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CICan announces Awards of Excellence winners

Winnipeg, May 27, 2015 – Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) is pleased to announce the winners of its 2015 Awards of Excellence. These awards recognize best practices and leadership in colleges and institutes from across Canada.

The awards were announced during the closing gala of CICan’s 2015 annual conference in Winnipeg. Awards were handed out in eight different categories, including two brand new recognitions for Indigenous Education and Innovation in Applied Research. The other categories are Internationalization, Leadership, Best Program, Staff, Student Leadership and Teaching.

“Once again we were thrilled by the submissions we received for the CICan Awards of Excellence”, said Denise Amyot, CICan President and CEO. “Canada’s colleges and institutes never cease to amaze us with their innovative spirit and creativity and this year’s winners definitely embody the best that they have to offer.”

Winners of the 2015 CICan Awards of Excellence

Indigenous Education Excellence:

Yukon College received CICan’s first award of excellence in Indigenous education for its strong ties with local indigenous communities and its ongoing institutional commitment aimed at integrating Indigenous values and cultures into the very fabric of the institution.

British Columbia’s Nicola Valley Institute and Ontario’s Humber College received the Silver and Bronze award for Indigenous Education.


Innovation in Applied Research Excellence:

CICan’s first prize for Innovation in applied research was awarded to Ontario’s Centennial College and its Applied Research and Innovation Centre (ARIC). With double-digit growth in research and innovation, Centennial has established itself as a leader in fostering partnerships with industry and community organizations at local, regional, national, and international levels to advance innovation and applied research excellence.

The silver award for Innovation in applied research was awarded to Ontario’s Algonquin College, with Manitoba’s Red River College taking home the bronze.


Internationalization Excellence:

Toronto’s Humber College was awarded the first prize for internationalization excellence in recognition of its efforts to include international activities in several aspects of its Strategic Plan. This includes increased opportunities for student mobility and internships, diverse partnerships with institutions in several countries around the world and a strong commitment for the integration of international students.

The silver award for internationalization went to Quebec’s Cégep de Trois Rivière who also impressed judges with its commitment to international collaboration.


Leadership Excellence:

Denise Luksys, a project coordinator at Fanshawe College’s Facilities Management and Community Safety Department in Ontario was awarded the Leadership excellence award for her role in the development and delivery of three major, multi-million dollar capital projects.

The silver award went to Farzad Rayegani, Associate Dean at Sheridan College’s Faculty of Applied Science and Technology and Director of its Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Design Technologies while John Tattersall who is Director, Physical Resources at Algonquin College took home the bronze.


Program Excellence:

Newfoundland’s College of the North Atlantic received CICan’s award of excellence for best program in recognition of the achievements of its Heavy Duty Equipment Technician program which has achieved a 100% success rate by blending hands on training with new technologies.

Centennial College received the silver award for the Ontario Self-Employment Benefits Program and Fanshawe College took home the bronze for its Renewable Energies Technician Program.


Staff Excellence:

Irene Wallace, Student Employment Services Facilitator at British Columbia’s Camosun College, received the staff award. She is recognized for her efforts to transform career and employment services at the college. Her hard work and dedication have certainly paid off, and have increased the profile of Student Services at Camosun College among students and alumni by an astounding three hundred percent.

The silver award was received by Alex Yang, Project Manager (Construction Centre), Applied Research and Innovation at Algonquin College. The Bronze was awarded to Chantal Courtemanche, Remedial Teacher at Collège Montmorency.


Student Leadership Excellence:

Cheriss Marson who is pursuing a post-graduate certificate in Project Management at Fanshawe College’s Lawrence Kinlin School of Business was recognized with CICan’s gold award for excellence in student leadership. Cheriss has been involved in a number of charitable causes and is a valuable member of the women’s varsity indoor soccer team, which as not stopped her from obtaining the second-highest grade point overage (GPA) in her 2014 graduating class.

The silver award for student leadership excellence was awarded to Anne Serbina of Centennial College with the bronze going to Fallon Burns of Humber College.


Teaching Excellence:

Greg Ryan, a Heavy Duty Equipment Technician Instructor at College of the North Atlantic has received the gold award for teaching excellence for bringing blended learning to a whole new level. This has allowed his program to bring quality training to apprentices in remote parts of Labrador and increase its success rate to an impressive 100%.

The silver award for teaching excellence was awarded to Edward Awad of Vanier College, with the bronze going to Lorne Hilts of Centennial College.


Colleges and Institutes Canada is the national and international voice of Canada’s publicly supported colleges, institutes and polytechnics. We work with industry and social sectors to train 1.5 million learners of all ages and backgrounds at campuses serving over 3,000 urban, rural and remote communities in Canada. The Association operates in 29 countries via 12 offices around the world.



For more information : 

Julien Abord-Babin

Senior Strategic Communications Officer
Colleges and Institutes Canada
613-746-2222 ext 3131
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