Centennial College recognized on national stage
Centennial College's CICan Award winners in Winnipeg include (from left): Sharon Mooney, Trish Dryden, Lorne Hilts and Anna Serbina.
Centennial College collected several national awards at the Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) 2015 Awards of Excellence gala that took place at CICan’s annual conference in Winnipeg on May 26. The awards recognize the best practices and leadership demonstrated by public colleges and institutes from across Canada.
CICan’s first prize for Innovation in Applied Research was awarded to Centennial College and its Applied Research and Innovation Centre (ARIC). With double-digit growth in research and innovation activities, Centennial has established itself as a leader in fostering partnerships with industry and community organizations to advance innovation and applied research, which can lead to successful commercialization of new products and services. Trish Dryden, Associate Vice President, Research and Corporate Planning, was on hand to receive the award.
Centennial earned the silver award of excellence for Best Program in recognition of the Ontario Self-Employment Benefits program delivered by the college’s Centre of Entrepreneurship. Sharon Mooney, Manager of the Centre of Entrepreneurship, received the award on stage. This is the second win for Centennial’s OSEB program, which was recognized with a CICan Entrepreneurship Award at the Enabling Entrepreneurship Symposium in Quebec City in March.
Anna Serbina of the School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science collected the silver award in the Student Leadership category. Anna has just completed her final year of study in Centennial’s Energy Systems Technology Co-op program and will be graduating in June. She's well known in the school for her leadership initiative as President of the Student Society affiliated with the Energy Systems programs.
Among the Teaching Excellence award winners was Centennial faculty member Lorne Hilts of the Recreation and Leisure Services program, who won bronze. Last fall, Lorne was named the 29th annual recipient of Centennial’s George Wicken Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence after students nominated him enthusiastically.
Colleges and Institutes Canada is the national and international voice of Canada’s publicly supported colleges, institutes and polytechnics, of which Centennial College is a member. The association works with industry and social sectors to train 1.5 million learners of all ages and backgrounds at campuses serving more than 3,000 urban, rural and remote communities in Canada. The association also operates in 29 countries around the world.