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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.

Les étudiants du Cégep Limoilou présente la pièce Les Marchands

Cégep Limoilou

du communiqué de presse : « Pour sa 38e saison de théâtre d’excellence, le Cégep Limoilou présente la pièce Les marchands du 23 au 25 novembre, à 19 h 30, à la salle Sylvain-Lelièvre. Une représentation de jour aura lieu le vendredi 25 novembre à 13 h 15. Les marchands est un texte de Joël Pommerat, mis en scène par Joanie Lehoux. Produit par…

Centennial College unveils new Culinary Arts Centre

Centennial College

In fall 2016, Centennial College unveiled its new Culinary Arts Centre, complete with seven kitchen labs, a teaching restaurant and nine new classrooms that can accommodate 600 students. from Centennial College: “The striking new building takes the shape of a quadrangle with a central courtyard to allow natural light to reach all of the residence…

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,…

Une table interactive aux surfaces irrégulières

Cégep régional de Lanaudière

INÉDI, le centre collégial de transfert de technologie (CCTT) du Cégep régional de Lanaudière, vise à faire progresser la pratique du design industriel et son utilisation dans les entreprises du Québec et dans d’autres CCTT par l’entremise du transfert technologique découlant de mandats et de projets de recherche appliquée. INÉDI a travaillé sur le projet du PARC…

NBCCD Metal Arts Program is Tailored for Budding Entrepreneurs


At a recent workshop, Brigitte Clavette held a bowl aloft and declared, “Now you can save your own life.” That sounds dramatic, but when it comes to teaching jewellery and metal arts at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design (NBCCD), Clavette takes her work seriously. “That bowl was hammered from a six-inch metal…

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February 2017

International Success Stories

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

Durham College culinary students in Peru

Durham College

Three Durham College (DC) students gained international experience and perspectives on their chosen fields during a week-long visit to Peru. The trip was part of an institutional partnership between DC and the Centro Experimental de Formación Profesional (CEFOP), a technical and vocational college located in the city of Trujillo, Peru. Travelling with DC’s delegation of…

JIBC contributes to creation of national roadmap for paramedic training in Singapore 

Justice Institute of British Columbia

The Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) has long had a partnership with the Singaporean government in the training of paramedics. JIBC helped launch the paramedic training program for the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) and the Singapore Civil Defence Force in 1996. Since then, the relationship has strengthened, resulting in the 2012 co-development of the…

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…

Georgian College strikes partnership with Irish technology institute

Georgian College

from Simcoe.com: “Graduates of select Georgian College programs will have an opportunity to earn a degree from Ireland’s Institute of Technology, Sligo. Under a new partnership between the college and IT Sligo, Canadian students enrolled in a range of diploma courses at Georgian College can go on to earn a related degree from the Irish…

College of the North Atlantic – Qatar signs MoU on TVET and Sustainable Development in Qatar

College of the North Atlantic

from the Gulf Times: “The College of the North Atlantic — Qatar (CNA-Q) and the Qatar National Commission for Education, Culture and Science (QNCECS) signed a memorandum of understanding yesterday to work together on a number of projects and activities. The partnership will further the outreach, research, advocacy, and programming of Technical and Vocational Education…

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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…

Algonquin College student research tackles environmental issues affecting Muskrat Lake Watershed

Algonquin College

from the Daily Observer: On Dec. 6, Algonquin College’s Waterfront Campus in Pembroke held an Applied Research Day to give students in the Environmental Technician (E-Tech) Program the opportunity to showcase their work. The E-Tech Program, which was founded five years ago, is a compressed diploma that can be completed in 18 months whereas other…

Garden projects reap harvest of Niagara College expertise

Niagara College

A garden project is flourishing at White Oaks, thanks to Niagara College’s Research & Innovation division. On August 12, Niagara College’s Research & Innovation division unveiled its progress on a sustainable garden project assisting one of the closest neighbours to its Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus – White Oaks. The event involved students and faculty from Niagara College,…

Northern Lakes College launches online training for water and wastewater treatment

Northern Lakes College

from the Smoky River Express: With a shortage of qualified water and wastewater operators in the north, Northern Lakes College now offers online training for that work. Water / wastewater operator preparation program level 1 starts in September. “The program meets entry-level training requirements with Alberta Environment and no other courses are required to be…

Lakeland College teaches crop technologies with Student Managed Farms

Lakeland College

from Maclean’s: It all started with the cutworms. The moth larvae masticated through the tender young cellulose—even before the canola broke the surface of the soil. “In the spring, LC 14 got hit,” says Braeden Crone, a second-year student in Lakeland College’s crop technology diploma program. LC 14 is the biggest field, and the cutworms…

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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.

Cross-country skier develops new “ski claw” device with help from Cold Climate Innovation program at Yukon College

Yukon College

from CBC news:   Whitehorse cross-country skier Doug Hitch is pitching a new device he says is a big step forward for the winter pastime. Hitch has invented what he’s named “ski claws”. They are metal claws permanently attached to skis. They’re engaged with a little kick, and give a skier more grip when climbing hills. On a level,…

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.…

Ground-breaking Social Finance Pilot assists unemployed Canadians

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Canada has achieved an important milestone in its commitment to social financing for public good. The Government of Canada, private investors, and colleges and institutes are pushing the boundaries of social innovation and impact investing by implementing the first social finance project of its kind in Canada. As the key project intermediary Colleges and Institutes…

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 restaurant teams up with Research & Innovation to launch product for retail sale

Niagara College

The Smokin’ Buddha is a local Niagara-based restaurant focused on serving global comfort foods, craft beers and wines. Their restaurant, take-out, farmers market and catering offerings are so popular that they have the need to create products to-go for retail sales that offer great quality, packaging, consistency and shelf-life. They do not have the in-house…

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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.

Northern College’s Lightning Trail encourages Indigenous youth to write their own story

Northern College

from Timmins Today: It’s Day 3 of Northern College’s Lightning Trail and the Nish Olympics of outdoor activities like canoeing and swimming are winding down; and campers have also participated in a healing blanket session and have begun to learn about programs offered at the college. Things got underway with a lively, inspirational and entertaining start…

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…

Justice and public safety program for Aboriginal students a lifesaver

Justice Institute of British Columbia

When Jessie Jensen enrolled in a new program at the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC), she saw it as a way to gain new skills and take steps toward a new career. She never dreamed her courses would help her save another life so soon. Jessie, 20, lives with her parents who care for a…

College of the Rockies hosts “Repatriation as Reconciliation” art presentation

College of the Rockies

College of the Rockies was pleased to host a unique presentation from University of Victoria professor, Dr. Andrea Walsh, entitled ‘Repatriation as Reconciliation: Children’s Art from the Alberni Indian Residential School’. from the press release: “A visual anthropologist specializing in 20th century and contemporary aboriginal art, Dr. Walsh is interested in collections of objects and images…

Cumberland College signs new partnership on strengthening Indigenous/non-Indigenous relationships

Cumberland College

Indigenous and non-Indigenous people across Canada are coming together to forge a new partnership designed to strengthen Canada.  The Cumberland College Board of Directors and the Cumberland College First Nations and Métis Advisory Council (FNMAC) are joining the effort by recently passing motions to sign the Declaration of Canadians for a New Partnership (CFNP). Cumberland…

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July 2017

Programs of Interest

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

Jewellery/Metal Arts


The Diploma in Jewellery/Metal Arts provides intensive skill development by introducing you to sawing, filing, soldering, riveting and stone-setting. Mold-making and casting technologies enable you to experiment in making multiple designs. Through advanced processes such as complex construction, forging and silversmithing, you establish an individual artistic practice.   View program

Aviation Diploma Program

University of the Fraser Valley

UFV’s Aviation diploma mixes classroom studies, in-air flight training, and simulator training. You earn your commercial pilot license certified by Transport Canada and undergo multi-engine and instrument training.   View program

Innovative Manufacturing

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

This program offers a wide range of skill-based training in all aspects of the manufacturing industry, including design, CAD/CAM drafting, Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machining, welding, fabrication, robotics, 3-D printing and project management.   View program

Child and Youth Care Program

Lethbridge College

This two-year diploma will give you the skills and expertise you need to work with people of almost any age who are experiencing challenges due to life circumstances.   View program

Applied Planning – Environmental

Fleming College

With your background in environmental sciences, environmental studies, engineering, or a related science degree in biology, ecology, geography or sustainability, you can add this Ontario College Graduate Certificate in Applied Planning – Environmental. Gain a competitive advantage with this high demand, marketable skill set.   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 Offshore Safety and Survival Centre

Marine Institute

The Offshore Safety and Survival Centre (OSSC) offers a comprehensive range of safety and emergency response training courses to the offshore petroleum, marine transportation, fishing and land based industries. Training courses developed by the OSSC are subject to rigorous academic scrutiny. The majority of courses delivered at the centre are also accredited or approved by…

Schlegel Centre for Advancing Seniors Care

Conestoga College

The Schlegel Centre for Advancing Seniors Care focuses on education, workforce development and applied research to develop highly qualified personnel to improve the quality of life and care for Canada’s growing population of seniors. The Schlegel Centre is led by the CIHR/Schlegel Industrial Research Chair for Colleges (IRCC) in Seniors Care. This research chair is funded by the Natural…

Repair Café

Sheridan College

Reduce, reuse and recycle…plus repair! Recycling is not the solution. Repairing is a better option. If you have a broken household item and don’t know what to do with it, instead of throwing it out, consider to bring it to Sheridan’s next Repair Café. Sheridan is the first higher education institution in Canada hosting a…

Woven Stories

Sheridan College

Woven Stories is a two-storey public art installation on the western façade of Sheridan’s Rob Turner Building at its Davis Campus in Brampton, Ontario. It consists of a series of custom designed and printed vinyl applications and blinds that wrap 112 glass panes found on the building’s exterior. Taken together, the window treatment resembles long…

The Minowaadiziiwin Wellness Centre

Confederation College

Confederation College recently formally recognized the $8.5 million contribution from its Student Union (SUCCI) to its new Wellness Centre. The event highlighted the significant support of students, and together, Confederation College and the Student Union announced that the name for the new facility would be SUCCI Wellness Centre, “Minowaadiziiwin”. Officials noted it was important to honour…

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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 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…

Lambton College incubator, The Cube, to host a series of entrepreneurial workshops with MaRS

Lambton College

Lambton College is excited to announce that their campus entrepreneurial incubator, The Cube and the Bluewater Technology Access Centre (BTAC) have partnered to host representatives from MaRS to offer a series of entrepreneurial workshops. Launched in 2005, MaRS is a non for profit organization that has grown to become one of the world’s largest innovation…

St Lawrence College grad pitches rolling ice cream startup business on Dragon’s Den

St Lawrence College

from the Kingston Heritage: When Kingstonian Brandon McIntosh graduated from St. Lawrence College two years ago, he had to make a decision about his future. “I worked while I was in school and in the end I had enough money to pursue a Master’s degree, buy a house, or start a business,” explained the Bachelor…

NBCCD Alumna Kelsey Schroeder: Fashion Photographer & Content Creator


Kelsey Schroeder, new graduate of the Photography Diploma, wasn’t even out the door before she was in high demand as a fashion photographer and content creator. She did not wait to graduate to start building her business and she did not wait to have a career handed to her on a platter. She plunged headlong into blogging and social…

Sault College to open new Environment, Education and Entrepreneurship centre

Sault College

from Northern Ontario Business: Sault College is making an $18.2-million investment into a new facility that will support new programs, applied research, and enterprise. The Institute of Environment, Education and Entrepreneurship (iE3) will be built on campus and house programming in the natural environment, geographic information systems (GIS), and information and communications technology (ICT) sectors. IE3…

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November 2017

Outstanding Alumni

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

Neko Case

Emily Carr University


Marie Eve Bédard

Cégep de Jonquière

Radio-Canada Middle East correspondent

Gary Mason

Langara College


Jason Blaine

Algonquin College

Country music singer-songwriter

Hélène Raymond

Cégep de la Pocatière

Former Radio-Canada presenter

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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.

Students at NSCC make a real difference


Difference Dollars for Service Learning supports 27 student-led community-based projects Clad in chest waders, their life jackets and waterproof gloves, Emma-Leigh Dondale and her classmates prepare to wade into the frigid lakes and wetlands monitored by the Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute. The second year Natural Resources Environmental Technology students from Nova Scotia Community College‘s Lunenburg Campus are installing floating platforms they…

Selkirk College partners with Nelson CARES on annual Coldest Night of the Year fundraising event

Selkirk College

On February 25, people will take to the streets of downtown Nelson to increase awareness about homelessness in the community and raise funds to help continue renovations at Ward Street Place. There are two, five and 10 kilometre walks which give participants the opportunity to experience a few hours outside in the cold, a hint…

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…

Dare to Achieve, by Gavin MacDougall

Centennial College

To mark Centennial College’s 50th anniversary as well as Canada’s 150th birthday, the college commissioned an outdoor mural at the new Centennial Residence and Culinary Arts Centre (CRCA) at Progress Campus. The winning design, entitled ‘Dare to Achieve’ by artist Gavin MacDougall, a graduate from Centennial’s Fine Arts Studio program, was unveiled on June 22. “Art that’s in the…

Centennial College Partnerships in Peru Impact Vulnerable Youth

Centennial College

Centennial College has worked in partnership with the Education for Employment (EFE) Project in Peru since February 2015.  Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) developed institutional partnerships between Peruvian technical institutes and Canadian colleges, institutes and polytechnics as part of the program. Centennial’s role in the project has included design and implementation of curriculum, strengthening of…

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