Fanshawe College president gets new role

Peter Devlin and Denise Amyot. CREDIT: PETER DEVLIN VIA TWITTER
Fanshawe College President, Peter Devlin, and CICan President, Denise Amyot, following the CICan Awards of Excellence ceremony.

Fanshawe College’s president, Peter Devlin is taking on a new role. Devlin has been named the new Board Chair for Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan). Devlin, who has been Fanshawe’s president since 2013, has been on the board of directors for CICan since 2019.

“I feel immense privilege to be taking on the role of Chair of the CICan board,” said Devlin in a statement. “I believe in CICan’s vision and am proud to work with colleagues from across the country to advance our sector’s important work and reach.”

Devlin replaces Paula Burns, who is the president and CEO of Langara College in British Columbia. While Burns was serving on the CICan board, she was president and CEO of Lethbridge College in Alberta. She completed her second mandate on the board in June 2022.

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“Peter has been involved in many CICan initiatives over the years, including as Chair of CICan’s International Advisory Committee,” said the college in a news release.

CICan is the voice of Canada’s post-secondary education network. According to their website, their job is to advocate, build capacity, and drive knowledge to strengthen Canada’s publicly supported colleges, institutes, CEGEPs, and polytechnics. They work to “futureproof” communities in Canada and abroad. This means they anticipate the future and create ways to minimize the effects of shocks and stresses of potential future events.

“We are so pleased to have Peter Devlin as the new Board Chair,” said CICan President and CEO, Denise Amyot. “I look forward, not only to continuing to work alongside Peter and Fanshawe College, but to see what rich legacy he will bring to our board and organization.”

He joins Nathalie Vallée, who was elected to serve another term as Vice-Chair of the board. She is the director general of Collège Ahuntsic in Montréal and has served as vice-chair since 2020.

Before Devlin came on board at Fanshawe, he served 35 years in the Canadian Armed Forces and retired commanding the Canadian Army at the rank of Lieutenant General. He has several UN, NATO, and Coalition tours. His awards include Orders of Military Merit from the United States, Brazil and Columbia, as well as the Canadian Meritorious Service Cross, France’s National Order of the Legion of Honour and Commander of the Canadian Order of Military Merit.

Fanshawe hosted Amyot as she presented CICan Awards of Excellence and was given the official tour of campus. She visited Innovation Village, and Fanshawe Centre for Research & Innovation.

“Cool to see how Applied Research equipment, thanks to the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, helps Fanshawe College to serve the businesses of their region,” said Amyot. “Amazing stories for economic development.”

Amyot also gave the virtual welding labs a try. The labs are part of the $5 million unveiling the college did earlier this year.