Category: Media Releases

Niagara College – What’s Open and Closed for Family Day

Please note that Niagara College will be closed for the Family Day holiday on Monday, February 19, with limited access to campus facilities. Students accessing classrooms or specialized labs at the Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake Campuses must have faculty authorization and sign in with Campus Safety (security).

The NC Libraries will be open for regular hours on Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and closed on Monday. Online library access is available 24/7 at niagaracollege.ca/library

Bookstores at both campuses will be closed on Monday.

Athletics and recreation fitness centres will be closed on Monday.

Cafeterias will be closed on Monday.

The NC Greenhouse will be closed on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Benchmark restaurant will be will be open on Saturday for lunch and dinner, featuring its Valentine’s Day Menu. It will be closed on Sunday and Monday.

Bench To Go will be closed on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Retail stores at the NC Teaching Brewery and the Wine + Visitor Education Centre will be open all weekend with regular hours on Saturday (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Sunday and Monday (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

Employment and Training Solutions (1 St. Paul St., St. Catharines) will be closed on Monday. Regular hours will resume on Tuesday (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).

Transit will be running on modified schedules for the holiday Monday. For up-to-date schedules and route information visit the transit websites below:

Niagara Region Transit

St. Catharines Transit Commission

Welland Transit (including Port Colborne)t

Niagara Falls Transit

Fort Erie Transit

Go Transit

 

Niagara College wishes you a safe and happy Family Day weekend!

NC Research students showcase projects on Parliament Hill

Three Niagara College research students had the opportunity to share their projects with MPs from across Canada as part of two parliamentary showcases in Ottawa this week.

On Monday, Feb. 12, Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) hosted its Student Innovation Showcase as part of its Applied Research Symposium. Niagara College students comprised two of the 15 students chosen for the showcase from across Canada. 

NC Associate Vice President of Research & Innovation, Alex Davis, Research Associate with NC Research and Innovation’s Digital Media and Web Solutions team, Member of Parliament for Niagara Centre Vance Badawey and Brian Cunningham, Research Associate with NC’s Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre

Alex Davis, Research Associate with NC Research and Innovation’s Digital Media and Web Solutions team helped develop an innovative user interface (UI) for an intelligent bedsheet design. The design, created by Studio 1 Labs, acts as a medical monitor, eliminating the need for wires and attachments to the body, and is especially valuable for monitoring the health of the elderly and newborns. The UI Davis helped develop let medical professionals annotate respiration charts, view historical data and statistics, adjust alarm thresholds and more.

Brian Cunningham, Research Associate with NC’s Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre, was part of a team that developed a prototype for a ground-breaking heartnut cracker. The nut cracker was developed for Niagara-on-the-Lake based Grimo Nut Nursery, and utilizes pneumatics for quick feeding and positioning of the heartnut (a variation of walnuts), a programmable logic control (PLC) system to control and fine tune all of the operations on this machine, and a proprietary nut-cracking chamber.

Brian Cunningham, Research Associate with NC’s Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre, was part of a team that developed a prototype for a ground-breaking heartnut cracker

Davis, who lives in St. Catharines said, “It’s a little overwhelming being recognized on a scale like this for one of the first web applications I’ve ever made from scratch. Nevertheless, it’s an incredible opportunity to be able to demonstrate my work with Research and Innovation at a national level, and I can’t wait to see what kinds of avenues it opens up as I grow professionally.”

“Being able to bring my knowledge from the classroom and applying it to real-world research projects has been a great opportunity to develop my skills as a future engineering technologist,” said Cunningham, a resident of Fonthill. “Being given the opportunity to represent Niagara College’s Research and Innovation division on the national level is a tremendous honour. It just goes to show how hard work and dedication really pays off.

Canadian Minister of Small Business and Tourism Bardish Chagger, as well as Niagara MP’s Allison and Badawey visited the student displays, with Badawey tweeting that “they clearly demonstrated how bright the future is.”

Canadian Minister of Small Business and Tourism Bardish Chagger, with Alex Davis, discussing his project
Member of Parliament for Niagara West, Dean Allison, with Alex Davis

On Tuesday, Feb. 13, Nathan Knapp-Blezius, a student in NC’s Culinary Innovation and Food Technology program, and also a CFWI Research Assistant at the CFWI Innovation Centre, had his work highlighted as part of the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) #IAMInnovation campaign, which raises awareness of the work being done in labs across the country using equipment funded by CFI.

St. Catharines MP Chris Bittle and CFWI Innovation Centre student and research assistant Nathan Knapp-Blezius

Of the eight students from across the country that were showcased, Nathan is the only college student. Nathan, who lives in Niagara Falls, has been part of several exciting projects through the College’s Research and Innovation team, including a two-phase project involving product development, packaging, and shelf life analysis for products including a beef, turkey, and ostrich jerky, with a future potential for a kangaroo jerky.

The project included a trends analysis, product development, flavour matching, and formula optimization for Jerkies to be ready for a trade show within three months.

Nathan was also the subject of a showcase video released by the CFI as part of its campaign. Watch Nathan’s story here.

“Potential starts with the people you choose to surround yourself with,” said Nathan. “I’ve never felt as driven or capable as I do alongside the people in the (CFWI) Innovation Centre. I love my work and any success I have is reflection of that.”

Niagara College’s Research & Innovation conducts research projects with industry partners through its Agriculture & Environmental Technologies Innovation Centre, Canadian Food & Wine Institute Innovation Centre, and Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre. The division also offers support in the areas of digital media and web solutions and business and commercialization solutions. For more information on Research & Innovation, visit ncinnovation.ca/.

Niagara College offers more than 130 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 niagaracollege.ca.

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Media inquiries, please contact:

Andrew Korchok

Communications/Media Advisor

Office: 905 641-2252 ext. 7430

Cell: 905 329-1642

akorchok@niagaracollege.ca

 

Michael Wales

Manager, Communications                                                                                                                                         

Office: 905.735.2211 ext. 7773

Cell: 905.328.4101

mwales@niagaracollege.ca

Inclement weather expected for Niagara on Feb. 9

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for Niagara with a significant snowfall expected on Friday, February 9.

Snow is expected to begin early Friday morning and continue throughout the day. Five to 10 cm of snow is possible by Friday evening, with higher amounts possible near Lake Ontario. 

Both the Friday morning and evening commutes may be impacted. Motorists are urged to exercise caution and be prepared for poor driving conditions due to quickly accumulating snow and reduced visibility.

Please take extra care when travelling to and from our campuses and allow extra time as necessary. When arriving on campus, please be aware of snow clearing equipment and exercise caution when walking on snow covered surfaces, especially on slopes and stairs.

Please continue to monitor alerts issued by Niagara College and forecasts issued by Environment Canada.

While not expected, any potential closures will be posted to niagaracollege.ca

 

 

Team Wine takes home Round 12 of Caps, Corks and Forks

Robbie Day, Emily Royal, Michael Smith, Adria Howe, Ricardo Romero Baron, Beth Bashford, Alyssa Nuss Claudia Arzate and coach Kristina Inman comprised the winning Team Wine

Niagara College’s Winery and Viticulture Technician students emerged victorious Saturday night after a nail-biting tiebreaker capped off a sold-out round 12 of NC’s legendary Caps, Corks & Forks Event.

The signature event, hosted by the NC’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute (CFWI), pits students from Niagara College’s Teaching Winery against their counterparts from the College’s Teaching Brewery in a bid to see who can summon the better beverage pairings to match a stellar six-course dinner prepared by Culinary students and NC Chef Professors Tony DeLuca and Jim MacLean. At each course, team members present their pairing choice, and guests vote for the better pairing determine a winner at the end of the night.

Caps Corks and Forks has been a mainstay event for the CFWI since 2012. With Team Wine’s win on Saturday the total score now stands tied at 6 a piece over 12 rounds.

Team beer: Wesley Burbidge, Joshua Scott, Prathit Naniwadekar, Rob Codognotto, Paul Rakoczy, Mark Samborski and Christian Crawford, along with Team Beer Coach Victor North

“It felt amazing to have our pairings validated by the win,” said second-year Winery and Viticulture Technician student Michael Smith. “Our strategy was to compliment and elevate each dish where possible. There were some really challenging courses that required extensive trial and error but we had a strong understanding of what we needed to make the pairing great.”

NC Instructor and CAPS Sommelier Kristina Inman coached Team Wine to victory. “I am continuously inspired by these students.  I saw them grow in their sensory development as we proceeded through each tasting, and although I know many of them were nervous, they truly shone when presenting their courses.  In my mind, they earned this and I couldn’t be more proud.”

The event was a valuable learning experience not only for Teams Wine and Beer, but also for students in NC’s culinary programs, who worked in teams to design each of the evening’s extravagant six courses.

Second-year Culinary Management student Valérie Harvey was part of a team that crafted a delicate Sous Vide Halibut dish for the fourth course of the evening.

“It was such an intricate dish – Everyone respected each other’s vision and to see the whole team come together, and to know that we could all rely on that team to help execute not only our dish but also the entire event, was really inspiring.” Guests agreed. Every plate of the team’s dish came back empty.

“The moment when our final plate went out to the guests and the plating had gone off without a problem was the most rewarding feeling of the night,” said fellow culinary student Emily Juhlke. “The dishes were executed just how we had planned them with the help of our fellow culinary teams, and it was a good feeling to know all of our hard finally payed off.”

Culinary Management students Chayutphong Guongariyanon and Hayley Dietz prepare one of six college-created courses that comprised round 12 of Caps, Corks and Forks.

Though the competition was fierce, relations between Team Wine and Team Beer remained amicable after the winner was crowned. “Finishing the cask of our house-brewed beer with some help from the wine geeks was probably the best part of the evening. It might’ve been different if we would’ve won but it was an awesome experience overall,” said NC Brewmaster student Prathit Naniwadekar.

The Canadian Food and Wine Institute at Niagara College is home to unique post-secondary and part-time programs in food, wine and beer education. It is home to Benchmark, the College’s teaching restaurant, as well as the Niagara College Teaching Winery and Teaching Brewery – the first of their kind in Canada. In 2018, it will also be home to Canada’s first teaching distillery.

Niagara College offers more than 130 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 niagaracollege.ca.

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Media inquiries, please contact:

Andrew Korchok

Communications/Media Advisor

Office: 905 641-2252 ext. 7430

Cell: 905 329-1642

akorchok@niagaracollege.ca

 

Michael Wales

Manager, Communications                                                                                                                                         

Office: 905.735.2211 ext. 7773

Cell: 905.328.4101

mwales@niagaracollege.ca

Niagara College gets its game on in Global Game Jam

Niagara College students, staff and alumni logged some major creative time last weekend during the annual Global Game Jam (GGJ) at NC’s Welland campus.

For 48 consecutive hours, from Jan. 26-28, gamer participants – students and alumni from NC’s Game Development Program as well as volunteers – worked in teams to design a new video or board game to help inject new ideas into the gaming industry. The GGJ operates in over 100 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.

“It’s awesome to see current and former students of Niagara’s Game Development program come together to share in an intense worldwide creative effort,” said Game Development program professor Rick Goertz. “The collaboration and knowledge exchanged is truly remarkable.”

This is the third year NC has hosted a jam. The College has excellent computer labs that assist participants in putting their skills to this friendly global jam. This year, NC teams managed to put together 13 games. Screenshots, descriptions, and downloadable files of NC’s projects can be viewed on GGJ’s website.

Third-year Game Development student Paul Boyko was part of a team that created a game in which the player, as a teleporter technician, must correctly sequence DNA to enable safe transport through a morse-code based teleportation device.

“The Global Game Jam was a real fun experience where I was given the opportunity to push the limits of the skills I had developed as a Game Developer,” said Boyko. “With a small team we went from simple theme to completed game in only 48 hours.  It really shows what you can accomplish with hard work and determination under pressure.”

hird-year Game Development student Paul Boyko was part of a team that created a game in which the player, as a teleporter technician, must correctly sequence DNA to enable safe transport through a morse-code based teleportation device.

“The Global Game Jam is a great way to experiment and hone your skills in game development. The short period of time, rapid development cycle and low financial risk allows game developers to try something new and grow as a developer,” said NC alumnus and organizer of the NC Global Game Jam Tom Brown.

For more information on the GGJ, visit www.globalgamejam.org

Global Game Jam participants Christopher Lyons, Chelsea Saari, Paul Boyko, Jason Mackenzie, Chelsea Poulin, and Christine Harte created a game in which the player must re-sequence DNA to enable a teleportation device.

NC’s three-year intensive Game Development diploma program prepares students for a successful career in the digital game and interactive media industry, Students learn industry skills such as game programming and scripting, digital art production techniques, game design principles and game production practices.

Niagara College offers more than 130 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 niagaracollege.ca.

 

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Media inquiries, please contact:

Andrew Korchok

Communications/Media Advisor

Office: 905 641-2252 ext. 7430

Cell: 905 329-1642

akorchok@niagaracollege.ca

 

Michael Wales

Manager, Communications                                                                                                                                         

Office: 905.735.2211 ext. 7773

Cell: 905.328.4101

mwales@niagaracollege.ca

 

Provincial grants help NC build innovative partnerships with industry

Niagara College’s Research & Innovation division is a leader in the technology and agri-food sector, and that expertise has helped secure grants totalling $890,000, that will fund innovative projects in precision agriculture and partnerships with small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Today, Reza Moridi, Minister of Research, Innovation and Science, announced funding projects from across Ontario that received funding through the Colleges Applied Research & Development Fund (CARDF), including at Niagara College. The fund connects businesses with colleges to tackle R&D challenges and launch innovative new products and services

“Our province needs talent to continue to sustain its growing innovation eco-system. Investing in applied research and development is a step towards a brighter and more prosperous future for our province,” said Moridi. “By bringing together colleges and the R&D sector, we’re creating opportunities for our students and ensuring they are ready for the jobs of tomorrow.”

Re-inventing the farm through precision agriculture

Dr. Mike Duncan, NC Researcher and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s Industrial Research Chair for Colleges in Precision Agriculture & Environmental Technologies, is a world-leader in variable-rate technology, a study of farm field’s topography and crop yields, and atmospheric variability, all major factors in determining farm profitability.

“The reinvention of the farm means developing smarter technology to rise to the challenge of fewer farmers managing more land for a growing global population,” said Duncan. “Automation and wireless sensory technology provides a profitable way to use collected data, and it will also support environmental stewardship by reducing fertilizer runoff.”

Under the program, a grant of $700,000 will allow Duncan and his team at Niagara College to advance current projects in agriculture technologies, in addition to seeking out other potential partners in the agri-food sectors, such as crop and commodity organizations, farmers, technology and food processing companies.

The grant will also allow NC students to translate the skills they’ve learned in the classroom into real-world partnerships with industry.

“This provincial grant will help more than 200 students obtain skills enhanced by real-world experiences, by participating with project leads, collaborators and partners, to create solutions to industry challenges,” said NC Associate Vice President of Research and Innovation, Dr. Marc Nantel. “Team members will learn about agricultural data, scaling solutions, prototype development, full-scale problem solving and more.”

Partnering to help students and businesses succeed

Niagara College also received a $190,000 grant from the OCE to allow SMEs a way to advance their products, improve their performance or take an innovative leap forward, through the College Voucher for Technology Adoption (CVTA) program.

Under the program, Niagara College will provide vouchers to 23 companies to help solve their innovation challenges related to technology adoption, in the sectors of food and beverage, advanced manufacturing, and agriculture and environmental technologies. Businesses will work with expert faculty, students and researchers from Niagara College’s three Innovation Centres, to acquire new prototypes, products, processes, and test results that validate their products and services, all bringing them close to market.

Businesses interested in accessing these partnership opportunities with the Research & Innovation team can contact Elizabeth Best at ebest@niagaracollege.ca or 905-641-2252 Ext. 4287.

More information on the recently announced funding can be found in the Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science’s media release.

Niagara College’s Research & Innovation conducts research projects with industry partners through its Agriculture & Environmental Technologies Innovation Centre, Canadian Food & Wine Institute Innovation Centre, and Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre. The division also offers support in the areas of digital media and web solutions and business and commercialization solutions. For more information on Research & Innovation, visit ncinnovation.ca/

Niagara College offers more than 130 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 aesthetics. For more information visit niagaracollege.ca.

CARDF is supported by the Ontario Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science in partnership with OCE and Colleges Ontario; the $20-million program aims to drive increased industry/post-secondary collaborations while creating an efficient marketplace for industry to access innovation, productivity and commercialization services from colleges; provide experiential learning opportunities for college students; and better align colleges with the needs of companies and strategic sectors, which will enable the development of new products, services and processes, facilitate productivity improvements, and help generate new revenues and high-value jobs for Ontario.

 

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Media inquiries, please contact:

Andrew Korchok

Communications/Media Advisor

Office: 905 641-2252 ext. 7430

Cell: 905 329-1642

akorchok@niagaracollege.ca

 

Michael Wales

Manager, Communications                                                                                                                                         

Office: 905.735.2211 ext. 7773

Cell: 905.328.4101

mwales@niagaracollege.ca

Niagara College hosts Mental Health Matchup for Bell Let’s Talk Day

Mental health awareness will be a slam dunk at Niagara College on January 31.

A Mental Health Matchup basketball game will be held in honour of Bell Let’s Talk Day on January 31 – a nation-wide initiative to help promote awareness about mental health. As the NC Knights face off against the Sheridan Bruins, student-athletes and the crowd cheering them on will be tackling a bigger opponent: mental health stigma.

Co-hosted by College’s Athletics department and the NC Student Administrative Council (NCSAC), the event – to be held at the Welland Campus – will kick off with a tailgate party at 5 p.m. in The Core, followed by a women’s game at 6 p.m. and a men’s game at 8 p.m. The event is free for students and $5 for public admission. All ages are welcome.

“As a student-centred college, Niagara College strives to create a positive learning environment for all of our students,” said Dave Taylor, associate vice-president, Academic and Learner Services. “Mental health awareness, and related services that respond to the mental health needs of our learning community, are an important aspect of the College’s support for personal and academic success.”

College counselling staff will be on site to provide information about mental health resources available on campus and in the community. They will invite students to share their thoughts on the subject of mental health on ‘conversation bubbles,’ provided by Bell Let’s Talk, which will be posted outside of the gym, or leave messages of hope and inspiration on a “Wall of Encouragement.’ The College’s Health, Wellness and Accessibility Services Department will also be on-site to provide information.

Attendees can enjoy the game from the courtside lounge where representatives from student health care provider We Speak Student will be available to discuss the mental health network available to students through Aspira. The crisis counselling and support services are available 24/7 by phone, text or video, free of charge for all students.

The NCSAC will run the tailgate party and photo booth at the event and give away free hotdogs, cotton candy and popcorn. There will also be plenty of swag giveaways at the game from Bell Let’s Talk and the NC Knights.

Student-athletes from Niagara College are joining those from across the country to promote this initiative, as the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association and the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association are both supporters of Bell Let’s Talk Day.

On Bell Let’s Talk Day, Bell Canada will donate to mental health initiatives in Canada, by contributing 5¢ for every applicable text, call, tweet (#BellLetsTalk), social media video view and use of their Facebook frame or Snapchat filter. For more information about Bell Let’s Talk Day visit https://letstalk.bell.ca/en/

Niagara College offers more than 130 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 aesthetics. For more information visit niagaracollege.ca.

 

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Media inquiries, please contact:

 

Andrew Korchok

Communications/Media Advisor

Office: 905 641-2252 ext. 7430

Cell: 905 329-1642

akorchok@niagaracollege.ca

 

Michael Wales

Manager, Communications                                                                                                                                         

Office: 905.735.2211 ext. 7773

Cell: 905.328.4101

mwales@niagaracollege.ca

ncTakeOff panel discussion explores cannabis industry in Niagara.

A rapidly expanding cannabis industry is set to bring positive changes to Niagara’s economic and educational landscapes.

That was the focus of a panel discussion at Niagara College in a packed Yerich Auditorium Thursday evening. The event, hosted by ncTakeOff, the college’s entrepreneurship hub, featured a lively discussion on the future of the cannabis industry in Niagara, and how government, education and business can work together to position Niagara for success.

Panellists included Members of Parliament Chris Bittle and Vance Badawey, Jennifer Maccarone, Chief Quality Officer at Up Cannabis, Blake Landry of Niagara Economic Development, and Bill MacDonald, Coordinator of NC’s Commercial Cannabis Production program.

Tonight’s panel discussion is another important step in our communities discussion about how Cannabis legalization will impact Niagara, and Canada as a whole,” said Chris Bittle, Member of Parliament for St. Catharines. “The legalization process will provide opportunities but it will also provide challenges to the status quo. This is why it’s important that we continue to have community conversations like this to ensure we are best positioned to succeed economically, while also ensuring that public health goals are met in a meaningful way.”

The discussion also touched on the role Niagara College can play in helping support and meet growing demands from businesses, both local and across Canada, for qualified, knowledgeable job candidates to work in the industry.

Niagara College is a leader in developing innovative applied learning models to meet evolving industry needs. In September 2018, the College will launch its Commercial Cannabis Production (CCP) Post-Graduate Certificate program – Canada’s first post-secondary credential in the production of commercial cannabis.

“We’ve heard loud and clear from our partners in the commercial cannabis industry that there’s a current and future need for workers who are skilled in the practices and procedures of working in a licensed producer, as well as navigating Canada’s stringent regulatory framework,” said Bill MacDonald, Professor in the School of Environment and Horticulture at Niagara College. “We developed the Commercial Cannabis Production program to respond to that demand, and our industry partners were critical in helping us design the program to ensure graduates will possess the skills both they, and the industry, need to succeed.”

“Up Cannabis is excited to be a part of the Niagara community, and we look forward to being a leading employer in the region, both now and in the years to come,” said Jennifer Maccarone, Chief Quality Officer at Up Cannabis. “We appreciate the great amount of support we’ve received from Niagara College, the Township of Lincoln and its officials—all who have welcomed us from the start. Our industry and our company are poised for great strides, and we’re intent on taking them with the utmost care and responsibility, with our community stakeholders foremost in mind.”

MacDonald also touched on not only the high level of interest the CCP program has generated, but also the skilled backgrounds and qualifications of applicants to the program.

“We’ve been very impressed by the response to the program – not only in the volume of applications, but also in their quality. We’re receiving applications from many qualified industry professionals, who bring with them a wealth of experience, and who are looking to enhance their skills and help move this new market forward.”

The panel discussion is the first in a series of events planned by ncTakeoff to explore the future of the cannabis industry in Niagara. Watch www.nctakeoff.ca in the coming months for future events.

NC’s Commercial Cannabis Production Post-Graduate Certificate program is the first of its kind in Canada, and will prepare graduates for successful careers within the regulatory framework of Canada’s rapidly expanding commercial cannabis industry. Graduates will be trained in the operational procedures of Licensed Producers (LPs) including Best Management Practices (BMP) and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP).

ncTakeoff is Niagara College’s hub for entrepreneurship, hosting entrepreneurial development programs and enabling access to subject experts, mentors, events and funding opportunities. ncTakeOff is an On-Campus Entrepreneurship Activities (OCEA) project, funded by Ontario Centres of Excellence and Niagara College.

Niagara College offers more than 130 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 aesthetics. For more information visit niagaracollege.ca.

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Media inquiries, please contact:

Andrew Korchok

Communications/Media Advisor

Office: 905 641-2252 ext. 7430

Cell: 905 329-1642

akorchok@niagaracollege.ca

 

Michael Wales

Manager, Communications                                                                                                                                         

Office: 905.735.2211 ext. 7773

Cell: 905.328.4101

mwales@niagaracollege.ca

Niagara College to host discussion on cannabis industry in Niagara on Jan. 25

Niagara College’s Commercial Cannabis Production program – which made international headlines when it was announced in September as the first postsecondary credential of its kind in Canada – and the region’s emerging cannabis industry will be the topics of discussion at a special event on January 25.

Organized by the College’s entrepreneurship hub, ncTakeOff, the evening event will feature a panel of leaders involved in the sector offering an inside look into Canada’ cannabis industry, from economic to business opportunities, to the new program at NC. The event is open to College students, staff and faculty, as well as interested community residents.

Panelists will include:

  • Chris Bittle, St. Catharines MP;
  • Vance Badawey, Niagara Centre MP;
  • Bill MacDonald, professor, School of Environment and Horticulture, Niagara College;
  • Blake Landry, manager of economic research and analysis, Niagara Region Economic Development; and
  • Jennifer Maccarone, chief quality officer, Up Cannabis, licenced producer.

They plan to discuss the College’s Commercial Cannabis Production program, economic opportunities in the region, the legislation surrounding cannabis, and how the sector is expected to change once new legislation is in effect.

Madison Fuller, project manager at ncTakeOff, said the event was organized in response to the announcement of Niagara College’s new CCP program which will begin this September. She felt many people were interested in learning more about the curriculum and objectives for the program, and wanted to show students how they can connect their curriculum with innovation and entrepreneurship.

“There are many aspects of this – from political legislation, to opportunity for economic growth – and it’s important to have an open dialogue,” she said. “As NC’s entrepreneurship hub, we want to be able to facilitate conversations surrounding new and exciting business opportunities in the region and properly educate students on different business trends.”

Vivian Kinnaird, dean of Business, Hospitality and Environment at Niagara College, noted that with legislative changes on the horizon and producers already established in the region, there are great economic opportunities for Niagara as the industry grows.

“Education will be key to the industry’s success and, as a pre-emptive college, we are proud to take the lead through the introduction of Canada’s first postsecondary Commercial Cannabis Production program,” Kinnaird said. ” We look forward to working with industry partners to develop courses, programs and applied research activity to meet the growing demand for skilled labour in the workforce in Niagara and beyond, and enable Niagara College graduates to become leaders in this emerging industry.”

The Discussion on the Cannabis Industry in the Niagara Region will take place on January 25, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus (Yerich Auditorium).

Register to attend this  free event on Eventbrite:

www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-cannabis-industry-in-niagara-economic-and-academic-impacts-tickets-41719724820

NC’s Commercial Cannabis Production program made international headlines when was announced in September 2017 as the first postsecondary credential in commercial cannabis production in Canada. The one-year graduate certificate program to begin in September 2018 responds to a need for skilled graduates who are knowledgeable in the complex regulations and requirements of an emerging industry. For program details visit:  https://www.niagaracollege.ca/ccp.

Niagara College offers more than 130 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 niagaracollege.ca.

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Panel discussion: Cannabis Industry in Niagara: Economic and Academic Impacts

WHEN:

January 25, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

WHERE:

Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus, Yerich Auditorium

135 Taylor Rd., Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

Directions to the NOTL Campus:

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Cell: 905.328.4101

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Niagara College to host All About Options Expo Jan. 24, 25

The All About Options Employment and Education Expo is returning to Niagara College Jan. 24-25. Students and visitors at both the Niagara-on-the-Lake and Welland Campuses will have an opportunity to meet prospective employers, Participants can explore opportunities in full, part-time and seasonal employment.

This year’s Expo features over 50 exhibitors, from a wide range of industries and markets.

“All About Options is a one-stop shop to explore the next phase in your education, or in your career,” said Dina Fox, Associate Director of Student Engagement, Academic Advisement & Career Services. “This is a valuable opportunity for members of the NC community to network with professionals in various fields, and meet face-to-face with representatives from colleges and universities.”

The event will be held the Welland Campus (Learning Commons) on Wed. Jan 24 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus (Student Commons, main level, lower level) on Thurs. Jan. 25 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Last week, hundreds of students participated in the Dress for Success clothing giveaway at both campuses, ensuring they’d have the proper clothing to impress potential employers at the Expo.

For more details about the All About Options Employment and Education Expo, including a list of exhibitors, visit www.niagaracollege.ca/allaboutoptions.

Niagara College offers more than 130 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 aesthetics. For more information visit niagaracollege.ca.

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Media inquiries, please contact:

Andrew Korchok

Communications/Media Advisor

Office: 905 641-2252 ext. 7430

Cell: 905 329-1642

akorchok@niagaracollege.ca

 

Michael Wales

Manager, Communications                                                                                                                                         

Office: 905.735.2211 ext. 7773

Cell: 905.328.4101

mwales@niagaracollege.ca