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2020 men's basketball OCAA champs

An award-winning college

George Brown College students, alumni, faculty and staff do amazing things. Learn about the honours they've received for their excellence, innovation and contributions to their industries and the community-at-large.

Here’s a look at achievements from the George Brown community so far in 2020: 

Student achievements

Four students from the School of Fashion Studies won scholarships from the Manhattan-based YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund (FSF).

Silvia Canovas Closa, Jillian Siu and Madeline Soubry each won US$5,000 scholarships and Barbara De Souza Pinheiro Nobre took home a $7,500 award. They travelled to New York City to attend a gala awards celebration in January. 

Athletics

The George Brown Huskies captured their first national championship when Huyen Le won the gold medal in Women's Singles at the CCAA National Badminton Championships in March.

In March our men’s basketball team made history after capturing the OCAA (Ontario Collegiate Athletics Association) championship for the first time in 44 years. The Huskies defeated the Humber Hawks 78-65.

2019

College wide

George Brown College named one of Greater Toronto’s Top Employers.

The design for our mass-timber building at Waterfront Campus, The Arbour, continues to win awards, including:

  • 2019 - AZ Award (Azure Magazine) —winner and People's Choice, Unbuilt Buildings category
  • 2019 - MIPIM/Architectural Review Future Project Award — Sustainability Prize

Student Achievement

Five students from our School of Fashion and Jewellery won US$5,000 YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund awards based on their strong academic performance and on case studies they developed and presented.

The 2019 YMA FSF award winners are:

-Milica Djukanovic
-Samantha Macri
-Courtney Mancuso
-Fabio Mikai
-Kelsey Nowlan

George Brown College students dominated at the Construction Institute of Canada’s 2019 Simulated Student Bid competition, sweeping three of the four categories.

Most Professional Category

  1. 2020 General Contractors Inc. (Jessica Yolanda Vazquez Saldana, Angelee Weathers, Jason Pereira, Luisa Alzate Osorno)
  2. Dash Design Build (Hani Esmail, Duc Anh Ngo, Suferdi Laij, Andre Cespedes)
  3. U3J Construction ltd (Tianbai Wang, Udaygiri Gauswami, Jiadai Li, Jimmy Huynh)

Most Accurate and Complete Category

  1. ML&SK Contractors (Matthew Marotta, Troy Zboch-Lawson, Georgy Sheer, Nikola Kopcalic)
  2. Dash Design Build (Hani Esmail, Duc Anh Ngo, Suferdi aij, Andre Cespedes)
  3. JEMM Construction Ltd. (Michael Marasigan, Justin Porzio, Elton Levani, Mohammed Abu-Hamileh)

Closest to Target Category 

  1. ML&SK Contractors (Matthew Marotta, Troy Zboch-Lawson, Georgy Sheer, Nikola Kopcalic)
  2. Terra Group Bilal Shaker, Seok Won Choi,Dionis Koci, Leslie Hamilton)
  3. 2020 General Contractors Inc. (Jessica Yolanda Vazquez Saldana, Angelee Weathers, Jason Pereira, Luisa Alzate Osorno)

Game Art student Jacob Lafortune won first place in the animation category in the Ubisoft NEXT competition in May.

Prema Chandran, Erica Valentine and Matthew Liu, all students from the School of Accounting and Finance, won the 2019 CIFP (Canadian Institute of Financial Planners) National Financial Planning Case Competition on June 3, 2019.

Refrigeration student Connor Lexovsky won a silver medal at the Skills Canada National Competition in Halifax in May.

 

Athletics

George Brown College teams took home OCAA (Ontario Collegiate Athletics Association) championships in:

Three George Brown athletes— Anh Hoang and the mixed doubles pair Mike Ra and Angeline Alviartook home silver medals at the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) badminton nationals.

2018

College wide

  • George Brown College named one of Greater Toronto’s Top Employers.
  • The design for our mass-timber building, The Arbour, won awards, including:

    -Rethinking the Future, Architecture, Construction and Design Award — Institutional Concept
    -2018 – Canadian Architect Award of Excellence

  • Our Human Resources diploma programs at the Centre for Business won a 2018 Canadian HR Reporter Readers' Choice Award.

Alumni

Athletics

For the first time in George Brown College history, both our women’s and men’s badminton teams won the provincial titles. They followed that up with a best-ever performance at the nationals, earning an incredible four medals, one in each discipline George Brown had a team entered.

  • Ace Zeng: OCAA Male Badminton Player of the Year, CCAA All-Canadian, CCAA National Men's Singles Silver Medallist, OCAA Provincial Men's Singles Gold Medallist, OCAA All-Star
  • Anh Hoang: CCAA National Women's Singles Silver Medallist, OCAA Provincial Women's Singles Gold Medallist, OCAA All-Star
  • Angeline Alviar: CCAA National Women's Doubles Bronze Medallist, OCAA Provincial Women's Doubles Silver Medallist, OCAA All-Star
  • Yunji Kim: CCAA National Women's Doubles Bronze Medallist, OCAA Provincial Women's Doubles Silver Medallist, OCAA All-Star
  • Mike Ra: CCAA National Mixed Doubles Bronze Medallist, OCAA Provincial Mixed Doubles Silver Medallist, OCAA All-Star
  • Amy Ding: CCAA National Mixed Doubles Bronze Medallist, OCAA Provincial Mixed Doubles Silver Medallist, OCAA All-Star
  • Alex Chao: OCAA Provincial Men's Doubles Bronze Medallist
  • Yang Jin: OCAA Provincial Men's Doubles Bronze Medallist

Read more at athletics.georgebrown.ca.

2017

College wide

Alumni

Athletics

  • The men's basketball team makes it to the Canadian Collegiate Athletics Association (CCAA) championships for the first time in 41 years. The Huskies completed the 2016/17 season as the seventh-ranked team in Canada.
  • George Brown's Ajahmo Clarke is named a CCAA All Canadian and an Ontario Collegiate Athletics Association (OCAA) First Team All Star. He became the OCAA's all-time leading scorer, finishing his regular season with a career 1,922 points.
2016

College wide

  • George Brown College earns fifth spot on the Sustainable Campus Index top 10 list.
  • George Brown College is named one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers for 2017.
  • The George Brown College Foundation wins two awards for a fundraising video called A Letter Home, featuring international students sharing their experiences in Canada. The video wins the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education Prix D'Excellence Bronze Medal for Best Fundraising Materials and the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts Gold Award of Excellence – Branded Content in the non-profit category.

Alumni

  • Vicky Cheng, a Chef School graduate who is now the executive chef of VEA in Hong Kong, receives a Michelin star.
  • Four graduates of our Theatre Arts program, Marjorie Chan, Aviva Armour Ostroff, Jamie McRoberts and Nathan Carroll, win Dora Mavor Moore awards.

Faculty and staff

2015

College wide

  • The Daphne Cockwell Centre for Health Sciences at Waterfront Campus wins a Good Design is Good Business Award from Architectural Record magazine and a Canadian Green Building Award.
  • George Brown College is named the top research college in Canada, according to Research Infosource annual rankings.

Alumni

  • Graduate Jerry Gou wins a City of Toronto International Student Excellence Award in the entrepreneurship category.
  • Graduate Benjamin Valliquette Kissell wins a Premier's Award in the recent graduate category.

Faculty and staff

  • Jewellery Arts professor Paul McClure receives a Saidye Bronfman Award as part of the 2015 Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts.
  • Dr. Cory Ross, Dean of the Centre for Health Sciences, is granted a fellowship from the U.K.-based Royal Society for Public Health.
2014

College wide

  • George Brown College is named one of the Top 100 Employers in Canada for 2015—the only college to make the list.
  • George Brown College is named one of Greater Toronto's Top 100 employers.
  • George Brown College achieves gold status as a Smart Commute Employer.
  • George Brown College President Anne Sado is named one of 2014's Top 25 Women of Influence and inducted into the Women's Executive Network Top 100 Hall of Fame.

Alumni

  • Graduate Jessica Lynn Whitbread wins Premier's Award in community services category.