Academic News

2023 Bachelor of Nursing Program Pinning Ceremony

November 6, 2023

A huge congratulations goes out to all of our 125 graduates this year!

It has been a rough road, but you did it! We as faculty couldn’t be prouder of each and every one of you for all the hard work and effort you invested in your future in the career of nursing.

The faculty would also like to congratulate the 2023 Gold Medal winner Nicole Bonenfant!!

Written by: Jennifer Johnson Nursing Lab Manager

Explore IT Employment at Red River College Polytechnic

October 25, 2023

Instructor Recruitment Event

Would you like to work at a place where you can make a positive, direct impact on the next generation of professionals in your field?

Learn about exciting employment opportunities for instruction and curriculum development in Information Technology at Red River College Polytechnic. Join senior academic leaders and faculty:

Date: Thursday, November 2
Time: 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Location: Manitou a bi Bii daziigae, Roundhouse, at 319 Elgin Avenue (view on Google Maps)

This event is free to attend. Resume is not required.

We have full-time, part-time, or contract employment opportunities.

Learn about the many benefits of being an RRC Polytech employee. We are looking for people with experience in information technology, application development, data science, machine learning, and security experience for the following programs:

  • Application Development and Delivery (NEW Program)
  • IT Operations
  • Information Security
  • Data Science and Machine Learning
  • Game Development
  • Digital Media Design


4:00 pmTour of Manitou a bi Bii daziigae
4:30 pmPresentation on RRC Polytech employment
5:00 pmBreakout sessions for specific types of employment
(full-time, part-time, contract)
5:30 pmRefreshments and networking

Benefits of Employment at RRC Polytech

We offer competitive salaries, extensive benefits, and the opportunity for personal and professional growth in a rewarding career. We’re also one of Manitoba’s Top Employers, one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers, and one of Canada’s Greenest Employers.

Please share information about this event with people in your network who may be interested in attending. Register to let us know you are attending this in-person event.

Inspire Conference – Networking Opportunity

October 20, 2023

RRC Polytech Invites You!

Attention RRC Polytech Information Technology and Creative Arts Alumni and Industry Friends! Our current students would love your help. The Inspire Conference is November 7th, and our Networking Lounge needs industry friends and alums from BIT, CA/P, IST, BTM, DSML, InfoSec, Game Dev, Digital Media, Graphic Design and Film Production to answer questions from our current students. You likely remember the value of these interactions when you were a student, and recall how beneficial they were to you.

If you have an hour or two to spare, please let Alan Simpson ( or Connor Gilhuly ( know by email as soon as you’re able to. Let us know if you prefer the morning or the afternoon. We will have tables open from 9am to 3pm.

 We hope to see you there!

Second Annual Applied Commerce Education High School Competition

October 17, 2023

RRC Polytech Applied Commerce Education proudly presents the second annual Commerce Competition tailored for all passionate Manitoba High School Commerce students. Join as a team of ambitious high school students ready to plunge into the world of commerce, explore innovative challenges, and showcase your brilliance in alignment with the Manitoba Applied Commerce Education (ACE) Curriculum.

Join the competition and chart your path to a promising, successful tomorrow.

Note: Teachers are required to be present for the duration of the competition. Lunch is provided for all attendees

Competition Categories

Accounting Amazing Race (Groups of 2)

Step into a dynamic race around the Notre Dame Campus, where mastering every phase of the accounting cycle propels you forward, and every space of the college holds a new opportunity. If accounting is your forte, team up for a fast-paced duel where precision and swiftness rule. Await the bonus lifelines to slice your completion time, but caution – each tick of the clock and each response is pivotal!

Retail Store Design (Groups of 3-4)

It’s not just a store – it’s a masterpiece waiting to be brought to life. A theme is unveiled on competition day, driving the students’ designs. Those well-versed in consumer trends, product and traffic flow, accessibility, and loss prevention will thrive. Students will use tools like Minecraft, Planner 3D, or Roomstyler to craft designs that balance aesthetic appeal with the functional needs of a modern retail space. Industry professionals judge students by assessing their designs and listening to explanations during the presentations. Participants are expected to dive into their reservoir of knowledge from Retailing Perspectives, Entrepreneurship, or Venture Development courses.

Social Responsibility (Groups of 3-4)

Amidst Canada’s global prestige, pressing issues lurk. Step up, aspiring change-makers! In this challenge, groups of 3-4 will confront a real Canadian issue unveiled on competition day. Your mission: devise an innovative yet realistic solution, identify key stakeholders, and strategize an actionable plan. Pitch your masterstroke in a 7-8 minute presentation, showcasing your problem-solving finesse. Grade 12 students who are taking or have taken Topics and Trends in Business and/or Business Management, but any student armed with creativity and articulate expression can strategize and offer sustainable solutions!

Business Management: Under Cover Boss (Groups of 3-4)

Assume the role of an undercover boss steering a fictional company. Teams of 3-4 dive into the roles of top executives tasked with mending the cracks in a booming, fictional company. Navigate its intricate operations, culture, and real-life challenges. Armed with insider insights, craft an innovative strategic plan to transform weaknesses into strengths. Present your master strategy to a panel, showcasing your leadership and problem-solving prowess. Equipped with insights from the ACE curriculum Entrepreneurship Strand and Business Management courses, yet open to other keen minds, students are set to navigate through real-world business trials.

Join us as a Sponsor

Fuel the aspirations of young commerce enthusiasts by becoming a sponsor. Your support not only empowers students to explore the vast landscapes of commerce but also assures the continuation of this enriching experience, a junction where academics and practical challenges meet.

Your brand will appear at our event’s virtual and physical spaces and receive an acknowledgement amidst the celebrated awards ceremony.

To extend your support, contact Justin Pasosky at before February 28, 2024.

Showcase as a Vendor

Elevate your engagement with the future of commerce and education by establishing your presence as a vendor at the 2nd Annual Commerce Competition. As a vendor, you’ll be fostering connections with RRC Polytech students, staff, and the next generation of business leaders. Leaders that could someday be making an impact with your organization.

Lend your expertise and products to enrich the atmosphere, allowing the RRC Polytech community, staff and high school students to explore, learn, and grow.

To participate, contact Justin Pasosky at by February 28, 2024.

About Applied Commerce Education Program at RRC Polytech

The Applied Commerce Education degree is a joint program offered by Red River College Polytechnic and the University of Winnipeg. Graduates will be eligible to certify as a K-12 teacher with the Province of Manitoba. Choose between the comprehensive five-year integrated program, or the focused three-year after-degree path, or the fast-track with the 1-year accelerated program, each crafted to augment teaching capabilities and align with Manitoba’s high school curriculum.

Learn more >

About Applied Commerce Education

Applied Commerce Education (ACE) consists of an optional cluster of courses for high school students interested in pursuing a future career in a commerce-related field such as economics, entrepreneurship, business, marketing, technology and finance. Each of the individual courses is also an excellent option for any student wanting to understand more about their role in our global economy. The fourteen-course offerings in the Applied Commerce area allow students to develop the skills needed to be effective business leaders, innovators, citizens, consumers, and employees.

Exchange District Campus Fall Showcase and Market

September 7, 2023

The Fall Showcase and Market is on Wednesday, October 11 at

Market – 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Showcase – 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Exchange District Campus.

We are thrilled to invite you to the first Annual Fall Showcase and Market, showcasing a variety of programs that we offer, and a market offering a range of handcrafted items, artwork, crafts and innovative products. All created or curated by our talented RRC Polytech students, staff and alumni.

In addition to shopping, there will also be creative workshops, and various activities, ensuring a day of fun and festivity.

Entry is free for visitors, and all are welcome.

Mark your calendars for October 11th, bring your friends and family, and enjoy the bounty and creativity of the season at our Fall Showcase and Market. We look forward to seeing you there!

Vendors Confirmed

We have a variety of vendors confirmed selling everything from cookies, books, artwork, honey, candles, jewelry, crochet, hats and scarves, Christmas decor, Indigenous art, and more!

  • Starz Align
  • Yarnedndanderous.xo
  • Gibson’s Goodies
  • GMB Chomichuk
  • Bamboo Worldwide Products
  • Earthy3DPrints
  • Just Bee Honey co.
  • AgnostosMasterCo
  • Bear and Beans Design
  • Operon Trinkets
  • Vale’s Delights
  • OtakuCorp
  • iHooked
  • Electric Impression
  • Marceleria
  • Crafty Anastasiia
  • Cree Indigenuity Art & Design
  • Bites of Bliss
  • Da-Zired Keepsakes
  • Krafts by Kandi
  • Channy’s Custom Cookies
  • Royal Bee
  • Pixie Design
  • Art Soap Life
  • Professional Baking and Culinary Arts Department
  • The Sergin’ Mary
  • Anishinaa-Bakes
  • Little Cedar Designs
  • OH Collection
  • AADA Naturals
  • Bond Invention House Inc
  • Senor Fletcher’s Galeria
  • Rue de l’Amour
  • L.o.v.creationsbyjj
  • Art of Jackie Traverse
  • Warm & Cozy
  • Anishinaabe Girl Designs
  • Red Thunder Cloud Beads
  • SICD
  • Annastacia Creations
  • Angela’s Native Creations
  • World Financial Group
  • Student Association


Program areas from the following areas will have a table in Manitou a bi Bii daziigae to showcase their programs. Find their table to learn more about the programs offered.

  • School of Continuing Education
  • Hospitality, Tourism, Culinary and Baking
  • Computer and Information Systems Technology
  • Applied Commerce & Management Education
  • Automotive Trades
  • Teacher Education
  • Global Access
  • Recruitment and Alumni

Pumpkin Carving Contest

Participate in the Pumpkin Carving Contest in the Elgin Plaza for the chance to win an RRC Polytech prize pack!

Time: 10:00 am – 2:30 pm

Criteria: Carve the Funniest, Scariest, or Most Unique/Creative pumpkin for a chance to win!

Judging: 2:30 pm – 3:00 pm (winners will be contacted after the event)

Pumpkin Carving Contest Rules

Eligibility: The contest is open to everyone.

Pumpkin Submission: Each participant can only submit one pumpkin into the contest.

Carving Tools: Only the tools provided are allowed.

Safety: Participants must follow all safety College guidelines.

Time Limit: If the carving is being done on campus and take no longer than 30 minutes.

Prize Categories:

  • Most Unique/ Creative
  • Scariest
  • Funniest

Originality: Designs must be original.

Judging: A panel of judges will evaluate the pumpkins based on creativity, craftsmanship, and originality. The decisions of the judges are final.

Display: All completed pumpkins should be displayed with a number on them corresponding to the sign-in sheet, without revealing the carver’s identity, to ensure impartial judging.

Prizes: Prizes can be awarded for each category.

Cleanup: Participants are responsible for cleaning up their workspace and disposing of pumpkin remnants properly.

Participants: can pick up their pumpkins at 3:00 that day.

Photos: By participating, carvers agree that photos of their pumpkins may be used for promotional purposes. If minors are participating, parental consent may be needed.

Disqualification: Any pumpkin that does not adhere to the rules may be disqualified.

Pumpkin Carving Rubric

Visual Impact4 Points Each “In Awe!” “Fabulous”  3 Points Each “That’s a job well done”2 Points Each “Okay, I see where they were going with that”1 Point each “What?” “I don’t get it!”
Craftsmanship and Quality4 Points Each The pumpkin is exceptionally attractive and well-constructed3 Points Each The pumpkin is attractive and has good construction.2 Points Each The pumpkin is acceptably attractive though it may be a bit messy1 Point Each The pumpkin is distractingly messy and/or the craftsmanship and skills are poor
Originality4 Points Each Exceptional use of new ideas and originality of pumpkin design3 Points Each Good use of new ideas and originality of pumpkin design2 Points Each Average use of new ideas and originality of pumpkin design1 Point Each No use of new ideas and originality of pumpkin design

Attend a Workshop

Join us in the Roundhouse for a variety of workshops from making your own wooden spoon, candle making, and designing your own puzzle.

Spoon Carving Workshop

Wednesday, October 11

Session 1- 10:00am – 12:00pm

Session 2 – 1:00pm – 3:00pm

(drop-ins are welcome)

Registration fee: $10.00


-beginner instruction

-spoon cut-out

-all materials required

-use of tools

Russ Kubara has been wood carving since 2008 and has been instructing beginner workshops for over ten years. An emphasis will be on safety.

This spoon project will introduce participants to several techniques of using a woodcarving knife that will enable them to get started on the road to a very therapeutic pastime.

Sushi Candle Making

Join us to make beeswax Sushi Candles! Sushi Beeswax Candles are artisanal candles crafted to resemble popular sushi pieces, using pure, natural beeswax as the primary ingredient. These candles not only offer the gentle, honey-like aroma of beeswax when burned but also serve as a decorative centerpiece. Ideal for sushi lovers and those looking for a special touch to their decor.

Additional Activities

  • Draw your own puzzle
  • Make a wooden circle ornament
  • Make a yarn doll
  • Design and make your own mask

Sprint to Innovate: The Innovation Challenge

July 24, 2023

Register a Team of 4 to 6 post-secondary students to participate. Register by Friday, January 19, 2024.

Sprint to Innovate, presented by Canada Life, brings together post-secondary students from varied disciplines such as technology, business, entrepreneurship, and more. Sprint to Innovate is brought to you by University of Manitoba – Faculty of Science, Red River College Polytechnic, and Tech Manitoba. All Winnipeg Post Secondary Students are invited to participate. Students will learn about innovation while collaborating in a fun and exciting challenge to build a minimum viable prototype in two days.

We are pleased to announce that our next Sprint to Innovate: The Innovation Challenge is the weekend of February 1 to 4, 2024! This year we will be starting the event with a Networking session on Thursday, February 1 with a keynote speaker at University of Manitoba.

We invite all companies to review our sponsorship and mentorship opportunities, and to consider submitting a business challenge; and for post-secondary students to consider participating.


Teams of 4 to 6 students will choose from available business challenges provided by industry. Students will then work together with support from mentors to create a solution, including developing a prototype to be presented to judges on the final day.

A prototype is a simple experimental model of the proposed product used to learn from. Prototypes range from low-fidelity (paper-based) prototypes that are used to explain concepts all the way to high-fidelity prototypes that have functional elements with more detail.  Teams may consist of technology and business students.


As an Organization

  1. Sponsor the event.
  2. Volunteer your time as a mentor.
  3. Provide us with a Business Challenge that your organization has by emailing or

As a Student

Students from any Manitoba post-secondary student may participate in a team at Sprint to Innovate.

Students may register a team of 4 to 6 students. Register by Friday, January 19, 2024.

Find out more about Sprint to Innovate at one of our Information Sessions:

Tuesday, November 28 Room A137 – RRC Polytech-Notre Dame Campus at 12:00 pm. Students from any program are welcome to attend. Register to Attend Nov 28 Info Session.

Title Sponsor

Thank you to our Title Sponsor Canada Life!

Event Sponsors


CHALLENGE #1 How might we raise cybersecurity awareness and preparedness among SMEs and small and medium-sized non-profits? – Popp3r Cybersecurity

Sponsorship Opportunities


We are looking for a sponsor to provide $3500 for
our student participants on Sunday, February 4.
Your $3,500 sponsorship would earn you:

  • Recognition on Sunday, February 4 at our
    refreshment table at breakfast, snack, and
  • Recognition on event materials, website and
  • Social media recognition
  • The opportunity to be a mentor to a team
    throughout the weekend.


We are looking for sponsors to provide $1000
towards prize money to the winning teams.
Your $1,000 sponsorship would earn you:

  • Recognition throughout the event
  • Recognition on event materials
  • Social media recognition
  • The opportunity to be a mentor to a team
    throughout the weekend.

Be a Mentor

We are looking for professionals to mentor one team throughout the Sprint to Innovate event weekend.

Mentors are asked to provide well-rounded support to their student team in the following area.

  • Help the team establish and foster a positive
    team environment
  • Provide ideation tips and tricks
  • Advise on prototype development
  • Advise on pitch preparation
  • Review final pitch presentation and provide
  • Be available for support throughout the weekend

Provide a Business Challenge

Student teams will be provided with a list of business challenges that they will have a choice between to work on. This is where you come in! We are asking a few different companies to provide a general business challenge and students would create a solution.
Do you have a general business challenge that our student teams can help solve?

  • Prepare your Challenge Information document with Challenge Context and background, a description, challenge statement, and relevant resources.
  • Prepare a 2-3 minute video pitching your business challenge outlining what the problem is, and why you need it.
  • Assign at least one person to speak about the problem and be prepared to answer questions about it from a student team on Friday, February 2 (Around 4:00/5:00 PM).
  • Available to answer questions from the teams on Saturday
  • Attend and judge the final presentations for your Challenge on Sunday to see what solutions the teams came up with; select one team to advance to the finals.

Applied Computer Education and Creative Arts Inspire Conference

July 20, 2023

Tuesday, November 7, 2023 – RRC Polytech – Exchange District Campus

Red River College Polytechnic’s Applied Computer Education and Creative Arts departments will host the Inspire Conference on Tuesday, November 7, 2023, from 8 am to 4 pm at the Exchange District Campus. The Inspire Conference is for over 1000 students in the following programs:

  • Business Information Technology
  • Business Technology Management
  • Data Science and Machine Learning
  • Information Security
  • IT Operations
  • Game Development
  • Full Stack Web Development
  • Graphic Design and Film
  • Pathways to IT (Indigenous)

Our talented students will be the audience during a virtual keynote, breakout sessions, an exhibitor area, and an industry networking lounge available throughout the day.

Be inspired!

Inspire skills – career development does not happen overnight, be inspired, and continue to learn and grow in your chosen field or explore other areas.

Inspire connections – get inspired by others, build your contact inventory, and network where you will talk and gain insights from their experience; you are not alone in your journey.

Inspire yourself – find your passion, take a personal inventory of where you are, and then look at the skills you will need to succeed.


We are looking for professionals to lead Breakout Sessions to inspire our students.


Join us for an opportunity to meet our talented, enthusiastic students and let them be inspired in our networking lounge.


A variety of sponsorship options are available, including exhibitor booths.

How to get involved

Contact to learn more about the Inspire Conference and participation opportunities.

Community Health Nursing: Meeting People Where They Are

June 15, 2023

Nursing students in 3rd year have the opportunity to learn about and apply concepts of community health/social determinants of health to at risk-populations in a variety of community settings. In Clinical Practice: Community Health, our students develop and provide meaningful Health Promotion presentations for children, youth, or families in order to educate and empower them. Our main clinical site this year was Manitoba Youth Centre, a youth correctional facility with Manitoba Justice. The youth expressed much appreciation for the many health presentations given by students this past year – some groups also received huge “Thank you” cards from the girls and “Teacher Sara”. Please read on to hear one student’s reflection on her experience from Manitoba Youth Centre!

Tanya Cole RN, BScN – Nursing Instructor

Community health nursing is all about meeting people where they are, and that can mean so many different things. Often that’s very abstract, like where they are in their lives’ journeys, where they are in a disease process, or where they are emotionally, but it can also mean where they literally are – in this case, in a correctional facility. One thing that really struck me about the learning we did at MYC is that we did all of the assessment processes of trying to understand the context that our clients were living in socially, emotionally, physically, spiritually, and economically, but then we also had to actually go to them. I think that’s an important part of community nursing and public health nursing, because so often the people who have the most unmet needs for care or education are the ones who don’t seek it out. If we want to be serious about health equity, it’s our job as healthcare workers to find the people who might not present themselves to us.

Nurses (and student nurses!) have to be ready for unfamiliarity and ready to use any and all tools at our disposal. Sometimes we might be giving our presentation to a small group huddled around a laptop, and if we can be adaptable, we can use these things to our advantage, as we did at MYC. I think even the fact that we had to stand relatively close together and all look at the same small resource made for a very conversational style of presentation and encouraged a remarkable dialog with the participants we presented to. I was humbled by their honesty and engagement.

– Hannah Done [she, her, hers] – Student Nurse (Year 3) – Red River College Polytechnic

DMD Studio Project

May 19, 2023

DMD Studio Project is a course that allows students to pick their own term-long projects. Often it’s a dream project, something that lets them learn specific new skills and unleash their creativity in exciting new ways.

Below is a Studio Project from Video and Motion Graphics student Kayla Pilgrim, who wanted to push her 3D skills to the next level.

Below is a project from Kristin Lanyon, who wanted to explore using Redshift rendering in Cinema 4D. She created this amazing marble machine from scratch!

DMD Student Explainer Videos (2D and 3D Animation)

May 19, 2023

Here are some terrific student explainer videos. The challenge here was to use visuals, rich sound, a cohesive design, and both 2D and 3D animation to communicate an interesting statistic.

RRC Polytech campuses are located on the lands of Anishinaabe, Ininiwak, Anishininew, Dakota, and Dené, and the National Homeland of the Red River Métis.

We recognize and honour Treaty 3 Territory Shoal Lake 40 First Nation, the source of Winnipeg’s clean drinking water. In addition, we acknowledge Treaty Territories which provide us with access to electricity we use in both our personal and professional lives.

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