BE HERE. DO THIS.
Being here can lead to amazing things.
Read about some of the remarkable achievements of our alumni, students and faculty.
Been there: Alumnus, Georgian’s Automotive Business School of Canada
Did this: Olympic champion. Host of The Amazing Race Canada. Public speaker. Conservation advocate. Auctioneer. Georgian honourary degree recipient.
Been there: Alumnus, Marine Technology – Navigation
Did this: Second Officer, Algoma Central Corporation. Rising star. Amateur photographer. Proficient in five languages.
Be here: Alumna, English for Academic Purposes and
International student, Electrical Engineering Technology
Do this: Georgian badminton varsity athlete. Tai Chi teacher. Painter and photographer. Architect and designer for the Beijing Olympics. Tutor. Future Canadian.
Be here: Faculty member, Computer Studies
Learn this: Entrepreneur and computer geek. Former CIO. Longtime teacher and learner. Georgian Makers Club founder. 321Maker inventor. Teaching Excellence Award and Entrepreneurial Award recipient. Father of four.
Been there: Alumna, Business – Entrepreneurship
Did this: 22-year-old owner and operator of Beyond Buoyancy Aquatics. Determined and inclusive swim teacher. Certified lifeguard and Standard First Aid trainer. Local business supporter. Mermaid.
Been there: Alumnus, Communicative Disorders Assistant program
Did this: Child health advocate. Founder, African clinic for special needs children. Member of Malawi government. Premier’s Award nominee.
Be here: Faculty member, Interior Decorating and Kitchen and Bath Design programs
Learn this: Decorator. Textile specialist. TV personality. Author and editor. Brand ambassador. Industry and student champion. Hostess extraordinaire.
Be here: Student, Indigenous Community and Social Development program
Do this: Métis. Mature student. Georgian PowWow associate facilitator. Louis Riel Day organizer. Niwijiagan (peer mentor). Cultural ambassador. Infinite Reach facilitator.
Been there: Alumnus, Mechanical Technician – Precision Skills (co-op) program
Did this: Trades competitor. Provincial CNC milling champion. WorldSkills São Paulo 2015 participant. Co-op student of the year. Aspiring licensed general machinist.
Been there: Alumna, Opticianry program
Did this: Mobile vision care provider. School vision screening advocate. Ontario Opticians Association Optician of the Year. Hockey mom.
Be here: Faculty member, culinary programs
Learn this: Chef. Teacher. Local food advocate. Italian cuisine ambassador. Barilla Pasta World Championship competitor. Educational Euro Tour organizer.
Be here: Student, Honours Bachelor of Police Studies program
Do this: Represents fellow students on campus and in the community. Immersed in student government – organizing fundraisers, attending conferences and leading special events.
Be here: Student, Hospitality – Hotel and Resort Operations Management
Do this: Travelled 12,456 km to study here. President of Chinese Student Association. Embraces new experiences – from triathalons to dragon boat races to the polar bear dip.
Been there: Alumnus, Honours Bachelor of Business Administration (Golf Management) program
Did this: Worked at world-class golf courses. Hosted legends like Tiger Woods, Rory McIllroy and Fred Couples. Living a golf-enthusiast’s dream.
Been there: Alumnus, Advertising and Marketing Communications program
Did this: Published author. 1.3 million Google+ followers. Featured on The Nature of Things with David Suzuki.
Been there: Alumna, Advertising and Marketing Communications program
Did this: President and founder of Georgian Bay Airways. Business leader. Mentor and entrepreneur extraordinaire.
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Alumnus, Georgian’s Automotive Business School of Canada
Graduating year, 2000
Host of The Amazing Race Canada.
Georgian honourary degree recipient.
As host of the Amazing Race Canada, CTV’s top regularly scheduled TV program in 2013, Jon Montgomery has become a beloved Canadian icon. His contagious patriotism and dynamic public presence was noticed by the world in 2010 during a now-famous victory walk through Whistler Village after winning the Olympic gold medal in skeleton racing.
The car auctioneer/salesman uses his marketing, public speaking and people skills honed during his time at Georgian’s Automotive Business School of Canada at every turn including while appearing on Oprah, the Juno Awards, as a television host, through his many professional speaking engagements and charitable pursuits.
Since 1985, the Automotive Business School of Canada’s one-of-a-kind programs have launched thousands of careers. Be here, and see what you can do.
Faculty member, Computer Studies
Entrepreneur and computer geek
Father of four
Georgian Makers Club founder
Before becoming a Georgian faculty member in 2008, Ross worked as an IT manager, a director of Online Learning and a CIO. He now co-ordinates two of Georgian’s Computer Studies programs.
Ross has always loved two things: technology and learning. He holds three diplomas in engineering technology, a Bachelor of Technology and a Master of Science.
A true entrepreneur, Ross is constantly building. He has helped develop two new full-time programs at Georgian. He brought Georgian’s Makers Club to life and established the Innovation Showcase which provides an opportunity for all students to publicly promote their project ideas. He has also built a house from scratch.
When he’s not teaching, boating or spending time with his four kids, Ross works with different startups helping to create innovative technologies such as an assistive device for children with autism and smart technologies for agriculture.
Alumna, English for Academic Purposes and
International student, Electrical Engineering Technology
Georgian badminton varsity athlete
Tai Chi teacher
Painter and photographer
Architect and designer for the Beijing Olympics
A woman of many interests and talents, Davina has a degree in art and design from her native China. Before deciding to embark on a new adventure in Canada, she spent 10 years working as an architect and project manager, helping to renovate buildings for the Beijing Olympics. Outside of her architecture job, she ran a photography studio – mainly taking photos of babies.
To strengthen her English, and learn about Canadian culture, Davina enrolled in Georgian’s English for Academic Purposes preparatory program. She joined Georgian’s varsity badminton team and started teaching Tai chi. Davina also started tutoring local Canadian-Chinese high school students in Chinese culture – notably on how to paint with watercolours.
After graduating from EAP, Davina got into the Electrical Engineering Technician program at Georgian. So far she has found the mathematics simple, but the volume of work considerable. She particularly enjoys the hands-on elements of the program and looks forward to using some of the skills she has gained through co-op.
Davina’s immediate goals are to work in the electrical engineering field and obtain her Canadian citizenship. Down the road, she would like to get her master’s and explore new career opportunities.
Alumna, Business – Entrepreneurship program
Graduating year, 2015
22-year-old owner and operator of Beyond Buoyancy Aquatics
Determined and inclusive swim teacher
Certified lifeguard and Standard First Aid trainer
Local business supporter
Tara Andrews has always loved the water. She became a certified lifeguard at age 16 and has spent every summer since in swimming pools. “I’m basically a mermaid,” she says.
Before enrolling at Georgian, Tara was a volunteer swim instructor for the Special Olympics. She also worked as a lifeguard for the town of Bradford West Gwillimbury and continues that role (as supervisor and head lifeguard) in the fall and winter.
Tara’s parents are successful entrepreneurs and it didn’t take long for her to realize she also wanted to start her own business – a swim school.
At Georgian, Tara developed a comprehensive business plan which became the base of her swim school. She also made some great connections. “There are eight other swim schools in Bradford, but there’s a reason I’m doing so well and there’s a reason they choose me,” she explains. “It’s because of the connections and solid foundation I have.”
Tara was a recipient of the Dale George Premier’s Award, given to an outstanding student from one of Georgian’s entrepreneurship programs. She hopes to use the funds to purchase a water wheelchair to make her pool even more accessible.
Alumnus, Advertising and Marketing Communications program
Graduating year, 2009
1.3 million Google+ followers
Instructor and speaker
Featured on The Nature of Things with David Suzuki
Gaining an impressive 1.3 million Google+ followers for his work, photographer Don Komarechka’s stunning images have brought the beauty and science of Canadian snowflakes to the world. His book Sky Crystals: Unraveling the Mysteries of Snow Flakes is filled with explanations about his photographic discoveries and techniques.
Don’s photographic adventures allow him to explore and understand the world around him. He shares that passion with others through lectures, presentations, courses, writing, and podcasts. His work was recently featured on an episode of The Nature of Things with David Suzuki.
His advertising education from Georgian College has been a foundation for his success, supporting his work for highlighting the beauty of nature invisible to the human eye.
With an 87 per cent graduate placement rate and over 6,200 employer partners, Georgian College offers extraordinary work and learning opportunities. Be here, and see what you can do.
To learn more about Don’s work visit http://www.donkom.ca.
Alumnus, Marine Technology – Navigation program
Second Officer, Algoma Central Corporation
Proficient in five languages
Arnesh loves waking up to a different view every morning. He enjoys that his work involves challenges and problem solving every single day. He also feels as though his crew mates are like family, because they spend months at a time together.
“Georgian prepared me really well for my career. All the courses were highly relevant – even the elective courses like Human Behaviour,” he says. “All the equipment training was current, so when I went on co-op, the work was familiar.”
As a second officer for Algoma Corporation, some of Arnesh’s most important duties are setting navigation equipment and preparing chartwork for voyages. He also manages a team of about five people.
Like many marine students, Arnesh enjoyed learning in Georgian’s marine simulators. “Sometimes it felt like I was being taught how to play video games, but it offered a realistic feel for what’s out there and how to meet challenges without losing your cool.”
Three days after graduating, Arnesh started working at Algoma. In 2014, he took a leave of absence to get a degree in Marine Management. Thanks to an articulation agreement between Georgian and Memorial University, he was able to complete his degree in only two semesters. He’s now completing a Master’s in Maritime Law Enforcement part-time.
Alumna, Advertising and Marketing Communications program
Graduating year, 1995
Chief pilot, president and co-founder of Georgian Bay Airways
Co-founder of SOS Media
Co-developer Parry Sound Tourism
Nicole Saulnier’s business, Georgian Bay Airways, is elevating tourism significantly in Northern Ontario, undertaking up to 5,000 flights annually from its base in the heart of the 30,000 Islands. Growing to 20 staff and diversifying to offer charters, adventure flights, float school, and retail and virtual stores, she leads this thriving operation in an area of the province that relies economically on the travel industry.
Nicole credits Georgian College for developing her entrepreneurial spirit and advertising skill set, both vital to building her flight company and launching two more companies in the fields of e-solutions, business mentoring and coaching.
Accelerate your future at Georgian and learn the kind of problem-solving and collaboration skills that will help you adapt and thrive. Be here, and see what you can do.
Alumnus, Honours Bachelor of Business Adminsitration (Golf Management)
Graduating year, 2013
Worked at world-class golf courses, hosted golf legends like Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Fred Couples.
Tom’s Georgian internships took him to such fabled courses as St. George’s Golf and Country Club, host of the Canadian Open, and Muirfield Village Golf Club, a private club established by Jack Nicklaus, where he earned a full-time job after graduation.
As manager of member and guest services at Muirfield, which hosts the PGA’s annual Memorial Tournament and has also hosted three of golf’s most prestigious international team competitions – the Presidents Cup, Ryder Cup and Solheim Cup – Tom’s guests have included golf legends Tiger Woods, Nick Price and Fred Couples, as well as former U.S. President George W. Bush.
The only degree-level program of its kind in Canada, Bachelor of Business (Golf Management) includes trips to golf courses in Scotland and Florida in the tuition fees and offers a 100 per cent job placement rate.
Student, Honours Bachelor of Police Studies
President of Georgian College Students’ Association (Orillia Campus)
Board of Governors’ Student Representative (2015-2016)
As president of the Orillia Campus Students’ Association, Brittany represents her fellow students on campus and in the community, something she will get to do even more of when she takes her seat on the college’s Board of Governors in the fall.
Her involvement in student government has given her incredible opportunities such as organizing fundraisers, attending conferences and sporting events, meeting and introducing guest speakers like astronaut Chris Hadfield, and appearing before city council.
Bachelor of Human Services (Police Studies) students reap the benefits of learning from experienced instructors – more than 50 per cent of the program’s part-time faculty members also work for local police organizations.
Student, Hospitality – Hotel and Resort Operations Management
Travelled 12,456 km to study at Georgian
President of Chinese Student Association
As an international student, Chris isn’t just studying for a new career, he’s adapting to an entirely different language, culture and life.
On top of being on the dean’s list and excelling at co-op jobs in the hospitality field, he’s also the president of the Chinese student association and a recruitment officer for the International Centre. In his spare time, he’s run marathons and triathlons, gotten his boat and motorcycle licences and has just started flying lessons, participated in dragon boat races and the annual polar bear dip, and represented Georgian at community events.
Georgian received the highest score among Ontario colleges in the 2013 International Student Barometer – ranking number three in the world. Over 1,100 international students are currently enrolled at Georgian.
Student, Indigenous Community and Social Development
Métis. Mature student. Georgian PowWow facilitator. Louis Riel Day organizer. Niwijiagan (peer mentor). Cultural ambassador.
Helen came to Georgian to understand and experience the culture she didn’t know she was part of until just a few short years ago. She’s Métis.
At Georgian, Helen discovered that her personal values are also the grandfather teachings: Love, Humility, Truth, Honesty, Wisdom, Bravery and Respect. These values make her who she is, and she strives to do better every day.
Through her program, Helen teaches a weekly craft night, helps facilitate the annual Pow Wow and works as a Niwijiagan (peer mentor). Last year she planned Louis Riel day celebrations, including having the Métis flag raised at the Barrie Campus.
Georgian’s Indigenous Studies programs including a blend of contemporary and traditional teaching methods, with Indigenous cultural values and perspectives embedded in the curriculum. Be here, and see what you can do.
Alumnus, Mechanical Technician – Precision Skills program
Trades competitor. Provincial CNC milling champion. WorldSkills São Paulo 2015 participant. Co-op student of the year. Aspiring licensed general machinist.
Born and raised in Innisfil, Tyler likes working with his hands. After doing a co-op in high school, he enrolled at Georgian – where he knew he’d get more training and experience.
In his second semester at Georgian, an instructor encouraged him to compete against other new vocational talent at Skills Ontario. He qualified for the national championships, where he was selected to go on to the 2015 WorldSkills Competition in Brazil. According to Tyler, it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
In 2015, he was honoured with Georgian’s Co-op Student of the Year Award for his work at Barrie Welding. He now enjoys making injection moulds for big car parts. His goal is to become a licensed general machinist.
Georgian’s skilled trades program offer hands-on learning designed to develop the skills students need to excel in the workplace. Be here, and see what you can do.
Alumna, Opticianry program
Mobile vision care provider. School vision screening advocate. Ontario Optician’s Association Optician of the Year. Hockey mom.
Amber is passionate about helping people achieve their best possible vision. In addition to her role as managing optician at Loblaw Optical in Sudbury, she runs a mobile business called Northern Low Vision Care to support seniors who can’t leave their homes. She also offers vision screenings in both official languages for children in local schools.
For all her community work, the Ontario Optician’s Association recently honoured Amber with the Optician of the Year Award.
Amber is also a busy mom with two kids. In her spare time, she coaches her son’s hockey team.
Georgian’s public clinics allow students to gain experience in their field before they graduate. Be here, and see what you can do.
Faculty member, culinary programs
Chef. Teacher. Local food advocate. Italian cuisine ambassador. Barilla Pasta World Championship competitor. Educational Euro Tour organizer.
Before he discovered his love for teaching, Chef Borgo worked in the hospitality industry for 25 years as an executive chef, restaurant owner and entrepreneur. He gained international cooking experience in Ireland, England, Switzerland and Japan. He now shares his love for travel by organizing Georgian’s annual 10-day Euro Tour for students.
Chef Borgo is a proud Canadian – using as many fresh, local ingredients as possible in all his cooking. But he also promotes the traditions of artisanal Italian cuisine.
One of his many program innovations is a partnership with Academia Barilla in Parma, Italy. He recently signed a partnership agreement – the only one of its kind in North America – that will allow students to take level one of Barilla’s Fundamentals of Italian Gastronomy program here at Georgian. He was also the only Canadian to compete in the World Pasta Championships at Barilla headquarters last summer.
Alumnus, Communicative Disorders Assistant program
Child health advocate. Founder, African clinic for special needs children. Member of Malawi government. Premier’s Award nominee.
Victor doesn’t calculate his success in dollars and cents, but in the number of children he can help – and heal – at the rehabilitation and children’s education centre he co-founded in his home country of Malawi.
When it came to deciding whether to work in Canada after graduation or go back to Malawi, Victor decided his education would have a greater impact on children there.
Armed with the skills he learned at Georgian, he set up the Rehab Clinic and Children’s Education Centre. It currently has 100 children registered full-time and a waitlist of 225 more. His patients have seen a marked improvement in their physical development and emotional well-being, and he’s changing how people see children with disabilities and what they can accomplish.
Victor is also a member of the Malawian parliament and an advocate for safe drinking water, education for young girls, infrastructure development and health care in one of the poorest countries in the world. His dream is to see the clinic expand and receive support from the government so he can help even more children.
Victor is hoping his position as an MP will help grow the clinic, as well as change attitudes and lives.
Faculty member, Interior Decorating and Kitchen and Bath Design programs
Decorator. Textile specialist. TV personality. Author and editor. Brand ambassador. Industry and student champion. Hostess extraordinaire.
Meeting Mary Dobson for the first time, many students feel they already know her – from TV. A pioneer of home and garden television, Mary shared her expertise with television audiences for more than 25 years, long before there were special channels devoted to the subject.
But TV is only a sideline. One of many. She has her own interior decorating business. She’s written design books and contributed to numerous magazines. She’s been a spokesperson for major national brands, and has led product launches and events across North America.
Being so wired-in to industry benefits her students. As a full-time faculty member in Georgian’s Interior Decorating and Kitchen and Bath Design programs, Mary brings these connections into the classroom. Students regularly enjoy visits from industry experts and field trips to design manufacturers. Mary is passionate about the success of her graduates, and extremely proud of their many accomplishments.
In her spare time – though hard to believe she has any – Mary loves all things related to home décor, food and entertaining. She’s a fabulous hostess. Just ask her lucky guests.
Student, Bachelor of Science in Nursing Collaborative Program
Varsity athlete. Team captain. Georgian Grizzly. Future emergency room nurse.
Hannah started playing basketball at the age of six, so it was natural one of her first stops at Georgian was tryouts for the Grizzly basketball team. In only her second year, she became captain, manning the point and quickly establishing herself as one of the best in the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association.
She also found a Georgian family. “It’s the best environment,” she says. “The coaches, staff, and other players, not only in basketball but the other sports too, are all supportive and welcoming. We all make a great team.”
A similar network of support and encouragement exists with teachers and fellow students in her program. After studying Pre-health Sciences at Georgian’s Orangeville Campus, Hannah entered the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, a collaborative program with York University through Georgian’s University Partnership Centre.
She feels fortunate to study in the Sadlon Centre for Health, Wellness and Sciences at the Barrie Campus with its university-calibre labs and state-of-the-art simulators. But her favourite opportunities involve taking what she’s learned into the field, including a clinical placement working with palliative cancer patients.
Hannah’s ultimate goal is to become a hospital emergency room nurse – a fast-paced career that she’ll be well prepared for, thanks to her Georgian program and varsity leadership experience.