Seneca becomes first college to receive NSERC Synergy AwardOn February 17, Toronto’s Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology received the National Science and Engineering Council of Canada’s (NSERC) prestigious Synergy Award for innovation. Seneca is the first college to receive the award thanks to the work of David Humphrey, a professor at Seneca’s School of Information and Communications Technology and the founding member of the Centre for Development of Open Technology at Seneca College. The award recognized the partnership between Seneca and the Mozilla Foundation, which has helped make their popular browser Firefox more interactive while giving students job-ready skills in Canada’s world leading video-game sector. This was the first time colleges and institutes were eligible for the NSERC Synergy Award thanks to the creation of a new category in 2014. This is a great step forward for colleges and institutes everywhere, and proof of the quality of their many applied research projects. Congratulations to Seneca College for breaking the ice with such an exemplary project! Photo Credit: Sgt Ronald Duchesne, Rideau Hall
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Did you know?(Special Oscars Edition) Two Canadian college graduates have struck Oscar gold! On February 22, Fanshawe College graduate Craig Mann won the Academy Award for best sound mixing for his work on “Whiplash” while Sheridan graduate Chris Williams took home the Oscar for best animated feature with “Big Hero 6”. This was a second nomination for Williams who was also co-director of the hit 2008 animated film “Bolt”. If that was not enough to highlight the success of Sheridan’s animation program, Williams was nominated alongside two fellow Sheridan graduates: Dean DeBlois and Graham Annable, who directed “How to Train Your Dragon 2” and “The Boxtrolls”, respectively. This means that Sheridan alumni directed three out of the five Oscar nominated features! Congratulations to all!
Congratulations!Mr. Donald Bherer’s term as Director General of Cegep de Sept-Iles has been renewed for another five years, beginning August 1st 2015. This is Mr. Bherer’s third term in this role. He joined the institution in 2005. Robin Walters has been appointed Vice President, Industry and Community Engagement at College of the North Atlantic. Mr. Walters has a long history with the college, most recently serving as the Dean for the School of Industrial Trades – the college’s largest academic school, a position he’s held since November of 2011.
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