George Brown College highlights of 2017

Another year full of exciting developments and accomplishments is coming to a close at George Brown College.

As we prepare to celebrate the start of 2018, let's take a look back at some of the highlights of 2017.

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January - Waterfront Campus expansion announcement


On January 23 we revealed an exciting expansion plan for Waterfront Campus. Our new facility in the Daniels Waterfront – City of the Arts complex at Queens Quay and Jarvis Street will house School of Design programs. It will also be home to a new research hub called the Innovation Exchange.

March - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visits George Brown

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Students packed the halls at the Centre for Construction and Engineering Technologies at Casa Loma Campus hoping to catch a glimpse of, or a selfie with, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Trudeau toured our BIM (building information modelling) lab and carpentry shop on March 23 and met with students from our Bachelor of Technology (Construction Management) and Building Renovation Technician programs.

March - Men's basketball team advances to nationals


It was a big year for our men's basketball team. After winning the OCAA (Ontario Colleges Athletic Association) East Division, the Huskies hit the court at the national championships for the first time in 41 years!

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The GBC squad completed the tournament as the seventh-ranked team in the country.

Amazing year for Ajahmo Clarke

George Brown basketball player Ajahmo Clarke was named a CCAA (Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association) All Canadian and an OCAA First Team All Star. He became the OCAA’s all-time leading scorer, finishing his regular season with a career 1,922 points.

May - George Brown honoured for international efforts


George Brown College received a top honour for our efforts to bring global perspectives to the classroom, provide international work and study opportunities, and support international students.

We received the Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICAN) Internationalization Award on May 1.

May - 10 years of applied research at George Brown


Every spring we host an event that highlights the amazing research projects our students, faculty, staff and industry partners are working on.

The 2017 event was particularly special because it coincided with the 10th anniversary of applied research at George Brown.

In the past decade we've established significant research capacity in a several areas, including: BIM (building information modeling); digital design and emerging tech; food and beverage innovation; green tech; health and health promotion; product development and design; smart building automation; and more.

July - George Brown unveils plan to build tall wood building at Waterfront Campus


On July 27 we shared our plan to construct a tall wood building at Waterfront Campus – a carbon-neutral facility and that will be the first of its kind in Ontario!

The Arbour will be a living lab during construction and when it's complete. Students and researchers will design, construct, operate and monitor climate-friendly buildings.

September - New research & development labs at the Chef School

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We opened new learning and testing spaces at our Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts on September 21. The research facilities include a beverage lab, industry research demonstration kitchen, large-quantity bake lab and a large-quantity culinary lab.

These spaces help our students gain hands-on experience and provide much-needed space for industry professionals to test and develop new products.

November - George Brown ranked top research college in Canada


George Brown College was ranked the #1 research college in the country for 2017. We earned the top spot in 2015, as well.

Research Infosource, a leading source of research and development intelligence in Canada, produces the annual ranking.

November - George Brown grad wins Premier's Award

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Natasha Falle, a graduate of our Assaulted Women's and Children's Counsellor/Advocate program, won a Premier's Award on November 27. She was honoured in the community services category for her work as an advocate for the protection of sex trade workers.

The annual Premier's Awards honour outstanding Ontario college graduates.

2017-18 - Celebrating our 50th birthday!


We've kicked off a yearlong celebration of our milestone birthday! It's been an amazing 50 years and we're spending this year looking back at the accomplishments of our students, staff and faculty.