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$500 cash prize to winning team in a ‘Dragons’ Den’ style pitch

Budding entrepreneurs will have their opportunity staring Friday, January 27 to pitch their solution to address global agriculture and food challenges at Niagara College’s Agri-Food Startup Weekend.

Modelled after Google’s well known Startup Weekend, the college’s ncTakeoff program with sponsorship by Meridian will host teams of participants to prepare and present solutions in a ‘Dragons’ Den’ style pitch.

“This event provides a platform where participants from different perspectives – greenhouse tech to computer programming to sales and marketing and beyond – can come together and explore ways to apply their skills,” said ncTakeoff project manager Rachel Crane.

“The Agri-Food Startup Weekend, part of our region’s Meridian Ignite! series strategy, will inspire innovation and entrepreneurial action towards issues that matter.”

Crane said participants can develop their proposed solutions into business models. “The goal is not only to have a great, fun learning experience but also to meet potential co-founders and launch startups,” she added.

The weekend kicks off Friday at NC’s Welland campus with the keynote presentation by award-winning horticulturalist and NC alumni David Pratt. Teams will then be formed to work together throughout the weekend to finally deliver their pitch presentations on Sunday at 2 p.m. The winning team, as selected by a panel of experts (see below), will receive $500 and in-kind services.

WHAT

Agri-Food Startup Weekend, by ncTakeoff, part of the Meridian (Credit Union) Ignite! series strategy.

WHERE

Niagara College’s Welland campus, 100 Niagara College Blvd.

WHEN

Friday, January 27, AH141 Auditorium:
5 p.m. networking.
5:30 p.m. keynote speaker David Pratt.

Saturday, January 28, Various locations, Welland campus:
9:30 a.m.-10 p.m. workshops.

Sunday, January 29, S160 Auditorium:
9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. pitch practice by teams.

2 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Pitch presentations (open to the public). Judges: Dean McCall, Entrepreneur in Residence, Pearson Canada; Christine Merrrick, Senior Project Solutions Manager, CMSIntelligence; and Derek Schulze, Professor, School of Environment, NC.

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Niagara College offers more than 100 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs, as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Part-Time Studies courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, business, applied health and community safety, all supported by unique learning enterprises and community partnerships. www.niagaracollege.ca

ncTakeoff is the college’s on-campus entrepreneurship activities program, supported by the Government of Ontario and Ontario Centres of Excellence, to grow student entrepreneurship by reducing barriers for student and recent graduate entrepreneurs; integrating with regional business support resources; and providing experiential opportunities for the next generation of innovators. ncTakeoff.ca
Media inquiries, contact:

Susan McConnell
Media Advisor, Niagara College
Office: 905 641-2252 ext. 4330

Exploratory digital lab opens at Niagara College library Jan. 25

An open house of the new Niagara College ‘exploratory digital media lab’ will be held on Wednesday, January 25 at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus library.

Known as ‘The Exploratory,’ the new space features various types of technology, software, and equipment for filming and editing videos, recording audio, designing graphics and creating prototypes with a 3D printer.

The lab may be used for anyone in the NC community to film and edit videos, record and edit audios for lectures and class assignments, experiment with software, design and prototypes or just be creative.

NC library technician Jaclyn Chambers-Page describes the lab as a place to cultivate an atmosphere of entrepreneurial thinking on campus: “think it, design it, 3D print it!”

The Exploratory is located in the library on the second floor (between rooms 202 and 204, next to Tim Hortons). The open house will be held from 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. and will include 3D printer demonstrations.

Niagara College offers more than 100 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs, as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Part-Time Studies courses. www.niagaracollege.ca

 

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Media inquiries, contact:

Susan McConnell
Media Advisor, Niagara College: 905 641-2252 ext. 4330

Niagara College culinary student reps Canada in Young Chef Olympiad event in India

Niagara College’s second year Culinary Management student Selah Schmoll will represent Canada when she competes in the Young Chef Olympiad in India at the end of January.

The life-long resident of Niagara Falls will compete for four days, January 29-February 1, in four rounds of competition with the winner vying for the championship title and top prize of $10,000. The international competition was won last year by NC alumni and chef, Daniella Germond of St Catharines.

Schmoll, 23, won a silver medal in culinary arts at the Ontario Technological Skills competition last year.

Schmoll, who works part-time in the pastry department at Trius Winery and Restaurant in Niagara-on-the-Lake, has been training for the event under the direction of NC chef professor Scott Baechler who will accompany her to the event in India where 60 countries will compete for the prestigious top honour.

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For additional information, please visit: www.niagaracollege.ca/insidenc
Niagara College offers more than 100 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs, as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Part-Time Studies courses. www.niagaracollege.ca

 
Media inquiries, contact:

Susan McConnell
Media Advisor, Niagara College
905 641-2252 ext. 4330

Niagara College students get their game on for Global Game Jam Jan. 20-22 weekend

Niagara College students, staff and alumni volunteers will log major creative time this weekend when they participate in the annual Global Game Jam (GGJ) at NC’s campus in Welland.

For 48 consecutive hours, gamer participants – students in NC’s Game Development Program and volunteers – will work in teams to design a new video or board game to help inject new ideas into the gaming industry.

The GGJ operates in over 90 countries in local sites where participants form teams to design a new game – the specific theme of which is announced at the start of the jam.

“Global Game Jam encourages innovation, creativity and collaboration,” said Game Development program professor Rick Goertz. “Every participant comes away a ‘winner’ acquiring new knowledge and expertise.”

This is the second year NC has hosted this event and about 40 students are expected to participate. They will be led by NC alumni volunteers. NC has excellent computer labs that will assist participants in putting their skills to this friendly global jam.

NC’s GGJ gets underway on Friday, January 20 at 7 p.m., at the Welland Campus, Labs S304, S306 and S308, and runs until 5 p.m. on Sunday, the 22nd.
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Niagara College offers more than 120 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs, as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Part-Time Studies courses. www.niagaracollege.ca

For additional information on the GGJ: www.globalgamejam.org
Media inquiries, contact:

Susan McConnell, Media Advisor, Niagara College 905 641-2252 ext. 4330

SGS Canada Inc. announces partnership with The Canadian Food and Wine Institute at Niagara College

SGS Canada Inc. and The Canadian Food & Wine Institute at Niagara College are proud to announce their partnership to offer a risk-focused, tool kit based approach to train in the “HOW TO” of food safety management. The Food Safety Program Optimization (FSPO) is designed to target risk reduction and provide the tools to students to demonstrate true risk-based diligence.

This new partnership is a part of the Canadian Food & Wine Institute’s new continuing education program called Expert Edge.

“This new program focuses on delivering hands-on training led by true industry professionals,” shares Jeffrey Steen, Manager of Corporate Training at Niagara College. “We have a unique proposition to those seeking to take their careers to the next level in the fields of risk management, auditing and supply chains dealing with food, wine and beer.”

Those enrolled in the program will work towards a number of certificates each addressing the needs of the industry and the variety of sector specific needs within that industry (Bakery, Brewing, Foodservice). The program offers a wide variety of courses, small classes, flexible hours and a state-of-the-art campus to deliver an unmatched learning environment ideal for students and working professionals.

“What makes this approach to training so incredibly valuable is that you are taking a leader in academia dealing with food, wine and beer and joining forces with the world’s leading testing, inspection and certification company,” said Rob Sinyard, Vice President of Certification and Business Enhancement at SGS Canada Inc. “We are convinced that we need to prepare students to walk out of the classroom with not just the training to work locally, but provide them with a global perspective to the challenges of feeding a growing world population.”

Niagara College is home to Canada’s first teaching brewery and commercial teaching winery, along with a world-renowned full-service teaching restaurant that focuses on local and seasonal cuisine.

Craig Youdale, Dean of The Canadian Food & Wine Institute summed up the value of these partnerships to the college, “We are shaping the future of the Canadian food industry with corporate partners of this caliber.”

To learn more about the program please visit: www.canadianfoodandwineinstitute.ca/programs/expert-edge/

About The Canadian Institute of Food and Wine at Niagara College

Nestled in the heart of southern Ontario’s rich wine and culinary country, Niagara College’s Canadian Food & Wine Institute provides students with valuable hands-on experience and academics in food, innovation, wine and beer. The CFWI, located at the Niagara-on-the-Lake campus, is home to Canada’s first teaching winery, teaching brewery and in 2017, will open Canada’s first teaching distillery. Its renowned teaching restaurant, BenchMark, focuses on local and seasonal cuisine and is open to the public year-round for fine dining.

About SGS Canada

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 85,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,800 offices and laboratories around the world. SGS Canada Inc. is part of this global network, operating in nine business lines with a team of 2000 in 70 locations across the country.

 

For further information:

Fulvio Martinez, SGS Canada Inc., Fulvio.Martinez@sgs.com;

Susan McConnell, Canadian Food and Wine Institute at Niagara College, Susan.McConnell@niagaracollege.ca

Twenty years of community partnership celebrated as Niagara College launches Many Hands at Hotel Dieu

Niagara College and partners Hotel Dieu Shaver Rehabilitation Centre and the Canadian Tire Bank today launched the 20th annual Many Hands project in St. Catharines.

Hotel Dieu was selected as this year’s Many Hands’ recipient in an unique project that uses NC student skills to help the community.

Beginning this month, Hotel Dieu’s facilities will undergo a series of renovations by students in NC’s Construction Renovation Technician program that will see the creation of a physical market place where patients can relearn daily living skills, such as shopping, banking and restaurant dining. The project will be coordinated by NC’s Event Management Graduate Certificate program staff and students, and will cost an estimated $20,000.

“Our patients will benefit from this project as it will give them they skills they need for independent living after a life-impacting health change,” said Jane Rufrano, Hotel Dieu CEO.

A highlight of the project’s launch was the presentation of a cheque in the amount of $7,500 from the Canadian Tire Bank, a 20-year supporter of Many Hands.

In the past five years, NC students have raised $150,000 and given 42,000 hours of volunteer placement to the Niagara community through Many Hands.

“The projects have been an incredible demonstration of community engagement and education,” said Christine Blane, NC professor for the event management program. “Many Hands has helped provide students with the tools required for a successful career.”

– Many Hands requires students to plan, co-ordinate and execute a renovation of a local non-profit community organization, including fundraising, volunteer management, technical operations, hospitality and public relations initiatives. Agencies selected by the Many Hands project committee must be not-for-profit and involved in community-based service in the Niagara region; and be willing to commit agency resources to the project. www.niagaracollege.ca/manyhands

– Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre is a specialty healthcare facility that excels in providing rehab, complex care and geriatric services to patients in the Niagara region. www.hoteldieushaver.org

Niagara College offers more than 100 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs, as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Part-Time Studies courses. www.niagaracollege.ca
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Media inquiries, please contact:

Susan McConnell
Media Advisor, Niagara College
Office: 905 641-2252 ext. 4330

Niagara College partners with Kashruth Council to integrate kosher and food safety guidelines

Seeking a more efficient way to make kosher certification integrate with food safety planning, the Kashruth Council of Canada recently partnered with Niagara College on an ambitious project to do just that.

Most of the world’s leading food retailers and manufacturers participate in the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), which sets standards for food safety, with the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and the Safe Quality Food Program (SQF) as the most predominant GFSI regimes. At the same time, many food manufacturers carry kosher certification as more than 40 per cent of packaged food products sold in the United States are kosher certified, according to market research firm Mintel.

While there is much overlap between kosher and food safety programs, they have been kept markedly separate – until now.

The Kashruth Council of Canada (COR) and NC’s Canadian Food & Wine Institute (CFWI) Innovation Centre collaborated on a project to integrate kosher certification requirements into both SQF and BRC food safety programs.

“We are thrilled to offer this service to the food manufacturing community,” said Rabbi Sholom H. Adler, COR’s director of Industrial Kosher. “We are always looking for ways to make kosher certification more efficient and effective for our kosher certified companies, and we are hopeful that this project will do just that.”

“Food manufacturers already speak a certain language, and that is the language of SQF and BRC,” said Amy Proulx, NC professor, program coordinator with the Culinary Innovation and Food Technology program, and faculty lead on the project. “What this project has done is translate kosher certification into that same language spoken by food safety professionals. As a result, I am confident that this initiative will be well received.”

The newly released kosher guidelines are meant to supplement existing kosher certification programs.

“Whatever kosher certification partner a manufacturer has, this new framework will simply help organize one’s kosher program,” said Richard Rabkin, COR’s managing director. “In short, our hope is that it will make keeping kosher easier.”

This new initiative has support from across the kosher industry, as it has been endorsed by other leading kosher agencies including the Orthodox Union (OU), Stark-K Kosher Certification (Star-K), Kof-K Kosher Supervision (Kof-K), Chicago Rabbinical Council (cRc) and the Rabbinical Council of New England (KVH).

The project, which also included student researchers from the Culinary Innovation and Food Technology program, was made possible by funding to the CFWI Innovation Centre from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

Electronic copies of the newly published guidelines are available at the links below:

Guideline for Integrating Kosher Certification Requirements into BRC Food Safety Issue 7

Guideline for Integrating Kosher Certification Requirements into SQF Code 7.2

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

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Media inquiries, please contact:

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

Tips off January 11 in Welland: Ontario’s oldest BB tournament features 16 competing high schools

The 62nd Welland Tribune Boys’ Basketball Tournament, presented by Niagara College (NC), tips off on January 11 with teams from 16 local Niagara Region high schools contending for the championship in Ontario’s oldest high school basketball tournament.

“We are pleased to once again continue our support of such a strong local sporting tradition,” said Matthew Davies, NC’s director of athletics and recreation. “We are excited to welcome high school athletes and their families to our campus, where they will have the opportunity to learn about the many academic and athletic opportunities offered at Niagara College.”

Participating teams include Notre Dame, Ridgeway-Crystal Beach, Denis Morris, Westlane, Niagara Christian Collegiate, Thorold, Holy Cross, Sir Winston Churchill, Centennial, EL Crossley, St. Michael, Port Colborne, AN Myer, Lakeshore Catholic, Jean Vanier, and Governor Simcoe.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for local basketball players to showcase their skills against the best that the Niagara Region has to offer,” said Don Larman, tournament co-chairperson. “As the oldest high school basketball tournament in Ontario, we would like to thank Niagara College for their continued support of this annual event.”

Tournament details are available at www.wellandtribunebasketballtournament.com.

The tournament begins on January 11 runs through until January 14th, with games being played at the following times and venues:

Notre Dame: Jan. 11 – 3:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 8 p.m.; Jan. 12 – 3:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 8 p.m.
Jan. 14 – 5:30 p.m. (consolation Championship), 7:30 p.m. (tournament championship)

Centennial: Jan. 11 – 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m.; Jan. 12 – 3:30 p.m., 5 p.m.

Jean Vanier: Jan. 11 – 3:30 p.m., 5 p.m.; Jan. 12 – 12:45 p.m., 2:15 p.m.

Niagara College Welland Campus Athletic Centre: Jan. 13 – 3:30 p.m.; 5 p.m.; 6:30 p.m.; 8 p.m.

Niagara College offers more than 100 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs; as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Part-Time Studies courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, media, applied health and community safety, supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer, horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit www.niagaracollege.ca
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For media inquiries, please contact: Susan McConnell, Media Relations, 905-641-2252 x 4330.

Meridian Credit Union, Niagara College and Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce hit perfect pitch with exciting business competition

Niagara’s entrepreneurs will have their chance to pitch their business ideas to win money and prizes that will help get their enterprise off the ground in a series of Niagara’s own pitch competitions.

This year, Meridian, Ontario’s largest credit union, has partnered with Niagara College and the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce to support these local entrepreneurs.

Competitors have a chance to win a $10,000 cash prize from Meridian Credit Union, and a basket of business services worth more than $30,000 to get their initiative started.

Previous winners included Techboomers, a website that helps older adults get to grips with technology and social media, and Dustguards, a local firm specializing in dust control solutions for construction and renovation.

“Coming back home to Niagara and creating TechBoomers has made our recent string of successes even more rewarding to me,” said Steve Black, founder and CEO of TechBoomers. “I wanted to show others that tech start-ups can flourish here just as easily as they would in Toronto or Waterloo, and that Niagara College have provided us with a great local pool of talented grads which we’re now able to hire from.”

The Meridian Ignite! series, includes Niagara College’s Pitch Perfect competition, the Startup Weekend event and the GNCC’s Ignite pitch competition


Quotes:

“We’re proud to support innovation and entrepreneurship close to home in Niagara. This pitch competition series is the perfect fit with Meridian’s programs of support for small businesses. Meridian is proud to partner with the GNCC and Niagara College to grow the next generation of entrepreneurs across Niagara.”

— Wade Stayzer, VP, Sales and Service, Meridian Credit Union

 

“Niagara College not only trains the entrepreneurs of the future, but supports them as they develop their ideas into enterprises. This series is a great showcase for the new ideas and fresh approaches we’ve always encouraged and nurtured.”

— Vivian Kinnaird, Dean of Business, Hospitality and Environment, Niagara College

 

“These events will bring forward the best local innovators and entrepreneurs. I’m always amazed by the ideas that are pitched at these events and I look forward to the 2017 competition. We’re enormously grateful to our partners at Meridian and Niagara College for their work supporting local innovation and entrepreneurship. That sort of support is what makes Niagara’s such a great business community.”

— Mishka Balsom, President & CEO, Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce


 

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With over 70 years of banking history, Meridian is Ontario’s largest credit union, helping to grow the lives of its more than a quarter of a million Members, including over 23,000 business Members. Meridian has $14 billion in assets under management and delivers a full range of financial services online, by phone, by mobile and through a network of 86 branches across Ontario, and commercial banking services in 11 locations. Meridian Members also have access to THE EXCHANGE®Network, with more than 3,300 no-fee ABM’s across Canada and 500,000 ABM’s in the United States. For more information, please visit: meridiancu.ca

Niagara College offers more than 100 diploma, bachelor degree and advance level programs; as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Part-Time Studies courses. Area of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, business, applied health and community safety, all supported by unique learning enterprises and community partnerships. Visit: www.niagaracollege.ca

The Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce is the champion for the Niagara business community. With almost 1,600 members representing 50,000 employees, it is the largest business organization in Niagara and the third largest Chamber in Ontario. The Chamber Accreditation Council of Canada has recognized the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce with its highest level of distinction. For more information, please visit: gncc.ca

For further information, contact:

Wade Stayzer
VP of Sales and Service
Meridian Credit Union
905-988-4042 ext.2277 or wade.stayzer@meridiancu.ca

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

Mishka Balsom
President & CEO
Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce
905-684-2361 ext. 227 or mishka@gncc.ca

 


 

 

New year: new you?

If your New Year’s resolution was to ‘get in shape’ – the Fitness and Health Promotion program students at Niagara College are waiting to hear from you.

This program is offering up to 100 community members, and college staff and students the opportunity to work with a fitness trainer at the college’s Welland campus to improve personal wellness.

“Our clients will gain the advantage of learning to be more fit, in a free personalized program by students who are being trained to meet national industry standards,” said Michael Hart, program professor. “It’s great for both the students and the clients: students gain real-world experience to prepare them for a career in the industry, and clients benefit from a new level of wellness.”

Second-year NC students will be offering free personal fitness education and counselling, pre and post-fitness evaluations and exercise training for those who want to participate in this special program. The program also includes a weekly 50-minute training session each week for 12 weeks (from the end of January to April).

Interested persons are encouraged to apply for acceptance into this program and must meet participation requirements to be selected. Those who are selected as clients will be working with students from Niagara College’s fitness and health promotion program, under the supervision of college faculty.

To learn more about the program, visit: http://www.niagaracollege.ca/insidenc/2016/12/19/apply-now-free-personal-training-fitness-health-students/

Applicants who have been accepted will receive follow up information through email, said Hart.

Niagara College’s fitness and health promotion program is a two-year diploma program that trains students to meet the increased demand by consumers for qualified fitness professionals. Students have the opportunity to learn through applied education to achieve the status of certified personal trainer, authorized by the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology.

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Media inquiries, please contact:

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