Holland College Blog

News and views from around the college

Archive for May 2014

Pictures from our royal visit

leave a comment »

We were thrilled to host His Royal Highness, Prince Charles on May 20th on the Prince of Wales Campus. Here are some images taken by Jean-Sebastien Duchesne, one of our Photography and Digital Imaging instructors. Feel free to download as many as you like!

_DSC1277 _DSC1268 _DSC1528 _DSC1499 _DSC1496 _DSC1493 _DSC1490 _DSC1487 _DSC1484 _DSC1479 _DSC1477 _DSC1476 _DSC1471 _DSC1468 _DSC1464 _DSC1461 _DSC1457 _DSC1454 _DSC1453 _DSC1449 _DSC1446 _DSC1443 _DSC1438 _DSC1434 _DSC1431 _DSC1430 _DSC1428 _DSC1423 _DSC1421 _DSC1420 _DSC1417 _DSC1416 _DSC1409 _DSC1399 _DSC1397 _DSC1387 _DSC1386 _DSC1385 _DSC1384 _DSC1383 _DSC1382 _DSC1380 _DSC1374 _DSC1372 _DSC1368 _DSC1367 _DSC1365 _DSC1363 _DSC1360 _DSC1358 _DSC1354 _DSC1351 _DSC1350 _DSC1347 _DSC1345 _DSC1344 _DSC1343 _DSC1340 _DSC1338 _DSC1335 _DSC1332 _DSC1330 _DSC1328 _DSC1324 _DSC1320 _DSC1319 _DSC1318 _DSC1317 _DSC1310 _DSC1309 _DSC1308 _DSC1306 _DSC1304 _DSC1303 _DSC1301 _DSC1300 _DSC1299 _DSC1298 _DSC1295 _DSC1294 _DSC1279

Written by Sara Underwood

May 23, 2014 at 2:32 pm

From dog biscuits to bustiers, Holland College students pitch business ideas to panel of experts

leave a comment »

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Room 21C in the Charlottetown Centre on the Prince of Wales Campus was buzzing with business ideas during the presentation of the 16th Annual Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty Business Plan Competition recently.

As part of their curriculum, all of the second year business students are required to develop comprehensive business plans based on original business ideas. The top six plans are chosen to present their proposals to a panel of seasoned business people from the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty.

This year’s judges were John Barrett of Vesey’s, management consultant Joan Fleming, and well-known Charlottetown businessman Myron MacKay.

This year’s presentations could be divided into two categories: culinary (if you consider dog biscuits to be a culinary item) and entertainment (if you consider sex shops to be entertaining – the audience certainly did!).

On the culinary side, Julia McInnis and Ryan Kerr presented their concept for a mobile smoothie van that could be parked in a designated area in downtown Charlottetown or travel to local festivals and fairs. The product, a line of smoothies with names such as Strawberry Kiwi Causeway, Berry Boulevard, and Coffee Cove, would offer consumers a healthy option as they took in the sights and sounds of summer on the Island.

Food was certainly on the move with Taylor MacNeill’s Doggie Mail Incorporated, which would ship high-quality homemade dog treats to clients across the country.

Experience as a baker and an interest in gluten-free products led student Amanda Benedict to develop a concept for a line of gluten-free/preservative-free muffin batter that would be sold frozen in bulk to institutions that need to offer gluten-free options to patients or clients. Many of the ideas the students pitched were theoretical, but in this case, Amanda intends to work with chefs at Canada’s Smartest Kitchen to develop her muffins into a viable product.

The projects that fell into the entertainment category included Club Connected, a concept developed by A.J. MacIntyre and Blake Ferrish. Club Connected is a club-based app that would allow patrons to interact with DJs, view drink and food menus and specials, and post pictures on screens, while generating advertising revenue.

Kaleigh Foster and Derek Cameron presented their concept for UP Rooftop Bar and Grill. UP would literally take dining and dancing in Charlottetown to a whole new level with a sweeping view of the city. Derek and Kaleigh had an additional challenge during their presentation, as Kaleigh is now attending university in B.C., and was Skyped into the presentation. Both students remained calm and composed in spite of that complication, and presented their proposal very competently.

Patti Arsenault and Lydia Affleck presented their concept for a retail store that would offer clients a friendly, non-threatening, discreet shopping experience. Specializing in educational materials as well as a wide range of erotic products and lingerie, Sensual Desires would cater to a broad clientele, filling a high-end niche in the Island market.

All of the students were enthusiastic about their business ideas, and demonstrated that they had put a great deal of time into the research and development of their business plans.

The winners will be announced at a Rotary meeting later in the month.


Written by Sara Underwood

May 5, 2014 at 10:41 am