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Sheridan’s Annual Alumni Magazine – 2011

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Mississauga in Praise of a

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President’s Welcome


sHEriDAn in MississAugA Sheridan's Hazel McCallion Campus


fEATurE sTory Randy Pilon: Paying It Forward


AluMni ProfilEs Senior Editor/Writer Carol Hill


Contributing Writers Susan Atkinson David DiCenzo Carol Hill Andrew Snook Stefanie Wallace Graphic Design/Art Direction Stewart Dick Jane Cockton Cover Photograph Johnathan Bielaski Contributing Photography John Jones


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Chilina Kennedy: The Sound of Success


Faith Tull: Breaking Down Barriers to Learning


Pierre Poussin: When Art Meets Science


Allison Hegedus: Spas Go More than Skin Deep


Grads Follow Passion for all Things Interactive


Charles Fraresso: Born to Build


Lexi Deece-Cassidy: Adopting Change


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Mary Kanko Joe Morse Dan Zen Brian Dwyer

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Welcome Inspiring graduates, outstanding faculty, historic developments in Sheridan’s history – that’s what you will find in this issue of Ovation magazine. Grads like Business Hall of Famer Randy Pilon, who’s an exceptional business success story as well as a keen supporter of Sheridan. Faculty like Joe Morse, who combines award-winning artistic talent with a natural bent for teaching. And the milestone event of 2011 – our ‘return’ to Mississauga with the opening of the Hazel McCallion Campus (HMC) this fall in the heart of the city centre.

Even before the first phase of the HMC opens, we are already planning phase II, thanks to a $60 million funding announcement by the provincial government in June. This means that, by 2014, Sheridan will serve over 5,000 full-time students in Mississauga, a long overdue development for Canada’s sixth largest city! Read more about it in this issue, and follow our progress online at

Jeff Zabudsky,

President and CEO

A greener sheridan

Through sustainable consumption Ovation Magazine is printed on 100% recycled paper made using renewable and local biogas energy. Its production uses less water and reduces greenhouse gas emissions by over 85% compared to the average North Amercian industry pulp and paper standards. Environmental savings when compared to 100% virgin fibre products: 225 trees

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Mississauga's Hazel Mccallion campus sHEriDAn WElcoMEs full rosTEr of sTuDEnTs To MississAugA cAMPus The Sheridan College Hazel McCallion Campus opens its doors to a full complement of students this September, thanks to a record number of applications. As of March, full-time business diploma programs for the fall term were already waitlisted for new applications. “This is the first time in our history that we have had to waitlist business programs so early in the application process,” says Ian Marley, VicePresident of Student Affairs and Enrolment Management. “Mississauga students have enthusiastically responded to the return of Sheridan College to their city.” The in-demand programs include Business Administration with specializations in marketing, accounting, finance and human resources, as well as a General Business program and Banking and Wealth Management. All are two- or three-year diploma programs. A variety of business graduate certificate programs are also offered at the new campus, along with language training and employment assessment services for new Canadians.



Located on Duke of York Boulevard in Mississauga’s city centre, the first phase of the new campus is a 150,000 square foot, four-storey facility which will accommodate 1,760 full-time students. The campus is leading edge in its design, services and programming. Central to the facility is a glass-enclosed collaborative working space that includes the latest computer hardware and interactive software. A smartphoneaccessible wayfinding system is also available throughout the building. The building design meets Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED®) Gold certification standards, and contains many sustainable design elements. Features include a solar power-generated domestic water system, and room occupancy sensors that automatically control lighting. Variable Air Volume units have also been installed to reduce unnecessary energy demands in unoccupied classrooms. “The Hazel McCallion Campus features both notable technological advances, as well as the latest in sustainable design,” says Richard EllisSmith, Branch Manager (Toronto) of Bird Construction, building contractor for the new campus.

As Sheridan celebrates its return to Mississauga, the college also welcomes the news of $60 million in funding from the Ontario Government to construct Phase II of the new campus. Construction is expected to begin in late 2012, following a community consultation to develop detailed plans for the new facility. The first phase of the campus was supported by the federal and provincial governments with $31.23 million through the Knowledge Infrastructure Program. Phase II will accommodate an additional full-time 3,500 students, bringing the total enrolment at the Hazel McCallion Campus to 5,260 when the new building opens in 2014. “The enthusiastic response to the first phase of our Mississauga campus has confirmed the growing demand for higher education in the region,” said Dr. Jeff Zabudsky, Sheridan President and CEO. “The new building is vital to helping us meet this demand, by providing the space and facilities that will enable more Mississauga residents to pursue diplomas and degrees closer to home. This investment by the Ontario government is helping our students get the best possible education to succeed."

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"We hope that students will be energized by the creativity around them."

crEATivE cAMPus DEsignED for sTuDEnTs of THE 21sT cEnTury Sheridan’s latest curriculum innovations will further cement its longstanding reputation as a leader in creative learning. The college’s Creative Campus initiative includes elements in both program content and delivery that will help prepare our students for today’s innovation-driven economy. The most sweeping of these is the introduction of creativity competencies into every academic program, either through existing creativity courses or integrated into other program courses. Students will have the opportunity to learn and practice the art of applied creative thinking by engaging in curriculum which focuses on recognizing and developing their creative potential. This is an especially exciting development for business education at Sheridan. “Innovative companies have two to three times the value of other companies,” says Peter Bouffard, Professor of Leadership and Creativity at Sheridan. In fact, today’s CEOs ranked creativity as the most important leadership factor for success in business, outweighing even integrity and global thinking, according to a major 2010 study by IBM. “Our business students will graduate with a competency in creativity which is something employers clearly want,” continues Bouffard.

The creative campus concept is readily apparent in the design of the new Mississauga campus. The halls of the new facility will be enlivened with artistic exhibits, including blown glass pieces and large-scale mural and textile installations, all by Sheridan students and graduates. “We hope that students will be energized by the creativity around them,” says Bouffard. To further inspire and promote an exchange of ideas, collaborative work spaces or “nooks” will also be dotted throughout the campus. Each one will have design influenced by a different faculty or program to foster an interdisciplinary connection. Another curriculum innovation designed to produce job-ready graduates is the problem-based, experiential program called Adventure Learning. Students will have the opportunity to take their knowledge and apply it to real-world projects. “We will use current technology as the driving force to bring real workplace challenges into the classroom through collaborative online learning environments. We aim to close the gap between the classroom and the boardroom,” explains Bouffard. The Faculty of Business will introduce a pilot program using the Adventure Learning model with the Leadership Development course this September. “We’re looking to fulfill Sheridan’s vision of being a world leader in innovation and creative learning. This is just the beginning. We set the stage and now we will continue to build on it,” says Bouffard.





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Business 1982

randy Pilon In Praise of a College Education

Entrepreneur. Philanthropist. Family man. College graduate. These are just a few of the terms that describe Randy Pilon, President and CEO of Virox Technologies Inc. He may be all of these things, but it is definitely the entrepreneur in Randy that led to his business success, and put him in a position where he can indulge his philanthropic instincts by giving back to the next generation of business talent.

When he was approached by the Life Sciences team at the Royal Bank of Canada about a promising new disinfectant created by an independent scientist, Pilon was intrigued. Predicting the move of disinfection products from hospitals to households, Pilon saw a future for this new germ-fighting technology, which was a highly effective “green” alternative to traditional toxic disinfectants.

Just what does it take to be a successful entrepreneur? For Randy Pilon, it was probably a combination of several factors - an appetite for risk, hard work, and the ability to mine below the surface to find business gold. Not to mention the support of his spouse. Randy was 35 years old when he came home one day and told his wife, Catherine, that he wanted to cash in their RRSPs, mortgage the house and start a business from scratch. Rather than running for the door, she gave him the green light – and the rest is history.

After creating a business plan, he formed

"He wanted to cash in their rrsPs, mortgage the house and start a business from scratch."

But before that, he was a rising young executive on the corporate fast track. Soon after graduating from Sheridan’s Business program in 1982, Pilon joined leading global eye care company Bausch & Lomb, rising through the ranks to become Corporate Vice-President of the Canadian operation and a member of the 17-person global leadership team. All the while, he harboured a dream of launching his own company, and kept his ear to the ground for potential business opportunities.

an investment group and bought the rights to the disinfection technology now known as Accelerated Hydrogen Peroxide (AHP). In addition to pledging his own assets, Pilon approached friends and family for seed capital, and in 1999 Virox Technologies was born. Although he was nervous giving up a high-paying job to start all over again, Pilon felt he would lose more than money if he didn’t take that chance. “I knew that no matter what happened, I would gain a wealth of knowledge and experience. Most importantly, I would never have to look in the mirror and ask, ‘What if?’" His new company quickly gained momentum, but it was the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) crisis in Toronto eight years ago that really put

Virox on the map. In response to the overwhelming demand for disinfectant agents, Virox had the product and the agility to quickly increase production capacity, and became the go-to source among health care agencies and hospitals, with the Ontario Ministry of Health specifically calling for the use of AHP virtually everywhere people were at risk. Since the SARS crisis, the market for hygiene and disinfectant products has continued to grow worldwide, spurred by such events as last year’s global flu pandemic. Virox has gone on to market its product through several leading global partners such as Bayer, STERIS Corp, Diversey, and DEB group to name a few. A recent highlight for the company was winning the prestigious Canadian American Business Council Award for Business Excellence. The Oakville-based company has been listed three times in Profit magazine’s "Companies to Watch," featured in The Globe & Mail, Toronto Star, National Post and Report on Business Television, and in 2005, Pilon received the Oakville Award for Business Excellence-Entrepreneur of the Year. With Virox an established success, Pilon has had more time in recent years to pursue another passion – helping the younger generation prepare for success in a changing marketplace. He credits longtime Business Professor, Brian Lyons, for bringing him back into the Sheridan fold. After seeing Pilon on television in 2005, Lyons invited him to take part in Sheridan’s Business Strategy Game during which students manage a virtual company. “Coming back to Sheridan rekindled my school spirit and sparked my interest in reconnecting. It has been SHERIDAN OVATION | 2011


"students shouldn’t think a college diploma is second-tier." a rewarding experience,” says Pilon, who has expanded his involvement in business education, most recently as a judge at the 2010 Ontario Colleges Marketing Competition. A committed mentor to aspiring entrepreneurs, Randy also sponsors the annual Virox Future Forum which he founded three years ago. The Forum offers Sheridan’s top graduating business students career planning strategies for today’s changing workplace. Keynote speakers have included demographer and author, David Foote and Sean Wise of Dragon’s Den fame. “The Future Forum gives students something I never had – the chance to network with professionals and peers, and hear directly from industry leaders about career planning,” says Pilon, a member of Sheridan’s Faculty of Business Hall of Fame. Jennifer Ho attended the 2009 Forum, receiving one of three Virox Future Forum scholarships. She now works for Microsoft as their Event Marketing Manager, and recalls the benefit she received from attending the forum. “Not only did we review how social media and technology have changed the business landscape today, but we learned how to become career-

ready for this new work world,” she says.

A believer in lifelong learning, Pilon continued his education while at Bausch & Lomb, completing the Queen’s Executive program in 1995. After starting Virox, Pilon went on to obtain his MBA at the University of Toronto Rotman School of Business, where he won the coveted You Speak We Listen award, voted anonymously by faculty and students for the student who brings the most value to the classroom. In addition, Pilon has completed the Institute of Corporate Directors Corporate Governance Program at Rotman, and the Harvard Business School course on Strategic Planning and Competitive Advantage. Despite his ongoing academic pursuits, Pilon is quick to point out that he started Virox as a college graduate. “Yes, I went on to further my education, but that was later. Students shouldn’t think a college diploma is second-tier,” says Pilon, whose daughter Danielle graduated from Sheridan’s Early Childhood Education Program, and his son Jonny is now studying culinary arts at Niagara College. Pilon has demonstrated his belief in the value of a college credential by hiring four Sheridan alumni at Virox. Melissa Chito, Manager of Marketing Services, joined the company soon after graduating from the

Business Administration-Human Resources Program in 2007. “At Virox, Randy shares his knowledge with each of us and fosters a culture of continuous learning, which includes his remarkable strategic planning abilities. Employees are challenged each year to create a personal strategic plan under Randy’s mentorship.” Not only does he donate his time and mentoring touch, Randy is also an exceptionally generous supporter of Sheridan through his role on Sheridan’s Board of Governors, as a former member of Sheridan’s Student Capital Fundraising Cabinet and as sponsor of the Big Picture Gala’s Business Award for the past four years. Particularly outstanding is Pilon’s personal commitment to Sheridan of $500,000, half of which will support the new campus in Mississauga. The first floor lecture hall at the new campus will be named in his honour. His gift represents the largest alumni donation ever to the college. Pilon is proud to be playing a large part in the creation of the new campus which he believes will give the Faculty of Business the profile it deserves. "Randy is an accomplished entrepreneur who has demonstrated his generosity and expertise at every level possible here at Sheridan,” says Sheridan President and CEO Jeff Zabudsky. “His donation of time, expertise and financial support will go a long way in helping business students develop to their full potential.”

Randy Pilon (centre) shares the stage with keynote speakers, Demographer David Foote (left) and Sean Wise of Dragon's Den fame. 10


sheridan names new campus in Honour of Mayor Mccallion

Sheridan College has named its new Mississauga campus in honour of Mayor Hazel McCallion. The news was announced at a 90th birthday celebration for the Mayor held on February 12 at the Mississauga Convention Centre. In making the announcement, Sheridan President and CEO Jeff Zabudsky noted the tremendous impact Mayor McCallion has had on the city, and the college. “It’s in large part thanks to her vision and determination that we will open a brand new campus in the heart of Mississauga’s city centre this fall,” he said. The Sheridan College Hazel McCallion Campus will open its doors in September. Mayor McCallion tripped the light fantastic with Sheridan music theatre students at the birthday celebration which drew almost 1,000 guests. The evening featured tributes from a host of dignitaries and celebrities. Among those speaking were The Hon. Jim Flaherty, MP Whitby-Oshawa and Finance Minister; The Hon. Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario; The Hon. William G. Davis, former Premier of Ontario; and Don Cousens, former Mayor of Markham.

At the Mayor’s request, the $186,000 net proceeds from the celebration will benefit the new Mississauga campus. "The mayor has long been an advocate for bringing Sheridan back to Mississauga, and we are very excited to be fulfilling her vision," said Zabudsky. Alumni and other Sheridan partners were out in full force in support of the event, including Presenting Sponsor BMO Financial Group and Event Sponsor Bird Construction. During the evening, BMO Financial Group announced the establishment of the new Hazel McCallion Award of Excellence. The award will go to the top student at the new campus who has completed their second year of study. An ongoing supporter of Sheridan students, BMO Financial has a special interest in assisting organizations that promote and encourage learning. “Just as we know that lifelong learning is crucial to the success of our business, we believe that it is also fundamental to the creation of a strong and resilient society,” says Ray Lessard, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, BMO Nesbitt

Burns. “The Mayor's birthday event was a one-time opportunity for us to support an important local initiative which is consistent with one of our primary philanthropic principles.” Bird Construction also has a strong commitment to the local communities in each of its branches across Canada. The building contractor for the Hazel McCallion Campus, Bird Construction previously worked with Sheridan on the Library Learning Commons facility at the Davis Campus. “Once again with our Mississauga campus partnership, we believe we have achieved more than just the sum of our parts,” says Richard Ellis-Smith, Branch Manager, Toronto, for Bird Construction. Thanks to BMO Financial Group and Bird Construction Company, as well as Category Sponsors, Charton Hobbs, Design2Decor Inc., Frischkorn Audiovisual, Mississauga Convention Centre, Somerville Graphics Inc., Westaire Air Conditioning and Heating Limited; and Beakbane Marketing Inc.



Music Theatre – Performance 2000

chilina Kennedy Stratford Festival’s New Musical Leading Lady

Some people are born performers, others take a while to come out of their shells. Not Chilina Kennedy, who had her destiny figured out almost as soon as she learned to walk. “My mother has pictures of me as a two-year old, dressed up in her high heels and belting out a tune,” says the Stratford Festival leading lady. When it came time to plot her postsecondary path, Kennedy had options, including a scholarship offer from Queen’s University to study music. “In the end, I didn’t want to choose between acting, singing and dancing,” she says. “Sheridan was the place where I could develop my skills in all three disciplines.”

Kennedy thrived in the program and greatly impressed her faculty, including Peterson, who recalls her as “extraordinarily talented, extraordinarily gifted.” Her hard work paid off when she landed the plum role of Anne in the Charlottetown Festival’s production of Anne of Green Gables right after graduation. Kennedy threw herself fully into the character, winning accolades in the process. Notable Canadian actor

Toronto Star’s Richard Ouzounian to laud her as “the new reigning star of Stratford’s musicals.” That reign has continued into 2011 with her portrayal of Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar. As a testament to her versatility, she can also be found playing Rose of Sharon in the Festival’s production of The Grapes of Wrath. Both productions have earned rave reviews. Each year, Sheridan continues to turn out a new crop of ‘triple threat’ talents, all eager to make their mark on stage or screen. Kennedy’s advice to them? “Don’t give up when it gets hard. You will hear ‘no’ many times before you hear ‘yes’.” When it comes to her own success, Kennedy concedes that luck may have played a part in it. “But the important thing to me is to trust myself in the work and let my energy go into that instead of worrying about factors outside my control.” Much more than luck, it would seem that this disciplined and focused approach to her craft can be credited for Kennedy’s ongoing success. That and the innate gifts she first displayed as a toddler, and which she honed and developed through many years of training and hard work. The pay-off? “I am living a dream come true.”

“i am living a dream come true.”

Such is the goal of the program – to prepare its graduates for a multitude of performance opportunities, says Coordinator Greg Peterson. “We train them as best we can in triple threat performance to get them into all markets.” To graduate from the program is no small feat in itself. “Students come in thinking their career will be very romantic, and that they’ll have fun all the time,” says Peterson. “In reality, the program is very demanding, with a heavy workload requiring good time management, self-discipline and the ability to work long hours.”



Don Harron called her “the finest actress ever to play the role.” Her star rose considerably after this promising start, with two-plus years as Sophie in the international company of Mamma Mia! followed by three seasons at the Shaw Festival in a variety of roles. But it is on the Stratford Festival’s stage where Kennedy currently shines. Her breakthrough came with the role of Maria in the 2009 production of West Side Story, a performance described by one critic as “red hot.” That same season, she played Philia in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, a shift that demonstrated her prowess in both dramatic and comedic roles. She followed this up with a star turn in the title role of Evita!, which led The

Image: Chilina Kennedy as Mary Magdalene and Paul Nolan as Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar.

Photography: Stratford Festival

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Business Administration-Marketing 1988

faith Tull Giving Children the Chance to Learn

As a young child, Faith Tull had limited exposure to the formal education system in her native Jamaica. As a result, she was put back a grade level when she started school in Canada at the age of 10, and spent the next decade working to catch up to her peers. “But I never gave up,” says Tull, a graduate of the Sheridan Business Administration-Marketing Program. Now Vice-President of Human Resources for First Canadian Title (FCT), Tull is

and that helped me become the person I am today.” Tull discovered her love of networking in high school in Etobicoke through her involvement in athletics and student associations. When choosing her postsecondary course of study, the Business Marketing program at Sheridan seemed a natural fit. After graduating, Tull wasted no time building an impressive career in the human resources field. Her past positions include management roles with a variety of companies, including pharmaceutical firms GlaxoSmithKline and Sanofi Pasteur, as well as engineering firm Husky Injection Molding.

“i support programs that break down barriers to learning.” committed to ensuring that other children receive the education they deserve. For the past two years, she has sponsored students through the Staying in School program operated by her aunt in Port Antonio, Jamaica. The program provides transportation to and from school, as well as breakfast each day.

Since joining FCT five years ago, Tull has earned back-to-back Leadership Awards of Excellence in 2007 and 2008, and a promotion to Vice-President this year. With over 1,000 employees, FTC is Canada’s leading provider of title insurance for residential and commercial real estate transactions.

“Because school didn't come easily for me, I believe it's important to support this program,” says Tull. “Children cannot control their early years and need to work with the cards they are dealt,” she adds, pointing out that most of the children in the program come from single-parent families, and some have no parents.  “I was lucky enough to have had a very determined and positive mother who encouraged me throughout my life,

In addition to her Sheridan diploma, Tull holds a bachelor of arts degree in labour relations from the University of Toronto and an adult training and development certificate from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE). She is also pursuing a master’s degree in human resources management from York University.

Although she values all of her post-secondary education, Tull found Sheridan’s practical education particularly unique. “It gave me a hands-on understanding of the working world,” she says. “I really appreciated the expertise that I gleaned from the professors who were industry leaders, and I still use some of those skills today.” Today, Tull enjoys mentoring current students and new graduates by sharing both her professional and personal experiences. “It’s not all about academics. I believe you are a richer person if you have a balance between personal, academic and spiritual pursuits,” says Tull, who finds time to support many other charities, both in her local community and beyond, including the United Way, World Vision, Watoto Children's Ministries, the Canadian Red Cross and Canadian Feed the Children. And of course she will continue to encourage the progress of the children she sponsors in Jamaica. “I welcome the opportunity to support the learning and development of these young children so that they can become role models later on in life to help others.”



Crafts & Design – Furniture 2006

Pierre Poussin Where Science Meets Art

Pierre Poussin has achieved more in five years than many artists do in their entire careers. In 2010 alone, his installations in Toronto and Vancouver put him on the fast track to a bright career in public art. It’s not a destiny he could have predicted a decade earlier. After studying biochemistry at the University of Ottawa, Poussin decided that the role of scientist was not for him. Unsure of his future direction, he sought out new experiences overseas, teaching English in South Korea and backpacking across South East Asia. His ‘eureka’ moment occurred while visiting a meditation temple in Northern Thailand. With time on his hands, he started teaching himself how to draw, and was entranced. “I had never tried my hand at drawing in my life, but there and then my vision became clear and I decided to see where this new interest would take me,” recalls Poussin. As his skill developed, Poussin determined that he’d like to create functional, usable art pieces. Returning to Canada, he enrolled in the Sheridan Crafts and Design-Furniture Program on the advice of a friend. “I knew I was at the right school when I saw the variety of influences that my classmates brought to their art. We had students with backgrounds in anthropology, fine arts and engineering, which created a dynamic exchange of ideas.” Poussin brought his own lifelong fascination with astronomy, quantum 16


mechanics, biology and chemistry into the mix, and science naturally blended into his creations. An exceptional student, Poussin’s Mitosis Coffee Table won Best in Show at his graduate year-end open house in 2006. He has since developed the design into a successful furniture line which will soon be featured in the front lobby and lounge areas of Princeton University’s Julian Street Library. Poussin also created a successful line of steel tables which are sold at Nienkamper Furniture and Pimlico Gallery.

spectacular artwork,” says Gabriel Leung, Senior Development Manager for Concord Development Corporation, builder of the Panorama Tower. Poussin has made his mark in the public art world on the west coast as well. After winning an international design competition, he created public street

"i constantly push myself out of my comfort zone."

But his breakthrough project was last year’s Mitosis Courtyard design for the downtown Toronto Panorama Tower condo complex at Lakeshore and Bathurst. Located under the Gardiner Expressway, the Courtyard transforms this dark and unwelcoming environment into a lively and intimate space. The 40,000 square foot courtyard features a series of illuminated columns surrounded by benches. “The biological cell motif of the columns serves as an abstract expression of the city’s constant state of growth and movement,” says Poussin. The project has been featured in World Architecture News, The Globe and Mail and The Toronto Star. “Pierre is a very creative artist who can blend a disparate discipline like molecular biology into

lighting artworks for the Vancouver Olympics Public Art Program. These LED light works will remain installed as part of Vancouver’s Olympic Legacy Program. Poussin is now working on his latest project, the Waterfront Wildflower Meadow on the shores of Lake Ontario in Ajax, as well as two public courtyards for Concord Adex Development’s new Quartz Towers in downtown Toronto. He looks forward to the challenges that the next five years will bring. "I believe all design is transferable. I constantly push myself out of my comfort zone and have grown as an artist as a result." Visit

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Esthetician 1992

Allison Hegedus Spa Offerings Are More Than Skin Deep

Once considered an indulgence for the well-heeled, spa treatments are now part of many people’s overall wellness programs designed to help them cope with a fast-paced lifestyle. With almost 20 years experience in the esthetics industry, Allison Hegedus has seen this change firsthand. "People are realizing that spas are not just a luxury anymore; they’re a necessity," says the President of Vida Spas. "We've all taken on so much more in our lives, whether it is working longer hours or balancing work and family, and more people are finding that spas offer a healing element." The statistics back her up. According to the 2006 Canadian Spa Sector Profile, the spa industry in this country grew by an average of 17 per cent annually from 1996 to March 2006, surpassing the billion-dollar revenue mark. Vida Spas are catering to this expanding customer base through their five locations – three in Vancouver, one in Whistler and one in Seattle. Hegedus finds that the majority of their clients fall into one of three categories: those who are looking for therapeutic services; those who come in for de-stressing treatments; and those who come in as a group for pampering and bonding. Although the list of exotic-sounding treatments seems to grow every year, massage remains the most popular service, followed by facials and waxing. Finding qualified staff to meet the expanding needs of their clientele can be challenging, says Hegedus. "I see a lot of estheticians who have completed six-month programs, but the knowledge base isn’t there.” As a

member of the Standards Committee for the Cosmetology Association of British Columbia, Hegedus has been working to help create government-mandated regulations for spa employees which schools would incorporate into their programs.

the Still Water Spa at the Park Hyatt Hotel, consulted with the Elizabeth Milan Day Spa at The Royal York Hotel, and opened and directed the Spa at The Old Mill Inn. Eventually, she moved west

"People are realizing that spas are not just a luxury anymore; they're a necessity."

Hegedus is a 1992 graduate of Sheridan’s Esthetician Program, which she says offers a diversity of experience and a practical knowledge base that are second to none. She enrolled soon after completing high school in her hometown of Welland, Ontario, landing a coveted spot in a program that accepts fewer than 40 students per year. It has proved to be a wise decision. “Helping people find their balance so that they look and feel better truly is a gratifying career,” says Hegedus. After several years of working as an esthetician, Hegedus returned to Sheridan to study marketing management at night, eventually becoming an educator and sales executive for Dermalogica Canada. In 1999, a phone call from the spa at Fairmont Chateau Whistler prompted Hegedus to make a change in her career. “The spa needed a new Director and I needed a change in my life – so I packed up and U-Hauled it across Canada," Hegedus recalls.

again and joined Vida Wellness Spas as a regional director, becoming President in 2006. Nine years, a new brand and five spas later, Vida Spas is now looking at expanding to Toronto and further in Western Canada. With the spa market reaching a saturation point, how do Vida Spas stand out from the rest? “Only the strong will survive. If you stay true to your brand, and maintain quality of service and integrity of product and people, you'll succeed," advises Hegedus. "Yes, our spa is expensive, but it’s like choosing a bottle of wine. You can buy a $10 bottle or a $40 bottle – you're paying for the quality of what you're getting, and that quality certainly better not disappoint you." By Stefanie Wallace Journalism-Print 2010

Back in Toronto a year later, Hegedus racked up industry experience at a dizzying rate. She opened and managed SHERIDAN OVATION | 2011


Interactive Multimedia 2003

Pablo vio, Adrian Belina & Mark McQuillan Collaborators in Creation The main conference room of Jam3’s Toronto-based office contains four walls of white board. It’s here that Sheridan alumni Mark McQuillan, Pablo Vio and Adrian Belina get together to produce the bulk of ideas for their interactive studio’s many projects. These freeflowing exchanges are at the root of the business, hence the name Jam3, a musical reference that also pays tribute to the tight trio itself. “It’s very team-oriented with everyone chipping in. The jam part comes from that culture,” says Vio. The three thirty-something Toronto natives met at Sheridan as students in the Interactive Multimedia Program. Each chose the college based on its reputation for being at the forefront of the industry, and by the time McQuillan was ready to start his own operation in 2004 (just a year after graduation), he was well prepared – and connected – to a network of talented colleagues. He called Vio and upon finding out his friend was miserable in a stale Web development job, McQuillan asked him to bring his “creative force” to the new venture. About four months later, Belina, who also holds an Advertising diploma from the college, joined the team and Jam3’s core was in place. Based in an apartment above McQuillan’s garage, the new business soon began to take off. “We were interviewing one of our first employees and I was wearing jogging pants and a ripped shirt,” 20


McQuillan recalls with a laugh. “It was a miracle that we actually convinced someone to join us. We’re much more polished today but we had very humble beginnings.” Jam3 has since evolved into an awardwinning, 16-person team of creative people who are setting the bar in interactive design. First and foremost, they consider themselves fans of all things interactive, and this passion permeates their work. “We love things that are cutting edge, that are technical and creative. That’s our drive. It’s not just financial motivation. It’s a craft,” says Belina.

the fact that the subject matter contained a critical social message, the project has been among their best to date. “For a shop our size, we were really blown away by the response we received,” Belina said of the award. “It was satisfying on so many levels,” adds McQuillan. They have also worked with a variety of interesting clients like Lexus, UNICEF

"it’s a 24-hour a day gig with no downtime."

The team members at Jam3 are becoming masters of that craft. Of their many accomplishments, one of the most gratifying has been their work on a website for the National Film Board’s Waterlife, an award-winning documentary about the growing threat to Canada’s Great Lakes. NFB director Rob McLaughlin approached Jam3 with a DVD of the film. He wanted them to create a stand-alone companion site that could be enjoyed on its own. The fruits of their labour – a stunning site – earned Jam3 the Best in Show award at the 2009 Digital Marketing Awards. With over a million views and

and the Icelandic musician Bjork, for whom Jam3 is designing a new website. Whatever the project, the Sheridan trio will continue their quest to be pioneers in an ever-changing industry. Staying ahead is a challenge but the love McQuillan, Belina and Vio have for their work provides the motivation to keep those white boards in the conference room covered in ideas. “We’re certainly proud of where the company is right now but we ain’t finished,” says Vio. “We always strive to be better. We’re constantly evolving and that’s what keeps us at the top of our game.” By David DiCenzo Journalism-Print 1993

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Seated Left to Right: Pablo Vio, Adrian Belina & Mark McQuillan





Photography: Amber Richmond Photography

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Architectural Technology 1994

charles fraresso

Born to Build

As far back as he can remember, Charles Fraresso knew he wanted to be an architect. In Grade 7, he designed an addition to his family’s home in Mississauga which his parents actually built! Nearly three decades later, the Architectural Technology graduate has gone from that early success to lead innovative design projects all over the world. From designing IMAX theatres across Europe, Asia and North America, to working for the U.S. Department of Energy, he has integrated his Sheridan training into the burgeoning world of virtual reality. That success did not seem assured when Fraresso graduated in 1994. At the time, a downturn in the development industry meant that opportunities were limited in his field. But thanks to the diverse skill set he acquired at Sheridan, Fraresso was able to land a job with a landscape architecture company. That job soon led to positions at larger firms in the Oakville area. “In two to three years, I went from finishing college, to working at Gren Weis Architecture, considered at the time to be the largest residential architectural firm in Canada,” says Fraresso. From there, he landed the challenge of designing theatres for IMAX, the Canadian world leader in entertainment technology. “IMAX buildings demand very detailed design and technical considerations that are a step above a conventional building,” he says. “Because the theatres are built all over the world, the projects require heightened international communications and technology.”

“This technology has the capability to change everything.”

Fraresso has also played a leading role in many other interesting international design projects, including the classified “SuperCAVE” in Los Alamos, New Mexico for the U.S. Department of Energy, and the LandRover design centre in the U.K. He also contributed to the LITE 3D (Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprise) in Lafayette, Louisiana. However, Fraresso says the projects and world travel are not the only appealing elements of his career. “The most rewarding aspect is working with a diversity of people and talents,” he said. “That is the true joy of any project.”

Fraresso is particularly excited about his most recent initiative, the Digital Media and Mobile Accelerator, which is the centrepiece of downtown Kitchener’s Communitech Digital Media Hub, an area designed for nurturing and growing new companies and their technologies. Christie Digital, Open Text and Research In Motion are all founding partners of the project which aims to accelerate technology startup companies. The Hub is really about Canada taking a leadership position in new digital media technologies, says Fraresso, who encourages both future students and graduates to look at how much these technologies have to offer. “There are a lot of opportunities for designing architecture with technology in mind,” he says. “We need to understand the power of immersive virtual reality and 3D visualization.

This technology has the capability to change everything: how we learn, how we design, how we understand medical treatment, and how we train in the manufacturing sectors. It really has transformative powers.” Sheridan is one of the few industryaccredited architectural technology schools in Ontario. That means that graduates of the three-year diploma program can become certified Architectural Technologists or go on to earn a degree in architecture. With that option, as well as the advantage of a practical, projectbased curriculum, the programs have proven very popular, says Program Coordinator, Dave Wackerlin, a 1995 graduate of the program. Sheridan’s two-year Architectural Technician and three-year Architectural Technology programs welcomed 200 first year students last year, up from the usual 140. It’s a tough course (just over half usually graduate) but there are rewards for those who stick it out. Within a year of graduating, almost 100% of alumni are employed in this dynamic industry, says Wackerlin. “There are opportunities for creativity in design, problem solving in building science, and enormous satisfaction in seeing the construction of a building that you helped design.” By Andrew Snook

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Early Childhood Education 1996

lexi Deece-cassidy Building a Forever Family

As an early childhood education expert, Lexi Deece-Cassidy thought she was ready for parenthood, but nothing could have fully prepared her for the unique challenges of adopting an older child from foster care. That was four years ago. Today, she’s the proud mother of Aleisha, an outgoing teenager who has blossomed into a compelling advocate for change to Ontario’s fragmented adoption system.

would-be parents to adopt the thousands of Crown wards who languish in foster care. In fact, Aleisha, a former Crown ward herself, stood alongside Children’s Services Minister Laurel Broten when she announced the changes in a news conference last April. As much as she welcomed these reforms, Lexi is equally gratified with her daughter’s personal growth over the past year. “We’ve come a long way. Aleisha is now part of our family’s voice. We are empowering her with leadership skills that will help her develop to her full potential,” says Lexi, of her daughter’s efforts to put a human face on the adoption issue.

"Aleisha is now part of our family's voice." Ever since their 2003 marriage, Lexi and Sean Deece-Cassidy had included adoption in their future family plans. Realizing how many older children needed permanent homes, the couple decided to focus on adopting an older child, says Lexi, a 1996 Early Childhood Education graduate. After numerous setbacks, the couple finally adopted Aleisha in 2007. Since then, the family has been at the forefront of the adoption issue, with Aleisha, now 15, sharing her story with government agencies and other interested groups. She and her family have been featured twice in The Toronto Star and once in Chatelaine magazine over the past year and a half. The province has since taken notice, overhauling the Ontario adoption system which had made it difficult for 24


Such progress did not happen overnight; in fact, the first year for the new family was fraught with conflict. Lexi found her ECE background particularly useful during this phase. “I had a lot of resources to draw upon to get Aleisha the support she needed,” says Lexi, who has built up an impressive roster of credentials in the childhood education sector over the past 12 years. She has been Director of Effective Practice and Program at the Child Development Resource Connection Peel (CDRCP), President of the Association for Early Childhood Educators of Ontario (Peel Branch), and a professor at Sheridan. Throughout this period, she also

managed to carve out time to earn a master's degree in education at the University of Windsor. Aleisha, whose mother has addiction and mental health problems, had been in foster care since the age of eight. While babies and toddlers in foster homes are readily adopted, foster children over five years old are often seen as permanently damaged and therefore not adoptable. Lexi and her family are helping to change this mindset. In the two years following Aleisha’s arrival, Lexi served as a Member of the Adoption Council of Canada, and founded Adoption Connections, which helps unite potential parents and adoptable children within Canada. Back in her hometown of Orillia with her family since 2007, Lexi is now the Manager of Organizational Learning for Casino Rama. Throughout her career, Lexi has been part of many children’s development, but “the opportunity to see someone so close to you flourish is extraordinarily fulfilling,” Lexi says. “An older child can talk back, they can yell, scream, but they can also tell you they love you over and over again. It is an amazing journey and we are very happy and settled,” she adds. So much so that the Deece-Cassidys are planning to adopt a sister for Aleisha.

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"she equipped me with the tools to trust my instincts."

Mary Kanko Anyone at Sheridan who has come into contact with Mary Kanko quickly learned just what her priority was: the students. And it was ever thus for the Business Professor and Student Life Coordinator, who retired this year after 23 energetic and enthusiastic years of nurturing and mentoring students. We caught up with some of those former students, who jumped at the chance to sing Kanko’s praises. Crystal Bennett is one of them. As both a professor and a colleague, Kanko directly nurtured the emerging leadership skills of Bennett, a past president of the Sheridan Student Union, who sat on several college committees with Kanko. “I was quite shy initially and Mary helped me develop into a confident public speaker who could express my ideas,” says Bennett, 2010 Gold Medal Winner for Student Leadership Excellence from the Association of Canadian Community Colleges. Kanko brought out the best in Bennett and other students by eschewing a one-size-fits-all teaching approach and acknowledging peoples’ different learning styles. Says Marketing student, Christine Rowland: “Mary’s support and guidance 26


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taught me that people don’t know more, they know differently. She empowered people to express their own creativity in their work.” “Understanding that each student learns in different ways, Mary did not push us to conform to a specific set of rules,” adds fellow student, Anna Misheal. “She has equipped me with the tools to trust my instincts when working out problems.” Imparting these lessons has been a high point for Kanko, who retired from Sheridan in June. “It’s seeing the light bulb go on in their heads when they finally understand a new concept or realize they can present so effectively without requiring notes because they have done their research and ‘know it’!” she says. In 2002, Kanko took on the newly-created role of Student Life Coordinator, a job that fit her like a glove and extended her reputation across the organization as a tireless advocate for students. “Mary exemplifies the student-first philosophy. She has her finger on the pulse of what students need and works tirelessly to make sure those needs are met,” says Maria Lucido-Bezely, Associate Dean of Student Services.

Michael Alves remembers Kanko’s warm greeting when he entered Sheridan’s doors as a nervous first-year marketing student. The 2009 graduate is also grateful for the wisdom that Kanko proceeded to bring to her coaching role for the Ontario Colleges Marketing Competition (OCMC) in which he participated. “Mary prompted us to learn about ourselves – our strengths and weaknesses – which was not always comfortable. But it’s an important step on the road to becoming a business professional,” says Alves, who is the Business Development Manager for, a growing online comparison shopping platform. Still in contact with Sheridan, Alves has been collaborating with Kanko on her last official project with the college: establishing a networking group of business graduates who participated in the OCMC during their time at Sheridan. And when these successful alumni gather for their first event, Mary Kanko’s name is bound to come up more than once, as they reflect on the many lessons learned at Sheridan College.

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Joe Morse Bachelor of Applied Arts (Illustration)

To see Joe Morse at work, you would never guess that he’s an artist. Because he relies on a lethal stew of solvents to generate many of his powerful images, Morse looks more like a character from the latest Hollywood disaster movie than an illustrator. “I paint with a gas mask and chemical gloves in an outdoor space,” he explains. “I prefer to work at night, so I’m quite the sight at 2:00 am with the mask, plus a baseball cap, headphones and coveralls,” says Morse, whose unconventional techniques are influenced by his early studies in printmaking. His nocturnal work habits may be explained in part by the fact that Morse holds down a pretty demanding day job,

Illustration from Play Ball, Jackie!

as Coordinator of Sheridan Bachelor of Applied Arts (Illustration), the only degree program of its kind in Canada. A faculty member at Sheridan since 1990, Morse has achieved dual success as an artist and educator.

illustrated by Morse, it depicts Jackie Robinson’s historic first game as a Brooklyn Dodger in 1947, when he broke through the colour barrier and opened the door for blacks to play baseball in the Major Leagues.

His art has been featured in many notable publications, including Rolling Stone magazine which published his portrait of American filmmaker, Spike Lee, in 2006. The work had quite an impact, not least on the filmmaker himself, who reached out to the artist by phone. “I stood in the hallway surrounded by students on their way to class, while Spike Lee asked me to explain the creative and technical process behind his portrait,” says Morse. Lee went on to purchase the original work.

This is Morse’s second baseball book, following Casey at the Bat published in 2006.

Morse’s work has also appeared in The Times of London, Esquire, GQ, The New York Times and The Globe and Mail, and is featured in numerous international private collections. Over the course of his 25-year career, Morse has been recognized with over 150 international awards from some of the most prestigious organizations in the industry. Among the most notable is his second inclusion in the yearly 200 Best Illustrators in the World for 2010/2011 from the Luerzer's Archive. However, one of his proudest accomplishments to date was the publication this year of Play Ball, Jackie! A children’s book written by Stephen Krensky and

The youngest of seven children, he realized early on that he was not going to be a pro sports player. “But holding up my drawing of a cowboy to an audience for the first time in kindergarten convinced me that I wanted to do that again and again.” Nowadays, Morse can turn to his own children, aged 9 and 11, for feedback. “I have two pretty good children’s book critics that I can test my images on.” Under Morse’s guidance, Sheridan’s Illustration program graduates have distinguished themselves as industry leaders. “Just glancing at Joe's portfolio would be enough to inspire, awe and teach an aspiring illustrator,” says Graham Roumieu, who graduated in 2001 and is now an internationally recognized illustrator and author best known for his BigFoot series. “But more importantly, Joe has spent many years teaching with passion and innovation, while never letting his students lose sight of the core virtues of the illustrative art form. These are just some of the reasons why so many of Joe’s former students are as successful as we are.”


Dan Zen Dan Zen doesn’t carry a cellphone, an iPad or an MP3 player. He doesn’t even watch television. This wouldn’t be so unusual except that Zen is an award-winning professor in Sheridan’s Interactive Multimedia (IMM) Program. He prefers to find his inspiration from within. “Each of us has a wireless mobile device already – our brains!” says the former Coordinator of Curriculum for the IMM program and prolific inventor. Zen has channeled his own imagination and technological skill into inventing almost 100 games, gadgets and programs which encompass everything from toothpaste dispensers to interactive murder mysteries. More importantly, Zen’s ability to foster creativity has inspired a generation of students to become leaders in the new and fast-changing field of interactive multimedia. Over Zen’s nine years teaching the IMM program, alumni have landed positions in leading companies such as CHUM, TVO, the ROM, Research in Motion and many of the hottest agencies in Canada. Students of the one-year, post-graduate program learn skills in Flash, Web, mobile design, interactivity and social media. Zen’s role in developing this pioneering curriculum helped net him the Educator of the Year title at the 2008 Canadian New Media Awards (CNMA) in Toronto.

"Think of yourself as an artist and you are an artist.”

Fellow CNMA winner, Ryan Andal (2007 Programmer of the Year) says it was hard not to get caught up in the excitement Zen generated in the classroom. “His teaching style, along with his personality, is completely and authentically



Interactive Multimedia eccentric,” says Andal, a 2005 graduate. “And I’m glad to say he hasn’t changed – he’s still the mad inventor he was when he taught me.” But there is a method to his madness, adds Andal. “The most profound effect he had on me was his encouragement to build things purely for curiosity’s sake. The willingness to try to build something that you think is interesting even if it will never be used by a mass market is what fuels the open source community with new and exciting ideas.” Born in Hawaii, Zen moved to Ontario at an early age, growing up in Dundas outside of Hamilton, where he still lives. His lifelong love of building and inventing prompted him to pursue an engineering degree at McMaster. Specializing in ergonomics and interface, he found that his skills translated well into the digital world of virtual environments. Zen became Professor and Coordinator of Curriculum for the IMM program in 2002, soon after receiving the CNMA Programmer of the Year Award for his site At that time, he left a successful career producing Web features for large media companies. Like Zen, many IMM students come from an engineering or computer science background, while others bring their training in a range of artistic fields. Either way, Zen thinks that students from all disciplines have the imagination to make innovative and interesting contributions to our lives. “It is sad when people don’t think they’re creative. In this information saturated world, everyone thinks there’s nothing new to create – this is nonsense. Everyone can be creative. Think of yourself as an artist and you are an artist.”

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Brian Dwyer Community Worker – Outreach and Development

"True learning comes from facing a formidable challenge.” Much like the civil rights movement of the 1960s, the community service field tends to attract individuals who are passionate about effecting positive change in the lives of others. Brian Dwyer, a professor in Community Worker-Outreach and Development Program and a long-time community activist himself, typifies that dedication and commitment. Dwyer has been encouraging civic engagement for over three decades, both locally and internationally. A longtime member of the Augustinian Centre for Social Justice (a United Nations affiliated NGO), he was a delegate at the UN Conferences in both Paris and Mexico City in 2007 and 2008. In January of this year, Dwyer launched the Canadian Augustinian Centre for Social Justice with his wife Lisa Romano-Dwyer, a social worker in Toronto. The group’s main goal is to open up dialogue between community groups and leaders towards making social justice a reality. An ambitious goal, but not one that fazes Dwyer, as he believes that “true learning comes from facing a formidable challenge.” It’s a philosophy he has imparted to his students in the Community Worker program, both in the classroom and through unique learning experiences, including travel to remote villages in Ecuador to offer hands-on assistance with local development projects. “It was life-changing for me,” says 2010

graduate Nikki Picard, who took part in the Ecuador project three years ago. “We worked directly with the community to make a profound difference in their lives – giving them running water. That’s pretty powerful. I came back thinking that we are not poor in Canada, we are simply poor in spirit. It actually energized me to make a difference back home,” says Picard, who works in resource/outreach and the Harm Reduction Program for the John Howard Society in Brampton. In a world of instant messaging, 24/7 stimulation and seemingly endless resources, it’s an eye-opening experience for today’s students to see how the other half lives, says Dwyer. Students were allowed one email, one phone call and one shower a week. Dwyer used his experience with non-government agencies (NGOs) to source the projects and materials, and he spearheaded events at the college to raise funds for the trips, which the program hopes to resume in the future. Whether his students end up working half a world away or right in their own backyard, Dwyer teaches them to advocate on behalf of community members at the ground level. “Unlike social workers, community service specialists are a non-regulated, grassroots group. We believe there is a place in the community for people to oppose the system, to resist regulation sometimes to get things done,” states Dwyer, who was awarded a Leader-

ship in Faculty Teaching Award from the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities in 2007. Students learn how to effect social change not only through community agencies, but in non-traditional ways. By providing training in a wide spectrum of social and non-profit areas, including volunteer management and fundraising, graduates are able to plug themselves into any part of the system. Explains Dwyer: “They don’t need to work directly for a social service organization to make a difference. Graduates can start their own advocacy group, make a documentary film, or raise funds and awareness through corporate philanthropy.” Dwyer’s personal and professional devotion to brightening the future of the disenfranchised continues to fuel his students’ commitment to community service work. “He is an excellent motivator who can convey a strong, compelling message in a calm and compassionate way,” says 2005 graduate Elizabeth Monaghan, now an instructor and field liaison in the program. Adds Picard: “Brian’s connections and experiences are very impressive and his passion was and still is incredibly inspirational.”



news at sheridan As part of the “Aging in Place” initiative announced last fall, SERC will collaborate with small and medium-sized companies in the research and design of technology applications that promote cognitive health and social inclusion. The project is being funded through the College and Community Innovation (CCI) Program, an initiative of the federal government.

Her Majesty the Queen of England and the Duke of Edinburgh, along with Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty and filmmaker Deepa Mehta.

THE QuEEn visiTs sHEriDAn’s scrEEn inDusTriEs rEsEArcH AnD TrAining cEnTrE When Queen Elizabeth II visited Toronto’s Pinewood Studios in July, 2010, she was treated to a demonstration of the latest in 3D production processes by the Screen Industries Research and Training Centre (SIRT), which is housed at Pinewood. Her Majesty viewed the live action filming of a scene directed by awardwinning director Deepa Mehta. The scene was developed by one of Ontario’s top film and television production companies. It was shot in stereoscopic 3D by a combined group of industry veterans from Ontario’s internationallyrenowned unions and guilds working together with Sheridan faculty, student and SIRT staff researchers.



HElPing sEniors AgE in PlAcE The latest project by the Sheridan Elder Research Centre (SERC) will focus on enhancing the quality of life of older Canadians and their families. The Centre has been awarded $2.3 million over five years for the project titled “Aging in Place: Optimizing Health Outcomes through Technology, Design and Social Innovation”.“In nations around the world, older adults are the fastestgrowing age group, and Canada is no exception,” says Pat Spadafora, Principal Investigator and Project Director of SERC. “By 2031, adults aged 65 and older will comprise nearly 21% of all Ontarians, and 23-25% of all Canadians. While we celebrate the success of longevity, we must also respond to the challenges of providing appropriate care and support to older adults.”

The project is good news for Sheridan graduates working with older adults in our communities. As a Seniors Coordinator, Home Maintenance and Repair, for Links2Care in Mississauga, Gail Jones helps provide the services that keep seniors from going into longterm care facilities. “The most pressing priorities for seniors are to have the resources available, as well as the ability to navigate through the health system so they can live as independently as possible. A strong partnership with other community organizations is key,” says the 2008 graduate of the Social Service Worker-Gerontology Program. “We anticipate a huge call for social service professionals specializing in the care of older adults,” says Karen Stewart, a professor in the Social Service WorkerGerontology Program and former program coordinator. “The pressure is building to come up with an Aging at Home initiative to deal with the tsunami of older Canadians. We will not be able to afford residential care for all our elderly. This field of research is timely and very exciting.”

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Sheridan Engineering Club: Front row (l-r); Matt Bechberger, Albert Gostick, Reiner Schmidt, Daniel Da Luz, and Jay Solank. Back row (l-r); Tony Orlando, Chi Le, Jon Marques, James Zapasek, Norm Palmer, Eustace Ramsay, and Kenneth Faria. Absent; Daniel Filiatreault, Brian Short, Bryan Michaliuk, Abad Hameed and Syed Rafey.

sHEriDAn’s firsT ElEcTric cAr rEADy To roll Since unveiling its first electric car last April, the Sheridan Engineering Club (SEC) has fielded requests from green energy shows, shopping malls and even the Santa Claus Parade asking for a closer look at the potential replacement to our gas-burning wheels. The culmination of a year-long project, the car was designed and built by 28 members of the Club which is made up of students and alumni from a variety of Sheridan’s engineering programs. Albert Gostick, SEC President and project team leader looks forward to helping future students enhance the performance and appearance of the vehicle. “The project will provide a new outlet for incoming students to test their creative ideas,” says Gostick, who graduated from the Electronics Engineering program this year. Involved in the project from the beginning, Daniel Da Luz is also eager to continue working on the next phase of the car. “I’m happy to see the venture reach this stage. I enjoy being able to use all my creativity to produce projects of this scale,” says the Electronics Engineering Technology Co-op graduate who works for Flodraulic, a leader in the manufacture and design of fluid power control systems.

On hand for the unveiling of the vehicle was Jay Lockwood, Owner of J. Lockwood Chrysler in Oakville, which donated $10,000 and a 2002 Dodge Neon to the Club in December 2010. Other sponsors included the Institution of Engineering and Technology and Sheridan College. The Club estimates the final cost of the project to be $25,000. With continued funding, students will be studying the economic viability of electric cars, says Tony Orlando, faculty adviser on the project who has been teaching at Sheridan for 23 years. “With new battery technologies coming out daily there is much to learn and many challenges ahead.” Tackling these challenges through projects like the electric car will also help students gain crucial job experience, he adds. “The students gain knowledge that they can apply to real life work situations after they graduate.” The converted electric car was tested at speeds up to 60 mph, running off a 52-horsepower motor. The SEC is now working to have the vehicle licensed for the road. In the meantime, students are concentrating on detailing and painting the car for future display.

Sheridan engineering students and faculty are helping Ontario companies reduce their costs as well as their carbon footprint through energy efficiencies. Over the past year, Sheridan has conducted more than 25 audits of manufacturing firms to identify potential energy saving opportunities either through energy consumption equipment or through reduced power demand. The energy auditing program provides benefits for both manufacturers and Sheridan students, says Herb Sinnock, Project Manager – Energy at Sheridan. “Companies profit by learning how to best meet their sustainability goals, and students gain real-world experience that often leads to applied research projects and jobs,” he says. Currently, students, faculty and staff from the Environmental Control and Manufacturing Management programs are involved in the bulk of the energy audits, with broader program participation expected in late 2011. One of these staff members is Victory Nkweti Khan, a 2010 graduate of the Manufacturing Management Program. He found Sheridan to be a great training ground for a career in this emerging field. “The knowledge I gained about manufacturing processes and production management at Sheridan integrates well into industrial energy audits,” says Khan. Sheridan has been working closely with the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority's Partners in Project Green on the energy assessments, and is developing partnerships with various other groups such as Toronto Atmospheric Fund to expand the program beyond the GTA. The energy auditing program is part of Sheridan’s ongoing efforts to incorporate more elements of resource efficiency and sustainability elements into all engineering programs.



Alumni news "The Sheridan Alumni Office lives by the motto, 'Stay Connected.' Keeping in touch allows us to share news about you and your fellow graduates, as well as events and developments at Sheridan. Maintaining ties with your alma mater also helps you network with over 110,000 other Sheridan alumni. Enjoy the 2011 Alumni News roundup and thanks for staying connected!" Sharon Aitken - Director, Alumni and Annual Giving

2011 Alumni Chapter Directors: chair: Anne Day (Family Day Care 1980) President and Founder, Company of Women

Directors: Fundraising: Shahla Ambreen (Early Childhood Education 1999) Owner/ Operator, Fun to Learn Montessori School in Streetsville and Learn ‘N Grow Childcare Centre in Mississauga

Marketing and Communications: David Mader (Community Service Worker – Outreach and Development 2004) Manager of Promotions, Onbrand Design

Networking: Chris French (Police Members of the Faculty of Applied Health and Community Studies (FAHCS) Alumni Chapter standing from left: Warren Haesler, Anne Day, Dave Mader and Chris French; sitting are Shahla Ambreen (left) and Roxanne Williams.

fAculTy of APPliED HEAlTH AnD coMMuniTy sTuDiEs AluMni cHAPTEr forMED Alumni from the Faculty of Applied Health and Community Studies have launched a Chapter under the leadership of Anne Day (Family Day Care 1980). This newest Chapter, made up of leaders in the community, social services, health care and business sectors, will focus 32


on providing networking, fellowship and fundraising opportunities for graduates, and raising funds for alumni initiatives. This is the second Chapter to be established to help build a strong network of graduates who share an ongoing connection to Sheridan. The Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design Alumni Chapter was formed in 2010.

Foundations 2003) Constable, Peel Police. Part-time Instructor of Police Foundations and Investigations at Sheridan College.

Volunteer Recruitment: Warren Haesler (Sports Injury Management 2003) Exercise Science and Health Promotions Technologist; Instructor, Fundamentals of Fitness Leadership, Sheridan College

Young Alumni: Roxanne Williams (Police Foundations, 2009) Supervisor, Paragon Security

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Some of the guests attending a reception and screening at the TIFF Bell Lightbox Theatre included: From left, Sheridan President and CEO Jeff Zabudsky; Alumni Board members Devin Lim, Mike Zingarelli and John Mariella; Dean, Sheridan Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design (FAAD), Ronni Rosenberg; Sheridan Professor Kaj Pindal; Associate Dean, FAAD, Angela Stukator; Nelvana co-founder, Clive Smith; Sheridan Chief Advancement Officer, Lisa Piccolo; and Sheridan Vice President, Finance and Administration, Steven Parfeniuk.

Alumni Board Hosts Exclusive Screening of Best Animated Films from 2010 Sheridan arts alumni, students, faculty and industry leaders were treated to a private screening this past spring of the top films from the 2010 Ottawa International Animation Festival and Sheridan films which have won Student Showcase awards at the Toronto International Film Festival over the past six years. The reception and screening, held at the TIFF Bell Lightbox Theatre in Toronto, was hosted by the Sheridan Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design Alumni Board. Close to 170 guests viewed nine award-winning films, as well as audience favourites from the Ottawa International Animation Festival, which is the largest event of its kind in North America. Among the guests was Emmy Awardwinner and distinguished faculty member, Kaj Pindal, who arrived at the event with a busload of animation students. Also on hand was Lily Sun [Bachelor of Applied Arts (Animation) 2010], whose film Sketchi, won Best

Animated Film at the 2010 TIFF Student Showcase. Clive Smith, co-founder of the animation studio Nelvana, acted as Master of Ceremonies for the evening. Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, Nelvana (now a division of Corus Entertainment) grew to become an entertainment leader, thanks in large part to an influx of graduates from Sheridan’s newlyminted animation program. Highly respected in the industry, Smith and his Nelvana partners, Michael Hirsh and Patrick Loubert, have played key roles in the development of Sheridan’s worldrenowned animation program over the years as faculty and advisers. Thanks to Nelvana, Infinity Communications and the Sheridan Alumni Association for sponsoring the evening, and to the Ottawa International Animation Festival for providing the films.

Art & Art History Grads Celebrate Program’s 40th Anniversary Art & Art History alumni are celebrating the 40th anniversary of their program during the 2011/12 academic year with a new student award. Andrew Wright, who graduated in 1994, has established an awards fund at Sheridan to offer tuition support for current and future students of the joint Sheridan/University of Toronto program.

Show your support for future Canadian artists and donate by visiting or contacting Lisa Mulholland at 905-845-9430, ext. 4299 or email All donations are eligible for a charitable tax receipt. To help alumni stay connected, Andrew has created a Facebook page to provide news about the program, job postings, exhibitions and as a resource for recent and future alumni. Be sure to check out the page at Art & Art History Sheridan/ UTM Alumni. An award-winning artist who has exhibited internationally, Andrew is the Assistant Professor in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Ottawa. Many alumni have established named academic awards in their program of study in an effort to give back to Sheridan and encourage future excellence in their field. Creating an academic award is just one of the many ways that you, as alumni, can help students reap the same advantages of a Sheridan education that you enjoy. Let us help you find a way to give back, visit:


PrEsiDEnT’s DinnEr Alumni from Sheridan’s first graduating class in '69 right up to the class of '10 celebrated in style at the first annual President’s Dinner on October 2, 2010 at the Trafalgar Road Campus. Host Jeff Zabudsky, Sheridan President and CEO, had the honour of presenting commemorative pins to alumni who graduated 25 to 40-plus years ago. More than 80 graduates celebrated their Sheridan connection while enjoying the evening’s outstanding entertainment which was provided by fellow alumna Carol McCartney (Music Theatre – Performance 1981). Guests left the event with renewed motivation to reconnect with even more former classmates.

young AluMni PuB nigHT Over 70 alumni from the past decade gathered last October 14 to catch up with old and new friends at Monaghan’s Pub, the familiar stomping ground of countless Trafalgar Road Campus students. The event featured some outstanding draw prizes, thanks to David Mader (Community Worker 2004) and Michelle Cinapri (Business-Marketing 2005). Among the special guests at the pub night were Paul Douglas, Vice-President, TD Insurance Meloche Monnex, who presented scholarship funds to former Sheridan Student Union President, Crystal Bennett (Marketing Management 2010) and Child of Alumni Scholarship recipient, Ella Doidge, a second-year Visual Merchandising student.

sHEriDAn WElcoMEs nEW AluMni AffiniTy PArTnEr

Don't miss the second annual President's Dinner, October 1 featuring jazz vocalist, Carol McCartney



National Group Mortgage Program is Sheridan’s latest affinity benefits partner, offering savings to alumni on their mortgages with access to preferred rates. Take advantage of the company’s onestop convenience and impartial advice. National Group Mortgage Program provides a computerized service that presents your mortgage requirements to many lenders at one time. By shopping the market for you, they can find the mortgage that best suits your financial situation.

cHEcK ouT MorE AluMni BEnEfiTs Did you know that alumni can save on life and health insurance, as well as home and car insurance? Visit our website for details on Alumni Services and Benefits, including coverage from TD Insurance Meloche Monnex, Canada Life and National Group Mortgage Program. Being a Sheridan graduate also entitles you to competitive rates on the MBNA Alumni Advantage MasterCard, in addition to discounts and savings at local attractions and businesses. By supporting our affinity partners, you also give back to Sheridan. A portion of revenues generated through our benefit partners help to support alumni outreach efforts and funding for alumni activities, events and student scholarships. For more information visit:

Sheridan Business Hall of Fame members toured the new Mississauga campus. From left, Sheridan President and CEO, Jeff Zabudsky and William Holmes, Dean, Faculty of Business with Business Alumni Hall of Fame members, Peter Watson, Founder, Peter Watson Investments; Ian Oliver, President Metroland Media Group Ltd; Daryl Simm, Chairman and CEO, OMNICOM Media Group; Tina Powell, President and Founder, Big Fat Pen Publishing Inc; Randy Powell, President and CEO, Armstrong Group; Chris Galante, President and CEO, Bass Paper & Packaging Ltd; Lorraine Hughes, President, OMD Canada, Randy Pilon, President and CEO, Virox Technologies Inc; Michael Cloutier, President and CEO, Canadian Diabetes Association.

BusinEss HAll of fAME MEMBErs gET snEAK PEEK AT nEW cAMPus Some of Sheridan’s most successful business graduates received an early look at the new Hazel McCallion campus. The tour preceded a special dinner honouring Sheridan Faculty of Business Hall of Fame members on March 24 at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga. The nine members of the Business Hall of Fame who attended the event are leaders in industry, as well as ongoing and generous supporters of the college. Host, Jeff Zabudsky, Sheridan President and CEO, thanked the alumni for their various roles as Board of Governors' representatives, program advisers, volunteers, mentors, and employers. In addition, Zabudsky expressed appreciation for their support of Sheridan fundraising initiatives which have helped set the pace for the college’s continued growth and student success.

The event also provided an opportunity for the alumni to meet William Holmes, the Dean of the Sheridan Faculty of Business, who joined Sheridan in August 2010. President Zabudsky shared his vision for the college with the guests and invited them to share their ideas about how we can continue to produce exceptional business graduates. Although many of the highly accomplished alumni at the event gained additional educational credentials after leaving Sheridan, they all pointed to their college experience as a crucial building block for their future success.

lET sHEriDAn HElP you BuilD your cArEEr All alumni, regardless of when they graduated, can access Sheridan's FREE Optimal Résumé software service. Other career services are also available to you after graduation, including access to job opportunities. Check out www. Contact the Career Centre at (website) or 905-845-9430, ext. 2533 (Trafalgar Road Campus) or ext. 5328 (Davis Campus).

cAlling ocMc PAsT PArTiciPAnTs Did you ever participate in the Ontario Colleges Marketing Competition as a Sheridan business student? Reconnect and network with your former classmates. Please contact:



sheridan giving "Sheridan’s strong community of supporters recognizes the impact that can be made by investing in our students; individuals who are creative, talented and tremendously skilled in their chosen area of study. Your investment truly has an impact on the lives of many Sheridan students who might not otherwise achieve their dream of pursuing higher education. Thank you for creating opportunities that change lives". Lisa E. Piccolo, Chief Advancement Officer The Hazel McCallion Campus Campaign will provide the means of support for this state-of-the-art facility and significant addition to the Mississauga community. In tandem with campus expansion, the campaign will support the enhancement of academic programming, investment in technology, as well as student scholarships.

Surrounded by Sheridan students at the Phase II funding announcement are: top row left, John Milloy, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities; second row, second from left, Chris Galante, Business Administration – Marketing 1984; Kimberly Galante, Human Services Administration 1982; and Rob Filkin, Chair, Sheridan Board of Governors. At centre is Amrit Mangat, MPP for MississaugaBrampton South. To her right are Hazel McCallion, Mayor of Mississauga; the Honourable Harinder Takhar, MPP for Mississauga Erindale, and Minister of Government Services; and Jeff Zabudsky, President and CEO of Sheridan.

sHEriDAn rEcEivEs $60 Million for PHAsE ii of nEW cAMPus Sheridan is delighted to be receiving $60 million in funding from the Ontario Government to construct the second phase of the Hazel McCallion Campus in Mississauga. The Phase II funding announcement took place at the new campus in June 2011. On hand for the announcement was 36


Chris Galante, President and CEO of Bass Paper & Packaging Ltd. which has generously pledged support to the Sheridan Hazel McCallion Campus Campaign. Part of the donation will be used to establish the Chris and Kimberly Galante Bursary for business students. A longtime advocate of the value of a Sheridan education, Chris is also a member of the Faculty of Business Alumni Hall of Fame.

Thanks to the generous support of our many donors, including corporate partners and other friends of Sheridan, we are building a strong foundation on which students can develop to their maximum potential. There is perhaps no factor more likely to predict future success than the completion of an advanced education, and no better return on investment than the success of our students. Sheridan College is fortunate to be the recipient of significant investment by our many supporters and we look forward to ongoing partnerships.

unvEiling THE PETEr gilgAn cEnTrE A wing of the Trafalgar Road Campus has been named in honour of longtime supporter Peter Gilgan, President and CEO of Mattamy Homes. The Peter Gilgan Centre officially opened in the H-wing this past spring. Gilgan has generously donated $1.25 million towards the creation of new student spaces. These include facilities in the Theatre Training Complex, the Sheridan


Jeff Zabudsky, Sheridan President and CEO with Peter Gilgan, President and CEO of Mattamy Homes.

Elder Research Centre and classroom space for the Communication, Culture and Information Technology Program. Gilgan’s gift also supported the Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Design Technologies at the Davis Campus. For over a decade, Gilgan has provided invaluable leadership and counsel to Sheridan’s fundraising campaigns which have allowed us to continue enriching the student experience. He first served as an Advisory Board member for the campaign which raised funds for the Centre for Animation and Emerging Technologies in 2000. As Chair of the Transforming Sheridan Campaign, Gilgan’s efforts resulted in enhanced student spaces through further building expansion. Most recently, Gilgan cochaired the Student Capital Campaign with the Honourable William G. Davis, securing funding for our state-of-the-art Animation Centre and the Centre for Healthy Communities. Among the guests on hand to unveil the Peter Gilgan Centre on May 5, 2011 were Oakville Mayor Rob Burton and Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion.

From left, Tim Johnson, Executive Producer at DreamWorks with Terry McQueen (Glenn’s wife); Rex Grignon (Computer Animation 1984), Head of Character Animation at DreamWorks; Mark Choy (Animation 1996), and Jeff Zabudsky, Sheridan President and CEO.

DrEAMWorKs AnD JEffEry KATZEnBErg DonATE $25,000 in Honour of AniMATor glEnn McQuEEn The legacy of gifted animator and 1984 Sheridan graduate Glenn McQueen lives on, thanks to generous contributions to a bursary fund established in his name. Leading animation studio DreamWorks Animation SKG and Jeffery Katzenberg, the company’s CEO and Director, have made a $25,000 gift to the Glenn McQueen Memorial Bursary Fund for Sheridan animation students, through their contribution to the U.S. Sheridan College Foundation. The Fund is dedicated to the life and work of Glenn who passed away in 2002. The gift was announced during an alumni reception held at DreamWorks which was one of a series of Sheridan outreach events to California-based graduates in July 2010. In 2008, Mark Choy, a 1996 animation graduate, created the fund to honour the impact McQueen had on Choy’s studies. Through the ongoing support of our generous donors, and thanks to the matching grant received from the Ontario Trust for Student Support, the bursary fund has grown to $80,000. Donations to the Glenn McQueen Memorial Bursary Fund can be directed to the U.S. Sheridan College Foundation, Inc. c/o Sharon Aitken, 1430 Trafalgar Road, Oakville, ON, Canada L6H 2L1.

4TH AnnuAl Big PicTurE gAlA A glEEful succEss! A major component of Sheridan’s fundraising efforts continues to be directly related to the annual Big Picture Gala. Sheridan hosted another outstanding Big Picture Gala at the Mississauga Convention Centre on October 28, 2010. Guests were treated to songs from the hit television series Glee, performed by the talented students from Sheridan’s renowned Music Theatre Performance program. The grand raffle draw prize for the event was a 2011 Ford Fiesta, generously donated by Ford of Canada. Other event highlights included a silent auction featuring unique artworks crafted by students, alumni and faculty from Sheridan’s Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design. A focal point of the Gala was the presentation of the Big Picture awards which recognize organizations that lead their fields in innovation and achievement. Thank you to all the sponsors of the 2010 Big Picture Gala, including the event’s main sponsor, Bird Construction Company. All proceeds from the Gala support Sheridan’s fundraising campaign to enhance academic programming, invest in technology, support student scholarships, as well as campus expansion.



sheridan Wins gold at 2010 ontario colleges Marketing competition PLATINUM SPONSORS




Allan Candy Company

City of Brampton

Canadian Institute of Marketing

Sheridan Faculty of Business took the Gold Cup Award for overall first place at the 2010 Ontario Colleges Marketing Competition (OCMC).

Canadian Professional Sales Association


Davenport University

Griffith University

Government of Ontario

Northwood University

The 18-member Sheridan team won four Gold, two Silver, three Bronze Awards and one fourth-place standing in a field of 13 competing colleges at the event. The results mark the best showing ever for Sheridan which has placed in the top three colleges a total of seven times since 2000. The college hosted the 31st annual OCMC last November at the Delta Meadowvale in Mississauga.

McGraw Hill Ryerson, Bunzl

Student Awards

Thank you to all our supporters for making the OCMC 2010 such a success.

Via Rail Canada


Yahoo Canada Zerox

KPMG Marketing


Nelson Education

City of Mississauga

Nipissing University

Grenville Print Centre

Sheridan Alumni Association


Virox Technologies Inc.

Media Strategy Metroland

MEDIA PARTNER The Business Link

Sharp Staples University of Glanmorgan Wiley



grads on the go

grads on the go Celebrating Alumni Success

AniMATion Steve “Spaz” Williams, 1984, offered his unique brand of advice to animation students last November during a visit to Sheridan. Based in California, Steve created groundbreaking animation and special effects for Industrial Light and Magic (ILM). Among his credits are The Mask (for which he received an Oscar nomination), Jurassic Park, Terminator 2 and Spawn. In 1997, he became co-owner of Hoytyboy Pictures, a production company that has created and directed over 200 commercials for clients such as Blockbuster (Carl and Ray), Capital One, Toyota and McDonald's. He made his directorial debut in 2006 with Disney’s The Wild.

ADvAncED TElEvision AnD filM Sunil Kalia, 2005, owns Cloud 9 Communications Inc. which produces television commercials, corporate films and radio spots for the ethnic and mainstream market. In collaboration with prominent advertising agencies, the company has handled various campaigns for Rogers Communications, Toyota Canada, Home Depot, Garnier and Chrysler. Sunil, who arrived in Toronto from India in 2002 with his wife and young daughter, was profiled in the February 2011 issue of Canadian Immigrant magazine.

Monica Virtue, 2003, has been catching up with fellow alumni in her semi-weekly column called “10," in honour of her program’s 10th anniversary. Read more at http://mvirtueproductions.wordpress. com/. A documentary filmmaker with expertise in First Nations’ issues, Monica is continuing work on her film Ipperwash Park, a history of the site of the controversial police-shooting of protester Dudley George. Monica has also directed Freedom Drum, a documentary on indigenous rights that was commissioned by Amnesty International Canada.

BAcHElor of APPliED ArTs (AniMATion) Carla Veldman, 2010, received a nod from the Annecy International Animation Film Festival 2011 when her film, The Scarf was selected for screening. One of three Canadian films and 59 films chosen overall, The Scarf tells the story of how a young boy’s world is forever changed when his aging grandmother comes to stay. This year’s festival ran from June 6 to 11 in France. Kevin Parry, 2010, was one of six young animators chosen to participate in a Master Class with the legendary filmmaker, Tim Burton, at the TIFF Bell Lightbox late last year. Kevin’s film, The Arctic Circle, which took him a year to complete, has been shown in a dozen festivals across North America. Kevin is currently working as an animator in Toronto.

BusinEss ADMinisTrATion – HuMAn rEsourcEs Tanya Sinclair, 2004, is a professional résumé writer and principal consultant at her company TNT Human Resources Management. She specializes in writing résumés for executives as a consultant for Graham Management Group (GMG), the leading Canadian firm for executives seeking career strategy assistance. In 2008 and 2009 she was awarded the Outstanding Canadian Résumé Contributor - Executive award from the Career Professionals of Canada. Tanya’s work has been featured in several publications, including Cover Letters for Dummies, Best Canadian Résumés, Best Canadian Cover Letters, and Résumés for the Rest of Us.

"At sheridan... you actually do the job rather than just having the job taught to you.” Brent te Boekhorst (Business Marketing 2004) SHERIDAN OVATION | 2011


BusinEss ADMinisTrATion – MArKETing

EDucATionAl AssisTAnT Brooke Coll, 2005, has been working one-on-one with students at a small elementary school in the Peel Region for the past four years. She came to Sheridan as a mature student with a B.A. from Dalhousie University in Halifax and five years experience in the financial services industry. Brooke was drawn to work with students with exceptionalities for two reasons: a positive experience as a parent volunteer for many years in her children’s school and the fact that she was raising two boys diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome, ADHD and anxiety.

Scott Stratten, 1998, was voted one of the top influencers on Twitter with over 100 million users last year. He launched a 30-city book tour after tweeting his followers that he’d go to any city where a sponsor would preorder 100 books and pay his expenses. His book, UnMarketing: Stop Marketing. Start Engaging, was on the bestseller lists of The Globe and Mail (#1 business best-seller),, and Amazon UK. Among the many publications he has appeared in are the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, USA Today and Fast Company. He was also named one of America’s 10 Marketing Gurus by Business Review USA. A part-time Sheridan faculty member, Scott founded his company, UnMarketing, in 2002.

coMPuTEr sciEncE Chris Mihalicz, 2004, is the co-owner of two Toronto-based software and Internet solutions companies: Three Point Turn Inc. and SoftART. Before establishing his companies in 2007 and 2008, Chris was an independent contractor based in Toronto whose clients included GlaxoSmithKline. He met his wife, grad Shannon Graham, at the Davis Campus residence.

crAfTs AnD DEsign – cErAMics Arlynn Nobel, 2005, received her Masters of Fine Arts in Ceramics from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in May this year. She also led a workshop at Harvard Ceramics this summer. Arlynn earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University in 2007. That same year, she was named the Emerging Artist by RBC Dominion Securities, which purchased a piece of her work for their permanent collection.



crAfTs AnD DEsign – furniTurE Jean Willoughby, 2010, is gaining attention for her mixed media approach to functional furniture. She was featured earlier this year in the The Globe and Mail and on the Marilyn Denis Show. She is a member of the Toronto-based Public Displays of Affection, a local artist collective that designs for community housing projects and parks in the city.

crAfTs AnD DEsign – glAss Kim Webster 1998, created the Humanitarian Award given to Martin Sheen last September. The 30-kg crystal sculpture was presented by the Wine Country Film Festival in California, where Kim now lives. She has taught at Sheridan and at Public Glass in San Francisco. Her work was awarded the Grand Prize of the Glass Art Society student competition in Seto, Japan. Prior to studying glass, Kim worked in communications and marketing in the non-profit and pharmaceutical sectors.

fAsHion DEsign Pina Ferlisi, 1986, was named Creative Director for Alexander McQueen’s casual fashion line, McQ in London last year. She was given the post following McQueen’s death in early 2010. Pina works directly with Sarah Burton, Creative Director of the Alexander McQueen label which designed Kate Middleton’s bridal gown for her wedding to Prince William. Pina has also held senior posts at Generra, The Gap, as well as Coach and Tommy Hilfiger.

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gEnErAl MAcHinisT APPrEnTicE Ian Murray Lawrence, 1982, has owned Murray Manufacturing for 23 years. To date, nine Sheridan students have apprenticed at his Brampton-based company, including one who has been with Ian for the past 17 years and one who started last year. Murray Manufacturing has a diverse customer base of local companies mainly in the textiles, plastics and machine-building industries. He credits his long-standing roots in the community with allowing him to develop solid relationships with his customers.

BAcHElor of APPliED ArTs (illusTrATion) Sheridan’s student union magazine has won the 2010 Young Blood Award from Applied Arts magazine. Published six times a year by students, Travis has benefitted from the leadership of several alumni with successful design careers outside the college who continue to be passionate about all things Sheridan. Among the magazine’s Creative Directors over the past five years: Stephen Sills (BAA – Illustration 2007), Josiah Gordon (BAA – Illustration 2008), Satesh Mistry (BAA – Illustration 2010).

Paulette Murphy, 1987, a prominent Brampton illustrator, has published a book called Recipe for a Good Life, a collection of recipes using ingredients believed to fight cancer. All proceeds from the book, designed by Dawn Friesen, will be donated to cancer research and support organizations. Paulette is Director of Administration at Beaux-Arts Brampton (which she co-founded), and was named that city’s Arts Person of the Year in 2003. Diagnosed with cancer in 2002, she began researching foods to boost her immune system following her treatment for the disease. The book is available at:

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gEnErAl ArTs AnD sciEncE Andrew Snook, 2002, discovered a love for the arts he never knew he had through his Sheridan studies. After graduation, he went on to obtain a BA in Sociology at Acadia University and a journalism diploma at Algonquin College. Andrew has published more than 100 articles and photos in over a dozen publications. He also won the 2010 G20 Toronto National Writing Competition for journalism students. Now a reporter/photographer with the Perth Courier in Ontario, Andrew is working on his third novel.

Kagan Mcleod, 1999, has been recognized by the Society of News Design for the sixth time this year for his work in The National Post. The Toronto-based illustrator has won multiple awards for his illustration and design featuring illustration. He began work as a staff artist for the Post and has since had work published in magazines around the world, including the New York Times, The Washington Post, GQ, and TIME. Kagan has also created numerous comics in the fields of education, action/ adventure and music.

illusTrATion Brenda Clark, 1977, is celebrating 25 years as the illustrator of the hugely successful Franklin the Turtle children’s book series. Over 65 million Franklin books have been sold world wide in more than 30 languages. Brenda has illustrated 34 Franklin titles based on the characters created by her and author Paulette Bourgeois. Over the years, the Franklin brand has expanded into e-books, DVDs, clothes, toys, a TV series and an interactive park on Toronto’s Centre Island. A collector’s edition of the first title, Franklin in the Dark, was launched in January this year. Brenda is a longtime Sheridan student scholarship supporter.

Evan Jones, 2003, has won the 2011 nextMEDIA Digital Launch Pad for his company’s hit online comedy series Moderation Town, based in Halifax. The Banff World Media Festival highlighted Evan as part of its Winner’s Series this year. A Partner in Stitch Media, Evan Jones is a two-time Emmy Award winner whose innovative work on interactive content has established him as a pioneer in many new media genres, including alternate reality games and interactive documentary. Evan’s clients include Microsoft, Disney, FOX, CBC, Bell, Discovery and The Movie Network.



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Ryan Bolton, 2009, is the Director of Product Development for Me to We books, founded by Canadian activists Craig and Marc Kielburger. Ryan oversees books, t-shirts, DVDs and handmade fair-trade products from Africa. He has traveled with student volunteers to Ecuador, Kenya and China. Ryan is also an editor and writer for Me to We books, as well as a writer and researcher on CTV’s Shameless Idealists with Craig Kielburger.

Toni Stevens, 1985, co-founded Wizard Hat Productions in Toronto in October 2010. Toni has produced award-winning television series and documentaries. Her credits include include Arthur, Caillou, and Storytime with Thomas the Tank Engine. Previously Head of Production Operations at Cookie Jar Entertainment, Toni co-founded Wizard Hat with industry veterans, Pam Slavin and Bill Fox.

7,100 new graduates crossed the stage at convocation this year; 2,000 more than 2010. Kelly Drennan, 1998, has been busy bringing her message of sustainable fashion to media outlets and green industry shows over the past year. Since founding the non-profit company Fashion Takes Action (FTA) two years ago, she has been featured in The Globe & Mail, The Toronto Star and numerous radio programs. Flare magazine named her one of 30 women to watch in Canada in 2009. In 2010, FTA established the first eco-fashion design award in Canada, which has now expanded to include US designers.

lAW AnD sEcuriTy ADMinisTrATion Paul Cook, 1981, has been in law enforcement for 30 years, the past seven as North Bay Ontario’s Chief of Police. Paul is also a 2003 graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. There were approximately 250 police and some military leaders from all over the world in his training course, including Paul’s roommate who was a Chief Superintendent with the Sussex Police in England. Paul has since arranged an officer exchange program between Sussex and North Bay.



Music THEATrE – PErforMAncE Jonathan Cullen, 2010, and Shawna Van Omme, 2004, are part of the ensemble cast of the Toronto production of Billy Elliot The Musical which opened in March 2011 and runs until September this year. Performing professionally since the age of 17, Shawna is a 10-year veteran of the Charlottetown Festival. Jonathan has also performed at the Charlottetown Festival, as well as the Lyric Canada Festival which is associated with Brock University.

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fAculTy focus

AWArDs AnD AccolADEs

Tim Onyschuk, an instructor in the Police Foundations Program, was featured in The Toronto Star last June for his community development work with the Iron John program. The former Peel Police Constable leads the after-school program in Brampton that partners second-year Police Foundations students with young boys in the community to help them progress and grow in positive ways. Spearheaded by Tim three years ago, the Iron John program was such a hit that a twin program called Iron Jane has since been launched for young girls in three Brampton area schools. Tim received a Distinguished Service Award from Colleges Ontario in 2007 for his volunteer efforts.

Professor Robert Fones is among eight recipients of the 2011 Governor General’s Awards for Visual and Media Arts. In 1999, he received the Toronto Arts Award for Visual Art. He has published several books on art, and has written extensively about art and design. Robert’s association with Sheridan dates back to 1987-1988, when he taught in the

Mary-Lu Zahalan, a Professor in the Music Theatre-Performance Program, is the first person to graduate from a master's program based on The Beatles. She received the degree in January 2011 from Liverpool Hope University in England. As a requirement of the program, Zahalan moved to Liverpool from September 2009 to May of last year. Her dissertation focused on Canada’s role in marketing The Beatles who were received in Canada about a year earlier than in the U.S.

former School of Crafts and Design. He has been a full-time professor since 2006, and teaches in the Art and Art History and Communication, Culture and Information Technology joint degree programs. Media Arts Faculty member Michael Kennedy has received a Genie Award nomination this year for Best Direction in a Comedy Program or Series for Little Mosque on the Prairie Vladimir Kabelik, long-time faculty member in Sheridan’s film and television programs, was also nominated for a 2011 Gemini Award for his documentary film, So Far From Home. Kabelik wrote and directed the film, for which he received a nomination in the Best Writing in a Documentary Program or Series category. The film documents the stories of five exiled journalists from some of the world’s conflict zones.

In Memoriam John Wood John R. Wood, founder and long-time coordinator of Sheridan's Illustration program passed away on January 4, 2011. He was a seminal figure in the development of the existing Illustration program and highly regarded by both faculty and students. An award fund has been established to support students in Sheridan's Bachelor of Applied Arts (Illustration) Program. To contribute to the John R. Wood Memorial Scholarship for Illustration please contact SHERIDAN OVATION | 2011



to our Award-winning Alumni John Christou (Advanced Television and Film 2002) garnered another Genie Award nomination for File Under Miscellaneous in the Best Live Action Short Film category. He won a Genie for his film, Up The Yangtze in 2009.

Jon Klassen (Animation 2005) received the Governor General's Literary Award for illustrating Cat's Night Out, a children's story by Caroline Stutson.

Dean DeBlois (Animation 1990)

Brittany Allen (Music Theatre – Performance 2007) won the 2011

received a 2011 Academy Award nomination in the best animated feature film category for How to Train Your Dragon, which he co-wrote and codirected with Chris Sanders.

Craig Henighan (Media Arts 1995) was nominated for his work on the Oscar-winning film, Black Swan by the Motion Picture Sound Editors, the Cinema Audio Society and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.



Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series for her work as Marisa Chandler on ABC's All My Children.

Lily Sun, (Bachelor of Applied Arts [Animation] 2010), won the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival Student Film Award for best animated film. Her film, Sketchi, was one of three Sheridan films nominated for an award last year.

Jill Purdy (Media Arts 1996) won a 2010 Gemini Award for Best Sound in a Dramatic Program for The Good Times Are Killing Me. She was also on the Motion Picture Sound Editors Awards ballot. Several more Media Arts alumni were nominated for 2010 Gemini and Genie Awards.

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gEMini AWArD noMinEEs:

Josh Cassidy (BAA – Illustration 2009) Canada’s top male wheelchair racer, returned home with a 1500m bronze medal from the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi last October.

four graduates nominated for ontario Premier’s Awards Glenn McQueen, Creative Arts & Design Stephen Barden (Media Arts 1995) Best Sound in a Dramatic Series for Durham County.

Owin Lambeck and Peter Hordylan (Media Arts 1996) Best Picture Editing in a Comedy, Variety or Performing Arts Program or Series – So You Think You Can Dance Canada

gEniE AWArD noMinEEs: Alex Bullick (Media Arts 2002) Along with Stephen Barden and Jill Purdy (above) – Best Sound Editing for Resident Evil: Afterlife

McQueen graduated from the Computer Animation program in 1984, and was working as an Animation Supervisor at Pixar at the time of his death in 2002. Over the course of his short life, McQueen made a profound and lasting imprint on one of the world’s most successful animation studios. Every film that McQueen touched since joining Pixar in 1994 turned to movie gold. Toy Story, A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2 and Monsters Inc. all received Academy Awards, with Toy Story garnering a Special Achievement Award for animation in 1996, and Monsters Inc. winning Best Animated Feature in 2002.

Dave Rose (Media Arts 1994) Best Sound Editing for Splice

Dave Thomas (Media Arts 1988) won the top prize in Australia’s GRAPHIC online animation competition in August 2010 for his short film Seven Year Twitch. His minute-long short features a beleaguered office worker who decides to seize the day after realizing he’s been working in his job for seven years.

Karen Charles, Recent Graduate A 2008 graduate of the Emergency Management Program, Charles is Manager, Canadian Red Cross Society, Ontario Zone - Southwest & West Central Regions, Disaster Management. She provides leadership and support to the delivery of domestic and international disaster relief efforts. Over the course of her 16-year career with the Red Cross, Charles has been on the front line giving comfort and support to the survivors of numerous disasters, including 9/11 and Hurricanes Katrina and Ivan.

Anne Day, Community Service As President/Founder of Company of Women, Day supports, connects and promotes women in business. She also serves on the Governor’s Council for Opportunity International, a charity that provides microcredit financing to women in developing countries. Day graduated from the Family Daycare program in 1980, and has pursued a diverse and successful career in community service over the past 30 years. Her book, Day by Day – Tales of Business, Life and Everything in Between, was published this past spring. Mike Burnstein, Health Sciences Burnstein graduated from Sports Injury Management in 1992, and has been Head Athletic Trainer for the Vancouver Canucks for the past 15 years. A highlight of his career was serving as Co-athletic Trainer for Canada’s gold medal-winning Men’s Olympic hockey team at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

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A Bruin for life

Thirty-one years. That’s how long Leroy Cassanova's been involved with the Sheridan Bruins men’s basketball team. And while that may seem like an exorbitant amount of time to ride the emotional roller coaster that is typical of competitive sports, he doesn’t look at the experience as anything less than positive.

“Winning never gets tired and we have won a lot at sheridan so that's always motivating.”



“It means a lot to me to be part of the Sheridan basketball family,” says the Assistant Coach. “Our league is unique in that players from the '80s and '90s still come around to attend games and find out how the team is doing. We have a banner hanging in the gym with all the names of players who made a significant contribution to the program and you can just see the sense of pride those players feel when they have their names added to the list.” Cassanova gives a nod to Head Coach Wayne Allison and Athletic Director Jim Flack for helping instill such longstanding Bruin pride.


Cassanova has known Allison since he took over as Head Coach in 1980, the same year that Cassanova became a Bruin. While he never ascended to the top of the championship mountain during his playing days, Cassanova was the first Bruin in any sport to be named an All-Canadian. After completing his studies – he graduated from the Business Administration-Marketing Program in 1983 and currently works in advertising for Corus Entertainment – Cassanova joined Allison’s coaching staff. In his second season on the bench, the club won its first Ontario championship and its first national championship. The next quarter century saw his team rack up nine Ontario championships and two national championships. After all that time and success, what keeps him coming back? Well, the team’s enviable record certainly hasn’t hurt. “Winning never gets tired and we have won a lot at Sheridan so that's always motivating,” Cassanova says. “Working with the coaching staff, Jim Flack, Nick Davis, Dave Ferencina and Wayne Allison, is also a big plus. We have a great rapport and, more than anything, a lot of fun. The guys have a great love and knowledge of the game which helps create a competitive environment. Of course, you can't forget the players; they also bring a lot to the table. Dealing with the different personalities and bringing everyone together as a team can be frustrating at times, but it never gets tiring.”

Jim Flack, who began his tenure with Sheridan as an assistant coach alongside Cassanova in the early ’90s, calls Cassanova a beacon of inspiration to other student-athletes. “Leroy’s is just so typical of many Sheridan stories that people never hear,” says the Athletic Director and Head Coach. “He’s an honest, hard-working and successful professional who got his start as a Bruin and has used that education to carry him through life. The twist, however is his never-ending loyalty and dedication to the school and the basketball program – 31 years is the very essence of the word commitment.” While participation on a varsity team may be a time-consuming pursuit, whether as a player or as a coach, Cassanova believes that the benefits of the experience far outweigh the obligations. “There's no question that being involved in sports has helped me in my career,” he says. “In a team sport like basketball, you definitely need to learn to make sacrifices, especially in terms of your ego, for the overall good of the team. That can carry over into real life experiences as well. It doesn't make it any easier to accept a situation that doesn't go your way but you try to understand, accept it and move on. We communicate this to our guys constantly.” By Ryan Kelly Journalism – Print 2005

cfl greats and sheridan Bruins Join forces for charity They may have kept score but in the end the only tally that really mattered won't appear on a scoreboard, but rather on a cheque, as the Sheridan Bruins men's basketball team squared off against a celebrity team in the Double-Blue Challenge on April 4, with proceeds benefitting the Michael "Pinball" Clemons Foundation. "I love when a community comes together," said Clemons, star player and former Head Coach of the Toronto Argonauts. "When it’s positive and fun, and we help somebody less fortunate, that's the best of who we are." "We're just so proud to host this event and to have a continued association with Mike," said Jim Flack, Sheridan's Athletic Director and Head Coach of men's basketball, whose team “lost” to Clemons’ celebrity team 112-110. Clemons was joined by some of the best talent in the Canadian Football League for the game which was held at Sheridan’s Trafalgar Road Campus. On hand were professional football's all-time leading passer Damon Allen; Andre Durie and Jeff Johnson of the Argonauts; Tyler Scott of the Edmonton Eskimos; Sheldon Benoit, a former 10-year CFL SHERIDAN OVATION | 2011


veteran; Duane Butler, formerly of the Montreal Alouettes; Paul Duncan, a former Canadian Interuniversity Sport standout fullback and a coach; Orlando Bowen, former Peel all-star basketball player and linebacker for the Argonauts; and Clinton Wayne, who played at Ohio State before an illustrious CFL career. The Sheridan team featured Demetrius Woodard, a former Ontario all-star who captained the Bruins to the national final in 2006; Leroy Cassanova, the first-ever Sheridan All-Canadian, now an Assistant Coach; and three-time All-Canadian and current Head Coach of the Sheridan Lady Bruins, Shane Bascoe. At halftime, Clemons shared his Foundation’s goal to build 131 schools in Africa, and introduced his nephew and teammate for the evening, Demetrius Woodard. While growing up in Florida, Woodard lost his mother to cancer when he was still young. He made his way to Oakville to live with Clemons and his family with hopes for a better life. Woodard went on to wear a Sheridan Bruins uniform and was named Male Athlete of the Year in 2006, prior to graduation. Clemons thanked the college for its role, particularly in those early years. "We appreciate the support here at Sheridan, specifically from Coach Flack and others who did so much to help us through that time. To be here is just a beautiful thing,” said Clemons. He also expressed his interest in promoting philanthropy to Sheridan’s student-athletes who will one day be leaders in their own communities. The Double-Blue Challenge is an initiative of the Sheridan Human Resources Interscholastic Council, in co-operation with Sheridan Athletics and Recreation.



Double Blue fever: show your sheridan Pride If you happen to find yourself at Sheridan on a Friday, don’t be surprised to see a whole lot of blue. Throughout the academic year, faculty, staff and students don the traditional school colours each Friday to foster school spirit, build community and donate money to the Student Emergency Fund. Dubbed Double Blue Fridays, the initiative is part of a campaign introduced in 2011 by Student Services. “The Blue Squared Campaign celebrates the history of our college, as well as the passion that our students have for Sheridan and that we have for working with them,” says Rob Till, Dean of Student Services. “The concept is rooted in the traditional double blue colours that our Varsity Bruins continue to wear.”

Double Blue Fridays have succeeded beyond expectations, adds Till. “Not only have students, faculty and staff purchased Bruins athletic gear, they’re wearing it. The Deans and Associate Deans, I’ve never seen them prouder. This is something we’re doing collectively as a college and people like it.” So the next time you’re on campus, don’t forget to drop into the bookstore to purchase your Sheridan gear, and get back in the school spirit while supporting our students.

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