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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.

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…

Photographer Kelly Baker: Telling Untold Stories


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,…

Selkirk College professor brings the art and culture of graphic novels to students:

Selkirk College

from the Nelson Star: “Once condemned as a dangerous force of moral degradation, comics and graphic novels have come to be recognized as important cultural texts. “I’ve always been interested in popular culture as an expression of our deepest desires,” said Nelson professor Renée Jackson-Harper. “Graphic novels like Art Spiegelman’s Maus, Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home and David B’s Epileptic,…

Le design responsable du Collège LaSalle

Collège LaSalle

Le Collège LaSalle de Montréal “a pour mission d’offrir une éducation qualifiante de haute qualité en réponse aux besoins du marché du travail et à ceux du développement des individus, dans un contexte de mondialisation”. À l’aide de divers intervenants du milieu de la mode, les étudiants en Design sont appelés à développer leurs connaissances…

Virtual Reality 3D Modeling Software Created by Student Researchers at the Algonquin College Office of Applied Research & Innovation

Algonquin College

Masterpiece VR is a Virtual Reality application used to create stunning 3D art, including sculptures, paintings, and even whole scenes. This is all achieved through a combination of PhD level mathematics, cutting-edge technology and professional grade software/UI design. The technology also makes it possible for multiple users to collaborate seamlessly in real time across the globe…

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February 2017

International Success Stories

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

College of the Rockies showcases skilled trades program to visiting Tanzanian delegation

College of the Rockies

from the press release: “The College of the Rockies showcased their skilled trades program to a delegation from Tanzania who are in Cranbrook — and Canada — to bolster their own initiatives at a post-secondary institution back in Africa. The group, from the Mwanza Regional Vocational Training & Service Centre, located in Mwanza, Tanzania, toured…

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…

Durham College in partnership with CEFOP La Libertad 

Durham College

In September 2016, Durham College funded three students – 1 journalist, 1 videographer and 1 culinary – to go on mission to Trujillo, Peru in the context of the college’s partnership with the Centro Experimental de Formacion Profesional (CEFOP) La Libertad through CICan’s Education for Employment (EFE) – Peru program. Their role was to film,…

Centennial College opens first learning site in China approved to teach Canadian curriculum 

Centennial College

On October 17, 2016, Toronto’s Centennial College officially opened its first international learning site today in the city of Suzhou, located 100 km northwest of Shanghai, China. Suzhou Centennial College is the first Canadian institution registered and approved by the Chinese government to deliver Canadian post-secondary programs and confer Canadian diplomas in China. The joint…

Michael Rurka: The Digital Nomad


A decision faced by so many new grads: Build a Career or Travel the World  What if you chose to do both? Before graduating with a Diploma in Graphic Design from the New Brunswick College of Craft & Design, Michael Rurka had already created an illustration that would be featured in Applied Art Magazine. Immediately after graduating he was…

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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.

BCIT’s Energy OASIS project


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…

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…

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…

Raymond Loo Memorial Garden gives Holland College students and staff a place to learn and reflect

Holland College

A barren patch of land on Holland College’s Prince of Wales Campus has been turned into an organic garden and plein-air classroom where students and staff can rediscover the therapeutic benefits of nature and take applied learning to a whole new level. The Raymond Loo Memorial Garden is named after one of the most prominent…

Lambton College’s Sustainable Smart House

Lambton College

The Sustainable Smart House is the centre for Lambton College’s research in renewable energy resource management and optimization and serves as a showcase for solar photo-voltaic and solar thermal energy, geothermal heating, and a sophisticated energy management system. The House serves as a research laboratory for new projects in testing, optimization, and validation of the…

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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.

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…

Technology Access Centre for Livestock Production: Seeking Solutions with Livestock Producers

Olds College

In September 2016, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) announced the development of a series of state-of-the-art research facilities to be established across Canada. One of these research centres, the Technology Access Centre for Livestock Production, has been awarded to Olds College. The new centre will help livestock producers by enhancing…

Fleming College joins Peterborough’s Innovation Cluster, will create space for use by business & tech students

Fleming College

from the Peterborough Examiner: Fleming College will be part of the Greater Peterborough Innovation Cluster’s new VentureNorth incubator project. The organization announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding with Fleming College. The deal will see Fleming occupy 1,000 square feet of dedicated space for use by business and technology students. The Applied Project space…

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…

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,…

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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.

Collège Communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB), proud training partner of the New Brunswick’s First Nations!


CCNB is extremely proud to work with New-Brunswick’s First Nations Communities to provide quality and custom training programs that lead to meaningful employment opportunities. Over the years, CCNB has developed an expertise in providing quality and customized training programs adapted to the cultural and economic needs of the Aboriginal community. CCNB has developed solid and…

First Nations firefighters in Quebec graduate from JIBC firefighting programs

Justice Institute of British Columbia

The Justice Institute of British Columbia’s (JIBC) latest firefighter graduates hail from First Nations in northern Quebec and will now have the needed skills to respond to emergencies in their communities. The program, funded by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, began in July 2016 with JIBC’s Fire & Safety Division training members of the Kahnawake…

Confederation College and Fort William First Nation create Indigenous learning opportunities

Confederation College

Representatives from Confederation College and Fort William First Nation (FWFN) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today. The MOU will build on the partners’ existing relationship to create new and significant opportunities for Indigenous learners in the First Nation and beyond. Specifically, the MOU formalizes ongoing efforts to offer community-based education and training in a blended…

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.…

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…

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July 2017

Programs of Interest

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

Peace and Conflict Studies

University of the Fraser Valley

The only degree of its kind west of Manitoba, this program helps you develop a holistic understanding of the dynamics governing human conflict and peace-building initiatives.   View program

Integrated French Immersion Option

Université Sainte-Anne

The Integrated French Immersion Option allows you to count French credits towards your degree and graduate with no delay. This option is available in most of our programs.   View program

Exercise Rider & Jockey Training

Olds College

This dynamic and interactive program will take your horsemanship to the next level if you are interested in a career in the racing industry. We provide hands on learning using race horses as your text books.   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

Street Humanities Program

College of New Caledonia

This program offers men and women who have experienced exclusion, poverty, and/or barriers to learning an opportunity to experience education in a supportive environment as part of the college community.   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 Queen Street Billboard Project


The new billboards on display in downtown Fredericton are designed to intrigue your sense of thought – they reframe the concept of how a typical billboard is used and showcase colourful eye-catching designs that each have a story to tell. This project flips the marketing norms to use billboards as exhibition space, and to give…


Nova Scotia Community College

Situated on Halifax’s waterfront on one of the largest harbours in the world, NSCC is transitioning a former Coast Guard site into a vital resource for Nova Scotia’s ocean sector known as COVE or the Centre for Ocean Ventures & Entrepreneurship. Once complete in April 2018, the centre will serve as a collaborative facility for…

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…

La Place

La Cité

Véritable carrefour de rencontres et d’échanges où l’innovation et la vitalité de La Cité rayonneront, La Place sera le point d’entrée du Collège grâce à sa technologie avant-gardiste, son espace incontournable axé sur la pensée créatrice et l’utilisation créative des technologies dans le monde des affaires. La Place deviendra un lieu de prédilection pour les…

The Offshore Safety and Survival Centre

Marine Institute

The Offshore Safety and Survival Centre (OSSC) offers a comprehensive range of safety and emergency response training courses to the offshore petroleum, marine transportation, fishing and land based industries. Training courses developed by the OSSC are subject to rigorous academic scrutiny. The majority of courses delivered at the centre are also accredited or approved by…

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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.

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…

Amy Sullivan & Rachel Greenwood: Making Space for Clay


Good partnerships don’t grow on trees. You find them buried in the mud. Amy Sullivan and Rachel Greenwood are mud goddesses. Both have been making a living with their work since graduating from the NBCCD Ceramics Diploma in 2006. Both of their respective businesses, Amy Laloon Pottery & Greenwood Pottery, are well known in the Maritimes. Now they have partnered…

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…

Selkirk College instructor delivers a refined beer taste

Selkirk College

Selkirk College Business Administration Program instructor Mike Konkin knows a great idea when he tastes it. Founder and CEO of the Trail Beer Refinery, the veteran educator launched his plan for a micro-brewery and taproom in 2016. With a product line focused on traditional ales and lagers, it opened in the spring of 2017 in…

Niagara College continues to grow youth entrepreneurship activities year after year

Niagara College

Brock University and Niagara College will continue to facilitate youth entrepreneurship after successfully managing the Kick-Starting Entrepreneurship program and ncTakeOff hub for the last two years. Both institutions received renewed, joint funding through the On-Campus Entrepreneurship Activities (OCEA) program, an initiative of the Government of Ontario under the Youth Jobs Strategy and managed by Ontario…

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November 2017

Outstanding Alumni

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

Michaela Pereira

Camosun College

Television personality

Sue Holloway

Algonquin College

Olympic athlete

Jon Cassar

Algonquin College

Television director and producer

Neil MacDonald

Algonquin College


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.

The Queen Street Billboard Project


The new billboards on display in downtown Fredericton are designed to intrigue your sense of thought – they reframe the concept of how a typical billboard is used and showcase colourful eye-catching designs that each have a story to tell. This project flips the marketing norms to use billboards as exhibition space, and to give…

NBCCD Alumna Samaqani Cocahq: Sharing the Teachings of her Ancestors


We tend to doubt our abilities to do the things we have never tried before. We intuitively gravitate toward the safe and familiar, the sure and reliable. We put projects on hold until some future moment when we will be better equipped, more knowledgeable, ready. Samaqani Cocahq (Natalie Sappier) has burned her doubts in a fire of…

Students at NSCC make a real difference


Difference Dollars for Service Learning supports 27 student-led community-based projects Clad in chest waders, their life jackets and waterproof gloves, Emma-Leigh Dondale and her classmates prepare to wade into the frigid lakes and wetlands monitored by the Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute. The second year Natural Resources Environmental Technology students from Nova Scotia Community College‘s Lunenburg Campus are installing floating platforms they…

Le Cégep de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue lance une Semaine pour la diversité sexuelle

Cégep de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue

Pour souligner la Journée internationale contre l’homophobie du 17 mai prochain (soit à trois jours de la fin de la session), le Cégep de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue, campus de Rouyn-Noranda, a décidé de devancer cet événement d’un mois afin de rejoindre davantage ses étudiants avant la fin des classes. « Nous croyons qu’il est primordial que notre milieu s’affiche comme une…

Be the one saving lives


The call came in as a biking injury in northern Chilliwack, recalled Justin Woodroff, a 24-year-old paramedic with the BC Ambulance Service. The patient had crashed on one of the jumps at the bike park. When he and his partner arrived, Justin could see this was no routine injury. “He was under a blanket but…

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