Georgian College Changemaker Campus

Georgian accelerates student learning, careers and success. We’re home to 11,000 full-time students – including 1,500 international students from over 60 countries. More than 125 career-focused programs are taught by faculty with industry expertise across seven locations in Central Ontario: Barrie, Midland, Muskoka (Bracebridge), Orangeville, Orillia, Owen Sound and South Georgian Bay (Collingwood).

Students study part-time, full-time, online or in combination – choosing from degrees, combined degree-diplomas, graduate certificates, diplomas and certificates. We deliver numerous apprenticeship and technical trade options, providing employers with highly skilled graduates to grow and sustain their operations.

Georgian is proud to be Ontario’s #1 co-op college. Sixty-two hundred employers partner with us – and we’re the only college in Ontario with 12 programs accredited by the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education. Almost 80 per cent of students are in programs with formal work-integrated learning such as a local or international co-op, internship, placement or field experience.

Georgian is a trailblazer in entrepreneurship and social innovation education. Entrepreneurial outcomes are embedded in every program and across everything we do. Students graduate with the skills and mindsets to be innovative thinkers and changemakers – leaders who can turn ideas into businesses, innovations into careers, and challenges into opportunities.

Georgian College Student Association’s Mini Grants Program

Funded by the Georgian College Students Association, the Co-Curricular Mini-Grants Program is designed to:

  • Spark collaboration between students, staff and faculty by providing funding and resources to develop innovative co-curricular projects and activities.
  • Deepen student learning by generating new co-curricular opportunities that are focused on complementing the learning that occurs both inside and outside the classroom
  • Build community by establishing new (and strengthening existing) on-campus networks and off-campus partnerships
Funding Available: Grant awards will be up to $500 per project/activity.  

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Centre for Social Innovation’s Community Impact Projects

The Community Impact Projects incubate the student and then the innovative idea. The team employs a “One-Gap-Hack” model that looks at a social issue i.e. Food (In)Security, through the lens of various community organizations. Students identify gaps and then ideate solutions to close the gap.

Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre’s BUILD Program

This intensive 12-week program favours exploration over elaborate planning, customer feedback over intuition and iterative processes over traditional structured business planning. Participants learn about how to create an agile business through lean startup tools and methodologies.

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Centre for Social Innovation’s SENCO (Social Enterprise Network Central Ontario)

The Social Enterprise Network of Central Ontario (SENCO) exists for those looking to learn about, or engage in, social enterprise. Working with nonprofits, community leaders, businesses or budding entrepreneurs; SENCO’s goal is to bridge individuals or organizations, to the knowledge and resources needed to take the next step to implement their vision of change in their communities. SENCO is focused on social enterprise, community investment, and innovative approaches to facing the social challenges in the region. SENCO is an initiative of Georgian’s Centre for Social Innovation.

Suzie Addison-Toor Director, Centre for Social Innovation

Suzie Addison-Toor has worked for Georgian College as faculty, program coordinator and currently as Director of Georgian's Centre for Social Innovation. Through student-led social impact projects, nonprofit engagement, community based workshops and innovative curriculum, Suzie has led Georgian’s Centre for Social Innovation to be a post-secondary leader in social innovation education and experiential learning. She champions work that inspires students, community members, staff and faculty to become Changemakers. In response to regional needs, Suzie and her team created SENCO (Social Enterprise Network Central Ontario), a unique support systems for regional non-profits interested in developing social enterprise. Suzie was also instrumental in the development of 2 brand new curricular offerings for Georgian College; a 2 year diploma called Community Development and Social Innovation and a graduate certificate called Social Entrepreneurship in the Nonprofit Sector. Prior to working at Georgian College, Suzie founded and led “Addus”, a social agency in Toronto that supports adults with developmental disabilities to lead active lives in their community. Suzie Addison-Toor has a Masters in Leadership from Royal Roads University. She is also a trained Executive Transition Practitioner.

Tracy Mitchell-Ashley Professor, Communications

Tracy has been a faculty member teaching Communications using a socially motivated lens at Georgian College since 2009. Before that, she taught speaking and writing courses at the University of Waterloo. Her undergrad degree is in English with Psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University and her Master’s is in Language and Professional Writing from the University of Waterloo. She has completed PhD coursework and research in that field and is now working to complete a PhD in Human Studies with a focus on the rhetoric of social innovation. Tracy is passionate about the communication field and teaching. Her belief is that while we can have excellent ideas and abilities, if we can’t talk about our work or share our thoughts, we can’t lead change. Changemakers recognize the key role of communication in making change happen. The College communication classroom is an ideal place to help students practice these skills. Tracy’s intention is to offer opportunities for authentic communication practice in socially motivated and community-forward ways to help students realize the power of communication so that they can be changemakers.

Maryann Fifield Vice President, Academics

Teresa Snelgrove Board of Governors

Shelley Marchant Director, Marketing and Communications

Barb Watts Associate Dean, Business

Janet Davis Executive Director, Transition Business Automotive Hospitality Tourism

Angela Sutton Institutional Research and Organizational Effectiveness

John Pickard Executive Director, Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre

Sara Bentham Manager, Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre

Greg Rodrigo and Amy Goruk Centre for Teaching and Learning

Mira Ray Director, Centre for Applied Research and Innovation

Jennifer Bond HR Consultant

Dan Kershaw Executive Director, The Furniture Bank

Ross McIntrye Program Manager, Couchiching Initiative

Kelly Duggan Professor, Automotive Business School of Canada and Business and Management

Sarah Hunter Writing Centre Technologist, Student Leadership and Transition Services

Christina Meredith Manager, Access and Academic Success Services

Hunter Markle Student Representative, Board of Governors

Avery Konda President, Georgian College Student Council

Elly Green Coordinator, Centre for Social Innovation

Christine Hiles Office Assistant, Centre for Social Innovation

Changemaker Campus

Launched in 2008, Ashoka offers the Changemaker Campus designation to leading institutions in social innovation education. These institutions share the vision for higher education to become the next global driver of social change by transforming the educational experience into a world-changing experience.