Georgian’s proud president reflects on first year in office

This message is posted on behalf of Kevin Weaver, President and CEO

Aaniin, She:Kon, Tanshi, which means hello in Ojibwe, Mohawk and Métis.

I was honoured and deeply humbled to take office as Georgian’s sixth President and CEO a year ago, on June 20, 2022. I can think of no better way to mark my first year than celebrating with our Grizzlies at convocation today. This is a milestone moment for them and me.  

President Kevin Weaver shakes hand of grad crossing the stage at convocation

I want to thank the Georgian community – employees, students, alumni, donors and partners – for your ongoing support of Georgian, our students and me as your president; it means a great deal. I’ve always said Georgian’s best unkept secret is our people and witnessing your passion, commitment and innovation in action this year has only strengthened this belief. 

While it’s difficult to capture all the incredible highlights and meaningful moments we shared, here are a few I’m particularly proud of.   

Celebrating our award-winning team 

Group on stage receiving gold Indigenous Education Award
Georgian has become a recognized leader in Indigenous education
  • Georgian instructor Brandi Ferenc was honoured by the Women’s Executive Network as one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women in 2022 for her work supporting women and youth in the skilled trades.  
  • Five Georgian community members received Simcoe County Newcomer Recognition Awards for their outstanding work promoting diversity and supporting newcomers to our region.  
  • Enactus Georgian scooped up four awards at the nationals this spring: Desjardins Enactus Canada National Competition Runner-up in Division; Alumni of the Year Award: Nicole St. Pierre; First-ever Collaboration Award with Loyalist College; and Enactus Canada Campus Administration of the Year Award: Pavla Kazda, Dean of Business.

Strengthening our community and industry partnerships 

A group of people standing in front of a big ribbon at the grand opening of the Nursing and Wellness wing at the Georgian College Owen Sound Campus
Opening of the Nursing and Wellness Wing in Owen Sound

Advancing our strategic commitments 

The Georgian College Students' Association (Barrie) signs the Sustainable Development Accord, holding a banner of the 17 Goals.
Georgian students sign an SDG Accord
  • Georgian received a $1.5 million Mobilize grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada to further our work supporting sustainable growth in our local community through partner-led applied research and innovation.  

Connecting with students in new ways 

President Kevin Weaver standing with students at a display table at the Barrie Campus
  • I joined Instagram, which led to more students stopping me in the halls to personally connect, share their challenges and stories. I think seeing my posts made them realize I genuinely care. I was surprised to be recognized in ED. Marketing Agency’s first annual top 10 presidents on social media list. It’s really a credit to Team Georgian. They provide many opportunities for me to engage and amplify all the wonderful things happening across the college.  
  • As part of our efforts to create an unrivaled student experience, we launched several digital innovation projects. These are resulting in enhanced services for students and include MyGCLife – a one-stop, self-serve student portal – and a new Credit Transfer System that makes it easier than ever for students to transfer into Georgian and get credit for prior learning and experience. 

These are just a handful of examples that demonstrate what an outstanding teaching, learning and working environment we share.  

Throughout this first year and many of the notable occasions mentioned above, Georgian welcomed many government representatives to our campuses. The support of these elected officials – combined with donors, community and industry partners – is critical to Georgian and our students’ success.  

Watch this short video capturing Kevin’s first year in office

Once again, please accept my heartfelt appreciation for your support. I look forward to connecting and collaborating with you in the years to come. 

Chi-Miigwech, thank you.  


President Kevin Weaver holding a rugby ball and Georgian mascot Growler holding a soccer ball on the sports field at the Barrie Campus

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