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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.

NBCCD Textile alumna Monica Memory makes little things you didn’t know you wanted

NBCCD

Monica Memory. Let that name sink in. How fitting that an artist with such an evocative name is in the business of making little memories. Each earring, each pendant, each pocket mirror is a tiny perfect illustration. Her work is reminiscent of childhood – bright and cute and bringing a smile to the lips every…

Red River College mechanical engineer designs handlebar adaptation for Canadian paralympian

Red River College

Red River College mechanical engineer designs a handlebar adaptation for Canadian competing in the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. from CBC: “When Chantal Givens raced Sunday at the Paralympic Games, she had a piece of Winnipeg along for the ride. The three-time Canadian paratriathlon champion, who competed in the sport’s Paralympic debut in Rio, was born missing her left hand. In an effort to…

Niagara College excels in Culinary Arts

Niagara College

from the press release: Niagara College’s Junior Culinary Team Canada proved that it has the recipe for success, winning a gold medal in its first of two competitions at the 2016 Culinary Olympics. The team from Niagara College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute competed in its first competition at the IKA /Culinary Olympics in Erfurt,…

Career training and culture coalesce at MITT

Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology

When the Downtown Winnipeg Biz put out a call for street banners to celebrate the Year of the Monkey (“Fire Monkey”), students in Jan Hamilton’s Graphic and Print Technician program (GPTech) at Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology answered the call, submitting 22 amazing designs. One of those designs – by MITT student Zhiling (Lucia)…

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,…

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February 2017

International Success Stories

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

International Outreach and Student Development at Cambrian College

Cambrian College

Students and faculty at Cambrian are invested in contributing to the betterment of communities both locally and abroad. In conjunction with volunteer organizations and local health providers, students in Cambrian’s Health Sciences programs have travelled to Cambodia, China, Costa Rica, India, Peru, and Vietnam to learn about global health challenges and to harness their skills…

Algonquin College Mexican students meet Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Pena Nieto 

Algonquin College

Over the summer, Algonquin College hosted 68 students from Mexico, and they added a vibrant and exciting energy to our campus. While most Canadian students were away, working on their co-ops and summer jobs, these students were studying hard to improve their English and become better teachers of English back home. They brought with them…

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…

Selkirk College TESOL Program brings international experience home

Selkirk College

Selkirk College’s Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Program has brought a world of cultural experiences to one alumna who’s chosen to build a career at home in the West Kootenay. Emily Kandborg teaches English to speakers of other languages with the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy, a non-profit organization providing literacy programs for…

Selkirk College instructor builds on Rwanda relationship

Selkirk College

from the press release: The bond grows between Selkirk College and Rwanda’s Nyundo School of Music where an international language is bringing growing opportunities to shrink the world through music. The next chapter in the growing relationship between Selkirk College and Rwanda’s Nyundo School for Music has been written. Earlier this month, Selkirk College Contemporary Music…

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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.

College of New Caledonia’s unique research forest allows students to explore climate change links

College of New Caledonia

from Maclean’s: “From learning foundational map-and-compass skills to exploring the link between climate change and spruce bark beetles, students at the College of New Caledonia (CNC) spend a lot of time in the college’s 12,500 hectares of research forest. The two-year Natural Resources and Environmental Technology (NRET) diploma program is the only one in British…

Le Cégep de Trois-Rivières lance un nouveau programme en Écodéveloppement et bioproduits

Cégep de Trois-Rivières

du Nouvelliste : “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…

Algonquin College Perth Campus Rural Living Lab

Algonquin College

Algonquin College’s Office of Applied Research and Innovation and the Perth Campus’s Construction Carpentry-Advanced Housing program have collaborated in the construction of a cutting-edge, sustainable, energy efficient Residential Living Lab that will become a permanent fixture of the Perth Campus. Elements of the building’s sleek design, prepared by GRC Architects Inc., were inspired by students…

Sheridan’s District Energy Projects

Sheridan College

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Amrit Mangat, MPP for Mississauga-Brampton South, today announced a major investment in a $21.4 million infrastructure project at Sheridan.  Through its Postsecondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund, the federal government is contributing $9.9 million, while the Province is adding $2.6 million, with the balance…

Capilano University has lost tonnes of weight

Capilano University

William Demopoulos is proud of what a little willpower, prioritizing and teamwork can do. These three elements have not only helped Capilano University achieve its greenhouse gas reduction target a year ahead schedule, but also to exceed its target by nearly 20 per cent. “Capilano University’s success demonstrates what is possible across B.C.,” says Demopoulos,…

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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.

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

Lethbridge College

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

Camosun faculty & students lead unique pilot safety monitoring project

Camosun College

Pilots battling forest fires across the province endure unique stresses and challenges, explains Rich Burman, Interaction Lead for the Camosun Innovates team. “They’ll fly right into a smoke column and they say it’s like turning the lights off in a room, pitch black and all you can see are embers,” he says. “Their heart rates go up…

Fanshawe College receives $6.2M from Canada and Ontario to establish Centre for Advanced Research and Innovation in Biotech

Fanshawe College

from the London Free Press: Fanshawe College is setting up a biotechnology research centre with the help of $6.2 million in federal and provincial funding. Fanshawe will establish the Centre for Advanced Research and Innovation in Biotechnology in renovated space in the D block of the school’s main campus in London. Dave Machacek, chairperson of Fanshawe’s…

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…

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…

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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,…

NAIT Aboriginal Youth Leadership program sponsored by Cenovus

NAIT

Empowering Aboriginal Youth In 2011, NAIT partnered with Cenovus Energy and the Government of Canada to launch an outreach program for aboriginal youth. The Aboriginal Youth Leadership program was initially offered to 66 youth from the Dene Tha First Nation community located near High Level in Northern Alberta. Inspired by the pilot program’s success, Cenovus…

Nunavik Sivunitsavut

Cégep John Abbott College

Nunavik Sivunitsavut (NS) means Nunavik: Our Future in Inuktitut. This postsecondary educational path was designed by John Abbott College, in collaboration with the Kativik School Board, to prepare the youth of Nunavik for the future political and cultural leadership of the region. As of fall 2017, students will study their history, language, land claims, and culture, and…

Cumberland College to launch Elders-in-Residence program

Cumberland College

from Prince Albert Now: A unique initiative at Cumberland College in Nipawin, Melfort and Tisdale will bring more Indigenous elders to campus. College President Tom Weegar said the ‘Elders-in-Residence’ program will offer students an opportunity to meet with Métis and First Nation Elders from around the region to engage in traditional teaching on various topics.…

Indigenous Metal Fabricator program teaches more than a trade

BCIT

It’s her last afternoon in the BCIT Metal Fabricator Foundation program and Niki Jenkins is putting the final touches on a canoe paddle adorned with Indigenous designs. While the designs may be traditional, the paddle’s material—steel—is not. It’s Niki’s contribution to a group project—a steel canoe with accompanying paddles—her class is working on. Initiated by Steel Trades instructor Don…

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July 2017

Programs of Interest

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

Artisan Distilling

Niagara College

Canada’s first and only Artisan Distilling program offers extensive hands-on training in an onsite, state-of-the-art Teaching Distillery to prepare graduates for employment in the expanding distillation industry.   View program

Travel and Tourism Management

Holland College

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

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

Fire Fighting Technologies Certificate

JIBC

If you are considering a career in firefighting, the Fire Fighting Technologies Certificate (FFTC) program will provide you with the theoretical background, applied skills, and specialized knowledge required to become a superior candidate in a competitive recruiting process. Graduates are employment-ready, and are able to take on the challenges of an entry-level firefighter.   View program

Early Learning and Child Care

Grande Prairie Regional College

Early Learning and Child Care will prepare you for a career working with children from birth to age twelve, and their families. Research studies indicate that the first five years in the lives of children are the most critical in terms of their overall development.   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 Niagara College Teaching Brewery

Niagara College

The Niagara College Teaching Brewery is a practical learning environment for students in Niagara College’s Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management program located at the beautiful Niagara-on-the-Lake campus. The open-concept 1,500 sq. ft. micro-brewery facility—allowing students to brew their own craft beer on-campus—includes both a large scale system capable of producing 1,000 litres of beer and a smaller…

The Garbarino Girard Centre for Innovation in Seniors Care

Algonquin College

The Garbarino Girard Centre for Innovation in Seniors Care is charting a bold new course for geriatric care, providing a learning lab, applied research facility, and an opportunity to collaborate with the Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre (WOCRC) on an adult day-program for seniors with dementia. “The Garbarino Girard Centre for Innovation in Seniors Care…

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…

The Entrepreneurship Centre

Northern College

At the Entrepreneur Centre, Northern College is here to help you transform your dreams of being your own boss into the real thing. Think of it as a hub for all things entrepreneurial and grow your big idea. Whether you’re looking for help with starting a new business, accessing funding, creating a business plan, or…

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…

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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.

St Clair College partners with the University of Windsor on EPIC Genesis entrepreneurship centre

St Clair College

from the Windsor Star: St. Clair College and the University of Windsor celebrated the launch of EPIC Genesis Thursday at the college’s south Windsor campus. The project is the latest partnership between the two schools and aims to connect the varying skill sets of students at both institutions, to encourage entrepreneurship and business startups. The…

Niagara College teams up with Food Starter to offer Food Business Feasibility workshops for entrepreneurs

Niagara College

from Erie Media: Generations of your family have relished Great Aunt Gertha’s seasoned gherkins, but would jars of the delicious homemade pickles fly off the local grocery store shelf? Food Starter and Niagara College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute specialists may help you come up with the answer. The two have combined culinary skills and…

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…

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…

C3 Estrie intègre le nouveau Quartier de l’entrepreneur à Sherbrooke

Cégep de Sherbrooke

C3 Estrie, l’entreprise-école née au Cégep de Sherbrooke, prend part au projet majeur de revitalisation du centre-ville, le Quartier de l’entrepreneur Well inc., dévoilé par le maire Bernard Sévigny le 4 octobre dernier devant la Chambre de commerce de Sherbrooke. Créé en 2015 au Cégep de Sherbrooke, C3 Estrie incite les jeunes à s’intéresser à l’entrepreneuriat, leur…

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November 2017

Outstanding Alumni

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

Judy Foote

Lambton College

Politician and former Minister of Public Services and Procurement

Ryan Reynolds

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Actor

Donovan Bailey

Sheridan College

Olympic athlete

John Candy

Centennial College

Actor and comedian

Alexandre Bilodeau

Collège Montmorency

Olympic freestyle skier

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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.

Community Impact at NSCC

NSCC

from NSCC:   NSCC is committed to accelerating student and community innovation and entrepreneurial capacity. NSCC is committed to the success of Nova Scotia’s diverse students, cultures and communities. We do this by:  Enhancing applied research We partner with key industries and sectors on research projects to support their growth and prepare our students for a…

Have Whisk, Will Travel: Culinary Arts in the Community

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Saskatchewan Polytechnic is home to an important training ground for the next generation of Saskatchewan’s culinary masters. The Culinary Arts program, offered at the Saskatoon campus, is led by program head and long-time chef Derek Cotton and teaches students ‘a little bit of everything’ in the culinary world. “Our program is designed to prepare students…

Community crops

NSCC

Social Services student leads greenhouse build for retirement home For Billy Upton, a new greenhouse filled with fresh herbs and vegetables was the inspiration to help grow a community connection. Last spring, the Social Services student at Nova Scotia Community College‘s Burridge Campus approached the Villa St. Joseph du lac with an idea to build a greenhouse for the residents…

A real community build

NSCC

Carpentry class builds gazebo for persons with physical and intellectual disabilities Seeking out opportunities to help the local community, while developing a sense of civic-mindedness in his students, is of the utmost importance to Jim Swayne, carpentry instructor at Nova Scotia Community College’s Marconi Campus. Over the last four years, Jim and his students have contributed to carpentry…

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…

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