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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.

Michael Rurka: The Digital Nomad


A decision faced by so many new grads: Build a Career or Travel the World  What if you chose to do both? Before graduating with a Diploma in Graphic Design from the New Brunswick College of Craft & Design, Michael Rurka had already created an illustration that would be featured in Applied Art Magazine. Immediately after graduating he was…

Les étudiants en journalisme de La Cité récompensés lors de la soirée « Reportages vidéastes 2016 »

La Cité

du communiqué de presse : « La soirée de «Reportages vidéastes 2016» a récompensé des étudiants en journalisme lors d’une présentation qui s’est déroulée à l’amphithéâtre de La Cité. Douze reportages réalisés dans le cadre du cours Atelier de Journalisme Télé 1 ont été présentés. Chaque étudiant a effectué la recherche, la couverture, le tournage, le montage et la…

Centennial College unveils new Culinary Arts Centre

Centennial College

In fall 2016, Centennial College unveiled its new Culinary Arts Centre, complete with seven kitchen labs, a teaching restaurant and nine new classrooms that can accommodate 600 students. from Centennial College: “The striking new building takes the shape of a quadrangle with a central courtyard to allow natural light to reach all of the residence…

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…

Dare to Achieve, by Gavin MacDougall

Centennial College

To mark Centennial College’s 50th anniversary as well as Canada’s 150th birthday, the college commissioned an outdoor mural at the new Centennial Residence and Culinary Arts Centre (CRCA) at Progress Campus. The winning design, entitled ‘Dare to Achieve’ by artist Gavin MacDougall, a graduate from Centennial’s Fine Arts Studio program, was unveiled on June 22. “Art that’s in the…

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February 2017

International Success Stories

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

Durham College culinary students in Peru

Durham College

Three Durham College (DC) students gained international experience and perspectives on their chosen fields during a week-long visit to Peru. The trip was part of an institutional partnership between DC and the Centro Experimental de Formación Profesional (CEFOP), a technical and vocational college located in the city of Trujillo, Peru. Travelling with DC’s delegation of…

CNC Globe Trotters: Social Service Workers Fulfill Practicums Internationally 

College of New Caledonia

Students from the Social Service Worker program at the College of New Caledonia chose to fulfill their practicum requirements internationally. The challenge was to pick a country they did not know very well, research it, find a practicum placement, travel there, and work and live there independently for four weeks. For most of the students…

Bow Valley College Joins the UNESCO UNEVOC Network.

Bow Valley College

Recognizing the importance of education and solidifying its place within the global Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) community, Bow Valley College was proud to announce that it has become a UNESCO-UNEVOC Centre and a member of the UNEVOC Network. In Canada, UNESCO-UNEVOC TVET needs are coordinated by Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan), who is…

Humber’s Health Sciences Guatemala experience 

Humber College

The door to the makeshift clinic had just opened as a young Guatemalan woman appeared. In her arms was a child taking strained breaths. Without immediate emergency attention, the child wasn’t going to survive. Over 10 days in 2016, students in Humber’s School of Health Sciences conducted health assessments and provided care to almost 300 children living…

Canadore College signs international pathway agreement for environment and biotechnology grads

Canadore College

from the press release: “Canadore College signed a memorandum of understanding to expand degree pathways for students graduating from environmental technician and biotechnology technician programs at Ireland’s Institute of Technology Sligo. The agreement grants graduates holding a two-year diploma from Canadore’s environmental and biotechnology advanced standing in IT Sligo’s B.Sc. in environmental protection and B.Sc.…

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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.

NSCC uses topographic-bathymetric sensor to map ocean floor

Nova Scotia Community College

from Maclean’s: If you know the shape and size of seabeds, that information can be used in everything from the aquaculture industry to oil-spill response agencies. But it takes a special tool to peer beneath the waves and map the bottom of the ocean. And only one post-secondary institution in Canada has it. The million-dollar-plus…

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…

Factor Four initiative transforms BCIT campus and emissions levels


Recognizing that unchecked growth in a global system of limited resources is unsustainable,  the British Columbia Institute of Technology’s Factor Four Initiative aims to reduce BCIT’s energy and materials usage by—you guessed it!—a factor of four. The name and the mission comes from the influential 1995 report Factor Four: Doubling Wealth, Halving Resource Use, which developed the concept…

Sask Polytech helps with oil spill clean up

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

After 250,000 litres of crude oil and other material leaked into the North Saskatchewan River in July, the whole province, with consultants and experts from across Canada joined together to lend their expertise. One of those experts was Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s School of Natural Resources and Built Environment aquatics instructor, Darcy Lightle. “As an environmental consultant,…

UFV’s BioPods grow sustainable food and Agtech careers in the community

University of the Fraser Valley

The City of Surrey, the John Volken Academy (JVA), the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV), and educational partners have unveiled twin high-tech greenhouses known as BioPods, a City of Surrey vision and a signature made-in-BC agricultural initiative designed as a catalyst for agricultural research and innovation in British Columbia. As the global population marches…

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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.

Vancouver Island University grad develops Cree-language app to help preserve Indigenous languages

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 explained.…

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…

Niagara College launches “Makerspace” exploratory digital lab aimed at inspiring innovation

Niagara College

from NiagaraThisWeek.com: The library at Niagara College is continuing to evolve with the times. The ncLibraries and Learning Commons has added another list to its roster of services, and this one goes beyond the traditional thought of what a library may offer. On Jan. 25, ncLibraries celebrated the launch of its new Exploratory Digital Media…

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…

Canada invests $35 million in NAIT for new productivity and innovation building

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT)

from the Edmonton Sun:  Post-secondary polytechnic education is getting a boost in Edmonton thanks to a nearly $35-million federal grant announced Wednesday. The funding is earmarked for a new productivity and innovation building at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology that is expected to partner with industry to solve problems and create jobs. “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.

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…

Aurora College B.Ed program teaches techniques and history from Indigenous elders

Aurora College

from Maclean’s: In the second year of Aurora College’s bachelor of education program, students leave the classroom and retreat into the bush outside Fort Smith, N.W.T. to learn on the land. For five days each fall, aspiring teachers learn to set up a teepee, scale fish, chop wood, cook bannock over a fire, all under…

Kwantlen Polytechnic partners with Tsawwassen First Nation to gain perspectives on Indigenous food systems

Kwantlen Polytechnic

from the Delta Optimist: Everyone has heard of the 100-mile diet. But can you imagine surviving on a 10-mile diet? Now you can. Thanks to a collaboration between the Tsawwassen First Nation and Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU), consumers can enjoy a diet that is much, much closer to home and features a plethora of veggies,…

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…

Northern College celebrates Indigenous Mining graduates

Northern College

Northern College held a graduation ceremony for the final of four groups of Indigenous learners who graduated from the Underground Hard Rock Miner Common Core program this morning at the Timmins Campus. Five students completed the latest intake of the 14-week training program, offered in partnership with Wahgoshig First Nation and Primero Mining Corp. This…

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July 2017

Programs of Interest

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

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

Techniques de production en microbrasserie

Cégep de Jonquière

Ce programme vise la consolidation ou le développement de connaissances et d’habiletés reliées au domaine de la production brassicole particulièrement en contexte de microbrasserie.   View program

Metal Fabricator Foundation Program


Metal fabricators deal with the selection, layout, shearing, cutting (with a torch), punching, drilling, forming, fitting and welding of steel plates and structural steel shapes into products for the forest, mining, construction, transportation and agricultural industries. Typical projects that involve metal fabricators include bridges, buildings, hoppers, conveyors, towers, cranes, heavy-mining equipment, logging equipment, and ship…

Clinical Genetics Technology


BCIT’s Clinical Genetics Technology program is one of two programs of its kind in Canada, and the only one in Western Canada. Our program is taught with the small class sizes and high quality instructors for which BCIT is known.   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.

Rocky Mountain Classrooms

College of the Rockies

When your campuses are located in the stunning BC Rocky Mountains, you take every opportunity to make your surroundings your classroom. At least you do if you’re College of the Rockies. The Mountain Adventure Skills Training (MAST) program, located at the College’s Fernie, BC campus, takes advantage of the region’s stunning mountains, lakes, rivers and…

Extendicare Centre Simulation Labs

Sault College

from the Northern Ontario Medical Journal: It looks like a typical home. There’s a stylish kitchen with stainless steel appliances, a bathroom with mobility assistance devices, a spacious bedroom and a washer and dryer to do laundry, but in reality it’s one of five simulation labs in the Extendicare Centre for Applied Learning in Health…

La cohabitation, un succès à Edmundston


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.…

The Industrial Trades and Technology Centre

Thompson Rivers University

The new building, which is directly located behind the existing school of trades and technology, will host a variety of new programs that will bridge the gap between fields such as engineering and trades, according to new dean of trades, Baldev Pooni. The building will also help the school of trades in the expansion of…

The Landscape Construction Pavilion

Olds College

In 1997, Olds College opened the Landscape Construction Pavilion with support from the Bank of Montreal, the Landscape Alberta Nursery Trades Association and members of the horticulture industry. The Landscape Construction Pavilion was constructed in response to industry requests for Olds College to provide students with greater opportunities to develop hands-on horticultural skills. The facility…

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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.

Fredéric Laforge, un entrepreneur créatif!


Dans le cadre de la Semaine de la petite et moyenne entreprise, mieux connue sous le nom de PME, le CCNB souligne le cheminement de Fredéric Laforge, un diplômé du CCNB qui fait les manchettes depuis un certain temps. M. Laforge est le co-fondateur et propriétaire du Farmers’ Truck, un marché mobile qui vend des…

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…

Former BCIT Interior Design student’s Eco Paving company uses recycled tire rubber to pave commercial and residential surfaces


from Business in Vancouver: Coquitlam-based Eco Paving is finding rapid success by helping pioneer the use of recycled-rubber paving material in the Lower Mainland. Previously an interior design student at the British Columbia Institute of Technology, Eco Paving founder Bradley Lavigne launched his company in 2010 after leaving school a year earlier. The company uses…

Conestoga College Broadcast Journalism student directs Local Ladies documentary on six female entrepreneurs

Conestoga College

from GuelphToday.com: The director of a documentary film focusing on six women leading entrepreneurship in Guelph says she is excited for the upcoming screening to share their stories. Katie Green spent months documenting the working life of six Guelph women during the summer break between year one and two of her Broadcast Journalism program at…

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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November 2017

Outstanding Alumni

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

Dr. Larry Rosia


President and CEO, Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Alex-Anne Gagnon

Cégep régional de Lanaudière

Mogul skier

Rachel Blaney

Vancouver Island University


Jillian Harris


Television personality and interior designer

Katie Ohe



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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.

Many Hands marks two decades of community impact

Niagara College

from Niagara This Week: A lot has changed over the years but, then again, much has stayed the same. Since its inception 20 years ago, Niagara College’s Many Hands Project has grown immensely in scope from a humble build of a few sheds and gardens at All People’s Daycare in Welland with a budget of…

Officer aims to draw on own experience to be role model and help others


When Shauntelle Nichols needed help, the police were there for her. Today she’s a police officer herself, ready to be there for others in need. For the last several years, Shauntelle has drawn on her experience of officers helping make her feel safe to motivate and inspire her in her studies and efforts to be…

Un groupe d’étudiants du Cégep de Trois-Rivières lance une collecte de fonds au profit de la Fondation Movember Canada

Cégep de Trois-Rivières

Un groupe d’étudiants en Techniques policières lance « En mode moustache », une collecte de fonds au profit de la Fondation Movember Canada. « Cette campagne va au-delà du fait d’amasser des fonds. Nous cherchons à améliorer la sensibilisation et l’éducation concernant certains des problèmes de santé les plus graves qui touchent les hommes, soit sur le…

Community crops


Social Services student leads greenhouse build for retirement home For Billy Upton, a new greenhouse filled with fresh herbs and vegetables was the inspiration to help grow a community connection. Last spring, the Social Services student at Nova Scotia Community College‘s Burridge Campus approached the Villa St. Joseph du lac with an idea to build a greenhouse for the residents…

Holland College tourism students learn while giving back to the community

Holland College

from CBC: Giving back to the community has become a part of the work in Holland College’s Travel and Tourism Management class. Instructor Jennifer Lawton says students who specialize in events coordination learn how to plan an event from start to finish with a focus on fundraising for local non-profits. “That is where they start planning an event, in…

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