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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.

“Carrying On” Indigenous Art Exhibition 2016

Portage College

Portage College students from the Native Arts and Culture program were successfully juried into the “Carrying On” Indigenous Art exhibition at the Alberta Craft Council Discovery Gallery last year from June 18th to July 23rd, 2016. The show was also part of The Works Art and Design Festival in Edmonton, which is presented by The…

Student-powered OddBird Studio has a remarkable year

Sheridan College

The third-year Bachelor of Game Design students who fuel OddBird Studio entered the 2016 fall term at Sheridan in the same whirlwind manner that has characterized much of their past year as indie developers. They spent the first week of September in Seattle, showcasing their debut game Arrow Heads at PAX West – one of…

Emily Carr University of Art and Design grad turns technicolour paintings and love of baking into edible works of art

Emily Carr University of Art and Design

from The Globe and Mail: “What colours come to mind when you think of a dimly lit parking garage in the heart of an urban city centre, a Saskatchewan sunset at the beginning of autumn or a big, creamy scoop of Saskatoon berry ice cream? A visual artist and pastry chef in San Francisco, Leah…

Camosun College’s Comic Arts Festival celebrates the artistry of visual storytelling

Camosun College

Camosun College in Victoria, BC, delivers a nationally unique certificate program in Comics and Graphic Novels each year to approximately 30 students. The one-of-a-kind program was created for students who have a desire to learn the language of visual storytelling, and focuses on skills-based learning for six career paths: comic book creation (print & online),…

Vancouver Community College hair design grad finds dream job at Vancouver salon

Vancouver Community College

from the press release: “The one thing Jackie Penev knew she wanted to do after high school was play volleyball.  After graduating, she entered an education program at a local college and made the varsity team. Only a few months into the season, however, Jackie developed a severe throat infection that prevented her from playing…

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February 2017

International Success Stories

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

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…

JIBC exchange programs give global perspective to students

Justice Institute of British Columbia

Since January 2013, 10 Law Enforcement Studies Diploma students from the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) have spent their last semester on an academic exchange at Waterford Institute of Technology in Waterford, Ireland. The program helps students gain an international perspective of law enforcement and learn about the different opportunities and challenges faced by those…

Durham College in partnership with CEFOP La Libertad 

Durham College

In September 2016, Durham College funded three students – 1 journalist, 1 videographer and 1 culinary – to go on mission to Trujillo, Peru in the context of the college’s partnership with the Centro Experimental de Formacion Profesional (CEFOP) La Libertad through CICan’s Education for Employment (EFE) – Peru program. Their role was to film,…

Selkirk College TESOL Program brings international experience home

Selkirk College

Selkirk College’s Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Program has brought a world of cultural experiences to one alumna who’s chosen to build a career at home in the West Kootenay. Emily Kandborg teaches English to speakers of other languages with the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy, a non-profit organization providing literacy programs for…

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…

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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.

NorQuest College’s Singhmar Centre for Learning seeking LEED Silver Certification

NorQuest College

The Singhmar Centre for Learning is planned as a LEED Silver 22,500 m², four-storey building. It will feature labs, a teaching child care centre, a new library, food services, student activity space, and an Indigenous student centre. This new building will allow NorQuest College to consolidate all of its Edmonton-area programming at its downtown campus.…

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…

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…

Lakeland College teaches crop technologies with Student Managed Farms

Lakeland College

from Maclean’s: It all started with the cutworms. The moth larvae masticated through the tender young cellulose—even before the canola broke the surface of the soil. “In the spring, LC 14 got hit,” says Braeden Crone, a second-year student in Lakeland College’s crop technology diploma program. LC 14 is the biggest field, and the cutworms…

Humber College’s new building: A green gateway to North Campus

Humber College

When Humber College set out to build its new gateway to the North Campus, sustainability was at top of mind. The Learning Resource Commons – a 260,000 square-foot building – opened in 2015. The LEED Gold structure includes sustainable features such as 94 per cent construction waste diversion, a green roof, 100 kW of electricity from…

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With fundmy150, students will be able to raise modest resources they need to grow their projects and get new ideas off the ground through crowdfunding – like an arts and crafts program that needs a bit of money for supplies, or a student-designed adult coloring book with printing costs. This is a chance to support creative student ideas while giving back to the community. Spread the word on campus, in clubs, at the gym, between classes, through student associations – anywhere and everywhere – about this exciting opportunity!

May 2017

Innovations

Any scientific, technological, business, or social innovation developed on campus, in partnership with your institution, or facilitated by programming/incubators at your institution etc.

NBCCD Digital Media Diploma: Explore Cutting Edge Virtual Reality Technology

NBCCD

Imagine you are standing in front of a patient on the operating table. You hear the beep of the heart monitor.  Now imagine cutting into the patient’s chest.  Suddenly, you can see their beating heart, even reach down and touch it… Of course, you can’t actually do this – or can you? “We are living…

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…

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…

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…

Lethbridge College partnership helps brings new “poultryponics” approach to vegetable and egg production to life

Lethbridge College

from Blackburn News: A revolutionary new approach to combine vegetable and egg production is being set up in the Northwest Territories. Treena Hein of Farm Credit Canada reports that a Hay River facility may be the first of its kind in the world to employ “Poultryponics”. Polar Egg and AgriArctic have combined efforts with staff…

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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.

UBC Okanagan next stop for Selkirk College scholar

Selkirk College

Getting the right start at Selkirk College is exactly what Haley Seven Deers accomplished over the last two years in the School of University Arts & Sciences where she arrived as a 16-year-old who was homeschooled. In September, the young scholar will move to Kelowna where she will have the opportunity to complete her undergraduate…

Collège Communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB), proud training partner of the New Brunswick’s First Nations!

CCNB

CCNB is extremely proud to work with New-Brunswick’s First Nations Communities to provide quality and custom training programs that lead to meaningful employment opportunities. Over the years, CCNB has developed an expertise in providing quality and customized training programs adapted to the cultural and economic needs of the Aboriginal community. CCNB has developed solid and…

Mohawk College officially opens Indigenous gathering space

Mohawk College

The first outdoor Indigenous gathering space at any Ontario college or university officially opened today at Mohawk College. Hoop Dance at Mohawk’s Fennell campus will be used by students and community partners for outdoor classes, cultural presentations and traditional ceremonies. Work on the gathering space began last summer, with support from the Mohawk Students’ Association.…

Algonquin College launches unique Indigenous cook pre-apprenticeship program

Algonquin College

A unique one-year program started this week for 20 pre-apprentices from across Canada. Over the next year, participants will learn the typical skills expected from a cook pre-apprenticeship, such as food theory, knife skills, classical kitchen language, and practical food preparation – the unique part of the program is how these skills are applied. Participants…

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

Northern College

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

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July 2017

Programs of Interest

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

Lean LaunchPad program

Algonquin College

Brought to you by Algonquin College’s Applied Research department, in conjunction with the IgniteAC Centre, Lean LaunchPad is the world’s premier pre-accelerator program, taught at over 200 universities worldwide.   View program

Jewellery/Metal Arts

NBCCD

The Diploma in Jewellery/Metal Arts provides intensive skill development by introducing you to sawing, filing, soldering, riveting and stone-setting. Mold-making and casting technologies enable you to experiment in making multiple designs. Through advanced processes such as complex construction, forging and silversmithing, you establish an individual artistic practice.   View program

Women Unlimited program

Nova Scotia Community College

The Women Unlimited programs are designed to assist diverse, unemployed and underemployed women in exploring, preparing for, obtaining, and maintaining employment in the trades and technology fields. These programs offer a continuum of services from career exploration, support during trades and technology training, transitional services to support women as they move into the trades and…

Child and Youth Care Program

Lethbridge College

This two-year diploma will give you the skills and expertise you need to work with people of almost any age who are experiencing challenges due to life circumstances.   View program

Arts du cirque

Cégep Limoilou

Acrobaties au sol et aériennes, jonglerie et manipulation d’objets, équilibre et art clownesque : devenez artiste de cirque professionnel. Vous combinerez la maîtrise de techniques de cirque avec celles provenant du théâtre, de la danse et de la musique dans des numéros novateurs, et vous saurez habilement jongler avec les différentes facettes du métier (création, interprétation, production, diffusion et gestion…

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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 Centre for Food

Durham College

The Centre for Food (CFF) is Durham Region’s first-ever post-secondary presence focused on the field-to-fork concept, which is based on the harvesting, storage, processing, packaging, sale and consumption of food – in particular the production of local food for local consumers. Durham College has adopted this concept and applied it to a diverse range of…

The Institute without Boundaries

George Brown College

The IwB is a Toronto-based academic program and studio that offers unique educational experience and professional services. The Institute focuses on collaborative design practice with the objectives of social, ecological and economic innovation through design research and strategy.   Discover the space.

La cohabitation, un succès à Edmundston

CCNB

Un concept innovateur a vu le jour à Edmundston, au Nouveau-Brunswick, en septembre 2011 et il fait toujours fureur. Le CCNB – Campus d’Edmundston et l’Université de Moncton, campus d’Edmundston (UMCE), partagent depuis six ans des espaces communs grâce à un projet éducatif de cohabitation. Le succès de cette cohabitation a dépassé toutes les attentes.…

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…

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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.

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…

C3 Estrie intègre le nouveau Quartier de l’entrepreneur à Sherbrooke

Cégep de Sherbrooke

C3 Estrie, l’entreprise-école née au Cégep de Sherbrooke, prend part au projet majeur de revitalisation du centre-ville, le Quartier de l’entrepreneur Well inc., dévoilé par le maire Bernard Sévigny le 4 octobre dernier devant la Chambre de commerce de Sherbrooke. Créé en 2015 au Cégep de Sherbrooke, C3 Estrie incite les jeunes à s’intéresser à l’entrepreneuriat, leur…

Dalen Landis is a man of many talents

Grande Prairie Regional College

As a photographer, landscape painter, custom tiler, videographer, music-festival organizer and now, professional beer brewer, Dalen Landis is not kidding when he says “I have my fingers in a few different pots.” This morning his fingers are busy filling kegs with fresh Redwillow Falls Amber Ale. A co-owner of Grain Bin Brewing, Landis has also…

Georgian College and partners offer new business development program, SPROUT

Georgian College

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

Le Cégep de Sept-Îles lance un nouveau Centre d’entrepreneuriat et de valorisation des innovations (CEVI) afin d’offrir de nouveaux services aux entreprises de la région

Cégep de Sept-Îles

de Radio-Canada: Un nouveau Centre d’entrepreneuriat et de valorisation des innovations (CEVI) voit le jour au Cégep de Sept-Îles. Avec le CEVI, de nouveaux services seront offerts aux entreprises de la région ainsi qu’aux personnes souhaitant commercialiser une idée et lancer une entreprise. Les usagers pourront profiter de la veille stratégique, de la formation adaptée…

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November 2017

Outstanding Alumni

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

Donovan Bailey

Sheridan College

Olympic athlete

Sam Sullivan

Langara College

Politician and founder of the Sam Sullivan Disability Foundation

John Candy

Centennial College

Actor and comedian

Alexandre Bilodeau

Collège Montmorency

Olympic freestyle skier

Marie Eve Bédard

Cégep de Jonquière

Radio-Canada Middle East correspondent

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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.

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…

Le CIRADD, centre collégial de transfert de technologie en pratiques sociales novatrices

Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles

LE CIRADD EN BREF Le CIRADD est un centre collégial de transfert de technologie en pratiques sociales novatrices (CCTT-PSN) œuvrant dans le domaine du développement durable territorial. Offrant des services de recherche (études, analyses) et des activités de transfert (conférences, colloques, formation), il répond aux besoins des organismes, des entreprises et des collectivités, tout en…

Selkirk College Adopts Sexual Violence Policy

Selkirk College

Selkirk College now has a Sexual Violence Policy in place making a clear commitment to creating and maintaining a safe and respectful learning, working and living environment. “The safety and well-being of our students and staff is of vital importance,” says Selkirk College President Angus Graeme. “This is an important step in letting everyone know that…

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’…

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…

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