Len Crispino, Chair of Niagara College’s Board of Governors and retired president and CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, has been honoured with a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.
James Knight, president and CEO of the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) presented Crispino with the award during a ceremony on Feb. 21 at the Wine Visitor + Education Centre. The ACCC was invited by the Office of the Governor General to nominate individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to their respective colleges, as well as Canada’s college sector.
“Len’s record of public service and commitment to community are extraordinary,” said Knight. “Niagara College and the broader college sector are fortunate to have such a widely-respected business leader champion the important role that colleges play in support of their communities.”
Crispino has served as chair of NC’s Board of Governors since 2009. He was president and CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce from 2002 until his retirement in 2012. Before joining the Chamber, Crispino had a distinguished career with the Ontario government, where he served as the province’s trade representative in Italy and held management and assistant deputy minister positions. He and his wife, Marisa, own The Foreign Affair Winery in Niagara.
“It is a great honour to be recognized for my work with Niagara College. I have been fortunate to work with an exceptional group of dedicated volunteers on the College’s Board of Governors, all of whom are accomplished community and industry leaders,” said Crispino, “It has been my privilege to be involved with an organization that is truly focused on fulfilling the dreams of their students.”
Crispino’s strong stewardship has helped guide Niagara College through a time of tremendous growth and expansion. He is also contributing to postsecondary education in Canada through his work with the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, where he is one of ten mentors who advise scholars on how to apply their research to critical issues facing Canadian society.
“As chair of our Board of Governors, Len has worked tirelessly in support of Niagara College,” said President Dan Patterson, who was also honoured with a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in late 2012. “Under his leadership, our College has grown in stature and become one of Canada’s top institutions of applied learning.”
Above: Len Crispino, left, receives the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and certificate from James Knight, President of the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC).