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Employer Information Session: How to Engage with IT Students

September 21, 2022

You’re invited to an information session on how your organization can support student work-integrated learning.

Information Technology Students are available for co-ops, applied research, and industry projects.

Exterior view of Manitou a bi Bii daziigae at Princess St and Elgin Ave
Exterior view of Manitou a bi Bii daziigae at Princess St. and Elgin Ave.

Would you like to make a positive, direct impact on the next generation of IT professionals? Join us for an information session in person or virtually on:

Date: Wednesday, November 23, 2022
Time: 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: Manitou a bi Bii daziigae, Roundhouse at 319 Elgin Avenue (view on Google Maps) (or virtually).

We would love to meet you to discuss how you and your organization can allow technology students to apply their learning through a co-op, industry project, or applied research project. You will hear from other businesses that have worked with our students.

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Sprint to Innovate: The Innovation Challenge

September 12, 2022

Brought to you by Red River College Polytechnic, Tech Manitoba, and Faculty of Science-UM

Sprint to Innovate brings together post-secondary students from varied disciplines such as technology, business, entrepreneurship, and more. Manitoba students, and invited international partner institutions, 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 presented by Access Credit Union is the weekend of January 27 to 29, 2023! This year we will be starting the event with a Networking session on Thursday, January 26 with keynote speaker Michael Henderson, Managing Director at Ubisoft Winnipeg.

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.

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. You may register as an individual if you would like to be added to a team. Register today for a chance to win $15,000 in prize money!

Registration is closed.

Keynote Speaker

All attendees are invited to our Networking and Keynote on Thursday, January 26 at Red River College Polytechnic – Manitou a bi Bii daziigae.

Michael Henderson, Managing Director at Ubisoft Winnipeg

Originally from California, Michael Henderson spent more than 20 years in the film industry in feature animation and visual effects before joining Ubisoft. His work includes time with the core technology group of Disney and founding the production engineering team Dreamworks Animation. he then took on studio leadership, opening international studios in both India and China before returning to the United States as a production executive. He joined Ubisoft Winnipeg in 2020 as the Director of Technology and took over the role of Managing Director for the studio in 2021.

Event Schedule

Networking EventThursday, January 26, 20234:00 PM – 6:00 PMRRC Polytech – Agora Manitou a bi Bii daziigae
Kick-Off/TrainingFriday, January 27, 20231:00 PM – 4:00 PMVirtual
Challenge Work BeginsFriday, January 27, 2023EveningVirtual
Challenge Work ContinuesSaturday, January 28, 2023Day-longVirtual
Challenge Work ContinuesSunday, January 29, 2023 MorningRRC Polytech – Manitou a bi Bii daziigae Campus
Semi-Final &
Final Presentation
Sunday, January 29, 20231:00 PM – 5:00 PMRRC Polytech – Roundhouse – Manitou a bi Bii daziigae

Challenge Statements

CHALLENGE #1 Campus Safety

How might we create and deliver Campus and bus safety training for post-secondary students, and a system for reminders to help these practices become habit. – Dan Saltel

CHALLENGE #2 Fintech Startup, Access Credit Union

Open banking is set to change financial services in Canada. Design a fintech (financial technology)start-up company that leverages open banking principles and design a new innovative payment or financial service for a Manitoba Credit Union System. – Access Credit Union

CHALLENGE #3 Renterii Challenge

Renterii is a platform that allows rental merchants and individuals to lend their items or space.   How might we incentivize existing rental merchants to use the Renterii platform in a low-cost or cost-effective manner?

CHALLENGE #4 City of Winnipeg Snow Clearing

How can we change the City of Winnipeg snow clearing into the smartest snow clearing in Canada? – City of Winnipeg

CHALLENGE #5 IntegrationWorx – Engaging Virtual Office

Integrationworx has no physical office.  How can we foster an engaging work environment and company culture, when all employees work virtually and are located across Canada? – IntegrationWorx

CHALLENGE # 6 Selection of Candidates – CIPS

How might we develop a system using the SFIA Skills Credentialing Framework to objectively and responsibly evaluate job candidates and candidate resumes, while improving over time? – CIPS Manitoba

CHALLENGE #7 I’m Leaving On A JetPlane

How might we engage passengers post-security while they wait for their flight to board. – Winnipeg Richardson Airport


Thank you to our Title sponsor Access Credit Union, Support sponsor BHER, and Event sponsors City of Winnipeg, Riipen, InvisionEdge, University of Manitoba-Faculty of Science, Red River Mutual, CIPS Manitoba, National Research Council Canada, and Integrationworx. We have $15,000 in prize money for our winning teams!


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.

Email Cristy at for more information

Be A Mentor

Our Sprint to Innovate mentorship team will specialize in the following areas to provide well-rounded support to the student teams throughout the weekend.

·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 advice

Email Cristy at for more information

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? 

Email Cristy at for more information

Student Information

Do you want to learn how to be innovative, and win some money?
Sprint to Innovate is about learning innovation, being innovative, building deeper relationships, problem-solving and developing solutions to real business challenges. Whether you win, or not, you will have the skills to innovate, problem-solve, and work as a team.

How the event works
Teams of 4 to 6 students will choose from a variety of business challenges provided by industry. Students and mentors will then work together on 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 part of the weekend festivities, student groups will attend various workshop sessions. Facilitators will be leading workshops on Innovation, requirement gathering skills, mind mapping, the design sprint, and to help them get started thinking innovatively.  The workshops will be integrated within the challenge and throughout the weekend.

What to expect

  • To attend the orientation, networking, and kick-off training sessions
  • Work on a real business challenge
  • Meeting with a client regarding the challenge
  • Business mentorship
  • Teamwork experience
  • Sunday pitch presentations to judges, participants, and mentors

Sprint to Innovate Competition Guidelines

Prize Money

Semi-Final Challenge Prize

The winning team that is selected to advance to the Final Presentations will be awarded $550.

Final Presentation Prizes

First Place – $6000

Second Place – $3000

Third Place – $2150

Register A Team

Registration is closed.

Sprint to Innovate – And The Winner Is…!

April 13, 2022

Sprint to Innovate – The Innovation Challenge presented by City of Winnipeg was a great success.  Student teams worked on their chosen challenge from Friday, April 8 to Sunday, April 10.  Each team was given 7 minutes to present the solution to their challenge.

Our judges, Wendy Yan (Futurpreneur), Brent Wennekes (Protein Industries), Tyler Gooch (City of Winnipeg), and Lawrence Lazarko (formerly Manitoba Public Insurance) had a tough decision deciding between the 17 teams that would win our four prizes.

This event was established by Tech Manitoba, RRC Polytech, and the University of Winnipeg’s Faculty of Science.
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Spotlight: Al McLeod

March 4, 2022

ACE Spotlight Series

This is the first in a series of spotlight articles, presented by Applied Computer Education (ACE), where we feature members and projects from the ACE department.

Introducing Al McLeod

Al McLeod is an honorary member of the ACE department, we met with Al to ask some questions about himself.

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Red River College awarded $300,000 in Mitacs research grants

November 5, 2020

Canada’s fastest growing Mitacs funded college 2019-20

This news release originally appeared in RRC’s PR newsletter, November 5, 2020. Web version published here.

Red River College is now one of the fastest growing research colleges in Canada thanks to two new grants totaling $300,000 awarded by Mitacs earlier last month.

“Red River College is proud to be a leading Canadian institution in applied research,” said Fred Meier, RRC President and CEO. “We continue to expand our research efforts into new and emerging areas of technology – such as AI and machine learning – and through collaboration with businesses across Manitoba and our ACE Project Space.”

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BTM Work Packages

November 4, 2020

work package in a way is a mini project. Just like a project, your work package will include all elements, such as a budget, material(s), human resources, schedules, deliverables and milestones.

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Funding Opportunity: ICTC Work Integrated Learning

October 29, 2020

Hiring a student to work for your organization can help you launch your startup or validate your business ideas, and the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC-CTIC) of Canada wants to help you do it. The ICTC-CTIC’s Work Integrated Learning (WIL Digital) program can cover the up to 75% of wages to hire a student, up to $7,500, over a four month term or longer if need be.

ICTC-CTIC’s WIL Digital is an innovative Work Integrated Learning program that helps employers grow their businesses by providing financial assistance for hiring post-secondary students.

Take Action

Our Success Story

This time last year, one of our student teams at the ACE Project Space were busy developing a solution for GFIT Wellness in their first project term with us.

Fast-forward to Summer 2020, GFIT Wellness had recently completed their second term with us at the ACE Project Space. Our client, Arturo Orellana of GFIT Wellness, was looking for funding to hire our students. Arturo reached out to Cheryl Serpanchy, ICTC-CTIC’s Regional Coordinator for Western Canada, who was able to connect him to WIL Digital funding and to our ACE department chair, Karen Kabel.

WIL Digital is designed to connect employers with funding to employ post-secondary students. In GFIT Wellness’ case, they were able to access $7,500 in funding to pay their first student-employee. The funding from ICTC-CTIC made it possible for GFIT Wellness to hire one of our project students from the ACE Project Space. Since their first student-hire, GFIT has hired 8 students using WIL Digital funding, $7,500 per student, to work for their company. They plan to employ more students in 2021 using WIL Digital funding.

GFIT’s story is one of many success stories from the ACE Project Space, as we encourage new clients to take advantage of sponsoring a project at the ACE Project Space and accessing funding opportunities.

Why Should You Hire One of Our Students?

Here at the Applied Computer Education (ACE) department at RRC, hiring students typically happens in one of three ways: Co-op Education, Industry Project at the ACE Project Space, or post-project to the ACE Project Space.

Hiring a student to work on your product is a practical and financially viable way to test business ideas or launch your start-up. When our students work for you, not only is it an opportunity to access technical skills to build your product, it is also a way for students to build up expertise and business knowledge that brings value to your organization. In a world where it can be challenging for students to build up work experience, hiring a student to your organization is a way for them to gain valuable work experience and potential references.

Which Institutions are Using ICTC-CTIC’s WIL Subsidy?

Colleges and Universities across Canada have accessed ICTC-CTIC’s WIL funding to create employment opportunities for students. The program is only applicable to Canadian and Permanent-Resident students.

• The University of Alberta hired 30 students to help create an online curriculum

• The University of Manitoba actively uses this program

• Atlantic Colleges Atlantique (ACA), with 7 post-secondary institution members, have a partnership with ICTC-CTIC’s WIL Digital program

ICTC-CTIC partners with educational institutions on programs that offer dual credits, and micro-credentials.

Take Action

Access ICTC-CTIC’s WIL Digital’s Funding

Apply for funding through WIL Digital and consider hiring a student from one of the Applied Computer Education (ACE) department’s programs.

Contact ICTC-CTIC’s Western Canada’s Regional Coordinator:

Cheryl Serpanchy
Phone: 204-808-1167 ext. 833

Or, apply online:

Apply for ICTC-CTIC’s WIL Digital Subsidy

Create a co-op employment opportunity

Considering hiring a student for co-op from one of our ACE programs?

Contact our co-op coordinator:

Dan Greenberg
Phone: 204-949-8382

Develop and lauch your product while paying students

Do you have an idea you want to bring to life? Discuss opportunities to bring your project to be developed at the ACE Project Space.

Contact our ACE Project Space coordinator:

Ralph Dueck Email:
Or, apply to have your project developed with us:

Apply to the ACE Project Space

Learn More about our experience with GFIT

Read about GFIT Wellness’ story at ICTC-CTIC 

Read about gfit’s first project term with the ACE Project Space

A Career in Tech – An Information Session for Women

February 10, 2020

Calling all women and non-binary people! If you are good with people and adapt easily to change, join us to learn the skills that will help you become a problem solver in any setting.

Red River College, Tech Manitoba’s MAVEN program and local tech companies want to help you retool for a career in tech. Join our conversation and learn about the many fulfilling and lucrative opportunities in the field of technology. The event is FREE and includes beverages and a light snack.

Why Attend this Important Session Geared to Women?

  • Gain a better understanding of careers in technology
  • Meet and talk with industry representatives
  • Learn about pathways to exciting career opportunities
  • Experience live demonstrations and meet current IT students and educators



Come Visit Us at DisruptED Future!

January 29, 2020

It’s amazing what can happen in a year and it’s certainty more incredible when you consider the speed at which technology is evolving! Red River College’s Applied Computer Education department has been using technology to simplify education for students and educators alike. Between January 30 and 31st, we invite you to visit us at the DisruptED Conference to find out what we are doing in the areas of virtual reality, project management, and online learning. We’ll be on hand to help you participate in one or more technology demonstrations.


Humanizing Technology with VR

We’ve been using VR in the classroom over at the ACE Project Space to help students improve their presentation skills. Using this tool along with encouragement from our instructors, students have gone from terrified to terrific in less than a term. Take a test drive and see for yourself the difference VR makes!

Simplifying Project Management with Ralphware

With the high number and variety of industry projects entering the ACE Project Space every term, our resident project space instructor, Ralph Dueck, found a need to provide a quick, simple, effective, and repeatable way of managing agile projects using the Scrum methodology with students and their clients. See how Ralphware has been used effectively over the past two years to keep students on track in a fast-moving project-based environment.

Using Online Learning to Create Mentorship Opportunities

The competency-based education (CBE) model has been used at the ACE project Space to provide students with opportunities to develop and prove their skills. The focus is less on lectures and more on experiential education and mentorship. Instructors in Applied Computer Education are updating their courses to enable their course content to be taught in online and blended learning formats. Learn how you can incorporate online learning in the classroom while freeing up time for providing in-class mentorship opportunities.

About the Conference

DisruptED Future is a two-day conference where the local tech industry and educational institutions meet to inspire the next generation of innovators. The conference is being held at the RBC Convention Centre located at 375 York Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Business Technology Students Guerrilla Testing Client’s Website

January 29, 2020

Some of the Business Technology Management (BTM) students took advantage of the anticipated traffic at the Exchange District Campus (EDC) Career Fair to conduct a five-second usability test. The students were asked to intercept participants that fell into the target market and ask them to look at their client’s landing page and images for five seconds to then answer some qualitative questions.

The students tested 20 “users” and provided a Tim Hortons gift card as compensation for the participant’s time.

The five-second test is a powerful usability testing tool designed to capture a user’s first impression of a webpage. The test length is purposely chosen as studies have shown that five seconds is enough time for users to formulate an immediate qualitative impression of the webpage without having enough time to begin to focus on specific design elements.