Globe and Mail: Meet the country’s next top chefs

Alumnus from Niagara College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute, Benjamin Lillico, has been named among Canada’s next top chefs.

Lillico, who is the now the executive chef at Holt Renfrew’s new flagship location in Toronto, was featured in a Globe and Mail article posted on October 11, ‘Canada’s Kitchen: 2019 edition, Meet the country’s next top chefs.’

A graduate of NC’s Culinary Management, and Bachelor of Applied Business and Hospitality programs (2014), Lillico was a member and former captain of Junior Culinary Team Canada, which was comprised of students and recent grads of NC’s CFWI from 2013 to 2016.

The team was among 20 junior national culinary teams from around the world to compete at the IKA / Culinary Olympics in Octobr 2016 where they won a gold and a silver medal . In November 2014, the team won a gold and silver medal and ranked fifth overall at the Expogast Villeroy and Boch Culinary World Cup in Luxembourg. In August 2015, the team captured a gold and silver medal and the overall championship title at the American Culinary Classic in Orlando, Florida.

Lillico was also named among the Ontario Hostelry Institute’s Top 30 Under 30 Rising Stars in 2015.

View the October 11  Globe and Mail article here.

CKTB morning show to air live from Niagara College on October 11

Tune in to hear Niagara College on the Newstalk 610 CKTB morning show Friday, October 11.

President Dan Patterson and representatives from the College’s Research & Innovation Division will join Niagara in the Morning radio hosts Tim Denis and Shelby Knox, and other special guests, as part of CKTB’s Business Trip. Airing from 5:30 to 9 a.m., the Business Trip aims to shine the spotlight on food and beverage innovation in Niagara.

It will be broadcast live from NC’s Marotta Family Innovation Complex – the new home of the Canadian Food and Wine Institute Innovation Centre at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus.

NC guests will include:

  • Gavin Robertson, winemaker and instructor, who will speak about his involvement as faculty lead on Research & Innovation’s Royal Canadian Mead and Reinhardt’s cider projects at 6:50 a.m.;
  • Lyndon Ashton, centre manager for NC’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute Innovation Centre, along with student research assistant Shannon Sidney Wood, who will participate in a 30-minute roundtable at 7:30 a.m.; and
  • President Dan Patterson, who will join a 30-minute roundtable discussion at 8:30 a.m.

The segment will also highlight Research & Innovation’s industry partner Iron Will Raw, a leader in holistic pet food. Matt Bonanno, president and CEO of Iron Will Raw, will speak about how the St. Catharines-based company became the first the first raw pet food manufacturer in Ontario and Eastern Canada to achieve Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point certification with help from Niagara College’s Research & Innovation Division at 7:20 a.m.

Additional guests will include Niagara winemaker Sue-Ann Staff, as well as representatives from Niagara Economic Development, Pinty’s, Shreddies, and Rich’s.

Tune into the radio show on October 11 between 5:30 and 9 a.m. on AM 610 radio, or listen online at

NC nominates seven outstanding alumni for 2019 Premier’s Awards

They’ve each built successful careers in their own respective fields – a corporate chef, a filmmaker, a professor, a CEO, an athletic trainer, an entrepreneur, and a hotelier. Together, they are now among a select group of Niagara College alumni to enter the provincial spotlight as prestigious award nominees.

Niagara College has nominated seven members of its alumni community for 2019 Ontario Premier’s Awards. Presented annually by Colleges Ontario, the Premier’s Awards celebrate the outstanding contributions of college alumni in Ontario and throughout the world. Awards are presented in seven categories: Apprenticeship, Business, Community Services, Creative Arts and Design, Health Sciences, Recent Graduate, and Technology.

Niagara College’s 2019 Premier’s Awards nominees:

Apprenticeship – Todd Clarmo

Corporate executve chef, Charcoal Group of Restaurants (Burlington), and graduate of NC’s Chef Apprentice program (1986)

An award-winning executive chef, Todd Clarmo (Milton) has studied the art of cuisine in world-class, Michelin-starred restaurants globally. Recruited for exceptional start-up skills, Clarmo opened 14 restaurants including the famous Canoe Restaurant in Toronto. Chef Clarmo is currently in command of food operations for all eight restaurants under the Charcoal Group of Restaurants and spent over a decade working with Toronto Taste, a celebrated culinary extravaganza supporting Second Harvest, Canada’s largest food rescue charity. In 2019, Clarmo cooked alongside Jamie Kennedy at the prestigious James Beard House in New York City, a testament to his exceptional culinary skills.

Business – Tim Hansing 

Founder and CEO of Red Planet Hotels, and graduate of NC’s Hotel and Restaurant Administration program (1987)

Tim Hansing (Thailand) is a seasoned hotelier, co-founder and president of Red Planet Hotels (RPH) and has built 30 hotels in four countries, redefining the value hotel experience in Asia, the world’s fastest growing travel market. Attaining over $280 million in investments since 2010 and achieving $50 million in revenue in 2018, Hansing has consistently grown RPH, while leveraging its success to help make a difference in the communities it serves. Whether creating a community-welfare project that boosts education opportunities for underprivileged children, or empowering his employees to actively clean oceans and coastlines, Hansing believes firmly in giving back.

Community Services – Kevin Rempel

Founder and CEO, The Sledge Hockey Experience, and graduate of NC’s Event Management (2009) and Business Administration Marketing (2005) programs

Kevin Rempel (Toronto) is a retired world-class sledge hockey Paralympian with four medals including three World Championships and a Team Canada 2014 Paralympic bronze medal. He is a former freestyle motocross competitor, author, corporate motivational speaker, and founder/CEO of The Sledge Hockey Experience. Rempel reinvented himself as an entrepreneur after a motocross accident left him as an incomplete paraplegic in 2006 and has since devoted his career to making the world a better place for people with disabilities. He helps individuals and organizations unlock new perspectives about the disabled community, while creating an inclusive culture where everyone can embrace change.

Creative Arts and Design – Christopher Bessette 

Writer, producer, director, New Reformation Pictures, and graduate of NC’s Broadcasting – Radio, Television and Film program (1984)

During his 36-year career as a writer/director/producer, Christopher Bessette (Niagara) has logged over a thousand hour s of produced broadcast television and film, receiving multiple awards including three Best Director awards for his feature films. Fulfilling his passion to tell powerful stories that make an impact, Bessette’s Trade of Innocents is a raw representation of the work done on the front lines against human trafficking. The film, which stars actors Mira Sorvino and Dermot Mulroney, raised global awareness about the issue and was a catalyst in raising funds that contributed to the rescue and rehabilitation of human trafficked women and children. In September 2019, Bessette also won Best Screenplay for his epic television series pilot Prophets & Kings at the Canadian International Faith & Family Film Festival (CIFF) in Toronto. Bessette is also a part-time faculty member at Niagara College. He currently teaches two courses: Dramatic Scriptwriting, and Directing for the Screen.

Health Sciences – Sarah Moore, PhD

Full-time professor, Douglas College, and graduate of NC’s Therapeutic Recreation program (2003)

Sarah Moore, PhD, (Maple Ridge, British Columbia) is an award-winning, internationally recognized professor participating in life-altering research to help understand barriers to and benefits of play and physical activity in children with and without disabilities and their families. She has an interest in tracking healthy lifestyle behaviours from childhood through adulthood believing that several adult conditions have pediatric antecedents and targeted early interventions can reduce the likelihood, or delay the onset of, these conditions and improve quality of life. As a mother of two boys, she has instilled community service in both by demonstrating commitment to her community through volunteerism and fundraising efforts.

Recent Graduate – Matrixx Ferreira

Founder and CEO, Iron Performance Center, and graduate of NC’s Exercise Science program (2015)

Matrixx Ferreira (Niagara) is an accomplished athlete and founder of Iron Performance Center (IPC), a top-rated, world-class facility built on his relentless pursuit of knowledge with practical application to ensure the success of his athletes and clients. As head strength coach, Ferreira trains athletes looking to achieve global success. Whether helping an elite competitor on a national team obtain a medal on a global stage, helping a high school athlete achieve his dream of getting into an ivy-league school, or encouraging women to get active through its Lift Like a Girl seminar, IPC is impacting lives all over the world.

Technology – Sandro Perruzza

CEO, Ontario Society of Professional Engineers, and graduate of Environmental Management program (1995)

A steadfast leader and a voice for over 15,000 members of the engineering profession as the CEO of the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers, Sandro Perruzza (Oakville) supports the evolving needs of the industry by advocating with governments, offering valued member services and providing ongoing learning and networking opportunities. A committed volunteer, Perruzza actively sits on multiple boards to share expertise and advocate for change in the industry. His volunteer efforts included lobbying for the Pay Transparency Act, which achieved unprecedented pay equity at multiple pay levels for female engineers in Ontario when it was enacted in 2018.

Ontario Premier’s Awards

Nominations were submitted from each of Ontario’s 24 community colleges, with 118 nominees overall for the 2019 awards. Nominees will be celebrated and winners will be announced at a gala event on December 2, as part of the Colleges Ontario Higher Education Summit in Toronto.

Over the years, several Niagara College alumni have been recognized with Premier’s Awards, including:

  • 2014 winner Royal Canadian Navy Capt. Rebecca Patterson (Nursing grad, 1987);
  • 2012 winner David Pratt (Greenhouse Technician grad, 2007);
  • 2011 winner Jerry Howell (Computer Engineering Technology grad, 1988);
  • 2008 winner Jordan Harris (Winery and Viticulture Technician grad, 2004);
  • 2003 winner Heather Kilty (Social Welfare Worker grad, 1969); and
  • 1995 winner Carol Alaimo (Journalism-Print grad, 1984).

For information about the Premier’s Awards and 2019 nominees, visit

Mug Share program launches at The Shack, The Undergrounds

Forgot to bring your reusable coffee mug to campus?

Staff and students now have the option of borrowing a mug, instead of reaching for a disposable cup with their coffee purchase, thanks to a new Mug Share program launched by the Office of Sustainability and the Niagara College Student Administrative Council.

The Mug Share program, which launched on International Coffee Day on October 1, aims to make mugs available to borrow at The Shack (Welland Campus) and The Undergrounds (NOTL Campus) cafes, for those who forgot to bring their own reusable mugs. Those who borrow a mug or bring their own reusable mug, rather than use a disposable cup, will not only help reduce waste, but will receive a 50 percent discount on their coffee/ hot beverage purchase during the month of October

Students will receive a $1 Basil Buck when they bring their own reusable mug, thanks to a partnership with the Centre of Student Engagement and Leadership.

Starting November 1, there will be a 75-cent discount on hot beverage items that would have been served in single-use paper cups.

“The ultimate goal of the program is to reduce single-use coffee cups on campus, which will contribute to less waste going to landfill,” said Amber Schmucker, sustainability program and outreach coordinator. “Single-use coffee cups and their components, lids and sleeves, are one of the top contaminants in the waste streams on campus, which is why we have a coffee cup bin (our gray bin that goes to landfill), but this program goes one step further to try significantly reduce this waste material at the source.”

NCSAC president Tom Price noted that it was important for the NCSAC student-led enterprises to be involved with the Mug Share initiative in order to bring awareness to, and support, the College’s sustainability efforts.

“NCSAC recognizes that this effort will address the needs of today without compromising future generations’ ability to meet their needs,” said Price. “This partnership also provides the opportunity to attend to the immediate economic, environmental and social aspects of sustainability.”

Donate a mug

NC employees are encouraged to donate mugs to the Mug Share program. Donated mugs should be clean and in good condition, without cracks. They will be cleaned as well prior to being available for use at the student cafes. Mug donations may be dropped off at The Shack or The Undergrounds.

And there’s a bonus; those who donate a mug to the Mug Share program will receive a free coffee!

Bring your own reusable mug

Having everyone bring in their reusable mugs from home, of course, is the ultimate goal, noted Schmucker.  That’s why those who bring their reusable mugs receive a discount on the purchase of their coffee at the Shack and The Undergrounds.

“But if they do forget, because we are all human – even the Office of Sustainability has been known to forget a mug – then they will have this as an alternative to needing a single-use cup,” she said.


Student engagement in the spotlight for Get Involved Week Oct. 7-11

There is more to college than classes alone, and NC students will have a chance to explore the numerous possibilities from October 7 to 11 as part of NC’s Get Involved Week.

Dina Fox, associate director of student engagement, noted that the week is the ultimate opportunity for students to discover the numerous ways they can get involved both on- and off-campus. It also aims to acquaint students with the benefits of building their Co-Curricular Record (CCR) – an official college document which enables registered students to gain recognition for student engagement, leadership and co-curricular activities pursued outside the classroom.

“From getting involved with college initiatives, to lending a hand as a volunteer in the community, students gain valuable transferable skills that can help them with their career goals and can help set them apart from other candidates when they are applying for jobs,” said Fox. “Networking and gaining skills and experience working with others is what the Co-Curricular Record is all about, and Get Involved Week is a good opportunity for students to learn all about how the CCR can boost their academic credentials and their resumes.”

At On Campus Fairs, students will have the opportunity to speak with various college organizations and learn how they can get involved at their campus – from peer mentoring and LEAD, to Be World Ready and more. Students can also learn more about the Co-Curricular Record. On Campus Fairs will be held at the NOTL Campus on October 7 (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) in the cafeteria foyer, and at the Welland Campus on October 10 (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) in the Learning Commons.

Off Campus Fairs will showcase opportunities available for students in their communities. Students can speak to representatives from various organizations and learn how they can get involved – including Big Brothers Big Sisters, Niagara SPCA, St. John’s Ambulance, Scouts Canada, Autism Ontario, Canada Revenue Agency, Alzheimer Society, and many more. Off Campus Fairs will be held at the NOTL Campus on October 8 (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) in the cafeteria foyer, and at the Welland Campus October 9 (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) in the Learning Commons.

Volunteering 101 drop-in sessions will be open to students interested in volunteering, who may not know how to get started. Students can learn all about volunteering on- and off-campus and find out how volunteering can help lead them to their future career. Sessions will be held at the Welland Campus on October 10 (2 p.m. to 4 p.m.) in the Lundy Boardroom (L201), and at the NOTL Campus on October 11 (2 p.m. to 4 p.m.) in W213-1.

Students who wish to learn about creating a professional online image won’t want to miss the Lead N Learn events. The student-driven, one-hour sessions give students the ability to develop public speaking and presentation skills. They are open for all students to drop-in. They will be held at the NOTL Campus on October 8 (3:30 to 4:30 p.m.) in W205, and at the Welland Campus on October 9 (3:30 to 4:30 p.m.) in the Lundy Boardroom L201.

On October 16 and October 29 at the NOTL Campus, a Volunteer to Career Info Booth will be set up in the cafeteria foyer (11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.) showcasing volunteer opportunities available to students. Students can also learn about how to use their co-curricular experiences to land a career.

For more info about Get Involved Week, visit

Chautauqua Oaks Project Plants the Seeds of a Bright Future for Heritage Oaks

The future is looking bright for the distinctive tree canopy covering Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Chautauqua neighbourhood, thanks to the combined efforts of a small group of community volunteers, the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Niagara College.

Concern over the increased thinning of the heritage tree canopy led to the creation of The Chautauqua Oaks Project. This resident-driven project has, in just four years,

completed a tree inventory, developed a community tree plan, and began replanting their disappearing tree canopy. To date, The Project has planted 80 of the planned 400 trees needed to rejuvenate the urban forest.

When the College’s School of Environment and Horticulture joined the project, several new opportunities arose. Since Fall of 2018 Niagara College students have been harvesting acorns from Chautauqua’s heritage oak trees.  At the College’s Niagara on the Lake Campus these acorns are then germinated and nurtured to produce crops of future “ChautauquaOaks” to be used for The Project’s replanting program.

“Partnering with The Chautauqua Oaks Project has opened up countless applied learning opportunities for our students, who are getting real-work experience in the preservation and restoration of our natural ecosystems,” said Al Unwin, Niagara College’s Associate Dean of Environment and Horticulture. “It also demonstrates the benefits that can arise when residents, government and post-secondary institutions work together.”

At a special event at Chautauqua’s Ryerson Park on October 1, Leslie Frankish, founder of The Chautauqua Oaks Project recognized the remarkable outcome of this unique collaboration by presenting ‘Acorn Awards’ to all those “who helped make a forest grow.”

“The Project’s remarkable success has been achieved through combined efforts,” said Frankish. “There is a saying: “From unassuming acorns, mighty oaks will grow.”  They certainly do so, if provided sustenance. Similarly, the vision of the Project was like an acorn, a seed planted, and providentially, it was continually sustained by many acts of kindness and support by resident volunteers, town staff and college faculty. Each in of themselves may have been unassuming but collectively, an astonishing outcome is possible – a forest will rise!”

And that forest will be shared. “Replanting with the homegrown offspring of our heritage trees is a rare, remarkable opportunity for the restoration of a heritage urban forest,” said Frankish. “On behalf of The Chautauqua Oaks Project and Niagara College, we would like to share the benefits of our endeavour by gifting crops of ‘ChautauquaOaks’ to the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, annually and in perpetuity.”

As a symbol of this gift, the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Lord Mayor Betty Disero was presented with the first three ‘ChautauquaOaks’ grown at the College.

“The natural grandeur and beauty of the Oaks from Chautauqua is a stunning contribution that will help maintain the epic scale of the heritage tree canopy in Niagara-on-the-Lake,” stated Lord Mayor Disero. “Many thanks to Niagara College and The Chautauqua Oaks Project for this remarkable gift.”

More information on The Chautauqua Oaks Project can be found at

Niagara College’s School of Environment and Horticulture features unique and world-class programs that provide students with a wide variety of exciting career choices. Pioneering Graduate Certificate programs like Commercial Cannabis Production and Commercial Beekeeping open up career opportunities in exciting new fields, while others serve the growing workforce needs of the horticultural, greenhouse, and environmental protection and restoration sectors, both here in Niagara and around the world.




Media inquiries, please contact:


Leslie Frankish

Founder, The Chautauqua Oaks Project


Andrew Korchok

Communications Consultant
Niagara College
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Cell: 905 329 1642


Lauren Kruitbosch

Community Engagement Coordinator

Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake

Phone: 905-468-6458


Curious about cannabis? Niagara College to offer ‘Cannabis 101’ community seminar series

This fall term, Niagara College is offering ‘Cannabis 101’ a community seminar series for anyone looking to develop a better understanding of cannabis.

The three-part series offered in partnership between Part-Time Studies and the School of Environment and Horticulture will take place at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus and includes courses on the history and evolution of cannabis, the cannabis plant from seed to sale, and quality, regulations and access. The courses explore the legal framework and stigma around cannabis, cannabis cultivation, sales and distribution, the difference between CBD and THC, and more.

Participants will be guided through this material by a roster of experienced Niagara College faculty who teach cannabis day-in-and day-out through the college’s Commercial Cannabis Production program, Canada’s first post-secondary credential in cannabis production. Participants will even get a glimpse into NC’s cannabis teaching and research lab, the Cannabunker.

“The cannabis industry is already beginning to transform the social and economic landscape of not only Niagara, but all of Canada,” said Al Unwin, NC’s associate dean of Environment and Horticulture. “The Cannabis 101 series is a great opportunity for members of the Niagara community who may have questions about the science and economics of cannabis to benefit from Niagara College’s expertise in this fast-growing field.”

The courses will be offered on Mondays from 7 to 9 p.m. on October 21, October 28, and November 4. Participants can register for individual sessions, or for all three, at a cost of $60 per session. Register online at

In early 2020, NC will offer a second Cannabis 101 series, an industry-focused professional seminar series for those in the cannabis growing industry or who are interested in getting involved.

Part-Time Studies, formerly Continuing Education at Niagara College, offers a variety of part-time study options for professional and personal growth in a wide range of study areas. Hundreds of courses are available online and on-campus to fit today’s busy lifestyles, taught by instructors from business and industry with up-to-date, on the ground experience and a love for teaching.

Niagara College offers more than 130 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs; as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Part-Time Studies courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, media, applied health and community safety, supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer, spirits, horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit




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Communications Consultant
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Communications Manager
Office: 905 641-2252 ext. 7773
Cell: 905 328-4101


Important message regarding the Climate Change Day activities

Niagara College recognizes the profound challenges that climate change poses to our people and our planet, and encourages students who are available to have a voice in the Climate Change Day activities and demonstrations planned for September 27.

Niagara College is fortunate to have student leaders who are very engaged on climate change and environmental issues, who will also provide on-campus information and outreach at this time – recognizing that some students may not be available to attend off campus events.

Our academic operations will run as scheduled. Students who choose to miss classes or labs are encouraged to consult faculty on an individual basis.

Niagara College Teaching Brewery wins two medals at Ontario Brewing Awards


Student-crafted beers from the Niagara College Teaching Brewery continue to prove their mettle.

The NC Teaching Brewery, home to the College’s Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management program – won two medals at the 2019 Golden Tap and Ontario Brewing Awards (OBA). Its popular Beer 101 Bitter and Beer 101 Strong won silver medals in the British Bitter and Strong British ale categories, respectively.

Winners were announced on September 23 in Toronto at an event hosted by Taps Media, held to celebrate the best of Ontario beer.

“Niagara College continues to lead the way in Ontario’s growing craft beer industry,” said Steve Gill, general manager of NC’s Learning Enterprises. “These medals are a testament to the applied education we offer our Brewmaster students, who gain hands-on experience crafting quality products that are earning provincial, national and international recognition, year after year.”

“Since its inception as Canada’s first Teaching Brewery, the Niagara College Teaching Brewery has played an important role in Ontario’s craft beer industry, educating our future brewers and equipping them with the skills they will need to succeed in this industry,” said Rob Engman, president of TAPS Media, parent company of the OBAs.

Brewmaster professor Jon Downing, who led the opening of more than 100 breweries around the world before bringing his expertise to NC prior to the launch of its Brewmaster program in 2010, noted that it has been a remarkable year for both Beer 101 Bitter and Beer 101 Strong; both won bronze at the 2019 Canadian Brewing Awards.

“This really does showcase the consistency and quality of our Brewmaster students, as different classes brewed each of these batches,” said Downing.

Both of the winning brews from the Teaching Brewery’s Beer 101 series have won numerous awards provincially, nationally and internationally.

Beer 101 Bitter is the can rollout of the Teaching Brewery’s Butler’s Bitter (available in bottles), originally crafted to celebrate the bicentennial of the War of 1812. The traditional light bodied, smooth drinking English style Bitter with a 4.4% alcohol content, has won several medals, including:

  • United States Open Beer Championships – gold in 2018 a bronze in 2017, silver in 2015, bronze in 2013, and gold in 2012;
  • Canadian Brewing Awards – bronze in 2019, gold in 2013;
  • Ontario Brewing Awards – silver in 2017, and gold in 2013;
  • Dublin Beer Cup – silver in 2013; and
  • World Beer Cup – bronze in 2014.

Beer 101 Strong was first brewed as a version of the Teaching Brewery’s Christmas beer, Rudolph’s Red Nose Ale. In addition to its CBA medals, the 7.5% Scottish ale’s medals include:

  • Canadian Brewing Awards – bronze in 2019, silver in 2018;
  • Ontario Brewing Awards – gold in 2016, and gold in 2012; and
  • U.S. Open Beer Championships – bronze in 2019, gold in 2018, bronze in 2017, 2016 and 2011.

Golden Boot Award

Fourth semester Brewmaster student Aaron Duff was also in the limelight at the event, as the recipient of Taps Media’s Golden Boot Award. Duff won the Golden Boot for his German wheat beer, called ‘Roll the Weiss,’ that he crafted for his third term Canadian Brewing Association (CBA) Target Brew project. Third-term Brewmaster students were tasked with creating beers according to CBA standards, and submitting them for evaluation by CBA judges.

“It was the first recipe I have ever written up so it was very surprising that I won,” said Duff, who is from a small town near Creemore, Ontario and enrolled in the program with the hopes of working for an established brewery after graduation. “Winning this award was a good confidence boost.”

‘Roll of the Weiss’ was available for a limited time at the NC Teaching Brewery retail store in August, where a rotating selection of experimental brews created by students from their own recipes are featured alongside the Teaching Brewery’s popular labels.

Duff will also receive a $2,598 cash award as part of Taps Media’s Golden Boot Scholarship for NC students. This is the sixth annual award TAPS has presented to a NC Brewmaster student for a winning competition brew.

“We are delighted to continue our scholarship support for the students in the Brewing program,” said Engman.

NC’s Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management program was launched in 2010 as the first of its kind in Canada. The award-winning, two-year program offers extensive hands-on training at an on-site, state-of-the-art Teaching Brewery to prepare students for employment in the expanding brewery, microbrewery and brewpub industries. Located at the College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus, students learn from award-winning faculty and have access to on-site hop yard and local farm products to brew a full range of beer styles. Visit

Niagara College offers more than 130 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs; as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Part-Time Studies courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, media, applied health and community safety, supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer, distilling, horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit


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Julie Greco

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Office: 905 641-2252 ext. 7368

Cell: 905 328 2532


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Communications Manager

Office: 905 641-2252 ext. 7773

Cell: 905 328 4101

Golf Classic is a hole in one for NC student athletes

Over 160 golfers spent a day on the green helping to raise an incredible $54,000 at the 18th annual Niagara College Golf Classic.

The sold-out event, held on Tuesday, September 17 at Peninsula Lakes Golf Club, raised funds in support of scholarships and bursaries for NC student-athletes.

Lequan Cseri-Hylton, a member of the men’s basketball team and general business student, spoke to participants about the impact that donor-funded scholarships and bursaries have for student-athletes who work hard on and off the court.

“On behalf of the entire athletic family at Niagara College, we are incredibly grateful for the community’s financial support throughout the school year,” said Cseri-Hylton. “This support impacts the lives of student-athletes tremendously, providing aid for tuition, books, groceries, bills, and other costly expenses.”

In addition to raising funds for scholarships and bursaries, the event also provided nearly 30 student volunteers with practical program-related experience. Students from NC’s event management program gained hands-on experience helping with logistics at the tournament, paramedic students offered blood pressure checks, esthetician students provided mini hand massages and athletes from the NC Knights varsity golf team provided clinic instruction to golfers before they teed off.

Participants were also treated to the best in food and beverage that NC has to offer. Lunch was provided by NC’s Bench-on-the-Go food truck and a selection of wine, ale, lager and cider tastings was offered from NC’s Teaching Winery and Teaching Brewery.

To round off the NC experience, representatives from NC Research & Innovation, Sustainability and Career Services gave an overview of their current initiatives and projects.

The event concluded with a buffet dinner and awards ceremony where top golfers and winners of the tournament’s various competitions, including a putting challenge, longest drive competition, beat the NC student-athlete and a closest to the NC Keg competition, were honoured.

The tournament was supported by several sponsors including:

  • Presenting Sponsors: Rankin Construction and TD Insurance;
  • Presenting Media Sponsor: Niagara Dailies – St. Catharines Standard, Niagara Falls Review, and Welland Tribune;
  • Ace Sponsor: CIBC;
  • Eagle Sponsors: Campus Living Centres, Chartwells, Commercial Cleaning Services, Cooper Wealth Management, and Meridian.

Save the date for the 19th annual Golf Classic on Tuesday, September 22, 2020.