Cambrian College Celebrates Employee Milestones and Excellence

Posted on Thursday July 16, 2020

SUDBURY – They couldn’t make their Rendez-vous, but Cambrian College employees celebrated their achievements nonetheless.

Rendez-vous is an annual event held to honour employees who are retiring, have reached milestone years in their careers, or are being cited for exemplary service, through the President’s Awards for Excellence.

The COVID-19 pandemic has closed the Cambrian campus since March, but that didn’t stop Cambrian from celebrating its employees, after one of the most challenging years in the college’s history.

“This has been an extraordinary year, and I am very proud to celebrate the hard work of our employees who went above and beyond to help our students and each other navigate COVID-19 and still achieve a successful year,” says Cambrian College President Bill Best. “We’re also taking time to say goodbye to our fellow colleagues who are retiring this year. Thank you for your lifetime of service to Cambrian. You will be missed and we wish you the best in all your future endeavours.”

Here are this year’s winners of the President’s Award for Excellence:

Faculty category: Marnie Staffen
Marnie Staffen is the coordinator and a professor in the General Business and Business Administration programs at Cambrian College This past year, Marnie was head coach for Team Cambrian, which brought home a bronze medal at the Ontario Colleges Marketing Competition. She was also co-creator of Cambrian’s inaugural Math Competition for high school students, and was active in Cambrian’s Innovation Challenge, encouraging students to pursue entrepreneurship.

Support Staff category: Courtney Rivard
Courtney Rivard is the Special Events Administrative Assistant in the Office of Student Success and Recruitment. Courtney is a leader in the planning and implementation of numerous marquis events at Cambrian College every year, including Spring and Fall Open House, Ontario College Information Fair, Orientation Week, and Residence Move-in Weekend. When the COVID-19 pandemic forced the shutdown of on-campus events, Courtney took a lead role in ensuring recruitment and student success events were successfully transitioned to online delivery.

Team category: Cambrian R&D (Applied Research)
The Cambrian R&D team has had one of its most successful years ever. For the eighth year in a row, Cambrian R&D made the list of Canada’s top 50 research colleges in the country, reaching the top 10 for the number of paid student researchers and the amount of research dollars generated per researcher.

This past year, Cambrian R&D’s Centre for Smart Mining also received a national designation as a Technology Access Centre from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. Cambrian R&D also launched its first-ever Applied Research Day, and grew the number of research projects with community partners.

Cambrian College congratulates all the winners of this year’s President’s Awards for Excellence, as well as this year’s retirees and long-serving employees.


Courtney Rivard, Special Events Administrative Assistant is the year’s recipient of the Cambrian College President’s Award of Excellence – Support Staff

Marnie Staffen, a Coordinator and Professor in the School of Business, is this year’s recipient of the Cambrian College President’s Award of Excellence – Faculty

Cambrian R&D, the Applied Research department is this year’s recipient of the Cambrian College President’s Award of Excellence - Team

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Cambrian College is Northern Ontario’s largest college, with more than 80 programs. Cambrian’s main campus is in Greater Sudbury, with satellite centres in Espanola and Little Current. For more information about Cambrian College, visit

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Cambrian College Celebrates its 2020 Graduates, Online

Posted on Wednesday June 17, 2020

SUDBURY – Cambrian College broke from tradition and went on-line today to honour its graduating class of 2020.

Cambrian’s Virtual Celebration of our Graduates was broadcast live from the campus and carried on the college’s website …

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