The President's Blog

Learning from our fellow colleges

June 6th, 2016

Last week, I had the great opportunity to attend the annual conference for the national association of colleges. The 2016 Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) conference was my first chance as Parkland College President to connect in person with representatives from other colleges and institutes, both nationally and internationally.

Approximately 800 delegates gathered to listen and learn from the experiences of others. I had the pleasure of attending sessions put on by representatives from Nova Scotia Community Colleges, New Brunswick Community College, the Justice Institute of British Columbia, Fanshawe College, Humber College, and our provincial counterparts at North West College.

Each of the sessions provided a glimpse at issues similar to those which Parkland College faces. While the context may be somewhat different, there was still a great deal to learn from institutions that have triumphed and flourished by addressing challenges through innovative means. 

The term “networking” sometimes gets used in a negative way, but the “networking” that I was able to experience at CICan’s 2016 conference has provided me with invaluable knowledge and insight. The challenge now is to apply the information gathered and make it meaningful for Parkland College.

I look forward to future opportunities to connect with other colleges. I know it will only make Parkland College stronger.

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