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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.

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…

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

College of the Rockies

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

Camosun College’s Comic Arts Festival celebrates the artistry of visual storytelling

Camosun College

Camosun College in Victoria, BC, delivers a nationally unique certificate program in Comics and Graphic Novels each year to approximately 30 students. The one-of-a-kind program was created for students who have a desire to learn the language of visual storytelling, and focuses on skills-based learning for six career paths: comic book creation (print & online),…

Hairdressing Fantasy Competition

North West College

North West College offers the full breadth of Adult learning opportunities, one of which is a pre-employment certificate program in Hairstyling, teaching students to perform techniques on hair, wigs, hairpieces, skin and nails. Each year, the Hairstyling students are challenged to compete in a Fantasy Competition. Judged by a panel of experts, students submit mannequins finished…

Emily Carr University artist and professor works to solve mystery of Tom Thomson’s death through clay facial reconstruction

Emily Carr University of Art + Design

from the Regina Leader-Post: “A hundred years ago this summer, the painter Tom Thomson died in Ontario’s Algonquin Park. His artistic legacy is unquestioned. Barely five years of serious painting during the First World War produced works, like The West Wind and Northern River, that still inspire the Canadian imagination of wilderness. His contemporary admirers…

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February 2017

International Success Stories

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

MEDIC builds vaccine health architecture for Africa

Mohawk College

Mohawk’s mHealth & eHealth Development and Innovation Centre (MEDIC) is bridging the gap between the healthcare sector and the companies who are developing innovative solutions aimed at improving healthcare in Canada and beyond. Software Architect, Justin Fyfe, who is a Mohawk graduate, is helping health professionals save lives in Tanzania with OpenIZ.org. Inspired by his…

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…

Bow Valley College Joins the UNESCO UNEVOC Network.

Bow Valley College

Recognizing the importance of education and solidifying its place within the global Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) community, Bow Valley College was proud to announce that it has become a UNESCO-UNEVOC Centre and a member of the UNEVOC Network. In Canada, UNESCO-UNEVOC TVET needs are coordinated by Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan), who is…

English Language Institute helps international students find success in Manitoba

Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology

To say Oksana Shevchuk’s journey at MITT has been a remarkable success would be an understatement In spring of 2016, she and her husband arrived in Manitoba from Ukraine as students in MITT’s English Language Institute (ELI). Oksana went from not speaking English to speaking alongside provincial and federal government guests during the grand opening…

Kwantlen Polytechnic students raise money to provide solar power and light for communities in Africa

Kwantlen Polytechnic

from Richmond News: “They couldn’t get their collective minds around the concept of burying their heads in their books at night without having any proper light. And when they learned that impoverished African kids were getting injured while using gasoline to produce light for a few minutes of studying, a group of Kwantlen Polytechnic University…

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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.

NVIT to build new Centre of Excellence in Sustainability

Nicola Valley Institute of Technology

from the press release: Canadians will be better equipped for the well-paying middle-class jobs of today and tomorrow as a result of a federal-provincial investment of $8.9 million in a new Centre of Excellence in Sustainability at the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (NVIT). The investment was announced by the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of…

Centennial Pollinator Gardens

Centennial College

Pollinators, such as bees, butterflies, and other insects are responsible for two thirds of the food we eat, but they’re disappearing at alarming rates. With a diminishing number of pollen- and nectar-producing plants, a decrease in viable habitat and nesting sites, and an increase in invasive non-native plant and insect species, Centennial’s Environmental Student Society…

Factor Four initiative transforms BCIT campus and emissions levels

BCIT

Recognizing that unchecked growth in a global system of limited resources is unsustainable,  the British Columbia Institute of Technology’s Factor Four Initiative aims to reduce BCIT’s energy and materials usage by—you guessed it!—a factor of four. The name and the mission comes from the influential 1995 report Factor Four: Doubling Wealth, Halving Resource Use, which developed the concept…

High Performance Building Lab

BCIT

New requirements for energy efficient housing and buildings require changes to existing building envelope design and construction techniques. In addition, construction in the coastal region of BC is sensitive to high moisture levels resulting in materials deterioration and failure. It is essential that construction technologists, designers, and builders are familiar with building envelope application technologies…

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…

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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.

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…

Olds College student uses beer production waste to feed livestock

Olds College

from Maclean’s: Before he could legally drink in Canada, Alex Villeneuve brewed his first beer. Growing the herbs and roots on the greenhouse rooftop of his high school, Villeneuve fermented a prize-winning rosemary ginger beer and was declared a first-place winner of Edmonton’s First Official Winter Drink contest, run by the city. Lucky enough to…

New simulator puts paramedic students in the driver’s seat

JIBC

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…

Vancouver duo working to send 3D printer to the moon with support from BCIT

BCIT

from the Globe and Mail: For Alex and Sergei Dobrianski, the building blocks of an upcoming revolution in the space industry are found in moon dust. Over the past five years, the father-and-son team has been developing the technology to send a 3D printer to the moon that can extract and use the various fine-grained…

416 Automation works with Humber to create the SeatBOT

Humber College

Through a collaboration with industry partner 416 Automation Inc., Electromechanical Engineering Technology students Theodor Willert and Joshua Donnelly-Robertson took on an innovative project that let them do just that. The students worked with 416 Automation and Humber faculty members Neal Mohammed and Mohammad Al-Rady to design and build an automated, robotic technology that can test…

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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.

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

Cumberland College

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

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.…

Cumberland College identifies Indigenous priorities

Cumberland College

from the Nipawin Journal: This May, Jason Henderson was a happy camper. Sporting a black button-up shirt and a shy grin, Henderson talked about himself a little shyly. It had taken him a couple of tries but Henderson finally graduated this spring from Cumberland College with a General Education Development (GED) certificate. It has been…

NorQuest College hosts first-ever Indigenous Achievement Ceremony

NorQuest College

A total of 83 self-identified Indigenous students completed certificate or diploma programs at NorQuest College in 2015-16. Of that number, approximately two dozen attended the achievement ceremony at Amiskwaciy Academy, and enjoyed the evening with family, friends, college staff, faculty and Elders, and honoured guests. An inspirational addition to the evening festivities was the Bull…

VIU appoints first Chair of Aboriginal Studies to research Restorative Justice and Indigenous Communities

Vancouver Island University

from BC Local News: Restorative justice and indigenous communities will be the research topic for the first appointee to a prestigious aboriginal chair position at Vancouver Island University. Roy Janisch has been named VIU’s inaugural Fulbright Canada Jarislowsky Visiting Research Chair in Aboriginal Studies. Janisch is an associate professor of justice studies at Pittsburg State…

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July 2017

Programs of Interest

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

Firefighter, Pre-Service Education and Training

Seneca College

The Firefighter Pre-Service Education and Training program provides you with the most comprehensive and current training to meet NFPA 1001 FF I & II professional qualifications. In addition to theoretical learning, you’ll also benefit from hands-on training in basic firefighting skills on campus and at several fire training facilities.   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

Aboriginal Teacher Education Program (ATEP)

Portage College

The Aboriginal Teacher Education Program (ATEP) benefits college students ready to complete their third and fourth year of studies toward their Bachelor of Education Degree. The ATEP curriculum has a strong focus on aboriginal culture and perspectives to give teachers a better understanding of the unique history and backgrounds of young aboriginal learners.   View…

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

Sustainable Waste Management

Fleming College

In this unique, post-graduate program you will learn to develop and implement waste management plans and strategies to reduce, reuse and repurpose waste.   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.

Le Centre de production automatisée

Cégep de Jonquière

Le Centre de production automatisée est une équipe de spécialistes, d’ingénieurs et de techniciens qui œuvre, de façon complémentaire, dans des domaines rattachés au processus d’automatisation. En opération depuis 1984, le CPA est un Centre collégial de transfert technologique (CCTT) qui est reconnu par le Ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur, de la Recherche, de la Science et…

The Arbour

George Brown College

George Brown is expanding its Waterfront Campus with a carbon-neutral wood building called The Arbour. It will be the first Tall Wood Building used for institutional purposes in Ontario. The planned 12-storey structure will produce the same amount of energy, or more than, it consumes. It will also provide students with research and learning opportunities…

The Centre for Marine Simulation

Marine Institute

In operation since 1994, the Centre for Marine Simulation (CMS) is an industrial arm of the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University (MI). Operating under MI’s School of Maritime Studies, CMS combines its unique North Atlantic location, world-class simulation technology, and industry-driven expertise to solve the toughest simulation problems for its clients.‌ The Centre…

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,…

The Land Sciences Centre

Olds College

The Land Sciences building is connected to the Greenhouses and Landscape Pavilion, and features (number) of classrooms, typically in use by Horticulture and Land & Environment Classes, as well as offices for faculty in those programs. The highlight of the Land Sciences Building is the atrium, a glass seating area filled with gorgeous vegetation.  The atrium occasionally hosts special events, as it…

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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.

L’entrepreneuriat au Cégep de Trois-Rivières : faire le point, consolider et… se développer !

Cégep de Trois-Rivières

Depuis 2013, le développement de l’entrepreneuriat éducatif et de l’accompagnement des jeunes entrepreneurs fait partie des priorités au Cégep de Trois-Rivières. Deux séries de raisons nous y ont poussés : celles qui sont relatives aux bénéfices pédagogiques de l’activité entrepreneuriale et celles qui concernent notre mission complémentaire régionale. De nombreuses réalisations en témoignent, mais la création de La…

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’…

NBCCD Metal Arts Program is Tailored for Budding Entrepreneurs

NBCCD

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

NBCCD Alumna/Instructor Melissa LeBlanc: Characterizing Clay

NBCCD

Melissa LeBlanc has found what many of us aspire to have – an ideal balance. Two days of every week, she has her hands in the mud, conjuring expressive animal characters from blocks of inert clay. Three days of the week, she teaches in the Diploma in Ceramics at NBCCD, pulling the best and most…

Local entrepreneur expands herbal recipes in collaboration with NAIT

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,…

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November 2017

Outstanding Alumni

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

Alexandre Bilodeau

Collège Montmorency

Olympic freestyle skier

Dina Pugliese

Humber College

Co-host of City Toronto’s Breakfast Television

Madeleine Blais-Morin

Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles

Radio-Canada journalist

John Shorthouse

BCIT

Sports commentator

Sam Sullivan

Langara College

Politician and founder of the Sam Sullivan Disability Foundation

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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.

Alison Murphy: The Artist and the Administrator

NBCCD

The line between artist and administrator has never been so blurry than in Felt/Mixed Media Artist and Craft NB Executive Director Alison Murphy. Alison the artist was born in her father’s studio. Touching his brushes, his palette, and his creativity, she developed a love for colour and for collecting. After graduating in 2004 with a…

Centennial College Partnerships in Peru Impact Vulnerable Youth

Centennial College

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

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…

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…

Amnesty International recognizes student work

NSCC

Nova Scotia Community College Radio Television Journalism students win Amnesty International Canada Youth Media Award For their work to bring national attention to the issue of land titles in North Preston, Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Community College students Kristen Brown, Nic Meloney, Whitney Middleton and their fellow Radio Television Journalism (RTJ) students at the College’s Waterfront Campus, have been awarded the Amnesty…

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