International Students Celebrate the Winter Holidays at Canadore College Residence

For many international students studying in Canada, going home during the winter break isn’t always possible. Canadore College students who remained in residence over the break were treated to a variety of events, introducing them to Canadian holiday traditions and culture. Organized by Canadore College Residence, events included a downtown winter walk, preparing cookies for Santa, a Christmas Day parade, dinner with Canadore College President George Burton, and a New Year’s Eve party.

This time of year can be hard for those away from their homes and families, but first year English as a Second Language student, Carolina Rodrigues Bretas, says, “These events will make my stay in Canada feel like a home away from home. I am really grateful for these opportunities.”

Canadore College Residence is professionally managed by Campus Living Centres.

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Campus Living Centres is an Award Winner at the 2013 Seneca College Senecans of Distinction Awards

Campus Living Centres is proud to be named one of the recipients of the Seneca College 2013 Senecans of Distinction Awards. Recipients have included Seneca College alumni, who have excelled in their careers, and community partners, who have made significant social and economic contribution to the Seneca community.

Campus Living Centres shares a long history with Seneca College and currently manages the student residences on the King and Newnham campuses. Campus Living Centres is making an ongoing contribution to Seneca students’ education through the Campus Living Centres Academic Award and the Campus Living Centres Bursary.

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Campus Living Centres is announced as the successful proponent of the Algonquin College Student Housing Management and Operations Request for Proposal Competition

Campus Living Centres is pleased to announce the re-acquisition of the Algonquin College Residence Management Contract. Effective May 1, 2013, Campus Living Centres is delighted to be back on the Algonquin College campus and once again be managing and operating the Algonquin College Residence.

In August 2012, Campus Living Centres was asked to return to Algonquin College Residence on a short-term management contract after having been absent from the residence operation for less than two years. Algonquin College’s focus on student success and the desire to provide an optimal student experience led to their decision to seek out a student housing partner to manage and operate its residence facility and programs.

As the successful proponent of the Algonquin College Student Housing Management and Operations Request for Proposal, Campus Living Centres will now enter into a long-term management contract, similar to the one previously in place when Campus Living Centres last managed the Algonquin College Residence in 2010. This renewed relationship with Algonquin College emphasizes the degree to which Campus Living Centres is believed to be a leader in Canadian student housing.

Duane McNair, Vice-President, Finance and Administration, at Algonquin College, credits “Campus Living Centres’ breadth and depth of experience in the Canadian student housing market as a key factor in being awarded the contract from Algonquin College.” McNair further elaborates, “In alignment with Algonquin’s approach to programs and services, Campus Living Centres holds the students’ needs at the centre of all decisions, processes, and services offered in the residence environment.”

The residence facilities at Algonquin College house up to 1050 students in 525 shared two-bedroom suites. All suites are furnished and include amenities such as telephone service, Internet access, televisions, three-piece bathroom, and a kitchenette. Common spaces in the residence include a fitness room, movie lounge, convenience store, and a courtyard with basketball and volleyball courts.

Campus Living Centres is pleased to announce Greg Hum as the new Associate Director, Residence Life

Campus Living Centres is pleased to announce Greg Hum as the new Associate Director, Residence Life. The appointment is effective October 15, 2013.

Greg joins Campus Living Centres from the University of Toronto Mississauga with extensive experience that includes undergraduate recruitment, judicial affairs, first-year transitional programming, and residence life. His training in Supplemental Instruction and student development made him critical to the development and implementation of highly successful first-year and upper-year transition programs at UTM. He has completed a Bachelor of Arts from Carleton University, a certificate in Student Affairs and Services from Seneca College, and is in the process of completing his Masters of Education at the University of Toronto. Prior to his time at UTM, Greg worked at Carleton University as a recruitment officer. He was an Executive Member of the Student Life Professionals committee (University of Toronto) and is currently a member of both OACUHO and CACUSS.

Canadore College Enters Next Phase of Student Housing Plan

Canadore College has officially broken ground on a new six-storey, 256 bed, student residence facility, with construction to begin soon after. Working to develop this new residence building with Campus Living Centres, this will be Canadore College’s third apartment complex on campus. The building will very similar to the two existing residences on campus, with each apartment unit offering two private bedrooms, and a shared bathroom, kitchen, and living space.

Canadore College Vice-President of Student Services, Shawn Chorney, believes the addition of more bed spaces on campus, will ultimately help attract more students to the city of North Bay, “expand[ing] on the $90 million annual economic impact [Canadore] College brings to [the] local economy.” Currently, approximately 60% of Canadore College’s students come from outside the region.

The new residence building is expected to be ready for September 2014.

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Georgian College is excited to welcome a new residence community to their Orillia Campus

Georgian College, along with Campus Living Centres, opened two brand new residence buildings this fall on the Georgian College Orillia Campus. Each unit in the building consists of four furnished bedrooms, two bathrooms, in suite laundry, an open concept kitchen, and an spacious living area.

Adding a residence, and by extension having students on campus all the time, helps enhance the overall campus community at Georgian College Orillia. Student Council President, Scott Anderson, believes the residence community, “will add a new facet to the student life and activities on campus.”

With 64 units, and 128 corresponding spaces, available between the two residence buildings, the new residence buildings are already at full capacity with a long wait list. Campus Living Centres will begin construction on a third building, with an expected opening date of September 2014.

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Canadore College President, George Burton, extolls the benefits of public/private partnerships

In a media release to the public on April 18th, 2013, Canadore College President, George Burton, discusses the realities of operating a post-secondary institution in the current economic climate.  Burton said, “We are all feeling the effects of a resource-constrained economy”, but he also believes it presents an opportunity, as he continues, “There is an up-side though…we are all forced to find way to collaborate in order to seize opportunity and come out ahead.”

The Ontario Ministry of State (Science and Technology) and Canadore College both agree that public/private partnerships are integral to the growth and development of innovative processes and technologies in Canada.

Canadore College identifies Campus Living Centres as a partner and describes its relationship as “a tremendous opportunity to build some of the most modern and progressive residence complexes in the province and provide equally impressive student life programming.”  Last September, Canadore College and Campus Living Centres opened a new 200-bed apartment building and will be continuing construction this summer to create capacity for an additional 200 students.

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Campus Living Centres Inc. announces Clarence Chong as the new Senior Manager of Marketing & Sales

Campus Living Centres is pleased to announce Clarence Chong as the new Senior Manager, Marketing & Sales. The appointment of Clarence Chong is effective April 29, 2013.

Clarence comes to Campus Living Centres from the University of Manitoba, with a multifaceted background in marketing, recruitment, event management, alumni relations, residence life, and hospitality. Clarence began his career in post-secondary education as a Residence Life Coordinator at the University of Manitoba and most recently, held the position of Coordinator, Marketing and Community Relations in Student Residences. In that position, he was responsible for the marketing (academic year and summer/conference season) and student recruitment of residence, developing a corporate sponsorship strategy to support residence life programs, cultivating relationships with residence alumni, and Residence Orientation.

Clarence also collaborated with the University of Manitoba’s Marketing and Communications Office and Office of Student Recruitment to incorporate Student Residences into part of the institution’s overall branding and recruitment strategy. He has travelled with Recruitment Officers to support their recruitment efforts across Canada, the United States, Malaysia, and Hong Kong. Clarence was a key member of the University of Manitoba’s Integrated Marketing and Communications working group, the Strategic Enrolment Management (SEM) Marketing committee, as well as the university’s Mobile App Committee. In 2008, Clarence attended the Canadian Institute on Student Affairs and Services (CISAS) receiving a certificate from CHERD. Through the years, he has attended a multitude of workshops and seminars on topics such as social media marketing, hospitality and customer service, communication, and leadership.

Prior to his work at the University of Manitoba, Clarence started his career in hospitality as the Campus Relations Manager at Canad Inns, the largest hotel franchise in Manitoba. The position focused on developing strong relationships with all post-secondary institutions in Manitoba with the goal of increasing market share and overall sales in the areas of food and beverage, hotel, conference, and banquet services. In this regard, Clarence was responsible for developing and managing university/college sales on behalf of all Canad Inns’ franchises operating in Manitoba.

Clarence holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from the University of Manitoba, where he majored in International Business. Clarence lived in residence during his undergraduate studies and held multiple student government positions in residence, including Vice-President Finance, Vice-President Services, and President. In his final year of school, Clarence also held the position of Assistant Director of Programming with the University of Manitoba Students’ Union. Clarence is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Integrated Studies at Athabasca University.

Two new Georgian College student campus residences should be up and ready for the fall

Crews from Campus Living Centre work on the foundation of the second residence at Georgian College’s Orillia campus, while the first building begins to take shape. KRISTEN SMITH - THE PACKET & TIMES

ORILLIA - Construction of Georgian College’s Orillia campus residences is ahead of schedule.

Following a delay this fall after an at-risk tree species was found on the northeast corner of the Memorial Avenue property, work on two of four 28,000-square-foot buildings is not only back on track, but moving along more quickly than anticipated, according to the college’s vice-president of administration, Brandon Lander.

Crews from Campus Living Centre work on the foundation of the second residence at Georgian College’s Orillia campus, while the first building begins to take shape. KRISTEN SMITH - THE PACKET & TIMES NEWS LOCAL

“There’s little doubt we’ll be ready at this point for the fall. We’re doing very well. It’s going quicker than we expected,” said Lander.

One of the 16-unit buildings is taking shape and crews from Campus Living Centres (CLC) are working on the foundation of the second 64-bed residence, which will allow 128 students to choose on-campus housing for the 2013-14 school year. CLC will also manage the residences, and already owns and operates ones at the school’s Barrie and Owen Sound campuses.

Lander said construction of the third and fourth buildings is likely to start next year, but depends on demand.

“We have almost no doubt that they will be full and we expect there will be adequate demand to proceed!” Lander said, adding the college has seen positive responses at open houses so far.

With room for 128 students to move in this September, Orillia Housing Resource Centre coordinator Nadine Ritchie said the effect on the Orillia rental market could go one of two ways.

“It is going to free up some rental stock, but on the flipside, too, a lot of the landlords who are renting to students are very student-driven; that’s the type of clients that they want, that’s the type of tenants they want,” said Ritchie.

She said students struggling to find places or Lakehead students might end up in the unit.

Lander doesn’t think it will make a huge dent on the rental market.

He noted anecdotal evidence suggests prospective students have chosen to go elsewhere because there wasn’t on-campus housing in Orillia.

“We’re hopeful that it would pick up some of those students who wouldn’t have come anyway. That way, it may not have a very big effect on the rental market in Orillia,” said Lander.

“We can’t conceive of anything at this point that would cause us to not have them both ready for the fall,” he said.

By Kristen Smith, Orillia Packet & Times
Friday, January 11, 2013 9:40:23 EST PM

Students Find their Home Away from Home at Canadore College

Canadore’s new apartment-style residence was filled to capacity when it opened its doors to students this fall.

Construction of the six story, 200 bed residence was completed at the end of August to prepare for new and returning students to move-in. Each of the new self-contained apartments consists of two spacious private bedrooms equipped with a double bed, high speed internet and a flat screen television with cable. All 100 units are air-conditioned with a shared living space and kitchen with granite countertops.

“Partnering with Campus Living Centres gave us a tremendous opportunity to build one of the most modern and progressive residence complexes in the province,” said George Burton, President of Canadore College. “Our students are living in a building that was designed with them in mind, so that they could live, learn and have fun in a dedicated and safe environment.”

Every year Canadore welcomes about 3,500 students to its campuses. Over 61 per cent of the College’s student population relocates to North Bay from outside of the region and the City has one of the lowest vacancy rates in Ontario.

“Our students live about two-thirds of their life outside of the classroom,” said Shawn Chorney, Vice-President of Enrolment Management, Student Services and Recruitment. “We work hard to provide a dynamic and engaging experience for them every step of the way. Canadore is committed to strong residence programming because it is proven to promote academic success and the overall well-being of our students.”

Residence life activities are developed to ease the student’s transition to college. After-class programs are incorporated to help students learn domestic independence, resume writing and interview techniques and community leadership and development through guest speakers.

The second residence complex was designed by Malhotra Architecture with architectural support services by Standford Consulting and Design Ltd. and construction was managed by RHC Design-Build. The College also has another apartment-style complex residence adjacent to the new building and townhouse-style complexes next to its College Drive Campus. Each first-year student is guaranteed a spot in residence.

George Burton, Canadore College President; William Ferguson, Canadore College Board of Governors Chair; Jay Aspin, MP for Nipissing-Temiskaming; Brian Freeman, Campus Living Centres Vice-President of Development and Client Relations; Craig Dellandrea, Executive Assistant, Vic Fedeli, MPP for Nipissing; Al McDonald, Mayor of the City of North Bay; Shawn Chorney, Canadore College Vice-President of Enrolment Management, Student Services and Recruitment

Canadore provides access to over 60 full-time quality programs and has outstanding faculty and student services. The College confers approximately 1,000 graduates each year and has over 37,000 alumni.

For more information, please contact:  Jessica Charette at 705.475.2538 or; Carrie Richmond at 705.474.7600, ext. 5216 or