A Word from our Leadership

Odette Coté, Director General François Paradis, Chair

Champlain Regional College (CRC) is a diverse expression and collaboration between three of Québec’s English language communities who work together to achieve shared goals and objectives. The Board of Governors is proud of the role it has played in moving Champlain Regional College into a new era of Chapter II of the Colleges Act during the 2018-2019 academic year. October 25, 2019 marked the beginning of a new chapter for CRC, after amendments to the Letters Patent were adopted unanimously by the Board of Governors in September 2018. All college stakeholders worked relentlessly and patiently in the finest spirit of collaboration to build an exciting future for the college as a whole. Thus, the three constituent colleges acquiring pedagogical autonomy, supported by sound administration and united by good governance, are well positioned to grow and flourish in providing stimulating educational opportunities to Anglophone students in the administrative regions of the Capitale Nationale, the Eastern Townships and the Montérégie.

In the context of this transformational change, the primary areas of focus have been to ensure the smooth transition and implementation of instances and operations related to the new governance structure and academic model, composed of a board of governors, three governing boards, three commissions of studies and three constituent colleges. Having acquired pedagogical autonomy and guided by principles of reciprocity, accountability and transparency, the decision-making process is now closer to students and local communities served by each constituent college.

This change in governance called for the revision of Bylaw 1 – General Administration of Champlain Regional College, Bylaw 3 – Appointment, Renewal of Appointment, and Evaluation of the Director General and Directors of Constituent Colleges, and Bylaw 5 – Financial Management of the Regional College. The Golden Book of Endeavours was also created to capture and highlight the extraordinary efforts, achievements and talents of our students, employees and communities, while celebrating what we do on a regular basis. The Report on the Evaluation of the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan was approved by the Board of Governors, in preparation for a new strategic plan under the new governance structure.

Furthermore, after four years of continual efforts to strengthen the College’s financial situation, CRC is financially stable at each of its locations. The revision of the ministerial FABRES funding model, the recognition of adequate ministerial funding for CRC, as well as careful planning and spending are just a few examples which have contributed to ensuring the college’s financial stability.

These substantial changes to the College have brought the community together and have prepared us for the unprecedented COVID-19 world pandemic. The rapid conversion to alternate modes of teaching and working testifies to the high quality of our environment as efforts were invested in the pursuit of our educational mission. The innovative and creative ways put forward to ensure the success of our students have enriched the way we do things and sets the milestones for the future. CRC is committed to the pursuit of academic excellence for the purpose of students’ self-realization. We continue efforts to reinforce our commitment to student success, to provide compelling and relevant programs, to provide supportive services, to create an engaging environment and to encourage innovation.

Governance – Board of Governors’ main duties

The Board, as a body, exercises the rights and powers of the Regional College as prescribed by the Act and the Letters Patent but, as individuals, the Governors have no authority except where certain powers are specifically delegated to them by the Board.

The Board may rule on any matter that, under the regulations applicable to the Regional College, comes under the competence of the Executive Committee or of an Officer.  However, such rulings may not affect the rights of third parties.

The Board exercises its powers by resolution, bylaw, and policy. Any decision, which requires the approval of the Board, must be endorsed by a resolution duly proposed and adopted in accordance with provisions contained in Article 3 of Bylaw 1.  Any such decision must subsequently be recorded in the official minutes of the meetings of the Board. Such recording of a Board resolution in the minutes, or an extract thereof, constitutes prima facie proof of its authenticity. Any decision, which does not comply with Article 3 of Bylaw 1 is not a decision of the Regional College, is not binding upon the Regional College, and entails the personal liability of any person implementing such a decision.

Article 12 of the Colleges Act applies to the proceedings of the Board.

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Publication of the official letters patent

We are pleased to announce that the new Letters Patent for Champlain Regional College have been officially adopted by Cabinet (le Conseil des ministres). To learn more,

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