George Brown College celebrating Convocation Week, June 10 – 14

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A weeklong celebration is underway as George Brown College (GBC) celebrates our Class of 2024 at convocation ceremonies happening June 10 – 14 at Meridian Hall. 

This week, our graduates, their loved ones, and the George Brown community come together for the college’s biggest celebration of the year. It’s also a time to celebrate the role dedicated faculty, staff, and the greater college community play in helping our students achieve success. 

Geoge Brown is proud to continue our tradition of incorporating an Eagle Feather into all convocation activities. This meaningful gesture honours the spirituality and philosophies of our Indigenous students, integrating Indigenous ways of knowing into our college’s practices. 

"Convocation stands as the pinnacle of the academic year, a momentous occasion in higher education," said Dr. Gervan Fearon, George Brown College President. "It is a time of proud celebration, shared by our upcoming graduates, their loved ones, our esteemed faculty, and dedicated employees."

Be sure to share your convocation highlights with #GBConvo! And get all the highlights on George Brown’s social channels

2024 valedictorians and honorary credential recipients 

Our nine valedictorians will deliver addresses to their fellow graduates at our ceremonies this week.

Meet our Valedictorians 

We are presenting honourary credentials to eight college partners and industry leaders. 

Carol Phillips, Partner, Moriyama Teshima Architects

Carol Phillips, Partner, Moriyama Teshima

Honorary Advanced Diploma in Architectural Technology 
Monday, June 10, 2024 

Carol Phillips' bio

Carol Phillips is a design leader with a passionate drive for finding gracefully powerful architectural solutions. A Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada with more than 30 years of experience working across Canada and abroad, she brings her exceptional design talent and versatile design leadership to creating generous, inspiring spaces that serve their communities. 

For almost two decades, Ms. Phillips has led some of MTA’s most valued civic, cultural, and educational building projects including the beautiful award-winning Multi-Faith Centre at the University of Toronto. This Centre continues to serve diverse communities with grace, accommodating inclusivity and intercultural understanding – underlying principles that inform all of Ms. Phillips’ projects. She is currently Partner-in-Charge of MTA’s most sustainably ambitious mass timber projects, including George Brown College’s Limberlost Place in partnership with Acton Ostry Architects. 

Ms. Phillips is adept at stakeholder engagement and promoting designs in ways that result in wide-scale consensus and public as well as fundraising project support. Projects under her design leadership have won numerous national and international design excellence awards, including distinctions celebrating innovation, heritage preservation, and exceptional sustainability.  

Ms. Phillips sits on various design review panels including the Toronto Community Housing Corporation, the City of Markham, and the professional panel on the new architectural engineering program at the University of Waterloo. Her service to the community also extends to education, serving as visiting instructor and external thesis reviewer at several schools of architecture at the graduate level. Additionally, she regularly shares knowledge with the design community to advance our collective journey to a low carbon future.  


Anan Lololi, Afri-Can FoodBasket/Exec. Dir., Co-Founder

Anan Lololi

Honorary Honours Bachelor of Commerce (Culinary Management)
Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Anan Xola Lololi's bio

Anan Xola Lololi has been working in sustainable food systems development for 40 years.  He is a past Executive Director of the Afri-Can FoodBasket (AFB), a non-profit organization he co-founded in 1995 that promotes community food security, food sovereignty, and food justice in Toronto, North America, and the Caribbean. Mr. Lololi is currently the interim Executive Director of Black Food Sovereignty Alliance established by AFB to empower Black communities to define their own food and agriculture systems and to have access to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods. He is also a food sovereignty community consultant with the City of Toronto’s Confronting Anti-Black Racism unit (CABR). 

Mr. Lololi was an executive and founding member of the Growing Food and Justice for All Initiative based in Milwaukee, USA, an executive and founding member of the Community Food Security Coalition of North America – Outreach & Diversity Committee, a member of the City of Toronto Food Policy Council, Food Policy Consultant for the Detroit Black Community Food Sovereignty Network, and a committee member of the Toronto Region and Conservation Authority Humber Watershed Alliance. 

Mr. Lololi is a Research Associate at the Toronto Metropolitan University Centre for Studies in Food Security and serves as the Chair of the Black Food Sovereignty Working Group. He is also a present board member of the Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario, 

Mr. Lololi holds a Master of Environmental Studies degree from York University and a diploma in Business Administration from Centennial College. 


Alicia Elliott, Author, A Mind Spread out on the Ground, Editor

Honorary Diploma in General Arts and Science
Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Alicia Elliott's bio

Alicia Elliott is an award-winning Mohawk writer living in Brantford, Ontario. Ms. Elliott has written for The Globe and Mail, CBC, Hazlitt and many others. Her essays have been nominated for the National Magazine Awards for three straight years, winning Gold in 2017. Her short fiction was selected for publication in Best American Short Stories 2018, Best Canadian Stories 2018, and Journey Prize Stories 30. She was chosen by Tanya Talaga as the 2018 recipient of the RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Award.  

Ms. Elliott’s first book, A Mind Spread Out on the Ground, was a national bestseller in 2019, was chosen as a Best Book by the Globe and Mail, Quill and Quire and Chatelaine, and was shortlisted for the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction. Her second book, the novel And Then She Fell, was longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction and named a Globe and Mail and CBC Best Book of the Year when it was published last fall. 


Shawn Redmond, Vice-President, Sports, Bell Media

Honorary Graduate Certificate in Sport & Event Marketing
Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Shawn Redmond's bio

As VP Sports at Bell Media, Shawn Redmond leads content and operations for the organization’s wide-ranging portfolio of multimedia sports assets across TV, digital, radio, and social media platforms, including TSN and RDS. Under Mr. Redmond’s leadership, TSN and RDS are home to the most expansive schedules of live sports in the country, delivering more than 25,000 hours of world-class competitions to Canadians each year through the networks’ national television feeds and live streaming platforms, including the direct-to-consumer streaming service TSN+. 

Previously, Mr. Redmond served as Bell Media’s VP of Subscription Sales & Partnerships, overseeing all distribution and subscription revenue, and developing Bell Media’s linear, OTT, and direct-to-consumer content distribution strategy. He has held a variety of leadership roles at Bell Media, including Vice-President of Discovery Canada and Vice-President of Programming and Marketing at TSN.  

With Mr. Redmond overseeing TSN’s content strategy and ever-growing broadcast schedule, the network has secured exclusive, long-term multi-media rights agreements with many of the most high-profile properties in sports, including the NFL, CFL, Curling Canada, Hockey Canada, and FIFA, and has developed an industry-leading portfolio of women’s sports coverage. 

Before joining the Bell Media team, Mr. Redmond held sales and marketing positions at prominent Canadian companies including RBC Financial Group and Molson Canada. 

Mr. Redmond sits on the Board of Directors for Special Olympics Canada, Dome Productions, and Discovery Canada. 


In 2012, Mr. Redmond was selected as a winner of George Brown College’s inaugural 5 To Watch: Canada’s Sports Business Awards. 


Armand Rabbath, COO at Myerson’s, CEO/Partner at Triocast Inc

Armand Rabbath

Honorary Advanced Diploma in Jewellery Arts
Thursday, June 13, 2024

Armand Rabbath's bio

Armand Rabbath was born in Beirut, Lebanon, into a family of goldsmiths and jewellery makers, and from a young age showed interest and talent. At 20 years old, he began his formal studies in design, wax carving, and casting at the Ghassan Marcha Institute and graduated in 1998. 

Upon graduation, Mr. Rabbath started working at Jahel Jewellery in Beirut. In a very short time, he was managing the factory as a foreman. Displaying skills of both exceptional design and extraordinary craftsmanship, his custom work was highly sought after. Also in 1998, Mr. Rabbath put his artistic skills to work as owner of Airbrush Ink Ltd., where he had opportunities to airbrush for movie sets, publicly and privately commissioned murals, automotive art, and tattoos.  

In 2005, Mr. Rabbath moved to Canada and was hired by Myerson’s Limited as a goldsmith. He moved quickly through the ranks to foreman and then COO. During this time, he took Rhino Computer-Aided Design courses and created Myerson’s design and 3D printing department. He currently teaches Rhino at Schindler Technologies. In 2021, Mr. Rabbath and two other partners opened Triocast Inc, a casting company based in Toronto. 

Mr. Rabbath is President of the Jewellery Program Advisory Committee (PAC) for George Brown College where he helps ensure that graduates are ready to work in the industry and can meet its most current needs and demands.


Greg Wolfond, Chairman, Armel, CEO, Blue Sky Capital

Honorary Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security
Thursday, June 13, 2024

Greg Wolfond's bio

Greg Wolfond thrives leading diverse teams solving unique problems. Currently retired from building software and hardware businesses, he is Chairman of Armel Corporation, a private real estate developer based in Toronto, and the founder and principal at Blue Sky Capital Corporation, a private investment firm with a focus on mobile and security-related technologies targeting the financial services and payment sectors. 

As a serial entrepreneur, Mr. Wolfond founded Footprint Software Inc., a financial software company which he started in 1983 and later sold to IBM. He also built 724 Solutions Inc. a wireless software infrastructure provider which he took public in 2000, co-founded innovative chip and device developer, Kili Technologies (now the Square Terminal), and led authentication solution provider, SecureKey Technologies which was recently sold to Avast. Mr. Wolfond also led the team and design of early versions of RPM systems which later sold to Broadridge, a leader in fintech solutions. 

Mr. Wolfond is a big believer in Canada and the opportunities that abound here. He spends a lot of time mentoring and giving back, funding initiatives in digital health, cancer treatment and many others in the health care community.   


Daniel (Danny) Anckle, Exec. Dir., Cecil Community Centre, City of Toronto

Honorary Diploma in Community Worker
Friday, June 14, 2024

Danny Anckle's bio

For more than 25 years, Daniel Anckle has worked and volunteered in the not-for-profit sector with children, youth and communities.  He is currently Executive Director of the Cecil Community Centre in Toronto. His previous roles include Director of Resident Access and Support Services for the Toronto Community Housing Corporation, and Executive Director of Boys & Girls Club, Scouts Canada, Central Neighbourhood House, and the Jamaican Canadian Association.  

​From his role as Vice Chair to his membership in the Constituency Council at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Mr. Anckle remains consistent in his drive to remove barriers and enhance access for marginalized people. 

Mr. Anckle has received several awards and recognition, including the United Way Leaders of Today, Ontario Volunteer Service Award, CNIB Century of Change Award, and the Toronto South Local Immigration Partnership - Collaboration Award.​  

Mr. Anckle is a lifelong learner. He has received regulatory board member certification from the Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation. He also earned a Certificate in the Essentials of Governance for Public Sector Boards from the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA), a Certificate in the Fundamentals of Governance from Queen’s University School of Business, Certificates from the Schulich School of Business, York University, in the Executive Program in Leading Sustainable Strategic Change and the Executive Directors’ Institute (EDI).  

As a graduate of George Brown College’s innovative Child and Youth Care program, Mr. Anckle learned all the skills for being a caring practitioner.  He was recently appointed to the Ontario College of Teachers as Vice Chair of the Standards of Practice and Education Committee.  


José Moreno, Owner, Universal Dental Center-Mobile Dental Hygiene Clinic

Honorary Honours Bachelor of Science (Dental Hygiene)
Friday, June 14, 2024

José Moreno's bio

José Moreno spent his childhood in Esteli, Nicaragua, amidst a backdrop of war. Fleeing Nicaragua, his family reunited in Texas and later moved to Canada, where Mr. Moreno attended high school and trained to become a restorative dental hygienist. 

Mr. Moreno’s commitment to holistic healthcare is evident in his focus on building lasting relationships with clients, including those with special needs and seniors. With a strong sense of integrity and professionalism, he has dedicated his career to promoting oral health and its impact on overall well-being. His dental hygiene services are designed to ensure accessibility to quality oral care for all individuals, irrespective of mobility or socioeconomic status. As a mobile dental hygienist, he has provided and continues to provide services to various communities, including the Toronto Islands, Native Child and Family Services branches, the YWCA, among others. 

Mr. Moreno is a member of the Peer Circle Facilitator with the College of Dental Hygienist of Ontario.  He is also a member of the George Brown College Restorative Dental Hygiene Program Advisory Committee, volunteering to support the program's future. His personal and professional journey truly embodies the aspirations of many immigrants, including George Brown College students who strive to set professional goals and build on their credentials to achieve those goals. He is a role model and a positive example of what can be achieved through resiliency and hard work, how values of equity and inclusivity ensure better access to high quality dental health care, and how lifelong learning drives success. ​  

Mr. Moreno graduated with honours from George Brown College’s Restorative Dental Hygiene Program in 2014 and holds a diploma in dental hygiene from the Canadian Institute of Dental Hygiene.