Impact of Giving

‘Sweet’ partnership with world-renowned chocolatiers allows RRC students to master their craft

May 20, 2016 • Written by


For those who love chocolate, the enjoyment is often directly related to the taste sensations that arise while consuming a well-made éclair, cake or chocolate bar.

But for the budding chocolatiers in Red River College’s Culinary Arts program, those end products wouldn’t be possible without the involvement of brand partners Callebaut and Cacao Barry, who provide the raw materials that allow students to master their craft.

“Chocolate is a very expensive and complex product, and you have to respect and understand it,” says Don Pattie, a pastry instructor at RRC.

“Chocolate is like coffee or wine. Each growing district produces a different product based on growing conditions. So you’ll get different flavour profiles depending on where the chocolate comes from.”

Not only do Callebaut and Cacao Barry supply RRC with a wide range of product, they also make sure that as each new product is introduced, their technicians are available with high-level advice on its best uses.

It’s this readiness to help that first triggered the partnership with RRC. Nine years ago, Pattie discovered a new product on the market, and reached out to Callebaut for more information on how best to incorporate it into his curriculum.

The one-time inquiry blossomed into a long-lasting relationship with the company’s ever-helpful advisors, and before long, into a partnership that now finds Callebaut and Cacao Barry the sole suppliers for all chocolate products used in RRC training labs. Read More →

From RRC’s baking lab to the bread-making capital of the world

April 27, 2016 • Written by

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There’s a new definition for the phrase ‘determination and ambition.’ Her name is Shaun Everett.

In early June, this Red River College student from the Professional Baking and Patisserie program will be on her way to Weinheim, Germany for a month of intensive bread-making instruction at the Akademie Deutsches Backerhandwerk — International Baking Academy.

The training will complete her co-op work placement, required in order for her to graduate and receive her diploma from RRC.

But the pathway for Everett was not a smooth one. Many with less commitment to achieving personal goals might easily have given up.

Everett was raised on the Fisher River Cree Nation. Near the end of her final high school year, she took part in RRC’s enhancement program, the goal of which is to provide educational options to help facilitate students’ transitions from reserve to city life.

Everett immediately knew the program she was most interested in was the Professional Baking option, offered through the College’s School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts. However there was an obstacle: the program had a three-year waiting list.

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Donor support helps build careers for a better Manitoba

April 27, 2016 • Written by


Though he’s only been Red River College’s president for nine months, Paul Vogt clearly underscored the goals he’s looking to achieve on its behalf.

“Our role is that of creating careers which drive the Manitoba economy,” Vogt said April 20, at a donor appreciation event hosted by the College.

Given the comments from the donor companies and associations in attendance, it seems that objective is being achieved.

It was an impressive gathering of individuals, many of them representing companies whose brands are highly respected locally, nationally and internationally, and who — through their donations and sponsorships — have demonstrated their support for the College’s goals.

Stasa Veroukis of Stantec, the global architecture, engineering and project management firm, said, “A lot of our staff are Red River College graduates…we’re looking for top graduates to enter into Stantec…to get the best and brightest.”

“Even some of our staff who are engineers, who graduated through university, have come to Red River to get further education, [to] get some additional technical skills, or project management background. So we’re always looking for Red River College students.”

Stantec is pleased to be providing four awards this year to RRC students. “We get to go to the awards dinner, we sit with the students — then we try to hire them on the spot,” Veroukis said with a laugh.

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Social innovation project creates winners

April 20, 2016 • Written by


(Shown above, from left to right: Shamsher Bhullar, Prabhleen Kaur, Yonglin Wu, Terrian Blair.
Missing: Isaac Mensah-Asare)

Social Innovation. Few people have heard the phrase, and of those who have, many struggle to understand what it means.

But it’s a concept that is being embraced by the most progressive of companies in Manitoba, and around the world.

National Leasing, which has its head office in Manitoba, not only employs the concept, but sees great value in promoting it by supporting a unique endeavor with Red River College.

It’s a project that follows students from RRC’s Business Administration and International Business programs as they compete in a contest to find and explore local companies who, like National Leasing, are helping build a closer and more responsible human climate through their actions.

So what is social innovation?

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Applied research and innovation showcased at inaugural forum

April 1, 2016 • Written by

Paul Charette 2The first annual forum for the Paul Charette – Manitoba Applied Research Chair in Sustainable Construction was held at Red River College on March 23, 2016. RRC President Paul Vogt opened the event and Paul Charette (shown above) shared his vision of supporting applied research at the College.

Shokry Rashwan, Research Chair, provided an update on the Experimental House and other ongoing research projects and capabilities at the College. Students from a number of Technology Programs and the Construction Management degree program presented attendees with a glimpse of their ongoing research activities.

Panelists from industry, government, academia and RRC’s student body provided interesting insight on a number of issues raised for discussion.

The student panel discussion and presentations showcased the invaluable contribution of applied research and RRC’s mandate for supporting innovation in Manitoba, which provides our graduates with the skills that industry requires.

The Research Chair position is made possible through an endowment fund established with the financial support of Paul and Gerri Charette, and the Province of Manitoba.

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CTTAM supports Instrumentation Student Games at SAIT

April 1, 2016 • Written by

cttamOn March 10, four young would-be champions strode into an arena of challengers for “the Games,” hoping fortune would be in their favour. But before your mind flies to bows, backstabbing and blockbuster movies, rest easy that this was a distinctly non-bloodthirsty competition.

The competitors were Red River College students taking part in the 2016 Instrumentation Student Games at SAIT Polytechnic in Calgary. They arrived with support from the Certified Technicians and Technologists of Manitoba (CTTAM), who sponsored airfare and transportation to make sure the students were in prime condition to face four multilayered challenges testing their instrumentation and control engineering skills.

“It’s actually supposed to be non-competitive between the schools,” says David Bertin, the RRC instructor who accompanied the quartet. “We take the students and divide them into teams with peers from other institutions – no two students from the same school are on the same team.”

“It gives the students a chance to learn from other students in other programs. Our courses all have similarities, but there are differences between institutions so it’s a good chance to get a benchmark reading.” Read More →

The ties that bind: Culinary mentor remembered at awards reception

December 18, 2015 • Written by

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In late November, Jane’s Restaurant was the site of Red River College’s School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts Awards Reception.

The Dean and Chair were on hand to welcome the numerous award donors who make a difference in the lives of our students. The day saw approximately 70 students receiving awards from 34 generous donors and partners.

Ainsley Lafleche, the granddaughter of the late Ron Long, presented the Ron Long Memorial Award to a very deserving student. The story is a wonderful example of family ties, philanthropy and a strong passion for cooking that spans generations.

Ainsley shared the following, which are excerpts from her speech. It’s a reminder to us in Development about how lucky we are to be a part of the process.

“The Ron Long Memorial Scholarship Award is awarded to a culinary student who demonstrates pride in their profession, is a team player in a fast-paced environment, possesses an eagerness to learn, and strives for education.

The scholarship was founded in honour of my late grandfather. He was a mentor to many in the hospitality industry, and a respected Chef that stood in honour of our profession. With more than 40 years of experience in the industry, he had received numerous awards and achievements for his work.

Ron was a member of the Canadian Culinary Federation of Chefs and Cooks (CCFCC) since the association’s inception in 1963, and was an active member until his passing in 2005. One of his proudest moments was being awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for his service to the CFCC. Other accomplishments included: President of the CCFCC for four years, western Canadian vice-president for four years, a member of the national board of directors, and a four-time participant in the Culinary Olympics held in Germany.

Ron’s passion was his total dedication to the education of the young people coming into this challenging and rewarding profession. He wanted the cook trade to be seen as truly professional and was instrumental in getting the Red Seal Cook designation finalized in 1986.”

Ainsley, a Culinary and Pastry Arts Chef at Kildonan East Collegiate, continued by saying:

“I followed in his footsteps and I owe much of my success to him. I believe the only limits are the ones that we put on ourselves, and whatever we truly strive to achieve, we can make happen. My grandfather taught me that.”

The Development Office at Red River College would like to remind students about the numerous awards available from generous donors. For more information, we encourage you to call us at 204.632.3031 or visit our Student Awards and Financial Aid page.



Nominate Today for Red River College’s 2016 Honorary Degree or Diploma!

December 10, 2015 • Written by

Nominate a Worthy Candidate for a 2016 Honorary Degree or Diploma

An award of distinction, the Honorary Degree/Diploma is the highest honour Red River College can bestow upon an individual. This award recognizes individuals in diverse fields who are distinguished by their significant accomplishments and contributions – locally, nationally or internationally – and whose receipt of the award will bring honour and distinction to RRC.

Past recipients of this award have included Ace Burpee, Lisa Meeches, Gail Asper, and The Honourable Mr. Justice Murray Sinclair. Consider nominating an individual if he or she has:

  1. Made significant contributions to either: (1) Red River College; (2) a particular field of post-secondary study; and/or (3) post-secondary education on a local, national or international level;
  2. Accomplished great success in either a paid or volunteer position that reflects the values of Red River College;
  3. Enhances or promotes the College’s image/reputation in Manitoba or elsewhere; and/or
  4. Serves as an inspirational example to the College community due to significant accomplishment or achievement.

More information on these prestigious awards is available on the Alumni microsite, including the online nomination form. The deadline for nominations is Friday, January 15.

If you have additional questions, please contact the Alumni Relations office at 204-632-2359 or

Doug Harvey Recognized by The Association of Fundraising Professionals of Manitoba

December 4, 2015 • Written by

Red River College is pleased to share this external article in recognition of the contributions that Doug Harvey and Maxim Truck & Transport make to the community.

Red River College is grateful for their support of our staff and students.

Maxim Truck & Trailer President Recognized as Philanthropist

A group that advocates more philanthropic efforts has named Doug Harvey, president and CEO of Maxim Truck & Trailer, as its Outstanding Philanthropist for 2015.

The move by the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Manitoba acknowledged Harvey for his support of the Cancer Care Manitoba Foundation, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and Assiniboine Park Conservancy.

According to the group, Harvey has made a huge impact in the progress of Winnipeg.

Harvey is also the board chair of the Cancer Care Manitoba Foundation, and will also be chair of the planning committee for its upcoming capital campaign. Led by Doug’s initiative, Maxim supports community organizations, and sponsors arts, culture, education, health, and sports initiatives in cities throughout Canada. Every year a percentage of Maxim’s revenues are donated to charity.

Bob and Cathy Tallman Make Meaningful Connections

December 2, 2015 • Written by

Princee Auto

Bob Tallman – First Row – Third from right; Cathy Tallman – First Row – Far right

Seated: Kim Jasper – Chief Advancement Officer, Red River College

On November 19, 2015 Bob Tallman, Executive Chief Officer, Princess Auto Ltd., and Cathy Tallman hosted a networking dinner at Kum Koon Garden for students in trades’ programs to connect with representatives from Princess Auto. This dinner brought students and industry partners together to create meaningful conversation. Ideas, suggestions and future plans were shared and connections were made that will serve students well as they prepare to enter the workforce.

In 2012, Bob Tallman received the RRC Distinguished Alumni award. He built a local 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 career dreams. To read more about Bob Tallman click here.

Red River College and Princess Auto have partnered together on a number of initiatives that support student success. Included in those initiatives are the Princess Auto Foundation Awards which provide twenty-three $2000 bursaries for students in a variety of trades programs. The Princess Auto Foundation also supports Emergency Loans and Bursaries for students experiencing temporary financial difficulties that may prevent them from continuing their studies. For information on all available financial awards at Red River College visit our online catalogue at