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Thursday, October 17th, 2019. Event begins at 10am. The Barrett Centre for Technology Innovation. 205 Humber College Boulevard, Etobicoke, ON M9W 5L7

Kijiji Cha Upendo – Video Screening

October 17, 2019
10:00 AM
The Barrett Centre for Technology Innovation - Main Atrium, First Floor

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Introduction to Office365 Workshop - October 17, 2019

October 17, 2019
Stephanie Maggs

This workshop is a high-level overview of Office365. 

Office365 is so much more than just email. Learn about some of the more popular apps, including OneDrive, and how collaboration can make you job easier.

Reserve your spot today, or if space permitted, just drop in.

Every Tuesday and Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at North Campus, L132.

Thursday, December 19 will be the last workshop

A Month of Thanksgiving at The Spot - October 17, 2019

October 17, 2019

At The Spot, we decided not to restrict our gratitude for all our blessings to just one day. Instead, we will give thanks to our guests with a Thank Goodness It’s Friday weekly draw for the month of October. Simply enjoy an entrée with a beverage and enter to win a free entrée with coke beverage. Each Friday in October we will draw one winner.

Visit us at The Spot in the Barrett Centre for Technology Innovation, North Campus.

Open Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Bring the Humber Health Hustle to Your Class or Meeting - October 16, 2019

October 16, 2019

Want to add some fun physical movement to your class or meeting? Do your students need a bit of a pick me up?

Book a five-minute physical activity break today with the Centre for Healthy Living's student volunteers to get everyone up and moving. The Humber Health Hustle team can come to your class today. 

Email Lori at healthyliving@humber.ca to book now!

Birds, Turtles & Experiential Learning at the Humber Pond - October 15, 2019

October 15, 2019

As part of the #HumberPondProject, we're building outdoor classrooms, living laboratories and wildlife habitats to advance learning and sustainability at Humber College and for our community. Since we completed the first phase of our project this September, we’ve been happy to see several new friends move in, including a great blue heron, a snapping turtle, and a great egret!

The Humber Pond is being used as an experiential learning space by a number of Humber College programs and classes including Civil Engineering Technology, Sustainable Horticulture, and Sustainable Energy and Building Technology.

Pond Phases

There are three phases to the project:

  • Phase 1 (April 2019 – September 2019): Re-construction of the Pond to improve water quality and wildlife habitat. This includes the construction of a step pool conveyance channel, sediment forebay, shoreline restoration, and porous treatment berms.
  • Phase 2 (Began in June 2019. Estimated to be complete by January 2020): The construction of a treatment wetland facility, final grading of the site and fixing trails, installation of benches, and community and Humber College staff, faculty, and student plantings of native trees and shrubs.
  • Phase 3 (pending funding): Designing and building an outdoor classroom and social gathering area on a large island in the Pond with involvement by Humber College students.

Want to get involved?

Stay tuned here for more updates and future opportunities to get involved! If you would like a guided tour of the Humber Pond and/or would like to discuss how your program or course could use the Pond for experiential learning, please contact arboretum@humber.ca.

This Project is possible because of the partnership between Humber College, Humber Arboretum, The Centre for Urban Ecology, City of Toronto’s Parks, Forestry & Recreation division, and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority.

Important Information About Hiring Students on Campus - October 15, 2019

October 15, 2019

Are you a Humber department or Humber staff on campus who hires student employees? If so, there are some important terms to understand.

When hiring a student, they can be employed as either a Work Study employee or a Non Work Study employee. What's the difference?

The Work Study Program

The Work Study (W.S.) Program is a government and Humber funded program that provides eligible domestic students with the opportunity to develop transferable skills through paid work on campus. The Work Study Program is needs-based, and Humber College students can apply for Work Study approval through the humber.ca/myhumber Bursary application. Guelph-Humber students applying for student jobs at Humber can visit the Academic and Career Success Centre in LRC – 1st floor for more information.

Work Study Program Eligibility Criteria

To participate in the program, students must:

  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Be a Domestic student currently enrolled in studies (Canadian citizen, Protected Person, or Permanent Resident)
  • Be a full-time student under OSAP's definitions (For most students, this means a minimum 60% course load; or 40% course load if registered with Accessible Learning Services)
  • Maintain good academic standing in a ministry-approved post-secondary program
  • Have a Social Insurance Number (SIN)

Non Work Study Eligible Students

Students who do not meet the Work Study Program eligibility requirements (stated above) typically fall into the following student groups:

  • International Students (who are not Protected Persons)
  • Students enrolled in the following program credentials:
    • Certificate of Participation
    • Certificate of Completion
    • Certificate of Achievement (includes Apprenticeship Programs)
    • Professional Certificate
    • Academic Upgrading

As a best practice, it is encouraged that hiring managers work to set aside some funding in the PT Support Account to hire Non Work Study eligible students.

For more information visit careers.humber.ca/work-study.php or contact us at workstudy@humber.ca

Processing Work Study and Non Work Study Student Employees on HRMS

When processing student hires on HRMS, please ensure you're using the following Requisition Templates. This ensures students are being paid from your appropriate Accounts. 

When selecting a Requisition Template, select the correct option below:

Students working 24 hours or less (For fall/winter/summer term contracts)

  1. "NFT - Student - Work Study Contract" - Work Study Approved Student employees
  2. "NFT - Student Contract (Non Work Study)" - Non Work Study Eligible Student employees (ie. international students or part-time students)

Students working 35 hours or more (For summer term contracts only)

  1. "NFT - Appendix G (Summer Student) Work Study Contract" - Work Study Approved Student employees
  2. "NFT - Appendix G (Summer Student) Contract" - Non Work Study Eligible Student employees (ie. international students or part-time students)

For more information about hiring using HRMS, please contact the HR Support Centre (416.675.5001) and/or visit humber.ca/hrms

The Faculty of Business – The Dean's Newsletter - October 10, 2019

October 10, 2019

The Faculty of Business is pleased to share with the College the September edition of the monthly Dean's Newsletter.

Visit business.humber.ca/deans-news.html

L&D Workshop – Presentation Skills - October 10, 2019

October 10, 2019
Maureen Martin-Edey
Presentation Skills Workshop

Next week in Learning & Development, there's still space available in: 

Presentation Skills
Friday, October 18, 2019
1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
North Campus, Community Room, NX111

Do you feel nervous if and when you need to address a room full of people, or are asked to present to a group? Come join Cathy in this interactive workshop to develop skills to build your presentation skills.

In this workshop, you will learn: 

  • How to get your message across with confidence and clarity
  • How to focus on formal or informal speaking such as in meetings or group presentations
  • Effective use of visual aids such as Power Point
  • Speaking off-the-cuff

This interactive, hands-on session is facilitated by Cathy Sobocan, president of Raise Your Voice Coaching:

Cathy is highly regarded as one of the top media consultants in Toronto. Take advantage of her extensive background in broadcasting, voice, and media management. She brings into her coaching over 13 years of experience as a private trainer, college and university professor, and voice coach for TEDxToronto. She’s spent a lot of time on the other side of the microphone herself, with more than 20 years of experience as a radio and television broadcast journalist in Canada and NYC.

Please register here for this workshop or contact Maureen at learninghrs@humber.ca.

Thank you.

Learning & Development

1511: Commemorates Former Patients of Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital - October 9, 2019

October 9, 2019

1511 is a faculty-lead, research-driven art project that honours the generations of patients of the former Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital Cemetery (now the Humber College Lakeshore Campus). In this unique project, second-year students from the Visual and Digital Arts program collaborated with the Lakeshore Ground Interpretive Centre and Among Friends, a community mental health organization with members who have personal histories tied to the psychiatric facility, to create a commemorative artwork based on the history of the site and its patients. To cultivate creative concepts, students sought the guidance of researchers, historians, artists, and most significantly, community members with direct ties/experiences with the psychiatric hospital. 

Click here to watch the short film that grew out of this unique collaboration.

Video capture and editing by Innis Papagiannis 
Soundscape by Rob Shorthill 
Narration by Ed Janiszewski 
Project leaders Cole Swanson and Anne Zbitnew with Jennifer Bazar 

1511 acknowledges the support of Humber College, including the Faculty of Media & Creative Arts (FMCA), Community Outreach and Workforce Development (COWD), the Centre for Equity, Human Rights and Diversity; and Office of the Principal, Lakeshore Campus. 

Free Pregnancy Massage - October 8, 2019

October 8, 2019
Humber MT Clinic

Free pregnancy massage at the Humber Massage student clinic

We are looking for participants in any stage of pregnancy to take part in a free two-hour massage session. Participants will be assessed and treated by Humber students in their third semester of the Massage Therapy Program.

October 15–17 | October 28–31

Appointments available:

  • Mondays | Tuesdays | Thursdays
    Between 5:45 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.
  • Wednesdays
    Between 4:45 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.

Location: North Campus, A107

Scholarships Available for Humber Students - October 8, 2019

October 8, 2019
Marlene Barbosa
A photo promoting scholarships for Humber students, with instructions on how to apply

Application-based scholarships for students have launched! Students can apply on MyHumber.

Scholarships are funded by generous donors and supporters of Humber. Each scholarship has eligibility criteria, some of which is specific to a faculty or program.

Please help spread the word to our students!

If you have questions, please contact Marlene Barbosa, Student Awards Officer, at x5480 or marlene.barbosa@humber.ca

Rubina Leahy, Associate Dean, Student Wellness and Equity - October 8, 2019

October 8, 2019
Ian Crookshank

Rubina Leahy will be joining us as the new Associate Dean, Student Wellness and Equity beginning on October 15. Rubina has worked in the Human Services sector for 25 years - 18 years at the senior management level.

Recently, Rubina has worked as a Director, Client Services at Victim Services of Peel. In this role, she managed the High-Risk Program which supports individuals who have been involved in some of the most challenging situations one can imagine. She also advised and led case managers in the Transitional and Housing Support Program and the South Asian Family Enrichment Program which provides long-term support to clients who have experienced intimate partner abuse. Additionally, she has worked with several agencies providing support to women, youth, and family.

Rubina also has a Humber/Guelph-Humber connection as she has been an instructor in the FCSS program since 2013.

Rubina has expressed incredible excitement to join the team in Student Success and Engagement at Humber and is looking forward to advancing our priorities on health and wellness, empathetic client service, and developing strong leaders among our student and staff communities. 

Please extend congratulations to Rubina on starting her new chapter at Humber.


Andrea Campea, Acting Manager, Office of Student Conduct - September 23, 2019

September 23, 2019

With the departure of Lara Hof from the Office of Student Conduct (OSC), Andrea Campea, currently the Acting Manager of Residence Life, has been appointed Acting Manager, Office of Student Conduct. Andrea has an extensive history in student conduct administration, currently sits on the Student Support & Intervention Team, and with ease will be able to make the transition to the Office of Student Conduct. Andrea and Lara were fortunate to connect and transition prior to Lara's departure. Andrea will officially take over the role in OSC on Monday, September 23. Andrea will also retain several of her responsibilities within the Residence Life portfolio, drawing on the support of the Residence Life Coordinators for specific tasks, and will continue in the role as Interim Manager. 

I’d like to once again thank Lara for her leadership and commitment to supporting Humber students and express thanks to Andrea for her openness to take on new responsibilities over the next few months.

Ian Crookshank (He, Him)
Dean of Students

John Walsh to Complete Term at Guelph-Humber June 2020 - September 19, 2019

September 19, 2019

Professor John Walsh, vice-provost of the University of Guelph-Humber, will complete his third term June 30, 2020.

Following an administrative leave, John plans to rejoin the Department of Management as a professor in U of G’s Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics.

The announcement was made today by Charlotte Yates, the University of Guelph’s provost and vice-president (academic), and Laurie Rancourt, senior vice-president (academic) of Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning.

 “John has played a fundamental role in making Guelph-Humber a student-focused and industry-supported success,” Yates said.

Rancourt added: “John’s dedication and commitment has been unwavering. He has helped ensure that our students are provided with an unparalleled education and work-integrated learning experiences.”

Before his appointment as vice-provost professor Walsh was associate dean of U of G’s Faculty of Management and director of the former School of Hospitality and Tourism Management.

An interim vice-provost will be appointed following Walsh’s departure while the institutions continue developing a new strategic plan.

Retirement Celebration for Maggie Hobbs - September 11, 2019

September 11, 2019

Please join in offering warm wishes to Maggie Hobbs, who is retiring from Humber College after 40 years of service and dedication. Maggie started working at Humber in 1979 with the Student Government, managing the student pub where she increased daily revenues by 32 times over a seven-year span.

In 1985, Maggie began working for the Council of Student Affairs as Director of Operations, a role that saw her directly supporting the Student Government for 13 years. Over the next 11 years, she directed the College’s awards, alumni and orientation activities and began to establish what has become her signature of highly organized, professional, large scale events.

In 2009, and for the last 10 years, Maggie has perfected that signature supporting events in Student Success and Engagement, Planning and executing award/scholarship ceremonies, and supporting various units on campus with large scale events such as the President’s Breakfast and Convocation. During this time, she has also played an integral role in the practical experience of countless students in the Public Relations certificate program as an advisor during their fall and winter term event management projects.

Beyond the 40-plus incredible years of accomplishments, service, and commitment, Maggie is known as an honest communicator, a key contributor, a living archive of knowledge about Humber, a caring colleague, and an exceptional creator. Her attention to detail ensured that a stole was never twisted, a flower was never out of place, a speaker could be heard, a recipient received an award, and a guest was well fed. Maggie has had an incredible impact on Humber College and a countless number of staff and students who have wandered our halls.

We welcome members of the Humber community to join Maggie and her family in a celebration of her career and contributions on September 23, 2019 in the Humber Room. The reception will begin at 2:30 p.m., with remarks to follow.


Ian Crookshank
Dean of Students, Office of the Dean of Students

Lara Hof moving to Mohawk College - September 10, 2019

September 10, 2019

Lara Hof is leaving Humber College after eight years of work in the areas of Student Conduct, Student Support, Sexual Violence Education and Prevention, and Residence Life. Lara will be joining Mohawk College as the Associate Director, Student Rights and Responsibilities on September 23, 2019.

During her career at Humber, Lara developed a comprehensive student conduct office built on leading practice and established partnerships and collaborations both inside and outside of the institution. Lara has played an instrumental role in the creation, implementation, and revision of several Humber policies to ensure that students receive a fair process, holistic support, and connection to resources. She also established Humber’s award-winning Consent Peer Education Program, a peer-based program that offers more than 40 events and supports the direct interaction with more than 2,000 students annually. Additionally, Lara’s use of trauma-informed investigation approaches has been critical in supporting effective responses to sexual violence on campus and made her a trusted member of the Student Support and Intervention Team.

Lara is a leader who has always been known as a supportive colleague and has shown incredible dedication to Humber and the students who call Humber their academic home. She has frequently gone above and beyond to ensure that incidents are responded to and students receive the care and outcomes that are fair and, wherever possible, will best support their success. Lara’s last day at Humber will be September 20, 2019. Please join with the Student Success and Engagement Team in wishing Lara all the best on her next adventure.

A farewell celebration will be hosted on September 17, 2019 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in LRC 3058 (North Campus) where cake and light refreshments will be served.


Ian Crookshank
Dean of Students, Office of the Dean of Students

Theresa Steger moving to St. Lawrence College - September 6, 2019

September 6, 2019

Please join me in congratulating Theresa Steger on her new position as St. Lawrence College’s inaugural Dean of Program Planning, Development and Renewal. While this signifies a loss for Humber, the move represents the launch of a new leader in academic quality in Ontario’s college system.

Theresa has been at Humber for almost 15 years, first as Program Coordinator of the Early Childhood Education program where she led a large team of dedicated faculty members. In 2013, she brought her knowledge and passion for curriculum development and flexible learning to our Program Planning, Development and Renewal department. In that role she worked across the college in developing new academic programs and ensuring that curriculum enhancements came about through creative strategies in partnership with faculty and academic leaders.

Most recently as Director of Digital Curriculum, Theresa has worked closely with faculty to integrate technology enhanced learning experiences to create flexible and inclusive teaching practices. She was directly involved in the design and development of curriculum aligned virtual reality learning experiences, the curation and integration of Open Educational Resources into the curriculum, and the development of industry-related micro-credentials.

On a personal note, Theresa’s support upon my arrival at Humber and her ongoing interest in academic quality assurance have led to many interesting conversations about constructive alignment, competency-based learning and authentic assessment, which I have enjoyed tremendously. With heartfelt thanks and congratulations, Theresa, I wish you all the best in this next chapter of your career. You will be missed!


Kelly O’Neill
Dean, Program Planning, Development and Renewal

Joseph DeGregorio, Coordinator, Athletics Website & Graphic Design - August 28, 2019

August 28, 2019
Jim Bialek

For the past thirteen years, Joseph DeGregorio has been a valued member of the Humber Athletic Staff in the role of Graphic Designer, dating back to his student days in 2006. Just recently his designation has changed from part-time to full-time, as he has officially been hired as Coordinator, Athletics Website & Graphic Design.

Read the full story here.

Melanie Evens, Manager, Student Athletic Therapy and Wellness - August 27, 2019

August 27, 2019
Jim Bialek


Melanie Evens, the long serving Certified Athletic Therapist in Humber's Sports Therapy Clinic, has been named the Manager, Student Athletic Therapy and Wellness.

With the departure of Manager Athletics/Sports Information Jim Bialek, the department realigned and established this new position.

Read more here.

Christopher Parkes, Associate Vice President, Legal & Risk Management - August 20, 2019

August 20, 2019

Please join in welcoming Christopher Parkes to Humber as Associate Vice President, Legal & Risk Management effective August 1, 2019.

Christopher comes to us from William Osler Health System where he held the role of General Counsel and Executive Director, Enterprise Risk responsible for all corporate legal and integrated risk management activities. He brings with him extensive experience beyond legal and risk management including privacy & freedom of information, governance, employment, human rights, labour law, and business continuity. 

Christopher has contributed to numerous projects and major initiatives including complex corporate commercial matters, financing and procurement, capital redevelopment, contract management and strategic partnerships.

Christopher is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School and has co-authored a number of publications. Christopher is also a member of the Board of Directors of The George Hull Centre for Children and Families.


Thank You Jim Bialek - August 1, 2019

August 1, 2019
Jim Bialek

Thank you Jim Bialek

After four decades, Humber’s man behind-the-scenes calls it a career

Jim Bialek, 60, will retire in August after 40 years at the school. He is Humber's first full-time sports information director and the longest actively tenured employee in the athletics department. He has been the one constant around Humber Athletics as the program went from an afterthought on the Toronto sports scene to a national darling.

Soon, he'll be leaving – with plans to enjoy his cottage more, travel more with wife Evelyn and spend more time with his grandchildren. Humber officials honoured him in November, inducting him into the Hall of Fame in front of friends and family, where he received numerous standing ovations.

Check out the complete story here.

Mechanical Equipment Replacement – North Campus - October 3, 2019

October 3, 2019

Please be advised that a crane will be setup at North Campus in front of the Building D entrance, and around the area of Lot 15/Dogwood Crescent, to replace some mechanical equipment on the roof of D and G buildings.

Crane work is expected to take place on October 5 between 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more details, please see attached picture, or contact Dave Frigole at x2206.

The Spot - September 24, 2019

September 24, 2019

Discover the new SPOT on campus for good food.

Looking for a quiet place on campus to enjoy some good eats? The Spot is hidden just under the marvelous collaborative staircase at the Barrett CTI Building ground floor at North Campus.

Once you discover The Spot and its unique qualities, we are confident you will come back time and time again for the tasty chef-driven built-to-order meals.

The Spot's commitment to waste reduction and using local seasonal ingredients is the hallmark of this brand We deliver this unique experience with our three daily entrées - vegetarian, vegan and meat that use root-to-stem techniques and waste-not culinary strategies with a dine-in option to reduce plastic waste. Our local commitment is currently featuring Humber Arboretum fresh produce and honey and Propeller Coffee Co., a Toronto sustainable micro-roaster.

Be amazed by the taste of fresh, local and waste-not foods.

Capital Project Submission Deadlines - August 29, 2019

August 29, 2019
Khon Ta

In order to have enough time and resources for planning and budgeting for upcoming capital projects, please see project submission deadlines in the PDF file attached.

If you require any further information, please contact Rebecca Muyal (x5570) or Khon Ta (x4143).

Library Hours – August 26 - August 23, 2019

August 23, 2019
Alexandra Ross, Associate Director

To accommodate a team building session, Humber Libraries will be offering the following hours on August 26:

  • The Lakeshore Library will be closed for the day
  • The North Library will be open from noon until 4:30 p.m.
  • The North and Lakeshore Learning Commons will be staffed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Faculty are also encouraged to contact their liaison librarian directly and/or visit our website during this time.

Campus Closure – North Campus - August 21, 2019

August 21, 2019

Humber College North Campus and University of Guelph-Humber will be closed Wednesday, August 21 at 10 p.m. until Thursday, August 22 at 6 a.m.

  • All classes and services cancelled during these noted times.
  • Events, meetings and other activities hosted at North campus will not take place during these times noted. Please check with event organizers for any updates.


  • Residence remains open for residents.

Visit humber.ca for updates.

The Department of Public Safety will continue to provide security services 24-hours-a-day during the campus closure.             

North Campus Parking Garage Closure - August 6, 2019

August 6, 2019

Due to electrical work required to be performed in the parking garage, power will be shutdown and the garage closed from 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 8. The garage will reopen at 2:30 p.m. which includes access to the electric vehicle charging stations.

Parking Services

Early Closure for Testing Services - July 26, 2019

July 26, 2019

On Friday August 2, 2019, both Lake and North Testing Services will close at 3 p.m. ahead of the Civic Holiday long weekend. 

We will resume operations on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 8:30 a.m.

Information regarding early closures and delayed openings can be found on our website.

Thank you,

Shane Bentham
Coordinator, Accommodated Testing, Testing Services

Parking Lot 13 Closed for Maintenance - July 23, 2019

July 23, 2019
Daniel Alonzo

Parking Lot 13 will be closed for maintenance and repaving on Wednesday, July 24, 2019.

  • All staff permit holders who would usually park in Lot 13 may use Lot 1 to park during the repaving – all staff permit holder ID access cards are already programmed for Lot 1 card reader access
  • If you have an assigned parking space in Lot 14 you are not affected as Lot 14 will remain open – you will still be able to enter Lot 14 through the Lot 13 entrance
  • If you cannot find a parking space in Lot 1 please go to Lot 4
  • Lane E will remain open

We are expecting the duration of the work to be about four weeks and apologize in advance for any inconvenience.

NX and K Building Closure – North Campus - July 22, 2019

NX Building and part of K Building will be closed over the long weekend from Friday, August 2 at 4 p.m. to Monday, August 5 at 8 p.m.

No access will be allowed into NX including the ramps on K, and limited access to areas of K will be allowed. Alternative route signage will be installed to help redirect users. The attached documents detail the areas affected. 

During this closure, NX will undergo a Whole Building Air Leakage Test which is the last step for Passive House certification. As the first net-zero carbon retrofit building in Canada, and hopefully the first Passive House certified retrofit, Humber’s NX Retrofit project is receiving interest from organizations throughout North America that are looking for ways to reduce carbon emissions to meet provincial, federal and Paris Accord targets. We believe this project is an example of Humber delivering "national leadership in sustainable campuses" as a core value of our Strategic Plan.

For any questions please contact Spencer Wood at x5242 or Rui Raposo at x5960.

Construction Closure – North Campus - July 19, 2019

July 19, 2019

On Saturday, July 27 to Sunday, July 28 there will be no access to the back corridor towards the E Building freight elevator at North Campus. The elevator will be usable but will not stop on the second floor during this time. The corridor will reopen by end of day on Sunday, July 28.


Rebecca Muyal
Manager, Renovations and Capital Works

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