“A piece of history” at NC Convocation: speaker

Pictured: Cam Heaps, co-founder of Steam Whistle Brewing, addresses the crowd at convocation on the morning of June 21.

The first graduating class of Niagara College’s Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management program marks a significant milestone for “a great brewing nation” like Canada, according to Steam Whistle Brewing co-founder Cam Heaps.

“A piece of history is happening here today,” Heaps said. “For the first time in the history of our country, there’s a graduating class from a brewery program. And that makes me very excited, and it should make everyone excited.”

Heaps addressed graduates from Niagara College’s of Academic and Liberal Studies and Canadian Food and Wine Institute at the morning ceremony on Thursday, June 21. He also received an Honorary Diploma in Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management.

Heaps encouraged graduates to embrace lifelong learning, and to approach their careers with an open mind.

“You guys are the best of the best and you can plot your own course,” he said. “Every job you do, do it with pride, with conviction and be great at it.”

At Thursday’s afternoon ceremony, graduates from the Schools of Allied Health Studies and Nursing and Personal Support Worker Studies heard from Marilyn McHarg, executive director of Doctors Without Borders Canada. McHarg was presented with an Honorary Diploma in Community and Health Studies.

McHarg inspired the class of aspiring healthcare professionals with tales of her experiences around the world, and she shared stories of patients and colleagues who have inspired her along the way.

“My advice to you is think about your lives, find your passion, believe in yourself, find a way to draw on the strength that’s deep within you and give way to your curiosity,” she said. “And you will make this world a better place.”

More than 3,000 students will graduate during Niagara College’s Spring Convocation Ceremonies this week. The ceremonies run from June 19 to 22 at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day. All ceremonies take place at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus.


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