An award-winning college

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

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College wide

  • George Brown College named one of Greater Toronto’s Top Employers Open New Browser Window
  • 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 the School of Fashion & Jewellery each 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 Fashion Scholarship Fund winners are:
    • -Milica Djukanovic 
      -Samantha Macri 
      -Courtney Mancuso 
      -Fabio Mikai 
      -Kelsey Nowlan 

    • 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 Open New Browser Window) 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. 

    • George Brown College students dominated at the Construction Institute of Canada’s 2019 Simulated Student Bid competition, sweeping three of the four categories. The winning teams are: 
      Most Professional Category 
      -1st Place – 2020 General Contractors Inc. (Jessica Yolanda Vazquez Saldana, Angelee Weathers, Jason Pereira, Luisa Alzate Osorno
      -2nd Place - Dash Design Build (Hani Esmail, Duc Anh Ngo, Suferdi Laij, Andre Cespedes
      -3rd Place – U3J Construction ltd (Tianbai Wang, Udaygiri Gauswami, Jiadai Li, Jimmy Huynh)

    • Most Accurate and Complete Category 
      -1st Place - ML&SK Contractors (Matthew Marotta, Troy Zboch-Lawson, Georgy Sheer, Nikola Kopcalic
      -2nd Place - Dash Design Build (Hani Esmail, Duc Anh Ngo, Suferdi Laij, Andre Cespedes)
      -3rd Place - JEMM Construction Ltd. (Michael Marasigan, Justin Porzio, Elton Levani, Mohammed Abu-Hamileh

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


    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. 


    College wide

    • George Brown College named one of Greater Toronto’s Top Employers Open New Browser Window.
    • 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.



    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



      College wide



      • 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.


      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.


      • 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 ChanAviva Armour OstroffJamie McRoberts and Nathan Carroll, win Dora Mavor Moore awards.

      Faculty and staff


      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.


      • 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.


      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.


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


      • George Brown College President Anne Sado appointed Member of the Order of Canada.


      • George Brown College President Anne Sado named one of Canada's Most Powerful Women by Women's Executive Network for the second time in three years, and was also honoured as a 2012 YWCA Woman of Distinction.
      • The Waterfront Campus wins awards and recognition – the Toronto Construction Association's Best of the Best in the large building category, a Brownie award for Excellence in Brownfield Remediation, and was a finalist for the Globe Awards for Environmental Excellence


      • George Brown Disability Consultant Karen Walker is chosen by the provincial College Committee on Disability Issues to receive the 2011 Disability Award of Excellence. Walker works in the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Services Department at George Brown's St. James Campus.


      • Skills Canada Medalists – George Brown student Eric Ganton wins a silver medal for Ontario in the architectural computer aided drafting and design category and Shayne Claringbold wins a gold medal in the sheet metal category. You can read more about them in our 2009/2010 annual report.


      • The George Brown College Exterior Signage Program earns the Premier Award for best Wayfinding System at the 2009 Canadian Sign Association Awards. George Brown College worked with Kramer Design Associates Limited (KDA) to create this award-winning program.


      College wide

      • George Brown College wins award from the Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS).
        We are winners of a CPRS Achieving Communications Excellence (ACE) award; Employee Communications Campaign of the Year in the not-for-profit / non-governmental organization category. The recognition comes as a result of the project aimed at communicating The Path to Leadership, the new George Brown College logo, and the rollout of our re-branding initiative to all staff at the 2006 President's Breakfast.
      • George Brown College's Jamaica Project wins award at the Annual Canadian Awards for International Cooperation


      • George Brown graduate Vicky Cheng is presented with a 2006 Premier's Award.
      • Tolu Quadri, a graduate of George Brown's School of Early Childhood, wins the Jerome Youth Leadership Award. This annual award celebrates the achievements of the Black community in Canada.


      • Huskies win gold at the Association of Ontario Snowboarders University and College Series.
      • Huskies win Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) men's indoor soccer gold. The Huskies faced off against rivals Humber in the championship match and defeated them after five minutes of sudden death. This year, the team won with three invitational tournament championships. 
      • The Huskies men's doubles badminton team, Kenneth Ling and Eric Ngo, is awarded the bronze medal at the OCAA Championships.
      • George Brown skiers win gold and silver in OCAA alpine skiing. Richard Romano finishes with the silver medal in the men's slalom race. Marla Henderson wins her third consecutive title winning both the slalom and giant slalom races, becoming the first female to win three consecutive overall titles at the OCAA.

      Faculty and staff

      • Faculty member Jim Kinney wins the McGraw-Hill Ryerson Award for Innovation in Education.
      • Nancy Hood and Bob Cox win the Exemplary Leaders Award from the Chair Academy.
      • Maureen Hynes, a coordinator in the School of Labour in the faculty of General Education and Access, wins the second prize in the Petra Kenney International Poetry Competition for her poem Fold. She received the award at a ceremony at Trafalgar Square in London, England. Maureen was the only Canadian to place in the top three of this prestigious international competition.
      • Erik Simundson, a technologist with The Centre for Advanced Building Technologies, is selected by the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technologists and Technicians (OACETT) as the Outstanding Educator for 2007.
      • Chef Ian Gallacher wins the esteemed Canadian Association of Foodservice Professionals (CAFP) Educator of the Year Award. 
      • Chef Christine Walker and Chef Peter Rohner both win the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award.



      • Former George Brown students Mariko Humphrey and Monika Sosinski won the NOW Magazine Design a Newspaper Garment Contest.


      • 2006 Ontario College's Athletic Association Men's Soccer Awards - George Brown College's team awarded a bronze medal; Jerome Watts and Frederick Sam named league all stars; Richard Kirwan chosen as part of the championship all-star team, and head coach Lucky Boothe awarded coach of the year. The Huskies soccer team advanced to the 2006 OCAA final four championships for the first time in over a decade. Kevin Ferreira was chosen as Ontario's Men's Soccer Athlete of the Month for October.

      Faculty and staff

      • Marketing Faculty, Lori Futterer, Barry Wallace, Heather Stevens, Frances Steciuk, Frank Maloney, James Beatty, Margery Taylor and Thomas Arhontoudis coached our Ontario Colleges Marketing Competition team to their best ever finish. George Brown College came fourth out of 16 schools with one gold, three silver and one bronze medal.
      • Nancy Hood, Executive Director of Human Resources, won the John Fry Individual Merit Award at the recent NCSPOD Staff Development conference.
      • Andrew Zalvin, Group Marketing Manager, appointed Lieutenant-Colonel of the 25th (Toronto) Service Battalion.
      • Yorkville School of Makeup and Esthetics Instructor Jessica Ellinson won Canadian Nail Technician of the Year at the 2006 Contessa Awards.
      • NOW Magazine's Best of Toronto 2006 issue named Anna Willats, faculty in the Assaulted Women and Children Counsellor Advocate Program, as Best Activist in the city.
      • Director of Staff Development Bob Cox received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Council for Staff Program and Organizational Development in recognition of serving the Board of Directors as Canadian Vice President, President Elect, and Past President from 1999-2006
      • June 2006: Lorraine Betts and Rivie Seaberg were both awarded a CNSA Preceptor/Mentor Award.
      • Canadian New Media Awards, May 2006: Dan Ouellette, an instructor in our School of Design, won Educator of the Year award.


      • Nancy Hoang, Fashion program student, winner of the White Cashmere Student Design Competition.
      • Patrick Kriss, Chef School apprentice, winner of the regional title in the San Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef competition.
      • Red Dot Award, design concept 2006, Lily Kim from the School of Design won for her winning submission Play with Learning.