Mohawk College welcomes Trevor Clark as the new Executive Director of the Mohawk College Foundation Reply

I am pleased to announce that Trevor Clark is joining the Mohawk College Foundation as Executive Director, effective June 8, 2015.

Trevor is an accomplished leader and brings fundraising, program development and implementation, and strategic planning expertise from healthcare, academic and social work organizations.

He joins us from the Alzheimer Society Foundation, where, as Executive Director, he developed a new governance and service delivery model and had responsibility for all fundraising, investing and stewardship activities.

Trevor’s earlier positions include Director of Development, Planned Giving and the US Foundation for Queen’s University; Manager of Planned Giving at SickKids Hospital Foundation; Manager of Major Gifts and Planned Giving at Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital, and National Director of Planned Giving with the Salvation Army, Canada and Bermuda.

Trevor is a Certified Fund Raising Executive and holds a B.Ed (Honours) from Lancaster University, UK. Active in the fundraising community, he is a speaker and instructor on fundraising fundamentals. Trevor’s passion for his vocation is palpable and he looks forward to applying his donor-centred philosophy to the Foundation and our College.

As a long-term resident of the Hamilton area he is aware of our College’s reputation and opportunities. I very much look forward to Trevor joining the Foundation, and encourage you to welcome him to the Mohawk family.

Mohawk College students shine at provincial skills competition Reply

Congratulations to our 11 Mohawk students who won medals at this week’s Technological Skills Competition hosted by Skills Ontario in Waterloo. More than 2,000 high school and college students competed in 67 skilled trades and technologies contests. It’s the largest skills competition in Canada.

Our students won three gold, three silver and five bronze medals against the best in the province. Congratulations to:

  • Christopher Bradley, gold medal, Heating Systems Technician
  • Tyler Bukenberger, gold medal, Refrigeration
  • Andrew Cayer, silver medal, Auto Painting
  • Kris Dos Santos, silver medal, Auto Collision Repair
  • Brett Holden, bronze medal, Steamfitter/Pipefitter
  • David Klassen, bronze medal, Aircraft Maintenance
  • Aneil Lochan, bronze medal, Auto Collision Repair
  • Tim McCoppen, bronze medal, Cabinetmaking
  • Lydia Tupper, gold medal, Cabinetmaking
  • Mark Whiteford, bronze medal, Industrial Mechanic Millwright
  • Matthew Wicks, silver medal, Graphic Design

Along with winning gold in the refrigeration category, Tyler Bukenberger received the Colleges Ontario award for posting the highest grade among all college students at the competition.

Lydia Tupper made history by becoming the first woman to ever win gold in the cabinetmaking category. Lydia also earned the highest mark among all the women in her trade group.

Lydia and Tyler are headed to the national skills competition in Saskatoon later this month to represent Ontario and Mohawk.

Congrats again to our medal-winning students and thanks to the team of faculty and staff for their coaching and mentoring: Ken Mercer, Peter Jarvie, Patrick Gorman, Jim Miles, Stan Reiwald, Phil Richardson, Chris Micucci,  Kevin Bowerman, Dan Nichols, Craig Cooper, Jim White, Shari Martin and Rick Dupp.

Kudos: Inspiring minds at Mohawk College Reply

Learning at Mohawk isn’t limited to our students.  From the opening keynote to the plenary and breakout sessions, the focus at last week’s Inspiring Minds conference was squarely on making Mohawk an even better college for our students. Thanks to the planning team of Amy Cook, Peggy French, Marilyn McDermott, Leslie. Marshall, Megan Pratt, Jeff Rankine and Lauren Soluk. Thanks also to Connery and Brian Gould for recording the conference and to everyone who shared their best practices and insights with their colleagues. While a last-minute change of plans kept me from this year’s conference, I’ve heard positive reviews from faculty and staff who attended.

Mohawk College home to an advanced manufacturing revolution hot spot Reply

We welcomed the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters to Mohawk last week for their first ever forum on additive manufacturing.

The Hon. Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario), delivered the keynote. The Minister recognized our college for being a hotspot in the revolution now underway in advanced manufacturing. Our college is home to the only additive manufacturing resource centre of its kind in Ontario and one of only three in Canada.

In welcoming Minister Goodyear and the delegates to Mohawk, I said we do two things really well with our Additive Manufacturing Resource Centre. We help our partners build prototypes and parts. We also build future ready graduates. Students working on applied research projects at Mohawk gain invaluable experience and develop skills that are in heavy demand yet short supply.

Along with welcoming the delegates, I made one request.  Make job offers now but don’t have our students join your companies until they complete their programs and graduate from Mohawk.

To date, the Government of Canada has invested more than $11.5 million in applied research projects at Mohawk that give employers a competitive advantage and help to create jobs.

Kudos: Bringing health and technology together at Mohawk College Reply

Thank you to Christy Taberner, Kelly Riley-Dunbavin and the team of students, faculty and staff who helped organize another very successful Apps for Health and Education Conference at Mohawk last week.  This was our fifth Apps for Health and it continues to be a great forum for sharing ideas and making connections. Special thanks to our sponsors for making Apps for Health possible – Canadian Healthcare Technology Magazine, the City of Hamilton and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

Kudos: Mohawk College prof Shaun Iles recognized as a leader in online teaching Reply

Congratulations to Mohawk’s own Shaun Iles. Shaun, a Mohawk professor and graduate, is one of four educators in North America to receive a 2015 Excellence in Online Teaching Award from Pearson. Shaun’s in good company with awards also going to educators from Drexel University, Ryerson University and Berklee College of Music.

Shaun was recognized for his work in building an online course in sustainability. Students move through the course content at their own pace. Class marks have gone up since Shaun gamified his course using tools like intelligent agents, simulators, blogs and virtual conferences. Shaun’s now helping other educators use technology to build online courses that increase retention rates, grades and student satisfaction.

True to form, Shaun was quick to credit the team at Mohawk who helped him build an award-winning online course for our students.

I had the opportunity back in the Fall semester to sit down with Shaun for an In the Studio Podcast which you can listen to here.

KUDOS: Mohawk Advertising students continue to win on the national stage Reply

Congratulations to Mohawk Advertising students Nolan Kennelly and Yash Thapar on winning gold in the student category at the National Advertising Challenge. This was a repeat performance for Nolan who also won gold in his first year with Mohawk’s Advertising program.

Mohawk students Nathan Styles and Brad Biggs won silver. Megan Kras, who’s interning at J. Walter Thompson,won gold in the big ideas category while Mohawk alumni Emmanuel Torres (gold), Justin Turco (silver) and Emma Wathan (merit) were also recognized for their work.

Back in December, Mohawk Advertising students won gold, silver and bronze at the Canadian Marketing Association Awards.

Our Advertising program is going to need a bigger trophy case. And you should bet on Nolan making it a three-peat gold medal performance at next year’s National Advertising Challenge.

KUDOS: Mohawk College again recognized for our leadership in environmental sustainability Reply

Our college has been recognized as one of Canada’s greenest employers for the second year in a row by the editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers.

We’re the only college in Ontario and one of just two in all of Canada to make the list.

I want to thank Alan Griffiths and the team in our Sustainability Office for making Mohawk a leader in sustainability.

Mohawk was selected as one of Canada’s greenest employers because of our carbon reduction targets, our student-run environmental program, alternate transportation options for students, faculty and staff, our community gardens and campus renewal projects that incorporate LEED standards.