As we prepare for the holiday break, I would like to reflect on some moments that made me especially proud of Humber College students, faculty and staff this year.
Here are just a few highlights from 2019:
The Barrett Centre For Technology Innovation Welcomes The Future Of Education
Humber’s new world-class facility, the Barrett Centre for Technology Innovation (Barrett CTI) defines the next generation of education. Built to inspire innovation, support skills development and promote STEAM outreach, the Barrett CTI officially opened its doors in April, paving the way for students, faculty and industry alike to solve real-world problems.
Lakeshore Campus Revitalization and Humber Cultural Hub
In December, we held information sessions for Humber staff and community members to explore the plans for the revitalization of the Lakeshore campus and the creation of the Humber Cultural Hub, which will get underway in 2020.
Humber’s Ranking of Canada’s Top 50 Research Colleges
Humber now ranks as the #8 research college in Canada based on research income, climbing 12 spots from last year. Humber also ranked first in key areas, including research partnerships, corporate research income, and corporate research intensity; and ranked second in paid student researchers.
Humber and Walmart Canada Partner on New AdvancED Program
Humber partnered with Walmart Canada on the AdvancED Education Assistance Program. We are helping connect Walmart associates and their eligible family members to diverse educational opportunities across the country, while Walmart supports participants with varying levels of tuition assistance.
New Carrier Drive Building
Humber opened a new Carrier Drive location, which is now home to Corporate Training Solutions, Transportation Training and Real Estate Education.
FIRST Robotics Competition
In March, we welcomed more than 1,000 Ontario high school students and their families for the 2019 Robotics Competition, in partnership with FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). It provided an excellent opportunity to showcase our state-of-the-art labs and learning spaces and the hands-on education Humber provides. We look forward to welcoming competitors to the 2020 competition.
New Humber Sustainability Plan
After extensive consultation with the Humber community, the 2019-2024 Sustainability Plan was launched with events at both Lakeshore and North Campuses. During the launch events we had the opportunity to reflect on all our sustainability achievements and look ahead to what more can be done.
Fair Trade Status
Humber became the first Ontario college to have multiple campuses receive Fair Trade designations. North Campus was awarded the Fair Trade Campus designation from the Canadian Fair Trade Network in February, following the Lakeshore Campus achieving the designation in January 2018. We received this title for our commitment to supporting sustainability and ethically sourcing products, ensuring an availability of Fair Trade products and educating students and staff about the Fair Trade movement.
New Humber Arboretum Strategic Plan
Building on the Humber Arboretum’s current success, the Strategic Plan will focus on enhancing the Arboretum and Humber’s physical and learning environment to contribute to creating world-ready citizens, healthy communities and thriving nature. The plan also includes the Humber Pond Revitalization Project to bolster the health of our ecosystems and natural habitats.
Humber endorsed the federal government’s Dimensions: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Canada Charter. The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport at the time, visited North Campus for the signing of the Charter, which seeks to address systemic barriers in post-secondary education and research, particularly those experienced by members of underrepresented or disadvantaged groups.
Our students placed in 13 categories at the Skills Ontario competition among 2,000 competitors. In the Skills Canada competition, Humber took the country by storm and earned three gold medals. At the 2019 World Skills competition in Kazan, Russia, Humber represented Canada and took home a Medallion of Excellence in Mechatronics.
Humber Celebrated Juno Wins
Humber alumni and faculty took home four Juno awards. Congratulations to our grads and faculty for winning in the following categories: Laila Biali, Vocal Jazz Album of the Year, Robi Botos, Jazz Album of the Year: Solo and The Arkells (includes Humber alumnus Anthony Carone), Rock Album of the Year and Group of the Year.
Humber Hawks at the CCAA
Our Humber Hawks were awarded eight medals during the 2018-2019 Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) season. Among 30 institutions who won CCAA hardware, Humber earned three gold, three silver and two bronze medals.
We also launched Unlimited, Humber’s first-ever public fundraising campaign this year.
Thank you for all your hard work, dedication and efforts in 2019. I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable break.