Celebrating achievements in the George Brown College community

2021 men's soccer team, OCAA silver medal photo

Members of the George Brown College community are achieving amazing things in academics, athletics, industry competitions, community involvement and more.  

And the college is often recognized for its contributions to making Toronto a better place to live and work.  

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2022

Students 

Apprenticeship & Skilled Trades 

Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning program students Owen Buckley and Ryan Sutherland won gold and silver respectively at a student heating systems competition at the Canadian Mechanical and Plumbing Exposition. 

Business 

A team of students from the Analytics for Business Decision Making program won the 2022 SAS Safe Roads competition

  • Kate Armstrong
  • Christopher Caballero
  • Kieran Anson-Cartwright
  • Rofelyna King
  • Karlee White
Global Goals Jam

Tanvir Singh Ahuja and Melric Rego were on the team of four that won Global Goals Jam Canada 2022, March 18-20. The competition challenges students, entrepreneurs and changemakers to develop solutions based on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as Global Goals, as outlined by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). 

Employees

Chef David Wolfman, a longtime instructor at the Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts, won a 2022 Indspire Award in the Arts category.

College-wide  

2021

Students 

George Brown teams won the Top Overall Solution and Most Innovative Solution honours at the health care solutions hackathon, Glackathon 2021. 

Top UHN Solution and Top Overall Solution  
6ix Health (All students from the Health Informatics program)  

  • Maha Zeb  
  • Morgan Kaneshakumar  
  • Chanpreet Litt  
  • Sharanya Kanakaratnam  

Most Innovative Solution   
JARS (3 of 4 members George Brown students)  

  • Sagar Varia (Information Systems Business Analyst program)   
  • Amandeep Thakur (Health Informatics program)  
  • Rebecca Crawford (Health Informatics program) 

Athletics 

The Huskies men’s soccer team won silver at the OCAA provincial championships and advanced to the nationals. The team's 2021 effort ended with a loss to Nomades de Montmorency in the bronze semifinals.  

Alumni 

Chef School graduate DeAille Tam was named Asia’s Top Female Chef, 2021. 

Employee achievements 

Faculty member Michael John Long received the 2021 Award of Excellence for Outstanding Post-Secondary Educator from the Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication for his work with the student-led Sustainability Squad. 

College-wide  

2020

Student achievements

Fashion awards

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. 

Construction awards 

For the second time in three years, a team of George Brown College students won the Chartered Institute of Building’s Global Student Challenge. 

Jonathan Isenegger, Philip Jager, Kristopher Turnbull-Poulin, and Maxim Sokolicz, together known as Team DGC Toronto, beat out students from Australia, China, Indonesia and Scotland. 

Design awards 

George Brown students and graduates earned top-three finishes in each of the categories at the 2020 Ubisoft Toronto Next Challenge. 

  • First place, animation category, Bruno Sampaio Leme Dias, Graduate 2020, Game – Art 
  • Third place, animation category, Thedrick John Lancaon, Graduate 2020, Game – Art 
  • Second place, 3D art category, Acie Suralta, student, Game – Art program 
  • Second place, level design category, Kyle Richardson, Graduate 2018, Game – Art 
  • Third place, level design category, Julian Disterheft, Graduate 2019, Game Design, Graduate 2018, Game Programming 

Athletics

2019

College-wide

George Brown College is 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 achievements

Fashion awards

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
Construction awards

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)
Design awards

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

Business awards

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.

Skills Canada 

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 Alviar— took home silver medals at the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) badminton nationals.

2018

College-wide

  • George Brown College is 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

  • President Anne Sado receives the Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICAN) Presidents' Leadership Network Distinguished Service award.
  • George Brown College is named a gold recipient of CICAN's Internationalization Excellence award.

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 the 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.

Employees

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.

Employees

  • 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.