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January 2017

Art & Design Achievements

Any student achievement in fine art, literature, fashion, graphic design, music, or culinary arts; cool exhibitions, or design festivals organized by a college or institute etc.

Le Cégep de Sainte-Foy fête une Semaine Shakespeare

Cégep de Sainte-Foy

du communiqué de presse : « Du 7 au 11 novembre, tous les étudiants du Cégep de Sainte-Foy vibreront au rythme de Shakespeare, dans le cadre du 400e anniversaire de la mort du célèbre auteur. La semaine thématique organisée conjointement par les quatre disciplines de la formation générale (Français, Philosophie, Éducation physique et Anglais) propose aux étudiants…

Sheridan College and Emily Carr University of Art + Design grads among Oscar nominees for animated short-films

Sheridan College, Emily Carr University of Art + Design

from Newscaf:  “Canada is a leader in animation, pumping out scores of professionally trained artists every year from places such as Sheridan College in Oakville, Ont., and Vancouver’s Visual College of Art and Design. But as they enter the industry, they face a tumultuous landscape of rapidly changing technology and economic upheaval. Three of the…

Vancouver Island University Culinary Arts grads find rewarding careers with luxury hotels

Vancouver Island University

from the press release: “Vancouver Island University (VIU) Culinary Arts program graduate Perry Assu is living his dream. For fun, he snowboards down some of the finest slopes in the world at the Whistler Blackcomb ski resort and for work, he cooks up fine culinary creations in the luxurious Fairmont Chateau Whistler. Assu, 19, who…

Future Ways of Living Cultural Celebration and Pop-Up Lab

George Brown College

The unique George Brown College Institute without Boundaries (IwB), a Toronto-based educational program and design studio, works to achieve social, ecological, and economic innovation through design collaboration. from George Brown College: “The Institute without Boundaries (IwB) was founded in 2003 by the School of Design at George Brown College, in consultation with Bruce Mau. The…

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


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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February 2017

International Success Stories

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

JIBC exchange programs give global perspective to students

Justice Institute of British Columbia

Since January 2013, 10 Law Enforcement Studies Diploma students from the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) have spent their last semester on an academic exchange at Waterford Institute of Technology in Waterford, Ireland. The program helps students gain an international perspective of law enforcement and learn about the different opportunities and challenges faced by those…

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…

Les 15 ans du Projet international en Sciences humaines au Cégep Marie-Victorin 

Cégep Marie-Victorin

Le programme de Sciences humaines, profil monde : Projet international, offert à Marie-Victorin, célèbre cette année ses 15 ans d’existence. Ce programme unique aura permis à plus de 325 étudiants de vivre une expérience enrichissante grâce à un séjour de trois mois dans un pays en voie de développement dont l’Inde, l’Indonésie, le Mexique, le Pérou,…

Algonquin College Language instructors take 200 international students on a celebration field trip 

Algonquin College

AC language instructors helped celebrate Languages Canada’s World Student Day by taking about 200 English for Academic Purposes International students to Ottawa’s first annual World Student Day event at Strathcona Park. EAP International Liaison Officer Sue Hodgins and Language Institute instructor Gabrielle Berube worked with Languages Canada to plan the event over several months, and Hodgins…

Northwest Community College signs student exchange partnership with Australian Monash University

Northwest Community College

from the press release: “An agreement between Monash University and Northwest Community College (NWCC) in Terrace, British Columbia will pave the way for students to start their studies in Canada and finish in Australia with an Associate Degree, Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Masters Degree. It is the first triple transfer agreement between Monash…

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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.

Un Plan de gestion des matières résiduelles au Cégep Édouard-Montpetit

Cégep Édouard-Montpetit

À la suite de l’élaboration d’un Plan de gestion des matières résiduelles (PGMR) au Cégep, des objectifs ont été clairement définis, concernant principalement la réduction des quantités globales de déchets produites dans l’établissement, mais plus spécifiquement les quantités de matières compostables pouvant être détournées de l’enfouissement. Pour cela, le Cégep a intégré et appliqué le…

Alecia Sandboe’s Summer Experience at GPRC NBDC

Grande Prairie Regional College

GPRC University Transfer graduate, Alecia Sandboe is heading into the third year of her Bachelor of Science program at the University of Alberta well prepared after spending her summer working in the College’s world-class laboratory. “All summer I got to work for GPRC’s National Bee Diagnostic Centre in Beaverlodge,” says Sandboe who graduated from Sexsmith Secondary School…

Okanagan College to open new $40,000 Indigenous garden

Okanagan College

from INFOnews.ca:  Okanagan College will have a new addition to its Kelowna campus this summer – an Indigenous garden. The $40,000 garden will have a prominent location just north of the Centre for Learning Building, according to an Okanagan College media release, one of the busiest buildings for students and staff. The 6,000 square foot…

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,…

Niagara College launches unique beekeeping program to help farmers pollinate crops

Niagara College

from Niagara College’s Community News Source: Niagara College’s Commercial Beekeeping program is the first of its kind in Eastern Canada. Following the annual lifecycle of the honey bee from its winter sleep patterns to the extraction of honey and back again. Al Unwin, associate dean of the School of Environmental and Horticulture Studies, says roughly…

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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.

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…

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…

Entrepreneurship Takes Off with the Lean LaunchPad program at Algonquin College

Algonquin College

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

Centennial College and the University of Toronto partner to make clean energy out of wood waste

Centennial College

from the Globe and Mail: Talk about making a silk purse out a sow’s ear, or as is the case in a collaboration between Centennial College and the University of Toronto, making clean energy out of wood waste from the forest industry. According to Gus Wright, faculty member and principal investigator at Centennial’s School of…

NBCCD Textile Design Alumna Emily Blair Weaves a Poem


Featured on CreatedHere: Weaving is a code that transcends mediums. Known by an exclusive group of highly skilled craftspeople, this code empowers the weavers who use it to create something incredible from nearly nothing: from string into cloth, and sometimes beyond. Emily Blair is an up-and-coming weaver on the verge of graduating with her Diploma in…

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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.

VIU partners with Nanwakolas Council to provide trades training for Campbell River Indigenous students

Vancouver Island University

from BC Local News: A group of 10 Aboriginal students from the Campbell River area will soon be getting a unique educational opportunity thanks to a new partnership between Nanwakolas Council and Vancouver Island University (VIU). The participants in the partnership will complete a five-week “Road Builder Foundation” course at VIU to give them an…

Slocan Narrows archaeological project gets students hands-on with history

Selkirk College

Hamilton College’s Slocan Narrows Archaeological Project has returned to the shores of the Slocan River bringing post-secondary students from across the continent to excavate and document history uncovered in a cluster of First Nations pithouses. Selkirk College’s Reyna Brown is a local student participating in the archeological dig taking place this year. Uncovering links to…

NWCC displays art donated from First Nations Fine Arts students

Northwest Community College

It was a momentous event for First Nations Fine Arts students on December 8, 2016 when two carvings, crafted by Freda Diesing herself, were donated to the art studio at Northwest Community College. Donors Kelsey Wiebe (on behalf of her grandparents, Jim & Jane Christison) and Corey Bulpitt, presented a Wolf Panel carving and a…

SIIT boosts Indigenous skills development training with funding from Boeing

Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies

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

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

Okanagan College

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

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July 2017

Programs of Interest

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

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

Baccalauréat en design d’intérieur


Ce programme prépare l’étudiant à devenir professionnel en design d’intérieur, une profession axée sur l’aménagement d’un environnement agréable, productif et confortable, pour le bien-être de la personne. À la fin de sa formation, le diplômé peut exécuter des travaux en design résidentiel, de bureau, commercial et institutionnel.   View program

Bachelor of Applied Information Sciences (Information Systems Security)

Sheridan College

Sheridan’s Honours Bachelor of Applied Information Sciences (Information Systems Security) program provides outstanding preparation for a rewarding career in this rapidly growing field. Our one-of-a-kind degree program has a stellar reputation among employers.   View program

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

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…

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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.

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…


Cégep Marie-Victorin

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

Skilled Trades Regional Training Centre

St Clair College

St. Clair College announced the transitional “passing of the torch” of the Valiant Training & Development Centre to the College effective January 1st. The St. Clair College Skilled Trades Regional Training Centre will build on the foundation of the important work that was started by the Valiant TMS Group. In 2008, the Valiant Training &…

UFV Agriculture Centre of Excellence and BioPods

University of the Fraser Valley

The Agriculture Centre of Excellence at the University of the Fraser Valley promotes and champions a network of innovation in agriculture education, technology and research. The Centre facilitates knowledge transfer by acting as a coordinating hub to bring together expertise from established institutions and organizations in areas of plant and animal production, food safety, agribusiness,…

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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.

Conestoga College Broadcast Journalism student directs Local Ladies documentary on six female entrepreneurs

Conestoga College

from GuelphToday.com: The director of a documentary film focusing on six women leading entrepreneurship in Guelph says she is excited for the upcoming screening to share their stories. Katie Green spent months documenting the working life of six Guelph women during the summer break between year one and two of her Broadcast Journalism program at…

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…

Algonquin College and IgniteAC Launch Summit Program Program

Algonquin College

SUMMIT is a summer intensive entrepreneurship program for students 18-29 that runs from May 9th   July 21st at Algonquin College and is at the core of the government’s Innovation Agenda when we look at how to build an entrepreneurial society. The SUMMIT organizing team has assembled over 50 workshops offered by industry veterans and specialists…

Niagara College and partners support local entrepreneurs through the Meridian Ignite! series

Niagara College

from Niagara This Week: Entrepreneurs from across the region will have their chance to pitch their business ideas to win money and prizes to help get their enterprise off the ground in a series of Niagara’s own pitch competitions. This year, Meridian Credit Union has partnered with Niagara College and the Greater Niagara Chamber of…

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…

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November 2017

Outstanding Alumni

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

Dr. Larry Rosia


President and CEO, Saskatchewan Polytechnic

John Candy

Centennial College

Actor and comedian

Steven Galloway

Thompson Rivers University


Louis Garneau

Cégep de Sainte-Foy

Road racing and track cyclist

Pierre Bruneau

Cégep de Victoriaville

Journalist and news anchor

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December 2017

Community Impact

Any example of colleges and institutes contributing to the success, security, or well-being of their community.

Be the one rebuilding lives


Lana Fox was working at the Portland Hotel Society in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside when she noticed her peers and colleagues were suffering. Her role involved supporting clients with mental health and addictions issues through housing, safe injection and other programs. But before the opioid overdose epidemic made national news headlines and was declared a public…

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…

Be a Student-for-a-Day


What could be better than checking out our new view book, taking a tour, and meeting with our instructors? Living a day in the life of one of our students, of course. “I came in the morning,” said Student-for-a-Day Alexandre Allard, then a twelfth-grade student at Sugarloaf Senior High. “The students were doing stuff with…

Le Cégep André-Laurendeau offre une trentaine de ressources d’aide social aux personnes immigrantes

Cégep André-Laurendeau

La Formation continue du Cégep André-Laurendeau et le Centre social d’aide aux immigrants (CSAI) ont reçu environ 250 visiteurs lors de l’événement Bienvenue aux personnes immigrantes, le jeudi 19 octobre dernier, au Cégep André-Laurendeau. L’événement a permis à la population de toute origine d’avoir accès gratuitement à plus d’une trentaine de ressources (employabilité, études, orientation scolaire et professionnelle, familles, intégration…). De plus, une dizaine d’ateliers-conférences ont eu…

New program from KPU addresses cultural knowledge and justice issues within Indigenous communities

Kwantlen Polytechnic

A first-of-its-kind Indigenous studies program launching this fall at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) will focus on community and justice. KPU aptly announced its new minor in Indigenous community justice program on National Aboriginal Day. “My hope is that this minor will play a role in honouring, acknowledging, and respecting Indigenous peoples,” said criminology instructor Dr.…

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