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GOAL partners with Canada college on Programmable Logic Controller training

Stabroek News
Photo: GBC
Date: September 9, 2023

A Canadian education institution is collaborating with the Guyana Online Academy of Learning (GOAL) to offer Programmable Logic Controller training for the manufacturing sector here. GOAL and George Brown College (GBC), one of Canada’s leading experiential learning institutions, stated in a joint release yesterday, that the two will be launching the Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) Technician Certificate Programme for manufacturing companies in Guyana. It explained that the government via GOAL, will be managing the programme. PLC training, the release informed, is “crucial” for industrial automation, and assists in enhancing efficiency and reducing costs by providing “seamless” control and monitoring of machinery and processes.



Limberlost Place construction March 2023

George Brown’s mass timber building reaches construction milestone

Construction Canada
Photo: GBC
Date: August 30, 2023

Limberlost Place, one of Ontario’s first mass timber, net-zero carbon emissions institutional building, has now reached the highest point in its construction. The final wood and steel beams were installed in the 10-storey facility located at George Brown College’s (GBC’s) Waterfront campus in Toronto. To celebrate the topping off milestone, PCL Construction, other project partners, and the trades workforce signed a beam earlier this summer before it was lifted into place at the top of the building. Limberlost Place’s structure was completed using an intricate installation method including a sequence where each mass timber column and cross-laminated slab band would be placed


 Women in the IT Channel recognition luncheon

Rising Star and Mentor of the Year: the IT channel celebrates women who have made an impact

Channel Daily News
Photo: Mel Manasan
Date: August 25, 2023

This year, the Rising Star award was given to Samin Yazdan, a project manager at Smart One Solutions. Yazdan studied at George Brown for architectural sciences and technology, after which she started her first job at Trillium Architectural Products Ltd. as an office administrator and project coordinator. Inspired and driven, Yazdan is a big believer in setting and surpassing goals you set for yourself. But she also says her team is a huge inspiration They challenge each other as well as themselves, particularly Smart One’s chief executive officer, Ted Maluchi. “He’s been a great mentor to myself and a lot of my colleagues,” she said.


Limberlost Place stairs

Ontario’s first net-zero mass-timber building nears completion

Canadian Forest Industries
Photo: GBC
Date: August 21, 2023

Limberlost Place, Ontario’s first mass-timber, net-zero carbon emissions institutional building, has now reached the highest point in construction. The final wood and steel beams were installed in the 10-storey facility located at George Brown College’s (GBC) Waterfront campus in Toronto’s growing east Bayfront community. “Limberlost Place is a complex project to oversee because of how far its design is pushing the boundaries in advancing current sustainable building practices. We are incredibly proud of how everyone involved – from project consultants to skilled trades – is demonstrating true collaboration and commitment to bring this landmark learning destination to life. Along with our donors and partners, we had a shared vision about sustainability and Limberlost Place is a celebration of our working together,” said Dr. Gervan Fearon, president, George Brown College.


Barkat menu and food items

Toronto welcomes upscale Indian restaurant by globetrotting five-star chef

Streets of Toronto
Photo: GBC
Date: August 14, 2023

Step inside, take a seat in a plush, green velvet chair, and prepare to indulge in a gastronomic journey through India’s culinary history like no other. Run by chef and owner, Ravneet Singh, Barkat is a modern, Indian restaurant that showcases traditional cooking methods and techniques, flavours and presentation. For Singh, the opening of the restaurant is the culmination of a lifelong dream. Born and raised in New Delhi, India, Singh’s decade-long culinary journey started after completing a bachelor of business administration degree in 2013. In 2015, Singh enrolled in George Brown’s culinary program. “It was great to explore different cultures and it gave me the exposure of western culinary culture,” Singh recalls. “From being a prep cook to a film chef, I have seen it all.”


Gervan Fearon, President

Attack on affirmative action reveals need to advocate for inclusion

The Star
Photo: GBC
Date: August 5, 2023

Colleges and universities play a vital role in building an inclusive society and fostering broader global understanding. The relationships we form and understanding we gain about each other are fundamental to the empathetic understanding we bring to our decision-making. It is inclusive education that sets the stage for inclusive societies and the full capacity of humanity to face the challenges of the future. I am often struck by those who ask, “Why do we have to care about inclusivity?” We only have to take a look at history to observe the destruction that arises from disharmonious, polarized societies and exclusionary, discriminatory laws. The recent U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down affirmative action represents an example of the corrosive force of racism and, here in Canada, we need to ensure our efforts and actions push back and advocate for inclusion.

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