About CICan

CICan is the national and international voice of Canada’s largest post-secondary education network. It advocates, builds capacity, and drives knowledge to strengthen Canada’s publicly supported colleges, institutes, CEGEPs, and polytechnics to meet Canada’s – and the world’s – biggest challenges. With more than 95% of Canadians living within 50 km of a member institution, and thanks to its extensive reach around the globe, CICan works to future-proof communities in Canada and abroad.

We respectfully acknowledge that CICan’s offices in Ottawa are located on the traditional and unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabe Nation.

CICan Recognition

National Capital Region’s Top Employers

CICan was pleased to announce our recognition as one of the National Capital Region’s Top Employers for the second consecutive year. The designation recognizes the employers in the Ottawa-Gatineau metropolitan area that led their industries in offering exceptional places to work. The annual competition is led by organizers of Canada’s Top 100 Employers project, who evaluate employers on their ability and willingness to provide stable, foundational benefits, such as family-friendly and time-off policies.

CICan’s Distinguished Service Award

In December 2023, CICan bid farewell to a long-standing president and CEO, Denise Amyot, whose visionary leadership and tireless dedication left an indelible mark on our organization. Denise steered us through a decade of transformative growth and achievements. One of her most notable contributions was her unwavering commitment to building an inclusive and sustainable future. With Denise at the helm, we launched a record number of programs aimed at helping Canada advance the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Moreover, her attentiveness to building CICan members’ capacity ensured their continual success amidst rapid technological advancement and the changing nature of work. Denise’s outstanding contributions were recognized in 2023 when she was honoured with CICan’s Distinguished Service Award, presented by CICan’s Presidents’ Leadership Network.