Cambrian and Seneca collaboration offers more choice, flexibility

Posted on Monday August 22, 2016

Seneca President David Agnew (left) and Cambrian President Bill Best (right) sign agreement to collaborate.
Seneca President David Agnew (left) and Cambrian President Bill Best (right) sign agreement to collaborate.

A north-south partnership forged between Cambrian College and Seneca College will make accessing a range of degree and diploma programs easier for learners seeking an exceptional educational experience.

One of the first initiatives will enable Cambrian’s Physical Fitness Management students and recent graduates to enhance their credentials by pursing an Honour’s Bachelor of Therapeutic Recreation degree from Seneca. The collaboration will provide students with a maximum amount of transfer credits, making it quicker for them to complete the program.

The Presidents of Seneca and Cambrian signed an agreement on August 22, 2016, providing a broad framework for collaboration that will produce a number of benefits, including:

  • Collaboration in teaching and learning to facilitate student mobility and to foster lifelong learning opportunities through increasing pathways, offering greater choice and accessibility for students across the post-secondary system;
  • The development of innovative models and approaches that respond to current and emerging needs of Ontario employers;
  • Alignment with best practices in teaching and learning, institutional planning, and service integration.

“We are delighted to partner with Cambrian on this important initiative to expand degree and diploma pathways for students,” said David Agnew, Seneca President. “We share a strong commitment to high-quality, career-focused programs, and look forward to working together to create new opportunities for our students.”

The new agreement creates seamless options and pathways for students of both institutions, enabling the pursuit of more credentials. The collaboration also calls for Cambrian and Seneca to work together for academic planning purposes, creating more opportunities for students beyond the walls of both institutions.

“We are pleased to establish a new partnership with Seneca that will leverage the strengths of our institutions,” said Bill Best, Cambrian College President. “In particular, this partnership will enable Cambrian students and recent graduates to begin a Seneca degree program while studying at Cambrian’s campus. It also enhances Greater Sudbury’s reputation as a postsecondary destination of choice, and supports Cambrian’s and Seneca’s joint commitment to provide timely access to in-demand career preparation.”

The new partnership and the initiatives that spring from it are supported by the Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer (ONCAT). Established in 2011, ONCAT was created to enhance student pathways and reduce barriers for students looking to transfer among Ontario’s 45 publicly-funded postsecondary institutions.


With campuses in Toronto, York Region and Peterborough, Seneca offers degrees, diplomas, certificates and graduate programs renowned for their quality and respected by employers. It is one of the largest comprehensive colleges in Canada, offering nearly 300 full-time, part-time and online programs. Combining the highest academic standards with work-integrated and applied learning, expert teaching faculty and the latest technology ensure Seneca graduates are career-ready. Find out more at


Based in Sudbury, Ontario, Cambrian College offers practical, hands-on experience through more than 80 full-time postsecondary programs, a vibrant campus life, and support services that help ensure success. Students benefit from expert faculty who are connected to business and industry, and an employer satisfaction rating of 100 percent, which puts Cambrian graduates in high demand. Established in 1967, Cambrian is the largest college in northern Ontario with campuses in Sudbury, Little Current, and Espanola. Each year, more than 4,300 students take advantage of opportunities to build their careers through classroom and online learning.

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Media Contacts:

Dan Zaiontz, MCM

Acting Manager, Social Media

and Media Relations

Seneca College

416-491-5050, ext. 77005

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Lynn Bulloch

Communications Officer

Cambrian College

705-566-8101, ext. 6375


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Posted on Friday August 19, 2016

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