Given Joao “John” Borges’s ability to effectively manage a very busy schedule, it is not surprising he is in the Project Management program at Fleming College.
In this post-graduate program, students develop skills and knowledge to efficiently manage all aspects of a project to achieve organizational goals. For John, time management and organizational skills are key to his student success at Fleming, where he
serves as Director of Student Administrative Council and Communications Lead in
Fleming, while attending school full-time.
“I love getting involved on
campus!” said John. “I have been involved with SAC and Enactus Fleming for almost two
years now. I would say these are my favourite ones, as I get to do different things
every week, engage and meet students, while improving my skills and doing good for my
After graduating from the Business Administration – Marketing program this year, John decided to continue his studies at Fleming College and take the Project Management graduate certificate to further build his resume. His career goal is to work in advertising one day.
“I believe learning about the
Project Management areas will be an asset to my career path,” he explains. “Fleming
offers a stellar Project Management program and I’ve heard wonderful things
from students that already graduated and are now currently working.”
In addition to his studies
at Fleming, John also took a part-time position in Fleming’s Marketing
Department. He is working as a Social Media Ambassador, creating content for
Fleming College’s social media accounts.
“This is a huge milestone
for the career path I want to pursue and I believe I will be learning great
things with the Fleming Marketing team,” said John. “Secondly, I want to
contribute to Fleming and give back to the students, and I want to try to
showcase all the great things that Fleming has to offer!”
John loves the “lively and vibrant atmosphere” at Sutherland Campus, the amount of opportunities to get involved, and the support students receive from staff and faculty.
“At Fleming, everyone wants you to succeed, so ask as many questions as you can,” said John. “Try to step out of your comfort zone and take advantage of all the opportunities Fleming provides, because trust me, there’s always something that matches your interests!”
The first time Alannah Kennedy came to
Fleming College, she started right after high school in 2008, she didn’t feel
ready for post-secondary school and she left during the winter semester.
The second time Alannah came to Fleming College, she was a mature student in 2017, she felt ready and excited to begin her studies, and she proudly completed the Office Administration – Executive program.
“I chose to return to Fleming and
commute from Oshawa because I never forgot how Fleming made me feel; Fleming
was like a family and everyone is very inclusive and really cares about you and
your success,” said Alannah. “When I made the decision to return to school,
Fleming was my first and only choice.”
Alannah’s favourite thing about Fleming
College is the support offered by faculty and support staff, who truly care
about every student.
“You’re not just a number here. Our
college community genuinely cares about you and your successes, whatever that
may look like. Faculty and support staff know you by name, not your student ID
number,” Alannah explains. “We are at an advantage being a mid-size college;
there’s lots more one-on-one opportunities to help you succeed. And our
programs give you a lot of hands-on work experience via simulations and/or out
in the industry.”
During breaks from her classes,
coursework, and working and volunteering on campus, Alannah enjoyed a hidden
gem at Sutherland Campus, which she recommends to others.
“If you follow the pathway behind the
school by the cafeteria… in behind the Library you come to this one opening
that has a bunch of shrub with a little bench and, in behind, is this beautiful
rock pathway that leads up to doors that are off the main foyer,” she
describes. “I really enjoy the beauty of the rock steps, the shrubs and forest
in this particular area. Not a lot of people use this area, so it’s a nice
place for me to sit and clear my head.”
Alannah has come a long way since her
first Fleming College experience and, now that she has finished her program,
she doesn’t want to say good-bye. Instead, she will be working with Fleming’s
Student Recruitment team as a Fleming Grad Recruiter.
“I feel like sharing my story and my
experience at Fleming College will speak volumes to students and that’s why I
wanted to be a Grad Recruiter,” said Alannah, who will be travelling across
Ontario sharing information about Fleming College with prospective students.
“I am not much of a traveler; I would
love to do some travelling but I am honestly a momma’s girl, so I tend stay
close by my mom,” said Alannah. “This opportunity is allowing me to get out of
my comfort zone and letting me experience our big beautiful province and meet
different kinds of people, so I am really excited to be just experiencing new
adventures and seeing where the road leads me.”
(Rayna) Li came to Fleming College from China with a background in law, ready
for a new career and life change.
was so shy and quiet before. I lacked leadership skills and did not want any
attention,” said Rayna, who got involved with the SAC Street Team, served as an
International Student Ambassador, volunteered on- and off-campus and more while
at Fleming College. “I changed my career and my personality here. Coming to
Canada is the best choice I have ever made.”
Rayna came to Fleming College for the Business Administration – Accounting program, which she describes as awesome, amazing, wonderful and meaningful. She credits her program faculty for their support, advice and kindness, explaining “They are all warm-hearted and care for us. The Accounting program is much more like a family.”
says she truly values the advice of her faculty, including program coordinator
Shelly York, who advised Rayna to earn her CPA designation through CPA Ontario.
“I am really lucky to have followed her advice. It will have life-long benefits
for me!” said Rayna.
What drew Rayna to the Business Administration – Accounting program was the work placement, where students apply their knowledge and skills to a real work setting. Rayna completed her four-month work placement at Baker Tilly, providing review and audit technician support for large businesses and non-profit organizations; accounting and bookkeeping for small to medium clients; supporting the preparation of financial statements and tax returns; and liaising with third parties, partners, managers, clients and staff.
of the content you learn, like QuickBooks, Profile and Audit, all come
together,” said Rayna of her placement experience. “All the things I learned
from College are useful and handy, and I got practise through real-life
said her colleagues, managers and partners at Baker Tilly were all very
approachable and kind, and always checked in to ensure everything was going
well for her.
is a wonderful learning environment,” said Rayna. “We have so many fun
activities and people here are professional with a sense of humour, not just
believes work placements are an amazing opportunity for all students, and
advises those entering a placement opportunity to always be on time,
responsible and have a good attitude.
is a job, not only a learning placement,” she said. “Do not be afraid of asking
questions and making mistakes—that’s how we learn. Please keep telling yourself
‘you can do it,’ and tell your boss ‘I am willing to learn and I can do it.’”
from Fleming College this June and is thrilled that her placement led to
“I love the job I
am doing now. I love it,” said Rayna, who is working as a Staff Accountant at
Baker Tilly. “The Partners Richard Steiginga and Joanna Park, and COO Kim Freeburn
surprised me; they had planned on hiring me but nobody told me anything about
it. Then, I got my offer and I literally cried with happiness in their office.
It is so good when you get hired by your dream firm!”
Rayna said she
loves working at Baker Tilly because it is fast-paced and challenging. “There
are different clients and different files and different problems to tackle,
which makes me excited and lights me up immediately,” she explains. “Accounting
is not only about numbers, it is more like you have to understand how their
business and industry works and then you work with your client’s numbers, the
policies and rules. It’s an interesting and challenging job.”
Belleau was nervous to leave his home in Garden River First Nation, east of
Sault Ste. Marie.
In high school, Lyndin was told students are just numbers at colleges and
universities, and that wasn’t something he was used to—and luckily, it isn’t
something he ever has to.
experience at Fleming was nothing that I imagined. Fleming gave me so many opportunities
that I don’t think any other college would have been able to provide me,” said Lyndin. “All
my professors knew my name. It was nothing like they tell you in high school
where you’re only known as a number.”
complement his studies, Lyndin worked as a Career Services Assistant with
Fleming Career Services from September 2016 to April 2019. “Working with Career
Services provided me with opportunities that the classroom couldn’t,” said
Lyndin, who credits Job Fair planning as one of the skill-building experiences
he gained on the job.
also learning a completely different side of business,” he explained. “In HR,
we learn what is best for the business, whereas in Career Services we tailor
services to the student/client to get them into the job. It was a great
experience learning a completely different side from [Career Educators] Joanne
Duffy and Lou Anne Hanes.”
Lyndin also volunteered his time on
campus, sharing information with prospective students at Fleming’s Open House
events, welcoming new students at Fleming Knights Orientation, recruiting new
team members to Enactus Fleming during its inaugural year, and more. But its his
involvement with Indigenous Student Services that Lyndin considers very special.
“I consider Indigenous Student
Services one of my saviors during my time at Fleming,” said Lyndin, who
participated in Tipi Tuesdays and Medicine Walks. “During my time at Fleming, I
gained more then just a support system from Indigenous Student Services; I
gained relationships from both the staff and students who accessed the lounge. The
staff in Indigenous Student Services (Ashley Safar and Kylie Fox-Peltier) have
a way of making the lounge feel like it’s a home away from home. They make
everyone feel welcomed and are always willing to help when they can.”
said he never expected to become so involved at Fleming College, but is glad he
involved on campus made my entire college experience that much better,” said
Lyndin. “My time at Fleming had so many great experiences, in both the
classroom and out of the classroom.”
One of his
favourite experiences at Fleming was the Travel-Based Learning course, where Lyndin
and his classmates travelled to Jamaica with two faculty members for one week.
“This course allowed me to travel internationally for the first time, to
experience different cultures, explore the tourism industry and how it works,
and as well as having fun,” he said.
said the Business Administration – Human Resources Management program prepared
him for his career and he is already putting his knowledge into action as a
Human Resources Assistant at Garden River First Nation, where he is working for
a third summer. In September, Lyndin plans to continue his studies at
Laurentian University, where he will study Sports Administration. Lyndin hopes
to one day work in Human Resources at a sports organization.
that, Lyndin will serve as Valedictorian at the School of Business convocation
ceremony this week.
selected as Valedictorian was like a mix of emotions. I felt excited, scared,
nervous, honoured and shocked all at the same time,” he said. “The message that
I am trying to give to graduates is to never give up on continuing your journey
in life, whether it is educational, workplace, or just life in general. You’ll
always have a place at Fleming.”
For five years, Oanh (“Jo”) Ho worked
in the hospitality
industry in Vietnam, feeling exhausted from long work days
in a busy city. She decided it was time for a change and wanted the adventure
of studying abroad.
was born and grew up in the hustle of Ho Chi Minh City, and
now I preferred something different, something unique
and with a slower pace,” said Jo. “I’m happy with my choice of starting the new journey here at
She chose the Global Business Management (GBM) program because it relates to her previous education in hospitality and career experience. Jo also feels that the length of this program (two years) gives her enough time to immerse herself in her studies, as well as Canadian culture and lifestyle.
“I treasure every moment I am here,” said Jo, who started the GBM program in January. “I’ve got to try my best whenever I have the chance; work hard at school, gain experience at my part-time job, participate in the Enactus Fleming group, and optimize but also balance my time budget efficiently before I graduate.”
Female Business Student of the Year – Fleming College Award winner
It is this work ethic, enthusiasm and involvement
in the community that led Jo to win the 2019 Female Business Student of the
Year – Fleming College Award at the Women’s Business Network of Peterborough’s
Women In Business Awards.
Faculty member Raymond Yip Choy canvassed faculty
for nominations and said Jo received the most votes. In the nomination form,
Raymond writes, “From the time that Jo started her Global Business Management
program at Fleming College, she stood out as a leader. Not only has she been
very diligent in her studies, but she has also taken the time to get involved
in campus activities and is always looking for ways to give back to the
He adds, “Her peers and her professors all agree
that she is exactly the kind of woman that will make a real difference to the
business and the wider community.”
Jo said she was surprised to receive an award after
only three months in the country and was very excited to be chosen.
“In class, the front
row is my favorite spot to sit, as I always prioritize studying because this
experience is a huge investment from my parents. With an estimated GPA of 3.5 after my first
semester, my efforts are paying off,” said Jo.
Jo said she is a mature student and the only
Vietnamese student in her program, which forces her to immerse herself in a
different culture, get involved, and develop her language skills.
“I strongly believe that a person can evaluate an issue as a challenge or a chance, it’s mostly up to their mindset,” said Jo, who views this as a chance.
One chance Jo took was getting involved in Enactus
Fleming, a student-led entrepreneurial club where students apply their skills
to entrepreneurship, participate in workshops, impact the economic growth of
international communities, and start a business on campus.
“When I first came to Fleming, I knew I had to find that club!” said Jo,
who found Enactus Fleming on her first day. “I heard of Enactus before coming
to Canada as
I was inspired by another Vietnamese student, who is the president of Enactus at Bow Valley College in Alberta. I watched her updates from Regionals to Nationals and then to
the World Cup,
and the spirit of the people at these events is what triggered me to want to
become one of them. That’s when I added ‘join Enactus Fleming’ to my To-Do List.”
A few months after joining Enactus Fleming, Jo presented at the regional
pitch competition in Mississauga, and on April 3 she was elected as President of Enactus
Fleming. Now, Jo is helping prepare the team for the national pitch competition
“My favourite experience in Enactus isn’t one thing or time, it’s our
meetings that we have every Wednesday,” said Jo. “The quality of the time we
spend together is important
have become friends who can share about school and life.
Enactus has given me the chance to expand
my network with Indians, Brazilians, Canadians
Jo credits previous president Emily Scott for believing Jo could lead Enactus Fleming, and faculty member Raymond Yip Choy for his dedication to the team and his guidance.
is Jo’s perfect place for college
When Jo isn’t busy studying or meeting with Enactus
Fleming, she is playing in the bell choir at Sacred Heart Church, working
part-time at Zaffron Grill, or spending time with new friends at the Trent
Valley International Coffee House group, which she recently joined.
is a great place to focus on studying and engage in interesting activities. With
a smaller campus community, it is a good chance for international students to get
involved with on-campus activities and have fairly less pressure and
competition than bigger cities,” said Jo.
“I would definitely
recommend Fleming College
to other international students because not only is the school good, but also the
students and the faculty make your experience even better. I really believe that Canada has
treated me so nice
since I first came and I really believe the chances for international students
are always available for everyone.”
It is obvious what Tourism – Global Travel graduate Vivienne Maxwell is looking forward to most as a Fleming College Grad Recruiter: getting to travel across Ontario!
“I love to travel and I am looking forward to seeing the scenery in my own province for my next adventure,” said Vivienne, who will be speaking with prospective students across Ontario about Fleming College. “I’m most looking forward to experiencing new places in Ontario that I’ve never been before.”
In addition to the travel opportunity, Vivienne decided to work as a Grad Recruiter to develop her skills while staying close to the Fleming community.
“Keeping my ties with Fleming was important to me and perhaps I wasn’t quite ready to go… This position was a great way to stay connected but also move forward into a new position,” said Vivienne, who graduated from Fleming this year. “Secondly, I knew this position would help me build on professional skills, such as time management, marketing and organization.”
Vivienne also plans to utilize her networking skills, which she developed in the Tourism – Global Travel program at Fleming.
“Networking myself was one of the biggest lessons that I took away from college,” said Vivienne. “Due to the field placement portion of my program, I was able to build strong connections within the college and within the community that eventually led me to employment opportunities.”
Vivienne loves the tight-knight, small community vibe at Fleming, adding that, “I always knew my professors and peers personally. We built great relationships that I will continue to nurture into the future.”
Outside of her program, Vivienne also made friendships in the Indigenous Student Lounge.
“Hands-down, my favourite spot on campus is the Indigenous Lounge. Not only did I make lifelong friendships in this safe space, I learned so much about Indigenous cultures and found a place that truly felt like home on campus,” she said. “Anyone is welcome in the Lounge; it is a place to bridge the differences we share and sincerely respect one another. Sometimes school can be stressful and this environment allowed me to escape the hustle and bustle of the halls and feel at peace.”
Vivienne is looking forward to spreading the word about Fleming College as a Grad Recruiter. Her key points for endorsing Fleming include great specializations, strong reputation in many industries, and faculty who are professionals with strong networks.
“I’m constantly hearing how employers are looking for Fleming graduates,” said Vivienne. “This is why you should come to Fleming. If you’re willing to put in the work, you will be successful here.”
Alaura Jopling’s post-secondary journey did not start with Fleming College, which is why she decided to become a Grad Recruiter with Student Recruitment.
“I want to educate and inspire the young students who are starting to apply to post-secondary because, had I known then what I know now, my journey would have a completely different beginning,” said Alaura.
After graduating from high school, Alaura entered university, which she describes as very large and made her feel like a “number.” Although she did enjoy the social aspect, she struggled academically at university.
“When I got to Fleming, it was the polar opposite,” said Alaura, who took the Business Administration – Marketing program. “My favourite thing about Fleming is that class sizes are around thirty students; faculty know you by name and even get to know you as not only a student, but as a future business person. They want you to succeed– not only in your future career, but in life.”
At Fleming, Alaura said she learned about her field of study, gained hands-on experience through assignments and her Applied Project with the Innovation Cluster, and grew as a person while exploring her strengths and weaknesses.
She said her favourite spot on campus is the library, which she started using after realizing most of her classmates were studying there.
“I knew that if I really wanted to succeed, I needed to be a part of this group,” she said. “I went there almost every day– before classes, after classes and even on my days off. The atmosphere was perfect. We would study together, quiz one-another and even teach one another.”
She feels Fleming really does live up to the promise of “Learn, Belong, Become,” and thanks everyone in the Fleming community who helped her succeed.
“After having that first negative post-secondary experience, I wasn’t sure that I was going to succeed. Fleming taught me how to be confident again; how to use my own uniqueness and skills in the field, and how it would set me apart from others. I learned the best way to be me and that truly is the best outcome I could have hoped for,” she said. “The best thing I learned while attending Fleming was that I am capable, I am intelligent, and I can – and am going to – succeed.”
When Dylan Trepanier reflects on his most memorable experience at Fleming College, he recalls the time he took a multi-millionaire to dinner in his 2006 Chevrolet Equinox.
He had been tasked with driving Nicole Verkindt – a young, successful entrepreneur who founded OMX (Offset Market Exchange) and serves as a Dragon on CBC’s “Next Gen Den” – from the Innovation Cluster to St. Veronus restaurant. Nicole was in Peterborough to speak at a FastStart Fleming event and Dylan had won the opportunity to have dinner with her afterward.
“I’ll never forget her racing me to my car and getting in the passenger seat, and all I could think about was the bits of dried paint on the seat and the fact I was about to drive around a Dragon,” said Dylan, who graduated from the Business Administration – Marketing program this year.
“But the moment I remember the most that night is when all the stress melted away, when she asked to listen to my story.”
He shared his business idea with Nicole, a driven and passionate “rock star” business person named Canada’s 2017 Woman Entrepreneur of the Year by StartUp Canada. Nicole enthusiastically asked Dylan questions and gave valuable feedback.
“I’ll never forget the feeling when she told me that she believed in me and my idea. It felt incredible to be acknowledged by someone who understands what it’s like to put everything on the line to follow their dreams,” he said.
Dylan’s business idea is Alexander Optical, a team of on-demand health care service professionals that organize pop-up eye exam clinics. Their teams visit places like schools, long-term care residences, and companies to offer eye health care services, including glasses.
He developed this idea in 2013 and came to Fleming College in September 2015 because of it, working with nearly every professor to tailor assignments, projects and case studies to help understand his business plan. In his last semester, Dylan officially launched Alexander Optical as his Applied Project for the Business Administration – Marketing program and presented it at the Innovation Showcase event, where he earned the Most Innovative Business Award and the Best Presenter Award.
Dylan was also awarded the GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy Canada Award for Outstanding Business Achievements, The Duane Parnham Business Development Award, the Sustainable Peterborough Award, the Student Administrative Council’s President’s Award, and the Valedictorian Award.
“The Fleming College community is generous and supportive. My success here never would have been possible without the relationships built over the last three years. It’s this community that’s helped me to become confident in myself and my career choice,” said Dylan. “I loved my time here in this program, and having the co-curricular hands-on opportunities available to practice what I was learning in class made my time way more valuable.”
Through the Business Administration – Marketing program, Dylan developed communication skills, problem solving, accountability, and more.
“I 11/10 would recommend this diploma to a friend, have recommended it to friends, and I will continue to advocate on behalf of the program because I graduated feeling ready for the industry,” said Dylan. “I know my graduating class is going to do incredible things with the knowledge we’ve learned here.”
Dylan served as Valedictorian at the School of Business convocation ceremony this month and hopes his fellow graduates remember to seize the moment, prioritize their mental and physical health, get out of their comfort zone, learn where to focus their efforts, and remember they have the power to control how others treat them.
“And most importantly, put your heart into it,” he added.
Dylan thanks Student Life Coordinator Leona Folz, and faculty members Raymond Yip Choy and Wendy Morgan for being role models, and the Class of 2018 for helping make amazing memories.
“This class is going down in the history books, you watch,” he said.
Now that Dylan has graduated from Fleming College, he is working on Alexander Optical full-time. Dylan was selected as one of seven youth entrepreneurs for the Innovation Cluster Slingshot Program, which provides him with workspace and access to workshops, resources, specialists and tools throughout the summer culminating in a pitch competition to become a full-time client of the Cluster and win $1000.
“With the skills I’ve learned in class, I’ve been able to create a lean and profitable business model that satisfies the three pillars of sustainability, creates incredible impact, and is continuing to gain momentum with the support of the Innovation Cluster,” said Dylan.
The surf’s up for 15 Fleming College students who are working on a multi-faceted project to help a west coast surfboard company expand overseas.
Swell Composites Supply Ltd., based in Richmond, B.C., is sponsoring three applied projects for business students. Applied projects, available within certain programs in the School of Business and School of Trades and Technology, see students spend their final semester finding innovative solutions to a real-world challenge. The students gain academic credit and on-the-job experience. At the same time, the project results provide new information, answer questions, contribute to planning, and lay the groundwork for future innovations.
For Swell Composites – Entropy Resin’s Canadian partner that is the Importer and Distributor of the complete range of composite materials used in Fiberglass and Resin manufacturing within the sporting goods, custom manufacturing and marine industries in Canada -, a team of students in the International Business Management program have been creating a logistics and export manual that will aid the company in exporting to international markets. As well, two groups of Global Business Management students have been analyzing the markets of targeted, specific countries.
International Business Management student Duy Vong says working in teams on the applied projects has been both eye-opening and uplifting.
“I have been very lucky to work with an incredible group of people who are super supportive. They always help me whenever I’m in need and help me get over my weaknesses and turn them into strengths.”
Duy added that working on the project has been an “incredible journey” thanks to the sponsor, Swell Composite Principal Cofounder Jimmy Stewart, who is also a Fleming alumnus.
“He has taught us meaningful, real-life lessons, and he has provided a lot of information to helps us get our work done more easily and more quickly.”
Arielle Smith, an International Business Management student, says the three teams were “synergistic” and helped each other grow and develop over the semester. Like Duy, she also appreciated the support from their sponsor throughout the project.
“As a past Fleming graduate, Jimmy knows what it’s like to be in our shoes. He’s been able to offer us advice on what to do after we leave Fleming, advice about the industry, and has been a great overall guide for the project. He’s gone through information with us to ensure we have a solid understanding on the material, which has helped us in giving him an overall better final product,” she said.
Both Arielle and Duy said that communication between students and across projects presented a bit of a challenge at times.
“In order to be successful as a team, you need to have an effective channel of communication, to make sure that everybody is on the same page. Distance does not, and will not, stop a team from being successful as long as you know how to overcome the challenges,” said Duy.
Arielle says she is grateful for the applied project opportunity, as it will help her move forward into a career.
“With the experience I’ve gained from working for Swell Composites, I feel more prepared to enter the workforce than ever before,” she said. “I think it has been invaluable not only to myself but also the other groups. It’s easy for teachers to recreate situations for students to participate in, but there’s nothing like the real-life experience that we learned from the applied project.”
A group of students from the School of Business will bid farewell to Fleming College to travel to Sweden, Denmark and Holland this spring for their Travel-Based Learning course.
The new Travel-Based Learning (INTL 10) course is an opportunity for students to witness and explore new corners of the globe. In this course, students learn about commercial travel, research their destination, and explore relevant social justice issues. Students are also exposed to the cultural, educational, environmental, economic, political, and social norms at play within the societies they visit.
“This is a very unique course. We really look forward to taking this journey with our students, and seeing them learn and develop,” said faculty member Rogier ten Kate. “During their trip, students will learn and understand what these countries do to implement innovation and sustainability in their societies. We want to feel and explore these cultures– its positive and negative impacts on innovation and sustainability.”
The elective Travel-Based Learning course is available to students in the School of Business, as well as students in other programs at Sutherland Campus provided that the course fits their timetable. Seating is limited. This year, the April 26 to May 6 jam-packed trip itinerary is a Nordic Expedition. The group will first fly to Stockholm, Sweden, exploring companies that helped Sweden develop a strong reputation as an innovative country, as well as museums and other points of interest.
“It’ll be amazing!” said Marnie Young, Human Resources Management student. “We will see innovative companies that we don’t get the chance to see in Canada.”
One site Marnie is particularly looking forward to is the incineration program in Sweden, where trash is used underground for heating. She is also interested in exploring wave energy in Holland, as it takes up less land than wind turbines.
The group visits Copenhagen, Denmark on Day 4, known for its technology, modern art, music and theatre. An Education Day has been carved in the schedule, between sightseeing, to tour companies known for innovation and sustainable solutions, which will provide students with invaluable information they can apply to their industry in Canada.
The lessons learned in sustainability and innovation is something Marketing student Kenneth Bruce Stauffer plans to apply to his career. “I’m interested in taking what I learn at these businesses and bringing it back to Canada,” he said. “The first-hand experience I will gain there is excellent and worth it to me.”
For fellow Marketing student Leena Yagnik, this knowledge is something she hopes sets her apart on the job hunt. “I am going to graduate soon and will be looking for jobs,” she explained. “I will be learning a lot of things on this trip that will give me a competitive advantage against my colleagues.”
On Day 7, the Travel-Based Learning group heads to Utrecht, Holland, then to Amsterdam; followed by Rotterdam the next day to visit Eneco Group, a group of companies under one umbrella that focus on sustainable energy. The group will enjoy free time sightseeing on their ninth day of travel and will fly home the next day.
The whole package is something that excites Tourism – Global Travel student Brenda Boutin-Lacelle, who will apply the experience of being a tourist to her career. “I’m going for the travel experience, which will help me in my job,” she said. “Like how I experience going to that country and what I enjoyed will be useful if I’m ever asked about my experience in my job.”
The students would like to thank their generous sponsors for their support in making this learning experience possible:
Part Time CFO Services Inc.
Paget Denture Clinic
Peterborough Museum & Archives
Fleming Student Administrative Council
“This experience for the students will be like none other,” said faculty member Kris Dawson. “We are hoping that students will get inspired, and put some of the innovative and sustainable practices and techniques learned abroad into action here around Peterborough and the surrounding communities. This is such an exciting opportunity and I am so thankful to Part Time CFO Services Inc. and all of our sponsors for their support and enthusiasm for this learning experience. We truly appreciate it.”