George Brown College to Build Ontario’s First Tall Wood Institutional Building — A Carbon Neutral Home to Tall Wood Research Institute

George Brown College to Build Ontario’s First Tall Wood Institutional Building — A Carbon Neutral Home to Tall Wood Research Institute

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TORONTO, July 27, 2017 /CNW/ – Continuing its leadership in the evolution of green and sustainable building methods, George Brown College plans to construct the province’s first Tall Wood institutional building. The planned 12-storey, carbon neutral facility will be home to a Tall Wood Building Research Institute.

The Arbour will serve as a living laboratory both during its construction and once complete, where students and researchers will learn to design, construct, operate and monitor climate-friendly buildings. It will be located on George Brown’s Waterfront Campus, to the north of the LEED Gold certified Daphne Cockwell Centre for Health Sciences. The college recently purchased the land from the City of Toronto.

In the fall, the college will launch an international design competition among the firms uniquely qualified to undertake such a project.

“This distinctive new location will help us contribute to the mitigation of climate change and environmental sustainability while supporting our continued intention to create campus environments that are innovative, creative and stimulating for student learning,” said George Brown College President Anne Sado.

Over the past several years, a number of tall wood projects have been completed around the world, demonstrating successful applications of new wood and mass timber technologies. In addition to the opportunity for design innovation, mass timber construction has many other advantages, making it an innovative approach in sustainable building efforts.

“Waterfront Toronto is pleased to welcome this new carbon-neutral facility to the East Bayfront neighbourhood as another example of sustainable development on Toronto’s waterfront that showcases next-generation green building technologies,” said Waterfront Toronto’s President and CEO Will Fleissig. “This facility joins a burgeoning innovation and technology corridor that is fostering creative, knowledge-based jobs and creating opportunities for Canadian innovators and entrepreneurs.”

As the first of its kind in Ontario, The Arbour will become a demonstration facility that drives forward advancements in sustainable innovation and helps support the development of green buildings throughout Canada. George Brown also sees the new site as a premier opportunity to build on its commitment to provide environmentally-sustainable campuses.

A key element in the creation of a low-carbon campus will be the integration of smart building systems: networked, intelligent, sensitive and adaptable. With building automation at the forefront of design and development innovation, this project provides an opportunity to create a facility that can integrate, adapt, monitor and test latest technologies and share best practices with industry and students.

The project will include:

  • Research facilities that will continue to build the college’s strength as an innovation leader
  • George Brown’s Centre for Information and Computer Technology to support and complement the City of Toronto’s Smart City initiative
  • A new child care facility – George Brown’s 10th in the city to meet growing community needs

About George Brown College  
Toronto’s George Brown College has established a reputation for equipping students with the skills, industry experience and credentials to pursue the careers of their choice. The college offers programs from its three campuses located across the downtown core, and provides housing at its student residence, The George, which opened in Sept. 2016. George Brown offers 162 full-time programs and 194 continuing education certificates/designations across a wide variety of professions to a student body of more than 29,000 (full-time enrolment) students, including 17 per cent international students; and over 67,000 continuing education registrations. Students can earn certificates, diplomas, postgraduate certificates, apprenticeships and degrees.

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Jarret Reid, Director of Skill Development, Speaks to Goals of New Junior Cougars Hockey Program

Jarret Reid, Director of Skill Development, Speaks to Goals of New Junior Cougars Hockey Program

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BURLINGTON, ON, July 27, 2017 /CNW/ – Four well-known names as players and coaches in the hockey world have joined forces for the startup of the new season of Junior Cougars Hockey in Burlington, Ontario, a program designed to be a pathway for youngsters to NCAA play, if not the NHL.

Burlington JR. Cougars - Program Outline (CNW Group/Money Canada Limited)

Jarret Reid, Scott Mifsud, C.J. Morrison and Tyler Flemming are applying their years of skating and hockey expertise to help young players in the program not just grow their skills and capabilities, but advance their appreciation of sportsmanship and fair play.

“This is a great program that successfully integrates all the must-haves that characterize the best players: High performance skating, shooting, stickhandling and dryland training,” said Jarret Reid. “It’s all provided in a way that ensures players are having fun and developing a strong sense of team unity.”

The Junior Cougars Hockey program is hosted at Wave Twin Rinks in Burlington. In-house development training includes twist, high-power skating, power edge pro skating, pro shooting lessons and Kenesky goaltending.

Because of the program’s emphasis on education, Junior Cougars do not have games on school nights. As part of the Ontario Rep Hockey League (ORHL), they play within a 90-minute drive from Burlington.

In addition to ten exhibition games, the program also follows the ORHL format of participating in seven weekend showcase events, where four games are played within the weekend’s 48 hours.  The eighth event is the culmination, playing for the National Independent Hockey Federation Championship.

The Junior Cougars Hockey program is for Tier 1 (AAA) level teams and begins in September and ends by the first week in April.

“The program has a beneficial development model for kids who take their hockey seriously,” Reid added. “We embrace the ‘train to play’ model, one that has really made a difference in helping our players of all ages maximize their hockey skills.”

For more information on the program, visit the Junior Cougars Hockey website.

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Advantexe Launches New Manager Business Simulation

Conshohocken, PA (PRWEB) July 27, 2017

Advantexe Learning Solutions today announced the launch of their newest leadership business simulation, the Fundamentals of Business Leadership (FBL). FBL is an interactive learning tool that provides new and experienced front-line managers with the opportunity to learn and apply the skills they need to be successful team and process leads in today’s volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous global marketplace (VUCA).

In the FBL business simulation, teams of participants take on the role of a recently promoted front-line leader. The first thing they do is assess their simulated team, its personality styles, and the business situation. Participants are then presented with more than 30 different complex scenarios where they weave their way through a storyline by making decisions, reacting to events, and interacting with team members, colleagues, customers, and upper management. Each decision the team makes is scored against the best practice leadership behavior for that situation. At the end of each round, teams receive feedback on each decision and discuss how to apply these best practices to their own jobs in the real world. FBL can be integrated into an existing live development program, or it can be delivered completely online as a capstone exercise to an existing, curated content program that has already been deployed.

Key topics covered in the simulation include:

  • Goal Setting
  • Accountability
  • Personality Styles
  • Coaching and Feedback
  • Influence
  • Change
  • Innovation
  • And many more…

“We developed FBL to serve as the bridge between learning and real-life application,” says Robert Brodo, Co-founder of Advantexe. “In today’s VUCA world, leaders are constantly searching for the skills and tools they need to be successful, knowing that more than 50% of those leaders will fail without them. We know that traditional training and access to a list of online training videos can certainly help, but they don’t give your learners the chance to practice and learn from mistakes. FBL gives managers the opportunity to practice and apply new skills in a risk-free learning environment that mirrors real-life, just like how pilots learn to fly a plane.”

Learn More

To view a video or to download a copy of a FBL brochure, please click here. Contact jim.brodo(at) if you have any further questions or would like to schedule a 30-minute demonstration.

About Advantexe

Advantexe Learning Solutions partners with clients around the world to build the business acumen, leadership, and selling skills needed to execute their business strategies and achieve meaningful business results. Our comprehensive toolkit includes skills assessments, dynamic learning engagements powered by computer-based business simulations, and reinforcement tools that encourage immediate and continuous skill application. These elements combine to produce a measurable and lasting impact on our clients’ businesses.

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Jim Brodo, CMO – Advantexe


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