Monthly Archives: June 2017

Niagara College Convocation: Speakers inspire new grads to “dream big”

Two inspiring speakers, one top scholar, and 1,700 new graduates were in the spotlight on June 21 as Niagara College marked day two of its Spring Convocation Ceremonies.

Graduates from the School of Business Management Studies, and School of Environmental and Horticultural Studies had an opportunity to hear from a Niagara success story John Ferguson, president and CEO of Purolator Canada, at the afternoon ceremony. Ferguson, who was born and raised in Fort Erie, told graduates it has been exactly 30 years since his own graduation.

“Thirty years ago, I was sitting exactly where you are now, with no idea that I would lead a company the size of Purolator,” he said. “If I can do this, it’s entirely possible that you will too.”

Ferguson shared guiding principles that he has learned throughout his career with the new grads.

“Class of 2017, you are starting your careers at such an exciting time. You have the education, the knowledge and the ability to do almost anything, anywhere in the world, in any industry,” he said. “Think big, be bold, create your networks, build relationships, stay true to your values, and don’t ever stop trying. Do this and amazing things will happen.”

At the morning ceremony, former deputy minister, Ontario Public Service, Deborah Newman, who is currently a distinguished visiting professor at Ryerson University, addressed new graduates from the School of Academic and Liberal Studies, and the School of Justice and Fitness Studies. She encouraged grads to “dream big,” sharing her own career journey, from the front lines of correctional services as a probation and parole officer, all the way up the ranks to the high office of deputy minister.

“Anything is possible if you have bold dreams, opportunity, passion and determination,” she said.

Her advice to the new graduates: treat others with kindness and compassion; be an agent for change by embracing diversity and inclusion; and don’t shut out those who hold a different point of view that your own.

“Your education gives you more than knowledge. It gives you the power to improve your life and the lives of others,” she said.

Both guest speakers received an Honorary Bachelor of Applied Studies.

The College’s top student Paige MacPherson, who achieved a 97.86% grade-point average, received the prestigious Governor General’s Academic Medal during the morning ceremony. MacPherson, who graduated from the Police Foundations – Advanced Standing program said she was honoured to receive the award.

“I am so glad that I took the chance, overcame my fears of leaving good things behind and came out here to NC to further my goal of becoming a police officer. I found a place that was welcoming and a program that I was so interested in,” she said. “For me, that interest made all the difference in the world for being successful in my studies. My motivation helped me to engage fully in every aspect of my experience here at NC.”

View media release about Governor General’s Academic Award winner here:

http://www.niagaracollege.ca/blog/2017/06/20/head-class-top-grad-achieves-97-86-average-dreams-meaningful-service/

Niagara College celebrated a record number of graduates – more than 4,600 – at its 2017 spring convocation ceremonies held from June 20 to 23 at the Welland Campus.

2017 Tyler Santing Award Winner

The Sales and Marketing Program was proud to present Fernando de Gama Olievera with the 2017 Tyler Santing Spirit Award on June 9, 2017. Tyler was an exceptional student whose endearing personality and spirit had a huge impact on his classmates in the Sales and Marketing Program.  He proudly represented Niagara College at the Ontario Colleges’ Marketing Competition, winning 2nd place in the Advertising Campaign Case Event  and also was involved in our ENACTUS Club. Tyler will always be remembered for his high energy, enthusiasm, smile and his ability to make others smile. The Tyler Santing Spirit award was established by a donation from a student in his class, and supported by the Santing family. The award is meant to recognize a student in Sales & Marketing that has contributed positively to the program culture and environment, just as Tyler did. 

Fernando de Gama Olievera, the recipient of this year’s award, brings a high level of energy and enthusiasm to every day.  As an International Student coming to Niagara, he embraced the School of Business learning experience from the very start and quickly became an active participant in the classroom environment as well as the School of Business as a whole.  He volunteered as a Student Assistant, in the International Department, represented Niagara as a participant in the Ontario Colleges’ Marketing Competition Team,  and even donned our school mascot costume at the competition.  While at school, Fernando worked several part-time jobs in sales and marketing, at the same time as maintaining excellent grades and above all else, always coming to campus with a smile on his face.  His positive approach and way at looking at life is infectious and added a lot to the program culture for students in the Sales & Marketing program. We are also happy to report  that not only is Fernando a graduate of the Sales and Marketing Program, he is now also a colleague, as he was just hired by Niagara College as the International Student Recruitment Regional Manager for the Americas.  

Fernando received his award from Rick Santing, Tyler’s father and was also joined by the two previous Tyler Santing Award recipients, Fred Donkor (2015 Winner)  and Marc Calaguiro (2016 Winner).  ​

Business prof co-authors new textbook

The School of Business and Management is excited to announce that professor Terri Champion’s latest publication, MGMT Principles of Management 3rd Canadian Edition is hot off the press.

Champion co-authored the Canadian edition of this introductory management textbook with professor Ike Hall from British Columbia Institute of Technology. The text is designed to provide students with little to no management experience to think like managers. It covers key topics like ethics and social responsibility, innovation and global management.

The text is paired with Nelson Publishers MindTap, an interactive learning system that provides students with online resources to enhance their interpersonal, problem-solving and critical thinking skills, preparing them for roles as future leaders.

As part of the development of this new edition, Champion wanted to ensure that students using this text were able to hear first-hand how some of the management topics discussed in the book were being applied in the real world of business, and from business leaders they could identify with. “I felt it was important for students to not only have insight from current managers in business, but also to be able to gain inspiration from individuals who not so long ago, were at the same point of their academic careers,” she explained.

Recent graduates from college business programs across Canada were interviewed and profiled in the opening vignettes of each chapter, providing their own thoughts on the topic at hand. Niagara College School of Business alumni Chris Sinclair (vice-president of Brand Blvd) and Mike Cameron (general manager of Newcap Radio) were both featured in the textbook.

“It was a great opportunity for our alumni to not only share their insight into the world of management but also to discuss the key takeaways they gained from their business education at Niagara College and help readers to imagine the possibilities for their own career paths,” said Champion.

Champion has worked at the College’s School of Business for almost 23 years. She has co-authored the first and second edition of the MGMT Management Principles texts, as well as Small Business Management (Nelson Publishers) fifth and sixth editions.

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If you have further questions, please contact prof. Terri Champion, Coordinator of Sales and Marketing Program, (905) 641-2252, ext. 4140    tchamption@niagaracollege.ca