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CNA news recap…

College presented with Employer of Distinction award

February 29 – College of the North Atlantic was presented with an Employer of Distinction award at the Newfoundland and Labrador Employers Council (NLEC) annual Employers of Distinction luncheon held at the Sheraton Hotel in St. John’s. The award recognizes the college as a successful employer in Newfoundland and Labrador who demonstrates leadership in the community, productivity and innovation, and a fundamental belief in the value of a healthy, safe and motivated workforce. Read more at


CNA students win record number of medals at Skills NL provincial competition

April 13 – CNA students won a total of 51 medals at the 19th Annual Provincial Skills Canada Skilled Trade & Technology Competitions on Friday, April 8. Of the 51 medals, 21 were gold, 18 were silver and 12 were bronze. Twenty-three CNA students were part of Team Newfoundland and Labrador for the Skills Canada National Competition in Moncton, N.B., June 5-8, 2016. Read more at


Student Council President wins CICan Award for Leadership Excellence

June 1 – CNA student council president, Erin Everard, was presented with a Silver Award of Excellence for Student Leadership from Colleges and Institute Canada (CICan) during its annual conference in Quebec City. The Paradise native was recognized with the award for her exceptional contribution to CNA, student life and to her community. Since enrolling at CNA in 2013, Erin held various positions on the Student Representative Council at Prince Philip Drive campus and was also the president of the provincial Council of Student Unions (CNASU) – a council that represents students at all 17 campuses. Erin was an exceptional ambassador of CNA, and represented the college at the regional, provincial, national and international levels since her first semester of studies. Read more at


Textiles student wins national Art Award

June 2- First year Textiles: Craft Apparel & Design student, Bruno Eduardo Vinhas De Almeida, won first place in Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) 2016 Art Showcase. There were over 100 submissions from colleges and institutions across the country for the national competition, with Bruno receiving first place in the Textile/Mixed Media category. In addition to a cash prize of $300, Bruno’s award winning embroidery is displayed on the walls of the CICan offices and on their online gallery. Read more at


CNA wins 25 Pinnacle Awards

June 9 – Students of CNA’s Graphic Design program took home 22 awards in the student category from the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Newfoundland and Labrador Pinnacle Awards gala in St. John’s June 7, while the college’s Marketing and Communications Department received three awards. The Pinnacle Awards, presented by the Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter of the IABC, are rigorously evaluated to measure excellence in communications. The students took home nine Awards of Excellence and 13 Awards of Merit for their designs while the Marketing and Communications Department took home an Award of Excellence for the college’s Indispensable marketing campaign videos, as well as Awards of Merit for the microsite and for the student-led provincial event Mental Health Matters. Read more at


Students win six medals at Skills Canada National Competition

June 10 – There were six trips to the podium for CNA students at the 22nd Skills Canada National Competition in Moncton, New Brunswick, which included four gold, one silver and one bronze medal. The event, held from June 5-8, had over 500 competitors from the 10 provinces and three territories compete in 40 competition areas including; employability, construction, information technology, manufacturing, service and transportation sectors. Twenty-one of the 44 Team Newfoundland and Labrador competitors were from CNA. Read more at


Hold me closer Tony Danza

June 14 – CNA brought home a gold award from the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education (CCAE) conference in Saskatoon, SK. The Prix d’Excellence is the annual awards program from the CCAE which recognizes outstanding achievements in alumni affairs, public affairs, communications, marketing, development, advancement services, stewardship and overall institutional advancement. CNA’s Marketing and Communications Department won gold award for the college’s #WrongSong campaign in the Best Print Ad or Poster category. The #WrongSong campaign was created to promote the Music: Performance, Business & Technology program’s relocation to the Prince Philip Drive campus in St. John’s. Read more at


$18.5 million investment will create jobs, expand research and foster innovation

September 8 – Canadians will be better equipped for the well-paying, middle-class jobs of today and tomorrow as a result of an $18.5 million investment in the Bay St. George campus in Stephenville. The funding will support the Heavy Equipment Centre of Excellence in Teaching, Innovation and Industrial Research which will be a modern and functional facility for the delivery of Heavy Equipment Industrial Trades programs at CNA. Of the $18.5 million investment, $9.25 million will come from the federal government and $9.25 million from the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. Read more at


Fry Family Foundation announces $595,000 in new funding

September 30 – The Fry Family Foundation again demonstrated its unwavering support to students of CNA on Sept. 27, announcing $595,000 for student scholarships over the next seven years. This amount is in addition to the more than $400,000 already donated to CNA by the Foundation during the past decade, bringing the total commitment from the Fry Family to nearly $1 million to date. Over 160 students have benefited from the generosity of the Foundation thus far, and with this most recent announcement an additional 221 students will receive awards and scholarships over the next seven years. Read more at


Provincial and federal governments invest in expansion of Navigate Entrepreneurship Centre

October 17 – An entrepreneurship centre in Corner Brook will expand its services and foster greater collaboration between Memorial University’s Grenfell Campus, College of the North Atlantic, and local business, thanks to investments by the provincial and federal governments. The total investment for expansion at the Navigate Entrepreneurship Centre was announced at more than $250,000. Read more at


CNA alumnus claims third business award in 2016

October 27 – CNA alumnus Alex Hennifent was recognized as one of 10 regional winners in The Globe and Mail’s national Small Business Challenge contest – beating out more than 3,400 entrants for the award. The 20-year-old is no stranger to the award scene in 2016, first winning a second place prize (valued at $15,000) from the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards, Atlantic Canada Qualifiers in January. The very next month, Alex was back in Halifax to showcase his business achievements at the Enactus Atlantic Canada Regionals as one of four Student Entrepreneur Provincial Champions in Atlantic Canada. Read more at


Serving up winners

November 1 – Roger Andrews, culinary arts instructor at CNA’s Prince Philip Drive campus, returned from Erfurt, Germany after taking part in the 2016 International Culinary Art Exhibition, better known as the IKA/Culinary Olympics, with a silver and bronze medal to show for his team’s efforts. Andrews previously attended the IKA/Culinary Olympics in 2008 and 2012 as a member of Culinary Team Canada, where he was awarded a bronze medal in the individual category. 2016 saw him compete as part of a regional team representing Atlantic Canada on Team Nova Scotia. Read more at


Centre for Energy and Thermal Systems announced

November 8 – An investment of $4.3 million, split evenly between the Government of Canada and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, will see the development of a Centre for Energy and Thermal Systems at CNA’s Corner Brook campus. The funding will support a suite of activities in education and training with current programming related to energy and thermal systems enhanced, and new programming introduced in engineering technology, industrial trades and advanced studies. Read more at


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Glenda Tompkins
Glenda Tompkins
Glenda is a 20-year marketing and communications veteran currently specializing in photography/videography and social media management. She has garnered multiple awards for her innovative, strategic campaigns at CNA. Her experience includes writing, editing, graphic design, event planning, and more. When she’s not reviewing social media engagement analytics, she enjoys spending quality time with her young family.


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