Finance Minister Bill Morneau makes Post-Budget Visit to Algonquin College

OTTAWA — The Honourable Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance, made his first post-budget stop at Algonquin College on Thursday, fielding questions from students and getting a first-hand look at innovation in progress.

“I know it’s so important for Colleges and private-sector organizations and research institutes and universities to all work together in creating great opportunities for our country,” said Minister Morneau, who then addressed the students directly. “All of you are at an exciting time in your life. I wish you all the best in your studies and I want you to know that we are going to work to make sure that the opportunities are going to be there for you when you graduate.” Read more >

Algonquin College and Siemens Canada partner on Mechatronics and Dual-Education programs

  • Unique programs serve to address Canada’s current skills gap and future needs
  • Algonquin College’s Ottawa campus will host both programs

The next chapter in the multi-faceted partnership between Algonquin College and Siemens Canada was made official today as the organizations announced a new collaboration aimed at addressing the technical skills gap in Canada and accelerating implementation of Industrie 4.0 advanced manufacturing concepts. Algonquin students will soon have access to two new advanced skills programs to further prepare them for the workplace of the future; the Siemens Mechatronics Systems certification and the Dual-Education enhanced co-op program, both to be offered through the Siemens Canada Engineering and Technology Academy (SCETA).

Beginning later this year, Algonquin College will offer students the globally recognized Siemens Mechatronics Systems certification program. Mechatronics is the combination of mechanical, electrical and computer software technologies as well as control and systems theory into a single system used in production and manufacturing. In practical terms, Mechatronics is a holistic, hands-on approach to automation that can improve efficiency, productivity and quality and ultimately decrease time to market. Industries that benefit greatly from a Mechatronics system include aerospace, materials processing, machine building, automotive, transportation, building technologies and mining.

“As we celebrate our 50th anniversary at Algonquin College, we want to build on our past successes and keep our eyes focused on the future — and this agreement, part of a much wider partnership we have with Siemens Canada, helps us achieve that,” said Algonquin College President Cheryl Jensen. “These programs forecast ahead, giving our learners the opportunity to perfect cutting-edge skills that are going to put them at the forefront of the next wave of technological advances in multiple sectors.”

Algonquin College will also become an official partner school of the SCETA Dual Education program, an enhanced skills training and career-start plan that offers students an enhanced co-op program at Siemens Canada during their final two years of study and the opportunity for full-time employment with Siemens upon graduation.

“The manufacturing sector in Canada and globally is changing rapidly as the industry enters the fourth industrial revolution, or Industrie 4.0,” said Robert Hardt, CEO, Siemens Canada. “This new era emphasizes digitization and companies will require qualified, highly-skilled graduates with the right mix of skills which these programs will offer them. We are thrilled to have a long-term sustainable education partner in Algonquin College who shares a commitment to Canada’s future.”

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Ruth Dunley, Communications Officer
Public Relations and Communications, Algonquin College
Office: 613-727-4723 ext. 6452
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About Algonquin College 
The mission of Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology is to transform hopes and dreams into lifelong success. Algonquin College, an Ontario public sector community college, does this by offering hands-on, digitally connected, experiential learning in more than 185 programs. Based in the Ottawa Valley, Algonquin College is the largest polytechnic institute in Eastern Ontario. More information available at

About Siemens Canada 
Siemens Canada is a leading technology partner that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality and reliability for more than 100 years. Siemens’ expertise in the fields of electrification, automation and digitalization helps make real what matters to Canada, delivering solutions for sustainable energy, intelligent infrastructure, healthcare and the future of manufacturing. One of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is a foremost supplier of power generation and power transmission solutions and a pioneer in infrastructure solutions as well as automation, drive and software solutions for industry. The company is also a leading provider of medical imaging equipment and laboratory diagnostics as well as clinical IT. The company has approximately 5,000 employees, 44 offices and 15 production facilities from coast-to-coast. Sales for Siemens Canada in fiscal 2016 (ended September 30), were $3.1 billion CAD. Further information available at

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Algonquin College, Nunavut Arctic College formalize agreement

OTTAWA — Today the President of Algonquin College, Cheryl Jensen, and the President of Nunavut Arctic College, Joe Adla Kunuk, formalized a new partnership that will facilitate the sharing of programs and learning resources between the two Colleges.

“We are eager to collaborate with Nunavut Arctic College to provide students, both here in Ontario and also in Nunavut, with new opportunities,” said Jensen. “Algonquin College is committed to academic collaborations that allow Indigenous students, and all students, to reach their full potential, and to gain the skills they need for the future.”

Nunavut Arctic College and Algonquin College have a shared goal to provide programs that are reflective and inclusive of Indigenous peoples in Canada and that prepare a flexible and resilient workforce. The signing of the Letter of Intent between the Colleges will create new opportunities for cooperation and provide shared learning opportunities for both students and faculty members.

“This new relationship between our Colleges is reflective of our priorities for post-secondary education and training,” said Kunuk. “These opportunities in education will help develop a skilled and engaged workforce that will contribute to our collective growth in today’s economy.”

The agreement takes effect immediately and will remain in place for three years before it must be renewed.

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For more information please contact:
Jean-Guy Fréchette, Associate Director, Government and Stakeholder Relations
Algonquin College
Office: 613-727-4723 ext. 6427

About Algonquin College and Nunavut Arctic University:
The mission of Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology is to transform hopes and dreams into lifelong success. Algonquin College, an Ontario public sector community college, does this by offering hands-on, digitally connected, experiential learning in more than 185 programs. Based in the Ottawa Valley, Algonquin College is the largest polytechnic institute in Eastern Ontario.

Nunavut Arctic College has a strong commitment to provide high quality educational opportunities to all residents of Nunavut. The College has five campuses: Nunatta Campus, including Piqqusilirivvik in Clyde River, the Nunavut Research Institute Science Campus in Iqaluit, Kivalliq Campus and the Nunavut Trades Training Centre in Rankin Inlet and the Kitikmeot Campus, located in Cambridge Bay.

AC featured on CBC Radio, TV and online!

Giacomo Panico visited the AC campus last month and discovered the many ways our students prepare for their careers (CBC News)

A haircut for $10? A massage for $35?

Of course, all of us here at AC know the College’s best-kept secrets are the services provided by our students at discount rates.

But it was all new to CBC’s Giacomo Panico, who visited the AC campus last month and discovered the many ways our students prepare for their careers as part of their course work. Read more >

Third Oscar win for AC animation alumnus

Trent Correy

Algonquin College Alumni Trent Correy – (Disney)

It’s a third Oscar win for Algonquin College alumnus Trent Correy, who worked on Zootopia, the winner of the Best Animated Feature at Sunday night’s 89th Academy Awards ceremony.
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Algonquin College and The Ottawa Hospital form new partnership


OTTAWA — Algonquin College and The Ottawa Hospital are embarking on a unique partnership in health research, innovation and training. The College has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Hospital’s research institute to “encourage and facilitate the development of mutually beneficial linkages” in areas such as digital health, clinical trials and biotherapeutics manufacturing. Read more >

Second-year students receive inaugural Changemaker Award from Board of Governors

AC Award

Photo: The Changemakers Award was presented to, from left, Suzanne Mondoux, Robyn Dusseldorp, Sage Barclay and Rebecca Arbuckle on Monday, Feb. 13, 2017.

Four students from the first Occupational Therapy Assistant/Physiotherapist Assistant program offered at Algonquin College received the first Student Changemaker Award from the Board of Governors at the board meeting on Monday evening. Read more >

Comic takes kid-centred approach to underscore importance of immunization

OTTAWA, CANADA – Alien invaders descend on a world while defensive forces mobilize to battle the intruders … is this the plot from an upcoming blockbuster movie or a creative approach to science education? These scenes are from a new online comic, Immunity Warriors: Invasion of the Alien Zombies, created to educate elementary school students about the immune system and the role of immunization in defending against illness.

Conceived by Dr. Kumanan Wilson, a physician, researcher and comic book fan, Invasion of the Alien Zombies approaches immunization education from a child’s perspective. Read more >