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Local startup food processor partners with RRC research chef to win Best New Product award

March 11, 2015

Canadian Prairie Garden Puree (CPGP) has just been awarded Manitoba’s Best New Product at the Manitoba Food Processor’s Association’s (MFPA’s) annual awards Gala.  Red River College’s lead research chef, Brad Gray, created the innovative dishes incorporating CPGP’s ingredients that won over the judges’ hearts, minds, and taste buds.

“I’m absolutely thrilled with the result,” said Kelly Beaulieu, Founder of CPGP. “There were a lot of large established producers in the competition and the validation that comes with this award really means a lot to our early-stage business. Chef Gray played an critical role and he was able to answer the judges’ questions intelligently and with a genuine passion for the product.”

CPGP uses innovative technology and processes to transform high-quality, non-GMO and Manitoba-sourced crops, into additive- and preservative-free purees with a shelf life of 2 years.

“I think the judges were most impressed with the versatility of vegetable purees,” said Chef Gray. “When you think vegetable puree, tasty mac n’ cheese and chocolate cake aren’t typically the first things to come to mind.”

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Red River College welcomes new Vice President, Finance & Administration

March 2, 2015

WINNIPEG, MB – Following a comprehensive search, Red River College Interim President and CEO, David Rew is pleased to announce Debbie Frankel will join the College in the role of Vice-President, Finance & Administration commencing May 19, 2015.

Ms. Frankel is a Certified General Accountant and joins RRC from the Misericordia Health Centre where she held the position of Chief Financial Officer for the past three years. Ms. Frankel managed a large operating budget with a diverse area of responsibility that included: finance, supply chain management, food services, plant services, security and parking and project coordination.

Ms. Frankel has an extensive financial background serving in Manitoba’s healthcare industry. Her roles have included, Administrative Director, Director of Finance and Chief Administrative Officer at the Grace Hospital, as well as serving as the Director of Finance for CancerCare Manitoba.

At Red River College, she will serve as Vice-President Finance & Administration as well as Treasurer for the Board of Governors. In her role, she will oversee all aspects of the current Finance and Administration portfolio.

“We are pleased to welcome Ms. Frankel to Red River College’s executive team,” said David Rew, Interim President & CEO, Red River College. “Her skills and experience will be a tremendous asset to our organization. She brings the necessary expertise and leadership to the College in the areas of finance and administration and we are pleased to welcome such an accomplished and qualified individual to our team.”

Red River College would like to acknowledge Interim Vice-President of Finance and Administration, Maura Leahy for her leadership of the finance division while the College carried out its executive search.

Explore what’s new at Red River College during Open House 2015

February 18, 2015

WINNIPEG, MB – Red River College opens its doors this week to more than 2,500 prospective students from throughout Manitoba, as part of annual Open House events aimed at showcasing the best the College has to offer.

On Tuesday, Feb. 18 (12-3 p.m.; 5-8 p.m.) and Wednesday, Feb. 19 (9 a.m.-2 p.m.), attendees can learn about the wide variety of programs and services available at RRC by touring the Winnipeg campuses, meeting with staff and instructors, and taking part in information sessions, career exploration showcases and other interactive events.

At RRC’s Notre Dame campus, attendees can peruse displays and kiosks representing more than 200 full- and part-time programs. Scheduled tours of the Notre Dame, Exchange District and Stevenson Campuses will also take place throughout the duration of the event, with complimentary shuttle services available to transport students from location to location.

“We’re again offering specialized tours to better suit students’ individual needs,” says Clint Thiessen, a Student Recruitment Officer at RRC. “Students can choose from several different tours that focus on such areas as Health Sciences, Trades and Technology, and our Culinary and Hospitality programs’ new Paterson GlobalFoods Institute, as well as our new student residence, to name a few.”

Open House is aimed not just at potential students, but also parents, teachers and guidance counselors, all of whom are invited to seek the resources they need to make informed decisions about post-secondary and career paths.

“Whether you’re taking one class, or pursuing a certificate, diploma or degree, it’s definitely worth your time to check out the options at Red River College, and Open House is the perfect time to do that,” says Student Recruitment Officer Jennifer Powell.

“Not only will you have the opportunity to gather information about RRC programs, you’ll also get a taste for the vibrant, active and culturally diverse student life that awaits students on our campuses.”

To learn more about this year’s event, visit www.rrc.ca/openhouse.

Red River College hosts Open House 2015 on February 18 and 19

February 18, 2015

With over 200 full-time, part-time and apprenticeship options, deciding which Red River College program to pursue can be a major achievement in itself.

To help future students make that important choice, the College will open its doors to the community on February 18 and 19 during Open House 2015.

The event will showcase RRC’s wide range of career-related training options and the hands-on approach to learning that has helped our students achieve a 96% employment rate after graduation.

Attendees can speak directly to current students and instructors about their programs, and get a sense of what life at RRC is like by touring our classrooms, labs and other facilities — including the new Paterson GlobalFoods Institute, home of the College’s School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts, as well as its first student residence. Admissions experts will also be on hand to answer questions about the application process, and to assist with the completion of application forms and give advice about career exploration.

For more information, visit www.rrc.ca/openhouse.

Details

Red River College Open House 2015
Tue., Feb. 18: 12-3 p.m., 5-8 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 19: 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Notre Dame Campus (2055 Notre Dame Ave.), Exchange District Campus (160 Princess St. and 504 Main St.), Stevenson Campus (2280 Saskatchewan Ave.)

Media Opportunities

  • Speak with high school students about their post-secondary education plans
  • Speak with RRC staff and instructors about emerging career opportunities
  • Speak with RRC staff and students about the differences between college and university

 

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Red River College launches new support program for student refugees

February 18, 2015

For Immediate Release: February 13, 2015

WINNIPEG, MB – Red River College (RRC) will soon begin providing hope and educational opportunities to student refugees in Winnipeg, thanks to a new humanitarian aid initiative launched in partnership with World University Services of Canada (WUSC).

The College’s newly announced Student Refugee Program will allow the RRC community to support one passionate and dedicated student per year, as they arrive in Canada as permanent residents to pursue post-secondary education.

Each year in Canada, similar Student Refugee Programs allow more than 55 student refugees to enter the country and begin their studies.

The program’s success is ensured by WUSC, whose members facilitate the overseas selection of the student refugees, place them at Canadian universities and colleges, and provide training and guidance to local WUSC committees. A campus-based Local committee, whose members raise any necessary funds ahead of time, and provide students with at least 12 months of financial, social and academic support, sponsors each refugee.

“In addition to the compelling nature of the program on humanitarian grounds alone, the Student Refugee Program (SRP) is an extremely valuable way of promoting peace and social justice, facilitating learning and understanding, and establishing on-campus opportunities for all staff and students to become involved through volunteerism,” says Lauren Konrad, Student Integration Coordinator with RRC’s Diversity and Intercultural Services office.

The College’s first student refugee will arrive in Canada in August 2015. The student will be enrolled in RRC’s Applied Accounting program, and will live on-campus at the College’s student residence downtown.

Currently, WUSC recognizes RRC as a leader among Canadian colleges, on account of the model used to implement the program on campus, and develop long-term sustainability.

The College’s SRP Local Committee includes representation from various students, staff and faculty from a number of student services and program area. The Committee receives advisory support from Benigne Aaron (a former SRP student at Université de Saint-Boniface) and Albert El Tassi, who immigrated to Winnipeg from Lebanon in 1969, began working in the shipping department at Peerless Garments, and later rose through the ranks to become president and CEO of the company. Mr. El Tassi is a generous donor and supporter of the program.

Click here for more information on WUSC’s Student Refugee Program.

 

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Red River College Awards Two Lieutenant-Governor Medals at this week’s 2015 Winter Convocation

February 18, 2015

For Immediate Release: February 9, 2015

WINNIPEG, MB – Red River College congratulates its most recent recipients of the Lieutenant – Governor’s Medals for Proficiency, Diego Mendoza (Chemical Biosciences Technology), and Pablo Steinberg (International Business).

Each year, a maximum of four Lt-.Gov.’s Medals are awarded to RRC students who best combine good character, academic and technical achievement, and involvement in the College and/or community This year’s winners embodied every aspect of the award.

DIEGO FERNANDO MENDOZA:

A May 2014 graduate of the College’s Chemical and Biosciences Technology program, Diego Mendoza was born in El Salvador, and moved with his family to Canada in 1993, following years of civil unrest.

He graduated with an International Baccalaureate diploma from Miles MacDonnell Collegiate in 2003, and went on to earn a Bachelor of Sciences degree with a major in Microbiology from the University of Manitoba.

After working in quality assurance for a local food company, he enrolled at RRC, where he hoped to gain further experience in analytical and laboratory work. As part of his program’s co-op education component, he landed his current job as a laboratory technician with the City of Winnipeg’s Water and Waste Department, where he monitors local industries to ensure proper waste treatment processes and environmental protections are in place.

While attending RRC, Diego served as a student representative for the Chemical and Biosciences Technology Advisory Committee; following his graduation, he has continued to serve as an industry representative.

Diego has a 10-year history as a Canadian Naval Reservist with HMCS Chippawa in Winnipeg, having been inspired to join the military by the sacrifices his parents made in moving to Canada.

His years of naval service include several coastal patrols to safeguard Canada’s waters and sovereignty, and a number of local deployments prompted by emergency flood responses throughout Manitoba.

For the last five years, he’s served as president of HMCS Chippawa’s Junior Ranks Mess, a support and mentorship initiative for local sailors that also raises funds for such charities as the Christmas Cheer Board, the Firefighters Burn Fund, Prostate Cancer Canada, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada, and the Society for Manitobans with Disabilities’ Easter Seals campaign.

In 2012, Diego was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his considerable military, academic and community outreach efforts.

PABLO STEINBERG:

Originally from Argentina, International Business graduate Pablo Steinberg moved to Canada with his family in 2004, and became a Canadian citizen in 2008.

Over the last 10 years, he’s worked in advertising and marketing for such companies as JWT Worldwide, BBDO, and McCann-Erickson, where his portfolios included such clients as Ford, Esso, Kraft, and Procter & Gamble.

Armed with a keen interest in cultural diversity, Pablo enrolled in Red River College’s International Business program in 2013, graduating with honours in January of this year.

In his award submission essay, Pablo notes the decision to return to school was one he made with his family, since he wanted to impart two lessons to his children: that education is the key to success, and that effort at any age is the key to excellence.

Pablo believes education provides the opportunity to open doors, and the power to make changes. In his case, he’d planned to make changes not only to his own life and the lives of those around him, but also to the economy of Manitoba and or Canada.

Pablo sees his community involvement as a means by which to begin effecting change. While in Winnipeg, he has volunteered for Manitoba Opera’s signature fundraising gala, for the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Manitoba, and for Folklorama’s Argentina “Tango” Pavilion, for which he’s served as vice-president for the last two years.

While at RRC, Pablo served as a peer tutor and as a class representative. He is also heavily involved in Winnipeg’s start-up community; earlier this year, his entrepreneurial efforts earned him the Best Student Pitch award at Innovate Manitoba’s annual Pitch Day event.

He is currently involved in a number of projects, including serving as a board member for International Manitoba Global Traders, and coordinating the operations of Vantage Studios & Print Shop, a local advertising and marketing agency.

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**Red River College’s Winter Convocation takes place February 9 and 10 at Winnipeg’s Centennial Concert Hall starting at 7pm. To view this year’s convocation ceremonies visit http://www.rrc.ca/grad

Red River College Issues Precautions in response to City of Winnipeg Boil Water Advisory

January 27, 2015

Tonight, the Medical Officer of Health, Manitoba Health and the Office of Drinking Water issued a precautionary localized boil water advisory for some parts of the City of Winnipeg. In an abundance of caution, the City of Winnipeg has decided to proactively issue a precautionary boil water advisory for the entire City of Winnipeg.

The precautionary advisory was issued because test results from Monday, January 26, 2015, tested positive for the presence of E. coli in City’s water supply.

Until further notice, staff and students should use boiled tap water that has cooled, or bottled water for:

  • drinking and making ice
  • preparing beverages, including infant formula
  • preparing food
  • brushing teeth

This advisory will affect the following services at all of Red River College’s Winnipeg Campuses.

  • Food services will be limited at all sites and staff and students are encouraged to bring their own hot beverages tomorrow morning.
  • Staff at PGI will provide bottled water for residents and will provide a limited breakfast to the residents tomorrow morning.
  • Classes at PGI will not be affected but food services will be limited for the day.
  • As a precaution Jane’s will be closed on Wednesday, January 28, 2015.
  • Water fountains and bottle filling stations will be turned off and unavailable.

Bottled water will also be available for purchase from food services, The Ox, Mercantile, and College vending machines.

Staff and students are encouraged to read the Precautionary Measures During a Boil Water Advisory, and are also encouraged to advise friends and family who may not be aware of this advisory.

The City of Winnipeg will be providing regular updates at www.winnipeg.ca and will be re-evaluating the water quality tomorrow afternoon. Once the City of Winnipeg has provided an update, we will provide further direction for all College staff and students.

If you have any questions please contact David Clarke, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator at 204-632-3075 or daclarke@rrc.ca.

Statement from Red River College’s Board of Governors, regarding the marble from the Union Bank Tower Project

January 21, 2015

For Immediate Release: January 21, 2015

WINNIPEG, MB – Today, Lloyd Schreyer, Chair, Red River College Board of Governors, made the following statement regarding the Board’s investigation into allegations of marble being taken from the Union Bank Tower project by RRC’s former president.

“As of yesterday, the board made the decision to engage Winnipeg Police to undertake a review of the allegations.  The board looked into this to the best of its ability but determined we do not possess the necessary legal tools to adequately conclude the investigation. Once the Police review is complete, appropriate action will be taken.”

“The Board will await the results. At this juncture, it is not appropriate to discuss this further until the review is complete and conclusive.”

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Statement from Red River College regarding the release of today’s Provincial Review

January 21, 2015

For Immediate Release: January 21, 2015

WINNIPEG, MB – Today, Manitoba Education and Advanced Learning released its report detailing a review of specific financial and human resource practices at Red River College for the period of September 2010 to May 2014.

Red River College accepts the findings and recommendations contained in the report, and the College has been taking action to improve the financial, human resources and contracting processes at the College.

“It’s important to highlight that this report is not a reflection of the College as a whole,” said David Rew, Interim President, Red River College. “Red River College has proudly and effectively served its students and the Province of Manitoba for more than 76 years. Red River College continues to be an excellent school and is focused on continuing to drive Manitoba’s economy and creating skilled graduates.”

Red River College will work in partnership with the Province to ensure that, by the end of the College’s fiscal year, June 30, 2015 all of the recommendations in the report will be addressed.

“We will address our challenges and continue to be accountable to staff, students and public,” said Lloyd Schreyer, Chair, Red River College Board of Governors.  “Our stakeholders expect the best from us and we intend to deliver. From now until the end of the fiscal year we will align our work to ensure all of the recommendations are addressed and reported on by June 30, 2015.

Red River College extends its sincere appreciation to the many College employees who cooperated with the Province throughout this review process, and thanks them for their professionalism, openness, and integrity.

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NOTE:  Red River College, Chair, Lloyd Schreyer and Interim President & CEO, David Rew will be available for media comment at RRC’s Notre Dame Campus in Room A147 (Selkirk Lounge) at 11:00 a.m., TODAY, Wednesday, Jan. 21. Media can park in the East Lot, off of Entrance 2, and enter through the doors to A Building. Appropriate signage will be posted to direct all to the Selkirk Lounge.

Red River College dishes up local beans in healthy cuisine innovation

January 8, 2015

Red River College showcases its latest applied research in food innovation at the PatersonGlobalFoods Institute, this time incorporating bean flours and purees into healthy familiar dishes.

The showcase, entitled ‘Plating Pulses’ is the product of a research partnership between the College and the Manitoba Pulse Growers Association Inc. (MPGA), a not-for-profit organization representing 3,000 Manitoba farmers of edible pulses such as soybeans, dry beans and peas.

“We are thrilled with the work the College has been doing to develop nutritional and delicious recipes that demonstrate to consumers how locally produced pulses can be incorporated into their everyday diets,” said Kyle Friesen, MPGA president.

Research has shown that only a half-cup of beans per day can reduce bad cholesterol, help manage hunger, and provide a sustainable source of protein.

“That is why we partnered with College,” said Friesen. “We know about the amazing health benefits of pulses, but we wanted to create more awareness among consumers and the Manitoba food industry by modifying traditional dishes that feature pulses, without affecting the taste or texture of the food.”

The dishes showcased include perogies made from bean flour dough, chicken potpie with a bean flour crust, and crème brulée with half the fat cut using navy bean puree.

“This showcase is an excellent example of the role that our culinary institute plays in supporting the growth of Manitoba’s food producers,” said Ray Hoemsen, director, Applied Research and Commercialization, Red River College.  “Along with training the culinary innovators of tomorrow, RRC provides a wealth of applied research resources for local businesses, including recipe development, test marketing, and demonstrations.”

Red River College’s Paterson GlobalFoods Institute opened in 2013 and was supported with funding from the Paterson Foundation and Western Economic Diversification Canada to fill an innovation gap for food product development and service in Manitoba.

“Our Government is pleased to support the applied research being conducted at Red River College through the Paterson GlobalFoods Institute. The partnership between RRC and the Manitoba Pulse Growers Association demonstrates how locally grown produce and grains can be transformed into healthy and delicious foods,” said the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification.

Winnipeg is becoming a true leader in culinary excellence, with the recent opening of Red River College’s Paterson GlobalFoods Institute. World-class instruction, cutting-­edge technology and partnerships with key industry players prepare RRC students to become the next generation of influencers in the fields of culinary arts, professional baking and patisserie and hospitality and tourism management.

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