Supporters and Partners Treated to Sneak Peek of Paterson GlobalFoods Institute

December 20, 2012

Earlier this month, Red River College's Paterson GlobalFoods Institute opened its doors for a very special "sneak peek."

Donors, partners and supporters of the College were invited to spend an evening in the Exchange District's newest gem. Guests shared drinks and laughs while admiring the restoration of the historic Union Bank Tower.

They also took tours of the new facility, visited state of the art kitchens, classrooms, labs and even the new student residence — all while learning more about the equipment and sustainability features on campus. Andrew Paterson (shown, second from left), President and CEO of Paterson GlobalFoods was on hand to welcome the crowd and to announce the heart of PGI — upscale restaurant Jane's, which is located in the building's breathtaking former bank hall — was a special tribute to his mother.

PGI is scheduled to open its doors in January 2013, and will serve as the new home of RRC's Culinary Arts, Professional Baking and Patisserie, and Hospitality and Tourism Management programs.

Paterson GlobalFoods Institute on the Menu at Tourism Industry Luncheon

December 7, 2012

(From left): Jonathan Strauss, President, Strauss Communications; Michael Pye, General Manager, Fairmont Winnipeg; Keith Muller, Dean, RRC School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts; Chantal Sturk-Nadeau, Senior Vice-President, Tourism, Economic Development Winnipeg.

Red River College's leading culinary expert talked turkey with Winnipeg's tourism industry yesterday, as the keynote speaker at Tourism Winnipeg's annual holiday lunch.

Keith Muller, Dean of RRC's School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts, addressed a festive crowd of local industry reps gathered at the Fairmont Winnipeg, providing details about the College's soon-to-open Paterson GlobalFoods Institute (PGI) and its anticipated impact on the local economy.

"All indicators show there will be a labour shortage in specific sectors of the hospitality industry in Canada of over 220,000 skilled workers by 2025," said Muller, who also donned an apron and chef's hat to help carve the turkey served to guests. "We at Red River College are ready to take on the challenge of training industry-ready students."

As Muller explained, the PGI will provide industry-relevant courses and programs designed to serve the hospitality and tourism sectors — on a local, national and international level — while also engaging members of the community through general interest programming, event rentals, a new urban upscale restaurant, and seven floors of student residence space.

Those gathered also heard from Marina R. James, President and CEO of Economic Development Winnipeg, who congratulated industry reps on the role they've played in making Winnipeg a unique and cosmopolitan destination. As well, they were treated to details of the Winnipeg Foundation's latest initiative — the Nourishing Potential endowment, which provides healthy foods and snacks to community-based after-school programs for kids.

"Winnipeg is in a state of transformation unlike anything we have ever experienced," said James. "We are awash with iconic destination architecture and asset development — and our usual mild, meek nature has given way to boosterism, pride, boundless enthusiasm and embracing bold new ways of thinking."

RRC Strikes Sweet Partnership with World Famous Chocolatier

December 5, 2012

Story by Elizabeth Catacutan, second-year Creative Communications

What would you do with a three-year supply of the world’s finest chocolate?

Red River College's Paterson GlobalFoods Institute (PGI) is sharing it with their culinary students to teach them the art and science of chocolate making.

The in-kind donation comes from a partnership between PGI and Cacao Barry and Callebaut, the world’s leading manufacturers of high-quality cocoa and chocolate products. Cacao Barry and Callebaut are recognized around the globe as innovative masters in chocolate products.

“Chocolate isn’t cheap,” says Chantalle Noschese (shown, above), Chef and Culinary Arts Instructor at Red River College.

Noschese returned from training with a master chocolatier from the Barry Callebaut Chocolate Academy late October. This valuable experience is another extension of the partnership agreement with Callebaut, which will see one RRC Culinary instructor sent to Quebec each year to train at the Chocolate Academy.

“It’s important that if I’m teaching students, I need to be as educated as I can be,” says Noschese. “I feel better prepared and more knowledgeable, and I can pass that down to the students.”

The partners have also put in place an agreement that Callebaut’s technical advisor will visit RRC every second year to run a demonstration for aspiring chefs. Callebaut’s master chocolatier was at RRC in early November 2012 for his first visit.

“We’re on trend and that’s only going to enhance the experience for the students,” says Noschese. “They’re getting the best education we can provide thanks to these partnerships.”

Click here for more information about RRC's Culinary Arts program.

Disability and Community Support Program Recognized with Leadership Award

December 4, 2012

(From left): Debbie O'Donnell, interim chair of Community Services at RRC; Janet Forbes, executive director of Community Living - Winnipeg; and RRC instructors Harry Havey, Tara Mullen, Cheryl Martens, and Michelle Lodewyks.

Red River College's Disability and Community Support program has been recognized by Community Living Manitoba for its leadership role in advocating on behalf of those with intellectual and other disabilities.

A team of DCS representatives (shown above) was on hand to receive the President's Award for Leadership at a joint national conference hosted by Community Living Manitoba and People First of Manitoba in September.

The award is given annually in recognition of excellence in practice, commitment to inclusion of children with disabilities in community programs, innovation, and spirit of caring.

RRC Grads Celebrate their Roots at 2012 Alumni Dinner

November 28, 2012

(From left): Ryan Garriock, Past President, RRC Alumni Board; Bob Tallman, Owner and CEO of Princess Auto; and Dale Oughton, RRC Alumni Coordinator, at the 2012 Alumni Dinner.

Red River College raised a glass to success stories of the past, present and future this month, as RRC alumni joined with students and staff to celebrate their roots at the 2012 Alumni Dinner.

Held Nov. 16 at The Fairmont Winnipeg, the event gave RRC's growing family of alumni the chance to re-connect with old friends and toast the accomplishments of their peers — in particular those of Bob Tallman, owner and CEO of Princess Auto, and recipient of this year's Distinguished Alumni Award.

A 1976 graduate of RRC's Business Administration program, Tallman has since built Princess Auto from a family business into a national retailer, cultivated a passionate base of customers through a tireless focus on service, and devoted himself to revitalizing his community and helping dozens of young people pursue their own dreams. Read More →

Winkler Campus Instructor Honoured with Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal

November 28, 2012

Red River College Winkler Campus instructor Evelyn Currie has been recognized for her commitment to education with a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Currie, a former high school teacher and guidance counsellor who’s now a Business Administration instructor at Winkler Campus, was among 15 Manitobans honoured with medals at a ceremony in Portage la Prairie earlier this month.

Currie says she’s especially fond of working one-on-one with students. She plays an equally supportive role in the community, working with the Christmas Cheer Board and on the board of directors of the Pembina Valley Arts Centre.

RRC Awarded $1.7 million for Technology Access Centre

November 13, 2012

(From left): Fred Doern, Chair of Mechanical, Manufacturing & Communications at RRC; the Hon. Steven Fletcher, Minister of State (Transport); James Knight, President, Association of Canadian Community Colleges; MP Joyce Bateman (Winnipeg South Centre); the Hon. Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology); Stephanie Forsyth, President of RRC; and Dr. Suzanne Fortier, President, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council.

The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for Science and Technology, announced today that Red River College will receive almost $1.7 million through NSERC's Community and College Innovation Program to establish the A2i2: Advanced Aerospace Innovation Initiative.

This new technology access centre will focus on making RRC's facilities, technologies and expertise available to small and medium enterprises in the aerospace and manufacturing sectors.

“This technology access centre builds on the partnerships RRC has formed with companies like StandardAero and Magellan Aerospace to enhance innovation and productivity in these key industry sectors," said Stephanie Forsyth, President of Red River College. "Ultimately, the research done through A2i2 will create new jobs and other economic opportunities right here in Manitoba."

Over the past decade, Red River College and its partners have invested over $20 million in acquiring state-of-the-art technologies specializing in advanced materials and bonding, imaging and automation, and machine vision and simulation. The A2i2 initiative will bring these facilities under one umbrella, making it easier for industry to access equipment and College researchers.

Red River College is Manitoba's second-largest post secondary institution with over 30,000 enrolments in full-time, part-time and apprenticeship programs each year. RRC is also one of Canada's leading colleges in the area of applied research, with a particular focus on sustainable infrastructure, alternative energy vehicles, and aerospace manufacturing.

Former RRC Instructor: 'Tis Better to Give than to Receive!

November 7, 2012

Local author Ron Blicq, a member of Red River College’s Heritage Group, has an early Christmas present for local audiences.

While the rest of the country will have to wait until 2013 to read his latest release, The Spirit of Giving: Seven Contemporary Christmas Tales, local fans can get their hands on the book in time for the holidays, thanks to an advance agreement with an Altona printer.

The book will launch on Tuesday, Nov. 20, at McNally Robinson Booksellers Grant Park. Targeting readers of all ages, The Spirit of Giving tells of those who have given of themselves to ensure that others have a meaningful Christmas.

A former RRC instructor, Blicq has written three novels, six books on writing, and a number of plays that have been presented at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival and in the U.K. His 2008 play Closure took top honours in the Samuel French Canadian Playwrights Competition.

Blicq’s book launch gets underway at 7 p.m. Click here for more information.

We Day Sponsorship Empowers Displaced Teens from Lake St. Martin

November 5, 2012

RRC President Stephanie Forsyth (far right), with Grade 7 to 9 students from Lake St. Martin First Nation.

When overland flooding forced them to be evacuated from their homes, residents of Lake St. Martin First Nation figured it would be a few months at most before they were allowed to return.

But after spending a year and a half living in temporary housing in Winnipeg — and with much of their community still under water — those same residents are wondering if they'll ever return to their community again.

The 18-month ordeal has been particularly tough on the teens and children who were displaced when Lake St. Martin flooded in May 2011. That's why Red River College stepped forward to send 12 of those students and two teachers to We Day — a global "youth empowerment" event that has since inspired the teens to become agents of social change for their own community.

"Too frequently we hear of children and individuals losing hope, or who feel powerless, and we have seen this with some of the evacuees of Lake St. Martin," says RRC President Stephanie Forsyth.

"I wanted to reach out to the youth of this community — to afford them the opportunity to hear We Day's very powerful message of hope, and the role they might play in bringing about change." Read More →

Apply Now for RRC's New Student Residences

November 1, 2012

Applications are now being accepted for single and double dorm rooms in Red River College’s new student residence at the Paterson GlobalFoods Institute.

Located at the corner of Main Street and William Avenue (just blocks from the Roblin Centre), the new Exchange District Campus Residence offers convenient meal plans and rental contracts that align with academic schedules. The residences will open in January 2013, but applications are being accepted as of Nov. 1, 2012.

Dorm rates for the Winter 2013 term (Jan. 2, 2013 – Apr. 26, 2013) are $3,660.

For more information and instructions on how to apply, visit

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