Join Us in Celebrating Sprott Shaw’s 116th Birthday


This August, Sprott Shaw College will be celebrating our 116th anniversary (but we like to think of it as our birthday since it’s more festive!) as a designated educational institution in British Columbia. To recognize this monumental milestone, our campuses will be hosting several events and activities with students and staff throughout the month of August. You’ll find lots of food, games, and fun activities for everyone at our campuses!

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The Sprott Shaw Story: A Glimpse into the Past

As we celebrate our 116th year, we also celebrate our heritage, history, and roots. 

For Sprott Shaw, our story first began in 1903 when Robert James Sprott partnered with William Henry Shaw of Shaw Colleges to open the first Sprott Shaw School, formerly named Vancouver Business Institute. From this initial conception, RJ Sprott and WH Shaw’s development plans included four schools in Vancouver, one in Nanaimo, and one in Victoria. These founding colleges survived economic recessions, two World Wars, and the Great Depression – all of which made its foundation stronger for today.

Since then, Sprott Shaw has established a renowned reputation for equipping our students with hands-on training and preparing them with the skills and qualifications required for the competitive working industry ahead.

Sprott Shaw Today and Beyond

We will be celebrating our 116th birthday throughout August so join us at our campuses to participate in all the festivities and events going on. As we enter our 116th year, we will feature and play on the theme of “Sweet 16.”

See below for an exclusive sneak peek of what some of our campuses are doing!

Abbotsford Campus

Keeping with the theme of “Sweet 16,” the Abbotsford campus will be celebrating with a 16-item scavenger hunt where students and staff can explore the campus to find various items. Each item represents a reward so there will be 16 chances for everyone to find and win a prize!

East Vancouver Campus

The East Vancouver campus will be hosting a Sweet Sixteen Dance Ball themed “Through the Decades.” For the Ball, students are encouraged to wear their best 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, and 00’s outfits with the intention of dressing to impressing! The event will feature balloons, a disco ball, streamers, and of course, cakes and cupcakes!

Nanaimo Campus

It’s time for a fiesta at the Nanaimo campus with a complete DIY taco bar for all students and staff to enjoy! Stuff your tacos with as much filling as you want – make the creation yours and don’t forget to be creative with it!

Vancouver Pender and Seymour Campus

Are you a fan of the casino game, Wheel of Fortune? If the answer is yes, don’t miss out on the chance to spin the wheel at the Vancouver Pender and Seymour campus! Participants who spin the wheel get a chance to win swag, food items, and movie tickets!

If luck isn’t on your side for the wheel, don’t worry – there will also be cake for everyone on-site to satisfy your sweet tooth!


Stay up to date with your campus and student bulletin for more details on what your campus is doing to celebrate Sprott Shaw’s 116 birthday! We can’t wait to see you there!

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