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July 7, 2024 11:36 AM

Creative Industries program co-ordinator awarded Conestoga’s top teaching honour

Kyle Christie from Conestoga’s School of Creative Industries has been selected as a 2024 recipient of the Aubrey Hagar Distinguished Teaching Award.

Kyle Christie (centre) was named a 2024 recipient of the Aubrey Hagar Distinguished Teaching Award. L-R: Pejman Salehi, executive dean, Schools of Applied Computer Science & Information Technology and Creative Industries; Kyle Christie; Paula Gouveia, vice-president, Academic Administration.

Christie began his career at Conestoga in 2011 as a part-time instructor, advancing to a full-time role in 2013. He currently serves as professor and program co-ordinator for the Broadcast Performance and Digital Media program, working on the design of the program and playing a major role in creating and updating several courses and programs within the School of Creative Industries. More recently, he designed a new graduate certificate program in Advanced Video Content Creation which launches in fall 2024.

Christie holds an honours degree in Art History and Film from the University of Victoria, and is a graduate of Sheridan College’s Journalism New Media program.  

Prior to joining Conestoga, he worked as a broadcast journalist for CTV and CP24, where he reported from the field and served as anchor for flagship broadcasts such as CTV Kitchener’s News at Six. He has been honoured by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) with the Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence and Best Newscast, and recognized for investigative reporting on the conditions in long-term care facilities.

Christie sets a high standard for his students and makes himself available for countless hours of mentorship. The courses he teaches are sought after due to his reputation as an approachable instructor who draws upon vast industry knowledge to train job-ready students who are confident and prepared to make an immediate impact.

Christie is also a mentor and leader among colleagues at the college. He has attracted top teaching talent through networking, and ensures an atmosphere of collaboration and continual learning through active listening and openly sharing his thoughts, ideas and feedback.   

The award was presented to Christie during the college’s 2024 spring convocation celebration, held from June 23 to 28.

Established in 1988, the Aubrey Hagar Distinguished Teaching Award is named in honour of respected teacher, mentor and innovator Aubrey Hagar, who, as a member of the college’s founding Board of Governors, provided leadership to the college for more than two decades in director roles.

Candidates are nominated by students and peers and evaluated by a selection committee based on contributions to learning design, innovation and creativity, integrity and professionalism, promotion of quality in education, concern and sensitivity for students, and ambassadorship for the college.