The Premier’s Awards for Ontario College Graduates celebrate the outstanding contributions college alumni make to Ontario and throughout the world.
Nominations are submitted from each of Ontario’s 24 community colleges. All nominees will be celebrated, and the six category winners announced, at a gala event in Toronto on Monday, Nov.ember 21 as part of the Colleges Ontario Higher Education Summit.
Our 2016 nominees include:
Business – Joseph Mitchell
Business Administration-Operations Management 1982
President and chief executive officer, UQM Technologies Inc., Longmont, CO
With Lean Six Sigma Black Best-ASQ Certification, skilled in strategic planning, product development, supply chain management, finance, and mergers & acquisitions, Joe has more than 30 years of international leadership and automotive management experience. Led the successful launch of multiple Electric Drive platforms for vehicle applications along with building the plants, implementing processes and infrastructure to produce products, including an alternative energy start-up company producing advanced Electric Drive Powertrains and Power Electronics for Hybrid Electric Vehicles and Fuel Cell vehicle markets, Photovoltaic Inverters for the Solar Power Market, and high volume automotive plants supplying components to the mainstream automotive industry.
Creative Arts & Design – Murray Brewster
Broadcasting, Radio, TV & Film 1985
Senior Defence and Foreign Policy Reporter, CBC, Ottawa, ON
Award winning journalist and book author, Murray Brewster, is a senior defence and policy writer at CBC News, whose work has been described as being “infused with humanity”. He has had a ringside seat at history covering 9/11, the London train bombings, six Canadian federal election campaigns, and five-years covering the war in Afghanistan. His coverage of issues facing Canadian veterans led to the improvements in veterans services by the federal government. He is the recipient of Radio Television News Directors Awards, two Atlantic Journalism Awards, a National Newspaper Award nomination, two Michener Award nominations, and the Ross Munro Award.
Community Services – Lori Gill
Child & Youth Worker 2002
Founder and Clinical Director, Attachment and Trauma Centre for Healing, St. Davids, ON
Lori Gill’s career is focused on creating a stronger, healthier world. She is the founder and Clinical Director of Attachment and Trauma Treatment Centre for Healing, whose mission is to heal life’s hurts through compassion, awareness and self-care. She is also a Registered Psychotherapist, Certified Trauma Specialist and Trainer, Consultant Supervisor for the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children and has been qualified by the courts as an expert witness in trauma, attachment, and reconciliation therapy. She is an engaging and sought after presenter who facilitates a variety of trainings and workshops across Canada and the United States.
Recent Graduate – Shane Eickmann
Advanced Care Paramedic 2011
Advanced Care Paramedic Operations Superintendent, Niagara Regional Emergency Services, Niagara Region
Shane’s passion for Paramedics is palpable – he is an Advanced Care Paramedic and Operations Superintendent for Niagara Regional Emergency Medical Services, a pre-hospital educator for HHS Center for Paramedic Education & Research, and a professor at Niagara College. With his colleagues, he has won multiple paramedic competitions throughout the world. As a volunteer for GlobalMedic, he trained land mine clearance personnel in Cambodia and deployed to field hospitals in Haiti and Turkey following earthquakes. He is a long-time volunteer with the Canadian Red Cross. He was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal for his exemplary contributions to Canada.
Technology – Chris Claringbold
Electrical Engineering Technician 1981
CEO and Global Key Account Executive, KUKA Robotics Canada Ltd., Mississauga, ON
Starting up the Canadian subsidiary of KUKA Roboter GmbH, a leading global supplier of industrial robots and material handling vehicles, within seven years Chris grew KUKA Robotics Canada from one employee to 25 employees and dramatically increased sales. Chris is passionate about providing the best possible customer support to help his customers grow their businesses through robotics and automation. Strongly committed to the post-secondary education sector, he participates through industry feedback meetings, advisory groups, speaking engagements and providing equipment and knowledge to educate students on the wide range of uses of robotics in industry.
Congratulations to our 2016 NC nominees! co-awards.org