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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.

I am my Ancestors…My Ancestors are me

Portage College

Amber Weasel Head is a visual artist, a student in Portage College’s Social Work program, and a graduate of the College’s Aboriginal Art Certificate program and its Artisan Entrepreneurship Diploma program. “I am my Ancestors… My Ancestors are me” tells her story: “This film is about my connection with my ancestors. I am the first…

Medicine Hat College art installation raises awareness for MMIW across Canada

Medicine Hat College

In 2016, Medicine Hat College hosted its first ever REDress Project, an art installation in which red dress are hung around campus in order to raise awareness and memorialize the missing and murdered Indigenous women (MMIW) across Canada. from Medicine Hat News: “A simple but beautiful red dress that’s easy to put on. It’s the…

George Brown College opens another BIM Visionarium lab

George Brown College

George Brown College opens its second Building Information Modelling (BIM) lab to help students develop digital skills in building design and modelling. from the press release: “The BIM Visionarium officially opened on Nov. 25, 2016 at the Centre for Construction and Engineering Technologies at Casa Loma Campus – the second space of its kind at the campus. BIM technology…

Architectural Technologies students learn both building sciences and interior design at Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s Architectural Technologies program incorporates interior design, building sciences, drafting methods, and geometry in a practical trades program. from Maclean’s: “Back in the ’70s they were known merely as draftsmen: people hunched over tables using pencils and mechanical tools to churn out blueprints for architects and contractors. But an evolutionary educational process has spawned…

Les étudiants en journalisme de La Cité récompensés lors de la soirée « Reportages vidéastes 2016 »

La Cité

du communiqué de presse : « La soirée de «Reportages vidéastes 2016» a récompensé des étudiants en journalisme lors d’une présentation qui s’est déroulée à l’amphithéâtre de La Cité. Douze reportages réalisés dans le cadre du cours Atelier de Journalisme Télé 1 ont été présentés. Chaque étudiant a effectué la recherche, la couverture, le tournage, le montage et la…

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February 2017

International Success Stories

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

Sask Polytech alum sets Guinness World Record

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Lorne Figley says the key is to find something you love to do and make it your career. Even though he’s 92-years-old, Lorne Figley is proud to be doing what he loves. In fact, Lorne has been the owner and operator of his own heating and plumbing business in Saskatoon for more than 65 years…

BCIT Instructor supports earthquake reconstruction in Nepal 

British Columbia Institute of Technology

In the aftermath of the 2015 Nepal earthquake, Dr. Bishnu Pandey, Civil Engineering faculty member at BCIT, led a team of Canadian engineers on behalf of the Canadian Earthquake Engineering Association (CAEE) on a reconnaissance mission to Nepal. Dr. Pandey and his team conducted field surveys in rural areas severely affected by the earthquake, ultimately…

Le Cégep de Trois-Rivières exporte son savoir-faire au Sénégal

Cégep de Trois-Rivières

M. Zacharia Sall, directeur général du Centre National de Qualification Professionnelle de Dakar-Sénégal (CNQP), partenaire du Cégep de Trois-Rivières depuis 2009, effectuait dernièrement une mission au Cégep de Trois-Rivières. Cette mission avait lieu dans le cadre de la consolidation du projet Éducation pour l’emploi (EPE-SN09) financé par Affaires mondiales Canada (AMC) et géré par CICan. En…

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…

St Lawrence College students help Syrian newcomers

St Lawrence College

from My Prescott Now: “Students from St. Lawrence College will have the opportunity to teach Syrian newcomers about the Kingston transit system. The program is hoping that by learning the bus system, the newcomers can integrate more easily with the community and become self-sufficient. The program is made possible by Enactus SLC, a community outreach…

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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.

Testing photovoltaic reliability for a brighter future

Centennial College

Centennial College has been working on a solar module reliability project in tandem with electronics manufacturing giant Celestica, giving students a chance to get a more robust understanding of photovoltaic (PV) panel reliability. The initiative, funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), involves collecting real-time data to build models that…

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…

Niagara College: Where campuses are living labs for sustainability

Niagara College

At Niagara College, campuses are used as a way for students to explore, learn and innovate in all aspects of sustainability. NC’s campuses have become a platform for multidisciplinary, active and experiential learning – not as an ancillary benefit, but by design. The NC mission is to provide outstanding applied education and training for a…

Le Cégep de Victoriaville annonce la sortie d’une nouvelle recherche sur le transfert d’entreprise agricole

Cégep de Victoriaville

Le Centre d’innovation sociale en agriculture (CISA) du Cégep de Victoriaville est fier d’annoncer la sortie d’une recherche inédite portant sur le transfert d’entreprise agricole à une relève non apparentée. Alors que la relève agricole familiale se fait de plus en plus rare, certains agriculteurs font le choix de transmettre leur ferme à une relève…

NSCC uses topographic-bathymetric sensor to map ocean floor

Nova Scotia Community College

from Maclean’s: If you know the shape and size of seabeds, that information can be used in everything from the aquaculture industry to oil-spill response agencies. But it takes a special tool to peer beneath the waves and map the bottom of the ocean. And only one post-secondary institution in Canada has it. The million-dollar-plus…

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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


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

College of the North Atlantic establishes new Workforce Innovation Centre with support from provincial government

College of the North Atlantic

The Provincial Government is establishing a new Workforce Innovation Centre at College of the North Atlantic’s Corner Brook campus. The centre will support and fund activities, research, designs and projects that demonstrate innovation and identify methods to better assists individuals prepare for, find, return to, or maintain sustainable employment. “By using progressive research and leading-edge…

Lakeland College launches “The Way Forward,” a free online resource for military members and their families

Lakeland College

After a successful pilot period, The Way Forward – Transitional Life Skills for Military Members and their Families is now available as a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) for anyone to access. “We launched the resource on Monday, Oct. 17,” says Dale Pearce, an accessibility advisor in The Learning Commons at Lakeland College. The Way…

New simulator puts paramedic students in the driver’s seat


A generous in-kind donation will give students in the Paramedic Academy at the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) the opportunity to safely practice important driving skills at the New Westminster campus. The new driving simulator generously provided by Alberto Montoto of MONCAR Simulators Ltd. incorporates one of the most advanced simulation systems available to…

Le Cégep de Trois-Rivières lance un nouveau programme en Écodéveloppement et bioproduits dans l’usine pilote d’Innofibre

Cégep de Trois-Rivières

Le Cégep de Trois-Rivières proposera, dès l’automne prochain, un programme complètement revu afin de relancer le département de technologies des pâtes et papiers, qui est sans étudiant depuis le printemps 2011. La direction de la maison d’enseignement trifluvienne espère d’ailleurs que cette nouvelle formation mieux adaptée à l’industrie d’aujourd’hui permettra d’attirer une vingtaine de nouveaux…

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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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.

Fanshawe College forges stronger relationship with COTT First Nation on post-secondary education

Fanshawe College

At a ribbon-cutting ceremony on November 18, 2016, Chippewa of the Thames First Nation (COTT) and Fanshawe College celebrated the forging of a new and growing relationship bringing post-secondary education to the people of Chippewa of the Thames First Nation. “Partnerships with Canada’s educational institutions like the one we have with Fanshawe helps to write…

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…

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…

Rural, remote and Indigenous youth participate in Confederation College science outreach program

Confederation College

Recently, more than 30 Grade Eight students from Kingsway Park Public School visited Confederation College to take part in the final phase of the Indigenous Interpretive Trail Map project with Let’s Talk Science Outreach. Thanks to a three-year, $456,900 grant made by the Ontario Trillium Foundation in 2013, the organization has been able to provide…

Mohawk College officially opens Indigenous gathering space

Mohawk College

The first outdoor Indigenous gathering space at any Ontario college or university officially opened today at Mohawk College. Hoop Dance at Mohawk’s Fennell campus will be used by students and community partners for outdoor classes, cultural presentations and traditional ceremonies. Work on the gathering space began last summer, with support from the Mohawk Students’ Association.…

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July 2017

Programs of Interest

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

Concepts of Palliative Care

Lambton College

The Concepts of Palliative Care, Board of Governors Certificate is a flexible delivery, part-time, online program designed to provide students with the specialized knowledge, skills and attitudes required to be involved with caring for a person with a life-limiting illness and their families.   View program

Graduate Certificate in Complex Trauma & Child Sexual Abuse Intervention


The Graduate Certificate in Complex Trauma & Child Sexual Abuse Intervention provides a comprehensive understanding of the key theoretical and clinical approaches underlying best practices in the complex trauma field. An applied, experiential learning model means you will develop clinical skills in assessment, treatment planning, and clinical interventions that will enable you to work effectively…

Construction Planning


This program is built on a strong foundation — the experience and job/trade-specific knowledge of construction workers. It combines front-line capability with construction planning and essential skill development, giving employees an opportunity to transition into planning and management roles.   View program

Mobile Application Development

Cambrian College

The Mobile Application Development – Graduate Certificate program will prepare you for entry into the exciting and rapidly changing field of mobile application development for iOS and Android platforms. The demand for access to information on mobile devices continues to grow and evolve.   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

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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 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…

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…

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…

The Peer Support Centre

Medicine Hat College

Launched in October of 1997, the Peer Support Centre has become a vital part of the Students’ Association at Medicine Hat College. Acting on a drop-in basis, Medicine Hat College students can access support easily and confidentially at the Peer Support Centre. Among the services offered are peer counselling, sexual health information and supplies, food…

The Multi-Sensory Lab

Mohawk College

Anecdotally, Kaela Millar can tell you the transformations she’s seen happen at the multi-sensory lab at Mohawk College. As the college’s only qualified multi-sensory lab technologist, Millar can share stories about the leisurely, companion-building sessions with residents of a local supportive housing program that have happened in the lab. There have been people with cerebral…

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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.

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…

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…

Lambton College Interior Design grad launches business to refurbish old furniture

Lambton College

from the Sarnia Journal: Two friends with a penchant for painting and a need to clear their homes of pending furniture projects have teamed up to start a new painting and design business. Leanne Fera, 42, and Giselle Saucier, 37, say they share a passion for taking old furniture and creatively refinishing it. “I love…

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…

The Entrepreneur Development Centre

Medicine Hat College

You’ve got the idea, you’ve written the plan, and you’re ready to take the risk. Before taking the leap, you want to know: will my business succeed? The Entrepreneur Development Centre (EDC) helps students and alumni start, manage and grow successful businesses. The EDC offers business coaching and access to resources, organizes seminars and events…

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November 2017

Outstanding Alumni

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

Neil MacDonald

Algonquin College


George Stroumboulopoulos

Humber College

Television and radio personality

Jill Krop


Television personality and reporter

Jack Shadbolt

Emily Carr University


Sebastien Blais Ouellette

Collège Montmorency

President and CEO, Photon

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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.

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…

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…

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…

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…

Camosun Hospitality Students bring fine dining to community shelter Our Place

Camosun College

A dynamic team of sharply dressed hospitality students from Camosun College prepared a delicious dinner of herb encrusted pork loin with autumn squash puree, green beans and roasted potatoes for over 600 diners at Our Place Society last Monday evening. Our Place provides vital services to our region’s most vulnerable citizens, including regular meals—over 745,000…

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