About Us

Our Role

Georgian College is the dominant post-secondary institution in Central Ontario. It serves over 13,000 students at seven campuses located in Barrie, Owen Sound, Collingwood, Orangeville, Midland, Muskoka and Orillia.


The College plays a major role in training the workers and leaders needed in the economy of Central Ontario.


It creates opportunities for business and industry to collaborate with students, faculty, staff and mentors to tackle real-world challenges. The collaborative nature of Georgian’s industry and community engagement means that our stakeholders have first-hand access to the College’s top students, faculty, resources, and facilities, thereby increasing the successful transfer of solutions into business and the community. This type of experiential education creates top-tier graduates in high demand by employers.  The overall outcome is an increasingly prosperous economy built from strong talent pool; new services, products, and startups; and a flourishing, globally competitive business network. 


Georgian is building a world-class research, innovation and entrepreneurship program.  The College has made a commitment to innovation and entrepreneurship. Three Centres at the college have innovation and entrepreneurship as their core tenant: The Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre (HBEC), the Department of Research & Innovation (R&I), and the Centre for Changemaking and Social innovation.  The College also has a growing number of faculty involved in scholarly and pure research activities. 


The Department of Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship was formed in July 2019, bringing together HBEC and R&I into a new department designed to grow the College’s capacity for scholarly research, industry-academic collaboration, and entrepreneur support. As one, the new department combines HBEC’s impactful business growth programming with the cutting-edge tools and talent of R&I. 


To educate, inspire and activate innovators and entrepreneurs through community activation, research and innovation, and teaching and learning.  


To accelerate the success of 30,000 innovators and entrepreneurs in Central Ontario.  


RIE values knowledge, thought leadership, collaboration, creativity, transformation, excellence, passion, integrity, inclusion, and the entrepreneurial spirit.

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