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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.

Emily Carr University graduate exhibited at the Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver

Emily Carr University

from The Source, a forum for diversity: “In the upcoming exhibitions, running from Jan. 13–Mar.17 at the Contemporary Art Gallery (CAG), Wild Child and The Quantified Self Poems redress our preoccupation with labeling. “The two projects are conflated in some ways,” says Taşdelen. Always curious, the Emily Carr University graduate approaches his ideas through research – first through the…

Le Cégep de Sainte-Foy forme une nouvelle génération de graphistes avec le STUDIO Jeune coop

Cégep de Sainte-Foy

du communiqué de presse : « Favoriser l’insertion professionnelle de la prochaine génération de graphistes et développer les aptitudes entrepreneuriales de ces derniers, voilà les objectifs que vise la toute nouvelle coopérative scolaire du programme de Graphisme du Cégep de Sainte-Foy : Le STUDIO jeune coop. Unique au Québec, cette coopérative scolaire permet à quelque 32 étudiants de…

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,…

Camosun College’s Comic Arts Festival celebrates the artistry of visual storytelling

Camosun College

Camosun College in Victoria, BC, delivers a nationally unique certificate program in Comics and Graphic Novels each year to approximately 30 students. The one-of-a-kind program was created for students who have a desire to learn the language of visual storytelling, and focuses on skills-based learning for six career paths: comic book creation (print & online),…

Selkirk College professor brings the art and culture of graphic novels to students:

Selkirk College

from the Nelson Star: “Once condemned as a dangerous force of moral degradation, comics and graphic novels have come to be recognized as important cultural texts. “I’ve always been interested in popular culture as an expression of our deepest desires,” said Nelson professor Renée Jackson-Harper. “Graphic novels like Art Spiegelman’s Maus, Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home and David B’s Epileptic,…

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February 2017

International Success Stories

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

Camosun President highlights life-changing partnership with Tanzanian technical college

Camosun College

With record numbers of international students arriving to begin their studies this fall, Camosun College is increasingly embracing a global perspective that brings mutual benefits through partnerships and opportunities for cross cultural learning. “One of the initiatives our international team is working on is having students attend Camosun from a larger number of countries and…

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…

Post-secondary education in India

Durham College

Furthering their shared commitment to providing high-quality education and training on an international scale, Durham College (DC) and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) each signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Modi Edutech Private Limited (Modi Edutech) in India in February 2016. Both agreements explore opportunities to develop and deliver educational programming.…

The Institute without Boundaries (IwB) at George Brown College 

George Brown College

Each September, a small group of students begin a nine-month graduate certificate program in Interdisciplinary Design Strategy at the George Brown College Institute without Boundaries (IwB). Working as a team, the students explore and design a public research project. Initiated in 2003, the IwB program has expanded to involve collaboration with communities around the world…

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.…

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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.

Factor Four: a living lab of sustainability on BCIT campus

BCIT

When BCIT first opened its doors in 1964, its mandate was to educate students and produce career-ready graduates that would fuel British Columbia’s economy. Fifty years later and over 160,000 alumni strong, BCIT’s mandate lives on. BCIT’s approach to education is like no other post-secondary institute. BCIT is recognized as one of the leading educational…

CNA studies invasive insects to protect Newfoundland ecosystems

College of the North Atlantic

from Maclean’s: The lily leaf beetle, with its shiny scarlet back, “is a cute little beetle,” admits Barry Hicks, who established the Applied Entomology Lab at the College of the North Atlantic (CNA) in 2008. But it’s a ravenous bugger, too. If your garden is full of lilies, “they will eat them right down to…

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…

Yukon College teams up with local First Nation to create a source of sustainable food in the north

Yukon College

from Maclean’s: Close your eyes and imagine you’re standing in the fertile earth of a farmer’s field. It smells healthy and rich. You see harvested rows of large, perfect potatoes and orange carrots lying in the soil like nuggets of gold. It’s such good land, in fact, that it’s now home to one of the…

Living Green Initiative

Durham College

At Durham College (DC), sustainability guides decisions and practices in fostering the continued success and well‐being of students, employees and stakeholders. DC believes in fostering sustainable behaviours and in sharing responsibility for social, environmental and economic stewardship, and strives toward the enhancement of awareness in education throughout the college and greater community. DC is committed…

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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

Innovations

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

Okanagan College, UBC Okanagan collaborate on project to find housing for low-income populations

Okanagan College

from Global News: Housing for people with low-income or no income in Kelowna has proven to be a challenge but with the launch of a new website it may become easier to access. Ricky Lee has been homeless in Kelowna since November it hasn’t been an easy task looking for a place to call home.…

Humber College launches new online space for current and prospective students to find the information they need

Humber College

from the Toronto Star: As part of its effort to support both the professional and personal enrichment of learners of all ages, the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University facilitates a range of unique offerings, says the School’s dean. Among these are its summer intensives and Programs for 50+ series. “These…

Push for Change’s co-creator highlights his road to success through Loyalist College

Loyalist College

from Metro News: When he was 19 years old, Joe Roberts was homeless, addicted to heroin and pushing a shopping cart around Vancouver’s East Side. When he returns this fall at age 50, it’ll be by choice with a custom-built shopping cart he pushed all the way across Canada. Roberts co-created the Push for Change campaign to…

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…

Vancouver Island University grad develops Cree-language app to help preserve Indigenous languages

Vancouver Island University

from Global News: The Athabasca Tribal Council wants to make sure indigenous languages are not lost. So it took matters into its own hands — to put language back into the hands of youth. A free app, called ATC Cree, provides hundreds of words with their Cree translation. “It has categories of words,” developer Byron Bates explained.…

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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.

Red Deer College launches three-year inclusiveness strategy focused on First Nations, Metis and Inuit students

Red Deer College

from the Red Deer Advocate: The overhead display at Red Deer College flashes an image of a piece of paper known as a “Treaty Ticket” that once belonged to former Samson Cree Nation Chief Jacob Louis. His son, Roy Louis, uses the ticket as part of a talk about the history of his people during…

ELCC Students take the Leap of Leaving Home

Grande Prairie Regional College

Ashley Rowe and Brigitte Cockney left their hometown of Hay River, Northwest Territories with a population of roughly 4,000 people to come to the big city, and make their dreams a reality. “I was really afraid of leaving home,” says Rowe, GPRC Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) student. “Back home, everyone knows everyone, and…

Algonquin College and Cambrian College launch Indigenous student success program

Algonquin College, Cambrian College

An innovative program that aims to enhance Indigenous student recruitment, retention, and success is underway at Algonquin College and Cambrian College. Both institutions will be working with Indigenous communities on a new Indigenous Student Performance Success Program focused on producing research that will identify factors that help or hinder Indigenous students as they pursue postsecondary studies at each…

New Reconciliation Carving Series begins with a feast

Langara College

Langara College’s new Reconciliation Carving Series began in 2016 in the most appropriate form: a feast. Opening a conversation with a feast is a well-known First Nations cultural tradition. It is a vehicle for participants to not only nourish oneself, but to get to know one another before embarking on the work of the day. Much in the…

Confederation College and Fort William First Nation create Indigenous learning opportunities

Confederation College

Representatives from Confederation College and Fort William First Nation (FWFN) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today. The MOU will build on the partners’ existing relationship to create new and significant opportunities for Indigenous learners in the First Nation and beyond. Specifically, the MOU formalizes ongoing efforts to offer community-based education and training in a blended…

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July 2017

Programs of Interest

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

Native Child and Family Services Program

Confederation College

Confederation College’s Native Child and Family Services program focuses on how to effectively overcome these barriers. You’ll learn how to help connect people with the services they need in their everyday lives in Thunder Bay and throughout the region.   View program

Natural Resources Environmental Technology

Nova Scotia Community College

This program combines practical and theoretical skills to prepare graduates to work in environmental and related industries. To keep pace with the increasing requirement for environmental technology workers, all courses are presented from an environmental sustainability perspective.   View program

Bilingual Customer Service Program

Yukon College

Students in this program will become familiar with the basics of customer service in a bilingual setting, improve workplace essential skills and cap it off with a short work placement. Students will learn workplace English with a bilingual instructor.   View program

Airline Pilot Flight Operations

Seneca College

Seneca’s Airline Pilot Flight Operations program is the only graduate certificate program of its kind in Canada. The college has been the national leader in aviation education for more than 40 years and, responding to emerging industry demands, is now educating students for direct entry into the Air Carrier industry.   View program

Indigenous Community Justice Program

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

The program will be uniquely offered from Indigenous perspectives and include partnerships with local Indigenous communities as well as with peoples throughout Turtle Island, which is the name given to North America by some Indigenous communities.   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.

Camosun celebrates the Babcock Canada Interaction Lab opening

Camosun College

Camosun College and Babcock Canada joined forces today for an exciting virtual reality ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the new Babcock Canada Interaction Lab at the college’s Interurban campus. “Babcock Canada relies on skilled technicians and tradespeople to design, build, and maintain complex technology which plays an important role in Canada and BC’s marine industry…

The Landscape Construction Pavilion

Olds College

In 1997, Olds College opened the Landscape Construction Pavilion with support from the Bank of Montreal, the Landscape Alberta Nursery Trades Association and members of the horticulture industry. The Landscape Construction Pavilion was constructed in response to industry requests for Olds College to provide students with greater opportunities to develop hands-on horticultural skills. The facility…

The Land Sciences Centre

Olds College

The Land Sciences building is connected to the Greenhouses and Landscape Pavilion, and features (number) of classrooms, typically in use by Horticulture and Land & Environment Classes, as well as offices for faculty in those programs. The highlight of the Land Sciences Building is the atrium, a glass seating area filled with gorgeous vegetation.  The atrium occasionally hosts special events, as it…

The Workforce Innovation Centre

College of the North Atlantic

“The Workforce Innovation Centre will fund a variety of initiatives to help create sustainable employment and serve as an incubator for new ideas and projects that will help our province prosper,” said The Honourable Gerry Byrne, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour. “This far-reaching advancement will have a positive impact on post-secondary education, industry,…

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

Entrepreneurship

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

Photographer Kelly Baker: Telling Untold Stories

NBCCD

What do an anthropologist and a photographer have in common? A pure obsession with storytelling. Little wonder that Kelly Baker was drawn to pursue both career paths. In fact, before entering the photography program, she had already completed a PhD in Anthropology: “I went to school for a lot of years to become an anthropologist,…

NBCCD Alumna/Instructor Melissa LeBlanc: Characterizing Clay

NBCCD

Melissa LeBlanc has found what many of us aspire to have – an ideal balance. Two days of every week, she has her hands in the mud, conjuring expressive animal characters from blocks of inert clay. Three days of the week, she teaches in the Diploma in Ceramics at NBCCD, pulling the best and most…

Dalen Landis is a man of many talents

Grande Prairie Regional College

As a photographer, landscape painter, custom tiler, videographer, music-festival organizer and now, professional beer brewer, Dalen Landis is not kidding when he says “I have my fingers in a few different pots.” This morning his fingers are busy filling kegs with fresh Redwillow Falls Amber Ale. A co-owner of Grain Bin Brewing, Landis has also…

Selkirk College partners with local businesses to enhance innovation

Selkirk College

The Selkirk College-SME Applied Research & Technology Solutions (SMARTS) project drew to a close at the end of February. This multi-year project saw Selkirk College staff and students working with businesses around the region to tackle applied research questions aimed at helping partners use innovative approaches and technologies to enhance their operations. “One of the goals of…

Niagara College continues to grow youth entrepreneurship activities year after year

Niagara College

Brock University and Niagara College will continue to facilitate youth entrepreneurship after successfully managing the Kick-Starting Entrepreneurship program and ncTakeOff hub for the last two years. Both institutions received renewed, joint funding through the On-Campus Entrepreneurship Activities (OCEA) program, an initiative of the Government of Ontario under the Youth Jobs Strategy and managed by Ontario…

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November 2017

Outstanding Alumni

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

Charles Richard Hamelin

Cégep régional de Lanaudière

Concert pianist

Tim Okamura

ACAD

Contemporary painter

Jack Shadbolt

Emily Carr University

Painter

Hélène Raymond

Cégep de la Pocatière

Former Radio-Canada presenter

Neko Case

Emily Carr University

Singer/songwriter

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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.

Photographer Kelly Baker: Telling Untold Stories

NBCCD

What do an anthropologist and a photographer have in common? A pure obsession with storytelling. Little wonder that Kelly Baker was drawn to pursue both career paths. In fact, before entering the photography program, she had already completed a PhD in Anthropology: “I went to school for a lot of years to become an anthropologist,…

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…

Many Hands marks two decades of community impact

Niagara College

from Niagara This Week: A lot has changed over the years but, then again, much has stayed the same. Since its inception 20 years ago, Niagara College’s Many Hands Project has grown immensely in scope from a humble build of a few sheds and gardens at All People’s Daycare in Welland with a budget of…

NBCCD Support the Creation of Mawi’art: Wabanaki Artist Collective

NBCCD

from Charles Gaffney, Department Head, NBCCD: In 2013, I had a vision regarding our graduating students of the Aboriginal Visual Arts (AVA) Program at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design (NBCCD). How great would it be for them to transition from college to a supporting entrepreneurial environment that would enable them to refine their business…

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

CCNB

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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