Important Message to the John Abbott College Community concerning a Culture of Consent

Dear members of the John Abbott community,

On Wednesday evening, June 3, members of the administration of John Abbott College learned of anonymous allegations of sexual violence involving student athletes enrolled in the athletics program.

Every member of the college community has the right to study, work and learn in an atmosphere that is free of sexual violence. John Abbott prohibits all forms of sexual violence and promotes a culture of consent. The college will follow its policies in response to any disclosures, reports or complaints by survivors or victims, as outlined in Policy 24 concerning the Prevention of Sexual Violence and the Promotion of a Culture of Consent and Policy 13 on Student Code of Conduct and Discipline Procedures.

All members of the college community who wish to disclose or report acts of sexual violence or who need support can contact the Sexual Assault Resource Team (SART). During the pandemic, the most direct way to reach the SART is by MIO message (to SART) or by email ( A member of the SART will respond promptly to schedule a time to meet by phone or video-conference, respecting confidentiality in accordance with Policy 24.

Any external/media inquiries should be directed to Debbie Cribb (

John Abbott College is committed to fostering and maintaining a community of mutual respect and concern for all of its members.

Former Academic Dean Appointed to the Québec Order of Excellence in Education

John Abbott College is very pleased to announce the appointment of Erich Schmedt to the Québec Order of Excellence in Education.

The Order of Excellence in Education officially recognizes the merit of those who have played or are still playing an important role in the field of education in Québec.

For over 31 years, Erich Schmedt has given his heart and soul to John Abbott. He has evolved from being a teacher, up the ranks to Chair of the Biology department, Program Dean, Academic Dean and then Conseiller cadre.

“Erich has served as a model in supporting others as an administrator, both at John Abbott and in the college network. He has made the college community very proud of the work he has done in so many areas, including institutional development, pedagogical development and indigenous education, and this recent recognition of his contributions is richly deserved” said John Abbott College Academic Dean, Gordon Brown.

Director General John Halpin stated: “The strong reputation that John Abbott College has in the local community, and our province, is in a large degree due to Erich’s sustained leadership and positive personality.  He has delivered a lot, he is a genuinely nice person, and he truly deserves this recognition”.

Seven animated films by JAC students at the Brazil Film Fest Toronto

After participating in the Brazil Film Festival of Montreal, seven animation films produced by John Abbott College animation students will open in Toronto this week.

The 2017 edition of the Brazil Film Fest will take place from November 3 to 5, once again, in the prestigious TIFF Bell Lightbox theatre in Toronto. The Festival’s program is composed of internationally acclaimed Brazilian fiction and documentary movies. JAC animation student films will be screened before every feature presentation.

JAC student films are also featured on the Festival’s website, including the opening page:

These seven animated promos for the 2017 Brazil Film Fest Toronto were created by John Abbott students in the Arts, Literature and Communication program, Animation 1 course, oriented by Media Arts teacher Daniel Schorr. The students used a combined digital and analog technique of digital capture of animated cut-outs.

JAC grad appointed Ambassador to Indonesia

Peter MacArthur, a John Abbott 1978 graduate in Social Sciences, has been appointed Canadian Ambassador to Indonesia effective autumn 2016. He will continue as Canada’s senior APEC official.  Peter was previously Director General for South and Southeast Asia and Oceania at Global Affairs Canada in Ottawa and has had several diplomatic postings abroad. These have included Russia, India, Australia, Hong Kong and Japan. While at JAC Peter edited the Bandersnatch newspaper and was elected to the College Board of Governors. John Abbott College and Indonesia benefit from a special collaborative academic relationship established through 2012 MOUs signed by JAC with the Indonesia Institute of the Arts in Yogyakarta and Sekolah Tinggi Pariwisata in Bandung.

JAC Professor to Lead a Research Project on Youth Radicalization

Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Québec – June 21, 2016 – Dr Julie Caouette, Psychology teacher at John Abbott College, has received confirmation of a three year Federal grant to investigate Pathways to radicalization among multicultural youth in Canada.

Dr Caouette, the lead applicant on this research project, will study the process of youth radicalization:

The proposed research aims to… [examine]…the different pathways to radicalization among Canadian youth. The findings will have immediate, basic and applied significance in terms of enhancing current policies, tools, and resources for policymakers, politicians, and frontline workers (e.g., teachers, educators, social workers, psychologists and law enforcement) to identify, prevent, and contain the threat of terrorism.

Excerpt from Summary of project

This project, funded by the Community and College Social Innovation Fund (CCSIF) was ranked first of seventy-four applications. Parties involved in this research include representatives from Carleton University, McGill University, Université du Québec à Montréal, Ottawa Police Services, Cégep de Sainte-Foy, the Boys & Girls’ Club of Ontario and the Centre de prévention de la radicalisation menant à la violence.

For more about this Government of Canada announcement go to: .