21 ways Sheridan made an impact in 2021

A look back at the past year


To improve the experience of international students in our communities, Sheridan joined forces with the City of Brampton and a network of government and community partners to convene a roundtable with the goal of making Brampton a best-practice leader in supporting international learners. Sheridan also supported international students through the creation of internships, co-ops, bursaries and paying jobs, thanks to the generosity of donors such as Scotiabank. [1]


Graduating students from Sheridan’s Pharmacy Technician program reconstituted between 2,000 and 2,700 COVID-19 vaccines a day for the vaccine clinic held by Trillium Health Partners and University of Toronto Mississauga. [2]


Sheridan became Ontario’s first institution to sign the SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) Accord, the postsecondary sector’s collective international response to the United Nations’ own SDGs.






To help improve the well-being of neighbours facing increased social isolation and loneliness during the COVID-19 pandemic, Sheridan Honours Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance students arranged and performed digital cabaret numbers to include with food package deliveries. [4]


Sheridan’s research teams worked with industry and community partners to deliver creative and collaborative solutions to real-world challenges. From the development of an animated virtual agent, to introducing bee colonies on campus, our researchers helped find answers to issues that matter. [5]


To further foster a culture in which every person feels valued and respected, Sheridan partnered with Pride at Work Canada to develop new hiring and learning initiatives.


Sheridan worked with SOCH+ Mental Health and the Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health to launch The Pardesi Project – a first-of-its-kind collaboration to spotlight and support the mental health of South Asian international students. [7]


Sheridan signed the Okanagan Charter, confirming our commitment to embed health into all aspects of campus culture and to lead health promotion and collaboration locally and globally.


In launching Youth Amplified, Sheridan continues to unlock the transformative power of education, partnering with local organizations to connect with youth from our home communities. [9]






Sheridan supported local changemakers. To help small businesses hit hard by COVID-19, Sheridan’s Pilon School of Business and EDGE Entrepreneurial Hub offered free digital marketing training for business owners. And Sheridan partnered with the Afro-Caribbean Business Network on a research project to support Black entrepreneurs.


Sheridan teamed up with community partners to host several COVID-19 vaccination clinics at our Davis Campus in Brampton to support Canada’s largest vaccination effort. Plus, we hosted GO-VAXX buses at all three campuses. [11]


The grand finale of Sheridan’s Open Innovation Challenge saw 10 teams across Canada pitch innovative ideas for making learning and education more accessible. [12]


Donated by the Pride Committee of Peel, Sheridan and the City of Mississauga unveiled a rainbow Pride Bench outside our Hazel McCallion Campus — a permanent and public symbol of our strong support of the 2SLGBTQ+ community. [13]






Sheridan’s Screen Industries Research and Training Centre partnered with the National Ballet of Canada, the Royal Opera House and the Canadian Opera Company to help performing artists explore new and innovative technologies. [14]


In a global first, three athletes from the International Olympic Committee Refugee Olympic Team became Sheridan students after competing in the Tokyo 2020 Games, through an athletic pathway of the World University Service of Canada’s long-standing refugee program. [15]


As more students prepared to return to campus, Sheridan partnered with two leading off-campus housing organizations to provide students with more safe and affordable housing options.


Working with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel (BBBSP), Sheridan hosted a virtual mentoring program helping young people to continue to receive the support and mentorship they needed to thrive despite the challenges of the pandemic. BBBSP recognized Sheridan as a “COVID Wonder” for the program.


We encouraged more diversity in the arts through initiatives such as a partnership with NBCUniversal to provide bursaries and creative project grants for Honours Bachelor of Film and Television students who identify as Black, Indigenous and/or from a racialized community, the creation of a Virtual Production Micro-Credential program with Warner Media, and the launch of Theatre Sheridan’s First Drafts initiative. [18]






Groups of Advertising and Marketing Communications - Management students worked with Brampton Fire and Emergency Services to create campaigns spotlighting kitchen safety.


Sheridan Honours Bachelor of Craft and Design (Furniture) students designed and built furniture that reflected local Indigenous stories and values for the Thunder Bay public library. [20]


Over 10,000 graduates were celebrated over two convocation ceremonies in 2021. These proud Sheridan grads will go on to impact our campus communities and beyond.

More highlights from 2021

In honour of Sheridan’s first-ever Chancellor, Hazel McCallion, Sheridan unveiled a mural to celebrate the campus namesake, designed by Honours Bachelor of Illustration graduate Jude Phillips. [1]

Sheridan took the 14th spot on Forbes magazine’s ranking of Canada’s Best Employers, the highest college ranking ever.

Multidisciplinary artist and author Vivek Shraya joined Sheridan Reads to chat with the Sheridan community about her successful novel, The Subtweet. [2]

For the seventh time in nine years, a Sheridan student won the country’s top college co-op honour. Tamara Thompson from the Honours Bachelor of Creative Writing & Publishing degree program was awarded the Co-op Student of the Year Award by Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada. [3]




For the third year in a row, Sheridan was named the No. 1 animation school in the world, according to Animation Career Review’s 2020 rankings of the top institutions, excluding the U.S.

Sheridan’s Screen Industries Research and Training Centre launched its revolutionary Virtual Production Innovation Hub. [4]

Multi-talented artist Adam Pottle joined Sheridan as its newest writer-in-residence. [5]

Sheridan graduate Michelle John (Legal Office Administration ’90), a Fire/Life Safety Education Officer at the City of Brampton, received the Premier’s Award for Community Services for her passionate commitment to the safety of Brampton’s residents. [6]




United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals

Last year, Sheridan became Ontario’s first institution to sign the SDG Accord, the postsecondary sector’s collective international response to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals . These 17 Global Goals were adopted by countries around the world in 2015 as a means to guide global action on the urgent social, economic and environmental challenges facing our planet. Which goals do the stories on this page advance? See below.

Sheridan's 2024 Strategic Plan is grounded in the tenets of the SDGs, which speak to sustainable development, human rights, gender equality, a culture of peace and non-violence and global citizenship.