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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.

Les finissants d’Arts visuels du Cégep de Sainte-Foy s’exposent

Cégep de Sainte-Foy

du communiqué de presse : « Les étudiants finissants du programme d’Arts visuels du Cégep de Sainte-Foy exposeront leurs œuvres dans le hall du pavillon des arts et du design du Cégep, dès le 27 mai. Le vernissage de l’exposition intitulée Callipyge aura lieu le vendredi 27 mai dès 17 h, une occasion rêvée de rencontrer la…

Une table interactive aux surfaces irrégulières

Cégep régional de Lanaudière

INÉDI, le centre collégial de transfert de technologie (CCTT) du Cégep régional de Lanaudière, vise à faire progresser la pratique du design industriel et son utilisation dans les entreprises du Québec et dans d’autres CCTT par l’entremise du transfert technologique découlant de mandats et de projets de recherche appliquée. INÉDI a travaillé sur le projet du PARC…

Kwantlen Polytechnic art exhibit explores Collective Unconscious

Kwantlen Polytechnic

from The Runner magazine: “Throughout the past few weeks, fourth-year art students have been exhibiting some of their work in the Arbutus gallery on the Surrey campus. The exhibit, Collective Unconscious, includes a number of powerful artworks ranging from oil paintings to sculptures, and offers a hint of what’s to come at the year-end grad…

“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…

I am my Ancestors…My Ancestors are me

Portage College

Amber Weasel Head is a visual artist, a student in Portage College’s Social Work program, and a graduate of the College’s Aboriginal Art Certificate program and its Artisan Entrepreneurship Diploma program. “I am my Ancestors… My Ancestors are me” tells her story: “This film is about my connection with my ancestors. I am the first…

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February 2017

International Success Stories

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

Fleming College signs 2+2 international pathway partnership with Irish institute

Fleming College

from the press release: “Sporting Goods Business graduates of Fleming College in Ontario, Canada can now complete a degree in their field at Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) in Ireland with just two additional years of study. A new ‘2+2’ pathway between the two institutions allows eligible Sporting Goods Business graduates seamless entry into the third…

Le Cégep de Trois-Rivières poursuit son travail de renforcement de capacités en Côte d’Ivoire

Cégep de Trois-Rivières

du communiqué de presse : “Le Cégep de Trois-Rivières travaille, depuis plusieurs années, en Côte d’Ivoire à la réhabilitation des lycées professionnels. Les quatre projets financés pour le premier lycée par la Banque Islamique de Développement (BID) et les trois derniers par la Banque Arabe pour le Développement Économique de l’Afrique (BADEA) ont permis l’élaboration et…

Fleming College partnership with IT Sligo paves the way for student exchanges

Fleming College

from the press release: “Fleming College in Ontario, Canada has signed a comprehensive and ground-breaking memorandum of understanding (MOU) with IT Sligo in Ireland that provides pathways to a degree for 10 Fleming diploma programs. For the first time ever at Fleming, Carpentry Technician students have a defined pathway to a degree. Eligible graduates can complete IT…

JIBC contributes to creation of national roadmap for paramedic training in Singapore 

Justice Institute of British Columbia

The Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) has long had a partnership with the Singaporean government in the training of paramedics. JIBC helped launch the paramedic training program for the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) and the Singapore Civil Defence Force in 1996. Since then, the relationship has strengthened, resulting in the 2012 co-development of the…

Northwest Community College signs student exchange partnership with Australian Monash University

Northwest Community College

from the press release: “An agreement between Monash University and Northwest Community College (NWCC) in Terrace, British Columbia will pave the way for students to start their studies in Canada and finish in Australia with an Associate Degree, Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Masters Degree. It is the first triple transfer agreement between Monash…

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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.

Lambton College’s Sustainable Smart House

Lambton College

The Sustainable Smart House is the centre for Lambton College’s research in renewable energy resource management and optimization and serves as a showcase for solar photo-voltaic and solar thermal energy, geothermal heating, and a sophisticated energy management system. The House serves as a research laboratory for new projects in testing, optimization, and validation of the…

The Centre for Applied Technology


The Centre for Applied Technology is the largest building project in NAIT’s history. Opened in August 2016, the 51,600-square-metre (555,000-square-foot) building includes 77 classrooms, 45 labs and advanced simulation environments, a 135-seat lecture theatre, student lounges and commons areas, and food services. Approximately 5,000 students from NAIT’s JR Shaw School of Business, School of Applied Sciences…

The Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation

Okanagan College

It has been five years since Okanagan College’s Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation opened its doors to students and the building continues to make national headlines for its innovative design and outstanding performance. The $28-million building was designed to be one of most advanced sustainable facilities in…

CICan Intern honoured by her experience at GPRC

Grande Prairie Regional College

Kristine Elipse just finished the summer of her life, and can’t wait to head back home to Toronto, Ontario to share her experience with family and friends. The University of Toronto and Centennial College Environmental Science and Technology graduate spent the last six months working as a Research Intern for GPRC Research & Innovation’s Pollutants…

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…

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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.

Laurentian and Cambrian collaborate to boost research and innovation in Northern Ontario

Cambrian College

Laurentian University and Cambrian College have formalized an agreement that facilitates the creation of collaborative partnerships and enables faculty, students, and staff at both institutions to pursue large-scale research projects – sharing professional expertise, facilities, equipment, and administrative services in order to boost innovation, productivity, and results. The aim is to harness the resources and…

Farm of the Future: Interactive web tool for farmers

Niagara College

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

Ground-breaking Social Finance Pilot assists unemployed Canadians

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Canada has achieved an important milestone in its commitment to social financing for public good. The Government of Canada, private investors, and colleges and institutes are pushing the boundaries of social innovation and impact investing by implementing the first social finance project of its kind in Canada. As the key project intermediary Colleges and Institutes…

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…

NBCCD Digital Media Diploma: Explore Cutting Edge Virtual Reality Technology


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…

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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.

Vancouver Island University to establish Indigenous mentorship program through US State Department funding

Vancouver Island University

Vancouver Island University (VIU) is the only Canadian university to receive funding through the US State Department’s 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund after a proposal submitted to the organization with California’s Pitzer College was successful. The funding will be used to bring two established Indigenous mentorship programs together for the benefit of high…

Cambrian and Atikameksheng Anishnawbek sign MoU

Cambrian College

Cambrian College and the Atikameksheng Anishnawbek First Nation, as represented by Chief Edward Steve Miller and Council, announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will serve as a framework for strengthening their working relationship; addressing the educational needs of the First Nation; and promoting Indigenous culture at the College. The partnership will…

“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…

JIBC further supports fire officer training in Quebec

Justice Institute of British Columbia

Eight members of the Cree Nation are the latest Quebec First Nations firefighters to graduate from a Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) fire training program. The firefighters graduated from JIBC’s Fire Prevention Officer Certificate program, which has been designed to meet the competencies and training standards established by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) for…

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…

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July 2017

Programs of Interest

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

Cooperative FIATT Welding Program

Red Deer College

This new program is an innovative way to offer trades training, by redesigning the traditional apprenticeship model and training apprentices before they enter the workplace. FIATT students will learn the practical skills, knowledge and hands-on experience needed to thrive in a rewarding welding career.   View program

Diamond Driller Assistant Common Core Program

Northern College

Northern College has developed this modular training program to cover the basic knowledge and skills required to work competently as a helper to a Surface and Underground Diamond Drill Operator.   View program

Automotive Service Technician

Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies

This program is a 14-week program designed to prepare Aboriginal people who are interested in a career path into this industry. This program will provide students with an understanding of the job possibilities and related requirements for employment in the industry as well as provide basic hands-on skill development. Students will also develop individual career…

Jewellery/Metal Arts


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

Cannabis Professional Series

Kwantlen Polytechnic

Our suite of courses offered as part of the Cannabis Professional Series are designed to provide an overview of the successes and continual challenges within the rapidly expanding cannabis market. These courses are delivered online, making them open to anyone, anywhere. Learn from professionals working in the industry including horticulturalists, scientists and marketing specialists.   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.

The Niagara College Teaching Winery

Niagara College

The Niagara College Teaching Winery is the centre for wine education in the Niagara Peninsula and is the only fully licensed teaching winery in Canada. With the focus on quality education, we believe in preparing students for work in the “real” world. Our graduates then enter an exciting career with a wine industry employer in…

Le Centre de production automatisée

Cégep de Jonquière

Le Centre de production automatisée est une équipe de spécialistes, d’ingénieurs et de techniciens qui œuvre, de façon complémentaire, dans des domaines rattachés au processus d’automatisation. En opération depuis 1984, le CPA est un Centre collégial de transfert technologique (CCTT) qui est reconnu par le Ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur, de la Recherche, de la Science et…

The Minowaadiziiwin Wellness Centre

Confederation College

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

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,…

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…

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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…

Selkirk College alumnae embody homegrown philosophy at Lōkel Hair Studio

Selkirk College

The owners of Nelson’s chic Lōkel Hair Studio personify their namesake. It doesn’t get much more local than the duo Ashely Simon and Michelle Devine. They were locally born and raised, locally schooled and are now local business owners. “We’re local to Nelson. Our families are local to Nelson. Our learning is local to Nelson,” says Simon.…

L’entrepreneuriat au Cégep de Trois-Rivières : faire le point, consolider et… se développer !

Cégep de Trois-Rivières

Depuis 2013, le développement de l’entrepreneuriat éducatif et de l’accompagnement des jeunes entrepreneurs fait partie des priorités au Cégep de Trois-Rivières. Deux séries de raisons nous y ont poussés : celles qui sont relatives aux bénéfices pédagogiques de l’activité entrepreneuriale et celles qui concernent notre mission complémentaire régionale. De nombreuses réalisations en témoignent, mais la création de La…

The Entrepreneur Development Centre

Medicine Hat College

You’ve got the idea, you’ve written the plan, and you’re ready to take the risk. Before taking the leap, you want to know: will my business succeed? The Entrepreneur Development Centre (EDC) helps students and alumni start, manage and grow successful businesses. The EDC offers business coaching and access to resources, organizes seminars and events…

Amy Sullivan & Rachel Greenwood: Making Space for Clay


Good partnerships don’t grow on trees. You find them buried in the mud. Amy Sullivan and Rachel Greenwood are mud goddesses. Both have been making a living with their work since graduating from the NBCCD Ceramics Diploma in 2006. Both of their respective businesses, Amy Laloon Pottery & Greenwood Pottery, are well known in the Maritimes. Now they have partnered…

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November 2017

Outstanding Alumni

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

Martine Dugrenier

Vanier College

Olympic athlete

Jon Cassar

Algonquin College

Television director and producer

Michaela Pereira

Camosun College

Television personality

Kevin Frankish

Canadore College

Co-host of City Toronto’s Breakfast Television

Judy Foote

Lambton College

Politician and former Minister of Public Services and Procurement

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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.

Selkirk College nursing students help community members dealing with issues of housing insecurity, addiction, and untreated mental illness

Selkirk College

Third-year nursing students at Selkirk College have a unique opportunity to develop their nursing skills and knowledge of the social factors that shape health on the streets of Nelson. They work with local agencies to help people in the community who may be dealing with issues of housing insecurity, addictions and untreated mental illness. It’s…

A real community build


Carpentry class builds gazebo for persons with physical and intellectual disabilities Seeking out opportunities to help the local community, while developing a sense of civic-mindedness in his students, is of the utmost importance to Jim Swayne, carpentry instructor at Nova Scotia Community College’s Marconi Campus. Over the last four years, Jim and his students have contributed to carpentry…

Be the one saving lives


The call came in as a biking injury in northern Chilliwack, recalled Justin Woodroff, a 24-year-old paramedic with the BC Ambulance Service. The patient had crashed on one of the jumps at the bike park. When he and his partner arrived, Justin could see this was no routine injury. “He was under a blanket but…

Des étudiants en Techniques d’intervention en délinquance organisent une série d’activités pour les adolescents vulnérables

Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Iles

Campus de Carleton-sur-Mer ont récemment accompli, avec beaucoup de fierté, différentes activités leur fournissant des expériences de formation et d’animation préventives concrètes. S’affirmer, c’est s’apprécier! Dans le cadre du cours Approches et mesures préventives en délinquance, des étudiants de deuxième année ont organisé un atelier de prévention portant sur le thème de l’affirmation de soi.…

North Island College campaign highlights student impact in the community

North Island College

North Island College’s Office of Global Engagement is spearheading a new social media campaign to highlight students in the community. The stories are loosely based on the successful Humans of New York campaign, which profiled New Yorkers. Students of NIC initially profiles international students at NIC, showcasing their journey, passion and activities in the community.…

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