Category: Media Releases

National Dental Hygiene Week: Niagara College dental hygiene students offer free screenings for public and students


Niagara College (NC) senior students from NC’s Dental Hygiene program are hosting an event at the Welland campus on Tuesday to help others “brush up.”

As part of National Dental Hygiene Week students will be promoting oral health from 9 a.m.- 11 a.m. at the Applied Health Institute foyer, just inside the main door at the campus.

Visitors can experience a free comprehensive oral screening, gather information and advice about teeth brushing techniques including whitening, and learn about sugar substitutes, the dangers of sugar, smoking and oral cancer.

“Our profession is founded on advocacy,” said Alaina Gauthier, professor, NC’s School of Applied Health. “This event allows students to exercise this muscle and encourages them to experience what it is like to be part of a community outreach program.

“National Health Dental Hygiene Week is celebrated all over Canada, so it is always rewarding for students to see they are part of something bigger than what they do at Niagara College; it allows them to see the all-encompassing nature of their profession.”

The event will also include games, raffle prizes and giveaways.

Niagara College Dental Hygiene program students, staff and community.

National Dental Hygiene Week, an initiative of the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association. This year’s theme: ‘Oral Health for Total Health.’ The Oral Cancer Foundation is assisting the students by providing brochures and screening kits.

Welland campus, 100 Niagara College Blvd., Welland, Applied Health Institute foyer, main college entrance.

Tuesday, April 11, 9 a.m.-11 a.m.
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Ontario marks 50th anniversary of college system, makes commemorative investment at Niagara College

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Ontario’s College System, the province declared April 3 to 9, 2017 as Colleges Week and is making a new investment in each of Ontario’s 24 publicly assisted colleges to enhance the student experience.

Ontario is providing $1,858,100 to help Niagara College deliver high-quality education that will give students the skills they need for the jobs of tomorrow.

The funding will be used by Niagara College to invest in new technology, equipment and learning spaces that will enhance the student experience.

Investing in postsecondary infrastructure is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.


“This investment will provide college students at Niagara College with state-of-the-art materials including specialized software for teaching, new lab and shop equipment and technology to modernize existing classrooms and labs, that will ensure they have the right skills for a knowledge and technology-driven economy.”
— Jim Bradley, MPP for St. Catharines

“Our government commemorates the growth and evolution of Ontario’s college system, launched by Bill Davis, 50 years ago and the tremendous contribution they have made to our province’s economic growth and vitality. This $50 million investment will provide our students with access to leading-edge equipment and labs that will ensure they have the right skills for a knowledge and technology-driven economy.”
— Deb Matthews, Deputy Premier, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development and Minister Responsible for Digital Government

“The recognition by the Ontario government of the important and vital role colleges play in our communities across the province by granting this special 50th anniversary funding is appreciated,” said Niagara College president Dan Patterson. “This investment in Niagara College’s students will help us to provide outstanding learning environments to allow our students to acquire the necessary advanced skills for employment in the future.”
— Dan Patterson, Niagara College President



 Ontario is investing $48 million in capital funding for new equipment and learning resources and $2 million in the Northern Colleges Collaboration – a total of $50 million to mark the 50th anniversary.
 In September 2016, Colleges Ontario launched the Start of Something Amazing, a 15-month celebration of the college system’s 50th anniversary.
 In 2015-16, about 84 per cent of Ontario college graduates found work within six months of graduating.
 About 220,000 students are enrolled full time at Ontario’s 24 publicly assisted colleges.
Ontario Colleges at 50: The Start of Something Amazing
Ontario’s colleges


Brian Foster
Office of Jim Bradley
MPP St. Catharines
Constituency Office
905-935-0018 c 905.933.6259

Susan McConnel
Niagara College
Media advisor
905.641.2252 x 4330


Brewnited Nations international flavour is theme for annual Project Brew fest by Niagara College students

Niagara College Brewmaster students are offering the public a taste of the world at their annual Project Brew festival: The Brewnited Nations.

The soon-to-be graduates of the College’s Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management program will be hosting the event this Friday at the Market Square in St. Catharines.

The event will offer a selection of 20 beers as well as a collaboration cask, hand-crafted by NC students at the Teaching Brewery.

The beer festival is an opportunity for the public to sample unique, locally developed and often experimental small batch beers from the college’s Teaching Brewery; and for graduating students to showcase what they have learned.

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

“It allows us to take responsibility and build a festival while learning about the many trials and tribulations that come into play while putting this together,” said the event’s student chair Brittany Ribalkin, who will be presenting a Biere de Garde at the event. “I believe that it will benefit me as students do all aspects of the brew from recipe design, to brewing the product, to the various lab tests, packaging and overall daily duties of the brewery. After all is said and done, we all work as a team to pull off an incredible event.”

While this will be the seventh Project Brew hosted by the Brewmaster program’s graduating students since the event was launched in April 2015, this is the first with a ‘Brewnited Nations’ theme. Ribalkin noted that the theme was chosen because many of the brews have ingredients and styles from different countries, offering a way new way for guests to enjoy various beers that the world has to offer.

The theme also struck a chord with students since there are several international classmates in the program from as far away as the United States, Mexico, Brazil and South Korea.

In addition to beer, guests at the event can enjoy entertainment from international dancers and participate in international games including Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?

“We want our patrons to feel free to dress up and get into the theme of the event,” said Ribalkin.

Vendors at Project Brew will include the College’s Benchmark restaurant, The Smokin’ Buddha, and Eh Jose, as well as Signal Coffee Co.

Proceeds from Project Brew will benefit the Matt Soos Memorial Scholarship, which is presented annually to a student in the College’s Brewmaster program who brews the best beer in the NC Annual Brewmaster competition. The scholarship is in honour of Matt Soos, a graduate of the Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management program who died in August, 2015 at the age of 26.

Brewnited Nations Project Brew, annual Niagara College student beer festival.

Market Square, 91 King Street, St. Catharines. Online advance tickets to the event are $20 ($17.50 group discounts are available). Tickets include entry to the event, a commemorative sample glass and four beer tokens. Tickets may also be purchased at the door for $25 or online (visit Guests must be 19 years of age or older (valid photo ID required) to attend.

Friday, April 7, 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

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A new technology-focused approach to assist youth in securing employment

In response to the critical labour shortages facing many of Ontario’s key sectors, Niagara College and OTEC, in partnership with Ontario Restaurant Hotel and Motel Association (ORHMA), has announced an innovative youth-targeted employment model called the ALiGN Network.

Recently launched across Ontario, the initiative has brought together industry partners from across the province to develop a psychometric-based talent-to-role fit assessment and job-matching model designed initially for the hospitality and tourism industry.

The ALiGN pre-employment skills training program will be delivered at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus. Employers and community employment partners throughout the Niagara region can connect with Niagara College, or, directly with OTEC, to identify and recruit ALiGN graduates.

“Niagara College is pleased to work with OTEC and be a part of the ALiGN Network,” said Barbara Glass, associate dean, School of Access, Niagara College. “We are confident that ALiGN will assist us in connecting local employers to interested and motivated youth seeking entry level and high demand opportunities in the tourism industry across the Niagara region.”

The ALiGN network will be supported by Ryerson University’s Magnet platform to bring this first-of-its-kind youth employment model online, making ALiGN accessible to businesses and job seekers anywhere in Ontario. Through the ALiGN Network, youth will be matched to live job postings based on their own unique personality attributes and interests. Work-ready job seekers will be fast-tracked into employment. Candidates with skills or qualifications gaps based on the assessment process will receive industry-designed training and certification, either through the network of regional training partners, or, through an online suite of industry training programs that can be accessed remotely.

“The fact that our youth unemployment rate is over 14 per cent in this province while employers are struggling to fill entry-level positions demands that we start looking at things differently” said Adam Morrison, VP Projects and Partnerships, OTEC. “Businesses have been telling us for years that, if candidates are the right fit, they will hire them and train them for advancement. We now have a system that matches youth to real opportunities based on their unique attributes, attitudes and goals.”

Key industry partners include Magnet/Ryerson University, ORHMA, Mobilize Jobs, and a roster of prominent, independent and global brands. ORHMA which represents over 11,000 hospitality employers across the province has partnered with ALiGN. Since the assessment methodology is based on a behavioural and attitudinal benchmark established by industry, it will enable ALiGN’s employment and training partners to refer candidates to participating employers with confidence in the job seeker’s suitability for the position. It will also open up a new pool of potential candidates for employers: youth who might not have experience in the role, but are a natural fit for the work and the industry culture.

“The ALiGN Network will support their members and unemployed youth in the Niagara region,” said Tony Elenis, president, ORHMA. “By working with key industry stakeholders and partners, we will address the issues of youth underemployment and labour shortages in the hospitality industry, specifically in the Niagara region.”

Funded in part by the Government of Ontario, with support from the Ministry of Economic Development and Growth, the ALiGN project will represent a significant investment in hospitality training programming for four other regions including Toronto, Ottawa, Thunder Bay and Algoma, while also seeking to address the overall labour shortage Ontario is facing for front line hospitality roles.
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For more information about the ALiGN network, please contact:

Adam Morrison, V.P. Projects and Partnerships, OTEC.
416.622.1975 ext: 236
Emmanuel Rey, Manager, Workforce Development and Industry Partnerships, OTEC.
416.622.1975 ext: 210

OTEC is an Ontario-based independent, not-for-profit training, consulting & workforce development organization that delivers high quality, creative and branded solutions for the development and growth of a professional, skilled workforce. It is the leading source support for communities to build workforce capacity and for companies to attract, retain, and develop high performing employees and become Employer of Choice organizations.

OTEC is the premier source for Customer Service training and strategy development, Tourism Ambassador training, leadership skills training and certifications and education products and services for tourism, hospitality and service oriented organizations in a wide range of industry sectors both nationally and internationally.
E. T. 416.622.1975



The Ontario Restaurant Hotel & Motel Association (ORHMA) is the largest provincial hospitality association in Canada. With over 4,000 members, representing more than 11,000 establishments across the province, the ORHMA is uniquely positioned to represent the issues that most impact your business.

ORHMA represents the industry’s interests at both the Provincial and Municipal levels of government. Through our specialized in-house government relations experts, our provincial Board of Directors and our local Regional Boards, the Association provides pertinent and timely advice on industry-specific issues to politicians across the province. The Association’s dedicated and professional Membership Team provides ORHMA members with meaningful cost-saving programs and unique educational services.

ORHMA is dedicated to fostering a positive business climate for Ontario’s hospitality industry, while providing value-added services to its members.
E. T. 905.361.0268


Currently celebrating its 50th year as a College for Applied Arts and Technology, Niagara College 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.
For media inquiries, please contact:
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Media Advisor
Niagara College
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Niagara College joins community to welcome Canada Summer Games in 2021 to Niagara

Niagara College  president Dan Patterson joined community leaders in Toronto today to hear the announcement that Niagara was named the Canada Summer Games host for 2021.

The welcome news was delivered in front of a packed audience at the University of Toronto by Ontario Tourism Minister Eleanor McMahon.

Niagara edged out three other communities in the short list of the bid process – Kitchener/Waterloo/Cambridge, Ottawa and Sudbury.

“This is a win-win for athletes and the entire community of Niagara,” said Patterson. “Everyone in the area came together to support the bid and showcase all of the great venues, people and talent we have to offer in Niagara.”

Niagara College will be the host venue for a number of events and activities around the Games, including:

-Games’ broadcasting centre; Games’ media centre, practice and alternate basketball games site; and residential housing for technical officials for South Niagara sports locations – at the Welland campus; and,

-Residential housing for technical officials for North Niagara sports locations – at the Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake campus residences.

In addition, NC will be involved in the Human Legacy Plan for Niagara, a project spearheaded by NC’s associate vice-president, academic and learner services, David Veres. These initiatives support job opportunities for students and recent graduates, placement internships and course-based projects.

Patterson said the College and community have a lot to look forward to: “the College’s hands-on learning approach opens up opportunities to support development and delivery of a world-class games.

“We are very proud to be a part of the Canada Summer Games in 2021.”


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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Susan McConnell
Media advisor
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Cell: 905-933-6259

Niagara College students cook up success at Saputo Junior Challenge for Ontario

Two Niagara College students proved they could take the heat in the kitchen, earning second and third place at a provincial culinary competition recently in Toronto.

First-year Culinary Management student Kevin Charanduk won silver, and second-year Culinary Management student Anthony Belluomini won bronze, at the Canadian Culinary Federation Saputo Junior Challenge for Ontario.

Dean of the Canadian Food and Wine Institute Craig Youdale applauded the students’ accomplishment and noted the significance of the experience.

“Competing is about showcasing the incredible passion and dedication our students and staff have to the culinary world,” said Youdale. “The students are able to have the opportunity to showcase their talents under pressure and really gain some important confidence in their future.”

Held at Humber College on March 18, the students had four hours and 30 minutes to prepare and serve a three-course menu for six people. Before the competition began, menus, work plans and recipes were submitted. Competitors were tasked with preparing a menu using chicken for each dish and specific cheese from sponsor Saputo for each course. Students were judged on cooking skills, as well as on food preparation, presentation, and taste.

Charanduk and Belluomini were selected to compete by chef professor Olaf Mertens and began preparing for the competition in February – everything from chicken butchery to final plating. In March, their dishes were finalized including their recipes, schedule plans, ingredient and equipment checklists. It was the first culinary competition for the two NC students and a meaningful one for them both.

“Getting to represent all the hardworking staff and students of the College pushed me to work hard every class and practice,” said Charanduk.

Charanduk, a resident of St.Catharines, noted how training for the competition has helped to grow his abilities and now he can work faster and cleaner.

“We were awarded a trophy for our finishes, but the experience itself and the opportunity to grow is reason enough to do the competition,” he said.

Belluomini, who moved from Meaford to Niagara-on-the-Lake to attend NC, said he was proud to have been selected to represent the College and put his skills to the test. He was grateful for his support he received from chefs and mentors at the CFWI as well as from colleagues, family and friends.

While it was a challenge to fit in his training with his schoolwork and his job at Two Sisters vineyard – Belluomini said he valued the experience.

“I feel as if the competition not only improved my skills, my organization, and my creativity, but it also developed my overall character, giving me more confidence in myself,” he said. “My passion and drive to become a chef is stronger than ever and I couldn’t be happier with the result.”

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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Susan McConnell
Media Advisor
905 641-2252 x 4330

Niagara College home to first 3D printer of its kind in Canada

Classic car collector Phil Foster searched years for a matching window trim for his beloved 1934 Dodge DR.

And although he and his wife Gwen have access to a network of other vintage car enthusiasts – they’re founding members of the Antique & Classic Car Club of Canada, Niagara Chapter – they still could not find the rare part.

“These garnish mouldings just aren’t around anymore,” explained the retired contractor/welder, who had all but given up once his grandson’s online search proved unsuccessful.

Then a friend suggested he enlist the help of applied research students at the Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre at Niagara College. As luck would have it, the Research & Innovation division was in the process of installing a brand new 3D printer at the Welland campus – the first of its kind in Canada and the only one at the Centre capable of handling the size of Foster’s project.

The research team reverse-engineered Foster’s existing window garnish moulding (window trim), designed a 3D CAD mirror copy and then printed the new component. Mission accomplished!

The exclusive 3D printer that put an end to Foster’s search is the Fortus 900mc Gen. 2, a machine that’s leading edge in terms of size and scope and materials capabilities. The NC Centre is now also the country’s only material beta testing facility for Stratasys, a worldwide leader in 3D printer manufacturing.

This gives NC’s industry partners and customers exclusive access to materials not currently on the market and also offers a rare opportunity to drive the development of potential new materials, said Jim Lambert, Centre manager.

“Having this beta testing status will give Niagara College recognition as having world-class metrological inspection capabilities,” said Lambert. “Any in-development testing will quite literally be the first of its kind in the world.”

Foster described the venture as a “win-win” and, while happy with his custom part, he is also proud that his project has provided real-world applied research experience for the students. “We never had this when I was younger – I’m all self-taught.”

With funding support from the Federal Development Agency for Southern Ontario, the NC advanced manufacturing division acquired the new printer to improve its capabilities, and in turn provide more opportunities for key industry for prototypes, production parts, jigs and fixtures, and factory tooling.

Depending on the materials and the complexity of the project, having a prototype 3D printed at the Technology Access Centre could cost anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars.

The Centre team at NC specializes in engineering design, 3D technologies, lean manufacturing processes and additive manufacturing. The division works with Ontario businesses to bring ideas to life, from concept through to developing working prototypes, utilizing leading-edge technology, including equipment and software. For more information, visit

The Fortus 900mc Gen. 2
– Housed at the Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre at NC’s Welland campus, this state-of-the-art 3D printer is the first of its kind installed in Canada.

– The Centre is now also the country’s only material beta testing facility for 3D printer manufacturer Stratasys, making any in-development testing the first of its kind in the world.

– The Fortus 900mc is the most advanced FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) system available, providing an unlimited materials selection – even for materials unique to the market, which includes many new polymers and composite materials as well as highly specialized materials for medical, dental, aerospace, automotive, food production and general manufacturing.

– The size and scope of this new machine expands the printing envelope, giving the Centre’s lab the means to print objects that measure more than 36” x 14” x 16”. Prior to this recent purchase, the research team has been utilizing the printer’s smaller sister, the Fortus 400 – which has a print envelope of 16” x 14” x 16”.

Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre – a Technology Access Centre
– The Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre in Welland is one of two of NC’s Technology Access Centres (TACS) – the other being the Canadian Food & Wine Institute Innovation Centre. TACs are specialized applied research and development centres affiliated with Canadian colleges or cégeps.

– Niagara College is only one of two colleges in Canada with two TACS.

– Marc Nantel, NC associate vice-president, Research & Innovation, was recently appointed to the advisory board for Tech-Access Canada, a national network of Canada’s 30 TACs.

– Tech-Access Canada serves vital industrial sectors across the country, responding to industry applied research needs through innovation support services delivered by college faculty, staff and students. For more information on Tech-Access Canada, visit

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.

For media inquiries, contact:

Susan McConnell, Media Advisor, 905 641-2252 x 4330


Live music, brewery and winery tours, inspiring gardens, great food and a preview of terrific courses, all at Niagara College March 25

Itching to see what is going on behind the walls at Niagara College’s Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake campuses?

Head to NC Saturday, March 25 and enjoy hours of special events and information sessions, designed to help prospective students and the community experience Niagara College first-hand.

Part of the spring annual house, NC is offering a wide variety of displays, information sessions, and tours of facilities, including residences on Saturday, March 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. In addition, one lucky future student will be the recipient of a $3,000 award applicable towards 2017-18 tuition.

“This is a great opportunity to meet students, faculty and staff, in an informal atmosphere,” said NC president Dan Patterson. “There is a wide variety of special events to appeal to all interests.”

Enjoy the onset of spring through plant sales at both campuses, and a display of unique plantings that will inspire your inner gardener in the greenhouse at the NOTL campus where visitors can also view the aquaponics operation and the new Commercial Beekeeping program. Both campuses will feature live music and tours of residences. Tours and tastings are available at the NOTL campus of both the winery and brewery, and culinary selections from Benchmark restaurant chefs are available including complementary desserts, commemorating NC’s 50th anniversary this year.

Information sessions include: Student Services Fair; financial aid; program sessions; and for the first time, NC will feature Meet the President Hour –in Welland at 10:30 a.m. in the Learning Commons, and in NOTL, from at 12:30 at the cafeteria entrance, with Patterson as host of the hour. Parking is free during the event; advance registration is not required and visitors will enjoy a 20 per cent discount at campus stores. For additional information, visit: house


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 economics of Niagara and Ontario. A regional college with global reach, NC offers more than 100 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs.

For media inquiries, contact:

Susan McConnell, Media Advisor, 905-641-2252 x 4330

New GO Bus Stop opening at Niagara College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus

Ministry of Transportation News: Ontario Improving GO Service for Students and Families in Niagara

Ontario is making it easier to get around the Niagara and the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area by expanding and improving local GO Transit services to better meet the needs of students, families, and commuters.

Starting April 8, the Route 12 GO Bus will stop at Niagara College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus to make it easier for students and staff to get to and from school and for more people to take transit in Niagara Region. Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca and St. Catharines MPP Jim Bradley made the announcement while engaging with students in a roundtable at Niagara College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus on March 15.

Buses will run between Niagara Falls and Burlington, with stops in St. Catharines, Grimsby and Stoney Creek, connecting to Lakeshore West GO Train service at the Burlington GO Station. GO Transit will provide hourly service throughout the day and into late evening, seven days a week.

Expanding GO Transit service to improve people’s commute is part of our government’s plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.


“It was a pleasure meeting with Niagara College student leaders today to discuss local transit and transportation issues. We know that transit directly affects students, as well as local commuters and travelers, which is why I am so pleased to announce that we are expanding and improving local GO Transit services. Improvements like these will help reduce congestion on our roads and make it more convenient for locals to travel across the Niagara region.”
— Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation

“More transit options will help everyone who lives, studies or travels in our region. This is great news for the people of Niagara and for the students at the Niagara-on-the-Lake campus.”
— Jim Bradley, MPP for St. Catharines

“Bringing GO bus service to this campus will make it easier to get to school, home, and anywhere in between. It’s all part of our plan to expand and improve GO services throughout our region so we can bring more transit to more people.”
— Bruce McCuaig, President and CEO, Metrolinx

“Having GO Bus service directly to campus will open up huge opportunities for students from West Niagara, Hamilton and the GTA to come directly to Niagara College. It also creates a much greater range of co-op and internship options for our students accessing employers beyond Niagara. We can now say, GO to Niagara College!”
— Dan Patterson, President, Niagara College


 The new GO Bus stop will be located near the entrance of the main building where Niagara-on-the-Lake Transit, Niagara Region Transit, St. Catharines Transit and Welland Transit buses stop.
 Detailed schedules will be available during the week of March 20. Customers should check for more details.
 Students can have their PRESTO cards set with a student discount and save even more.
 Niagara’s seasonal GO Train service will resume Victoria Day weekend, Thanksgiving weekend and throughout the summer on Friday evenings, Saturday, Sundays and holidays, for the ninth consecutive year.
 Metrolinx continues to work closely with local transit service providers to ensure better alignment between GO Transit and local transit services.

GO Transit

Media inquiries, contact:

Andrea Ernesaks, Minister’s Office,
Bob Nichols, Communications Branch, 416-327-1158
Niagara College media contact:

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

NC students, alumni: It’s time to pitch your creative projects for William G. Davis Innovation Fund

Have an idea to improve your community or beyond? Online registration is now underway for the William G. Davis Innovation Fund!

Launched by Colleges Ontario help mark the 50th anniversary celebrations in 2017, the William G. Davis Innovation Fund contest encourages students and alumni from colleges across Ontario to pitch creative projects and initiatives that will compete for cash prizes Applications can be made in the categories of Entrepreneurialism, Health and Welfare, Arts and Culture or Community Benefit. Ideas must be achievable, sustainable, measurable, original, and linked to your college experience.

Entrants can be a graduate or current full-time student from one of Ontario’s 24 colleges with an idea that could improve Ontario and beyond.
The fund aims to support innovative thinking and initiatives from aspiring visionaries, artists, humanitarians or entrepreneurs who want to leverage their college education to start something amazing.

The first-place winner will receive $15,000 to help fund the project and the second-place entry will receive $5,000.

Online registration began on March 1 and will continue until May 30. Preliminary online voting will take place between June 1 and July 31. Finalists will be announced on August 15. Final online voting will be held between August 15 and November 5 and the winners will be announced on November 10.

“Niagara College students and alumni consistently demonstrate original thinking and entrepreneurship,” said Niagara College president Dan Patterson. “I encourage our students and alumni to submit their creative ideas and make a pitch in this unique contest.”

The fund has been named after former premier William G. Davis, who served as Ontario’s education minister from 1962 to 1971 and brought in the legislation that established the college system. The fund has been named in his honour as a tribute to the bold and creative thinking that revolutionized post-secondary education in Ontario.

“When we launched the Ontario college system 50 years ago, I had hoped that we would create a meaningful and rewarding system that prepares students for a broad range of careers,” said the Honourable William G. Davis. “That hope was not only realized but surpassed. Today’s colleges are preparing students for many of today’s most challenging careers.

“This new fund will promote some of the truly innovative ideas being developed at colleges throughout the province,” he said. “It is truly an honour to have it established in my name.”
Full details about the fund, including full contest rules and regulations, can be found here: