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Honouring Outstanding College Leaders

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Honouring Outstanding College Leaders

Ontario Recognizes Contributions of College Graduates

Ontario is honouring leaders from Ontario's Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology for making significant social and economic contributions to the province.

Each year, Ontario presents Premier's Awards in six categories to acknowledge the significant contributions college graduates make to their communities, the province and throughout the world. The 2014 Premier's Awards recipients are:

Ms. Candice Ekonomakos, Humber College; for success as a recent graduate.

Dr. James Forbes, Sheridan College; for technology.

Mr. Tibor Madjar, Sheridan College; for creative arts and design.

Chief Georjann Morriseau, Confederation College; for success as a recent graduate.

Captain Rebecca Patterson, Niagara College; for health sciences.

Mr. Peter van Stralen, Humber College; for business.

Ms. Jessica Lynn Whitbread, George Brown College; for community service.

Dr. Howard Rundle, president emeritus of Fanshawe College, is also being recognized with the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities' annual Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding contributions to Ontario's college system.

Maintaining a strong provincial college system that gives students the skills they need to succeed supports the government's economic plan to build up Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.


Quick Facts

  • In 2013, more than eight out of 10 college graduates found work within six months of graduation.
  • In 2013-14, more than 220,000 students were enrolled full-time at Ontario’s 24 publicly funded colleges.
  • With more than 14,000 full-time students and 22,000 part-time students, Fanshawe College is one of Ontario’s largest colleges.

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Kathleen Wynne

“Ontario’s colleges have produced graduates who have gone on to achieve amazing success in their careers. Many of these graduates have created jobs, made lasting contributions in their communities and helped to attract new investments. The Premier’s Awards recognize the tremendous contributions they make to the success of our province.”

Kathleen Wynne

Premier of Ontario

Reza Moridi

“Dr. Rundle’s commitment to our province’s postsecondary education system has helped to ensure Ontario has the skilled workers it needs to succeed in the 21st century knowledge-based economy. I am honoured to present him with this award not only for his exceptional leadership skills but also for inspiring students to achieve greatness.”

Reza Moridi

Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities

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