Research Analyst students present findings to major industry partners

Published on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017

Research Analyst students presented the results of their major research projects to industry partners from Ipsos Canada and Environics Research Group in October of this year. As part of the program’s curriculum, the purpose of these projects is to enable students to gain practical experience in how to conduct applied research to meet the needs of an external client organization, as well as how to manage a full research process from proposal development to project implementation and delivery of the final results.

Client organizations for this year’s projects included Napoleon, County of Simcoe, MRT Automation, Rural Ontario Medical Program, Association for Bright Children of Ontario, and Plug n’ Drive, among others.

Each year, students who do an exceptional job on their major projects are invited to compete for the John H. Fryer Award (sponsored by Ipsos) and the Environics Award in Social Research, each of which is valued at $2,000. Winners are selected by a panel of judges from the two sponsoring organizations. Six teams from the fall 2015 and winter 2016 cohorts competed in this year’s competition.

This year’s winning teams, announced at the awards ceremony in December, were:

  • Seana Dwyer, Yuka Sugiura and Emily Stefanac, who were awarded the John H. Fryer award for the customer profile and marketing strategy developed for OK Friday Farmer’s Market at Burl’s Creek in Oro-Medonte
  • Lucas Beal, Biya Sha and Kiko Chen, who were awarded the Environics Award in Social Research for their research on employee satisfaction at Oro-Medonte municipal township
A group of people pose in a hallway.
Pictured, left to right: Debashish Roy (Ipsos), Trevor Clarke (Ipsos), Kayleigh Wilson, Carolyn DiMaria (Ipsos), Hana Kim (Ipsos), Hannah Dang, Radhika Sanda, Stephanie Lander, Yuka Sigura, Courtney Duthie, Emica Stephanac, Seana Dwyer and Razvan Rosu (Ipsos).
A group of people pose in a hallway.
Pictured, left to right: Paul Joseph (RAP faculty), Barry Watson (Environics), Tim Krywulak (RAP faculty), David MacDonald (Environics), Biya Sha, Lucas Beal, Amanda Allnut, Katherine Robinson, Julie McClement, Paige Sontag and Christina Lewandowski.

Many thanks to Ipsos and Environics for their generous support of these awards. All students who participate in this annual competition greatly benefit from the opportunity to present and discuss their work with leading industry researchers, senior managers and executives.

Congratulations to all of this year’s participants!

Take advantage of affordable services this winter at Georgian’s Health and Wellness clinics

Published on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017

person putting spa mud on a client's faceGeorgian’s Health and Wellness clinics are a hidden gem at the Barrie Campus. Offered through the Sadlon Centre for Health, Wellness and Sciences, the clinics are extremely affordable with flexible evening hours for staff and students.

The clinics serve a dual purpose. They are a learning environment for students, providing them with practical experience on real clients, under the guidance of experienced professionals including physicians, nurse practitioners, dental hygienists, dentists, massage therapists and others. The clinics also meet the local demand for affordable health care in the community – which includes Georgian’s staff and students.

“We’ve finalized our winter hours and our students are looking forward to helping their fellow peers and staff members with their health care needs,” said Christy Petherick, Customer Service Clerk for the clinics.

The Massage clinics offer a variety of services including specialized clinics for pregnant women, infants and those suffering from fibromyalgia or sports injuries.

Georgian’s Spa and Esthetics clinic is a state-of-the-art facility offering esthetic treatments at reduced rates to the community.

“We use the most current equipment, technology and professional product lines,” says Petherick. “Our clinic consists of 10 massaging pedicure stations, 10 manicure stations, a Vichy shower, an infrared sauna, specialized facial equipment, private treatment rooms and a spacious change room facility.”

Services in the Oral Health Clinic include assessments, polishing, fluoride application, dental sealants and oral health education. The clinic also offers free sports guards to those who qualify. Students are supervised by dental hygienists and dental assistants.

The clinics are located on the first floor of the Sadlon Health, Wellness and Sciences Centre at the Barrie Campus. Read more about the clinics, prices and a full list of winter hours.

Funding announced for Advanced Technology, Innovation and Research Centre at Barrie Campus

Published on Monday, Jan. 09, 2017

Funding was confirmed today for a new, $30-million Advanced Technology, Innovation and Research Centre at the Barrie Campus of Georgian College. The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, announced $10.8 million in funding through the Government of Canada’s Post‑Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund.

The three-storey building will provide study and learning space for students enrolled in new diploma and degree programs. It will also be an important resource where academia and industry can collaborate to innovate, diversify the economy and create new opportunities for the future.

Key to this economic growth will be the Centre for Research, Innovation and Commercialization (C-RIC) which will be housed in the centre. It will play an essential role in creating a powerful local entrepreneurship climate and in supporting the diversification of the economy. It will include research and commercialization space for business and industry, including incubator, changemaker and fabrication space. Until now, central Ontario has not had a dedicated facility of any kind related to research, acceleration or commercialization.

More than 800 degree and diploma students will use the labs and collaboration facilities in the centre. It will be home to Simcoe County’s first electrical engineering degree, offered by Georgian in partnership with Lakehead University. Students will graduate job-ready with both a diploma and a degree, the best of a college and university education, in just four years. In future years, the centre will allow for the growth of additional degree studies in mechanical, civil and software engineering.

For students in Georgian’s environmental programs, as well as industry partners, the centre will be a living lab. Sustainable building construction and energy efficiency principles are incorporated throughout the new facility. The centre will also be home to the first two years of a new combined degree-diploma program focused on environmental sustainability in partnership with Lakehead.

In addition to federal funding announced today, the Centre for Advanced Technology, Innovation and Research will be financed by $1.8 million from the provincial government, a $5-million contribution from the County of Simcoe and $5 million from the City of Barrie.

Georgian will work with the community and industry partners to secure additional funds through its Power of Education campaign. The building will open for use by the fall of 2018.

Advanced Technology, Innovation and Research Centre
Advanced Technology, Innovation and Research Centre


This historic investment by the Government of Canada is a down payment on the government’s vision to position Canada as a global centre for innovation. That means making Canada a world leader in turning ideas into solutions, science into technologies, skills into middle-class jobs and start-up companies into global successes.
– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

Our government is proud to support this important project, which will give Georgian College students access to renewed and upgraded facilities at the Advanced Technology, Innovation and Research Centre. We know that providing access to high-quality education and training facilities is critical to building the highly skilled workforce we need to support good jobs and economic growth for today and tomorrow, and this investment will help us to do it.
– Ann Hoggarth, MPP for Barrie

We are so proud that postsecondary education continues to expand in Simcoe County, providing opportunities for our residents, fueling our skilled labour market and driving our economy and communities forward. The new Advanced Technology, Innovation and Research Centre will serve as a hub to support our local industries and manufacturing businesses while continuing to position Georgian College as a provincial leader in producing highly skilled, job-ready graduates.
– Warden Gerry Marshall, County of Simcoe 

This catalytic project will support our local labour market needs, advance Barrie’s economic investment strategy for the creation of a vibrant start-up ecosystem to achieve greater economic diversity, and enable greater industrial competitiveness and resiliency through increased access to research, technology and innovation infrastructure.

Jeff Lehman, Mayor, City of Barrie

 The new Advanced Technology, Innovation and Research Centre will be a game changer – an inspirational home for diploma and degree studies as well as a boost for our local economy. When people think of Georgian College, they first think of students, and we are proud of that. This new building reinforces that Georgian is a resource for business and industry. This innovation and research centre will be a catalyst for change and help to build the future of our communities for decades to come.
– Dr. MaryLynn West-Moynes, President and CEO, Georgian College

We are thrilled for the possibilities that this new centre brings, like new degree and diploma programs, new labs and research facilities. As the president of the Georgian College Electric Vehicle Racing Club, where we design and construct a small electrical car, I am eager to utilize the resources this facility will bring. This new building will provide us with new labs and fabrication spaces for students like myself to work on our projects.

Mark Reckzin, Mechanical Engineering Technology student, Georgian College


Advanced Technology, Innovation and Research Centre

The $30-million, three-storey, 56,000-square-foot facility will be a centerpiece of Georgian’s Barrie Campus, prominently facing busy Highway 400. The centre will include:

  • Research and commercialization space for industry, including incubator, changemaker and fabrication space
  • Labs and collaboration space for more than 800 degree and diploma students
  • Computer-aided design (CAD), computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) and geographic information system (GIS) labs
  • Dedicated telepresence room, electrical lab, technical project space and more

In addition to federal and provincial contributions, the centre is also supported with a $5-million investment from the County of Simcoe and $5-million from the City of Barrie. Georgian and its donors and industry partners will provide additional funding.

 Centre for Research, Innovation and Commercialization (C-RIC)

  • The C-RIC will be fundamental to the economic growth and prosperity of central Ontario.
  • It will function as a community hub where innovation is fostered and celebrated. It will be the go-to source to develop and incubate products and services, to test concepts, and showcase promising research and new products.

Central Ontario’s first engineering degrees

  • Engineering job opportunities in central Ontario are projected to grow by approximately six per cent by 2020, and that is without any additional boost from local research and innovation activities. The demand exists – enrolment in Georgian’s engineering technology programs has increased by more than 15 per cent over the past three years.
  • Until now no engineering degrees have been offered in central Ontario. Georgian is meeting this need by introducing the first electrical engineering degree in partnership with Lakehead University. Students will graduate job-ready with both a diploma and a degree, the best of a college and university education, in just four years.

Environmental Sustainability

 Key learning and research opportunities for students in Georgian’s environmental degree and diploma programs as well as industry partners include the ability to capture data on the usage and functionality of:

  • Rooftop solar panels
  • A micro-grid display room
  • Building automation control system
  • Geothermal ground source heating and cooling
  • LED lighting

The Advanced Technology, Innovation and Research Centre will also be home to the first two years of a   combined degree-diploma in environmental sustainability in partnership with Lakehead University.

Georgian marks its golden anniversary this year

Published on Monday, Jan. 02, 2017

Georgian College 50th anniversary
Golden anniversary

If you drop by the Barrie Campus, you’ll notice we have some new flags saluting the wind. And Barrie’s not the only campus with new artwork – all seven Georgian locations have been outfitted with colourful wall signs.

This is all part of the college’s golden anniversary celebrations, which will include special events and contests throughout 2017.

Be sure to bookmark our celebration site to find out how you can get involved. Plan to return often for updates. We look forward to marking this momentous occasion with you – happy anniversary Georgian!

Georgian students give back this holiday season

Published on Monday, Dec. 19, 2016

First year Culinary students (from left) Tiffany Rose, David McGinnis and Joseph Wismayer package freshly cooked vegetables and turkey to be shipped to Collier Street United Church and served to about 300 clients of the David Busby Street Centre.
First-year Culinary students (from left) Tiffany Rose, David McGinnis and Joseph Wismayer package freshly cooked vegetables and turkey to be shipped to Collier Street United Church and served to about 300 clients of the David Busby Street Centre.

Students and faculty across all academic areas at Georgian College – from Community Safety to Business and Management – like to give back to the community. Fundraisers, bake sales and community events are hosted year round, but the generosity peaks during the holiday season in November and December. Continue reading

Georgian, Trent announce new pathway to Indigenous B.Ed. program

Published on Monday, Dec. 19, 2016

Georgian College and Trent University have signed an agreement that provides pathways for graduates of two Georgian programs Trent’s new Indigenous Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) program. The Indigenous Bachelor of Education is a unique, new five-year concurrent degree that puts Aboriginal knowledge and perspectives at the forefront of teacher training. Continue reading

Train in Tech Expo March 1 at Barrie Molson Centre

Published on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016

Students reviewing project on computerTechnology drives innovation and business growth across various industry sectors and is critical to the future of our economy. Come meet innovative local companies as they showcase how they use technology in interesting ways.

The Train in Tech Expo takes place Wednesday, March 1 at the Barrie Molson Centre from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

If you’re interested in tech-related career opportunities – this event is for you!

Learn more at

Brought to you by the Barrie Chamber of Commerce, City of Barrie and Georgian College.

Georgian students win silver and bronze at marketing competition

Published on Friday, Dec. 02, 2016

A group of students and faculty posing together in Georgian jackets.Students from Georgian’s Business – Marketing and Advertising and Marketing Communications programs took on top students from 12 other Ontario colleges in two days of intense competition recently at the Ontario Colleges’ Marketing Competition in Kitchener.

Krista Francis and Karl Snider took home the silver medal in International Marketing, James McNabb placed fourth in Quiz Bowl, and Graeme Mieczaniec and Jocelyn Kell earned fifth place in the Direct Marketing event to score valuable team points for Georgian College. 

Congratulations to all participants, and sincere thanks to the faculty who volunteered their time to coach our team.


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