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2023 Year in Review

As College of the North Atlantic (CNA) campuses throughout Newfoundland and Labrador fall quiet during the holiday break, it’s time to look back at the mosaic of memories our community has created over the past year. 2023 was a busy year for students, faculty and staff and we are taking this moment to highlight some of your remarkable accomplishments.

Centre for Research and Innovation officially opens

January 5 – Corner Brook’s Centre for Research and Innovation officially opened on Jan. 5, supporting research and development, business diversification and a stronger culture of innovation and entrepreneurship throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. Read more:

CNA employee/alum presents work at CICan showcase

January 12 – Charlie Dalton doesn’t see many like them in the STEM world, so they feel it’s important for them to be “that person” for others coming up in those sectors and to help their communities. Read more:  

CNA ranks high in Research Infosource report of Canadian colleges

January 25 – Among the highlights: CNA ranked first place for applied research among colleges in Atlantic Canada for the third consecutive year, second for research income growth! Read more:

CNA alumni, faculty receive 15 ECMA nominations, one Juno

February 7 – Fifteen of those nominations were garnered for CNA alumni of the Applied Music, Sound Recording & Production, and Graphic Design programs, as well as for an instructor in the Applied Music program! Read more:

CNA, Memorial University ink five-year collaboration

March 6 – MOU between CNA and MUN focuses on maximum development of the province’s critical minerals industry potential. Read more:

Welding ignites alum’s passion for art

March 7 – Welding, homesteading, and creating art – it’s all in a day’s work for Sheila Coultas. Read more:  

Barton encourages more women in non-traditional sector

March 8, 2023 – Time flies when you love what you do, says Melissa Barton, a CNA aviation instructor. Read more –


March 9, 2023 – CNA joined the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (CHFCA) to offer new programs proactively developed in consultation with global industry leaders and experts for what is expected to be a robust demand for green energy-related labour and skillsets. Read more –

Pilot program paves path to post-secondary

March 13, 2023 – The Technology Career Pathway program at CNA is doing something that hasn’t been done before – providing students with access to post-secondary education while still in high school. Read more –  

Women of Steel™

May 18, 2023 – Forging Forward program comes to Placentia campus. CNA is one of 14 hosts across Canada. Read more –

Employee feels they are right where they belong

May 24, 2023 – A profile of Erica Lawrence, Organizational Budget Analyst at CNA. She says she finds her work refreshing and credits the friendship she has with her coworkers. Read more –

A great imagination and how creative skills

May 24, 2023 – Cody O’Quinn sees the value of a great imagination and how creative skills can be applied to everyday things, such as one of his favourite video games. A graduate of both the Applied Music and Sound Recording & Production programs at CNA, O’Quinn recently secured a contract with virtual reality company Another Axiom, working on the popular game Gorilla Tag. Read more –

Award winner turned judge

May 24, 2023 – Sarah Kirby knows firsthand the importance of Early Childhood Education (ECE) professionals, and she is advocating for a better understanding of family childcare. Kirby, a CNA graduate of the ECE Diploma program in 2013, received the 2022 Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in the field. Now, she is an evaluator for the very award that she won in 2022. Read more –

Grad sets out to live long and prosper

May 24, 2023 – Mike Feehan, a graduate of the Graphic Design program at CNA, was recently chosen to illustrate the cover of a Star Trek comic. It all happened because of one tweet. Read more – 

Bombardier offers its support to CNA programs

June 9, 2023 – CNA celebrates Bombardier support of aviation programs, a growing partnership that prepares much needed career-ready and highly skilled graduates for the industry. Read more –

Film Festival 2023 reflects on Indigenous themes

June 14, 2023 – Among the highlights, a screening of Shanawdithit: A Beothuk Story, a short film about the life of Shanawdithit, the last-known member of the Beothuk. Read more –

Building a Reality Capture and Digitization TAC

July 6, 2023 – CNA receives five-year $1.75 million federal grant to establish a Reality Capture and Digitization Technology Access Centre (TAC), one of four new centres that will be created throughout the country. Read more –  

CNA working with Vietnam on new education project

August 24, 2023 – CNA part of Canada-Vietnam education project. This education consortium is coined The Canada-Vietnam International College. Read more –

Making space for big ideas

September 11, 2023 – Funding supports the Navigate Incubator and Makerspace in Corner Brook. Read more –  

World Energy GH2 supports CNA students

September 20, 2023 – World Energy GH2 announces funding initiative for students of Wind Turbine Technician and Hydrogen Technician programs located at Bay St. George and Corner Brook campuses. Read more – 

Helping students and alumni get their business ideas off the ground

September 27, 2023 – Entrepreneurship initiative launched for students, alumni to provide tools and resources they need to start or grow their businesses. Read more –

Academy Canada, CNA sign articulation agreement

October 12, 2023 – AC’s two-year Early Childhood Education (ECE) program will have direct-entry acceptance into CNA’s Advanced Diploma in ECE Administrative Leadership. Read more –

Interactive map of health resources to assist stroke patients

October 23, 2023 – Project will make it easier for those who have previously suffered a stroke to access information about rehabilitation facilities and community supports in this province. Read more –   

Enrolment up at CNA

October 26, 2023 – CNA sees enrollment jump by 10.3%, with 6,056 students currently taking programs at the institution. This is the largest student body at CNA since 2016. Read more –

Paramedicine students respond to mock plane crash

November 7, 2023 – The Primary Care Paramedicine Program at Bay St. George Campus held its largest-ever mass casualty simulation. Nearly 50 people were involved in bringing the six-hour simulation to life. Read more –  

CNA student named Special Olympics Canada’s Male Athlete of the Year

November 10, 2023 – Michael Budden is no stranger to the winner’s podium. Since joining the Bay St. George Bravehearts, the Stephenville athlete has excelled in just about every sport he’s tried. Read more –   

Best Kind Solutions takes top trophy at Business Case Competition

November 23, 2023 – A team of three first-semester students at CNA’s Grand Falls-Windsor campus earned the top trophy at this year’s Business Case Competition. Read more –

CNA’s diamond jubilee

December 1, 2023 – CNA celebrates 60 years of excellence in education, marking the milestone with reflective events throughout the 2023-24 academic year. Read more –

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Ryan Crocker
Ryan Crocker
Ryan is CNA's Manager of Communications. A graduate of CNA's Journalism program, Ryan worked as a journalist for more than a decade, winning multiple awards, before transitioning to marketing and communications. He returned to his alma mater in 2023 and contributes articles to CNA Currents working closely with Editor Ryanne McIsaac.


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