Humber College

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Template:Infobox University2 Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning (generally referred to as Humber College) is a college in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is one of many such colleges in the province.

It has two campuses in the city's west end, one in Rexdale, on the Humber Valley near Finch Avenue, and the other near Lake Ontario at the foot of Kipling Avenue on Lakeshore.




Humber College Lakeshore sign
Humber College Lakeshore sign

Built during the late 1880s, the cottage buildings served as a psychiatric hospital called the Mimico Lunatic Asylum (later the Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital). When purchased by Humber College, the college vowed to keep the historical site in good condition. The campus now consists of a number of cottage buildings mixed with some modern buildings built in the 1970s. The college is in the process of renovating the insides while maintaining the outside structure of the cottages.


In 2005, the school launched a show called Distinguished Artists on TVOntario, completely made by students in the School of Creative & Performing Arts.

In the 2005-06 school year, Humber will add new Bachelor's Degrees in Contemporary Music, Creative Advertising, and Interior Design. The four-year Creative Advertising program is the only such degree in Canada.


See Humber College organizational structure.

Students and faculty

Sports, clubs, and traditions

Humber Athletics Homepage (

Notable Alumni

This list of notable alumni is by no stretch of the imagination complete:

Humber has won the most Premier's Awards, since their inception. The award recognizes college graduates who achieve success in their field, and maintain a community presence. Humber's honourees include (course and graduation year in brackets) Gerry Lougheed (Funeral Services Education, 1977), Gwen Boniface (Law & Security Administration, 1977), Martin McNamara (Ambulance & Emergency Care, 1977), Michael Ruscigno (Electrical Control, 1974), and Anthony Longo (Business Administration, 1982).

Noted faculty


Margaret Atwood, Mordecai Richler, Jane Urquhart, and other respected Canadian writers have taught Humber's The Humber School for Writers Correspondence Program in Creative Writing. International authors, including Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Ford, have also been included throughout the years. There are dozens of Pulitzers, GGs, Bookers, Commonwealths, Hugos, Nebulas, Trilliums, Engels, IMPACs between the extensive list of acclaimed authors.

Other authors include David Adams Richards, Ann Beattie, John Bentley Mays, Constance Beresford-Howe, David Bergen, Michelle Berry, Sandra Birdsell, Neil Bissondath, H. S. Bhabra, Dionne Brand, Bonnie Burnard, Catherine Bush, Barry Callaghan, Stevie Cameron, Peter Carey, Hayden Carruth, Wayson Choy, Eliza Clark, Karen Connelly, Douglas Cooper, Carole Corbeil, Michael Coren, Alan Cumyn, Robyn Davidson, Erika de Vasconcelos, David Donnell, Roddy Doyle, Howard Engel, Timothy Findley, Cecil Foster, Bruce Jay Friedman, Mavis Gallant, Graeme Gibson, Elisabeth Harvor, Michael Helm, Isabel Huggan, Diane Keating, Joseph Kertes, Shaena Lambert, Mark Leyner, John Metcalf, Anne Michaels, Christopher Moore, Kim Moritsugu, Sylvia Mulholland, Howard Norman, Tim O’Brien, Caryl Phillips, Bruce Powe, Paul Quarrington, Daniel Richler, Nino Ricci, Robert Sawyer, Richard Scrimger, Olive Senior, Sarah Sheard, Carol Shields, Antanas Sileika, Joseph Skibell, Linda Spalding, Josef Skvorecky, Susan Swan, D. M. Thomas, M. G. Vassanji, Marianne Wiggins, and Eric Wright.

The Humber Writer's Circle is often held by the department, to discuss and critique writing, and network with other emerging authors. Susan Swan and Wayson Choy have both participated in the meetings. The circle is based on the Writers' Circle of Durham Region.

Humber Etcetera newspaper

Recent winner of the presitigious 2004 Apple Award from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, Humber Etcetera is the College's school newspaper. As of 2004, the paper seems to take a more conservative stance on many issues.

The paper has a limited following at Lakeshore campus, with very few issues taken from any of the stands placed around the school. This possibly is influenced by the fact that the paper has little to no content in each issue about the southern location.


Humber and its students are active the community, like most other institutions. In the 2005 CN Tower Stair Climb for the United Way, Humber was the Top Student Fundraising Team.

Canada's only Scouts Canada 22 Division Rover Crew was formed by some Humber College students in the Police Foundation course, in 2005.

Instructor Hilario Duran won a 2005 Juno Award for best Contemporary Jazz album.

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