From a first-of-its-kind delivery model for student support to prestigious award wins and new educational partnerships, read on to find out what’s been happening at Seneca Polytechnic.
Martin Bazyl, a professional sports photographer and graduate from the former Photography (previously Independent Photography) diploma program, was on the sidelines to capture the Canadian men’s national soccer team’s first FIFA World Cup appearance since 1986. He credits his time at Seneca for his successful career.
The Service Hub, which offers access to services and support on nine distinct channels, was launched in September 2022. The delivery model was the first-of-its-kind in postsecondary education, combining the latest technology with innovative practices in student support.
For the 14th time, Seneca was named one of Greater Toronto’s Top Employers. Seneca was recognized for its commitment to equity, a flexible work approach and the many professional development and continuing education opportunities available to employees.
Seneca and Cairo-based Al-Ahly CIRA Company for Educational Services plan to bring a Seneca education to thousands of students in Egypt. The plan would establish two Seneca campuses in greater Cairo — one in the 6th of October City and one in Badr City — with programs in business, engineering, information technology and English language training.
The new artificial intelligence waste-sorting system, Oscar, was implemented in the cafeterias at King, Newnham and Seneca@York campuses to help reduce waste by helping people recycle their items properly. It helps individuals sort waste in real-time to divert waste from landfills.
The Seneca Film Institute (SFI) will be one of the most comprehensive film training institutes in Canada. The SFI will build on Seneca’s success in the areas of film production, including animation, acting and marketing. It will provide students in more than 30 programs with skills and experiences that will allow them to thrive in Canada’s booming screen industry.
A study published in the academic journal Resources, Conservation & Recycling and co-authored by Sabine Weber, Professor, School of Fashion, shows that Ontarians generate 500 million kilograms of textile waste a year — about the same weight as more than 45,000 Seneca shuttle buses.
Seneca was recognized with three 2023 Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) Awards of Excellence. In 2023, Seneca won gold in the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion category, bronze in Applied Research and Innovation and another bronze in Leadership Excellence for Faculty.
Morrisseau Art Consulting firm assessed, revealed and confirmed the authenticity of the Norval Morrisseau piece Sunset Ceremony (1974), which is in Seneca’s art collection at Newnham Campus. We are #SenecaProud of our extensive Indigenous art collection, which can be seen on our campuses.
Seneca celebrated Pride Month in June with a Flag Raising Ceremony in support of the 2SLGBTQ+ community. This year Jada Hudson from Season 3 of Canada’s Drag Race helped raise the flag and chatted with students at Newnham Campus.
The Radio Television Digital News Association of Canada awarded Tina Cortese, Chair, School of Media, a Lifetime Achievement Award. The two-time Gemini award-winning producer received this award for her outstanding service and continued excellence in broadcast and digital journalism.
Paul Mortfield, Astronomer and Professor, School of English & Liberal Studies, discovered his fourth asteroid, as confirmed by the International Astronomy Union’s Minor Planet Center at the Harvard & Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. The asteroid lies near the planet Jupiter and measures approximately 7.5 kilometres in size.
Jay Patel, Seneca Business student, was one of 2,300 individuals who attended the Coronation of King Charles III at Westminster Abbey in May 2023. Mr. Patel was invited to the historic event as a Youth Ambassador of the Prince’s Trust Canada, which he enrolled in when he arrived in Canada.
Susan Crystal, Consul General, U.S. Consulate General Toronto, visited Newnham Campus where she met with President David Agnew for a tour that included stops at the Service Hub, the Kuka Robotics Lab and HELIX.
Angela James, Seneca’s own hockey great, graduate and retiree, was one of 180 hockey players, including some of the best and most influential hockey players from the National Hockey League and Canada’s Women’s team, featured on Tim Hortons’ first-ever Legends Trading Cards.
The Hon. Jill Dunlop, Minister of Colleges and Universities, visited Newnham Campus for the second time since being named minister. During her visit, she met with President David Agnew for a tour that included stops at the Fashion Resource Centre and the Service Hub.
Students in select courses within Seneca Business were part of a pilot program that offered them a personalized, AI-powered tutor. It analyzed digital course content and created interactive, tailored resources to help students understand concepts and test their knowledge.