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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.

 

 

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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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Niagara College kicks off Spring Convocation Ceremonies

“Where are we going to work when we grow up?”

That was the question once asked by Patrick Whalen’s daughter that changed his life forever, leading him to his vocation: to create jobs for his community.

As Niagara College ushered in the first day of its 2017 Spring Convocation Ceremonies on June 20, new graduates and their guests heard inspiring words of wisdom from the “serial entrepreneur” who has launched more than 20 businesses and is currently the director of the Niagara Global Tourism Institute in Niagara Falls, NY.

Whalen, who addressed a crowd of more than 760 new graduates from the College’s School of Hospitality, Tourism and Sport, told them to simply remember “VIC,” which stands for Vocation, Innovation and Collaboration.

“The world is changing. Even industries we once thought would never change, like education and tourism will not be immune to change,” he said. “Find your passion, innovate, and involve others to find solutions.”

Whalen received an Honorary Diploma in Tourism Management during the ceremony.

College president Dan Patterson told the new graduates that their Niagara College education is a wise investment that will serve as a passport to a world of promise and possibility.

“During your time with us, you have developed skills and knowledge and real world experience that only an applied education can provide. This will set you apart and give you a distinct advantage as you begin or continue on your career path,” he said.

“It is you who will  help drive our economy and future prosperity, because it is college graduates who make our communities work, and in no place is that more relevant than right here in Niagara.”

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.

Upcoming ceremonies will include a roster of distinguished speakers:

  • Deborah Newman, distinguished visiting professor, Ryerson University, and former deputy minister, Ontario Public Service, who will receive an Honorary Bachelor of Applied Studies (June 21, 10 a.m.);
  • John Ferguson, CEO and president of Purolator Courier, will receive an Honorary Bachelor of Applied Studies (June 21, 3 p.m.);
  • Sean Conway, visiting professor, Ryerson University, former Ontario minister of education, who 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, who 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.).

On Wednesday, June 21, Police Foundations – Advanced Standing student Paige MacPherson will be awarded the prestigious Governor General’s Academic Medal for achieving a 97.86% grade point average – the highest at the College. View media release here.

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.

View Convocation media release: 50th anniversary sees record graduating class for Spring Convocation

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Photo: Guest speaker Patrick Whalen (left) receives an Honorary Diploma in Tourism Management from NC president Dan Patterson.

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

 

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Meet NC’s 2017 Spring Convocation speakers

Niagara College is celebrating Spring Convocation with a  roster of distinguished guest speakers. Find out who they are for each of our ceremonies below.
Day 1: Tuesday, June 20, 3 p.m. ceremony:

Patrick J. Whalen, Director Niagara Global Tourism Institute

Guest speaker and recipient of an Honorary Diploma in Tourism Management

A serial entrepreneur who has started more than 20 businesses in a variety of industries, Patrick J. Whalen is the director of the Niagara Global Tourism Institute; managing partner of Capstone Scientific, LLC; and executive vice president of the Canadian American Border Trade Alliance.
Whalen served as the chief operating officer of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus (BNMC), Inc. for nearly eight years until November 2015. In addition to managing day-to-day operations, he was the unofficial ‘entrepreneur-in-residence’ who worked to foster collaboration and job creation on the campus and throughout the bi-national region.
Among the businesses Whalen has started is Fulfillment Systems International (FSI), a technology driven logistics services provider. FSI grew from a one-person startup in 1985 to a firm with annual sales of $20 million and more than 200 employees in five locations in Canada, Europe, and the U.S.A. before being sold to UPS in 2000. It is now part of UPS Supply Chain Solutions.
He currently sits on the board of directors of the Association of University Research Parks, World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara, Canadian / American Border Trade Alliance, Western New York Public Broadcasting WNED / WBFO, New Buffalo Capital LP, Health Sciences Charter School, the Richardson Center Corporation, and the Council of the Great Lakes Region.
Whalen was the secretary of the Direct Marketing Industry Working Group in Washington, D.C., and has served on the boards of the Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority, Rotary Club of Buffalo (twice), the American Red Cross Buffalo Chapter, Binational Tourism Alliance, Centre for Entrepreneurial Leadership Alumni Association (twice), Continental1, Kaleida Health Foundation, and Buffalo
Niagara WorldConnect. He was also co-chair of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership
Logistics Council, and conceptualized and co-founded Come-to America which seeks to utilize the Buffalo Niagara region’s logistics assets to attract international companies. His most recent endeavor is co-founding the Binational Research and Innovation Corridor which utilizes the assets in Western New York, and the Hamilton and Niagara regions in Southern Ontario.
A Rotarian since 1986, Whalen was an organizer of the new Rotary club on the BNMC, and served on its board of directors during the club’s inaugural year.
Whalen is a graduate of the University at Buffalo School of Management’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership and attended Canisius College.

Day 2: Wednesday, June 21, 10 a.m. ceremony:

Deborah Newman: Former Deputy Minister, Ontario Public Service and Distinguished Visiting Professor, Ryerson University

Guest speaker and recipient of an Honorary Bachelor of Applied Studies

Deborah Newman held the position of deputy minister in the Ontario Public Service from 2005 to 2015, serving as deputy minister for the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities; deputy minister of Correctional Services; and deputy minister of Community Safety.
Newman’s career in the public service encompasses more than 35 years in direct service, policy development, management and executive roles in Ontario and Alberta. She has worked extensively in the justice sector as well as the advanced education sector.
The Women’s Executive Network has twice honoured Newman with a
Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 award. She has also received Diversity Journal’s CEO Leadership in Action award for her leadership of diversity initiatives.
Since she left the public service in spring 2015, Newman has served on an expert panel mandated to provide recommendations to the Ministry of Children and Youth Services to strengthen residential services for children and youth. She has also conducted work in the advanced education sector.
She served as an independent director on The Scarborough Hospital Board of Directors, and on the board of Springboard, a non-profit agency.
Newman is a distinguished visiting professor at Ryerson University,
in both the Department of Criminology and Master’s in Public
Policy program.

Wednesday, June 20, 3 p.m. ceremony:

John Ferguson, CEO and President, Purolator Courier

Guest speaker and recipient of an Honorary Bachelor of Applied Studies

John Ferguson is president and CEO of Purolator Inc. The leading international shipping solutions provider operates the largest network in Canada with 145 terminals, 1100 shipping centres and agents, and more than 4,000 vehicles on the road every day. Purolator is committed to contributing to the communities it serves and where its more than 10,000 employees live, work and play.
Prior to joining Purolator, Ferguson held varied and successively senior positions in the transportation, logistics and supply chain management industry over the course of his more than 25-year career; most recently, in key organizations such as SCI Logistics and Schneider Logistics.
As the president and CEO at SCI Logistics, he led the significant expansion and growth of the organization into a leader in supply chain management, e-commerce fulfilment and ‘white glove’ transportation services. Prior to SCI, Ferguson served as vice president and general manager at Schneider Logistics based in Georgia, U.S.A. He began his career at PBB Global Logistics, where he held several senior roles and served on the executive team.
Ferguson serves on the board of directors of SCI Logistics, Innovapost, and International Warehouse Logistics Association. He is also an active member in Young Presidents’ Organization and the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals. He has previously held board of director positions with the Ontario Trucking Association, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters association, the national board for Boy Scouts of Canada, and the Niagara College Foundation.

Day 4: Thursday, June 22 10 a.m. ceremony:

Sean Conway, Visiting Professor, Ryerson University; Public Policy Advisor, Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP

Guest speaker and recipient of an Honorary Bachelor of Applied Studies
Sean Conway is currently a visiting professor at Ryerson University in Toronto.
He also serves as a public policy advisor for the national law firm Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP.
In 2015, he was appointed chair of the Premier’s Expert Panel on ] The Highly Skilled Workforce which reported to the Ontario Government in 2016. From 1975 to 2003, Conway served as a Liberal MPP for the Ottawa Valley. He was minister of education in the government of premier David Peterson (1985-1990).
Upon leaving the legislature, Conway received the Churchill Society’s Award for Excellence in the Cause of Parliamentary Democracy. Conway received his BA from Wilfrid Laurier University and his MA in history from Queen’s University.

 

Thursday, June 22, 3 p.m. ceremony:

Derek McNally, Executive Vice President Clinical Services and Chief Nursing Executive Niagara Health

Guest speaker and recipient of an Honorary Diploma in Health Studies

A registered nurse, Derek McNally is the executive vice president, Clinical Services, and chief nursing executive at Niagara Health. He provides professional leadership to nurses and regulated health professionals across the organization as well as operational leadership for the Clinical Services portfolio.
McNally has had a leadership role in health-care research, education, and administration for more than 30 years in both academic health sciences centers and large community hospitals. Prior to starting at Niagara Health in February 2014, McNally was the executive vice president, Clinical Services, at Markham Stouffville Hospital. He has held progressive leadership positions at Trillium Health Centre, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, Credit Valley Hospital, and The Hospital for Sick Children.
McNally received his diploma in Nursing from the Glasgow College of Nursing and Midwifery in Glasgow, Scotland in 1980, and earned his Master of Management in the International Masters in Health Leadership program at McGill University. He is also a member of the Canadian College of Health Leaders.
He participates actively in the education of future health-care executives in his role as a preceptor to residents of McMaster University’s Masters in Health Administration and Business Administration programs, and leads and participates in a number of regional initiatives associated with the planning of clinical services within the Hamilton, Niagara Haldimand Brant region.
He is proud to be a strong and vocal advocate for extraordinary patient care.

Day 4: Friday, June 23, 10 a.m. ceremony:

Murray Brewster,  Journalist,  CBC News

Guest speaker and recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award

Murray Brewster is an Ottawa-based correspondent for CBC News, where he is the senior parliamentary defence and foreign policy writer.
Previously, he was senior defence writer at The Canadian Press for more than a decade. He has filed most recently from Iraq and Ukraine, and spent 15 months in Afghanistan during the five-year Kandahar combat mission, travelling with troops and unilaterally throughout the country.
His book, The Savage War: The Untold Battles of Afghanistan, was published in 2011 by John Wiley and Sons, and he was the lead writer on the documentary Kandahar Journals, which aired on CBC Documentary Channel and was released in the United States during the fall of 2015.
Last fall, he also contributed to a book on former prime minister Stephen Harper’s policy legacy entitled The Harper Factor, published by McGill-Queen’s University Press.
Brewster has won 12 regional and national Radio and Television News
Director Awards, two Atlantic Journalism Awards, and the Ross Munro (2010) Award for war corresponding. He appeared as a finalist twice in the Michener Awards for public service in journalism (1989 and 2014), and was a finalist in the National Newspaper Awards (2010) for beat reporting.
Brewster grew up in Welland and graduated from Niagara College’s Broadcasting: Radio, TV and Film program in 1985.

 

Head of the Class: Top grad achieves 97.86% average, dreams of meaningful service

Paige MacPherson was determined to not let her dreams pass her by when she enrolled in Niagara College Police Foundations – Advanced Standing program last year.

When the 34 year old graduates on June 21, she will not only be a step closer to fulfilling her goal of becoming a police officer, she will achieve it at the top of her class.

With a 97.86% grade-point average, MacPherson will graduate with the most prestigious award a Canadian student can receive: The Governor General’s Academic Medal. The award is granted annually to the graduating student with the highest grade-point average at the College.

“Honestly, I was shocked when I received the call that I was being awarded the Governor General’s Academic Medal,” said MacPherson.  “I worked hard to achieve that 97.857% and I feel proud and honoured to be singled out.”

She received the news by phone from Okanagan Falls, British Columbia where MacPherson – who is originally from St. Albert, Alberta – currently resides and works Oliver Parks and Recreation. She has been working in the field of parks and recreation for the past 12 years – beginning as a university student, then continuing after she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education in 2012.

“As more birthdays passed by, I started feeling that I needed to get moving if I was going to have the opportunity to have a long career and fulfill my lifelong goal of being a police officer,” she said.

“I have always wanted to serve in a meaningful way, to help people in any way I can if I have the ability to do so, and to have a positive impact and change on my community and those around me.”

She relocated to Niagara for the academic year specifically to pursue the College’s Police Foundations – Advanced Standing program, targeted to students who have university degrees.

MacPherson credits her success to the support she received from faculty, her peers and her close family – including ‘FaceTime dates’ with her nieces that remind her of “the most important things in life” – as well as her enthusiasm for the program.

“I have always been a good student but I believe I was able to succeed in the Police Foundations program because I was so passionate and focused to learn about policing,” she said.

She found being a college student was much different to what she previously experienced at university.

“This was the first time that I was completely engaged with the material and came to school completely focused on doing well and absorbing as much from the experience as I could,” she said. “I knew coming in that the faculty for the Police Foundations program would be experienced people with insight and knowledge of policing and they far exceeded any expectations I had.

“They were willing to answer questions, review exams, and to share stories imparting their knowledge and experience … they were willing to give time, which means a lot to me.”

Her days as a student aren’t over yet; MacPherson will begin Niagara College’s Advanced Law Enforcement and Investigations program in September.

The Governor General’s Academic Medal was established by Lord Dufferin, Canada’s third Governor General after Confederation to encourage academic excellence across the nation. They are awarded to the student graduating with the highest average from a high school, approved college or university program.

Niagara College will celebrate a record number of graduates – more than 4,600 –at its 2017 spring convocation ceremonies to be held from June 20 to 23 at the Welland Campus.  View Spring Convocation media release here:

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

Niagara College’s convocation ceremonies will be streamed live at https://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 to editors: 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

50th Anniversary sees record graduating class for NC’s Spring Convocation

More than 4,600 students will graduate at Niagara College’s 2017 Spring Convocation Ceremonies to be held June 20-23 at the Welland Campus.

This year’s ceremony takes on a special significance as NC joins all Ontario colleges in celebrating its 50th anniversary.

“Our Convocation ceremonies are the highlight of our academic year, and this spring they take on a very special significance as we celebrate this important milestone,” said Niagara College president Dan Patterson. “I can think of no greater example of our college’s evolution over the last half century than the Class of 2017 – a record number of graduates who will go on to drive key industries here in Niagara and around the world.”

Niagara College’s 2017 Graduates and their guests will be treated to convocation addresses from a variety of accomplished business and community leaders who will also receive special honours from the College in celebration of their achievements.

Tuesday, June 20

  • 3 p.m.

School of Hospitality, Tourism and Sport; Canadian Food and Wine Institute
Speaker: Patrick Whalen is the director of The Global Tourism Institute at Niagara University. Whalen will receive an Honorary Diploma in Tourism Management.

Wednesday, June 21

  • 10 a.m.

Schools of Academic and Liberal Studies; Justice and Fitness Studies
Speaker: Deborah Newman is a distinguished visiting professor, Ryerson University, and the former deputy minister in the Ontario Public Service. Newman will receive an Honorary Bachelor of Applied Studies.

  • 3 p.m.

Schools of Business and Management Studies; Environmental and Horticultural Studies
Speaker: John Ferguson is the CEO and president of Purolator Courier, one of the largest shipping networks in Canada. Ferguson will be the recipient of an Honorary Bachelor of Applied Studies.

Thursday, June 22

  • 10 a.m.

School of Community Services;
Speaker: Sean Conway is a visiting professor, Ryerson University and a former Ontario minister of education. Conway will receive an Honorary Bachelor of Applied Studies.

  • 3 p.m.

Schools of Allied Health Studies; Nursing and Personal Support Worker Studies
Speaker: Derek McNally is the executive vice president of Clinical Services, as well as a chief nursing executive at Niagara Health System. McNally will receive an Honorary Diploma in Health Studies.

Friday, June 23

 

  • 10 a.m.

 

Schools of Media Studies; Technology Studies; Trades

Speaker: Murray Brewster is an Ottawa-based correspondent for CBC News, where he works as a senior parliamentary defence and foreign policy writer. Brewster will be the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from Niagara College.

 

For those unable to attend, Niagara College’s convocation ceremonies can be streamed live at https://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 to editors: To arrange interviews and/or reserve a seat at convocation ceremonies please contact Julie Greco at jgreco@niagaracollege.ca. 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

NC, Brock, Niagara Workforce Planning Board partner for economic, business and labour research

Niagara College’s School of Business, Brock University and the Niagara Workforce Planning Board have formed a partnership that will see the three institutions collaborate on economic, business and labour research.

The parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on June 12 stating a desire to combine their strengths to gain a fresh understanding of Niagara’s makeup and challenges, and identify new approaches for stimulating healthy growth in area communities.

“The partnership is based on the shared values of responsiveness to the needs of the local community, a commitment to collaboration that celebrates and leverages the diverse perspectives and strengths of stakeholders and pursuit of world-class research excellence,” says the MOU.

Areas of cooperation include:

  • Preparing research reports and/or policy briefs on group-decided projects
  • Coordinating research activities that may include other community organizations
  • Supporting the partners’ projects by sharing expertise and contacts
  • Organizing joint forums with community partners in Niagara
  • Obtaining funding from various sources for “policy-relevant” research

“This type of collaboration between post-secondary education and labour market experts is key to identifying labour market research priorities for our community, and it leverages our individual roles and strengths in support of economic development in Niagara,” said Niagara College president Dan Patterson. “The MOU we’ve signed today reflects our shared goals of aligning the skills and knowledge of our workforce with the current and future needs of Niagara’s business and industry.”

“Niagara College is pleased to have a role in this important partnership with Brock University and the Niagara Workforce Planning Board,” said Vivian Kinnaird, Niagara College’s dean of Business, Hospitality and Environment. “This partnership will allow us to work together on research that will be beneficial for the Niagara region.”

Research generated from the five-year partnership is meant to align resources to best support people, programs and services.

Charles Conteh, director of Brock’s Niagara Community Observatory (NCO), says the three-way partnership will enable researchers to get a “panoramic view” of how the economy, business and labour interact with one another as Niagara Region moves forward with regional development.

“Let’s coordinate our strength and together begin to ask larger questions about the economic vitality of Niagara and job creation: What are the gaps? What are the challenges? Bottlenecks? Constraints? How can we overcome them?” he says.

“Brock University is deeply committed to working with the community by building partnerships in reciprocity and mutual respect,” says Interim Vice-President Research Joffre Mercier. “Our community stakeholders’ input informs and directs our research, and our research will help inform decisions that will enhance the economic and social health of Niagara. The NCO plays a key role in directing and driving these efforts, and we are grateful to them for their hard work,” says Mercier.

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with Niagara College and Brock’s NCO,” states Mario De Divitiis, chief executive officer of the Niagara Workforce Planning Board. “This initiative ensures streamlined and effective collaboration between some of the foremost public research institutions in the region, and that opens up so much possibility for Niagara.”

About the partners

Currently celebrating its 50th year as a College of Applied Arts and Technology, Niagara College is a leader in applied education and a key contributor to the economies of Niagara and Ontario.  Through its School of Business, Niagara College offers a broad range of comprehensive business and business administration programs at the Diploma, Graduate Certificate and Bachelor’s Degree level.

Brock University’s Niagara Community Observatory is a public-policy think-tank working in partnership with the Niagara community to foster, produce and disseminate research on current and emerging issues. It produces a range of policy briefs on topics of interest and concern to Niagara Region.

The Niagara Workforce Planning Board (NWPB) is one of 26 regional planning boards in Ontario making up the Local Boards Network, partly funded through Employment Ontario. NWPB performs authoritative research identifying and assessing current employment and economic trends and growing workforce opportunities to foster economic growth, develop talent across the labour market, and strengthen partnership and collaboration within our growing community.

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Media inquiries, please contact:

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

 

Technology Accreditation Canada Accredits Civil Engineering Technician Program at Niagara College

In celebration of World Accreditation Day, Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC) today presented the faculty at Niagara College with a certificate recognizing national program accreditation for the institution’s Civil Engineering Technician program for a five year period.

As a national accrediting body for the engineering technology and applied science profession, TAC accreditation involves a qualified, trained audit team evaluating Niagara’s program against the profession’s national standards. Achieving accreditation provides students, parents and the institution’s administration confidence that the program has met the standards.

Lead auditor Mazin Audeh, C.E.T. (Ontario) and auditors Kathryn Deschamps, C.E.T. (Ontario) and Kendra LeBoldus, AScT (Saskatchewan) reviewed the program presented by Niagara College Program Coordinator, Gilles Laroche, C.E.T., and his team. The audit team noted that the breadth of subject matter covering many branches of the civil engineering technology discipline as a key program strength, enabling graduates to pursue a variety of careers. As well, faculty have excellent academic qualifications and industry experience and are highly committed to supporting student success.

“Accrediting its Civil Engineering Technician program demonstrates Niagara’s strong leadership and commitment to its students, states Richard Stamper, TAC Executive Director. “It seems very appropriate to make this announcement on World Accreditation Day with this year’s theme, delivering confidence in construction and the built environment.”

“The Civil Engineering Technician program at Niagara College has tremendous support from all our industry partners, including the many members of our Program Advisory Committee, supportive local employers who continue to hire our students and a great group of alumni who help contribute to our ongoing success”, remarks Laroche, also a program Instructor. “It is with this kind of support, along with the dedicated faculty as part of the Civil team, that ensures the delivery of a highly reputable program”.

The process of accreditation is recognized worldwide as an objective method of assessment and an important tool to identify program strengths and challenges. It also provides faculty an excellent team-building opportunity. This independent seal of approval, represents excellence in education and the high standards of the profession graduates will be joining.

About TAC

Through accreditation, TAC is committed to partnering with educational institutions to ensure students receive a quality education that meets the standards of Canada’s engineering technology profession. For more information about TAC or how to apply for accreditation, please visit technologyaccreditation.ca.

About Niagara College

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.

About World Accreditation Day

June 9th, 2017 marks World Accreditation Day, a global initiative to promote the value of accreditation. This year’s theme focuses on how accreditation delivers confidence in construction and the built environment. Accreditation covers many disciplines throughout the building industry, including educational programs, construction material testing, inspection and calibration services and quality, environmental, occupational health & safety and energy management systems.
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Contacts:

Richard Stamper
Executive Director
t: 416-847-1016, ext. 254
rstamper@technologyaccreditation.ca
Susan McConnell
Media advisor
905-641-2252 x 4330 Cell: 905-933-6259
smcconnell@niagaracollege.ca