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VATION celebrating people and achievement

Formula for Success: Alumni Share Their Tips Following Your Passion Plus Campus News, Behind the Scenes and Grads on the Go

Sheridan’s Alumni Magazine – 2013

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cultivating career success Scott Stratten 4 Sunil Kalia 6 Eva Milinkovic and Kriston Gene 8 BehinD the scenes Practical Nursing Simulation Lab 10 Learning Commons 12 Senior Editor/Writer Carol Hill Editor/Writer Susan Atkinson Editor Alethea Spiridon Copy Editor mark Mulloy Contributing Writers David DiCenzo Nanyi Albuero Graphic Design/Art Direction Stewart Dick Photography Jonathan Bielaski Director, Alumni & Annual Giving Sharon Aitken Manager, Alumni Jennifer Clarke Printer RP Graphics Ovation is published annually by the Advancement Department and is circulated to over 80,000 Sheridan alumni.

Understanding Human Motivation Anne Sutherland


Following your passion Lisa Sonshine & Brock Burford 16 Eric Martucci 18 Leif Madsen 19 making a difference Safra Farouque


Grads Giving Back


Faculty Reflections


News at Sheridan


Athletics 29 Alumni News


Awards and Accolades


Sheridan Giving


Grads on the Go


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President's Message

Welcome I

am delighted to introduce the latest issue of Ovation magazine, which offers snapshots of the diverse and extraordinary accomplishments of our Sheridan alumni. Without exception, these individuals are emblematic of the creative and innovative qualities on which Sheridan has built its reputation. It’s these qualities that provide the foundation for our bold new vision: to become Sheridan University, a global leader in undergraduate professional education. You will find more details about our vision and strategic directions in the "News at Sheridan" section. I hope you will support us in this exciting journey.

Dr. Jeff Zabudsky, President and CEO

Sheridan University Vision


To become Sheridan University, celebrated as a global leader in undergraduate professional education.

Sheridan delivers a premier, purposeful educational experience in an environment renowned for creativity and innovation.

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Scott Stratten

The Power of Authenticity

Scott’s Top Social Media Tips: Keep your voice consistent. Don’t be a totally different person online. Authenticity matters. 4


Have a presence by being present. Don't schedule tweets, or sync Facebook updates with Twitter.

Look at Twitter as a networking event. Don’t use it as a sales and marketing tool.

Cultivating Career Success

Business - Human Resources – 1998 President, UnMarketing


hether he’s railing against the useless proliferation of QR codes in marketing or the negative effect of poorly timed tweets, Scott Stratten packs a powerful punch as a keynote speaker. Why? Because this self-made social media guru practices what he preaches. Scott is the President of UnMarketing, a company founded on the principle that businesses succeed most when they connect with their customers in authentic and meaningful ways. His ability to do just that means he’s highly sought around the world as a keynote speaker for leading companies, including Adobe, PepsiCo, and Cirque du Soleil. Scott’s path to success began five years ago when he devoted the better part of 2008 to building a following on Twitter. His strategy was to produce and share useful content

Scott has instant access to 140 ,000 people. “ Things have changed. We are now the media. We make the content.” that not only appealed to many people, but was presented in a funny and irreverent style. Scott’s Twitter profile describes him as an “Author, Speaker and kind of a big deal on a fairly irrelevant soc media site which inflates my self-importance.”

This self-deprecating tone is part of his appeal, and has produced impressive results. Named one of the top five social media influencers in the world by in 2012, Scott has 140,000 Twitter followers, who have helped him achieve success as an author. Thanks to his online marketing strategy, Scott’s first book, UnMarketing: Stop Marketing, Start Engaging, became an and Globe and Mail bestseller even before it was released in 2010. Scott’s second book was published in August 2012. The Book of Business Awesome: How Engaging Your Customers and Employees Can Make Your Business Thrive presents both sides of the marketing equation, with outstanding examples of effective engagement contrasting with case studies of less-thanawesome marketing strategies. Through it all, Scott continues to tweet his insights and observations every day to an ever-expanding global audience. Check him out on Twitter @unmarketing, or look for one of his presentations on YouTube. You’ll understand what he means when he says: “You can’t fake passion. You can’t automate authenticity.” If you’re seeking to understand social media and how it can be used effectively for business, there’s no better place to start than with Scott Stratten.

Check out Scott in action at



Translating Success

Sunil Kalia W

hile many newcomers to Canada struggle to translate their international experience into a rewarding career, Sunil Kalia has taken a perceived disadvantage and turned it into a business success story. Prior to moving to Toronto in 2002, Sunil worked in film in his native country of India. Once he moved to Toronto, he enrolled in the Advanced Television and Film program at Sheridan, which honed his skills and gave him insight into the Canadian film production industry.

Along the way, he was increasingly impressed with the relatively inclusive nature of Canadian society. “Cultural and social diversity is accepted and celebrated in this country,” he says. And it’s this observation that helped him find his niche in media production.



Soon after graduating, Sunil launched Cloud 9 Communications, which specializes in adapting existing television commercials and radio spots for the South and East Asian markets. These are screened on more than 30 South Asian language channels that serve these populations in Canada. He’s built his client roster to include some of the most recognized brands in the country, including Loblaws, Rogers Communications, Toyota Canada, and Home Depot. Travelling between his Toronto and New Delhi offices, Sunil draws on a rich international talent pool to serve the large and increasingly complex multicultural market. It’s not unusual for Cloud 9 to produce a commercial in up to four languages. He sees no limit to Cloud 9’s continued growth

as he works to expand the company’s international connections. “With growing technological advancements, the world has become an increasingly smaller place. There's never been a more important time to think globally. We now have an even larger audience and marketplace to tap into.” See Sunil’s work at

Cultivating Career Success

Advanced Television & Film – 2004 Founder, Producer, Cloud 9 Communications

“ There's never been a more important time to think globally.”

Sunil's Top Career Tips: Be clear in what you can offer a client or potential employer. Don’t try to be all things to all people.

Be yourself. Be comfortable in your skin and confident in what you say and believe.

Continue to learn. Enhance your capabilities by connecting with other experts. SHERIDAN OVATION | 2013 7

Eva Milinkovic & Kriston Gene Marrying Art and Business 8


Cultivating Career Success

Crafts and Design, Glass – 2002 & 2001 Owners, Tsunami Glassworks Inc.


featured in multiple international publications, including Elle Décor (UK, Italia and France) Cosmopolitan, Metropolis and Canadian House and Home.

passion for glass art brought Eva Milinkovic and Kriston Gene together. Their ability to balance their creative fires with a pragmatic business strategy has fueled the success of their company, Tsunami Glassworks Inc.

“ It is possible for artists to channel their inner CEO and maintain their creative souls in the process.”

Eva's & Kriston’s Top Business Tips:

The transition from artists to entrepreneurs did not come easily, however. “We had to think of ourselves not solely as artists, but as business owners and employers,” says Eva. Balancing business and art can sometimes prove a challenge to this team, who are determined to maintain their artistic integrity. “It is important to us to stay true to our design style, while maintaining personalized customer relations and manufacturing efficiency.”

Eva and Kriston met while studying Glass in Sheridan’s Crafts and Design program. In 2005, the partners — in life and business — opened Tsunami Glassworks in Windsor, Ontario, and began the gruelling task of building a client list by attending international trade shows and targeting design firms with a global clientele.

But even with their international success, there’s still substantial pressure to stay on top of both the artistic and practical sides of the work. Armed with eight employees and a studio, Eva and Kriston continually look beyond their immediate arena.

Today, Tsunami Glassworks designs and produces unique glass art for over 150 retailers and designers around the world, including high-profile clients such as Hyatt, Ritz-Carlton, Cosmopolitan Las Vegas, and Bloomingdale's. Tsunami’s designs have been

“We have developed relationships with mentors and take inspiration from businesses, people, products and designs outside our field,” says Kriston. “We’re always asking ourselves how we can do better, where we fit in, and what do our customers need.”

See their creations at

Define your market

Conduct ongoing research

Be flexible. Build a reputation

and position yourself in the right places in front of the right audience.

to evaluate competition, spot emerging trends and enhance your product.

as someone who can adapt to change.



BEHIND THE SCENES Davis Campus Practical Nursing Simulation Lab

The Centre for Healthy Communities at the Davis Campus in Brampton offers state-of-the-art teaching labs that bring reality to the classroom. Students in the Practical Nursing program take classes in a clinic with simulation mannequins that are programmed to display various symptoms by computers.

A one-way mirror allows faculty to activate the mannequins and view students’ progress.

Mannequins breathe, cry tears and call-out when in pain or need of aid. Students are expected to respond to the mannequins as if they were real patients.




Students learn by doing and analyzing their reaction to the mannequin's symptoms and responses.

Simulation programs test students' response in high-stress situations.

As part of the program, students receive 700 hours of clinical placements in acute care and long-term care facilities. Graduates are then ready to write the national certification exam to become registered practical nurses (RPNs). RPNs comprise the largest group of nursing care providers in the long-term care sector, and the fastest growing group in the community care sector. SHERIDAN OVATION | 2013 11

BEHIND THE SCENES Trafalgar Road Campus Learning Commons

The Learning Commons offers students one-stop assistance for all their information and research needs. The environment is ideal for group work and quiet study. This space encourages collaboration, which is part of Sheridan’s efforts to replicate real workplace environments and stimulate innovative solutions to problems. Students can also receive technical or research support, and visit Accessible Services or tutoring spaces.

Includes 232 PC desktops and 32 Macs, along with 46 laptop stations.


Home of the Information Technology Support Centre (ITSC).



Rooms designed to foster a creative community where students are encouraged to collaborate.

Library Technicians provide help with assignment research and referencing.

• C  omplements Sheridan’s e-learning management system, which encourages virtual teamwork (see Plugging into the Digital Classroom on page 27).

• Offers a 19,000-square-foot space.

• F eatures exhibitions of student artwork in an effort to provide creative, inspiring student spaces. Over 50 students’ self-portraits are currently on display.

• Seats 332 people, plus group study rooms.

• An estimated 400,000-500,000 student visitors annually; thousands each day.

• Eighteen group study rooms with PCs and flat screen TVs for presentation work.

• Accessibility Room with assistive technology and personal support. • Davis Campus and Hazel McCallion Campus, and Oakville's Skills Training Centre, each have their own Learning Commons.


“ Advertising may get the customer to the store but the in-store experience determines the sale and brand image.�




Advertising – 1985 Partner, new thinking

Anne Sutherland Understanding Human Motivation O

ver 27 years of advertising and marketing experience has taught Anne Sutherland that consumer behaviour can be unpredictable. “Advertising may get the customer to the store, but the in-store experience determines the sale and brand image,” says Anne, a partner in new thinking, a Toronto-based marketing consultancy. “My work is about linking consumer thinking to business. That is why I love advertising — it is all about understanding human behaviour.” Her research with grocery store shoppers is a case in point. She learned that when people shop for bread they like to see a well-stocked display. “Shoppers believe bread is fresher when in full supply. The abundance suggests the bread was recently delivered or baked, and that makes it more appealing.”

Rational? Maybe not, but it does impact buying decisions. Such results belie traditional business practice, which views market behaviour as rational and predictable. “Social science research tells us that people act more personally, based on their subjective thoughts and assumptions.”

advertising agencies, including BBDO Toronto where she was Senior Vice President. She adds that today’s “clickthru, data-driven approach” provides us with abundant information, but it’s not useful unless it’s applied to understanding customers and their needs.

Successful marketers tap into these beliefs by finding out what motivates people to buy a product or service. With the emergence of online tools, getting feedback should be easy, but many organizations still lack this information.

Asking "why" might not be an easy question to fit into a customer survey, she says, but it’s a question worth asking. “By adding ‘why’ to every survey question, you will definitely learn something new about your customer.”

“Most companies track basic demographic sales data, which does not necessarily offer clues on how to increase usage or create new markets,” says Anne, who’s developed a reputation as a forward-thinking marketing strategist in Canada’s top


Following Your Passion It’s more satisfying to build a career doing something you love. The following alumni have turned their passions into rewarding careers. Although their stories are different, these graduates have channelled their creative spirit into serving niche markets, with impressive results.



Following your passion

Music Theatre - Performance – 2003 Performers, Sonshine & Broccoli

Lisa Sonshine & Brock Burford L

isa Sonshine and Brock Burford have devoted their passion for music to winning the hearts of children throughout the Greater Toronto Area and beyond. And for these effervescent performers — who are really kids at heart — it may be the ultimate accomplishment. The duo combined their musical talent, infectious enthusiasm, and affection for children to form one of Toronto’s most popular children’s musical acts. After graduating in 2003, Lisa and Brock offered children’s music lessons before launching their act as Sonshine and Broccoli. Since then, they have taken their energetic and innovative live show to Ontario Place, Kidstock, and MuchMusic. They have also produced two successful CDs: Sonshine and Broccoli Jam and Feel the Beat, with a third album scheduled for release in summer 2013.

“ There’s something about connecting with kids, getting inside their minds.”

And they want to share the joy of creating music with their audiences. With their interactive music training program — which allows children to create their own songs — they are nurturing budding pop stars. Lisa practically grew up with a microphone in her hand in her hometown of Toronto. Be it a wedding, bar mitzvah, or other special occasion, the soulful, big-voiced singer was always eager to perform. Brock, a classicallytrained guitarist, was raised in Thornhill by parents in the entertainment business, where he developed a love of musicals and bands like The Beatles. Despite their different backgrounds, the two display a special chemistry on stage that appeals to young and old alike. They relish the chance to connect with children, while following their passion of music and entertainment. And their pursuit of childhood dreams has resulted in unexpected fame. “There’s nothing in my life I’d rather do!” says Lisa. By David DiCenzo, Journalism – Print, 1993

Listen to Sonshine and Broccoli at SHERIDAN OVATION | 2013 17

Classical Animation – 2004 Co-Founder and President, Illustrate iT

Eric Martucci E

ric Martucci’s aspirations differed from many of his classmates at Sheridan. Rather than working for an animation powerhouse, the 31-year-old from Brockville, Ontario had a different goal: to open his own creative house. His career in animation and filmmaking was no accident. As a child, he expressed himself through music and art. He loved cartoons, especially those directed by iconic animator Chuck Jones. “Once I figured out how cartoons were made, I knew that’s what I wanted to do for a living,” he says. Eric accomplished his goal with Illustrate iT, a Torontobased video production company that began in 2010 as a two-man basement operation. Now it’s grown into an award-winning house with over 30 employees worldwide. Eric and his business partner, Wayne Ferris, make “explainer” videos — two-minute films that creatively describe what a business does. With a full roster of clients, the team is particularly adept at aiding companies that have limited visual appeal. “Clients come to us because of our unique style and creativity. We pitch concepts that are a little off-the-wall,” says Eric. “The key is to have fun with it.”

“ Taking something imaginary and bringing it to life – the possibilities are endless.”

The videos play a central role in the firm’s work for conventions, online promotions, and email blasts. Now the company plans to maintain that same sense of fun as they expand into app illustration, video hosting, and Internet marketing strategies. For his part, Eric thrives on the rush that comes with the world of production. “The idea that you take something imaginary, bring it to life and share it with an audience — the possibilities are endless.” By David DiCenzo, Journalism – Print, 1993

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Following your passion

Telecommunications Technology – 2005

Leif Madsen

Asterisk Expert


reativity, innovation, curiosity and a strong work ethic – these are qualities that Leif Madsen possesses in spades, and they came to the fore while he was studying telecommunications technology at Sheridan. It was there that he was introduced to Asterisk, the world’s most widely used open-source communications software. At the time, Asterisk was still in its infancy, but Leif was instantly smitten, spending all day in the computer lab getting to know every aspect of this new toy. “The software was changing on an hourly basis, and I saw an opportunity to collaborate and contribute something meaningful to the online community,” he says.

By connecting with Mark Spencer, the computer engineer who invented Asterisk, Leif made his mark by coauthoring the first-ever manual on the software in 2005. Today, that publication is in its fourth edition, and Leif is globally recognized as the go-to guy for Asterisk. Developers worldwide use the software to build communication applications, such as call centres, voicemail systems, and teleconferencing servers — all of which are cornerstones of the new economy. More than 80,000 people in 170 countries have experienced the power of Asterisk. As a consultant, Leif has led many technology companies through Asterisk implementations. He seems to have a flair for making the process as seamless as possible. “Leif had an innate ability to explain Asterisk and telecommunications systems in a way that I not only understood, but allowed me to help build a complex phone system,” says Dustin Kozak, a former client of Leif’s at Ameriforce, a leading U.S.-based recruitment firm.

“ I got caught up with the energy of collaborating with others.”

Leif continues his work improving human connectivity in his latest position as a Unified Communications Systems Engineer for Thinking Phone Networks, a cloud computing leader based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


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making a difference

Social Service Worker – 2011

Making a Difference S

afra Farouque was six years old when she moved to Canada from Sri Lanka, and was immediately exposed to the many facets of Toronto’s cultural mosaic. Her family initially settled in Regent Park and seven years later relocated to Brampton. Her frequent visits to the local community centres opened her eyes to the problems facing new Canadians, such as drug abuse and violence against women.

“ I learn so much working

with other cultures about how to better understand one another and improve our communities.”

But instead of turning a blind eye to society’s ills, Safra did something about them. With an undergraduate degree in psychology from York University and practical skills learned from Sheridan’s Social Service Worker program, she became an active volunteer in Peel Region.

As a board member of the Peel Children and Youth Initiative, she works with community leaders (including Sheridan President and CEO, Jeff Zabudsky) to offer relevant suggestions for improving local services. Safra is also a women’s advocate counsellor at Interim Place, a shelter for abused women, where she provides support to women fleeing abusive situations. As well, she is a program adviser at the Sisters of Substance Leadership Program for girls and a past volunteer at IMPACT Youth Violence Prevention Network. Safra’s career has allowed her to make an impact on families in need. As the former fameKids & Youth Coordinator at the Family Association of Mental Health Everywhere, she ran the fameKids support program. She further developed the fameYouth program in Peel Region that provided mental health education and resources to the community. Her commitment to her community has not gone unnoticed. In 2012, Safra received a Leading Women Leading Girls Award from the Ontario Women’s Directorate, and was nominated for a Young Woman of Achievement Award by the Zonta International Brampton-Caledon Club in 2011. She considers her exposure to the GTA’s multicultural communities a great tool in her development. “I have learned so much from working with other cultures about how to improve our communities by better understanding each other,” she says. By Nanyi Albuero, Media for Global Professionals, 2011 SHERIDAN OVATION | 2013


Grads Giving Back

"I wish everyone could have this kind of experience," says Tyler Sparks-Austin of his volunteer stint in India.

Tyler Sparks-Austin Business Administration – Marketing, 2000 There’s nothing like a trip halfway across the world to change your perspective on life. Tyler Sparks-Austin, a Senior Client Executive with IBM, spent four weeks in Indore, India last year, working with a local non-profit organization that focuses on empowering women in rural and slum communities. “Most of my stereotypes have been turned on their heads,” says Tyler, who found himself looking more critically at the North American way of life following his trip. He was one of 12 IBM employees chosen from around the world to participate in the company’s India 17 Corporate Service Corps (IBMCSC).



Their assignment was to create a business plan and an operational model for a resource centre to give women employable skills. “I broadened my personal and professional goals through the experience, mostly framed around pushing the limits of what I think I’m capable of,” says Tyler, who works with Ontario school boards as part of his position at IBM. Pledging to continue giving back to the global community, Tyler and his IBMCSC teammates are planning to volunteer in Brazil in 2014.


“I am doing what I can to change my corner of

the world. It helps keep my life in perspective.” Karen Tsang (Emergency Management, 2011)

Karen Tsang Emergency Management, 2011 If you asked someone who knew her to describe Karen Tsang, two words would immediately spring to mind: passionate and committed. Karen brings her zeal for social change and community development to improving the lives of people in crisis, through both her volunteer and professional roles. As a Board member for the Asian Community AIDS Service (ACAS), Karen works to keep information about HIV/AIDS and sexual health accessible for Toronto’s Asian population. Karen, who was born in Hong Kong, points to ongoing stigmatization — as well as “overlapping issues of poverty, English language fluency, disabilities and fear of immigration repercussions” — as major concerns surrounding AIDS awareness in the Asian community. The group’s efforts go beyond Toronto’s borders to include an AIDS prevention program for Asian migrant workers in Southern Ontario. Karen’s passion for helping communities in need extends to her volunteer work with the Canadian Red Cross Society as Personal Disaster Assistance Team Lead, and to her position as the Business Continuity and Emergency Preparedness Lead for the Rouge Valley Health System (encompassing two hospitals in Scarborough and Ajax). She enjoys her role at Rouge Valley, but Karen’s volunteer efforts also pack a big punch. “While my work at Rouge Valley Health System is challenging, volunteering my personal time on the front lines really gives me a sense of meaning and appreciation for the power of humanity,” she says. Karen continues to advocate for social justice and antioppression through public speaking at schools and agencies in Southern Ontario.

Connie Chisholm, Heidi Earnshaw, Peter Fleming Crafts and Design – Furniture Alumni and faculty from Sheridan’s Craft and DesignFurniture program are helping to create a more comforting environment for the residents of Toronto’s first children’s hospice. Connie Chisholm, Heidi Earnshaw, and Furniture Program Head Peter Fleming are working with the graduating class of 2013 to design and fabricate multiple pieces of furniture for the common areas of Emily's House, a 10-bed children's hospice adjacent to the Bridgepoint Health Centre in Toronto's Riverdale neighbourhood. With the concept of "comfort” in mind, students are developing ideas for dining tables, benches, and cabinetry after touring the construction site in January. All projects are to be completed by summer 2013, when the first residents of the hospice will arrive. “The opportunity to develop significant pieces of furniture provides a real-life client experience for the students, and ensures that the furnishings of Emily's House will create an oasis of calm and comfort at a difficult time for the families who will use them,” says Peter Fleming (1983). The Furniture Program has been donating their talent and time to community organizations for many years, most recently to low-income housing developments in Toronto. Learn more about the hospice at: SHERIDAN OVATION | 2013 23

Faculty Reflections “My professors went above and beyond their roles and remain a guiding force in my life.” Navdeep Kaila (Police Foundations, 2004), Constable, Ontario Provincial Police

Sheridan prides itself on attracting top-notch faculty who bring industry experience to the classroom. Our professors are innovative teachers who challenge students to develop to their full potential. They remain a source of inspiration to students long after they graduate. These are some thoughts from long-standing professors about student and graduate success.



Michael Birch

Cathy Coulthard

Professor, Mechanical Engineering Technology

Coordinator, Early Childhood Education Programs

What is one of your most memorable teaching moments?

How can new graduates keep positive in today’s competitive environment?

I was never more encouraged than when one of my students had this to say about a piece of equipment his father had built while here as a student: “I plan to study hard and improve on it!” Technology is always in a state of flux, and it is a true testament to our students that they embrace this ongoing change.

Worry less about the competition and celebrate who you are, and what you have accomplished. It is not only about the outcome; it is about the journey. You have to honour each moment of your journey as a unique achievement.

Photo Credit: Robert (Mark) Rust


Rafael Goldchain

Judith Green

John Hardisty

Program Coordinator, Bachelor of Photography

Program Coordinator, General Arts and Science

Program Coordinator, Human Resources

What is one of the biggest challenges facing artists?

What is the best advice you can give to new graduates?

What is the best way for graduates to search for a job?

Re-inventing ourselves by continuing to produce our own creative work. The most important skills we teach our students are an appreciation for the process and how to develop ideas. Research and experimentation are crucial to recreate and re-energize our work.

You have overcome challenges to reach graduation. It has not always been easy, but you have created a path for yourself. Be proud of that achievement. Continue to build on the knowledge and skills you have gained. Share with others. They can benefit from your experience and wisdom.

Do not underestimate the power of relationship-building. Electronic recruiting (LinkedIn, Facebook) is all well and good, but in the end, face-toface referrals and networking will get you the job. Stay in touch with your classmates, your faculty, be part of professional organizations and groups related to your interests. SHERIDAN OVATION | 2013 25

News at Sheridan

A survey by the International Student Insight Group found that 93.9% of Sheridan international students were satisfied with their overall Sheridan experience - a higher percentage than any other Canadian college or university.

A New Vision for Sheridan Sheridan has a bold new vision: to establish Sheridan University, a unique undergraduate professional university developed upon our reputation of creativity and innovation. Sheridan’s transformation to university status is intended to make it easier for students to transfer their credentials and pursue graduate studies. The Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities estimates that 40,00075,000 new degree-level spaces will be needed in the GTA by 2021. Halton and Peel are expected to be the highest growth areas. Currently, 17% of Sheridan students are enrolled in degree programs and the demand is growing. The college already has 12 bachelor's degree programs, with many more in development. “We are excited to embrace this evolutionary change and embark upon an inventive new journey built on Sheridan’s renown,” says Jeff Zabudsky, Sheridan President and CEO. Check out The Journey website for more about this multi-year project:



New Student Residence and Conference Centre

Hazel McCallion Campus Expansion

Sheridan is building a new residence, above, at the Trafalgar Road Campus to address the increasing need for student housing. Sheridan receives approximately 1,000 applications for residence each year. The 250-room residence will open September 2013, and will feature a new, state-of-the-art conference centre. Both the Davis and the Trafalgar Road campuses currently have residence buildings, each offering living and study spaces for 350 students.

Work will soon be underway on the second phase of the Hazel McCallion Campus. When it opens in 2015, Hazel McCallion Campus North will accommodate up to an additional 3,200 full-time students, bringing the total enrolment capacity at the Hazel McCallion Campus to 5,500. Located in the city centre at the corner of Duke of York Boulevard and Prince of Wales Drive, the first phase of the campus opened to full capacity in fall 2011. The new building will enable Sheridan to meet the growing demand for higher education in the region.

News at sheridan

Plugging in to the Digital Classroom Sheridan’s new digital learning management system will offer students even more flexibility, resources, and opportunities to collaborate. Utilizing the Desire2Learn learning system, this system (called SLATE2) was introduced in 2013 and will be in full use by fall 2014. As part of the system’s virtual classroom environment, students will be able to access faculty-posted course material, lectures and review sessions, as well as other online resources such as blogs, wikis and podcasts. Group work can be conducted online, saved and shared outside the system. Students can connect to the system anywhere, including through their mobile devices. An e-portfolio application will enable students to highlight and share their academic, creative, and personal accomplishments. President Receives Two Distinguished Alumni Awards Dr. Jeff Zabudsky, President and CEO of Sheridan College, was honoured with Athabasca University’s 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award. Dr. Zabudsky graduated from Athabasca’s Master of Distance Education in 1999, and was one of the first graduates of this pioneering program. In February 2013, he was presented with Ryerson University’s Alumni Award of Distinction. Dr. Zabudsky graduated from Ryerson’s Bachelor of Applied Arts – Broadcast Journalism program in 1986.

Because Walt NEVER said “Bring me the

second best animators.” Animation Career Review ranked Sheridan as first among the top 100 Schools for Animation, Gaming and Design. The Review, which was released in 2012, cited Sheridan as having the most sought-after graduates by employers like Pixar, Disney, and other prominent studios.

Smoothing the Way for International Students

Partnership with Ubisoft a Game Changer

Sheridan College, University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM), and the Peel District School Board have partnered to help international high school students integrate more fully into the postsecondary educational system in the region.

Sheridan and video game leader Ubisoft are working together to foster development of virtual production and performance capture techniques in Ontario and worldwide.

Under the agreement, the Peel Academy for International Students was established in late 2012 at Clarkson Secondary School in Mississauga. Students take part in an intensive English language program to help them acquire academic-level English at an accelerated pace. Sheridan and UTM will provide campus tours, meet individually with students to discuss their goals, and provide academic counselling to transition from high school. There are over 2,900 international students currently enrolled at Sheridan.

Virtual production involves a variety of tools and processes that enable major filmmakers and game professionals to interactively collaborate with actors, cinematographers, and others at all stages of the production process. Ubisoft, which opened a Toronto studio in fall 2012, is working closely with faculty and students at Sheridan’s Screen Industries Research and Training Centre (SIRT), a collaborative industry hub dedicated to strengthening Ontario’s capacity for excellence in the film, television and interactive media sectors.


Sheridan's Screen Industries Research and Training Centre (SIRT) has been granted $800,000 in funding support by the Canadian Foundation for Innovation.

Bachelor of Game Design, Bachelor of Interaction Design Unique in Canada Sheridan’s new Bachelor of Game Design and Bachelor of Interaction Design are the only degrees of their kind in the country. Gaming is a booming industry, employing over 16,000 people in Canada. Interaction design focuses on how people engage with all forms of digital technology, including mobile devices and global networks. It’s become one of the fastest-growing sectors in the design and technology industry. Early Childhood Leadership Degree Graduates of Sheridan’s new Early Childhood Leadership degree (ECL) will possess the skills to design and manage early learning environments, as well as the business acumen to fulfill leadership roles in early childhood education and care. The combination of skills offered by the degree will likely be a future requirement for work in the field.



Have Degree, Will Travel Students can now earn both a business degree and their commercial pilot’s license at the same time. Sheridan and the Brampton Flight Centre forged the innovative partnership in 2011 in response to growing demand for new pilots and a shift in the skills required by airline operators. In addition to flying, today’s pilots are expected to manage crews, operate in diverse environments, and have a global perspective. Sheridan’s Bachelor of Applied Business (Global Business Management) degree, combined with training at the Brampton Flight Centre, will make graduates from the program highly attractive to airlines. Helping Businesses Build Solutions It’s a question asked in offices and places of business across Canada every single day: “Who’s going for a coffee run?” This normally involves gathering orders on a piece of paper and collecting change, both of which are often lost along the way.

AVMore aimed to develop a smartphone app called “Geddit” which can make daily coffee runs quicker and easier. The Mississauga-based marketing firm worked with Sheridan through FedDev Ontario’s (Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario) Applied Research and Commercialization (ARC) Extension initiative. The ARC initiative matches smallto medium-sized companies with Sheridan students and faculty to conduct applied research and development to help companies become more productive, competitive, and ultimately create jobs. Students get a chance to find solutions to real world problems in a business environment. Students from Sheridan’s Faculty of Applied Sciences and Technology (FAST) worked on the app (patentpending), which will allow any one member to initiate a coffee run and invite people to place orders and pay electronically. With a prototype ready and a marketing and business plan in place (thanks to the work of Sheridan business students), AVMore is targeting 2013 for the launch of their app. This is just one of 12 projects Sheridan students are working on as part of the latest ARC initiative. Find all 12 project profiles at www. sheridan-research/learn-more.aspx.


BETTER BRUINS Photo Credit: Ryan Kelly (Journalism - Print, 2005)

Sheridan Athletics has had much to celebrate over the past two years. Renovations to Sheridan Stadium at the Trafalgar Road Campus have transformed the space into one of the finest outdoor college sport facilities anywhere in the province. Coinciding with the opening of the new facility was the introduction of two new teams to the Sheridan Athletics roster in 2012: men’s and women’s rugby. This marks the first time since 2005 that Sheridan has added new teams to their athletic fold. Marking another milestone, the Sheridan Bruins men’s basketball

team became Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) champions in 2013, for the 10th time in school history. The indoor soccer team also won provincial gold in 2013. Congratulations are also due to Jim Flack on being named OCAA Coach of the Year. Athletics Homecoming 2012 Grads from as far away as British Columbia returned to Sheridan in fall 2012 to celebrate their years as varsity athletes and join the ranks of the Sheridan Athletic Hall of Fame. Among those inducted were Steve and Pat Blundy, who made an indelible contribution to "double-

blue" sports over four decades. Part of Sheridan’s first graduating class, Steve (Community Planning, 1969) was Athlete of the Year in 1968. He went on to become Head Coach of the men’s hockey team and Facility Manager at the Trafalgar Road Campus gymnasium before retiring in 2007. Pat coordinated the recreation and fitness programs for more than 20 years. Luciano “Luch” DeLuca (Business Administration Corporate, 1988), Sheridan’s all-time leading scorer in men’s soccer from 1985-87 was also honoured, along with the 1976-77 Men's Hockey and 1990-91 Men's Soccer teams.


Alumni News S

heridan hosted several special events throughout the past year, which resonated with alumni from a wide variety of programs. Comments from graduates – regardless of their background – contained a common theme: the impact of a Sheridan education in shaping their future. As successful graduates, your experiences and advice offer much to today’s students and fellow alumni. Keep sharing your stories and stay connected!

Sharon Aitken

Director, Alumni and Annual Giving

Darrell Keezer (2005) eagerly participates in the Quiz Bowl re-enactment at the Ontario Colleges Marketing Competition alumni reunion at Sheridan.

Homecoming Highlights Returning alumni had the opportunity to rediscover their campus, rekindle old friendships, and learn something new during Homecoming 2012 celebrations. Held last fall, Homecoming activities centred on affinity group reunions, giving alumni the chance to renew the strong bonds they forged during their time at Sheridan. One of Sheridan’s most prominent graduates, social media guru Scott Stratten, headlined the sold-out signature event for Homecoming 2012. Over 170 graduates, students, and guests attended “The Business of Awesome” to hear Scott’s advice for tapping into the power of social media. Read more about Scott (Business - Human Resources, 1998) and his social media tips on page 5. Business alumni who participated in past Ontario Colleges Marketing Competitions relived their student days with former teammates and coaches while celebrating Sheridan’s gold win at the 2012 competition. Former Student Admissions Representatives (STARS) and members of the Sheridan Student Union (SSU) also returned to campus, sharing their “most memorable moments” as student leaders. Current STARS, OCMC participants, and members of the SSU were also on hand to connect with successful graduates who came before them. These and other alumni events provide the opportunity to stay connected with your classmates and professors long after graduation. Watch your email and follow us online at, sheridanalumni, on Twitter: @sheridanalumni and join our LinkedIn group “Sheridan Alumni – Stay Connected” for news about upcoming events.



 heatre Sheridan made its Toronto debut with its T production of RENT during a sold-out, 3-week run at Toronto’s Panasonic Theatre. Calling All Past Peer Mentors Celebrate 15 years of the Peer Mentor program and your role in student success! Reconnect and network with former Peer Mentors and staff at the 2013 Reunion during Sheridan’s fall Homecoming. Contact the Alumni Office for details by emailing alumni@ or call us at 905-815-4078.

Director, Networking: Helen Lebeau (Media Arts, 1982) is the Vice President, Production, Shared Services for Corus Entertainment’s TV Division. Her previous positions include the Vice President, Operations for Corus’ TV Division; and Vice President, Production & Operations for Nelvana Limited (a division of Corus). Helen is part of the team nominated for a 2013 Daytime Entertainment Emmy® Award in the category of Outstanding Pre-school Animated Program for Bubble Guppies. Director, Volunteer Recruitment: Toni Stevens (Media Arts, 1985) is the Supervising Producer at Corus Entertainment. Among the popular programs she supervises are Mike the Knight, Franklin and Friends, Beyblade: Shogun Steel, and Babar and the Adventures of Badou. Mentors Offer Valuable Perspective

Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design Alumni Board of Directors Update We are pleased to announce that Deborah Fallows (Retail Fashion Arts, 1979), above, is now the Chair of the Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design Alumni Board. Deborah is the Director, Human Resources and Operations at the Canadian Film Centre. Previously, she was the Vice President of Human Resources for Cookie Jar Entertainment Inc. She is the former Director of Recruitment for the Alumni Board. We also welcome two leaders in Canadian children’s television production to the Board.

No matter what field they are entering, students are always keen for some advice from experienced alumni. Sheridan alumni shared their professional experiences with students from a variety of programs in a series of mentoring events held in late 2012 and 2013. The unique, speed-mentoring format gave students the chance to speak with many alumni mentors. The events were held for students from the Faculty of Applied Science and Technology and Faculty of Business. Thanks to all the alumni who participated in the mentoring evenings for giving students such a valuable, bird’s-eye view of industry today. To become an alumni mentor, contact the Alumni Office at or call 905-815-4078.

40th Anniversary of Music Theatre Performance Excellence As it celebrates its 40th year, Sheridan’s Music Theatre Performance program continues to build on its stellar reputation as our graduates remain at the top of a very competitive industry. A record number of alumni performed in theatres at the Stratford Shakespeare and Shaw Festivals, as well as on Broadway, over the past year. For the first time ever, three Sheridan graduates brought their starring roles from the highly-lauded 2011 Stratford Festival production of Jesus Christ Superstar to New York in 2012. Theatre Sheridan made its Toronto debut with its production of RENT during a sold-out, three-week run in May 2012 at Toronto’s Panasonic Theatre. David Mirvish, owner of the Panasonic Theatre, received an Honorary Bachelor of Applied Studies from Sheridan in 2012. His productions have featured the talents of countless graduates from Sheridan’s music theatre and technical production programs. The glorious sounds of music filled the air at Theatre Sheridan’s 40th Anniversary Alumni Celebration on April 15. Graduates representing each of the program’s four decades performed during the event which brought together over 150 alumni, faculty and guests at the Trafalgar Road Campus. Alumni also shared their talents at the open mic sessions throughout the evening which was live-streamed allowing graduates from across the country and beyond to tune in to the event. Read more about Sheridan Music Theatre 40th Anniversary Celebrations on page 39.


Sheridan Community Employment Services Sheridan alumni have full access to Community Employment Services resources, including: • F ree employment services that assist Oakville and Brampton community members (all ages) who are out of school, work or underemployed to find full- or part-time employment, job training, or education assistance. Use Your Alumni Perks

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Sheridan graduates can save on life and health insurance, as well as home and car insurance. Visit the Sheridan alumni website ( for details on alumni services and benefits, including coverage from TD Insurance Meloche Monnex, Canada Life, and MBNA Mastercard.

The strength of Sheridan’s large alumni base enables us to offer attractive group rates for services such as home and auto insurance. All alumni information is kept strictly confidential. The use of this information is solely for the marketing of specific and approved affinity benefit services and Sheridan alumni communications (Ovation, Ovation Online newsletter, event invitations, etc.).

Being a Sheridan graduate also entitles you to discounts and savings at local attractions and businesses. Remember, when you use your perks, you are giving back to Sheridan. A portion of revenues generated through our benefit partners help to support alumni outreach efforts and funding for Ovation, alumni activities, events, and student scholarships.



• Internet access, free career assessment tools, apprenticeship information, WHMIS training, access to on-site services (such as printer, copier and telephone), labour market information, and training and education information.

At any time, if you no longer wish to receive these benefits offers, please contact the Alumni Office at 905-815-4078. It is possible to exclude your name from specific promotions and still ensure you receive Ovation.

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Rob Till Retires

Office, the Student Advisement Centre, and the Peer Mentoring program. Rob has impacted countless students over the years through his approachability, eagerness to lend support, and commitment to helping them succeed. Although he retired in 2012, Rob can still be found on campus cheering on his beloved Bruins.

The man whose blood runs Sheridan “double blue" has retired after 37 years. As Dean of Student Services, Rob Till’s impact has been tremendous, both on an institutional and personal level. During his time at the college, he championed the introduction of valuable new initiatives, such as the Student Rights and Responsibilities Rob Till with Lorella DePieri (Business Administration-Marketing, 1979),an early Sheridan Student Union President.

• O  ne-to-one employment counselling, résumé and cover letter assistance, interview practice workshops, access to job postings, and on-the job training.

Alumni Work in the Spotlight at Sheridan Film Screening Sheridan dimmed the lights to showcase alumni work on two productions nominated for Canadian Screen Awards. The film festival was held in March 2013, and featured screenings of Frost, produced by Lauren Grant and Bob Munroe (Computer Graphics, 1985), and Descending, co-created by Andre Dupuis, produced by Jeff Wilson and Jennifer Howe along with a cast and crew of Sheridan Media Arts alumni, including co-creator and host Scott Wilson, camera operator Steven Balogh, sound designer Stephen Barden, sound

editor Tyler Whitham, and post-audio assist Ryan Ongaro. Following the screening, guests were invited to private question-and-answer sessions with the alumni involved in the productions. Frost tells the story of a young Arctic hunter who longs for her father’s recognition as a capable disciple. The film has played to festival audiences across Canada, as well as Spain. Frost was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for Best Live Action Short Drama. Descending is a 13-part documentary

series that takes viewers on a year-long journey that explores the submerged treasures of our planet. Every descent offers a glimpse of breathtaking beauty and potentially life-threatening chills. The series was nominated for four Canadian Screen Awards: •B  est Science or Nature Documentary Program or Series • Best Photography in a Documentary Program or Series • Best Picture Editing in a Documentary Program or Series • Best Sound in an Information/ Documentary Program or Series

Canadian Co-op Student of the Year Mahfuz Chowdhury (Business Administration - Marketing Co-op, 2013) has been named the Canadian Association for Co-op Education’s Co-op Student of the Year, a first in Sheridan history. Impressed with Mahfuz’s initiative, Darrell Keezer, President of Mississauga-based Candybox Marketing and a 2005 Business Administration - Marketing Co-op graduate, created the co-op position for Mahfuz. During his two work terms at Candybox, Mahfuz doubled attendance in the company’s social media workshops and acquired more than 1,000 followers for Candybox’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. He now works full-time for the company. SHERIDAN OVATION | 2013 33

Congratulations to our Award-Winning Alumni 60 Alumni Contributed to Oscar™-nominated Films With a total of 60 graduates contributing to 11 nominated films — in the Best Picture, Best Animated Feature, Short Film – Animated, and Visual Effects categories — Sheridan continues to make an impact in Hollywood, some 40 years after it first launched its groundbreaking animation program. Among the films nominated was Life of Pi which won three Oscars™ including one for Best Visual Effects, and Brave which received the award for Best Animated Feature Film. Sheridan alumni also worked on Disney’s Wreckit Ralph, which was named the top animated film of 2012 at the Annie Awards, animation’s highest honour. Other accolades Adrian Belina, Mark McQuillan, and Pablo Vio (all Interactive Multimedia, 2003) and their team at Jam3 received a Gold Lion at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival in 2012 for Bear71, an interactive documentary about a female grizzly bear in Banff National Park. Jonathan Ng’s (Classical Animation, 2003) film Requiem for Romance was named best animated film at the 2012 Toronto International Reel Asian Film Festival and best Canadian Short film at the 2012 Whistler Film Festival. 34


Canadian Screen Awards Congratulations to the seven alumni who won 2013 Canadian Screen Awards. Thirty-one arts graduates were nominated for the awards honouring excellence in Canadian film, television, and digital media. The award-winning alumni worked on the following productions: Best Cross-Platform Project Children’s and Youth: My Babysitter's a Vampire Interactive: Humans vs. Vampires Best Cross Platform Project –Fiction: Drunk and on Drugs the Happy Funtime Hour - Digital Best Sound in a Comedy, Variety or Performing Arts Program or Series: Todd and the Book of Pure Evil - Black Tie Showdown Best Sound in a Dramatic Program or Series: The Borgias - The Borgia Bull Best Visual Effects: Resident Evil: Retribution Best Visual Research: Love, Hate & Propaganda: The Cold War - Turning Up the Heat

2012 Emmy Awards Brad Zoern (Media Arts, 1993), above, won a 2012 Emmy award for Outstanding Sound Mixing for the History Channel’s mini-series Hatfields & McCoys. A freelance re-recording mixer since 2004, Brad has worked at Toronto's premier post-production facilities. He and fellow alumnus, Peter Persaud (Media Arts, 1993) were part of the sound mixing team that received the Cinema Audio Society’s 2013 award for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Television Movie or MiniSeries for the Hatfields & McCoys. Tom Bjelic (Media Arts, 1990) was also nominated for a 2012 Emmy for the Hatfields & McCoys in the Sound Editing for a Mini-Series, Movie or Special category. A sound designer and supervisor, Tom co-owns Toronto’s Urban Post Production. This was the second nomination for Tom, who won an Emmy in 2003.

Congratulations to all our nominees! Sheridan nominated six exceptional alumni for the 2012 Premier’s Awards, which recognize outstanding Ontario College graduates.

Business: Scott Stratten (Business - Human Resources, 1998)

Creative Arts and Design: Chilina Kennedy (Music Theatre – Performance, 2000)

Recent Graduate: Anu Raina (Crafts & Design – Textiles, 2010)

Scott Stratten is an expert in social and viral marketing and was named one of the top five social media influencers in the world on in 2012. Scott has over 140,000 daily Twitter followers. His clients’ viral marketing videos have been viewed over 60 million times.

As one of Canada’s most talented and recognizable musical theatre figures, Chilina Kennedy has had leading roles with the Shaw Festival, the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, and on Broadway as Mary Magdalene in the Tony Awardnominated Jesus Christ Superstar in 2012.

One of Canada’s hottest upcoming designers, Anu Raina brings memories of her Kashmiri childhood to her work. Since escaping her birth country in 1990, Anu has developed her artistic skills, debuting her first clothing collection less than a year after graduation.

Community Services: Paul Cook (Law and Security Administration, 1981)

Health Sciences: Nancy Phillips (Practical Nursing, 2010, Personal Support Worker, 2006)

Technology: Remy Fernandes (Electronics Engineering Technology, 1984)

Paul Cook has fashioned an early respect for law enforcement into a distinguished 30-year career with North Bay Police Service, the last eight as Chief of Police. He has received the Police Exemplary Service Medal, the Member Order of Merit for Police Forces for his extensive volunteer efforts.

Nancy Phillips is a Registered Practical Nurse at Mississauga’s Sheridan Villa long-term care facility. As a mature student and single mother, she developed serious eye disease, forcing her to leave school. Against many odds, Nancy graduated with her class and went on to pursue her dream career.

Arriving from India in 1981, Remy Fernandes essentially re-learned (in a Canadian context) what he had already studied. He worked tirelessly, rising to the top of his profession in the energy sector, and is now the President and CEO of Hydro One Brampton.


Sheridan Giving T

his year has been an exciting one in Sheridan’s Office of Advancement. We have celebrated incredible milestones such as the 40th anniversary of Theatre Sheridan, as well as our signature event, the Sheridan Big Picture Gala where supporters gather to celebrate everything that is special about the College, all while giving back to our students. We have connected with alumni in a myriad of ways, and celebrated the success of our graduates around the world. We continue to receive incredible support from our donor community who enable Sheridan to consistently deliver outstanding programming and a valuable academic experience to our deserving students. We are immensely proud of the education Sheridan students receive, and our donors continue to make it possible. We are poised to move ahead with the development of the second phase of the Hazel McCallion Campus in Mississauga, with ground breaking anticipated in the fall of 2013. This new build will see the creation of highly needed academic space so we can continue to grow our course delivery capabilities and better serve our student communities. Be sure to stay connected to Sheridan for future updates on the progress of this project. Thank you for being a part of an alumni community that is strong, connected and immensely successful. We appreciate each of you for continuing to be the best ambassadors for Sheridan.

Lisa E. Piccolo, MPA Vice President, Advancement and External Relations



Family Campaign Every day, Sheridan continues to offer the best possible learning experience for the students we are privileged to serve. All of our employees contribute to the success of the college, and this year they demonstrated that commitment in a big way. In March 2013, Sheridan launched an internal fundraising campaign encouraging staff and faculty to consider giving back to the institution where they work. Sheridan’s Family Campaign held a two-week blitz of awareness events, sharing information with employees about how donations to the college could make a tremendous impact on the educational opportunities we can offer. Studies have shown that when an institution can demonstrate strong internal support, external support tends to be greater. Our employees came together and really made a difference! Though the campaign still continues, initial results totaled more than $235,000! With the assistance of a dedicated group of staff ambassadors, Sheridan’s staff and faculty were inspired to give a gift to Sheridan, and together have achieved outstanding results. We are so proud of the way Sheridan employees came together to support this initiative and we look forward to sharing information with you about the progress of the campaign and the ways in which support from our Alumni community will enable us to continue to offer a creative, innovative learning environment for our students.

Cogeco Commits $100,000 to Media Arts Sheridan’s Media Arts program is known for being at the forefront of technology which is essential for success in today’s world. Our graduates must be able to report and disseminate information across multiple platforms, and Sheridan takes pride in providing this real-world education to ensure students are well-prepared when they enter the workforce. Remaining current with advances in equipment technology is a vital yet costly undertaking, and we are pleased to announce that Cogeco has pledged $100,000 to help convert the primary Media Arts Broadcast Studio into High Definition. This gift will allow us to update the facilities where our students learn and develop the critical thinking skills that will drive their success when they join the ranks of our distinguished alumni. Our sincere thanks go to Cogeco for making a commitment that will have a significant impact on our interdisciplinary programming and the future of these deserving students.

Scholarships, Awards and Bursaries With more than 50% of Sheridan’s students seeking financial assistance to manage their educational expenses, Sheridan’s scholarships, awards, and bursaries program is making a tremendous impact on the lives of our students. During the 2011-2012 academic year, more than 7,000 scholarships, awards, and bursaries — and over 600 academic awards — were bestowed on deserving students. Sheridan’s award program assists students in financial need, recognizing and rewarding their outstanding achievements. Each year, our faculties celebrate their best and brightest students at awards ceremonies, further motivating our students to strive for excellence.

The Alumni Office supports academic awards and Children of Alumni Scholarships annually.

The Alumni Office directly supports academic awards in each of the five faculties. Award recipients in 2012 include: Christa Bews, Matthew Crosby, Diana Dooly-Marek, Amy Decicco, Dana Ignozza, Natasha King, Christopher Ramsaran, and Patricia Rosart. The Children of Alumni Scholarship is also available annually in the fall school term for current students. This scholarship is awarded based on academic standing and community involvement. Sheridan’s 2013 Children of Alumni Scholarship recipients are Alyssa Chermaz, a second-year student in the Child and Youth Worker program, and Maria Francis, a first-year student in the Business Administration – Accounting program. Both Maria’s and Alyssa’s fathers are Sheridan graduates: Alexander Francis (Microsoft Engineering, 1997), and Alessandro Chermaz (Industrial Mechanic Millwright, 1994).

This support is critical as the cost of achieving one’s academic goals can be overwhelming at times. In addition to Please help us support more students tuition fees, costs for housing, books, by giving the gift of education. supplies, transportation, and food can add as much as $12,000 in annual expenses. The Alumni Office To give please visit is proud to support our students as they complete their education and make tremendous contributions as successful graduates.


Photo Credit: John Jones

Music Theatre-Performance student, Jaymee Fuczek, belts out a Canadian classic tune at the Big Picture Gala.

Big Picture Gala an All-Canadian Success Almost 600 business and community leaders, including many alumni, gathered to celebrate exceptional education, people, and achievement at the Canadian-themed Big Picture Gala last October, and helped make it the most successful fundraising achievement in the Gala’s five-year history. Over $200,000 was raised from the event to support Sheridan students, including investment in campus expansions, program and technology improvements, and academic awards and scholarships.



Big Picture Award, Tim Hortons At the event, Tim Hortons was presented with Sheridan’s 2012 Big Picture Award, which recognizes innovators in business, technology, community services, and the arts. We honoured Tim Hortons by presenting an original painting by Sheridan Art Fundamentals alumna Morgan Wood, one of the winners in 2012’s Canada— Land of Contrast contest. The 2012 Gala will be fondly remembered by many as being filled with the sights and sounds of “All Things Canadian.” The fabulous live music, video presentations, and one-of-a-kind auction items featured throughout the evening showcased the outstanding talent and creativity of Sheridan students, faculty and alumni. Sheridan’s musical theatre

Many corporate partners made a strong commitment to the gala to ensure its success. A special “Big Picture” note of gratitude goes out to the Gala’s lead sponsors for their tremendous support: Presenting Sponsor, Bird Construction Bird Construction is one of Canada's top 10 national general contractors and the builder of Sheridan’s Hazel McCallion Campus, which has become a focal point of the Mississauga City Centre. Event Sponsor, Campus Living Centres A long-time supporter of Sheridan, Campus Living Centres is committed to delivering an exceptional student experience by fostering a vibrant and supportive residence community.

Brigid Pelino, Executive Vice President, Human Resources for Tim Hortons, receives the Big Picture Award from Sheridan President and CEO, Jeff Zabudsky.

students truly rocked the room with their renditions of Canuck classics, old and new. Thanks to the many alumni and faculty who donated to the Silent Auction, which in itself raised over $25,000 for student support.

Photo Credit: John Jones

THeatre Sheridan Celebrates 40 Years Guests of Theatre Sheridan’s 40th anniversary Gala were transported to an event that evoked a speakeasy during Roaring ‘20s-era Chicago. The gala event was held on February 22 at the Oakville campus, and included an exciting production of Chicago.

Prior to the performance, donors were treated to the vocal stylings of secondyear students who were enrolled in the lauded Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance program. The cast of Come from Away, the Canadian Music Theatre’s 2012 debut work, recreated their piece in a cabaret-styled

performance, closing out the evening. The drama-filled event raised $17,000 in support of Theatre Sheridan. Thanks to everyone who made both this special evening and Theatre Sheridan’s 40th anniversary a roaring success, and night filled with "all that jazz"!

On September 19, 2013 the Sheridan College Board of Governors’ Golf Tournament returns to RattleSnake Point Golf Club for a spectacular day of golf and fellowship in support of Sheridan. Presented by Bird Construction, the tournament offers an enjoyable and unique experience for both serious and pleasure golfers alike. The event includes a light breakfast, an elegant lunch, and a full day of golf. As a special bonus, Sheridan’s senior Athletic Therapy students will be on hand to provide post-game massages and sports injury prevention tips. Register early! Details at

Photo Credit: The Mississauga News


Grads on the Go Advanced Television and Film Sama Waham (2012), below, won a prestigious 2012 Award of Merit from the Accolade Competition. The award was given for Waham’s documentary film, Resight, which she wrote, directed, and produced during her final semester at Sheridan.

Advertising Trina Boos (2002) has grown Ad Lounge into a 5,000-plus member online networking space for advertising professionals and students. She is also the President of Boost Agents, a recruitment firm for the marketing, communications and creative industries. 40


Applied Photography Meaghan Ogilvie (2003) won an Honourable Mention for her image Succumbed, (pictured above) from the All Women 2013 Art Exhibition. She was also among the top 10 in the Fashion category at the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards. Meaghan’s work was selected from 62,654 images entered from 170 countries. Her underwater photographic work was published in Silvershotz magazine for their 2012 annual folio awards. Architectural Technician Deidre-Ann Cameron (2008) is a Structural Steel AutoCAD Technician for Bramalea Ornamental Ltd. She opened her own design business in 2012, the same year she began studying for a Project Management Certificate from Sheridan. An active volunteer with youth in Brampton, Deidre-Ann also holds a certificate in American Sign Language. Her artistic skills have won her several community art awards, as well.

Photo Credit: Meaghan Ogilvie

Business Randy Pilon (1982), the President and CEO of Virox Technologies Inc., was selected to join Pythons' Pit, an avenue for entrepreneurial residents and students of Halton Region. The group invites participants to pitch their business and creative ideas to a panel of business moguls from the local community. A live audience observes the entire process. Laurie Williamson (1970), who is from one of Sheridan’s first graduating classes, received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal this year. He had previously received a Silver Jubilee Medal in 2002. He has become one of Mississauga’s most successful and well-known citizens through his car dealership and extensive community involvement. Laurie is also an outstanding supporter of the college.

The latest graduation rate for all of Sheridan’s programs is 72.3% - ahead of all other GTA colleges and well above the provincial average of 64.8%. (2012-13) Business Administration – Accounting Co-op Kelly Zukov (2005) joined the Halton Learning Foundation as a Finance Committee member in December 2012. The Foundation raises funds for students in need, and supports programs in the Halton District School Board. A Senior Accountant at SB Partners LLB in Burlington, Ontario, Kelly also holds a BBA, Accounting from the University of Guelph-Humber. Business Administration – Marketing Lorella DePieri (1979) has been a Principal with Results by Design Consultants Inc. (RbD) since 1989. RbD directs the prestigious Masters Certificate in Sales Leadership program at York University’s Schulich School of Business. Specializing in sales performance and leadership training, RbD has a long list of clients that include some of Canada’s top corporations and government agencies. Sterling Halliday (2010) is the Director of Marketing for Mississauga-based Synstone International, and was a winner on CBC’s The Big Decision in fall 2012. Sterling and his father, Bryant, were successful in their pitch for $3 million to expand their concrete cladding production facility. Waste Warriors Two Chemical Engineering Technology alumni are doing their part to promote sustainability through their roles at Green-Port Environmental. Anthony Patafio (2002) manages Green-Port’s transfer and recycling facility and Brandon Deamer (2008) is a technician in the lab he helped build

at the Georgetown, Ontario company. Anthony also manages recycling activities for over 40 utilities and other companies in the province. GreenPort has decontaminated, recycled, transported, and disposed of over 15 million kg of PCB waste and recycled over 20,000 obsolete pole, pad, and network transformers and related electrical equipment.

Child and Youth Worker Alicia Wedemire (2009) is an Educational Resource Facilitator at Ridgeview Public School in Brampton, where she works with children who experience extreme challenges in traditional school settings. Following graduation, she worked for Feed the Children Canada on the Mishkeegogamange native reservation in Northern Ontario.

Photo Credit: Charley Gallay; Image courtesy of TWC

Cal Brunker (second from left) and cast members of Escape from Planet Earth at the film’s LA premiere.

Classical Animation Cal Brunker (2003) directed and co-wrote Escape from Planet Earth, the animated action-comedy feature film released in February 2013. Before directing, Cal worked as a story artist at various studios and was responsible for visualizing and staging some of the most memorable sequences in the hit animated films Horton Hears a Who, Despicable Me, and Ice Age 4. Maureen Shelleau (1987) Her Off the Dock Toons comic strip characters are featured in 13 episodes of a Calgary fishing television show’s 2012-13 season. Maureen’s comic strip focuses on protecting the marine environment, and has been published in five fishing magazines across North America.

Computer Systems Technology – Systems Analyst Co-op Mathieu Gosbee and Graham Kennery (both 2010) were Global Start-up Battle Champions for their online research tool, Groupnotes. Graham and Mathieu were part of a team that beat out over 1,000 others from more than 60 countries in the 54-hour event in Toronto in November 2012. Correctional Worker Bob Russell (1977) travelled to England in 2012 to celebrate his 30th anniversary as a Duke of Edinburgh Award program leader. The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a student personal development program. SHERIDAN OVATION | 2013 41

Sheridan's degree graduation rate averaged 80.6% in the 2012-13 academic year, outperforming all other college programs in the province.

Court and Tribunal Agent April Patterson (2005) is a Municipal Prosecutor in the Legal Services Department for the City of Barrie. A Board member of the Prosecutors Association of Ontario, April is also a former association award recipient. She’s also received multiple awards for her efforts as a Sheridan Student Union leader and Peer Mentor. Crafts and Design – Ceramics David Eastwood (1986) has been operating Clay Design Inc. in Central Hampstead, New Brunswick for over 20 years. He was featured in the January 2013 issue of the Halifax-based business magazine, Progress. While hand-made corporate logo pottery is the mainstay of David's business, he also regularly exhibits fine art pottery. Early Childhood Education Susie Beghin (2011) opened Alpha’s Preschool Academy and Child Care Centre in 2012, expanding the Mississauga home-based business she founded eight years ago. In 2005, Susie opened Alpha’s Discovery Club to provide children’s birthday party entertainment, adding to the operation two years later with an indoor playground and party centre. 42


Alumni and Faculty Produce Documentary to Air on TVO Beautifully Broken: The Life & Work of Rafael Goldchain (Faculty, Bachelor of Photography) was screened on TVO on May 15, 2013. Originally featured at the 2012 Montreal World Film Festival, this documentary was written and directed by Professor Vladimir Kabelik (Media Arts) and produced by Marc Cohen (Advanced Television and Film, 2001). Many other alumni industry professionals played important roles in this project, including Michael Burshtyn (Advanced Television and Film, 2004), Stephen Barden (Media Arts, 1995), Niall Collins (Media Arts, 2009), Aleksandra Lason (Media Arts, 2011) and Haya Waseem (Media Arts, 2012). More than a dozen other graduates also worked on the film which was screened at Sheridan in April 2013. Beautifully_Broken

General Arts and Science Dr. Glynn Sharpe (1989) received Nipissing University’s 2012 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award. A professor since 2006 at Nipissing University in the Consecutive Education Teacher Training Program, he is nominated for the 2012-13 Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. Glynn holds his master’s degree in education from Nipissing and his doctorate from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.

Illustration Cory Trepanier (1990), above, has received international recognition for his Into the Arctic documentaries about his travels to the Far North to paint the Arctic landscape. Into the Arctic II was nominated for a 2013 Canadian Screen Award. He has been featured in print and broadcast media across the country, including appearances on CTV’s Canada AM. Interior Design Cameron MacNeil (2000) answers questions in the popular “Ask a Designer” section of Canadian House & Home magazine. As a design editor for the magazine, he also produces makeover features and has appeared on House & Home Online TV. Cameron became involved with the magazine through Sheridan’s co-op program.

In Memoriam

International Business Andrew Pozzobon (2008) will be admitted to the bar in summer 2013. He works at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Canada’s largest law firm, in the area of business and corporate law. Andrew’s Sheridan experience inspired him to continue his studies, using his credits to earn his MBA at Centenary College and going on to obtain a law degree from the University of Ottawa.

Gian Drueco (Applied Photography, 2008) passed away in July 2012 after a courageous battle with cancer. His partner, and fellow Applied Photography graduate, Michelle Repasky (2009) has created a memorial fund in Gian’s honour to support awards for current and future photography students at Sheridan.

Surinder Budwal congratulates Tonya Verbeek, 2012 Olympic silver medalist in wrestling.

Mechanical Engineering Technology James Wilfred Forbes (1971) received the Ontario Professional Engineers’ and Ontario Society of Professional Engineers’ Engineering Medal for Engineering Excellence, 2012. James is Chief Design Engineer at National Steel Car Limited (NSC) in Hamilton. A highlight of his 25-plus years at NSC is his now patented work in designing a new freight car truck. He also holds a Master of Applied Science and a PhD (Mechanical Engineering) from the University of Waterloo.

Sports Injury Management Surinder Budwal (2003) was the Athletic Therapist for the Canadian Wrestling Team at the 2012 London Olympics. The team took home a silver and bronze medal. This was Surinder’s second Olympic Games, after his debut in Beijing in 2008 with the multiple award-winning wrestling team. Surinder co-owns Wishbone Athletics in Hamilton with Naomi Bernstein (BAHSc Athletic Therapy, 2008). She specializes in pre- and post-natal fitness.

Practical Nursing Ashley Misurka (2005), above, received the Ontario Registered Practical Nurses Association’s 2011 Award of Excellence. Ashley, who was also featured on the association’s 2012 Nursing Week poster, is a registered practical nurse with the In-Patient Mental Health Department at The Scarborough Hospital. She also instructs part-time at Sheridan.

Theatre and Drama Studies Melissa Jane “MJ” Shaw and Kelly Straughan (both 2000) The duo’s Seventh Stage Theatre’s play, Stockholm, was nominated for a 2012 Dora Award for Best Ensemble Performance and two Broadway Toronto Awards (Best Female Performance & Best Choreography). MJ is the Artistic Producer and Kelly is the Artistic Director of the Toronto-based, not-for-profit theatre company. MJ has a lead acting role in the Canadian TV series Hard Rock Medical (TVO & APTN in June 2013) and Kelly is the new Executive Director of the Toronto Fringe Festival.

Rod Jerred, former Oakville Beaver Managing Editor, passed away in March 2013. He had been fighting melanoma and wrote several editorials in 2012 about appreciating life and learning to value and enjoy “Bonus Days". A 1976 JournalismPrint graduate, Ron spent nearly three decades working in The Oakville Beaver newsroom before moving to the Hamilton Community News group in 2011. The Rod Jerred Memorial Award was established in his honour and awarded to a Print Journalism student in April 2013. Sandra Hodder, the lead of Sheridan’s innovative DELTA3 Mobile Computing Initiative, passed away in January 2012 of neuroendocrine cancer. Sandra started as a parttime faculty in the early 1980s and retired as Director of Learning Technologies in 2009. The Sandra Hodder Technology and Innovation Scholarship for young female students was established in her name. To contribute to the above scholarship funds, visit Remembering sheridan's first president Donald Shields, Sheridan’s first President, passed away in April 2012 at age 84. Don was appointed Dean of Sheridan College when it opened in 1967 and later became Vice President and President, before retiring in 1988. A year later, Don became the Director of the Dubai Women's College in United Arab Emirates. SHERIDAN OVATION | 2013 43

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