Master Teacher Program 2018 Graduate Recognition Ceremony

John Abbott  College in Montreal is pleased to announce that 18 of its teachers and staff received recognition of their Master Teacher Program Certificate, Diploma, or Master Degree at the recent 2018 Graduate Recognition Ceremony which was held at Champlain College, St. Lambert Campus, on Friday, October 19, 2018 at 7:15 p.m. This Graduate Recognition Ceremony is an event that is held every two years and celebrates the accomplishments of the Ce... Continue Reading.

Women’s individual national golf champ, Emily Romancew

Excerpts from the CCAA announcement: “Winning a national award and being able to say we have a national title for John Abbott is amazing. I think I played really well and I’m really satisfied with my overall week,” says Romancew. Romancew, led the women’s individual race from wire to wire. Her final total of 298 left her six strokes ahead of runner-up Shaye Leidenius from RDC. Alyssa Stoddart from the Fanshawe Falcons shot a four-day tota... Continue Reading.

Physics Making Class Fun with Smartphones

The use of devices in school is always a popular topic at the beginning of a new school year. Read Profweb’s article: “Accelerated Learning with Smartphones in Physics” about 3 JAC Physics teachers and how they have increased student engagement and made class fun: “…John Abbott College…physics teachers have found a unexpected way to leverage their student’s penchant for smartphone use by incorporating these devices as tools ... Continue Reading.

Animation and fiction films produced by students at John Abbott College presented in Brazil

Animation and fiction films produced by students at John Abbott College presented in Brazil in the Festival “Projeta: Filmes do Quebec”. The festival will be held from June 20 to 26, 2018 in the prestigious CINESESC cinema, in the heart of Sao Paulo. This event showcases a taste of Québec’s culture through feature and short films. The Festival is supported by the Bureau du Québec à Sao Paulo, le Ministère des Relations international... Continue Reading.

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 Biolo... Continue Reading.


Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC – April 26, 2018 – A pillar of society is described by the Collins Dictionary as: A person who is universally respected- reliable-decent and hardworking…often engaging in voluntary work and taking up worthy causes who neighbors and the community have high regard and esteem for. Glenn Ruiter is that person. Ruiter has recently been recognized by two institutions for his dedication and diligence in the world of col... Continue Reading.

FAEQ and Les Canadiens de Montréal Present Scholarships: Two Lady Islanders

Audrey Gervais, Social Science student at John Abbott College and 2018 recruit Andriana Calderone, are among the 28 student athletes who received scholarships from the Montreal Canadians and la Fondation de l’athlète d’excellence (FAEQ) on Wednesday, February 28. Scholarship recipients are selected for their academic standing as well at their talent on the ice. Picture: courtesy of FAEQ – Fondation de l’athlète d’... Continue Reading.

Agency Expo 2018

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 – The biggest real Estate Agency Expo held on campus welcomed ten agencies yesterday. The graduates of the Real Estate program met and interviewed with industry representatives. According to Sylvie Boucher, Program Coordinator: ” Our Real Estate graduates have a chance to meet and pitch themselves as potential brokers. For the agencies, John Abbott College is a prime source of mature, talented, enthusiasti... Continue Reading.


Wednesday, February 21 — Engineering Technologies students showed off their original projects. This was a rare chance to see the projects graduating students having been working on. The projects reflected the different topics in the program and put the focus on our students’ innovation. Strong, motivated students keen to share their passion, talked about their projects to school mates, staff and reporters. On hand we had a remote controll... Continue Reading.

John Abbott College Foundation Golf Classic

The John Abbott College Foundation Golf Classic, our largest annual fundraiser, will be held June 12 at the prestigious Beaconsfield Golf Club. Join the many professionals and business people from the region and help make this 2018 event, chaired by Mr Tony Amorosa, a record success. Don’t delay, register your foursome, become a sponsor or make a donation that will allow us to fulfill our mission. Click here to view the English registration for... Continue Reading.

Transition Towards a Smoke-Free Environment

In its commitment to cultivate a safe learning environment that promotes healthy lifestyles, John Abbott College has adopted a policy to deal with tobacco control, the whole in accordance with the applicable legislation and guidelines. Click here to view the complete Policy no. 22. Click here to view the map of the designated areas. The College’s Health and Wellness Centre is available to offer support, guidance and referrals to persons wis... Continue Reading.


Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue – February 7, 2018 – John Abbott College kicks off a very special campaign today: “Consent Matters!” The entire College community was encouraged to be part of the events that took place from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Workshops and information booths covering topics including sexual consent, non-consent, and how to be an active bystander in situations where coercion or sexual violence may be taking place. John Abbott ... Continue Reading.


Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue – February 1, 2018 – Visitors filled the hallways at the annual winter open house held on a snowy Wednesday evening. Faculty, staff and student ambassadors throughout the College shared the vibe that makes John Abbott a fixture in the education community with high school students and their families, as well as many adults looking to enroll in courses themselves. About John Abbott College John Abbott College is a public... Continue Reading.

Hall of Distinction

In recognition of the upcoming 50th anniversary of John Abbott College in 2020, the College has established a Hall of Distinction.  The Hall of Distinction recognizes alumni, former employees, and friends of the College who have contributed to life on campus or to the greater community in a significant way.  Nominees should have sufficient stature and recognition to ensure that their induction into the Hall of Distinction recognizes their con... Continue Reading.

Casgrain Sports Centre Holiday Schedule

The Sport Centre will be closed on December 24, 25, 26, 31 and on January 1. The holiday schedule is valid from December 6, 2017 to January 14, 2018. Weight Room & Courts Monday to Friday 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday & Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.   Pool Monday, Wednesday & Friday 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday & Thursday 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday & Sunday 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. ... Continue Reading.

Youth and Adult Correctional Intervention

Students visited the Federal Training Centre in Laval earlier this semester as part of their Fieldwork 1 course. In this course, students visit 6 to 8 different facilities ranging from YMCAs, to the Old Brewery Mission, to federal or provincial prisons and penitentiaries. The Federal Training Centre is a minimum to medium security institution. Students visited cell blocks encompassing individual and group housing, were introduced to the procedure... Continue Reading.

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 cr... Continue Reading.

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 f... Continue Reading.

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 T... Continue Reading.

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 – Pu... Continue Reading.

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 hunt... Continue Reading.

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 cert... Continue Reading.

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... Continue Reading.


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 p... Continue Reading.

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. TO REGISTER, visit If you are interested in volunteering for this event, contact JAC organizers at “Even if I don’t finish, we need o... Continue Reading.


BOARD OF GOVERNORS John Abbott College is launching a search for a graduate of the College holding a DEC in a program of pre-university studies who is not a member of the College staff to fill one (1) alumnus/alumna representative position for pre-university studies on its 19-member Board of Governors. The Board is composed of members from various groups, including alumni. The Board sets major College policies and looks toward the future academi... Continue Reading.

Solar Eclipse Event

What happens when six passionate science students work toward a common goal? Well, the sky is the limit! With the help of their Physics teacher and the coordinators of JAC SandBOX (student-centered innovation and entrepreneurial centre), the Stars and Stuff students have founded an astronomy club, and are planning a mega-event around the solar eclipse of August 21. On the first day of school at John Abbott, there will be guest speakers, treats, ... Continue Reading.


On June 5, the John Abbott College Foundation held the 15th edition of its annual fundraising golf tournament. Tournament co-chairs Serge Poirier, General Manager, Caisse Desjardins de l’Ouest-de-l’Île and Greg Foss, Alumnus and former John Abbott football player presented a cheque to John Abbott College for $ 50,000 net. “We are incredibly grateful to all those who make this day possible: our title sponsor, Groupe Desjardins, major sponso... Continue Reading.


John Abbott College is proud to announce that we will be hosting the Learning Specialists Association of Canada’s (LSAC) National Conference. 2017 National Conference May 29 – 31: EXPLORING STUDENT EXPERIENCES –  A Non-Cookie Cutter Approach to addressing Student Learning. Click here to access the conference website. ... Continue Reading.

At John Abbott College, sustainability education is no longer an elective

Located on the western tip of the island and surrounded by a vast natural habitat, the College’s grounds and campus instills in our students and staff a deeper appreciation of nature and the environment. Students and staff alike are fortunate to experience one of the most beautiful campuses in Quebec. The surroundings and the college’s buildings, especially the Anne-Marie Edward Science Building, provide several opportunities to learn about ... Continue Reading.

Book Launch at John Abbott College

Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC – October 6, 2016 – English teachers Will McClelland and Lori Weber each launched their respective books at a campus gathering on Thursday, September 29. Will McClelland creates a world in his book The Minted where the characters live an allegory of Canadian society. Written for an adult audience, this is the first book for author and John Abbott College English teacher McClelland who says that he started work on t... Continue Reading.


The John Abbott community came together on September 28 to celebrate research at the College. Over the last two years, an impressive  $1,374,000 was granted to John Abbott, not including other grants for which we were not the principal applicant. Seen on photo: faculty members who received grants. ... Continue Reading.

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 ... Continue Reading.

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 ... Continue Reading.


Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Québec – May 19, 2016 – The Hall of Distinction, a new point of interest on campus, has been created to recognize alumni, employees, and friends of the College who have made an indelible mark on John Abbott College and beyond. It will be revealed to the public Thursday, May 26, 2016. Response to the call for nominations in the month of November 2015 was impressive. The ten people selected for this inaugural honour pe... Continue Reading.


Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue – April 26, 2016 –Thursday, April 28, Vanier College joins John Abbott College students for a joint science symposium, sharing the results of their original scientific research. The Independent Research Project in Science course is a new approach to science class. Students participate in research in a bustling microbiology lab, a state-of-the-art microscopy facility, an internationally-recognised research institute, or... Continue Reading.

Student Steps up at Crash Site

Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC – April 1, 2016 – When third-year Pre-Hospital Emergency Care student Karl Devries came upon an accident scene on Saturday, he did not hesitate to step into the roll he has been training for at John Abbott. On his way home after a 24-hour internship shift (in his JAC uniform and jacket) March 26, Karl witnessed a rare scene – a vehicle has crashed into a bank office on St-Jean Blvd near Blue Haven. An elderl... Continue Reading.

Loonies FLOCK John Abbott College

  Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC – March 17, 2016 – The John Abbott College campus took on a remarkable look and feel yesterday, raising $15,450 for the Student Assistance Fund. Students and staff jumped in to the annual fundraiser, started in 2003, where loonies are stuck to two-sided tape that runs the length of College – almost 800 feet!  Energy and school spirit led the charge to elevate the Loonie Line to an unprecedented success. E... Continue Reading.

John Abbott College Continues to Set Benchmarks for Sustainability

YOU’VE COME A LONG WAY BABY! Awards stack up for local Building Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC – January 11, 2016 –The science building at John Abbott College, named after Anne-Marie Edward (’88) in 2013, is a shining example of hard work, perseverance, energy and spirit, from its namesake to the hundreds of people involved in the coming of age of this monument to sustainability and innovation in a suburb of Montreal, Québec. Even before t... Continue Reading.

John Abbott Engineering Teacher Awarded a Federal Research Grant

Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue – September 18, 2015 – Seeing a new passion in the eyes of a college student when a research project is presented is undoubtedly a rare and rewarding reaction for a teacher. This is particularly true for 3 teachers at John Abbott College working with students and industry experts on the cutting edge of knowledge and innovation. A mere 9 months ago, Physics teacher Nathaniel Lasry, PhD, was awarded an Applied an... Continue Reading.

Emory Named New Swim Coach

The John Abbott College Athletics department announced Tuesday that David Emory has been named the new head coach of the Islander swim team. The Pointe-Claire, QC, native brings more than ten years of coaching experience to his alma mater. The Athletics department had been looking for a new coach since late July, following the departure of Cliff Berry. “I am thrilled to be a part of [the team] this year,” says Emory. “While I never swam for... Continue Reading.

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, a... Continue Reading.

Islander Sports News

JOHN ABBOTT LOOKS FOR NEW WOMEN’S HOCKEY COACH Following the departure of longtime hockey coach Hank Binning, John Abbott College is looking for a dynamic leader who is committed to guide the Lady Islander hockey program as they continue to compete in the Réseau du Sport Étudiant du Québec (RSEQ) Division 1 league. The successful candidate will have a minimum of 5 years related coaching experience or equivalent and will be responsible for th... Continue Reading.

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 ... Continue Reading.


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 Macdon... Continue Reading.

Blood Drive this week at JAC

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 ... Continue Reading.

JAC Academic Dean Appointed to the Conseil supérieur de l’éducation du Québec

Gordon is joining a 22-member council, all of whom are volunteers, for a term of four years. The Conseil supérieur de l’éducation du Québec was created with its current mandate in 2006. Members are nominated from all levels and stages of education by the Provincial Government for the purpose of advising the Minister for Higher Education and the Minister of Education, Recreation and Sport on any matter relating to education.   ... Continue Reading.

Two Grants Awarded to JAC Biology Teacher

Simon Daoust, JAC Biology teacher, has been awarded two grants for the promotion of science by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC). The PromoScience grant supports organizations working with young Canadians to promote an understanding of science and engineering. Hands-on learning for students and teachers alike is the focus of this grant. The second grant from NSERC is a PromoScience Supplement for Science Literacy Week.... Continue Reading.

Research Grant Awarded to JAC Math Teacher

Congratulations to Ferenc Balogh of the John Abbott College Mathematics department. He was awarded a research grant from the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies (FRQNT). Ferenc’s research project: “Asymptotiques des statistiques des valeurs propres dans les matrices aléatoires planaires“, proposes to include two JAC students to help in this research project. To read the summary of this research proposal, click on the l... Continue Reading.