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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.

Capilano University Graphic Design students transform experiences from seniors into shareable posters

Capilano University

from TrendHunter: “Capilano University’s IDEA School of Design, a department that’s located in North Vancouver, British Columbia, assigned its students to visit the Silver Harbour Seniors’ Centre in to interview those there.  The goal was to get an understanding of their experiences and to attain useful advice that could be transformed into a graphic design.…

Candace Sanderson: The Sculptor

Grande Prairie Regional College

Candace Sanderson did not give herself a ‘Plan B’ when she made the decision to pursue her creative passion full time in 2012. “I always knew I wanted to be an artist even from a young age,” says Sanderson in work boots, with bright eyes and her hair pulled back into a braid that falls…

NBCCD Metal Arts Student Rory Greythorn: Making Sweet Jewellery


Rory Greythorn has made a conscious decision to slow down his path in Jewellery/Metal Arts, and have a more “textured” experience.  Rather than rushing to get the basics, move on to the next learning project and putting “his eyes on the prize of the diploma”, Rory wants to build, explore and have time to absorb…

Virtual Reality 3D Modeling Software Created by Student Researchers at the Algonquin College Office of Applied Research & Innovation

Algonquin College

Masterpiece VR is a Virtual Reality application used to create stunning 3D art, including sculptures, paintings, and even whole scenes. This is all achieved through a combination of PhD level mathematics, cutting-edge technology and professional grade software/UI design. The technology also makes it possible for multiple users to collaborate seamlessly in real time across the globe…

Graduate Cat Squires: How They Found Their Fit in Graphic Design

Do you fit in yet? Cat Squires does. Graphic Designer Extraordinaire, Expressive Artist, Gender Fluid Person, Borderline Personality Disorder Manager, Non-Profit Supporter, Loving Daughter, Proud Mother, Devoted Wife. Depending on which direction you approach Cat, you could try to label them a hundred different ways. They are all of these things – but cannot be…

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February 2017

International Success Stories

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

Holland College’s culinary institute wins gold medals at international culinary competition in Germany

Holland College

from the press release: “A team of young chefs from The Culinary Institute of Canada garnered two gold medals and placed fourth overall in a field of 57 teams in the World Culinary Olympics’ Regional Competition in Erfurt, Germany, recently. It was a high-pressure competition for the five culinary and three pastry graduates, who were…

Algonquin College Research Assistant Hired as Microsoft Student Evangelist 

Algonquin College

Under the tutelage of Algonquin’s Office of Applied Research and Innovation and working with industry partner Contextere, students Adesh Shah and Jack Garrard developed a ground breaking application targeted towards industrial work crews. Adesh Shah and Jack Garrard, who are enrolled in the Mobile Application Design & Development and Interactive Media & Design programs respectively,…

Rio Reflections: Centennial College Paralympics Mission

Centennial College

In September 2016, 15 sports journalism students from Centennial College in Toronto travelled to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to cover the Paralympic Games.  Centennial College’s Faculty Lead International Program (FLIP) missions allow students to gain first-hand experience and practical knowledge relevant to their field of study in an international context, under the leadership of faculty. The students…

Enactus Lambton has creating a farming revolution in rural Zambia 

Lambton College

Since its inception January 6, 2012, the 315 Lambton College students involved with Enactus have brought new meaning to the words entrepreneurship and innovation. Through compassion, dedication, and humanity, Enactus Lambton has managed to create a farming revolution in the Zambian towns of Hufwa, Gaali, Kasaka and 45 surrounding villages with their inspirational One Seed…

Durham College embarks on global partnership

Durham College

Durham College (DC) embarked on a global partnership in collaboration with the Government of Barbados Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation (METI), and Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan). The agreement is being facilitated through the Government of Barbados Skills for the Future Program – an initiative that aims to enhance the delivery of educational…

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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.

Fleming College launches new environmental planning program at Frost Campus

Fleming College

Building on its strong educational reputation in the environmental and natural resources field, Fleming College is launching a new post-graduate program aimed at preparing students for work in environmental and land use planning and integrated resource management. The Applied Planning – Environmental program focuses on sustainability in development projects for both urban and regional land use. An…

Le Collège Shawinigan obtient une fois de plus la certification Cégep vert du Québec

Collège Shawinigan

Le Comité d’action et de concertation en environnement (CACE) du Collège Shawinigan est fier d’annoncer que le Collège a obtenu la certification Cégep vert du Québec, niveau excellence pour l’année 2015-2016. Depuis plusieurs années, le personnel et les étudiants du Collège Shawinigan unissent leurs efforts afin de réduire l’empreinte écologique du Collège à travers divers projets environnementaux…

Le Cégep de Victoriaville annonce la sortie d’une nouvelle recherche sur le transfert d’entreprise agricole

Cégep de Victoriaville

Le Centre d’innovation sociale en agriculture (CISA) du Cégep de Victoriaville est fier d’annoncer la sortie d’une recherche inédite portant sur le transfert d’entreprise agricole à une relève non apparentée. Alors que la relève agricole familiale se fait de plus en plus rare, certains agriculteurs font le choix de transmettre leur ferme à une relève…

Alecia Sandboe’s Summer Experience at GPRC NBDC

Grande Prairie Regional College

GPRC University Transfer graduate, Alecia Sandboe is heading into the third year of her Bachelor of Science program at the University of Alberta well prepared after spending her summer working in the College’s world-class laboratory. “All summer I got to work for GPRC’s National Bee Diagnostic Centre in Beaverlodge,” says Sandboe who graduated from Sexsmith Secondary School…

Students from Cégep de Sainte-Foy promote urban cycling with bike repair shop

Cégep de Sainte-Foy

from Maclean’s: Cycling to school in the cold, or pestered by honking cars and trucks, is not everyone’s idea of a good time. But students at Cégep de Sainte-Foy are raising awareness for active transportation around Quebec City through their bicycle committee and repair shop. The student-run group was formed two years ago to encourage…

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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


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

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…

Sask Polytech announces new Innovative Manufacturing program

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

As of this month Saskatchewan Polytechnic is offering 12 seats in its new Innovative Manufacturing program. Beginning September 2017 the two-year diploma program will be delivered at the Regina campus. Saskatchewan’s manufacturing sector identified the need for multi-skilled workers. The cross-discipline design of the proposed program provides students with a breadth of knowledge and skills,…

Push for Change’s co-creator highlights his road to success through Loyalist College

Loyalist College

from Metro News: When he was 19 years old, Joe Roberts was homeless, addicted to heroin and pushing a shopping cart around Vancouver’s East Side. When he returns this fall at age 50, it’ll be by choice with a custom-built shopping cart he pushed all the way across Canada. Roberts co-created the Push for Change campaign to…

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…

Lethbridge College adds new way of designing to its Interior Design Technology program

Lethbridge College

Lethbridge College Interior Design Technology program launches virtual-reality component to help both students and clients better visual projects. from the Lethbridge Herald: “There’s a new way of designing, and students at Lethbridge College are getting the chance to explore it firsthand. Students in the Interior Design Technology (IDT) program are getting the opportunity to work…

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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.

Okanagan College begins second intake of job skills program for Indigenous students

Okanagan College

from BC Local News: With strong demand for construction trades workers, Okanagan College is offering a second intake of a program designed to help aboriginal students build job site skills, gain apprenticeship training and get on the fast track to employment. Construction craft worker aboriginal bridging runs from Sept. 12 to Dec. 16 and it…

Creating pathways to careers in shipbuilding

Nova Scotia Community College

Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) has launched a program to give Indigenous students the education, support, and resources they need to work in the shipbuilding industry. The program is a partnership between NSCC, the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre, Irving Shipbuilding, GE Canada, Unifor, the Province of Nova Scotia, and the Government of Canada The Pathways to Shipbuilding Indigenous Education…

“The Workplace” Project: Real Training for the Real World

Parkland College

Over the past several years, Parkland College has partnered with File Hills Employment and Training Centre in Balcarres, SK to deliver a project called “The Workplace” to First Nations communities within the File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council. “The Workplace” is a distinctive education and training program that simulates a work environment within the classroom.  Students…

Cumberland College signs new partnership on strengthening Indigenous/non-Indigenous relationships

Cumberland College

Indigenous and non-Indigenous people across Canada are coming together to forge a new partnership designed to strengthen Canada.  The Cumberland College Board of Directors and the Cumberland College First Nations and Métis Advisory Council (FNMAC) are joining the effort by recently passing motions to sign the Declaration of Canadians for a New Partnership (CFNP). Cumberland…

Slocan Narrows archaeological project gets students hands-on with history

Selkirk College

Hamilton College’s Slocan Narrows Archaeological Project has returned to the shores of the Slocan River bringing post-secondary students from across the continent to excavate and document history uncovered in a cluster of First Nations pithouses. Selkirk College’s Reyna Brown is a local student participating in the archeological dig taking place this year. Uncovering links to…

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July 2017

Programs of Interest

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

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…

Horticulture Technician Apprenticeship

Loyalist College

This apprenticeship allows participants to ‘earn while they learn,’ and includes 720 hours of in-school training and 5,400 hours of on-the-job training. Eligible apprentices can start the Level 1 in-class training in January.   View program

Dual Credit Program

Grande Prairie Regional College

As a high school student, you have the opportunity to take a college course and earn credits in high school and at the post-secondary institution at the same time. You can experience college courses, teaching styles and learning environments while continuing to receive support from your high school Guidance Counsellor and your parents.   View…

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

Native Child and Family Services Program

Confederation College

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

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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.

Camosun celebrates the Babcock Canada Interaction Lab opening

Camosun College

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

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…

The Ballast Control and Cargo Handling Simulator

Marine Institute

The ballast control simulator was commissioned in 1994. This simulator is used to replicate operations conducted in the ballast control room of an oil rig. The simulator is mounted on a two degree of freedom motion base and is supplemented by desktop trainers. Float-on/float-off vessels can also be simulated. The cargo handling simulator, also commissioned…

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…

La Place

La Cité

Véritable carrefour de rencontres et d’échanges où l’innovation et la vitalité de La Cité rayonneront, La Place sera le point d’entrée du Collège grâce à sa technologie avant-gardiste, son espace incontournable axé sur la pensée créatrice et l’utilisation créative des technologies dans le monde des affaires. La Place deviendra un lieu de prédilection pour les…

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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.

Sault College to open new Environment, Education and Entrepreneurship centre

Sault College

from Northern Ontario Business: Sault College is making an $18.2-million investment into a new facility that will support new programs, applied research, and enterprise. The Institute of Environment, Education and Entrepreneurship (iE3) will be built on campus and house programming in the natural environment, geographic information systems (GIS), and information and communications technology (ICT) sectors. IE3…

NBCCD Metal Arts Program is Tailored for Budding Entrepreneurs


At a recent workshop, Brigitte Clavette held a bowl aloft and declared, “Now you can save your own life.” That sounds dramatic, but when it comes to teaching jewellery and metal arts at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design (NBCCD), Clavette takes her work seriously. “That bowl was hammered from a six-inch metal…

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…

St Clair College partners with the University of Windsor on EPIC Genesis entrepreneurship centre

St Clair College

from the Windsor Star: St. Clair College and the University of Windsor celebrated the launch of EPIC Genesis Thursday at the college’s south Windsor campus. The project is the latest partnership between the two schools and aims to connect the varying skill sets of students at both institutions, to encourage entrepreneurship and business startups. The…

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.

Jon Dore

Algonquin College

Actor and comedian

Stéphane Maher

Cégep de Saint-Jérôme

Mayor of Saint-Jérôme

Tamara Taggart


Television presenter

Diane Lamarre

Cégep Édouard-Montpetit


Dina Pugliese

Humber College

Co-host of City Toronto’s Breakfast Television

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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.

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…

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…

Second SaskPolytech Habitat for Humanity home is moved to permanent location

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

In December 2016, the second Habitat for Humanity home was moved to its permanent location in Prince Albert. This is the second house Saskatchewan Polytechnic carpentry students have built for Habitat for Humanity. In February 2015, Saskatchewan Polytechnic and Habitat for Humanity, Prince Albert, signed a memorandum of agreement for carpentry students to build five…

Le Cégep de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue lance une Semaine pour la diversité sexuelle

Cégep de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue

Pour souligner la Journée internationale contre l’homophobie du 17 mai prochain (soit à trois jours de la fin de la session), le Cégep de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue, campus de Rouyn-Noranda, a décidé de devancer cet événement d’un mois afin de rejoindre davantage ses étudiants avant la fin des classes. « Nous croyons qu’il est primordial que notre milieu s’affiche comme une…

Confederation College students and employees raise 55K for the United Way

Confederation College

from TB News Watch: Through donations, product sales and department competitions, the students and employees at Confederation College have raised $55,315 in support of its students, the United Way and “Stock the Bank”, an internal campaign in support of the Emergency Student Food Bank at the College. “I am consistently amazed, but never surprised at…

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