Challenges and Opportunities Ahead

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 […]

ACIFA Conference 2016 Programme

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 […]

Help Wanted! CAUT Job Posting

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 by 5:00 pm on April 15th.   For the complete details in English, click here, […]

UPDATE: PSLA and Essential Services Legislation

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 […]

NASA Labour Relations Officer Wanted!

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.  

Call for Submissions Reminder

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 […]

ACIFA Conference 2016

Planning for the ACIFA Annual Spring Conference 2016 is currently underway! Visit our new conference tab to get a quick glance into this year’s logo, theme, and strands. Stay tuned for more information. Click here to view the Conference 2016 tab

ACIFA Faculty Circuit

The September-October 2015 edition of ACIFA’s Faculty Circuit is now available! Faculty Circuit Sept/Oct 2015  

ACIFA Faculty Circuit

See the belated issue of ACIFA’s Faculty Circuit for January/February/March 2015: ACIFA Faculty Circuit – JanFebMar 2015

ACIFA Correspondence with Premier Jim Prentice

ACIFA President Doug Short recently sent out a letter to Premier Jim Prentice with suggestions on post-secondary funding and the budget of 2015. Click below to view the correspondence between Mr. Short and Mr. Prentice. Letter to Premier Jim Prentice Response from Premier Jim Prentice

ACAD Symposium & Exhibition

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 […]

ACIFA Press Release

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 […]

Now is your chance to influence funding for PSE

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 […]

Letter to Jim Prentice on Budget

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 […]

“The Fan” Winter 2014 Edition

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”

Call for Submissions

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 […]

Response from Don Scott

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

Mandate Letters from New Premier Jim Prentice

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 […]

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Awards 2014

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 […]

Johnson Inc. Home & Auto Insurance Contest

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 […]

Alberta Public Pension Plan Reform Update

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. […]

Conference 2014 Message from the President

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 […]

Full Conference Programme!

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!

Johnson Inc BBQ Winner!

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!

Message from Doug Short: Regarding Bill 9

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 […]

Chair of CAUT Provincials Meeting

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.

Message From Doug Short: Mount Royal Executive Proposes to Leave ACIFA

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 […]

Conference Registration Now Closed

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!

Message from Doug Short

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 […]

Message from Doug Short

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 […]

CCPA Tuition Comparison Site Launched today

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

Letter to Minister Horner

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 […]

Message from Doug Short

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 […]

Message from ACIFA President Doug Short

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 […]

Hotel Rooms for the Conference

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 […]

Ignite Alberta

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

2013 Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award Winners!

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 […]

Innovation in Teaching Award 2013 Winner

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 […]

Conference Registration Now Open!

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.

October 2nd Meeting with ACIFA, CAFA and Minister Lukaszuk

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 […]

November 25th Letter to Minister Lukaszuk

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

Caption Contest Winner Announced!

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! […]

Back up and Running!

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 […]

Caption Contest!

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 All […]

ACIFA Advocacy Update: June 2013

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. […]