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Sheridan Professor honored for leadership benefiting Ontario filmmaking sector

Ottawa, ON, May 26, 2014 – John Helliker, Director of Sheridan’s Screen Industries Research and Training Centre (SIRT), has been recognized for his leadership in significantly elevating Sheridan’s role in Ontario’s screen industry. He was awarded the Gold Leadership Excellence Award by the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC).

John Helliker

“We at Sheridan are delighted to see John’s leadership and contributions recognized with this prestigious award,” said Dr. Jeff Zabudsky, President and CEO of Sheridan College. “SIRT is aligned with Sheridan’s mission to be a leader in media arts and animation, both in teaching and learning, and in applied research for industry benefit. John has led the charge in creating SIRT, drawing multisectoral partners together, and engaging film professionals and our own students in novel learning and development opportunities.”

John Helliker has been Director of the Screen Industries Research and Training (SIRT) Centre s since 2010. As a Technology Access Centre under the NSERC-TAC program, SIRT is the first established technology innovation centre of its kind in Canada for the screen-based industries. Thanks to the leadership of Mr. Helliker, SIRT is now recognized in Canada and around the world for helping screen industry companies and industry organizations in Ontario overcome barriers to innovation.

“Through the leadership of people like John Helliker, who are not only great educators, but innovators, Canadian colleges are able to stay on the cutting edge of rapidly changing industries,” said ACCC President and CEO, Denise Amyot. “This is not only good for our students, but for our communities, as colleges become drivers of progress.”

ACCC has also recognized Camosun College’s Director of Learning Services, Sybil Harrison with the Silver Leadership Excellence Award. A long-time librarian and lover of books, Mrs. Harrison oversaw the rejuvenation of the college’s libraries while balancing numerous commitments in her community. The Camosun libraries are now considered by many has the most welcoming, popular and dynamic spaces in the college.

ACCC’s Bronze Leadership Excellence Award went to Glenn MacDougall, Director of Learning and Teaching Services at Algonquin College in Ottawa. Mr. MacDougall has pioneered a series of dramatic technological innovations at Algonquin College such as its new Mobile Learning and eText initiatives.

ACCC, soon to be known as Colleges and Institutes Canada, is the national and international voice of 95 per cent of Canada’s publicly funded colleges, institutes and polytechnics. We work with industry and social sectors to train 1.5 million learners of all ages and backgrounds at campuses serving over 3,000 urban, rural and remote communities in Canada. ACCC operates in 29 countries via 13 offices around the world.

Sheridan is one of Canada’s leading post-secondary institutions, offering over 100 diploma, certificate, and bachelor degree programs in an environment that fosters innovation and creativity. Its aim is to become Ontario’s first university exclusively dedicated to undergraduate professional education – one that will be based on applied learning. The model also focuses on meeting university accreditation requirements so that Sheridan graduates have more pathways to the continued learning that will underscore their personal, career, and industry success.

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For more information contact:

Shawn Dearn

Director of Communications, ACCC
613-746-2222 Ext. 3123
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