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November 27, 2017

Culinary students at Camosun College train in all aspects of working in a modern kitchen with state-of-the-art facilities.

On a gastronomic tour of Canada with colleges and institutes

As the holiday season approaches, it’s time to gather and celebrate, which always involves indulging in delicious food!

The culinary arts and the food service industry are multi-faceted, and include baking and cooking techniques, gastronomic research and innovation, as well as design, and business management. Driven by world-class culinary institutions, Canada’s food and beverage landscape is changing and growing.

Did you know that colleges and institutes are home to some of the largest and most innovative culinary institutions in the country? For example:

  • the Culinary Institute of Canada at Holland College recently underwent an extensive renovation, including $1.8 million in state-of-the-art culinary technologies as well as a cold-cuisine production kitchen to train students according to emerging trends in the culinary industry;
  • the Institut de tourisme et d’hôtellerie du Québec, in the heart of Montreal, is home to a teaching hotel, two teaching restaurants, a centre of expertise, and a Gastronomy Research Centre, which combines food, behavior, and management sciences in restaurant research across different economic, social and cultural contexts;
  • in the heart of agricultural, wine, and culinary country, Niagara College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute (CFWI) features an on-site vineyard, hop-yard, culinary garden, and greenhouse integrated with a Teaching Winery, Teaching Brewery, Teaching Restaurant (and soon, Canada’s first Teaching Distillery) to provide students with valuable hands-on farm to table experience;
  • at the Paterson GlobalFoods Institute at Red River College, students engage in applied research projects within the food industry to expand culinary creativity and innovation from recipe development to food production;
  • the state-of-the-art Food Science Centre at Portage College equips students with skills in preparing international and regional cuisines and traditional baked goods, as well as large-kitchen production; and,
  • students at Durham College’s Centre for Food learn about field-to-fork concepts and sustainable business practices using locally-grown ingredients at Bistro ’67, a fine-dining teaching restaurant that allows patrons to watch culinary students prepare dishes.

Housing state-of-the-art facilities and culinary centres such as these means that colleges and institutes offer programs at the leading edge of all aspects of the food service industry. For example, Mohawk College is jumping into the emerging food truck industry, with the college’s Mobile Food Services Management program, which equips students with culinary, business, and design skills to launch a mobile food venture. Camosun College’s Professional Cook Certificate trains students in all aspects of working in a modern kitchen, including sanitation, nutrition, and waste prevention; and Algonquin College recently launched an Indigenous Cook Pre-Apprenticeship program that guides students in traditional Indigenous food preparation, nutrition theory, knife skills, and business management. Collège Montmorency and the Cégep de Saint-Jérôme both offer programs in Restaurant Management (Gestion d’un établissement de restauration), taking into account concerns of efficiency, quality, and profitability with learning restaurants l’A+mbroisie and Neurones & papilles respectively. La Cité also trains service industry professionals in wine and dining service, culinary preparation, and customer service with its program Service de la Restauration. With all this to offer, it’s no surprise that college and institute students repeatedly place among to best at international culinary competitions.

College and institute campuses don’t stop with state-of-the-art facilities and hands-on learning, they also play host to innovative culinary applied research projects changing the industry as we know it. For example, Lethbridge College is currently working on a project to advance commercial food production by integrating fish and plant systems through aquaponics; and Culinary Management-Nutrition students from George Brown College have been designing and testing innovative recipes to optimize medical treatment for the BRUNCH project (Building Recipes and Understanding Nutrition for Cancer-survivor Health). Many college and institute culinary students are also working on a salt-free cookbook with Salt-free Canada (SFC) in support of Canadians living with salt-related chronic illness. Olds College found a way to grow gourmet mushrooms using the spent grains from beer brewing and recycles the barley as feed after the mushroom growing increases the grains’ protein; and Red River College recently tested new gluten-free turkey products!

As the culinary and food services industry evolves, colleges and institutes are among the first to dedicate and expand facilities, design new programs, provide hands-on learning for students and to contribute amazing culinary applied research projects to expand Canada’s innovation ecosystem!

Member News

Submit a research image today to Science Exposed!

NSERC has launched its Science Exposed contest, in collaboration with l’Acfas (Association francophone pour le savoir). The image contest challenges Canadians to combine creativity and science for a chance to win one of four cash prizes of $2,000.

The goal of Science Exposed is to help foster a science culture in Canada by capturing vibrant research images that showcases the work of our talented scientists from all fields of study and engineers. These images will help Canadians better understand and see, through the same lens as our researchers, the work that is being done behind the scenes.

The Science Exposed contest is devoted exclusively to images of scientific research, in all fields of study. The contest closes on Friday, January 12, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. (ET). Review the contest rules here.

Use #ScienceExposed when sharing the news in your networks.

Submit an image today or help us spread the word!

It’s Financial Literacy Month: Equip your students to make sound financial decisions

Improving students’ financial literacy equips them with the information, resources and tools they need to make sound financial decisions during, and after their studies.

This year, Confederation College, Douglas College, Centennial College and Holland College offered financial literacy workshops to 112 students while evaluating some updated activities and examples in the Your Financial Toolkit, published by the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC), for relevancy and effectiveness in strengthening the financial literacy of post-secondary students.

Following the workshops, 87% of students indicated they intend to better manage their money, and 82% affirmed they would recommend the workshop.

This Financial Literacy Month, inform your students about the financial services and training available to them on campus or on the FCAC website, where they will find information on planning and managing finances for their post-secondary education.

Save the Date: CICan’s 2018 Applied Research Symposium

Colleges and Institutes Canada’s Applied Research Symposium will take place on February 12-13, 2018 in Ottawa.

The Symposium will engage college and institute leaders in applied research along with their students, community and industry partners in supporting Canadian innovators and small and medium enterprises, fostering entrepreneurship, scaling-up businesses and advancing social and health innovation. College and institute skilled and creative students will also have the opportunity to showcase their applied research experience. Together, participants will explore pathways in accelerating Canada’s innovation for inclusive growth.

The Symposium will provide a forum to exchange with federal officials to support our collective positioning on increasing funding for college and institute applied research. The invitation extends to senior staff responsible for government relations as well.

For more information, please contact Anne-Marie Robert at or 613-746-2222 ext. 3117.

EduCanada: Canada’s new international education brand

Are you interested in showcasing your educational institution as a study destination of choice?

Canada’s international education brand, EduCanada, communicates Canada’s unrivaled education experience. Only institutions that provide assurance of high quality education programs, and the organizations that represent them, are eligible to use the brand.

Eligible institutions must seek authorization to use the EduCanada brand logo in their promotional materials. The logo positions your institution as part of Canada’s high value international education offer.

Eligible institutions will be authorized to use the logo following a mandatory brand use training webinar, and the signing of a sub-license contract.

The EduCanada brand supports the international education offer of Canada’s provinces and territories. The brand is the product of a partnership between Global Affairs Canada and the provinces and territories, through the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC). Starting in early 2017, access to the brand logo was given to authorized institutions and organizations.

To register for an upcoming brand training webinar session, or for more information on the brand, eligibility requirements and the authorization process, please visit the EduCanada Brand Extranet:

CICan Career-Launcher Internships hit the half-way mark!

Career-Launcher Internships logo

Don’t miss out! The CICan Career-Launcher Internship program is off to a great start with just over half of this year’s subsidies already allocated.

You and your industry partners can still receive up to $15,000 to hire interns, and your grads can apply to paid internships available across Canada. They can join the more than 180 interns gaining valuable work experience, like Roshan Noronha.

Roshan, a 2016 Langara College grad, is in a 6-month internship as a research lab assistant at Langara College. With a diploma in bioinformatics, he is putting his skills to work extracting nitrogen from waste water to minimize its environmental impact, and, in a separate project, is cultivating mealworms as a quality protein source for human consumption by feeding them discarded food from grocery stores.

“Roshan has taken on the challenges in his role with unique and creative problem-solving skills,” says Kelly Sveinson, Research Coordinator at Langara College. “Hiring one of our grads is giving us a sense of the high-quality work they are ready to and capable of achieving with the education we provided.”

Career-Launcher Internships currently offer two programs focused on the green economy: Clean Tech Internships and Natural Resources Internships, both funded by the Government of Canada as part of the Youth Employment Strategy.

To access up-to-date program information on Career-Launcher Internships, follow the program on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Awards of Excellence Nomination period extended

There is still time to submit your nominations for CICan’s Awards of Excellence. The deadline has been extended until December 18, 2017!

The Awards showcase the extraordinary contribution of individuals to their communities and highlight the role of Canadian institutions in social, cultural and economic development. Awards will be presented at the Awards Luncheon, Monday, April 30th, 2018, at the CICan 2018 Conference, in Victoria, BC.

TD Insurance will give an award of $1,000 to each Gold level Award of Excellence recipient.

For more information and to submit, click here.

CICan 2018 Conference registration now open - Come and network!

Registration now open for the CICan 2018 conference. To register, please click here. This year’s conference will be organized in the following streams: Leadership & Governance; Student Experience; Applied Research, Entrepreneurship, & Innovation; International; Future of Skills.

Please note that all streams will include simultaneous interpretation.

We hope you will also join us for a networking session on Sunday, April 29, 2018. Networking sessions include: President Leadership Network; Governors; Vice-Presidents, Associate Vice-Presidents, and Campus Directors; Deans, Program Directors, Staff, and Students; Faculty; International Program & Recruitment Directors and Staff. View the full schedule here.

Eureka! Moment

Did you know that nursing students at the Cégep de Chicoutimi recently participated in the production of a documentary on northern nursing in conjunction with the Inuulitsivik Health Centre in Puvirnituq, QC? “I am your nurse” (Je suis votre infirmière) documents the four students as they uncover challenges and deepen their understanding of nursing above the 55th parallel. You can watch the documentary on Canal Savoir on December 11. Learn more here.


Both Bow Valley College and Grande Prairie Regional College (GPRC) were pleased to welcome new Vice-Presidents. Mario Siciliano will join Bow Valley College as their new Vice President, External, and Angela Logan will assume the role of Vice President, Administration at GPRC. Siciliano joins Bow Valley College from a career of leadership in the non-profit sector, while Logan is both an alumna of GPRC and most recently served in the college’s Financial Services Department.


Canada’s 150th Anniversary! 

Submissions for CICan’s Canada 150 project are ongoing. Check out our Canada 150 website for more details.

A student crowdfunding platform 

Crowdfunding options are available for students looking to launch creative ideas to give back to their communities through fundmy150. Read more here.

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