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Durham College and GrowWise Health partner to develop Cannabis Industry Specialization certificate

First-of-its-kind program will prepare business professionals to join Canada’s cannabis industry

Oshawa, Ont. – Durham College  and Emblem Corp. (TSXV:EMC) (EMC.WT) (Emblem), on behalf of its health and education subsidiary GrowWise Health Limited (GrowWise), are partnering to develop and launch the Cannabis Industry Specialization certificate in fall 2018. The first of its kind in Ontario, the part-time studies program will be delivered both in class and online via simulcast. It is designed to prepare professionals with business experience or who have already completed a diploma or degree in business to pursue a career in the rapidly growing cannabis sector.

“The long-term success of Canada’s cannabis industry will depend strongly on there being a skilled workforce to support and advance it,” said Adam Saperia, president, GrowWise. “Together, GrowWise and Durham College are ensuring that the right education and training are available to those who are interested in entering this exciting field.”

Additional industry leaders are joining GrowWise in contributing expertise to the development of the program’s curriculum, including Ample Organics, Cannabis at Work, Molecular Science Corp., and CannaInvestor Magazine. Building on the success of the college’s Medical Cannabis Fundamentals for Business Professionals course, the new certificate will include a course focused on medical cannabis fundamentals and expand the scope of students’ learning with courses focused on areas such as cannabis in the recreational/adult-use market, cannabis regulatory affairs and ethics, importing and exporting cannabis and cannabis business operations. Students who have already successfully completed Durham College’s two-day, introductory medical cannabis course will be eligible to receive academic credit towards earning their certificate.

“With Canada already established as a global leader in medical cannabis and soon to become only the second country in the world to legalize adult recreational use on a national level, the need for skilled business professionals will continue to grow dramatically,” said Don Lovisa, president, Durham College. “While other programs focus on the production side of the industry, Durham College is leading the way in preparing professionals interested in management and non-horticultural roles. Graduates of the Cannabis Industry Specialization certificate will make it easier for employers to recognize the right candidates for their jobs.

The new program marks the latest development in Durham College’s work with GrowWise to establish the college as a leader in cannabis-related post-secondary education. The Medical Cannabis Fundamentals for Business Professionals course launched in November 2017 and is now offered on a monthly basis through in-class and interactive simulcast delivery.

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About Durham College

At Durham College (DC), the student experience comes first. With campuses in Oshawa and Whitby and a learning site in Pickering, the college offers more than 12,000 full-time post-secondary and apprenticeship students access to more than 140 full-time and eight apprenticeship programs in a number of different disciplines, enabling them to develop the skills required to meet the demands of today’s job market. The college is also set to launch its first four-year degree program, the Honours Bachelor of Health Care Technology Management, in September 2018.

The Oshawa campus features the state-of-the art Student Services building and will soon feature the Centre for Collaborative Education, a legacy project tied to DC’s 50th anniversary in 2017. The new facility will bring together local, Indigenous and global communities, providing a new home for several of the college’s most innovative and ground-breaking programs.

The Whitby campus features the award-winning W. Galen Weston Centre for Food, which includes Bistro ’67, a full-service, teaching-inspired restaurant, and Pantry, a retail store featuring food prepared by students in the college’s culinary programs.

For more information, visit www.durhamcollege.ca or call 905.721.2000.

About GrowWise Health

GrowWise Health, a subsidiary of Emblem Corp., provides patients and healthcare providers with personalized education to make informed choices about medical cannabis treatments. With education centres across Ontario and British Columbia, prospective patients can learn more at www.growwisehealth.com.

About Emblem

Emblem Corp., through its wholly-owned subsidiary Emblem Cannabis Corporation, is a fully integrated licensed producer and distributor of medical cannabis and cannabis derivatives in Canada under the ACMPR (Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations). Led by a team of cannabis experts and former health care and pharma executives, it has three distinct verticals – cannabis production, patient education centers, and pharmaceutical dosage form development. Emblem trades under the ticker symbol EMC on the TSX Venture Exchange.

For further information contact:

Melissa McLean
Communications and Marketing                                                     
Durham College                                                                                        
905.721.2000 ext. 2952                                                                    

Ethan Karayannopoulos
Investor Relations
Emblem Corp.
647.748.969

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Durham College and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology mourn the loss of Durham Regional Chair Roger Anderson

Oshawa, ON – Durham College and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology are deeply saddened by the passing of Durham Regional Chair Roger Anderson.

A long-time advocate for post-secondary education and a benefactor of both the college and university, Anderson made a profound impact on students at both institutions through his charitable initiative, the Roger Anderson Charity Classic golf tournament, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2017 and reached a milestone of more than $6 million raised to support local youth.

Anderson was Durham’s longest-serving regional chair and was the first person to be directly elected into the role in 2014. Prior to his terms as regional chair, Anderson served as a constable on the Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS) from 1978 to 1988 and as a broker with a local real estate business. He also served as regional councillor and deputy mayor for the Town of Ajax from 1991 to 1997.

Anderson was chair of the Durham Region Transit Commission since its inception on January 1, 2006, and served several terms as chair of the DRPS Board. He was active in the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) for 25 years, including a two-year term as president.

In honour of Chairman Anderson’s life, the college and university’s flags will be lowered on the day of his funeral, Thursday, March 29.

Quotes:

Roger and his family are in the thoughts of the Durham College community across the region and well beyond. Each year, through Roger’s generosity, the college bestows more than 100 awards, totaling $2.5 million, to students who might otherwise not have the means to pursue a post-secondary education. He recognized the connection between such opportunity and the pride and prosperity of Durham Region and hoped beneficiaries would go on to offer other students a hand up in their own way. This is the spirit in which we will carry forward Roger’s legacy.

Don Lovisa
President, Durham College

I share the condolences of our entire university community with the Anderson family. For two decades, the Roger Anderson Charity Classic raised more than $6 million to support local youth, including over $1.6 million towards scholarships for our students at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. His legacy of generosity and leadership lives on in the lives of our students and alumni.

Steven Murphy, PhD

President and Vice Chancellor, University of Ontario Institute of Technology

 

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About Durham College

At Durham College (DC), the student experience comes first. With campuses in Oshawa and Whitby and a learning site in Pickering, the college offers more than 12,000 full-time post-secondary and apprenticeship students access to more than 140 full-time and eight apprenticeship programs in a number of different disciplines, enabling them to develop the skills required to meet the demands of today’s job market. The college is also set to launch its first four-year degree program, the Honours Bachelor of Health Care Technology Management, in September 2018.

The Oshawa campus features the state-of-the art Student Services building and will soon feature the Centre for Collaborative Education, a legacy project tied to DC’s 50th anniversary in 2017. The new facility will bring together local, Indigenous and global communities, providing a new home for several of the college’s most innovative and ground-breaking programs.

The Whitby campus features the award-winning W. Galen Weston Centre for Food, which includes Bistro ’67, a full-service, teaching-inspired restaurant, and Pantry, a retail store featuring food prepared by students in the college’s culinary programs.

For more information, visit www.durhamcollege.ca or call 905.721.2000.

 

About the University of Ontario Institute of Technology

 

The University of Ontario Institute of Technology advances the discovery and application of knowledge through a technology-enriched learning environment and the delivery of innovative market-driven programs responsive to the needs of students and industry. With more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in more than 75 programs, the university promotes social engagement, fosters critical thinking and integrates outcomes-based learning experiences inside and outside the classroom. The university’s commitment to accelerating economic growth and social innovation is realized through faculty research collaborations with leading organizations such as Ontario Power Generation, IBM, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and the Durham Regional Police Service. To find out more, visit uoit.ca.

 

Media contacts:

Melissa McLean
Durham College
905.721.2000 ext. 2952
melissa.mclean@durhamcollege.ca

Bryan Oliver
University of Ontario Institute of Technology
905.721.8668 ext. 6709
bryan.oliver@uoit.ca


DC receives $250,000 funding from Government of Ontario’s Colleges Applied R&D Fund

College will use funds to study artificial intelligence solutions for small- and medium-sized enterprises

Oshawa, ON – Durham College (DC) announced today that its Office of Research Services, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ORSIE) has been awarded $250,000 through the Government of Ontario’s Colleges Applied Research and Development Fund (CARDF), administered by Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), to study artificial intelligence (AI) in business solutions.

The funding will be used to research how “narrow AI” can help small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) uncover new business insights while also providing intelligent and autonomous solutions that help increase a company’s productivity and growth. Narrow AI is any software that uses technologies such as machine learning, decision support, natural language processing and automation to make business recommendations, autonomously make decisions, or take action in a manner that would be considered intelligent.

“The AI research DC is undertaking addresses a significant need for SMEs across our economy,” said Debbie McKee Demczyk, dean, ORSIE. “This funding will support those research efforts, as we help SMEs adopt AI to solve their business challenges. Our hope is that, through collaborative research, and the implementation of advanced systems, we can help the SMEs of Southern Ontario become more competitive in an increasingly digital economy.”

The funding announcement also coincides with the recent launch of the AI Hub at DC, a new research centre within ORSIE dedicated to advancing the adoption of artificial intelligence as a way to improve business productivity and competitiveness. Through the AI Hub, firms that would not typically have access to the benefits of state-of-the-art AI techniques, will be able to capitalize on  advances in machine intelligence, automated learning, decision support, optimization, robotics, language/meaning understanding, and advanced manufacturing practices.

DC also received ten College Vouchers for Technology Adoption from CARDF. Valued at $10,000 each, under this program the college is will work with 10 growth-oriented local SMEs who are looking to adopt technology to improve their operations and increase productivity. This will be achieved by using one of three methods – process automation, customized online collaboration tools and data visualization.

Supported by the Ontario Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science, in partnership with OCE and Colleges Ontario, the $20-million CARDF program not only seeks to drive collaboration between post-secondary institutions and industry, it also aims to create efficiencies so industry can access the skills, services and innovations offered by colleges, while also providing experiential learning opportunities for students.

“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 Reza Moridi, Minister of Research, Innovation and Science. “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.”

Companies with an interest in how AI and digital transformation can enhance their businesses are encouraged to contact the AI Hub by visiting http://www.durhamcollege.ca/TheAIHub, emailing theaihub@durhamcollege.ca or calling 905.721.3223.

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About Durham College

At Durham College (DC), the student experience comes first. With campuses in Oshawa and Whitby and a learning site in Pickering, the college offers more than 12,000 full-time post-secondary and apprenticeship students access to more than 140 full-time and eight apprenticeship programs in a number of different disciplines, enabling them to develop the skills required to meet the demands of today’s job market. The college is also set to launch its first four-year degree program, the Honours Bachelor of Health Care Technology Management, in September 2018.

The Oshawa campus features the state-of-the art Student Services building and will soon feature the Centre for Collaborative Education, a legacy project tied to DC’s 50th anniversary in 2017. The new facility will bring together local, Indigenous and global communities, providing a new home for several of the college’s most innovative and ground-breaking programs.

The Whitby campus features the award-winning W. Galen Weston Centre for Food, which includes Bistro ’67, a full-service, teaching-inspired restaurant, and Pantry, a retail store featuring food prepared by students in the college’s culinary programs.

For more information, visit www.durhamcollege.ca or call 905.721.2000.

Media contact:
Meghan Ney
Communications and Marketing
905.721.2000 ext. 2197
meghan.ney@durhamcollege.ca


Durham College students to present on artificial intelligence on Parliament Hill

Students will travel to Ottawa to share their research as part of CICan’s Applied Research Symposium

Oshawa, ON – A team of Durham College (DC) students, faculty researchers and representatives from the college’s Office of Research Services, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ORSIE) are Ottawa-bound to participate in Colleges and Institutes Canada’s (CICan) annual Applied Research Symposium.

Held from Monday, February 12 to Tuesday, February 13, the team from DC will be joining students from across the province, when they present their project “Interactive Accessibility Assistant using Artificial Intelligence (AI)” to parliamentarians and representatives from the federal government at a special showcase on Parliament Hill during the first day of the symposium.

“As an institution, Durham College is quickly becoming a leader in applied AI research,” said Debbie McKee Demczyk, dean, ORSIE. “The project the students are presenting was a great initial foray into developing our AI research skills and expertise, especially in the lead up to launching the Durham College Hub for Applied Research in Artificial Intelligence for Business Systems, or AI Hub. We got to put our expertise to the test, while refining our AI research skills and ended up creating a viable solution to further learning at DC.”

Initially funded by DC, the Interactive Accessibility project set out to develop software for accurate closed captioning of teaching materials, to improve accessibility offerings and learning experiences for students at the college. The solution was developed by integrating several signal and language processing AI architectures and incorporating sound and natural language AI processing in a new and unique way.

The result was an application that can generate accurate closed captioning of any video or reading materials. In the case of the project, it was the colleges teaching resources that became more accessible, thus enhancing the learning experience for DC students.

With a goal of highlighting the impact of applied research and innovation for students, the Student Showcase gives research teams the opportunity to demonstrate how their projects provided a solution to a community partner or industry problem, while also allowing them to share what they gained from participating in the experience.

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About Durham College

At Durham College (DC), the student experience comes first. With campuses in Oshawa and Whitby and a learning site in Pickering, the college offers more than 12,000 full-time post-secondary and apprenticeship students access to more than 140 full-time and eight apprenticeship programs in a number of different disciplines, enabling them to develop the skills required to meet the demands of today’s job market. The college is also set to launch its first four-year degree program, the Honours Bachelor of Health Care Technology Management, in September 2018.

The Oshawa campus features the state-of-the art Student Services building and will soon feature the Centre for Collaborative Education, a legacy project tied to DC’s 50th anniversary in 2017. The new facility will bring together local, Indigenous and global communities, providing a new home for several of the college’s most innovative and ground-breaking programs.

The Whitby campus features the award-winning W. Galen Weston Centre for Food, which includes Bistro ’67, a full-service, teaching-inspired restaurant, and Pantry, a retail store featuring food prepared by students in the college’s culinary programs.

For more information, visit www.durhamcollege.ca or call 905.721.2000.

Media contact:
Meghan Ney
Communications and Marketing
905.721.2000 ext. 2197
meghan.ney@durhamcollege.ca

 


Durham College collaborates with Parkwood Estate to recreate iconic George Tanaka gardens

Horticulture students showcased their recreation at Landscape Ontario Congress trade show

Oshawa, ON – In celebration of the ongoing partnership between Durham College (DC) and Parkwood National Historic Site (Parkwood), students from the college’s Horticulture Technician program have recreated Parkwood’s iconic Japanese garden. Designed by Canadian landscape architect George Tanaka in 1963, the recreation made its debut at the Landscape Ontario Congress trade show, which took place in Toronto from January 9 to 11.

“Every year Congress offers space for students in horticulture programs to build a garden,” said Shane Jones, professor, School of Science & Engineering Technology. “DC has presented garden concepts before but given the college’s relationship with Parkwood, working together to develop and deliver educational curricula, and the fact Parkwood is celebrating its 100th anniversary, it was decided we would recreate the Tanaka design.”

Commissioned by Sam McLaughlin, to convert the estate’s existing greenhouses, Tanaka was well known for combining his Japanese heritage with elements native to the Canadian landscape. Designed to be “simple and unassertive”, his Japanese garden is a staple at the historical site, occupying one of five greenhouse spaces.

McLaughlin was in his 90’s when the Japanese Garden greenhouse was designed and it became a contemplative retreat for him, mere steps from his domestic spaces. He was often found wandering and enjoying space.

Using original elements retrieved from the garden, which will be restored back to its original exterior this spring, and working in tandem with the heritage docents at Parkwood, the students put together their interpretation of Tanaka’s vision.

“Parkwood Estate has thoroughly enjoyed working with the Durham College students on this recreation of Tanaka’s garden,” said Samantha George, Curator of Parkwood. “Not only was the greenhouse space very special to Sam McLaughlin, it’s has become a fixture at the estate. The students’ recreation really did it justice and gave others the chance to enjoy the garden as much as McLaughlin did.”

Following a two-day installation at Congress, more than 13,000 visitors to the trade show were able to take in the students hard work, while enjoying a piece of local Oshawa history.

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About Durham College

At Durham College (DC), the student experience comes first. With campuses in Oshawa and Whitby and a learning site in Pickering, the college offers more than 12,000 full-time post-secondary and apprenticeship students access to more than 140 full-time and eight apprenticeship programs in a number of different disciplines, enabling them to develop the skills required to meet the demands of today’s job market. The college is also set to launch its first four-year degree program, the Honours Bachelor of Health Care Technology Management, in September 2018.

The Oshawa campus features the state-of-the art Student Services building and will soon feature the Centre for Collaborative Education, a legacy project tied to DC’s 50th anniversary in 2017. The new facility will bring together local, Indigenous and global communities, providing a new home for several of the college’s most innovative and ground-breaking programs.

The Whitby campus features the award-winning W. Galen Weston Centre for Food, which includes Bistro ’67, a full-service, teaching-inspired restaurant, and Pantry, a retail store featuring food prepared by students in the college’s culinary programs.

For more information, visit www.durhamcollege.ca or call 905.721.2000.

About Parkwood National Historic Site

Parkwood, The R.S. McLaughlin Estate, is a designated National Historic Site and the family home of Col. R. Samuel McLaughlin, founder of General Motors of Canada. The site provides a museum and heritage garden for the education and enjoyment of all Canadians and fosters an understanding of R.S. McLaughlin’s contributions to Canada and about the nationally-significant architectural, interior and landscape designs. Parkwood is located at 270 Simcoe Street North at the corner of Adelaide Street in  Oshawa.

Media contact:
Meghan Ney
Durham College
Communications and Marketing
905.721.2000 ext. 2197
meghan.ney@durhamcollege.ca


Durham College signs first-of-its-kind agreement with Canada’s leading cannabis healthcare service

January 15, 2018

Toronto, ON – Durham College (DC) and Emblem Corp. (Emblem), on behalf of its health and education subsidiary GrowWise Health Limited (GrowWise), are pleased to announce their signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to begin integrating cannabis-related learning into many of DC’s post-secondary programs and building professional development courses. The MOU is the first-ever agreement in the province of Ontario between a cannabis education service and a post-secondary institution.

“This is an incredibly exciting opportunity, both for GrowWise and for Durham College,” says Adam Saperia, president of GrowWise Health. “GrowWise is already a leader when it comes to education for patients. As interest in the cannabis industry grows, so too does the need for education, and GrowWise is ideally positioned to meet these professional educational demands for healthcare professionals and the wider market.”

The agreement builds on the college’s highly successful Medical Cannabis Fundamentals for Business Professionals course which was introduced in 2017 by DC’s School of Continuing Education in collaboration with GrowWise.

Today’s announcement paves the way for more cannabis-focused courses to be offered. It will also allow for DC to begin offering its students work placements with cannabis industry partners and opens the door for eventual applied research opportunities within the industry.

“As an institution we are continually striving to develop and deliver leading-edge learning solutions,” says DC president Don Lovisa. “As a proven developer of education and training for organizations of all types, today’s agreement will allow us to design and develop co-branded courses, both online and in-class, that will be offered directly to healthcare professionals, patients and other stakeholders in Canada’s emerging cannabis space.”

In addition to providing subject matter expertise as well as funding, GrowWise and Emblem will work collaboratively with DC to identify applied research and experiential learning opportunities both in the medical and recreational cannabis industries.

About GrowWise Health

GrowWise Health, a subsidiary of Emblem Corp., provides patients and healthcare providers with personalized education to make informed choices about medical cannabis treatments. With education centres across Ontario and British Columbia, prospective patients can learn more at www.growwisehealth.com.

About Emblem

Emblem is licensed under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (the “ACMPR”) through its wholly-owned subsidiary Emblem Cannabis Corporation to cultivate and sell medical cannabis. Emblem carries out its principal activities producing cannabis from its facilities in Paris, Ontario pursuant to the provisions of the ACMPR and the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (Canada) and its regulations.

About Durham

At Durham College (DC), the student experience comes first. With campuses in Oshawa and Whitby and a learning site in Pickering, the college offers more than 12,000 full-time post-secondary and apprenticeship students access to more than 140 full-time and eight apprenticeship programs in a number of different disciplines, enabling them to develop the skills required to meet the demands of today’s job market. The college is also set to launch its first four-year degree program, the Honours Bachelor of Health Care Technology Management, in September 2018.

The Oshawa campus features the state-of-the art Student Services building and will soon feature the Centre for Collaborative Education, a legacy project tied to DC’s 50th anniversary in 2017. The new facility will bring together local, Indigenous and global communities, providing a new home for several of the college’s most innovative and ground-breaking programs.

The Whitby campus features the award-winning W. Galen Weston Centre for Food, which includes Bistro ’67, a full-service, teaching-inspired restaurant, and Pantry, a retail store featuring food prepared by students in the college’s culinary programs.

For more information, visit www.durhamcollege.ca or call 905.721.2000.

For further information contact:
Melissa McLean
Communications specialist, Communications and Marketing
Durham College
905.721.2000 ext. 2952
melissa.mclean@durhamcollege.ca

Ali Mahdavi
Vice-president, Capital Markets and Investor Relations
Emblem Corp.
416.962.3300
alimahdavi@emblemcorp.com


Durham College and Lakeridge Health sign collaboration agreement

Institutional partnership will focus on health innovations, applied research, experiential learning 

Oshawa, ON – Durham College and Lakeridge Health have signed a five-year collaboration agreement focused on growing experiential learning, applied research and innovative education to address issues in health care.

“Durham College and Lakeridge Health have a long history of working together and this agreement illustrates the ways in which our values so closely align,” said Debbie McKee Demczyk, dean of the college’s Office of Research Services, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ORSIE). “This is an exciting new chapter in our relationship – one that will provide exceptional opportunities for our students and faculty and make positive impacts on the quality of health care our community receives.”

Under the agreement, the college and hospital will collaborate to explore and pursue the following five objectives:

  • Identify and develop initiatives focused on creating practical, scalable and sustainable solutions to health care issues.
  • Work with companies to develop, disseminate and potentially commercialize technologies.
  • Develop and coordinate joint experiential learning opportunities, applied research and innovative educational activities.
  • Contribute to seminars, workshops and academic initiatives that drive the business goals of both organizations.
  • Share access to facilities, equipment, systems, information and data within the boundaries of protecting confidentiality and personal information.

The collaboration agreement supports two specialized areas of research for ORSIE and Durham College: enabling technologies of the future and cultivating healthy lives and resilient communities. It also aligns with the college’s first degree program, the Honours Bachelor of Health Care Technology Management (BHCTM), announced earlier this year. The first program of its kind in Canada, the BHCTM program aims to address an identified need in the health care sector for professionals with a hybrid skill set of expertise in medical technologies, life sciences and business practices.

Lakeridge Health is a five-hospital health system with approximately 15 community locations across Durham Region and 6,000 employees dedicated to providing excellence – every moment, every day. For Lakeridge Health, this partnership supports a pathway to innovation with a focus on excellent patient care and the potential to increase opportunities for experiential learning and applied research.

“Innovation is one of the core values of Lakeridge Health and we are looking forward to working in partnership with Durham College to develop innovative health care solutions while working with students, faculty and community partners,” said Len Kleine, director of Business Development, Lakeridge Health, and one of the organizational leads for Innovation.

 

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About Durham College

At Durham College (DC), the student experience comes first. With campuses in Oshawa and Whitby and a learning site in Pickering, the college offers more than 12,000 full-time post-secondary and apprenticeship students access to more than 140 full-time and eight apprenticeship programs in a number of different disciplines, enabling them to develop the skills required to meet the demands of today’s job market. The college is also set to launch its first four-year degree program, the Honours Bachelor of Health Care Technology Management, in September 2018.

The Oshawa campus features the state-of-the art Student Services building and will soon feature the Centre for Collaborative Education, a legacy project tied to DC’s 50th anniversary in 2017. The new facility will bring together local, Indigenous and global communities, providing a new home for several of the college’s most innovative and ground-breaking programs.

The Whitby campus features the award-winning W. Galen Weston Centre for Food, which includes Bistro ’67, a full-service, teaching-inspired restaurant, and Pantry, a retail store featuring food prepared by students in the college’s culinary programs.

For more information, visit www.durhamcollege.ca or call 905.721.2000.

About Lakeridge Health
Lakeridge Health is a five-hospital health system with hospitals in Ajax, Bowmanville, Oshawa, Port Perry and Whitby and more than a dozen community health locations across Durham Region. Home to the R.S. McLaughlin Durham Regional Cancer Centre, Lakeridge Health also provides regional mental health, eye care and nephrology services.

Lakeridge Health has four acute care hospitals in Ajax, Bowmanville, Port Perry and Oshawa, with Emergency Departments that have the second highest emergency volumes in Ontario, and a specialty-service hospital in Whitby that specializes in comprehensive rehabilitation, complex continuing care and nephrology services. With a team of more than 5,000 staff and 650 doctors, Lakeridge Health provides safe, quality care to residents across Durham Region. 

For more information, visit www.lakeridgehealth.on.ca or call 905.576.8711.

Media contacts:

Melissa McLean
Communications and Marketing
905.721.2000 ext. 2952
melissa.mclean@durhamcollege.ca

Communications and Community Development
Lakeridge Health
905.576.8711 ext. 4317
communications@lakeridgehealth.on.ca


Durham College launches first-of-its-kind applied research AI Hub

College offers small and medium enterprises much-needed access point to Artificial Intelligence

Oshawa, ON – Durham College (DC) is announcing the launch of the Durham College Hub for Applied Research in Artificial Intelligence for Business Systems, to be known more commonly as the AI Hub. Housed within the college’s Office of Research Services, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ORSIE), the AI Hub offers small and medium enterprises (SMEs) a much-needed access point to the rapidly growing field of Artificial Intelligence (AI).

“The promise of AI is bold, but for the 98 per cent of Ontario businesses that identify as SMEs the challenges of AI adoption are significant,” said Debbie McKee Demczyk, dean of ORSIE. “SMEs need help understanding this complex field, accessing resources and data, and figuring out how they intersect with their business. The AI Hub was born out of our team identifying the need to bridge this gap between AI and the organizations who stand to benefit from it.”

DC’s AI Hub offers industry partners access to technical expertise, state-of-the-art facilities and learning platforms, and students who are emerging leaders in their fields, so that through applied research projects they may uncover business insights and implement intelligent and autonomous solutions to increase their companies’ productivity and growth.

AI is transforming the ways in which business systems, consumer interactions and devices are being developed and used. By building upon Canada’s established lead in AI scientific research, DC’s AI Hub aims to ensure this emerging and vital competitive advantage for business can be understood, developed and adopted by SMEs.

The AI hub is focused on how “narrow AI” can be used to help SMEs unlock competitive advantage through the adoption of AI. Narrow AI refers to any software that uses technologies such as machine learning (ML), decision support, natural language processing and automation to recommend strategic options, make decisions autonomously and act in a manner that would be considered intelligent.

In addition to supporting SMEs, the AI Hub also provides DC students and alumni opportunities to gain highly sought-after AI and ML skills and experience to improve their competitiveness in today’s job market.

“DC was early to recognize the importance of embracing AI both on campus and within the region’s business community,” said DC president Don Lovisa. “In response, our leadership team moved quickly to provide direction and financial support to help establish the AI Hub and its outreach efforts.”

As part of the AI Hub’s establishment, DC also launched three internal projects to accelerate the college’s adoption of AI and commissioned a new GPU Accelerated AI Systems Lab for research and teaching purposes.

The college has also just announced its eighth AI applied research project launched in 2017. DC and Toronto-based flitePLAN International (flitePLAN) are partnering on a project using AI and advanced development techniques to address the financial and ecological benefits of fuel optimization in commercial aviation.

“Fuel is the single largest variable expense for an airline and its efficient use often is the difference between profitability and loss for a carrier,” said Bernard Gonsalves, founder and CEO, flitePLAN. “Using AI and predictive modeling, our proprietary platform will create unique fuel-saving profiles for each commercial flight, providing expert recommendations to the captain on ways that fuel can be saved while still maintaining safety and conforming to regulatory requirements. We are excited to work with DC’s AI Hub to advance our adoption of AI and mobile application development.”

Companies interested in how AI and digital transformation can enhance their businesses are encouraged to visit www.durhamcollege.ca/theAIHub or contact the AI Hub team directly at theaihub@durhamcollege.ca or 905.721.3223.

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About Durham College

At Durham College (DC), the student experience comes first. With campuses in Oshawa and Whitby and a learning site in Pickering, the college offers more than 12,000 full-time post-secondary and apprenticeship students access to more than 140 full-time and eight apprenticeship programs in a number of different disciplines, enabling them to develop the skills required to meet the demands of today’s job market. The college is also set to launch its first four-year degree program, the Honours Bachelor of Health Care Technology Management, in September 2018.

The Oshawa campus features the state-of-the art Student Services building and will soon feature the Centre for Collaborative Education, a legacy project tied to DC’s 50th anniversary in 2017. The new facility will bring together local, Indigenous and global communities, providing a new home for several of the college’s most innovative and ground-breaking programs.

The Whitby campus features the award-winning W. Galen Weston Centre for Food, which includes Bistro ’67, a full-service, teaching-inspired restaurant, and Pantry, a retail store featuring food prepared by students in the college’s culinary programs.

For more information, visit www.durhamcollege.ca or call 905.721.2000.

Media contact:
Melissa McLean
Communications and Marketing
905.721.2000 ext. 2952
melissa.mclean@durhamcollege.ca


Tuition rebates provided to Durham College students who have withdrawn

Tuition rebates provided to Durham College students who have withdrawn

Oshawa, ON – Durham College (DC) announced today that tuition refunds are being processed for over 1,186 full-time post-secondary students who have withdrawn from their programs as a result of the province-wide faculty strike.

“Durham College, like other colleges, was committed to supporting students who didn’t feel they could complete their studies because of the duration of the strike,” said DC president Don Lovisa. “Many students were looking to return for a fresh start and we are continuing to work with them to help them to be successful in their college education.”

The final numbers for student withdrawals were officially released today. Across the province, about 90 per cent of full-time post-secondary college students have chosen to continue in their programs.

“At Durham College, almost 89 per cent of students are continuing their studies and we are pleased that they made the choice to work with faculty and the college in their semester completion,” Lovisa said. “We will ensure they get a complete education that provides them with the professional and technical expertise to pursue their career goals or plans to continue their studies.”

During the strike, colleges began working on relief funding for eligible students who were affected by the strike. The criteria for applying for the Student Strike Relief Fund has been emailed to students and shared on the college’s website. DC is continuing to work with all eligible applications to ensure students receive any assistance they require.

DC will work with the province to try to ensure the financial losses do not impact the high quality of the programs and services for which we are known.

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About Durham College

At Durham College (DC), the student experience comes first. With campuses in Oshawa and Whitby and a learning site in Pickering, the college offers more than 12,000 full-time post-secondary and apprenticeship students access to more than 140 full-time and eight apprenticeship programs in a number of different disciplines, enabling them to develop the skills required to meet the demands of today’s job market. The college is also set to launch its first four-year degree program, the Honours Bachelor of Health Care Technology Management, in September 2018.

The Oshawa campus features the state-of-the art Student Services building and will soon feature the Centre for Collaborative Education, a legacy project tied to DC’s 50th anniversary in 2017. The new facility will bring together local, Indigenous and global communities, providing a new home for several of the college’s most innovative and ground-breaking programs.

The Whitby campus features the award-winning W. Galen Weston Centre for Food, which includes Bistro ’67, a full-service, teaching-inspired restaurant, and Pantry, a retail store featuring food prepared by students in the college’s culinary programs.

For more information, visit www.durhamcollege.ca or call 905.721.2000.


Durham College one of GTA’s Top Employers

College is honoured for seventh time

Oshawa, ON – Durham College (DC) has been named one of Greater Toronto’s Top Employers for 2018. This is the seventh time the college has received this honour.

DC is proud to be acknowledged for the work being done on campus to create opportunities for professional development and personal wellness for the college’s more than 790 full-time employees, including faculty, administrative and support staff. Highlights of that work recognized by the Top Employer program this year include DC’s annual Retreat with the President, a forum for staff to provide feedback and share ideas for improvement as well as the college’s diversity working group, which helps develop and implement strategies and initiatives related to student and employment diversity. The program also commended DC for encouraging employees to lead active, healthy lives by subsidizing memberships to the state-of-the-art Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre, which also offers massage, physiotherapy and other extended healthcare services.

“The college’s success is entirely linked to our people,” said Scott Blakey, chief administrative officer, DC. “We’re proud to be recognized for our efforts to provide them with a workplace that supports and inspires their best work each day, which in turn allows DC to provide top-quality, experiential learning for our students.”

Greater Toronto’s Top Employers is an annual competition organized by the editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers. This special designation recognizes the Greater Toronto Area employers that lead their industries in offering exceptional places to work. Organizations are judged on several categories including physical workplace; work and social atmosphere; health, financial and family benefits; vacation and time off; employee communications; performance management; training and skills development; and community involvement. Employers are compared to other organizations in their field to determine which offer the most progressive and forward-thinking programs.

For more information, please visit www.canadastop100.com/toronto/.