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Award Winning College

George Brown's student, faculty and staff receive awards for their excellence, innovation, high levels of performance, and their many contributions to education and the community at large.

To mark these achievements, the following list provides highlights of the recognition received by George Brown College and its staff and students.




  • George Brown Disability Consultant Karen Walker has been chosen by the provincial College Committee on Disability Issues to receive the 2011 Disability Award of Excellence. She will be presented with the award at the committee’s annual banquet in Toronto on June 22. Walker works in the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Services Department at George Brown’s St. James Campus.  


  • skillswinnersSkills Canada Medalists – Two George Brown students came back from the Skills Canada finals in Kitchener-Waterloo recently with some extra hardware. Eric Ganton (left) won a Silver Medal for Ontario in the architectural computer aided drafting and design category and Shayne Claringbold won a gold medal in the sheet metal category. Both earned their spots on the provincial team by winning gold medals in an earlier provincial competition that saw five other George Brown students earn silver medals and six other students earn bronze medals. Students won medals in computer aided manufacturing, refrigeration, precision machining, industrial millwright, mechantronics, heating systems and plumbing categories.


  • The George Brown College Exterior Signage Program was awarded the ‘Premier Award’ for best Wayfinding System at the 2009 Canadian Sign Association Awards. George Brown College worked with Kramer Design Associates Limited (KDA) to create this award-winning program.


  • George Brown faculty member - Jim Kinney - won the McGraw-Hill Ryerson Award for Innovation in Education presented at its IT conference on June 1, 2007 at Durham College:

    1st Place
    Jim Kinney, Professor – School of Design – Faculty of Business & Creative Arts
    George Brown College
    The Legacy of Learning – A RISK based Approach to Learning

    Teaching Technology is like tap dancing on quick sand.  How can one cope with acquiring, assimilating and dispensing knowledge that is virtually obsolete by the time you have developed and delivered your curriculum? Coping with rapid change and accelerated obsolescence has been a pervasive and intractable problem for technology based instruction.  Professor Kinney turns our assumptions about teaching using his RISK (Rapid Integration of Skills & Knowledge) paradigm for teaching as a means for coping with this phenomenon.

  • George Brown College's Jamaica Project wins award at the Annual Canadian Awards for International Cooperation

    George Brown College recently received an award for its Jamaica Project in the category of 'Excellence in Communicating International Cooperation Issues' at the 15th annual Canadian Awards for International Cooperation  

    held in Fredericton, NB. The awards, co-funded by a partnership between Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters and Canadian International Development Agency, were a part of the International Development Days Conference.
    For more information about George Brown College's Jamaica Project, visit
  • George Brown College Early Childhood Grad Wins Prestigious Award

    Congratulations to Tolu Quadri, a recent graduate of George Brown's School of Early Childhood, for winning the Jerome Youth Leadership Award. This yearly award celebrates the achievements of the Black community in Canada.

    Quadri graduated from George Brown College in 2006 with a diploma in Early Childhood Education. As a student, Quadri participated in the School of Early Childhood's Jamaica project, a Canadian International Development Agency funded project that, for the past four years, has sent students to aid in the enhancement of early childhood education in the Caribbean nation. The daughter of Jamaican parents, Quadri is one of three sisters to have graduated from the George Brown School of Early Childhood.

  • George Brown College has won an award from the Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS). 

    We are winners of a CPRS Achieving Communications Excellence (ACE) award for "Employee Communications Campaign of the Year" in the not-for-profit / non-governmental organization category. The recognition comes as a result of the project aimed at communicating The Path to Leadership, the new George Brown College logo, and the rollout of our re-branding initiative to all staff at last year's President's Breakfast.

    Past ACE winners in the several different categories awarded have included RBC Financial Group, Grand and Toy, Bell Canada, BMO and various Government of Ontario Ministries, to name just a few.

    As George Brown continues to further develop an internal communications culture, the award - coming from an organization of public relations and communications professionals - is of particular importance as it demonstrates that we are clearly moving in the right direction toward our goal of becoming better at sharing information across the College.

    Specific congratulations go to staff in Marketing & Communications, Staff Development and the President's Office for their great work which ultimately led to our winning the ACE award.

  • George Brown staff recognized as leaders  

    Congratulations to both Nancy Hood and Bob Cox for winning the "Exemplarily Leaders Award" from the Chair Academy. They were recognized for demonstrating outstanding leadership in creating the Canadian Society for Professional and Organizational Development (CSPOD), developing a Faculty Portfolio program, promoting the Teaching Squares Project, and initiating the Specialist Series of Programs. Both have shown dedication to inspiring excellence among college faculty and staff.

  • CONGRATULATIONS to Joe Baker, Academic Manager, FHT Continuous Learning, and Rudy Guo, a recent George Brown College Graduate, for winning the Ontario Hostelry Institutes Top 30 Under 30 Award!

  • Internationally Recognized Poet:

    Maureen Hynes
    , a coordinator in the School of Labour in the faculty of General Education and Access, has won the second prize in the Petra Kenney International Poetry Competition for her poem "Fold". She will be receiving her award during a ceremony at Trafalgar Square in London, England on Friday May 11th.

    Maureen was the only Canadian to place in the top three of this prestigious international competition.

  • Award Winning Technologist

    Erik Simundson, a technologist with The Centre for Advanced Building Technologies, has been selected by the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technologists and Technicians' (OACETT) as the Outstanding Educator for 2007. Erik has received many other excellence awards from the College in the past, and we are pleased to recognize his most recent achievement. 

  • George Brown College Wins Gold Twice!

    2007 Association of Ontario Snowboarders University and College Series GOLD
     - The Huskies Snowboarders entered this year's competition aiming to defend their 2006 championship title. George Brown defeated the competition by a landslide claiming the gold medal again!

    2007 Ontario Colleges Athletic Association Men's Indoor Soccer Team GOLD - The Huskies faced off against rivals Humber in the Championship match and defeated them after 5 minutes of sudden death 2-1. This year, the team has won with 3 invitational tournament championships.

    Visit George Brown College's Athletic Department web site for more information... 

  • Academic Excellence Saluted!! March 2007

    The Faculty of Hospitality and Tourism continues to show its commitment to excellence with three of its faculty being honoured with awards.

    Chef Ian Gallacher has just won the esteemed CAFP (Canadian Association of Foodservice Professionals) Educator of the Year Award.

    The CAFP is a national association that is over 100 years old whose membership is comprised of diverse foodservice and hospitality professionals united by their dedication to lifelong learning.

    Chef Christine Walker and Chef Peter Rohner both won the NISOD (National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development) Excellence Award.

    Each semester students complete feedback forms for their professors and courses. Christine and Peter's student ratings were among the top five in the College as of January 2006.

  • 2007 Ontario Colleges Athletic Association Badminton Bronze Medal - The Huskies Men's Doubles team, Kenneth Ling and Eric Ngo, was awarded the Bronze medal at the OCAA Championships.

    Visit George Brown College's Athletic Department web site for more information...

  • 2007 Ontario Colleges Athletic Association Alpine Skiing Gold and Silver - Richard Romano finished with the silver medal in the men's slalom race. Marla Henderson won her third consecutive title winning both the slalom and giant slalom races. She becomes the first ever female to win three consecutive overall titles in the OCAA.

    Visit George Brown College's Athletic Department web site for more information... 

  • Vicky Cheng, a recent George Brown College graduate, will be presented with a 2006 Premier's Award. Making him the seventh George Brown graduate to receive the prestigious award. 

    Find out more information about Premier's Awards in George Brown College.


  • Marketing Faculty, Lori FuttererBarry WallaceHeather StevensFrances SteciukFrank MaloneyJames Beatty,Margery Taylor and Thomas Arhontoudis deserve kudos for coaching our OCMC team to their best ever finish in this annual competition. George Brown College came 4th out of 16 schools with 1 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze medal!

  • Nancy Hood, Executive Director of Human Resources winner of the John Fry Individual Merit Award at the recent NCSPOD Staff Development conference.

  • Andrew Zalvin - Group Marketing Manager - appointed Lieutenant-Colonel of the 25th (Toronto) Service Battalion

  • Congratulations to the BScN Nursing Team for a very positive accreditation report

  • Dental Hygiene program status approved by the Commission of Dental Accreditation of Canada without specific reporting requirements for 7 years until 2013!

  • Yorkville School of Makeup and Esthetics Instructor, Jessica Ellinson won Canadian Nail Technician of the Year at the 2006 Contessa Awards

  • NOW magazine's "Best of Toronto 2006" issue named, Anna Willats, faculty in the Assaulted Women and Children Counsellor Advocate Program was named Best Activist in the city.

  • Director of Staff Development Bob Cox received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Council for Staff Program and Organizational Development in recognition of serving the Board of Directors as Canadian Vice President, President Elect, and Past President from 1999-2006

  • Former George Brown Students, Mariko Humphrey and Monika Sosinski, won the NOW magazine Design a Newspaper Garment Contest. Their creation can be seen at the link below:

  • 2006 Ontario College's Athletic Association Men's Soccer Awards - George Brown College's team awarded a Bronze medal, Jerome Watts and Frederick Sam, named League All Stars, Richard Kirwan chosen as part of the Championship All Star team, and head coach Lucky Boothe awarded Coach of the Year. The Huskies soccer team advanced to the 2006 OCAA final four Championships for the first time in over a decade. Kevin Ferreira was chosen as Ontario's Men's Soccer Athlete of the Month for October.

  • Nancy Hoang - Fashion program student - winner of the White Cashmere Student Design Competition.

  • Patrick Kriss - Chef School Apprentice - winner of the Regional Title in the San Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef competition
  • Applied Arts Magazine (October 2006 issue) - Feature on Student Award Winners, 3 students from the School of Design (Una LeeJenny Vivar and Lily Kim) among Student Award Winners.

  • Red Dot Award - design concept 2006 - Lily Kim from the School of Design won for her winning submission "Play with Learning". 

  • CNSA Preceptor / Mentor Award, June 2006, Lorraine Betts and Rivie Seaberg were both awarded a CNSA Preceptor / Mentor Award. 

  • 2006 Canadian New Media Awards Honour Best Brightest in Emerging Talent, May 2006, Dan Ouellette, an instructor in our School of Design, won Educator of the Year award.