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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.

Le Collège Vanier ouvre une nouvelle librairie coopérative

Collège Vanier

du communiqué de presse : « Le Collège Vanier est fier d’annoncer que l’ouverture officielle de Jake’s Co-op, la librairie coopérative du cégep, s’est déroulée le 7 décembre 2016. La nouvelle librairie est gérée par la coopérative étudiante et est membre de la Fédération québécoise de coopératives en milieux scolaires (FQCMS). L’équipe de la librairie avait du…

Les étudiants du Cégep de Sainte-Foy récompensés à l’Exposition de Design industriel 2016

Cégep de Sainte-Foy

du communiqué de presse : « Du 20 au 26 mai dernier, la Galerie Espaces Parenthèse du Cégep de Sainte-Foy accueillait l’exposition des finissants en Design industriel du Cégep de Sainte-Foy. Les finissants, au nombre de 16 cette année, en ont mis plein la vue aux visiteurs. Lors du vernissage, le mercredi 25 mai, plusieurs prix ont été…

Red River College’s training restaurant is quickly becoming a culinary hub on Winnipeg’s hot new food scene

Red River College

from Maclean’s: “It started with Deer + Almond in 2012. The small-plate restaurant popped up on Princess Street in Winnipeg’s Exchange District, offering a new option to downtown office workers and hip university students. Then, King and Bannatyne’s sandwiches drew lunchtime crowds. Next, Bronuts and Chosabi opened side by side in 2015, each tempting diners…

Virtual Reality 3D Modeling Software Created by Student Researchers at the Algonquin College Office of Applied Research & Innovation

Algonquin College

Masterpiece VR is a Virtual Reality application used to create stunning 3D art, including sculptures, paintings, and even whole scenes. This is all achieved through a combination of PhD level mathematics, cutting-edge technology and professional grade software/UI design. The technology also makes it possible for multiple users to collaborate seamlessly in real time across the globe…

Holland College student trades hockey stick for paint brush

Holland College

Three years ago, Dylan McQuaid’s résumé would have led one to expect that the 20-year-old would pursue a career in business or sports. After several years of playing hockey – the last three in the Maritime Junior-A Hockey League and the Island Junior Hockey League – he seemed destined to follow the path of many…

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February 2017

International Success Stories

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

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…

Parkland College sharing its expertise in Jamaica 

Parkland College

In November 2016, Parkland College concluded an 18 month CICan international project in Jamaica. Parkland College worked with HEART Trust/NTA, a training institution with locations across Jamaica, to facilitate a Youth Skills Development programme, jointly funded by the Canadian Government (Global Affairs) and the British Government (DFID). The goal was to take unemployed at-risk youth…

Emily Carr University Participates in the XXI International Exhibition of the Triennale di Milano

Emily Carr University of Art and Design

From April 2 through September 12, 2016, Emily Carr University of Art + Design participated in the XXI International Exhibition of the Triennale di Milano. The XXI International Exhibition of the Triennale di Milano is hosted in Milan, Italy, every three years and showcases international institutions working in fields of art, architecture, design, fashion and…

Durham College in partnership with CEFOP La Libertad 

Durham College

In September 2016, Durham College funded three students – 1 journalist, 1 videographer and 1 culinary – to go on mission to Trujillo, Peru in the context of the college’s partnership with the Centro Experimental de Formacion Profesional (CEFOP) La Libertad through CICan’s Education for Employment (EFE) – Peru program. Their role was to film,…

VIU response to Syrian refugee crisis shows global citizenship in action 

Vancouver Island University

Vancouver Island University’s (VIU) commitment to International Education has taken on new meaning in the last year. As an institution that emphasizes the value of global citizenship among its campus community, VIU leaped to action in response to the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Syria and the Middle East, and in a matter of weeks, a…

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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.

Okanagan College Trades Complex

Okanagan College

Okanagan College’s Kelowna Trades Complex was built and renovated to be a model for sustainability in trades training—one to inspire students and apprentices and to encourage other institutions to reach for a new green benchmark in trades training facilities. It incorporates the latest in green-building techniques, technologies and materials, with the goal of meeting LEED…

Sowing seeds of hands-on learning in Hamilton

Niagara College

Healthy living initiatives are also taking root in the North Hamilton community, thanks to a partnership with Niagara College. The College’s Greenhouse Technician program played a key role in North Hamilton Community Health Centre’s new Community Greenhouse, which opened its doors this fall. While the new Community Greenhouse extends the growing season for NHCHC gardeners,…

Love Your Lakes brings applied learning to a whole new level

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Saskatchewan Polytechnic student, Blossom Lamalice knows that when you love something, you take care of it. “Everybody loves their lakes and they want them to be here for future generations. If we start taking care of them now, they will be here for many years to come,” she says. Lamalice is currently in her second…

Committed to sustainability & reducing energy usage

Okanagan College

As part of its commitment to sustainability, Okanagan College has been working diligently to reduce its energy usage – and has been succeeding remarkably! In 2008, when the average Canadian post-secondary institution was using 320.6 kilowatts of energy per square metre of space annually, OC was using 297 kw/m2. By 2015, the College had reduced…

Thompson Rivers University saves $500,000 through new energy management efforts

Thompson Rivers University

BC Hydro has recognized Thompson Rivers University as an energy conservation leader. Saving $500,000 collectively in utility costs this year alone, TRU has more energy savings as a percentage of total consumption than any other post-secondary institution in the province. A participant in BC Hydro’s Energy Manager Program for the past seven years, BC Hydro…

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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.

JIBC develops fentanyl safety resource for first responders


With overdoses and fatalities stemming from fentanyl use reaching epidemic proportions, the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) has launched a fentanyl website for first responders. “First responders are currently adapting to the danger that fentanyl presents to their personal safety,” said Steve Schnitzer, director of the JIBC Police Academy. “The first step is improving our…

Sask Polytech announces new Innovative Manufacturing program

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

As of this month Saskatchewan Polytechnic is offering 12 seats in its new Innovative Manufacturing program. Beginning September 2017 the two-year diploma program will be delivered at the Regina campus. Saskatchewan’s manufacturing sector identified the need for multi-skilled workers. The cross-discipline design of the proposed program provides students with a breadth of knowledge and skills,…

416 Automation works with Humber to create the SeatBOT

Humber College

Through a collaboration with industry partner 416 Automation Inc., Electromechanical Engineering Technology students Theodor Willert and Joshua Donnelly-Robertson took on an innovative project that let them do just that. The students worked with 416 Automation and Humber faculty members Neal Mohammed and Mohammad Al-Rady to design and build an automated, robotic technology that can test…

Okanagan College students win Inventathon prize with innovative ideas to tackle food security

Okanagan College

Three Okanagan College business students battled their way to first place at UBC Okanagan’s inaugural Inventathon and took home $600 in prize money for their innovative and socially conscious business idea, Refresh. Cameron Starcheski, Cooper Simpson and Darren Gillespie, all members of Okanagan College’s Enactus team, were joined by Jaren Larsen and Pablo Doskoch from…

Entrepreneurship Takes Off with the Lean LaunchPad program at Algonquin College

Algonquin College

A world-renowned pre-accelerator program, Lean LaunchPad is taught at over 200 universities worldwide, and back in February the team at Algonquin launched their very own version of the class. Although the AC version differed, in various ways, from the original, they both had at their core, the idea that participants ‘get out of the building’…

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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.

Indigenous Skateboard Workshop

Sheridan College

In the summer of 2016, Sheridan’s Faculty of Animation, Art and Design partnered with Sheridan’s Centre for Indigenous Learning and Support to create a skateboard workshop for First Nations high school youth. The skateboards were created in Sheridan’s Furniture Studio and the workshop was led by faculty member Connie Chisholm. Now in its second year,…

Okanagan College begins second intake of job skills program for Indigenous students

Okanagan College

from BC Local News: With strong demand for construction trades workers, Okanagan College is offering a second intake of a program designed to help aboriginal students build job site skills, gain apprenticeship training and get on the fast track to employment. Construction craft worker aboriginal bridging runs from Sept. 12 to Dec. 16 and it…

SIIT boosts Indigenous skills development training with funding from Boeing

Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies

The Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT) is pleased to announce that it has received a US$500,000 investment from Boeing, under Canada’s Industrial and Technological Benefits framework, in support of the Institute’s mandate to provide skills development training to the next generation of the Aboriginal workforce. “We are grateful to Boeing for its continued support…

Former BCIT student launches new augmented reality app to tell Indigenous stories

British Columbia Institute of Technology

from CBC Radio: Imagine Google Maps, Wikipedia, Pokémon Go and a Canadian Heritage Minute, all rolled into one. Now, imagine it all on your smartphone. The app in question is called Wikiupedia. It’s the brainchild of Adrian Duke, a tech entrepreneur who comes from the Muscowpetung First Nation in Saskatchewan. He imagines it as a powerful tool for sharing and preserving Indigenous history, by crowd-sourcing stories from…

Northern College celebrates Indigenous Mining graduates

Northern College

Northern College held a graduation ceremony for the final of four groups of Indigenous learners who graduated from the Underground Hard Rock Miner Common Core program this morning at the Timmins Campus. Five students completed the latest intake of the 14-week training program, offered in partnership with Wahgoshig First Nation and Primero Mining Corp. This…

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July 2017

Programs of Interest

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

Cabinetmaking Techniques

Georgian College

This program gives students many project opportunities that develop the foundational knowledge and skills for the cabinetmaking industry. Many hands-on opportunities ensure that graduates are competent in all aspects of the industrial cabinetmaking/ woodworking field, from the planning stages to the application of final finishes on various products.   View program

Lean LaunchPad program

Algonquin College

Brought to you by Algonquin College’s Applied Research department, in conjunction with the IgniteAC Centre, Lean LaunchPad is the world’s premier pre-accelerator program, taught at over 200 universities worldwide.   View program

Stratégies d’intervention en zoothérapie

Cégep de la Pocatière

Ce programme permet de former des personnes capables d’élaborer et de mettre en pratique des stratégies exploitant l’assistance d’un animal dans le cadre d’interventions thérapeutiques.   View program

Financial Crime Analysis

Seneca College

Offered through the Canadian Institute for Financial Crime Analysis (CIFCA), this unique, accessible six-month professional development program provides you with the specialized training needed for this rapidly evolving sector of financial services.   View program

Ceramics Diploma


This program enables you to explore clay, glazes and firing methods while developing techniques and a personal aesthetic through working with low- and high-fire materials including raku, gas and electric kilns.   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.


Cégep Marie-Victorin

Organisation à but non lucratif, Vestechpro consigne dans son ADN l’esprit d’une collaboration ouverte catalysant des alliances solides avec les centres collégiaux de transfert technologique et les partenaires de la recherche et de l’innovation à travers le Québec. Ses activités s’inscrivent également dans la suite logique de l’expertise en mode développée par le Cégep Marie-Victorin…

The Outlet

Northern College

from Timmins Today: Like a real version of The Magic School Bus, Northern College says its implementation of virtual reality is one of the most advanced in the world. Northern College says that, as a college, it has one of the most advanced virtual reality labs in the world – and the equipment is freely…

Une borne de recharge électrique

Cégep Limoilou

Le Cégep Limoilou a installé cet hiver sa première borne de recharge électrique, mais pas n’importe quel type de borne. Celle-ci a la particularité d’être alimentée par nul autre que les panneaux solaires installés sur le toit vert du cégep depuis 2010! Une exclusivité qui fait du Cégep Limoilou le premier établissement postsecondaire à avoir…


Langara College

Langara’s makerspace expands experiential learning opportunities, encourages interdisciplinary sharing of knowledge, promotes peer learning, and enhances students’ skillsets outside the traditional classroom. A space to nurture the creativity of students, faculty, and staff. A space where people can gather, create, and learn.   Discover Makerspace.

The Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Resources

Marine Institute

The Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Resources (CSAR) promotes the sustainable development of the aquatic resources through collaborative industrial research and development, technology transfer and education services to the global fishing industry. The primary testing facility for CSAR is the Marine Institute’s flume tank. With its sophisticated video recording, computer software, sensor equipment and special features,…

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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.

Le Collège Shawinigan se joint au PÉEC pour créer une nouvelle vague d’entrepreneurs au Québec

Collège Shawinigan

Le Collège Shawinigan est fier d’annoncer qu’il fait partie des 15 cégeps qui ont tenu une conférence de presse cet après-midi concernant la mise sur pied du Projet d’éducation entrepreneuriale au cégep (PÉEC). Ces 15 cégeps se concertent pour mettre leurs ressources en commun en matière d’éducation aux valeurs entrepreneuriales et de développement des compétences…

Local entrepreneur expands herbal recipes in collaboration with NAIT


from the Edmonton Journal: Carrie Armstrong has a shop called Mother Earth Essentials (12318-111 Ave.), specializing in Indigenous-themed bath and body products, and tea. Now, the entrepreneur is poised to add a line of bottled cold tea to her brand, made with a carefully-researched and concocted herbal recipe developed in collaboration with NAIT. Visitors to the Taste of New tent,…

MHC student starts rock climbing business

Medicine Hat College

Dana McMahon has taken his passion for rock climbing and turned it into a full time company; OCD Adventures is geared towards providing climbers of all ages and abilities a chance to enjoy the less traveled paths of Crowsnest Pass. “The people I’m looking to take climbing are not the hard core climbers typically found…

An experiential program for early stage entrepreneurs

Centennial College

When developing a new business, it’s important to ensure that a viable Business model is developed and validated before full scale execution. Centennial College’s Lean Canvas Training and Development is an experiential program for early stage enterprises facilitating hands-on development of validated business models and planning to build the business. The program is modelled on…

Centennial College Centre of Entrepreneurship unveils new training programs for entrepreneurs and small business owners

Centennial College

from Exchange Magazine: The Centre of Entrepreneurship (CoE) at Centennial College has unveiled new training programs tailored for entrepreneurs who are looking for guidance in starting and growing a small enterprise. CoE’s Soft Landing program is intended for small Canadian companies that plan on expanding into the United States, or similarly, European firms interested in…

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November 2017

Outstanding Alumni

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

Andrew Walker

Vanier College


Diana Swain


Television journalist

Sebastien Blais Ouellette

Collège Montmorency

President and CEO, Photon

Jack Shadbolt

Emily Carr University


Pierre Bruneau

Cégep de Victoriaville

Journalist and news anchor

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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.

Amy Sullivan & Rachel Greenwood: Making Space for Clay


Good partnerships don’t grow on trees. You find them buried in the mud. Amy Sullivan and Rachel Greenwood are mud goddesses. Both have been making a living with their work since graduating from the NBCCD Ceramics Diploma in 2006. Both of their respective businesses, Amy Laloon Pottery & Greenwood Pottery, are well known in the Maritimes. Now they have partnered…

Saskatchewan Polytechnic collaborative research puts patients first

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Patient-oriented research is becoming the norm for health-related research, and for good reasons. It focuses on patient priorities and outcomes and includes patients as active collaborators throughout the research process. “Patient-oriented research engages patients as partners and improves patient outcomes,” says Dr. Susan Blum, associate vice-president, Applied Research and Innovation. “This innovative, applied approach aims…

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…

NSCC “Difference Dollars for Service Learning” initiative encourages students to give back to the community

Nova Scotia Community College

from The Chronicle Herald: During the winter and spring of 2017, students at the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) are being invited to submit ideas for projects that will not only apply the knowledge they are learning at the NSCC, but which will also better life in the province. “Difference Dollars for Service Learning is…

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…

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