Sheridan’s Alumni Magazine – 2016
CELEBRATING PEOPLE AND ACHIEVEMENT
Creative entrepreneurs turn dreams into reality Homegrown musical heads to Broadway Dog guides transform lives
VATION Milestone Moment Hazel McCallion becomes Sheridanâ€™s First Chancellor
Q & A with Sheridan's President and Vice Chancellor about becoming a university 4 Kent Monkman
6 Vice President, Advancement and External Relations Lisa Piccolo
Recent alumni who are standing out among the crowd
Creative Entrepreneurs Four alumni who turned their dreams into reality
Getting your dream to the screen
Tips from alumni filmmakers to cut through the competition
Developing ahead of the curve
Photography Jonathan Bielaski/Lightimaging
To learn more about the alumni featured in this publication visit:
Grads to Watch
Graphic Design/Art Direction Stewart Dick
Get more online.
Training that transforms lives Alumni who make a difference
Editor Carol Hill Editorial Team Jennifer Clarke Jennifer Deighton Susan Atkinson Joanne Scattolon Mark Mulloy
Making Mischief: aboriginal artist turns history on its head
Tariq Adi brings style to the suburbs 22
Sheridan Brand Strategy Jane Cockton Erica Shaw
Building hope through housing Habitat for Humanityâ€™s Susan Smith finds her job more than a numbers game 24
Ovation Digital Allisha Seguire Elizabeth La Cavera
Passion for problem-solving Mike Hicks is up to the task at award-winning tech firm
Come From Away is Broadway-bound Ovation is published annually by the Advancement Department. Comments and ideas are always welcome. Drop us a line at Ovation, Alumni Office, Sheridan College, 1430 Trafalgar Road, Oakville, Ontario L6H 2L1, 905-815-4078 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to advertise in Ovation, please contact the Alumni Office at 905-815-4078. All information provided is current as of publication and is subject to change; Sheridan Marketing and Brand Strategy, June 2016. ID#5107 Cover: Kent Monkman in his Toronto studio.
Musical originally developed at Sheridan soars to the top
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Milestone Moment: Legendary Hazel McCallion becomes Sheridan’s first Chancellor
heridan is proud to announce that former Mississauga mayor and long-time Sheridan champion, Hazel McCallion, has become our inaugural Chancellor.
She may be small in stature but her legend is towering. McCallion’s influence on Mississauga during her 36 years as mayor was profound, and her vision for the city always included a strong presence for Sheridan. “Hazel has long been an advocate for us in Mississauga, and she continues her support for us as Honorary Chair of our Get Creative Campaign Advisory Committee,” said Dr. Jeff Zabudsky, Sheridan President and Vice Chancellor. “She is a force of nature. We can think of no one better suited for this role, and no better ambassador for our institution.” McCallion was so instrumental in bringing Sheridan back to Mississauga in 2011 that the institution’s newest campus, located in the heart of the city, is named in her honour. An expansion of the Hazel McCallion Campus will open in Fall 2016. “Sheridan means so much to me,” said McCallion during the official announcement of her appointment in February 2016. "I look forward to helping put Sheridan College even more prominently on the world map," she added. "It's the most progressive postsecondary institution in Canada and I'm proud to be its inaugural Chancellor." A vocal supporter of Sheridan’s unique educational experience, McCallion also paid tribute to the great number of alumni whose entrepreneurial spirit was fostered at the institution. “I think of the many entrepreneurs that Sheridan has created. Sheridan instills a desire and commitment in their students to be more than an ordinary contributor to the economic base of a community, but to go further by creating new business opportunities,” said McCallion.
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As Chancellor, McCallion serves as ceremonial leader of the institution and presides over Sheridan’s annual Convocation ceremonies. She was formally installed prior to Sheridan’s first Convocation ceremony in June 2016, and took great pleasure in welcoming Sheridan’s Class of 2016 into the alumni community during ceremonies at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga. The Chancellor is a voluntary position with a term of three years.
“I look forward to helping put Sheridan even more prominently on the world map." The appointment of a Chancellor represents an exciting step in Sheridan’s journey to become a university. Given McCallion’s remarkable contributions to public life, Sheridan is fortunate to have the influence and passion of the former mayor behind us during this next chapter in our evolution. The longest serving mayor in the city’s history, McCallion was first elected mayor of Mississauga in 1978, stepping down in 2014. She has received countless honours over the course of her career, including the BrandLaureate Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014, which recognizes and honours outstanding individuals who have contributed significantly to the world through their field of expertise. In 2005, she was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada. Sheridan presented McCallion with an Honorary Degree of Applied Studies in 2015.
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Q&A with Sheridan’s President and Vice Chancellor about becoming a university As our plans to become a university become more widely known, we’re hearing from many alumni who are interested in ﬁnding out more about this vision. We’ve asked Sheridan’s President and Vice Chancellor, Dr. Jeﬀ Zabudsky, to share his insight and answer your recurring questions: Q: W hy does Sheridan want
to become a university?
A: Ontario predicts a need for new seats
for tens of thousands of additional post-secondary students, to help meet the demand in a growing number of fields which require degrees, not diplomas, for entry into the workforce. Sheridan University will also open doors to those who may have thought degrees were out of reach. It provides students who completed college-designated courses in high school with the opportunity to transition from a diploma to a degree while attending Sheridan. University status will further enable our degree graduates to more easily progress to graduate studies at Ontario universities if they aspire to do so. 4
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Q: What about skilled trades – will you no longer offer this kind of training? A: On the contrary – Sheridan has
invested $47.5 million in a new, state-ofthe-art skills training facility at the Davis Campus (opening in 2017 to house our skilled trades programs).
Q: What will it take to achieve university status? A: To become Sheridan University, we must be recognized as a postsecondary institution that meets the criteria established by Universities Canada (UC). Membership provides formal recognition that our programs, faculty and infrastructure meet university standards.
Q: Will you still offer diplomas Q: What progress have you and certificates? made towards this goal? A: Yes, Sheridan will continue to offer a broad array of credentials. What will make A: We currently offer 25 degree programs us unique is our dedication to and focus on applied and professional education and our commitment to provide pathways for our students to progress from one level of learning (credential) to the next without unnecessary duplication of learning, time or personal resources. Our model ensures that our students’ education is relevant and engaging. Sheridan University will embrace the best of our college roots – like small class sizes and experiential learning. In addition to providing students with the hard skills to get their first job, we focus on soft skills like communication, creativity, team work and interdisciplinary thinking to prepare our graduates to adapt to shifting opportunities and meet the demands of future jobs – many of which might not yet exist.
(20 Sheridan-specific and five joint programs with university partners). In 2012, we established the Sheridan Senate as part of a new governance model that aligns with what is commonly in place at Canadian universities. In June 2016, we installed our inaugural Chancellor, another feature of this governance model.
Q: When will Sheridan become Sheridan University? A: Sheridan’s Strategic Plan was approved by the Board of Governors to cover the years 2013-2020. We are on target to achieve the plan’s vision to become Sheridan University by 2020.
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t’s easy to be drawn into Kent Monkman’s paintings. He seduces the viewer with beautiful, richly colourful works, often depicting romantic 19th century western landscapes. But a closer look reveals images of violence and oppression central to the artist’s revisionist version of North American aboriginal history. Of Cree descent, Monkman has become one of Canada’s most celebrated contemporary artists for his paintings, films, installations and performances. His work is part of collections in the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Smithsonian, among many other venues. Along with the beauty and provocative imagery in Monkman’s art is a generous dollop of fun. Miss Chief Eagle Testickle, the artist’s two-spirited alter ego is a recurring character in his work and a campy conduit for Monkman’s social satire which he uses to draw people into his work.
Kent Monkman: Making Mischief Aboriginal artist turns history on its head
“Sophisticated work should exist on many layers – humorous, serious, hard-edged. That’s what holds peoples’ interest.”
“Humour disarms people. They are then open to receiving other messages that are more serious,” says Monkman, a 1986 Sheridan illustration graduate. “I didn’t want to create just a pretty picture hanging on a wall. I wanted to deal with themes that I felt were important – how First Nations people have been portrayed in terms of art history, the impact of colonialism and the church.” Monkman is now working on his most ambitious project to date: a massive, multi-installation exhibit opening in Toronto in 2017 to mark Canada’s 150th birthday. A reflection of Canada’s history from a First Nations perspective, the exhibit will tour across the country.
– Kent Monkman
Read Monkman's views on painting and more: ovation.sheridancollege.ca/kentmonkman 6
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t’s a rare day when Samantha Jagt is not told she has the best job in the world. No wonder: she’s a Coordinator in the Puppy Program at the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides in Oakville, Ontario. Jagt, a 2014 Animal Care program graduate, works with puppy foster families helping to raise the next generation of dog guides for individuals with special needs. Once they are a year old, the dogs receive four to six months of formal training and this is where Jagt’s fellow Animal Care alumni Gloria Peckham (1995) and Angela Bentivegna (2003) come in. Peckham is Head Trainer of the Seizure Response Dog Guide and Diabetic Alert Dog Guide programs and Bentivegna is a Trainer in the Hearing Ear program. After training, the dogs are matched with clients who stay at the Oakville facility from two to four weeks to work with their dog guides. More than 150 dogs will graduate to assist Canadians this year. To date, over 2,300 dog guides have been matched with people from across the country.
Training that transforms lives
This is one of the best parts of the job, according to Bentivegna. “I enjoy watching a client bond with their dog and seeing that bond strengthen over time. It’s like magic when everything comes together and all the work the client puts in really starts paying off.”
Alumni who make a difference
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“These dogs allow people to enjoy independence they never had before.” – Gloria Peckham
The follow-up visits are always a highpoint, says Peckham. “The most rewarding aspect of this work is watching our teams succeed in the real world once they bring the dog guide to its new home. These dogs allow people to enjoy independence they never had before.” Pictured L to R: Samantha Jagt (2014), Angela Bentivegna (2003), Gloria Peckham (1995)
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“I continue to focus on keeping the original thinking and creative spark that brought me to Sheridan.” – Melody Wang
Grads to Watch Each year, Sheridan welcomes a new group to the alumni community. We put the spotlight on recent grads who are making their mark by creating innovative films and designs, and building more vibrant communities.
Jane Miroshnykova, Constable, Hamilton Police Service Early Childhood Education, 2012, Investigation – Public and Private, 2015 The Ukraine-born alumna graduated top of her class while volunteering at five different organizations, kickboxing six times a week, holding two part-time jobs while managing to get a decent night’s sleep. In 2015, Miroshnykova was among the winners of the United Way of Oakville’s Generation Next Top 20 Under 40 Volunteer Award. She then went on to become the first Sheridan student to receive an award of excellence from the Justice and Public Safety Coordinators of Ontario. All signs point to a bright future for Miroshnykova who begins her career as a caring and committed police officer.
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“There are endless opportunities to give back and if you have even a small amount of free time, why not spend it doing something meaningful?” – Jane Miroshnykova
Melody Wang, Storyboard Artist, House of Cool
Taha Neyestani, Storyboard Artist, House of Cool
Bachelor of Animation, 2015
Bachelor of Animation, 2015
The buzz surrounding Melody Wang started well before she graduated. Her short film The Casebook of Nips & Porkington created during her final year at Sheridan landed on industry’s top picks for 2015. Calling the film “delightfully imaginative animation,” TIFF named her film the Top Ten Student Film of 2015. Wang earned an Annie Award nomination (animation’s highest honour) and won the Applied Arts student award. The Casebook of Nips & Porkington also picked up the Best Student Short and Best Canadian Short at the 2016 Toronto Animation Arts Festival International. Based on the interest in Wang’s film, chances are high that we'll see more of her charming characters in the future.
Taha Neyestani translated his passion for figure drawing to the screen with his short film ed which received the animation industry’s top honour: the 2016 Annie Award for Best Student Film. Like his former classmate and current colleague Melody Wang, he appeared on TIFF’s list of Top Ten Student Films of 2015. Born in Iran, Neyestani entered Sheridan after immigrating to Canada in 2010, and believes his new environment played a big role in his development as an artist.
Read more and watch her film online at ovation.sheridancollege.ca/melody-wang
“Canada was like a rebirth for me. I needed the opportunity and freedom to flourish." Read more and watch his film online at ovation.sheridancollege.ca/taha-neyestani
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Creative Entrepreneurs The alumni featured in this section have channelled their ideas and inspirations into dynamic and rewarding businesses, proving that career success comes from following your passion.
“I am excited to see how the new virtual reality platforms will encourage the creative use of 3D design and 3D print in various industries.” – Hargurdeep Singh
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Hargurdeep Singh, 3D Printing Business Development Specialist, The Printing House Mechanical Engineering Technology – Design and Drafting, 2015
Ryan Andal and Pietro Gagliano Jonathan Bielaski
Hargurdeep Singh was the face of engineering at Sheridan. An Ontario Co-op Student of the Year, Singh became an expert in Sheridan’s cutting-edge 3D technology, and his work resulted in award-winning designs including a model of an exoskeleton hand for a man who had suffered nerve damage. "The applications are endless. You just use your imagination," says Singh. Singh led efforts that saw Sheridan become the first Canadian college to join the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. In 2015, he received the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce’s Young Achiever Award and was featured in Maclean's magazine.
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Seeing is believing
Ryan Andal and Pietro Gagliano of Secret Location studio are leading the way in the world of virtual reality
ietro Gagliano is rarely seen without an old clipboard, paper and pencil. This wouldn’t be so unusual but given that his company is on the vanguard of interactive technology, the image is a striking one. A quick look at his clipboard reveals not words but drawings and diagrams, offering a glimpse of Gagliano’s origins as a designer. Gagliano is Partner and Executive Creative Director of Secret Location and a 2006 graduate of the York /Sheridan Bachelor of Design (Honours) program. He and fellow alumnus Ryan Andal have been partners in the studio with founder James Milward since its inception in 2009. Andal, who also serves as the studio’s Executive Technical Director, graduated from Sheridan’s Interactive Multimedia program in 2005. Gagliano, Andal and their team are reinventing storytelling through the rapidly growing medium of virtual reality (VR) which allows users to create one-of-akind experiences. With studios in Toronto and Los Angeles, they work with leading entertainment companies and a broad spectrum of corporate brands and non-profit organizations. Secret Location has been recognized with dozens of awards but the studio truly put itself on the map by winning the first ever VR Primetime Emmy Award in 2015 for the Sleepy Hollow: VR Experience. Among the studio’s current crop of projects is a short-form scripted series with Syfy International, Halcyon. But they have their eyes firmly fixed on the future beyond VR, says Gagliano. "There will always be disruptive technology on the horizon – so in this industry, you can never truly rest." Pictured L to R: Ryan Andal and Pietro Gagliano
“There will always be disruptive technology on the horizon ... so you can never truly rest.” – Pietro Gagliano
Read more from these alumni and view their work online: ovation.sheridancollege.ca/secretlocation 14
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Seizing the moment Jonathan Bielaski tells stories one shot at a time
ome would say that Jonathan Bielaski is living a photographer’s dream, capturing the magic of the world’s top athletes in action for the likes of Sports Illustrated and Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment. His images of NHL phenom Connor McDavid, Toronto FC's Michael Bradley and Iceland's Magmadive dive master have graced the pages of the iconic sports magazine, along with portraits of Raptors’ general manager Masai Ujiri and Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock. But according to Bielaski, there’s no magic behind his rise to these rarefied heights. Just a lot of good old-fashioned networking and following up on connections. From the time he opened Light Imaging Creative Photography Services 15 years ago in his hometown of Kitchener, Ontario, Bielaski was building the relationships that led to his impressive client roster. “Marketing is a constant in this business. You can meet clients everywhere you go,” says Bielaski. “You build your reputation by word of mouth, by doing great work at a reasonable cost and by building long-term relationships.” Bielaski counts corporate and lifestyle companies such as Home Depot and Hydro One among his clients. A 2002 Applied Photography graduate, Bielaski’s award-winning work has also been behind Ovation magazine since it was redesigned in 2007.
“Everyone has a story. You just
need to listen. Then you can capture who they are and what they do in a single frame.
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As a complement to his commercial business, Bielaski launched his “For the Love of It" project in 2012. It is born of his desire to explore the connection between work and happiness, says Bielaski. Whether his subjects are pro athletes, corporate leaders or average Canadians pursuing their passions, Bielaski strives to encapsulate more than just a moment in time.
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Trailblazing entrepreneur Anne Day helps women realize their potential
s a self-employed consultant in 2003, Anne Day found working at home isolating and sensed that other women likely felt the same way too. So she started Company of Women as a way to meet and connect with other women entrepreneurs.
“My passion has always been to see women realize their potential - be it in their career or their business.” – Anne Day
When 165 women showed up for Company of Women’s first event, Day knew she was on to something. But it was more than this initial success that prompted Day to wrap up her highly successful consulting business in 2005 to concentrate on growing Company of Women.
A cancer diagnosis – her second – led Day to reflect on what was important in her life. And Company of Women proved to be near the top of the list. “My passion has always been to see women realize their potential – be it in their career or their business. But making a difference became even more important to me. It became my legacy,” explains Day. Company of Women now hosts over 100 events a year through its nine chapters and 350 members across the GTA. Day has shared the stories of many female business owners, as well as her own
insights about fear and self-doubt through her writing (she's written/edited three books on women and entrepreneurship). The next chapter of her life will see Day concentrate on developing her company, Full Circle Publishing. Says Day, a 1980 graduate of Sheridan’s Family Day Care program, “I have often compared entrepreneurship to motherhood – no matter how many books you read or people you talk to, nothing really prepares you for what it is like.”
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Robert McCallum Advanced Television and Film, 2006 Robert McCallum has raised almost $140,000 through crowdfunding for five films he wrote and directed. He secured more than $25,000 in just five days on through Kickstarter for his latest project, Power of Grayskull, The Definitive History of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. "Plan something for every day of the campaign. Think mini-goals, sharing progress and communicating what’s happening behind the scenes. People are now “pre-shopping” on Kickstarter for exclusive special items or experiences they can’t get elsewhere so on-platform advertising can be very effective."
Crowdfunding and social media have transformed funding and promotion for the independent filmmaker. But generating the buzz needed to bring your dream project to life takes planning and ongoing effort. Here are some tips from successful alumni filmmakers to help first-timers cut through the competition.
Getting your dream to the screen
Alexandra LeMay Advanced Special Effects Makeup and Props, 2012 Her short film All the Rage (2014) was screened at the Ottawa International Animation Festival, the Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival in 2015, and the Festival du film de l’Outaouais in 2016.
Richie Mehta Advanced Television and Film, 2002 His feature films Siddharth (2013) and Amal (2007) have won over 30 international awards. "The story is the fuel of the film business and if you have a great one, combined with practiced skill, promoting your film will be easier. Pitching your film is all about building relationships and trust. Gather a close group that you trust to propel you forward."
"Understand your project fully before trying to take it off the ground. Don’t be afraid to publish unfinished work and process pics on Instagram and Facebook. It’s a great way to attract feedback and track your development."
Mehta is pictured right with cameraman Bob Gundu. Photo: Steven N. Bray
Chad Walker Advanced Television and Film, 2005 His feature documentary I Am Big Bird: The Carroll Spinney Story (2014) received a win and six nominations at international film festivals. The filmmakers raised $124,000 on Kickstarter for the film. "Be sure crowdfunding makes sense for your project. We had built-in supporters with Muppet fans and a subject in Carroll Spinney who was willing to participate directly in the process. Then find the right audience on social media. We engaged puppet organizations, retweeting their tweets, etc. People with a huge reach like Morgan Spurlock started retweeting our material." 20
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Sama Waham Advanced Television and Film, 2012 Her short film Resight (2012) has earned over 12 awards and was selected by about 20 international festivals. Most recently, her film Sing for Me won an award at the 2016 Qumrah International Film Festival in Iraq and was nominated for a 2015 Dubai International Film Festival award. "Collaborate with like-minded artists – including Sheridan faculty. Be obsessed with seeing your film made; believe that you will eventually get the support you need and keep perfecting your film until you do." More: ovation.sheridancollege.ca/film
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student by day and business owner by night, Tariq Adi gave new meaning to applied learning. After founding Adi Development Group Inc. in 2007 with his brother Saud, Adi enrolled in Sheridan’s Business Administration – Finance program, realizing the financial statements and contracts he was managing for a few homes would only become more complex as he set his sights on larger properties.
Developing ahead of the curve
Soon Adi was applying skills that he learned in the classroom to his business in real-time. On one memorable occasion, he excused himself from class to close his first major land deal. In less than a decade the 2012 graduate has led his company to $100 million in sales and $1 billion in new developments underway. Perhaps most notably, Adi’s landmark developments across the GTA have revitalized housing options for buyers in the suburbs, from cookie-cutter homes to modern design, and have earned the development firm 14 awards from several home builder associations.
Tariq Adi brings style to the suburbs “I want to build properties that will still be notable in 30 years. It’s not about the money, it’s about leaving a legacy behind.” Read more about Tariq Adi online: ovation.sheridancollege.ca/tariqadi 22
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His properties resonate with buyers. The company sold every unit in one of his condo properties before they even had a chance to build the sales centre, says Adi, whose latest project, Nautique in downtown Burlington, is scheduled for completion in 2018. Adi’s foray into home design and development was born partly out of an unsuccessful quest to find a hip, urban yet affordable residence in the area for himself. Having grown up in Saudi Arabia, Adi came to Canada with his family in the late 1980s, settling in Montreal before moving to Burlington. Adi points to another reason for his company’s rise: He is a hands-on CEO who is more concerned with livability and quality design than profit margins. “I want to build properties that will still be notable in 30 years."
– Tariq Adi
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Building hope through housing Habitat for Humanity’s Susan Smith finds her job more than a numbers game
s a chartered accountant, Susan Smith is accustomed to dealing in big numbers. But there's one figure that looms large in her mind: the 1.6 million Canadian families who have inadequate housing. Smith is the Chief Operating Officer of Habitat for Humanity Canada. “Although we have made affordable homeownership possible for over 2,700 families in Canada since 1985, we have barely scratched the surface of this number.” Far from being at arm's length to Habitat’s efforts on the ground, Smith has a hands-on operational role in the charity. She works closely with 56 affiliates across Canada which act as independent, charitable organizations under the umbrella of the national office, and she visits various affiliates throughout the year. These affiliates, along with community partners and over 63,000 volunteers, help build the more than 200 houses a year that aim to break the cycle of poverty.
“Today I can say that every aspect of my work is challenging and meaningful.” – Susan Smith
“This job brings together everything I’ve ever done over the past 25 years,” says Smith a 1981 Business program graduate. “It reminds me of my consulting practise where I had numerous clients all at different stages of growth which required different skills at different times.” Smith joined Habitat in 2014 after selling her successful management consultancy. “I wanted to work with clients on future opportunities rather than reporting on past activities. Plus, I believe that a balanced life should include work that is outreach-and volunteer-focused. "
Read more about Smith and watch a Habitat video online: ovation.sheridancollege.ca/susansmith 24
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ike Hicks started programming computers when he was eight years old. In high school he was building and selling them out of the basement of his parents’ home in Scarborough, Ontario.
Passion for problem-solving
Twenty years later, Hicks is still working with computers but he does it as Chief Technology Officer of Intelex Technologies, one of Canada’s most highly recognized tech companies. Hicks was hired as a newly-minted graduate of Sheridan’s Computer Science Technology program in 2001 by Torontobased Intelex, a leading global provider of cloud-based environmental, health, safety and quality management software. One of seven employees at the time, Hicks is now part of the 375-person company which has appeared seven times on Deloitte’s list of North America’s 500 fastest growing tech firms.
Mike Hicks is up to the task at award-winning tech firm
“This is a great industry to be in now,” says Hicks. “All organizations – regardless of their size, product or service – have regulatory compliance requirements for health and safety and environment.” For his part, Hicks particularly enjoys the IT challenges that different companies bring to the table. “Give me a problem and I want to find a solution.”
“Those who do well here are also able to think creatively and solve problems.” – Mike Hicks
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That roll-up-your-sleeves mentality is just what Hicks looks for when building his own team. “We certainly need people who have the right technological skills but those who do well here are also able to think creatively and solve problems,” says Hicks who has found these qualities in Sheridan grads, many of whom work at Intelex. Although Hicks calls Intelex’s technology platform “the best in the space,” he reserves special praise for the company’s corporate culture. Intelex has racked up a long list of accolades, including best workplace and most admired culture awards. “We still have a family feel and we don’t want that to change when we become a 1,000-person organization.”
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Come From Away is Broadway-bound Musical originally developed at Sheridan soars to the top
heridan has built a reputation for producing music theatre graduates who go on to grace the stages of Broadway. But Sheridan is now playing a ground-floor role in the development of a musical destined for theatre’s mecca.
“Our students gave Come From Away its first breath. We are so very proud of the part they play in bringing this production to Broadway,” says Michael Rubinoff, Sheridan’s Associate Dean of Visual and Performing Arts.
Come From Away, originally developed and produced by Sheridan and The Canadian Music Theatre Project is headed to Broadway in the spring of 2017. The musical will make two stops before landing in New York City: one in Washington, D.C. in September followed by a Toronto run as part of Mirvish Productions in November.
Rubinoff is equally excited about what this milestone – a first for a Canadian postsecondary institution – could signal for music theatre in this country. “I hope the success of Come From Away creates a renaissance for original musicals staged across Canada.”
Come From Away centres on the town of Gander, Newfoundland which welcomed almost 7,000 people after planes were forced to land following the 9/11 attacks. Writers Irene Sankoff and David Hein worked with a cast of students to bring the musical to life before Come From Away made its professional debut in California and Seattle in 2015 to rave reviews and sold-out crowds. Photo: John Jones 28
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Sheridan music theatre alumni continue to be a driving force in Canada, with 21 grads in the Stratford Festival’s 2016/17 line-up, 12 of whom are in its production of A Chorus Line, along with a third-year student. Pictured are the cast members of the 2012 production of Come From Away. The student performers have since gone on to make their mark as alumni.
“Our students gave Come From Away its first breath. The skills and experience they gained through this experience are simply extraordinary.” – Michael Rubinoff, Associate Dean, Visual and Performing Arts; Producer, Come From Away
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Sheridan News We continue to infuse creativity with purpose into all our curricula. Sheridan graduates will have the critical thinking skills to adapt to changing workplace demands. In this section, we share recent highlights and milestones from four of Sheridan's Faculties, plus the Pilon School of Business.
Forging powerful industry partnerships The Faculty of Applied Science and Technology’s skills training building is a three-storey, 130,000 square foot facility, and a $47.5 million investment by Sheridan that underscores its commitment to deliver skills training long into the future. Opening in September 2017 at Brampton’s Davis Campus, the new facility will house all the programs currently offered at the Skills Training Centre in Oakville, including plumbing, electrician, machining, industrial millwright, welding and construction. The move will see students in these programs able to participate more fully in campus life. Another benefit will be their colocation with Sheridan’s engineering programs housed in an adjacent building.
“The new skills training building will foster collaboration, movement between credentials, and sharing of resources that will benefit students in both the trades and engineering programs.” - Iain McNab, Dean, Faculty of Applied Science and Technology
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The Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Design Technologies (CAMDT) at Davis continues to cement its position as a hub of advanced technology and industry collaboration in the region. We saw the expansion of CAMDT’s 3D printing capabilities thanks to an industry grant by Cimetrix Solutions. The grant gives the Health FabLab the ability to print true-to-life medical prototypes, and produce highly accurate surgical guides in a variety of materials. The ABB Robotics Lab in CAMDT also scored a first, becoming the first facility in Canada to acquire ABB’s YuMi® robot. YuMi is the world’s first truly collaborative robot, able to work side-by-side with humans on the same tasks while ensuring the safety of those around it.
Expanding opportunities across the artistic spectrum The Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design (FAAD) continues to evolve and expand its suite of creative and innovative programs. It currently offers 13 degrees with three new degrees in development. One of its newest degrees, the Bachelor of Game Design, now in its third year of operation, is running its first cohort of internships, many of which have students working with industry and other Sheridan partners on campus. “Our hope is that these partnerships will eventually lead to the creation of an industry gaming hub at Sheridan,” says Ronni Rosenberg, Dean of FAAD.
In a move that builds on the natural collaboration between FAAD programs, the Faculty will launch a certificate in the coming year that meets an intrinsic need in programs such as animation, film and television, and game design – and that is for a musical score. The imposing name of this one-year program is MASSIVE which stands for Music Applied to Stage, Screen and Interactive Visual Environments. Students in the program will learn orchestration, recording, mixing and editing. Using the latest technology, they’ll compose music for a variety of media, and create a demo reel that showcases their versatility and talent. They’ll also have the chance to interact with directors, producers and screenwriters.
“We aim to build on the synergy between our programs while creating exciting new career opportunities for our students once they graduate.” – Ronni Rosenberg, Dean, Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design
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Reflecting on business education Sheridan’s five Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degrees are putting a new twist in traditional business education by teaching students how to think both critically and creatively. This approach is based on a growing body of academic research that demonstrates the importance of teaching critical, creative and reflective thinking skills as opposed to focusing on content delivery and learning through memorization. Reflective thinking, in particular, is considered key to effective learning. “Educational research tells us that reflective thinking is where the real deep learning takes place,” says Sylvia Lowndes, Dean of the Pilon School of Business.
Becoming agents of change The Faculty of Applied Health and Community Studies (FAHCS) continues to develop its Community Builder Series. Launched last year, the series is an ongoing combination of events, speakers and documentary screenings with a focus on building better and healthier communities through engagement and collaboration. As an example, the Faculty hosted a screening of a documentary created by filmmaker Laura Sky detailing some of the obstacles to higher education faced by low-income single mothers. Called Home Safe, the documentary profiled several students and graduates from Sheridan’s Child and Youth Care program and was featured in a Toronto Star article in late 2015.
“Through the Community Builder Series, we are seeking to identify challenges for both our students and our communities, and then craft plans to address these challenges at the faculty, college and community levels.” – James Humphreys, Dean, Faculty of Applied Health and Community Studies
The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is carving out a unique place in undergraduate education by focusing on the value of the creative process. This spring, the first cohort of students completed the Sheridan Board Undergraduate Certificate in Creativity and Creative Problem Solving. Launched last year, the certificate features a collection of degree breadth courses that focus on creativity and creative problem solving, and span a range of fields of study across disciplines.
“Creative problem solving skills are becoming top branch proficiencies in the 21st century. We want our students from all our programs to have the chance to gain those competencies that will allow them to thrive in the workforce.”
In practice, this means using the flipped model of teaching. Students receive the content ahead of time and complete pre-work assignments before coming to class, and class time is used for discussion and practice. While traditional assignments still play a role, BBA courses also include challenges like competitions and videos to help students better process and apply what they’ve learned. The BBA also includes two Creative Learning Portfolio courses to help students make the most of reflective learning while in the program, and allow them to prepare an interview-ready portfolio by the end of their studies.
“Looking back on what you’ve learned and examining it from different perspectives is crucial – that’s ultimately how we really absorb knowledge.” – Sylvia Lowndes, Dean, Pilon School of Business
– Yael Katz, Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
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Sheridan Giving Thanking our Donors We are very grateful for the support of our donors and are proud to recognize their many contributions. In 2014/15, Sheridan donors gave 1,453 gifts totalling over $4 million. Our donors are students, employees, alumni, friends and community partners. From animation to athletics, buildings to bursaries, skilled trades to studios, technology to theatre, every gift impacts students! Creativity Rising
Mural at Davis Campus
An interdisciplinary team of students from Sheridan's craft and design and illustration programs worked with PLANT Architects to design a two-storey mural for a glass-enclosed stairwell in the Dr. Rob Turner Building at the Davis Campus. Formally called Woven Stories, the mural embodies the values of the Faculty of Applied Health and Community Studies, while reducing the building’s solar heat gain and energy consumption.
Sheridan’s $67.3 million expansion of the Hazel McCallion Campus has been changing the skyline of Mississauga throughout 2015. The 220,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art building, made possible by the Province of Ontario, the City of Mississauga and private donors, was designed with Sheridan’s Creative Campus in mind. Among the building’s many features: 57 classrooms, including labs, studios and production facilities; meeting rooms; a Senate Chamber; and the Creativity Commons at the heart of the facility.
The window treatment resembles long pieces of twine when viewed from the street and consists of hands working with rope inside the space itself, conceptually representing the way that the programs that are delivered in the building work together to serve, protect and help our communities.
Sheridan makes the grade as one of Canada’s top employers Sheridan has been named as the 13th top employer in Canada according to a ranking released by Forbes magazine in February 2016. Sheridan was the only college on the list, in good company with the University of Guelph (ranked 6th), Laval University (ranked 10th) and Queen's University (ranked 17th), as well as several other universities on the list.
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“The Creativity Commons was designed to reflect Sheridan’s commitment to the Creative Campus by permeating the core of the building. It isn’t one isolated space, but a series of connected spaces occupying each floor,” says Yael Katz, Dean of Sheridan’s new Institute for Creativity and Creative Campus, which will also be headquartered in the expanded Mississauga campus. “It’s a space for community, contemplation and collaboration.” Scheduled to open in Fall 2016, the new facility will accommodate an additional 3,200 full-time students for a total enrolment of approximately 5,500. The expanded space will house program clusters in architecture and interior design, creativity and communications, and business, advertising and merchandising.
Corus Entertainment is an avid supporter of creativity at Sheridan with their long-standing commitment to Sheridan’s animation programs and facilities. Corus’s most recent contribution to the Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design is supporting projects which exemplify Sheridan’s Creative Campus philosophy. Currently underway is the Sheridan Theatrical Animation Project. It’s an experiment in interdisciplinary creative expression in which animation students in collaboration with composers Neil Bartram and Brian Hall are fully animating the musical tale of Senza Luce. Once completed, Sheridan Music Theatre Performance students will perform the animated song and bring it to the stage as part of the Canadian Music Theatre Project. TD Bank Group is proud to support Sheridan’s Creative Campus Series with its recent gift. Designed to spark students’ creativity and curiosity outside the classroom and building on our creative engagement initiatives, talks in this series are open to the Sheridan and external communities. Presented by thought leaders in different areas, over the last year Sheridan hosted author Lawrence Hill, former hockey star and parliamentarian Ken Dryden, Canadian director Atom Egoyan and Canadian Stage Artistic and General Director Matthew Jocelyn and the HMC expansion architects Daniel Teramura from Moriyama & Teshima and Daniel Ling from Montgomery Sisam. Side Effects Software and its Co-founder Kim Davidson deepened their commitment to Sheridan with a gift in support of our Screen Industries Research and Training Centre. This research facility is designed to provide opportunities for technology developments that enhance content creation and delivery for Ontario’s screen-based industries.
Pictured top (L to R): Scott Dyer, Senior Vice President, Corus Entertainment and President, Nelvana; Angela Stukator, Associate Dean, Animation, Game Design, Sheridan; Helen Lebeau (Class of 1982), Vice President, Production, Corus Entertainment; Ronni Rosenberg, Dean, Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design, Sheridan.
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Sheridan’s Chancellor announcement February 23, 2016. (L to R): Sheridan President and Vice Chancellor Dr. Jeff Zabudsky, Rogers TV and OMNI Television Senior Manager and Campaign Advisory Committee member Jake Dheer, Sheridan Chancellor and Campaign Advisory Committee Co-Chair Hazel McCallion, Paramount Fine Foods Owner and CEO and Campaign Advisory Committee member Mohamad Fakih, Cushman & Wakefield Ltd. Senior VP & Director and Campaign Advisory Committee member Jim Murray.
SSU Board members and staff with Sheridan representatives (L to R): Kaushalsingh Devda, Shanise Collins, Rachel Pusateri, Xin Zhang, Muhammad Tayyab Asrar, Michael Burnside, Christopher Berwick, Jeff Zabudsky (President and Vice Chancellor), Nicolas Mazur, Sylvia Ibrahim, Lisa Piccolo (Vice President, Advancement and External Relations), Jamie King, Krittika Malhotra, Sharon Aitken (Director, Development and Campaign), Marina Qureshi
Get Creative Campaign Update
Student Union makes generous donation to support future Sheridan students
In Fall 2016, the doors to the new building at the Hazel McCallion Campus (HMC) in Mississauga will open. We are 78% of the way to the $9 million Get Creative campaign goal, which is raising money for the expansion as well as support for international scholarships. This success is thanks in large part to the efforts of the Campaign Advisory Committee. The committee provides strategic counsel and acts as community ambassadors supporting our fundraising endeavors. Led by Sheridan Chancellor and Co-Chair Hazel McCallion and Co-Chair Sheridan President and Vice Chancellor Dr. Jeff Zabudsky, the members are well-known business and community leaders.
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Through the support of the committee and the generosity of donors, the realization of Sheridan’s vision for a dynamic and sustainable new building to serve more residents of the GTA is well underway. Recently, we have received significant gifts to the campaign from donors including Paramount Fine Foods, Deloitte Foundation Canada, The Global Group, Patheon, TD Bank, CIBC, Scotiabank, Knowledge First Foundation, Canada-China Business Communication Council, and Sheridan Student Union and Sheridan Alumni, all of whom recognize the value of a Sheridan education. Our goal is to provide students with an outstanding, professional, applied educational experience. To learn more about the campaign, visit HMCgiving.sheridancollege.ca
Get Creative Campaign Advisory Committee Peter Campbell, BDO Canada Michael Cloutier (Class of 1979), LEXORC Performance Solutions Inc. Jake Dheer, Rogers TV and Omni Television Mohamad Fakih, Paramount Fine Foods Norm Loberg, Enersource (retired) Ellen McGregor, Fielding Chemical Technologies Inc. Jim Murray, Cushman & Wakefield Ltd. Mike Parsons, RE/MAX Realty Enterprises Anil Shah, Ni-Met Metals Inc. Ron Starr, City of Mississauga
The Sheridan Student Union (SSU) has contributed $500,000 to the Get Creative fundraising campaign in support of the Hazel McCallion Campus (HMC) expansion. The gift matches a donation previously made by Sheridan Alumni in support of the HMC project. “It’s inspiring to see our students, both past and present, come together in this way to help make a difference for future generations of Sheridan students,” said Dr. Jeff Zabudsky, President and Vice Chancellor. “Their contribution brings us closer to our $9 million fundraising goal, and we are very grateful for their generous support.”
Alumni’s significant gift.” Burnside graduated from Sheridan’s Business Administration – Finance program this year. “We work closely with Sheridan on a variety of initiatives every day, and it is pleasing to see the Sheridan Student Union recognize that many important Sheridan College priorities are also our priorities in SSU,” said Sylvia Ibrahim, President of the SSU and a 2015 graduate of Sheridan’s Interior Decorating program. “This project will positively impact the student experience at the Hazel McCallion Campus.” The Sheridan Student Union (SSU) is an organized body that represents the full-time and part-time students of Sheridan College.
“On behalf of Sheridan students, the Sheridan Student Union is pleased to play a leadership role supporting the Hazel McCallion Campus expansion,” said Michael Burnside, Chair of the SSU. “We believe it’s important for students to demonstrate our support of this initiative to our community partners, and we’re doubly thrilled that this contribution will match the Sheridan SHERIDAN OVATION | 2016 37
Congratulations award-winning alumni Emmy Award
Author-illustrator Jon Klassen wins Premier’s Award Congratulations to Jon Klassen on receiving one of six 2015 Premier’s Awards honouring outstanding Ontario college graduates. The children’s author-illustrator and 2005 animation alumnus was recognized in the Creative Arts and Design category. Klassen has received the industry’s top honours and sold over a million copies of his books worldwide. In 2013, he became the first Canadian to win the prestigious Caldecott Medal for This is Not My Hat. He also took home a Caldecott Honor, becoming only the second author/artist to receive both awards in the same year. As well, Klassen is the first Canadian to win Britain’s Kate Greenaway Medal for children’s illustration. The much-anticipated third book in Klassen’s “Hat” trilogy comes out in October 2016.
Digital agency Secret Location won the first 2015 Creative Arts Emmy Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement in the Interactive Media Category for User Experience and Visual Design. They were recognized for the Sleepy Hollow VR Experience. Part of the winning team: Matthew Fabb (Interactive Media, 2002), Ryan Andal (Interactive Multimedia, 2005) and Pietro Gagliano [Bachelor of Design (Honours), 2006] are partners in Secret Location.
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Anthony DeChellis (Art Fundamentals, 2001), Achievement in Visual Effects, Hyena Road Pietro Gagliano [Art Fundamentals, 2002 and Bachelor of Design (Honours), 2006], Best Original Interactive Production Produced for Digital Media, Highrise: Universe Within 2
TIFF Top Ten Film Festival Melody Wang (Bachelor of Animation, 2015) won the award for Best Animated Student Film at the TIFF Top Ten Film Festival for her short The Casebook of Nips and Porkington. 1
Ryan Andal (Interactive Multimedia, 2005), Pietro Gagliano [Art Fundamentals, 2002 and Bachelor of Design (Honours), 2006], Todd Feaver (Applied Photography, 2002 and New Media Design, 2005), Best Cross-Platform Project – Children's and Youth, Gaming Show Interactive
1 | Allison Rutland, credit: David Yeh
Mauro Casalese (Animation, 1990), Best Animated Program or Series, Rocket Monkeys
3 | Michael Nunan (right) with Antonio Montano, Credit: G. Pimentel Photography, courtesy of Academy.ca
Chelsea Gomez (Journalism New Media, 2014), Barbara Sears Award for Best Editorial Research - The Fifth Estate - The Mob and Michael Degroote Maria Gordon (Computer Graphics, 1997), Ken MacKenzie (Animation, 2007), Best Visual Effects, Vikings - To the Gates!
Canadian Screen Awards
Three animation alumni received 2016 Annie Awards, the industry’s highest honour: Taha Neyestani (2015), Best Student Film for ed; Allison Rutland (2003), Outstanding Achievement, Character Animation in a Feature Production for Inside Out; and Alexander Poei (1999), Outstanding Achievement, Character Animation in a Live Action Production for The Revenant – The Bear.
2 | Still from Melody Wang's film The Casebook of Nips and Porkington
Erik Culp (Media Arts, 1996), Steve Hammond (Media Arts, 1987), David Rose (Media Arts, 1991), Scott Shepherd (Media Arts, 1989), Best Sound in a Comedy or Dramatic Program or Series, The Book of Negroes
Ryan Andal (Interactive Multimedia, 2005), Best Cross-Platform Project-Fiction, The Book of Negroes Interactive
Michael Nunan (Media Arts, 1992), Outstanding Technical Achievement Award, Much Music Video Awards – Router-Based Audio Production Design; Best Sound in a Variety or Animated Program or Series, 2015 Pan Am Games Opening Ceremony David Rose (Media Arts, 1991), Best Sound in a Non-Fiction Program or Series, Songs of Freedom; Achievement in Sound Editing, Hyena Road SHERIDAN OVATION | 2016 39
Morna Scott-Dunne (Advanced Television and Film, 2001), Best News or Information Program, CBC News: Marketplace - Licence to Deceive John Simpson (Media Arts, 2005), Best Talk Program or Series, The Marilyn Denis Show
Cannes Silver Dolphin Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts Philip Hoffman (Media Arts, 1979) was presented with the Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts for career achievement over nearly four decades. Canada Council for the Arts called Hoffman one of the most influential experimental film artists working in Canada today.
Don White (Media Arts, 1973), Achievement in Overall Sound, Hyena Road Jamie Whitney (Animation, 1986), Best Direction in an Animation Program or Series, Paw Patrol - Pups Save a Talent Show/Pups Save the Corn Roast Alan Zweig (Media Arts, 1977), Ted Rogers Best Feature Length Documentary, Hurt
Canadian Society of Cinematographers Award
Leanne Bucaro (Media Arts-Writing, 1987), CEO of infinitycomm and Joel Powley (Media Arts, 2011) Video Producer of infinitycomm won a Silver Dolphin at the Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards in 2015. The Oakville-based creative marketing agency was recognized in the Sponsoring, Non-profit, Corporate Social Responsibility category for the 2014 Shop The Neighbourhood celebrity and event day series. The team at infinitycomm were the only Canadian company to win an award last year.
Governor General’s Award for Drama David Yee (Theatre and Drama Studies, 2000) received the 2015 Governor General’s Award for Drama for carried away on the crest of a wave. Yee is Artistic Director of the fu-GEN Theatre Company in Toronto. Diego Guijarro Alvarez (Media Arts, 2015) won the the Student Cinematography Award from the Canadian Society of Cinematographers for his film, House of Glory. Alvarez, is one of three 2015 alumni who were nominated for work they completed in their final year of study at Sheridan. Credit: John Narvali
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Turn your diploma into a degree
Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award Dr. Glen Sharpe (General Arts and Science, 1989) has been awarded the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award. Dr. Sharpe is Associate Professor, Schulich School of Education at Nipissing University. The award recognizes individuals who volunteer their time to help others and to build a smart and caring nation.
Chancellor Appointment Paul Cook (Law and Security, 1981) was appointed Chancellor of Nipissing University and began his term in June 2016. A dedicated community builder, Cook served as Chief of Police for the North Bay Police Service from 2004 – 2016, capping off 34 years on the force.
Explorers Club – Canadian Chapter Award Cory Trepanier (Illustration, 1990) received the 2015 Stefansson Medal from the Canadian Chapter of the Explorers Club, the Club’s highest honour. Trepanier captures Canada’s far north through his art, films and writing.
Marketing’s 30 Under 30 Erin McKeever (Journalism – Broadcast, 2008), Digital Communications Strategist at Nestle Purina Petcare Canada, was named one of Marketing Magazine’s 30 Under 30 in 2015.
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