George Brown in the News

George Brown College is regularly featured in both local and national media. We’ve compiled some of the top stories to highlight our experts, innovative projects and some of our outstanding students.

Survivors of war take step toward post-secondary education (Toronto Star)
Dec. 21, 2016
Mental health support is part of the George Brown program that helps survivors overcome hurdles, navigate the system and return to school.

PROPERTY REPORT: Urban buildings repurposed for student housing (The Globe and Mail)
Feb. 06, 2017
Recent residence projects across Canada like The George Brown residence are an example of how existing buildings are being retrofitted to suit student needs.

George Brown opens first residence in former athlete’s village. (Maclean’s Magazine)
December 15, 2016
GBC’s slick new residence boasts XL beds, flat-screen TVs and high-speed WiFi in every room.

Millennials are bored, stressed and sad (CBC Radio Spark)
November 20, 2016
George Brown Professor Jon Callegher reflects about why some millennials are experiencing high levels of stress, boredom, depression and exhaustion.

Bright idea: Whiskpenser simplifies cooking for people with disabilities (Maclean’s Magazine)
November 18, 2016
Students from the School of Mechanical Engineering Technologies created a product to make life easier for people with disabilities working in kitchens.

George Brown College honours black community pioneers (Toronto Star)
November 8, 2016
George Brown College honoured the story of the Blackburns, naming a conference centre at their student residence, The George, after the courageous couple and unveiling a mural designed and painted by George Brown students.

How a career in hearing loss can break Canada’s sound barrier (Maclean’s Magazine)November 3, 2016
George Brown College launched a new Bachelor of Interpretation (ASL) degree – the first program of its kind in the country. Program coordinator Rhondda Reynolds was quoted

From drones to Alfredo sauce, college research projects produce results (The Globe and Mail)
October 21, 2016
From the kitchen to the great outdoors – and many other places in between – students and faculty at Canada’s community colleges, institutes and polytechnics provide the brains and brawn to help get products and inventions to market.

Hundreds of George Brown College students moving into Canary District (Metro News Toronto)
September 1, 2016
George Brown College opened its first student residence, welcoming 500 students to the Canary District.

All post-secondary students should do internship or co-op, says employment and education group (
June 6, 2016
The Business Higher Education Round Table —a group composed of business, education and industry leaders— is recommending mandatory co-op placements and internships for all post-secondary students in Canada. Anne Sado, President George Brown College comments on areas employers find students lack such as soft skills.

YouTube Space Toronto officially opened its doors at the George Brown College School of Design (Toronto Star)
April 27, 2016
YouTube Space Toronto' is a newly opened 3,500 square foot facility for Canadian online creators located in the heart of George Brown College School of Design.  Design students at George Brown not only contributed to the space, but will also have the opportunity to learn from established YouTube gurus and media partners.

George Brown brings fashion hub to Toronto’s Regent Park community (Metro)
March 28, 2016
The Fashion Exchange opened this Tuesday, and is set to offer community-based skills training, as well as provide manufacturing support to local companies and designers. 

Toronto gets its own cocktail (Metro)
January 7, 2016
George Brown student, Claire Freel wins drink competition with her creation – “the Toronto Wise Guy”

Why Colleges are increasingly being seen as the smart choice Open New Browser Window Maclean’s)
November 30, 2015
George Brown College’s vice-president of marketing and strategic enrollment management, Karen Thomson, speaks on how college programs are more connected to industry and are becoming the go to for employers seeking graduates.

How mixing and matching is making education more unique Open New Browser Window (Maclean’s)
November 30, 2015
Karen Thomson, vice-president of marketing and strategic enrollment management at George Brown College, speaks on how post-secondary education is offering more customized options than ever before that meet student and industry needs.

Food science gets a boost Open New Browser Window (Metro)
November 5, 2015
The Chef's House at George Brown College is thrusting research and innovation into the city's food and beverage industry. Long known for its restaurant run by students, the building on the college's King Street East campus has been expanded and is set to serve as a development platform for local entrepreneurs.

George Brown receives historic $8-million donation Open New Browser Window (Toronto Star)
October 13, 2015
The George Brown College Foundation announced that Toronto business leader Jack Cockwell and the Brookfield Partners Foundation have presented an $8 million gift to the college – not only the largest in George Brown’s history but also the largest one-time donation in the 49-year history of Ontario’s college system. The gift will support George Brown’s future growth, redevelopment and expansion plans in the interest of providing students with state-of-the-art facilities to deliver the technical and people skills that employers seek.

Unexpectedly Canadian: Foods you thought came from somewhere else Open New Browser Window (Yahoo Canada News)
September 22, 2015
Ryan Whibbs, Culinary professor and food historian at George Brown College, comments on the history of food as an evolution in Canada.

Tourtière: A French-Canadian Christmas tradition bringing families together Open New Browser Window (Yahoo Canada News)
September 22, 2015
Chef Jason Inniss, Professor and Coordinator at George Brown College’s culinary school, comments on French-Canadian cuisine.

What will happen to Pan Am infrastructure once Games are over? Open New Browser Window (City News)
July 24, 2015
Gerard Hayes, Director of Student Experience at George Brown College, comments on the legacy of the PanAm Games and how the Athlete’s Village will transform into the first student residence for George Brown College.

Colleges respond to industry demands for soft skills Open New Browser Window (Globe and Mail)
April 1, 2015
Maureen Loweth and Mike Fenton comment about how George Brown College is adapting to industry demands by teaching soft skills alongside the technical components of college learning.

George Brown College's Career Coach takes the guesswork out of the job market Open New Browser Window (Toronto Star)
Jan. 12, 2015
George Brown recently launched Career Coach, an online tool that allows prospective students to punch in their dream job to see how much they can expect to earn, the credentials required and how many people work in the profession across the GTA.

Jewellery programs offer an education that sparkles Open New Browser Window (The Globe and Mail)
Nov 10, 2014
Professor Paul McClure was interviewed by the Globe and Mail about our jewellery design program

Chef School Director John Higgins shares cooking tips Open New Browser Window (Canada AM)
May 12, 2014
Chef Higgins gives lessons on the techniques of poaching and blanching on Canada AM

George Brown exam takes students to the sports “Dragon’s Den Open New Browser Window (Toronto Star)
April 7, 2014
The one-year Sport & Event Marketing post-graduate program at George Brown College doesn’t just end in an exam — it culminates in an opportunity to impress industry professionals at an event we call the Exam Jam.

Fashion student wins Canada-wide contest  Open New Browser Window (North York Mirror)
March 13, 2014
George Brown College fashion student Minjee Kim wins Sporting Life’s Design Your Goose contest. The contest challenged fashion design students to create their own Canada Goose jacket.

George Brown student residence a life lesson in urban planning Open New Browser Window (Toronto Star)
March 12, 2014
George Brown College and partners are redeveloping a neglected corner of Toronto, creating a new mixed-use community which will include the college’s first student residence

George Brown College students test new technology developed by Toronto entrepreneur Open New Browser Window (Toronto Star)
February 22, 2014
George Brown students work with Good Robot CEO Alan Majer to pilot test  a device designed to monitor doors and alert people remotely of unusual behaviour. This is just one example of many applied research projects where students work with industry partners to gain hands-on skills and experience ensuring they are job ready at graduation.

George Brown College President provides insight for Extraordinary Women TV  Open New Browser Window (Extraordinary Women TV)
Feb 8, 2014
Anne Sado, President of George Brown College, is interviewed by Extraordinary Women TV for her impact on the vision, direction and culture of the college.

Young deaf chef Quinn Cruise shares the language of food Open New Browser Window (Toronto Star)
January 23, 2014
Chef Quinn Cruise cooks her signature hambaagu, a Japanese Hamburger bowl, and comments on studying at George Brown College.

George Brown College and St. Mikes’ team-up to provide patients with local food Open New Browser Window (Yonge Street Media)
January 22, 2014
Winnie Chiu comments on receiving a grant from the Greenbelt Fund and embarking on a partnership with St. Michael’s Hospital to enhance the hospital’s menu by integrating more local food products.

Reinventing the cafeteria Open New Browser Window (Yonge Street Media)
December 18, 2013
Reinventing the cafeteria with the “My Food, My Way” partnership between George Brown College's Food Innovation and Research Studio (FIRSt), the TDSB and CUPE 4400. A team of George Brown College culinary students developed healthy recipes for high school cafeterias.

Holiday dinner delights with Chef John Higgins Open New Browser Window (CTV - News)
December 18, 2013
Chef John Higgins, who previously worked for Buckingham Palace, shows Canada AM some of the U.K.'s most famous Christmastime delicacies.

The business of beautiful: Gardens in the sky Open New Browser Window (Yonge Street Media)
November 27, 2013
Students from the Architectural Technology program at George Brown College team up with Garden Connections to show potential condo buyers a fully articulated 3D view of their dream garden.

Fashion diploma offers unique career options Open New Browser Window (Globe and Mail)
November 12, 2013
George Brown College professor Rosa Fracassa speaks about the School of Fashion’s programs and the benefits to graduates.

George Brown College opens trailblazing BIM lab Open New Browser Window (Daily Commercial News online) 
October 15, 2013
George Brown College has opened a Building Information Modeling (BIM) lab at its Casa Loma Campus. The facility will be available for applied research projects and partnerships with the architectural, construction and government sectors. It includes incubator space for small and medium-sized businesses.

Chef James Smith cooks up healthy recipes for The Fifth Estate Open New Browser Window (CBC)
October 4, 2013
Chef James Smith teaches Ana Ortiz how to make pizza in a healthy nutritious way.

Getting the right tools for your trade Open New Browser Window (Toronto Star)
September 28, 2013
Benjamin Valliquette Kissell, a graduate of the Centre for Construction & Engineering Technologies comments on his experience at George Brown College “Employers are looking for someone who not only has the technical skills, but also the managerial and business skills, and the program at George Brown does just that,”.

Meet Professor Jamie McIntyre, the master prototyper Open New Browser Window (YongeStreet) 
September 25, 2013 
George Brown College Professor, Jamie McIntyre reflects on the prototyping process and his approach to working with students in the Centre for Construction & Engineering Technologies.

George Brown tops off Green Building Centre Open New Browser Window (YongeStreet)
September 18, 2013
The Green Building Centre at George Brown College’s Casa Loma campus celebrates its topping-off this week, having reached its full height on the way to a March, 2014 completion.

Business owners share passion for stitching Open New Browser Window (Niagara this week)
September 13, 2013
Anna Levay and Bobbi Pidduck, two George Brown College Fashion Design graduates open The Sewing Room in St. Catharines Ontario.

School Cafeterias:  George Brown food specialists seek the right balance between healthy food and taste Open New Browser Window (Toronto Star)
August 22, 2013
George Brown College culinary students collaborate with “My Food My Way” ( to win the fight between healthy food and good taste in Toronto school cafeterias. 

Destination Canada! Open New Browser Window (DNA India)
August 13, 2013
George Brown College’s Greg Coelho, Associate Director, International Centre  comments on the benefits for international students to study in Canada.

George Brown ties up with Manipal in chef training (The Weekly Voice – Online)
August 6, 2013
George Brown College and India’s Manipal University have announced a partnership offering India’s finest budding chefs the opportunity to acquire credentials from both institutions.

Ottawa issues more work permits to foreign cooks than any other occupation Open New Browser Window (Toronto Star - Online)
July 24, 2013
Lorraine Trotter, acting dean of George Brown College's Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts, comments about young Canadians being eager to pursue a career as cooks.  The school's enrolment has been on a steady rise.

Recipes from a do-good dinner at Paintbox Bistro Open New Browser Window (National Post – Online)
July 14, 2013
A feature about Paintbox Bistro, a social enterprise where people on welfare are trained at George Brown College and work at the restaurant.

Media bias amongst Colleges and Universities Open New Browser Window (University Affairs – Online)
July 9, 2013
George Brown President Anne Sado comments on media bias in coverage of higher education as part of   a panel discussion.  

Dispensing pills and prompts at an affordable price Open New Browser Window (Ontario Centres of Excellence – Online)
June 26, 2013
George Brown collaborates with CAMH to build a prototype of an affordable pill dispenser that can be customized to meet the needs of those with mental illnesses.

An easy lesson in cooking for teens (video) Open New Browser Window (CTV – Canada AM)
July 25, 2013
Chef Christine Walker from George Brown College teaches teens how to prepare a quick stir fry, as well as providing helpful tips for those new to the kitchen.

Website helps Parkinson's patients avoid protein-medication interaction Open New Browser Window (Huffington Post)
June 17, 2013
George Brown College students collaborate with Baycrest Health Sciences to create recipes and develop a website offering people with Parkinson’s practical tools and information to manage their symptoms.

Reasons to Love Toronto 2013: Our fifth annual mash note to the cit (Toronto Life)
June 4, 2013
No. 13 - Because George Brown is the new cool school.  Anne Sado, president of George Brown is recognized for giving the college an extreme makeover—of its facilities, program offerings and image. 

Pasta perfection for pros Open New Browser Window (Toronto Sun) 
May 29, 2013 
Italian program director at George Brown Culinary School, Chef Dario Tomaselli and John Higgins, executive chef of George Brown's Chef School show Frank Ferragine the art of cooking perfect pasta. (Canadian Metalworking) 
May 17, 2013
Canadian Metalworking editor Jim Anderton interviews the president of George Brown College, Anne Sado on the shortage of skilled trades workers in the country and the ways that schools like George Brown can help solve that issue.

Millennials go back to school to learn basic life skills  Open New Browser Window (Toronto Star)
May 2, 2013
George Brown College instils confidence in the kitchen amongst 19-to 35-year-olds. Millennials are enrolling for continuing education classes to study basic life skills like cooking at the college. Follow one student as they progress through the course and end up with a greater appreciation for food.

Bleeding Blue:  CN Tower goal light brilliant idea Open New Browser Window (Toronto Star)
April 22, 2013
George Brown College marketing grad proposes a winning idea to light up the CN Tower every time the Leafs score a point and launches a petition on to achieve his goal.

The Agenda with Steve Paikin:  Higher Education at the Crossroads Open New Browser Window (TVO)
April 15, 2013
Robert Luke, Assistant Vice-President of Research and Innovation at George Brown College participates in a panel discussion about the future of higher education.

Going green with George Brown College Open New Browser Window (Canadian Interiors)
April 7, 2013
George Brown College hosts a ground breaking ceremony marking the start of construction on a new facility that will support the growing Canadian green and smart building market.

Fashion management student off to NYC Open New Browser Window (Beach Metro)
March 19, 2013
George Brown College fashion management student wins a $5000 scholarship and an internship with Khan Lucas in New York City.

College invites Magna founder to inspire skilled trades’ students Open New Browser Window (Toronto Star)
March 14, 2013
Magna founder, Frank Stronach visits George Brown’s Centre for Construction and Engineering Technology to discuss the incredible value of skilled trades with students.

What Students are looking for in college business courses Open New Browser Window (Globe and Mail)
March 13, 2013
As enrolment to business programs increases, George Brown College approaches teaching and learning differently from other schools, giving their students theory combined with the practical of skills required by employers in the various fields of business.

The challenge: Build your own board game in 48 hours. Are you game? Open New Browser Window (Metro News)
February 20, 2013
George Brown’s School of Design hosts Board Game Jam, a competition to conceive and construct a game in just 48 hours. 

Toronto’s best projects recognized by TCA Open New Browser Window (Daily Commercial News)
February 13, 2013
George Brown College’s new Waterfront Campus receives a 2012 project achievement award from the Toronto Construction Association.

Living well with Parkinson’s:  Low-protein meals could be key ingredient in managing disease Open New Browser Window (Yonge Street Media)
February 20, 2013
In collaboration with George Brown College, a movement disorders neurologist is hoping a set of low-protein recipes offered on the educational portal Live Well with Parkinson's Inc., will introduce a touch of gastronomy into the lives of those living with Parkinson’s disease.

New twist on credit-seeking philanthropy Open New Browser Window (Toronto Star)
January 16, 2013
Three anonymous donors offer a generous gift to the George Brown College Waterfront Campus, naming a room to honour LaLaine de Vera, a Philippine caregiver in Toronto.

Shy hero saves man from subway Open New Browser Window (Toronto Star)
January 9, 2013
Dwight Orchard, 23, a George Brown College Plumbing student, leaps onto the tracks to save the life of another.