Georgian named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for fifth year in a row

Published on Tuesday, Apr. 22, 2014


Cell phone recycling - Canada's Greenest Employer 2014
Heather Currie, staff member at the Barrie Campus Library at Georgian College, places a cell phone in a bin for recycling. During Earth Month 2014, proceeds from all recycled cell phones at each campus will help support Food Locker programs for students.

 Georgian College has been named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for 2014 – the fifth consecutive year that the college has won the award. The announcement was made on April 22, Earth Day, at the Barrie Campus. The Greenest Employer award recognizes employers that lead the nation in making environmental values part of their organizational culture. This award is based on activities that were undertaken in the 2012-2013 academic year.

This month, numerous environmental activities are underway across Georgian campuses. Staff and students at the Barrie, Orillia and Owen Sound campuses are dropping off old cell phones and other e-waste for recycling. Money paid by the recycling firm will be donated to the student food locker program at each campus. The Orillia Campus will be screening environmental documentaries throughout the day and evening on Earth Day, April 22. The Midland Campus is planning a campus clean-up day with students and staff, finishing with an environmentally friendly pizza lunch for participants.

“It is a great honour for Georgian College to be recognized once again as a green employer, and a testament to the efforts of students and staff who are dedicated to finding new ways to reduce our environmental impact,” said Angela Lockridge, Vice President, Corporate Services and Innovation. ”I am impressed by the variety of innovative solutions they discover and implement each day, from finding better ways of using materials in labs and classrooms, to implementing increasingly advanced recycling strategies. ”

Georgian College is being recognized for its strategy of advancing and promoting three environmental priorities: waste reduction and diversion, enhanced environmental literacy and policies and procedures that consider environmental impacts. Every day, Georgian’s staff and students work together to achieve these objectives.

“Georgian continues to be recognized for its commitment to reducing its environmental impact and having environmentally responsible business activities,” said Dianne Corrigan, Georgian College’s Environmental Sustainability Co-ordinator. “The college has taken a leadership role in demonstrating how a large organization can find practical ways of incorporating environmentally friendly practices in its operations. It is a series of small steps that collectively make a significant difference, but there is still a lot of work to be done.”

Corrigan said a key to Georgian’s success is encouraging students and staff to become aware of the environmental impact of their daily activities.

Pre-consumer food waste from food preparation operations at the Barrie and Orillia campuses is separated out and collected for conversion into bio-fuel. The college continues to host and sponsor community sustainability events, such as a zero-waste conference and is a “greening” sponsor of the Mariposa Folk Festival in Orillia.

Canada’s Greenest Employers are selected each year by the editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers, a division of Toronto-based Mediacorp Canada Inc.

Pharmacy Technician students help make OPP drug drop-off a success

Published on Thursday, Apr. 17, 2014

Gloved hands are shown going through a large collection of medications/pills.
Pharmacy Technician students sort through prescription drugs dropped off by members of the public. They were volunteering at events organized by the Ontario Provincial Police.

Georgian College Pharmacy Technician students fanned out across Simcoe County and Muskoka recently to help with a province-wide prescription drug drop-off day organized by Ontario Provincial Police.

The event was created as a way for members of the public to safely dispose of prescription drugs – no questions asked. Sixteen Pharmacy Technician students volunteered their time to assist at drop-off locations in Orillia, Collingwood, Wasaga Beach, Alliston, Midland, Bracebridge and Gravenhurst, said program co-ordinator Kelly Mannen. Students used their skills and knowledge to assist with drug identification and counting of pills.

OPP said that more than 300 kilograms of medications were collected across the province, including opiates, amphetamines and barbiturates which could be dangerous if used improperly.



Environmental documentaries mark Earth Day at Orillia Campus April 22

Published on Thursday, Apr. 17, 2014

The Orillia Campus is marking Earth Day, Tuesday, April 22, with screenings of three environmental documentaries.

Staff, students and community members are welcome to attend the free move viewings. Participants are especially encourage to bring e-waste (includes anything with a cord), batteries, and writing instruments for recycling.

The movie screenings take place at 10 a.m., noon and 7 p.m. in the Orillia Campus Theatre, Room C112.

The 10 a.m. movie is The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil:

When Cuba lost access to Soviet oil in the early 1900s, the country faced an immediate crisis – feeding the population – and an ongoing challenge: how to create a new low-energy society. Cuba transitioned from large, fossil-fuel intensive farming to small, less energy-intensive organic farm and urban gardens, and from a highly industrial society to a more sustainable one.

The noon screening is Winged Migration:

An odyssey over three years in the making, Winged Migration is an amazing experience to behold. Its most impressive and moving achievement is its ability to draw the viewer into an almost foreign world, traveling along with a myriad of bird species as they undertake their semiannual migrations over vast distances. Winged Migration offers the world through birds’ eyes.

The 7 p.m. screening is North of The Sun:

This documentary explores the experiences of Inge Wegge and Jorn Ranum who spent nine months of cold Norwegian winter in the isolated and uninhabited bay of a remote Arctic island on the coast of northern Norway. They built a cabin of driftwood and other cast-off materials washed up on the shore and ate expired food that would otherwise have been thrown away. But mostly, they enjoyed the use of their surfboards — the isolated bay offers some of the world’s finest surfing waves.

Students attend Young Entrepreneurs Night at Barrie brewery

Published on Thursday, Apr. 17, 2014

The Globe and Mail invited students, young aspiring entrepreneurs and local business owners to enjoy a night of free food, drinks and networking at Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery in downtown Barrie on April 15. A number of sponsors, including Georgian College, helped make this wonderful opportunity come to life!

This screen shot from The Globe and Mail website shows the photo blog of Young Entrepreneurs Night in downtown Barrie.
This screen shot from The Globe and Mail website shows the photo blog of Young Entrepreneurs Night in downtown Barrie.

The Young Entrepreneurs Night featured a handful of students who aspire to be entrepreneurs, and a plethora of established small-business owners from the community who were willing to share their challenges, successes and advice. The Globe and Mail also hosted a live photo blog, requesting attendees to post their photos from the night using #youngtreps.



Stress-Free Day is well received

Published on Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014

Georgian staff and student hold stuffed animals as part of Stress-Free Day.
Pictured with Learning Strategist Cindy Korpatnicki are Peer Services Advisor Beth Salt and student Jessica.

The Academic Success Centre participated in Stress-Free Day on April 9. Everything was well received: free hot chocolate, a relaxation booth with massage, deep breathing and creating vision boards, a craft booth with knitting, crochet, colouring, beading and clay modelling.

Knitted and crocheted dolls were made by staff, with the help of students, to send to the Dominican Republic with the Nursing students.



Just for women – learn more about careers in the skilled trades at May 13 evening event

Published on Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014

Women in the TradesGeorgian College Midland Campus presents a special evening May 13 just for women who want to learn more about careers in the skilled trades.

Hear from a panel of speakers, enjoy a barbeque dinner, and take part in a hands-on electrical workshop. It’s all free, courtesy of Georgian College and Hydro One. The event takes place in conjunction with the annual Skilled Trades Expo at the Robbert Hartog Midland Campus.

Take charge of your future –Tuesday, May 13, starting at 5:30 p.m.

Register today for Women in the Trades by sending an email to

Innospire impresses in advertising competition

Published on Tuesday, Apr. 15, 2014

Georgian College held its 2014 Advertising Advisory Competition on April 10, sponsored by Paul Sadlon Motors. The competition included all students from the graduating class of the Advertising and Marketing Communications program at the Barrie Campus. Continue reading

Georgian’s Colton Kalkanis eyes PGA TOUR Canada

Published on Monday, Apr. 14, 2014

Colton Kalkanis is taking part in the PGA TOUR Canada Qualifying School event in Kissimmee, Florida April 13th-18th
Colton Kalkanis takes part in the PGA TOUR Canada qualifying school event in Kissimmee, Fla., April 13-18.

Georgian College’s reining two-time Male Athlete of the Year Colton Kalkanis is set to make the next step in his golf career this week as he competes at the PGA TOUR Canada qualifying school event in Kissimmee, Fla.

The four-round tournament takes place at the Jack Nicklaus Signature Course at Reunion Resort and Club, just outside Orlando. A field of 132 golfers will compete April 13 through 18 with the top 18 players earning exempt status and players finishing 19th through 40th plus ties earning conditional status on the PGA TOUR Canada for 2014.

The PGA TOUR Canada will hold 12 events in this year’s schedule from May to September all across the country. The top players on the tour will earn Tour status which is the top feeder system for the PGA Tour.

Kalkanis became the first male golfer to repeat as the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association National Champion this past fall, an event he won by an incredible 10 strokes, setting the all-time record for lowest score in the tournaments history.  He was a medalist for the second time at the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association Golf Championship in October, earning a silver medal to go with the gold medal he won in 2012.

The Barrie native is a two-time CCAA All Canadian and added the title of SIRC CCAA All Canadian Academic Award for his achievements not only on the golf course but in the classroom in Georgian’s Golf Facilities Operations Management program.

You can follow Colton’s results at the event at

Students process close to 250 tax returns

Published on Monday, Apr. 14, 2014

A dedicated group of 15 Accounting students hosted a free tax clinic for their peers at the Barrie Campus. They processed a total of 247 tax returns using the live version of the tax software ProFile –  the same software they practise with in the classroom. Continue reading