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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.

Les finissants d’Arts visuels du Cégep de Sainte-Foy s’exposent

Cégep de Sainte-Foy

du communiqué de presse : « Les étudiants finissants du programme d’Arts visuels du Cégep de Sainte-Foy exposeront leurs œuvres dans le hall du pavillon des arts et du design du Cégep, dès le 27 mai. Le vernissage de l’exposition intitulée Callipyge aura lieu le vendredi 27 mai dès 17 h, une occasion rêvée de rencontrer la…

Selkirk College alumnae embody homegrown philosophy at Lōkel Hair Studio

Selkirk College

The owners of Nelson’s chic Lōkel Hair Studio personify their namesake. It doesn’t get much more local than the duo Ashely Simon and Michelle Devine. They were locally born and raised, locally schooled and are now local business owners. “We’re local to Nelson. Our families are local to Nelson. Our learning is local to Nelson,” says Simon.…

Cambrian College Graphic Design students benefit from partnership with local businesses

Cambrian College

from the Sudbury Star: “Cambrian College Graphic Design students will be earning credits and pay cheques at the same time thanks to a partnership with four local businesses. The partnership was announced on January 13 between Cambrian College’s Graphic Design program; its applied research arm, Cambrian Innovates, and the Ontario Centres for Excellence VEBTA program. …

George Brown College signs agreements with Design schools in Ireland and Italy

George Brown College

George brown college launches two exciting new opportunities for art & design students to further their education abroad, both with the Institute or Art, Design and Technology (IADT) in Ireland and with Politecnico di Milano in Italy. from the press release: “The creation of this opportunity is a significant announcement – not only for us,…

Emily Carr University graduate exhibited at the Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver

Emily Carr University

from The Source, a forum for diversity: “In the upcoming exhibitions, running from Jan. 13–Mar.17 at the Contemporary Art Gallery (CAG), Wild Child and The Quantified Self Poems redress our preoccupation with labeling. “The two projects are conflated in some ways,” says Taşdelen. Always curious, the Emily Carr University graduate approaches his ideas through research – first through the…

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February 2017

International Success Stories

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

Selkirk College Helps Build Relevant Learning Outcomes in Kenya

Selkirk College

Selkirk College is joining three other Canadian universities in a project that places focus on building and strengthening the economy of Kenya. The government-funded program will provide expertise and allow for staff to gain valuable international experience. Selkirk College is joining a consortium of Canadian post-secondary institutions on a project that aims to develop leading…

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…

George Brown College International Field Placement at ALMA in Italy 

George Brown College

A prime example of George Brown College’s commitment to international education opportunities for students is its Culinary Arts – Italian graduate certificate program. Through George Brown’s partnership with ALMA, the distinguished Scuola Internazionale di Cucina Italiana, students spend one term in Italy to learn the essence of Italian cooking while being immersed in Italy’s culture.…

Algonquin College Research Assistant Hired as Microsoft Student Evangelist 

Algonquin College

Under the tutelage of Algonquin’s Office of Applied Research and Innovation and working with industry partner Contextere, students Adesh Shah and Jack Garrard developed a ground breaking application targeted towards industrial work crews. Adesh Shah and Jack Garrard, who are enrolled in the Mobile Application Design & Development and Interactive Media & Design programs respectively,…

The Canadian School of Takudai at Langara College 

Langara College

Langara’s relationship with Takushoku University is one of the longest Japanese-Canadian educational partnerships in the country. The program was established in 1978, when the college – a provincial leader in short-term English language programs – established a relationship with Takushoku, whose staff were seeking to create its first study abroad program for their students. Since…

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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.

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…

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…

Lakeland College teaches crop technologies with Student Managed Farms

Lakeland College

from Maclean’s: It all started with the cutworms. The moth larvae masticated through the tender young cellulose—even before the canola broke the surface of the soil. “In the spring, LC 14 got hit,” says Braeden Crone, a second-year student in Lakeland College’s crop technology diploma program. LC 14 is the biggest field, and the cutworms…

Durham College Sustainability Office

Durham College

Durham College (DC) practices sustainability every day, especially in its Herman Miller-inspired space that is fully accessible to students and employees and serves as a hub for environmental awareness and action on campus. The Sustainability Office is the campus hub where the college’s sustainability initiatives are hatched. Home to the DC Living Green initiative and…

Durham College Whitby campus

Durham College

Durham College (DC) has undertaken numerous initiatives to improve energy efficiency, particularly since 2009. These include the installation of an extensive energy monitoring system, replacement of existing windows with high-efficiency models, installation of variable speed drives, and the use of lighting occupancy sensors. These measures have resulted in immediate and long-lasting energy efficiency upgrades in…

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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.

Des étudiants en architecture du Cégep de Rimouski créent des œuvres architecturales qui intègrent de la culture aquaponique

Cégep de Rimouski

de Radio-Canada: Les étudiants en architecture du Cégep de Rimouski seront appelés à utiliser la culture aquaponique qui y est développée pour embellir l’établissement. Une somme de 15 000 dollars sera mise à leur disposition pour créer, l’automne prochain, des œuvres architecturales qui intègrent la culture aquaponique. Le professeur en géographie, Jérôme Bossé, souhaite que ce projet…

Micro Grid, Macro Change

BCIT

Working with industry, government, and utility partners, the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) has built a leading-edge, smart microgrid system on its Burnaby Campus that allows it to test the renewable energy solutions that will form the future of energy. Smart microgrid systems can power remote communities using renewable energy sources such as sun…

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…

Students find success at WorldSkills Competition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Two students put their skills to the test and showed the world that an education from Sask Polytech cultivates success at the WorldSkills Competition in Abu Dhabi earlier this month. Kyla Henry, from Regina, tied for 6th and brought home a Medallion of Excellence in the Graphic Design Technology competition against 28 competitors. Daniel Nelson, also…

Algonquin College Research Assistant Hired as Microsoft Student Evangelist 

Algonquin College

Under the tutelage of Algonquin’s Office of Applied Research and Innovation and working with industry partner Contextere, students Adesh Shah and Jack Garrard developed a ground breaking application targeted towards industrial work crews. Adesh Shah and Jack Garrard, who are enrolled in the Mobile Application Design & Development and Interactive Media & Design programs respectively,…

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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 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…

Selkirk College Heavy Mechanical program students overcomes and gives back

Selkirk College

Overcoming obstacles on the way to a successful educational pathway is something the majority of post-secondary students can understand. A recent graduate on Nelson’s Silver King Campus knows what it’s like to stare into the face of adversity and triumph. As a residential school survivor, Selkirk College student Running Wolf has dealt with numerous challenges…

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…

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…

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…

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July 2017

Programs of Interest

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

Honours Bachelor of Interpretation (American Sign Language)

George Brown College

The Honours Bachelor of Interpretation (American Sign Language – English) uses a combination of classroom theory, research, hands-on practice and field experience to prepare graduates to work as qualified interpreters. This degree is unique in Canada.   View program

Urban Forestry – Arboriculture

Algonquin College

This is your first step into the elite world of Urban Forestry – Arboriculture! Arborists are tree experts, and trained in the art and science of planting, caring for, and maintaining individual trees in the urban environment. From the smallest sapling to the largest mature specimen, you will learn and implement techniques to plant, maintain…

Indigenous Independent Digital Filmmaking

Capilano University

The Indigenous Independent Digital Filmmaking (IIDF) program, formerly Aboriginal Film & TV Production Training program, at the Bosa Centre has been providing basic production training for Aboriginal students since the spring of 2000.   View program

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

Clinical Genetics Technology

BCIT

BCIT’s Clinical Genetics Technology program is one of two programs of its kind in Canada, and the only one in Western Canada. Our program is taught with the small class sizes and high quality instructors for which BCIT is known.   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.

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,…

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…

MI’s Flume Tank

Marine Institute

The Marine Institute is home to the world’s largest flume tank. This facility is used to carry out performance evaluations, gear tests and other observations on newly developed or existing fishing gears and other related equipment in simulated underwater and near surface conditions. Constructed at a cost of $8.5 million CAD and first opened in…

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…

The Animal Health Clinic

Lakeland College

Lakeland’s current Cattle & Sheep Facility will be renovated and expanded into a modern Animal Health Clinic by early 2018. This will allow Lakeland to double enrolment in the animal health technology and veterinary medical assistant programs. Students will care for a wider variety of animals in a modern surgical suite and increased lab spaces…

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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.

Lambton College Interior Design grad launches business to refurbish old furniture

Lambton College

from the Sarnia Journal: Two friends with a penchant for painting and a need to clear their homes of pending furniture projects have teamed up to start a new painting and design business. Leanne Fera, 42, and Giselle Saucier, 37, say they share a passion for taking old furniture and creatively refinishing it. “I love…

Centennial College Centre of Entrepreneurship unveils new training programs for entrepreneurs and small business owners

Centennial College

from Exchange Magazine: The Centre of Entrepreneurship (CoE) at Centennial College has unveiled new training programs tailored for entrepreneurs who are looking for guidance in starting and growing a small enterprise. CoE’s Soft Landing program is intended for small Canadian companies that plan on expanding into the United States, or similarly, European firms interested in…

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…

Digital Tools for Textiles: How They Are Being Used by a New Generation of NBCCD Designers

NBCCD

Which kind of maker are you? Do you surround yourself with physical materials – bits of string, balls of clay, stones and metal? Or do you set yourself down in front of a computer – ready to skillfully use your powerful virtual tools? Or maybe, you lie somewhere in between… Craft is turning toward the…

An experiential program for early stage entrepreneurs

Centennial College

When developing a new business, it’s important to ensure that a viable Business model is developed and validated before full scale execution. Centennial College’s Lean Canvas Training and Development is an experiential program for early stage enterprises facilitating hands-on development of validated business models and planning to build the business. The program is modelled on…

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November 2017

Outstanding Alumni

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

Joni Mitchell

ACAD

Singer-songwriter

Teejay Sidhu

BCIT

Actress, film producer, and radio jockey

Geoff Aunger

BCIT

Former Major League Soccer player

Norm MacDonald

Algonquin College

Stand-up comedian, writer, producer, and actor

Brian Jungen

Emily Carr University

Artist

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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.

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…

The Queen Street Billboard Project

NBCCD

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…

Conestoga College launches new training and education partnership with ONE CARE

Conestoga College

Conestoga has launched a new community-based supportive care fast-track training and education opportunity in partnership with ONE CARE Home & Community Support Services. Students who successfully complete the training will have the necessary skills and knowledge to provide personal care to clients in home and community settings throughout Stratford and Huron Perth. “We turned to…

Le Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles partagent les pratiques de ses campus en matière d’engagement communautaire avec des visiteurs provenant de 6 pays

Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles

de Radio-Canada : L’expertise développée au Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles pourrait s’exporter à l’international. Des visiteurs provenant de 6 pays sont de passage à Carleton-sur-Mer pour documenter les pratiques des campus régionaux en matière d’engagement communautaire. En savoir plus.

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…

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