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Putting the spotlight on applied learning at the Fleming College Innovation and Technology Showcase in partnership with Bell



Peterborough ON – (April 9, 2018) – Student innovation and hands-on learning will be on display at the Fleming College Innovation and Technology Showcase in partnership with Bell on Thursday, April 12. This year’s Showcase theme is ‘Ideas can change the world.’

“We’re excited to share with the community the skills and talent of our students as they truly are the technology and business leaders of the future,” said Maxine Mann, Dean of the School of Business and the School of Trades and Technology.

Hosted at the Kawartha Trades and Technology Centre (KTTC) at Fleming’s Sutherland Campus, the event is a showcase of experiential learning in action. Throughout the winter, students from the School of Business and School of Trades and Technology have worked with sponsors from industry and non-profit sectors to find innovative solutions to a business- or technology-related problem. The students gain academic credit and on-the-job experience by undertaking these supervised applied projects. At the same time, the project results provide new information, answer questions, contribute to planning, and lay the groundwork for future innovations.

“Through these projects, the students make a valuable contribution to the local community and economy. At the same time, the applied projects engage the students’ entrepreneurial spirit, helping to prepare them to be high performers in their careers. Their participation in the Showcase further allows them to highlight their accomplishments, gain confidence and build their network,” said Dean Mann. “Thank you to Bell for supporting the Innovation and Technology Showcase.”

The 61 projects will be judged with prizes awarded at the conclusion of the Showcase. Members of the public are invited to attend the event and view the projects, which will be on display from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the KTTC.

Student projects will include:

  • A smart water sprinkler – the system measures soil moisture and air temperature to determine whether lawn watering is needed
  • Turning everyday objects such as posters or t-shirts into FM radio transmitters
  • The identification of international markets for sustainable materials used in the manufacture of surfboards (sponsored by Swell Composites)
  • Creating a plan to attract new business, relocate businesses, and repatriate locals in City of Kawartha Lakes
  • A smart doorbell, which can identify the visitor and notify the homeowner using a smartphone app

Keynote Speaker
In addition to the project displays, the Showcase will feature keynote speaker Bryan Bolan at 2 p.m. Bryan worked at Sportsnet for 12 years before starting his own video production company. He’s received industry awards, and praise from colleagues and clients for his creative and innovative work.

“And through it all, my depression continues to play its devilish role, hiding from time to time but never forever. Yet I’m still here. And I can’t wait to tell you why.” – Bryan Bolan

Bolan will reveal his journey as a video producer, creative innovator, entrepreneur, and sufferer of major depressive disorder. Through his presentation, he will share how he copes with the challenges and joys in his business and personal life.

Event agenda:

  • 11 a.m. – Showcase opens
  • 2 p.m. – Keynote speaker Bryan Bolan
  • 3 p.m. – Reception
  • 3:30 p.m. – Awards presentation


About Fleming College
Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 6,800 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 74,000 alumni.


For more information, please contact:
Laura Copeland
705.749.5530 x 1370