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Sheridan’s Annual Alumni Magazine

June 2010












Ovation Welcome 5 Jeff Zabudsky – Coming Full Circle 6

Changing Face of Sheridan Building for Business in Mississauga 3D Game Unveiled Engineering Programs Going Green Screen Industries Research Training Centre Showcasing Sheridan Creativity Editor-in-Chief Susan Atkinson Senior Editor/Writer Carol Hill Copy Editor Mark Mulloy Contributing Writers Nathan Howes Ryan Kelly Michael McKinnon Bryan Smith Graphic Design/Art Direction Stewart Dick Photography Jonathan Bielaski Manager, Alumni Relations Deborah O’Malley Printer Somerville Graphics Ovation is published annually by the Department of Development & Partnerships and is circulated to over 75,000 Sheridan alumni. If you have recently moved, please let us know so that we can correct our mailing list. Comments and ideas are always welcome. Drop us a line at Ovation, Alumni Relations Office, Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, 1430 Trafalgar Road, Oakville, Ontario L6H 2L1, 905-845-9430, ext. 2292,

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Alumni Profiles Putting the Fun in Fitness Creating Avatar ’s Dreamworld Engineering Her Future Gold Medal Moment

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Focus on Faculty Recession-Proof Investment Strategies 22 Setting a New Course in Computing 24 Life Through the Lens 26

New Programs Special F/X: License to Thrill


Transitions Navigating a New World


Update Sheridan Giving 32 Alumni News 34 Athletics 36 Grads on the Go 37

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This issue of Ovation is about change. The new decade has brought with it economic turbulence, ever-increasing technological advances and shifting demographics in the communities we serve. Sheridan is poised to meet these challenges and provide students of all ages with the knowledge and skills to thrive in a rapidly changing world. Leading us forward in this new and exciting chapter in our history is Sheridan’s new President, Dr. Jeff Zabudsky. Learn more about this dynamic leader and his vision for Sheridan in our cover story. The changing face of Sheridan includes plans for a new Mississauga Campus, which will address the needs of students and employers in Peel Region when it opens in 2011. Ten years ago, few of us would have anticipated just how quickly and profoundly e-communication has influenced our business and personal lives. Read about Sheridan’s new wireless technology courses which put us out in front of the latest technological wave. Although the 2010 Vancouver Olympics are behind us, Sheridan’s presence was felt throughout the Games in many ways, from our technology showcase at the Ontario House Pavilion, to the behindthe-scenes contributions of 1992 graduate Mike Burnstein to the gold medal success of Canada’s men’s hockey team. Sheridan graduates had a hand in another record-breaking story of the past year. Animation alumni Jeff Capogreco and Mark Stanger were part of the team that created Avatar, the largest grossing movie of all time.

A Greener Sheridan

All the graduates and faculty featured here demonstrate that they have what it takes to succeed in a world that is increasingly driven by innovation and creativity. We enter the new decade with a renewed sense of optimism that our graduates will continue to stand above the crowd and we encourage you to share your success with us at As always, we welcome your feedback and hope you stay connected. Enjoy Ovation 2010.

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Jeff Zabudsky Coming Full Circle…

Jeff Zabudsky’s career in postsecondary education has followed a swift upward trajectory which has seen him zigzag back and forth across the country over the past 15 years, bringing his boundless energy and passion for innovation and technology to colleges and polytechnics in Nova Scotia, Alberta, Ontario and Manitoba. Now, it’s Sheridan’s turn. Dr. Zabudsky assumed his new role as sixth President and CEO on February 1, 2010. So, who is Jeff Zabudsky and how did he get here? More importantly, where is he planning to take Sheridan over the next several years? He joins us from Red River College in Manitoba where he served as President for the past six years. His impact was such that glowing tributes in the local media accompanied news of his departure. Nick Martin, writing in The Winnipeg Free Press, credits him with launching a major expansion of both Red River campuses, raising the image of colleges among high school students as a worthy option, and winning degree-granting authority. “Not to mention expanding Red River into rural centres, highlighting successful alumni, drumming up applied research grants, and serving on umpteen crucial and visible community organizations,” adds Martin. “Talk about setting the bar high for the next president of Red River College.” And raising expectations among Sheridan’s stakeholders.

Zabudsky’s path to his second college presidency was by no means straightforward. Born in Oshawa, he grew up in Englehart, a small town of 1,500 in northern Ontario. The eldest of three children, Jeff and his younger brother and sister were raised by their father, a skilled tradesman who left the security of the production line at General Motors to set up his own masonry business in Englehart. As the eldest, Jeff cheerfully assumed responsibility for household chores from a young age. In Grade 5, aged ten, he would start preparing the evening meal after school and watched over his siblings until their father came home. The family lifestyle was modest, but Jeff looks back on his childhood fondly. “My dad was a true inspiration to me for how he managed to raise three kids on his own, and I’m happy to say that we all turned out pretty well.” And his early experience with cooking turned into a lifelong passion - Jeff can often be found in the kitchen on weekends, trying out different international dishes to serve to his wife, Leanne, and their three daughters, aged 10, 12 and 15 years. While Jeff describes Englehart as “a wonderful place to grow up,” like many small town kids he hungered for the bright lights and excitement of the big city. With visions of becoming “the next Peter Mansbridge”, he moved to Toronto to study Broadcast Journalism at Ryerson University, and he’s been on the move ever since.

After graduation in 1986, he was hired by CJRT 91.1 (now Jazz.FM91), a Toronto radio station offering jazz, classical music, news and public affairs programming. “It was a small station, so I got to do a bit of everything, from writing to producing to being on-air,” he says. Cam Finley, then President and General Manager of CJRT, recognized Jeff ’s potential from the start. “The ability was there and he grew very quickly. He mastered all of the technology involved in radio broadcasting, from sound engineering to digital editing.” In fact, Jeff was on the job when digital technology replaced the analogue format and he oversaw the transition, training himself on the new technology and then sharing this new expertise with his colleagues. After a few years, Jeff’s natural aptitude for learning and quick assimilation of new skills led to his promotion to a position as a producer of the station’s Open College program. At the time, CJRT offered several Open College university level credit courses. Jeff ’s role was to work with professors to help them adapt and deliver their courses via radio broadcasts. The end result was a new form of curriculum delivery which blended traditional lectures with documentary-style elements, resulting in a more engaging learning experience. Cam Finley remembers Jeff “as one of the best Open College producers we had – he was fully invested in SHERIDAN OVATION | 2010 7

developing high quality, learning-centred programming, and this required great skill, as well as diplomacy and patience.” Jeff ’s zest for learning also impressed May Maskow, the Director of the Open College program. “Jeff was totally interested in everything that was going on – he had such a wide range of interests and abilities,” she says today. Jeff ’s leadership potential was also emerging at this time, according to Maskow. “He wasn’t demanding of your attention, but people were naturally drawn to his ideas, energy and creativity. He had an understated charisma.” After nine years at CJRT, Jeff was ready for a new challenge. He joined Ryerson’s Centre for Advanced Technology Education, where he began to work on strategies to deploy the Internet for distance education. This was in the mid 1990s, when the Internet was just beginning to develop as a potent tool for communication and interaction. At the same time, he started his Masters in Distance Education, part-time, at Athabasca University. He was a part of the first cohort for this program, which focused on the pedagogy of distance learning, instructional design, and curriculum delivery via the Internet. A committed lifelong learner, Jeff went on to earn a PhD in Educational Policy Studies from the University of Alberta, all while working full-time and raising a young family. After less than a year at Ryerson, he was recruited by the Nova Scotia Agricultural College (NSAC) as a distance education specialist and his career in postsecondary education began its swift ascent. Three years later, Jeff packed his bags again and headed out west to the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) to become Dean of Technology and Curriculum Innovation – the first role of its kind for a Dean in Canada. At both NSAC and NAIT, Jeff describes his role as a “change agent”, helping these institutions embrace and integrate new technologies into the teaching and learning experience. It’s a passion that he brings with him to his role as President of Sheridan, a college that is already



notable for its early adoption of mobile computing. “One of my priorities will be to work on new ways of applying technological innovation to enhance the learning experience.” During his four years at NAIT, Jeff introduced technology across the curriculum and expanded the Institute’s distance

I want Sheridan to be known as the place where students have the best possible experience – both inside and outside the classroom.” education offerings. Dan Maloney, NAIT’s Dean of Continuing Education at the time, recalls Jeff as “being very young, compared to all of us white-haired deans. But he quickly won us over thanks to his obvious competence.” Jeff overcame initial resistance from various faculties to achieve his goal of making all of the institution’s curriculum available online. His upward career trajectory continued with his recruitment to Sault Ste. Marie as Vice President Academic. The return to Ontario was short-lived, as after only two years, Red River College in Manitoba came calling, and recruited him as its new President. It was at Red River College that he fully blossomed as a leader. His attributes of energy, curiosity and interpersonal skills were on full display during his six years as President. Cathi Rushton, who served as VP of Finance and Administration under Jeff and is currently interim President at Red River, says “Where Jeff truly excelled was in his ability to put Red River on the map with the external community. He has been a tireless advocate for Red River and for the college system. Through his myriad external activities, he thoroughly integrated with the Winnipeg and Manitoba communities.” All qualities that will benefit Sheridan as it looks to strengthen our engagement

with the communities of Halton and Peel regions, and especially as we put down new roots through the new campus in Mississauga – another high priority for the new President. “We need to continue to grow to meet the demand for student spaces in the GTA. That’s why I’m excited about the new Mississauga Campus. I’m thrilled that Sheridan will be part of that vibrant and thriving community, and that we’ll play a major role in transforming the city centre,” he says. While he sees growth as inevitable, he’s adamant that it not take place at the expense of the students. “We will ensure that we’re also providing the supports and services that students need to succeed. I want Sheridan to be known as the place where students have the best possible experience – both inside and outside the classroom.” Jeff is also keen to connect with Sheridan’s alumni community, as he realized the benefits of an engaged alumni while at Red River. Under his leadership, the college ramped up a province-wide billboard campaign, featuring prominent alumni and promoting the value of a college education. As a measure of his success, the annual alumni dinner attendance rose from 40 in his first year, to almost 600 by the time he left Red River. Sheridan’s President is more than ready for the challenges that await in his new leadership role, as Rushton will attest. “I know that three of the most important qualities of excellent leaders are vision, positivity and energy. Jeff possesses these in spades. He is personable and charismatic, and his genuine belief in the power of colleges is obvious to all he meets.” As for Jeff, he’s delighted to return to his Ontario roots where most of his extended family still resides, and he’s ready to make his mark. “I have the best job in the world. Our industry is mission-driven; it’s all about helping people transform their lives. I love to be strategic and think big about where we need to go, and I look forward to making a big difference at Sheridan.”



Sheridan College’s Building for Business



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Business Education & Training New Canadians Sheridan is building a brand new campus in the Mississauga city centre at the corner of Duke of York Boulevard and Prince of Wales Drive. The first phase, which broke ground in February, will include the construction of a 156,000 square foot, four-storey facility. When this phase opens in fall 2011, the campus will accommodate 1,200 business students and 560 spaces dedicated to the training and re-training of new Canadians, foreign-trained professionals and unemployed workers. “Sheridan’s Mississauga campus has been designed to meet the specific needs of the Mississauga and Peel communities, from in-demand business programs, to academic upgrading and worker retraining,” says Sheridan President, Jeff Zabudsky. “We look forward to being a catalyst for the transformation of the city’s downtown core, and to supplying the skilled talent of tomorrow to Mississauga’s business community.”


Companies in the Peel Region can look forward to drawing from a growing pool of talented business professionals, says Jeremy Staples, Associate Dean, School of Business. “Graduates of our business programs will have developed not only job ready skills but creative and critical thinking abilities to help Mississauga companies innovate in today’s global and knowledge-based economy.”

The Sheridan Mississauga campus will also provide a range of services and programming that will help foreigntrained professionals find rewarding jobs.

Business study options at the new campus will include a variety of programs that will provide a broad range of credentials for students at different phases in their careers.

“We will deliver programs to allow new Canadians to be more fully integrated in the economy,” says Richard Finch, Dean, School of Workforce Development. “Programs will include language training, academic upgrading and bridging programs for internationally trained individuals, all developed in collaboration with community and government partners.”

Two and three year programs will offer a common first year business curriculum so that students can better understand their strengths and passions before deciding in which field to specialize, says Staples. As well, this shared curriculum gives students the option of switching disciplines at any point during their first year without penalty.

Combined funding in the amount of $31.23 million for the Mississauga Campus has been committed by the federal and provincial governments through the Knowledge Infrastructure Program. Other investments will include an additional $15 million from Sheridan College and other sources.


O Sheridan 3D Game Unveiled at 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games Sheridan has created the first ever real-time auto-stereoscopic 3D game that does not require 3D glasses. The game, called “IC3D”, was a showpiece at the Ontario House Pavilion at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games, and was used to introduce some of Ontario’s most well-known tourist attractions to the world-wide audience in Vancouver. Developed in collaboration with Toronto-based company Spatial View, which designed the special 3D display screens, the Sheridan IC3D Game is an interactive real-time application where players use BlackBerry® smartphones as game controllers to assemble puzzles featuring some of Ontario’s most popular tourist attractions. “The project is a great example of how Sheridan’s expertise in applied research can seamlessly combine multiple disciplines as diverse as art and information technology,” says Dr. Darren Lawless, Sheridan’s Dean of Applied Research. “This unique and innovative collaboration has been a model for how technology companies and educational institutions with expertise in applied research can partner to create technological breakthroughs.” The Sheridan 3D Game was created by Sheridan’s Visualization Design Institute (VDI), an applied research unit with established expertise in the field of computer visualization and specializing in deploying game technologies in 3D environments. A team of students from the college’s Applied Computing and Engineering Sciences School worked with VDI staff to take this application from concept to finished product.



Sheridan Engineering Programs Going Green Sheridan plans to incorporate more elements of resource efficiency and sustainability into all engineering programs so graduates can help Ontario manufacturers stay competitive and eco-friendly. Manufacturers are recognizing that introducing sustainable practices into their operations will have a positive effect on their bottom line by potentially lowering costs and attracting customers, says Michael Arthur, Associate Dean, School of Applied Computing and Engineering Sciences. “Sheridan can provide industry with the highly qualified personnel necessary to implement these resource-efficient manufacturing processes, measures and products,” he says. “By combining sustainable energy training with a traditional technical education, our programs will produce graduates who will be very valuable to employers from a broad range of industries.” There is significant provincial government support for the sustainable manufacturing sector, the most recent example being Ontario’s green energy deal with Samsung Group, announced in January 2010. Samsung has committed $7 million to building four manufacturing plants in Ontario and developing 2,500 megawatts of wind and solar projects. The investment could generate 16,000 jobs. Moving in tandem with the government’s initiatives, Sheridan will purchase solar, wind turbines and other equipment to further demonstrate its commitment to renewable energy generation and provide students with the opportunity to work with alternative energy generation equipment.

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Screen Industries Research and Training Centre Sheridan students could find themselves collaborating with North America’s top film industry people at Sheridan’s Screen Industries Research and Training (SIRT) Centre, which opened in January 2010 at Pinewood Studios in Toronto. Earlier this year, Media Arts students offered key technical support to professional cinematographers participating in a workshop at the Centre. The students are working with Toronto-based 3D Camera Company helping develop material that will be used to train directors, cinematographers and others currently involved in the industry. “This unique cooperative approach is a hallmark of the Centre, which will see students, teachers and a full range of professionals in the screen-based industries working side-byside,” explains John Helliker, Sheridan professor and faculty lead at the Centre. “The Centre was created to establish a hub of collaboration and knowledge sharing among film, television, and interactive media specialists, where technology experts, craftspeople and creative content-producers can interact to foster technological innovation, commercialization, and adoption of new workflows,” says Helliker. Sheridan will be adding a film and digital media studies component to the Centre, making it the first to establish a permanent educational campus within a studio complex in the heart of Canada’s filmmaking industry. As part of this educational component, full-time students and industry professionals will share their knowledge to ensure the future success of filmmaking in this country.

Sheridan to host Ontario Colleges Marketing Competition

Shine Brighter Social Media Site Showcases Sheridan Creativity In the fall of 2009, Sheridan launched a new marketing campaign featuring the tagline, Shine Brighter. Among its components are a new website designed for ease of use and navigation (; and a new creative look for advertising and publications such as the annual course calendar and viewbook. A centrepiece of the campaign is Sheridan’s new Shine Brighter community site, which provides students, faculty and alumni with a platform to create, collaborate and showcase their talents and accomplishments. A key intent is to provide an online platform where students can build virtual portfolios that display their talents to prospective employers. Alumni are invited to check out the site and share their own work. Visit: to see the postings and learn how to participate.

Sheridan will host the 2010 Ontario Colleges’ Marketing Competition (OCMC) this fall. The event will be held November 18 and 19 at the Delta Meadowvale, Mississauga. Each year, 15 colleges send students to compete in 11 events at the OCMC. Since 2000, Sheridan has placed in the top three colleges a total of six times. The event attracts 200 students, 100 business faculty and 40 to 60 judges from the business community. Thank you to the many organizations which have signed on as sponsors for this year’s competition. Sponsors to date include: Canadian Institute of Marketing, City of Brampton, Davenport University, Griffiths University, Hewlett Packard, McGraw Hill, Northwood University, Oracle, Sheridan Alumni Association, Student Awards and Xerox.


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I’m not only an author but a mother and I know children need to make time for fun activities that also get them moving. Tina Powell



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Putting the Fun in Fitness

Everyone’s heard the statistics: childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes rates are on the rise; children are less fit than they were a generation ago. Author Tina Powell hopes to help reverse this trend through her children’s stories, which put fun into fitness and healthy eating. Through her corporate publishing program, Powell has reached over 600,000 children and worked with companies such as Canada Bread, Boar’s Head Provisions, Mars Canada and Proctor & Gamble. Powell will bring her healthy lifestyle message to schools in 10 U.S. cities in 2010, as part of a tour promoting her sixth book, Fernando’s Fun-tastic Friends, about a boy who would rather play video games than stay active. The tour is sponsored by Boar’s Head Provisions (a U.S. food manufacturer). Previously, Powell partnered with Canada Bread to distribute her book, Samantha’s Silly-icious Sandwiches. As part of a company-sponsored tour, she visited over 100 Ontario schools encouraging children to read, write and eat better. “When Boar’s Head saw what I was doing with Canadian companies, they realized that the positive messages in my books would fit well with their marketing objectives,” says Powell.

No stranger to the corporate world, Powell (formerly D’Alessandro) graduated from Sheridan’s Business Marketing program in 1983. She also holds a B.A. in Administrative Studies from York University and a B.A. in English from McMaster University. After years as a business journalist and advertising copywriter, Powell made the move to children’s literature following the birth of her own children. Several of her short stories were published in Chickadee Magazine and her picture books quickly became bestsellers. Powell also has experience with putting fun into fitness. She used to write a column on celebrity fitness tips for The Toronto Star and has trained in karate, kickboxing, spinning, marathon running and more. Powell’s children not only rekindled her passion for children’s literature but provided the inspiration for many of her stories. One of her early books, If You Could See What I See, was inspired by a picture drawn by her daughter following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The book was a philanthropic venture designed to give Canadian children a voice in the aftermath of the tragedy. If You Could See What I See raised $58,000 for the Canadian Red Cross U.S.A. Appeal and has been accepted for inclusion in the 9/11 Memorial Museum.

The success of her books and her growing understanding of the publishing industry prompted Powell to launch her own publishing company in 2004. It was at this time that her Sheridan business training proved particularly valuable, says Powell. “Thanks to the talented and dedicated instructors at Sheridan, I learned the skills required to run a successful business and market myself and my books effectively. I also was given the opportunity to see the ‘real’ world through their eyes. As successful business leaders, they shared their experiences and expertise. For that I am immensely grateful.” There’s another reason that Powell is grateful to Sheridan. She met her husband Randy here over 25 years ago. Both Tina and Randy (Business Marketing 1982) have been inducted into Sheridan’s Business Alumni Hall of Fame. Originally from Ontario, the Powells now live in Vancouver. Read more about Randy Powell on page 39. Check out Tina Powell’s books on



Jeff Capogreco 2003

Creating AVATAR’s Dreamworld

Many Sheridan animation graduates have worked on Hollywood blockbusters, but few contributed to the largest grossing film of all time. Jeff Capogreco, as a lead Technical Director, and Mark Stanger, as an animator, hold that special honour for Avatar. The sci-fi 3-D epic posted a worldwide box office total of over $1.8 billion in January, after only six weeks in the theatres, and has since reaped billions more. Nominated for nine Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director, the film received Oscars for Special Effects, Art Direction and Cinematography. “I knew the film would be successful, but I don’t think anyone could have predicted how massive the scale would be. Certainly no one here at Weta,” says Capogreco, referring to Weta Digital in New Zealand, where he has worked since November 2008. Weta created the visual effects for Avatar, as well as The Lord of the Rings trilogy and King Kong. Stanger (Computer Animation 1998) is also overwhelmed to have been part of such a record-breaking project. “It’s humbling to work every day among a team of such talented artists. It’s an incredible thing to share in,” says Stanger, who has been an animator at Weta for over a year. Before coming to New Zealand, Stanger worked for Nelvana for 10 years as an animation supervisor and director.



So what’s it like to work with the celebrated director, James Cameron? In a word, “inspiring”, says Capogreco. “I have never had the opportunity to work with someone who knows exactly what he wants. He demanded perfection and once you could make the shot work, there was nothing more gratifying than Jim’s praise.” A 2003 graduate of the Computer Animation program, Capogreco worked for C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures in Toronto and DNA Productions in Texas before joining Weta. While no one would blame him for continuing to bask in Avatar’s glow, he has moved on to Weta’s next big project, The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn for Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson. Despite living and working on the other side of the world, Capogreco remains connected to Sheridan, even today. In fact, before attending the college, he teamed up with Sheridan’s new President, Jeff Zabudsky, at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) almost 10 years ago. At the time, Zabudsky was the Dean of Technology and Curriculum Innovation and Capogreco was a graphic artist at NAIT. “I developed interactive course ware, websites and 3D animations. Jeff was an absolute pleasure to work for. He helped push technology forward in a very conservative environment,” recalls Capogreco.

Sheridan’s animation program has maintained its stellar reputation, most recently receiving the Program Excellence Award from the Association of Canadian Community Colleges. It continues to turn out a new crop of talented animators each year, as evidenced by the fact that Sheridan students have taken top honours at the Toronto International Film Festival’s Student Film Showcase every year since the Showcase launched in 2006. Often referred to as the “Harvard of animation colleges”, Sheridan began offering animation courses in 1971 and has been graduating leaders in the field ever since.

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There was nothing more gratifying than Jim’s praise. Jeff Capogreco


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Engineers can help solve problems that are important to society, including controlling and preventing pollution. Amy Rumbolt



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Amy Rumbolt 2008

Engineering Her Future By Bryan Smith, Journalism - Print ’10

As a child, Amy Rumbolt loved taking things apart and seeing how they worked. “It amazed me how you could plug something in and it would run; it seemed like magic.” Her interest in machines was further piqued by watching the program How It’s Made on the Discovery Channel. “I knew then that I had to learn more about machines or at least work around technology to be happy.” Rumbolt has turned that childhood curiosity into a promising career in electromechanical engineering. The words promising and engineering aren’t often used in the same sentence these days, with the decline of the manufacturing sector over the past few years, particularly in Ontario. Although many traditional manufacturing engineering jobs have dried up, prospects for engineers in other areas such as energy management and sustainability are on the rise. Rumbolt landed one of these in-demand green industry jobs immediately after graduating from Sheridan’s Electromechanical Engineering program in 2008. She works for Viridian Automation, an Oakville-based company specializing in energy-smart and efficient HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) systems, and building automation, which includes lighting and access control. “We put control systems into different buildings, whether they are manufacturing

facilities, data centres, or offices,” says. As an Automation Specialist, works on programming the systems keeps track of energy conservation economization.

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More and more companies are on the lookout for people to help them realize the economic and environmental benefits of energy efficiency, a trend that was not lost on Rumbolt when she was mapping out her career. Graduating in the “double cohort” year of 2003, she took some time off to avoid the post-secondary rush and make some money, working in the manufacturing sector for a short period. When the time came to return to school, Rumbolt knew that Sheridan would be a good choice for the direction she wanted to take. Students in the electromechanical engineering program work directly with automated systems, gaining highly marketable skills for the energy control sector. But not all engineering graduates follow such a clear path, says Rumbolt. “There are a lot of choices in such a broad field and it’s incredibly important for students to know their options.” This is particularly true for women who are looking to apply their interest in technology to an engineering career, she adds. Rumbolt, who was the only woman in her program, suggests Sheridan promote some of the more non-traditional engineering jobs to high school students as a way to

encourage more women to enter the field. “Careers in engineering aren’t limited to working in the automotive or traditional manufacturing industries.” Today’s engineering graduates can help solve problems that are important to society, including controlling and preventing pollution, and other global concerns, she says. Last year, Computer Systems graduate, Meenu Seda, established a networking and support group for female IT students at Sheridan. A similar program for women engineering students could highlight the varied career opportunities out there, while encouraging students and even new graduates to develop their technical and leadership skills in a predominantly male environment, says Rumbolt. Women in engineering also need to know that entering male-dominated fields does not necessarily put them at a disadvantage, she says. “I have never had an issue based on the fact that I am the only woman at my company.” Rumbolt is clearly happy with her decision to pursue a career in one of these new branches of engineering. “My industry is continuing to grow rapidly. Old buildings are constantly upgrading and retrofitting their systems and new buildings are going up all the time.” “I love what I do. There are lots of opportunities out there. You just need to know where to look.” SHERIDAN OVATION | 2010 19


Mike Burnstein 1992

Gold Medal Moment

Where were you when Sidney Crosby scored the overtime goal? The dramatic gold-medal win for Team Canada at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics is this country’s new “where were you when” moment that will be forever locked into our nation’s identity. Mike Burnstein will never forget where he was: with his teammates on the Team Canada bench, adding his voice to the collective roar of the 18,000 fans in attendance. As one of two athletic therapists for the world’s number one team, Burnstein finds it tough to put into words what he experienced that day. “It was such a spectacular feeling. To win a gold medal in your own country was a once in a lifetime opportunity. We were very privileged to be part of something so memorable that it will go down in the history books.” The men’s hockey win pushed Canada to 14 gold medals, a new Winter Olympics record for the country. Although the team knew its chances of winning were good, they were also conscious of the high expectations that go along with that knowledge, says Burnstein, who has been the Head Athletic Trainer for the Vancouver Canucks for the past 15 years. “But once the players get on the ice, you don’t concentrate so much on the pressure to win but on doing your job, just like it’s 20


any other game.” Of course, the Canada-U.S. final was not just another game. The buzz surrounding the final match was intense and Team Canada really wanted to win, says Burnstein. Once Crosby finally sealed the deal, the arena erupted into a red and white flag-waving frenzy. With the crush of photographers, officials and other well-wishers – including Prime Minister Stephen Harper who came to the dressing room to congratulate the team – it was hard to take it all in, recalls Burnstein. Plus, with the NHL season in full swing, the team had less than 24 hours to savour the Olympic victory before leaving Vancouver for their regularly scheduled games. But Burnstein soon learned that the impact of the victory wasn’t limited to Vancouver or even Canada. The reaction from people, particularly throughout the United States, has been incredibly positive, he says. “It took me a while to get used to the magnitude of the Olympic win. You sometimes forget that the whole world was watching.” It’s great to receive such far-reaching attention, but sharing the milestone with his teammates remains the sweetest part of the victory, says Burnstein. “I had already established connections with some of the players through my work with the Canucks and Team Canada at the World

Championships. The fact that Roberto Luongo (Canucks goaltender) and I won gold here in our city as teammates was pretty amazing. We will always have a special bond because of that experience.” And Burnstein is most definitely considered a teammate by the players. “You spend a great deal of time with these athletes; they trust you with their health, which is essentially their livelihood.” Luckily, the Team Canada athletics staff didn’t have to contend with any major injuries during the Games. Dealing with injuries is only one aspect of the job. Trainers remain part of the players’ lives long after the hockey season is over, as advisors on health-related issues. It’s a year-round commitment that he wouldn’t trade for any other career, says Burnstein, who has wanted to be an athletic trainer in the NHL since high school, when he assisted the Ontario Hockey League’s Hamilton Steelhawks. A 1992 graduate of the Sports Injury Management program, he was Head Athletic Trainer for two seasons with Vancouver’s AHL Affiliates (Hamilton Canucks & Syracuse Crunch), before joining the Canucks. Burnstein served as an athletic trainer for Team Canada at the 2005, 1999 and 1998 World Hockey Championships. “My work is a dream come true for me. To represent your country is pretty special.”

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My work is a dream come true for me. To represent your country is pretty special. Mike Burnstein Mike Burnstein (right) with Team Canada goaltender, Roberto Luongo


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Don’t depend on financial ‘gurus’. They don’t exist. Henry Katz



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Recession-Proof Investment Strategies

Knowing what to do with your money can be confusing at the best of times, but the 2008-2009 economic meltdown made some people want to hide all their cash under the mattress. Whether you are new to investing or considering retirement, avoiding some standard pitfalls and sticking to sound investment strategies can help you weather the ups and downs of the marketplace.

2. Make sure the investment you choose earns the highest rate of return. An 11% semi-annual compounded return on an investment is greater than an 11.25% return compounded on an annual basis. The more an investment sum compounds per year, the faster it will grow.

Typical mistakes investors make:

4. Invest in several asset classes to minimize overall risk. Then consider diversifying individual investments within each investment category. Seek professional advice before finalizing these allocation and diversification decisions.

1. Making impulsive decisions instead of researching your choices. 2. Depending on financial “gurus”. They don’t exist. Nobody has a crystal ball to predict the future. 3. Not taking responsibility for your own investment decisions. 4. N  ot diversifying your investments. 5. Relying on media reports. Newspaper and magazine articles are “old news”. The stock market is dynamic and will likely have factored the information from the article into the stock price before you have even finished reading the piece. Before investing in securities (stocks, bonds mutual funds, debentures, and deferred shares) consider the following: 1. Understand your risk tolerance before making an investment decision. How much can you afford to lose?

3. Don’t deny yourself emergency funds by completely committing yourself to longterm investments.

Are you ready to retire? With the declining number of people covered by defined pension plans and the stagnation of benefits offered by the Canada Pension Plan and Old Age Security, it’s no surprise that financial advisors now recommend more than ever that Canadians – especially baby boomers – take charge of their own retirement income. But today there are many roadblocks on the road to a financially secure retirement:

don’t stop working until 65, there’s a good chance that your retirement could still last a quarter of your life. 2.  Market risk – Poor investment performance in the early years of your retirement will have a significant impact on how long your money will last. 3. Health care costs – Retirees should understand what is and is not covered by the health care system and realize that this may change over the coming years. 4. Retirement asset mix – Having the right mix of retirement assets, such as products that provide an annual guaranteed income for life, can help meet your target needs. Whether you’re looking at a long-term investment goal or planning for retirement, don’t hide your cash under the mattress – take charge of your financial future. Henry Katz was nominated for TVO’s Best Lecturer 2010 Competition and for the 2008 ACCC Award for Teaching Excellence. His professional designations include: Associate Chartered Secretary and Administrator (ACIS); Certified Management Accountant CMA (Austin); Certified Financial Planner (CFP); and Registered Financial Planner (RFP).

1. Longevity – Canadians are living longer and run the risk of outliving their money. As a result, you need sufficient invested capital. The upside is that even if you SHERIDAN OVATION | 2010 23


Brian Jervis Setting a New Course in Computing By Michael McKinnon, Journalism – Print ’93

Brian Jervis knows the value of teamwork. On a non-stop passage from Bermuda to Antigua recently, he and his four sailing crewmates ran into an intense storm their first night out. Thanks to preparation, collaboration and a great deal of trust, they were able to ride out the storm, make the necessary repairs and complete the 950 nautical mile journey. The skills necessary to crew a yacht on a long haul are similar to those needed to build a strong technology curriculum at Sheridan, says Jervis, Associate Dean of the School of Applied Computing and Engineering Sciences since August 2009. “Everyone on a sailing crew has welldefined goals and responsibilities. You depend upon each other to make the journey a success,” he says. “At Sheridan, we know how fast technology changes and we need to ensure the curriculum keeps pace. The keys are planning, team alignment, agility and drive. This means doing a lot of small things in parallel on a continuous basis.” Jervis speaks of sailing and information technology with the same passion, and is well-versed in both areas. He has over 20 years experience in computing and communications, including executive roles at Bell Northern Research, Nortel Networks, and Newbridge Networks. He was also CEO of two optical networking companies. Jervis, who holds an MSc in 24


Computer Science from the University of British Columbia, spent the last year teaching at Algonquin College in Ottawa. This is a time of incredible change, he says. Over the past 30 years, we have moved from personal computing to desktop internet to a new era of mobile internet computing. “Communications networks globally keep getting faster, and handheld devices continue to excite consumers with ever increasing capabilities. Sheridan students are developing the skills they need to be leaders in this new arena.” Coming to Sheridan was a chance to play an important role in this industry-wide change, Jervis says. This year, Sheridan launched mobile technology courses in BlackBerry® and iPhone Application Development, Mobile Support and Wireless Communications. “These mobile devices are a lot of fun for students. It’s not just the technology, it’s about the way the technology is used to add value to people’s lives,” says Jervis. Studying these new technologies will provide students with a competitive advantage in the industry, adds third-year student, Jose Luis Andrade. “As demand for smartphones continues to increase, information technology students will need to be on top of the capabilities these devices offer. Sheridan will give students the leading-edge training they need to be successful.”

The team at Sheridan was another major factor in Jervis’s decision to join the college. “We have an amazing team here. The faculty is well connected to trends in industry and technology, and they are doing a great job of driving change,” Jervis adds. “The excitement being generated by the new curriculum on the part of faculty and students is contagious.” Growing up in Vancouver, Jervis spent a great deal of time on the water from a young age. He has delivered 50 to 70 foot yachts to and from points on the East Coast. He holds his Maritime and Coastguard Authority (MCA) Master of Yachts 200 Tons-Ocean (2006), as well as his Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate (2003 and 2008), a commercial Masters Certificate of competency for operating yachts up to 200GT. With these designations under his belt, Jervis dreams of sailing a transatlantic passage someday. “I like to be out of sight of land for an extended period of time. You truly lose yourself in the experience. Your whole world revolves around the wind and the water.” Meanwhile, with the currents of technology rushing by at a furious pace, Jervis and his team have set a clear course forward.

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We are quickly establishing Sheridan as a Canadian leader in mobile internet computing. Brian Jervis


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I don’t need to fabricate when reality is so much more interesting. Vladimir Kabelik



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Vladimir Kabelik Life Through the Lens By Nathan Howes, Journalism – Print ’11

When people ask Vladimir Kabelik why he came to Canada, he has a difficult time responding. “Either we will not talk about it, or we need the whole evening and a bottle of red wine,” says the filmmaker and Sheridan professor. “It’s a long story.” He did, however, agree to share some background about his upbringing and his latest documentary, So Far From Home – even without the red wine. Kabelik’s story begins in Czechoslovakia, where he was born and raised. He studied filmmaking at FAMU, one of the oldest film schools in Europe, earning both BAA and MFA degrees. After graduating, he was hired by Short Film Studios in Prague, where he specialized in documentary filmmaking. The future looked bright. But in 1981, the strain of living under an oppressive communist regime led Kabelik to covertly flee the country with his wife and two young sons (a daughter was later born in Canada). The family ended up as refugees in Switzerland for a year before emigrating to Canada where career opportunities in film and television beckoned. Kabelik landed on his feet in Toronto and was soon producing shows for CBC, TVO and Vision TV. Introduced to Sheridan through his CBC crew, Kabelik eventually joined the Media Arts faculty at Sheridan. That was 25 years ago.

He has overseen many documentary projects since then, but his most recent film took him back to those early years of upheaval and uncertainty. So Far From Home documents the stories of five exiled journalists from some of the world’s conflict zones. The film offers a unique window into their experiences, their efforts to come to terms with their past and their struggle to build a future in Canada. It was written and directed by Kabelik, who spent almost three years with the journalists, learning about them and seeing first hand a reflection of his own past life in Czechoslovakia. “I think the subject is very timely. Look at the world around you. There’s so much talk of freedom, truth, hope and democracy, but we still see a lot of oppression,” says Kabelik. “It’s almost like a mirror into your place in the world and the position of others.”

including Stephen Barden, Marc Cohen, Michael Burshtyn and Jake Chirico. Like virtually every profession today, filmmaking is going through change and transformation, says Kabelik. “Developments in technology could bring threedimensional reality and interactivity into our living rooms sooner than we think.” But regardless of the technological advances, filmmakers still must find their own voice to create truly exceptional documentaries, he adds. “It’s not as much about the films as it is about one’s philosophy of life. The ability to put life onto film requires experience. I don’t need to fabricate when reality is so much more interesting.”

So Far From Home aired last fall on OMNI Television, which financed its production. The documentary was also screened at the Royal Ontario Museum and at Sheridan’s Trafalgar Campus. It has since been nominated for a Golden Sheaf Award at the Yorkton Film Festival and received the Special Jury Award in Political/International Issues at the Houston Worldfest Film Festival held in April. One-third of the people involved in the film’s production are from Sheridan, many of them graduates, SHERIDAN OVATION | 2010 27


Special F/X Licence to Thrill Being surrounded by fake body parts and monster heads may not be everyone’s idea of fun but for some Sheridan students and faculty, it’s all in a day’s work. Special effects in movies have horrified, thrilled and tricked us for decades. And now Sheridan is producing graduates with the specialized skills to create the visual magic that makes us squirm in our seats, from bloody wounds and disembodied heads to advanced robotic dinosaurs and alien lifeforms. The Advanced Special Effects Makeup, Prosthetics and Props program is the only one of its kind in the Ontario college system. Through work in industrysimulated settings, students gain extensive knowledge in casting, molding, sculpting and developing prosthetics, props and animatronics. (Animatronics involves the use of robotics and electronics in puppets to simulate real life). And the demand for special effects is going up, according to industry figures. Canadian data indicates above average employment growth in theme parks and museums between 2001 and 2006, as these industries work to attract younger audiences accustomed to elaborate visual effects. In the film business, the production of horror movies - which rely heavily on special effects – has spiked over the past decade. Many of the jobs in the industry are freelance or contract based, which can provide graduates with the flexibility to work in a variety of sectors, says Program Coordinator, Ann Callaghan. Other graduates can apply their interests and skills to a specific area of special effects. “Everyone has a different goal, depending 28


on their style,” says student Sarah Ebisuzaki. “I love to draw, so working on detailed props where I can paint and sculpt appeals to me. But you never know what you might enjoy. After this semester, I’m now crazy about monsters!” But no matter what niche they gravitate toward, students welcome the chance to flex their creative muscles in a way they can’t in any other program. “In this field, you get to be an artist outside the traditional confines of paint and paper,” says student Caitlin Coo. Not that it’s all play and no pressure. The process of creating the perfect werewolf, for example, requires not only artistic vision but lots of time and patience. “This program is the most intense thing I’ve ever done. When you think you’ve given 110%, get ready to double it,” says Coo, who regularly puts in 12-hour days. But she and Ebisuzaki throw themselves into the work with a passion, and they see the same commitment from faculty and their fellow students. “We love it. You’re always learning something new. If you aren’t open to that and you don’t put your heart and soul into the program, you’re not going to make it in this business,” says Coo. Ensuring students find their passion within the program and, ultimately, the right career path is of prime importance to Callaghan. “We work hard to continuously evaluate and modify courses and content, as required by both industry and the students to make sure that they can best meet their goals. That is the most satisfying part of my work here.”

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Navigating a New World

It’s hard to live in a country where you don’t know what tomorrow will bring. Since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, my home country of Russia has struggled with political and economic instability, corruption and a tangled bureaucratic system. Although I had a good job in my field, it seemed as though things could change quickly. I couldn’t see a bright future for me and my new wife in Russia, so last year I came to Canada to start a new life. But 2009 was not the best time to find work, especially for a newcomer to this country, and an engineer, at that. I was caught in a familiar loop: no Canadian experience = no job = no Canadian experience. Breaking out of this dark circle became my goal. After passing through a variety of local job search programs, I enrolled in Sheridan’s Enhanced Language Training (ELT) program last July. I was one of over 3,000 newcomers who came to Sheridan to launch their Canadian careers last year. The approach to teaching at Sheridan was completely different from what I had experienced in my home country. I found the learning process more fun, joyful and relaxed. School and course choices are very limited and marks hold great importance in Russia. Absences are more strictly

regulated and have a stronger influence on a student’s marks than is the case here. Students often don’t learn how to make their own choices. Here in Canada, my teachers were resourceful coaches and navigators for us in our new world. I soon realized that I was gaining Canadian experience from the very moment I came to Sheridan, by earning credentials and building a network of references. All of this helped me find an eightweek placement at BNZ Engineering, an electrical and mechanical engineering consulting company in Burlington. Following my placement, I was offered a permanent position as an electrical engineering technologist. With the help of my employer and colleagues, I am working hard to obtain licensing here.

But, you will always miss your place of birth, especially when your family is still there. Regardless of where we come from, all newcomers reach a point when they wonder if they made the right decision in moving here. This spring, I told the new crop of international students to stick with it when they found the learning challenges overwhelming. The rewards are here if you want them! For more information visit

Luckily, I live within walking distance of my job, since the communities in Ontario are built for cars. People hardly walk here, which is too bad because the environment is relatively clean and beautiful compared to where I came from. As well, you can’t truly appreciate the low level of bureaucracy and easy access to information you enjoy here unless you have experienced the opposite. Overall, I see a secure tomorrow for us and our future children.



Giving Shine Brighter Campaign to Focus on Mississauga Campus Having concluded the highly successful $37.5 million Student Capital Campaign in 2009, Sheridan is launching a new fundraising campaign this year. The Shine Brighter Campaign will build on Sheridan’s commitment to students through continued reinvestment in new facilities, equipment and financial support. The centrepiece of this $15 million fiveyear campaign is the new campus in Mississauga. While federal and provincial government funding will go a long way to building the campus, Sheridan will require additional funding to help offset the building costs and the investment inherent in providing an outstanding learning environment for students. Opening in September 2011, the first phase of the new campus will house programming for business students, as well as programs and services for newcomers to Canada. The 156,000 sq. ft. facility will be located in the heart of downtown Mississauga. 32


Providing the innovative programs that Sheridan is known for requires continual equipment upgrading. While government resources allow the college to complete some equipment improvements, approximately 40% of Sheridan’s capital equipment needs must be supported by other revenue sources. The new fundraising campaign will also focus on the costs of technological refresh that ensure students have access to state-of-the art equipment in the classroom. Addressing the growing financial needs of our students is another priority of the Shine Brighter Campaign. Over 50% of Sheridan’s students require some form of financial aid to complete their studies and the need continues to grow. The campaign’s goal is to increase the number of scholarships and bursaries we provide to students. Our students, employers and many others in the community stand to reap tremendous benefits from this new

campaign, says Michael Cloutier, Business Administration - Marketing ’79, and Chair of the Sheridan Board of Governors. “The Shine Brighter Campaign is one of the most significant and transformative initiatives undertaken since Sheridan’s doors opened in 1967. We are not just building a new campus, we are bringing a broad range of options in higher education and skills training that speak directly to the challenges facing business today and in the decades ahead. The campaign will be driven by a fresh vision for the college and the School of Business, led by Sheridan’s new President, Jeff Zabudsky, and supported by our closest friends and a distinguished team of campaign volunteers.” We would like to take this opportunity to thank our donors for their tremendous support which has set the stage for future growth and student opportunity.

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3rd Annual Big Picture Gala Draws Sell-out Crowd

The sounds of Motown classics filled the air as more than 650 business, entertainment and community leaders gathered in the Pearson Convention Centre to celebrate at Sheridan’s 2009 Big Picture Gala on October 22, 2009. The sold-out event, now in its third year, put the spotlight on innovators in the fields of the arts, business, community service and technology. The Big Picture Gala Honouree Award was presented to John Cassaday, President and CEO of Corus Entertainment, in recognition of the company’s leadership in the Canadian entertainment industry. Other Big Picture Award recipients included Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life in the Business category; Pratt and Whitney Canada in the Technology category; Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities for the Community Award; and FUJIfilm Canada for the Arts. The 2009 Big Picture Gala also raised significant funds to support Sheridan students and programs. Guests at the event were entertained by noted Canadian comic and 1980 graduate Greg Morton, who served as the evening’s MC Sheridan’s outstanding Music Theatre -Performance students kept the crowd energized with top-notch performances of Motown classics. Other notables in attendance included Brampton Mayor Susan Fennell, Mayor Hazel McCallion, the Honourable William G. Davis, MPs and MPPs from the Halton

and Peel regions, as well as Peter Gilgan, CEO, Mattamy Corp., and many, many more. Sponsoring this year’s Gala were Corus Entertainment, OMD Canada, Virox Technologies, Bell, Bird Construction, The Cookie Jar Group, Somerville Graphics, Rogers, Pattison Outdoor Advertising, and the New AM740. Sheridan alumni and students also made a tremendous contribution to the evening through volunteer committees, silent auction donations, video production and photography.

Rewarding Student Excellence Sheridan is proud to be the destination of choice for many of the best and brightest students in Ontario and across the country. Academic awards acknowledge and reward student achievement. One of these outstanding students is third-year

week job placement. Boyce was one of five students chosen to complete his internship at the Screen Industries Research and Training Centre, located at Pinewood Studios in Toronto. “If I hadn’t received the funding I don’t know how I could complete the program successfully. Now I can concentrate on learning, honing my skills and networking to build a career in the film industry,” Boyce says. Boyce has used his ever-growing skills to benefit Sheridan in many ways. He was a lead producer of video content for the Big Picture Gala for the past two years. He also created a retirement video for Sheridan’s former President Robert Turner, as well as various promotional videos for Sheridan’s School of Animation, Arts and Design. An entrepreneur at heart, Boyce has many projects on the go, including a music video, short films, animatics and concept renderings for several different companies. He has also mentored many first year students.

Scholarship in Memory of Canadian Performer Lindsay Thomas

Media Arts student Dustin Boyce, recipient of a 2010 Canwest Media Scholarship. He and second year Journalism (Broadcast) student Cristina Carpio, each received $10,000 as part of Canwest’s Ed Wood Memorial Scholarship. Boyce is very grateful to Canwest and extremely honoured to have been awarded the scholarship. Holding down a part-time job is difficult for Media Arts students who must be very flexible to meet the demanding time requirements of filmmaking. This is particularly true in a student’s final year, which includes a 12-

The Lindsay Thomas Scholarship has been established to honour the Canadian stage actress who died of lung cancer in February 2010 at age 31. Thomas was a powerhouse performer who made her debut at the Stratford Festival in 2006, appearing in Oliver! and Don Juan. The following year, she drew rave reviews as Ado Annie in Oklahoma! and Anchovie in My One and Only. She also appeared in The Music Man, the original Toronto production of Jersey Boys, and the original Broadway production of Hairspray. Thomas graduated from the Music Theatre – Performance Program in 2001. To contribute to the scholarship, please contact: Jennifer Deighton at 905-9459430, ext. 2011 or jennifer.deighton@ SHERIDAN OVATION | 2010 33


Alumni News Sheridan Wins Two Gemini Awards for Departures Congratulations to Alvin Campana and Andre Dupuis for winning the Best Photography & Editing Gemini Award in 2009 for Departures. They were among five other former Media Arts students who were part of the team behind the TV series. Kudos also to nominated alumni Steven Bray, Jessie Wallace and Scott Wilson.

(from top left) Mike Zingarelli, Anna Wells, John Mariella; (from bottom left) Devin Lim, Leanne Bucaro, Deborah Fallows

School of Animation, Arts and Design Alumni Chapter Launched We are thrilled to announce the formation of the School of Animation, Arts and Design (SAAD) Alumni Chapter under the leadership of Board Chair John Mariella (Computer Animation ‘86). The creation of the SAAD Chapter is part of our ongoing efforts to build a vigorous network of alumni who share a lifelong relationship with Sheridan. Chapter activities will focus on organizing events to foster fellowship, networking opportunities and to raise funds to support other alumni initiatives. The Chair and five Directors of the new Chapter are industry influencers in the fields of animation, design and media who are taking a leadership role in this exciting initiative. Chapter Directors will chair committees in the

areas of networking, marketing and communications, volunteer recruitment, fundraising and young alumni. The establishment of the SAAD Chapter is the first step in our program to develop alumni chapters for each school. Recruitment plans are already underway for the School of Community and Liberal Studies Alumni Chapter.

SAAD Alumni Chapter Board: Mike Zingarelli (Computer Animation ’97), Director, Networking, Assistant Director, Corus Entertainment (Nelvana); Anna Wells (Graphic Design ’87), Director, Fundraising, Vice President, Mediavest; John Mariella (Computer Animation ’86), Chair; Devin Lim (Computer Animation ’07), Director, Young Alumni, Character Animator, Gallus Entertainment Inc.; Leanne Bucaro (Media Arts-Writing ’87), Director, Marketing & Communications, Co-CEO, Infinity Communications; Deborah Fallows (Retail Fashion Arts ‘79), Director, Volunteer Recruitment, Vice President, Human Resources, Cookie Jar Entertainment.

Other nominated grads included Animation alumni Bob Munroe, Terry Bradley and Maria Gordon in the Visual Effects category for an episode of the TV series The Tudors. Another Animation grad, Kevin Micallef, was nominated for an episode of the TV series Grossology in the Best Direction in an Animated Program or Series category. Stephanie Gorin (Media Arts) received a nod for two episodes of the TV series Being Erica and The Border for Best Achievement in Casting. A special mention also goes to Theatre and Drama Studies graduate Zaib Shaikh, who directed a CBC production of Shakespeare’s Othello, which garnered two Gemini nominations. Carlo Rota, who plays the lead, received a nomination for Best Actor in his first ever appearance in a Shakespeare production. Congratulations to faculty Ron Cameron-Lewis, who served as voice and text coach to Mr. Rota in preparing for this role.

A Family Affair Amanda (Mandy) Holyoke, 2010 Children of Alumni Scholarship recipient, pictured opposite with her father Malcolm (Mac) and mother, Suzanna (Suzie). Mandy is a first-year Media Arts student. Mac (Classical Animation ’83) is a producer/ partner at Pipeline Studios Inc. located at Sheridan. Suzie is Textbook Manager SHERIDAN OVATION | 2010 34

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at Follett’s, the Trafalgar Road Campus bookstore, where she has worked for 24 years. Mandy and Katelynn Morgan, a first-year student in the Child and Youth Worker Program, each received $750 toward their

Where Are They Now? Georgia Kovalik (goalie at right) has set up a Facebook group to track down her fellow players from the 1979-81 varsity women’s hockey team. Kovalik, a former Journalism student, hopes to find enough alumnae to organize a reunion game. Those who have been around Sheridan long enough

may recognize coach and alumnus Steve Blundy on the far right in the photo. If you played women’s varsity hockey for Sheridan, follow this link: photos&gid=10150120842620445

Sheridan education. Katelynn’s father, Glen (Mechanical Engineering ’83) is a tool and die maker for auto parts supplier Polycon Industries in Guelph.

Member of Sheridan’s First Business Class Inducted into Hall of Fame John Keilty, owner of the Gananoque Inn & Spa and a 1970 Business Administration graduate is the 2009 inductee into the Sheridan School of Business Hall of Fame. In 1995, Keilty bought The Gananoque Inn & Spa and restored it to its former grandeur, adding fine dining and a spa. Now rated as one of Ontario’s Finest Inns, The Gananoque Inn & Spa was voted by Canadian Country Inns magazine as Canada’s most improved inn. “Sheridan Business gave me credibility. My professors taught me there is a bigger picture and encouraged me to go after the ‘golden ring.’ Speaking of which, I still wear it with pride today – my gold Sheridan College ring,” says Keilty. He has demonstrated his ongoing commitment to Sheridan most recently with the establishment of the Dave Tinker/ John Keilty Award. Sponsored by Keiltyco Inc., the $3,000 scholarship will be awarded annually to a graduating business student with a strong entrepreneurial spirit. Dave Tinker is a former Sheridan Business professor who made a significant impact on marketing students in the 1970s and 1980s. 35


Glory Days Members of the 1982-83 Bruins hockey team relive glory days last October as part of Homecoming celebrations. The team was inducted into the Sheridan Athletic

Hall of Fame. Many team members gathered for an early year graduates’ (1969- 1973) Martini Party following the induction ceremony.


athletics On a Roll

By Ryan Kelly, Journalism – Print ’05

Tony Silvestri’s first day on campus at Sheridan in September of 1999 did not go well. As a longtime player of “the Beautiful Game” – his foot having first met a soccer ball when he was only four years old – he was already troubled that his new school didn’t have a soccer team. But that dismay turned into shock when a security attendant waved Silvestri onto the soccer field to park his car. “I knew that Sheridan didn’t have a soccer team at the time, though I hoped that one day they would and I could be a part of it. Pulling onto the field to park and seeing guys doing doughnuts in their cars, I wasn’t so sure I would ever see the day,” says the 2003 Systems Analyst graduate. More than a decade later, not only did Silvestri get his wish, but he led the men’s indoor soccer team to its first provincial title in Sheridan history. Under his coaching, the team struck gold in March 2010, after coming home from the Ontario Colleges Athletics Association (OCAA) championships with silver twice before. Silvestri has just completed his fifth year as Head Coach of the men’s team, following a brief stint as Assistant Coach and a career as a student-athlete. In less than a decade, he and Paul Angelini, Head Coach of the women’s team, have indisputably put Sheridan’s soccer program on the map. The women’s team finished this season 36


with an OCAA bronze medal under their belt. A professor in the School of Community and Liberal Studies, Angelini began coaching a women’s indoor team in the early ’90s and was the logical choice to lead the women’s program when it was resurrected in 2001.

Supporting student learning is just as important as recruiting good soccer players.” Fundamental to this success is never losing sight that they are coaching studentathletes and not just athletes, say both Silvestri and Angelini. “Supporting student learning is just as important to the program as going out there and recruiting good soccer players,” says Angelini. “Our program is one of the few in the OCAA that doesn’t cut playing time for a team member who misses practice for school. This policy does present some problems at times, but we understand that getting an education is every student-athlete’s priority.” As for the players, they realize that the lessons learned on the field, although they

don’t take place in a traditional classroom, will have a favourable impact on their future. “Wearing the double-blue has been such a positive experience for me and representing the institution has been an honour,” says Mark Burns, who has completed his second season with the soccer team. “Being a member of the Bruin family has helped shape my life and I think has prepared me well for the exciting challenges that lie ahead after Sheridan.” Throughout the years, the coaches have also done a good job of keeping their alumni involved with the program, whether as coaches or as spectators. “Having graduates return to help coach and attend games really does build strong and enduring links to Sheridan. Our players now understand that when we talk about being a Bruin, we mean that you’re a Bruin for life,” says Silvestri. One Bruin in particular helped spur the soccer team on to victory, he adds. Player Jesse Asiedu was in hospital suffering a broken leg the day before the championship game. “It was Jesse’s work ethic and determination to win gold that inspired all of us.”

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Animal Care Julie Ott, ‘03, is Founder and Head Professional Trainer of Canine Foundations which offers behaviour consulting, seminars and dog obedience training. She also writes a column for the Barrie Advance helping readers solve problems with their dogs, and serves on the board of directors for Last Chance K9 Rescue as the Behaviour Coordinator and Chief Rehabilitator.

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Niki Kavakonis, ’91. Her Tip of the Iceberg ring has been included in The Nature of Diamonds exhibition organized by New York’s American Museum of Natural History. Over the past year and a half, the ring has been on view at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, the Houston Museum of Natural Science and The Field

Tip of the Iceberg ring

Museum in Chicago. It will be exhibited at the new Singapore ArtScience Museum starting in December 2010. The ring is an uncut stone from the Ekati Mine, Canada’s first diamond mine in the Northwest Territories. Niki has also completed a collection inspired by architect Frank Gehry for sale at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Bachelor of Applied Arts (Illustration) Josh Cassidy, ’09, won the men’s London Wheelchair Marathon in the first major championship victory of his career on April 25. The Ottawa native finished the 42.195-kilometre course in one hour 35 minutes and 21 seconds. Josh started the race ranked 15th but finished ahead of Switzerland’s Marcel Hug and England’s David Weir, double gold medallist at the Beijing Paralympic Games. In Australia earlier this year, Josh beat David Weir in the 1500-metre race, took second place in the 800-metre race and set a Canadian record time in the 10,000-metre race, placing fourth. These victories put Josh in serious gold medal contention for the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. Josh is Canada’s number one in his class and world-ranked in the top five for the past three years.

Business Randy Pilon, ’82. Sheridan’s Trafalgar Road Campus SCAET theatre was renamed the Virox Technologies Inc. Theatre in recognition of Randy’s contributions to Sheridan and the School of Business.

Randy Pilon, President of Virox Technologies (right) and Sheridan President Jeff Zabudsky (left) congratulate student award winners (from left) Sonia Jenkins, Renee Harty and Sarah Laurencic at the Virox Future Forum. Virox Technologies donated $1,000 to each of the three students.


Chickenfoot consists of ex-Van Halen members Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony, as well as Chad Smith (drummer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers) and virtuoso guitarist Joe Satriani. The video of the group’s song “Get it Up” went live worldwide in January 2010. Darin, who works for Corus Entertainment (Nelvana) as a Senior Technical Producer, met with the band during their Toronto tour last August.

A 2006 Business Hall of Fame inductee, Randy is President and CEO of Virox Technologies Inc. and sponsor of the Virox Future Forum. The second annual forum, which took place in February this year at Sheridan, brought together business leaders to help graduating students make plans for the careers of the future. Randy’s daughter, Danielle, is a 2008 Early Childhood Education graduate.

Phil Pritchard, ’83, Vice President and Curator of the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Phil was named the 2009 winner of the Schroeder Award by the International Sports Heritage Association (ISHA). The award is the highest honor presented by ISHA and is awarded for meritorious service of lasting nature in the sports heritage industry. During his more than 20-year career with the Hockey Hall of Fame, Phil has traveled the globe to promote the museum and exhibit its collection. He has also gained great notoriety for his role of walking the Stanley Cup out onto the ice to be presented to the NHL champions, a duty he has performed since 1994. He was also part of the “priceless” Mastercard™ television ads.

Canadian Journalism for Internationally Trained Writers Nik Kowsar, ’07, has received the international Award for Courage for Editorial Cartooning from the Cartoonists Rights Network. As an editorial cartoonist in Iran, he went to prison in 2000 for drawing a cartoon critical of the government. In 2003, he left the country after receiving a death threat. Nik was sentenced in absentia to four months in prison and still has charges outstanding against him. If he returned to Iran, he would immediately go back to prison. Nik was featured in the documentary, So Far From Home, written and directed by Sheridan faculty member Vladimir Kabelik, which aired on OMNI Television last fall.

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in Show Award at the national exhibition Powerplay 2009, and the Award of Excellence in the provincial exhibition Ontario Craft ’09. His work has appeared in over 260 exhibitions including shows at the Royal Ontario Museum and the National Museum of Civilization. Keith has won approximately 48 awards including Canada’s 125th Commemorative Medal (a Governor General’s Award) and the John Mather Medal from the Ontario Crafts Council. Although he retired from teaching at Canadore College last September, Keith is continuing his career as a full-time Studio Artist.

Dean DeBlois, ’90, co-directed the animated DreamWorks film How to Train Your Dragon which opened at the end of March this year. The film has received glowing reviews for both its 3-D images and compelling story. Dean teamed up with director-screenwriter Chris Sanders for the film. The duo also co-wrote and codirected the animated hit Lilo & Stitch in 2002. Before that, Dean co-wrote Disney’s Mulan.

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Classical Animation Darin Bristow, ’95, and Pipeline Studios Inc. created the first animated music video for hard rock group Chickenfoot.

Alumni who work at Guru Animation Studio shared some Sheridan memories over lunch last year at the company’s Toronto office. The Alumni Office hosted events in 2009 at several organizations which employ Sheridan graduates, including Pigeon Branding in Oakville, Cookie Jar in Toronto and Silicon Knights in St. Catharines. To arrange a visit from us, please contact the Alumni Office at 905-815-4078 or

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Ian D’Sa (right) of Billy Talent

Classical Animation Ian D’Sa, ’99, is the guitarist for the hugely successful Canadian rock band Billy Talent. The band won the 2010 Juno Award for Rock Album of the Year (Billy Talent III), and was nominated for Group of the Year, Album of the Year and Single of the Year for “Rusted From The Rain”. Billy Talent has now won seven Juno Awards, including Music DVD of the Year in 2008 and Rock Album of the Year in 2007. The band’s albums Billy Talent and Billy Talent II have been certified as triple platinum and double platinum, respectively, by the Canadian Industry Recording Association. In February, Billy Talent was chosen to perform at one of the medal ceremonies at the Vancouver Olympics. The band has been together since 1993, when the four Mississaugaraised members began performing as Billy Talent in the local Kinsmen Hall. They rented the hall, built the stage themselves and enlisted the help of friends to come out and support them. Before the band’s success, Ian worked as an animator for Angela Anaconda, produced by DECODE Entertainment and Toronto’s C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures.

Community Outreach and Development David Mader, ’04, organized the 2010 Hudson’s Bay Company (Hbc) Golf Tournament and Spa on June 2, an annual event which raises over $500,000 each year for the Commonwealth Games Foundation of Canada and other Canadian athletic charities. With over 900 participants, the event is the largest corporate tournament of its type in the country. The event is held at four ClubLink golf courses in the Halton Region: Rattlesnake Point, Glen Abbey, Glencairn and Greystone. David has been a Specialist in Community Investment for Hbc since December 2009.

Computer Science Technology Meenu Seda, ’03, has established a networking group for female students enrolled in Sheridan’s science and technology programs. Called Knowledge Network of Women in Technology (KNOWIT), the group helps women advance by providing them with the support of other female professionals in the technology sector. One of the group’s goals is to help women see and believe in their ability and become IT leaders. Learn more about Meenu at

The only 2010 Olympic tickets in greater demand than seats for the men’s hockey final were spaces on the Rocky Mountaineer luxury train running to and from Whistler. So said several media outlets, including the Vancouver Sun, which called the train the “hottest Olympic ticket in town”. “Riding in our world famous bi-level GoldLeaf dome coaches was truly the most luxurious way to travel to and from the Games,” says Randy Powell, whose company operated the VIP train for the province of Alberta every day for the duration of the Vancouver Olympics in February. In addition to the spectacular scenery of the Sea to Sky corridor, travellers on the exclusive train were treated to top-notch food and entertainment. Although most of the 70 lucky travellers on board each day were government ministers and their guests, Olympic athletes were always welcomed. Guests included Olympians Maelle Ricker (Gold medal winner for Canada, Snowboard Cross, 2010), Seth Wescott (Gold medal winner for the U.S., Men’s Snowboard Cross, 2010), and Germany’s Katarina Witt (Gold Medal winner for Women’s Figure Skating,1988 Calgary Olympics). Powell (Business Marketing 1982) is President and CEO of Armstrong Group which owns the world-renowned Rocky Mountaineer Trains. Featuring a series of four different luxury train journeys through the Canadian Rockies, the Rocky Mountaineer has won the prestigious “World’s Leading Travel Experience by Train” at the World Travel Awards for four consecutive years. SHERIDAN OVATION | 2010 39

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Lexi Deece-Cassidy, ’96, was featured in the April 2010 issue of Chatelaine magazine as part of a story about adopting older children from foster care. She and husband Sean adopted then 11-year-old Aleisha in 2007. For the past year, Lexi has been Manager of Organizational Learning for Casino Rama in Orillia. She is a past Board Member of the Adoption Council of Canada, Past President of the Association for Early Childhood Educators of Ontario (Peel Branch) and Founder and Chair of Adoption Connections. She continues her work as an educational consultant for school associations, as well as the medical, business and social services communities.

Julie Newman and Esther Wirick, both ’09, received the highest scores in an Ontario human resources certification exam earlier this year. They each attained 99% on the National Knowledge Exam which leads to the Certified Human Resources Professional designation. In the last two years, Sheridan graduates have placed once as the top scorer in Canada (Sarah Nash) and twice as the top scorers in Ontario. Julie now works at AIM Health Group as a Work Hardening (Physical Therapy) Specialist. Esther recently finished a co-op placement at Sanofi Pasteur (pharmaceutical company).


Mark McQuillan, ’03. His company, Jam3Media, created a website which won Best of Show honours at the Digital Media Awards late last year. The website, promoting the National Film Board documentary Waterlife about the environmental degradation of the Great Lakes, also won a Gold in the Entertainment, Arts & Tourism category. In March this year, the site received the Web Award for Activism from the 2010 South by Southwest interactive, film and music conference in Texas. Mark founded Jam3Media with fellow alumni Pablo Vio and Adrian Belina, both ’03. The company also designed and developed the King Tut online exhibition for the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Marc Lebert, ’89, is a Certified Personal Trainer and fitness club owner in Mississauga. His fitness tools (Lebert Equalizer, Lebert Buddy System and Lebert Stretch Strap) are used by pro sports teams, personal trainers, athletic departments and clubs across North America. Marc has trained clients at home and at the corporate level, including 10 years at GlaxoSmithKline. A black belt in Taekwondo and a Certified NeuroLinguistic Practitioner, Marc also teaches boxing, sports conditioning and Equalizer classes. He has been featured on television and at international wellness conferences. Although he didn’t pursue a career in law and security, Mark still keeps in touch with his placement officer from OPP Port Credit.

Allison Hegedus, ’92, is President of Vida Wellness Spas based in Vancouver which has locations throughout Vancouver and Seattle, Washington. The Seattle location was voted Best New Spa in 2008 by Seattle Magazine. Before heading up Vida in 2006, she was the Assistant Manager and Director of the Stillwater Spa at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Toronto. Previously, Allison was the Spa Director at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler.

Family Day Care Anne Day, ’80, was one of 57 women from around the world to receive the TIAW World of Difference Award last year for her work in improving women’s economic independence. In 2009, she was also named Entrepreneur of the Year by the Oakville Awards for Business Excellence and was a finalist for a Women of Influence Award. In 2003, Anne started the Company of Women, which now has over 400 members in four chapters across the GTA supporting women in business. In 1999 she received the ATHENA Award for helping women reach their potential and for two years served on the Board of the ATHENA Foundation, as the second Canadian representative. An Ontario Premier’s Award nominee in 2000 and co-founder of the Oakville Parent and Child Centre, Anne is now serving on the Opportunity International Canada Governor’s Council, a charity that provides micro credit financing to women in developing countries.



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Journalism – New Media Anthony Quinn, ’00, has followed media mogul Moses Znaimer from Citytv to MZTV and now CARP (formerly the Canadian Association of Retired Persons), where Anthony is now Manager, Community Development. He took the position following a stint as Special Projects Manager for CARP and MZTV Production and Distribution. Moses Znaimer is President of CARP and owner of MZTV. Anthony has been working for Moses Znaimer since graduation when he interned at Citytv. He was Executive Assistant to the President at CHUM Television for seven years before moving to MZTV in 2006 as an Associate Producer. He participated in the launch of TelusTV, including the introduction of TelusTV Community Channels in western Canada.

Media Arts/ Bachelor of Applied Arts - Animation Directors Jake Chirico, Media Arts ’09, and Alain Huynh, BAA (Animation) ’09, were among the top winners of the 2009 Air Canada enRoute Film Festival. Jake won the Best Documentary Award for Freshwater Plague, while Alain Huynh received the Achievement in Animation Award for Intermedium. Jake was also a finalist earlier this year at the Toronto International Film Festival’s Student Film Showcase. The enRoute festival provides emerging filmmakers with the chance to showcase their work to millions of Air Canada passengers. The films are screened on the personal seatback entertainment system on all Air Canada flights.

Music Theatre – Performance Aaron Walpole, ‘01, (‘04 Canadian Idol contestant), David W. Keeley and Peter Deiwick (former students) are starring in the latest Mirvish musical, Rock of Ages. The show is about a small town girl and big-city rocker in Los Angeles who fall in love to the greatest songs of the ’80s. The ensemble cast includes Caleb Cosman, ’08, Cody Scott Lancaster, ’09, and former student Valerie Stanois. The musical premiered at Toronto’s Royal Alexandra Theatre in April. Chilina Kennedy, ’00, is entering her second season at the Stratford Festival

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this year, starring as Eva Perón in Evita and Lois Lane in Kiss Me, Kate. She made her Stratford Festival debut as Maria in West Side Story and Philia in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum during the 2009 season. Before coming to Stratford, she spent three seasons at the Shaw Festival and appeared in several high profile productions, including the world première of The Lord of the Rings and the first U.S. national tour of Mamma Mia! (as Sophie). Theatre and TV star Michael Therriault, ’95, second from left in front, is surrounded by fellow Music Theatre alumni and faculty following his performance in Irving Berlin’s White Christmas in Hamilton last December. At left are Michelle Nakamura, ’07, and Greg Peterson, Program Coordinator; at

right are Kayla James, Instructor, Michael Mulrooney, Instructor, and Ayrin Mackie, ’00. Ayrin and Michelle were also part of the White Christmas cast.

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Travel and Tourism

Sheridan athletic therapy graduates were well represented at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and Paralympics, providing their services to athletes and spectators alike. Congratulations to the following alumni for being part of a record-breaking Olympic Games: Mike Burnstein, ’92, Tony Carbonette, ’99, Madeleine Hunter, ’87, Jamie Rempel, ’04, Kimberely Oslund, ’04, Wendy Laythorpe, ’00, Katie MacDonald, ’99, Jessica Salt, ’03 and Rebecca Spiers, ’03.

Ryan Bennett, ’09, was the final torch bearer for the Brampton leg of the Olympic Torch Relay last December. After looping around the city’s Gage Park skating trail twice in his sledge hockey sled, Ryan lit Brampton’s Olympic Cauldron. A member of the Halton-Peel Cruisers Intermediate A sledge hockey team, Ryan is also a track and field athlete who throws shot put, discus and javelin. He was diagnosed with cerebral palsy as a toddler and has partial use of his legs.

In Memoriam Gerry Zeldin, Animation Professor Gerald Zeldin, long-time Professor in the animation program at Sheridan passed away on May 20 after a long battle with cancer. He was 66 years old. He will be deeply missed by his many colleagues and former students. During his 18 years at Sheridan, Gerry held several positions, including Coordinator and Life Drawing Professor in the Advanced Diploma in Classical Animation and the Bachelor of Applied Arts (Animation) programs. Born in Toronto, Gerry attended graduate school in Claremont, California where he obtained his Masters of Fine Art degree.

He was an accomplished artist whose work can be found in private and corporate collections around the world. Locally, his art is included in the collections of the Art Gallery of Hamilton, the City of Toronto and the AGO. A scholarship for animation students has been established to honour his memory. For more information and to donate, please contact Jennifer Deighton at 905-845-9430 ext. 2011, or SHERIDAN OVATION | 2010 41

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