John Abbott College is launching a search for interested parents of students currently attending John Abbott College, who are not members of the College staff, to fill two (2) parent representative positions on its 19-member Board of Governors.

The Board is composed of members from various groups, including parents.

The Board sets major College policies and looks toward the future academic and community aspirations of the College; the Board usually meets six to seven times a year, in the evenings. Members work in a voluntary capacity and parent members serve for a two-year term.

Board election procedures require that parents be nominated and elected by parents attending a general assembly meeting; candidates must also be present during such meeting which will be held as follows:

Date: Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place: Student Services – Herzberg Building, Room: H-102
John Abbott College
21275, Lakeshore Road
Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC

If you have a son or daughter registered at John Abbott College, you are eligible to vote for the parent member by attending this meeting.

We look forward to meeting you.

For more information, please contact:
Voula Makris, Secretary General
Tel: 514 457-6610 x5191

Congratulations Mathieu and Daniel!

The John Abbott community is happy to announce that Mathieu De Bellefeuille (Science and Social Science) and Daniel Palladino (Science) who were both awarded an incredible $ 5,000 scholarship for a summer internship in a research laboratory located in a college or university by the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies (FRQNT).

The purpose of the summer college internship program is to encourage college, government and technology transfer centre (CCTT) students to learn about the world of research in one of the areas covered by the FRQNT.

Congratulations Mathieu and Daniel!

A special thank you, Dementia talk

A special thank you to Dr José A. Morais of McGill and Claire Webster of Crosswalk for sharing with our audience of caregivers their knowledge and experience on Dementia and Alzheimer. It was a very educational evening and we look forward to new training in 2019.

Thank you to the Alzheimer Society, CIUSS, all the organizers, and especially the participants!


John Abbott College Chemistry teacher, Roberta Silerova is the recipient of the 2019 Supporting Active Learning & Technological Innovation in Studies of Education (SALTISE) Best Practices and Pedagogical Innovators Award. This honour was presented to her during the annual 8th Annual SALTISE Conference held at Dawson College on June 3rd.

“SALTISE is a learning community that brings together instructors and professional development staff from English and French educational institutions within the greater Montreal area, as well as other regions of Québec. The award recognizes educators, in colleges and universities, who are extraordinary leaders in the promotion of academic excellence, use of innovative pedagogies, and support of their academic communities” (saltise.ca).

“John Abbott is very proud that SALTISE has awarded the Best Practice and Pedagogical Innovators Award at the college level to Roberta Silerova, dedicated chemistry teacher, Science Program Coordinator and Board member. I have personally appreciated attending one manifestation of Roberta’s engaging pedagogy, the Annual Science Symposium she organizes for students to present projects for which they have been linked to scientists practicing in their area of interest. This is just one example of her initiatives for enriching students’ educational experience”, Gordon Brown, Academic Dean.

Appointment of the Director General of the Centre d’expertise et de recherche appliquée en sciences pharmaceutiques (CERASP)

John Halpin, director general of John Abbott College and Philippe Gribeauval, director general of Cégep Gérald-Godin, are pleased to announce the appointment of Minh Luan Tran as director general of CERASP (centre of excellence in pharmaceutical innovation) as of June 25, 2019.

Minh Luan Tran earned his Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering from Concordia University in 1997 with a Minor in Computer Science from McGill University. Moving onto the pharmaceutical industry, he then oversaw a team of engineers and scientists. Minh spent 17 years in pharmaceuticals and 4 years in biotech. He was part of the team that built Canada’s first plasma protein facility in Québec. This greenfield project had an estimated capital of $400 million and created 200 new technical jobs in the Montreal biotech industry.

CERASP, a college centre for technology transfer, aims to develop and support applied research, training and technology transfer relating to the discovery, development and evaluation of innovative solutions in the pharmaceutical field, particularly in biopharmacy, in pharmaceutical technology, in pharmaceutical production and in digital health.


JACF Spring Fling

If you are not registered, there is still time to do so.

Your participation is so appreciated and vital for our Athletics program and the hundreds of students involved. We hope to see you Sunday, May 26. Your online registration will be honoured without requiring any changes or modification on your part.

More details: http://www.johnabbott.qc.ca/foundation/events/



Academic Success Centre hosted its Volunteer Recognition Event

On Monday, May 6, 2019, the Academic Success Centre hosted its Volunteer Recognition Event honoring over 100 student and community volunteers from both the fall 2018 and winter 2019 semesters. Academically skilled peer tutors and volunteers from the community (who are retired faculty or professionals in the field) worked tirelessly tutoring students of John Abbott College in a variety of subjects over the course of the year. Without the efforts of our volunteers, the extensive support provided to our students simply could not happen.

“While the number of our volunteers continues to climb, retention rather than recruitment is most difficult to sustain; we are proud to report that the ASC this year had 100% retention of its winter 2019 tutors!” Patricia Mackie, Chairperson, Academic Success Centre

The event also recognized the valuable contributions of students from AASIP, BOOKbuzz, the JAC Pantry, the First Year College Experience Office, the Healthy Campus Committee and students from the Police Technology program who completed the Leadership and Development Series created and coordinated by our Assistant Director of Student Services, Ronnie Dorsnie.


It is with great pride that we announce that chemistry teacher, Suzanne Black is the recipient of the 2019 CICan Gold Leadership Excellence Award for Faculty. This honour was presented to her during the annual CICan conference held in Niagara Falls.

The Colleges and Institutes Canada Awards Program recognizes and promotes excellence within Canadian colleges, institutes, CEGEPs and polytechnics. The Awards showcase the extraordinary contribution of individuals to their college/institute communities and highlight the role of our institutions in social, cultural and economic development.

“Suzanne is clearly a gifted teacher and we all appreciate her as an extraordinary individual. For almost 20 years, her pedagogical innovations in the classroom and in her department have been outstanding”, John Halpin, Director General.

“During her career at John Abbott College, Suzanne has been recognized as one of our most dedicated teachers. She has sat on numerous committees and is the current Chair of Academic Council. She has graciously volunteered time as an ambassador for the College, as an academic coach for our varsity program, and as a mentor to her peers. Her influence goes well beyond the classroom; it is ingrained in the very foundation of our institution”, Sean Hughes, colleague Chemistry teacher.


It is with great pride that we announce that Debbie Desrivières, Dental Hygiene teacher, is the recipient of the Performa Award for the Quality of Production and Pedagogical Intervention in College Teaching for the English sector. This award was presented to Debbie at a special ceremony held on April 30.

Jules Bélanger, Director of Perfoma, Faculté d’éducation Université de Sherbrooke wrote:
“… Mrs. Desrivières has been awarded this honor for her exemplary academic record and contributions to the program. She is a recent graduate of the Master in College Teaching program where her Master’s paper….”

Gordon Brown, Academic Dean of John Abbott College: “This recognition by the Université de Sherbrooke is richly deserved. Debbie addressed the graduating class of the Master Teacher Program (MTP) last spring, showing the leadership and commitment to innovation that our Dental Hygiene students benefit from every day. Her Master’s thesis looked at the timing of verbal feedback in developing students’ fine motor skills, on which there was limited research. This is an example of a department that is committed to pedagogy, with a number of teachers having participated in the MTP program.”



C’est avec beaucoup de fierté que nous annonçons que Debbie Desrivières, enseignante en Techniques d’Hygiène dentaire, est récipiendaire du Prix Performa pour la qualité de la production et de l’intervention pédagogique en enseignement au collégial, volet anglophone. Ce prix lui a été remis lors d’une cérémonie spéciale tenue le 30 avril.

Selon Jules Bélanger, Directeur Secteur Performa, Faculté d’éducation de l’Université de Sherbrooke dans une lettre transmise au Collège « …Mme Desrivières a reçu cet honneur pour son parcours académique exemplaire et ses contributions au programme…».

« Cette reconnaissance de l’Université de Sherbrooke est amplement méritée. Debbie s’est adressée à la cohorte finissante du programme Master Teacher Program (MTP) le printemps dernier, soulignant le leadership et l’engagement en innovation dont bénéficient chaque jour nos étudiants en Techniques d’hygiène dentaire. Son travail de maîtrise portait sur le moment de la rétroaction verbale dans le développement de la motricité fine des étudiants, sur laquelle il y avait peu de recherches. C’est un exemple de département engagé dans la pédagogie, plusieurs enseignants ayant participé au programme MTP. » Gordon Brown, Directeur des études , Cégep John Abbott.