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January 2017

Art & Design Achievements

Any student achievement in fine art, literature, fashion, graphic design, music, or culinary arts; cool exhibitions, or design festivals organized by a college or institute etc.

Vancouver Island University celebrates 25-year anniversary of Bachelor of Arts program with profiles of successful grads

Vancouver Island University

from Vancouver Island University: “Happy Silver Anniversary, VIU BA! Twenty-five years ago, Malaspina College offered its first Bachelor of Arts program (Liberal Studies) in partnership with the University of Victoria. In 1996, the institution, which had then become Malaspina University-College, began offering homegrown BA degrees in a range of subjects. Today, as Vancouver Island University,…

Great Plains College students weld metal art for can’t miss-auction

Great Plains College

Great Plains College’s unique metal-art auction showcases student art achievements. as profiled in Maclean’s: “Chad Hittel, 21, has to step up his A game. Since he graduated in 2014 from the pre-employment welding certificate program at Great Plains College (GPC), Hittel always donates a piece of metal art to the program’s annual fundraising auction. In…

St. Clair College’s Jason Fabok

St. Clair College

Windsor, Ontario born Jason Fabok is a graduated from St. Clair College’s Tradigital Animation program in 2007 and was honoured as an Alumni of Distinction in 2014! Fabok has carried his passion for creative pursuits since he was a young boy. A fan of television cartoons, he enjoyed drawing the characters and watching them come…

NBCCD Alumna Jennifer McInnis-Wharton: The Fire Tamer


Jennifer McInnis-Wharton is a sight to behold as she fearlessly pulls pots out of 1050 degree kiln and drops them into a pile of newsprint and sawdust, igniting the lot with the heat of the glowing ceramic. Equal parts brutal and dazzling, the process of Raku gifts her with marvels of metallic colour. Jennifer is…

Le design responsable du Collège LaSalle

Collège LaSalle

Le Collège LaSalle de Montréal “a pour mission d’offrir une éducation qualifiante de haute qualité en réponse aux besoins du marché du travail et à ceux du développement des individus, dans un contexte de mondialisation”. À l’aide de divers intervenants du milieu de la mode, les étudiants en Design sont appelés à développer leurs connaissances…

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February 2017

International Success Stories

International outreach or development projects, partnerships abroad, research impacting other countries etc.

George Brown College International Field Placement at ALMA in Italy 

George Brown College

A prime example of George Brown College’s commitment to international education opportunities for students is its Culinary Arts – Italian graduate certificate program. Through George Brown’s partnership with ALMA, the distinguished Scuola Internazionale di Cucina Italiana, students spend one term in Italy to learn the essence of Italian cooking while being immersed in Italy’s culture.…

Niagara College students go the distance to make a difference in Honduras 

Niagara College

A group of 17 students from NC’s Practical Nursing, Dental Hygiene and Dental Assistant programs joined forces for an International Field Study in October, where they applied skills they gained in the classroom to help the underprivileged in Honduras. The students departed for Honduras on October 22, to work alongside the Hope Centre, a refuge…

Les 15 ans du Projet international en Sciences humaines au Cégep Marie-Victorin 

Cégep Marie-Victorin

Le programme de Sciences humaines, profil monde : Projet international, offert à Marie-Victorin, célèbre cette année ses 15 ans d’existence. Ce programme unique aura permis à plus de 325 étudiants de vivre une expérience enrichissante grâce à un séjour de trois mois dans un pays en voie de développement dont l’Inde, l’Indonésie, le Mexique, le Pérou,…

Michael Rurka: The Digital Nomad


A decision faced by so many new grads: Build a Career or Travel the World  What if you chose to do both? Before graduating with a Diploma in Graphic Design from the New Brunswick College of Craft & Design, Michael Rurka had already created an illustration that would be featured in Applied Art Magazine. Immediately after graduating he was…

Sheridan signs historic agreement with Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre

Sheridan College

from the press release: “Sheridan College took part last week in a Commercial Signing Ceremony held in Shanghai, China, and witnessed by the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s Minister of International Trade.  The agreement, signed by Michael Rubinoff, Associate Dean of Visual and Performing Arts at Sheridan, and Yang Shaolin, General Manager of the Shanghai Dramatic…

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March 2017

Green Spaces

Any sustainable classroom, clean-energy lab, carbon-reducing structure or initiative, or sustainable agriculture on campus or managed in conjunction with your institution etc.

High Performance Building Lab


New requirements for energy efficient housing and buildings require changes to existing building envelope design and construction techniques. In addition, construction in the coastal region of BC is sensitive to high moisture levels resulting in materials deterioration and failure. It is essential that construction technologists, designers, and builders are familiar with building envelope application technologies…

Students from Cégep de Sainte-Foy promote urban cycling with bike repair shop

Cégep de Sainte-Foy

from Maclean’s: Cycling to school in the cold, or pestered by honking cars and trucks, is not everyone’s idea of a good time. But students at Cégep de Sainte-Foy are raising awareness for active transportation around Quebec City through their bicycle committee and repair shop. The student-run group was formed two years ago to encourage…

W. Galen Weston Centre for Food at Durham College

Durham College

In 2009, Durham College (DC) turned its attention to Durham Region’s agri-food industry. Recognizing an opportunity to address local economic and social issues, DC embarked on an ambitious plan to satisfy the need for an agri-food-focused facility that would satisfy the gap in an innovative and environmentally conscious way. The end result was DC’s Centre…

Durham College Sustainability Office

Durham College

Durham College (DC) practices sustainability every day, especially in its Herman Miller-inspired space that is fully accessible to students and employees and serves as a hub for environmental awareness and action on campus. The Sustainability Office is the campus hub where the college’s sustainability initiatives are hatched. Home to the DC Living Green initiative and…

Sunny Days at College of the Rockies

College of the Rockies

Cranbrook, BC gets a lot of sunshine. Both Statistics Canada and Environment Canada cite it as one of the sunniest cities in Canada, and College of the Rockies is taking full advantage of all that sunshine. In April 2015, the College undertook a solar project at its Cranbrook campus’ residence building, installing two types of…

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Submit Your Project

With fundmy150, students will be able to raise modest resources they need to grow their projects and get new ideas off the ground through crowdfunding – like an arts and crafts program that needs a bit of money for supplies, or a student-designed adult coloring book with printing costs. This is a chance to support creative student ideas while giving back to the community. Spread the word on campus, in clubs, at the gym, between classes, through student associations – anywhere and everywhere – about this exciting opportunity!

May 2017


Any scientific, technological, business, or social innovation developed on campus, in partnership with your institution, or facilitated by programming/incubators at your institution etc.

Future Ways of Living Cultural Celebration and Pop-Up Lab

George Brown College

The unique George Brown College Institute without Boundaries (IwB), a Toronto-based educational program and design studio, works to achieve social, ecological, and economic innovation through design collaboration. from George Brown College: “The Institute without Boundaries (IwB) was founded in 2003 by the School of Design at George Brown College, in consultation with Bruce Mau. The…

College of New Caledonia launches new dual Medical Imaging and Sonography program

College of New Caledonia

from My Prince George Now: In Prince George, a new medical sonography – also known as ultrasound – diploma program will take in its first batch of students in the fall of 2018. It will be linked with the school’s existing medical radiography diploma and will train 16 students per year. “We’ve always had more…

Lethbridge College adds new way of designing to its Interior Design Technology program

Lethbridge College

Lethbridge College Interior Design Technology program launches virtual-reality component to help both students and clients better visual projects. from the Lethbridge Herald: “There’s a new way of designing, and students at Lethbridge College are getting the chance to explore it firsthand. Students in the Interior Design Technology (IDT) program are getting the opportunity to work…

Fleming College joins Peterborough’s Innovation Cluster, will create space for use by business & tech students

Fleming College

from the Peterborough Examiner: Fleming College will be part of the Greater Peterborough Innovation Cluster’s new VentureNorth incubator project. The organization announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding with Fleming College. The deal will see Fleming occupy 1,000 square feet of dedicated space for use by business and technology students. The Applied Project space…

Niagara College launches “Makerspace” exploratory digital lab aimed at inspiring innovation

Niagara College

from NiagaraThisWeek.com: The library at Niagara College is continuing to evolve with the times. The ncLibraries and Learning Commons has added another list to its roster of services, and this one goes beyond the traditional thought of what a library may offer. On Jan. 25, ncLibraries celebrated the launch of its new Exploratory Digital Media…

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June 2017

Indigenous Inclusion

Any initiative taken by a college or institute to encourage post-secondary education in Indigenous communities, program directed toward Indigenous learners, or service offered to facilitate Indigenous culture and values on campus etc.

Planning for a future through education

Justice Institute of British Columbia

Malcolm Stewart has always wanted to further his education. Ironically, it took an injury to give him the opportunity. Malcolm, 47, hails from the Nisga’a Nation in northwestern BC. He’s spent the past 20 years working in the construction industry as a carpenter, and most recently as a construction safety officer/occupational first aid attendant at…

New Okanagan College program help support workers better serve Indigenous people and communities

Okanagan College

A new program developed by Okanagan College in collaboration with local First Nations communities and regional Aboriginal organizations will prepare learners to step into community support work assisting Aboriginal individuals and families. The Aboriginal Community Support Worker Certificate program launches on November 28 at the College’s Salmon Arm campus. It will include a practicum with…

NC student raises awareness through Faceless Dolls workshop

Niagara College

They were lined up side by side on a table – each handmade felt doll carefully placed as the glue set on their yarn of hair and colourful dresses, adorned with accessories like beads and flowers. Each doll was crafted with creativity, care and consideration by students, staff and faculty. Each doll without a face.…

NBCCD Alumna Samaqani Cocahq: Sharing the Teachings of her Ancestors


We tend to doubt our abilities to do the things we have never tried before. We intuitively gravitate toward the safe and familiar, the sure and reliable. We put projects on hold until some future moment when we will be better equipped, more knowledgeable, ready. Samaqani Cocahq (Natalie Sappier) has burned her doubts in a fire of…

Lodgepole Indigenous Resource Centre opens at ACAD

Alberta College of Art + Design

Students, faculty, staff and the ACAD Elder Council gathered to celebrate the official opening of the Alberta College of Art + Design’s (ACAD) Lodgepole Center. The event, hosted by ACAD President + CEO, Dr. Daniel Doz, included speeches, a sacred pipe ceremony and a tour hosted by ACAD’s Indigenous Liaison, Tina Kinnee-Brown. The Lodgepole Center…

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July 2017

Programs of Interest

Any interesting/original program offered by a college or institute that we should celebrate.

Conflict Resolution: Specialization in Negotiation


The Certificate in Conflict Resolution: Specialization in Negotiation provides students with an excellent opportunity to explore the broad field of conflict resolution, with an emphasis on negotiation skills. The program will equip them with concepts and skills to improve personal and working relationships by learning how to handle conflict more constructively.   View program

Agribusiness Diploma Program

Assiniboine Community College

ACC’s two-year Agribusiness program combines agriculture, technology and business for an in-depth education in one of Canada’s largest industries.   View program

Ski Resort Operations & Management (SROAM) Program

Selkirk College

Covering all aspects of ski resort operations, this program gives you a unique blend of management skills and industry knowledge to prepare you for lasting leadership roles.   View program

Law and Justice Studies

Selkirk College

The two-year Law and Justice Studies diploma program is designed to prepare you for a career in the legal profession.  You will acquire the skills, training and support to strengthen your future career in a variety of legal professions including law, law enforcement, paralegal, criminology, advocacy, social justice and legal security.   View program

Travel and Tourism Management

Holland College

If you like to travel, were born with the customer-service gene, and take great pleasure in bringing together all the details so that others enjoy their experiences—then this program could be your passport to a very satisfying career.   View program

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August 2017

Cool Spaces

Any unique student centre, work-integrated learning lab, technology classroom, production studio, or artistic space facilitating an innovative learning experience, mental health awareness, or skills development etc., or any update or addition to an existing space to make it more accessible.

The Queen Street Billboard Project


The new billboards on display in downtown Fredericton are designed to intrigue your sense of thought – they reframe the concept of how a typical billboard is used and showcase colourful eye-catching designs that each have a story to tell. This project flips the marketing norms to use billboards as exhibition space, and to give…

La microcentrale photovoltaïque

Cégep Limoilou

À l’initiative d’un enseignant en Technologie de l’électronique industrielle, Alain Marineau, le Cégep Limoilou dispose de la seule station de production d’énergie électrique par panneaux photovoltaïques à vocation pédagogique au Québec. D’ailleurs cette microcentrale a suscité un grand intérêt lors de sa présentation lors d’un midi-innovation TI organisé par l’Institut Technologie de l’information et Société…

La Place

La Cité

Véritable carrefour de rencontres et d’échanges où l’innovation et la vitalité de La Cité rayonneront, La Place sera le point d’entrée du Collège grâce à sa technologie avant-gardiste, son espace incontournable axé sur la pensée créatrice et l’utilisation créative des technologies dans le monde des affaires. La Place deviendra un lieu de prédilection pour les…

Centre for Health & Wellness takes interdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning

Camosun College

The new building will be designed for 21st century learning, provide a more interdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning, and will deliver the most modern classrooms, with hands-on labs, simulation environments, support and collaboration spaces and medical equipment storage. It will bring together the majority of Camosun’s health and human service programming in one location which is…

The Equine Barns

Olds College

The Production Barn The production barn is where all the reproductive courses such as hand breeding and artificial insemination class take place. It is complete with 6 box stalls, breeding stocks, a breeding shed with a mount phantom and a tease wall. Upstairs is the loft where the production and breeding management students spend many…

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September 2017

What are your #150reasons?

You shared your #150reasons for choosing to work, study, teach and/or lead at your institutions with us – and here they are! Continue to Tweet @CollegeCan to share your #150reasons!

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October 2017


Any entrepreneur coming out of the college/institute system, program fostering entrepreneurship, incubator success, or business partnership with a college or institute etc.

NB Heart Truth: Featured Fashion Designer Chavah Lindsay


Chavah Lindsay of Chavah Designs has the honour this year of being the only designer showcased in both of the premiere New Brunswick Fashion events this spring: The New Brunswick College of Craft & Design (NBCCD) Annual Fashion Show in Fredericton and the NB Heart Truth Red Dress Event in Moncton. Chavah is creating two…

Le CERESO au Cégep régional de Lanaudière ouvre un nouveau lieu communautaire afin de démarrer des projets inspirants et novateurs

Cégep régional de Lanaudière

du Hebdo Rive Nord : La communauté du Cégep de même que celle du grand Lanaudière disposent désormais d’un lieu inspirant afin d’échanger des idées et démarrer des projets innovants; l’Espace 412. On doit l’idée au Centre d’expertise et d’accompagnement en innovation sociale au Cégep régional de Lanaudière (CERESO). Nommé l’Espace 412 en raison de cette…

Greg Kerr named Entrepreneur of the Month by the Entrepreneur Development Centre

Medicine Hat College

Greg Kerr is a part-time entrepreneur who is fully committed to providing premium drain cleaning and plumbing services to residential and commercial clients in Medicine Hat, Alberta. “My full-time job is with the City of Medicine Hat in the environmental utilities department, however it’s a flexible environment that also allows me to run my own…

Algonquin College and Startup Canada launch Startup Ottawa Valley

Algonquin College

from the Daily Observer: Startup Canada, Algonquin College and others are working together to spark entrepreneurship within the Ottawa Valley. All parties helped to launch Startup Ottawa Valley, a support organization with a nationwide reach for those wanting to start up a business, develop that million-dollar idea, or those who just need help, resources and…

L’entrepreneuriat au Cégep de Trois-Rivières : faire le point, consolider et… se développer !

Cégep de Trois-Rivières

Depuis 2013, le développement de l’entrepreneuriat éducatif et de l’accompagnement des jeunes entrepreneurs fait partie des priorités au Cégep de Trois-Rivières. Deux séries de raisons nous y ont poussés : celles qui sont relatives aux bénéfices pédagogiques de l’activité entrepreneuriale et celles qui concernent notre mission complémentaire régionale. De nombreuses réalisations en témoignent, mais la création de La…

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November 2017

Outstanding Alumni

Any alumnus who is successfully contributing to Canada or Canada’s brand.

Jon Dore

Algonquin College

Actor and comedian

Diane Lamarre

Cégep Édouard-Montpetit


Geoffrey Farmer

Emily Carr University


Joni Mitchell



Sam Sullivan

Langara College

Politician and founder of the Sam Sullivan Disability Foundation

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December 2017

Community Impact

Any example of colleges and institutes contributing to the success, security, or well-being of their community.

Selkirk College and Columbia Power partnership provides jobs and growth for the local economy

Selkirk College

Since Selkirk College alumni began transitioning into the regional workforce in the late-1960s, individuals educated close to home have helped build and grow the economy of the West Kootenay and Boundary region. As the college embarks on a celebration of its first 50 years and looks towards the next half-century, an exploration of the relationship…

Selkirk College nursing students help community members dealing with issues of housing insecurity, addiction, and untreated mental illness

Selkirk College

Third-year nursing students at Selkirk College have a unique opportunity to develop their nursing skills and knowledge of the social factors that shape health on the streets of Nelson. They work with local agencies to help people in the community who may be dealing with issues of housing insecurity, addictions and untreated mental illness. It’s…

NBCC’s Robertson Institute for Community Leadership


from NBCC: Launched in 2014, NBCC’s award-winning Robertson Institute for Community Leadership is mobilizing students, staff, alumni and Board members College-wide to transform lives and communities. Built upon NBCC’s tradition of giving back, our Signature Learning Experience (community leadership) is at the heart of the NBCC experience. Our commitment through the Robertson Institute for Community…

Be the one fighting fires


Steve Oishi was working at the Big White Fire Department when the call came in of a car that had crashed head-on into a tree on the side of the road. On arrival, the fire crew found the dash had crumpled and pinned the driver inside. As a graduate of the pre-employment firefighter training program…

Le CCNB, fier partenaire de l’Arbre de l’espoir!


Au moins neuf programmes du CCNB : Campus de Dieppe contribueront dans un cadre pédagogique à l’organisation du Radiothon de l’Arbre de l’espoir qui se déroulera le vendredi 24 novembre à ce campus. Le Radiothon, qui est la grande finale de la campagne annuelle de l’Arbre de l’espoir, est présenté au CCNB – Campus de Dieppe…

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