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Fleming College

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Fleming College
Motto Let the Deed Shaw
(Let the Deed Show)
Established 1967
Type Public College
Affiliation non-denominational
President Dr. George Anthony (Tony) Tilly
Students 6,000 full-time and 10,000 part-time
Undergraduates pre-university students; technical; continuing education
Postgraduates available
Location Peterborough, ON, Canada
Campus urban
Colours green and gold          
Affiliations ACCC, CCAA, Peterborough Centennial Museum & Archives

Fleming College, also known as Sir Sandford Fleming College, is a College of Applied Arts and Technology in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. The College has more than 6,000 full-time and 10,000 part-time students and 65,000 alumni.


  • Campus 1
    • Peterborough campuses 1.1
      • Sutherland campus 1.1.1
      • McRae Building 1.1.2
    • Cobourg Campus 1.2
    • Haliburton Campus 1.3
    • Frost Campus 1.4
  • History 2
  • Partnerships 3
  • Scholarships 4
  • Programs 5
  • Community involvement 6
  • University affiliations 7
    • Ontario universities 7.1
    • Canadian universities (out of province) 7.2
    • International universities 7.3
  • Organization 8
    • Board executive 8.1
    • Governors 8.2
    • Board observers 8.3
  • Student government 9
  • See also 10
  • References 11
  • External links 12


The main campus of Fleming College is the Sutherland campus in Peterborough. Other campuses of the College are located in Cobourg, Haliburton (the Haliburton School of The Arts), and Lindsay (the Frost Campus). The College's modern architecture was designed by Ronald Thom.

Peterborough campuses

Sutherland campus

Sutherland campus at night

The Dobbin farm was selected in 1876 for what would later be named the Brealey Campus. In 1973 the first two phases of the site were opened, and in 1983 the site was named the Sutherland Campus in honour of the college’s first and founding president. The Sutherland campus underwent expansion earlier in the decade, which included a new on-campus residence, which opened in 2002, and a new technology wing, which was opened in 2003.

Currently, construction is underway on a new addition to the campus, the Kawartha Trades and Technology Centre. It opened in 2014 and will house Fleming's trades and technology programs.

As well, the Fleming Sport Complex - two new artificial turf fields, change rooms and a field house - opened at the campus in October 2013.

In 2005, the Peterborough Sport & Wellness Centre[1] was constructed on campus to accommodate the college's athletic needs. Built in partnership with the City of Peterborough, the Wellness Centre provides state-of-the-art athletic and aquatic facilities to students and the community.

St. Joseph's at Fleming,[2] opened in 2004 is the first long-term care facility to be built on a college or university campus. A cluster of eight resident homes for 200 people, the facility is setting the standard for compassionate care and innovation.

McRae Building

In 1967 a campus opened in a renovated textile mill on McDonnel Street, and in 1968 the site was named the Stewart W. Daniel Building. The McRae building was also constructed on this same property in 1976. At present the site is home to Fleming's trades programs but will close once the KTTC opens in 2014.

Cobourg Campus

The Cobourg Campus opened in 1971. Today the campus offers the full-time Esthetician diploma program as well as Academic Upgrading and Continuing Education/Corporate Training courses.

Haliburton Campus

Haliburton School of The Arts

In 1969, the Haliburton School of Fine Arts became part of Sir Sandford Fleming College. In 2004 the campus moved to a new location in Glebe Park on Head Lake in the Village of Haliburton, and today it is known as the Haliburton School of The Arts.[3] The campus offers full-time 14-week Art Certificates in Artist Blacksmithing, Drawing and Painting, Photo Arts, Digital Image Design, Sculpture, Ceramics, Glassblowing, Jewellery, and Fibre Arts. Students can combine these Certificate programs with a year of foundation credits to obtain a Visual and Creative Arts Diploma. Other programs offered at the campus include Expressive Arts, Sustainable Building Design and Construction, Continuing Education, and Academic Upgrading.

Haliburton School of The Arts continues to run its popular short-duration summer art courses, offering a selection of over 300 courses from May to August, open to people of all skill levels. The Haliburton Sculpture Forest is located in the forested area of the campus. The Sculpture Forest features over 25 permanent sculptures by Canadian and International artists.

Frost Campus

Frost Campus, Front Entrance

St. Joseph's Convent was the original location of the college's Lindsay campus in 1967. The college acquired its own facilities by 1973 and in turn, this site was named the Frost Campus (in honour of Leslie Frost). It is currently home to the School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences. This campus focuses on environmental and natural resource education (including earth resources, fish and wildlife and GIS), and was expanded with a new environmental technology wing in 2004.

In September 2008 the Frost Campus became home to the new joint degree-diploma in Ecological Restoration in partnership with Trent University. Students in the program spend two years at Fleming and two years at Trent. They graduate with an Honours B.Sc. and an Ontario College Diploma in Ecological Restoration. A complete list of programs offered at the Frost Campus can be found at this link

The campus is home to two successful fish hatcheries which raise muskellunge and Atlantic salmonas part of fish restoration and conservation efforts.

The Frost Campus features a newly added "living wall", the first of its kind in a college environment, a green roof, a campus arboretum and a butterfly garden.

The campus is home to the Centre for Alternative Wastewater Treatment (CAWT),[4] an internationally recognized research institute committed to excellence in water and wastewater research and education.


Sir Sandford Fleming

The College was named after the Scottish born engineer and inventor Sandford Fleming, who is perhaps best known for his contributions to the concept of Universal Standard Time, who was knighted in 1897 by Queen Victoria. On 21 May 1965, legislation was introduced in Ontario establishing Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology by then Minister of Education William G. Davis. This historic occasion for education within Ontario marked the beginning of what would become, some 40 years later, a group of 21 Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology and 3 College Institutes of Technology and Advanced Learning. Sir Sandford Fleming College was subsequently founded in 1967 with David B. Sutherland serving as its first president. Mr. Sutherland was the husband of Peterborough's longest serving Mayor, Sylvia Sutherland.


The college has established pathways from college to university through affiliations with a number of provincial, national and international universities.


Fleming College and the Fleming College Foundation, along with its generous donors and sponsors, have provided more than $6 million to students in financial need through scholarships and bursaries.

Recently, the college joined Project Hero, a scholarship program co-founded by General (Ret'd) Rick Hillier for the families of fallen Canadian Forces members.[5]


Fleming College features more than 100 full-time programs in Community Development and Health, Continuing Education, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Science, Justice and Business Studies, Trades and Technology, and Visual and Fine Arts.

Fleming College is noted for its excellence in environmental and natural resources sciences as well as unique programs in business, museum management and cultural heritage,[6] and social services. It also offers a number of post-graduate diplomas in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Aquaculture, and Applied and Community-Based Research. As well, Fleming College has a Computer Security & Investigations program, which is one of only three related programs in Canada.[7]

Community involvement

Students are often involved in the communities Fleming serves whether through work placements, volunteerism, or applied projects. Most recently, on a volunteer basis, students have raised money and items for organizations such as the Canadian Mental Health Association, the Kawartha Turtle Trauma Centre, and the Peterborough Humane Society.

In April 2012, ten almost-graduates of the Ecosystem Management Technician Program of Fleming College completed their work placement at Gamiing Nature Centre. Their task was helping remove a non-native and invasive species of the Blackthorn shrub, in what was otherwise known as Gamiing's Buckthorn Removal Project.

University affiliations

Ontario universities

Canadian universities (out of province)

International universities


Board executive

  • Peter McLean: Board Chair
  • Joan Ross: Board Vice-Chair
  • Mark Dockstator: Chair, Human Resources Committee
  • Tim Degeer: Chair, Finance & Property and Audit Committees
  • Karen Maki: Chair, Academic & Student Affairs Committee
  • Lori Sutcliffe-Geens: Chair, Advancement Committee
  • Dr. George Anthony (Tony) Tilly: College President and Secretary-Treasurer, Board of Governors


  • Dr. George Anthony (Tony) Tilly, College President
  • Bill Astell
  • Mark Dockstator
  • Patti Watson (faculty)
  • Heather Kerrigan (Staff)
  • Susan Kloosterman (Administration)
  • Joan Ross
  • Tim Degeer
  • Karen Maki
  • Lori Sutcliffe-Geens
  • Jim Nesbitt
  • Ed Sexton
  • Dana Merrett
  • Dan Stanford
  • Mary Anne Shill

Board observers

Student government

The social and political needs of students are served through the Student Administrative Council (SAC) at Sutherland Campus and the Student Association (SA) at Frost Campus. These are student-run corporations.

See also


  1. ^ Peterborough Sport & Wellness Centre
  2. ^ St. Joseph’s at Fleming
  3. ^ Haliburton School of The Arts
  4. ^
  5. ^ Project Hero
  6. ^ university transfer
  7. ^ Fleming College: Full Time Programs: Computer Security and Investigations

Association of Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology of Ontario, (n.d.), General assembly documents: 40th anniversary of the Ontario college system. Retrieved October 30, 2006 from

External links

  • Fleming College
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