Sprott Shaw College

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Sprott Shaw College
Sprott Shaw College Newest Logo as of Jan 2013.gif
MottoLearning with Purpose Since 1903
TypePrivate career training institution
PresidentVictor Tesan
Students4,500 (annually)
British Columbia
AffiliationsCollege of LPN of BC

Sprott Shaw College (SSC) is a private Canadian career training institution, headquartered in British Columbia.[1] Over the years, Sprott Shaw has expanded its courses to offer programs in health care, tourism, hospitality, business, administrative, trades and international studies.


When Robert James Sprott became partners with William Henry Shaw of Shaw Colleges in 1903, they opened the first Sprott-Shaw school, called Vancouver Business Institute. Their development plan included four schools in Vancouver, one in Nanaimo and one in Victoria. In 1913, Robert James Sprott and James Beatty opened Sprott-Shaw College in Victoria, which has been in continuous operation since its opening. The college survived economic recessions, two World Wars and the Great Depression.

Sprott Shaw designed programs to retrain military personnel after World War II. The training included Morse Code, radio broadcasting and aviation. The college established a broadcast station for the school with a signal being picked up all the way in Hawaii. The station was known as CKMO, which is now CFTE. Broadcasters Jack Cullen and Ernie Rose were graduates of the school. Many well-known students including world-renowned artist Emily Carr spent time with Sprott Shaw.[citation needed]

In 1964, Ernie Henderson of Henderson Colleges bought Sprott Shaw and was the owner until his death in 1974. The Victoria school was then bought by Commander Robert N.G. Smith, who operated it until 1988 when Terry Hackett purchased the school. In 1991, the school was taken over by Dean Duperron and Micheal Conroy. They successfully grew the school to be one of the largest career colleges in British Columbia. Today, Sprott Shaw College has grown to 16 locations across the province of British Columbia. Dean Duperron was responsible for many of Sprott-Shaw's innovative programs, such as the Class Act Canada Initiative.[2]

In 2012, the school, then known as Sprott-Shaw Community College, restructured into Sprott Shaw College and Sprott Shaw Degree College. In 2013, Sprott Shaw Degree College was renamed Acsenda School of Management.


In December 2007, Dean Duperron sold Sprott Shaw Community College to CIBT Education Group Inc. They now operate under the legal name of Sprott Shaw College Inc. Sprott Shaw continues to expand its market and now has partnerships across the globe.

Since 2017, Victor Tesan has been the President of Sprott Shaw College. (see Financial Statements)


  1. ^ "Private Career Training Institutions Act", SBC 2003, c.79
  2. ^ Class Act Canada. Internationalscholarships.ca. Retrieved on 2014-04-12.

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