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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.

Cambrian College Graphic Design students benefit from partnership with local businesses

Cambrian College

from the Sudbury Star: “Cambrian College Graphic Design students will be earning credits and pay cheques at the same time thanks to a partnership with four local businesses. The partnership was announced on January 13 between Cambrian College’s Graphic Design program; its applied research arm, Cambrian Innovates, and the Ontario Centres for Excellence VEBTA program. …

Sheridan signs historic agreement with Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre

Sheridan College

from the press release: “Sheridan College took part last week in a Commercial Signing Ceremony held in Shanghai, China, and witnessed by the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s Minister of International Trade.  The agreement, signed by Michael Rubinoff, Associate Dean of Visual and Performing Arts at Sheridan, and Yang Shaolin, General Manager of the Shanghai Dramatic…

Vancouver Island University celebrates 25-year anniversary of Bachelor of Arts program with profiles of successful grads

Vancouver Island University

from Vancouver Island University: “Happy Silver Anniversary, VIU BA! Twenty-five years ago, Malaspina College offered its first Bachelor of Arts program (Liberal Studies) in partnership with the University of Victoria. In 1996, the institution, which had then become Malaspina University-College, began offering homegrown BA degrees in a range of subjects. Today, as Vancouver Island University,…

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…

Giant pinhole camera offers a new experience for photography students

Alberta College of Art and Design (ACAD)

An associate professor from Alberta College of Art and Design (ACAD) developed a giant pinhole camera to offer students a view of how a camera works from the inside: from Maclean’s: “Think back to high school photography class and recall the pinhole camera. Remember nothing? A quick refresher: “When light comes into any light-tight chamber,…

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February 2017

International Success Stories

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

Olds College International Projects

Olds College

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

Algonquin College Mexican students meet Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Pena Nieto 

Algonquin College

Over the summer, Algonquin College hosted 68 students from Mexico, and they added a vibrant and exciting energy to our campus. While most Canadian students were away, working on their co-ops and summer jobs, these students were studying hard to improve their English and become better teachers of English back home. They brought with them…

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…

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…

Camosun partners with Tanzanian college

Camosun College

Camosun is working with Arusha Technical College, the premier technical school in Tanzania, Africa to develop a gas transmission technician diploma program to meet the pipefitting needs of industry. The final result will be a program adapted from British Columbia’s trades foundation and apprenticeship system, aligned with the local technical education system in Tanzania. The…

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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.

Embracing electric vehicles at NBCC

New Brunswick Community College

New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) students and staff are on the road to promoting electric vehicle use in New Brunswick thanks to two new 2016 Chevrolet Volts. The electric vehicles, or EVs as they are called, are a creative and innovative way for the college to train students in various programs such as Automotive Service…

Durham College Sustainability Office

Durham College

Durham College (DC) practices sustainability every day, especially in its Herman Miller-inspired space that is fully accessible to students and employees and serves as a hub for environmental awareness and action on campus. The Sustainability Office is the campus hub where the college’s sustainability initiatives are hatched. Home to the DC Living Green initiative and…

Sheridan’s District Energy Projects

Sheridan College

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Amrit Mangat, MPP for Mississauga-Brampton South, today announced a major investment in a $21.4 million infrastructure project at Sheridan.  Through its Postsecondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund, the federal government is contributing $9.9 million, while the Province is adding $2.6 million, with the balance…

Durham College Whitby campus

Durham College

Durham College (DC) has undertaken numerous initiatives to improve energy efficiency, particularly since 2009. These include the installation of an extensive energy monitoring system, replacement of existing windows with high-efficiency models, installation of variable speed drives, and the use of lighting occupancy sensors. These measures have resulted in immediate and long-lasting energy efficiency upgrades in…

Raymond Loo Memorial Garden gives Holland College students and staff a place to learn and reflect

Holland College

A barren patch of land on Holland College’s Prince of Wales Campus has been turned into an organic garden and plein-air classroom where students and staff can rediscover the therapeutic benefits of nature and take applied learning to a whole new level. The Raymond Loo Memorial Garden is named after one of the most prominent…

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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.

Cross-country skier develops new “ski claw” device with help from Cold Climate Innovation program at Yukon College

Yukon College

from CBC news:   Whitehorse cross-country skier Doug Hitch is pitching a new device he says is a big step forward for the winter pastime. Hitch has invented what he’s named “ski claws”. They are metal claws permanently attached to skis. They’re engaged with a little kick, and give a skier more grip when climbing hills. On a level,…

Olds College student uses beer production waste to feed livestock

Olds College

from Maclean’s: Before he could legally drink in Canada, Alex Villeneuve brewed his first beer. Growing the herbs and roots on the greenhouse rooftop of his high school, Villeneuve fermented a prize-winning rosemary ginger beer and was declared a first-place winner of Edmonton’s First Official Winter Drink contest, run by the city. Lucky enough to…

Uncovering the mysteries off Nova Scotia’s shoreline

Nova Scotia Community College

from Maclean’s: Soaring over Nova Scotia’s rugged coastline, researcher Dr. Tim Webster and his team map the white ribbon—the near-shore sea bed between the land and deep ocean—helping to unlock the mysteries long-hidden there. As the only academic institution in Canada to own a topo-bathymetric Light Detection and Ranging (lidar) system, Webster’s work with Nova Scotia Community…

Saskatchewan Polytechnic collaborative research puts patients first

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Patient-oriented research is becoming the norm for health-related research, and for good reasons. It focuses on patient priorities and outcomes and includes patients as active collaborators throughout the research process. “Patient-oriented research engages patients as partners and improves patient outcomes,” says Dr. Susan Blum, associate vice-president, Applied Research and Innovation. “This innovative, applied approach aims…

CCNB-BTSC plays an important role in New Brunswick!

CCNB

CCNB’s Biorefinery Technology Scale-Up Centre (CCNB-BTSC) provides research and development services for the biotechnology and bioproducts development industry. Very flexible in its approach, the CCNB-BTSC offers its support and expertise to companies of all sizes for projects of variable duration. Its employees are interested in the impact of each project and they assist companies in…

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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.

Sask Polytech celebrates Intercultural Week

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Saskatchewan Polytechnic prides itself as a diverse institution that welcomes people from all over the world to study, grow their skills and find success as they work towards their educational and career goals. March 21-24 will see each campus city host a number of events that honour and celebrate our diversity during the second annual…

Sask Polytech celebrates Indigenous culture with new mural

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

The new mural at the Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Moose Jaw campus is another aspect of the institution’s indigenization efforts, which are developed towards reconciliation and long-term positive change. With enrolment for Indigenous students increasing 31 per cent since 2011-12, it is the responsibility of the entire organization to ensure every student feels welcome on our campuses.…

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…

Sask Polytech graduating Indigenous students honoured with special ceremony

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

from the Moose Jaw Times Herald: Graduating Indigenous students at Saskatchewan Polytechnic were recently honoured at a special ceremony at the Moose Jaw campus. This year was the first year all four Sask. Polytech campuses hosted an Indigenous honour ceremony, which was a big deal for student Conner LaPointe. “That was a great opportunity to…

Algonquin College launches first-of-its-kind Institute for Indigenous Entrepreneurship

Algonquin College

from the Ottawa Citizen: Algonquin College is set to launch a $44.9-million building and renovation project on Wednesday that will include an institute for indigenous entrepreneurship, the first of its kind in an Ontario college. The entire project, expected to be completed in the spring of 2018, will transform the outdated library in the C…

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July 2017

Programs of Interest

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

Cooperative FIATT Welding Program

Red Deer College

This new program is an innovative way to offer trades training, by redesigning the traditional apprenticeship model and training apprentices before they enter the workplace. FIATT students will learn the practical skills, knowledge and hands-on experience needed to thrive in a rewarding welding career.   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

Law Degree Program

Nunavut Arctic College

The Law Degree Program is a four-year program that will be delivered primarily in Iqaluit, Nunavut. Graduates of the program will possess the necessary skills to meet the growing demand for lawyers. It will increase access to justice for Nunavummiut.   View program

Fire Fighting Technologies Certificate

JIBC

If you are considering a career in firefighting, the Fire Fighting Technologies Certificate (FFTC) program will provide you with the theoretical background, applied skills, and specialized knowledge required to become a superior candidate in a competitive recruiting process. Graduates are employment-ready, and are able to take on the challenges of an entry-level firefighter.   View program

Bilingual Customer Service Program

Yukon College

Students in this program will become familiar with the basics of customer service in a bilingual setting, improve workplace essential skills and cap it off with a short work placement. Students will learn workplace English with a bilingual instructor.   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.

UFV Agriculture Centre of Excellence and BioPods

University of the Fraser Valley

The Agriculture Centre of Excellence at the University of the Fraser Valley promotes and champions a network of innovation in agriculture education, technology and research. The Centre facilitates knowledge transfer by acting as a coordinating hub to bring together expertise from established institutions and organizations in areas of plant and animal production, food safety, agribusiness,…

The ACC Sustainable Greenhouse

Assiniboine Community College

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

Canadore’s Post-Production Centre

Canadore College

Canadore College’s new post-production facility will be the first college in Canada equipped with Dolby Atmos for re-recording mixing and playback. Dolby Atmos is an award-winning technology that breathes life into storytelling by allowing the creative freedom to easily place and move sounds anywhere in the cinema, including overhead, to make audiences feel as if they…

COVE

Nova Scotia Community College

Situated on Halifax’s waterfront on one of the largest harbours in the world, NSCC is transitioning a former Coast Guard site into a vital resource for Nova Scotia’s ocean sector known as COVE or the Centre for Ocean Ventures & Entrepreneurship. Once complete in April 2018, the centre will serve as a collaborative facility for…

The Boreal Research Institute

NAIT

The Boreal Research Institute is a 9,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art research facility located in Peace River, 500 kilometres northwest of Edmonton. It is staffed by a team of research scientists and technicians with professional designations in forestry, biology and agrology. The Institute’s facility includes two laboratories, office space for 15 people, an outdoor growing space and a three-bay greenhouse that…

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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.

NBCCD Alumna/Instructor Melissa LeBlanc: Characterizing Clay

NBCCD

Melissa LeBlanc has found what many of us aspire to have – an ideal balance. Two days of every week, she has her hands in the mud, conjuring expressive animal characters from blocks of inert clay. Three days of the week, she teaches in the Diploma in Ceramics at NBCCD, pulling the best and most…

La journée entrepreneuriale au Cégep Marie-Victorin

Cégep Marie-Victorin

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

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,…

Amy Sullivan & Rachel Greenwood: Making Space for Clay

NBCCD

Good partnerships don’t grow on trees. You find them buried in the mud. Amy Sullivan and Rachel Greenwood are mud goddesses. Both have been making a living with their work since graduating from the NBCCD Ceramics Diploma in 2006. Both of their respective businesses, Amy Laloon Pottery & Greenwood Pottery, are well known in the Maritimes. Now they have partnered…

Selkirk College partners with local businesses to enhance innovation

Selkirk College

The Selkirk College-SME Applied Research & Technology Solutions (SMARTS) project drew to a close at the end of February. This multi-year project saw Selkirk College staff and students working with businesses around the region to tackle applied research questions aimed at helping partners use innovative approaches and technologies to enhance their operations. “One of the goals of…

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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

Neil MacDonald

Algonquin College

Journalist

Duncan Regehr

BCIT

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

Teejay Sidhu

BCIT

Actress, film producer, and radio jockey

Terence Koh

Emily Carr University

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.

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.…

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 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.…

College of the North Atlantic and Habitat for Humanity extend their existing agreement to develop affordable homeownership

College of the North Atlantic

Finding a place to live can be a daunting task during the best of times, especially one that fits your budget. It’s for that reason that College of the North Atlantic (CNA) and Habitat for Humanity Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) want to continue working together, to provide a solution to this ongoing problem for families…

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…

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