Georgian supports food entrepreneurs with innovative new program

Published on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

Food entrepreneurs in Central Ontario now have a new resource when it comes to navigating regulations in their industry.

Georgian College, in partnership with Grey, Bruce and Simcoe Counties, has announced the launch of a unique curriculum tailored for the booming field of local food production and processing.

Food Safety Regulatory Training is a two-day seminar that provides food entrepreneurs, farmers and food retailers with the most up-to-date knowledge and tools to better understand the complexities of the highly regulated food sector. Continue reading

Georgian sponsors Barrie Business Week

Published on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

Mayor Lehman talks to a group of business people at Alumni HallBarrie Mayor Jeff Lehman was at Georgian’s Barrie Campus on Oct. 22 to mark the opening of the day-long Bridges to Better Business conference in Alumni Hall.

The event, part of Barrie Business Week, was designed to provide development and growth tools for businesses. Expert entrepreneurs were on hand to discuss digital marketing and IT, global business opportunities, human resource strategies, sales and marketing, along with growth and succession planning.

Barrie Business Week is sponsored in part by Georgian’s Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre.

An adorable convocation guest

Published on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014

a happy graduate, wearing her convocation gown, holds her son.
Opticianry graduate Whitney Marshall brought her son, Paul Davis, to convocation.

On Oct. 21, approximately 1,100 students graduated from a wide range of Georgian programs. Friends and family members flocked to the Barrie Campus as guests, making this one of the most meaningful times of the academic year.

Opticianry graduate Whitney Marshall of Orillia brought her son, Paul Davis — born just two weeks ago — to her convocation ceremony. Paul also accompanied his mom to her national opticianry certification exam last weekend.

This is one of several convocation ceremonies being held this month at the Orillia, Barrie and Owen Sound campuses at which a total of 1,400 students are graduating.


Owen Sound Practical Nursing graduate wins 2013/2014 Governor General’s Medal

Published on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014

Hard work and dedication have paid off for Practical Nursing graduate Karin Stockwell. She has won the 2013/2014 Governor General’s Academic Medal at Georgian College.

The annual award recognizes the graduating student with the highest academic performance at Georgian. President and CEO MaryLynn West-Moynes presented Stockwell with her medal during convocation ceremonies at the Owen Sound Campus on Oct. 16. Continue reading

Georgian event to pair mentors with Collingwood agencies

Published on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014

Imagine if new entrepreneurs could shorten their learning curve and gain insights from experienced business owners. Such advising could help jump-start new businesses and give them a stronger likelihood of surviving and thriving.

That is the concept behind a free business mentorship event planned for the John di Poce South Georgian Bay Campus of Georgian College on Friday, Oct. 24 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Continue reading

Barrie mayoral candidates debate student issues

Published on Friday, Oct. 17, 2014

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Barrie mayoral candidates Ram Faerber, left, Zachary Gillespie-Rogers and incumbent Jeff Lehman converse before the debate Friday Oct. 17, hosted by the Barrie Students’ Administrative Council in Alumni Hall at Georgian College. Students and staff were invited to hear the candidates’ positions and pose questions. (Georgian College / Doug Crawford)

Three of the four candidates for Barrie mayor brought their campaign to the Barrie Campus of Georgian College on Friday, Oct. 17. Incumbent Jeff Lehman and challengers Ram Faerber and Zachary Gillespie-Rogers took part in a debate hosted by the Barrie Students’ Administrative Council.

Top issues included affordable housing, transportation and employment opportunities for Georgian graduates. Continue reading

Businessman Peter Moore donates $250,000 to future entrepreneurs following in his path

Published on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014

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Computer Programmer Analyst student Luis Acevedo (right) explains his prototype for a snow-melting system for driveways to Peter Moore, founder and CEO of Moore Packaging. Moore is donating $250,000 to create a changemaker space at Georgian’s Barrie Campus where students like Acevedo can research their ideas and bring them to fruition.

Students who belong to Georgian College’s Maker Club think of themselves as problem solvers. They like to identify challenges and build solutions. Barrie entrepreneur Peter Moore told the club the same principles applied to him in his startup days as he announced his donation of $250,000 to a changemaker space at the college. Continue reading

Expand college degrees to tackle youth unemployment

Published on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014

This column by Georgian President and CEO MaryLynn West-Moynes was published in the Barrie Examiner on Oct. 15, 2014
A view of the front of the cenotaph at Georgian's Barrie Campus. The logo on the cenotaph reads "Georgian: Barrie Campus"With the new school year underway, the public’s attention is once again focused on the career opportunities available to young people after they graduate.

Youth unemployment continues to be a serious problem. The unemployment rate for young people in Ontario is more than 15 per cent – well above most other provinces and the national average. Continue reading

Canadian Paralympic athlete talks about rising above tragedy

Published on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014

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Canadian Paralympic athlete Kevin Rempel talks to staff and students about sledge hockey and overcoming adversity. The event was sponsored by the Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre.

Motivational speaker and Canadian Paralympic sledge hockey player Kevin Rempel visited the Barrie Campus on Oct. 14 to talk with students and staff about his personal and professional life and dealing with adversity.  Continue reading

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