Best Pitch Perfect Winners from Niagara College

On April 18, 2018 the entrepreneurship contest Pitch Perfect took place at the Southbrook Vineyards in Niagara on the Lake. It was such a great environment for Niagara College student entrepreneurs who for a chance to win presented their ideas before a panel of judges that included Mishka Balsom, President and CEO of the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce (GNCC), Matt Goch, Small Business Advisor with Meridian Credit Union, and Niagara College’s dean of Business, Hospitality and Environment Vivian Kinnaird.

Congratulations go to the winning team, Auto Girls: Alexandra I, Ivgeniia Kalinina, Aleksandra Frolova, and Maksym Skakun for their innovative business idea to open a female auto shop that will serve an increasing population of female drivers. Auto Girls received a $3,000 award from event sponsor, Meridian Credit Union to advance their idea.

The team that won the ᾮBest in Niagaraᾯ award consisted of Business Administration-Marketing  students James Sanchez, Anton Buist, Hayley Parker, and Cameron Tharby for their Date-in-a-Box idea for a dating app that connects users with local Niagara businesses like wineries and other tourist destinations.

One of these teams will now be moving onto the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce’s Ignite Niagara Pitch Series on Tuesday, May 8th .

At Niagara College, our mission is to provide outstanding applied education and training for a changing world. In support of this, each year several entrepreneurship classes in the School of Business hold a “Dragon’s Den” style business pitch competition at the Niagara-on-the-Lake campus. Research shows that participation in contests such as these increases students’ attitude towards entrepreneurship and creates an opportunity for local businesses to promote themselves as supportive partners of local endeavours.


Two HR Students Won Case Competition!

Congratulations to Sebastian Rovithis and Britanny Sutherland who received first prize competing with Brock students in the 2018 Brock University Human Resources Student Association case competition! 

There was a total of six teams and Sebastian and Britanny were great representation of Niagara College by achieving an outstanding result. Niagara College is very proud of your achievement!

A Team of Marketing students in 4th place!

Niagara College School of Business marketing students traveled to Montreal on Feb 9-11th to compete in the Vanier College BDC Case Challenge, a national business case competition that showcases the skills of top marketing students from across Canada.  Niagara’s team included Hayley Parker, James Sanchez and Cameron Tharby, second year students from the Sales and Marketing 2 Year Program.

Niagara’s team worked hard over the last month, impressing their coaches Professors Malcolm Howe and Terri Champion with their commitment and dedication to training for this prestigious event.

Competitors from across Canada meet annually in Montreal for this 2 day case competition where marketing students showcase their business and communication skills as well as their abilities to work under pressure.  Competitors have 3 hours to read and analyze a business case, develop a marketing strategy and then deliver a convincing presentation to a judging panel of industry experts and an audience of their peers. Niagara’s team did an outstanding job, winning 4th place in their division with a strong presentation that highlighted their creativity and knowledge of marketing strategy. This national event gives students a chance to apply their analytical, creative and presentation skills in a professional environment and demonstrate the key success factors needed to succeed in the marketing industry.

Farewell to 17 Semester Exchange International Students


As we see the 2017 fall term draw to a close, we would to thank and acknowledge the 17 semester exchange students who chose Niagara College as their study abroad destination, the majority of who studied into programs from the School of Business & Management.

These students, pictured above, joined us from our academic partners around the globe – from Europe, to the Caribbean to Latin America; infusing the spirit of travel, adventure, and study abroad into our NC classrooms.

As we wave off our new NC alumni, who will return home later this month to complete their degrees at their home institutions, we are happy to know that they enjoyed their time studying at NC and exploring Niagara. We are even happier knowing that they experienced at least one day of the wonderful winter wonderland that is Canada and our beautiful Niagara.

The School of Business & Management wishes you safe and enjoyable travels home – with no snow delays.

Thank you for choosing to make your #ncstory with us.

Celebrating victory in Washington, D.C.

This weekend Nicholas Conlon, our 3rd year business student from the International Commerce and Global Development program earned a spot at the 2017 Global X-Culture Symposium in Washington D.C.

50 students representing 21 different countries were chosen out of 40,000 X-Culture participants to compete in a case competition for their corporate consulting challenge.

After a long three days, Nicholas and his group were chosen for the best proposal and won 1st place the competition.



ᾮThis would not have been possible without the support from Dr. Navjote Khara, Professor at Niagara College, Dr. Justin Williams, Associate Dean of School of Business & Management and Vivian Kinnaird, Dean of Business, Hospitality & Environmental Studies Division”, says Nicolas.






















ᾮI am extremely proud of Nick and his achievements with X Culture” said Dr. Justin Williams.  “Nick is an outstanding student, and while I know our team always does exceptionally well under Dr. Khara’s leadership, to win first place really surpassed our expectations.”

Dr. Khara won X Culture best Instructor award in February of this year.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions on the X-Culture experience.

Eight Niagara College students attended Ontario Professional Buyers Conference

Eight Niagara College students from the supply chain and operations management program along with over 200 professionals from the field of public sector buying attended the Ontario Professional Buyers Conference.

The mayor of Niagara Falls, Mike Diodati, spoke in the introductory address followed by a keynote presenter, Mike ᾮPinballᾯ Clemons, a former CFL player with the Toronto Argonauts. Mike Clemons encouraged individuals to be intentional about who they are and what they want and emphasized having individuals seek to understand and to be understood. It was a very powerful and inspirational address.

Students also attended two very informative and thought provoking sessions:

  • How to manage risk in the procurement process and how institutions need to identify risk and provide mediation strategies to protect themselves from risk.
  • Collaborative procurement and how full disclosure and transparency from both the buyer and seller provide for greater insight into each parties wants and needs.

By attending this event Niagara College students acquired much value added insight into the professional aspects of supply chain and operations management. They met and networked with a number of professionals and considered the event to be a very worthwhile experience.

The students were recognized as being in attendance in both the opening and closing addresses. Once the formal activities were completed several conference attendees, as well as the past OPBA president, took it upon themselves to meet the students and talk about the field of professional buying.

We would like to thank these students:  Aman Arora, Jessica Clements, Lewis Kibaara, Tanisha Medford, James Merksamer, Kassandra Peresky, Olga Cherkasova, Benqi Bi

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Stay tuned for updates on upcoming events!

Niagara College Convocation: Speakers inspire new grads to “dream bigᾯ

Two inspiring speakers, one top scholar, and 1,700 new graduates were in the spotlight on June 21 as Niagara College marked day two of its Spring Convocation Ceremonies.

Graduates from the School of Business Management Studies, and School of Environmental and Horticultural Studies had an opportunity to hear from a Niagara success story John Ferguson, president and CEO of Purolator Canada, at the afternoon ceremony. Ferguson, who was born and raised in Fort Erie, told graduates it has been exactly 30 years since his own graduation.

“Thirty years ago, I was sitting exactly where you are now, with no idea that I would lead a company the size of Purolator,” he said. “If I can do this, it’s entirely possible that you will too.”

Ferguson shared guiding principles that he has learned throughout his career with the new grads.

“Class of 2017, you are starting your careers at such an exciting time. You have the education, the knowledge and the ability to do almost anything, anywhere in the world, in any industry,” he said. “Think big, be bold, create your networks, build relationships, stay true to your values, and don’t ever stop trying. Do this and amazing things will happen.”

At the morning ceremony, former deputy minister, Ontario Public Service, Deborah Newman, who is currently a distinguished visiting professor at Ryerson University, addressed new graduates from the School of Academic and Liberal Studies, and the School of Justice and Fitness Studies. She encouraged grads to “dream big,” sharing her own career journey, from the front lines of correctional services as a probation and parole officer, all the way up the ranks to the high office of deputy minister.

“Anything is possible if you have bold dreams, opportunity, passion and determination,” she said.

Her advice to the new graduates: treat others with kindness and compassion; be an agent for change by embracing diversity and inclusion; and don’t shut out those who hold a different point of view that your own.

“Your education gives you more than knowledge. It gives you the power to improve your life and the lives of others,” she said.

Both guest speakers received an Honorary Bachelor of Applied Studies.

The College’s top student Paige MacPherson, who achieved a 97.86% grade-point average, received the prestigious Governor General’s Academic Medal during the morning ceremony. MacPherson, who graduated from the Police Foundations – Advanced Standing program said she was honoured to receive the award.

“I am so glad that I took the chance, overcame my fears of leaving good things behind and came out here to NC to further my goal of becoming a police officer. I found a place that was welcoming and a program that I was so interested in,” she said. “For me, that interest made all the difference in the world for being successful in my studies. My motivation helped me to engage fully in every aspect of my experience here at NC.”

View media release about Governor General’s Academic Award winner here:

Niagara College celebrated a record number of graduates – more than 4,600 – at its 2017 spring convocation ceremonies held from June 20 to 23 at the Welland Campus.

2017 Tyler Santing Award Winner

The Sales and Marketing Program was proud to present Fernando de Gama Olievera with the 2017 Tyler Santing Spirit Award on June 9, 2017. Tyler was an exceptional student whose endearing personality and spirit had a huge impact on his classmates in the Sales and Marketing Program.  He proudly represented Niagara College at the Ontario Colleges’ Marketing Competition, winning 2nd place in the Advertising Campaign Case Event  and also was involved in our ENACTUS Club. Tyler will always be remembered for his high energy, enthusiasm, smile and his ability to make others smile. The Tyler Santing Spirit award was established by a donation from a student in his class, and supported by the Santing family. The award is meant to recognize a student in Sales & Marketing that has contributed positively to the program culture and environment, just as Tyler did. 

Fernando de Gama Olievera, the recipient of this year’s award, brings a high level of energy and enthusiasm to every day.  As an International Student coming to Niagara, he embraced the School of Business learning experience from the very start and quickly became an active participant in the classroom environment as well as the School of Business as a whole.  He volunteered as a Student Assistant, in the International Department, represented Niagara as a participant in the Ontario Colleges’ Marketing Competition Team,  and even donned our school mascot costume at the competition.  While at school, Fernando worked several part-time jobs in sales and marketing, at the same time as maintaining excellent grades and above all else, always coming to campus with a smile on his face.  His positive approach and way at looking at life is infectious and added a lot to the program culture for students in the Sales & Marketing program. We are also happy to report  that not only is Fernando a graduate of the Sales and Marketing Program, he is now also a colleague, as he was just hired by Niagara College as the International Student Recruitment Regional Manager for the Americas.  

Fernando received his award from Rick Santing, Tyler’s father and was also joined by the two previous Tyler Santing Award recipients, Fred Donkor (2015 Winner)  and Marc Calaguiro (2016 Winner).  ​