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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.

UFV Library literary arts project displays “human books” to bust stereotypes

University of the Fraser Valley

UFV’s unique literary arts project aims to display a Human Library that builds on personal experiences and outward appearances to challenge prejudices on campus. from the UFV blog: “Our mission is to present unique experiences that challenge peoples’ understanding of stereotypes and educate people on diversity,” says Lisa Morry, a UFV library technician and part of…

Fleming College receives design award for Haliburton school rebranding

Fleming College

from the press release: “The Association of Registered Graphic Designers (RGD) is recognizing the transformation and rebranding of Fleming College’s Haliburton School of Art + Design (HSAD) with a prestigious design award. Fleming College will receive an RGD In-House Design Award of Distinction at the Association’s upcoming DesignThinkers conference in Toronto on Nov. 4. Formerly known as…

Monsters Rule at Selkirk College’s Tenth Street Campus

Selkirk College

Building on an educational foundation for both elementary and college students, the Selkirk College Digital Arts & New Media Program joined forces with Hume Elementary School for a spirited project that brought to life some wonderful creatures. From the minds of Hume Elementary School students to the computer screens of Selkirk College Digital Arts & New…

Hope and Fear Exhibition

Portage College

Portage College Native Arts and Culture students and instructors were invited by the University of Alberta to produce a piece for ‘Hope and Fear Our Collective Response’. An exhibition by the University of Alberta and Portage College Art and Design Departments. This artwork which incorporates caribou hair sculpting, porcupine quill plaiting, traditional leatherwork, beading, printmaking,…

NBCCD Textile Design Alumna Emily Blair Weaves a Poem

NBCCD

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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February 2017

International Success Stories

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

From Humber Students to Citizens of the World

Humber College

Education abroad is often a transformative experience, which helps students to alter their understanding of their place in the world. However, “without preparation, critical thinking or a basic sense of curiosity, students are ill equipped to see the world as the complex interaction of culture, environment and politics that can both create and address our…

Humber’s Health Sciences Guatemala experience 

Humber College

The door to the makeshift clinic had just opened as a young Guatemalan woman appeared. In her arms was a child taking strained breaths. Without immediate emergency attention, the child wasn’t going to survive. Over 10 days in 2016, students in Humber’s School of Health Sciences conducted health assessments and provided care to almost 300 children living…

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,…

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,…

Une délégation camerounaise en visite au Cégep de Trois-Rivières

Cégep de Trois Rivières

Le Cégep de Trois-Rivières a reçu, le 8 décembre dernier, la visite de Numelec-Cameroun en compagnie des membres de l’Hôpital Général de Yaoundé et du Ministère des Marchés Publics du Cameroun. Pendant leur séjour au Cégep de Trois-Rivières, les membres de la délégation ont rencontré les départements d’Hygiène dentaire, de Soins infirmiers et des techniques physiques. Cette…

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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.

CICan Intern honoured by her experience at GPRC

Grande Prairie Regional College

Kristine Elipse just finished the summer of her life, and can’t wait to head back home to Toronto, Ontario to share her experience with family and friends. The University of Toronto and Centennial College Environmental Science and Technology graduate spent the last six months working as a Research Intern for GPRC Research & Innovation’s Pollutants…

BCIT’s Energy OASIS project

BCIT

Given Canada’s size and the distances to travel, an environmentally sustainable transportation system has to provide electric vehicles the energy they need to move people and goods across this vast geography, without jeopardizing the reliability of our electric grid. Dr. Hassan Farhangi, director of the Smart Microgrid Applied Research Team, hopes that BCIT’s Energy OASIS project…

Committed to sustainability & reducing energy usage

Okanagan College

As part of its commitment to sustainability, Okanagan College has been working diligently to reduce its energy usage – and has been succeeding remarkably! In 2008, when the average Canadian post-secondary institution was using 320.6 kilowatts of energy per square metre of space annually, OC was using 297 kw/m2. By 2015, the College had reduced…

NorQuest College’s Singhmar Centre for Learning seeking LEED Silver Certification

NorQuest College

The Singhmar Centre for Learning is planned as a LEED Silver 22,500 m², four-storey building. It will feature labs, a teaching child care centre, a new library, food services, student activity space, and an Indigenous student centre. This new building will allow NorQuest College to consolidate all of its Edmonton-area programming at its downtown campus.…

Fleming College launches new environmental planning program at Frost Campus

Fleming College

Building on its strong educational reputation in the environmental and natural resources field, Fleming College is launching a new post-graduate program aimed at preparing students for work in environmental and land use planning and integrated resource management. The Applied Planning – Environmental program focuses on sustainability in development projects for both urban and regional land use. An…

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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

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.

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…

College of the Rockies instructor pilots innovative gamified calculus course

College of the Rockies

College of the Rockies calculus instructor, Leslie Molnar, is teaching Differential Calculus in a fun new way. While fun and calculus are not words that most of us think go together, Molnar has found the means to make it a reality – through gamification. The Winter 2017 Differential Calculus (MATH 103) online course had two…

Push for Change’s co-creator highlights his road to success through Loyalist College

Loyalist College

from Metro News: When he was 19 years old, Joe Roberts was homeless, addicted to heroin and pushing a shopping cart around Vancouver’s East Side. When he returns this fall at age 50, it’ll be by choice with a custom-built shopping cart he pushed all the way across Canada. Roberts co-created the Push for Change campaign to…

NBCCD Textile Design Alumna Emily Blair Weaves a Poem

NBCCD

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…

UFV’s BioPods grow sustainable food and Agtech careers in the community

University of the Fraser Valley

The City of Surrey, the John Volken Academy (JVA), the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV), and educational partners have unveiled twin high-tech greenhouses known as BioPods, a City of Surrey vision and a signature made-in-BC agricultural initiative designed as a catalyst for agricultural research and innovation in British Columbia. As the global population marches…

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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.

Aurora College B.Ed program teaches techniques and history from Indigenous elders

Aurora College

from Maclean’s: In the second year of Aurora College’s bachelor of education program, students leave the classroom and retreat into the bush outside Fort Smith, N.W.T. to learn on the land. For five days each fall, aspiring teachers learn to set up a teepee, scale fish, chop wood, cook bannock over a fire, all under…

Vancouver Island University grad launches Cree app to preserve Indigenous language

Vancouver Island University

from Global News:   The Athabasca Tribal Council wants to make sure indigenous languages are not lost. So it took matters into its own hands — to put language back into the hands of youth. A free app, called ATC Cree, provides hundreds of words with their Cree translation. “It has categories of words,” developer Byron Bates…

Sask Polytech celebrates Indigenous success stories, every month of the year

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

While some calendars feature cute animals or silly jokes, the ASAP calendar seeks to inspire individuals by sharing some of the stories of Indigenous students and employees who have found success with both personal and educational goals at Saskatchewan Polytechnic. “There are so many success stories we could share, it’s often hard to pick only 12,” says…

Algonquin College launches first-of-its-kind Institute for Indigenous Entrepreneurship

Algonquin College

from the Ottawa Citizen: Algonquin College is set to launch a $44.9-million building and renovation project on Wednesday that will include an institute for indigenous entrepreneurship, the first of its kind in an Ontario college. The entire project, expected to be completed in the spring of 2018, will transform the outdated library in the C…

Georgian College Land Acknowledgment

Georgian College

On November 2, 2016, Georgian College unveiled a land acknowledgment plaque acknowledging that all of its campuses are located on traditional Anishnaabeg territory. Georgian has offered Indigenous services and programs since 1992. The land acknowledgment marked the beginning of a college-wide effort to further infuse Indigenous ideas and values into Georgian’s curriculum, student services, activities,…

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July 2017

Programs of Interest

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

Sustainable Urban Beekeeping

Humber College

The Humber Arboretum is now offering a series of courses and hands-on workshops that take a look at the opportunities and challenges associated with running a small-scale urban apiary, with a focus on native bees and sustainable hive management practices that build resilience in the colony.   View program

Diamond Driller Assistant Common Core Program

Northern College

Northern College has developed this modular training program to cover the basic knowledge and skills required to work competently as a helper to a Surface and Underground Diamond Drill Operator.   View program

Financial Crime Analysis

Seneca College

Offered through the Canadian Institute for Financial Crime Analysis (CIFCA), this unique, accessible six-month professional development program provides you with the specialized training needed for this rapidly evolving sector of financial services.   View program

Jewellery/Metal Arts

NBCCD

The Diploma in Jewellery/Metal Arts provides intensive skill development by introducing you to sawing, filing, soldering, riveting and stone-setting. Mold-making and casting technologies enable you to experiment in making multiple designs. Through advanced processes such as complex construction, forging and silversmithing, you establish an individual artistic practice.   View program

Bachelor of Education Program

Aurora College

The Bachelor of Education Program at Aurora College is designed to provide, within the NWT, an opportunity for Aboriginal and Northern students to enter the teaching profession through full-time/part-time community and Campus-based programs.   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 Centre for Applied Ocean Technology

Marine Institute

At the Centre for Applied Ocean Technology (CTec) Marine Institute collaborates with industry and others on the development and application of technology for the practical benefit of all sectors of the maritime community. CTec undertakes applied research and development in two key areas: Ocean Mapping Ocean Observing Systems The guiding principles of its applied research and development…

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 &…

The Boreal Research Institute

NAIT

The Boreal Research Institute is a 9,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art research facility located in Peace River, 500 kilometres northwest of Edmonton. It is staffed by a team of research scientists and technicians with professional designations in forestry, biology and agrology. The Institute’s facility includes two laboratories, office space for 15 people, an outdoor growing space and a three-bay greenhouse that…

Centre for Applied Technology

NAIT

NAIT’s Centre for Applied Technology is the new home of the JR Shaw School of Business. Opened in August 2016, the Centre for Applied Technology is the largest capital project in NAIT’s history. The 51,600 square metre building welcomes some 5,000 full-time students to study in leading-edge classrooms, labs and simulation environments. Students are immersed…

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…

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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.

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…

Collège Boréal hosts “The Next Big Innovation is Mine”

Collège Boréal

At its Sudbury campus, Collège Boréal recently hosted its third annual entrepreneurship contest La prochaine innovation, c’est la mienne! (The Next Big Innovation is Mine). Each year, Boréal students are invited to pitch a business concept or prototype that may become the next big thing to a panel of local business partners and business development representatives. As…

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…

Full Blood Moon Entertainment: Films that Shifts Perspectives

Grande Prairie Regional College

They call themselves “The Four Horsemen.” They have more to do with film-making than the apocalypse, but the four gentlemen who make up Full Blood Moon Entertainment Inc. are working hard to create a global shift nonetheless. Today, however, they are taking a break at their shared alma mater. Sitting in dark suits in the…

Kelsi McInnes found her calling

Grande Prairie Regional College

Before Kelsi McInnes became a music therapist she first had to discover the profession existed. It all started when the Manning, AB, native was working in part-time respite care as a university student. Her client was a little girl with spinal muscular atrophy. McInnes found it incredibly fulfilling to help improve the well-being of another…

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Launching in November 2017

Outstanding Graduates

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

Launching in December 2017

Community Impact

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