Selkirk College president Angus Graeme returned from Ottawa last month with a broadened perspective on the role community colleges will play in addressing future needs for employers across Canada.
Graeme attended the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) National Skills Summit in Ottawa in late-October that brought together the presidents and CEOs from colleges, institutes and polytechnics from across Canada. In attendance at the summit were the country’s business leaders, industry sector associations and federal government officials.
On the table at the two-day summit was the move to bridge Canada’s very real skills gap and ensure students and parents have the complete picture of how to start a great career with a college education.
Selkirk College President Angus Graeme had the opportunity to meet with a host of federal business and industry leaders in Ottawa last month.
“We simply don’t have the population and the replacement demographics to move the economy forward. In the current context, that is a big part of the federal government’s goals and objectives for economic prosperity,” says Graeme. “There is a real excitement amongst community colleges that we are very well suited to do that work.”
Graeme is the current chair of BC Colleges, an association that represents 11 community colleges across the province. As the provincial representative, Graeme was one of the speakers at the summit.
The ACCC is the national and international voice of Canada’s publicly funded colleges, institutes and polytechnics, with more than 1.5 million learners of all ages and backgrounds at campuses serving urban, rural and remote communities.