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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 Collège Vanier ouvre une nouvelle librairie coopérative

Collège Vanier

du communiqué de presse : « Le Collège Vanier est fier d’annoncer que l’ouverture officielle de Jake’s Co-op, la librairie coopérative du cégep, s’est déroulée le 7 décembre 2016. La nouvelle librairie est gérée par la coopérative étudiante et est membre de la Fédération québécoise de coopératives en milieux scolaires (FQCMS). L’équipe de la librairie avait du…

Career training and culture coalesce at MITT

Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology

When the Downtown Winnipeg Biz put out a call for street banners to celebrate the Year of the Monkey (“Fire Monkey”), students in Jan Hamilton’s Graphic and Print Technician program (GPTech) at Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology answered the call, submitting 22 amazing designs. One of those designs – by MITT student Zhiling (Lucia)…

College of the North Atlantic student, alumna, and faculty member nominated for East Coast Music Association awards

College of the North Atlantic

from the press release: “Three people, three backgrounds, three awards. A College of the North Atlantic (CNA) student, alumna and faculty member will be contending for awards at the East Coast Music Association (ECMA) annual awards presentation, taking place in Saint John, New Brunswick this April. Leading by example, Sound Recording & Production instructor, Michelle…

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…

Les étudiants du Cégep Limoilou présente la pièce Les Marchands

Cégep Limoilou

du communiqué de presse : « Pour sa 38e saison de théâtre d’excellence, le Cégep Limoilou présente la pièce Les marchands du 23 au 25 novembre, à 19 h 30, à la salle Sylvain-Lelièvre. Une représentation de jour aura lieu le vendredi 25 novembre à 13 h 15. Les marchands est un texte de Joël Pommerat, mis en scène par Joanie Lehoux. Produit par…

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February 2017

International Success Stories

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

English Language Institute helps international students find success in Manitoba

Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology

To say Oksana Shevchuk’s journey at MITT has been a remarkable success would be an understatement In spring of 2016, she and her husband arrived in Manitoba from Ukraine as students in MITT’s English Language Institute (ELI). Oksana went from not speaking English to speaking alongside provincial and federal government guests during the grand opening…

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…

BCIT Instructor supports earthquake reconstruction in Nepal 

British Columbia Institute of Technology

In the aftermath of the 2015 Nepal earthquake, Dr. Bishnu Pandey, Civil Engineering faculty member at BCIT, led a team of Canadian engineers on behalf of the Canadian Earthquake Engineering Association (CAEE) on a reconnaissance mission to Nepal. Dr. Pandey and his team conducted field surveys in rural areas severely affected by the earthquake, ultimately…

Semer les graines d’une petite révolution au Pérou

Cégep Édouard-Montpetit

Dans le cadre du programme Éducation pour l’Emploi au Pérou, le cégep Édouard-Montpetit instaure depuis près de deux ans les bases d’une petite révolution locale en termes d’éducation et de formation. Sur place, le Cégep réalise un projet novateur visant l’actualisation de l’offre de formation professionnelle en production agricole et animale avec une perspective durable…

The Michener Institute/ COSTAATT Partnership – A Clinical Visit Experience 

Michener Institute of Education at UHN

For over 18 years, The Michener Institute of Education at UHN has partnered with the College of Science and Technology of Trinidad and Tobago (COSTAATT) to deliver sonography training to radiographers and medical doctors across the island. The partnership with COSTAATT began as a collaboration between Wilma Collins and Cynthia Cowling, radiography colleagues at COSTAATT…

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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.

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…

NVIT to build new Centre of Excellence in Sustainability

Nicola Valley Institute of Technology

from the press release: Canadians will be better equipped for the well-paying middle-class jobs of today and tomorrow as a result of a federal-provincial investment of $8.9 million in a new Centre of Excellence in Sustainability at the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (NVIT). The investment was announced by the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of…

At John Abbott College, sustainability education is no longer an elective

Cégep John Abbott College

Located on the western tip of the island and surrounded by a vast natural habitat, the College’s grounds and campus instills in our students and staff a deeper appreciation of nature and the environment. Students and staff alike are fortunate to experience one of the most beautiful campuses in Quebec. The surroundings and the college’s buildings,…

Douglas College Institute for Urban Ecology involves community volunteers in insect research projects

Douglas College

from Maclean’s: People aren’t usually fans of bugs—not in their houses, not in their rooms and certainly not in their beds. So it stands to reason they don’t want them scurrying under their feet in their gardens, either. The User Network for Insects in the Urban Garden, or UNIBUG, is trying to convince you otherwise.…

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…

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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.

Camosun celebrates the Babcock Canada Interaction Lab opening

Camosun College

Camosun College and Babcock Canada joined forces today for an exciting virtual reality ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the new Babcock Canada Interaction Lab at the college’s Interurban campus. “Babcock Canada relies on skilled technicians and tradespeople to design, build, and maintain complex technology which plays an important role in Canada and BC’s marine industry…

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…

Vancouver duo working to send 3D printer to the moon with support from BCIT

BCIT

from the Globe and Mail: For Alex and Sergei Dobrianski, the building blocks of an upcoming revolution in the space industry are found in moon dust. Over the past five years, the father-and-son team has been developing the technology to send a 3D printer to the moon that can extract and use the various fine-grained…

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…

Entrepreneurship Takes Off with the Lean LaunchPad program at Algonquin College

Algonquin College

A world-renowned pre-accelerator program, Lean LaunchPad is taught at over 200 universities worldwide, and back in February the team at Algonquin launched their very own version of the class. Although the AC version differed, in various ways, from the original, they both had at their core, the idea that participants ‘get out of the building’…

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June 2017

Indigenous Inclusion

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

Saskatchewan Polytechnic unveils Truth and Reconciliation display

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Saskatchewan Polytechnic celebrates National Aboriginal History month with unveiling of Truth and Reconciliation Commission reports Eugene Arcand, a member of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Indian Residential School Survivor Committee, spoke at Saskatchewan Polytechnic about the importance of Truth and Reconciliation. A set of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission reports donated by Arcand to Sask…

Yukon College artistic collaboration explores climate change in northern communities

Yukon College

A collaborative project from Yukon College art students looks to tackle climate change through multimedia: from Maclean’s: “A collaboration between Yukon College’s school of visual arts in Dawson City, its Yukon Research Centre in Whitehorse and the University of Saskatchewan is adding a human dimension to the science of climate change. “We are trying to…

College of the Rockies hosts “Repatriation as Reconciliation” art presentation

College of the Rockies

College of the Rockies was pleased to host a unique presentation from University of Victoria professor, Dr. Andrea Walsh, entitled ‘Repatriation as Reconciliation: Children’s Art from the Alberni Indian Residential School’. from the press release: “A visual anthropologist specializing in 20th century and contemporary aboriginal art, Dr. Walsh is interested in collections of objects and images…

Orange shirt day at Camosun College, one of many Indigenous student initiatives

Camosun College

On September 29 many Camosun students, employees and community supporters will wear orange shirts to show their commitment to the principle that every child matters and to show support for those who attended residential schools and their families. With the support of the Camosun Board of Governors and Eyēʔ Sqȃ’lewen: the Centre for Indigenous Education…

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.

Native Child and Family Services Program

Confederation College

Confederation College’s Native Child and Family Services program focuses on how to effectively overcome these barriers. You’ll learn how to help connect people with the services they need in their everyday lives in Thunder Bay and throughout the region.   View program

Powerline Technician/Power System Electrician Program

Lethbridge College

The Powerline Technician/Power System Electrician Program is a twelve-week extensive hands-on and theoretical training program in the utility electrical field related to overhead and underground distribution installations.   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

Early Learning and Child Care

Grande Prairie Regional College

Early Learning and Child Care will prepare you for a career working with children from birth to age twelve, and their families. Research studies indicate that the first five years in the lives of children are the most critical in terms of their overall development.   View program

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

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August 2017

Cool Spaces

Any unique student centre, work-integrated learning lab, technology classroom, production studio, or artistic space facilitating an innovative learning experience, mental health awareness, or skills development etc., or any update or addition to an existing space to make it more accessible.

The Niagara College Teaching Winery

Niagara College

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

Camosun celebrates the Babcock Canada Interaction Lab opening

Camosun College

Camosun College and Babcock Canada joined forces today for an exciting virtual reality ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the new Babcock Canada Interaction Lab at the college’s Interurban campus. “Babcock Canada relies on skilled technicians and tradespeople to design, build, and maintain complex technology which plays an important role in Canada and BC’s marine industry…

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…

The Centre for Mobile Innovation

Sheridan College

The Centre for Mobile Innovation (CMI), with the recent announcement of a significant funding injection, will be honing its research efforts around mobile computing solutions to modern healthcare problems. Through the use of leading mobile and related technologies including Internet of Things (IoT), Wearable Computing, Augmented/Virtual Reality (AR/VR) and Machine Learning, the CMI will undertake…

The Centre for Alternative Wastewater Treatment

Fleming College

Fleming College’s CAWT is located in Lindsay, Ontario (Canada) at the Frost Campus of Fleming College and forms a top-notch teaching facility for students in Fleming’s School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences. CAWT’s mandate extends to student training through the Environmental Technology program at Fleming and to technology transfer with partners and the public. The CAWT…

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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.

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

Nova Scotia Community College

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

Niagara College teams up with Food Starter to offer Food Business Feasibility workshops for entrepreneurs

Niagara College

from Erie Media: Generations of your family have relished Great Aunt Gertha’s seasoned gherkins, but would jars of the delicious homemade pickles fly off the local grocery store shelf? Food Starter and Niagara College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute specialists may help you come up with the answer. The two have combined culinary skills and…

Kelsi McInnes found her calling

Grande Prairie Regional College

Before Kelsi McInnes became a music therapist she first had to discover the profession existed. It all started when the Manning, AB, native was working in part-time respite care as a university student. Her client was a little girl with spinal muscular atrophy. McInnes found it incredibly fulfilling to help improve the well-being of another…

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.…

Algonquin College and IgniteAC Launch Summit Program Program

Algonquin College

SUMMIT is a summer intensive entrepreneurship program for students 18-29 that runs from May 9th   July 21st at Algonquin College and is at the core of the government’s Innovation Agenda when we look at how to build an entrepreneurial society. The SUMMIT organizing team has assembled over 50 workshops offered by industry veterans and specialists…

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November 2017

Outstanding Alumni

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

Sam Sullivan

Langara College

Politician and founder of the Sam Sullivan Disability Foundation

Alexandre Bilodeau

Collège Montmorency

Olympic freestyle skier

Neko Case

Emily Carr University

Singer/songwriter

Colin Mochrie

Langara College

Actor and improvisational comedian

Duncan Regehr

BCIT

Writer, multi-media artist, and film and television producer

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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.

Okanagan College nursing students gather warm-clothing donations for Kelowna’s disadvantaged

Okanagan College

Boxes of donated warm clothing that have been jamming the halls where Okanagan College’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program lives are on their way to making a difference for Kelowna’s disadvantaged. The first- and second-year students who sit on the BSN’s Global Health committee – a civically-minded, student-led initiative for social equity –…

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…

Photographer Kelly Baker: Telling Untold Stories

NBCCD

What do an anthropologist and a photographer have in common? A pure obsession with storytelling. Little wonder that Kelly Baker was drawn to pursue both career paths. In fact, before entering the photography program, she had already completed a PhD in Anthropology: “I went to school for a lot of years to become an anthropologist,…

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…

Le CERESO au Cégep régional de Lanaudière ouvre un nouveau lieu communautaire afin de démarrer des projets inspirants et novateurs

Cégep régional de Lanaudière

du Hebdo Rive Nord : La communauté du Cégep de même que celle du grand Lanaudière disposent désormais d’un lieu inspirant afin d’échanger des idées et démarrer des projets innovants; l’Espace 412. On doit l’idée au Centre d’expertise et d’accompagnement en innovation sociale au Cégep régional de Lanaudière (CERESO). Nommé l’Espace 412 en raison de cette…

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