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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.

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

NBCCD

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…

Hairdressing Fantasy Competition

North West College

North West College offers the full breadth of Adult learning opportunities, one of which is a pre-employment certificate program in Hairstyling, teaching students to perform techniques on hair, wigs, hairpieces, skin and nails. Each year, the Hairstyling students are challenged to compete in a Fantasy Competition. Judged by a panel of experts, students submit mannequins finished…

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…

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…

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…

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February 2017

International Success Stories

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

Sask Polytech and University of Regina students place second at international nursing competition 

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Two Saskatchewan Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing (SCBScN) students received second place in the sixth annual International Nursing Skills Competition in Shanghai, China, hosted by the Shanghai University of Medicine and Health Sciences, and the Shanghai Nursing Education Group. Wei Li and Nicole Marchand represented the Saskatchewan Polytechnic and University of Regina SCBScN team…

Rio Reflections: Centennial College Paralympics Mission

Centennial College

In September 2016, 15 sports journalism students from Centennial College in Toronto travelled to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to cover the Paralympic Games.  Centennial College’s Faculty Lead International Program (FLIP) missions allow students to gain first-hand experience and practical knowledge relevant to their field of study in an international context, under the leadership of faculty. The students…

Michael Rurka: The Digital Nomad

NBCCD

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

Lambton College honoured with two global awards of excellence

Lambton College

from the press release: “The College was recently honoured with two global awards of excellence in the areas of Applied Research and Entrepreneurship. The awards were announced during the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics (WFCP) International Awards of Excellence, which took place in Vitória, Brazil. Awards were distributed in seven categories, recognizing best practices…

Sask Polytech alum sets Guinness World Record

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Lorne Figley says the key is to find something you love to do and make it your career. Even though he’s 92-years-old, Lorne Figley is proud to be doing what he loves. In fact, Lorne has been the owner and operator of his own heating and plumbing business in Saskatoon for more than 65 years…

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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.

Award-winning climate change adoption tool brings big data to the local level

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

For Natural Resources Technology instructor Ryan Galbraith and Dr. Nirmil Subedi, a Forest Economist from Natural Resources Canada, the goal was simple: help make large-scale environmental data more useful at the local level. The result is the Climate Change Adaption Tool, which provides farmers and local communities with the environmental data they need to make…

Selkirk College Students Visit Remote Calvert Island Research Station

Selkirk College

Prior to graduating from the Integrated Environmental Planning Program, students traveled to the west coast for an unforgettable experience where two years of study was applied at the Hakai Institute. A group of ten Selkirk College students in the Integrated Environmental Planning Program (IEP) spent a week off-grid on the west coast studying the impacts of climate…

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…

Alecia Sandboe’s Summer Experience at GPRC NBDC

Grande Prairie Regional College

GPRC University Transfer graduate, Alecia Sandboe is heading into the third year of her Bachelor of Science program at the University of Alberta well prepared after spending her summer working in the College’s world-class laboratory. “All summer I got to work for GPRC’s National Bee Diagnostic Centre in Beaverlodge,” says Sandboe who graduated from Sexsmith Secondary School…

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…

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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.

Camosun faculty & students lead unique pilot safety monitoring project

Camosun College

Pilots battling forest fires across the province endure unique stresses and challenges, explains Rich Burman, Interaction Lead for the Camosun Innovates team. “They’ll fly right into a smoke column and they say it’s like turning the lights off in a room, pitch black and all you can see are embers,” he says. “Their heart rates go up…

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…

Red River College unveils new malt miso made from beer-brewing byproduct

Red River College

Red River College partnered with two local microbreweries today to unveil a new culinary invention — miso made from spent grain — at an event showcasing the College’s growing Culinary Research and Innovation program, and its impact on food creation in Manitoba. Partners from the province, federal government and industry were among the special guests at…

Finalists announced for Yukon Innovation Prize from Cold Climate Innovation Centre at Yukon College

Yukon College

from CBC news: Four projects from low-tech to high-tech, but all related to health and well-being, are the finalists for this year’s Yukon Innovation Prize. The annual award is geared each year to a specific area of innovation. Last year, it was northern food security; this year it was wellness. Sharon Katz, one of this year’s finalists, is working…

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…

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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.

Northern College’s Lightning Trail encourages Indigenous youth to write their own story

Northern College

from Timmins Today: It’s Day 3 of Northern College’s Lightning Trail and the Nish Olympics of outdoor activities like canoeing and swimming are winding down; and campers have also participated in a healing blanket session and have begun to learn about programs offered at the college. Things got underway with a lively, inspirational and entertaining start…

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…

NBCCD Alumna Samaqani Cocahq: Sharing the Teachings of her Ancestors

NBCCD

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

Lodgepole Indigenous Resource Centre opens at ACAD

Alberta College of Art + Design

Students, faculty, staff and the ACAD Elder Council gathered to celebrate the official opening of the Alberta College of Art + Design’s (ACAD) Lodgepole Center. The event, hosted by ACAD President + CEO, Dr. Daniel Doz, included speeches, a sacred pipe ceremony and a tour hosted by ACAD’s Indigenous Liaison, Tina Kinnee-Brown. The Lodgepole Center…

NAIT Aboriginal Youth Leadership program sponsored by Cenovus

NAIT

Empowering Aboriginal Youth In 2011, NAIT partnered with Cenovus Energy and the Government of Canada to launch an outreach program for aboriginal youth. The Aboriginal Youth Leadership program was initially offered to 66 youth from the Dene Tha First Nation community located near High Level in Northern Alberta. Inspired by the pilot program’s success, Cenovus…

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July 2017

Programs of Interest

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

Comedy: Writing and Performance

Humber College

Humber’s Comedy: Writing and Performance diploma program helps you hone your craft while gaining an understanding of the commercial side of the industry. Our faculty is comprised of seasoned, award-winning professionals who are active in the comedy industry.   View program

Aquaculture Technician I

North Island College

NIC’s Aquaculture Technician I certificate provides you with in demand skills to support aquatic food production for marine, freshwater and land-based systems.   View program

Aboriginal Teacher Education Program (ATEP)

Portage College

The Aboriginal Teacher Education Program (ATEP) benefits college students ready to complete their third and fourth year of studies toward their Bachelor of Education Degree. The ATEP curriculum has a strong focus on aboriginal culture and perspectives to give teachers a better understanding of the unique history and backgrounds of young aboriginal learners.   View…

Mobile Food Services Management

Mohawk College

Demand has significantly increased for food truck and other mobile food services. Graduates will be equipped with the knowledge required to support existing mobile food service providers, as well as start their own venture in the mobile food space.   View program

Photography Diploma

NBCCD

The Diploma in Photography emphasizes the exciting range of digital photographic technologies in state-of-the-art facilities. You will learn to use natural and artificial lighting, image manipulation techniques and relevant software and develop your technical and aesthetic photographic skills, providing the foundation for truly creative and individual imagery.   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 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 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 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…

The Ballast Control and Cargo Handling Simulator

Marine Institute

The ballast control simulator was commissioned in 1994. This simulator is used to replicate operations conducted in the ballast control room of an oil rig. The simulator is mounted on a two degree of freedom motion base and is supplemented by desktop trainers. Float-on/float-off vessels can also be simulated. The cargo handling simulator, also commissioned…

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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.

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…

Georgian College and partners offer new business development program, SPROUT

Georgian College

from the Barrie Advance:   Barrie food entrepreneurs will have another opportunity to grow early next year. The city, in partnership with Georgian College and the Agri-Food Management Institute, will offer a new business development program designed to assist entrepreneurs with bringing their ideas to market. Registration opened this week and the program will run…

Two Okanagan College students launch new business to provide acoustic treatments and analysis for commercial spaces

Okanagan College

When it comes to the places where we live, work, learn, and play, how they sound can be just as important as how they look in determining how we will feel about them. Two Okanagan College students have launched an innovative new business to help the world sound a little better, one room at a…

A Capilano University business and a design grad fashion the best raincoat

Capilano University

A fruitless three-month search for a stylish raincoat made Mike Cerka and his longtime friend and roommate Tyler Quarles realize there was a dearth of chic yet functional dry wear options in one of the rainiest cities in the world. So Cerka, a graduate from Capilano University with a Bachelor of Business Administration, and Quarles,…

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…

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November 2017

Outstanding Alumni

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

Jon Cassar

Algonquin College

Television director and producer

Alexandre Bilodeau

Collège Montmorency

Olympic freestyle skier

Geoffrey Farmer

Emily Carr University

Artist

John Candy

Centennial College

Actor and comedian

Alex Harvey

Cégep Garneau

Cross-country skier

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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.

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…

North Island College campaign highlights student impact in the community

North Island College

North Island College’s Office of Global Engagement is spearheading a new social media campaign to highlight students in the community. The stories are loosely based on the successful Humans of New York campaign, which profiled New Yorkers. Students of NIC initially profiles international students at NIC, showcasing their journey, passion and activities in the community.…

Un groupe d’étudiants du Cégep de Trois-Rivières lance une collecte de fonds au profit de la Fondation Movember Canada

Cégep de Trois-Rivières

Un groupe d’étudiants en Techniques policières lance « En mode moustache », une collecte de fonds au profit de la Fondation Movember Canada. « Cette campagne va au-delà du fait d’amasser des fonds. Nous cherchons à améliorer la sensibilisation et l’éducation concernant certains des problèmes de santé les plus graves qui touchent les hommes, soit sur le…

NB Heart Truth: Featured Fashion Designer Chavah Lindsay

NBCCD

Chavah Lindsay of Chavah Designs has the honour this year of being the only designer showcased in both of the premiere New Brunswick Fashion events this spring: The New Brunswick College of Craft & Design (NBCCD) Annual Fashion Show in Fredericton and the NB Heart Truth Red Dress Event in Moncton. Chavah is creating two…

SGI Salvage and Saskatchewan Polytechnic mark unique 15-year partnership

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Students Train for Automotive Service and Auto Body Technician Careers by Fixing Total Loss Vehicles It all started with a Pontiac Sunfire in 2002.  Since then, nearly 250 vehicles have been repaired by Saskatchewan Polytechnic Automotive Service and Auto Body Technician certificate students. Today, a long-running but little-known partnership between Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) Salvage…

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