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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.

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…

Le Cégep de Sainte-Foy forme une nouvelle génération de graphistes avec le STUDIO Jeune coop

Cégep de Sainte-Foy

du communiqué de presse : « Favoriser l’insertion professionnelle de la prochaine génération de graphistes et développer les aptitudes entrepreneuriales de ces derniers, voilà les objectifs que vise la toute nouvelle coopérative scolaire du programme de Graphisme du Cégep de Sainte-Foy : Le STUDIO jeune coop. Unique au Québec, cette coopérative scolaire permet à quelque 32 étudiants de…

Sask Polytech celebrates Indigenous culture with new mural

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

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

Kelsi McInnes found her calling

Grande Prairie Regional College

Before Kelsi McInnes became a music therapist she first had to discover the profession existed. It all started when the Manning, AB, native was working in part-time respite care as a university student. Her client was a little girl with spinal muscular atrophy. McInnes found it incredibly fulfilling to help improve the well-being of another…

Okanagan College once again hosts Short Story Contest to encourage young writers

Okanagan College

A challenge has been issued to local writers: go big on creativity while short on time. Okanagan College’s English department is once again inviting up-and-coming writers to step out of their comfort zones and into the frenzied creative world of the popular 3-Hour Short Story Contest, returning Saturday, Nov. 5 at all four campuses. The…

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February 2017

International Success Stories

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

Une délégation camerounaise en visite au Cégep de Trois-Rivières

Cégep de Trois Rivières

Le Cégep de Trois-Rivières a reçu, le 8 décembre dernier, la visite de Numelec-Cameroun en compagnie des membres de l’Hôpital Général de Yaoundé et du Ministère des Marchés Publics du Cameroun. Pendant leur séjour au Cégep de Trois-Rivières, les membres de la délégation ont rencontré les départements d’Hygiène dentaire, de Soins infirmiers et des techniques physiques. Cette…

Centennial College signs MoUs with two Japanese universities

Centennial College

from the press release: “A delegation from Toronto’s Centennial College is in Japan with the Ontario Business Mission to forge new relationships with post-secondary education institutions and help promote Ontario, Canada, as a destination for Japanese students who wish to gain transnational skills and rewarding experiences in globalization. Demonstrating Japan’s and Ontario’s common commitment to…

Sheridan signs historic agreement with Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre

Sheridan College

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

La Tanzanie et le Sénégal font appel à l’expertise du Cégep Limoilou

Cégep Limoilou

La Tanzanie et le Sénégal font appel à l’expertise en géomatique du Cégep Limoilou pour développer des projets de formation. En Tanzanie, le Cégep travaillera pour l’amélioration de la formation axée sur les compétences pour l’emploi (PAFACE) en partenariat avec le Cégep Abitibi-Témiscamingue. Au Sénégal, il poursuit le projet en géomatique démarré en 2006. Ces…

Semer les graines d’une petite révolution au Pérou

Cégep Édouard-Montpetit

Dans le cadre du programme Éducation pour l’Emploi au Pérou, le cégep Édouard-Montpetit instaure depuis près de deux ans les bases d’une petite révolution locale en termes d’éducation et de formation. Sur place, le Cégep réalise un projet novateur visant l’actualisation de l’offre de formation professionnelle en production agricole et animale avec une perspective durable…

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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.

Living Green Initiative

Durham College

At Durham College (DC), sustainability guides decisions and practices in fostering the continued success and well‐being of students, employees and stakeholders. DC believes in fostering sustainable behaviours and in sharing responsibility for social, environmental and economic stewardship, and strives toward the enhancement of awareness in education throughout the college and greater community. DC is committed…

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…

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

Holland College

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

Le Cégep de Trois-Rivières lance un nouveau programme en Écodéveloppement et bioproduits

Cégep de Trois-Rivières

du Nouvelliste : “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…

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…

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Submit Your Project

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

May 2017

Innovations

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

A recipe for realism

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

High-tech mannequins and healthcare technologies beeping at different intervals are an integral part of Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s simulation labs, where health sciences and nursing students learn and study. The one thing missing from these applied learning, high-tech labs were materials and substances that simulate the bodily fluids and textures of practicing health care on a real…

Saskatchewan Polytechnic to launch new Innovative Manufacturing program

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

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, ranging from mechanical and…

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’…

416 Automation works with Humber to create the SeatBOT

Humber College

Through a collaboration with industry partner 416 Automation Inc., Electromechanical Engineering Technology students Theodor Willert and Joshua Donnelly-Robertson took on an innovative project that let them do just that. The students worked with 416 Automation and Humber faculty members Neal Mohammed and Mohammad Al-Rady to design and build an automated, robotic technology that can test…

Lakeland College launches “The Way Forward,” a free online resource for military members and their families

Lakeland College

After a successful pilot period, The Way Forward – Transitional Life Skills for Military Members and their Families is now available as a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) for anyone to access. “We launched the resource on Monday, Oct. 17,” says Dale Pearce, an accessibility advisor in The Learning Commons at Lakeland College. The Way…

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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…

Red Deer College launches three-year inclusiveness strategy focused on First Nations, Metis and Inuit students

Red Deer College

from the Red Deer Advocate: The overhead display at Red Deer College flashes an image of a piece of paper known as a “Treaty Ticket” that once belonged to former Samson Cree Nation Chief Jacob Louis. His son, Roy Louis, uses the ticket as part of a talk about the history of his people during…

New program from KPU addresses cultural knowledge and justice issues within Indigenous communities

Kwantlen Polytechnic

A first-of-its-kind Indigenous studies program launching this fall at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) will focus on community and justice. KPU aptly announced its new minor in Indigenous community justice program on National Aboriginal Day. “My hope is that this minor will play a role in honouring, acknowledging, and respecting Indigenous peoples,” said criminology instructor Dr.…

Indigenous Skateboard Workshop

Sheridan College

In the summer of 2016, Sheridan’s Faculty of Animation, Art and Design partnered with Sheridan’s Centre for Indigenous Learning and Support to create a skateboard workshop for First Nations high school youth. The skateboards were created in Sheridan’s Furniture Studio and the workshop was led by faculty member Connie Chisholm. Now in its second year,…

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

Algonquin College

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

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July 2017

Programs of Interest

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

Game Development

Nova Scotia Community College

Explore how to design and develop engaging content for interactive and game studios using industry standard technologies. This program blends the disciplines of visual design, video, animation, sound and the programming skills required for Game Development, 3D Modeling and Motion Capture or Visual Effects.   View program

Viticulture Technician Diploma

Okanagan College

The Viticulture Technician Diploma is designed to provide hands on, theoretical and practical knowledge to work as part of the vineyard management team to plan, develop, plant and maintain a vineyard for the production of quality wine.   View program

Financial Crime Analysis

Seneca College

Offered through the Canadian Institute for Financial Crime Analysis (CIFCA), this unique, accessible six-month professional development program provides you with the specialized training needed for this rapidly evolving sector of financial services.   View program

SUMMIT Program

Algonquin College

SUMMIT will offer young entrepreneurs – a hands-on experience developing your business/product/service/idea, guidance from veteran entrepreneurs, a network for learning and support and funding to get you moving.   View program

Adventure Studies

Thompson Rivers University

TRU offers the finest and most extensive adventure studies training in the world. They create exceptional educational experiences to foster students’ physical, mental and emotional development so as to be of service to the global adventure industry.   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.

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…

The Workforce Innovation Centre

College of the North Atlantic

“The Workforce Innovation Centre will fund a variety of initiatives to help create sustainable employment and serve as an incubator for new ideas and projects that will help our province prosper,” said The Honourable Gerry Byrne, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour. “This far-reaching advancement will have a positive impact on post-secondary education, industry,…

UFV Agriculture Centre of Excellence and BioPods

University of the Fraser Valley

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

Repair Café

Sheridan College

Reduce, reuse and recycle…plus repair! Recycling is not the solution. Repairing is a better option. If you have a broken household item and don’t know what to do with it, instead of throwing it out, consider to bring it to Sheridan’s next Repair Café. Sheridan is the first higher education institution in Canada hosting a…

Makerspace

Langara College

Langara’s makerspace expands experiential learning opportunities, encourages interdisciplinary sharing of knowledge, promotes peer learning, and enhances students’ skillsets outside the traditional classroom. A space to nurture the creativity of students, faculty, and staff. A space where people can gather, create, and learn.   Discover Makerspace.

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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.

Digital Tools for Textiles: How They Are Being Used by a New Generation of NBCCD Designers

NBCCD

Which kind of maker are you? Do you surround yourself with physical materials – bits of string, balls of clay, stones and metal? Or do you set yourself down in front of a computer – ready to skillfully use your powerful virtual tools? Or maybe, you lie somewhere in between… Craft is turning toward the…

NBCCD Alumna Kelsey Schroeder: Fashion Photographer & Content Creator

NBCCD

Kelsey Schroeder, new graduate of the Photography Diploma, wasn’t even out the door before she was in high demand as a fashion photographer and content creator. She did not wait to graduate to start building her business and she did not wait to have a career handed to her on a platter. She plunged headlong into blogging and social…

Algonquin College and Startup Canada launch Startup Ottawa Valley

Algonquin College

from the Daily Observer: Startup Canada, Algonquin College and others are working together to spark entrepreneurship within the Ottawa Valley. All parties helped to launch Startup Ottawa Valley, a support organization with a nationwide reach for those wanting to start up a business, develop that million-dollar idea, or those who just need help, resources and…

Fredéric Laforge, un entrepreneur créatif!

CCNB

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…

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…

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November 2017

Outstanding Alumni

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

Tom Green

Algonquin College

Actor, comedian and producer

Diana Swain

BCIT

Television journalist

Steve Jolin

Cégep de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue

Rapper known as Anodajay

Evan Penny

ACAD

Sculptor

Steven Galloway

Thompson Rivers University

Novelist

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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.

New Okanagan College program help support workers better serve Indigenous people and communities

Okanagan College

A new program developed by Okanagan College in collaboration with local First Nations communities and regional Aboriginal organizations will prepare learners to step into community support work assisting Aboriginal individuals and families. The Aboriginal Community Support Worker Certificate program launches on November 28 at the College’s Salmon Arm campus. It will include a practicum with…

Reaching new heights

NSCC

Marconi Metal Fabrication students and faculty help rebuild a lost landmark At the heart of Whitney Pier, Nova Scotia’s Polish community, a broken bell, bits of stained glass and a few pages of hymns were all that remained of St. Mary’s Polish Church when it was destroyed in a fire in October 2014.  When it…

Conestoga College launches new training and education partnership with ONE CARE

Conestoga College

Conestoga has launched a new community-based supportive care fast-track training and education opportunity in partnership with ONE CARE Home & Community Support Services. Students who successfully complete the training will have the necessary skills and knowledge to provide personal care to clients in home and community settings throughout Stratford and Huron Perth. “We turned to…

Le CCNB, fier partenaire de l’Arbre de l’espoir!

CCNB

Au moins neuf programmes du CCNB : Campus de Dieppe contribueront dans un cadre pédagogique à l’organisation du Radiothon de l’Arbre de l’espoir qui se déroulera le vendredi 24 novembre à ce campus. Le Radiothon, qui est la grande finale de la campagne annuelle de l’Arbre de l’espoir, est présenté au CCNB – Campus de Dieppe…

Street Smart Chefs: Culinary Arts in the Community

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Saskatchewan’s national notoriety for good eats has been steadily growing over the past few years. With master chefs looking to call the prairie province home, it seems appropriate that Saskatchewan Polytechnic is home to an important training ground for the next generation culinary masters. The Culinary Arts program is led by long-time chef Derek Cotton…

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