ACIFA’S ROLE IN NAVIGATING THE NEXT TWO YEARS By: Anna Beukes (President elect, ACIFA). 31 May 2016 Three weeks ago ACIFA hosted our annual conference at Jasper Park Lodge. With 280 attendees from 15 Colleges and Institutes across Alberta, it was the biggest conference hosted by ACIFA yet. It was at this conference where […]
Attention all ACIFA conference registrants! The official conference programme with everything you need to know “ACIFA Conference” is now available to view and download! Click below to view the programme! ACIFA Conference 2016 Programme *Just a reminder that at this time, we will not be making any more changes to registration or selling any additional meal […]
ACIFA’s Faculty Circuit for March/April is now available! Click here to view
The Canadian Association of University Teachers has posted a job opportunity for the position of Professional Officer (Membership engagement, campaigns, and outreach). If you think this job is for you, send your resume and cover letter by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5:00 pm on April 15th. For the complete details in English, click here, […]
On March 15th many of our faculty participated in a conference call hosted by Deputy Minister of Advanced Education, Rod Skura. He gave a brief presentation related to the introduction of Bill 4, the Labour Relations Amendment Act. He communicated, among other things, that Bill 4 will not affect the PSLA and that there will […]
The NAIT Academic Staff Association is looking to fill an LRO position! Are you an experienced LRO with at least 5 years of experience in negotiations, administration and interpretation of collective agreements? This job could be right for you! Click here for details.
The Call for Submissions process is underway for the 2016 conference. Click the link below to make your submission to present at the ACIFA Conference 2016 (Online form courtesy of the Bow Valley College Faculty Association Hosting Committee) ACIFA Call for Submissions Online Form You may also use the original call for submissions form […]
Click here to download the ACIFA written submission on PSLA Labour Amendments
Click here to download the ACIFA Round Table Report on Amendments to the Alberta Post Secondary Learning Act.
The September-October 2015 edition of ACIFA’s Faculty Circuit is now available! Faculty Circuit Sept/Oct 2015
Johnson Insurance has a new running contest for 2015. Check out our Johnson Inc. Insurance page to see more details.
The following is a reply from the Minister of Innovation and Advanced Education of Alberta in regards to a meeting request from ACIFA President, Doug Short: From: IAE Minister Sent: July 15, 2015 1:17 PM To: Doug Short Cc: Robert Sutherland Subject: Meeting request – ACIFA and CAFA Dear Mr. Short: Thank you for your June […]
See the belated issue of ACIFA’s Faculty Circuit for January/February/March 2015: ACIFA Faculty Circuit – JanFebMar 2015
Click below to view a document prepared by ACIFA President, Doug Short. Premier Prentice: Should Albertans Be Average?
Click here to view an article on the recent provincial budget cuts and ACIFA President, Doug Short’s comments on the issue.
Please take note of the following Symposium at ACAD in March to examine the concept of academic freedom. Jim Turk and Ritu Khullar, both of whom were involved in the academic freedom case at ACAD two years ago, will be presented at the symposium. We hope that some of your members will take the opportunity […]
Press release – From ACIFA [Alberta Colleges and Institutes Faculties Association] February 11, 2014, 3.00 p.m. Ahead of the Curve Just two years ago our post-secondary institutions endured a net 5% cut in provincial funding. We were ahead of the curve. This was well before the provincial cabinet and MLAs took their recent 5% cut […]
February 1, 2015 Colleagues, It has been a hectic few weeks for the post-secondary sector in Alberta and indeed Canada. I thought I would update your Associations and their members on several fronts. CAUT Forum for Presidents [January 16-18, 2015, Ottawa] o I would recommend this Forum to our Associations and their Presidents as the […]
Provincial government budget decisions will be finalized in the next 10 days or so. To try and influence the decision making process, Doug Short and I met with politicians and high ranking civil servants last week. It was meaningful conversations, but things don’t look good for our sector (again!). We asked what we can do […]
January 27, 2014 Dear Mr. Prentice, Thank you for engaging ACIFA in the current discussion of the challenges, opportunities and solutions available to Albertans offered by our fiscal situation. The acknowledgement of the need for long-term adjustments to address our systematic revenue problems was refreshing and served as a reminder that our collective goal is […]
Click here to read the article from The Calgary Herald titled “Compensation of Alberta’s top university and college execs reignites calls for review”
On December 23, 2014 ACIFA president, Doug Short, sent a letter on behalf of ACIFA to Premier Jim Prentice and the budget committee of the Government of Alberta. Click here to read ACIFA’s comments on the Alberta Government’s Budget preparations.
The ACIFA Faculty Circuit for November/December 2014 is now available. November-December Newsletter 2014
Check out the latest edition of “The Fan” from Bow Valley College’s Faculty Association. Thank you for your support and promotion of ACIFA Awards and Events! Click here to view the Winter 2014 edition of “The Fan”
The Call for Submissions process is now underway for the 2015 conference. Benefits of pursuing the opportunity to present at the 2015 conference in beautiful Lake Louise include: *Conference Registration fee reduced by $100. *Presenting at the exquisite Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. *Opportunity to network with colleagues from across the province on the concepts and […]
Click here to find a summary of the meeting of Doug Short, Anna Beukes, and CAFA representatives with Don Scott that took place earlier this week.
Click here to see a letter sent out by President Doug Short regarding policy statements that have been put in place by political parties across Alberta.
Click Here to view the Minister of Innovation and Advanced Education, Don Scott’s response to Doug Short (ACIFA) & Rob Sutherland (CAFA). Click here to view the letter that he is responding to that was sent on behalf of ACIFA & CAFA on September 18, 2014
Click here to see a recent email outlining an important arbitration decision pertaining to a grievance filed by Brock University Faculty Association.
Click here to view a letter on behalf of ACIFA and CAFA to newly appointed Minister of Innovation and Advanced Education, Don Scott.
For Your Information: Please find links below for mandate letters to the Minister of Finance and the Minister of Innovation and Advanced Education sent earlier this week from Premier Jim Prentice. Mandate Letter to Robin Campbell, as Minister of Finance. Noteworthy for direction on pensions. Mandate Letter to Don Scott, as Minister of Innovation and […]
Below is a message from ACIFA President Doug Short regarding a recent request for a meeting from Premier Dave Hancock Colleagues, The Minister of Innovation and Advanced Education, Dave Hancock, has indicated he will be resigning and relinquishing his seat in the legislature, as transition to the new provincial government leadership occurs. What the new […]
The ACIFA Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Awards program application process is in progress. Please find attached the Application Form, which outlines the award system and how the award is administered. The deadline for submitting nominations to the ACIFA office is November 27, 2015. In addition to the website, the award will be advertised in […]
The following message is from ACIFA’s affiliated insurance company Johnson Inc. MEMBERS GET MORE! We know that everyone wants more from their insurance provider. That’s why when ACIFA members request a quote for their home and/or auto insurance through Johnson they’ll automatically entered into a draw to win a BMW 3 Series, a trip for […]
Although we expect significant public pension reform to be delayed from this fall’s sitting of the legislature, with Bills 9 and 10 being withdrawn from the Government’s agenda, one can never be certain. The withdrawal of these Bills would suggest that the proposed LAPP and PSPP changes will be delayed and/or modified into the future. […]
Please find below the PDF version of the webinar “A Climate of Possibility: The Unsystematic System of Canadian Post-Secondary Education” as well as the recorded version and the instructions to view it. A Climate of Possibility: The Unsystematic System of Canadian Post-Secondary Education 1)Click on link: webinar 2)On right hand side of page click Access […]
Report on FPSE Convention held in British Columbia
ACIFA Colleagues: Another Successful Conference in 2014 Let us all congratulate Norquest College and their organizing committee for another successful Conference. Thank you. And also a thank you to the staff at ACIFA who helped organize things and the many presenters that expanded our knowledge. The setting was great, the meals were fabulous, the sessions […]
Please find the link to the Full Conference Programme below! Conference Programme **Please Note: due to the size of the PDF file it may take a few attempts to load fully. Thank you!
Please find a link to the 2014 ACIFA Spring Conference schedule on the Conference page Conference Page
Congratulations to Jonathan Hurdman of Bow Valley College, the winner of the BBQ Contest Johnson put on this year. Just in time for Summer too! Thank you to Johnson for hosting this contest for ACIFA members!
Bill 9: Public Sector Pension Plans Amendment Act Bill 9 passed second reading in the Provincial Legislature May 5, 2014 and was then referred to the Standing Committee on Alberta’s Economic Future. Public hearings will be held over the summer. With possible improvements the bill will likely return to the legislature this fall. This gives […]
This last weekend Anna Beukes, our external VP at ACIFA, agreed to be the Chair of the Provincials meeting that is held the first morning of CAUT Council. Congratulations and thank you Anna.
Fellow colleagues, Last week we learned that the executive of the Mount Royal Faculty Association [MRFA] intends to introduce a couple of motions at their AGM. One motion is to join CAUT, the federal association of university teachers, as an independent faculty association. Currently MRFA enjoys most of the benefits and services of CAUT membership […]
Good Afternoon All, This message is just to let everyone know that registration for the 2014 ACIFA Conference is now closed. Thank you so much for everyone who has registered for the conference, we look forward to seeing you there!
Please find the link below for the March April edition of Faculty Circuit from ACIFA! March/April Faculty Circuit
Hi all, The Alberta Government has put out a discussion paper “Stabilizing Public Sector Pensions: The Contribution Rate Cap”. This paper is attached and also available at Stabilizing Public Sector Pensions: The Contribution Rate Cap With the pension reforms set out in Bill 9, which is likely to become law in the very near future […]
Hello colleagues, The Executive have been reviewing the activities, roles and responsibilities of ACIFA. We have held discussions, received some input from associations, and reviewed: • The Constitution [last revised June 2012]: Constitution Link • And document “What does ACIFA do?” What Does ACIFA Do? Link As the Executive reviews the budget for 2014/15 and […]
Please find a message from Doug Short below! Hi Everyone, The Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives launched a new website today that shows the tuition rates across the country and compares how many hours a student has to work to pay that tuition. Here is the link Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives Website
Here is a link to the detailed breakdown of the allocation of the $32.5 million earmarked in this year’s budget for targeted enrolment and collaborative initiatives in priority areas: Breakdown
As a follow-up to the letter to Minister Horner of January 1, 2014 and the recent announcement of the impending public sector pension reform legislation [with some alterations from the original proposal] I have followed up with a letter to Minister Horner on some key issues not yet sufficiently addressed. We hope to have input […]
A quick note on the budget estimate meetings: attended by Premier Hancock in his capacity as Minister of Innovation and Advanced Education, as well as other MPPs and public servants in the Ministry. > Premier Hancock indicated that Advanced Learning remains a high priority of this Government. [It was noted however that there was only […]
Please find the session list, along with a short description for the sessions taking place at the ACIFA Conference at Jasper Park Lodge at the link below! Conference Sessions
Please find a link for more information on this below! Memorandum of Action
Colleagues, LAPP’s Stakeholder Group met last week for an update on pension reform, an update on the LAPP’s business plan and its investment performance. Minutes of LAPP Meeting The Government will introduce enabling legislation this spring to change certain features of our pension. Your core benefit [best 5 years times your years of service] will […]
Hello All, Please find below the availability for rooms at the ACIFA conference. These are out of the rooms we had the hotel put aside. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. May 25 15x Fairmont King 54x Fairmont Queen 1x Fairmont Twin/Twin May 26 16x Fairmont King 55x Fairmont Queen 1x Fairmont Twin/Twin We […]
Please find the link below for the January – February Edition of Faculty Circuit, the ACIFA newsletter. January-February Faculty Circuit
Ignite’s “ideas for Post-Secondary Education” Student Consultation Report is now available on their website! Click the link below to find this report from our partners in Post-Secondary Education! Ignite Alberta
ACIFA would like to wish congratulations to Brooklin Schneider and Jordan Ramey on their winning of the 2013 Scholarship of Teaching and Learning! Please find an abstract of their research proposal below. “The benefits of blogs and Twitter for educational purposes have been well documented for developing self-directed learning skills and reflective practices in students […]
Please find the link below for the November – December edition of Faculty Circuit! November – December Faculty Circuit
The Innovation in Teaching Award 2013 winner was Lynne Honey from MacEwan University. Please find a summary for her proposal below! Students often hate group work because they feel intimidated by struggling or making mistakes in front of others, and many high-achievers are afraid that they will end up doing all the work while others […]
CLICK HERE to register for the conference! Please remember to register for the conference before paying Reminder: A *non-refundable* room deposit (of first night plus tax) will be charged by the hotel 45 days prior to the event.
Please find the link below to be redirected to the GMUFA website to see the open position for Executive Director. Executive Director
Please find the link below for the minutes from the October 2nd meeting between ACIFA, CAFA and the Honourable Thomas Lukaszuk Minister of Enterprise and Advanced Education. The minutes were collaborated on by our VP External Anna Beukes and the Executive Assistant to the Minister of Enterprise and Advanced Education Eldon McIlwain. CLICK HERE for […]
Please find a link below for the letter that ACIFA President Doug Short wrote to the Honourable Thomas Lukaszuk Minister of Enterprise and Advance Education regarding the $50 million put back into base funding. CLICK HERE to read the November 25th Letter to Minister Lukaszuk
Please find a link below to the letter dressed to ACIFA President Doug Short from the Honorable Thomas Lukaszuk Minister of Enterprise and Advanced Education. Letter to Doug Short
Please find the link to the official statement regarding the $50 Million that will be put back into PSE, as well as the break down for each institute below. Official Statement Institute Breakdown
Doug Short was quoted in the Calgary Metro on October 20, please find a link to the article below. Calgary Metro Link
Please follow the link bellow to see the new ACIFA Spring Conference 2014 page! ACIFA Annual Spring Confference 2014
Click the link below to be taken to our September/October newsletter! CLICK HERE for the September/October Faculty Circuit
The Caption Contest winner was decided on at the Presidents’ Council meeting on October 5th. ACIFA is proud to announce that the winner of the contest is Kim St. Yves! Her caption was: “The short and long of it: ACIFA President Doug Short gets the long term education plans from Minister Thomas Lukazsuk” Congratulations Kim! […]
Hello once again! The staff at ACIFA would like to thank everyone for their patience as we reestablished our site. Finally our site is back up and running. As you may notice there are some changes. Unfortunately due to the procedure need to recover our website we may be missing some information. Thankfully we have […]
ACIFA President Doug Short met with the Honourable Thomas Lukaszuk, Minister of Enterprise and Advanced Education. Out of this chance meeting a contest has been created! The best caption for the above photo will win a $50.00 gift card to Earls Restaurant. The captions should be submitted by email to Pam Anderson at email@example.com All […]
Though classes have slowed down for the summer for many of our members, ACIFA President Doug Short has been busy this month. Mr. Short recently sen ta letter to the Minister of Enterprise and Advanced Education. Thomas Lukaszuk. In addition, he wrote a press release that was sent out to media contacts across the province. […]