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Project Brew Expo 150: Students serve up craft brews with Canadian twist

The public will have an opportunity to sample what’s on tap from Canada’s next generation of brewmasters at Project Brew Beer Expo 150.

The Canadian sesquicentennial summer exhibition of student-made craft beer is hosted by students in the final semester class of Niagara College’s Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management program. The event will be held Friday, August 11 (5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.) at the St. Catharines Market Square (50 Church St., St. Catharines).

Students will present a selection of 17 beer styles that have been locally developed and produced at the NC Teaching Brewery – with a Canadian twist. The Expo 150 theme was selected as a tribute to Canada’s 150th anniversary and the 50th anniversary of Montreal’s Expo 67. The students have each selected a different Canadian-themed icon to identify their beer and themselves as a brewer.

Brewmaster student Tomas Masden, event co-chair, is using a ‘Peace Tower of Sour’ icon to represent his kettle soured Witbier – what he calls the perfect refreshment for the summer heat. Masden, who is originally from Alliston and had a background in chemical engineering and bioengineering, had been working in the nuclear industry prior to enrolling at NC. As a Brewmaster student, he values the opportunity to not only create the beer others will enjoy but learning about event planning through the Project Brew experience.

“I’m looking forward to it being a celebration. It’s the cumulative project for our class and I’m excited to see and try everyone’s final beers,” he said. “It’s a great way for our class to work together one last time.”

Kimberly Lucas, who is originally from Toronto, is creating a Chamomile Passion Fruit Wheat Beer for the event, using the canoe as her icon. She is not only looking forward to sharing her own beer at the event but to celebrate those of her classmates.

“It has been really great finding out everyone’s strengths through the process, perhaps from previous jobs or careers, and putting together something that exposes all our hard work over the past 16 months,” she said.

Faculty advisor April Tyrrell noted that the event is an opportunity for the public to sample unique, locally developed and often experimental small batch beers from the College’s Teaching Brewery; and for graduating students to showcase what they have learned.

“Project Brew is the culmination of four semesters of learning for the Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management students. Not only do the students design a recipe and create an original beer from scratch, they also plan and execute Project Brew to highlight the skills they have acquired during their time at Niagara College,” said Tyrrell. “This fun community event is an excellent opportunity for students to promote themselves and their beer to the general public.”


Matt Soos Memorial Fund

All proceeds from Project Brew will benefit a Memorial Fund in memory of 2014 Brewmaster graduate Matt Soos. The fund was established by Muskoka Brewery and Railway City Brewing – both former employers of Soos – and is awarded annually to the student who brews the best beer in the Niagara College Annual Brewmaster Competition.

The Soos family will be in attendance on August 11 to pour Matt Soos’ signature beer, which will be served at the event in addition to the student beers.

Tickets

Tickets are $17.50 to $20, including entry to the event, a commemorative sample glass, and four beer tokens. Tickets may be purchased through the Project Brew website: https://ncprojectbrew.ca/

NC’s Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management program was launched in 2010 as the first of its kind in Canada. The award-winning, two-year program offers extensive hands-on training at an on-site, state-of-the-art Teaching Brewery to prepare students for employment in the expanding brewery, microbrewery and brewpub industries. Located at the College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus, students learn from award-winning faculty and have access to on-site hop yard and local farm products to brew a full range of beer styles. Visit http://www.ncteachingbrewery.ca/

Currently celebrating its 50th year as a College of Applied Arts and Technology, NC is a leader in applied education and a key contributor to the economies of Niagara and Ontario. A regional college with global reach, NC offers more than 100 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs. Visit niagaracollege.ca.

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Ontario celebrates grand opening of Advanced Manufacturing Centre in Welland

Ontario Ministry of Finance news release:

Ontario is supporting the development of a highly-skilled workforce and helping businesses in Niagara region access the technology and expertise they need to grow, create jobs and compete in the global marketplace.

Today Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance, joined local companies, Niagara College students and industry leaders at the grand opening of the Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre in Welland.

The new Niagara College-affiliated centre provides students with more than 15,000 square feet of lab space for hands-on applied learning, innovation space for companies to work onsite and office space for Niagara students and industry staff.

The centre will also help Ontario’s small and medium-sized manufacturers save on production costs and reduce production time by providing them access to leading-edge equipment and state-of-the-art research facilities as well as the expertise and business services of faculty and students.

Fostering innovation and growth, and increasing opportunities for the province’s workers, is part of Ontario’s plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.
           

QUOTES

“Ontario’s dynamic manufacturing sector is a key component of our diverse economy. The Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre is a shining example of a company that has taken advantage of home grown talent to drive success, while providing custom work for businesses throughout the region. These investments are among the many significant measures we’ve taken to help the sector grow and compete as we build and nurture the workforce of tomorrow.”

— Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance

 

“By supporting the Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre, students in the Niagara Region will have access to modern learning spaces and equipment that will help them develop the skills they’ll need for the jobs of today and tomorrow.”

— Deb Matthews, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development

 

“It’s an exciting day for Niagara College as we formally recognize how the province of Ontario’s investment and the donation from the Walker family has made it possible to provide manufacturers with increased access to leading-edge facilities, equipment, technical expertise, training and services, while increasing training and employment opportunities for our students.”

— Dan Patterson, President, Niagara College

 

QUICK FACTS

  • Ontario invested $4.2 million for Niagara College’s new Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre.
  • Manufacturing real GDP in Ontario has risen for three consecutive years, while employment in the sector increased by more than 6,000 in 2016 and continues to advance in 2017.  
  • Over the past three years, Ontario’s economy has grown faster than Canada’s and that of all G7 countries, supported by the government’s strategic investments. Manufacturing, exports and business investments are increasing and the unemployment rate continues to decline.

 

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Construction Begins on New Manufacturing Innovation Centre

 

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Déjà brew: Niagara College Teaching Brewery wins again at U.S. Open Beer Championship

Niagara College’s Teaching Brewery professors and students are celebrating another round of success at the 2017 United States Open Beer Championship.

NC’s Teaching Brewery earned two bronze medals at the 2017 U.S. Open Beer Championship earlier this month. More than 6,000 beers representing more than 100 different styles from breweries from around the world were submitted into this year’s competition to be considered by judges from England, Canada and the United States. 

Out of the 24 medals won by Canadian breweries, NC’s Teaching Brewery earned two bronze medals – one for its Beer 101 Bitter and another for its Beer 101 Strong. This marks two years in a row and three years out of four that Beer 101 Strong has earned bronze at the U.S. Open. It is the ninth award in five years for Beer101 Bitter, which is also sold in bottles as Butler’s Bitter.

The Beer 101 Strong is a strong British ale brewed to be blended in other beers or served on special occasions. Originally brewed as a Christmas celebration ale, the brew was so popular, it was brought back and renamed. The brew has won five awards to date: gold (2016) at the Ontario Brewing Awards, silver (2015) at the Dublin Craft Beer Cup, and three bronze medals (2014 as Brewmaster Strong, 2015 and 2017) at the U.S. Open Beer Championships.

The multiple award-winning Beer 101 Bitter — which captured bronze in the Bitter category – was created in 2012 (as Butler’s Bitter) to celebrate the bicentennial of the war of 1812. With a 4.4% alcohol content, this English style Bitter has won numerous contests already including gold (2012), silver (2011, 2013, 2015) and bronze (2013) at the U.S. Open, gold (2013) and silver (2017) at the Ontario Brewing awards, gold at the Canadian Brewing awards (2013), silver 2013 and bronze (2014) at the Dublin Beer Cup (2013), and bronze at the World Beer Championships (2014).

“The fact that brews win in multiple years shows that the students are learning how to brew consistent high quality beers,” said NC brewmaster and professor Jon Downing. “Different groups of students or classes have brewed every single one of our entries.”

Downing who serves as director of judging for the U.S. Open Beer Championships – but is not involved with judging entries from the NC Teaching Brewery – travelled to Oxford, Mississippi for the competition judging. He was accompanied by 15 students from the College’s Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management program who had the opportunity to help facilitate judging and serve samples, among other duties.

“Having the students participate in the judging is a great real world experience for them,” said Downing “Apart from the exposure to many different beers, breweries and the sensory training that enhances, they also have the opportunity to judge with educators, owners, brewers, writers and many other great beer folk.”

For Mike Lyons, who worked as a medic/firefighter in the Alberta Oil fields before enrolling in the two-year Brewmaster program at NC, it was the second time he had the opportunity to participate in the U.S. Open Beer Championship.

“As a student in the program, it is amazing to see the College place in a couple categories,” Lyons said. “It is reassuring that the beers we are making are not only providing us with valuable knowledge and experience, but the final product is at a comparable level of quality to great craft breweries across North America and the world.

“I think it gives a lot of merit to the program at Niagara College and legitimizes its place as an important member of Ontario’s craft beer industry.”

In addition to the two winning beers from its Teaching Brewery, Niagara College’s research division developed another beer which won gold in the non-alcoholic category: MADD Virgin Craft Brewed Lager (Hill Street Beverage, Canada). More than three years ago, MADD Virgin Drinks turned to Research & Innovation at Niagara College (formerly Niagara Research) to develop a beer with 0% alcohol. In addition to college researchers, product development tapped into the expertise of staff and students at the NC Teaching Brewery.

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

 

Niagara College medals at the U.S. Open Beer Championship

2011
Silver, First Draft Ale (Bitter)
Silver, Stomp (Old Ale)
Bronze, Rudolph’s Red Nose Ale (Barley Wine)

2012
Gold, Butler’s Bitter (Bitter)
Gold, Helenboch (Munich Helles)
Silver, First Draft Ale (English Summer Ale)
Silver, Bertwell’s Rudolph’s (Wood/Barrel Aged)

NC Teaching Brewery ranked No. 6 brewery in competition

2013
Silver, First Draft Ale (English Summer Ale)
Bronze, Butler’s Bitter (Bitter)
Bronze, Brewmaster Wheat (German Wheat Beer)

2014
Bronze, Brewmaster Strong (Old Ale)

2015
Gold, Brewmaster Stout (Foreign Stout)
Silver, Butler’s Bitter/BEER 101 Bitter (Bitter)
Bronze, Liqueur de Malt (American Imperial Pilsner) 

2016
Bronze, Beer 101 Strong Ale (Old Ale)

NC’s award-winning brews are available for purchase at the NC Teaching Brewery retail outlet located at 135 Taylor Rd., Niagara-on-the-Lake. The store is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Currently celebrating its 50th year as a College of Applied Arts and Technology, NC is a leader in applied education and a key contributor to the economies of Niagara and Ontario. A regional college with global reach, NC offers more than 100 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs.

 

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Registration is now open for Niagara College Part-Time Studies

You don’t need to be a full-time student to rekindle a passion for learning this fall.

Niagara College Part-Time Studies is offering more than 300 continuing education study options, both in-class and online – from career-based and academic upgrading courses, to professional development seminars, personal interest classes and enjoyable leisure activities.                 

The College’s new Part Time Studies Fall brochure is now available on Niagara College’s website, niagaracollege.ca, and delivery is in progress via Canada Post to residents throughout Niagara.                                                                                                                                                                                

New to discover this fall: Arts and Design offerings, including Metal Etching on Silver, the Japanese Art of Kintsugi, and Stunning Alcohol Ink Creations.

For those interested in updating their resume, the College offers training in MS Outlook (2016) Parts I and II, Corporate Etiquette, Security Guard Training, and the ‘how to’s’ of Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. 

Opportunities to learn a new language without the stress of tests and homework are available, including a course in conversational French or Spanish – Just for Fun! By popular request, advanced level music options have been added, including Blues Harmonica (Intermediate) and Song Writing with Rick Rose. 

In time for the holidays, the College is offering Christmas craft workshops including Christmas Door Wreaths, Christmas Centrepieces, and Professional Bow Making.                                                                                                                       

View the College’s complete course listing online at www.niagaracollege.ca/parttimestudies. Fall term in-class sessions begin the week of September 5 and online course monthly intakes begin September 12. Check the website for complete details.       

Currently celebrating its 50th year as a College of Applied Arts and Technology, NC is a leader in applied education and a key contributor to the economies of Niagara and Ontario. A regional college with global reach, NC offers more than 100 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs. Visit niagaracollege.ca.

 

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NC Research team at the core of unique ‘hard cider’ launch

This summer season is perhaps the sweetest yet for Ryan Monkman. That’s because he’s basking in the glow of helping bring a unique cider beverage from Niagara College’s labs to licensed patios across Ontario this summer.

Available now at LCBO stores, Reinhart’s Red Apple Light Cider was part of a Research & Innovation project at the College when Monkman was a research associate there and a student of the Wine and Viticulture Technician program. Being able to now see the fruits of that work on sale to a welcoming public is nothing short of exhilarating, he said.

“A friend even asked if I’ve tried the new Reinhart’s cider!” Tried it? Monkman worked on the initial fermentation/trial in developing the first and only “light” beverage of its kind (at 3.8 percent alcohol) in the Canadian cider category.

That final product was the result of a close collaboration between the research team at the College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute Innovation Centre and Reinhart Foods Ltd., well known for its vinegars and baking ingredients.

Reinhart has significant experience in fermentation and capital-intensive, liquid-based manufacturing; however, the company did not have the necessary experience or equipment to develop a world-class hard apple cider beverage, explained Innovation Centre project manager Kristine Canniff.

“The NC research team handled everything from product development, competitive and sensory analysis and quality control, to knowledge transfer in providing final recipe and process” for making the cider at Reinhart’s site in Stayner, Ontario, said Canniff.

The 10-month project, which took place from January to October 2016, was funded by a College and Community Innovation Enhancement grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

Reinhart decided to enter the craft market in the light cider category – and was set on providing a lower alcohol and “pure and natural” product and one made with a single ingredient: 100 percent Ontario apple cider, said Scott Singer, general manager and third-generation family member of Reinhart Foods.

“We are so proud that the quality of our product is to the highest degree we imagined: no artificial colours, flavours or additives,” he said, adding the “seasoned expertise” in the Research & Innovation division was what initially attracted Reinhart to the College.

This expertise includes the College’s Gavin Robertson, faculty research lead for the Reinhart project, and instructor with the NC Teaching Winery. Robertson is no stranger to the world of ciders: in 2015 he led a team of students at the Teaching Winery to develop the school’s first ever cider – called Cider 101 – a product currently for sale at the retail outlet.

Monkman is grateful for the opportunity to work on the development of a major product. “By engaging with a dedicated industry partner and research institution, I developed the skills and drive necessary to excel in a competitive market,” he said. “I was transformed from an average student into a world-ready professional.”

 

Where to find Reinhart’s Red Apple Light Cider

  • Available at LCBO stores across Ontario
  • The Big Feastival – Aug. 18 – 20 at Burl’s Creek, Oro-Medonte
  • Toronto Cider Festival – Aug. 26 at Sherbourne Common by Sugar Beach

 

Niagara College’s Research & Innovation division provides real-world solutions for business, key industry sectors, and the community through applied research and knowledge transfer activities. 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. From new recipe development to shelf-life testing and nutritional labeling, the CFWI Innovation Centre pairs industry partners with faculty, recent graduates and students with the right expertise and equipment to meet industry’s needs.\

Currently celebrating its 50th year as a College of Applied Arts and Technology, NC is a leader in applied education and a key contributor to the economies of Niagara and Ontario. A regional college with global reach, NC offers more than 100 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs. Visit niagaracollege.ca.

 

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Applications now being accepted for Niagara College’s next Many Hands Project

Calling all Niagara-based charitable organizations: Need a small upgrade to your facility or programming? 

Applications are currently being accepted for Niagara College’s next Many Hands Project.

Managed by the College’s School of Hospitality, Tourism and Sport, and faculty and students from the Event Management program, the annual Many Hands Project has been making its mark on the Niagara region for the past 20 years, by providing facility upgrades to local non-profit organizations.

After two decades of success, the College will kick-start its 21st annual Many Hands Project with a new focus on smaller scale projects that involve a one- or two-day facility rejuvenation. Projects will fall within an approximate budget of $5,000 – for example, a new coat of paint, new flooring, a new look to an outdoor space, and/or initiatives that aim to improve programming.

“While equipping our students with the valuable hands-on skills and real-world experience they need to succeed in the industry, we take pride in the fact that our project will continue to build on its legacy of assisting non-profits that contribute so positively to our Niagara communities,” said Christine Blane, professor and coordinator of the Event Management program. “There are many non-profits that could use alternative levels of support and the Many Hands Project has positioned itself to reach out.”

Students from the College’s post-graduate Event Management program will plan, manage and host a fundraising event to support this year’s project. The facility upgrade will be completed by a team of volunteers from the College, the recipient organization, and the community.

Applicants must be a non-profit agency in Niagara that serves the community. Those interested in becoming the recipient of the next Many Hands Project may access an application at www.niagaracollege.ca/manyhands

Applications must be submitted for consideration by August 24, 2017. The selected recipient organization is expected to be announced this fall.

For full details regarding the 2017-2018 Many Hands Project, visit the website at www.niagaracollege.ca/manyhands

Currently celebrating its 50th year as a College of Applied Arts and Technology, NC is a leader in applied education and a key contributor to the economies of Niagara and Ontario. A regional college with global reach, NC offers more than 100 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs. Visit niagaracollege.ca.

 

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Food Starter and Niagara College offer unique mentoring expertise to budding food entrepreneurs

From left: Craig Youdale, dean of NC’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute; Dana McCauley, executive director, Food Starter; Jeffrey Steen, industry engagement and corporate training manager, NC’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute; and Gary Torraville, associate dean, NC’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute.

Generations of your family have relished Great Aunt Gertha’s seasoned gherkins, but would jars of the delicious homemade pickles fly off the local grocery store shelf?

Food Starter and Niagara College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute specialists may help you come up with the answer. The two have combined culinary skills and business marketing expertise to offer Food Business Feasibility workshops to budding entrepreneurs.

The intensive week-long workshops will help business hopefuls bring to life their ideas for food-based enterprises. Focusing on saleability, targeting customers, goal-setting and financial strategies, Food Starter – Canada’s trailblazing food business incubator and accelerator – and Niagara College – a leading college in pre-emptive, experiential learning – will offer expertise and marketing savvy to workshop participants.

“Food Starter can increase an entrepreneur’s chances of success in commercializing a food product because we offer all of the resources needed to go from concept to shelf,” said Food Starter executive director Dana McCauley. “We help entrepreneurs – from those right out of the gate with a great idea, to those who are concentrating on growing their business.”

Food Starter is a partner with the CFWI’s Expert Edge program, which offers the public expertise and knowledge in the fields of food, wine and beer, through its world-class staff of specialists.

“Expert Edge provides programming specially designed to support professional development and industry,” said CFWI dean Craig Youdale. “With Food Starter, we can contribute expertise for intensive, specialized sessions for those who want to take an idea to the next level and beyond.”

The partnership is focused on the long-term goal of creating opportunities within the job market.

Focusing on academic training, NC’s Expert Edge and Food Starter will work together to deliver specific courses to their client base – the College’s culinary innovation students as well as Food Starter business clients – to develop workshop programs and deliver the expert sessions. The partnership can also connect clients with the Canadian Food and Wine Institute Innovation Centre, which offers a full suite of services to support industry innovation and commercialization of new products and processes in the food and beverage sector.

“Entrepreneurial skills are valuable in new graduates and business people regardless of whether they are going to run their own businesses or work for others,” said McCauley. “Our partnership will help participants find jobs and test and launch their own business ideas.”

The premiere session will be held August 21-25 at the Aurora Public Library. Other courses are being scheduled and will be announced soon.

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. In addition to Benchmark Restaurant, it features on-campus learning enterprises including the NC Teaching Winery – Canada’s first and only commercial teaching winery – and the NC Teaching Brewery – also the first of its kind in Canada. The CFWI is also home to CFWI Innovation Centre, which offers a full suite of services to support industry innovation and commercialization of new products and processes in the food and beverage sector. Visit Canadianfoodandwineinstitute.ca

Food Starter is Canada’s trailblazing food business incubator and accelerator. Offering 20,000 sq.ft of small scale food production space as well as the training, mentorship and consulting that growing businesses need to develop and commercialize food business ideas, Food Starter is located at Keele and Lawrence in Toronto. Food Starter is ideal for entrepreneurs, early stage food businesses as well as growing companies who want to innovate and get to market quickly and successfully. Visit Foodstarter.ca

Currently celebrating its 50th year as a College of Applied Arts and Technology, NC is a leader in applied education and a key contributor to the economies of Niagara and Ontario. A regional college with global reach, NC offers more than 100 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs. Visit niagaracollege.ca.

 

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Niagara College Teaching Winery wins four medals at All Canadian Wine Championships

National success continues for Niagara College’s Teaching Winery with four new medals at the 37th annual All Canadian Wine Championships.

The College’s Teaching Winery received a double gold for its 2013 Prodigy Icewine, a gold for its 2012 Balance Brut Sparkling Wine, a silver for its 2012 Meritage, and a bronze for its 2013 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay, from the competition. Known as the oldest and one of the largest wine competitions in Canada, this year’s ACWC was held June 5-8 in Prince Edward County.

The news was applauded by staff and students across the College – particularly from the NC Teaching Winery and the College’s wine programs.

“For the production team at the Teaching Winery, these results show us where we’re doing a good job,” said winemaker Gavin Robertson. “It’s important to me that we’re producing great wines not just with specific grapes or in specific styles, but consistently across everything that we’re making.”

Robertson, who is also a graduate of the College’s Winery and Viticulture Technician program (2011), noted that NC students are actively involved at the NC Teaching Winery, working in the vineyards and cellar throughout the year, as well as on their own small batch projects.

“Alongside our winemaking team, students are exposed to all of these different styles of winemaking,” added Robertson. “Medals from the ACWC represent their success and suggest a bright future for Ontario winemaking.”

Students such as Kalem Magny of the Winery and Viticulture Technician program believe the competition results will positively impact their future.

“This success increases our confidence level for when we graduate from this program and continue to work towards our long-term goals,” said Magny. “This achievement not only connects us to the national industry but truly speaks to the great winemaker of the program as well – and, for that, we are proud and thankful to be a part of something much bigger.”

The competition requires participants to use ingredients grown exclusively in Canada. This year’s ACWC received 1,407 entries this year from 224 wineries, meaderies and cideries. Entries were critiqued by a panel of 20 judges and 538 awards were granted – 136 from Ontario.

NC’s award-winning wines are available for purchase at the NC Teaching Winery retail outlet located at the Wine Visitor + Education Centre (135 Taylor Rd., Niagara-on-the-Lake), which is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Currently celebrating its 50th year as a College of Applied Arts and Technology, NC is a leader in applied education and a key contributor to the economies of Niagara and Ontario. A regional college with global reach, NC offers more than 100 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs. Visit niagaracollege.ca.

 

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Convocation Day 3: Health and community take centre stage

When guest speaker Derek McNally gazed across the podium and into the crowd at Niagara College’s Spring Convocation ceremony, he didn’t only see hundreds of new graduates donned in their caps and gowns.

“Look at all those potential recruits!” he said.

On the afternoon of June 22, the executive vice-president of clinical services, and chief nursing executive at Niagara Health addressed new graduates from NC’s School of Allied Health Studies, and School of Nursing and Personal Support Worker Studies. He noted the differences in the industry since he entered the industry 40 years ago and offered advice to those entering the industry today.

“While some people pine for ‘the good old days,’ we need to appreciate the scientific and technological advances that allow clinicians to deliver sophisticated care in a contemporary fast-paced environment,” he said. “At the same time, we must preserve the time-honoured skills of listening, therapeutic conversation, and personal touch in caring for patients and families.”

McNally spoke about the increasing importance of patient-centred care and how, as health care providers become increasingly specialized and, consequently, increasingly reliant on technology, it can become more challenging to retain their humanity, sense of compassion, and follow their instincts.

“Patients do not put their trust in machines or devices. They put their trust in you,” he said.

McNally shared life lessons with the new graduates: to maintain their integrity, be a leader, be practical, keep a good sense of humour, treat co-workers well, to remember their mission – to take care of people – and to be present.

“The most powerful aspects of being a leader is seeing the world through the eyes of those we serve every day,” he said. “That lens is a critical filter for decision-making and thinking about the examples we set as leaders for care and service to one another.”

McNally received an Honorary Diploma in Health Studies.

Sean Conway (left) receives an Honorary Bachelor of Applied Studies from NC president Dan Patterson on June 22.

At the morning ceremony, guest speaker Sean Conway addressed new graduates from the College’s School of Community Services. The visiting professor at Ryerson University and public policy advisor for Gowling WLG Canada LLP, noted two areas of opportunity that will be key for the Class of 2017: demographics and the technological revolution.

“The baby boomers are finally about to exit stage left, and there will be a gaping hole of both numbers and talents that will be your job to fill – and it is a big hole,” he said, noting the  annual growth of the Canadian population was reported at just 1% in the 2016 Canadian Census  – the lowest birth rate in the history of Canada – and the growth of the working age group, between 16 and 64, was almost zero.

“So if the population is aging, and the group that comes in to refresh the workforce is growing at the lowest, slowest rate in the history of the country, that – my friends – is opportunity.”

Conway said Niagara College graduates are well prepared to enter a workforce that is being revolutionized by technology – noting, for example, that the College was cited by local media as having the best 3D printer in Canada, and the educational infrastructure at NC has been key to companies such as General Electric, deciding to locate in and invest in the community.

He also spoke of how demographics create opportunities in healthcare, housing, recreation, education; and how a rapidly growing middle class also creates opportunities in the food and beverage sector, such as the Niagara wine industry.

Conway highlighted the importance of lifelong learning, and how education goes well beyond personal fulfillment; there is a direct link between education and economic opportunity. For the educational-economic partnership to take root and succeed and create a level of wealth expected in areas such as the Golden Horseshoe, Conway said that community, business and labour leaders must be prepared to get involved, get engaged, invest, and make meaningful ongoing contributions in education.

“I say to the community, what goes on here doesn’t happen by accident,” he said.

Conway received an Honorary Bachelor of Applied Studies during the ceremony.

More than 1,200 students graduated June 22, day three of the College’s Spring Convocation.

 

2017 Spring Convocation Ceremonies

This year’s convocation ceremonies have a special significance as the College celebrates its 50th anniversary. More than 4,600 students will graduate from the College, during four days of ceremonies from June 20 to June 23 held at the Welland Campus.

For the final ceremony, to be held at 10 a.m. June 23, the College welcomes award-winning journalist Murray Brewster, senior parliamentary defence and foreign policy writer at CBC News as the guest speaker and recipient of a Distinguished Alumni Award. Brewster, who is originally from Welland, graduated from NC in 1985.

View previous convocation releases:

http://www.niagaracollege.ca/blog/2017/06/21/convocation-day-2-speakers-inspire-new-grads-dream-big/

http://www.niagaracollege.ca/blog/2017/06/20/head-class-top-grad-achieves-97-86-average-dreams-meaningful-service/

http://www.niagaracollege.ca/blog/2017/06/20/niagara-college-kicks-off-spring-convocation-ceremonies/

http://www.niagaracollege.ca/insidenc/2017/06/15/50th-anniversary-sees-record-graduating-class-for-ncs-spring-convocation/

Niagara College’s convocation ceremonies are streamed live at:

livestream.com/accounts/15502389/NCgrad2017

Currently celebrating its 50th year as a College of Applied Arts and Technology, NC is a leader in applied education and a key contributor to the economies of Niagara and Ontario. A regional college with global reach, NC offers more than 100 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs.

 

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Note: Convocation takes place at the Welland Campus and free parking is available Lots A and C.

 

 

Media inquiries, please contact:

 

Susan McConnell
Media advisor
905-641-2252 x 4330
Cell: 905-933-6259
smcconnell@niagaracollege.ca

Convocation Day 2: Speakers inspire new grads to ‘dream big’

Two inspiring speakers, one top scholar, and 1,700 new graduates were in the spotlight on June 21 as Niagara College marked day two of its Spring Convocation Ceremonies.

John Ferguson addresses new graduates at the June 21 afternoon ceremony.

Graduates from the School of Business Management Studies, and School of Environmental and Horticultural Studies had an opportunity to hear from a Niagara success story John Ferguson, president and CEO of Purolator Canada, at the afternoon ceremony. Ferguson, who was born and raised in Fort Erie, told graduates it has been exactly 30 years since his own graduation.

“Thirty years ago, I was sitting exactly where you are now, with no idea that I would lead a company the size of Purolator,” he said. “If I can do this, it’s entirely possible that you will too.”

Ferguson shared guiding principles that he has learned throughout his career with the new grads.

“Class of 2017, you are starting your careers at such an exciting time. You have the education, the knowledge and the ability to do almost anything, anywhere in the world, in any industry,” he said. “Think big, be bold, create your networks, build relationships, stay true to your values, and don’t ever stop trying. Do this and amazing things will happen.”

Former deputy minister Deborah Newman speaks at the afternoon ceremony on June 21.

At the morning ceremony, former deputy minister, Ontario Public Service, Deborah Newman, who is currently a distinguished visiting professor at Ryerson University, addressed new graduates from the School of Academic and Liberal Studies, and the School of Justice and Fitness Studies. She encouraged grads to “dream big,” sharing her own career journey, from the front lines of correctional services as a probation and parole officer, all the way up the ranks to the high office of deputy minister.

“Anything is possible if you have bold dreams, opportunity, passion and determination,” she said.

Her advice to the new graduates: treat others with kindness and compassion; be an agent for change by embracing diversity and inclusion; and don’t shut out those who hold a different point of view that your own.

“Your education gives you more than knowledge. It gives you the power to improve your life and the lives of others,” she said.

Both guest speakers received an Honorary Bachelor of Applied Studies.

Governor General’s Academic Medal

Paige MacPherson, recipient of the Governor General’s Academic Medal, thanks faculty, classmates, friends and family for their support.

The College’s top student Paige MacPherson, who achieved a 97.86% grade-point average, received the prestigious Governor General’s Academic Medal during the morning ceremony. MacPherson, who graduated from the Police Foundations – Advanced Standing program said she was honoured to receive the award.

“I am so glad that I took the chance, overcame my fears of leaving good things behind and came out here to NC to further my goal of becoming a police officer. I found a place that was welcoming and a program that I was so interested in,” she said. “For me, that interest made all the difference in the world for being successful in my studies. My motivation helped me to engage fully in every aspect of my experience here at NC.”

View media release about Governor General’s Academic Award winner here:

http://www.niagaracollege.ca/blog/2017/06/20/head-class-top-grad-achieves-97-86-average-dreams-meaningful-service/

2017 Spring Convocation Ceremonies

This year’s convocation ceremonies have a special significance as the College celebrates its 50th anniversary. More than 4,600 students will graduate from the College, during four days of ceremonies from June 20 to June 23 at the Welland Campus.

NC kicked off its Spring Convocation on June 20. Upcoming ceremonies will include a roster of distinguished speakers:

  • Sean Conway, visiting professor, Ryerson University, former Ontario minister of education, will receive an Honorary Bachelor of Applied Studies (June 22, 10 a.m.);
  • Derek McNally, executive vice president of Clinical Services, and a chief nursing executive at Niagara Health System, will receive an Honorary Diploma in Health Studies (June 22, 3 p.m.); and
  • Murray Brewster, CBC News, senior parliamentary defence and foreign policy writer, who is originally from Welland and graduated from NC in 1985, will receive a Distinguished Alumni Award (June 23, 10 a.m.).

View previous convocation releases:

http://www.niagaracollege.ca/blog/2017/06/20/niagara-college-kicks-off-spring-convocation-ceremonies/

http://www.niagaracollege.ca/insidenc/2017/06/15/50th-anniversary-sees-record-graduating-class-for-ncs-spring-convocation/

Niagara College’s convocation ceremonies are streamed live at:

livestream.com/accounts/15502389/NCgrad2017

Currently celebrating its 50th year as a College of Applied Arts and Technology, NC is a leader in applied education and a key contributor to the economies of Niagara and Ontario. A regional college with global reach, NC offers more than 100 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs.

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Media inquiries, please contact:

Susan McConnell
Media advisor
905-641-2252 x 4330
Cell: 905-933-6259
smcconnell@niagaracollege.ca