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Recipient of the 2012 Minister's Lifetime Achievement Award

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Recipient of the 2012 Minister's Lifetime Achievement Award

Ontario recognizes an individual every year who has demonstrated exceptional leadership and promoted excellence within the college system.

Dr. Tony Hanlon

Dr. Tony Hanlon is recognized as a team builder who brought a wealth of positive change to the Sarnia-Lambton community after taking over the role as Lambton College president in 2002.

During his tenure as president, Dr. Hanlon built Lambton College into an international success story by establishing campuses in China, India, Saudi Arabia and Nigeria. He also oversaw the development of a Sustainable Smart Home that serves as a learning lab and applied research centre for students in the trades and alternative energy programs. He also oversaw an upgrade to the college's Fire and Public Safety Centre of Excellence, making it one of the best in North America.


Dr. Hanlon's ability to develop partnerships led to an increase in the number of university degree partnership programs offered at Lambton College. Partnerships developed with Brock University, the University of Windsor and King's College allowed the college to provide bachelor of science, nursing, bachelor of arts, and bachelor of education degrees.

Under his leadership, Lambton College experienced a 65 per cent increase in the number of programs offered, and enrolment grew from 4,600 students in 2002 to a record 9,700 upon his retirement in 2011. The college also now boasts higher graduation and employment rates than the national average, and is a leading institution in green energy, thanks to partnerships he forged with industry partners.

In 2011, Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley named the retired college president to the Mayor's Honour List for his profound impact on the college and the community, including his board duties at the Chamber of Commerce and the Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership.

Dr. Hanlon earned his PhD in leadership and governance from the University of Toronto in 2009. He also holds a master's degree in education, a bachelor's degree in psychology and biology, and a bachelor of education degree. 

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