John Abbott College Science student and Physics Professor to present at Montréal Space Symposium

John Abbott College Science student Emilie Laflèche and Physics Professor Karim Jaffer were invited to speak at the upcoming Montreal Space Symposium to be held on Thursday and Friday, October 5-6, 2017.

Emilie will present The JAC Solar Eclipse – An Astronomical First Day of Classes on Thursday at 12:30.

Karim will be making two presentations on Friday:
– A Student-Directed Approach to Introductory Astronomy at 16:30
– Public Outreach and CEGEP Partnerships in collaboration with RASC at 17:30.

Complete schedule and abstracts can be found on the event’s website

The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada Montreal Centre presents the 2017 Townsend Lecture

Dr. David Levy
A Lifetime of Eclipses…

Montreal-born and long-time RASC Montreal Centre Member as well as Honorary President, Dr. David Levy, will present a lecture at John Abbott College on his personal experience that spans many decades of astronomical observations of both lunar and solar eclipses. His first was on October 2, 1959 and culminating with his 90th this past August with the solar eclipse.

Dr. Levy is Canada’s foremost comet hunter including the infamous Shoemaker-Levy Comet amongst the 22 comets to his credit. Dr. Levy has also authored 34 books plus numerous articles.

Date: Monday, October 16
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Penfield P-204

Photo credits to Sam Henle.

Photo of the eclipse (note the sunspots) through John Abbott’s new Celestron NexStar 8SE Telescope, equipped with an Orion solar filter for safe solar viewing, and a 32mm eyepiece.
Taken in Montreal, 45.5017ºN, 73.5673ºW on an iPhone SE.

Campus involvement through the John Abbott College Physics department and the Astronomy Club.

Homecoming 2017

Homecoming has been around for quite some time throughout North America. Here at Abbott, despite some smaller versions over the years, this past weekend was the 2nd formal, structured one, and what a Homecoming it was. 

When asked to describe the flagship event – the 3-0 football team taking on the Trois-Rivières Diablos – a fan stated emphatically: “HOT! Wow!” Indeed. With the temperature hovering near 40 degrees on the field, and certainly that hot in the stands that were packed to capacity – it was the hottest fall football game anyone could recall.

Despite the importance for varsity teams to do well, the crux of a Homecoming weekend reaches far beyond the field or pitch or arena. This is a time for people to come back to familiar grounds, to interact with students, to talk with teachers and to be part of our very important school alumni! Where would we be without peers, elders, community leaders sharing advice, pointing us in the right direction and yes, having friends in the right places? John Abbott Homecoming is a pressure-free place to catch up, to share tales that inevitably start with: “Do you remember that time when…”. Team shirts and a few shrunken leather letter jackets were also seen in the shade of the alumni tent. School colours and team swag were certainly part of this gathering where kids played on blow-up castles, face painting added some sparkle for the younger set and laughter rang out all around the area of our Memorial sports field. 

The John Abbott campus is alive today with people of all ages and history that dates back forty-seven years. So many of those people were back this past weekend. Being part of this community is a source of pride tempered with a feeling of great responsibility. As we start to prepare for our fiftieth anniversary, in three short years, reconnect with Abbott, be part of our Golden Anniversary.

The Islanders carried the day with a 47-11 victory maintaining their undefeated season!

Nunavik Sivunitsavut Program Launch

On Wednesday, September 20, special guests, dignitaries, teachers and friends all gathered at the Atwater Club for the official launch of the Nunavik Sivunitsavut program to celebrate the future of 18 Inuit students who came to Montreal to study their culture.

Also in attendance were second-year students from the Nunavut Sivuniksavut program (Ottawa) on which the Montreal program is based.

In addition to the traditional inauguration speeches, the guests were treated to performances in Inuktitut and in English from both groups of students and from Inuk singer Beatrice Deer and her band.

Nunavik Sivunitsavut proposes accredited college-level courses designed to prepare Inuit youth to further post-secondary education, develop workplace skills relevant to positions in Nunavik institutions and support the creation of a critical mass of culturally confident youth equipped to lead the political and social future of their region. In Inuktitut, Nunavik Sivunitsavut means “Nunavik, our future”. Kativik Ilisarniliriniq (formerly the Kativik School Board) coordinates the development and implementation of Nunavik Sivunitsavut in partnership with the office of the Academic Dean and the Department of Continuing Education at John Abbott College, under the leadership of the Nunavik Sivunitsavut Advisory Committee. The members of the Advisory Committee are: the Kativik Regional Government, the Makivik Corporation, the Kativik Ilisarniliriniq, the Avataq Cultural Institute and the John Abbott College.

More information can be found at:
(Source: Jade Duchesneau-Bernier,  Communications Coordinator, Kativik Ilisarniliriniq). 

“John Abbott College is proud to be a partner with Nunavik in establishing the recently inaugurated NS program. This year-long program offers both credited and non-credited courses all of which are culturally relevant and are packaged into a vision intended to enhance self-confidence, cultural pride and leadership capabilities of graduating students” stated Erich Schmedt, John Abbott College.


St-Colomban, Québec, September 7, 2017– Following the installation of the synthetic turf sports field at the John Abbott College in 2012, 5 years later, for the third time in a row, they have maintained their FIFA QUALITY Certification, despite of countless hours of strenuous usage.

John Abbott College Memorial Field is open from April 3 to November 12. From April to May, the field is used 9 hours per day for a total of 297 hours in a 33 day period. From May to June, the field is rented 115 hours during the week and 160 hours at night and weekends. From June 26 to mid-August, the field is used for summer camps 12 hours a day on week days and 8 hours a day during the weekends. From August 22 to mid-November, the field is used 14 hours per day on week days and 8 hours per day during the weekends.

The pitch was awarded the FIFA Quality Seal under the tougher requirements. This certification confirms that the playing surface meets the highest standards in terms of playing properties, safety, long life and execution of construction work. The FIFA Quality certificate is also a prerequisite for holding international calibre matches as well as international club competitions and is confirmation from world soccer’s governing body of the high quality of the synthetic turf.

This certification guarantees the John Abbott College sports field surface is of the highest and safest quality for the players. The FIFA Quality certification is a symbol of pure sporting excellence.

“We are truly honored to keep our promises and offer a top quality sports field.  We guaranteed to provide a next level sporting experience and we have. We implemented our core values when constructing their sports field. Comfort, safety and performance are the foundation of the artificial turf pitch at John Abbott College, said Luc Rochon, President and Chief Executive Officer at GTR Turf.

The synthetic turf system installed was the Shaw Sports Turf Powerblade HP 2.5, a high quality and resistant artificial turf that will remain FIFA Quality certified until November 17, 2020. It is very uncommon to have a sports field certified during the length of its life cycle. Only a few of the top manufacturers in the industry can claim such an accomplishment.

At present, over 50 Shaw Sports Turf synthetic turf systems meet the requirements of the FIFA lab test in Canada. The Shaw Sports Turf Systems can be specified by stadium operators, clubs and local authorities seeking to obtain FIFA approval. GTR Turf also offers the greatest experience worldwide with the soccer pitches certified and re-certified according to the previous and new FIFA standard and continuously enhances its products based on the latest findings.


GTR Turf has over 20 years experience in the synthetic turf industry, with over 1000 successful installations.  GTR Turf prides itself on having the best equipment and the best trained team in the industry, leading to 100% customer satisfaction.

For more information from GTR TURF, please contact :
Luc Rochon,
President, Chief Executive Officer
office : 1-877-456-8873  (225)
mobile : 450- 820-5000

For more information from John Abbott College, please contact:
Debbie Cribb,
Communications Officer and Media Relations
CÉGEP John Abbott College

office: 514-457-6610 (5354)





Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Québec –Septembre 1, 2017 – HEMA-QUÉBEC will be holding a BLOOD DONOR clinic at John Abbott on Tuesday, September 12 and Wednesday, September 13. The clinic will run from 9:00 – 4:00 in the Casgrain building (Agora).

Everyone is welcome from both the internal and external communities. Participants must be 18 years of age or older. Every pint donated can save a life!

Please enjoy a good meal before donating.


Did you know that to meet the needs of the population of Québec, Héma-Québec must collect 1,000 donations per day and that blood is an irreplaceable resource? In fact, every 80 seconds, someone in Québec needs blood. As a result, maintaining the collective blood supply depends on the generosity of those who feel compelled to share in the wealth of their health.

Despite the 60% probability of someone needing to receive a blood transfusion and despite the fact that one can give blood every 56 days as an act of solidarity to those in need, ONLY 3% of Québecers who qualify to give blood do so.

The body quickly replenishes the quantity of blood donated, which amounts to a little less than half a litre (450ml). The blood donation itself takes ten minutes and the entire process takes about one hour.

Dates: September 12-13
Times: 9am-4pm (both days)
Location: Agora 9 (Casgrain building)
Objective: 136 on the 12, 160 on the 13.
Last year’s total: 263 donors

For information contact of the blood donor clinic at Abbott, please contact or 514-457-6610 ext 5713.

JAC to Hold Terry Fox Run

Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC –August 28, 2017 – John Abbott College will host a Terry Fox Run Thursday, September 28 at 12:30.

Colleagues and classmates will run or walk 2.5 or 5 km starting at Memorial Field.

If you are interested in volunteering for this event, contact JAC organizers at

“Even if I don’t finish, we need others to continue. It’s got to keep going without me.” Terry Fox

It is the second Terry Fox Run at John Abbott. Let’s get together and raise money for this cause that has touched every single one of us in some way.

For information contact Laura Morrison at

514-457-6610 ext 5737.


Repairs on Highway 20 Overpass

Macdonald Bridge repairs

Please be informed that repairs on the Macdonald Bridge (overpass over railway tracks and Highway 20) will last until mid-September 2017.

Traffic on the overpass will be reduced to one lane and pedestrian and cyclist traffic will be prohibited. Motor vehicle traffic will be one-way southbound only Monday to Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.(exception: emergency services and bus services). All northbound traffic at that time of day will be detoured through municipal roads to Highways 20 and 40.

Commuters are advised to expect delays when travelling to or from the campus and are asked to exercise extreme caution on roads leading to and from the construction site.



John Abbott College is launching a search for a graduate of the College holding a DEC in a program of pre-university studies who is not a member of the College staff to fill one (1) alumnus/alumna representative position for pre-university studies on its 19-member Board of Governors.

The Board is composed of members from various groups, including alumni.

The Board sets major College policies and looks toward the future academic and community aspirations of the College; the Board usually meets six to seven times a year, in the evenings. Members work in a voluntary capacity and alumni members generally serve for a three-year term.

If you are an alumnus/alumna in pre-university studies, are not a member of the College staff and are interested to serve on the Board of Governors, please submit your curriculum vitae no later than August 30, 2017 via e-mail to the attention of:

Ms. Voula Makris
Secretary General
John Abbott College
21275, Lakeshore Road
Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC H9X 3L9

The College encourages applications from qualified persons belonging to the following groups: women, aboriginal peoples, visible and ethnic minorities whose mother tongue is neither French nor English, and persons with disabilities. If you wish to do so, you may indicate whether you are a member of one of the aforementioned groups.

For more information, please call Rosanna Fortunato at 514-457-6610 x. 5281.

Solar Eclipse Event

What happens when six passionate science students work toward a common goal? Well, the sky is the limit!

With the help of their Physics teacher and the coordinators of JAC SandBOX (student-centered innovation and entrepreneurial centre), the Stars and Stuff students have founded an astronomy club, and are planning a mega-event around the solar eclipse of August 21.

On the first day of school at John Abbott, there will be guest speakers, treats, information booths, live streaming from NASA and, of course, free solar glasses for students and staff (limited quantities). Members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada plan to set up telescopes to show the various phases of the eclipse.

A partial view of the eclipse will be visible from the Oval between 1:20 and 3:50 p.m., weather permitting. JAC community members can use their break to go and check this out.

Solar glasses will also be available from Montreal public libraries.

Stars and Stuff team picture Aug 2017