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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.

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…

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…

Medicine Hat College art installation raises awareness for MMIW across Canada

Medicine Hat College

In 2016, Medicine Hat College hosted its first ever REDress Project, an art installation in which red dress are hung around campus in order to raise awareness and memorialize the missing and murdered Indigenous women (MMIW) across Canada. from Medicine Hat News: “A simple but beautiful red dress that’s easy to put on. It’s the…

Holland College student trades hockey stick for paint brush

Holland College

Three years ago, Dylan McQuaid’s résumé would have led one to expect that the 20-year-old would pursue a career in business or sports. After several years of playing hockey – the last three in the Maritime Junior-A Hockey League and the Island Junior Hockey League – he seemed destined to follow the path of many…

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),…

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February 2017

International Success Stories

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

Instructors from Colombia set to tour Saskatchewan as part of an Education for Employment Project 

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Saskatchewan Polytechnic has been working with Colombia’s National Training Service (SENA) to introduce new and relevant mining curriculum through a three-year Education for Employment (EFE) Program. Eight mining instructors from Colombia took part, last May, in a mine survey camp to learn advanced surveying techniques, use state-of-the-art GPS equipment and perform projects in the field.…

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…

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…

Olds College International Projects

Olds College

Olds College has an extended history of involvement in international applied research and development projects. Dating back to the mid 1970’s, the College has set up several successful projects around the world. Recently, the College had the opportunity to make a difference at the international level with three bilateral social entrepreneurship, capacity building, and competency based education training initiatives: Dominican Republic…

Holland College’s culinary institute wins gold medals at international culinary competition in Germany

Holland College

from the press release: “A team of young chefs from The Culinary Institute of Canada garnered two gold medals and placed fourth overall in a field of 57 teams in the World Culinary Olympics’ Regional Competition in Erfurt, Germany, recently. It was a high-pressure competition for the five culinary and three pastry graduates, who were…

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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.

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…

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…

Love Your Lakes brings applied learning to a whole new level

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Saskatchewan Polytechnic student, Blossom Lamalice knows that when you love something, you take care of it. “Everybody loves their lakes and they want them to be here for future generations. If we start taking care of them now, they will be here for many years to come,” she says. Lamalice is currently in her second…

Une visite au Nicaragua pour les étudiants en Techniques de bioécologie du Cégep de Sainte-Foy

Cégep de Sainte-Foy

Quatorze étudiants du programme Techniques de bioécologie du Cégep de Sainte-Foy, accompagnés de Mme Joëlle Rondeau, professeure de biologie responsable de l’activité, se sont envolés vers le Nicaragua, le 3 janvier, afin d’y effectuer un voyage d’enrichissement de la formation. Pendant 14 jours, ces étudiants ont eu la chance d’en apprendre plus sur la biologie tropicale…

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…

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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.

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…

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…

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…

Laurentian and Cambrian collaborate to boost research and innovation in Northern Ontario

Cambrian College

Laurentian University and Cambrian College have formalized an agreement that facilitates the creation of collaborative partnerships and enables faculty, students, and staff at both institutions to pursue large-scale research projects – sharing professional expertise, facilities, equipment, and administrative services in order to boost innovation, productivity, and results. The aim is to harness the resources and…

Red River College celebrates opening of ACE Project Space and North Forge Technology Exchange in “Innovation Alley”

Red River College

Red River College’s ACE Project Space and North Forge Technology Exchange celebrated the grand opening of their new Innovation Alley locations, by officially launching several new initiatives aimed at helping startup businesses innovate and grow. In RRC’s ACE Project Space — part of the College’s thriving Exchange District Campus — Business Information Technology and Business Technology Management students work with entrepreneurs-in-residence on new…

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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…

Okanagan College begins second intake of job skills program for Indigenous students

Okanagan College

from BC Local News: With strong demand for construction trades workers, Okanagan College is offering a second intake of a program designed to help aboriginal students build job site skills, gain apprenticeship training and get on the fast track to employment. Construction craft worker aboriginal bridging runs from Sept. 12 to Dec. 16 and it…

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…

New Reconciliation Carving Series begins with a feast

Langara College

Langara College’s new Reconciliation Carving Series began in 2016 in the most appropriate form: a feast. Opening a conversation with a feast is a well-known First Nations cultural tradition. It is a vehicle for participants to not only nourish oneself, but to get to know one another before embarking on the work of the day. Much in the…

Medicine Hat College art installation raises awareness for MMIW across Canada

Medicine Hat College

In 2016, Medicine Hat College hosted its first ever REDress Project, an art installation in which red dress are hung around campus in order to raise awareness and memorialize the missing and murdered Indigenous women (MMIW) across Canada. from Medicine Hat News: “A simple but beautiful red dress that’s easy to put on. It’s the…

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July 2017

Programs of Interest

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

Viticulture Technician Diploma

Okanagan College

The Viticulture Technician Diploma is designed to provide hands on, theoretical and practical knowledge to work as part of the vineyard management team to plan, develop, plant and maintain a vineyard for the production of quality wine.   View program

Electrician Apprenticeship Level I Blended Program

Okanagan College

The Electrician Apprenticeship Level I Blended Program is a new 17-week program that delivers electrical trades training through a combination of face-to-face instruction and online learning.   View program

Bachelor of Emergency and Security Management Studies

JIBC

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

Child and Youth Care Program

Lethbridge College

This two-year diploma will give you the skills and expertise you need to work with people of almost any age who are experiencing challenges due to life circumstances.   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

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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 Multi-Sensory Lab

Mohawk College

Anecdotally, Kaela Millar can tell you the transformations she’s seen happen at the multi-sensory lab at Mohawk College. As the college’s only qualified multi-sensory lab technologist, Millar can share stories about the leisurely, companion-building sessions with residents of a local supportive housing program that have happened in the lab. There have been people with cerebral…

La cohabitation, un succès à Edmundston

CCNB

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.…

The Culinary Arts Centre

Centennial College

Centennial College has grown rapidly over the past several years and demand for student housing outpaced the capacity of our 340-bed facility on Progress Avenue. Knowing that a lack of access to a residence is an impediment for students living outside a reasonable commuting distance from campus, Centennial constructed an eight-storey Centennial Residence and Culinary…

The Institute without Boundaries

George Brown College

The IwB is a Toronto-based academic program and studio that offers unique educational experience and professional services. The Institute focuses on collaborative design practice with the objectives of social, ecological and economic innovation through design research and strategy.   Discover the space.

The ACC Sustainable Greenhouse

Assiniboine Community College

Insect pests are a common concern among growers in greenhouse environments. They wreak havoc, causing damage by feeding directly on plants and indirectly by spreading disease pathogens and viruses. These pests also make food crops less marketable because they cause cosmetic damage that isn’t appealing to consumers. In many cases, growers use pesticides in an…

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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.

MHC student starts rock climbing business

Medicine Hat College

Dana McMahon has taken his passion for rock climbing and turned it into a full time company; OCD Adventures is geared towards providing climbers of all ages and abilities a chance to enjoy the less traveled paths of Crowsnest Pass. “The people I’m looking to take climbing are not the hard core climbers typically found…

Holland College students pitch their business ideas at Starting Point Entrepreneurship Conference

Holland College

from the Guardian: Holland College business administration student, Jeremie Arsenault, earned $1,000 for his pitch to prospective funders at a business “speed dating” event in Halifax recently. Arsenault was one of three business administration students who attended the Starting Point Entrepreneurship Conference at St Mary’s University. In the Funder Speed Dating event, student entrepreneurs had…

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…

La journée entrepreneuriale au Cégep Marie-Victorin

Cégep Marie-Victorin

Collégial en Affaires est un programme qui vise à propulser des initiatives à fort potentiel. Des ateliers et des exercices pratiques sont proposés afin de stimuler le leadeurship et favoriser la naissance de projets. La première activité permettra aux équipes d’élaborer une proposition entrepreneuriale originale qui sera présentée à un jury local. Les meilleures idées de…

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…

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November 2017

Outstanding Alumni

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

Colin Mochrie

Langara College

Actor and improvisational comedian

Joni Mitchell

ACAD

Singer-songwriter

Rachel Blaney

Vancouver Island University

Politician

John Shorthouse

BCIT

Sports commentator

James Cybulski

Algonquin College

Broadcaster

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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.

Be a Student-for-a-Day

NBCCD

What could be better than checking out our new view book, taking a tour, and meeting with our instructors? Living a day in the life of one of our students, of course. “I came in the morning,” said Student-for-a-Day Alexandre Allard, then a twelfth-grade student at Sugarloaf Senior High. “The students were doing stuff with…

Yukon College orientation week activities immerse students in community stories

Yukon College

Everyone has a story to tell, and as part of this year’s Orientation Week activities Yukon College is inviting a few Yukoners to share their stories to help strengthen the connection between College students and the local community. The story-sharing event, which will take place on Tuesday, September 5, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in…

Capilano University and the Carnegie Community Centre

Capilano University

Capilano University has helped learners in Vancouver’s poverty-stricken Downtown Eastside gain the basic skills they need to improve their lives for more than 20 years. In partnership with the Carnegie Community Centre, Capilano University’s Community Development and Outreach department (CDO) runs the Carnegie Learning Centre in the Downtown Eastside with 55 volunteers. Instructors and volunteers…

Amy Sullivan & Rachel Greenwood: Making Space for Clay

NBCCD

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…

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…

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