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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.

Lethbridge College adds new way of designing to its Interior Design Technology program

Lethbridge College

Lethbridge College Interior Design Technology program launches virtual-reality component to help both students and clients better visual projects. from the Lethbridge Herald: “There’s a new way of designing, and students at Lethbridge College are getting the chance to explore it firsthand. Students in the Interior Design Technology (IDT) program are getting the opportunity to work…

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…

NBCCD Alumna Jennifer McInnis-Wharton: The Fire Tamer

NBCCD

Jennifer McInnis-Wharton is a sight to behold as she fearlessly pulls pots out of 1050 degree kiln and drops them into a pile of newsprint and sawdust, igniting the lot with the heat of the glowing ceramic. Equal parts brutal and dazzling, the process of Raku gifts her with marvels of metallic colour. Jennifer is…

Le Cégep de Sainte-Foy fête une Semaine Shakespeare

Cégep de Sainte-Foy

du communiqué de presse : « Du 7 au 11 novembre, tous les étudiants du Cégep de Sainte-Foy vibreront au rythme de Shakespeare, dans le cadre du 400e anniversaire de la mort du célèbre auteur. La semaine thématique organisée conjointement par les quatre disciplines de la formation générale (Français, Philosophie, Éducation physique et Anglais) propose aux étudiants…

Graduate Cat Squires: How They Found Their Fit in Graphic Design

Do you fit in yet? Cat Squires does. Graphic Designer Extraordinaire, Expressive Artist, Gender Fluid Person, Borderline Personality Disorder Manager, Non-Profit Supporter, Loving Daughter, Proud Mother, Devoted Wife. Depending on which direction you approach Cat, you could try to label them a hundred different ways. They are all of these things – but cannot be…

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February 2017

International Success Stories

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

Fanshawe signs partnership agreement with Peruvian institute

Fanshawe College of Applied Arts and Technology

On July 22, 2016, in Lima, Peru at the Government Palace, Fanshawe President Peter Devlin signed a partnership agreement between the College and the Armed Forces Public Technological Institute of Peru. The newly signed four-year framework agreement recognizes the two institutions’ mutual intent to work together. Fanshawe will provide an intensive leadership program in Canada…

Emily Carr University Participates in the XXI International Exhibition of the Triennale di Milano

Emily Carr University of Art and Design

From April 2 through September 12, 2016, Emily Carr University of Art + Design participated in the XXI International Exhibition of the Triennale di Milano. The XXI International Exhibition of the Triennale di Milano is hosted in Milan, Italy, every three years and showcases international institutions working in fields of art, architecture, design, fashion and…

Cambrian College’s International Success Stories

Cambrian College

A global destination for education, Cambrian is the host and home to approximately 300 international students from dozens of countries such as China, India, Bangladesh, Spain, Rwanda, Tanzania, Nigeria, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Cambrian’s Canadian students also find opportunities to study abroad through co-op and placement experiences in Europe, China, and the…

K2K Renewable Energy Success 

St. Lawrence College

The CiCan Caribbean Education for Employment (C-EFE) program between St. Lawrence College (SLC) in Kingston, Ontario, and the National Tool and Engineering Institute (NTEI), in Kingston, Jamaica developed a Renewable Energy and Efficiency Technician (REET) program that will provide the island with qualified technicians to design and implement renewable energy alternatives for the future. As…

Algonquin sends students and faculty to Wanli University 

Algonquin College

A partnership established between Wanli University in Ningbo, China, and Algonquin College provided the opportunity for a synthesis of student and faculty experiences. The trip included a cultural experience for six Event Management students from Algonquin College during the first 10 days. The following two weeks included the delivery of FAE1328 Programming for Meetings and Conferences by Algonquin’s…

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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.

Le Cégep de Sept-Îles continue sa recherche sur les panneaux solaires adaptés au climat nordique

Cégep de Sept-Îles

Le Cégep de Sept-Îles est fier de recevoir une subvention du Fond de Recherche Nature et Technologies (FRQNT), relative à l’optimisation et à l’intégration des systèmes solaires photovoltaïques dans des microréseaux décentralisés, autonomes et isolés. Parmi ces microréseaux se trouvent les communautés autochtones qui ne sont pas connectées au réseau électrique principal ou encore certaines…

Committed to sustainability & reducing energy usage

Okanagan College

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

Algonquin College student research tackles environmental issues affecting Muskrat Lake Watershed

Algonquin College

from the Daily Observer: On Dec. 6, Algonquin College’s Waterfront Campus in Pembroke held an Applied Research Day to give students in the Environmental Technician (E-Tech) Program the opportunity to showcase their work. The E-Tech Program, which was founded five years ago, is a compressed diploma that can be completed in 18 months whereas other…

Garden projects reap harvest of Niagara College expertise

Niagara College

A garden project is flourishing at White Oaks, thanks to Niagara College’s Research & Innovation division. On August 12, Niagara College’s Research & Innovation division unveiled its progress on a sustainable garden project assisting one of the closest neighbours to its Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus – White Oaks. The event involved students and faculty from Niagara College,…

Yukon College teams up with local First Nation to create a source of sustainable food in the north

Yukon College

from Maclean’s: Close your eyes and imagine you’re standing in the fertile earth of a farmer’s field. It smells healthy and rich. You see harvested rows of large, perfect potatoes and orange carrots lying in the soil like nuggets of gold. It’s such good land, in fact, that it’s now home to one 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

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.

Vancouver Island University grad develops Cree-language app to help preserve Indigenous languages

Vancouver Island University

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

Le Cégep de Trois-Rivières lance un nouveau programme en Écodéveloppement et bioproduits dans l’usine pilote d’Innofibre

Cégep de Trois-Rivières

Le Cégep de Trois-Rivières proposera, dès l’automne prochain, un programme complètement revu afin de relancer le département de technologies des pâtes et papiers, qui est sans étudiant depuis le printemps 2011. La direction de la maison d’enseignement trifluvienne espère d’ailleurs que cette nouvelle formation mieux adaptée à l’industrie d’aujourd’hui permettra d’attirer une vingtaine de nouveaux…

JIBC develops fentanyl safety resource for first responders

JIBC

With overdoses and fatalities stemming from fentanyl use reaching epidemic proportions, the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) has launched a fentanyl website for first responders. “First responders are currently adapting to the danger that fentanyl presents to their personal safety,” said Steve Schnitzer, director of the JIBC Police Academy. “The first step is improving our…

A ‘crackling’ prototype

Niagara College

Niagara College won’t go breaking any ‘hearts’ this Valentine’s Day. That’s because its Research & Innovation team has discovered a way to automate the process of cracking delicious heartnuts without breaking their heart-shaped shells or kernels! After a 20-year search for a mechanized ‘heartnut sheller,’ local industry partner Grimo Nut Nursery has found new hope…

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…

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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.

First Nations students gain FSW/PSW skills through Confederation College – AETS partnership

Confederation College

Anishinabek Employment and Training Services (AETS) in partnership with St. Joseph’s Care Group and Confederation College, are proud to announce the completion of the Food Services Worker (FSW) and Personal Support Worker (PSW) Training Programs. The collaboration engaged 44 Aboriginal Learners with 30 successful graduates representing nine North Superior Region First Nation communities, which lead…

New program from KPU addresses cultural knowledge and justice issues within Indigenous communities

Kwantlen Polytechnic

A first-of-its-kind Indigenous studies program launching this fall at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) will focus on community and justice. KPU aptly announced its new minor in Indigenous community justice program on National Aboriginal Day. “My hope is that this minor will play a role in honouring, acknowledging, and respecting Indigenous peoples,” said criminology instructor Dr.…

Creating pathways to careers in shipbuilding

Nova Scotia Community College

Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) has launched a program to give Indigenous students the education, support, and resources they need to work in the shipbuilding industry. The program is a partnership between NSCC, the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre, Irving Shipbuilding, GE Canada, Unifor, the Province of Nova Scotia, and the Government of Canada The Pathways to Shipbuilding Indigenous Education…

Kwantlen Polytechnic partners with Tsawwassen First Nation to gain perspectives on Indigenous food systems

Kwantlen Polytechnic

from the Delta Optimist: Everyone has heard of the 100-mile diet. But can you imagine surviving on a 10-mile diet? Now you can. Thanks to a collaboration between the Tsawwassen First Nation and Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU), consumers can enjoy a diet that is much, much closer to home and features a plethora of veggies,…

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

CCNB

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…

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July 2017

Programs of Interest

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

Écodéveloppement et bioproduits

Cégep de Trois-Rivières

Cette formation t’amènera à intervenir aux différentes étapes de la transformation de la biomasse végétale, qui se compose de résidus forestiers, agricoles, de bois de perturbation ou de démolition.   View program

Stratégies d’intervention en zoothérapie

Cégep de la Pocatière

Ce programme permet de former des personnes capables d’élaborer et de mettre en pratique des stratégies exploitant l’assistance d’un animal dans le cadre d’interventions thérapeutiques.   View program

Plant Operator Program

Selkirk College

This program prepares you for entry level positions as a plant operator. You’ll gain knowledge and develop the skills required to operate, monitor and troubleshoot control equipment and processing units found in most industrial settings.   View program

Adventure Recreation and Parks Technician

Sault College

Unique in Canada, this two-year Adventure Recreation and Parks Technician program offers you a broad background in natural resource management, with quality instruction in three major areas of concentration: Parks, Adventure Recreation, and Travel & Ecotourism. Specialty courses in the parks field include Park Operations, Park Interpretation, and Park Protection.   View program

Construction Planning

SAIT

This program is built on a strong foundation — the experience and job/trade-specific knowledge of construction workers. It combines front-line capability with construction planning and essential skill development, giving employees an opportunity to transition into planning and management roles.   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

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…

The Minowaadiziiwin Wellness Centre

Confederation College

Confederation College recently formally recognized the $8.5 million contribution from its Student Union (SUCCI) to its new Wellness Centre. The event highlighted the significant support of students, and together, Confederation College and the Student Union announced that the name for the new facility would be SUCCI Wellness Centre, “Minowaadiziiwin”. Officials noted it was important to honour…

The Centre for Collaborative Education

Durham College

Durham College is embarking on the most ambitious and transformative initiative in its history – the new Centre for Collaborative Education (CFCE). A legacy project tied to the college’s 50th anniversary in 2017, the CFCE will replace the college’s aging Simcoe building, which was originally built as a temporary structure and opened in 1969. The new multi-level,…

The Outlet

Northern College

from Timmins Today: Like a real version of The Magic School Bus, Northern College says its implementation of virtual reality is one of the most advanced in the world. Northern College says that, as a college, it has one of the most advanced virtual reality labs in the world – and the equipment is freely…

The Centre for Marine Simulation

Marine Institute

In operation since 1994, the Centre for Marine Simulation (CMS) is an industrial arm of the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University (MI). Operating under MI’s School of Maritime Studies, CMS combines its unique North Atlantic location, world-class simulation technology, and industry-driven expertise to solve the toughest simulation problems for its clients.‌ The Centre…

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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.

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…

Alison Murphy: The Artist and the Administrator

NBCCD

The line between artist and administrator has never been so blurry than in Felt/Mixed Media Artist and Craft NB Executive Director Alison Murphy. Alison the artist was born in her father’s studio. Touching his brushes, his palette, and his creativity, she developed a love for colour and for collecting. After graduating in 2004 with a…

Graduate Cat Squires: How They Found Their Fit in Graphic Design

Do you fit in yet? Cat Squires does. Graphic Designer Extraordinaire, Expressive Artist, Gender Fluid Person, Borderline Personality Disorder Manager, Non-Profit Supporter, Loving Daughter, Proud Mother, Devoted Wife. Depending on which direction you approach Cat, you could try to label them a hundred different ways. They are all of these things – but cannot be…

Le Cégep Garneau lance un nouveau programme en démarrage d’entreprise

Cégep Garneau

de QuebecHebdo.com: Nouveauté pour la rentrée collégiale, le programme « Démarrage et gestion de son entreprise » est désormais crédité. Cette option unique offerte à l’École d’entrepreneuriat de Québec arrive à point pour les gens d’affaires de demain désireux de réaliser leur rêve dès aujourd’hui. Selon Robert Verville, conseiller en formation au Cégep Garneau, ce…

Canadore College partners with local company to develop unique idea for drying out marijuana

Canadore College

from CBC: Sudbury-born Weston Sagle isn’t waiting for the legalization of recreational marijuana in 2018 to develop his unique idea for drying out, or ‘curing’ marijuana leaves. Sagle’s company Nugnerd is partnering with Canadore College in North Bay to develop his new product, the CureCap. The CureCap affixes to a mason jar, then, as humidity…

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November 2017

Outstanding Alumni

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

Norm MacDonald

Algonquin College

Stand-up comedian, writer, producer, and actor

John Candy

Centennial College

Actor and comedian

Sebastien Blais Ouellette

Collège Montmorency

President and CEO, Photon

Hélène Raymond

Cégep de la Pocatière

Former Radio-Canada presenter

Douglas Coupland

Emily Carr University

Novelist and 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.

Be the one rebuilding lives

JIBC

Lana Fox was working at the Portland Hotel Society in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside when she noticed her peers and colleagues were suffering. Her role involved supporting clients with mental health and addictions issues through housing, safe injection and other programs. But before the opioid overdose epidemic made national news headlines and was declared a public…

New Okanagan College program help support workers better serve Indigenous people and communities

Okanagan College

A new program developed by Okanagan College in collaboration with local First Nations communities and regional Aboriginal organizations will prepare learners to step into community support work assisting Aboriginal individuals and families. The Aboriginal Community Support Worker Certificate program launches on November 28 at the College’s Salmon Arm campus. It will include a practicum with…

Be the one fighting fires

JIBC

Steve Oishi was working at the Big White Fire Department when the call came in of a car that had crashed head-on into a tree on the side of the road. On arrival, the fire crew found the dash had crumpled and pinned the driver inside. As a graduate of the pre-employment firefighter training program…

Selkirk College and Columbia Power partnership provides jobs and growth for the local economy

Selkirk College

Since Selkirk College alumni began transitioning into the regional workforce in the late-1960s, individuals educated close to home have helped build and grow the economy of the West Kootenay and Boundary region. As the college embarks on a celebration of its first 50 years and looks towards the next half-century, an exploration of the relationship…

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…

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