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March 16, 2015

CICan announces the first winners of its Entrepreneurship Awards

On March 10, Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) announced the winners of the first CICan Entrepreneurship Awards. The winning colleges and institutes were celebrated at CICan’s Enabling Entrepreneurship Symposium, which was hosted by Cégep Garneau in Québec City. Nine colleges took home awards in five different categories : Entrepreneurship in the Community, Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation, College and Institute Entrepreneurial Ventures, Student Entrepreneurship and Innovative Instructional Approaches. The winning colleges are: Centennial College, Okanagan College, Bow Valley College, Humber College, Red Deer College, Medicine Hat College, Dawson College, Olds College, Collège Communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick. From now on, CICan will distribute Entrepreneurship Awards every year to recognize innovation in the field of entrepreneurship in colleges and institutes across the Country. Click here for more information.

Did you know?

Lambton College and George Brown College have made it to the next round of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s (NSERC) Science, Action video competition! Each video comes from a Canadian postsecondary institution and highlights an exciting research story in 60 seconds or less. The videos with the most views move on to the next round! Check out Lambton and George Brown’s videos here.
The last week was particularly jam-packed with events and college visits, and I couldn’t be prouder of what I witnessed! Monday and Tuesday, I participated in the CICan Enabling Entrepreneurship symposium at Cegep Garneau in Quebec City. But for me the trip began with the pre-symposium where I got to learn about even more revenue generation initiatives from colleges across the country. I was so impressed by the work that went into both events, and very proud of the CICan team. It was amazing to hear the stories of challenges and successes from both established entrepreneurs and student entrepreneurs. It was especially interesting to hear about how colleges and institutes support student entrepreneurs, and their ideas – I think Canadian entrepreneurship has a bright future ahead! It was also great to have the event at Cegep Garneau and to see how much this institution values entrepreneurship. They have some wonderful projects underway including the creation of a designated centre for entrepreneurship: l’Espace Entreprendre. After the symposium was over, I flew to Grand Prairie, Alberta to go visit Grande Prairie Regional College (GPRC) and attend the President’s Awards ceremony. I got the chance to visit their beautiful, Douglas Cardinal designed, campus, and I was blown away by the institution’s applied research initiatives and new technologies. I was particularly impressed to see so many sculptures, many of them designed by the college’s art students. This definitely adds character to the campus. The students also have access to a state of the art recital hall and studio, both funded trough philanthropic and private sector contributions. I made another surprising at GPRC when I came across… a dinosaur. The college might indeed be the only one in Canada with its own dinosaur, a rare pachyrhinosaurus skeleton, which is in fact the only adult skeleton of its kind ever unearthed. I also visited the National Bee Diagnostic Centre with Grand Prairie Regional College president Don Gnatiuk in Beaverlodge, Alberta. It was really amazing to visit the laboratory and learn about bee health and research. The next big project at GPRC is the construction of a brand new hospital on campus, which might just be another first for a college. I can’t wait to go back and see what it will look like.


Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) has announced the successful candidate to fill the new role of VP Enrolment. Anna Burke, who has held several senior roles with the College since 2002 will soon step in the new position. She was previously Director, Enrolment Management and currently serves on the CICan Research on Colleges and Institutes Committee.

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