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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.

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…

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…

Durham College Music Business Administration grad makes it to Top 40 with debut single

Durham College

from Maclean’s: “Sarah Mark didn’t realize just how much she had learned in college until she got her first Top 40 hit on the radio. Granted, she had barely finished college when that happened. Her debut single “Tun Up,” a jaunty R&B summertime pop anthem, started getting serious airtime on Canadian radio stations just as…

Les étudiants du Cégep de Sainte-Foy récompensés à l’Exposition de Design industriel 2016

Cégep de Sainte-Foy

du communiqué de presse : « Du 20 au 26 mai dernier, la Galerie Espaces Parenthèse du Cégep de Sainte-Foy accueillait l’exposition des finissants en Design industriel du Cégep de Sainte-Foy. Les finissants, au nombre de 16 cette année, en ont mis plein la vue aux visiteurs. Lors du vernissage, le mercredi 25 mai, plusieurs prix ont été…

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.

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…

Lakeland students travel to Kazakhstan with Alberta delegation 

Lakeland College

Lakeland College’s second-year Animal Science Technology students Caity Anderson and Jordan Stefaniuk joined Lakeland instructor Geoff Brown in Kazakhstan in fall 2016. Brown was Lakeland’s representative in an Alberta delegation that was in the former Soviet Republic from Oct. 20-30. The group included people from the Alberta government and cattle breed associations, as well as livestock exporters.…

Niagara College’s Junior Culinary Team wins gold medal at Culinary Olympics in Germany

Niagara College

from the press release: “Niagara College’s Junior Culinary Team Canada is proving that it has the recipe for success, after winning a gold medal in its first of two competitions at the Culinary Olympics. The team from Niagara College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute competed in its first competition at the IKA /Culinary Olympics in…

NorQuest College earns global recognition for Education for Employment Peru project 

NorQuest College

The International education business Partnership Network (IPN), in collaboration with The Conference Board of Canada, has recognized NorQuest College with a globally-renowned award. The Global Best Awards celebrate educational institutions, private businesses, and other stakeholders that boost learning and employability through cooperation. These partnerships enhance job-relevant experiential learning, leading to increased educational attainment and advanced skills development.…

Bangalore or Bust: CNC Nurses Take Part in International Clinical Exchange 

College of New Caledonia

The nursing profession is one that comes with a host of its own rules, procedures, concerns and difficulties for students. Add in the challenge of providing this nursing care in a completely different cultural context, and the impressiveness of the profession becomes even more apparent. Earlier this summer, twelve CNC student nurses and two nursing…

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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.

Garden projects reap harvest of Niagara College expertise

Niagara College

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

Olds College Constructed Wetlands

Olds College

The Olds College Treatment Wetlands were over 11 years in the making, and officially opened in 2013. Since opening, the Wetlands have welcomed hundreds of visitors to take in the beauty and learn more about our local ecology. The Wetlands encompass an area of 20 acres, and include 19 ponds and a 1.3 kilometre pathway.…

W. Galen Weston Centre for Food at Durham College

Durham College

In 2009, Durham College (DC) turned its attention to Durham Region’s agri-food industry. Recognizing an opportunity to address local economic and social issues, DC embarked on an ambitious plan to satisfy the need for an agri-food-focused facility that would satisfy the gap in an innovative and environmentally conscious way. The end result was DC’s Centre…

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…

Langara College’s beautiful new Science and Technology Building

Langara College

Adding over 1,000 square metres of student space and 35 new laboratories and classrooms, Langara College’s new Science and Technology building targets a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Gold designation by using highly-efficient building systems and fully integrating healthy living components. LEED design features include energy efficient building envelope; low-flow fume hoods with adjustable sashes; and,…

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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.

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,…

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…

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


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…

Farm of the Future: Interactive web tool for farmers

Niagara College

Led by Mike Duncan, PhD, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) industrial research chair in Precision Agriculture and Environmental Technologies at NC, the team of researchers, students and recent graduates demonstrated developments they have made in helping mitigate the effects of oncoming weather threats. Six micrometeorological/weather measurement stations were installed in…

A ‘crackling’ prototype

Niagara College

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

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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.

Algonquin College and Cambrian College launch Indigenous student success program

Algonquin College, Cambrian College

An innovative program that aims to enhance Indigenous student recruitment, retention, and success is underway at Algonquin College and Cambrian College. Both institutions will be working with Indigenous communities on a new Indigenous Student Performance Success Program focused on producing research that will identify factors that help or hinder Indigenous students as they pursue postsecondary studies at each…

Fanshawe College forges stronger relationship with COTT First Nation on post-secondary education

Fanshawe College

At a ribbon-cutting ceremony on November 18, 2016, Chippewa of the Thames First Nation (COTT) and Fanshawe College celebrated the forging of a new and growing relationship bringing post-secondary education to the people of Chippewa of the Thames First Nation. “Partnerships with Canada’s educational institutions like the one we have with Fanshawe helps to write…

Vancouver Island University grad launches Cree app to preserve Indigenous language

Vancouver Island University

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

First Nations firefighters in Quebec graduate from JIBC firefighting programs

Justice Institute of British Columbia

The Justice Institute of British Columbia’s (JIBC) latest firefighter graduates hail from First Nations in northern Quebec and will now have the needed skills to respond to emergencies in their communities. The program, funded by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, began in July 2016 with JIBC’s Fire & Safety Division training members of the Kahnawake…

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…

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July 2017

Programs of Interest

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

“Pathways to Shipbuilding” Indigenous Education and Apprenticeship program

Nova Scotia Community College

This cohort based pilot program integrates education, industry and community partnerships to develop a model that successfully creates pathways for Indigenous Canadians to enter the shipbuilding industry.  Over the course of the two-year program, participants will learn and work together, and be mentored and coached by community and industry supporters, including Indigenous employees working at…

Digital Media


In this 2-year program, you learn to produce professional-level digital media projects in 6 semesters of study. In the first two terms, you are introduced to the latest digital technologies and provided with a foundation in design concepts. In the third term, you choose one of three streams where you specialize in the area of your…

Natural Resources Environmental Technology

Nova Scotia Community College

This program combines practical and theoretical skills to prepare graduates to work in environmental and related industries. To keep pace with the increasing requirement for environmental technology workers, all courses are presented from an environmental sustainability perspective.   View program

Puppetry Intensive

Humber College

The Intensive is an exciting, vigorous, hands-on, 14-day training program in the art of puppet theatre. It is designed to introduce you to all of the basics of puppetry from manipulation and construction to design and performance creation.   View program

Ceramics Diploma


This program enables you to explore clay, glazes and firing methods while developing techniques and a personal aesthetic through working with low- and high-fire materials including raku, gas and electric kilns.   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.

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…

The Peer Support Centre

Medicine Hat College

Launched in October of 1997, the Peer Support Centre has become a vital part of the Students’ Association at Medicine Hat College. Acting on a drop-in basis, Medicine Hat College students can access support easily and confidentially at the Peer Support Centre. Among the services offered are peer counselling, sexual health information and supplies, food…

Le Centre National en éléctrochimie et en Technologies Environnementales

Collège Shawinigan

Le CNETE a comme mandat, de réaliser des activités de recherche appliquée, d’aide technique et d’information à l’entreprise afin de contribuer à l’élaboration et à la réalisation de projets d’innovation et de développement de nouvelles applications technologiques, dans les domaines des bioprocédés, des technologies de séparation par membrane et de l’électrochimie. Au CNETE, la recherche…

The Minowaadiziiwin Wellness Centre

Confederation College

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

The Boreal Research Institute


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


Any entrepreneur coming out of the college/institute system, program fostering entrepreneurship, incubator success, or business partnership with a college or institute etc.

Selkirk College instructor delivers a refined beer taste

Selkirk College

Selkirk College Business Administration Program instructor Mike Konkin knows a great idea when he tastes it. Founder and CEO of the Trail Beer Refinery, the veteran educator launched his plan for a micro-brewery and taproom in 2016. With a product line focused on traditional ales and lagers, it opened in the spring of 2017 in…

Niagara College and partners support local entrepreneurs through the Meridian Ignite! series

Niagara College

from Niagara This Week: Entrepreneurs from across the region will have their chance to pitch their business ideas to win money and prizes to help get their enterprise off the ground in a series of Niagara’s own pitch competitions. This year, Meridian Credit Union has partnered with Niagara College and the Greater Niagara Chamber of…

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

Canadore College

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

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’…

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…

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November 2017

Outstanding Alumni

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

Tim Okamura


Contemporary painter

Paul Dahito

Cégep de Rimouski

Honorary Consul of Benin

Alex Janvier


Indigenous artist

Jillian Harris


Television personality and interior designer

Jack Shadbolt

Emily Carr University


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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…

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…

Yukon College Carpentry students helps expand community thrift store

Yukon College

The Anglican Church Thrift Store in Watson Lake will be one-half larger when it reopens this spring. The 780-square foot store has a 480 square foot addition. The construction was done entirely by students in the Skills for Employment Carpentry program run by the town’s Yukon College community campus. “We are extremely happy with the…

Yukon College orientation week activities immerse students in community stories

Yukon College

Everyone has a story to tell, and as part of this year’s Orientation Week activities Yukon College is inviting a few Yukoners to share their stories to help strengthen the connection between College students and the local community. The story-sharing event, which will take place on Tuesday, September 5, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in…

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…

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