1. Getting in touch with nature

Humber Arboretum

In 1977, the Humber Arboretum, a 260-acre outdoor environmental laboratory and recreational playground, began operating after Humber entered into a joint venture with the Borough of Etobicoke, the Metropolitan Toronto and Regional Conservation Authority, and the Metropolitan Parks Department.  A large section of the Arboretum is a designated Environmentally Significant Area, meaning it gets special protection to keep the plants and animals in it safe.

A food learning garden set to open in the Arboretum this year will be a space for culinary, early childhood education, horticulture and landscape students to further their studies.

2. Restoring a historical property

Lakeshore campus

In 1989, an agreement was reached between Humber and the province for a 99-year lease of the former Lakeshore Psychiatric Facility (the current Lakeshore Campus). Restoration of the cottages began soon after and in 1995 the newly renovated C, D and E buildings opened. Today, buildings C to M are used as student and staff space. Mostly recently G Building was restored and opened in September 2016 as the Centre for Entrepreneurship. Two new buildings – the Lakeshore Student Welcome and Resource Centre and a fitness centre – also opened in 2016.

3. New educational opportunities

The University of Guelph-Humber at North Campus opened its doors in 2002. With this partnership between Humber and the University of Guelph, students graduate in four years with both a degree and a diploma. Today, approximately 4,000 students study there across seven programs.

In 2005, Humber partnered with the University of New Brunswick to offer a four-year bachelor of nursing degree for students. The program is the largest nursing program in the province, helping to address a nursing shortage in Ontario.

4. Making waves on the radio

Licensed by the CRTC in 2004, Radio Humber (96.9) was Canada’s first radio station to adopt a playlist made up of 100 per cent Canadian content.

5. Feeding the needy

Candice Ekonomakos

Candice Ekonomakos, a 2012 Culinary Management graduate, established Cooks With A Mission to help alleviate hunger and poverty in the Greater Toronto Area. The organization encourages junior cooks and chefs to donate or volunteer their time to cook at area shelters, while encouraging restaurants to donate equipment or funds. Ekonomakmos won a Premier’s Award in 2014 for her efforts.

6. Unique programs

Humber offers a number of unique programs, including the only English-language funeral services program in Ontario. With other hands-on offerings in landscaping, culinary arts, the trades and a variety of healthcare programs, since 1967 we have sent skilled graduates into the workforce, often into areas with a shortage of skilled workers.

7. Enhancing Toronto’s creative scene

Many of our comedy, acting, music and journalism graduates have gone on to do great things locally and internationally. Notable grads include Nathan Fielder, K. Trevor Wilson, Giacomo Gianniotti, George Stroumboulopoulos, Dina Pugliese, Laila Biali and Greg Wells.

8. A place for entrepreneurs

Humber Centre for Entrepreneurship

In 2016 the Centre for Entrepreneurship opened at Lakeshore Campus, giving students an opportunity to explore the world of entrepreneurship. The Centre currently has 453 entrepreneurs who use the space to meet, collaborate and create their business ideas. Workshops are held there regularly, covering topics from writing a business plan and how to get your business started to intellectual property and using social media.

9. Our students have skills

Avery Bird and Theo Willert

Humber students have a reputation for dominating at Skills Ontario and Skills Canada competitions. Since 2004, they have placed in the mechatronics category at Skills Canada 10 times – winning six gold medals, three silver and one bronze. Last year, Electromechanical Engineering Technology graduates Avery Bird and Theo Willert won bronze in mechatronics at WorldSkills in Abu Dhabi. Winston Lord, a fellow Electromechanical Engineering Technology grad, competed at WorldSkills Sao Paulo in 2015 in the electronics category.

10. Community collaborations

A new five story, 93,000 square foot facility is scheduled to open this year. This North Campus building will pioneer a new model of education, focusing on collaboration and partnership with the communities Humber serves and on technological advances needed for the 21st century and beyond. 

Once open, the space will encourage innovation, applied research and project-based learning with industry and community partners. Instead of traditional classrooms and laboratories, there will be open concept gathering spaces, cutting-edge prototype labs and makerspaces, interactive technology zones, digital media studios and demonstration areas for showcasing new products and technologies.

11. Embracing fair trade

Lakeshore fair trade designation

In 2017, Humber Lakeshore became the first college in Ontario to achieve Fair Trade status. This means Humber has made a commitment to teaching about and promoting fair trade. In part, this means ensuring as many fair trade products as possible – including food and drink – are available in as many places as possible on campus.

To learn more about Humber's history and contributions since 1967, visit www.humber50.ca