Highlights of 2018 at George Brown

Wow! Another year full of exciting developments and accomplishments has come and gone at George Brown College. Time flies when you’re having fun!

As we prepare to celebrate the start of 2019, let's look back at some of the highlights of 2018.

April — Winning design chosen for our tall-wood building

Who’d use wood? We would! After announcing our plans to construct a tall wood building at our Waterfront Campus, we announced the winning design for this exciting new structure.

The team of Moriyama & Teshima Architects + Acton Ostry Architects was chosen to design The Arbour and their plan includes solar chimney systems to capture and harness light and air for sustainable natural ventilation and flexible learning spaces and constructed with Canadian-sourced mass wood components. The team won a 2018 Canadian Architect Awards of Excellence for the plan Open New Browser Window.

April — Grand opening of our Smart Welding Lab

We celebrated the opening of a cutting-edge facility at Casa Loma Campus in April—our new “smart” welding lab. It features monitors and specialized cameras that allow instructors to demonstrate and digitally document welding techniques, 26 welding stations for students to practice in a controlled environment using realistic simulations and an accessible welding station for people with special needs.

May — George Brown founding partner of Digital Literacy Day

On May 31, Mayor John Tory proclaimed the first-ever Digital Literacy Day in Toronto and George Brown College was among the many organizations and companies that provided free events across the city.

May — 50X50 photo exhibit opens at Waterfront Campus

2017/18 was our 50th anniversary year and we celebrated with a photo exhibit featuring 50 of our amazing grads.

The 50X50 exhibit started off as part of the annual Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival and was extended through to the fall at Waterfront Campus.

You can still see the striking images and incredible stories of our graduates at georgebrown.ca/50X50.

August — George Brown goes 100% smoke-free

The chill summer vibes weren’t the only reason we were breathing easy in August. Our updated smoke-free policy went into effect on August 20. We were the first Ontario college to go 100 per cent smoke free.

The policy prohibits smoking or vaping tobacco or cannabis substances at all campus locations. 

September — We launch our Blockchain program

Responding to industry demand, we became the first Canadian college to launch a full-time comprehensive blockchain program.

Not sure what blockchain is? Blockchains are digital, decentralized ledgers that record transactions shared among many people. This technology can help businesses improve efficiency of transactions while lowering the chance of data mismanagement and fraud.

September — Bocuse d’Or kicks into high gear at the Chef School

Graduates and faculty from our Chef School are gearing up to compete in what’s been described as the Olympics for chefs—Bocuse d’Or.

The international culinary arts competition happens January 29-30, 2019 in Lyon, France and a good portion of the Canadian team are from George Brown. They’re currently chopping, testing and tasting ahead of the big trip.

September — George Brown’s first chancellor completes second term

September was bittersweet as we said thank you and goodbye to Sally Horsfall Eaton. She left the college after completing two three-year terms as our first chancellor—her position at George Brown also marked the first chancellorship at an Ontario college.

We were very lucky to have Sally launch this important role at George Brown. She brought her trademark sense of humour, generosity and passion for student success.

November — transfer agreement with Boston Architectural College

We announced an exciting international pathway for students at our School of Architectural Studies this fall. Architectural Technology students can now apply their credits to complete a masters at Boston Architectural College.


After a great 2018 we’re sure wonderful things are in store for 2019. What were your highlights of the year? Share them with us on social media with #MyGBC.