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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.

Sheridan signs historic agreement with Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre

Sheridan College

from the press release: “Sheridan College took part last week in a Commercial Signing Ceremony held in Shanghai, China, and witnessed by the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s Minister of International Trade.  The agreement, signed by Michael Rubinoff, Associate Dean of Visual and Performing Arts at Sheridan, and Yang Shaolin, General Manager of the Shanghai Dramatic…

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…

Photography graduate Lanaya Flavelle showcases women as role models

Langara College

Lanaya Flavelle was shy as a child, and being creative was the best way for her to express herself. Thanks to her mother who was an artist herself, Lanaya developed a love for art at a very young age. She credits this early exposure for helping her find not just photography, but a purpose and…

Vancouver Art Gallery exhibit features artists from Emily Carr University

Emily Carr University of Art + Design

An new exhibit at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Ambivalent Pleasures, features artists with ties to Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Of the 40 artists exhibited, 26 are either faculty or alumni of the University! The exhibit presents Surrealist strategies, a range of approaches to abstraction, and concepts which address today’s social contexts. from…

Durham College Music Business Administration grad makes it to Top 40 with debut single

Durham College

from Maclean’s: “Sarah Mark didn’t realize just how much she had learned in college until she got her first Top 40 hit on the radio. Granted, she had barely finished college when that happened. Her debut single “Tun Up,” a jaunty R&B summertime pop anthem, started getting serious airtime on Canadian radio stations just as…

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February 2017

International Success Stories

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

Engaging Indonesian Students to Become Entrepreneurs 

Humber College

Humber’s Sulawesi Economic Development Strategy (SEDS) works alongside seven universities in Indonesia to improve their curriculum and teaching methods in entrepreneurship. “Before I joined the SEDS workshops, my teaching style was so boring and stiff,” says Basri, a lecturer at the Universitas Muhammadiyah Makassar. “When I learned about the applied teaching methods and started using…

Canadore College signs international pathway agreement for environment and biotechnology grads

Canadore College

from the press release: “Canadore College signed a memorandum of understanding to expand degree pathways for students graduating from environmental technician and biotechnology technician programs at Ireland’s Institute of Technology Sligo. The agreement grants graduates holding a two-year diploma from Canadore’s environmental and biotechnology advanced standing in IT Sligo’s B.Sc. in environmental protection and B.Sc.…

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…

La Tanzanie et le Sénégal font appel à l’expertise du Cégep Limoilou

Cégep Limoilou

La Tanzanie et le Sénégal font appel à l’expertise en géomatique du Cégep Limoilou pour développer des projets de formation. En Tanzanie, le Cégep travaillera pour l’amélioration de la formation axée sur les compétences pour l’emploi (PAFACE) en partenariat avec le Cégep Abitibi-Témiscamingue. Au Sénégal, il poursuit le projet en géomatique démarré en 2006. Ces…

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…

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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…

Sask Polytech helps with oil spill clean up

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

After 250,000 litres of crude oil and other material leaked into the North Saskatchewan River in July, the whole province, with consultants and experts from across Canada joined together to lend their expertise. One of those experts was Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s School of Natural Resources and Built Environment aquatics instructor, Darcy Lightle. “As an environmental consultant,…

Fleming College launches new Sustainable Waste Management program unique to Ontario

Fleming College

Fleming College’s School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences is launching a Sustainable Waste Management program, the only college program in Ontario that is focused on building advanced knowledge and skills in this sector. Sustainable Waste Management is a two-semester graduate certificate program that will be delivered at Fleming’s Frost Campus in Lindsay, Ont. Through…

Okanagan College takes top awards for Best Environmental Initiative on campus

Okanagan College

Green technology took top nods at the 25th Tommie awards, with two Okanagan College projects recognized for their environmental innovation. One of the most advanced and sustainable trades training facilities in the world, the College’s new Trades Complex at the Kelowna campus landed top spot for Best Environmental Initiative at the Canadian Home Builders’ Association…

Olds College Constructed Wetlands

Olds College

The Olds College Treatment Wetlands were over 11 years in the making, and officially opened in 2013. Since opening, the Wetlands have welcomed hundreds of visitors to take in the beauty and learn more about our local ecology. The Wetlands encompass an area of 20 acres, and include 19 ponds and a 1.3 kilometre pathway.…

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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.

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…

From COGS to NASA: NSCC grad a world-wide expert and advocate for free and open geospatial sharing

Nova Scotia Community College

When a business gets a call from NASA, it’s a big deal. When that business is being asked to teach some of NASA’s brightest minds, it’s galactic. That’s exactly what happened to Jeff McKenna, a 2003 graduate of NSCC’s Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS). In the fall of 2012, NASA reached out to Gateway Geomatics, the company Jeff owns,…

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,…

NBCCD Support the Creation of Mawi’art: Wabanaki Artist Collective


from Charles Gaffney, Department Head, NBCCD: In 2013, I had a vision regarding our graduating students of the Aboriginal Visual Arts (AVA) Program at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design (NBCCD). How great would it be for them to transition from college to a supporting entrepreneurial environment that would enable them to refine their business…

Canada invests $35 million in NAIT for new productivity and innovation building

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT)

from the Edmonton Sun:  Post-secondary polytechnic education is getting a boost in Edmonton thanks to a nearly $35-million federal grant announced Wednesday. The funding is earmarked for a new productivity and innovation building at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology that is expected to partner with industry to solve problems and create jobs. “The building…

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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.

Sault College partners to offer pathway from Anishinaabemowin certificate to Indigenous B.Ed

Sault College

from Sault Online: Reflecting Trent’s groundbreaking leadership in Indigenous education and commitment to offering pathway opportunities to assist students in making the transition from diploma to degree studies, Trent University has signed a new articulation agreement with Sault College, admitting graduates of the Anishinaabemowin certificate program to Trent’s new Indigenous Bachelor of Education program with…

SIIT reaches 100th Indigenous journeyperson milestone

Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies

from CBC News: The Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies in Saskatoon is celebrating a milestone in building a solid future for Indigenous workers in the province. SIIT has just trained its 100th journeyperson. Blake Brass is a welder who works at Wadena Steel. “We are proud to have reached this milestone during our 40th anniversary,” said…

Cambrian and Atikameksheng Anishnawbek sign MoU

Cambrian College

Cambrian College and the Atikameksheng Anishnawbek First Nation, as represented by Chief Edward Steve Miller and Council, announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will serve as a framework for strengthening their working relationship; addressing the educational needs of the First Nation; and promoting Indigenous culture at the College. The partnership will…

Northern College celebrates Indigenous Mining graduates

Northern College

Northern College held a graduation ceremony for the final of four groups of Indigenous learners who graduated from the Underground Hard Rock Miner Common Core program this morning at the Timmins Campus. Five students completed the latest intake of the 14-week training program, offered in partnership with Wahgoshig First Nation and Primero Mining Corp. This…

NVIT partners with CMHA to offer mental health workshop geared towards Indigenous students

Nicola Valley Institute of Technology

from the Merritt Herald: As the weather turns in the month of October, the collective mood of students at the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology also tends to take a turn. Which is why the school has partnered with the Canadian Mental Health Association to bring the Beyond the Blues Education and Screening Day to…

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July 2017

Programs of Interest

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

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.…

Bachelor of Emergency and Security Management Studies


Canada’s first bachelor degree to combine emergency management and security studies with a foundation in business.   View program

Innovative Manufacturing

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

This program offers a wide range of skill-based training in all aspects of the manufacturing industry, including design, CAD/CAM drafting, Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machining, welding, fabrication, robotics, 3-D printing and project management.   View program

Cabinetmaking Techniques

Georgian College

This program gives students many project opportunities that develop the foundational knowledge and skills for the cabinetmaking industry. Many hands-on opportunities ensure that graduates are competent in all aspects of the industrial cabinetmaking/ woodworking field, from the planning stages to the application of final finishes on various products.   View program

Graduate Certificate in Complex Trauma & Child Sexual Abuse Intervention


The Graduate Certificate in Complex Trauma & Child Sexual Abuse Intervention provides a comprehensive understanding of the key theoretical and clinical approaches underlying best practices in the complex trauma field. An applied, experiential learning model means you will develop clinical skills in assessment, treatment planning, and clinical interventions that will enable you to work effectively…

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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 Niagara College Teaching Winery

Niagara College

The Niagara College Teaching Winery is the centre for wine education in the Niagara Peninsula and is the only fully licensed teaching winery in Canada. With the focus on quality education, we believe in preparing students for work in the “real” world. Our graduates then enter an exciting career with a wine industry employer in…

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…

The Centre for Applied Technology


The Centre for Applied Technology is the largest building project in NAIT’s history. Opened in August 2016, the 51,600-square-metre (555,000-square-foot) building includes 77 classrooms, 45 labs and advanced simulation environments, a 135-seat lecture theatre, student lounges and commons areas, and food services. Approximately 5,000 students from NAIT’s JR Shaw School of Business, School of Applied Sciences…

The Equine Barns

Olds College

The Production Barn The production barn is where all the reproductive courses such as hand breeding and artificial insemination class take place. It is complete with 6 box stalls, breeding stocks, a breeding shed with a mount phantom and a tease wall. Upstairs is the loft where the production and breeding management students spend many…

La cohabitation, un succès à Edmundston


Un concept innovateur a vu le jour à Edmundston, au Nouveau-Brunswick, en septembre 2011 et il fait toujours fureur. Le CCNB – Campus d’Edmundston et l’Université de Moncton, campus d’Edmundston (UMCE), partagent depuis six ans des espaces communs grâce à un projet éducatif de cohabitation. Le succès de cette cohabitation a dépassé toutes les attentes.…

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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…

NBCCD Metal Arts Program is Tailored for Budding Entrepreneurs


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…

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,…

St Lawrence College grad pitches rolling ice cream startup business on Dragon’s Den

St Lawrence College

from the Kingston Heritage: When Kingstonian Brandon McIntosh graduated from St. Lawrence College two years ago, he had to make a decision about his future. “I worked while I was in school and in the end I had enough money to pursue a Master’s degree, buy a house, or start a business,” explained the Bachelor…

Le Cégep Limoilou partage son expertise en entrepreneuriat-études avec le Sénégal

Cégep Limoilou

Le dynamisme du programme parascolaire d’Entrepreneuriat-études du Cégep Limoilou a attiré l’attention de la Fédération des cégeps qui a fait appel à Valérie Huppé, conseillère en entrepreneuriat au Cégep Limoilou, afin qu’elle apporte son expertise dans le démarrage d’un centre d’excellence en entrepreneuriat jeunesse au Sénégal. En soutenant l’entrepreneuriat-études, le nouveau centre d’excellence sénégalais vise…

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November 2017

Outstanding Alumni

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

James Cybulski

Algonquin College


Paul Dahito

Cégep de Rimouski

Honorary Consul of Benin

Alex-Anne Gagnon

Cégep régional de Lanaudière

Mogul skier

Stan Douglas

Emily Carr University


Pat Steward

Vancouver Island 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.

Confederation College students and employees raise 55K for the United Way

Confederation College

from TB News Watch: Through donations, product sales and department competitions, the students and employees at Confederation College have raised $55,315 in support of its students, the United Way and “Stock the Bank”, an internal campaign in support of the Emergency Student Food Bank at the College. “I am consistently amazed, but never surprised at…

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…

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…

Selkirk College Distinguished Alumna is Courageous and Compassionate Nurse

Selkirk College

Selkirk College recently awarded family nurse practitioner Patrice Gordon with the Distinguished Alumna honour at the Graduation 2017 ceremony held at the Castlegar Campus. The earnest professional provides compassionate care to isolated First Nations communities in British Columbia’s Chilcotin region while responding to crises world-wide as part of the Canadian Red Cross Emergency Response Unit.…

Selkirk College Adopts Sexual Violence Policy

Selkirk College

Selkirk College now has a Sexual Violence Policy in place making a clear commitment to creating and maintaining a safe and respectful learning, working and living environment. “The safety and well-being of our students and staff is of vital importance,” says Selkirk College President Angus Graeme. “This is an important step in letting everyone know that…

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