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MOHAWK MEMORIES Mohawk has an amazing story to tell for our 50th anniversary. Share your memories at

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From the Editor

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Year in Review Highlights


Simulationbased learning


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Additive Manufacturing Resource Centre mHealth & eHealth Development and Innovation Centre



Mechatronics Automation and Robotics Lab

Centre for Professional Practice Imaging Lab


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City School

Steam Lab


Coming Soon

Dynamic Simulation Lab


Sniper Skin

Media Production Lab



Multi-Sensory Lab


Year in Review Highlights

Gerald Marshall Centre for Transportation

ABOUT MOHAWK: Mohawk College educates and serves 30,000 students at three campuses and two City School locations in Hamilton, Ontario. Mohawk has ranked number one among all colleges in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area in student satisfaction for six consecutive years and number one for graduate satisfaction the past four years. Mohawk has also been named one of Canada’s greenest employers for three years in a row and is among the top 20 colleges in Canada for applied research activity. VISIT: www.mohawkcollege.ca or www.mohawknewsdesk.ca to learn more. COVER: Image of Sarah Harvie photographed by Jessica Tuck, Mohawk Graduate 2014. Location: 541 Eatery and Exchange, Barton Street, Hamilton





So now, we bring our minds together as one. Éhtho niiohtónha’k ne onkwa’nikón:ra.

The Hoop Dance at Mohawk is a celebration of First Nations, Métis and Inuit culture. It features an open-air pavilion, fire circle and water garden. This living sculpture serves as a meeting area, cultural learning space and a site for the transmission of traditional Indigenous Knowledge, community gatherings or quiet meditation. As an outdoor classroom, this space is available to the community, free of charge, for a variety of activities. Whether users hold strategic planning sessions, team building retreats, sunrise ceremonies or other peaceful and respectful gatherings, we encourage you to consider using the Hoop Dance gathering space.

Indigenous Education and Student Services T: 905-575-1212, ext. 3428 E: hoopdance@mohawkcollege.ca 2


FROM THE EDITOR Tour guide is my favourite unofficial duty as President of Mohawk College. I never pass up the opportunity to show off the talents and expertise of our remarkable students, faculty and staff. Without fail, they always make a great first impression on our guests. I also get to take visitors on tours of our living labs. Learning by doing is the hallmark of a Mohawk education. We’ve created labs that simulate the real world and challenge our students to put into practice everything they’re learning in class. Whether I’m with community, business or political leaders, our tours end with the same comment – “I had no idea you were doing all of this at Mohawk College.” We’re taking you on the same cross-campus tour of 10 living labs in our inaugural edition of Momentum. You’ll meet the students, faculty and Mohawk partners who get to spend time in our world-class labs. We’ll also preview $72 million of investments planned for Mohawk, introduce you to a member of our City School at Mohawk team and meet with a local community builder and entrepreneur who are putting our students to work. I hope you enjoy the tour and get a chance to drop by and visit us in person. Regards, Ron McKerlie





HIGHLIGHTS 1 Award-winning author and Order of Canada recipient Lawrence Hill speaks with Daniel Coleman at Mohawk’s Welcoming Communities Interact Conference 2 MPP Ted McMeekin with Dean Piero Cherubini and President Ron McKerlie announcing provincial funding for apprenticeship training 3 City School’s founding donor Dr. Doug Barber with Councillor Matthew Green and MPP Ted McMeekin at the official opening of City School at the Eva Rothwell Resource Centre 4 Dean of Students Rachel Matthews receives AODA 10th anniversary Champion Award from Mayor Fred Eisenberger 5 MP Filomena Tassi announces the largest ever Government of Canada infrastructure investment in support of Mohawk’s $54.25 million renewal of technology labs and classrooms 6 The David Braley Athletic and Recreation Centre wins the 2015 People’s Choice Award in Urban Design and Architecture 7 President Ron McKerlie thanks the City of Hamilton and Hamilton Public Library’s Circuit 4.0 at the opening of Mohawk’s second City School at the Central Library in downtown Hamilton 8 Justin Trudeau makes a campaign stop at Mohawk College 9 Premier Kathleen Wynne thanks the Spirit Vision Drummers and Dancers for their performance at the opening of Mohawk’s Hoop Dance outdoor Indigenous Gathering Place 10 MPP Eleanor McMahon with Premier Wynne at the Hoop Dance opening 11 VP Wayne Poirier with Linda Marshall at the 10th annual Gerald Marshall Benefit 12 The Hon. David Onley, 28th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, at the official launch of Mohawk’s accessible journalism project 13 MPP Ted McMeekin accepts a bundle of arrows from Mohawk’s Elder in Residence Elize Hartley and student Gregory Phillips during Government of Ontario funding announcement 14 Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Jeff Leal (centre) announces Greenbelt Local Food Investment Fund grant to have more locally grown food served in Mohawk’s cafeterias.
















MOHAWK AIMS TO LEAD IN SIMULATION-BASED LEARNING WITH PAUL ARMSTRONG Vice President Academic, Mohawk College There have been two constants and one major change at Mohawk since I was a student in our Radiological Technology and Medical Ultrasound programs back in the mid-1980s. Our students continue to learn from exceptional faculty who bring a world of experience and a passion for teaching into their classrooms. I was fortunate to learn from professors who were great educators and mentors. Our students also continue to get unique and invaluable opportunities for real-world experiential learning through co-op work terms, clinical and field placements. My clinical placements with the Hamilton General Hospital and McMaster University Medical Centre were among the highlights of my Mohawk education. I got the opportunity to apply the theory I had learned from my professors. The biggest change from when I was a student is the state-of-the-art technology, equipment and simulators that are now available in labs at all three of our campuses. When I was a student, we learned on old imaging equipment that had been donated by hospitals and clinics. I picked up some of that surplus equipment myself when I started teaching in the program a few years after graduation. Today, our students use equipment and technology that’s as good as, and in some cases better than, what they will use on their co-ops, clinical and field placements. They also develop their critical thinking and problem-solving skills on simulators that did not exist back when I was a student. Simulations give our students safe places to learn through trial and error and to reflect on their mistakes.



Our students are not the only ones who benefit. Our college partners who play a key role in transforming students into future-ready graduates benefit as well. Mohawk students are now even better prepared when they arrive for their co-ops and placements. They can make immediate, valueadded contributions because they already know what to do and what to expect. They are familiar with the equipment, the technology and the situations they will face on the job. Mohawk has long been a leader in experiential learning. We were the first college in Canada to offer co-op work terms in the early 1970s. Today, we have set our sights on also becoming leaders in simulation-based learning. As you will see from the 10 labs profiled here, Mohawk is well on our way.



Our roundup of the top 10 labs you have to see to believe at Mohawk.


MECHATRONICS AUTOMATION AND ROBOTICS LAB Fennell Campus More than 250 students train on $1.7 million worth of leadingedge equipment from Siemens and FANUC, including robots and programmable logic controllers. Students learn how to design, run and repair computer-controlled electromechanical systems. WANT TO LEARN MORE? SEE BRUCE’S STORY ON PAGE 27



ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING RESOURCE CENTRE Fennell Campus Mohawk was the first college in Ontario and the third in Canada to open an additive manufacturing lab. Students, faculty and staff work with college partners to turn digital images into plastic and metal prototypes and parts on a pair of industrial 3-D printers. WANT TO LEARN MORE? SEE CHRIS’S STORY ON PAGE 29


& eHEALTH DEVELOPMENT AND INNOVATION CENTRE (MEDIC) Fennell Campus A team of 30 students, faculty and staff work on dozens of projects with private, public and non-profit sector partners from across Canada and around the world. MEDIC is also home to Ontario’s first Digital Health



Technology Access Centre to help small and medium-size companies design, build, test and implement digital health technologies and receive customized training.


4 CENTRE FOR PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE Institute for Applied Health Sciences at McMaster University Thousands of students put on scrubs each week and hone their clinical skills with simulators, high fidelity manikins and staff playing patients and family members. The centre includes a simulated home, hospital and long-term care facility. WANT TO LEARN MORE? SEE VISHAL’S STORY ON PAGE 26


IMAGING LAB Institute for Applied Health Sciences at McMaster University More than 650 students develop their clinical skills on a suite of fully functioning equipment including ultrasound, mammography and radiography units and a computed tomography scanner. The lab is set up to simulate a hospital to prepare students for their clinical placements. WANT TO LEARN MORE? SEE JENNIFER’S STORY ON PAGE 23



GERALD MARSHALL CENTRE FOR TRANSPORTATION Stoney Creek Campus Named in honour of the late Gerald Marshall, founder of Hamilton’s Marshall Truck and Trailer, the centre trains more than 350 apprentices annually. Apprentices use $4 million of state-of-the-art equipment to train for careers as truck and trailer technicians, mechanics, automotive mechanical installers and servicers. WANT TO LEARN MORE? SEE BOB’S STORY ON PAGE 24

STEAM LAB Stoney Creek Campus Students in Mohawk’s Power Engineering program get a hands-on education learning how to run a 150 PSIG and 150 BHP boiler. Students take apart and reassemble turbines, compressors and pumps. They also work with auxiliary equipment, including water treatment and a condensate return system with feed water pumps and a steam trap system. WANT TO LEARN MORE? SEE LEN’S STORY ON PAGE 19




Similar to the lab used by the Ontario Police College, the Mohawk lab develops the judgment and problem-solving skills of more than 800 students from Advanced Police Studies, Advanced Security Management, Police Foundations, Protection Security Investigation and

Community Justice programs. Thirty-six surveillance cameras record everything students say and do during their scenarios. WANT TO LEARN MORE? SEE FRED’S STORY ON PAGE 18


Featuring two studios and HD production equipment, Broadcasting students get handson training both in front and behind the camera. Students work on newscasts, talk shows and game shows. Students also cover more than 100 events a year, including Mohawk and McMaster varsity games and Cable 14 coverage of the Hamilton Bulldogs.





MULTI-SENSORY LAB Fennell Campus The first of its kind at an Ontario college, Mohawk’s lab is open to members of the community. Human Services students also tour the lab to get an orientation to multisensory environments and observe clients using the space to explore and relax. WANT TO LEARN MORE? SEE LUKE’S STORY ON PAGE 14

TUESDAY NIGHT MUSIC SCHOOL Is playing an instrument on your bucket list? Start lessons today! All ages! Mohawk College Music faculty and students run the Tuesday Night Music School. This program welcomes a variety of participants ranging from children – five years of age or older to teenagers and adults for private music lessons. Under the supervision of our faculty, senior Applied Music students teach private music lessons on the following instruments: voice, bass, guitar, piano, drum set, brass and wind instruments and theory of music. Lessons are $100 for the semester.

Emilee-Mae Feely E: emilee-mae.feely@mohawkcollege.ca mohawkcollege.ca/musicschool


• Program runs for 12 weeks. 11 half-hour private lessons and recital during week 12 • Tuesdays between 4pm – 6pm at Fennell campus of Mohawk College. • Next intake January 2017 – Limited spots available.

CONNECTING MOHAWK WITH OUR CITY WITH MOHAWK COMMUNITY MOBILIZER SARAH HARVIE "We launched City School last fall to make a Mohawk education accessible to even more people in Hamilton. We offer tuition-free college credit courses and workshops at the Eva Rothwell Resource Centre in the city’s north end and at the Central Library in downtown Hamilton. There was a young woman our City School team would run into all the time when we were out in the community. When I introduced myself and asked if she was interested in learning more about City School, I never got much of a response. One morning I was at my usual table at 541 Eatery and Exchange in North Hamilton. It’s a great place to connect with people over a cup of coffee. The young woman finally worked up the courage to pull up a chair, sit down next to me and say ‘OK, so you do classes. How do I get started?’ She’s now registered in our employment workshops and our College 101 course. I was talking with another woman who wanted to take our workshops but had no one to look after her kids. Our team put our heads together and I got to break the good news. City School now offers free on-site child-minding thanks to students in Mohawk’s Early Childhood Education program. City School is meant to be a base camp on the journey to post-secondary education. Seeing people like these two women gain the selfconfidence and get the opportunity to pursue their dreams of going to college is far and away the best part of the job. I also get to work with a remarkable team who are absolutely passionate about connecting Mohawk with our community. No other college in Ontario is doing what we’re doing here in Hamilton so it’s amazing to be part of something special.”


(From left) Gizmo, Lab Technologist Kaela Millar, Luke Millar and his mom Heather relax in the first lab of its kind at an Ontario college.




“We’d be here every day, all day if we could. Our son Luke has autism and developmental delays. He was no longer eligible for most programs and services when he turned 18 years old. So it’s been a challenge to find suitable places for Luke. We’d been going to an out-of-town multi-sensory room that we had to share with other families. A caseworker suggested we check out the multi-sensory lab at Mohawk. It’s our son’s happy place. Luke loves going there. We get the room to ourselves. Lab

technologist Kaela Millar does a fantastic job of picking up on Luke’s verbal cues and helps him settle down. Kaela’s not related to us but she’s like family. Luke’s explored every inch of the lab which is a good sign. It shows he’s comfortable there. Luke is calm and relaxed after our weekly sessions at Mohawk and we all get a good sleep for one night a week. The lab puts a smile on Luke’s face and that puts a smile on our faces too.” – Proud Parent Heather Millar

"SUICIDE AMONG ABORIGINAL YOUTH IN OUR COMMUNITY IS A STORY THAT NEEDS TO BE TOLD." “Nine people who I grew up with on Six Nations of the Grand River have committed suicide in the last 11 years. I’ve experienced more suicidal death than natural loss. Suicide among Aboriginal youth in our community is a story that needs to be told so I wrote a script for a documentary. Twenty four productions were pitched to our professors and 11 were chosen for this year's Independent Production class. Six of my classmates from our Broadcasting Television and

Media Communications program are working on the crew. We’re taking on this giant project thanks to the technical and production experience we’ve gained from working in the TV studio. We’ve written, hosted and produced game shows, talk shows and news shows. I want to tell stories that make you think and make a difference and Mohawk’s given me the confidence to do that.” – Student Felecia White



$62 million worth of investments are planned to give Mohawk students more spaces and better places to learn. Here’s what to look for over the next two years on campus and in the community.

THE JOYCE CENTRE FOR PARTNERSHIP & INNOVATION Set to open in 2018, The Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation is the cornerstone of a record-setting $54.25 million renewal of technology labs and classrooms. The five-level centre is also a showcase in environmental sustainability as the region’s first net-zero energy institutional building. The Government of Canada’s $20 million investment in the centre is the single largest federal infrastructure funding in Mohawk’s 50-year history. Once construction and renovations are complete, enrolment in technology programs will grow from 3,500 to 4,500 students and applied research activity will increase by 50 per cent.

INSTITUTE FOR APPLIED HEALTH SCIENCES More than $3 million in renovations will transform the campus into a one-of-akind simulated hospital and long-term care centre. Students from Mohawk’s Nursing, Practical Nursing, Medical Radiation Sciences, Personal Support Worker and Pharmacy Technician programs will learn together in crossdisciplinary teams, mirroring how they’ll work during their clinical placements and throughout their careers.


CITY SCHOOL City School will hit the road and roll out a fully equipped mobile classroom in the summer of 2017. It’s part of $1.6 million investment by the Government of Ontario in Mohawk’s City School initiative. The mobile will bring tuition-free college credit courses and workshops into neighbourhoods throughout Hamilton, making a Mohawk education more accessible to more people than ever before.

STONEY CREEK CAMPUS The newest addition to Ontario's largest trainer of apprentices is a 12,000 square foot building now under construction across from the Gerald Marshall Centre for Transportation. Half of the $3 million building is dedicated to a shop where apprentices from across the campus will work together on large scale community projects. The centre will also include classrooms and programmable control labs.


"I STILL GO HOME WITH SOME PRETTY GOOD BRUISES." “The flight or fight response doesn’t apply to most of our students. When they go through their first judgmental scenario in our Dynamic Simulation Lab, most students freeze up. They’re overwhelmed by everything that’s happening all at once. All the concepts they’re learning in class are swirling through their heads. They’re applying critical thinking skills at light speed. They’re under acute stress. They’re dealing with auditory exclusion and tunnel vision. Some of our

students do fight instead of freeze. That’s why Use of Force instructors run the scenarios. We’re trained to identify preattack cues and anticipate how students may respond. We’re able to react to students who escalate to a fight response. While I block kicks, deflect punches and I wear a protective suit, I still go home with some pretty good bruises. We always do a debrief after each scenario in front of their classmates, watching video and reviewing

what each student did well and what could’ve been done differently. Most students can’t remember what they said or did during their first time through a scenario. Not every scenario ends in an arrest. Just like real police work, we put heavy emphasis on problem-solving, dispute resolution and mediation. You can’t teach judgment. It comes with experience and that’s what we’re giving our students with this lab.” – Professor Fred Armitage




“To really understand how a boiler works, you need to hear, see, smell and touch it. I worked in the industry for 40 years and maintained a pair of boilers that were 10 storeys tall. While our 150 horsepower boiler seems like a teapot to me, it’s a great teaching tool for our students. It’s also allowed us to get our program accredited by the Technical Standards & Safety Authority. The boiler can be a little intimidating at first to some students when we fire it up and alarms start going off. Once our students get familiar with the boiler, I’ll close valves and tinker with it. I’ll then

challenge the students to figure out what’s wrong and fix it. This is a safe, controlled environment where time isn’t money. Students can take the time to develop their analytical skills. They draw water samples, run tests and measure results. They learn how to analyze multiple inputs, get to root causes and diagnose a fault. Our lab offers something you can’t get from textbook. This is where our students get to play on a big piece of equipment and apply the theory of power engineering through hands-on learning.” – Professor Len McPhail





Recreational, therapeutic, educational. Based on person-centered approaches, the Multi-Sensory Lab offers pathways to connect with others by focusing on an individual’s strengths, abilities and talents and using these as motivation to bring about change. Annual Membership is available for clients with intellectual disabilities and provides the following benefits: • Facilitated sensory sessions by a trained Multi-Sensory specialist • Baseline sensory assessment • Ongoing session feedback/review • Session length is 45 minutes T: 905-575-1212 ext 3836 E: kaela.millar@mohawkcollege.ca mohawkcollege.ca/community/ mohawk-colleges-multi-sensory-lab

"THE BEST PARTS OF MY JOB ARE THE PEOPLE I WORK WITH AND THE PROBLEMS WE SOLVE. COLLABORATION IS NOT OPTIONAL AT MEDIC." “I was 15 years old when my parents and younger brother came to Hamilton as refugees from Sudan. It wasn’t easy to uproot our family. English wasn’t our first language and we quickly learned about the value of perseverance. After graduating from Barton Secondary, I did freelance work creating websites and then applied to Mohawk’s Software Development program. I completed three co-ops at

MEDIC and was hired on after graduation. The best parts of my job are the people I work with and the problems we solve. Collaboration is not optional at MEDIC. There’s always someone to talk with when you run up against a software design or development challenge. We also get to see the immediate impact of our work. I’m part of a team that’s building an immunization system for Tanzania that will help reduce child mortality.

We’re also working with Save the Children to install a patient registry in Myanmar in South Asia that will coordinate care for as many as 100,000 people living with HIV, tuberculosis and malaria. We work on important projects every day and that gives all of us a great sense of pride.” – Junior Software Architect Mohamed Ibrahim



ENTREPRENEURS GET AN ASSIST FROM MOHAWK WITH SNIPER SKIN CO-FOUNDER APRIL WRIGHT “My husband Lee invented a time and moneysaving tape replacement for hockey and lacrosse sticks and baseball bats. We were proud to win last year’s Lion’s Lair competition for emerging entrepreneurs. The Innovation Factory, which runs Lion’s Lair with the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, introduced us to Joe Duda at Mohawk. Joe manages The Agency at the McKeil School of Business. The Agency puts teams of students to work on advertising, marketing and public relations campaigns for start-ups and non-profits. We were fortunate to be taken on as a client. We love Mohawk. The students have turned in agency-quality work that exceeds our expectations. We’ve since hired students and recent graduates to help us with branding, messaging and videos. The Agency’s been an invaluable resource for us. We get access to students who are being mentored by industry professionals like Joe. The students have brought lots of energy and enthusiasm to Sniper Skin. In return, students get a master class in entrepreneurship and learn how passion, hard work and integrity can build a successful business. Lee and I also have more than 20 years experience working for major corporations that we’re sharing with students. It’s been a great partnership for all of us and we've grown together.”




“If we didn’t have the Imaging Lab at Mohawk, I don’t know how I would’ve been prepared for my clinical placement at the Juravinski Hospital. I’m a handson learner and we got to start scanning and using probes right from week one in our program. We spent hundreds of hours practicing on our classmates, doing real scans on real people in real time. We also got to use standard hospital equipment,

like wheelchairs, stretchers and oxygen tanks. Learning in a simulated hospital environment has been invaluable. It’s given me the confidence to work with patients on my placement. You don’t want to be fumbling around and figuring out how to use the equipment. Instead, I can focus on my patients, deliver quality care and do a better job of spotting pathologies that need follow-up.” – Student Jennifer Head


"NOT ONLY IS OUR SHOP SPOTLESS. WITH ALL THE SPACE AND NATURAL LIGHT, IT’S A TAJ MAHAL." “We keep our shop spotless. When apprentices first walk through our bay doors, they’re amazed and impressed at how clean everything is. They ask me who we hire to clean the shop. I tell them they do the cleaning at the end of every day. A clean workshop is a productive workshop. There’s a place for everything and everything is in its place. No one’s wasting time trying to find a

wrench or tripping over something on the floor. Not only is our shop spotless. With all the space and natural light, it’s a Taj Mahal. That’s good for apprentices who’ll spend 720 hours over three terms at Mohawk. This shop is a far cry from many of the places I worked at throughout my career. When I started out more than 30 years ago, we were grease monkeys. Today, we’re training apprentices

to be technicians and their most important tool is a laptop. They’re fixing electronic and mechanical problems now and technology’s advancing so fast. When I was a journeyman, I got in trouble for spending too much time on the job sharing my knowledge with apprentices. Now I get paid to do that full time with hundreds of apprentices every year.” – Professor Bob Cook


MAKING THE GRADE BY MAKING A DIFFERENCE WITH FOOD4KIDS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR LENA BASSFORD Food4Kids provides packages of healthy food for at-risk children between the ages of four and 14 years who have limited or no access to food. Food4Kids provides weekend food for 1,335 children during the school year and we deliver food to the homes of 500 children during the summer. I got a call from Christine DiCarlo three years ago. Christine’s a professor in Mohawk’s Financial Services program. Every year, secondyear students take on a class project where they develop their prospecting skills and make a difference in the community. Christine asked if her students could raise money for Food4Kids. I said absolutely and when can we get started? We’ve been working with Christine and her colleague Mary Iannazzo ever since. Mohawk’s long been known as a first-rate postsecondary institution. It’s also a college with a heart. Students in Mohawk’s Financial Services program have raised more than $75,000 for Food4Kids. They’ve provided 200 children in our community with healthy food over each weekend for an entire year. Students have also raised enough money for us to launch eight school-based weekend food programs here in Hamilton. The enthusiasm and passion of Mohawk students to help the children we serve has been a real inspiration. A number of students have continued to volunteer with us after they graduated from Mohawk. Giving back to the community is one of the most important lessons students can learn. Two hundred children aren’t going to bed hungry because of students in Mohawk’s Financial Services program. They’re making a real difference.


"THE KEY TO BUILDING A GREAT SIMULATION IS TO START WITH WHAT STUDENTS NEED TO LEARN." “I went to school for computer science and nursing so this is the ideal job. The key to building a great simulation is to start with what students need to learn. We never put students into simulations where they’ve yet to study the concepts we’re asking them to apply. We have dozens of scenarios that have our students interacting with programmable manikins and staff playing the part of patients. Being the voice of a manikin is easier because the

students don’t know it’s you and you’re not giving them hints with your facial expressions or body language. My favourite patient to play is the apathetic son. Students expect us to be hysterical or overcome with grief. They don’t know how to respond to someone who seems indifferent. The most valuable learning for students comes from watching video of their simulations, with their professors giving group and one-on-one feedback. The

most rewarding part of this job is watching our students evolve. We’re with them from their first simulation to their last. On their final simulation, you can tell that they’ve understood everything they were taught and pulled everything together. You know they’re going to do something great for patients and families.” – Nurse Technologist Vishal (Gaytish) Pathareddy Appanah


"OUR STUDENTS CAN EARN A GLOBALLY RECOGNIZED CREDENTIAL AND A COLLEGE DIPLOMA THAT WILL OPEN UP A WORLD OF CAREER OPPORTUNITIES." “I was with a team of faculty and administrators from Mohawk who spent a month this summer studying at the Siemens Technical Academy in Germany. We were joined by faculty from colleges and universities from around the world. Everyone’s welcome kit included a Siemens watch so the expectation for punctuality and time on task was set from day one. Some of Siemens top instructors taught us their Systems Approach to teaching mechatronics. The traditional bottom-up approach teaches students about electrical, mechanical and computer technologies and then shows how these three fields come together to create complete mechatronics systems. The top-down Systems Approach instead has students

focus first on the whole mechatronics system and then learn about each of the specific individual technologies. We’re starting to revise our curriculum to match the Siemens methodology. Mohawk now has two Siemens-certified faculty in engineering. This allows students in our lab to have access to the company’s learning resources, software and applications. They’ll be well prepared if they choose to write Siemens’ certification tests. By passing the tests after completing our program, Mohawk graduates earn a globally recognized credential and a college diploma that will open up a world of career opportunities.” – Professor Bruce Johnston


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Lead engineering mentor Brendan Simons (left) and lead teacher mentor Chris Pinto with Bishop Ryan’s robotics team.

"THEY SHOWED OUR STUDENTS CUTTING-EDGE TECHNOLOGIES AND OFFERED TO 3D PRINT OUR DESIGN." “Students on Bishop Ryan's Celt-X-5406 Robotics Team design and build 120-pound robots to compete against teams from around the world. This year we needed our robots to cross defences, score goals, and climb a tower all while fending

off our opponents’ offences. We got in touch with Mohawk's Additive Manufacturing Resource Centre after seeing them at the Hamilton Maker Faire. They showed our students cuttingedge additive manufacturing technologies and offered to 3D

print our design for an intake roller using nylon SLS. This unique part performed amazingly well, allowing our students to win the Pittsburgh regional and reach the divisional semi-finals at the World Championships.” – Brendan Simons and Chris Pinto





HIGHLIGHTS 1 Mohawk celebrates partnership with CANMET Materials Resource Centre 2 Mohawk names the Digital Print Learning Centre in honour of college champion Hugh Cameron 3 Ontario Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development Deb Matthews (centre) announces the province’s $1.6 million investment in City School 4 Norma Bonner (left) and Katrina McFadden (right) from ArcelorMittal Dofasco with Amanda McManus (centre), winner of the Ontario College Co-op Student of the Year award. 5 McKeil School of Business delivers toys to every student at St. Ann elementary in North Hamilton 6 Mohawk Distinguished Fellows Peter Vicano, Richard Brennan, Ann McLaughlin and Winnie Doyle with President Ron McKerlie 7 Blair and Kathy McKeil with President Ron McKerlie at the 2nd annual Partnership Dinner 8 President Ron McKerlie, MPP Ted McMeekin, Mayor Fred Eisenberger and MSA President Luke Baylis at Mohawk College Transit Terminal groundbreaking 9 More than 6,000 future-ready Mohawk graduates walked across the stage during Convocation ceremonies in 2015-16 10 Mo the Hawk with the Hamilton Police Service at the annual Special Olympics day hosted at Mohawk 11 Green thumbs at City School’s afterschool Sprouts program at the Eva Rothwell Resource Centre. 12 Mohawk’s pwc Vision to Reality award-nominated MEDIC team.













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“It was a pleasure being part of the recent Business Writing Skills workshop offered through MCE. This workshop provided insight into how one might identify typical errors and oversights as well how to communicate with others in a clear and concise manner.” – Nick Anastasopoulos, P.Eng., Chief Building Official, City of Burlington

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Mohawk proudly recognizes the professional achievements and community contributions of exceptional graduates with Alumni of Distinction awards.

This year’s recipients are: (in order from left to right) Health Sciences Recipient: Justin Fyfe, Community Services Recipient: Steven Lennon, Mohawk College Employee Recipient: Sue Vattay, Affinity Recipient: Gary Crowell, Creative Arts & Design Recipient: Annette Hamm, Technology Recipient: Bill Chisholm, Business Recipient: Bruce Pearson, Entrepreneur Recipient: Rachel Devine. Since introducing the awards in 1996, Mohawk has inducted 113 graduates into the Alumni of Distinction and each recipient has a student bursary established in their name by the Mohawk Alumni Association. Read more about our award recipients at



Profile for Mohawk College

Momentum Magazine - Fall 2016  

We take you on a cross-campus tour of 10 living labs in our inaugural edition of Momentum. You’ll meet the students, faculty and Mohawk part...

Momentum Magazine - Fall 2016  

We take you on a cross-campus tour of 10 living labs in our inaugural edition of Momentum. You’ll meet the students, faculty and Mohawk part...