Abbott Team Reviews Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal Piece NŌ MASK OF HANNYA

To mark the CEGEP institution’s 50th anniversary, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts collaborated with the Fédération des cégeps, inviting members of its various colleges to produce short videos on works in the Museum’s collection.

“I am impressed by how technology is clearly at the service of creativity and reflection in this project. I think this shows how our teachers and students combine technical mastery with an imaginative and critical approach to their work” said Gordon Brown, John Abbott College Academic Dean.

Follow this link to view the John Abbott College capsule featuring Media Arts teacher Daniel Schorr and student Jonathan Andrei from the Arts, Literature & Communication program.

Thousands at John Abbott College

Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue – October 25, 2017 – Thousands took advantage of the sunny and warm weather on Saturday, October 21 to visit the annual John Abbott College open house. Potential students and their parents asked questions, visited labs and wandered through classrooms.

Current students from Police Technology, Pre-Hospital Emergency Care and Nursing programs set the scene outside for a multi-vehicle accident simulation. Actors from the Theatre department and a critically injured high-fidelity simulation mannequin caught the crowd’s complete attention. Others visited the Psychology department watching a demonstration with friendly intelligent rats or stepped outside with a Physics teacher and astronomy expert to view our skies through a telescope.

The campus buzzed with energy at every level as young people looked around, stepping into a snap shot of college life at Abbott. So many former students, now parents, shared memories with faculty and staff, signing up to be on the Abbott Alumni register to be kept informed as events and activities ramp up to the College’s 50th anniversary in 2020.

About John Abbott College
John Abbott College is a public Anglophone college serving students since 1971. Today, the increasingly diverse student body includes more than 6700 full time day students and an additional 2000 continuing education students per year. John Abbott is situated on the western tip of the Island of Montreal.

John Abbott College Science student and Physics Professor to present at Montréal Space Symposium

John Abbott College Science student Emilie Laflèche and Physics Professor Karim Jaffer were invited to speak at the upcoming Montreal Space Symposium to be held on Thursday and Friday, October 5-6, 2017.

Emilie will present The JAC Solar Eclipse – An Astronomical First Day of Classes on Thursday at 12:30.

Karim will be making two presentations on Friday:
– A Student-Directed Approach to Introductory Astronomy at 16:30
– Public Outreach and CEGEP Partnerships in collaboration with RASC at 17:30.

Complete schedule and abstracts can be found on the event’s website

The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada Montreal Centre presents the 2017 Townsend Lecture

Dr. David Levy
A Lifetime of Eclipses…

Montreal-born and long-time RASC Montreal Centre Member as well as Honorary President, Dr. David Levy, will present a lecture at John Abbott College on his personal experience that spans many decades of astronomical observations of both lunar and solar eclipses. His first was on October 2, 1959 and culminating with his 90th this past August with the solar eclipse.

Dr. Levy is Canada’s foremost comet hunter including the infamous Shoemaker-Levy Comet amongst the 22 comets to his credit. Dr. Levy has also authored 34 books plus numerous articles.

Date: Monday, October 16
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Penfield P-204

Photo credits to Sam Henle.

Photo of the eclipse (note the sunspots) through John Abbott’s new Celestron NexStar 8SE Telescope, equipped with an Orion solar filter for safe solar viewing, and a 32mm eyepiece.
Taken in Montreal, 45.5017ºN, 73.5673ºW on an iPhone SE.

Campus involvement through the John Abbott College Physics department and the Astronomy Club.

Homecoming 2017

Homecoming has been around for quite some time throughout North America. Here at Abbott, despite some smaller versions over the years, this past weekend was the 2nd formal, structured one, and what a Homecoming it was. 

When asked to describe the flagship event – the 3-0 football team taking on the Trois-Rivières Diablos – a fan stated emphatically: “HOT! Wow!” Indeed. With the temperature hovering near 40 degrees on the field, and certainly that hot in the stands that were packed to capacity – it was the hottest fall football game anyone could recall.

Despite the importance for varsity teams to do well, the crux of a Homecoming weekend reaches far beyond the field or pitch or arena. This is a time for people to come back to familiar grounds, to interact with students, to talk with teachers and to be part of our very important school alumni! Where would we be without peers, elders, community leaders sharing advice, pointing us in the right direction and yes, having friends in the right places? John Abbott Homecoming is a pressure-free place to catch up, to share tales that inevitably start with: “Do you remember that time when…”. Team shirts and a few shrunken leather letter jackets were also seen in the shade of the alumni tent. School colours and team swag were certainly part of this gathering where kids played on blow-up castles, face painting added some sparkle for the younger set and laughter rang out all around the area of our Memorial sports field. 

The John Abbott campus is alive today with people of all ages and history that dates back forty-seven years. So many of those people were back this past weekend. Being part of this community is a source of pride tempered with a feeling of great responsibility. As we start to prepare for our fiftieth anniversary, in three short years, reconnect with Abbott, be part of our Golden Anniversary.

The Islanders carried the day with a 47-11 victory maintaining their undefeated season!

Nunavik Sivunitsavut Program Launch

On Wednesday, September 20, special guests, dignitaries, teachers and friends all gathered at the Atwater Club for the official launch of the Nunavik Sivunitsavut program to celebrate the future of 18 Inuit students who came to Montreal to study their culture.

Also in attendance were second-year students from the Nunavut Sivuniksavut program (Ottawa) on which the Montreal program is based.

In addition to the traditional inauguration speeches, the guests were treated to performances in Inuktitut and in English from both groups of students and from Inuk singer Beatrice Deer and her band.

Nunavik Sivunitsavut proposes accredited college-level courses designed to prepare Inuit youth to further post-secondary education, develop workplace skills relevant to positions in Nunavik institutions and support the creation of a critical mass of culturally confident youth equipped to lead the political and social future of their region. In Inuktitut, Nunavik Sivunitsavut means “Nunavik, our future”. Kativik Ilisarniliriniq (formerly the Kativik School Board) coordinates the development and implementation of Nunavik Sivunitsavut in partnership with the office of the Academic Dean and the Department of Continuing Education at John Abbott College, under the leadership of the Nunavik Sivunitsavut Advisory Committee. The members of the Advisory Committee are: the Kativik Regional Government, the Makivik Corporation, the Kativik Ilisarniliriniq, the Avataq Cultural Institute and the John Abbott College.

More information can be found at:
(Source: Jade Duchesneau-Bernier,  Communications Coordinator, Kativik Ilisarniliriniq). 

“John Abbott College is proud to be a partner with Nunavik in establishing the recently inaugurated NS program. This year-long program offers both credited and non-credited courses all of which are culturally relevant and are packaged into a vision intended to enhance self-confidence, cultural pride and leadership capabilities of graduating students” stated Erich Schmedt, John Abbott College.


St-Colomban, Québec, September 7, 2017– Following the installation of the synthetic turf sports field at the John Abbott College in 2012, 5 years later, for the third time in a row, they have maintained their FIFA QUALITY Certification, despite of countless hours of strenuous usage.

John Abbott College Memorial Field is open from April 3 to November 12. From April to May, the field is used 9 hours per day for a total of 297 hours in a 33 day period. From May to June, the field is rented 115 hours during the week and 160 hours at night and weekends. From June 26 to mid-August, the field is used for summer camps 12 hours a day on week days and 8 hours a day during the weekends. From August 22 to mid-November, the field is used 14 hours per day on week days and 8 hours per day during the weekends.

The pitch was awarded the FIFA Quality Seal under the tougher requirements. This certification confirms that the playing surface meets the highest standards in terms of playing properties, safety, long life and execution of construction work. The FIFA Quality certificate is also a prerequisite for holding international calibre matches as well as international club competitions and is confirmation from world soccer’s governing body of the high quality of the synthetic turf.

This certification guarantees the John Abbott College sports field surface is of the highest and safest quality for the players. The FIFA Quality certification is a symbol of pure sporting excellence.

“We are truly honored to keep our promises and offer a top quality sports field.  We guaranteed to provide a next level sporting experience and we have. We implemented our core values when constructing their sports field. Comfort, safety and performance are the foundation of the artificial turf pitch at John Abbott College, said Luc Rochon, President and Chief Executive Officer at GTR Turf.

The synthetic turf system installed was the Shaw Sports Turf Powerblade HP 2.5, a high quality and resistant artificial turf that will remain FIFA Quality certified until November 17, 2020. It is very uncommon to have a sports field certified during the length of its life cycle. Only a few of the top manufacturers in the industry can claim such an accomplishment.

At present, over 50 Shaw Sports Turf synthetic turf systems meet the requirements of the FIFA lab test in Canada. The Shaw Sports Turf Systems can be specified by stadium operators, clubs and local authorities seeking to obtain FIFA approval. GTR Turf also offers the greatest experience worldwide with the soccer pitches certified and re-certified according to the previous and new FIFA standard and continuously enhances its products based on the latest findings.


GTR Turf has over 20 years experience in the synthetic turf industry, with over 1000 successful installations.  GTR Turf prides itself on having the best equipment and the best trained team in the industry, leading to 100% customer satisfaction.

For more information from GTR TURF, please contact :
Luc Rochon,
President, Chief Executive Officer
office : 1-877-456-8873  (225)
mobile : 450- 820-5000

For more information from John Abbott College, please contact:
Debbie Cribb,
Communications Officer and Media Relations
CÉGEP John Abbott College

office: 514-457-6610 (5354)





Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Québec –Septembre 1, 2017 – HEMA-QUÉBEC will be holding a BLOOD DONOR clinic at John Abbott on Tuesday, September 12 and Wednesday, September 13. The clinic will run from 9:00 – 4:00 in the Casgrain building (Agora).

Everyone is welcome from both the internal and external communities. Participants must be 18 years of age or older. Every pint donated can save a life!

Please enjoy a good meal before donating.


Did you know that to meet the needs of the population of Québec, Héma-Québec must collect 1,000 donations per day and that blood is an irreplaceable resource? In fact, every 80 seconds, someone in Québec needs blood. As a result, maintaining the collective blood supply depends on the generosity of those who feel compelled to share in the wealth of their health.

Despite the 60% probability of someone needing to receive a blood transfusion and despite the fact that one can give blood every 56 days as an act of solidarity to those in need, ONLY 3% of Québecers who qualify to give blood do so.

The body quickly replenishes the quantity of blood donated, which amounts to a little less than half a litre (450ml). The blood donation itself takes ten minutes and the entire process takes about one hour.

Dates: September 12-13
Times: 9am-4pm (both days)
Location: Agora 9 (Casgrain building)
Objective: 136 on the 12, 160 on the 13.
Last year’s total: 263 donors

For information contact of the blood donor clinic at Abbott, please contact or 514-457-6610 ext 5713.

JAC to Hold Terry Fox Run

Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC –August 28, 2017 – John Abbott College will host a Terry Fox Run Thursday, September 28 at 12:30.

Colleagues and classmates will run or walk 2.5 or 5 km starting at Memorial Field.

If you are interested in volunteering for this event, contact JAC organizers at

“Even if I don’t finish, we need others to continue. It’s got to keep going without me.” Terry Fox

It is the second Terry Fox Run at John Abbott. Let’s get together and raise money for this cause that has touched every single one of us in some way.

For information contact Laura Morrison at

514-457-6610 ext 5737.