Two Boréal Graduates Nominated for the 2017 Premier’s Awards

Two Boréal Graduates Nominated for the 2017 Premier’s Awards

Collège Boréal is pleased to announce the nomination of two of its graduates for the 2017 Premier’s Awards. Ms. Julie Béchard, Social Services (1997) graduate, as well as Dr. Simon Côté, graduate of the Physiotherapy Assistant (2000) program, are among the 118 college alumni nominated this year.

Founder and Executive Director of the Centre Passerelle pour femmes du nord de l’Ontario, Julie works for women’s issues at the national level. She is not afraid of facilitating change nor advocating for human rights and women’s rights, in particular. She is always determined to get her message across. In 2011, Béchard received a distinguished service award from the attorney general of Ontario in recognition of her work in the field and the exceptional services she has provided to victims. She is also an active and committed volunteer who has invested her time and energy in many organizations and community committees over the course of many years.

Family physician with the CNC Medical Group, Dr. Simon Côté is committed to giving back to his community and other northern Ontario communities. He strongly believes in family values and the ties that link northern Ontario populations. His passion for young people and their career development in health care is clearly a reflection of his passion and his love for his profession.

The Premier’s Awards recognize the significant contributions Ontario’s college graduates make to the success of the province and beyond. The awards are presented annually to six exceptional graduates in the following categories: Business, Community Services, Creative Arts and Design, Health Sciences, Recent Graduate, and Technology.

The 2017 Premier’s Awards ceremony will take place on Monday, November 27, at the Sheraton Centre Hotel in Toronto as part of Colleges Ontario’s Higher Education Summit.


“Through their professional activities and contribution to society, Julie and Simon bring honour to their professions and to Collège Boréal. On behalf of everyone here at Collège Boréal, I wish them the best of luck at the awards ceremony and great success in their future endeavours.”

Daniel Giroux, President, Collège Boréal

Quick Facts

Established in 1995, Collège Boréal is a French language post-secondary training and learning institution dedicated to the development and growth of French communities throughout the province.

Collège Boréal offers a wide variety of programs and services at six campus locations and 38 access centres in 27 communities across the province. Since 1995, approximately 120,000 clients across Ontario have benefited from College Boréal’s expertise relating to post-secondary education, training programs, immigration and settlement services, as well as employment services. Furthermore, Collège Boréal has developed and implemented over 70 articulation agreements with other post-secondary institutions.

According to the Key Performance Indicators recognized by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development, Collège Boréal now holds the top-ranking position in three out of the five areas surveyed! Out of 24 Ontario colleges, Boréal has the highest student satisfaction rate, graduation rate, and graduate satisfaction rate in the province. Moreover, with 96%, Boréal ranks 3rd out of all 24 colleges in employer satisfaction!

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Josée Campeau-Rousselle

Manager of Communications and Media Relations

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