George Brown College
George Brown strives to build a seamless bridge between learners and employment by developing dynamic programs that are informed by industry and workplace-ready graduates who will be the candidates of choice for employers.
The college offers a wide range of degree, diploma, certificate and apprenticeship programs at three campuses in downtown Toronto. George Brown’s location in the heart of Canada’s largest urban centre gives students access to top employers for field education and networking opportunities.
George Brown provides real-world learning opportunities for students to develop the right combination of technical skills and people skills needed to succeed in the workforce. George Brown provides field education in 95 per cent of qualifying programs. Students also gain hands-on experience working with real clients and industry partners under the supervision of faculty, and by honing their skills in learning spaces modelled after real work environments.
Advancing community and industry problem solving through applied research is a priority at George Brown. The school has built capacity in research areas that are vital to the success of many small and medium-sized businesses in the Greater Toronto Area, providing important resources for industry and important opportunities for students.
- Our Honours Bachelor of Interpretation (American Sign Language – English) is the first program of its kind in Canada.
- George Brown College is the only college in Canada with an Intervenor for Deafblind Persons program.
- The Angelo DelZotto School of Construction Management delivers the province’s only four-year degree program in construction management.
- Our Centre for Arts, Design & Information Technology is home to YouTube Creator Space Toronto, the first facility of its kind in Canada and one of only nine in the world.
- In March 2012, Sally Horsfall Eaton was named the inaugural Chancellor of George Brown College. This appointment makes Horsfall Eaton the first Chancellor of an Ontario college.
Our programs include:
- A wide range of full-time certificate, diploma, degree and graduate certificate programs at 7 academic centres
Our research specialization:
- Health Care
- Food Science
- Engineering Innovations
- Green Technologies
- Digital Design and Information Technology
- Urban Design
- Fashion Design
- Teaching and Learning
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Contribute to our Community
George Brown College is woven into the fabric of Toronto with three downtown campuses. We continue to play an important role in the redevelopment and revitalization of the East Bayfront community. It started with the opening of Waterfront Campus in 2012 – a modern health sciences facility constructed with a focus on energy efficiency and sustainability. The building draws thousands of students to the once industrial area of the city’s waterfront. The second phase of our Waterfront Campus will open at the Daniels Waterfront – City of the Arts complex at Queens Quay and Jarvis Street in 2018.
Our first student residence is an important anchor in the recently redeveloped area at Front and Cherry streets called the West Don Lands. The facility was built for the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games athletes village. After the Games, George Brown took ownership and The George opened in 2016. The facility is home to 500 students per year.
George Brown also provides a wide range of services for the community, including our WAVE (Wellness Applied Research and Visionary Education) clinics that offer dental, fitness and hearing services, our student-focused restaurant The Chefs’ House and our child care centres.
Foster Student Success
Safraa Yunas, Architectural Technology, 2015, Honours Bachelor of Technology (Construction Management), 2017 – Safraa completed two programs at George Brown’s Centre for Construction and Engineering Technologies. She developed building information modeling (BIM) skills and became involved in applied research activities during her studies. She travelled to Shanghai with an applied research team and gave Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a tour of our BIM facilities in March 2017. Safraa landed a job with Ellis Don before she completed her program, thanks to her BIM skills and her networking efforts at industry events at George Brown. Learn more.
Nathalie Cook, Sport and Event Marketing, 1991 – As a successful woman in the male-dominated sports industry, Nathalie Cook has been a role model and advocate for the advancement of women in sports in Canada. In her 25-year career, she served as TSN’s first female vice-president; helped guide the careers of some of Canada’s top Olympians including gold medalist Marnie McBean; worked at six Olympic Games as manager, volunteer or executive and helped land multi-million dollar marketing and partnership deals. She has been named one of Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women, a Game Changer, and one of the Most Influential Women in Sport and Physical Activity.
Chef David Wolfman, Cook Apprentice, 1981 – Chef and educator David Wolfman has been instrumental in raising the profile of native Canadian cuisine, while encouraging Indigenous youth across the country to go to college. A member of the Xaxli’p First Nation in B.C., he was the first Indigenous chef to produce and host a national TV cooking show, Cooking with the Wolfman. He ran the first Indigenous catering company in Toronto and created the first Aboriginal Cuisine program at the college level in Canada. In 1992, he was captain of the first team of Canadian Aboriginal chefs at the World Culinary Olympics, winning seven gold medals.
Partner with Business and Community
George Brown College launched the Office of Research & Innovation in 2007 to advance industry and community problemsolving. Applied research projects happen in every division of the college, including our Food Innovation and Research Studio (FIRSt). FIRSt provides product development support to local small and medium-sized businesses. Infused water startup Zpirit Foods Inc. connected with FIRSt to get its product to market. The partnership provided Zpirit Founder Philippe Roireau with access to specialists, testing facilities, focus groups and grant funding. Zpirit Infuzed Water can be found in stores across Canada, as well as select U.S. and European retailers. Learn more.
George Brown College’s Community Partnerships Office creates innovative partnerships that build city, community and college capacity through education. A great example of this is our Fashion Exchange, launched in Toronto’s Regent Park neighbourhood in March 2016. It provides a collaborative space for community, education and industry to connect. The Fashion Exchange provides specialized training to immigrants and at-risk youth to prepare them for entry-level positions in the fashion industry. The hub also provide hands-on advanced production experience for George Brown fashion students and offers manufacturing services and support to local companies and emerging designers to enable the growth of small brands. Learn more.
Support Indigenous Students
George Brown College’s Indigenous Services and Education team provides support for Indigenous students and helps them access college resources, including personal, academic and career counselling. The team also provides traditional counselling with the Knowledge and Wisdom Keeper.
Indigenous Services and Education offers cultural workshops and teachings, hosts community events, including the college’s annual Pow Wow, and assists students applying for financial awards.
Indigenous student study centres, located at St. James and Casa Loma campuses, provide Indigenous students with spaces to meet, study, access computers and printers and obtain information on events, bursaries and employment opportunities.
George Brown’s Sahkitcheway Indigenous Education Council (IEC) was formed in 1992. It includes individuals from the Indigenous community and from the college who work on all aspects of Indigenous education at George Brown.
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Date modified: 2017-10-17