BRANTFORD, Apr. 22, 2021 – It is with deep appreciation and admiration for their performance in their position that the association has accepted the resignation of its Chief Executive Officer, Christopher Conway.
Chris played a critical role in the association’s success since joining the organization in December, 2018. His leadership in government relations, committee work, and staff administration have guided the association to better identify and meet the expectations of CCO members. Because of his deep-rooted commitment to the career college sector and its members, CCO finds itself in a stronger position to fulfil its mission to advocate for the equitable treatment of career colleges and their students.
We would also like to congratulate Chris on his exciting new role as the incoming CEO of Food and Beverage Ontario, an organization dedicated to advancing the interests of Ontario’s food and beverage processors.
To begin its search for a new chief executive officer, the association is engaging a third-party recruitment firm, which will be supported by an external task force consisting of career college professionals and led by former Executive Director Paul Kitchin. The third-party firm and task force will guarantee a transparent and independent candidate selection process.
CCO’s board of directors will then interview the candidates that the task force presents. Following these interviews, the board will elect a successful candidate for the position.
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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What we’ve achieved since 2018:
Swift response to COVID-19
Throughout the province’s healthcare crisis CCO has worked tirelessly to support members wherever possible.
Training for post-COVID careers – Second Career Program
CCO delivered recommendations to improve the Second Career program to address the increased demand brought on by COVID-19. As a result, the province is reworking the Second Career program to support workers laid off due to COVID‑19 by making it easier for them to retrain and upgrade their skills.
Career Colleges Ontario became an active participant in the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, Toronto Board of Trade, and the Mississauga Board of Trade. As members of these organizations, CCO can raise issues of importance to the career college sector and advocate that these organizations include recommendations for the benefit of the sector in the boards’ submission documents. These submission documents are influential to policy decision-makers and government responsible for regulating Ontario’s career college sector.