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Learn more about Cambrian’s Program Advisory Committees

What is a Program Advisory Committee?

Program Advisory Committees (PACs) provide essential industry-related feedback that informs decision-making and actions taken by the College as they relate to its academic programs. They play a critical role in evaluating program effectiveness and ensure that our programs remain relevant and serve the needs of our communities, near and far. They also serve as a vital, ongoing link with community and industry. 

The community and industry leaders who are part of our PACs provide important expertise and insight into the current needs and future trends for which our graduates must be prepared. They ensure our students graduate with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to succeed in both their personal and professional lives.

Who are Cambrian PAC members?

PAC members are employers, business and industry leaders, practitioners, and labour representatives. They are as diverse as our programs and student body and represent large and small organizations, public and private sector groups, and local and international trendsWhile not members of a PAC, program faculty, staff, and student representatives also participate during PAC meetings by sharing relevant updates and feedback.

How do PACs make a difference?

The primary function of PACs is to provide advice that can better inform the overall teaching and learning experience at Cambrian College, shaping the programs and courses offered by the College to ensure they are current, relevant, competitive, and forward-looking. They do this in a variety of ways:

  • Assist in the assessment of Cambrian’s academic programs in relation to community, provincial, and national needs as well as labour market trends.
  • Advise on placements, internships, and mentoring partnerships.
  • Share information on evolving industry trends and the acquisition of new specialized equipment.
  • Support practical, real-world, and hands-on learning opportunities including applied research opportunities.
  • Support student awards and scholarships.

How can you benefit from joining a PAC?

PAC members benefit from increasing their own professional networks by connecting with other industry professionals and academics. They also are able learn more about industry and market trends through additional networking opportunities. More importantly, they are able to connect with Cambrian talent, with over 80% of PAC members indicating their organization has hired a Cambrian graduate.

Program Advisory Committee Listing:

  • Addictions and Mental Health
  • Community and Health Services Navigation
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Fitness and Health Promotion
  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Business Management
  • Human Resources Management
  • International Business Management
  • Project Management
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Applied Learning Disabilities Studies
  • Child and Youth Care
  • Developmental Services Worker
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Social Service Worker
  • Social Service Worker – Indigenous Specialization
  • Animation
  • Game Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Music
  • Visual Arts and Design
  • Business Data Analytics
  • Crime Analytics
  • Health Analytics
  • Medical Laboratory
  • Medical Radiation
  • Medical Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Firefighter Education and Training
  • Paramedic
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechatronics Engineering
  • Mining Engineering
  • Power (Operating) Engineering
  • Environmental Monitoring – Impact Assessment
  • Environmental Technician
  • English for Academic Purposes
  • General Arts and Science
  • Pre-Health Sciences
  • Pre-Trades/Technology
  • Nursing (Registered and Practical)
  • Personal Support Worker
  • Computer Programming – Internet of Things
  • Computer Systems
  • Cybersecurity
  • IT Business Analysis
  • Mobile Application Development
  • Community and Justice Services (Corrections)
  • Corporate Safety and Security
  • Police Foundations
  • Protection, Security, and Investigation
  • Workplace Health and Safety
  • Media Communications
  • Public Relations
  • Massage Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy / Physiotherapy

* indicates PSE and Apprenticeship

  • Automotive*
  • Electrician (Industrial)*
  • General Carpentry
  • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning*
  • Heavy Duty Equipment*
  • Machining*
  • Millwright (Industrial Mechanic)*
  • Powerline
  • Truck and Coach*
  • Welder and Metal Fabrication*

Working together, now and into the future

We are very committed to continuing to build and maintain strong industry and community partnerships because these partnerships provide faculty and students with the opportunity to extend their learning well beyond the classroom walls. By supporting practicums, internships, co-ops and work placements, research and innovation projects, and many other experiential learning opportunities, our students are able to benefit from your expertise in meaningful ways that enhance their learning.

Interested in becoming a PAC member?

If you would like to learn more about becoming a PAC member or other ways that you can help our students in their learning journey, please email

Frequently Asked Questions

Appointments to a Program Advisory Committee are made by the Board of Governors through the President, on the recommendation of academic school Deans and Program Coordinators. If you are interested in becoming a member of one of our PACs, we encourage you to contact, in order to be connected with the Dean who has academic responsibility for the program you wish to help support as an advisor. 

The appointment is for three academic years. 

Committees meet at least twice yearly. Committees, or representatives from committees, may meet more frequently for special projects. 

Advisors spend approximately 10 to 20 hours per year on their committee involvement. 

Most committees allow for some new members to be appointed every year. This ensures both the continuity of the committee’s activities and allows for the steady introduction of new perspectives. Membership is reviewed annually to preserve the vitality of the committee.

Yes. There is student representation on PACs. Members will also have opportunities to interact with students at College events. 

No problem. An orientation package will be shared with new members, and you’ll have opportunities at each meeting to learn more about what is happening not only in your program or cluster of programs but also what is happening at the College.