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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.

Okanagan College once again hosts Short Story Contest to encourage young writers

Okanagan College

A challenge has been issued to local writers: go big on creativity while short on time. Okanagan College’s English department is once again inviting up-and-coming writers to step out of their comfort zones and into the frenzied creative world of the popular 3-Hour Short Story Contest, returning Saturday, Nov. 5 at all four campuses. The…

Amy Sullivan & Rachel Greenwood: Making Space for Clay


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…

Le Cégep Limoilou fête le succès du premier Show Mode socio

Cégep Limoilou

du communiqué de presse : « La première édition du Show Mode socio qui s’est déroulé le 23 novembre dernier au campus de Charlesbourg, fut un beau succès! Plus de 40 étudiants se sont mobilisés pour ce projet socio qui a été chapeauté par des étudiants de 3e année en gestion hôtelière : Coralie Blairon, Jennifer Chabot-Plourde, Myriam Dostie, Jean-Michel…

Lakeland College Interior Design student a double winner in design competitions

Lakeland College

Sydney Melnyk still can’t believe she’s a double winner in student design competitions. “It’s pretty crazy; I can hardly believe it,” says the Lakeland College alumna of winning first place in two National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) design competitions: the 2015-16 Charette Design Competition and the 2015-16 Schoolhouse Charm Student Design Competition. Competing against…

Virtual Reality 3D Modeling Software Created by Student Researchers at the Algonquin College Office of Applied Research & Innovation

Algonquin College

Masterpiece VR is a Virtual Reality application used to create stunning 3D art, including sculptures, paintings, and even whole scenes. This is all achieved through a combination of PhD level mathematics, cutting-edge technology and professional grade software/UI design. The technology also makes it possible for multiple users to collaborate seamlessly in real time across the globe…

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February 2017

International Success Stories

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

BCIT partners with Three Gorges Polytechnic University in China

British Columbia Institute of Technology

from the press release: “Today, BCIT celebrated the official opening of the Three Gorges Polytechnic University (TGPU) Banan campus in Chongqing, China. Although students move into the state-of-the-art facility this year, the TFPU will welcome hundreds of students in Fall 2017 to learn from BCIT-developed aviation and automotive curriculum. The curriculum is equivalent to what…

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…

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…

Students find success at WorldSkills Competition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

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

Niagara College students go the distance to make a difference in Honduras 

Niagara College

A group of 17 students from NC’s Practical Nursing, Dental Hygiene and Dental Assistant programs joined forces for an International Field Study in October, where they applied skills they gained in the classroom to help the underprivileged in Honduras. The students departed for Honduras on October 22, to work alongside the Hope Centre, a refuge…

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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 Garneau vise à réduire son empreinte écologique

Cégep Garneau

Le Cégep Garneau a lancé, le mardi 13 décembre, un important chantier qui vise à réduire l’empreinte écologique des milliers de personnes qui y étudient ou travaillent ! Le Plan de gestion des déplacements place l’établissement en tête de liste pour sa sensibilité aux enjeux environnementaux ! En cohérence avec le Plan de mobilité durable de la Ville de…

Thompson Rivers University saves $500,000 through new energy management efforts

Thompson Rivers University

BC Hydro has recognized Thompson Rivers University as an energy conservation leader. Saving $500,000 collectively in utility costs this year alone, TRU has more energy savings as a percentage of total consumption than any other post-secondary institution in the province. A participant in BC Hydro’s Energy Manager Program for the past seven years, BC Hydro…

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…

Algonquin College Perth Campus Rural Living Lab

Algonquin College

Algonquin College’s Office of Applied Research and Innovation and the Perth Campus’s Construction Carpentry-Advanced Housing program have collaborated in the construction of a cutting-edge, sustainable, energy efficient Residential Living Lab that will become a permanent fixture of the Perth Campus. Elements of the building’s sleek design, prepared by GRC Architects Inc., were inspired by students…

Tiny Trash makes a Big Difference

North West College

North West College is on a weight-loss plan. It plans to lose hundreds of pounds in garbage. In August 2016, North West launched the Tiny Trash program which is designed to promote sustainable operations by providing all staff an understanding of the amount of waste they personally produce and how to be proactive in reducing their ecological…

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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.

The Queen Street Billboard Project


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…

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…

Saskatchewan Polytechnic to launch new Innovative Manufacturing program

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Saskatchewan Polytechnic is offering 12 seats in its new Innovative Manufacturing program. Beginning September 2017 the two-year diploma program will be delivered at the Regina campus. Saskatchewan’s manufacturing sector identified the need for multi-skilled workers. The cross-discipline design of the proposed program provides students with a breadth of knowledge and skills, ranging from mechanical and…

Sask Polytech is changing lives through applied-learning opportunities

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Building five houses over five years for Habitat for Humanity, Prince Albert, may seem like a big commitment, but it’s something Saskatchewan Polytechnic was eager to agree to. Now work has begun on the second house, it’s clear Sask Polytech carpentry faculty and students are committed to providing families with homes. “Our carpentry students work…

Algonquin College Research Assistant Hired as Microsoft Student Evangelist 

Algonquin College

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

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June 2017

Indigenous Inclusion

Any initiative taken by a college or institute to encourage post-secondary education in Indigenous communities, program directed toward Indigenous learners, or service offered to facilitate Indigenous culture and values on campus etc.

Georgian College Land Acknowledgment

Georgian College

On November 2, 2016, Georgian College unveiled a land acknowledgment plaque acknowledging that all of its campuses are located on traditional Anishnaabeg territory. Georgian has offered Indigenous services and programs since 1992. The land acknowledgment marked the beginning of a college-wide effort to further infuse Indigenous ideas and values into Georgian’s curriculum, student services, activities,…

Planning for a future through education

Justice Institute of British Columbia

Malcolm Stewart has always wanted to further his education. Ironically, it took an injury to give him the opportunity. Malcolm, 47, hails from the Nisga’a Nation in northwestern BC. He’s spent the past 20 years working in the construction industry as a carpenter, and most recently as a construction safety officer/occupational first aid attendant at…

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…

Saskatchewan Polytechnic makes Indigenous a way of life

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

One single word can have a lot of power. For years, Saskatchewan Polytechnic has used the term “Aboriginal” when discussing its First Nation, Métis and Inuit students and the programs and services designed to support them. However, the term has a murky past — it was not chosen by any group it refers to. But,…

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.…

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July 2017

Programs of Interest

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

Adventure Studies

Thompson Rivers University

TRU offers the finest and most extensive adventure studies training in the world. They create exceptional educational experiences to foster students’ physical, mental and emotional development so as to be of service to the global adventure industry.   View program

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Diploma

College of New Caledonia

A new diagnostic medical sonography diploma program offered by the College of New Caledonia in Prince George will provide access to more students wishing to pursue a career in ultrasound.   View program

Integrated French Immersion Option

Université Sainte-Anne

The Integrated French Immersion Option allows you to count French credits towards your degree and graduate with no delay. This option is available in most of our programs.   View program

Aerospace Manufacturing Engineering Technician/Technology

Centennial College

The Aerospace Manufacturing Engineering Technician/ Technology programs provide graduates with a strong educational base in aerospace, mechanical, UAV, avionics, design and manufacturing of aerospace components and systems.   View program.

Mountain Adventure Skills Training

College of the Rockies

The Mountain Adventure Skills Training (MAST) program provides first-hand outdoor adventure experience.  Earn professional certifications for the adventure tourism industry, all while you enjoy the Canadian Rocky Mountain lifestyle.   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 Garbarino Girard Centre for Innovation in Seniors Care

Algonquin College

The Garbarino Girard Centre for Innovation in Seniors Care is charting a bold new course for geriatric care, providing a learning lab, applied research facility, and an opportunity to collaborate with the Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre (WOCRC) on an adult day-program for seniors with dementia. “The Garbarino Girard Centre for Innovation in Seniors Care…

The Queen Street Billboard Project


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…

Schlegel Centre for Advancing Seniors Care

Conestoga College

The Schlegel Centre for Advancing Seniors Care focuses on education, workforce development and applied research to develop highly qualified personnel to improve the quality of life and care for Canada’s growing population of seniors. The Schlegel Centre is led by the CIHR/Schlegel Industrial Research Chair for Colleges (IRCC) in Seniors Care. This research chair is funded by the Natural…

MI’s Flume Tank

Marine Institute

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

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,…

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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.

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

Centennial College

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

Greg Kerr named Entrepreneur of the Month by the Entrepreneur Development Centre

Medicine Hat College

Greg Kerr is a part-time entrepreneur who is fully committed to providing premium drain cleaning and plumbing services to residential and commercial clients in Medicine Hat, Alberta. “My full-time job is with the City of Medicine Hat in the environmental utilities department, however it’s a flexible environment that also allows me to run my own…

Selkirk College alumnae embody homegrown philosophy at Lōkel Hair Studio

Selkirk College

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

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…

Niagara College continues to grow youth entrepreneurship activities year after year

Niagara College

Brock University and Niagara College will continue to facilitate youth entrepreneurship after successfully managing the Kick-Starting Entrepreneurship program and ncTakeOff hub for the last two years. Both institutions received renewed, joint funding through the On-Campus Entrepreneurship Activities (OCEA) program, an initiative of the Government of Ontario under the Youth Jobs Strategy and managed by Ontario…

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November 2017

Outstanding Alumni

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

Gloria Macarenko


Television and radio journalist

James Cybulski

Algonquin College


Andrew Walker

Vanier College


Pierre Vercheval

Cégep de Trois-Rivières

Former football player and television presenter

Stéphane Maher

Cégep de Saint-Jérôme

Mayor of Saint-Jérôme

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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.

Alison Murphy: The Artist and the Administrator


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…

Le CCNB, fier partenaire de l’Arbre de l’espoir!


Au moins neuf programmes du CCNB : Campus de Dieppe contribueront dans un cadre pédagogique à l’organisation du Radiothon de l’Arbre de l’espoir qui se déroulera le vendredi 24 novembre à ce campus. Le Radiothon, qui est la grande finale de la campagne annuelle de l’Arbre de l’espoir, est présenté au CCNB – Campus de Dieppe…

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…

Community paramedics fulfill proactive role in the community

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

from the Prince Albert Daily Herald: A new program is seeing paramedics get out of the ambulance and into the community. Saskatchewan Polytechnic recently graduated the first class of Saskatchewan community paramedics. One of those first graduates is Sheldon Hirschfeld, an advanced care paramedic with Parkland Ambulance. He’s already out in the community, hoping his…

Le Cégep André-Laurendeau offre une trentaine de ressources d’aide social aux personnes immigrantes

Cégep André-Laurendeau

La Formation continue du Cégep André-Laurendeau et le Centre social d’aide aux immigrants (CSAI) ont reçu environ 250 visiteurs lors de l’événement Bienvenue aux personnes immigrantes, le jeudi 19 octobre dernier, au Cégep André-Laurendeau. L’événement a permis à la population de toute origine d’avoir accès gratuitement à plus d’une trentaine de ressources (employabilité, études, orientation scolaire et professionnelle, familles, intégration…). De plus, une dizaine d’ateliers-conférences ont eu…

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