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VATION celebrating people and achievement

Sheridan’s Annual Alumni Magazine

May the Force be With Us

Peel Police Officers on the Job

Sheridan Athletics

A Tradition of Winning

Green is the New Black

Sustainability for Health and Profit

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Plus Grad Gab , Alumni News & More

 A  conversaton between C.O.R.E. President Bob Munroe & 2007 B.A.A. Animation Grad Devin Lim


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Ovation Forward 4 President’s Message


Managing Editor Carol Hill Senior Editors Susan Atkinson Mark Mulloy Contributing Writer Angela Saieva

6 Devin Lim and Bob Munroe 10 Lee-Anne Bell and Bill Costigane 14 Constable Remo Moretti and Leah Vermeulen 16 Doug Greenwood and Chris Galante

Sheridan News 21 Cross-program Learning

Graphic Design/Art Direction Stewart Dick


Marketing Communications Deborah O’Malley

24 Jim Flack 25 The Blundys

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Alumni News


Student Potential

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The 2007/08 school year has been a celebratory time for Sheridan, marking the 40th anniversary of our founding. Our graduates now span several generations: baby boomers, Generation X and Generation Y. Sheridan students from each of the past four decades graduated into a world of increasing technological and global complexity which fundamentally shaped their outlook on learning and working. This issue of Ovation is all about these generational perspectives. Sheridan alumni and faculty from various fields share insights into their industry, reflecting on past developments, as well as current and future trends. They may be from different generations, but all these graduates and faculty share a passion for what they do. Thanks to those of you who participated in our 40th Sheridan Anniversary directory project. The response has been overwhelming, and we have received over 22,000 alumni updates. This exciting project was an integral part of our outreach efforts over the past year. Your current contact information allows us to keep you updated on Sheridan activities, events and fellow alumni news. I encourage you to visit the website. Take a look at the alumni benefits available to you, update your profile, and stay connected.

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Ovation is all about celebrating people and achievement. We hope you enjoy reading our generational conversations and learning about the accomplishments of other alumni whose stories can be found throughout this issue. Let us know what you think; we are always interested in your feedback and comments. Keep in touch!

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A message from the president

More than forty years after our founding, Sheridan continues to grow and evolve to meet the changing needs of the communities we serve. From a handful of programs in 1967, we now offer over a hundred programs in the arts, business, technology and community service fields. The range of credentials we offer has grown as well, to now include certificates, graduate certificates, diplomas and advanced diplomas, and bachelor’s degrees. Sheridan is continually reviewing its program mix and developing new offerings in response to shifting market demand. Over the next year, we are launching two new degree programs: Exercise Science and Health Promotion (Fall ’08), and Global Business Management (Fall ’09). Our new graduate certificate programs for Fall ‘09 include Project Management, Sales Management, and Business Process Management, which may be of interest to alumni who are seeking a shift in career direction.

Should you choose to continue your studies with us, I will look forward to congratulating you at Convocation – the highlight of our academic year. At Sheridan’s 2008 Convocation ceremonies held in June at the Living Arts Centre, we graduated over 5,000 students over a three-day period, bringing our total number of alumni to well over 100,000. This issue of Ovation illustrates the wealth of contributions that Sheridan graduates have made and are continuing to make to the social and economic well-being of our communities. From animation to business, from the environment to public safety, the impact of Sheridan alumni is wide and deep, and a reason for all of us to feel proud. Dr. Robert Turner President and CEO OVATION


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Close Encounters in Animation Sheridan has been a leader in animation education for close to 40 years, and in that time has contributed a wealth of talent to the film and television industries, both in Canada and elsewhere. That talent includes Bob Munroe, an American-born 1985 Computer Animation graduate. Bob fell in love with an Oakville girl while studying at Sheridan, and chose to settle here rather than seek his fame and fortune in the U.S. He co-founded C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures just over a decade ago with two fellow Sheridan grads (John Mariella and Kyle Menzies), and Canadian acting icon, William Shatner. Today, the Toronto-based company employs over 400 staff, many of them Sheridan grads. Among these is Devin Lim, a 2007 graduate of the BAA (Animation)

moves so fast, you are lucky to predict trends within weeks,” says Munroe. In the immediate term, it’s a good bet we’ll be seeing increased use of animation within live action films like 300 and the Spiderman series, Munroe and Lim agree. Live actors can move through a virtual world that is cheaper to create and easier to work with than traditional live action sets. A warehouse can stand in for sprawling location sets, and hundreds of visual effects artists can do the job of the traditional cast of thousands. “It’s also easier to blend computergenerated effects into highly stylized movies than it is to introduce them into traditionally realistic films,” says Lim. “A stylized movie with a very saturated, grainy look to it, for example, can be easily mimicked with special effects, yielding a smaller discrepancy between the look of the live action footage and the animated material.

“In this business, the future is two or three months, not 10 years.” – Bob Munroe Program. Devin works as a Lighter at C.O.R.E., adding lighting effects in the final stages of the production process. Bob and Devin sat down recently to discuss the current and future state of animation. Despite the generation gap between the two, they share similar views when it comes to animation. Highly popular movies in the style of 300 (2007) and Sin City (2005) will look dated within 10 years, says Bob Munroe. “We will look back on this period as just another trend in movie-making and build on the technology used in these films to create new ones.” So what will we be seeing a decade from now? “In this business, the future is two or three months, not 10 years. The technology

“The result can be a film that is reminiscent of a painting,” he says. “The artistic qualities of the film capture the viewers’ imaginations, allowing them to become further absorbed into an alternative world.” Movies have always been about escaping reality but not to the extent that we eliminate live action completely, assure both Lim and Munroe. “Our culture being what it is - we worship celebrities like gods - people will always need real actors to spark life into films. No matter how effective or believable computer animation becomes, people still want to be able identify with the main characters on a human level,” Lim says, using last spring’s hit Iron Man to explain his point. “Sure, seeing the computer-generated robot flying around was amazing, but people still responded

to the charisma of the real life actors.” Adds Munroe: “Pixels don’t have a life beyond the screen.” Although computer animation has long since moved beyond the realm of the family feature, the traditional animated film is alive and well, thanks to the renewable audience for the genre, according to Munroe. He cites Disney’s plan to release its first traditionally animated 2D feature since 2004 as evidence. The film, called The Princess and the Frog, is scheduled for release in 2009. Disney had yet to produce Who Framed Roger Rabbit to great acclaim in 1988 when Munroe began his career. He likens studying and working in animation in the ‘80s to building a car from the ground up. “The equipment was large, expensive and not as easy to operate as the current tools are. Out of necessity we were both artists and technicians. Today’s programs are so user-friendly that they strip away the need for animators to be technically savvy. “The accessibility of computer animation technology and the growing sophistication of the public have created a perception that the work is easier than it actually is,” says Munroe. “Clients tell me, ‘I can do that in my garage!’ But today anyone with a computer can spit out animation footage. It doesn’t mean it’s any good.” But Munroe doesn’t want to turn back the clock 20 years when sweatshop conditions characterized the animation boom. He recalls 80- to 100-hour work weeks with no overtime pay or benefits. “It’s true that today’s animation artists no longer face these conditions”, says Lim, “but their time on the job can vary according to the size of the company. I know colleagues OVATION


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at firms smaller than C.O.R.E. who work longer hours than we do,” he says. Munroe believes that C.O.R.E.’s younger employees are just as industrious as were he and his peers.

to industries springing up across Asia, including China, India, Thailand and Singapore. However, the infrastructure may not be fully established in emerging markets such as China and India, warns Munroe.

to what both Munroe and Lim agree is an over-reliance on post-production work in the animation and visual effects industry.

“It’s a double-edged sword,” says Lim. “Fixing a problem in post-production is often cheaper in the short term but can be detrimental to the final product. working Sometimes it just doesn’t work and should have done it right the first industry you time,” he explains.

“It’s not that this generation is somehow less willing to work,” he says. “What went on in the industry years ago was “The ‘coolness’ of illegal and wrong. I don’t blame my in the animation employees for wanting a weekend. has not worn off.” – Devin Lim Planning ahead is key, adds Munroe. I may be CEO but I still believe in a balanced life. My children are 15 “Too many times, the visual effects and 18 years old now. I didn’t want to miss “They may have all the workers and people are an after-thought and it can any stage of their childhood, and I don’t subsidies in the world but not the creative show. We were brought in early on one expect my employees to miss out on the and technical leadership,” he says. of our latest projects, and the results are growing years of their children either.” Outsourcing work can be a short-sighted exceptional,” he says, referring to science When Munroe graduated there weren’t decision and lead to problems later as fiction horror film Splice. Scheduled many companies to work for. Now the unforeseen holes need to be filled, he adds. for release in 2009, the film stars Adrien industry has become global and highly The sets may be unworkable or incomplete. Brody and Sarah Polley as geneticists competitive. There is pressure from clients Cultural and language differences can dabbling with illegal animal-human to outsource work to firms overseas result in script interpretation discrepancies experimentation. because they can produce animation and quality control overall can vary greatly. Splice was a true collaborative effort quickly and inexpensively, say Munroe and There are now companies that specialize in in which the players involved in the Lim. A growing number of governments “cleaning up” animation work outsourced production worked in close association, offer incentives for companies to get into by major studios to companies. unlike the current movie-making template, the visual effects business which has led The obsession with the bottom line has led Munroe says. Many big-scale movies today



are produced by a large number of specialized people working independently of each other who will rarely if ever connect with the key players involved in creating the project, he says. That could include the film’s director who may never visit the set throughout the entire filming, he adds. “It’s hard to develop a passion for a project if you remain on the outside looking in. I don’t like the trend toward pockets of specialized workers. It’s great to put on your résumé that you worked on a big budget blockbuster but at the end of the day it’s more creatively satisfying to work on a project in which you are truly involved and engaged,” Munroe says. After graduating, Lim was more concerned about getting a job in the industry than making the next Incredible Hulk, he says. “Working on a big scale film would be a great experience but I’m fortunate that I am now in a position to be creative, and have others appreciate my work.” After almost a year as the Lighter for Super Why!, an Emmynominated children’s series on PBS, the “coolness” of working in the animation industry has not worn off, says Lim. It is this sense of excitement that also fuels Munroe. “I remember spending a miserable night shooting a film in freezing weather and then coming back to the office the next day to meet the young employees who were working on the project. They couldn’t wait to tell me how this was the coolest thing they had ever done. That enthusiasm never fails to pump me up with fresh energy,” he says.

Munroe’s three pieces of advice to new animation graduates: 1. Be your own harshest critic. It’s better to put together 10 seconds of fabulous footage than 10 minutes of ho-hum animation. I once hired someone based on five seconds of tape. 2. Be somebody you would like to work with and somebody who would like to work with you. 3. Be the designer of your own destiny but be patient. Experience counts so don’t expect to be working on the biggest, high-profile projects within a year or two of starting the job.

Lim sees this synergy as a fair exchange. “I get knowledge and experience from you and the established artists; you get renewed energy and excitement about your work from us. It’s definitely a win-win.”

Lim’s three pieces of advice to new animation graduates: 1. Make your demo reel right after graduation while you’re still in “work-mode.” It’s tempting to relax after graduating, but having a polished reel is crucial when applying for a job. Use Sheridan’s fantastic resources. Make sure the reel highlights your specific skills as an artist (lighting or rigging for example) since most entry level jobs are specialized. 2. Network. Most jobs in the industry are contract based, so building relations with people within the industry will increase the chances of finding ongoing work. 3. Be enthusiastic about the job. Showing high levels of energy will naturally attract potential employers to you. I know of an extremely talented artist who wasn’t hired because he didn’t express enthusiasm for the job during the interview. OVATION


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Going Green for Health and Profit For businesses today, going green means a lot more than switching to energy efficient light bulbs and using recycled paper. Since environmental responsibility went mainstream, companies are increasingly adapting all facets of their operations with the planet in mind. Forward-looking businesses know that embracing green technology will reap significant social and financial benefits, says Environmental Consultant, Lee-Anne Bell. “By addressing environmental issues, organizations can reduce energy costs, avoid costly fines, and boost credibility among stockholders and consumers. All of this can lead to bigger profits,” adds Bell, who graduated from Sheridan’s Environmental Control Program in 2005. Bill Costigane, Coordinator of the Environmental Control Program and a former instructor of Bell’s, agrees. “Companies and governments ignore the environmental impact of their decisions at their peril. It’s just good business. When a company introduces an environmental management system, the stock of that company often increases by up to five per cent. It’s a risk management strategy,” he explains. There is also growing public pressure on companies to use cleaner technologies, says Bell, who works for the Mississauga office of ENVIRON Canada, an international environmental and health sciences consultancy. “Social pressure is a wonderful thing,” agrees Costigane. “A product will not sell well if the manufacturer is perceived as environmentally irresponsible, whether that product is a can of pop, an article of clothing or a house.” Corporate greening is not only good for the company’s bottom line but could also help to spur the next wave of job creation, as markets for sustainable technologies in the energy and transportation sectors open up. OVATION



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Costigane points out that an increasing number of manufacturing companies are not only changing their current processes to reduce energy consumption, but are also exploring the possibility of designing and producing new products to support the growing environmental industry sector. According to a report entitled “Work isn’t Working for Ontario Families” released in May 2008, by Ontario labour and anti-poverty groups, the province lags behind many American states in retooling shuttered factories for the green industries of the future. But the Ontario government seems to be listening, having promised to fast-track the start-up of its Next Generation Jobs Fund with $1.5 billion to support companies that produce green products or conserve energy. For Bell and her colleagues, the jobs are already here. Opportunities for professionals trained in environmental risk management and sustainability have ballooned as more and more businesses turn to consultants to solve their environmental problems. These consultants come from a wide variety of educational backgrounds, unlike the past when the field was dominated by engineers, says Costigane. Today, biologists, geologists and chemists have joined the industry. Approximately 50 per cent of the students in Sheridan’s program are women, he adds.

So what does an environmental professional do? “When I first told my friends and family I was going to study environmental science and technology they asked me if I was going to pick up litter or hug trees all day,” recalls Bell. Although her tasks can include collecting soil or water samples out in the field, Bell spends the majority of her time inside communicating with team members and clients. She divides her work into two main categories: • e nvironmental compliance, which focuses on showing companies where their activities are not in accordance with the law; • s ite assessment and remediation (which includes the clean up of contaminated land so that it can be used for other purposes). There is great pressure on communities to return contaminated land to a usable condition as demand for space skyrockets, particularly in the GTA, says Bell. These properties, called brownfields, may be former sites of abandoned factories in cities or rural areas built around former mines or timber mills. The revitalized land can be used to build eco-friendly homes, or businesses such as biodiesel, wind and urban farming. Considering the importance of team-based work in her field, Bell says she’s grateful that Sheridan’s program emphasized group communication. “At Sheridan, I gained experience in group dynamics by working with people who have various skill sets. Out on the job, I have collaborated with people from a client’s team who don’t know much about my business. On the flip side, I’ve learned about many different areas through my work - legal services, accounting, real estate and manufacturing - and the parts they play in making the world go around,” she says. Sheridan’s one-year graduate certificate program, which introduced a co-op segment in 2008, attracts applicants from a wide range of academic disciplines in science, technology and engineering. Many students have been out of the education

system for a while and possess several years of work experience, says Costigane. Some have families to support so they are facing pressure to be out of the workforce for as little time as possible. Consequently the teachers need to be very current, well organized and flexible, he says.

Since that time, both federal and provincial governments have introduced many new environmental regulations resulting in significant employment opportunities for appropriately educated environmental professionals.

Guiding his students, who can be anywhere from 22 to 50 years of age, is a challenge he welcomes, Costigane says. “This is a very knowledgeable, diverse and highly motivated audience. The fire is in their eyes. They know how to prioritize, how to work within groups and get results. And they are mature enough to know not to sweat the small stuff. In almost 15 years of teaching the program, “Environmental concerns I’ve never seen a negative are not a fad. They’re here to classroom dynamic,” says Costigane, who has held stay. They’re a fact of life. a variety of faculty and They’re a fact of business.” academic management posts at Sheridan over – Lee-Anne Bell a period of more than 30 years. “The program has stimulated me and made it a pleasure to be here and teach. I have fallen into my perfect job.” “It’s a challenge as well as an opportunity to work with people from different educational backgrounds. We use their strengths as an educational tool, encouraging students with specialized training to act as teachers,” explains Costigane, who helped develop the program in 1994.

Those individuals searching for their own perfect job, whether they are students on the threshold of their careers or seasoned boomers looking for more meaningful work, may find the answer in the environmental industry sector. “Many people of all ages want to be part of something that is bigger than themselves. More and more of us are concerned about improving the condition of our environment and this line of work allows them to do that in a meaningful way,” reflects Costigane.

Six Steps to a Greener World 1. S ite assessment & remediation Re-development of “brownfields” for future use 2. Water treatment & distribution Enhancing treatment plant efficiencies 3. C  arbon credit trading & emission control Showing companies how they can make money and reduce their carbon footprint 4. E nergy auditing Advising companies where they can save on energy costs and power 5. Air pollution control Sampling, analysis and control equipment 6. Waste to energy Incinerating our carbon-based waste and turning it into energy

Bell adds, “It’s feel-good work to be sure. Most of the time, the results are tangible and readily apparent. It’s great to be doing something positive in an exciting field.”



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Assault on Reality

If Constable Remo Moretti was on television, his typical day would start with a car chase down Highway 403 and end with a shoot-out at the local convenience store. But in reality, his work does not involve one crisis after another, says the officer with the Peel Regional Police, the third largest police force in Canada. One of 1,700 uniformed officers in the growing and culturally diverse cities of Brampton and Mississauga, Moretti say he is more likely to deal with cases of theft, domestic disputes and other community disturbances on any given day. In the rare instances he has needed to draw his service pistol, he says the mere sight of a weapon has been enough to deter a suspect. When the Constable does become involved in a criminal case, he doesn’t rush back to a crime lab to identify a fingerprint or analyze the pattern of a blood spatter as portrayed on the television show CSI. “You can’t bring in a ripped match and tell us to get a print from it within an hour,” says Moretti, who graduated from Sheridan’s Law and Security Program in 1989. Movies and television often ignore the distinction between officers and crime scene investigators, he says, explaining that drugs, guns, clothing or other materials are sent to both the Identification Bureau and the Centre for Forensic Science in Toronto for investigation, including fingerprint and blood analysis. OVATION


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“It’s not a centralized operation. Even in a break and enter case, we can’t take fingerprints from certain things. Evidence has to be documented and reports have to be filled out,” says Moretti. Most officers spend a large amount of their time tackling the mountain of paperwork that results from all investigations, criminal and otherwise.

“The documentation involved in some cases can take up to eight hours to complete. This is the aspect of police work that the public doesn’t see,” says Leah Vermeulen, who joined 11 Division of the Peel Regional Police four months after she graduated from Sheridan’s Police Foundations Program in 2007.

The reports themselves may be easier to produce thanks to computer technology, but they have become more detailed over the years as the way we work changes, she says. Today’s officers work with a growing number of agencies, particularly in the fields of victim services and mental health and all interaction must be officially recorded, adds Vermeulen. The Peel Regional Police has devoted special attention to mental health issues recently in response to the rising number of service calls involving the mentally ill in the region, says Moretti, who is stationed at 22 Division. As part of the Crisis

“You can’t bring in a ripped match and tell us to get a print from it within an hour.”

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Outreach and Support Team (COAST) program launched in April 2008, both a plain-clothed police officer and a mental health professional attend calls for service involving someone in a mental health crisis. Upon arriving at a call, the pair will assess the mental health of the person and determine the best intervention plan. “Initiatives are also in place to address aggressive youth behaviour and gang activity which remain concerns within the community,” says Moretti. To curb gang violence, Peel police beefed up its street gang unit patrol in recent years and now use GangNet, a specialized gangspecific database software application. This program helps investigators track, analyze and retrieve information collected about gangs and their members, the places they live and congregate, their nicknames, known associates and even the cars they drive. The information allows police investigators to establish profiles of gang members, and try to stave off crime before it happens.

“My teachers at Sheridan always said 98 per cent of people are good, law-abiding citizens and the other two percent are having a bad day. I try to keep that in mind when I approach someone.”

– Constable Leah Vermeulen

Neighbourhood policing is still an important tool in crime prevention as well, says Moretti. Peel’s Neighbourhood Patrol Units have developed strong relationships with high schools and community facilities throughout the region. “The units report daily to all school principals and vice-principals and they don’t hesitate to call us with any concerns. We like to be involved early, before a situation can escalate,” he says. Diffusing a volatile situation is at the heart of what they do, say both Moretti and Vermeulen. Because they see people under stressful circumstances, police officers place a great deal of importance on how they communicate, says Vermeulen. “It’s not just a matter of what you say but how you say it,” she explains. “Your body language and tone can make the difference between easing a situation and turning it violent. “My teachers at Sheridan always said 98 per cent of people are good, law-abiding citizens and the other two per cent are having a bad day. I try to keep that in mind when I approach someone,” Vermeulen adds. “Domestic disputes can be particularly challenging,” she says. She is often required to interact with people many years older than herself who are dealing with family and financial issues.

“I have to find Constable Vermeulen at graduation 2007. some common ground even though I don’t have years of life More than in the past, experiences to people are quick to sue or threaten draw upon,” says Vermeulen, who, at 24, legal action based on what they see is the youngest person in her 20-officer as mistreatment, he says. “If a person doesn’t like your appearance or platoon. demeanor, he or she can file an official Vermeulen is learning how to complaint that must be investigated no communicate effectively in these and matter how trivial it may appear.” other tense circumstances from her coach As individuals in positions of power and officers, senior personnel who are assigned privilege, officers know their conduct to new officers to help them develop good must be exemplary, both on- and off-duty. policing skills. “People are perfectly within their rights Moretti says it’s hard to underestimate the value of good communications skills. “It can be as simple as spending an extra 10 minutes on the phone or in person with someone. Some officers are so keen to get out there and catch the bad guys, they sometimes rush through their dealings with others. I tell them that they’re still doing well even if they don’t catch every single offender each and every day,” says Moretti, who has been dubbed the Dr. Phil of 22 Division for his success in crisis counseling both in and out of uniform. Effective public interaction on the part of the police force has never been more crucial than it is in today’s litigious society, says Moretti.

to question our actions,” he says. Moretti believes that community members still respect police officers overall and are grateful for their services. In 18 years on the force, Moretti says he’s seen the good, bad and ugly of the human condition. Rather than becoming jaded and cynical, he remains thankful. “I go into peoples’ homes every day and see what they’re living with. Then I go home, kiss my children and tell them they are very fortunate. I see goodness everyday too. That’s what keeps me going.” Adds Moretti, “When people complain to me about their jobs, their struggles, I feel like telling them to come along with me on a Friday or Saturday night and I guarantee that they’ll feel pretty good about their lives.” OVATION


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Chris Galante, Owner and CEO

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Bass Paper & Packaging Ltd. – Business Marketing 1984

Doug Greenwood has taught marketing at Sheridan for the past 10 years. Sheridan Marketing students have consistently excelled at the annual Ontario Colleges’ Marketing Competition, winning two gold, one silver and two bronze medals since 2000. Before joining Sheridan, Greenwood operated a food distribution business for over 15 years.

Following graduation, Galante found a job with Bass Paper & Packaging Ltd. as the company’s first employee. In 1991, just seven years later, Galante bought the company. His rise to become the owner of a multi–million dollar award-winning organization was a dream come true for Galante, who was his family’s first postsecondary graduate.




Doug Greenwood & Chris Galante 1984

What role will the growth of technology play in the future of business marketing?

What will be the fallout for business from increased globalization?

Doug: The online generation represents a huge opportunity for businesses. The students in my classes have an average of 225 friends on Facebook; some have over 1,000 friends. Most of their personal preferences are on display for advertisers and marketers to target. Facebook represents such a tight demographic niche, it’s a dream come true for a marketer. But you can’t just cover a site with ads or people will turn away fast. Some companies have their own blogs and Facebook pages as an alternative to traditional ads. With the pace of technology and the desire for change, you can bet there is a student somewhere dreaming up the next best thing to replace Facebook.

Doug: Markets will open up for us in the future as the workers producing all these goods for export become wealthier and better educated. The emerging middle class in the developing economies will be the new market for our services. The opportunities are there for Canadian businesses to follow the dollars. Hopefully all nations can participate in the global economy.

Chris: I believe the future is in the creative use of the Internet to help build business relationships. Companies will still need to market their products but they will use the new tools to do so. It has become harder and harder to differentiate yourself, to break through the noise. Of course, Web design and Internet purchasing to tap into the online buyer remain key for small businesses. They will not have deep enough pockets for the ever-changing technology and depth of inventory needed to keep up with the “big box” stores for customers who expect instant satisfaction.

Chris: Even though countries like China are taking manufacturing jobs from Canadians, emerging nations still need the raw materials. We can provide these materials. Most of our customers are manufacturers and many export to the U.S. If these customers start exporting to countries like China instead of, or as well as the U.S., then our company will become busier as a result. China is the hot-button country right now but as wages increase, the labour price gap will narrow and the country’s appeal as a producer will diminish. Another emerging nation will replace China and the cycle will start all over again. In the meantime, a large number of our customers have relocated to take advantage of cheaper production costs elsewhere or have simply closed their doors. Companies like mine already have or will need to find their own importer to stay competitive. It’s just reality – change or die.

Doug: Jack Welch, Chairman and CEO of General Electric for 20 years (1981-2001), once said, “If change on the outside is greater than change on the inside then the end is near.”




Technology has had a profound impact on everybody. How has it affected the way you do your job? Doug: All marketing students are now required to have a laptop in class. This has created a different dynamic in the classroom. Students communicate with each other by typing, not talking. We use everything from traditional business websites to YouTube as teaching tools. But instant communication also means we’re available 24 hours a day. Students are accustomed to getting instant feedback. Technology was supposed to free us but in reality it has chained us to each other 24/7.

Chris: More and more people prefer to deal electronically, which can be frustrating in my business. We sometimes find it difficult to get a face-to-face meeting with a purchaser. In the past, the company rep and the client built some familiar ground through personal interaction. Much of that rapport is lost now which makes it easier for customers to move on to another supplier without much explanation.

Can you comment on the working What else do you think today’s and learning styles of today’s Business – Marketing graduates students and recent graduates? need to know? Chris: In my experience, new graduates come into the

workforce with a good sense of the business world but sometimes fail to apply that knowledge. They shrink away from taking initiative and going that extra mile. Maybe it’s fear of making a mistake or looking inept. I agree with the saying, “It’s not what you know, it’s what you do with what you know.” The speed with which younger employees change companies is a relatively new trend. They think nothing of leaving a job if it doesn’t meet their expectations quickly. Maybe they think building a career is going to be easier than it really is. As much as I’d like to foster a family atmosphere with a loyal, longstanding staff, I realize that my firm is only a stepping stone for a young employee. Having said that, I think people at all stages of life have goals they want to achieve. They may simply go about doing so differently. Nobody wants to fail or disappoint.

Doug: The desire on the part of our students to do well has always been there. The increase in digital communication has not changed that. Once students have internalized the notion that you’re there to share your knowledge and help them succeed, they’ll work very hard. My personal philosophy on teaching has always been that “they won’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”



Chris: They need to understand that most business is still achieved through personal contact. Email and text messaging are great tools but we still need to get in front of people and meet them face-to-face. A greater emphasis should be placed on written business communications as well. The emergence of spell check and short forms used in electronic messages has led to an increase in the number of young adults who are incapable of producing a proper business letter.

Doug: We realized this weakness in written communication a few years back and, although we’ve always had a business communications course in our program, we added a course specifically on marketing report writing. I think we need to add a larger ethical component to our curriculum. Today’s students quickly learn the hard, fast marketing rules about how to make a buck but the lesson about good corporate citizenship can be lost on them at times. Working hard to acquire material things is not wrong but it shouldn’t be the only goal. We need to encourage young graduates to judge success based not only on how much money they make but how much they contribute to society.

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Expanding Sheridan

Cross-program learning to produce better healthcare, public safety and social workers.

Valentines Day, February 14, 2008 marked the official opening of Sheridan’s new CHC building in Brampton.

Sheridan’s latest addition to the Davis Campus offers an innovative learning environment that will play an important role in the future health and wellness of people in the Greater Toronto Area. The Sheridan Centre for Healthy Communities (CHC) is a unique facility that brings together in one location programs that focus on physical, mental and psychosocial health. The Centre is home to programs that educate practical nurses, personal support workers, pharmacy technicians, social service workers, public safety and emergency management professionals, and experts in athletic therapy, exercise science and health promotion.

sector. These students will graduate with a better understanding of how their occupations interact within the system as a whole.

The facility’s cross-program approach is meant to provide approximately 1,800 students a year with direct exposure to other professions in the community service

• 10,000-square-foot athletic therapy Centre with a therapy pool, Human Performance Lab, Exercise Institute and Research Centre & Human Anatomy Lab

“Public safety and social service workers are on the front lines in the community tackling some of the most challenging problems we’re facing as a society,” said Helen Allen, Dean of Community and Liberal Studies. “The bottom line is we’re going to end up with smarter, more well-rounded professionals who can successfully meet the challenges their jobs will throw at them.” The 84,000 square-foot Centre features teaching labs that immerse students in realistic settings. These include:

• 8 ,000 square-foot Nursing Lab with three nursing pods housing 24 hospital beds, a simulation pod with eight robotics, and the Activities of Daily Living Lab simulating the home environment • T  wo Pharmacy Labs, one for hospital and one for retail practice Sheridan’s highly respected athletic therapy clinic is open to the public, and meeting space in the Centre is available for residents of Brampton and surrounding area. OVATION


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Centre Puts Internationally Trained Students on the Road to Rewarding Careers Sheridan’s new programs for international trained students allow newcomers to Canada to transfer their skills and experiences from their home countries into meaningful careers here. The Centre for Internationally Trained Individuals (SCITI) assists Canadian newcomers who need a higher level of English proficiency in order to achieve their career goals. The Centre, which opened in January 2007, provides programs comprised of English language training, work placement, and an academic program. Sheridan offers four specialized academic programs for internationally-trained students: Early Childhood Education (ECE) – Intensive, Accounting in Canada for Internationally Trained Accountants, Fast Track Technology for Internationally Trained Individuals (FTTO) and Canadian Journalism for Internationally Trained Writers (JITW). “With the growing numbers of immigrants to the GTA, it has become increasingly important to provide programs that cater to international students,” says SCITI Director, Joyce Wayne. Students who enroll in English language training programs through the centres enjoy the same privileges as other Sheridan students, including access to the library, career centre and computer labs. The centres are located at Oakville’s Skills Training Centre and Brampton’s Davis Campus. “Not only are immigrants invited to upgrade their English language skills, but they are introduced to Sheridan’s unique programming for immigrants,” says Wayne. “It’s a great way for those new to the Sheridan family to receive the special support and the advice they deserve.” The FTTO and JITW programs were launched in 2007. The first cohort of FTTO students consisted of over 50 internationally trained individuals from 15 countries and over 25 occupational backgrounds. Girish A. Bothe, a foreign-trained Mechanical Engineer who also holds an MBA in Operations and Marketing in India, has received the Sheridan Internationally Trained Individual Entrance Scholarship for 2008. Both the ECE and Accounting programs began in summer 2008. The Sheridan Centre for Internationally Trained Individuals and the ELT programs are funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario. The FTTO Program, which was created in collaboration with Centennial College, is funded in part by the Government of Ontario. Alumni are encouraged to participate in these programs as guest speakers, mentors or potential employers. 22


Older Adults Experience the Arts Through SERC (Sheridan Elder Research Centre) Recognizing older adults’ thirst for learning, the latest research initiative from the Sheridan Elder Research Centre (SERC), invites adults 50-plus to participate in an artistic pursuit for the first time or rediscover a past passion. The program, called Experiencing the Arts, was launched in June of this year. In the first segment of the program, older learners joined Gillian Saunders-Herron, Head of Sheridan’s Dance Discipline, Music Theatre – Performance Program, for a series of complimentary beginner ballet classes. “There are many physical and psychological benefits to involvement in ‘movement’ activities”, says Pat Spadafora, SERC’s director. “You can totally lose yourself in dance. Your concerns are pushed to the back of your mind as you concentrate on learning the steps. “What’s more,” she says, “studies have shown that dance can delay the onset of dementia and improve balance. Many older Canadians are admitted to the hospital as a result of falls. If we can help to reduce admissions to acute care, the economic impact may be considerable.” As with all SERC initiatives, the research base of Experiencing the Arts differentiates it from traditional so-called “third-age” learning programs. Members of the SERC team will conduct quality of life measures including physical and cognitive benefits related to participation in the creative and performing arts. For example, researchers will measure changes in balance, muscular endurance and range of motion with dance class participants, explains Spadafora. The results of this research will assist SERC in developing practical programs that improve the lives of older adults and their families. As the country’s largest arts school, Sheridan is well-positioned to enter the area of older learning through artistic pursuits, believes Spadafora. With the high demand for learning opportunities geared to the over 50 cohort, she anticipates an even greater interaction among students, faculty and older adult learners. Alumni are encouraged to become involved in SERC’s research as volunteers or program participants. For more information, please contact Pat Spadafora at or 905-845-9430, ext. 8615.

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Airs this Fall! Sheridan-TV will begin broadcasting this September. An information pipeline for students, faculty, staff and visitors, Sheridan TV will have a strong focus on student-produced content and news relevant to the Sheridan community. The network will be available through a series of 25 42” HD television monitors installed in high-traffic areas across all three campuses. By mid-fall, it will also be available through Sheridan’s website.

Sheridan-TV will feature audiovisual content produced across all schools and programs. It will include short films, animation, documentaries, photography and art exhibits. As well, the network will broadcast live on-campus events, guest speakers, award shows, Theatre Sheridan productions and varsity athletics games.

project leader Sandy McKean, Associate Dean of the School of Animation, Arts and Design. “Sheridan-TV will put their work on display, helping us tell our stories to the wider community.”

“When I first came to Sheridan I was struck by the amount of content produced by students from a variety of programs,” says

Sheridan’s New Learning Commons opens at Trafalgar Road Campus Students at the Trafalgar Road Campus will find more individual and group study space this year thanks to the new Learning Commons. Completed in July 2008, the common area augments the library facilities with many new computing workstations and a range of enclosed areas accommodating different group learning scenarios. The 19,000 square-foot Trafalgar Learning Commons is located in the former home

of Sheridan’s Animation program in the C-Wing. A 30,000 square-foot Learning Commons at the Davis Campus is scheduled to open in December 2009 within the planned Centre for Social Innovation. Sheridan expects the Learning Commons to be a welcome and well-used facility, says Karam Daljit, Vice-President, Finance and Administration. “In a recent student survey by an external consultant, the

need for a learning commons was rated very high.” Third-year Media Arts student James Vorstenbosch is looking forward to using the learning commons in the fall. “The facility is more than just an open area, it’s a functional space. We tend to become segregated within our own programs, so it’s great to have a space to interact with students from other disciplines,” he says.



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The Heart of Sheridan Athletics The final game of the 2008 Ontario College Men’s Basketball championship is one that Sheldon Sinclair will never forget. “It had been a long and grueling season,” recalls Sinclair, a member of the Sheridan Bruins varsity basketball team and thirdyear Business-Accounting student. “When the final countdown began, I looked down at the bench and saw tears in some of the players’ eyes. A few of them had waited years to win an Ontario championship. As the buzzer went off everyone ran onto the court to celebrate.” The Bruins had defeated the Algoma Thunderbirds 81 to 63 to clinch the 2008 provincial title. Sheridan Athletics had much to celebrate this past season as both the men’s and women’s varsity basketball teams won the Ontario Colleges Athletics Association (OCAA) championships, a first for Sheridan. 24


Though the teams did not go on to win nationally, their historic 2008 record caps more than 40 years of rich athletic history that we should be proud to celebrate, says Athletics Director Jim Flack. “It’s nice for athletes to carve out new territory here but it’s also great for the students to know that they share many of their accomplishments with the graduates who have come before them,” says Flack, who is also Head Coach of the men’s varsity basketball team. “Celebrating the past makes what we’re doing that much more special. We are now at the point where we have developed a strong history. We need to use our four decades as an anchor and draw strength from our traditions.” Flack has been a champion of Sheridan athletes, past, present and future, ever since he joined Sheridan as a basketball

coach in 1994. He initiated Sheridan’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000 to honour the achievements of athletes, coaches and administrators. He also launched the Sky Blue Fund, which has raised almost $300,000 to provide financial support to varsity athletes since 2001. During Flack’s 14-year tenure as Head Coach of the men’s varsity basketball team, Sheridan has made the top four Ontario teams every season but one. He has twice been named OCAA Ontario Coach of the Year, and in 2002 earned national honours as Canadian Colleges Athletics Association (CCAA) Coach of the Year. Following in Flack’s footsteps is Shane Bascoe, Coach of Sheridan’s women’s varsity basketball team, who was named National Coach of the Year in 2008 by the CCAA. As a varsity basketball player at Sheridan, Bascoe was named National

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Jim Flack looks on as the Bruins clinch the Men’s Provinical OCAA Championship.

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Player of the Year in 2000, making him the first person to receive both honours. Flack’s influence has reached beyond basketball to Sheridan’s varsity volleyball and soccer varsity teams, says Bascoe, who graduated from the Correctional Worker Program in 2000.

OCAA Photo: Ryan Kelly

“All our coaches have stepped up their programs and developed a winning tradition which has now become the expectation. Jim has had a vision for the department for quite some time and now he has shaped it into what I feel is perfect for the school, students and varsity athletes.” Using Flack as a role model, Bascoe says he developed a team of players who pushed themselves physically through their training, expanded their minds through their studies and overcame personal obstacles both on and off the court. Sheridan’s men’s basketball team has always been a provincial and national powerhouse, but the recent success of the women’s team is particularly sweet since the team was reborn in 2005 after a long absence. “There have been many road blocks and to see the women celebrate after all we have been through was truly a storybook ending,” says Bascoe. Sheridan has developed and nurtured award-winning teams since its beginnings in a Brampton high school with no athletic facilities. Early successes in men’s and women’s hockey quickly established the Bruins’ winning tradition. A string of football and volleyball championships in the ‘70s and ‘80s further solidified Sheridan’s reputation as a force to be reckoned with. To date, Sheridan’s varsity teams have won dozens of provincial and national medals. There’s no secret to the Bruins’ ongoing achievements, says Wayne Allison, General Manager of Varsity Basketball at Sheridan. “The key to success on the court is a strong work ethic,” says Allison. “Like anything in life, if you don’t work hard you won’t get to the top. It doesn’t matter if you have all the talent in the world, failure to put in that extra effort will cut your chances short.” Sheldon Sinclair knows how much dedication and effort it takes to be on a winning team. He also knows there’s a payoff. “It’s an honour to be part of Sheridan athletics because of its great history. We work hard to compete against the best in Canada. You are guaranteed to become a better athlete and a better person because of it.”

After more than three decades coaching and mentoring Sheridan athletes, Steve and Pat Blundy both retired in July 2007. The Blundys forged longstanding bonds with many former varsity athletes, dozens of whom participate in an annual hockey alumni golf tournament in support of Sheridan athletes. “It’s such a pleasure to run into former players and see where they are now,” Steve Blundy says. “We laugh because they’re going through the same stages with their college-age children as I did with them.” Part of Sheridan’s first graduating class – (Community Planning, 1969) – Steve Blundy joined Sheridan in 1973. He managed the varsity football team and coached the men’s and women’s varsity hockey teams before becoming Manager of Athletics Facilities in 1984, a position he held until his retirement. Former coach Bernie Custis and Blundy led the football team to six consecutive Eastern College Championships from 1973 to 1978. Blundy holds a special passion for coaching. “I believe coaching and teaching are synonymous. Young people learn about themselves and others through interaction under tense circumstances and tough training regimens that demand a high level of commitment.” Pat Blundy worked tirelessly in administrative and coaching roles to keep Sheridan at the top of the college athletics scene. She joined Sheridan as Athletics Coordinator in 1974 and married Steve two years later. Initially, Pat Blundy was responsible for coordinating six women’s sports teams as well as Sheridan’s intramural sports programs. She also coached women’s volleyball for four years. When Sheridan’s women’s hockey team folded in 1987, Blundy devoted her efforts to expanding the department’s intramural and extramural sports leagues and fitness programs. Reflecting on her career, Pat says, “My husband and I always worked well together because we shared an understanding that jobs in athletics and recreation demand flexible hours.” “Steve and Pat were always the first ones on site and the last ones to leave,” says Sheridan’s Athletics Director Jim Flack. “They were the glue of the department.” OVATION



Supporting Sheridan Helping Students Reach their Potential

Sheridan Student Capital Campaign Update !

With only a few months remaining in Sheridan’s Student Capital Campaign, we have received commitments totaling almost 80% of our $30 million goal!

The funds continue to grow as more groups and individuals share our commitment to providing Sheridan students with an exceptional educational experience. “The support of students, staff and Sheridan’s many partners and contributors has put us on track to ensure the Campaign is a great success,” says Campaign Co-Chair, Peter Gilgan, CEO of Mattamy Homes Ltd. “But above all, the students will reap enormous benefits in their everyday educational lives as a result of the generosity shown by our donors,” adds



Gilgan, who has contributed $250,000 to the campaign. This latest donation reflects Mr. Gilgan’s ongoing and powerful commitment to Sheridan students and to building stronger communities overall. In 2002, he contributed $1 million in support of the Transforming Sheridan Campaign. Since the launch of the Student Capital Campaign in 2006, donor dollars have been hard at work, particularly over the past year. With the opening of the Centre for Healthy Communities in February of this year and the Animation Centre in 2007,

we reached our first campaign objectives. The campaign also aims to generate funds for student support, service and technology access. Thanks to incredible support from our community and industry partners, as well as many individuals, funds raised for scholarships and bursaries are more than double the $1 million campaign target and growing. We are grateful to the companies which have taken a leadership role in this area, including Scotiabank which contributed

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$200,000 and Virox Technologies which contributed $100,000. Notable scholarships and bursaries established over the past year are the Megan J. Kenny Kiln-Cast Glass Scholarship Fund which has received nearly $19,500 in donations to date, and the Larry Comeau Bursary Fund which now totals almost $17,500 in contributions to be matched, dollar for dollar, by the Ontario Trust for Student Support (OTSS).

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Some of our donors have chosen to make a planned or legacy gift to Sheridan through a bequest or a donation of life insurance, securities or retirement benefits. Our appreciation to Whitney Hammond, Certified Financial Planner, Sovereign Wealth Management, who has committed $1 million in planned gifts to Sheridan. She has also donated an additional $15,000 to the Theatre Program. We are proud to share these exciting updates with you and look forward to announcing further campaign developments. “In the near future, we are set to launch the community phase of the Sheridan Student Capital Campaign. With almost 80% of the funds raised, we are looking forward to working closely with our communities to see the final targets reached,” says Frank Cerisano, Executive Director, Advancement. There are many ways you can get involved in the campaign. The Sheridan Advancement department will help you find a way to give. Contact us at:

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Alumni news Co-Founder of CityTV and owner of radio station Classical 96.3 FM; Michael Caine, President and General Manager of radio stations AM740, JOY1250 and CJMR 1320. Representatives from Peel Regional Police, Big Idea Animation, PDI Dream Works, CIBC, and Ford Motor Company, were also present. The evening’s entertainment included the musical talents of Sheridan instructor Greg Andrews and his Big Picture Band, with featured performances by Sheridan Music Theatre students. Sarah Cornell, Sheridan alumna and rising comedic actress, hosted the evening’s festivities.

Alumni Directory Now Available

The Honourable William Davis, former Ontario premier and the architect of Ontario’s college system, was the Gala’s guest of honour.

Alumni Stars Shine at 40th Anniversary Gala

• B  renda Clark, Illustrator, Franklin the Turtle series (Illustration ’77)

Luminaries from the Sheridan alumni community came out in force to celebrate their achievements at the Big Picture Gala on October 25th, 2007. More than 700 guests made their way down the red carpet at the Pearson Convention Centre in Brampton, including eight distinguished alumni who were recognized for their exceptional career accomplishments. Congratulations to the following Distinguished Alumni chosen to represent the wide spectrum of programs Sheridan offers: • R  andy Pilon, President & CEO of Virox Technologies Inc. (Business ’82) • L  orraine Hughes, President, Canada (Advertising ’76)


• R  ex Grignon, Supervisor, Animation, DreamWorks (Computer Animation ’84)



• C  hris Broadhurst, Head Athletic Therapist, Phoenix Coyotes (Athletic Therapy ’85) • S heldon Wolfson, Director – Senior Services, Halton Region (Nursing ’77) • L  arry Madden, President, C&M Environmental Technologies Inc. (Chemical Engineering Technology ’79) • Michael Annable, Executive Vice President, Administration, Linamar Corporation (Business Computer Systems ’83) The Gala attracted many business, community and political leaders, including The Honourable William Davis, former Ontario premier and founder of the province’s college system, who was the evening’s guest of honour. Also in attendance were Oakville Mayor Rob Burton; Ontario Conservative leader John Tory; Moses Znaimer,

Sheridan is proud to announce the publication of its 40th Anniversary Alumni Directory in partnership with Harris Connect. An electronic version of the Directory will also be available in the fall of 2008. Harris Connect currently has relationships with several other Ontario universities and colleges including Seneca, Mohawk and Canadore. Sheridan chose Harris Connect because of its outstanding reputation in protecting alumni data. Harris Connect has abided by all applicable privacy legislation and has listed only alumni in the directory who have given permission via mail, email or over the telephone. To purchase the directory, please call 1-800-414-4056. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Alumni Office at 905-815-4078.

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Homecoming 2008

An Evening in Tuscany

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Friday, October 17, 2008

Authentic Tuscan cuisine will be served accompanied by regional wines. Lots of pizza and even more Sheridan memories were served up to almost 125 Animation program alumni at CORUS Entertainment/Nelvana last March, as part of Sheridan alumni employee visits.

Visiting Graduates at Work Throughout 2007, the alumni team visited graduates in their workplace to celebrate both their success and Sheridan’s 40th birthday. Alumni-employee visits were held at Peel Regional Police, C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures, City of Brampton, CORUS Entertainment/ Nelvana, Sheridan’s Trafalgar Road and Davis campuses, as well as Studio B and Electronic Arts in British Columbia. The alumni team also caught up with Sheridan alumni cast members of the Mirvish production We Will Rock You after a performance last spring.

Animation Graduates Celebrate in California Sheridan hosted two networking events in California earlier this year as part of our overall outreach efforts to alumni. California is home to the largest number of Sheridan alumni outside of Ontario. A majority of these alumni work in the animation industry.

performer on The Red Green Show and Traders, Rick Mercer and other Canadian celebrities, as well as the latest news about the Animation program. Sheridan representatives also met with leading animation studios and educational institutions in California to reconnect with additional graduates and develop new opportunities for student placements, internships, alumni guest lecture series and corporate partnerships. The first event was held at DreamWorks Animation SKG in Los Angeles on January 29th and featured special guest Jeffrey Katzenberg, DreamWorks Chief Executive Officer and Director. On January 31st, Sheridan celebrated with San Francisco Animation alumni at the Official Residence of the Canadian Consul General, Marc LePage.

October 17, 2008, 6 – 9 p.m. Reserve your space now. Call us at 905-815-4078 or email


6 p.m. Wine and Cheese/Cash Bar (closes at 11:00pm) 6:30 p.m. Women’s Volleyball vs. Alumni 8:30 p.m Men’s Volleyball vs. Alumni October 4

12 p.m. Women’s Soccer vs. Lambton 2 p.m. Men’s Soccer vs. Lambton 1 p.m. Wine and Cheese/Cash Bar (closes at 11:00 p.m.) 1:30 p.m. Hall of Fame Inductions 4 p.m. Women’s Basketball vs. Georgian 6 p.m. Men’s Basketball Alumni Game 8 p.m. Men’s Basketball vs. Shippensburg

The events were scheduled to cap off Sheridan’s 40th birthday celebrations. Sheridan’s anniversary year also saw the first graduates of the four year Bachelor of Applied Arts (Animation) Program. During the visits, Sheridan shared birthday greetings via DVD from Patrick McKenna (Hotel and Restaurant Management 1982), OVATION


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Documentary qualifies as finalist at Sundance Film Festival Feature documentary, Up the Yangste, produced by John Christou (ATVF 2002), was a finalist in a number of awards categories at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2008. His short film, The Colony, won Best Picture Award at the Whistler Film Festival in December 2007.

Alumni Program Wins National Award Sheridan has won a 2008 PRIX D’EXCELLENCE Award from the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education (CCAE). The 2006 “Best Times of Our Lives” campaign received the bronze award for “Best Program” in the Alumni Relations Category. The program featured a series of unique prizes for alumni who connected with Sheridan through email. Participating alumni had a chance to be an intern for a day at Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, as well as Roots. The grand prize was a day on the set of hit television series CSI in Los Angeles which was won by 2005 Advanced Television and Film graduate, Monica Virtue.

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Richie Mehta on set in India for the feature film, Amal

Amal Opens in Canadian Theatres Congratulations to Richie Mehta, Director of Amal, which was released in Canadian theatres on August 2. The feature film was chosen as one of the top films of 2007 by the Toronto International Film Festival. Amal also won Best Independent Film at the Santa Barbara Film Festival and the Audience Award at the Whistler Film Festival. Mehta graduated from the Advanced Television and Film Program (ATVF) in 2003. Amal, which tells the story of a taxi driver in India who experiences an amazing twist of fate, was produced by Steven Bray (Media Arts 2003) and David Miller and edited by Stuart McIntyre (ATVF 2002). The Alumni Association and the ATVF program sponsored a screening of the film at Sheridan in October 2007 which drew many alumni and industry leaders.



Alumnus wins best animated film at TIFF Student Showcase Vladimir Kooperman (BAA - Animation ’08) has won the Best Animated Film award at the Student Film Showcase organized by the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) Group this past spring. This is the third straight year that a Sheridan student has scooped a top award at the Showcase. Previous winners are Nev Bezaire’s A Trip to the Doctor, which won Best Film in 2006, and Trevor Jimenez’s Key Lime Pie, which won Best Cinematography in 2007. Kooperman’s four-minute film, C-Block, is a futuristic animated piece which follows a lanky canine desperate to be reunited with his favourite chew toy. The film’s production reflects the blend of classical and computer animation training the filmmaker learned at Sheridan. Kooperman is now an animator with Pixar Animation Studios in California.

Do you know any Sheridan alumni who deserve to be nominated for a Premier’s Award? Nominees must have achieved outstanding career success and are usually very involved in their communities or with Sheridan. Awards are given annually in the following six categories: Business, Community Services, Creative Arts and Design, Health, Technology, Recent Graduate (graduated within the last five years). Full criteria are available at: Please submit the name of potential nominees and a brief description of their contributions to Leasa Steadman at

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Sheridan Grad gab Debbe and her Daughters For Debbe Shannon, going to Sheridan has been a family affair. Not only did she graduate from Sheridan but so did her daughter, step-daughter and daughter-in-law. Debbe Shannon graduated from the Illustration program and the Art Fundamentals program, winning the Board of Governors Silver medal. She has worked with Sheridan ever since, teaching life drawing to continuing education students and as part of a student recruitment team, a job for which she is ideally suited. Her daughter Bekki Kam graduated from Visual Merchandising and is currently a technician in that program Step daughter Nikki Shannon graduated from the Community Development Program and now works at a homeless shelter in Mississauga. Daughter-in-law Melissa Shannon (Media Arts) is a program supervisor for Much Music. Is it safe to say that Melissa Shannon’s one year-old daughter, Patricia Willow, is a future Sheridan graduate? Left to Right: Debbe Shannon, Melissa Shannon, Patricia Willow Shannon, Nikki Shannon, Bekki Kam

Three diplomas, 4.0 grade point average Juggling one program course load over a school year is daunting enough for most students. Debora Vazquez handled three and graduated with a perfect 4.0 grade point average (GPA) this past June. She received the Governor General’s Medal presented annually to the Sheridan graduate with the highest GPA. Receiving the medal is a testament to the quality of teachers and Canada’s education system, says Vazquez. This system was the driving force behind her decision to leave Mexico three years ago and move to Mississauga with her two sons, one of whom also graduated from Sheridan this year.

Vazquez, who was class valedictorian, graduated from the English as a Second Language, General Arts and Science and Social Service Worker programs. She also won the Student Life Contribution Award and the Canadian Millennium Scholarship Award in recognition of her academic achievements and support of her fellow students, as a peer mentor. In addition to being a peer mentor at Sheridan, Vazquez has volunteered at Ian Anderson House, a palliative care facility for cancer patients.





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Business Administration – Human Resources Tanya Taylor, ’04, is owner and Senior Consultant of TNT Human Resources Management. TNT specializes in professional résumé writing, reference checking and candidate screening through telephone interviewing. Tanya has also given back to Sheridan by offering placements to co-op students.

Business Administration – Marketing Patricia Lynne Pinkney, ’94 is the owner of Pangea Collection, an online jewelry store that sells unique pieces made all over the world. Patricia’s main focus is supporting Fair Trade organizations and independent artisans. Each piece of jewelry encapsulates the story of the artists and their culture, says Patricia.

Classical Animation Jeff Astolfo, ’92, earned a 2007 Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation for Nelvana’s The Backyardigans. He has worked as an animator on projects such as Stickin’ Around and All Dogs Go to Heaven II. Currently Assistant Director of The Backyardigans, Jeff lives in Burlington with his wife, 3 children and 3 dogs.

Corporate Communications Catherine Fawcett, ’03, opened her public relations firm, Cat PR, in Toronto in 2006. Some of her clients include Linus Entertainment, True North Records, Lula Lounge and recording artists Alannah Myles and Sophie Milman. Although she enjoys working with her celebrity clients, Cat says her main focus is helping boost the careers of aspiring artists. Cat has maintained ties with Sheridan through mentoring and the internship program.



Electrical Engineering Technology Barry Henderson, ’79, is Founder, President and CEO of iZ Technology Corporation. In 1999, Henderson’s 24-bit multi-track digital hard disk audio recorder (RADAR) won the Technical Excellence & Creativity Award, the highest award in the professional audio industry. RADAR technology is now installed in over 2,500 professional recording studios around the world, including CBC Radio locations across Canada and IMAX theatres worldwide. Barry was nominated for a 2007 Premier’s Award.

Interactive Multimedia Evan Jones, ’03, is a two-time Emmy Award winner and has also earned a Gemini Award and a Banff World Television award. He owns Stitch Media, an interactive media production company and consulting firm run out of Toronto and Halifax. Some of his most recent work has been with Survivorman, The Border and EniTech Research Labs.

Interior Design Cameron MacNeil, ’00, has been using cutting edge design techniques to transform rooms as TV design associate for House and Home with Lynda Reeves. He is also offering design tips as contributing design editor for Canadian House and Home magazine. He resides in Toronto.

Security and Law Enforcement Eric Lange, ’76, is President and Founder of Lange Transportation and Storage Ltd., the leading Canadian company devoted to transportation and logistics management of trade shows and special events. In 2006, Lange became the first company in Canada to retrofit its entire facility with geothermal heating and cooling, taking the 70,000 square-foot warehouse off the power grid. He was won several awards for his achievements and was nominated for a Premier’s Award.

BAA (Illustration) Darryl Graham ’07, has landed several projects since graduation, thanks to his ability to work in a variety of styles. Darryl has designed snowboards for Option Snowboards, and skateboards for Renegade Skateboard Co. and Warp Street Tools. He was the Art Director for Sheridan’s Travis magazine for the past year and is currently working as a marketing coordinator for Sheridan’s Athletic department. “The variety of work keeps me interested and engaged because not everything I do I feel comfortable with,” says Darryl. “At the same time, being removed from my comfort zone often leads me to create something brand new.” Darryl remembers marveling at the variety of work on display at his graduation yearend show. Although they had spent four years learning in the same environment, his classmates all developed their own unique styles. It was then he realized how individual the artistic experience truly is. “Each artist brings his or her own experiences and outlook to the imagemaking table. Illustration, like any art, is very personal and has so many looks, so many styles.”

Music Theatre – Performance Marion Abbott, ’99, opened Marion Abbott’s Performing Arts Studio (MAPAS) in 2003 in Brampton. MAPAS has quickly become a leader in children’s arts education in the Peel Region offering lessons in voice, dance and acting. Marion lives in Brampton with her husband and son.

Print Journalism Anita Gatto, ’03, is responsible for publicizing famous brands, including Swiss Army, Chip and Pepper denim, and DKNY to over 100 media outlets across Canada. She has been a regular fashion contributor to newspapers and magazines, and has reported on fashion for CHTV’s Morning Live show. She has worked with celebrities such as George Clooney, Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Jack Soul, Tori Spelling, and Francis Ford Coppola. Anita was nominated for a Premier’s Award in 2007. Mitch Mackay, ’07, has worked in Mongolia as a full-time journalist for the Mongol Messenger and in China as a parttime actor for Chinese soap operas. He is currently working at CBC Newsworld as an associate producer. Mitch is also a published poet and had one of his short stories turned into a short film called Horoscope (2005 Penny Productions). He lives in Toronto with his girlfriend.

In Memoriam Remembering Annie Smith

Brian Brush

Dr. Annie Smith, Art and Art History Program founder and former professor died on October 31, 2007, following a long battle with cancer. Smith was instrumental in shaping the Art and Art History Program and worked tirelessly to create a dedicated studio environment at the Trafalgar Road Campus. The 10,000 square-foot studio space bearing her name opened in 1998.

Sheridan instructor Brian Brush passed away in January 2008. Brush began teaching in the Electrical Apprenticeship program at Sheridan in 1991. Most recently, he taught in the electrician pre-trades program at the Skills Training Centre and coordinated the Programmable Logic Controllers program through Continuing Education. The Brian Brush Memorial Fund has been created in honour of his life.

“Annie was my first-year painting teacher and she continued to teach and inspire me long after I graduated,” says Jackie Osmond Patrick, (1986) one of seven Art and Art History program alumni who worked with Dr. Smith on one of her last projects, a 70-foot long mural for Toronto’s Princess Margaret Hospital.

Larry Comeau Long-time Sheridan professor Larry Comeau lost his battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) in May, 2007. Larry taught at Sheridan for over 25 years, first in the School of Business and later in the School of Community and Liberal Studies. To honour his significant impact on Sheridan students, his family and friends have created the Larry Comeau Bursary Fund.

Megan J. Kenny Megan J. Kenny, a professor in the Crafts & Design: Glass Program passed away in December 2007. Kenny was a graduate of the Crafts and Design Program and had been teaching here since 2005. An accomplished glass sculptor, her work has been exhibited in Canada, UK, Germany and Denmark. The Megan J. Kenny Kiln-Cast Glass Scholarship Fund has been established in her memory. To contribute to any of the funds mentioned above please contact Jennifer Deighton at:

Annie Smith with Dr. Robert Turner at Convocation 2007



Ovation 2008 - Sheridan College | Alumni Magazine  
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