The valedictorians of George Brown College’s Class of 2017

George Brown College’s convocation ceremonies are happening June 12–16, 2017 at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts. 

You can watch a live stream of the ceremonies and see our valedictorians’ speeches at

Here’s what some of our 2017 valedictorians had to say about the honour:

Jovie Ann Canape, Dental Hygiene

Valedictorian Jovie Ann Canape 150

“My time at George Brown College in the Dental Hygiene program has been the most challenging and fulfilling academic journey. It has inspired me to pursue various avenues in my chosen profession that I hadn't realized I could.”


Jonathan Kerr, Honours Bachelor of Technology (Construction Management)

Valedictorian Jonathan Kerr 150

“My choice to attend George Brown has repeatedly proved to be one of the best decisions I have made in my life. The knowledge that we all have acquired throughout our programs has prepared us for our individual fields. We have made relationships with our peers throughout our academic progress that will last for a lifetime. We each have learned from our differences and diversity to broaden our experiences and perspectives. This is a graduating class of incredibly talented and extraordinary people and I feel honoured to represent them all as their valedictorian.”

Zilu Guo, Honours Bachelor of Commerce (Financial Services)

Valedictorian Zilu Gou 150

"Coming to George Brown to study was the best decision I have made in my life so far. My journey with GBC has given me great technical and interpersonal skills, which has led me to my dream employer."



Kevin Wong, Culinary Arts-Italian

Valedictorian Kevin Wong 150

“While I was attending George Brown I was able to learn the basics and more, and got to know the incredible chefs we had as teachers. They have extensive knowledge in their fields as well as incredible connections with leaders in our industry. Because of this, some of the world's best chefs like Alain Ducasse and Massimo Bottura came to visit our school because of the Chef School's reputation.”

2017 valedictorians

Elise Tigges – Dance Performance Studies
Centre for Arts, Design and Information Technology
Monday, June 12

Golnoosh Ameri - Advanced French Patisserie
Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts 
Tuesday, June 13

Kevin Wong - Culinary Arts – Italian
Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts
Tuesday, June 13

Jesse Riklis - Food and Beverage Management
Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts
 Tuesday, June 13

Mary Getachew Woldegiorgis - Social Service Worker
Centre for Community Services and Early Childhood
 Wednesday, June 14

Zilu Guo - Honours Bachelor of Commerce (Financial Services)
Centre for Business
Wednesday, June 14

Christine Surjoo - Practical Nursing
Centre for Health Sciences
Thursday, June 15

Jovie Ann Canape - Dental Hygiene
Centre for Health Sciences
Thursday, June 15

Jonathan Kerr - Honours Bachelor of Technology (Construction Management)
Centre for Construction and Engineering Technologies
Friday, June 16

Rachel Sywanyk - Pre-Community Services
Centre for Preparatory and Liberal Studies
Friday, June 16