GBC in the Media

SITU'S KITCHEN

aidan boudreau, sharon kelly, nicole boudreau pose for picture

The mother and daughters behind Situ’s Kitchen are on a mission to perfect vegan versions of Lebanese delights

The Toronto Star
Photo: The Toronto Star
Date: June 26, 2022 

Sharon Kelly inherited a love of cooking. “I learned it from my mom, and she learned how to make traditional Lebanese food from my Situ, which means grandma in Lebanese,” Kelly says. “I’m the youngest of five, but the only one that carried on preparing some of the traditional food.” In turn, she passed the practice on to her twin daughters, creative producer Nicole Boudreau and graphic designer Aidan Boudreau. So, in 2018, she started taking part-time cooking classes at George Brown, and her new skills helped her tackle a new challenge. “When my daughters switched to a vegan diet,” she says, “I wanted to make sure we could continue to enjoy our family’s favourite foods, including the ones that came from my Situ.” One thing they couldn’t live without: the fatyre, a handheld meat pie.

RECONCILIATION

MCFN Chief Stacey Laforme and GBC Pres Gervan Fearon signing MOU

George Brown partners with MCFN to expand Indigenous presence on campus, curriculum, supports

Academica 
Photo: GBC
Date: June 23, 2022


George Brown College celebrated the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation (MCFN) on National Indigenous Peoples Day. Under the agreement, the partners will expand the visible Indigenous presence on all three George Brown campuses, collaborate on curriculum planning with MCFN, and develop a plan to support Indigenous learners. George Brown and MCFN will also transform campus spaces to reflect Indigenous heritage and cultural practices, add the MCFN logo to entry ways, and name a space in George Brown's new Limberlost Place building. "The Mississaugas of the Credit First nation are the traditional land, treaty holders and ongoing caretakers of the land upon which our campuses are situated," said George Brown President Dr Gervan Fearon. "We are honoured to collaborate with and learn from this community."
 

HISTORIC AGREEMENT

Cory Ross, Stacey Laforme and Gervan Fearon signing MOU June 21,2022

George Brown College, Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation to develop plan to support Indigenous learners

The Toronto Star
Photo: GBC
Date: June 21, 2022

George Brown College and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation will be working together to reduce barriers to education and help create a more inclusive and equitable society. The college and MCFN will engage in actions to highlight the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation as the caretakers of the land on which George Brown sits and operates. George Brown will engage in this new partnership through a Memorandum of Understanding. The agreement includes, but is not limited to, incorporating visible Indigenous presence on all three campuses, curriculum collaborations and a new and progressive plan to support Indigenous learners.

FEAST IN THE FOREST

Chef David Wolfman

A Feast in the Forest is raising funds in Toronto for Indigenous education

Daily Hive
Photo: GBC
Date: June 10, 2022


An Indigenous registered charity is hosting an event to raise funds for its educational programs across the country, and guests can look forward to an exciting and thought-provoking evening. Indspire, an organization that invests in the education of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people in Canada, is hosting A Feast in the Forest on Wednesday, June 15 at Evergreen Brick Works. Guests will enjoy a menu created by Indspire Award recipient and classically trained chef, David Wolfman. A passionate educator and entertainer, Wolfman has been a culinary arts professor at Toronto’s George Brown College of Applied Arts and Technology for nearly 30 years.

WATERFRONT EAST LRT

Gervan Fearon being interviewed outside the waterfront campus.

Stakeholders pushing for Waterfront East LRT to be built

City News
Photo: City News
Date: June 8, 2022

A transit line along the east of Toronto’s waterfront that has long been discussed has passed another step towards approval on Wednesday. Those who have been at the forefront of the movement to get the Waterfront East Light Rail Transit Line built are pushing council to move forward. “We’ve been waiting for the activity to take place related to transportation, but we’re not waiting for it because we know that the waterfront is part of the future, and transportation is part of that future,” said George Brown College President Gervan Fearon. “It can accelerate the kind of economic growth and development, but also attract amazing talent and technology and investment to Toronto.”

INDIGENOUS INITIATIVES

A photo of Audrey Rochette

Across Canada, education is key to reconciliation

Toronto Sun
Photo: GBC
Date: June 1, 2022

Education is key to reconciliation. And George Brown has a secret weapon in Audrey Rochette, the Indigenous Initiatives Director at the school. Throughout the year, she and her team promote knowledge sharing through events, exercises, workshops and teaching that foster the understanding and appreciation of Indigenous culture. In an interview Wednesday, Rochette described some of the resources and events available to George Brown students; she talked about visual materials such as the Star Blanket Medallion, her department logo and a celestial symbol representing the Creator, the elements and ideas of safety and respect.

 

ANNE SADO HALL

George Brown renames atrium in honour of former president Anne Sado

Academica Group
Photo: GBC
Date: June 1, 2022


George Brown College has announced the renaming of the atrium at its Waterfront Campus: the Anne Sado Hall. The atrium was renamed in honour of the contributions of Anne Sado, who served as the President of George Brown from 2004 to 2021. Under Sado’s leadership, the college doubled its enrolment; added a new campus and student residence; and expanded its experiential learning opportunities, partnerships, and applied research. 

NEW DEGREE

Ontario colleges introduce four-year business degree for tradespeople

Construction Canada
Photo: GBC
Date: June 1, 2022


Algonquin College, George Brown College, and Mohawk College have joined resources to establish a new four-year honours degree in business administration, focusing on people working in skilled trades occupations. The partner colleges will deliver the first-of-its-kind degree starting this September, with all instruction provided remotely and virtually. The program is intended for those working in the skilled trades sector who are looking to grow their own businesses, take on greater responsibilities in their current work environments, or pursue management careers in medium-to-large organizations.

MARK MCEWAN

Mark Mcewan's Recipe for Success

Dolce Mag
Photo: Dolce Mag
Date: June 1, 2022


From his first job making $1.60 per hour as a dishwasher in Buffalo, NY, to becoming the face of cooking in Canada and head judge on Food Network Canada’s Top Chef Canada, you can call Mark McEwan many things, such as entrepreneur, influencer or innovator. Just don’t call him “celebrity chef.” Says McEwan in a recent and wide-ranging interview with Dolce: “I hate the handle ‘celebrity chef,’ personally.”  With his interest in food and cooking, McEwan enrolled at George Brown College and graduated in 1979. In 1981, he was hired as executive sous-chef by the Sutton Place Hotel, then one of Toronto’s top hotels and a hotbed of celebrity parties and gatherings in the early days of the Toronto International Film Festival. 

NANTANA THAI

Chef Nantana Salanont poses in front of her restaurant

This is the ultimate place to get street food in Toronto

Toronto Star
Photo: Toronto Star
Date: May 26, 2022

“For Thai people, pad Thai is street food,” said owner and chef Nantana Salanont, who also teaches Thai cooking at George Brown College. “It’s best eaten fresh because as it sits, the noodles go bad.” It’s why she has a disclaimer at her stall that an order of the noodles takes a few extra minutes because they’re made to order, one plate at a time. “It won’t taste as good if you’re making a lot of it at once,” she said. The noodles have the perfect tamarind tang mellowed out by palm sugar with the aroma of fish sauce and a side of chili flakes to bring the heat.

ACCESSIBLE LEARNING

A female student in a wheelchair at a laptop using Accessible Learning Services

George Brown launches UDL e-course to support Ontario educators

Academic Group
Photo: GBC
Date: May 25, 2022

George Brown College has launched a Universal design for Learning (UDL) e-course that will support Ontario educators in developing accessible courses. The course aims to guide curriculum and educational technology specialists, instructional designers, faculty, accessibility consultants, and others in strategies that make courses more accessible, increase engagement, and enhance student experience. UDL is paired with equity frameworks and initiatives that support student learning and honour learner diversity.

ICE CREAMONOLOGY

This ice cream shop is so popular it attracted a line up for 10 hours straight

Streets of Toronto
Photo: Ice Creamonology

Date: May 20, 2022

Summer temperatures are here, and with higher temperatures comes the desire to cool down with a sweet treat. Ice Creamonology is the new kid on the block this year, with the lineups to prove it! Having taken over the space formerly occupied by Lick It Gelato, Ice Creamonology officially opened at 250 Queen’s Quay W. in March, having launched last year as a pop-up. The 500-square-foot ice cream shop is run by owner Onur Yilmaz, who trained and worked as a chef in Turkey before immigrating to Canada and studying culinary management at George Brown College. 

GOLDSMITH GRADUATE

Heather Morandin-Lambert uses computer-assisted design technology.

Fonthill Jewellers opens its doors

The Voice
Photo: Don Rickers
Date: May 12, 2022

The address said B7, 160 Highway 20 East, theoretically a couple shops down from the new Starbucks. But there was no sign out front. Heather Morandin-Lambert, the owner of Fonthill Jewellers, which has been open since mid April, laughed and offered her apologies. “I’ve been waiting for that sign for weeks. It’s supposed to be delivered before the weekend, fingers crossed!” she said. Morandin-Lambert grew up in Niagara Falls, but has been a Fonthill resident for a decade. She attended George Brown College in Toronto for goldsmithing, graduated at the top of her class in 2004, and proceeded to work in the Niagara jewelry retail business.

WELLNESS RETREAT

Construction Craft Worker students building a cabin

GBC students learn valuable skills while building wellness retreat in Clarington

Daily Commercial News
Photo: GBC
Date: May 4, 2022

Students with mental health challenges from George Brown College (GBC) are learning some of the best lessons and experience can be gained outside of the classroom. “Learning doesn’t always have to be in a classroom with four walls,” said Suzanne De Freitas, an augmented education program manager at GBC, adding the pandemic has changed education. “We have to think outside the box now. We really have to redefine what education can be and will be moving forward.

SATELLITE CAMPUS

George Brown College sign

City strikes partnership with George Brown College, hopes to bring satellite campus to Mount Dennis neighbourhood

CTV News
Photo: GBC
Date: April 27, 2022

A satellite George Brown campus could eventually be built in Toronto’s Mount Dennis neighbourhood as part of a new partnership between the city and the college.Mayor John Tory announced on Wednesday morning that the city and the agency responsible for managing its real estate assets – CreateTO - will work collaboratively with George Brown to explore opportunities for a new campus in the neighbourhood, which will soon be served by the Eglinton Crosstown LRT.

NEW LEADERSHIP

JP Hornick, President of OPSEU/SEFPO

OPSEU/SEFPO welcomes new leadership: JP Hornick and Laurie Nancekivell

National Union of Public and General Employees
Photo: OPSEU
Date: April 19, 2022

JP Hornick has been elected as the new President of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU/SEFPO/NUPGE) marking the first change in the union’s presidency in 15 years. Hornick is the Coordinator of the School of Labour at George Brown College, a long-time OPSEU/SEFPO leader and a women’s rights, equity, LGBTQ+ and HIV/AIDS activist. She ran for president on a platform of change, deep renewal, and building a bigger and more inclusive union.

 

KEVIN MCGARRY

Actor Kevin McGarry arrives for the 2017 Summer TCA Tour - Hallmark Channel And Hallmark Movies And Mysteries in Beverly Hills, California.

20 best Hallmark channel actors that you have to watch in 2022

TUKO
Photo: 
Getty Images/Greg Doherty
Date: April 19, 2022

Kevin McGarry is a talented Canadian film and television actor. He was born on 19th March 1985 in Canada. He graduated in 2007 from George Brown College, where he studied creative writing for plays and screenplays. He rose to prominence for starring as Dr Timothy Hudson in Open Heart. Kevin's Hallmark signature has a handsome and playful personality who is always head over heels in love with nature and the outdoors. He has starred in several Hallmark Channel movies, such as: Love at First Bark, Winter Castle, Winter Love Story, and Christmas Scavenger Hunt.

ONTARIO WINE AWARDS

Student smelling wine

George Brown College Acquires Ontario Wine Awards

Food Service and Hospitality
Photo: GBC
Date: April 18, 2022

George Brown College has acquired the Ontario Wine Awards (OWA), the province’s most prestigious wine competition and awards program. Founded by Tony Aspler in 1985, the OWA recognizes Ontario Vintners Quality Alliance (VQA) wines for their quality, distinction and brilliance. George Brown’s Centre for Hospitality & Culinary Arts has been a participant in the execution of the OWA judging and events since 2016. “The acquisition of the Ontario Wine Awards by George Brown College will ally Canada’s future sommeliers, chefs and hospitality and tourism executives with the Ontario wine industry,” says Aspler. 

 

ECONOMIC TIES

From left: Dr Gervan Fearon, president of the George Brown College in Canada; Mary Ng, Canadian minister of trade, export promotion and small business; Allison Peart, president of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Jamaica; and Richard Pandohie, CEO of the Seprod Group, share a light ahead of a panel discussion hosted by Ng at The University of the West Indies Regional Headquarters on Thursday.

Business leaders wants stronger ties with Canada, call for knowledge sharing

The Gleaner
Photo: GBC
Date: April 15, 2022

Seprod Group CEO Richard Pandohie is calling for a strengthening of economic ties between Canada and Jamaica, urging the leaders of the North American country not to see the island as only seeking handouts. He was speaking at an event yesterday at The University of the West Indies Regional Headquarters in St Andrew, at which Mary Ng, Canada’s minister of international trade, export promotion, small business and economic development, posed the question, ‘How do you think Canada can play a role in shaping Jamaica and this region to advance sustainable economic growth?’

MODEST CLOTHING

hands working at sewing machine

Hamilton woman launches website with modest clothing options

CHCH
Photo: GBC
Date: April 11, 2022

A Hamilton woman has launched a marketplace website ‘Modasty’ that sells modest clothing options. ‘Modasty’ is an option for some women who find some clothing styles too revealing. The site has been a success, even though it was only launched in November. Roa’a Mashaleh always struggled to find fashionable trendy clothing that was also reserved. “As a woman with Muslim faith and background dressing modestly is very important to me, very crucial to me,” said Mashaleh. The Director of Fashion Exchange at George Brown College, Marilyn McNeil-Morin, says it is a niche market that is growing.

INDIGENOUS SCHOLARSHIP

Pastry chef Tammy Maki

New Indigenous scholarship an 'important commitment' for Sudbury chef and chocolatier

CBC
Photo: CBC/Tammy Maki
Date: April 6, 2022

A Sudbury chef and chocolatier is hoping a new scholarship will help to increase the number of Indigenous people entering the baking and pastry arts. Tammy Maki is the owner of Raven Rising. The business first took off as an e-commerce chocolate shop, but is now getting ready to open its physical doors at the former Capitol Theatre in the city's downtown core.  The building once operated as a cinema between the 1930s up until its closure in the 1980s.

"DREAM JOB"

A photo of Joe Cressy

Toronto City Councillor Joe Cressy Resigns From City Hall To Work For George Brown College

Narcity
Photo: GBC
Date: April 5, 2022

Downtown Toronto City Councillor Joe Cressy announced on Tuesday morning that he will be resigning from his position at city hall to pursue his "dream job" at George Brown College. Cressy represents Spadina—Fort York and was first elected to city council in 2014. He also chairs the Toronto Board of Health. In an open letter published on April 5, the councillor shared that he is leaving his position behind to take on the role of senior vice president of external relations, communications and real estate development at George Brown College.

JOE CRESSY

Board of Health Chair and Councillor Joe Cressy makes remarks about public health at city hall in Toronto, on Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Downtown city councillor Joe Cressy resigning from post at city hall for job at George Brown

CTV News
Photo: Christopher Katsarov

Date: April 5, 2022

Toronto city councillor and board of health chair Joe Cressy announced Tuesday that he is resigning from his post at city hall to pursue his "dream job" at George Brown College. Cressy, who represents the downtown ward of Spadina-Fort York, announced Tuesday morning that he has taken a position as senior vice-president of external relations, communications, and real estate development at the downtown college.

A CLASS OF YOUR OWN

George Brown hopes Toronto is as big a draw for students as its programs

Strategy Online
Photo: GBC
Date: April 1, 2022

George Brown College is drawing upon the experiences its practical programs offer, as well as the cultural vibrancy of Toronto, to draw in students who have been reassessing their priorities during the pandemic. The institution’s latest campaign “A Class of Your Own” is a lively ride through some of its course offerings and shows real world experience linked to its business, travel and hospitality, ECE and engineering tech programs, with an aim to attract perspective students “with a thing for downtown Toronto.”

IS IT CAKE?

April Julian rolling dough on kitchen counter

The runner up of Is It Cake? on Netflix studied at George Brown College

blogTO
Photo: April Julian
Date: Mar. 23, 2022

You may know by now that the runner up of Netflix's new baking illusion show Is It Cake? is from Toronto, but what you might not realize is that she's also a full-time educator. In case you haven't binged the entire first season of the new show by now, contestants on Is It Cake? compete by baking cakes that look just like real life objects, trying to fool a set of judges. The runner up of the entire competition was April Julian, who created an impressive vintage sewing machine out of nothing more than cake that the judges actually thought was real. 

GLOBAL TOURISM

Headshot of Edmund Bartlett, Minister of Tourism for Jamaica

Global Tourism Resilience Centre To Open Satellite Office In Canada

Education News Canada
Photo: Jamaican Information Service
Date: Mar. 22, 2022

This Friday, Edmund Bartlett, Minister of Tourism for Jamaica, will sign a memorandum of understanding with George Brown College to establish a Satellite Resilience Centre, making it the first Canadian partner of the Global Tourism Resilience & Crisis Management Centre. Minister Bartlett will be joined by Dr. Gervan Fearon, George Brown's President, for the official signing. The main Global Tourism Resilience & Crisis Management Centre (GTRCMC) is based at the University of the West Indies' Mona Campus in Jamaica.

SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURE

How sustainable architecture is building our future city

Toronto Life
Photo: GBC
Date: Mar. 21, 2022

As a wave of sustainable architecture positions new, green buildings across the city of Toronto, the potential for meaningful climate action feels imminent. Traditional building operations together with materials and construction represent nearly 40 per cent of global carbon emissions, making the shift toward eco-conscious building one of indisputable value. As this shift takes place, it’s natural to wonder how our city will change. In what ways will our skyline begin to look different? How will our homes and workplaces improve? What exactly comprises sustainable architecture? With a growing number of green buildings currently underway, the answers are all around us.

WATERFRONT DEVELOPMENT

Waterfront Campus with GBC logo

President Dr. Gervan Fearon participates in critical discussion about Toronto's waterfront development plans

Education News Canada
Photo: GBC
Date: Feb. 28, 2022


Exciting developments are in store for Toronto's waterfront, including George Brown College's upcoming tall-wood, mass-timber building Limberlost Place. George Brown President Dr. Gervan Fearon recently participated in an online panel about the future of the waterfront that's now available to watch. Fearon joined Toronto's Deputy Mayor Ana Bailao and Waterfront Toronto CEO George Zegarac to talk about the importance of expanded and accessible public transit, public housing solutions and creating equitable access to Toronto's waterfront in a panel hosted by the Empire Club of Canada on February 23.  

LIFE IN ART

An art piece is called Mazalee references a maroon community in Trinidad in the early 17th century

Two Ontario visual artists describe the value of a life in art

TVO
Photo: 
Paul Petro Contemporary Art
Date: Feb. 7, 2022

To be creative is to see the world on two levels, or as author and essayist Anaïs Nin said, “We write to taste life twice; in the moment and in retrospect.” It’s the retrospective look at life that transforms into art – whether painting, performance, spoken, or written. I engaged two Ontario artists in a conversation about what compelled them to pursue a creative life, what painting and making art brings to their life, and what it means to share their work with others. Natalie Wood is a Toronto-based, Trinidad-born multi-media visual artist, curator, educator, and social innovation specialist. Her work shows a commitment to the stories of marginalized communities, a reflection of her queer and Black identities.

CHRIS PATRICIAN

Head shot of chris patrician

Meet Toronto's 2022 Beijing Winter Olympians

Toronto Star
Photo: Toronto Star
Date: Jan 31, 2022

One of three alumni of St. Mike’s in Beijing, Chris Patrician happened upon bobsleigh after a stellar football career as a receiver for both St. Mike’s and Queen’s University. Like fellow Toronto bobsleigher Cynthia Appiah, Patrician was looking to continue his elite-level athletic career following university in 2014, and a friend advised him to attend Canada’s regional bobsleigh combine in 2015. He was picked for the national team less than a year later and after seven years of hard work, he made the Olympic team. After majoring in art history at Queen’s, he later attended George Brown College, where he also completed a diploma in building renovation.

PAUL SALVATORI

a head shot of Paul Salvatori

Dub/reggae singer-songwriter gives voice to Toronto’s homeless

Toronto Star
Photo: Toronto Star
Date: Jan 23, 2022

A decade ago, after a dozen years of post-secondary study to earn a PhD in philosophy, and three more as a professor of same at the University of Ottawa, Paul Salvatori returned to his hometown of Toronto and had an epiphany. “I got back to doing community work, activism, journalism and it reawakened the desire to help bring change to marginalized communities, which was such a focus in my teens,” Salvatori says. “This is what I wasn’t getting in the classroom – and I realized I’m here to make a difference.”

HONOURING AARON BERHANE

Headshot of Aaron Berhane

He fought for democracy and ended up in exile in Toronto. Now, friends of an Eritrean journalist who died from COVID-19 want to honour him

Toronto Star
Photo: GBC

Date: Jan 21, 2022

For many years, Aaron Berhane, a journalist in exile, ran a small monthly publication out of his basement apartment in Toronto, becoming the voice for Eritreans here and abroad. From writing stories to help newcomers integrate and columns about politics back home to soliciting advertisers and distributing the paper, Meftih was a one-man operation, a passion project for the political refugee and a platform to unite the Eritrean community and advocate for persecuted journalists.

BELL LET'S TALK

Casa Loma Campus exterior with snow and lights

George Brown College receives $20,000 grant from Bell Let's Talk

Education News Canada
Photo: GBC
Date: Jan 17, 2022

Five of the GTA's colleges including George Brown College have each received a $20,000 grant from Bell Let's Talk to support student mental health initiatives. George Brown, Centennial, Humber, Sheridan and Seneca College will work together to develop programming to support each dimension of the National Standard of Canada for Mental Health and Well-Being for Post-Secondary Students. This kicks off the countdown to Bell Let's Talk Day, which takes place on January 26.

CAST IRON CARE

Ramekin of oil and black cast iron pan

How to season, clean and cook with your cast iron, according to George Brown College culinary professor Hemant Kanchan

Toronto Star
Photo: Toronto Star
Date: Jan 6, 2022


Ask chefs about their favourite type of cookware, and you’ll probably hear cast iron come up again and again. Durable and dense, cast-iron pans are known for their ability to retain heat, their non-stick surface and their flexibility to go from the stovetop into the oven. “If you use one all the time, you’ll start to see the difference in your cooking,” says chef Hemant Kanchan, a professor at George Brown College’s Chef School in Toronto. “You’ll have to spend a bit of money, but it will last for a very long time.”

LIMBERLOST PLACE

An image of The Arbour from Queens Quay

‘Mass timber’ movement breaking ground on Ontario’s tallest wood building

The Globe and Mail
Photo: GBC

Date: Dec 14, 2021

The movement to build big structures from specially engineered wood, often called mass timber, will get a boost on Tuesday morning when George Brown College breaks ground on what will be Ontario’s tallest wood building, funded in part by a $10-million donation from veteran Bay Street deal maker Jack Cockwell. The donation is the largest ever to a college in Ontario. In an interview, Mr. Cockwell’s son, Gareth Cockwell, used the term “plyscraper” to describe the 10-storey home for the school’s computing and architecture programs. It will also include a daycare centre.

 

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VIRTUAL REALITY

Tomorrow's classroom, today

Education Technology
Photo: GBC
Date: Dec 7, 2021

Whether you think Facebook’s view of the ‘metaverse’ is a good thing, or prefer the more tongue-in-cheek assessment that went viral and even received a response from Mark Zuckerberg, technology has already had a seismic impact on the way we work, socialise and play. Educators have been experimenting with the virtual world in the classroom for many years – with varying degrees of success. But as technology catches up with our aspirations of what the virtual world can truly offer learners, what should we be making of this latest revolution? I recently spoke with some of the brightest minds on their understanding of the impact of technology on education.

 

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INCLUSIVE RECOVERY

A headshot of Dr. Gervan Fearon, President of George Brown College

The Toronto Star
Photo: GBC
Date: Nov 29, 2021

The pandemic has radically transformed the nature of work and learning, but if you think the big changes are over, think again. Canada’s labour market is being reshaped by countless forces, from climate change to digital disruption, urbanization to shifting demographics. As we rebuild our economy in the wake of COVID-19, the stark reality of rapid, constant change must be front of mind. Challenges of this magnitude will rely on a recovery that is both inclusive and industry-aligned. Canadian employers need a workforce with the knowledge and skills to hit the ground running, even as the ground shifts under their feet. The runway from on-boarding to performance is shortening.

HANDS-ON LEARNING

The Globe and Mail
Photo: GBC
Date: Nov 9, 2021

When Larissa Meleiro walked into her first day of her hospitality internship at a Hampton by Hilton hotel in Toronto, she knew she was ready to be there. “The hands-on training I received at George Brown gave me the skills to handle different situations that I encountered,” explains Meleiro, who enrolled in the Hotel Operations Management course at Toronto’s George Brown College in 2019. “I went to a college for that exact reason, because I was looking for technical skills and hands-on learning.” Canada’s polytechnic institutions, like George Brown, are highly sought after for their focus on applied and experiential learning.

COVID-19 VACCINE POLICY

Students walking wearing face masks

City News
Photo: GBC
Date: Aug 23, 2021

George Brown College in Toronto is joining a growing list of post-secondary schools to implement a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine policy. In a release Monday, the school said effective September 7, 2021, it would require either proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 rapid test for students and employees to access campus this fall. The school said the decision comes amid rising infection rates driven by the Delta variant. “Employees and students must provide verification of full vaccination through a third-party provider or provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 rapid test administered within 48 hours of entry,” the release states, adding that “individuals will still have the option to provide evidence of a test or take a test on-site.”

CHALLENGING TRADITIONS

CBC News
Photo: GBC
Date: June 22, 2021

A George Brown dance student is sparking change by challenging traditions in ballet. The school says the non-binary student’s pursuit of dancing on pointe shoes has helped spur more gender-fluid practices in its ballet training. Ballet tends to follow conventional gender roles in performance and in the types of training female and male dancers pursue, with women in pointe class and men in another group. Dance Performance Preparation student Bebe Brunjes (he/she/they) who is gender fluid wanted to join a pointe class, a first, and there were no questions asked. CBC’s Talia Ricci has the story.

STRATEGY IN A CRISIS

Academica Forum
Photo: GBC
Date: Jun 23, 2021

Shannon Hynes is the Director of Strategy and Planning at George Brown College. She says most successful institutions recognize that short- and long-term goals are mutually reinforcing, not mutually exclusive. They respond rapidly to change using short duration, small scale actions with immediate, tangible outcomes, while also investing in transformative multi-year initiatives that address complex problems. In this blog post Shannon writes, “At George Brown College, we articulated a vision that includes vivid aspirations for the college's future state, as well as medium-term strategic sprints and built-in check points that allow us to reassess, recalibrate and pivot along the way.”

JESSE VALLINS

Toronto Life
Photo: Toronto Life
Date: Jun 21, 2021

Toronto Life is asking Toronto chefs and restaurateurs which takeout dishes have been getting them through the pandemic. Our own GBC Chef Jesse Vallins is profiled here. If there's one thing Jesse Vallins doesn't do, it's rest on his laurels: he's a certified sommelier and cicerone, a part-time teacher at George Brown, a contributor to Food & Drink magazine, a partner of Hamilton's Merit Brewing and, most recently, the executive chef at Toronto steak institution Barberian's. These are his go-to spots for takeout in Scarborough, where he was born and raised.

CHEF WOLFMAN

Global News
Photo: Chef David Wolfman
Date: Apr 05, 2021

The Rind & Truckle owner Amy Robert and her husband Dan Boucher will be opening their artisanal cheese and goods store in downtown Orillia this Spring. Robert is now in the process of completing her schooling at George Brown College to become a fromager. “Having spent the past summers in Orillia and getting to know the stores, the people, the community, it’s such a vibrant community that is so supportive, so kind, and so friendly, so it just seemed like a really great fit to start my own business.” Robert’s store will not only sell cheese but also everything that goes with it, from crackers to honey to cutting boards.

SKILLED TRADES

Ontario Construction News
Photo: pexels
Date: Apr 07, 2021

Of the estimated 126,000 people in construction trades in Ontario, about 3,200 are women. Employers, municipalities and the Ontario government are encouraging women to consider construction careers. Featured here is Bijal Dalal who has been working in the construction industry for several years now after graduating from the residential construction management post-graduate program at George Brown College. Also featured is Aliya Hirji, a third-year construction management student from George Brown College has been presented with the inaugural Construction Specifications Canada scholarship of excellence.

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