Legacy of Leadership at Humber College

    Dr. Robert A. Gordon Receives Order of Ontario and Minister's Lifetime
    Achievement Award

    TORONTO, Jan. 20 /CNW/ - In recognition of his strong leadership and
contributions to Ontario's college system, former Humber College Institute of
Technology & Advanced Learning President, Robert A. Gordon, was presented
today with the fourth annual Minister's Lifetime Achievement Award by the
Honourable John Milloy, Ontario Minister of Training, Colleges and
    On Thursday, January 22, Dr. Gordon will also receive the Order of
Ontario, the province's highest official honour, which recognizes Ontarians
who have made an outstanding contribution to society in Ontario and around the
world. Dr. Gordon was president of Humber for 25 years, retiring in the summer
of 2007. He has contributed to the Ontario college system and to education
across North America by serving on numerous boards and committees throughout
his 40-year career.
    These tributes carry on a long-standing Humber tradition of award-winning
accomplishments. "While it is always gratifying to have one's career
recognized, it is really the people who make up Humber who should be honoured.
They are an exceptional group who built the institution into what it is today.
Their sense of overall leadership, pride in their profession and achievement
is part of the Humber DNA, and continues to be passed through to our
students," says Gordon.
    John Davies, current Humber president, is continuing to build on Dr.
Gordon's vision. During Mr. Davies' tenure, Humber has increased first-year
enrolment by ten per cent, realized infrastructure improvements, added degree
programs, led all Ontario colleges in degree program enrolment and continues
to receive more applications than any other Ontario college.
    "As a polytechnic, Humber is at the forefront of providing students with
a wide range of career-focused opportunities and pathways to build on their
academic achievements and experiences," says Davies. "Part of Dr. Gordon's
legacy is that we educate the leaders of tomorrow and offer relevant programs
that meet the demands of our province and Canada. We know we're on the right
track because more than 91 per cent of Humber graduates are employed within
six months of completing their studies."

    About the Minister's Lifetime Achievement Award

    The Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities' Lifetime Achievement
Award is given to deserving recipients who personify outstanding lifetime
achievement in advancing his or her college, community and the Ontario college

    About the Order of Ontario

    The Order of Ontario is awarded to Ontarians for excellence and
achievement in any field. Past recipients have contributed to education, the
arts, community and public service, science and medicine, citizenship and
multiculturalism, business, sports, and many other fields. Those who are
invested into the Order of Ontario are considered an example of excellence to
all Ontarians.

    About Humber

    Humber, a member of Polytechnics Canada, is committed to student success
through excellence in teaching and learning. Humber's broad range of
career-focused, educational programs include: apprenticeships, certificates,
diplomas, bachelor's degrees and postgraduate certificates. With more than 350
programs from which to choose, the 20,000 full-time and 55,000 part-time
students of Humber have access to many opportunities for continuous learning.
Building from one credential to another, either at Humber or through transfer
credit opportunities with more than 50 Canadian and international
universities, students have multiple pathways to success. Humber maintains
strong partnerships with industry, and trains more than 15,000 people annually
through customized corporate training.

For further information:

For further information: and to arrange an interview with Robert Gordon
or John Davies, please contact: Andrew Leopold, Humber College Institute of
Technology & Advanced Learning, (416) 675-6622 ext. 4296,

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