IN REVIEW


2020 was a year like no other. Here we look back at some of Sheridan’s highlights and milestones.

January

Canadian poet Liz Howard becomes Sheridan’s inaugural writer-in-residence for the Honours Bachelor of Creative Writing & Publishing program.

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Sheridan Animation grad, writer and director of How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, Dean DeBlois, receives an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Feature. (PICTURED)

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A partnership with the Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT) in Dún Laoghaire, Ireland offers Sheridan graduates in two post-graduate certificate programs advanced entry into IADT’s Master of Arts in 3D Animation.

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A team of 11 Honours Bachelor of Animation students accept the Annie Award for Best Student Film in Los Angeles. Their film, The Fox & The Pigeon, was a third-year group project.

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For the second time, Sheridan is named one of Canada’s Best Employers according to Forbes magazine’s annual ranking.

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February

The Canadian Foundation for Innovation awards Sheridan $995,877 to advance computer-generated characters for private industry and social innovation. This work is spearheaded by Sheridan’s Screen Industries Research and Training Centre (SIRT).

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March

Commissioner Qajaq Robinson and Director of Research Dr. Karine Duhamel, of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, participate in a conversation around the Inquiry’s final report – Reclaiming Power and Place – at Sheridan’s Trafalgar Road Campus.

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Sheridan suspends in-person classes to adjust curriculum for alternate modes of delivery amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Places, Please, a 24-hour virtual telethon spearheaded by Sheridan Canadian Music Theatre Project (CMTP) founder and Producing Artistic Director Michael Rubinoff and music theatre students, raises more than $41,000 in support of the entertainment industry impacted by COVID-19.

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For the sixth time in eight years, a Sheridan student wins the country’s top college co-op honour. Christina Weng from the Honours Bachelor of Interaction Design program is awarded the Co-op Student of the Year Award by Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada. (PICTURED)

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April

To support students and local communities during the pandemic, Sheridan launches the #SheridanHelps Initiative. It includes an emergency bursary for students, the donation of personal protective equipment (PPE) to local health systems from Faculties and the fabrication of face shields at Sheridan’s Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Design Technologies (CAMDT).

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Bruins guard Nick Campbell becomes the second athlete in Sheridan’s history to be named a Canadian College Athletic Association (CCAA) men’s basketball player of the year. (PICTURED)

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For the second year in a row, Sheridan is named the number one animation school in the world, according to Animation Career Review’s 2020 rankings of the top institutions, excluding the U.S.

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May

At the Intel University Game Showcase – a highly regarded game development event for postsecondary institutions across North America – a team of Sheridan Honours Bachelor of Game Design students is presented a top award in innovation for LightFarm, an educational game about sustainable agriculture. (PICTURED)

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Sheridan is awarded two grants from the College and Community Social Innovation Fund that will support collaborative social innovation research projects in partnership with community organizations.

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June

CZN, a singing group comprised of Honours Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance students, is the grand prize winner of Canadian Family’s Got Talent. (PICTURED)

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Sheridan takes a stand against anti-Black racism with a pledge to take meaningful action such as mandatory unconscious bias, anti-oppression and anti-racism training for all employees, a re-evaluation of hiring practices, and scholarships for Black and Indigenous applicants.

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More than 6,700 graduates are celebrated at Sheridan’s first-ever virtual Convocation.

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Sheridan and Coca-Cola Canada partner to fabricate 200 countertop shields for distribution to Ontario small businesses to help improve safety of their operations during the pandemic.

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Faculty and staff projects are awarded three new Applied Research Rapid Response to COVID-19 research grants from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s College and Community Innovation Program.

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July

To address the impact of the pandemic on in-person work-integrated learning opportunities, Sheridan launches a new Virtual Internship Program to benefit students and community partners.

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41 Practical Nursing students return to the Davis Campus in Brampton to complete crucial in-person lab requirements as part of a provincial pilot during the pandemic. (PICTURED)

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President and Vice Chancellor Dr. Janet Morrison signs the Black North Initiative CEO Pledge, committing Sheridan – alongside other leading Canadian institutions – to specific actions and targets designed to dismantle systemic anti-Black racism and create opportunities for underrepresented members of its community.

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August

Sheridan announces three micro-credentials for fall that support the Government of Ontario’s ongoing efforts to provide rapid retraining tools for displaced workers. The new programs include CNC RapidSkills, Python Web Developer and Cyber Secure Your Business.

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Sheridan and Durham College, with the support of up to $100,000 from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program, announce sharing of their applied research centre services by providing expert time to small- and medium-sized enterprises in the Canadian media industry.

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September

Media Arts alumnus Craig Henighan wins an Emmy for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Comedy or Drama Series for his work on Stranger Things.

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Sheridan and Coke Canada Bottling partner to fabricate face shields for donation to frontline staff at Food Banks Canada locations. (PICTURED)

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The 2020 Canadian Music Theatre Project (CMTP) season at Sheridan launches with a $1 million gift from Keith and Sharon Segal, founders of guard.me International Insurance.

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October

Multi-talented artist Gary Barwin joins Sheridan’s Honours Bachelor of Creative Writing & Publishing program as its Writer-in-Residence. (PICTURED)

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Sheridan announces the launch of two new degrees – Honours Bachelor of Computer Science and Honours Bachelor of Experiential Design – for fall 2021 intake, bringing the total number of four-year degrees the College offers to 28.

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Six Minister of College and Universities’ Awards of Excellence are presented to Sheridan people for their spirited contributions on campus, in the community and beyond, during the pandemic.

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November

Sheridan's Creative Campus Galleries, in collaboration with the Centre for Indigenous Learning and Support, and Library and Learning Services, opens its first virtual display: Conscious Culture: A Carl Beam Exhibition.

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Delhi Crime, written and directed by alumnus Richie Mehta, wins Best Drama Series at the 48th International Emmy Awards. (PICTURED)

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At the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics’ virtual ceremony, Sheridan wins a bronze Award of Excellence for Leadership Development.

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To reach and amplify underrepresented voices and spark inclusive dialogue, Sheridan kicks off the nationwide Reimagine Learning and Education in our Communities Challenge.

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Sheridan welcomes a $435,000 gift from RBC Future Launch that will support social entrepreneurship, mentorship and enriched co-curricular learning opportunities.

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December

Sheridan becomes an early adopter of the 50-30 Challenge aimed at boosting diversity at the most senior levels within organizations.

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Research Infosource Inc. releases its annual list of Canada’s Top 50 Research Colleges, placing Sheridan in the top 10 in five of its categories. Most notably, in one year Sheridan rose nine places to number 5 for industry research income.

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Automotive technology supplier Magna generously donates $2 million to Sheridan. In honour of the gift, Sheridan has renamed its suite of Skilled Trades programs as the Magna School for the Skilled Trades and the building that houses them as the Magna Skilled Trades Centre. (PICTURED)

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