There is a lot happening at Canada’s polytechnics. Our blog offers perspectives on the exciting work underway on campuses and in Ottawa. Do you have a polytechnic story to tell? Share it with us!

2024 Polytechnic Showcase Spotlight: How Sheridan is Leveraging AI for Improved Elder Care

From improving healthcare to confronting climate change, polytechnics have a front-row seat to industry’s most pressing talent and productivity challenges. Ahead of the 2024 Polytechnic Showcase, Polytechnics Canada connected with Sheridan to discuss their session on Leveraging AI for Improved Elder Care: Innovative Digital Companions for a Changing Demographic.

Project leads, Lia Tsotsos, Director of the Centre for Elder Research and Stephan Kozak, primary investigator and CG Animation VFX Lead at Sheridan’s Screen Industries Research and Training Centre (SIRT) were able to share a glimpse into their collaborative research.

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Strengthening Canada’s Cybersecurity Workforce: The Mission Critical Role of Polytechnics

With the rise of remote and hybrid work, organizations have increasingly moved to cloud-based servers and become reliant on virtual environments. Data breaches and ransomware attacks that threaten to both tarnish a company’s image and inflict severe financial losses are increasingly common. In today’s environment, the need for robust cybersecurity has never been more apparent.

With these concerns, the demand for cybersecurity professionals has skyrocketed. Organizations increasingly need both in-house talent and the support of dedicated cybersecurity firms. Unfortunately, like many technical industries in Canada, cybersecurity experts are in short supply.

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2023 in Review: Navigating Canada’s Challenges

As another year comes to an end, it’s time to reflect and set goals for 2024. At Polytechnics Canada, part of this effort will include re-dedicating ourselves to addressing longstanding challenges like climate change, diversity and inclusion, lagging business productivity and skills shortages in critical occupations – areas where it is clear that polytechnic education is already making important contributions.

Here are just a few examples of the significant impact of our members in 2023:

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Polytechnic Alumni Spotlight: Vic Savino, Director of Communications for the Treaty One Nations

At just 32 years old, Vic Savino is the Director of Communications for the Treaty One Nations.

It’s a dynamic role, one that allows him to serve community members from the seven First Nations in Treaty No.1 territory and dive into projects like the development of the Naawi-Oodena urban reserve. Such a prominent director position at age 32 is certainly not the standard. But then, Savino’s life has been anything but.

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Polytechnic Alumni Spotlight: Kandise MacLeod, Radiation Protection Coordinator at Darlington Nuclear Generating Station

Polytechnic institutions offer expert-led, industry-relevant training for high-performance talent. In this Q&A series, graduates from across our member institutions discuss how a polytechnic education helped propel their success in diverse fields.

Polytechnics Canada sat down with Kandise MacLeod, a 2011 graduate of Sheridan’s Welding Techniques program. Kandise is a boilermaker journeyperson and a radiation protection coordinator who holds a key supervisory position at the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station with the responsibility of ensuring the safety of her fellow tradespeople in a radiological environment. She is highly skilled in the trades and has taken polytechnic programs and training to build on her expertise as a welder.

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Polytechnic Industry Partner Spotlight: Pioneering New Recycling Technology with Ethey Foods

Polytechnics serve as innovation intermediaries for organizations of all shapes and sizes, providing state-of-the-art facilities, equipment and high-performance talent. Through applied research partnerships, polytechnics support businesses looking to overcome obstacles to growth, realize greater efficiencies, reduce costs and enter new markets. Solutions that emerge from these partnerships also address wider global challenges, such as fighting climate change, creating a more inclusive society and strengthening our healthcare system.

Polytechnics Canada recently connected with Nick Spina, CEO of Ethey Foods, a London-based business working with Fanshawe College. Their applied research partnership has pioneered a new plastic recycling technology that reduces used plastic into either a liquid or powder form which is, in turn, used to create new plastic packaging.

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Polytechnic Alumni Spotlight: Hargurdeep Singh, Vice President of Advanced Manufacturing at CAD MicroSolutions Inc.

Polytechnic graduates use their hands-on, industry-relevant training in a wide variety of in-demand occupations across Canada. In this Q&A series, graduates speak to how they’ve turned their polytechnic education into career success.

Polytechnics Canada sat down with Hargurdeep Singh, a graduate of Sheridan’s Mechanical Engineering Technology – Design and Drafting program. As the Vice President of Advanced Manufacturing at CAD MicroSolutions Inc, he is driving growth and innovation in Canada’s manufacturing sector. During the pandemic, he designed and created 3D printed nasal swabs, face shields and ventilator splitters, developing a made-in-Canada solution to address supply shortages.

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George Brown College Knows the Importance of Developing Courses with Industry Partners

As the demand for sustainable solutions increases, George Brown College’s approach to applied learning and close ties to industry partners address the need for hiring professionals with specialized skill sets.

As governments, organizations and industries worldwide continue to respond to the climate crisis, George Brown College’s School of Mechanical Engineering Technologies provides a critical training ground for future innovators eager to build sustainable solutions and systems.

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More Graduates are Heading to College to Enhance their Skills after Earning a Bachelor’s Degree

More and more Canadians with a Bachelor’s degree are attending college to enhance their skills with hands-on training and real-world experience, according to data in the 2021 Canadian census.

The latest census showed that nearly one in five college students in Canada, or 19.4 per cent, had previously completed a Bachelor’s degree or higher. In Ontario, that number sits at 25.8 per cent.

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