Cambrian College’s Vice President Academic, assumes new role

Posted on Thursday February 11, 2016

Sonia Del Missier will retire from Cambrian in 2017, but in the interim, will assume new responsibilities at the College

SUDBURY – Cambrian College today announced that Sonia Del Missier, Vice President Academic, will retire in the summer of 2017, after 39 years of dedicated service with the College.

Ms. Del Missier, who initially planned to retire in June 2016, has agreed to extend her tenure at the College for an additional year to spearhead three of Cambrian’s strategic initiatives – the development of an internationalization strategy, the establishment of a teaching and innovation hub, and the further development of educational pathways to and from other postsecondary institutions. She will assume the newly-created role of Vice President, International, Innovation and Pathways this spring.

“Internationalization, innovation in teaching and learning, and pathways are the cornerstones of Cambrian’s new strategic plan,” said Cambrian President, Bill Best. “Sonia Del Missier is the perfect choice to lead the next stage of development in these critical areas. I am thrilled that she has agreed to remain with Cambrian in this new capacity.”

Ms. Del Missier joined Cambrian in 1978, and, over the course of her distinguished career, has held a number of positions at the College, including Chair, Continuing Education; Dean of Access; Vice President, Community and International Department; and Vice President, Strategic Development. She assumed the role of Vice President Academic in 2001, and in 2013-14, she served as Cambrian’s Interim President.

Over the years, Ms. Del Missier’s leadership has extended beyond the College, having served on a variety of committees for Colleges Ontario, most recently serving as Chair, Colleges’ Academic Bargaining Team during the last round of provincial negotiations with OPSEU.

“Cambrian College and its students have been my focus for nearly 40 years,” said Ms. Del Missier. “I am thankful for the many opportunities to challenge myself professionally and personally over the course of my career, and, for the last 15 years, I have been truly honoured to lead a dynamic and dedicated team of faculty. The College has grown and evolved tremendously since I was first hired, and I remain confident that Cambrian is positioned to not only meet the needs of our community and the region, but also the needs of students and employers around the world. I look forward to continuing to serve Cambrian’s strategic priorities in my new role as Vice President International, Innovation and Pathways.”

“Sonia is a true champion of education and volunteerism in our community and is a respected college administrator in the province,” said Chair of the College’s Board of Governors, Bernie Freelandt. “She has set a high standard for performance and dedication throughout her career, whether in the halls of Northern Ontario’s largest college, in the community of Greater Sudbury, or within the provincial college system.”

Over the course of her career, Ms. Del Missier has received numerous awards, most recently a Community Builders Award for Education (2015), and she has served countless organizations that have benefited, and continue to benefit, from her leadership and volunteer efforts. These have included the United Way, the Canadian Cancer Society – Sudbury and District, the Rotary Club of Sudbury Sunrisers, the University of Sudbury, and Laurentian University.

About Cambrian College

Cambrian College is the largest college in northern Ontario, offering more than 80 full-time programs across diverse fields of study. The College provides hands-on learning opportunities, flexible study options, and hundreds of agreements that enable graduates to build their credentials at the university level, or across disciplines. Through accredited programs, strong industry connections, and comprehensive support services, students are well-prepared for dynamic careers. Employers who hire college graduates have ranked Cambrian’s grads as the best in Ontario, and 85 percent of Cambrian grads find work within their field within six months. For further information, visit


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Shawn Poland
Associate Vice President, College Advancement
Cambrian College
705-566-8101, ext. 7387


Missing and murdered Aboriginal women to be honoured at Cambrian College on Feb. 16

Posted on Thursday February 11, 2016

On Tuesday, February 16, Cambrian College’s Wabnode Centre for Aboriginal Services is hosting a ceremony and a feast to honour missing and murdered Aboriginal women.

The ceremony will take place outdoors at the College’s Sacred Fire …

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