Category: Media Releases

Niagara’s on-campus entrepreneurship activities continue

Brock University and Niagara College will continue to facilitate youth entrepreneurship after successfully managing the Kick-Starting Entrepreneurship program and ncTakeOff hub for the last two years.

Both institutions received renewed, joint funding through the On-Campus Entrepreneurship Activities (OCEA) program, an initiative of the Government of Ontario under the Youth Jobs Strategy and managed by Ontario Centres of Excellence.

Matt Clarke, an accounting student at Brock’s Goodman School of Business, has experienced the value of the Kick-Starting Entrepreneurship program run by BioLinc, Brock’s business incubator.

Last year, Clarke founded Express Deliveries, a local delivery company that has already served over 8,000 customers in Niagara with the help of the Kick-Starting Entrepreneurship programming.

“It helped us a lot,” Clarke said. “They teach you about marketing, accounting, finance – and actually help you get through the beginning stages of your business. They provide you with mentorship, and some competitions we were part of us really taught us how to talk to investors and present ourselves.”

Born out of a class project, Danielle Speck, a second-year student in Niagara College’s Business – General program, founded Mojo Hydrotherapy, an artisanal bath bomb social enterprise. In under six months, Danielle won the Entrepreneur Challenge, a Niagara College business plan contest supported by ncTakeOff, received a $3000 Summer Company grant via the St. Catharines Enterprise Centre, and has established a distribution network with local markets and retailers, including Niagara College’s Benchmarket.

“After my entrepreneurship class project, I had so much support from my teacher, Rachel Crane, and couldn’t have imagined the umbrella of opportunities and guidance that would come from her and Niagara College,” Speck said. “ncTakeOff connected me with shop owners, photographers, media, local business support centres, business social events, grant opportunities and more I even thought was available to us.”

There will be several signature events co-hosted by Brock University and Niagara College, as well as standalone resources which will be offered on respective campuses and tailored to meet the unique needs of each student population.

Planned for Nov. 4-6, the annual Niagara Young Entrepreneur Kick-Off Weekend will see young entrepreneurs form a team, build and pitch a business idea all in one weekend. The weekend will also include a keynote speaker, business development training, and mentorship opportunities for youth aged 18-29 who are technically skilled or curious about entrepreneurship.

Other key events include Entrepreneurship Week in March which will feature pitch competitions and networking opportunities, and a showcase in April to celebrate student entrepreneur successes.

OCEA funding encourages the growth of student entrepreneurs and student-led enterprises by fostering the adoption of global best practices in student entrepreneurship; reducing barriers for student and recent graduate entrepreneurs; integrating with regional business support resources; and providing experiential learning opportunities for the next generation of innovators.

Brock University is a comprehensive university located in Ontario’s Niagara region, just an hour from the GTA. With nearly 600 full-time faculty members and researchers, Brock’s robust academic scope offers more than 72 undergraduate degree programs and nearly 50 master’s and PhD programs. Brock’s student experience is enriched by an emphasis on experiential learning, as illustrated by community partnerships, volunteerism and one of Ontario’s largest and most successful co-op programs. Visit us at brocku.ca.

Niagara College offers more than 100 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs at campuses in Welland, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Niagara Falls; as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Continuing Education courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, media, applied health and community safety, supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer, horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit NiagaraCollege.ca.
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Media inquiries, please contact:

Susan McConnell
Media Advisor, Niagara College
Office: 905 641-2252 ext. 4330
Cell: 905 933-6259
susan.mcconnell@niagaracollege.ca

Dan Dakin
Media Relations Officer, Brock University
Office: 905.688.5550 ext. 5353
Cell: 905-347-1970
ddakin@brocku.ca

Niagara College’s Team Canada turns up the heat for ultimate challenge: Culinary Olympics

After three years of intense training, the hopes of a nation and eyes of the world are on a team of recent graduates from Niagara College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute.

As the reigning Junior Culinary Team Canada, they will be competing against the world’s best at the Culinary Olympics – known formally as the Internationale Kochkunst Ausstellung (IKA) Culinary Olympics – in Erfrurt, Germany October 21-26, 2016.

Team manager Craig Youdale, dean of the Canadian Food and Wine Institute, said the team has been trained for excellence and he is confident in their abilities.

“Just like athletes who train for years to compete in the Olympic Games, our Culinary Olympians take great pride in wearing the flag on their uniforms and take their commitment to representing their country very seriously,” said Youdale. “They have dedicated tens of thousands of hours in the kitchen to train over the last three years, on top of their regular school and work hours, and they have what it takes to win.”

Team captain Ben Lillico said the team is focused, determined and very strong as they head into the final weeks before the Culinary Olympics.

“Words cannot describe how hard our team has worked to get to where we are today. We would not be where we are today without the blood, sweat and tears put in by each and every team member,” said Lillico, a graduate of the College’s Culinary Management, and Bachelor of Applied Business and Hospitality programs (2014). “We are extremely proud of how we have progressed and the opportunities that have arisen on our journey thus far.”

Before they depart for Germany, the team will prepare competition meals at CFWI dinner events on September 19 and September 24. The Niagara College community will cheer them on at an official send-off event on October 7 (11 a.m., NOTL Campus) before they depart on their road to gold.

About Junior Culinary Team Canada

In October 2013, a team of culinary students and recent graduates from the College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute won the title of Junior Culinary Team Canada in a victory over other culinary teams at The Canadian Culinary Federation of Chefs and Cooks (CFCC) Junior Culinary Team Selection Competition. The distinction came with the right to represent Canada at international culinary competitions for three years, including the World Culinary Olympics in Erfurt, Germany in October 2016.

The team has already savoured success. In November 2014, Junior Culinary Team Canada won a gold and silver medal and ranked fifth overall at the Expogast Villeroy and Boch Culinary World Cup in Luxembourg. In August 2015, the team captured a gold and silver medal and the overall championship title at the American Culinary Classic in Orlando, Florida.

Junior Culinary Team Canada members include captain Ben Lillico (resident of Niagara-on-the-Lake, hometown: Waterloo) , Carly Bergshoeff (resident of St. Catharines, hometown: Oshawa), Daniella Germond (St. Catharines), David Ross (resident of NOTL, hometown: Peterborough), Jeremy Gilligan (St. Catharines), Megan Proper (Burford), Robbie Aggarwal (Niagara Falls), Scott McInerney (St. Catharines resident; hometown: Peterborough), and Trevor Littlejohn (resident of Niagara Falls; hometown: Paisley). The team’s coaches include CFWI chef professors Avi Hollo and Olaf Mertens; with chefs Scott Baechler, Dan LeBlanc, Catherine O’Donnell and Osvaldo Avila providing mentorship for the team.

Cheer on Team Canada!

Send text and video messages of encouragement to Junior Culinary Team Canada via social media using the hashtag #NCtasteforgold. Follow the team on twitter at @NCjrculinaryteam and visit ncjrculinaryteamcanada.ca.
Watch video

Watch video promo of Junior Culinary Team Canada here:
https://youtu.be/TA07x4fzEIk

About the Canadian Food and Wine Institute

The Canadian Food and Wine Institute, located on Niagara College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus, is the College’s centre for food wine and beer education. It is home to Benchmark, the College’s teaching restaurant, as well as the Teaching Winery and Teaching Brewery – the first of their kind in Canada. In 2017, it will also be home to Canada’s first teaching distillery.

About Niagara College

Niagara College offers more than 100 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs at campuses in Welland, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Niagara Falls; as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Continuing Education courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, media, applied health and community safety, supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer, horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit NiagaraCollege.ca.

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Team Canada interviews

Members of Junior Culinary Team Canada will be available for media interviews on Thursday, September 22 immediately following a team photo (weather permitting) at 3 p.m. at the NC Teaching Winery (Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus, 135 Taylor Rd., Niagara-on-the-Lake).
Please contact to arrange interviews in advance
Media contacts

Susan McConnell
Media Relations Advisor
President’s Office
Niagara College
905.641.2252 x 4330
Susan.McConnell@niagaracollege.ca
Julie Greco
Communications Specialist
Niagara College
Office: 905.735.2211 ext. 7368
Cell: 905.328.2532
jgreco@niagaracollege.ca

Niagara College awarded $1.9 million in funding to assist region’s food and beverage innovators

Niagara College will continue to expand its services and equipment for Niagara’s food and beverage innovators as a result of today’s announcement of $1.75 million over five years from the federal government to create a Technology Access Centre (TAC) for the Canadian Food and Wine Institute Innovation Centre.

The Hon.  MaryAnn Mihychuk, minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, delivered the news as part of a nationwide announcement of grants through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). During today’s event, Mihychuk, on behalf of the Hon. Kirsty Duncan, minister of Science, also announced another $135,710 in funding for equipment for Niagara College’s Agriculture and Environment Innovation Centre.

“Through today’s investment, the Government of Canada is supporting collaborations between talented scientists and engineers working hard on college campuses and their counterparts who are leading local businesses,” said Duncan. “Such partnerships can lead to the commercialization of ideas, job creation for the middle class and sustainable economic growth that benefits all Canadians.”

“This is exciting news for us, as it allows us to broaden and formalize the work begun several years ago,” notes Marc Nantel, associate vice-president of Research, Niagara College. “With this funding, we will be able to ramp up our activity and better serve the food and beverage industry, with increased equipment and services, as well as by hiring a centre manager, a full-time researcher and a dedicated technologist.”

“The Niagara region has more than 1,200 small- and medium-sized businesses in this industry who are working hard to be competitive, yet in many cases they do not have in-house research and innovation capacity,” adds Dan Patterson, president, Niagara College. “That’s where our research division comes in. Our faculty and students work with these businesses to improve their products and efficiency. These projects then contribute to job creation and the overall development of the sector in the region.”

Located at the Niagara-on-the-Lake campus, the Canadian Food and Wine Institute (CFWI) Innovation Centre will also provide support services and mentorship to hundreds of companies as a result of training and networking opportunities. The Centre offers a full suite of services to support industry innovation and commercialization of new products and processes in the food and beverage sector. From new recipe development to shelf-life testing and nutritional labelling, the CFWI Innovation Centre pairs industry partners with faculty, recent graduates and students with the right expertise and equipment to meet industry needs.

As a Technology Access Centre, the CFWI Innovation Centre becomes one of 30 such TACs across Canada, supported by the Tech-Access Canada network (tech-access.ca). Tech-Access Canada serves vital industrial sectors across the country, responding to industry applied research needs through innovation support services delivered by college faculty, staff and students.

The Centre was announced in 2012 during a visit by Her Royal Highness, the Countess of Wessex, and came into being thanks to significant funding support from the Government of Canada through NSERC ($2.3 million); the Canada Foundation for Innovation ($680,000); from the Ontario Research Fund ($680,000); and contributions from Niagara College and industry partners.

The minister’s announcement was made at Red River College in Winnipeg, and included more than $36 million in grants for 32 research projects to colleges and CEGEPs across Canada, to support applied research and development activities with Canadian businesses. The grants were awarded under the College and Community Innovation Program.

The additional $135,710 was awarded to Niagara College by NSERC from the Applied Research Tools and Instruments Grants (ARTI), to support the purchase of applied research equipment and installations to foster and enhance the ability of colleges to undertake applied research, innovation and training in collaboration with local companies.

The Niagara College grant has been awarded to the Agriculture and Environment Innovation Centre team to build and install six micrometeorological/weather measurement stations in fields, orchards and vineyards in Ontario. The wireless sensor technology will be used to collect data to be used in analytics for precision agriculture, particularly in developing and programing algorithms that will identify oncoming weather threats.

Each station will be constructed to measure values specific to the individual farm operations. For example, the station in the soy bean field will be a base station accompanied by a remote-controlled rover that travels around the field sampling the heat and humidity of the crop, since soybeans are most sensitive to moulds.

“The overall objective is to find the types of technologies that will comprise the tools needed on the family farm 30 years in the future,” notes Dr. Mike Duncan, NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Precision Agriculture and Environmental Technologies, and project lead. “What will the future farm look like? How much automation versus manpower will be present? Will the manpower be in the form of a tele-presence? Each of these likelihoods has its roots in what we can build today.”

NSERC aims to make Canada a country of discoverers and innovators for the benefit of all Canadians. The agency promotes and supports discovery research, and fosters innovation by encouraging Canadian companies to participate and invest in post-secondary research projects.

Niagara College’s Research and Innovation division provides real-world solutions for business, key industry sectors, and the community through applied research and knowledge transfer activities.

Niagara College offers more than 100 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs at campuses in Welland, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Niagara Falls; as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Continuing Education courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, media, applied health and community safety, supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer, horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit NiagaraCollege.ca.

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Media inquiries, please contact:

Michael Wales
Senior Communications Officer
Office: 905.735.2211 ext. 7773
Cell: 905.328.4101
mwales@niagaracollege.ca

Julie Greco
Communications Specialist
Office: 905.735.2211 ext. 7368
Cell: 905.328.2532
jgreco@niagaracollege.ca
BACKGROUND

NSERC

About NSERC

NSERC invests over $1 billion each year in natural sciences and engineering research in Canada. Our investments deliver discoveries – valuable world-firsts in knowledge claimed by a brain trust of over 11,000 professors. Our investments enable partnerships and collaborations that connect industry with discoveries and the people behind them. Researcher-industry partnerships established by NSERC help inform R&D, solve scale-up challenges, and reduce the risks of developing high-potential technology. NSERC also provides scholarships and hands-on training experience for more than 30,000 post-secondary students and post-doctoral fellows. These young researchers will be the next generation of science and engineering leaders in Canada.

 

TECHNOLOGY ACCESS CENTRE at CFWI INNOVATION CENTRE

Located at the Niagara-on-the-Lake campus of Niagara College, the Canadian Food and Wine Institute Innovation Centre team offers a full suite of services to support industry innovation and commercialization of new products and processes in the food and beverage sector. From new recipe development to shelf-life testing and nutritional labelling, the CFWI Innovation Centre pairs industry partners with faculty, recent graduates and students with the right expertise and equipment to meet industry needs.

Working with expert faculty and students from several programs – including Culinary Innovation and Food Technology, Winery and Viticulture Technician, and Brewery and Brewmaster Operations Management – the Centre specializes in recipe and new product development; food and beverage regulatory assistance; laboratory services; sensory analysis and consumer testing; and nutritional labelling services.

The Centre leverages the resources of the College’s commercial brewery and hop yard; commercial winery and vineyard, and commercial kitchens, while operating a microbiology lab; chemistry lab; sensory and consumer testing labs; shelf-life and packaging lab; and related commercialization solutions to allow industry partners to be market ready.

ARTI funding

AGRICULTURE & ENVIRONMENT INNOVATION CENTRE

Dr. Mike Duncan, the NSERC Industrial Research Chair for Colleges (IRCC) in Precision Agriculture & Environmental Technologies, leads Niagara College Agriculture & Environment Innovation Centre. Small- or medium-sized (SME) farm businesses of all types are threatened by harmful weather events, particularly events that arrive quickly. Traditional weather hardware is not able to identify these events in time, and provide sufficient warnings to initiate damage prevention.

Duncan has been using and developing wireless sensor technology for use in farm fields since 2006. Previous experience with large sensor networks has shown that rapid cooling events that kill and damage tender fruit crops can have gradients exceeding 10 degrees Celsius per minute, and are accompanied by rapid vertical fluxes of heat from the ground and crop.

Micrometeorology (micromet) is the study of small changes over the course of seconds, and it is specific to a combination of field, terroir, land, and/or microclimate. The micromet hardware, purchased thanks to this funding, can send data as quickly as once per second, and with air temperature and relative humidity and three height levels (3m, 1m, and 10cm), the Centre team will develop and program algorithms that will identify oncoming weather threats.

In order to collect data from farms that represent a range of Ontario’s agricultural producers, the team will install six micromet towers in five different locations in Ontario, including vineyards, grain growing, fruit producers and hazelnut producers. These four producer groups represent more than 29,200 SME farming operations in Ontario. The incoming micromet data will be used to develop a web tool, visualizations, analysis and warnings associated with the harmful weather events. The tools will help prevent significant crop damage and death, while enhancing management practices by providing micromet web tools that will quickly analyze and provide valuable information to the grower.

Orientation Week activities to connect students with Niagara College life

Back-to-school excitement is in the air and Niagara College is rolling out the welcome mat for thousands of new and returning students.

A full slate of activities designed to introduce students to college life and kickstart the new fall term have been planned for NC Orientation Week, September 6 to 11.

“Orientation is such a key time for new and returning students,” said Lesley Calvin, manager of Student Engagement, Academic Advisement and Career Services. “For all of our main activities, we aim to provide our new students with the tools and information they need for successful transition into college life as well as providing relevant and engaging programming for them have fun and start building connections to their academic programs, the campus staff and faculty, and their new peers. It’s a really magical time for us in postsecondary.”

Students planning to call campus ‘home’ for the next academic year will get a head-start on the excitement on Residence Move-in Day, September 3 (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.). College staff and volunteers will be ready to assist students with settling into residences at the Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake campuses. Move-in will be followed by a roster of activities during Welcome Weekend at the two campuses, including a glow-in-the-dark games night, backyard Olympics, and more.

Orientation will be in full swing on September 6, with activities beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Welland, Niagara-on-the-Lake and Niagara Falls campuses. Students can attend program information sessions, campus tours, a student services fair, a free lunch, as well as enjoy the evening at a first-year student mixer (8 p.m. to 11 p.m., The Core, Welland Campus), and a Monsters of Schlock stunt show (6 p.m. to 9 p.m., The Armoury, NOTL Campus).

On September 7, the NOTL Campus will host a Dessert Reception for the mature student crowd and the local community (6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wine Visitor + Education Centre); while the Welland Campus will host a Glow Party Pub Night (9 p.m. to 1 a.m., The Core).

On September 8, Speed Friending events will be held at the three campuses, in addition to the Student Administrative Council’s Kick Off Karaoke night at the NOTL Campus (7 p.m. to 11 p.m., The Armoury).

One of the biggest highlights of Orientation 2016 will be the College’s first-ever Colour Dash, to take place on September 9 on the ground of the Welland Campus. The 2-km fun run – where participants get doused in coloured powders – will begin at 4 p.m., followed by food and music until 8 p.m. at the finish line.

On September 10, the Welland Campus will host the NC Trunk Sale – an event open to the public – from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Like attending several yard sales at once, visitors can browse reusable items for sale at this free, family-friendly event, as well as enjoy food and activities such as inflatable bouncers, and face-painting. The event will be held rain or shine and proceeds raised through the purchase of vendor spaces will be donated to the United Way of South Niagara. For information about the Trunk Sale visit: http://orientation.niagaracollege.ca/event/nc-trunk-sale-2/

To conclude Orientation activities, students and staff will team up to participate in the Big Move Cancer Ride on September 11. The St. Catharines-based cycling event supports patients of the Walker Family Cancer Centre.

Classes for most full-time programs will begin for the fall term on September 7. New programs launching this fall include the Honours Bachelor of Business Administration – Human Resources program, as well as two joint programs with Brock University: a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) – Game Design, and Bachelor of Science (Honours) – Game Programming.

For more information and a full schedule of Niagara College Orientation activities, visit http://orientation.niagaracollege.ca/

Niagara College offers more than 100 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs at campuses in Welland, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Niagara Falls; as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Continuing Education courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, media, applied health and community safety, supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer, horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit NiagaraCollege.ca.

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For information, contact:

Michael Wales
Senior Communications Officer
Office: 905.735.2211 ext. 7773
Cell: 905.328.4101
mwales@niagaracollege.ca

Julie Greco
Communications Specialist
Office: 905.735.2211 ext. 7368
Cell: 905.328.2532
jgreco@niagaracollege.ca

What’s open/closed at Niagara College Labour Day weekend

Please note that Niagara College will be closed for Labour Day on Monday, September 5 with limited access to campus facilities.

Students accessing classrooms or specialized labs at the Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake campuses must have faculty authorization and sign-in with Campus Safety (security).

The NC Libraries will be closed Saturday, Sunday and Monday as scheduled for summer hours. Resources are available online 24/7 at www.niagaracollege.ca/library.

Bookstores at both campus stores will be open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., closed Sunday and Monday.

Benchmark restaurant will be open Saturday for lunch and dinner, closed Sunday and Monday.

Retail stores at the NC Teaching Brewery and the Wine Visitor + Education Centre will be open Saturday, Sunday and Monday, from 10 a.m.to 6 p.m.

The NC Greenhouse will be open Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., closed Monday.

NC’s Employment and Training Solutions office (1 St. Paul St., St. Catharines) will be closed Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

The College will reopen Tuesday, September 6 for Orientation Week.

Niagara College wishes you a safe and happy holiday!

Charities: need a reno? Application deadline extended for NC’s next Many Hands Project

Niagara-based charities in need of renovation now have until the end of August to apply to become the recipient of Niagara College’s next Many Hands Project.

The application deadline has been extended to August 31 for the 2016-2017 Many Hands Project – an annual renovation project that enhances, improves and renovates the facilities of a local charitable organization. All aspects of the project are planned, managed and completed by students from NC’s Event Management (post-graduate) and construction studies programs.

This will mark the 20th anniversary of the Many Hands Project and all Niagara-based not-for-profit organizations – including previous recipients – are welcome to apply. Applicants are asked to submit a wish list including construction needs or specific resources (like food or other items) that would help to develop their programming. The Many Hands Project advisory committee will consider opportunities to potentially support multiple organizations across the region this year.

Application forms are available online at www.niagaracollege.ca/manyhands/

“Many Hands provides our students with excellent hands-on learning opportunities, while teaching important lessons in community service and leadership,” said Christine Blane, coordinator of NC’s Event Management (post-graduate) program. “It’s also a chance for a local agency to receive much-needed improvements to their facilities.”

Since 1997, the College’s Many Hands Project has supported 19 not-for-profit organizations through renovation and landscaping projects which enhance program and service delivery. This year’s Many Hands Project resulted in a complete renovation of the Hope Centre in Welland. Recent projects have also been completed at Strive Niagara in Welland, Upper Deck Youth Centre in Vineland, Port Cares Reach Out Food Centre in Port Colborne, St. John Ambulance in St. Catharines, and more.

Eligible agencies must be not-for-profit, involved in the provision of a community-based service in the Niagara region, and be willing to commit agency resources to the project. Project selection is determined by the Many Hands Project Advisory Committee.

The Many Hands Project is a hands-on component of Niagara College’s Event Management Graduate Certificate program. Students are required to plan, develop, coordinate and execute a renovation of a local community non-profit organization. Fundraising, volunteer management, technical operations, hospitality and public relations are the responsibility of individual committees comprised of students.

Niagara College offers more than 100 diploma bachelor degree and advanced level programs at campuses in Welland, Niagara-on-the-Lake and Niagara Falls; as well as more than 600 credit vocational and general interest Continuing Education courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, media, applied health and community safety, supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer, horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit NiagaraCollege.ca.

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Media inquiries, please contact:

Michael Wales
Senior Communications Officer
Office: 905.735.2211 ext. 7773
Cell: 905.328.4101
mwales@niagaracollege.ca

Julie Greco
Communications Specialist
Office: 905.735.2211 ext. 7368
Cell: 905.328.2532
jgreco@niagaracollege.ca

Move over yard sale! Register to sell reusable items at Niagara College Trunk Sale Sept. 10

Have reusable household items to sell? The public is invited to register now for Niagara College’s second annual Trunk Sale.

To be held September 10 at the College’s Welland Campus, the NC Trunk Sale offers an opportunity for the public and college community to sell their reusable items (such as books, toys, clothes, collectibles, furniture, etc.), while those who attend the sale can shop for treasures from multiple sellers in a single convenient location – like attending several yard/garage sales at once.

Those who wish to sell items at the NC Trunk Sale must register in advance to reserve a parking spot, where they will conduct their sales. Items may be sold from the trunk of a car or displayed on tables within the perimeter of the seller’s assigned spot.

While vendors retain all money from the sales of their items, funds raised from parking space reservations will be donated to the United Way of South Niagara. The spots – about 50 in total –may be reserved for $25 for a single space or $40 for a double. Registration is open from now until September 7.

“As part of our College’s Orientation activities, the NC Trunk Sale is a wonderful opportunity for our students to pick up items they will need for the school year or cash in by selling items they don’t need, while supporting a great cause at the same time,” said event organizer Ali Weir, student experience coordinator from NC’s Centre for Student Engagement and Leadership. “It will also help the community reduce waste by providing a venue to sell their items, and promote reuse. We encourage students, staff and local residents to participate.”

“Niagara College is proud to be a long-time supporter of the United Way of South Niagara,” said Lesley Calvin, manager, Student Engagement, Academic Advising and Career Services and co-chair of the College’s 2016 United Way Campaign. “Bringing students and the community together is a perfect way for us to usher in the new school year, help our new and returning students pick up some much needed items, and kick off our next fundraising campaign for the United Way of South Niagara.”

Niagara College is a long-time supporter of the United Way of South Niagara. Last year, its United Way campaign raised a record-setting $42,629 and was formally recognized with a 2015 Workplace Campaign of the Year Award by the UWSN.

The NC Trunk Sale will be held rain or shine on September 10, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Welland Campus (Parking Lot A and front field) and there is no cost for visitors to attend. In addition to the sale, the family-friendly event will feature bouncy castles and food.

For more information about the NC Trunk sale or to register for a seller parking spot visit: NiagaraCollege.ca/trunksale

Niagara College offers more than 100, bachelor degree and advanced level programs at campuses in Welland, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Niagara Falls; as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Continuing Education courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, media, applied health and community safety, supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer, horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit NiagaraCollege.ca.

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Media inquiries, please contact:

Michael Wales
Senior Communications Officer
Office: 905.735.2211 ext. 7773
Cell: 905.328.4101
mwales@niagaracollege.ca

Tap into Project Brew festival at St. Catharines Market Square Aug. 12

Eighteen unique craft beers and the student brewers who created them will be in the spotlight on Friday, August 12 as part of Niagara College’s Project Brew Summer 2016 beer festival in downtown St. Catharines.

The open-to-the-public event, which will take place from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Market Square (91 King St.), was organized by the graduating class of Niagara College’s Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management program who are capping off four semesters of learning.

A variety of beers will be available – including Electric Grapefruit Acid Test (Grapefruit Saison), Stacks on Stacks (Maple Blueberry Blonde), Nicely Toasted (Toasted Coconut Porter), Roast Chocolate Belgian Wit (Chocolate Tangerine Wit), Fruitless Pursuit (American Pale Ale), Eye of Newt (Black Lager), Captain Badass (Baltic Porter), and more – each showcasing the personal tastes and flair of the brewer who created it. The event will also feature food vendors, live music and games.

This will be the fifth Project Brew festival from Niagara College’s Brewmaster students since April 2015. It not only provides the public with an opportunity to sample unique craft beers served by the brewers, but offers hands-on learning experiences for students who are responsible for creating the beers and organizing the event.

“Through Project Brew, our students have the opportunity to experience all aspects of planning, from marketing and logistics to working with vendors and hosts,” said instructor Brianne Hawley. “It’s also a chance for them to showcase and promote a beer they created, and network with others in the industry.”

Brewmaster student Joseph Bannon is looking forward to watching guests enjoy the Altbier beer he created, Ctrl+alt+del, at the event. Bannon, who relocated to St. Catharines from Yellowknife to enrol in the program and will soon begin working at a brewpub/distillery Calgary, values the experience he has gained through Project Brew – crafting his beer, as well as recruiting sponsors and marketing the event.

“Project Brew is great because it has challenged us to make a beer, which we are proud of but was made for the public, not for ourselves,” he said. “This can be challenging and really pushes us as brewers to better understand how to read the market and accommodate it. It also pushes us to be responsible for projects and gets us out of our comfort zone.”

Guests must be 19 years of age or older (valid photo ID required) to attend. Tickets may be purchased online in advance for $20 or at the door for $25. The price of admission includes a commemorative Project Brew glass and four drink tokens. Additional tokens may be purchased for $2 each (for a four ounce sample).

Proceeds from Project Brew Summer 2016 will benefit the Matt Soos Memorial Scholarship, which will be presented to a student in the College’s Brewmaster program. The scholarship is in honour of Matt Soos, a graduate of the Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management program who died in August, 2015 at the age of 26.

For tickets and information visit the Project Brew website at http://ncprojectbrew.ca

The first facility of its kind in Canada, Niagara College Teaching Brewery opened in April 2011 and supports Niagara College’s two-year Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management diploma program. The brewery forms a key component of the College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute – a leader in culinary, wine and beer education in Canada. Located at Niagara College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus, the CFWI is also home to the College’s Teaching Winery – the first and only commercial teaching winery in Canada – and Benchmark, the college’s teaching restaurant.

Niagara College offers more than 100, bachelor degree and advanced level programs at campuses in Welland, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Niagara Falls; as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Continuing Education courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, media, applied health and community safety, supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer, horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit NiagaraCollege.ca.

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Media inquiries, please contact:

Michael Wales
Senior Communications Officer
Office: 905.735.2211 ext. 7773
Cell: 905.328.4101
mwales@niagaracollege.ca

Julie Greco
Communications Specialist
Office: 905.735.2211 ext. 7368
Cell: 905.328.2532
jgreco@niagaracollege.ca

NC’s new Commercial Beekeeping program driven by growing demand for beekeepers

With a significant and growing demand for highly-trained beekeepers across Canada and around the world, Niagara College has introduced a one-year hands-on Commercial Beekeeping Graduate Certificate program – the first of its kind in Eastern Canada.

The three-semester program will see its first intake of approximately 30 students begin studies at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus in January 2017. With the winter start, the program will run parallel to the normal annual lifecycle of the honey bee, from the winter slumber to honey extraction, to returning the bees to their hives for overwintering.

“Our commercial Beekeeping program is a shining example of one of Niagara College’s key strengths – our ability to work closely with industry to develop high-quality academic programs that respond to specific needs in our community and beyond,” said Niagara College president Dan Patterson.

The program is truly hands-on, with an on-campus apiary – with 30 actively managed hives – serving as the centrepiece of the program.

“The need for a skilled labour force to offset the loss of a natural ecological process is significant,” said Al Unwin, associate dean of Niagara College’s School of Environmental and Horticultural Studies. “The development of this program aligns with our overall approach to agri-food, where pollinators are an increasingly important part of a vibrant food system. We’ve worked closely with industry to create a hands-on program that will produce graduates that are knowledgeable, highly skilled and experienced.”

The demand for skilled workers to support the pollination services industry is significant. In its most recent agricultural census, Statistics Canada estimates a need for more than 3,600 commercial beekeepers by 2026.

“I commend Niagara College on the launch of the commercial beekeeping program for our province,” said The Hon. Jeff Leal, Ontario’s minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “Training and education are key elements to supporting and improving the health of honey bees in Ontario. Innovative programs like this one play an important role in the future of the apiary sector.”

Niagara College’s program has been in development for four years, in collaboration with the Ontario Beekeepers’ Association (OBA), which represents 80 percent of beekeepers in Ontario.

“The Ontario Beekeepers’ Association is particularly pleased to have partnered with Niagara College on the concept and launch of their new Commercial Beekeeping program,” said Tibor Szabo, president of the OBA. “Today’s commercial beekeeper faces many challenges both locally and globally. This is a great first step for anyone thinking of a career in beekeeping.”

The Commercial Beekeeping Graduate Certificate program is a post-grad program open to students with a diploma or degree from an accredited college or university in agribusiness, agricultural sciences, environmental science/resource studies, horticulture or natural sciences, or an acceptable combination of education and experience. Learn more about the program online at www.niagaracollege.ca.

Niagara College offers more than 100 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs at campuses in Welland, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Niagara Falls; as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Continuing Education courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, media, applied health and community safety, supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer, horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit NiagaraCollege.ca.

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Media inquiries, please contact:

Susan McConnell
Media Relations Advisor
President’s Office
Niagara College
905.641.2252 x 4330
Susan.McConnell@niagaracollege.ca

Julie Greco
Communications Specialist
Office: 905.735.2211 ext. 7368
Cell: 905.328.2532
jgreco@niagaracollege.ca

NC Teaching Brewery wins big at first-ever U.S. Open College Beer Championships

Niagara College was named Grand National Champion at the inaugural U.S. Open College Beer Championships, held recently in the United States.

The new competition is open to any college or university offering courses in brewing. The competition saw entries from 10 different colleges and universities, and seven took home medals in five categories. Niagara College took home four medals for student-brewed beers, including: gold for 16-73 Pils in the German Pilsner category; gold for its Caramel Machiato Golden Stout in the Open category; silver for Witty Grandpa in the Witbier category; and bronze for its Czarina in the Imperial Stout category. The gold winning pilsner was designed and brewed by third-semester students while the Czarina and Caramel Machiato Golden Stout were individual efforts by fourth-semester student Keegan Dombrosky.

Other medalists included Central Michigan University, the University of Houston, Colorado State University, Michigan State University, Appalachian State University, Auburn University and Schenectady County Community College.

“The experience of being able to compete in a competition like this was truly invaluable to my continued growth as a brewer,” said Dombrosky, who came to Niagara College from Simsbury, CT, and will graduate from the Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management program this fall. “To be able to test my mettle against the best brewing students in North America and have such success gives me great confidence and excitement as I prepare to finish this amazing program. The purpose of this competition was to determine the best future brewers in North America and to now be a part of that discussion is a great honor.”

“It is always fun to be first and for our students to win the inaugural U.S. Open College Beer Championship is excellent,” said Niagara College brewmaster and professor Jon Downing. “The entries were designed and brewed by students from all four semesters of our Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management program. As we prepare our students to excel in the burgeoning craft brewing industry, it’s very satisfying to see their work earn international recognition.”

In the U.S. Open Beer Championships, also held recently, Niagara College won a bronze medal for its Beer 101 Strong. That competition, which saw more than 5,000 beers entered, also saw Niagara College brewing professor, Rob Doyle and head brewer, Curt Bentley, win Bronze for a Bronan brewed for their company High Road Brewing. MADD Virgin Lager – developed by MADD Virgin Drinks and Niagara College’s Research and Innovation Division – won silver in the Non-Alcoholic category.

Judging for the competitions took place in Oxford, OH, Atlanta, GA and Auburn, AB. Sixteen Niagara College Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management program took part in the judging, along with Downing, who serves as director of judging. Neither Downing nor the students judged any Niagara College Teaching Brewery entries.

“Today, the craft beer industry has over 15% of the beer market by volume, but supplies 50% of the jobs in the brewing industry,” said Dow Scoggins, director of the U.S. Open College Beer Championships and U.S. Beer Championships. “Being a former brewery owner, I was thrilled to see colleges and universities starting brewing programs and degrees. These schools provide the industry with qualified workers, and the U.S. Open College Beer Championship was started to help promote these needed programs.”

For info about the U.S. Open Beer Championship visit usopenbeer.com

NC’s Teaching Brewery, the first fully-licensed teaching brewery in Canada, opened at the College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake campus in April 2011. The facility allows students to brew their own craft beer on campus and get hands-on training in beer making, management and sensory evaluation. The beers are also sold on-campus at the NC Teaching Brewery retail store.

Niagara College offers more than 100 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs at campuses in Welland, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Niagara Falls; as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Continuing Education courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, media, applied health and community safety, supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer, horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit http://www.niagaracollege.ca/content/

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Media inquiries, please contact:

Michael Wales
Senior Communications Officer
Office: 905.735.2211 ext. 7773
Cell: 905.328.4101
mwales@niagaracollege.ca