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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.

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…

Algonquin College partnership with Shopify to offer students a hands-on experience in graphic design

Algonquin College

from Techopia: Shopify U has added graphic design to its course offerings. The e-commerce company announced a partnership with Algonquin College to offer 60 students a hands-on education in graphic design. Shopify employees partnered with instructors from Algonquin College to design a nine-week multidisciplinary course as part of the School of Media and Design. As…

Sask Polytech celebrates Indigenous culture with new mural

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

The new mural at the Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Moose Jaw campus is another aspect of the institution’s indigenization efforts, which are developed towards reconciliation and long-term positive change. With enrolment for Indigenous students increasing 31 per cent since 2011-12, it is the responsibility of the entire organization to ensure every student feels welcome on our campuses.…

Former student at Emily Carr University on display at Heritage Hall in Vancouver

Emily Carr University of Art + Design

Paintings by Lan Yao, a former art student at Emily Carr University, on display at the Shiny Fuzzy Muddy show at Heritage Hall in Vancouver. from The Squamish Chief: “Squamish’s Lan Yao never really found the opportunity to produce art on her own time when she worked in 3D animation in Vancouver. But, in recent…

Emily Carr University of Art and Design grad turns technicolour paintings and love of baking into edible works of art

Emily Carr University of Art and Design

from The Globe and Mail: “What colours come to mind when you think of a dimly lit parking garage in the heart of an urban city centre, a Saskatchewan sunset at the beginning of autumn or a big, creamy scoop of Saskatoon berry ice cream? A visual artist and pastry chef in San Francisco, Leah…

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February 2017

International Success Stories

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

Olds College International Projects

Olds College

Olds College has an extended history of involvement in international applied research and development projects. Dating back to the mid 1970’s, the College has set up several successful projects around the world. Recently, the College had the opportunity to make a difference at the international level with three bilateral social entrepreneurship, capacity building, and competency based education training initiatives: Dominican Republic…

Enactus Lambton has creating a farming revolution in rural Zambia 

Lambton College

Since its inception January 6, 2012, the 315 Lambton College students involved with Enactus have brought new meaning to the words entrepreneurship and innovation. Through compassion, dedication, and humanity, Enactus Lambton has managed to create a farming revolution in the Zambian towns of Hufwa, Gaali, Kasaka and 45 surrounding villages with their inspirational One Seed…

CNC Globe Trotters: Social Service Workers Fulfill Practicums Internationally 

College of New Caledonia

Students from the Social Service Worker program at the College of New Caledonia chose to fulfill their practicum requirements internationally. The challenge was to pick a country they did not know very well, research it, find a practicum placement, travel there, and work and live there independently for four weeks. For most of the students…

NorQuest College earns global recognition for Education for Employment Peru project 

NorQuest College

The International education business Partnership Network (IPN), in collaboration with The Conference Board of Canada, has recognized NorQuest College with a globally-renowned award. The Global Best Awards celebrate educational institutions, private businesses, and other stakeholders that boost learning and employability through cooperation. These partnerships enhance job-relevant experiential learning, leading to increased educational attainment and advanced skills development.…

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…

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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.

Mohawk College Sustainable Landscape Plan

Mohawk College

The Sustainable Landscape Plan (SLP) guides improvements to Mohawk’s outdoor spaces in a way that demonstrates Mohawk’s leadership in creating an environmentally sustainable educational setting. The SLP outlines a strategy that enhances the quality of life for campus users and the surrounding community. To date, the SLP has created several key green spaces at Mohawk…

Le Cégep de Sept-Îles reçoit la mention honorable Vélosympathique du Vélo Québec

Cégep de Sept-Îles

Le Cégep de Sept-Îles a récemment reçu une mention honorable Vélosympathique décernée par Vélo Québec. Il devient ainsi le premier cégep mais aussi la première organisation à recevoir cette mention, à l’est de Québec. Le Mouvement vélosympathique a pour but d’encourager les collectivités et les organisations à faire du vélo une réelle option en matière…

Sunny Days at College of the Rockies

College of the Rockies

Cranbrook, BC gets a lot of sunshine. Both Statistics Canada and Environment Canada cite it as one of the sunniest cities in Canada, and College of the Rockies is taking full advantage of all that sunshine. In April 2015, the College undertook a solar project at its Cranbrook campus’ residence building, installing two types of…

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…

In the face of rising energy costs, an embedded energy manager helps curb consumption and improve conservation

Fanshawe College

Energy conservation is a top priority for Fanshawe College, as it works to maximize its triple bottom line – the social, environmental and economic impact of the college. To ensure a bright future for its many stakeholders, Fanshawe is partnering with London Hydro through Ontario’s Save on Energy conservation programs powered by the Independent Electricity System…

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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.

Sask Polytech announces new Innovative Manufacturing program

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

As of this month Saskatchewan Polytechnic is offering 12 seats in its new Innovative Manufacturing program. Beginning September 2017 the two-year diploma program will be delivered at the Regina campus. Saskatchewan’s manufacturing sector identified the need for multi-skilled workers. The cross-discipline design of the proposed program provides students with a breadth of knowledge and skills,…

Camosun College alum Ben Costin applied his engineering skills in new Camosun Innovates lab

Camosun College

Camosun College’s Camosun Innovates department receives funding from national bodies including the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and Western Economic Diversification Canada (WED). Working with local industry, Camosun Innovates provides research services including industrial prototyping, innovations for athletes of diverse abilities, environmental protection, and technology to streamline business processes—all helping local industry prosper. The…

Going global—a BCIT prosthetic and orthotic team in India 

British Columbia Institute of Technology

Recently, two BCIT Prosthetics and Orthotics Diploma program students travelled to Koppal, India, to complete their clinical placements with the Samuha Overseas Development Association (SODA), a local NGO. One of SODA’s missions is to address the needs of people living with disabilities in the villages of South India. The students, Malena Rapaport and Shane Bates,…

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…

Algonquin College graphic design students and grads participate in digital comic book project to raise awareness about the immune system and vaccinations

Algonquin College

from Metro Ottawa: “A prominent Ottawa doctor has teamed up with graphic-design prodigies to convince children to get vaccinated. Immunization Warriors is a digital comic book that aims to get children thinking differently about needles and go over the heads of reluctant parents. Comparing viruses to invading extra-terrestrials, the comic aims to explain the role of white…

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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.

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…

NC student raises awareness through Faceless Dolls workshop

Niagara College

They were lined up side by side on a table – each handmade felt doll carefully placed as the glue set on their yarn of hair and colourful dresses, adorned with accessories like beads and flowers. Each doll was crafted with creativity, care and consideration by students, staff and faculty. Each doll without a face.…

FSIN partners with Saskatchewan Polytechnic to focus on Indigenous student success

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) and Saskatchewan Polytechnic signed a five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to set a framework to promote the Inherent and Treaty Right to Education for First Nations students and implement the calls to action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. “Education is the key to prosperity for…

NVIT to deliver new program to help Indigenous participants with job readiness and education upgrades

Nicola Valley Institute of Technology

from Business Examiner: Up to 205 First Nations people in communities stretching from Prince George to Fort Nelson will benefit from new skills-training opportunities designed to spark careers in trades and technical jobs such as carpentry, piping, welding, carpentry, machining and electrical. Funding of more than $2.1 million is being provided for five projects through…

NorQuest College connects Indigenous workers with careers in construction

NorQuest College

from The Edmonton Journal: Christopher Bernard is freshly married and ready to get back into the construction business. Helping him with the many certifications and training programs the industry requires is the Alberta Aboriginal Construction Career Centre at NorQuest College. The program aims to connect aboriginal workers with employers in the construction industry. Bernard said construction work gives him…

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July 2017

Programs of Interest

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

Law and Justice Studies

Selkirk College

The two-year Law and Justice Studies diploma program is designed to prepare you for a career in the legal profession.  You will acquire the skills, training and support to strengthen your future career in a variety of legal professions including law, law enforcement, paralegal, criminology, advocacy, social justice and legal security.   View program

Primary Care Paramedic


The Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) program will equip students with a solid foundation to prepare them for employment opportunities to practice as paramedics in a wide variety of paramedical environments. Pursue this stimulating career, equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge, and gain the confidence and aptitude to work in this dynamic and gratifying profession.…

Photography Diploma


The Diploma in Photography emphasizes the exciting range of digital photographic technologies in state-of-the-art facilities. You will learn to use natural and artificial lighting, image manipulation techniques and relevant software and develop your technical and aesthetic photographic skills, providing the foundation for truly creative and individual imagery.   View program.

Community Integration Through Co-operative Education (CICE)

Loyalist College

The Community Integration Through Co-operative Education (CICE) program is designed for students with intellectual disabilities and other significant learning challenges interested in pursuing post-secondary education and experiencing College life. Through modified programming and field placement opportunities, this pathway program will help you develop skills that will prepare you to transition to volunteer or paid employment.…

Viticulture Technician Diploma

Okanagan College

The Viticulture Technician Diploma is designed to provide hands on, theoretical and practical knowledge to work as part of the vineyard management team to plan, develop, plant and maintain a vineyard for the production of quality wine.   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.

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…

Extendicare Centre Simulation Labs

Sault College

from the Northern Ontario Medical Journal: It looks like a typical home. There’s a stylish kitchen with stainless steel appliances, a bathroom with mobility assistance devices, a spacious bedroom and a washer and dryer to do laundry, but in reality it’s one of five simulation labs in the Extendicare Centre for Applied Learning in Health…

Selkirk College Backcountry Classrooms

Selkirk College

Students in the Selkirk College Ski Operations & Management Program had the opportunity to learn in the outdoor classroom at Selkirk Wilderness Skiing in late-January where they took part in avalanche training and had the chance to experience one of the world’s most renowned outdoor adventure destinations just north of Meadow Creek. “To see the…

Centre for Health & Wellness takes interdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning

Camosun College

The new building will be designed for 21st century learning, provide a more interdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning, and will deliver the most modern classrooms, with hands-on labs, simulation environments, support and collaboration spaces and medical equipment storage. It will bring together the majority of Camosun’s health and human service programming in one location which is…

The Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Resources

Marine Institute

The Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Resources (CSAR) promotes the sustainable development of the aquatic resources through collaborative industrial research and development, technology transfer and education services to the global fishing industry. The primary testing facility for CSAR is the Marine Institute’s flume tank. With its sophisticated video recording, computer software, sensor equipment and special features,…

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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.

Fredéric Laforge, un entrepreneur créatif!


Dans le cadre de la Semaine de la petite et moyenne entreprise, mieux connue sous le nom de PME, le CCNB souligne le cheminement de Fredéric Laforge, un diplômé du CCNB qui fait les manchettes depuis un certain temps. M. Laforge est le co-fondateur et propriétaire du Farmers’ Truck, un marché mobile qui vend des…

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…

Holland College students pitch their business ideas at Starting Point Entrepreneurship Conference

Holland College

from the Guardian: Holland College business administration student, Jeremie Arsenault, earned $1,000 for his pitch to prospective funders at a business “speed dating” event in Halifax recently. Arsenault was one of three business administration students who attended the Starting Point Entrepreneurship Conference at St Mary’s University. In the Funder Speed Dating event, student entrepreneurs had…

Local entrepreneur expands herbal recipes in collaboration with NAIT


from the Edmonton Journal: Carrie Armstrong has a shop called Mother Earth Essentials (12318-111 Ave.), specializing in Indigenous-themed bath and body products, and tea. Now, the entrepreneur is poised to add a line of bottled cold tea to her brand, made with a carefully-researched and concocted herbal recipe developed in collaboration with NAIT. Visitors to the Taste of New tent,…

MHC student starts rock climbing business

Medicine Hat College

Dana McMahon has taken his passion for rock climbing and turned it into a full time company; OCD Adventures is geared towards providing climbers of all ages and abilities a chance to enjoy the less traveled paths of Crowsnest Pass. “The people I’m looking to take climbing are not the hard core climbers typically found…

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November 2017

Outstanding Alumni

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

Alex Harvey

Cégep Garneau

Cross-country skier

Diane Lamarre

Cégep Édouard-Montpetit


Luc Brodeur-Jourdain

Cégep Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu

Football player

Bryan Perro

Collège Shawinigan

Children’s fantasy author

Ryan Reynolds

Kwantlen Polytechnic University


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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.

NSCC “Difference Dollars for Service Learning” initiative encourages students to give back to the community

Nova Scotia Community College

from The Chronicle Herald: During the winter and spring of 2017, students at the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) are being invited to submit ideas for projects that will not only apply the knowledge they are learning at the NSCC, but which will also better life in the province. “Difference Dollars for Service Learning is…

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…

Fleming College accounting students host free tax-preparation clinics

Fleming College

from the Peterborough Examiner: The tax clinics began on Tuesday and will continue March 21 and 28 and April 4 from noon to 4 p.m. They will be located in the Galleria (B3200) at Sutherland Campus, 599 Brealey Dr., Peterborough. To be eligible for the free clinics, individuals must have a simple tax situation and…

Durham College carpentry students support Habitat for Humanity volunteers

Durham College

from DurhamRegion.com: The next phase of Habitat for Humanity’s Centre Town project is underway and the organization is hoping to see lots of hands on deck for the newest phase. A group of 911 responders recently spent a hot August day putting in the floor joists for four homes that represent phase 3A of Habitat…

Okanagan College nursing students gather warm-clothing donations for Kelowna’s disadvantaged

Okanagan College

Boxes of donated warm clothing that have been jamming the halls where Okanagan College’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program lives are on their way to making a difference for Kelowna’s disadvantaged. The first- and second-year students who sit on the BSN’s Global Health committee – a civically-minded, student-led initiative for social equity –…

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