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

Campus Living Centres Inc. announces Joe Danis as the new Associate Vice President of Operations

Joe DanisToronto, ON – Campus Living Centres Inc. is pleased to announce Joe Danis as the new Associate Vice President, Operations.   The appointment of Joe Danis is effective August 7, 2012. 

Joe Danis joins Campus Living Centres Inc. from the University of Manitoba where he has been the Director of Student Housing since 2004.  At the University of Manitoba, Joe’s ability to balance the importance of business operations and residence life transformed the student housing operation into an innovative, dynamic, and high performance unit. He was a key player in leading the opening of two new residences during his tenure and his unit has been able to achieve positive financial performance through his leadership, entrepreneurial approach, and commitment to fiscal responsibility. Joe has also been actively engaged in the University’s campus development plan, leading discussions on the importance of student housing and its place within Strategic Enrolment Management.

Under the residence life portfolio, Joe’s program Reading Buddies, was honoured in 2004 with the Mayor’s Award for Volunteerism in the City of Winnipeg. In 2005, Joe received the annual University of Manitoba outreach award. The award, presented by the President of the University of Manitoba and the Presidential advisory committee on outreach, was for his work in developing Praxis, a campus-wide initiative that strives to promote community outreach and service learning among students. Joe was also responsible for the creation of the Office of Student Life, as he took his passion for leadership, service, and global citizenship campus wide, extending opportunities for engagement to all University of Manitoba students. He has developed several successful international service learning programs in countries such as Bangladesh, El Salvador, Ecuador, and most recently Costa Rica. Joe not only administers these programs but he is actively engaged in the facilitation of reflection sessions and group discussions.

Over the course of the past eight years, Joe has been a member of the University of Manitoba’s Administrative Council as well as the Council of Student Affairs and has been a member of CACUSS since 2002.

Prior to his work at the University of Manitoba, Joe completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Winnipeg in International Development Studies and Conflict Resolution Studies. Joe also began his career at the University of Winnipeg where he was instrumental in revitalizing residence operations as the first ever Director of Student Housing at the institution.

With Campus Living Centres Inc., Joe will be responsible for all residence operations, including residence life and student services.  This portfolio totals over 18,000 student beds in 26 different residence facilities across Canada that are owned, and or managed by Campus Living Centres Inc. or an affiliated company.

Enhancing the Student Housing Experience

Every year, students are demanding more of their student
housing experience... is your institution keeping up with the rapidly changing landscape?

Ethical, research-based approaches and positive outcomes worth opening your mind to.

Our students are changing and the social, political and economic landscape of student housing are also changing at a rapid pace – but that doesn’t mean the student experience will suffer. In fact, we believe, as a private company acting on behalf of our client institutions, we are improving student success. Consider this: Our approach is fully integrated into the mission and values of our partner institutions. Our programs and services are built upon solid research and catered to the unique and diverse needs of the students on each campus.

We do not wear the CLC logo on our shirts, or display it on our handbooks, posters, residence website or other prominent materials. We do everything in our power to ensure each and every student finds comfort within their institution and the residence. In our residences, students see us as “________College Residence Staff”, not Campus Living Centres.

While the conversations about public-private-partnerships (P3s) in student housing have been more prevalent recently, they have been around in Ontario for a long time – mostly because of us. We have been operating student residences on campus for our client institutions for 20 years.  We are currently managing student residences on 18 campuses in Ontario (25% of all college/university campuses in the province). Within these residences, there are a total of approximately 8000 students (approximately 10% of total residence population in Ontario).

Our corporate staff in residence life serve as important student advocates on each campus.  The residence life budget, and all residence finances, are tightly controlled by a multi-disciplinary committee on each campus. No profits are gained from students through our residence life program. Programs and services are self funded on each campus through residence fees, just like they are on the majority of campuses across the country. Understanding these kind of details are important, because as you will see, what we provide students, how we provide it, and the outcomes we achieve, are no different. In fact, we think many of our new programs and services exemplify best practices.

To learn more about our residence life programs and services take some time to review our Student Life page or contact us.

How we can make a difference for ON CAMPUS student housing operation.

We believe that our residence operations & the student experience can be better than what they are today.

We know the following trends are having an adverse impact on the vast majority of residence operations in Canada:

  • tighter budgets and reduced government funding,
  • aging infrastructure,
  • significant debt loads, and
  • ever- increasing student and parental expectations.

We understand that you need to do more with less…

  • More programming, more support, more maintenance, more renovations, more wages, more benefits
  • Less funding, lower debt loads, less staff