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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
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Campus sustainability

Advisory Committees

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

  • Chair: Paula Burns, President and CEO, Lethbridge College, Alberta
  • Karen Barnes, President and Vice Chancellor, Yukon College, Yukon
  • Mylène Boisclair, Directrice générale, Cégep du Vieux Montréal, Québec
  • Don Bureaux, President, Nova Scotia Community College, Nova Scotia
  • Angus Graeme, President, Selkirk College, British Columbia
  • Janet Morrison, President and Vice-Chancellor, Sheridan College, Ontario

The Student and Alumni Advisory Committee (ISAAC)

  • Mary Asekome, National Deputy Chairperson Canadian Federation of Students
  • Kaylie Broome, Information Technology: Programmer Analyst, New Brunswick Community College
  • Cristiani de Oliveira Dias, Community Development Work Diploma Program, Centennial College, Ontario
  • Beth Eden, Network Coordinator – Youth Initiative, UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network
  • Jerra Green, Police Studies, Assiniboine Community College, Manitoba
  • Garrett Koehler, SAIT, Alberta, and Director-at-Large: Membership, Canadian Alliance of Student Associations
  • Steve Lee, SDG Youth Advocate, Foundations for Environmental Stewardship
  • Abdul Malik, Insurance Program, Mohawk College, Ontario
  • Ira Mamis, Liberal Arts and Social Work, Yukon College
  • Elsa Montdésir, Graduate, Cégep Vieux Montréal, Canadian Commission for UNESCO Youth Advisory
  • Oanh Ngo, Business Administration Diploma, Bow Valley College, Alberta
  • Stéphanie Rochon, Nutrition et des Services alimentaires, Collège la Cité
  • Sierra Scott, Business Administration-Finance, St. Clair College, Ontario
  • 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, British Columbia

For further information please contact: Judi Varga-Toth, Project Lead, at 613-746-2222, ext. 3140 or