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Winter Virtual Open House


Winter Virtual Open House – January 27, 2021


John Abbott College and every single person who calls JAC home will tell you, this is the place for you.

The whole JAC community is pulling together -once again to bring you Open House online. Watch the videos, speak with department reps and admissions experts, and get to know us through the website.


Click away – you will explore our academic programs, visit the sports facilities, wander the newly renovated library, see the student services available for you and so much more!

Everything is at your fingertips.

We will be sharing so many more details so check back here.

Hall of Distinction

In recognition of the upcoming 50th anniversary of John Abbott College in 2020, a Hall of Distinction was established. Since 2016, 39 alumni, former employees and friends of the College have been recognized for their outstanding contribution to life on campus or to the greater community in a significant way. Who will complete our list of 50 inductees for our 50th anniversary Hall of Distinction gala ?

Click here to find out more.

Remembrance Day at John Abbott College

With the outbreak of Covid-19, many important events have been cancelled. This year, all Remembrance ceremonies for November 11th have been drastically affected.

Since 2006, we at Macdonald Campus of McGill University along with John Abbott College and Macdonald High School have been putting on a ceremony on the campus. We honoured our veterans from the Ste Anne’s Hospital as our VIP guests. In attendance were staff and students from the three educational institutions along with local grade 6 students.

This year, with all the restrictions in place, our committee has put together a short video (one version English, one version French). We will be sending it out to hundreds of associations, educational institutions, veterans, legions, towns across Canada, etc.



John Halpin, Director General of John Abbott College. Normally, for Remembrance Day, many West Island institutions stand united outside on our Memorial Field to show our respect for the Canadian Women & Men who died for us, and our fragile peace. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, we are required to find a virtual alternative. So here we are, and thank you for being here. As the Canadian composer Terry Kelly says in this song, compared to the sacrifice our soldiers made, a few moments to remember them is really “A Pittance of Time”.

“Global Climate Change Week”, October 19 to 25


As part of JAC’s “Global Climate Change Week”, October 19 to 25, you are invited to have a look at two animated shorts produced this year.

These films are the result of the efforts of 40 talented students. Each student created a single scene based on the theme of “Global Warming: Fires in Australia (2020)”. The resulting set of 40 independent scenes was used as a starting point for students to practice film editing techniques in an Adobe Premiere Pro Workshop. This work was oriented remotely on-line during social distancing imposed by the present health crisis. Enjoy streaming them!

EDITING WORKSHOP (Technical sheet):

Theme: Global Warming: Fires in Australia (2020)
Number of students who participated: 40 students
Course: Animation 1 – Media Arts – ALC – Teacher: Daniel Schorr


Climate Monster – by Noémie Bocquet

My montage is about the Fires in Australia that started in June 2019. The fires lasted till March 2020 and during that time an estimated one billion animals perished. I wanted to make a storyline that did not have a happy ending in order to focus on this aspect. People need to be aware of what is happening due to climate change. Our actions have consequences and they are not pretty. Without direct effort from us and the governments, greenhouse gases will continue to warm up our planet and destroy even more than it has already done.

Braver Than Fear – by Juman Khanji

In this animated video I’ve highlighted the importance of fighting for planet earth. I’ve selected scenes created by myself and my classmates concerning the destruction caused by the recent fires in Australia. With my montage, I attempt to convey a sense of longing for a better future through unity and hard work. It’s extremely vital to remain optimistic during tough times. I intend to leave a smile on the faces of viewers and inspire them to obtain a stronger grip on hope by representing themes of healing and regrowth.

Climate Monster (by Noemie Bocquet, animation, 30 seconds, 2020)

Braver Than Fear (by Juman Khanji, animation, 1 min., 2020)


John Abbott College Foundation is very pleased to announce the donation of an ambulance to our Paramedic Care program by the Coopérative des paramédics de l’Outaouais.

“John Abbott College is the only CEGEP in Québec to offer the Paramedic Care program in English. We have been offering this program for over 10 years and, year in and year out, about 100 students are enrolled in this program. One of the essential tools for student learning is without a doubt the ambulance that is used in all our classes,” says program chair Martin Poirier.

Gordon Brown, Academic Dean at John Abbott College added, “The ambulance is an essential tool for developing students’ skills and helping them reach their full potential. We are very grateful for the generosity of Coopérative des paramédics de l’Outaouais.”

“It is very important for the Coopérative des paramédics de l’Outaouais to work with the various emergency pre-hospital care programs across the province, to support our future paramedics. It is a pleasure for us to give back and thus to ensure our support for these students who are the future of our profession,” Marie-Ève D’Aoust, Co-op’s Chief Operating Officer.

About the John Abbott College Foundation – 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.

About the Coopérative des paramédics de l’Outaouais – Founded by 46 worker members in August 1989, the Coopérative now has 250 members and a fleet of 36 ambulances. Over the past year, the CPO has responded to more than 36,000 calls in the Outaouais region, making it one of the top ten Québec companies in the pre-hospital emergency services sector



Thank you to Mark Ewanchyna,  Nic Sanza, Stephen Jones, Evgeni Kiriy and Demartonne Ramos França, our very own Engineering Technology group for keeping our health-related technology programs safe this Fall!

Thank you to Mark Ewanchyna,  Nic Sanza, Stephen Jones, Evgeni Kiriy and Demartonne Ramos França, our very own Engineering Technology group for keeping our health-related technology programs safe this Fall!

Mark and his group worked tirelessly over the summer to procure materials, set up the 3D printers and produce face shields for our staff and students. This protection is vital to keeping us all protected from transmitting the Covid virus.

We greatly appreciate you taking your summer vacation time to keep us safe!!

From Nursing, Dental Hygiene and Paramedic Care.


In order to help organisations deliver clinical trials with greater consistency, transparency, speed, and cost effectiveness, the CERASP (Centre d’Expertise et de Recherche Appliquée en Sciences Pharmaceutiques), a collegial centre of technical transfer (CCTT) supported by the Ministry of Higher Education and the Ministry of the Economy and Innovation, has created Canada’s first fully adaptable, purpose-designed clinical trial mobile application. Click here to view a PowerPoint presentation.

Congratulations to John Abbott College’s nominee for the AQPC’s 2020-2021

Congratulations to John Abbott College’s nominee for the AQPC’s 2020-2021

Honourable Mention Award

Peter Vatsis – nominated by the Professional Theatre Department

Peter is a standout among a strong faculty group. He goes above and beyond in mentoring students through challenging work, running tutorials on evenings and weekends so they can fully grasp the stage lighting techniques he teaches. He has seen us into the 21st century, being Chair, creating the ethics committee and developing policies on intimacy and professional conduct for students and staff, and also creating the health and safety committee. He motivates students and faculty alike to go farther with every project, always enthusiastic, creative and supportive.