GBC in the Media


First place gingerbread house winner

Check out George Brown College’s 2022 gingerbread house contest winners

Bakers Journal
Photo: GBC
Date: November 24, 2022

Toronto – George Brown College showcased a high calibre of student talent – and a high number of entries – at its annual gingerbread house contest, held in person in the college’s Atrium. Professor and chef Sue Fleming, who organized the annual event, said they received 79 entries and narrowed the field to 40 for the final judging. Students in the baking and pastry arts programs were tasked with creating a gingerbread house inspired by a favourite movie. Evan Lim took home top honours and a $2,000 prize for his intricate Hogwarts castle as seen in Harry Potter films. Lim won last year for his two-storey bookshop.


Harry Potter inspired gingerbread house by student Evan Lim

Culinary students set new standards for creating award-winning gingerbread houses

Toronto Sun
Photo: GBC
Date: November 23, 2022

George Brown College Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts, in Toronto (considered one of the top culinary institutions in Canada) recently held its annual Gingerbread House contest, a favourite among the students and staff.  And this year’s creations, based on the theme of a well-known house in film or literature, did not disappoint. The students’ creations could only be described as whimsical and magical, and reflective of the holiday season. Many had twinkling lights throughout, and the beveled glass on the windows was actually blown sugar. The details on each of the 30-plus homes on display were painstaking and precise, with little hidden secrets embedded into the details – one house had a tiny signature on the “stone” steps leading to the front door. Another – an ode to Alice In Wonderland – had Alice breaking through the roof.



St. James Campus, with a streetcar rolling by.

Local entrepreneurs 'go to college' to launch businesses

Toronto Sun
Photo: GBC
Date: Nov 12, 2022

From robots to vodka to escape rooms – a Toronto college has become a sparkplug helping to launch new, local businesses. Six years ago Quantum Robotics Systems (QRS) had an idea that could potentially help elderly people having trouble getting around. But securing funding and expertise to develop their idea for a robot was difficult. That’s when George Brown College stepped in. “Without the college’s funding model, we would be stuck,” QRS President Frank Naccarato said. “It would be extremely difficult for a company in our position to foot the entire bill.”


George Brown College Creates Chef John Higgins Award of Excellence

Foodservice and Hospitality
Photo: Foodservice and Hospitality
Date: October 31, 2022

Chef John Higgins, director, Enterprise Leadership Culinary & Hospitality Ambassador of the Centre for Hospitality & Culinary Arts at George Brown College, has retired after more than 20 years. To honour the work of Higgins, a fund and scholarship has been created in his name to recognize his contributions and the countless culinary students he has taught and mentored. The Chef John Higgins Award of Excellence will support students enrolled in Chef School, Centre for Hospitality & Culinary Arts. Anyone who donated to the Chef John Higgins scholarship fund will receive a tax receipt for their charitable donation.


Wealthsimple Foundation scholarship cheque presentation

Wealthsimple Foundation donation funds new $20,000 student entrance scholarship

Education News
Photo: GBC
Date: October 24, 2022

George Brown College and Wealthsimple celebrated our ongoing partnership with an event at the company's head office and the announcement of a $20,000 gift that will fund a new student award. Wealthsimple and the Wealthsimple Foundation as a community partner currently hosts GBC students for work-integrated learning opportunities and hires our graduates. Now, the company is strengthening its ties to the college by funding an entrance scholarship that will provide $5,000 in funding each year for four years (find full details below). 


The George Brown College community celebrated the launch of green space at St. James Campus that connects Indigenous food traditions, sustainability and curriculum.

George Brown College celebrates launch of Indigenous Medicine Garden

Education News
Photo: Education News
Date: October 21, 2022

The George Brown College community celebrated the launch of green space at St. James Campus that connects Indigenous food traditions, sustainability and curriculum. The Greening Through Food and Education initiative led by the Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts and Indigenous Initiatives includes the launch of the Indigenous Medicine Garden at 290 Adelaide St. E. and the greening of the rooftop garden at 200 King St. E. "As part of our ongoing commitment to reconciliation, George Brown is integrating Indigenous ways of knowing into our curriculum, classroom practices and institutional decision-making," George Brown College President Dr. Gervan Fearon said at the launch celebration at the Indigenous Medicine Garden on October 13.


Emefa Kuadey, designer and founder of isarella KOBLA.

Emefa Kuadey Wins the Bay Fashion Fund Award

Business Wire
Photo: Sofia Guevara
Date: October 15, 2022

The Bay is pleased to announce that Emefa Kuadey, designer and founder of israella KOBLA, has been selected as the recipient The Bay’s Fashion Fund, an initiative built to mentor and support emerging BIPOC designers in Canada. Kuadey has been awarded a $25,000 grant coupled with a three-year mentorship program designed to tackle some obstacles new designers face when entering the competitive retail landscape. Kuadey, British born of Ghanaian descent began her career as a civil engineer. In 2017 Kuadey left the engineering field to pursue her passion for design, enrolling at George Brown College. In 2019 she was invited to showcase her work at Vancouver Fashion Week. Following the success of VFW, Emefa released isarella KOBLA’s debut collection, Freed from Captivity, that same year.



Toronto Mayor John Tory visits GBC Future of Work pilot space at 230 Richmond St. E.

Hybrid office space for post-pandemic era makes new home at Toronto college

CTV News
Photo: GBC
October 04, 2022

Executives at George Brown College showed off a new downtown hybrid workspace Monday as employees return to the office following COVID-19 lockdowns. They held a tour of their staff offices at 230 Richmond Street East campus, which now include large rooms with desks, collaborative spaces and meeting rooms equipped with technology. The $1.9 million pilot project has been in the works for nearly two years as the college discovered through a survey that 80 per cent of its employees want work from home options. The college said the new space is a way to support staff and show flexibility wherever they are working.


Future of Work photo at 230 Richmond St E

George Brown unveils new Future of Work pilot building for hybrid workers

Academica Group
Photo: GBC
October 4, 2022

George Brown College has unveiled a new building that will support college employees who would like to work flexibly. The Future of Work pilot building is a hub in downtown Toronto for hybrid workers that will foster collaboration and a positive work culture. The building is equipped with sit-stand workstations, wellbeing spaces, sound-proof pods, executive lockers, and more for workers who plan to be on campus for activities and meetings at least two days a week. 


Rizz Young poses for picture with glass of wine

At their popular Sunday Service, Rizz Young pairs wine with tarot readings

The Toronto Star
Photo: The Toronto Star
Date: September 25, 2022

Every Sunday, the questioning and the hopeful file into Sunday Service. This is not, however, your usual hour at church, but a few folks intrigued by the arcane and looking to the universe for answers. Rizz Young of Qveen of Swords Tarot presides over this small, sacred congregation in their garden, pouring specially selected wine and reading tarot for those assembled. “I went through a heartbreak and needed to focus on something that brought joy into my life,” Young says. Young left social work in 2019 and developed a passion for wine, taking classes and starting a sommelier certification at George Brown College. 


Former Brock University President Gervan Fearon (left) watches an unveiling of his portrait by artist Jane Dywan (centre) and Interim President and Vice-Chancellor Lynn Wells at the Rankin Family Pavilion on Friday, Sept. 23.

Past President Gervan Fearon honoured with official portrait

The Brock News
Photo: The Brock News
Date: September 23, 2022

Past President and Vice-Chancellor Gervan Fearon’s official portrait was unveiled at a special event held in the Rankin Family Pavilion Friday. Fearon, now the President of Toronto’s George Brown College, led the University from 2017 to 2021. “Your thoughtful and collaborative approach to leadership was highly valued by the team here at Brock, and among other things, ensured the institution was able to quickly adapt and respond to what became an unprecedented global pandemic,” Board of Trustees Chair Mark Arthur said of Fearon in his remarks at the event. “You should be very proud of this work.”


Jaivon Ollivierre being interviewed by CBC News

3 Jane and Finch students on what helped them find academic success

CBC News
Photo: CBC News
Date: September 17, 2022

Data from the Toronto District School Board's Learning Opportunities Index, which tracks what it calls "external challenges" affecting student success, features a number of Jane and Finch's school high on its list. But despite those challenges — ranging from growing up in lower-income households to having parents without high levels of education — many students in the area have found their own paths to success. CBC Toronto spoke with three young men about their approach to schooling and what's worked for them. Jaivon Ollivierre, 17, is enrolled in George Brown College's child and youth care program.


Electric Vehicle promotional photo

Toronto college launches EV program

Auto Service World
Photo: GBC
Date: September 21, 2022

George Brown College has launched an Electric Vehicle Technician Certificate Program. It’s a self-paced distance education program — students can learn at their own pace from anywhere. It’s designed for automotive technicians interested in upping technical knowledge to diagnose, service and repair high voltage EVs. The Toronto school said it’s also open to other trades professionals, like electricians, to learn to install, design and maintain residential or commercial charging stations.


Chef John Higgins with the Queen Mum and staff during his tenure in the Royal household

Famed Canadian Chef John Higgins recalls his career in the Royal household

Toronto Sun
Photo: Toronto Sun
Date: September 08, 2022

With the news of the passing of beloved Queen Elizabeth II, memories came flooding back quickly for Canada’s own Chef John Higgins. The Food Network star and director of the renowned George Brown Culinary school in Toronto – who was born in Scotland –  spent a considerable part of his career cooking for the Royals both at Buckingham Palace and on the Royal Yacht  Britannia, as they entertained countless heads of state and celebrities. And, not only did he cook for the royals, but he danced with them, too. Higgins’ memories included “dancing with the Queen Mum at one event, and observing the occasion of Princess Anne’s marriage at another event. 


Rudi Fischbacher, Dean, Centre for Hospitality & Culinary Arts

Dean Rudi Fischbacher navigates the pandemic with empathy and compassion

Food Service and Hospitality
Photo: GBC
Date: September 02, 2022

Rudi Fischbacher’s leadership style didn’t change through the course of the pandemic but his approach certainly did. “Pre-pandemic, there were daily personal interactions with students, faculty and staff. The opportunities to organize field trips, live events or having in-class guest speakers was our normal at that time,” says Fischbacher, who took the reins as dean, Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts, George Brown College in July. Fischbacher calls his leadership style “servant leadership” and says supporting managers, faculty and staff around him became even more of an important driver during COVID.


Headshot of Princess Jibrin who will be attending George Brown College for nursing in the fall

With health care in spotlight, some Ontario nursing programs see record applications

The Canadian Press
Photo: The Canadian Press
Date: September 01, 2022

When Princess Jibrin told her mom she was interested in following her path and pursuing a career in nursing, she says the response was a mix of excitement and caution. She will work some 14-hour days, Jibrin's mom, a recently retired critical care nurse in Hamilton, Ont., told her. She will see things that take a toll on her mental health — things that "break" her, she recalled of the conversation. Jibrin is one of the thousands of people who applied for a spot at an Ontario nursing school this fall, as some programs report a record number of applicants. The Nigerian-born, Hamilton-raised 23-year-old accepted an offer to George Brown's practical nursing program starting this fall.


Keith Melo speaking at podium at event

Canadian Security announces 2022 Community Leader Award winner

Canadian Security Magazine
Photo: Canadian Security Magazine
Date: August 30, 2022

Canadian Security is pleased to announce the winner of this year’s Community Leader Award, Keith Melo, emergency management program coordinator at George Brown College. For almost 17 years, Melo has been the academic program coordinator/professor at the School of Emergency Management at George Brown College in Toronto. With just over 11 years of experience at Seneca College, he also facilitates three different programs where he inspires his learners to reach for the stars. He holds a Master’s degree in Disaster and Emergency Management and a Law & Security Administration diploma.


EV Technician at a charging station

George Brown launches technician program

Academica Group
Photo: GBC
Date: August 22, 2022

Cambrian College and George Brown College have announced that they will be offering new technician programs. Cambrian is launching a two-year Chemical Engineering Technician program that will cover a variety of topics, such as industry-standard chemistry practices, mineral processing, water treatment, and sampling. The program will focus on providing students with hands-on training to meet labour needs. George Brown is launching a fully online electric vehicle (EV) technician certificate program that will cover topics such as diagnosing, servicing, and repairing EVs and installing and maintaining EV charging stations. It requires no prior technical knowledge and can be completed on a flexible timeline, making it accessible to professionals who are upskilling.


young Asian woman sniffing a glass of wine

George Brown partners with LCBO to provide scholarships for diverse women

Academica Group
Photo: GBC
Date: August 11, 2022

George Brown College and the Liquor Control Board of Ontario have partnered to support women from diverse backgrounds in entering the beverage alcohol industry. George Brown has received funding from the LCBO's Spirit of Inclusion Initiative to create scholarships, bursaries, and awards for eligible women in related programs at the college. Students will also have the chance to be mentored by industry members. "We believe the beverage alcohol industry should reflect the diversity that exists in our communities," stated George Brown President Gervan Fearon. 


Artist Nancy L Moore's painting Inukshuk is part of a new exhibition, Through the Looking Glass, on at Westland Gallery until Aug. 27 and also featuring glass art by David Thai.

Hearts of glass: Two artists, one common theme at new exhibition

The London Free Press
Photo: The London Free Press
Date: August 09, 2022

The artistry of glass is common to the works of two artists featured at a London gallery, with one working directly with the material and another in paint. Through the Looking Glass, at Westland Gallery in Wortley Village, features paintings by Nancy L. Moore and art glass by David Thai. “Moore’s acrylic paintings reinterpret the natural landscape into paintings that are reminiscent of stained glass and mosaics. Each organic element is broken down into geometric shapes and painted in a mix of vibrant and natural colours,” said Anna Wilson, the gallery’s marketing co-ordinator. Moore is a graduate of George Brown College graphic design program and is based in Newtonville northeast of Toronto. Thai is a graduate of Sheridan College and is based in Oakville.


Model poses in black jacket and pants.

This Canadian Designer Combines Video Games with Traditional Tailoring

Fashion Magazine
Photo: Nikolay Michaylov

Date: August 05, 2022

“I think the best way to use inspiration is to bury it,” says Toronto-based designer Andrew Szewczyk. “I use a lot of skateboarding and video game references [in my work], but they aren’t obvious.” And indeed, they aren’t. Take a quick scroll through Szewczyk’s Instagram page, where he’s posted images of his Fall 2022 collection, and words like “tailoring” and “sculptural” will immediately come to mind. But that’s intentional. “I concentrate on the shape and line first, and then I add the inspiration afterwards.”  Four years after launching his namesake label in 2018, the designer has become a rising star in the Canadian fashion scene. Since then, the George Brown College grad has become a bit obsessive with his craft and has bought every book on sewing and tailoring that he can get his hands on and even took an additional pattern drafting course focused on Italian techniques. 



Augmented Education Construction Craftworker cabin project, June 2022

George Brown College students build cabin for people with mental health and addiction challenges

Ontario Construction News
Photo: GBC
Date: August 03, 2022

A group of George Brown College students with histories of mental health and/or addiction challenges successfully completed the construction of a therapeutic cabin to help people with similar challenges. The seven students who built the cabin have now completed the Construction Craftworker Foundations program, a free augmented education program offered at the Centre for Preparatory and Liberal Studies for people who’ve experienced complex mental health challenges and/or addiction. The program helps prepare individuals to find and maintain employment in the construction industry. Students in the program gain carpentry and masonry skills and learn renovation techniques and metal cutting.


Aldrin Bundoc smiles on balcony holding mug

“A Day in The Life” with Toronto Actor, Aldrin Bundoc

Toronto Guardian
Photo: Toronto Guardian
Date: July 27, 2022

I first met Aldrin Bundoc in 2008, when we were first-year students at George Brown Theatre School and immediately, I knew he was going to be a friend for life. Aldrin Bundoc is a ray of sunshine in the lives of everyone he meets. He is an open, non-judgemental, hilarious, kind person and one of the most creative people I have ever met. I have had the immense pleasure of working with him on multiple projects over the years and I am impressed again and again by his unparalleled work ethic. Watching him hone in on scripts, dissecting and creating characters with such depth and authenticity is thrilling and inspiring. His work is playful, exciting, and honest. With a wide-ranging skill set, he brings an exciting new piece of himself to each role.


Raisa Chowdhury, left, and Fatheha Rahim, right, are pictured in Regent Park. Both are youth leads with the group Youth Empower Youth.

Youth Empower Youth surveyed young people about barriers to resources — and is now breaking them down

Photo: CBC
Date: July 26, 2022

A group of youths in Regent Park is working to tackle barriers that young people face in accessing support programs in the Toronto neighbourhood, and has launched a crisis care fund to help them. Youth Empower Youth (YEY) formed just before the start of the pandemic to try to identify gaps that prevented youth from tapping into available programs, as well as what resources they wanted to see more of. To find out what youth wanted more of, the group conducted surveys and focus groups in collaboration with George Brown College. "So from the 350 youth that participated, we were able to create ... a one pager of the research findings. And from that we're able to see what youth really wanted," said Raisa Chowdhury, also a youth lead with YEY.


Trades management student on a building site

Working in skilled trades? Check out Business degree from Algonquin, George Brown, and Mohawk

Electrical Business Magazine
Photo: GBC

Date: July 18, 2022

Three Ontario colleges—Algonquin, George Brown, and Mohawk—have partnered to launch a new 4-year honours degree in Business Administration, focusing on people working in skilled trades occupations. “Business administration has become increasingly sophisticated in the trades sectors,” said Ron J. McKerlie, president & CEO, Mohawk College. “This program recognizes and builds on students’ experience in trades and helps them develop the business skills they need to advance in their careers.” Approved by the Ontario Ministry of Colleges and Universities, the program is suitable for those who seek to “grow their own businesses, take on greater responsibilities in their current work environments, or pursue management careers in medium-to-large organizations”.


Jillian Lassaline holding croissant at her bakery

Local baker rises to the occasion with new business

Orillia Matters
Photo: Orillia Matters
Date: July 13, 2022


Since the end of her time in high school, 22-year-old Jillian Lassaline has dreamed of running her own bakery. Following two years of college and a pandemic, her plans came to fruition with the opening of Jillian’s Bakery in the plaza at 400 Laclie St. in late June. The bakery will hold its grand-opening event Friday, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and cookie giveaway for the first 50 customers. The current mainstays on Lassaline’s menu include sourdough bread, croissants, and scones, but new items will consistently be brought into rotation, she said. Lassaline originally got inspired to pursue a career in baking through an extracurricular course with Georgian College at the end of her high school studies.



Opening of farmers' market sprouts fresh crop of local entrepreneurs

The Sudbury Star
Photo: GBC
Date: July 4, 2022

While it’s still a bit early for locally grown produce, there were plenty of delicacies and handicrafts for sale on the first day of the Mountjoy Farmers’ Market. Jessica Gateman, owner and executive chef of Red Seal Catering, moved to Timmins from Toronto six months ago to launch her company. She specializes in catering weddings and small events. She was serving smoked brisket on a brioche bun with coleslaw, ‘ultimate mac and cheese,’ along with handmade cinnamon rolls. “We’ll be here every other Saturday, bringing Red Seal culinary to Timmins,” said Gateman, a graduate of George Brown College’s culinary school.


Milan Shahani smiles in head shot

Stroke patient finds a unique way to give back

UHN Foundation
Photo: Milan Shahani
Date: June 28, 2022

At the age of 47, Milan Shahani, a professor in the School of Fashion and Jewellery at George Brown College, had a transient ischemic attack (TIA) while teaching in class. A TIA is a temporary blockage of blood flow to the brain and it is often an early warning sign of a stroke. At the time, she did not know what was happening to her. “I was in the middle of teaching. All of a sudden, I couldn’t speak. I couldn’t stand. I couldn’t do anything,” says Shahani. “It was very scary.” One month later, Shahani had another stroke. This one was more severe, leading her on a journey through rehabilitation, frustration and ultimately discovery as she was able to combine her experience as a patient with her background in fashion design to benefit stroke patients.


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.


MCFN Chief Stacey Laforme and GBC Pres Gervan Fearon signing MOU

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

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."


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.


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.


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.”


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.



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. 


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'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. 


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.


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.


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. 


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.


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.


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.


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.



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

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.


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. 



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?’


hands working at sewing machine

Hamilton woman launches website with modest clothing options

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.


Pastry chef Tammy Maki

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

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.


A photo of Joe Cressy

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

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.


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.


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.”


April Julian rolling dough on kitchen counter

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

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. 


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.


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 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.  


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

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.


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.


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.”


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.


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.


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.”


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.




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.




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.


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.


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.”


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.


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.”


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.


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.


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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