BRANTFORD, ON August 12, 2021 – Career Colleges Ontario, an association representing Ontario’s career colleges and their students, is thrilled to announce the appointment of its new Chief Executive Officer, Shikha Jain.
Jain joins the association following seven years working in strategic operations and leadership roles at the Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO), a not-for-profit regulatory authority that licenses and inspects 3,300 dairy farms, develops and manages policies governing the supply-managed sector, and advocates on behalf of dairy farmers across Ontario.
“I’m elated to join the CCO team and looking forward to leveraging my experience as we work to advance the association’s core mission to establish the equitable treatment of Ontario’s career college students and be a valued pillar of the post-secondary education system,” said Shikha Jain.
At DFO, Jain most recently served as the Chief Strategy and Administrative Officer. Previous to this position, Jain was the Director of Planning, HR and Organizational Development as well as the Manager of HR and Organizational Development.
In her capacity, Jain’s responsibilities included government relations, member and corporate communications, stakeholder relations, strategic planning, organizational development and HR, and regulatory compliance. Jain guided DFO through change management initiatives such as transitioning farm regulated and industry inspection programs to new models. Jain also supported the integration of new marketing and public relations functions into the organization that promoted the farmer brand and showcased the value of dairy in the provincial social fabric.
“Jain’s achievements during her tenure at DFO greatly influenced the board in their decision. Members immediately recognized the alignment of Jain’s skills to meeting the association’s needs as it seeks to raise its profile in the coming years,” said Adrian Sharma, CCO’s Board Chair.
Jain holds a Bachelor of Engineering Science degree in Electrical Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from The University of Western Ontario.
About Career Colleges Ontario
Career Colleges Ontario (CCO) is a not-for-profit association that was established in 1973 to advocate on behalf of career colleges in the province of Ontario. The association’s purpose is to help governments, key decision-makers and the public understand the critical role its members and their students play in supporting Ontario’s post-secondary education system and improving the province’s economic well-being. CCO’s members contribute to Ontario’s economy by providing highly qualified graduates in hundreds of essential, skilled fields such as Applied Arts, Business, Healthcare, Human Services, Information Technology, Services, and Trades.
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