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CICan celebrates excellence in colleges and institutes

Quebec City, June 1, 2016 – Colleges and institutes Canada (CICan) is thrilled to announce the recipients of its 2016 Awards of Excellence celebrating contributions at all level of college life. The winners were honoured last night during CICan’s annual Conference in Québec city.

“Colleges and institutes are among the most dynamic institutions in the country thanks to passionate staff, teachers, researchers and administrators who work tirelessly to provide Canadians with the skills and experience they need to succeed”, said Denise Amyot, President and CEO of CICan. “Every year, the CICan Awards of Excellence recognize these dedicated people who go above and beyond to make Canada’s post-secondary education the best in the world.”

Awards were distributed in eight categories, recognizing best practices from institutions across the country, in partnership with TD Insurance Meloche Monnex, the exclusive sponsor of CICan’s Awards of Excellence.

Winners of the 2016 CICan Awards of Excellence

Program Excellence

The Award committee was very impressed with Keyano College’s collaborative Bachelor of Education which is offered in partnership with the University of Alberta and receives this year’s Gold Award for Program Excellence. For nearly 10 years, this program has trained teachers directly in the Fort MacMurray region. Graduates now make up 20% of the local teaching workforce.

The committee awarded the Silver Award to Seneca College’s Social Service Worker – Immigrants and Refugees program which trains service practitioners with a specialized knowledge of the immigrant and refugee experience. Two programs were tied for Bronze : Georgian College’s Electrical Engineering Technician/Technology programs and Holland College’s Childhood Care and Education Blended Delivery Program. 

Leadership Excellence

This year’s Gold Award for Leadership Excellence goes to Robert Baron, who has been an instructor at Lakeland College for over 28 years and has led the creation of the college’s Student Managed Farm. The farm engages students in the realities of running a business and takes them beyond learning theory into the application of their skills. Over the years, Baron has acted as a mentor for countless students and a true champion for applied research at the college.

Jamie Bramburger, the manager of Community and Student Affairs at Algonquin College was awarded the Silver Award for his years of dedicated work and his leadership role in the Pembroke campus’ capital campaign. Mary Pierce, Chair of the Lawrence Kinlin School of Business at Fanshawe College took home the Bronze.

Innovation in Applied Research Excellence

For a relatively small institution, Lambton College certainly knows how to punch above its weight when it comes to applied research and innovation. Since 2013, the college has been involved in 157 research projects in collaboration with various partners. These partnerships have also generated significant investments and in the last year alone the college recorded a 70.3 per cent increase in research revenue. A feat well worthy of the CICan Gold Award for Applied Research Excellence.

Centennial College and Lethbridge College also impressed the awards committee, taking home the Silver and Bronze Awards.

Teaching Excellence

The winner of the CICan Gold Award for Teaching Excellence, Jared McKenzie, an instructor in welding at Great Plains College (GPC) since 2008, has developed an innovative curriculum entitled “Carhartts and Caviar” within his pre-employment welding class. This program encourages creativity by asking students to research, design and build unusual projects based on a theme. Their creations are then presented for auction, with all proceeds going back to the college community.

The recipient of the Silver Award is Amy Abe, an English as a Second Language intensive instructor at Norquest College recognized for her commitment to learner development and fostering a positive learning environment. Dwayne Giberson a bricklaying instructor at NBCC takes home the Bronze.

Internationalization Excellence

This year’s Gold Award recipient for Internationalization Excellence, Centennial College, has been focusing on integrating the principles of global citizenship into its curricula to provide students with global perspectives and competencies. This has included creating new student mobility opportunities and supporting a growing population of international students from 134 different countries. The college has also been tremendously successful in establishing relationships with institutions and partners abroad. It currently has articulation agreements with partners on every continent but Antarctica.

Niagara College also shines in this category with the Silver Award, while Algonquin College takes home the Bronze.

Staff Excellence

Marg Medeiros, Co-operative education consultant at Fanshawe College is this year’s recipient of the CICan Staff Excellence Award. Medeiros started working at the college nearly 30 years ago as a co-op student herself and has always gone above an beyond to achieve excellence in her work. She currently supports between 100 and 150 students every term and helps them find work placements that match their interest.

The Silver Award goes to Hadi Majzoub, a Lab technician at Seneca College who has played an instrumental role in preparing for the launch of Seneca’s new Mechatronics Simulation and Demonstration Centre. The Bronze goes to Michele Deis, a human resource specialist at Norquest College.

Indigenous Education Excellence

Centennial College received the Gold Award of Excellence in Indigenous Education for its dedication over the past few years to build strong relationships with Indigenous communities while integrating Indigenous intellectual and cultural traditions into its curricula. This has included embedding this commitment into its latest strategic plan, and opening Centennial’s Friendship Space which was designed to facilitate fellowship and cultural expression.

Cambrian College and Algonquin College were also recognized with the Silver and Bronze Awards of Excellence for their commitment to Indigenous Education.

Student Leadership Excellence

This year’s award winner for Student Leadership Excellence, Maryanne McGrath is a dedicated student leader in the third year of a bachelor of arts at Red Deer College. In her three years at the college, she has impressed students, teachers and administrators alike with her positive attitude and commitment to making a difference in her community. She is currently president of her student association and a true leader on campus.

The Silver Award recipient, Erin Everard, a business management student at College of the North Atlantic, and the Bronze winner, Chris Cartwright of Confederation College are also respected student leaders dedicated to serving their communities.

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
Tel.: 613-746-2222, x3131
Twitter: @CollegeCan