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Georgian College has built an unmatched reputation for relevant, cutting-edge curriculum and quality work experience in our region. We pride ourselves on providing real value to our students, grads, employers and communities.

Maintaining our edge in the future will increasingly be about creating a new kind of student experience: one that empowers students to learn anytime, anywhere… uses technology to enable and expand access to learning… and prepares our grads to adapt and innovate in a new economy.

We’re meeting the challenge with a focus on transforming the student experience, supported by the second phase of our Power of Education fundraising campaign. Our plan is ambitious. But so are our students. And the communities, industries and donors that support us. Join us as we invest in preparing tomorrow’s grads to meet – and create – tomorrow’s opportunities.

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The Power of Education: Transforming the Student Experience is the second phase of our fundraising campaign. This phase will focus on five areas:

  • A Student Services Centre
  • A new entrepreneurial edge
  • Georgian University Partnership Centre
  • Technology that delivers 21st century ways to learn
  • Collaborative learning spaces

In addition, awards and scholarships will always be a fundraising priority for Georgian College and our employees can contribute to our internal family campaign at any time.

Everything our students need to succeed is right here. Our challenge is to connect them with the right tools, resources and information at the right time. With your help, we’ll bring all student services and access points in the college together in a single, concierge-style hub – online and on campus. We’ll put everything students need to succeed right at their fingertips, from career and program advice to tutoring, counselling, financial services and everything in between.

Forty-six per cent of Canadian postsecondary students today expect to start a business after graduation. But in the future, all of our grads will need core entrepreneurial competencies – the ability to think creatively, collaborate, stay agile and self-motivate – no matter what kind of work they choose to do. With your help, we’ll train our students to think like entrepreneurs, whether they choose to create jobs or fill them. Entrepreneurship will become a signature learning experience at Georgian College, helping students from all disciplines develop the skills to harness their passions and implement their ideas.

Producing agile, adaptive grads means giving students the freedom to design their own education, with full access to a range of skills, experiences and credentials.

With your help, we’ll evolve to meet our community’s future needs by offering a complete postsecondary experience – from apprenticeship to certificates to diplomas, degrees and master’s programs – affordably, right here at home.

Technology skills are key to success in the future economy. They’re also key to making education more accessible, and more empowering, than ever before. With your help, we’ll leverage new and better technologies to give students more choice about what, when and how they learn. We’ll help our students develop and hone the technology skills that are most in demand to give them an edge now and into the future.

Collaboration breeds the ideas and innovation that takes our students to new heights and positions our grads as leaders. With your help, we’ll create modern, collaborative learning spaces and advanced labs that won’t simply change where students learn, but how students learn. Our focus will be on four areas:

  • Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation
  • Engineering Technology and Environmental Studies
  • The Automotive Business School of Canada
  • A Marine Emergency Duties Training and Research Centre

Awards and scholarships are vital to student success. Whether students are entering college right out of high school, are in their last year of study or have returned to school for a second career, they can always benefit from financial assistance. Awards and scholarships can often make the difference between students being able to complete their studies or not.

Watch this video to hear from our students what awards and scholarships mean to them.

At Georgian, awards and scholarships reward students for their academic achievement, practical skills and contributions to their community, or address their financial need. Our donors have made it possible for us to disburse more than 900 awards annually, with a combined value of approximately $700,000. There is always an opportunity to help even more students though, as they prepare to become the region’s future workforce. There are several ways to make a contribution to awards and scholarships:

Endowed awards and scholarships

Support future generations of students with an endowed scholarship. They are a great way to give in perpetuity as the principal amount remains intact and the interest provides the funding for the annual award. The minimum amount for an endowed scholarship is $12,500. The donor can decide the criteria for the scholarship as well as name it.

The President’s Pay it Forward endowment fund

This is an emergency fund for current students in financial difficulty due to unforeseen circumstances, allowing those in good academic standing to continue or complete their studies. The philosophy of this scholarship is that recipients, when it’s possible, ‘pay it forward’ by lending their own personal support to a Georgian student. Donations of any amount can be contributed to this endowment.

Annual awards and scholarships

Donors have the opportunity to establish a named award or scholarship with a minimum donation of $1,000.


Bursaries are based on financial need and provide emergency funding to students facing financial challenges. Donors have the opportunity to establish a named bursury with a minimum donation of $1,000. A charitable tax receipt will be provided for all donations with a value of $20 or more. For more information about contributing to awards and scholarships, please contact our Awards Officer at or 705.728.1968, ext. 1211. Read about the hundreds of awards and scholarships already available to students, and see photos from award ceremonies.

Give where you live– family matters is Georgian College’s family fundraising campaign for staff, students, alumni, volunteers and retirees. The amount of your gift is not as important as your participation. No contribution is too small to make a positive impact. Funds raised will directly support four key areas to help students facing financial challenges while attending college. You can designate your contributions to one or several of the following areas:

1. Student survival gift

  • The Georgian Food Locker – to assist students who are struggling to afford groceries
  • Technology – to replace or purchase computers, books and other items due to loss, theft or lack of funds

2. Student achievement gift

  • Varsity athletes – to provide support for students who would like to participate in varsity athletics but can’t afford the associated costs such as travel from other campuses or personal expenses for out-of-town trips
  • Awards and scholarships – to provide financial support and recognition to students from a variety of programs

3. Student emergency fund

  • Housing – to support students with affordable housing and/or emergency short-term housing needs
  • Transportation and travel – to provide support to students struggling to afford transportation costs including emergency travel
  • Child care – to provide support to students who are having difficulty affording child care expenses while attending classes and/or who require short-term emergency child care support for unexpected changes in child care provision or family emergencies

4. Student access and opportunity gift

  • Innovative pilot project designed to encourage the postsecondary goals of non-college-bound individuals by providing them with the opportunity to take a Georgian College course at no cost.

How to make a donation

  1. Online (via Canada Helps. Click the donate now tab and choose from the first four funds/designations)
  2. Fill out the electronic pledge form and choose one of the following methods of payment.

What is the Power of Education campaign?

The Power of Education is Georgian College’s fundraising campaign. The goal of this college-wide initiative is to raise important funds to help Georgian develop and expand key programs and initiatives to advance student access and success. Through the success of this campaign, Georgian can offer students the best possible postsecondary education right in their own backyard.

Why is Georgian College a registered charity? Isn’t postsecondary education funded by the provincial government?

While the provincial government does provide a specific level of funding per student, it is simply not enough to cover the expense of creating new programs, building new facilities or even upgrading technologies. In fact, colleges in Ontario receive the least amount of funding per student compared to universities, high schools and elementary institutions.

Who benefits most from the Power of Education campaign?

The fundraising campaign benefits everyone connected to Georgian College – students, alumni, employers and the community as a whole.

  • Students are educated in modern facilities, on current, leading-edge technologies, in relevant programs that will be their springboard to successful careers.
  • Alumni benefit from Georgian maintaining its reputation as a first-rate postsecondary institution. A Georgian education is highly valued by employers.
  • Employers have more qualified graduates for their hiring pools, reduced training costs as many Georgian grads already have hands-on experience, and their reputation is enhanced as an employer of choice.
  • Communities surrounding Georgian have a local, quality postsecondary educational institution. An educated community creates a higher standard of living.
DONATE ONLINE NOW to transform the student experience

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Thank you for your interest in supporting Georgian College students. Your financial donation and/or gift-in-kind will have a direct, immediate and positive impact on their learning experience.

DONATE ONLINE NOW to transform the student experience

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Past projects

Georgian College launched its Power of Education fundraising campaign in 2006 with a goal of $25 million. The first phase wrapped up in May 2012. We not only met our goal but exceeded it, with a total of $40 million raised. Thanks to everyone who made a contribution! These are the projects that were made possible through the incredible support of our donors:

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Georgian Cenotaph, Barrie Campus

Out of respect for Canada’s Armed Forces personnel, Georgian undertook a major capital project to restore its cenotaph, which was relocated due to the construction of the Sadlon Centre for Health and Wellness. The restored cenotaph serves as the centrepiece of Georgian’s annual Remembrance Day commemoration and has also become a gathering place of peace and reflection for students, staff and visitors alike. Opening date: November 2011

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John Di Poce South Georgian Bay Campus

After 27 years of operating in rented facilities, Georgian opened its first permanent location in Collingwood in 2011. The 20,000-square-foot building has nine classrooms, including two computer labs, one multi-functional health sciences lab, and an innovative e-learning lab where students have, for the first time, local access to university studies. Opening date: September 2011


Great Lakes International Marine Training and Research Centre, Owen Sound Campus

Georgian is home to the most advanced marine simulation and research centre in Canada, thanks to the support of the marine industry. The expanded and technologically enhanced GLIMTRC reproduces real-life circumstances to develop the highest level of competency in the sector’s future workforce. With global marine traffic expected to triple in the next 20 years and a worldwide shortage of shipping officers and seafarers, this facility helps to meet the need for expertly trained marine professionals. Opening date: November 2008

Skilled Trades drill press

Ontario Recreational Boating Centre of Excellence at the Robbert Hartog Midland Campus

This campus, which specializes in skilled trades programs, was completely modernized with state-of-the-art equipment and lab space to offer the best hands-on learning environment, thanks in large part to donations from members of Boating Ontario. The association invested in Georgian because it needs more skilled workers for its sector. Today, it is seeing a return on its contribution with every graduating class of qualified candidates for its workforce. Opening date: 2007

Nursing student pink uniform

Sadlon Centre for Health, Wellness and Sciences, Barrie Campus

The Sadlon Centre for Health, Wellness and Sciences is the hub of health and wellness education in our region. At 172,000-square-feet, it is the largest expansion in Georgian’s history. It includes six community-accessible teaching health clinics, technology-enhanced classrooms and university-calibre laboratories. With almost all Health, Wellness and Sciences programs now housed under one roof, Georgian can facilitate interdisciplinary teaching and learning, which means students from various programs study and work together for the benefit of patients. Opening date: September 2011

Eng tech profiles hydro workers

Centre for Sustainable Technologies, Barrie Campus

Roads, bridges, sewers, buildings, lights and even the vehicle you drive – technicians and technologists play a role in creating almost every basic service used in daily life. The Centre for Sustainable Technologies is where these professionals receive quality education with modern technologies, resources and industry-developed curriculum. This centre is supported by several industry partnerships. It has allowed Georgian to increase enrolment in targeted programs to provide engineering and technology-related companies with much-needed skilled workers for their hiring pools. Opening date: September 2009

A student works on a woodworking project.

Muskoka Campus

In 2007, Georgian opened the doors to its first permanent campus in Bracebridge to serve Muskoka region residents, thanks in large part to a property donation from the Town of Bracebridge. The campus features a 7,000-square-feet carpentry shop, a health sciences lab and computer labs equipped with the latest software, helping to meet the local demand for skilled tradespeople, health care professionals and business and service sector employment training. Opening date: September 2007

Our donors are an important part of the Georgian College family because they too believe in the power of education. We regularly share their stories in GeorgianView magazine, The Loop and through donor announcements.

GeorgianView magazine

georgianview-2015-coverGeorgian’s annual publication for alumni, donors and friends. Check out the 2015 issue.

The Loop

Georgian’s bi-monthly e-newsletter for alumni, donors and friends. If you are a donor and would like to receive The Loop, please email us to request to be on the list or to update your email address.

Donor news

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Advancement and Community Development hosts several fundraising and community-related events.

Georgian Golf Classic

Registration is now open for the 29th annual Georgian College Golf Classic, which takes place on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at The Club at Bond Head. For more information, visit the Golf Classic website.

Georgian Dream Gala

The Georgian Dream Gala is a biennial event, however the next one will take place in 2017 when the college will celebrate its 50th anniversary.

Watch a video and view pictures from our 2014 Dream Gala – An Evening of Innovation. Visit the Dream Gala website.

President’s Thought Leadership Speaker Series

This series brings Canadian heroes, popular personalities and innovative industry partners to Georgian campuses to share their experiences and advice with students, alumni, donors and friends of the college.

Read who our next speaker will be and see who has visited us in the past.

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For general inquiries, please contact one of the following:

  • Advancement and Community Development: email, or call 705.728.1968, ext. 1210
  • Awards and scholarships: email, or call 705.728.1968, ext. 1483
  • Alumni relations: email, or call 705.728.1968, ext. 1128
  • Conference and Event Services: email, or call 705.722.5120

Or one of our staff listed below will be pleased to assist you.

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Georgian College Alumni

Lisa Eveleigh, MBA, CFRE,
Executive Director, Advancement and Community Development

  • Sets overall strategic direction for department priorities
  • Advancement Committee and Campaign Cabinet management
  • Capital campaign planning and development
  • Financial management
  • Email or call 705.728.1968, ext. 1212
Janice Eales

Janice Eales
Manager, Major Gifts

  • Provides leadership on revenue generation
  • Builds sustainable relationships with donors focusing on cultivation, solicitation and stewardship
  • Works with volunteers to support fundraising initiatives
  • Email or call 705.728.1968, ext.1258

Kelly Pottage
Manager, Alumni and Community Development

  • Works with the Alumni Association Executive Council
  • Manages alumni benefits, including affinity partners
  • Industry, community and donor stewardship
  • Manages donor and alumni communications
  • Email or call 705.728.1968, ext.1878
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Melissa Durigon
Finance and Database Officer

  • Gift-in-kind donations
  • Database management
  • Financial and donor reporting
  • Email or call 705.728.1968, ext. 1214

Brittany Madeley
Advancement Officer

  • Co-ordination for signature fundraising events including the Dream Gala and Golf Classic
  • Prospect research
  • Foundation and alumni appeals
  • Donor cultivation and stewardship
  • Email or call 705.728.1968, ext.1117
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Melissa Smith
Communications Co-ordinator

  • Writing and editorial services
  • Media relations for donor and alumni news and events
  • Supports donor stewardship
  • Email or call 705.728.1968, ext.1254
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Katie Fraser
Alumni and Events Assistant

  • Updates alumni database
  • Maintains alumni social media networks
  • Responds to alumni inquiries
  • Co-ordinates alumni events
  • Email or call 705.728.1968, ext. 1128
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Barb Shopland
Strategic Projects

  • Leads the Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation initiative of the Power of Education campaign
  • Works with donors, corporate partners and government to leverage support for strategic projects
  • Helps with food and agricultural entrepreneurial initiatives
  • Email or call 705.728.1968, ext.1414
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Melissa Quinlan
Executive Director’s Assistant

  • Main contact for inquiries for Advancement and Community Development
  • Payment processing for donations, sponsorships and special event registration
  • Charitable tax receipting
  • Email or call 705.728.1968, ext. 1210

Stephanie Knight
Manager, Resource Development

  • Annual fundraising
  • Corporate partnerships
  • Manages awards and scholarships
  • Manages fundraising event strategy
  • Email or call 705.728.1968, ext. 5446
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Katie Sleep
Manager, Conference and Event Services

  • Promotes Georgian Conference and Event Services to engage stakeholders, create brand recognition and provide one-stop experience for clients
  • Email or call 705.728.1968, ext. 1135
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Jennifer Matte
Awards Officer

  • Establishes new awards and scholarships with donors
  • Disburses awards and scholarships to students
  • Co-ordinates award ceremonies
  • Email or call 705.728.1968, ext. 1211
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Heather Boyd
Awards Assistant

  • Responds to student inquiries about awards and scholarships
  • Processes award and scholarship applications
  • Assists with award ceremonies
  • Email or call 705.728.1968, ext. 1483
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Angela Bertram
Co-ordinator, Conference and Event Services

  • Provides quality conference planning and facility management services to the campus community, individuals and organizations
  • Email or call 705.728.1968, ext. 1110
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Katherina Symes
Co-ordinator, Conference and Event Services

  • Provides quality conference planning and facility management services to the campus community, individuals and organizations
  • Email or call 705.728.1968, ext. 1213

Meagan Grant
Co-ordinator, Conference and Event Services

  • Provides quality conference planning and facility management services to the campus community, individuals and organizations
  • Email or call 705.728.1968, ext. 1146
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Sara Bentham
Co-ordinator, Conference and Event Services

  • Provides quality conference planning and facility management services to the Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre
  • Email or call 705.728.1968, ext. 1228

Power of Education Campaign Cabinet

Helping Georgian be the best it can be

Georgian College is fortunate to have many volunteers who work diligently to raise funds to ensure Georgian remains a first-rate postsecondary educational institution. They are:

  • Jamie Massie, Honourary Chair
  • Mike Stollery, Chair
  • Chris Adams
  • Chris Gariepy
  • Jane Jackson
  • Graydon Oldfield
  • Barry Peacock
  • Shaun Sauve
  • Ingrid Schroeter
  • Teresa Snelgrove
  • Jason Teal
  • Bill Van Wyck

Advancement Committee

  • Don Gordon, Chair, North American Sales Director, CarbonCure Technologies
  • Lisa Banks, Vice President, External Relations, Georgian College
  • Frank Berdan, Vice President, Barrie/Muskoka and North Central Commercial Financial Services, RBC Royal Bank
  • Giselle Bodkin, Partner, BDO Canada LLP
  • Lisa Eveleigh, Executive Director, Advancement and Community Development, Georgian College
  • Chris Gariepy, Vice President Business Development, GP Masonry and Landscaping Supplies
  • Mark Henderson, Executive Vice President and COO, PowerStream
  • Ali Khonsari,Vice President, Image Dental Laboratory
  • Paul Larche, President, Larche Communications Inc.
  • Tom McBride, President, McBride Financial Services
  • Bruce Naylor, Retired transportation executive
  • Brittany Smith, Georgian College student
  • Teresa Snelgrove, Entrepreneur
  • Kevin Wassegijig, Director of Sustainable Economic Development, Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation
  • MaryLynn West-Moynes, President and CEO, Georgian College

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