate and collaborative approaches.
The ImpAct initiative’s actions will be guided by Canada’s commitments to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). By using the SDGs as a framework for setting priorities, partnering with others and measuring results, the ImpAct initiative will support CICan members in collaborating for a healthy, inclusive, prosperous and sustainable 21st century Canada.
Three collaborative pan-Canadian projects will help strengthen and scale up member institutions’ contributions to social and economic inclusion and ecological sustainability:
Reducing barriers to inclusive access
Two advisory committees will guide the project, bringing the perspectives of large, small, urban, rural and Northern institutions from across the country:
The Presidents’ Advisory Committee
- Paula Burns, President and CEO, Lethbridge College (Chair)
- Karen Barnes, President and Vice Chancellor, Yukon College
- Mylène Boisclair, Directrice générale, Cégep du Vieux Montréal
- Don Bureaux, President, Nova Scotia Community College
- Angus Graeme, President, Selkirk College
- Janet Morrison, President and Vice-Chancellor, Sheridan College
The Student and Alumni Advisory Committee (ISAAC)
- Mohammad Al Masalma, Graduate, Nova Scotia Community College, WUSC
- Kaylie Broome, Information Technology: Programmer Analyst, New Brunswick Community College
- Casey Caines, Bachelor of Arts: Communication & Public Relations, Grande Prairie Regional College
- Jason Cotton, Bachelor of Applied Science: Ecosystems Management, Lethbridge College
- Cristiani de Oliveira Dias, Community Development Work Diploma Program, Centennial College
- Jordan Dubois, Indigenous Land Stewardship Program, Native Education College
- Beth Eden, Network Coordinator – Youth Initiative, UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network
- Jerra Green, Police Studies, Assiniboine Community College
- Garrett Koehler, SAIT, Director-at-Large: Membership, Canadian Alliance of Student Associations
- Steve Lee, SDG Youth Advocate, Foundations for Environmental Stewardship
- Abdul Malik, Insurance Program, Mohawk College
- Ira Mamis, Liberal Arts and Social Work, Yukon College
- Elsa Montdésir, Graduate, Cégep du Vieux Montréal, Canadian Commission for UNESCO Youth Advisory
- Oanh Ngo, Business Administration Diploma, Bow Valley College
- Kacie Opekokew, Heavy Equipment Truck and Transport Program, Parkland College
- Stéphanie Rochon, Nutrition et des Services alimentaires, La Cité
- Sierra Scott, Business Administration-Finance, St. Clair College
- Taranjeet Singh Manchanda, Accounting, George Brown College, Canadian Federation of Students
- Zy St-Pierre-Bourdelais, Diplôme d’Étude Collégial en Technologie de l’architecture, Cégep du Vieux Montréal
- Stephanie Tate, Communication & Public Relations, Thompson Rivers University
The Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCUNESCO) helps Canadians share knowledge locally and globally in order to create better societies and build peace in the minds of men and women. To do so, the Commission facilitates cooperation in the fields of education, science, culture, communication and information to address some of the most complex challenges facing the world today.
The McConnell Foundation is a private Canadian foundation that develops and applies innovative approaches to social, cultural, economic and environmental challenges. They do so through granting and investing, capacity building, convening, and co-creation with grantees, partners and the public.
In November 2018, ESDC launched the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Funding Program to support projects aimed at: building awareness of the 2030 Agenda; increase partnerships and networks; advance research; and further Canada’s implementation of the 2030 Agenda.