Category: Media Releases

Niagara College achieves educational green silver star

Ontario’s colleges are playing a leading role in Canada’s efforts to tackle climate change, says a newly released report.

The report ‘Moving to Net Zero: Colleges Leading the Way’, highlights the 24 colleges’ achievements in everything from leading-edge research that promotes energy efficiency to the development of programs that prepare increasing numbers of graduates for careers in areas such as renewable energy and sustainable building construction.

“Doing our part to improve the health of the planet is a priority at Niagara College,” said president Dan Patterson. “We are firmly committed to the global effort to fight climate change.”

The report documents achievements in five areas: research, community leadership, college programs, transportation and campus upgrades. The examples in the report confirm that all 24 colleges are playing an active part in the effort to reduce the province’s carbon footprint.

Niagara College recently attained its Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) silver star. Some notable accomplishments that led to this rating, said NC’s sustainability advisor Taryn Wilkinson are:

  • Completing an inventory of over 2,500 NC academic courses to ensure that almost 10 per cent of courses offered are connected to sustainability;
  • The installation of two aquaponic systems in the NC greenhouse contributing to the food network being developed on campus;
  • Community partnerships included the General Motors Global Rivers Environmental Education Network, and with the Walker Environmental Group;
  • Utilizing the campus as a living laboratory for student learning and applied research; and,
  • Ensuring over 30 per cent of the programs and faculty involved in research include sustainability.

In addition, NC was recently presented the 2016 Most Engaged Member award from the Niagara Sustainability Initiative.

The findings in the ‘Leading the Way’ report include:

  • Throughout the province, colleges offer more than 300 programs that prepare graduates to work in sectors that directly impact emissions reductions, conservation and renewable energy.
  • In 2015-16, more than 20,000 students were enrolled in programs that prepare them for careers that address climate change. That represents an increase of more than 20 per cent over the past five years.
  • Millions of dollars have been invested in retrofit programs and other upgrades at campuses across the province. The retrofitting projects have included weatherization initiatives, energy and greenhouse gas audits, the installation of wind turbines and solar panels, and the integration of new designs that include green roofs and pollinator gardens.

“While we’re proud of our successes, we also know there is more to do,” said Wilkinson. “We will continue to work to reduce emissions and to produce the workforce that Ontario needs to make the transition to a net-zero economy.

“Having the College sector pull together on green initiatives demonstrates how we can make significant contributions to the greening of the province,” she added.

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The full report is available here.

https://stars.asshe.org/institutions/niagara-college-of-applied-arts-and-technology-on/report/2016-08-10/

 

 

Media contact:
Susan McConnell

Media Relations, Niagara College,

905-641-2252 x 4330

Go Team Canada! Niagara College cheers its team at Culinary Olympic send-off rally

School spirit and national pride were in full force at Niagara College October 7, as the college community cheered for Junior Culinary Team Canada.

A send-off rally was held in honour of the junior national team before members travel to Germany to face the heat in the world’s most competitive kitchen – the Culinary Olympics.

For members of the team, comprised of recent culinary graduates from the College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute, the Culinary Olympics will mark the culmination of their reign as Junior Culinary Team Canada and their biggest challenge to date since winning the title in October 2013, when many were still students at the College.

Niagara College president Dan Patterson praised the hard work and commitment of the team members and coaches. “This team is the first from Niagara College to represent the nation as Junior Culinary Team Canada and their successes to date, as well as their support for the college and the community, have already made us proud,” said NC president Dan Patterson. “Their skills are a testament to the dedication of our staff and faculty who have prepared them to compete among the world’s best.”

“The team is coming to the end of a three-and-a-half-year journey that has seen them travel the world and represent not only our college but our region, province and country,” said Craig Youdale, team manager and dean of the College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute. “These young Canadians will take the NC logo as well as the Canadian flag on the world stage in a few short days, and I could not be more excited or proud of their journey.”

“What a testament to the skill, dedication, passion, and talent we have here in Niagara that our local Niagara College team of quality young chefs are representing Canada on the international stage,” said Niagara Centre Member of Parliament, Vance Badawey. “To all of the competitors representing Canada, know that your community and your country support you and wish you every success.”

“Those of us in Niagara are particularly proud of this highly skilled and motivated team from Niagara College that will be representing all of Canada at the prestigious Culinary Olympics,” said St. Catharines MPP Jim Bradley, who also addressed the crowd at the event.

Team captain Ben Lillico said the team is focused, determined and very strong as they head to 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. “We are extremely proud of how we have progressed and the opportunities that have arisen on our journey thus far.”

Team members will depart for Germany on Oct. 13 and Oct. 16. Opening ceremonies for the Culinary Olympics will be held on October 21. Junior Culinary Team Canada will compete in an Edible Buffet Competition on Oct. 22 and a three-course luncheon competition on Oct. 24 before the closing ceremonies are held on October 26.

Known formally as the IKA Culinary Olympics, the event is the world’s largest international professional competition for chefs, held once every four years in Erfurt, Germany. Visit the IKA website at http://www.olympiade-der-koeche.com/en.html

Cheer on Team Canada

Follow the team’s progress on twitter at @ncjrculinary, on facebook at @jrculinary, Instagram @jrculinarycanada, and on their website ncjrculinaryteamcanada.ca
Send text and video messages of encouragement to Junior Culinary Team Canada via social media using the hashtag #NCtasteforgold, #NCjrCulinaryTeamCA or #myncstory.

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 IKA Culinary Olympics in Erfurt, Germany in October 2016.

In November 2014, the team 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, Carly Bergshoeff, Daniella Germond, David Ross, Jeremy Gilligan, Megan Proper, Robbie Aggarwal, Scott McInerney, and Trevor Littlejohn.

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. Visit www.jrculinaryteamcanada.ca
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 Part-Time Studies 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

 

Niagara College researcher envisions Canada’s Farm of the Future

Niagara College’s Research & Innovation (NC) division this week offered a glimpse into what automation and wireless sensor technology can contribute to the farm of the future.

Led by Mike Duncan, PhD, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) industrial research chair in Precision Agriculture and Environmental Technologies at NC, the team of researchers, students and recent graduates demonstrated developments they have made in helping mitigate the effects of oncoming weather threats.

The demonstration included two remote-controlled rovers and an aerial drone simultaneously at work in the college’s vineyard on the Niagara-on-the-Lake campus.

“We are putting technology to work on the farm, with scalable big-data solutions that will provide value and a clear return on investment. These solutions and technologies will help to support today’s larger modern farms,” noted Duncan during the demonstration.

This latest development in the research was made possible by a $135,710 contribution from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, for equipment for Niagara College’s Agriculture & Environment Innovation Centre, through the Applied Research Tools and Instruments Grants.

The NC grant will be used to build and install six micrometeorological/weather measurement stations in fields, orchards and vineyards in southern Ontario. The wireless sensor technology will collect data to be used in analytics for precision agriculture, particularly in developing and programing algorithms that will identify oncoming weather threats.

Each station has been 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,” said Duncan. “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.”

In an era of larger farms, and reduced farm labour, it is essential to make farm work more efficient with scalable technologies. Now in his fifth year as the NSERC Industrial Research Chair for Colleges, Duncan and his team have developed several scalable digital tools for farm businesses. This is done by storing, analyzing, interpreting, and visualizing agricultural data. The data sources include farming partners, and in-house developed sensor tools and prototypes.

Duncan’s team develops algorithms to support farmers, consultants, Certified Crop Advisors, retailers, agricultural suppliers (seed, fertilizer, and other field inputs), and more.

For example, the current IRCC work has involved developing the crop portal (web tool) to process agricultural yield, soil, elevation data, and more. This is part of a collaborative project for Grain Farmers of Ontario, who have more than 28,000 members in Ontario. The portal is a powerful decision system that supports the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, grain farmers, and consultants. It enables data to be cleaned, processed, and turned into valuable management zones for variable rate farming in a time efficient manner.

The next era of Duncan’s work will assess and address the barriers to remotely operated farming.

The idea is to both examine, and define the future technologies that will drive a remotely operated farm operation, said Duncan. This will enable the modern farmer to profitably make all the food our rapidly growing world population will need. For project partners, this will create intellectual property to refine current products and services, and develop new products and services.

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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

What’s open/ closed at NC for Thanksgiving

Please note that Niagara College will be closed for Thanksgiving Day on Monday, October 10 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 open Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and closed on Thanksgiving Monday. Library resources are available online at www.niagaracollege.ca/library.

Bookstores at both campuses will be closed Saturday, Sunday and Thanksgiving Monday. Shopping is available online at www.efollett.com.

Benchmark restaurant will be open Saturday for lunch (11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and dinner (5 p.m. to 9 p.m.). It will be closed Sunday and Monday.

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

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

Employment and Training Solutions (at 1 St. Paul St., St. Catharines) will be closed Thanksgiving weekend, including Monday. The office will re-open on Tuesday, October 11 for regular hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Niagara College wishes you a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday!

Stage is set for October 7 rally at Niagara College to send Junior Culinary Team Canada off to the international Olympics in Germany

Niagara College’s Junior Culinary Team Canada will enjoy their moment in the college spotlight before being under the lights at The Culinary Olympics in Germany later this month.

A college-wide sendoff rally will be held Friday, October 7 at 11 a.m. to wish the team well as they prepare to compete for the international gold medal in Erfurt, Germany, from October 21-26. After three years of intensive training and competition, Canada’s best will be competing against the world’s best.

The rally will be held at the Niagara-on-the-Lake campus of Niagara College, home of the Canadian Food and Wine Institute, and will be followed by an opportunity to meet the team members.

WHO:
The Junior Culinary Team Canada
Dignitaries and guests
Niagara College staff and students

WHAT:
Sendoff rally for Team Canada

WHERE:
Lower Level Foyer, Niagara-on-the-Lake campus of Niagara College, 135 Taylor Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake

WHEN:
Friday, October 7, 2016, 11 a.m.

*Editors please note: this will be the only opportunity to photograph/interview the team, manager and coaches before their departure to Germany.

Additional info:

www.niagaracollege.ca/blog/2016/09/21/niagara-colleges-team-canada-turns-heat-ultimate-challenge-culinary-olympics
www.ncjrculinaryteamcanada.ca

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

Week-long mental health awareness campaign enters fourth year at NC

The Niagara College Student Administrative Council (NCSAC) in partnership with the College Student Alliance (CSA,  is proud to bring the Yellow Umbrella Project (YUP) back to the halls of Niagara College.

Now in its fourth year, the YUP campaign will continue to bring attention to mental health in post-secondary institutions across Ontario. Niagara College and the NCSAC have been at the forefront of institutions to embrace the campaign.

“Every summer, our Board of Directors gets together for a weekend retreat before the school year begins to identify priorities for the upcoming school year. This year, mental health awareness and advocacy on campus was unanimously favoured by our board,” said NCSAC president, AliceMary Nakiwala. “We couldn’t be happier to continue building an open, transformative dialogue about mental health at Niagara College.”

The Yellow Umbrella Project will take place from Monday, October 3 until Friday, October 7 at all Niagara College campuses.

For more information on YUP, including a full schedule of events and resources, please visit ncsac.ca/YellowUmbrellaProject

 

Monday, October 3

 

What Makes You Happy Photoshoot

Where: Outside the SAC Office

Outside the Core (WC)

Time: All Day

Tell us “What Makes You Happy?” at the #YUP photo booth to help spread the word of Mental Health Awareness. Be sure to use our new YUP filter on Snapchat.

 

Tuesday, October 4

 

BYOB – Bring Your Own Banana

Where: The Armoury & The Core

Time: noon  – 2 p.m. (or until supplies last)

Bring a banana to the Student Centre and receive a banana split with all of fixings. Didn’t bring a banana? Don’t worry, bananas will be sold for $.50 with all proceeds going towards the Student Emergency Food Bank.

Meditation Room

Where: W213 – Niagara-on-the-Lake

Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Need a quiet place to hang out? W213 will be available for students to relax during the hectic school day. Light refreshments provided.

 

Wednesday, October 5

 

Ya’ Laugh, Ya’ Lose

Where: The Core

Time: 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
This game was made famous on Youtube and now it’s your chance to give it a try! Come to the Core and take the test. Lots of prizes to be won. 

Cash Cube

Where: The Armoury

Time: 1 p.m.  – 3 p.m.

School can be a financial strain and NCSAC wants to help. Come to the Armoury for a chance to go in the Cash Cube. How much money will you win?

 

Thursday, October 6

 

Wake Up with #YUP

Where: The Armoury & The Core

Time: 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Come to the Student Centre during Rise and Shine for some hot breakfast options. Scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, toast, juice, bananas along with the usual continental breakfast will be provided. Wake up before you go-go! 

Disney Day

Where: The Core & The Armoury
Time: noon to 4 p.m.
Grab a bite, kick back and relax while watching some Disney favs. Inside Out and Toy Story 3 will be playing in the Student Centre from noon to 4 p.m.
Friday, October 7

Meditation Room

Where: SA 202 – Welland

Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Need a quiet place to hang out? SA 202 will be available for students to relax during the hectic school day. Light refreshments provided.

Retro Video Games Day (Welland)

Where: The Core

Time: 10 a.m.  – 3 p.m.

It’s a throwback to your childhood with some of your favourite Retro Video Games. They will be available to play in the Core from 10 a.m . to 3 p.m.  Let loose with Mario and the gang.Retro Video Games Day (NOTL)

Retro Video Games Day (NOTL)

Where: The Armoury

Time: 10 a.m.  – 3 p.m.

It’s a throwback to your childhood with some of your favourite Retro Video Games. They will be available to play in the Armoury from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Let loose with Mario and the gang. 

For more information on YUP, including a full schedule of events and resources, please visit ncsac.ca/YellowUmbrellaProject

 
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Contact
Name: Adam Maiolo
NCSAC Marketing Communications Manager
Phone: 905-735-2211 ext. 4227
Email: amaiolo@niagaracollege.ca

 

Faceless Dolls Workshop Oct. 3 to raise public awareness of missing and murdered aboriginal women

A student-led initiative at Niagara College aims to create 1,200 faceless dolls to honour the memory of missing and murdered aboriginal women and girls in Canada.

A workshop will be held on Monday, October 3 at the Welland Campus of Niagara College in the foyer at the main entrance from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. where participants can build a faceless doll which will be sent on to Ottawa for display at the Native Women Association of Canada headquarters.

The event is being organized by second year International Business Program student Alkiie-Babe Froman, a 25-year-old Welland resident who comes from Six Nations Reserve – with support from the college’s Indigenous Education staff members.

“Even though Prime Minister Trudeau and the government have been very supportive of the inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women, it is still very important to keep the issue before the public so more people can be aware of the impact of these losses throughout the aboriginal communities,” said Froman, who is organizing this event for the second year. “It is vital we continue this important tradition.”

In addition to the workshop where participants can construct their own dolls, information will be on display to increase awareness of issues impacting First Nations women.

What: Faceless Dolls Workshop
When: Monday, October 3, 2016, 10 am-2 pm
Where: Welland Campus, Niagara College, main entrance foyer

www.niagaracollege.ca/insidenc/2016/09/26/faceless-dolls-workshop-oct-31/

 

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Susan McConnell
Media Relations Advisor
Niagara College
905.641.2252 x 4330

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 Part-Time Studies 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 Part-Time Studies 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 Part-Time Studies 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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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.