John Abbott College Athletic Director Steve Shaw is very pleased and excited to announce that Noemie Marin is the new Lady Islander Hockey Head Coach effective immediately.

Marin is replacing Hank Binning who recently stepped down as the Lady Isles Head Coach.  She brings with her a tremendous passion for the game of hockey, a positive attitude and a strong desire to rebuilding the John Abbott hockey program.

“I couldn’t have been happier when Noemie told me she had accepted my offer to coach our hockey team.  She is a very proud woman with a passion for the game.  Our former coach Hank Binning recommended her to me and she is the exactly the person we wanted,” said Shaw.  “The girls are very excited.”

“I am very thrilled to join this hockey program. There is nothing more exciting in coaching than working with young athletes whose desire is to learn and get better “commented Noemie.

Recently named to the coaching staff of the Quebec U-18 team, she is also an assistant coach with the Canadian U-18 team and the Technical Director for Lakeshore hockey.  After graduating from College St-Laurent in 2003 she attended to the University of Minnesota-Duluth where she graduated with a Bachelors Degree in both Community Health and Physical Education.  She was named to the WCHA All-Academic Team in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007.

In Minnesota Noemie was an alternative captain in 2006 and the captain in 2007 when the Bulldogs lost to Wisconsin in the national championship in 2007.  Noemie was a finalist for the Patti Kazmaier Award (NCAA Player of the Year) in both 2006 and 2007 and the MVP of the NCCAA Frozen Four Skills Competition in 2007.

She currently plays professional hockey for the Montreal Stars in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League.  The Stars won the Clarkson Cup in 2009, 2011 and 2013 and this past season Noemie led the Stars in goals scored.

She was also part of the Canadian Women’s Hockey National Program from 2005 to 2012 including playing for the Canadian Hockey U-22 Team in 2004 and 2005.

When she is not playing or coaching hockey she found time to play softball including playing for the Canadian Women’s National Team from 2002 to 2008.  In 2008 she played in the Olympics in Beijing, China.

For more information please contact Steve Shaw at 514-457-6610, ext. 5322 or

JAC Students host Science Symposium

On May 7, John Abbott College students will be holding their inaugural symposium to present the results of their semester-long projects that began back in November 2014. These students were pioneers to a brand new approach to science class that allowed them to participate in research in a working lab, and to ultimately share their experiences and findings with the rest of the world.

This was a chance never before offered at John Abbott College, appealing to strong and motivated students keen to experience first-hand the excitement of original scientific research.

The 16 selected student-applicants were assigned an independent research project that matched their interests and abilities.

Projects were carried out in real research-based labs either on the John Abbott campus or at local universities.

The selection of projects will represent a broad range of scientific disciplines, from analytical chemistry in plant science, to the physics of alloys, to the growing of green roofs.


On Wednesday, April 29, John Abbott College will be the site of a major landmark in the 44 year history of the school. The Aboriginal Student Resource Centre, opened in 1990, will celebrate the 25th anniversary of dedicated service and support for students from First Nations and Inuit communities on campus.

The Buffalo Hat Singers will open the celebration at 11:30 in the Agora. Traditional dances, Inuit throat singing, and speakers including JAC alumna and actress Devery Jacobs are just a sampling of what will be on hand for visitors.
The Centre is a place for students to work, study, talk, get tutoring and counseling, as well as maintain their identity as Aboriginal people within the College community. They know that they can count on two fulltime dedicated professionals.
As access to post-secondary education improves for communities across the country, the College has seen a marked increase in the number of enrolments among both Inuit and First Nations with over 100 students registered with the Centre this year, twenty more students that last year. Nations represented in the Centre since opening include Inuit, Mohawk, Cree, Algonquin, Mi’kmaq, Ojibway, Metis, and Atikamekw.

About John Abbott College
John Abbott College is a public Anglophone college serving students since 1971. Today, the increasingly diverse student body includes 6000 fulltime day students and an additional 2000 continuing education students. John Abbott is situated on the western tip of the Island of Montreal.

Bike Repair Station on Campus

Cyclists travelling along the bike path can now benefit from an outdoor bike repair station on John Abbott College’s lower campus.

The station is located just off the bicycle path and is easily accessible for those needing a quick adjustment to their bikes when travelling along Lakeshore Boulevard. The bike repair station features an integrated air pump as well as all-purpose tools secured by reinforced steel cabling.

For information on how to use the stand to do a repair, users can scan the QR code on the stand with a smartphone for additional help.

The installation of this repair station was made possible by funding received by the City of Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue through their yearly sustainability fund.

Thank you again to the City of Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue in supporting the College’s grant application.


Colleagues in a community hospital in Ghana got an unexpected gift recently from Montreal area medical suppliers and a group from  John Abbott College.

Students in the John Abbott Intensive Nursing program have been going to Ghana for work terms like no other for several years now. The experience they gather while on stage and their exposure to cultures and situations so different from the one back home makes these young people extraordinary care givers with particular sensitivity to the causes and needs of others.

Therefore it is not surprising that when the Abbott group received a large donation of medical supplies following the hard work of Nursing teacher Danielle Noel who sourced the material, the decision was made to share the donation – the lion’s share would be sent to the Ghanaian hospital in the Volta region, a portion would be sent to Jamaica and the balance would be used in the nursing labs at Abbott.

The Abbott men’s basketball team jumped in to lend a hand when it came to the heavy lifting.  These young gentlemen gave up an afternoon to help load the shipping container of supplies destined for Ghana.  The shipment has arrived in Africa at long last and the Sacred Heart Hospital in Abor is ecstatic.

The Nursing department wishes to extend a very heartfelt thank you to the men’s basketball team, Rebecca Shea (Nursing student), Emily Ouellette-Blackburn(Nursing student), Paul Young, Susan Young, Richard Netto, Dave King and his son Michael, Rick Cummins, Claudette Scott, Judy Sabiston, Diane Williams and Danielle Noel.



C’est sous le thème « La francophonie, lieu de partage » que le département de français du Cégep John-Abbott soulignera la Semaine de la francophonie 2015.

En effet, du 16 au 20 mars prochain, ateliers, activités, visionnements de films et conférenciers invités se succèderont afin de sensibiliser les cégépiens à l’importance de la langue française au Québec et de leur permettre d’élargir leurs connaissances sur la culture francophone.

Voir la programmation complète de la Semaine de la francophonie à:


In 1970, John Abbott College had just moved into Laird Hall, one of the building on what is today the McGill University Macdonald Campus, to set up the new college. Sometime in the late night hours in those early days, some Macdonald Agriculture students decided to pinch a sign that read: John Abbott College. It had just been put up in the front of Laird Hall. The sign was 18 inches by 20 inches, bolted to the front exterior wall.

A former Macdonald College student has held onto the sign for the past 44 years. It has travelled through Ontario and as far as Edmonton, Alberta. The former student, now living in Alberta, contacted a relative living in Lachine. The relative, good friends with retired John Abbott College staff member Gary W. Sims, asked Sims if he would be the go between in returning the 1970 inaugural sign to John Abbott College. In October 2014, a class reunion of Macdonald Agriculture students created the perfect opportunity to return the sign. The gentleman flew from Edmonton to Montreal with the sign in his suitcase. The doorbell rang at Gary’s home at 5 p.m. on October 19, 2014 and the former Macdonald College student handed the sign over for safe keeping. Gary thanked the student for returning the sign after all these years and in perfect condition as well. (The student has asked to remain anonymous).

In those days, Macdonald Agriculture students were well known for their pranks around campus and the city of Saint-Anne-de-Bellevue, from painting the bridges, water towers, to diverting traffic through the campus by changing roads signs.
The infamous sign was returned to JAC Academic Dean Erich Schmedt a few weeks ago.

Erich Schmedt, JAC Academic Dean withGary Sims, retired JAC employee.

Erich Schmedt, JAC Academic Dean with Gary Sims, retired JAC employee.


Appointment of New Director of Continuing Education

It is with great pleasure that we announce the appointment of Stephanie Hygate to the position of Director of Continuing Education and the International Office.

Stephanie’s entire career has been driven by business and project development inside and outside Canada. During her 8 year mandate as Coordinator of the International Programs Office at the College, she successfully developed and implemented academic projects and partnerships with institutions, businesses and students in several countries.
Stephanie worked for 4 years in Beijing, China, to develop business opportunities for a German engineering company. Her combined experience in business and education will continue to assist her in her new role with Cont Ed and International Programs.

Stephanie was born and raised in Germany. She obtained her Master’s in Sinology and International Business from Goettingen University, Germany and a certificate of Chinese language studies from Fudan University, Shanghai.

Art by the Lake

On September 6 and 7, the John Abbott College Foundation and the Lakeshore Association of Artists (LAA) will join forces, once again, to hold the annual West Island art exhibit.

A long standing tradition among art lovers, this annual exhibit is widely attended and attracts visitors from all regions. It is ranked as one of the largest, most popular community events of its kind in Canada.

The LAA, the College and its students are looking forward to the event with great enthusiasm. A portion of the proceeds from the show will benefit the John Abbott College Foundation to help young artists in need of financial assistance. There will be student guest artists, and student volunteers will also help in running the show. It will provide an excellent opportunity for the students to showcase their work and also to experience what it is like to plan, execute and participate in a major art exhibition.

Over 40 artists will be showcasing a selection of more than 20 pieces each. Artwork in the show will include a variety of styles and media, including oil, watercolour, pastel, acrylic, mixed media, drawing and sculpture. Admission is free and the show will take place, rain or shine, September 6 and 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Stewart Hall, 176 Lakeshore Road, in Pointe Claire.

Come and enjoy the art and the ambiance – bring your friends and family and take advantage of a great way to end the summer on a high note.

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Established in October 1999, the Foundation exists to support John Abbott College’s mission
and statement of purpose. Through fundraising activities, the Foundation allows the College
to respond to the steadily increasing demands for its services, while ensuring that the
education students receive and the environment in which they learn are second-to-none.

The Lakeshore Association of Artists is composed of over 50 professional artists scattered across the West Island, from Lachine to Hudson. It contributes extensively to West Island charities.