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Introducing the SLC in Five Innovation Fund!  

SLC wants to foster and grow our creative talent. That’s why we created the SLC in Five Innovation Fund, a fund of $50,000, to provide opportunities to all staff and faculty to grow innovation, a key strategic value at SLC.  

How the Innovation Fund Works

  • Your idea needs to align to any element of SLC’s strategic plan, i.e., Vision, Mission, Values, Strategic Directions, or Multi-Year Objectives
  • The Fund is open to full-time and part-time faculty, support staff, and administrative staff. Student employees are not eligible. Manager approval is required.  
  • Your idea(s) need to cost less than $2,000, including applicable taxes, for external resources to plan, execute and procure required goods, services, and supplies
  • Your idea(s) does NOT require IT support, such as requests for software solutions (including Apps) or hardware requirements
  • Ideas must be able to be completed/delivered by March 31, 2020. Ideas should take less than two months to complete and should not require adjustments to current workload or core responsibilities

Get Started

  1. Request an Innovation Fund Proposal form by emailing
  2. Complete the Innovation Fund Proposal form, including assigning the project lead and seeking appropriate manager approval for all required internal resources.  
  3. Submit the proposal to Strategic Corporate Planning at
  4. Strategic Corporate Planning will approve the proposal based upon meeting the Innovation Fund parameters. If required, the applicable CET member will approve. The Innovation Fund will be allocated based upon a first come, first serve basis until the Fund is fully allocated or March 31, 2020, whichever comes first.  
  5. Upon completion of the project, the Project Lead will be required to report back to Strategic Corporate Planning (copying manager and respective VP) outlining the success of the project. This information will be shared on to provide an update to all stakeholders. 

Our People: 


SLC’s Dan Hendry Presents on Transit Solutions for Students at TEDxOttawa  


Dan Hendry, Manager, Community Based Learning and Innovation at SLC delivered a TED talk at TEDxOttawa on October 10, 2019.  

Dan has also been promoting sustainable initiatives for the Limestone District School Board for many years and was the main driver behind instituting transit orientation for high school students who receive free transit in Kingston. Dan was recently invited to talk about this program at TEDXOttawa.   

Dan’s concern for the environment is what drives him to take initiative in promoting sustainable solutions within the Kingston community. “The transit program was a huge win,” said Dan. “I want to keep promoting positive sustainable change in Kingston through innovation, entrepreneurship, student mentorship, and community involvement.”  

“I’m always looking for new ways to connect with like-minded professionals who engage in sustainable and innovative initiatives within the community.”  

The TEDxOttawa video will be published in a few weeks and will be shared once it is available.


Important Dates 


October 21 – 25: Fall Break Week 
October 21: Women in Trades, Kingston 
October 21: Jr. Iron Chef, Kingston 
October 21: Tri-Campus PD Sessions, Cornwall 
October 22: Tri-Campus PD Sessions, Kingston 
October 22: Dual credit teacher forum 
October 23: Tri-Campus PD Sessions, Brockville 
November 8: Equal consideration deadline for dual credits 
November 12: Academic Pathways Fair, Kingston 
November 16: Fall Open House 
November 18: Registration begins for winter/spring Continuing Education  
December 2 - January 21: Winter OntarioLearn Registration 
December 3: Last day of classes (BScN program) 
December 13: Last day of classes 
December 21 – January 1: December Holiday Period, SLC closed  


Our Programs:

LEGO™...Not Just for Kids! 

For Practical Nursing professor, Melinda Billett, LEGO™ plays a big part in her Brockville campus classroom.  

After attending the Advancing Learning 2019 conference in May, Melinda learned how educators are using LEGO™ to promote teamwork and critical thinking skills in contemporary classrooms.   

“I wanted to adapt this approach in my classrooms, so I contacted the SCTL for support in piloting this strategy. Upon reviewing the request, the SCTL was able to fund the activity as part of their new mandate to promote Scholarship of Teaching & Learning at SLC,” Melinda said.  

Melinda has used LEGO™ as a way for students to get to know each other in class, building models related to a question posed, and group discussions linked to concepts in nursing.  

“Students have also used LEGO™ to build representations of concepts they are learning, such as muscle contraction, cranial nerves, parts of the cell, and more. We share these pictures and ideas with each other.”  

To learn more about "LEGO Serious Play™," catch Melinda’s presentation of her reflections at SLC’s annual Learning Connections Conference in June 2020.

Our Students: 

SLC Athletics in Action 

MEN’S RUGBY – Playoff Bound 

The St. Lawrence College Men's Rugby team played their final home game of the regular season on October 11 against Fleming College. SLC scored early and never looked back, winning the game 34-17. The game was a must-win for SLC, as the team secured their spot in the 2019 OCAA Playoffs. 

GOLF - A Bronze Finish 

St. Lawrence College won Bronze at the 2019 OCAA Golf Championships hosted by SLC at the Cataraqui Golf and Country Club in early October. The Men's Team, led by 2019 OCAA Golf Coach of the Year, Rob Brown, won Bronze for the second year in a row, finishing an impressive 3-round tournament with a score of 883.  

The men’s team finished 3rd in Ontario, with the top 3 teams in the province advancing to the CCAA National Championships with an overall CCAA ranking of 5th in the country. 

CROSS COUNTRY - Top Finishes for Both Men and Women's Cross-Country 

SLC's Cross-Country team is on pace for Provincials after an excellent showing at the 2019 Seneca Cross-Country Invitational on September 28. Both the men and women's teams had strong finishes with three SLC runners from each division placing in the top 25.  

The women's team that finished 4th overall. On the women's circuit:  

  • Katie Matthews' placed 2nd   
  • Emma Cimona placed 19th  
  • Brittany Brown placed 25th  
  • Chelsea Ferguson placed 28th  

The men’s team finished 3rd overall. On the men's circuit:  

  • Andrew Brown placed 4th 
  • Isaac Fraser placed 12th 
  • Greg Garey placed 14th 
  • Flynn Schooley placed 30th 
  • Will Hunter placed 49th 
  • Kai Macintosh placed 60th 

Our Communities: 

Secret Path Week Starts Today, #dosomething

Secret Path Week is a national movement commemorating the legacies of Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack which takes place annually from October 17-22; these dates respectively mark when Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack joined the spirit world.  

Canadians are called upon to use Secret Path Week to answer Gord Downie’s call to action, to “Do Something” by creating a reconciliACTION and furthering the conversation about the history of residential schools. In a goal to foster relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians, ReconciliACTIONs offer a chance to create awareness, conversation, and opportunities for growth in a safe place. See other contributions by checking the hashtag #dosomething and watch the video below to learn more.  

Walk for Wenjack – Kingston  

Thursday Oct 17th join Indigenous Services and Footprint in the Eagles Nest (Room 03030) for a lunch time walk to commemorate the legacies of Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack. Learn about the Secret Path, the story of Chanie Wenjack, a young boy who died on October 22, 1966 walking from the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School to his home 600 km away in Ogoki Post.

What is Secret Path? - Kingston  

Friday Oct 18th join Indigenous Services and Footprint from 11:30-1:30pm in the Café. Help us commemorate the lives of Chanie Wenjack and Gord Downie, learn more about Secret Path week and Chanie’s journey. 

We call on all of SLC to use Secret Path Week to answer Gord Downie’s call to action, to “Do Something” by creating a reconciliACTION and furthering the conversation about the history of residential schools.

Honouring Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women 

On October 4th, 2019, SLC hosted a tri-campus Sisters in Spirit vigil in memory of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two-Spirited people. The event welcomed family, friends, and communities across Canada in this movement for social change. 

“It was wonderful to have staff and students participate in raising awareness for the 1000+ girls, women, and two-spirited people and their families who have been impacted by this tragedy. It’s important for us to remember that although the vigil is one day, the grief and loss faced by our communities goes beyond October 4th. As an educator and member of the Indigenous community, I promise to carry forward the NWAC vision to keep the conversation going until missing and murdered are no longer part of our vocabulary” -Jessie Pengelly, Indigenous Student Advisor.  

In preparation for the vigil students, staff, and faculty were also part of the Faceless Doll project which began in March 2012 with the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC). What initially started as a commemorative art project became a travelling exhibit representing Indigenous women, girls, and two- spirited peoples who had become ‘faceless’ victims of crime. In June 2019 NWAC launched Phase 2 of the Faceless Dolls Project; Putting a Face on Justice: From Calls for Justice to Action. The dolls are created to remind everyone that the lives lost are people and not just another number. 

Follow Indigenous Services-St. Lawrence College on Facebook for news and events.

The Pursuit of Growth for Eastern Ontario: Renowned Canadian Economist to Speak in Cornwall

Innovative economist David Campbell will give an enlightening talk on the most effective population growth strategies. 
A former Chief Economist with the New Brunswick Jobs Board Secretariat, Mr. Campbell will speak on October 29, 2019 at 7:00pm, at Aultsville Theatre in Cornwall. Business leaders, educators, policymakers, non-government organizations, and engaged citizens are all invited to attend the free event. 
Mr. Campbell has more than 25 years of experience in economic-development-related roles working with industry, not-for-profit organizations and governments across Canada. Progress Magazine recently named him one of the foremost economic development thinkers in Atlantic Canada. 
The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required.