More than 1800 graduates will receive diplomas and certificates October 24 as Niagara College holds its Fall Convocation Ceremonies at the Welland Campus.
Ceremonies will take place in the morning and afternoon at the Welland Campus Athletic Centre. The 10 a.m. ceremony will include graduates from the schools of Business and Management Studies; Hospitality and Tourism; Environmental and Horticultural Studies; Academic and Liberal Studies; English Language Studies; Trades; Justice and Fitness Studies; and the Canadian Food and Wine Institute. The 3 p.m. ceremony will honour graduates from the schools of Allied Health Studies; Community Services; and Nursing and Personal Support Worker Studies.
Adin Bradley a Niagara College double-graduate (General Arts ’96 and Human Resource Management ’98) will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award and speak to graduates at the morning ceremony. Bradley who began his career as a trainer and owner of thoroughbred horses has held a series of senior management positions with companies in the United States and is now COO of a group of animal hospitals in North Carolina. Dr. Peter Fritz a periodontist from Fonthill who has lectured extensively across North America and Europe will receive the Niagara Award and speak to graduates at the afternoon ceremony. Dr. Fritz who also holds a PhD in molecular biology has developed several continuing education programs for dental professionals. Dr. Fritz is a member of the advisory committee for Niagara College dental programs and through his practice he provides several learning opportunities for students.
Niagara College offers more than 100 diploma bachelor degree and advanced level programs at campuses in Welland Niagara-on-the-Lake and Niagara Falls; as well as more than 600 credit vocational and general interest Continuing Education courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences advanced technology media applied health and community safety supported by unique learning enterprises in food wine beer horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit NiagaraCollege.ca.
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Chief Operating Officer CareFirst Animal Hospital Group
Convocation speaker and recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award
A graduate of Niagara College’s General Arts (1996) and Business Administration – Human Resource Management (1998) programs Adin Bradley’s success as an executive with a proven track record of strategic operational and financial execution earned him a Premier’s Award nomination for Business in 2012.
He began his professional career as a sole business owner. From 1993 to 1998 he was a licensed trainer and owner of thoroughbred horses at Fort Erie and Woodbine race tracks which he considers a significant aspect of his career trajectory.
After receiving his Niagara College diplomas he kicked off his HR experience in the field of recruitment. He worked as Human Resources manager for Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled in Western New York (2003-2005) then as Director of Human Resources for Community Health Centre of Buffalo (2005-2006) before joining Rural Metro Corporation in 2006 – a for-profit enterprise that also offers no-cost programs to community organizations – where he spent much of his career.
Bradley moved up quickly at Rural/Metro from Human Resources Manager in 2006 Division General Manager in 2008 and Regional Vice President in 2011 for Ohio New York Indiana and Kentucky. He managed eight profit centers with revenues in excess of $100 million. Under his management Rural/Metro was a top performer within the enterprise and an “Employer of Choice” focused on people training and retention. His region included 2500 staff that included 2200 EMTs and paramedics serving 40 hospitals and 200 nursing homes and healthcare facilities.
In 2013 he became the Director of Operations for American Dental Partners Western New York Region – which provides operational leadership for more than two dozen affiliates in 20 states – before taking on his current role as Chief Operating Officer for Carefirst Animal Hospital Group in Raleigh North Carolina in 2014. Carefirst Animal Hospital Group is comprised of six animal hospitals offering a full line of services that include exams diagnostics lab testing and surgery along with a 24/7 Animal Emergency Centre.
In addition to his Niagara College diplomas Bradley has a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) degree from State University of New York at Buffalo (2012).
Dr. Peter C. Fritz
Convocation speaker and recipient of the Niagara Award
Dr. Peter Fritz is a certified specialist in periodontics and is in full-time private practice in Fonthill Ontario. The focus of his periodontal practice is dental implant therapy bone and soft tissue reconstruction and oral medicine.
He completed his B.Sc. degree at McMaster University and his D.D.S. degree at the University of Toronto. Dr. Fritz practiced general dentistry for five years before obtaining a Fellowship in Periodontics from the Royal College of Dentists of Canada.
Dr. Fritz considers the most important part of his clinical training to be the completion of his second doctorate a PhD in the molecular biology of bone formation from the University of Toronto. This extensive program of scientific study and academic achievement provides Dr. Fritz with the ability to approach clinical problems from a rigorous scientific perspective.
Dr. Fritz has lectured extensively across North America and Europe and has published several implant and bone related articles and three book chapters. He has developed continuing education programs involving dentists specialists and hygienists to provide a learning experience that facilitates the achievement of excellence for all dental and medical professionals.
Dr. Fritz founded the Niagara Peninsula Dental Hygienist Study Club the Perio in the Peninsula Study Club and the ITI Niagara Study Club all international continuing education programs for health professionals. He is staff periodontist for the Niagara Health System president of the Welland District Dental Society and past-president of the Ontario Society of Periodontists.
In 2010 Dr. Fritz was appointed as a Fellow of the International Team for Implantology (ITI). The ITI is a network that unites professionals around the world from every field of implant dentistry.
Dr. Fritz was appointed as an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences at Brock University where he is engaged in periodontal research as well as teaching.
Dr. Fritz is also a member of Niagara College’s Dental Program Advisory Committee.