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Sheridan’s Alumni Magazine – 2014


Inside Canada’s Entertainment Giant 06 | Putting Creativity to Work 10 | Small Town Boy Hits it Big 12 | An Inspirational Force 16 | Welding a Bright Future

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PUTTING CREATIVITY TO WORK Meet four grads who live the Sheridan brand



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Jennifer Clarke Senior Editor/Writer

Carol Hill Contributing Writers:

Susan Atkinson Karina Butzek-Morris Ryan Kelly Christine Szustaczek


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Mark Mulloy Berton Woodward

Cory TrĂŠpanier: Into the Wilderness


Trina Boos Making Connections


Eric Davy: The Art of Taking Risks


Julius Hajgato: Master of Invention


Michael Lomenda: Small Town Boy Hits it Big


Rose Streete: Inspirational Force


Behind the Scenes: Sheridan Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Design Technologies 14

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Kandise Barron and Doug Luciani: Welding a Bright Future 16

Stewart Dick

Danielle Strnad: Finding a Voice



Bill Paul: Inside the PGA Tour


Jonathan Bielaski

Glen Sharpe: Far-Reaching Teaching 24


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Ovation is published annually by the Advancement Department and is circulated to over 80,000 Sheridan alumni. Comments and ideas are always welcome. Drop us a line at Ovation, Alumni Office, Sheridan College, 1430 Trafalgar Road, Oakville, Ontario L6H 2L1, 905-815-4078 or If you would like to advertise in Ovation, please contact the Alumni Office at 905-815-4078. All information provided is current as of publication and is subject to change; Sheridan Marketing and Brand Strategy, June 2014. SID#1228 Cover: Corus Entertainment



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Behind the Scenes: Sheridan Centre for Elder Research


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s you peruse this issue of Ovation magazine, I am sure you will be struck, as I was, by the many ways our graduates are making an impact, both economically and socially. From helping to fuel the powerhouse that is Corus Entertainment, to providing leadership in the welding profession, to heading up the Canadian Open – Sheridan alumni are helping to generate economic growth at local and national levels. Our graduates are making a real difference in our communities as well, by coming up with creative ways to enrich the lives of persons with special needs, building grassroots movements to foster community engagement, or volunteering their time to tutor at-risk youth. These are just a few examples of the diverse and fascinating alumni profiles contained in this issue. I hope that you will take pride in and draw inspiration from their achievements. Dr. Jeff Zabudsky, President and CEO

The Zero Waste plan will help guide Sheridan to become a zero waste campus by 2020. Ovation magazine is printed on 100% recycled paper, in keeping with Sheridan’s commitment to sustainability, conservation and waste elimination.

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News at Sheridan MOVING AHEAD ON SHERIDAN’S JOURNEY As Sheridan pursues its vision of becoming a unique undergraduate university, it’s demonstrating that it has the depth and academic rigour to meet the most demanding postsecondary standards. Last spring, our Faculty of Business became the only college in Canada to gain membership in the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the U.S.-based international management accreditation body. Then, in July, Sheridan became the first college in the world to join the CDIO Initiative – a global movement to revamp engineering education. The CDIO framework of ‘ Conceive, Design, Implement and Operate’ is closely aligned with Sheridan’s approach to blending theoretical and applied learning, creating opportunities for multidisciplinary collaboration, and linking our education to industry and community needs. Wrapping up the year, in November Sheridan became the first arts school in Ontario, and only the second in Canada, to earn membership in the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). NASAD is a U.S.-based association of more than 320 postsecondary institutions and is the national accrediting agency for art, design and related disciplines. 4


FROM MOBILE COMPUTING TO FINANCE, EIGHT GREAT NEW DEGREES Sheridan will launch eight new degree programs in the fall of 2014, building on a rich history of success. The Bachelor of Applied Computer Science (Mobile Computing) will position students at the forefront of computer science innovation, through a balance of core computer science, mobile application development, wireless networks and liberal arts courses. In Sheridan’s early days, the Lorne Park campus opened to house the School of Craft and Design, offering the first three-year program of its kind in Ontario. The Bachelor of Craft and Design builds on this record with a new specialty in Industrial Design in addition to the traditional craft disciplines of glass, ceramics, textiles and furniture. The four-year degree also offers an enriched curriculum incorporating theory, history and professional practice, in addition to hands-on studio work. Thirty-five years after the Media Arts program began, it is celebrating its transition to a degree program. The new Bachelor of Film and Television will build on the foundational craft of filmmaking with more advanced

Get Creative. Your dream in focus

New Bachelor of Film and Television Degree Sheridan has been a leader in the Canadian film industry for decades, educating the next generation of filmmakers, directors, animators and cinematographers, and our grads work on acclaimed projects worldwide. Now, our degree in Film & TV, offers students an even greater opportunity to hone their craft, learn the business and be prepared to succeed.

learning in emerging technologies such as 3D, creative content production and production planning. The Faculty of Business is launching five Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degrees in Accounting, Finance, Supply Chain Management, Human Resource Management and Marketing Management. Graduates of business diploma programs at Sheridan and other Ontario colleges will be eligible for advanced standing in these programs. This will open an important pathway for students who previously may have felt that a degree credential was out of reach.

Sheridan is the only college in Canada to join Harvard, MIT, Stanford and others in a global initiative to re-invent engineering education.

News at Sheridan

BEHIND SHERIDAN’S NEW BRANDING Sheridan’s vision to become a university dedicated to undergraduate, professional education is informed by the belief that, in an economy driven by innovation, creativity is the paramount skill that graduates will need. Last fall, Sheridan unveiled a new visual identity that reflects this vision, featuring the following wordmark and tagline:

Buffalo State’s International Center for Studies in Creativity and Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Sheridan. Day Two featured a keynote address by Todd Hirsch, economist and author of The Boiling Frog Dilemma: Saving Canada from Economic Decline, which set the stage for a symposium on undergraduate applied research.

WE’RE NO. 1 IN ONTARIO FOR APPLIED RESEARCH Sheridan ranks first in Ontario and sixth in Canada for applied research, according to a ranking published last year by Research Infosource Inc. The list outlines the Top 50 Research Colleges in Canada by total research income.

The new look visually represents what Sheridan is doing to challenge the fundamental concepts of what makes a great undergraduate education. The use of ‘double blue’ as our primary brand colours pays tribute to Sheridan’s decades-long record of athletic achievement. The Sheridan ‘S’ inspired Pierre Poussin (Craft and Design, 2006) to create an outdoor sculpture that was unveiled at a special brand launch event at the Trafalgar Road Campus last November. He has since created an identical sculpture which graces the Davis Campus. You can read more about Sheridan’s brand makeover at

In 2012-13, Sheridan students, professors and administrators were involved in more than 225 applied research projects, which supported more than 122 organizations. Three areas of Sheridan saw the greatest amount of activity – the Screen Industries Research and Training Centre (SIRT), the Sheridan Centre for Elder Research and the Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Design Technologies. SIRT received a major boost with the announcement of a $1.75 million grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s (NSERC). The College-Community Innovation program funding will help with applied research, testing, consulting and training services. Read more about Sheridan's research centres on pages 14 and 38.



Sheridan has signed an agreement with Cisco Canada and Partners In Research to use advanced video systems to promote science and technology as a career path and transform the way K-12 students learn about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in the classroom.

Over the next six years, Sheridan will invest $30 million in an ambitious plan to become a living laboratory for sustainability and conservation. Two ‘Mission Zero’ initiatives were launched in 2013: Sheridan’s Integrated Energy and Climate Master Plan, which aims to decrease the college’s overall energy and carbon emissions by 50% by 2030, and Zero Waste Sheridan, which will guide its transition to a zero waste campus by 2020.

CREATING THE FUTURE TODAY CONFERENCE In early May of this year, Sheridan co-hosted (with OISE of the University of Toronto) “Creating the Future Today”, an interactive conference that brought together thought leaders from across the country in academia, government and industry to share their ideas on what the future of postsecondary education should look like in Canada. The first day of this two-day event focused on the tension between innovation and tradition, and featured a creative problem-solving activity that examined how postsecondary education might be transformed to meet the needs of the future. This session was facilitated by Dr. Gerard Puccio, Department Chair and Professor at

“APPS TO EMPOWER” GLOBAL CONTEST WINNER Anshul Goyal, a first-year student in the Computer Systems Technician - Software Engineering program, was one of three winners of a global contest called “Apps to Empower”. Sponsored by tablet manufacturer DATAWIND, the contest called for the creation of apps to benefit those in developing countries.  Goyal’s award-winning submission, called “My Rights”, aims to help people in India learn directly about all of the social services and grants available to them, bypassing the culture of middle-men who hold knowledge and charge for it. SHERIDAN OVATION | 2014 5

Curious. Gutsy. Purposeful. Smart. Inspired. Real.

These are the personality characteristics of the new Sheridan brand, chosen because they describe the essence of the college and its people. But how exactly do you live these ideals? Meet an explorer, an entrepreneur, an inventor and an artist who have successfully fused these attributes to carve careers that harness their passions.



Putting Creativity to Work

Into the Wilderness: Cory Trépanier

One of the hardest breaks is to go from doing commercial art, where people are paying you to solve a problem for them visually, to doing your own work, which is doing what you love – and then finding a market for it,

Photo: Snowpatch Media

says Trépanier, a 1990 Illustration alumnus. He began his transition by creating fine art on a subject he adores – the outdoors.

Boosted by the confidence that came from selling paintings through studio tours, and motivated by a desire to spend time with his family, he launched a project called Coast to Canvas. It resulted in 33 paintings, produced after he and his family went canoeing and camping off Lake Superior for one month of each season in 2001-2002.

Trépanier decided to document the four journeys through video and blog posts to lend authenticity and understanding to his art. But he never imagined it would lead to a parallel career as a filmmaker.

“When Bravo bought my film, that was a real turning point,” says Trépanier. “I now had the blessing of a major network saying that what I created of my own passion and interest was good enough to acquire.” Trépanier’s second project, Into the Arctic, combined filmmaking and painting from the outset. Reflecting his love for adventure and his goal to connect people to Canada’s remote places, his aim was to create 50 paintings. It was a journey split over three trips that brought him to “endless” glaciers and mountains and encounters with Arctic wolves. His painting of Wilberforce Falls was shortlisted as an official gift for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. His second film, Into the

Arctic II, resulted in a nomination for a 2013 Canadian Screen Award. In collaboration with Parks Canada, Trépanier recently launched his new multi-year TrueWild: A Legacy for the National Parks project. In the coming years, he aims to mount month-long expeditions into Canada’s wildest national parks, and from each journey create new paintings - including an 8 x10 foot-wide legacy canvas - and a new film. Trépanier is now an invited member of The Explorers Club (whose rolls include James Cameron and the late Neil Armstrong), a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society and a sought-after speaker. “I hope that in some way, what I do can have an impact beyond my own selfgratification,” he says. “There are only so many days that I will be walking on this earth and I want to make every one of them count as much as possible.” Visit to see Cory's TrueWild Online Series. SHERIDAN OVATION | 2014 7

Making Connections: Trina Boos in related programs and across different years. “What began as a website resulted as a very niche and closeknit community of students who were learning from each other, giving homework tips and advice, and posting industry news.” Now in its 13th year, Ad Lounge has expanded to a membership base of over 5,500 professionals from across the ad industry – all of whom seek the same kind of networking and sharing that Boos originally envisioned for her classmates.


rina Boos (Advertising, 2002) has found success by tapping her inner calling. “I’ve always been a natural networker,” says the president of two companies – Ad Lounge and Boost Agents. Years before the rise of social networks, Boos created Ad Lounge while at Sheridan as a way to connect students

Boos’ love for connecting people lured her to launch a recruitment firm that specializes in the marketing, communications, advertising and design industry. Previously, she worked as an account director for one of Canada’s largest advertising agencies where she focused on digital marketing. While the job was fulfilling, she came to the realization that “while I loved the industry and the players involved, I much

preferred helping them find their core purpose. Besides, I’ve always been at my best when I was in charge of my own destiny.” Three years ago, Boos launched Boost Agents, specializing in the field she loves and knows so well. Unlike typical recruiters who prioritize senior candidates, Boos believes that great minds can come from anywhere. "We’re huge proponents of fostering relationships with every level, including the next generation of talent.” For that reason, her agency sponsors (and produces) several events that bring together both senior and up-andcoming professionals. “My experience at Sheridan taught me that you can miss out on many opportunities if you only socialize with your own,” says Boos. “Mingling with different people gives you a fresh perspective and the chance to collaborate.”

The Art of Taking Risks: Eric Davy L

earning on the go is a concept that resonates with Eric Davy, a 2009 Crafts and Design graduate who specialized in hot glass. After spending four seasons as a glass-blowing artist in residence in Picton, Ontario, Davy was looking to heighten his exposure. He placed a Google ad to promote his newly established business, Davy Glass, and received what at first glance seemed to be a scam – an invitation to bid on a project to set up a demonstration glass-blowing studio at the Venetian Hotel in Macau, China. He quickly realized the opportunity was legitimate, and tried to contain his hopes when he found he was in the running against several established studios from Murano, Italy – home to world-famous Venetian glass. Still in



Putting Creativity to Work

shock that he won the bid, he was soon hit hard by stark reality. “I didn’t own a studio and I only had 20 days to get the whole thing together,” recalls Davy. He bought the bulk of the equipment from a studio in California “based on two photos and a glassblower’s word.” Ten days before his departure, he got the surprise news that he was responsible for handling all the logistics. As if by fate, Davy ran into a childhood friend who specialized in this line of work and who agreed to help. Days before leaving, Davy was still frantically sourcing the final missing pieces of equipment from mentors, colleagues and other resellers. Upon arrival, more tense moments ensued when he discovered that a burner tip had cracked during transport. The furnace was also different than ones he had used, prompting a desperate call to San Diego to the previous owner, who patiently walked Davy through the process.

Master of Invention: Julius Hajgato A s Julius Hajgato’s career demonstrates, ingenuity can travel across industries. Since 1981, when he graduated from Sheridan’s engineering technology program, his innate drive to do things differently has been a distinguishing hallmark of his career.

Over the course of 29 days, Davy made about 110 pieces, which for him was true joy, given that he prefers making the art to selling it afterwards. Although he jokes that his preference for making functional pieces might peg him as being too “North American”, he says he loves to make his vases and bowls.

Hajgato was a plant manager at a plastics firm when he started making systems-level improvements to its operations. Bringing knowledge from his former roles as a process and manufacturing engineer, he began modifying the electronics and design of the machinery to increase efficiencies.

Asked to describe his trademark, he talks about a “swirling myriad of colour trails” – a process that came about because he ran out of colour one day and decided to experiment. “It’s definitely recognizable,” says Davy, “which makes me happy inside, because as an artist, that is what you are shooting for – to be unique and have something different.”

It was this flexible mentality that later got him a job as an environmental services director in a long-term healthcare facility. Its owners were looking for an outsider to tackle challenges like the need to prevent Alzheimer’s patients from leaving the building. He developed a ‘wanderguard’ system, featuring a device disguised as a watch that was gifted to the patients. Its embedded sensors would trigger exterior doors to lock if a person wearing it got within range.

Hajgato made his way on to a medical device manufacturing company, first as a project manager and later an R&D program manager. He played a key role in the development of an oxygen delivery device that mimics the design of a headset – as well as the open-concept OxyMask that “defies logic to look at, but works physically”, a nebulizer mask for drug delivery, a sterilization case, a bite block and a surgical scalpel adapter. His ingenuity earned Hajgato a 2012 award from the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists, as well as eight patents (and one pending), all of which were the result of his affinity for tweaking and designing. He has a knack for visualizing how easily a product can be manufactured, and his constant resourcefulness allowed him to teach himself any missing pieces – such as the latest advances in plastics, how oxygen flows, or how to use engineering simulation software. By Christine Szustaczek


Small Town Boy Hits it Big Michael Lomenda’s unforgettable moments M

ichael Lomenda will find it hard to top his last birthday. He celebrated it on the set of the upcoming Jersey Boys movie with a chorus of people singing “Happy Birthday” that included legendary director Clint Eastwood. Lomenda is one of the stars of the highly anticipated film version of the Broadway musical, based on the story of 1960s singing group The Four Seasons. Directed by Eastwood, it opens in theatres on June 20, 2014. “That day was also my character's birthday and I was filming my biggest scene in the movie,” recalls Lomenda, 10


a 2001 Music Theatre Performance graduate. “It was just a wealth of amazing circumstances converging on my birthday – one I won't ever forget.” Lomenda reprises the role of Nick Massi, which he played in the Toronto production and the first national company of Jersey Boys that toured across North America for over six years. Cast in the movie not long before shooting began in late summer 2013, Lomenda stressed about “becoming an Eastwood-worthy film actor in less than a month.”

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Michael Lomenda, Music Theatre-Performance, 2001

I still can’t believe that for two months I woke up, had breakfast and went to work with Clint Eastwood!

making the Jersey Boys movie. But he couldn’t have been in better hands, Lomenda says. “As a director, Mr. Eastwood was everything that an actor needed to reach their potential. He was respectful, concise, patient and trusting.” Not to mention fun. “He was always in the mix, still very much a kid at 83, with a killer sense of humour.” Some of Lomenda’s most memorable moments with Eastwood occurred on set between scenes. “We sang a bit of a Chet Baker song on stage together once while chatting about music, the mechanics of singing and the reality of getting older.”

(Michael Lomenda, far right)

It was all pretty heady stuff for Lomenda, who hails from the small town of Stettler, Alberta. But his rural roots are never far from his mind. “I'm most successful when my work unabashedly reflects who I am,” he says. “I feel a great sense of responsibility to represent a Prairie voice and to have an opportunity to do that on such a large scale is something I could never have imagined. I'm so very grateful for it all.” By Carol Hill




Rose Streete, Community Outreach Worker, 2013

Streete Smart Streete also continued to build on the Mothers Anonymous support program she created in 2005. “I decided, if not me, then who was


n the summer of 2006, Rose Streete found herself homeless, jobless and penniless. With her fourth child on the way, her options were few. Living in a Mississauga shelter and a transitional home for a year with her children brought Streete’s life into full relief. It set the stage for a story of resiliency and resolve that would change her life and inspire others to overcome obstacles in the way of their success.

Surmounting her own struggles with emotional abuse, poor lifestyle choices and lack of selfesteem, Streete left the shelter and moved into Mississauga’s ColonialCollegeway neighbourhood in 2007. Since then, she has built a reputation as a motivational force who gets things done, from gathering volunteers for improvement projects to hosting a community forum with the Peel Regional Police to lobbying political leaders for action on youth violence.

These powerful stories are offered willingly to those who choose to learn from them, Streete says. “Sheridan reinforced my belief in the ever-flowing milk of human kindness, which stands at the ready to fill you with the knowledge and courage to surpass any barrier and pursue your dream.”

Rose Streete turns her life around and becomes an inspirational force.

 Understand more. Fear less. going to bring about the change I wanted to see for my family?” says Streete, who backed up her experience with a respected Community Outreach credential from Sheridan in 2013. A 2013 YMCA Peace Medallion recipient, Streete is now supporting young women in her community through the Setting the Stage mentoring project. She is managing the creation of a core group of successful women in the GTA who have motivating stories of personal determination and perseverance behind their accomplishments.

The first step, however, is still yours to make, she advises. “You need to ignite a fire within your soul that pushes you when you are weary, motivating and inspiring you.” Such words of wisdom are sure to help Streete meet her latest challenge: a run for Mississauga City Councillor in Ward 8 in fall 2014. By Carol Hill



The Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Design Technologies (CAMDT)

CAMDT houses the most sophisticated 3D production system on the market; no other postsecondary institution in Canada has it.

Applications of 3D printing are endless: medicine, manufacturing, the arts. Julius Hajgato used a 3D printer to create the prototype for his latest invention of traction footwear (read more about Julius on page 9).

Hargurdeep Singh is the 2014 Ontario Co-op Student of the Year and President/Founder, Sheridan Engineering Association.



Large monitors are placed for students to view the pre-setup process from a distance. Instructors use these monitors to display work for class tutorials.

Sheridan partners engineering students with local businesses in need of 3D printing work, including rapid prototyping of new products

The surface and the features of the original hand-built wooden horse saddle were scanned. The surface was optimized using CADD software and then 3D printing was conducted to produce a saddle in ABS plastic. 3D Scanner

The 40,000-sq.-ft. Centre at Brampton's Davis Campus trains the next generation of manufacturing professionals and features leading-edge equipment to help Canadian manufacturers compete.




Doug Luciani, Business Management, 1994 | Welder Fitter, 1998 Kandise Barron, Welding Techniques, 2011

Welding A Bright Future Doug Luciani and Kandise Barron have advice for those who carry the torch. D

oug Luciani is the ‘triple threat’ of his industry. The son of a glass-cutter for the construction trade, he earned a mechanical engineering degree at Western University before heading to Sheridan to obtain his Business Management and Welder Fitter credentials. He also holds an MBA from Western. Luciani puts his broad skill set to good use as President and CEO of the Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB Group), which regulates and trains welding professionals and companies throughout Canada and abroad. The CWB also works to promote the health of the industry through its Canadian Welding Association division. SHERIDAN OVATION | 2014 17

With the average age of welders in Canada at 56, training is a critical issue, says Luciani. “We are working with high schools to return skilled trades to the curriculum across Canada and encourage more young people to enter a trade.” A good strategy, according to Kandise Barron who was introduced to welding in high school in Whitby. She sees her chosen trade as an ideal marriage of art and technology. “Welding is like painting. You need steady hands, skill and an attention to detail. I love my job.” As a boilermaker welder, Barron repairs and re-pipes commercial steam and hot-water boilers. Since graduating from Sheridan’s first Welding Techniques class in 2011, she has had little difficulty finding work. In fact, as a member of the Boilermakers Union Local 128, she can work anywhere in the world.

You will overcome any challenge with a good work ethic and desire to learn.



The fact that the trades offer well-paying, transferable jobs is certainly appealing, but landing employment is only the first step, says Barron. “Your technical knowledge may open doors but a willingness to learn, collaborate and work hard are some of the most important skills you need on the job,” says the Burlington resident who also studied in the glass program at Sheridan. “Welding is not like a production line. It’s more interactive than that.” Luciani agrees, and adds that having a strong grasp of the science behind welding is also integral to excelling in the field. “Welders today need an understanding of automation and robotics, which have become key to the manufacturing process. It’s not enough to know how to run an arc.” Regardless of what lies beyond the horizon for this industry, some fundamental rules for success remain the same, Doug believes. “Never be afraid to fail. I learned my biggest lessons from my mistakes.” Visit for more about Kandise and Doug and the welding industry.

By Carol Hill

Welding is like painting. You need steady hands, skill and an attention to detail. I love my job.


Finding a Voice Through Performance Real-life issues play out on stage. community,” recalls Strnad (Social Service Worker, 1995). Since that day in 2002, DramaWay has taught scores of young people with physical and intellectual challenges in the GTA much more than performance skills. Through drama, dance and art, participants explore their creative side, increase selfesteem and learn skills to help them function better in their daily lives.


anielle Strnad vividly remembers the moment she knew she was on the right path in her life. Following a performance by participants in her drama program for people with special needs, one of the actors embraced another and said, “We’re like family, man!” “It had gone beyond playing a role. He was now part of a caring



The results can be both astonishing and uplifting, says Strnad. “It is elating to watch someone who was terrified of talking to anyone perform to a packed audience.” It can be moving, too, she adds, recalling one participant who developed a performance about his mother’s death to help him cope with the loss.

For others, DramaWay has been a stepping stone to success beyond the stage. When Nicole Flynn began at DramaWay, she had little focus and her speech was difficult to understand, says her mother Kathy. “Today, Nicole is a confident, mature individual who speaks to large audiences about her life.” The confidence Nicole developed at DramaWay was instrumental in her winning the first-ever Canadian gold in synchronized swimming at the 2012 Down Syndrome World Swimming Championships. Strnad has come a long way since opening DramaWay in 1999, combining her social service training at Sheridan and drama education at Concordia University. The program has since grown from six to more than 300 participants a week in classes in 14 locations, including an annual theatrical production with some 110 performers. Strnad believes she has flourished right along with DramaWay’s participants. “This work has nurtured my soul. Drama gives people the freedom and opportunity to explore, to uncover their talent and potential. How uplifting is that?” By Carol Hill

Danielle Strnad, Social Service Worker, 1995

I cannot imagine Nicole’s life without the influence of Danielle and DramaWay. Kathy Flynn, DramaWay parent



Inside the Ropes of the PGA Tour B

ill Paul can recall many memorable moments over his two decades as Tournament Director for the RBC Canadian Open Golf Championship. But he counts the 2000 Canadian Open as a high point and it’s easy to see why. Tiger Woods achieved golf history at the Glen Abbey Golf Course in Oakville that year, winning the tournament and the Triple Crown of golf. Just as memorable as Woods’ win, according to Paul, were the behind-the-scenes efforts to recruit the celebrity golfer, along with his visit in 2000. “Within 20 minutes of sending out the press release confirming his participation, the phone calls started,” he recalls. “It was a media circus with helicopters flying over the property. We put in extra phones and hired more staff to handle the volume of calls. I had never seen anything like it before or since.” Paul has seen golf’s profile soar along with corporate sponsorship funds worth millions. The results have translated into players’ perks that go beyond increased tournament winnings. “When I started working for the Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA) 32 seasons ago, players had to get themselves to the course from the airport, buy their own lunch and their practice range balls,” says Paul. “Now



all the players’ needs are met, including services for their families. We were the first on the PGA Tour to offer daycare facilities.” Paul’s seven years on the board of the PGA Tour Tournament Association have given him insight into the expanding future of golf. “I don’t think a world tour of golf is far away. Sponsors want access to international markets. The top players are travelling to tournaments all over the world,” says Paul, noting that the sport’s inclusion in the 2016 Olympics will only add to golf's globalization. And this will hopefully lead to the discovery of the next Tiger, adds Paul. “Golf needs heroes to spark interest on the part of young people, both as players and spectators.” Paul grew up in Oakville with his own set of sports heroes and became an accomplished athlete himself. A varsity football player at Sheridan, where he was named 1981 Athlete of the Year, he was drafted by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. But Bill was more interested in the business of sport than in actually playing. A summer job with the RCGA during high school eventually led him to accept a full-time position following his graduation from Sheridan’s Business program in 1981.

Bill Paul, Business, 1981

It’s a decision he doesn’t regret, although he has fielded many offers to work internationally. “There has always been a challenge here. I can’t think of one thing I would change. It has been a great ride.”

Canadian pro golf scores big under Bill Paul’s leadership - Attendance at the Canadian Open ranges from 94,000 to 132,000. - Television viewership in 2013 was over 800 million households worldwide. -S  ince 2008, the RBC Canadian Open has raised more than $6.2 million for Canadian children’s charities. By Carol Hill

Paul has become one of Canada’s foremost PGA Tour experts, building countless relationships with tour players and officials around the globe. SHERIDAN OVATION | 2014 23



Dr. Glen Sharpe, General Arts and Science, 1989

Far-Reaching Teaching Glen Sharpe's influence goes well beyond the classroom.

Back in 2009, Glen Sharpe got a phone call from a former student from his public school teaching days in Ontario’s Simcoe County. “I hope you remember me,” she said. “You were one of the reasons I decided to become a teacher.” It was music to Sharpe’s ears.

Sheridan was the perfect launching point for my career.

“I know it sounds like a cliché, but it is so gratifying when my former students go on to pursue a dream,” says Sharpe (General Arts and Science, 1989), who is now an Associate Professor in the Concurrent and Consecutive Education Teacher Training Program at Nipissing University. And like all effective teachers, he knows that inspiring students means going beyond the confines of the classroom. Case in point: Sharpe’s student/alumni Facebook group is the largest on Nipissing’s campus, with more than 2,600 users. Offering current teacher candidates tips on navigating the often murky waters of their educational journey, the group also connects Sharpe’s former students who are teaching all over the world. Job listings have become a popular section, with recruiters from as far away as China adding posts.

“What you do to help your students outside of official school hours makes a big difference,” says Sharpe, whose commitment to student support netted him Nipissing University’s 2012 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award and a nomination for the 2012-13 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Since joining Nipissing in 2006, Sharpe has extended his reach outside the university walls as a volunteer tutor in North Bay for at-risk youth, many of whom are Aboriginal. A member of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte and the grandson of a residential school survivor, Sharpe has a special interest in issues facing native youth in Ontario. No matter who his students are, Sharpe continues to draw on the supportive and flexible teaching model he learned at Sheridan as a student in the General Arts and Science program. Citing faculty member Bill Adcock as a particularly influential force in those early years, Sharpe went on to earn a master’s degree and an Ed.D in education. “I use Sheridan’s template of approachability and mentorship to this day. It all comes full circle.” By Carol Hill


Corus Quay: The Place to Be. Especially if you’re one of the many Sheridan grads who help power Canada’s media and entertainment titan. 26


Inside Corus Entertainment

The headquarters for Corus Entertainment opened four years ago on Toronto’s waterfront to great acclaim for its high standards of design, environmental, technical and operational excellence. But what’s truly impressive is what goes on behind the scenes at Corus Quay, a more than 500,000–sq.-ft., eight-storey facility. Here you’ll find the broadcast centres for three of Toronto’s top radio stations, the network operations for 24 television services, the offices of award-winning publisher Kids Can Press and the production studio of Nelvana, a world leader in children’s animated programming. It’s also where you’ll find more than 100 Sheridan alumni working in a variety of roles, from creating content to providing operational leadership. SHERIDAN OVATION | 2014 27

to spot and nurture talent, such as Darin Bristow (Computer Animation, 1999; Classical Animation, 1995), whose highoctane energy levels are well suited to his job as Director of Studio Operations for Nelvana. Bristow was promoted to his current position by Lebeau a year ago. “In this job, I touch pretty much every production, every promo, every short,” Bristow says. “I help with the staffing, training, creating the production pipeline and deciding what technologies will drive the process.”

Helen Lebeau, 1982


ne such leader is Helen Lebeau (Media Arts, 1982). As Vice President of Television, Production and Broadcast Operations, Lebeau oversees the company’s animation production and TV broadcast operations that includes the post-production and live action studios, as well as engineering, master control and commercial trafficking – “all the elements that get our content in the door and transmitted out to the viewing audience. One group is responsible for content creation and the other group is focused on ensuring it gets to ‘air’," says Lebeau. Lebeau was a key member of the Corus management team who oversaw the three-year process of planning and implementing the transition to Corus Quay, “looking at how we designed and managed our workflow – receiving material, creating content, and moving it through the production and on-air chain,” she says. Lebeau has been with Corus since 2002, when she was hired to oversee Nelvana’s animation post-production division. One of her proudest moments with the company came in 2013, when she attended the 40th Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards to accept the award, as



supervising producer, in the Outstanding Pre-School Animated Program category for Bubble Guppies. “The Emmy was a wonderful tribute to the depth of talent in Nelvana’s studio,” she says.

Juggling 10 productions concurrently may seem like an overwhelming challenge, but Bristow takes it in stride. “I like how my job keeps me busy. Every show, every project, is different. We output 3,000 minutes of animation every year. The machine never stops – even at night, the render machines keep on rendering.” Bristow is not the only Sheridan grad to be brought into the Corus fold by

Before joining Corus, Lebeau worked as an editor at TSN for 10 years before her inherent leadership skills were recognized and launched her into postproduction management, a role she held for eight years. “I found that I really liked organizing and supporting people, and getting teams to work closely and effectively together.” One of Lebeau’s strengths is the ability

Darin Bristow, 1999 & 1995

About 80% of Nelvana’s production staff are Sheridan grads. Lebeau. Toni Stevens (Media Arts, 1985) connected with Lebeau through their membership on Sheridan’s Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design Alumni Board. “I was looking for a supervising producer and hired Toni – she has a wealth of production experience and is a great asset to the team,” says Lebeau. “It’s people like Toni that allow me to step back, be more strategic and manage the big picture.” As supervising producer, Stevens manages the overall production process. “I take shows from development into production, ensuring they’re on time and on budget,” says Stevens. “It’s a moving target, so we’re always reviewing and revising.” Among the popular programs Stevens has supervised are Mike the Knight, Franklin and Friends, Babar and the Adventures of Badou and OH NO! It's An Alien Invasion. Sheridan is the primary source of the creative talent that drives those productions – about 80% of Nelvana’s production staff are Sheridan grads.

Toni Stevens, 1985


One of the longest-serving is Mike Fallows (Classical Animation, 1976), who may also be one of Sheridan’s most awarded alumni ever. His career highlights include four Emmy Awards and 13 nominations, multiple Gemini Awards, and a long list of international honours. The animation director first joined Nelvana in its early years before it was acquired by Corus, then bounced around the world for several years. He settled back in with Nelvana some 18 years ago. Trained to work with pencil and paper, Fallows embraced the digital revolution that transformed animation. “I was intrigued by it – something new and fresh to work with,” he says. His transition to digital was sealed with Rolie Polie Olie, the first pre-school digitally animated series. “Here I was coming from a completely traditional background and working with all of these kids that were part of the digital world – it was energizing. It’s been digital for me ever since.” The constant flow of new projects ensures that Fallows remains fresh creatively. “Every project is different and brings its own challenges. The learning

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Mike Fallows, 1976 never ends because the technology is changing so quickly.” As a supervising director, Fallows also oversees the music, art direction and sound – all of which vary from project to project. The ability to multi-task, quickly learn new skills and work in teams are key to success in the Nelvana fold, as Daniel Clermont (Computer Animation,

2002; Classical Animation, 2001) has found. Bristow refers to him as “Dan of all trades”, because he floats around the studio, pitching in on projects wherever he is needed. At Nelvana since 2005, Clermont calls it “the best job I’ve ever had. The atmosphere is great and there’s so much knowledge in the studio to draw upon – I’m constantly learning.”

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Corus was named one of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People in 2013 and 2014 as well as ranked as one of 10 of the World’s Coolest Offices, not least because it’s a place where you can have fun while you work and learn. Colourful lounges are scattered throughout Corus Quay, including one that has foosball tables, couches, flat-screen TVs, and a giant slide that cascades from the third floor to the ground level. Just outside is Sugar Beach, a man-made sunbathing mecca that draws sun worshippers and hosts live music events all summer long. As part of the Derringer in the Morning team on Corus Radio's Q107, Ryan Parker (Journalism New Media, 2001) has a great view of the beach from their studios on the main floor of Corus Quay. It’s one of the perks of being part of the Corus ‘family’ for Parker, who commutes every day from Acton for the show, which airs from 5 to 10 am weekdays. He’s seen firsthand the power that radio has to connect with listeners. “People come up to me in Acton and say, ‘Hey – I love the show, love what you do.’ The nicest thing I hear from people is that we help make their commute bearable. We’re a big part of their lives.” Having so many diversely creative Sheridan graduates under one roof has also spurred some interesting collaborations. A classic rock aficionado, Nelvana’s Bristow befriended Parker and has ended up with a guest spot on the

show. “I get to interview classic bands like Bon Jovi and Van Halen, and ask them really obscure questions about their band’s history,” says Bristow. “That’s the cool thing about working at Corus – there’s so much going on in this building, and they encourage us to work together.”

Corus is guided by its core values of accountability, initiative, innovation, knowledge and teamwork – all of which these Sheridan graduates are quick to reference when asked what makes Corus a great place to work. The company even rewards employees who best reflect its values in their work with the Samurai Award. Bristow was a proud recipient, nominated by his peers, in 2007, and traces his achievement back to his days at Sheridan. “I learned the creative side at Sheridan, but I also learned how to build, lead and work with teams. This has been key to my success.” By Susan Atkinson

Ryan Parker, 2001 SHERIDAN OVATION | 2014 31

Julia Veenstra with Joyce, a Maasai artisan in Tanzania.

Grads Giving Back Transforming African Lives

Julia Veenstra, Illustration – Interpretive, 1986 Julia Veenstra went to Africa to make a difference and she certainly met her goal. An award-winning painter with an international client base, she developed a thriving micro-industry called the Wild Hope Artisan Project. Veenstra works with women artisans in East Africa to create high-quality, fair-trade handicrafts for sale in Canada. The project began with six artisans and now involves 150 Maasai women. Today, these artisans are respected leaders in their communities as they build homes, raise herds, educate their children and give generously to community development.



“This project has transformed the lives of both the women involved as well as their extended families,” says Veenstra. “Everyone has their creative gifts. I am honoured to have this opportunity to share mine with these skilled artists.” Veenstra and her family spent five years in Africa. Since returning to Canada from Tanzania in 2011, she has continued to oversee Wild Hope with partner Tammy Russell from her Hamilton, Ontario studio. The products are sold mainly online and in select GTA stores. Among Wild Hope’s customers is Brett Wilson, former dragon on CBC’s Dragons’ Den, who ordered 300 angels as Christmas gifts in 2013.

The Power of Positivity

Reaching Out to Youth

Gabriella Mammone, Retail Management, 1995

Rosana Filipe, Business Administration – Human Resources Management, 2008

When Gabriella Mammone was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2004, she could have justifiably scaled back her activities and her life’s goals. But the entrepreneur and longtime volunteer was determined to set a course for a better future, both for herself and for others. As an Ambassador for the MS Society, Mammone speaks annually at the Day at Queen’s Park, drawing attention to major issues facing people affected by MS. She has lent her voice and face to several national MS campaigns over the years, and plays key roles in local fundraisers, including the Mississauga MS Walk, Golf Tournament and Read-A-Thon Campaign. Cultural organizations, schools and Sheridan have also benefitted from Mammone’s volunteer leadership. Little wonder, then, that she received a Mississauga 2013 Civic Award of Recognition followed by a Canadian Small Business Woman of the Month Award. The Retail Management grad runs two companies, one of which ( landed a spot on CBC’s Dragons’ Den in 2012. After 15-plus years of front-line community work, Mammone shows no signs of stopping, continuing to inspire others to be strong in the face of adversity. “Living a life that matters is not a question of circumstance but of choice,” says Mammone, who is also the mother of a toddler with special needs. “Volunteering will always be in my blood.”

As a Sheridan student, Rosana Filipe was looking for an appropriate charity to receive funds raised through an anti-gun campaign she organized. She couldn’t have found a better fit than Rapport Youth and Family Services. Rapport is the oldest youth-counselling agency in Peel Region, with a strong Sheridan connection. The agency’s Eclypse youth drop-in centres – unique to the region – get more than 6,000 visits annually, offering young people a safe place to channel their creative abilities. “When I realized how many people are touched by Rapport’s work, I wanted to help in any way that I could,” says Filipe, who has been on Rapport’s Board of Directors since graduation. The Board’s Vice-Chair since 2011, Filipe is Director of Employee Experience at Toronto advertising agency Traffikgroup. “I believe that you should use your talents to benefit causes that are relevant to you,” explains Filipe, who is proud that Rapport was started by a small group of Sheridan students in 1969. Rapport continues to provide placement to students of Sheridan’s Social Service Worker and Child and Youth Worker programs, several of whom were hired after graduation.


Sheridan Giving

The ongoing support of the extended Sheridan community has a significant impact on our ability to deliver a creative and purposeful learning experience for our students. People make an organization great – especially when their support is given with enthusiasm, interest, and commitment. In celebrating Sheridan’s people and achievements, we are grateful for the opportunity to acknowledge our supporters who deserve our recognition. They are generously providing the financial backing for students with drive and potential, as well as the considerable resources needed to keep our classrooms equipped with state-of-the-art technology and to build new learning spaces at all of Sheridan’s campuses. Our alumni community continues to demonstrate the power of a Sheridan education through their significant accomplishments in a wide range of fields including the arts, business, science and technology, and community service. As we welcome 7,000 new students to Sheridan in September, we look forward to sharing these alumni success stories with the next generation of graduates. Thank you for staying connected. Lisa E. Piccolo, MPA Vice President, Advancement and External Relations



Full steam ahead for Phase II of Hazel McCallion Campus Construction is set to begin later this year on the second phase of the Hazel McCallion Campus (HMC). The addition of Phase II will allow for total enrolment of approximately 5,500 at HMC when it opens in the fall of 2016. Phase II will reflect the ‘creative campus’ concept, which has resulted in a visually appealing and collaborative learning environment in the original facility. The new addition will also feature stateof-the-art classrooms, computer labs, a creativity centre, offices for professors and a gallery space to celebrate student creativity and innovation.

Alumni Michael Cloutier and Chris Galante (second and third from right) represent Sheridan’s Business Hall of Fame members who matched a $50,000 donation from the Masonic Foundation of Ontario to raise $100,000 in support of Sheridan students.

Business alumni meet matching-gift challenge to raise $100,000 Sheridan Business Hall of Fame members matched a $50,000 donation from the Masonic Foundation of Ontario to raise $100,000 in support of scholarships and bursaries. “We believe this was a great opportunity for the Hall of Fame to give back and support the current students at Sheridan,” said Chris Galante (1984) and Michael Cloutier (1979), who brought the funding opportunity to their fellow graduates at an alumni event in fall 2013. The Sheridan Business Hall of Fame honours the accomplishments of outstanding Sheridan Business alumni who have become leaders in industry, as well as ongoing and generous supporters of the college. The achievements of these graduates serve as an inspiration and a role model to current and future generations of Sheridan Business students. Thank you to the members of Sheridan’s Hall of Fame for their generosity.

Ron Suter (second from right), Executive Vice President and Wanda Bradley (third from right), Vice President, Sales, both of NBCUniversal Television Distribution Canada visited Sheridan to see a demonstration of the new 3D stereoscopic equipment they funded through a generous donation to Sheridan.

NBCUniversal gift allows students to train in 3D technology Sheridan has acquired cutting-edge 3D stereoscopic equipment thanks to a generous donation from NBCUniversal in 2013.

Ron Suter, Executive Vice President, and Wanda Bradley, Vice President, Sales, of NBCUniversal Television Distribution Canada, visited Sheridan in November 2013 to get a first-hand demonstration of the new equipment.

The contribution enabled Sheridan to incorporate 3D stereoscopic content production into the curriculum of our film and television programs, including the new Bachelor of Film and Television that launches in September 2014. SHERIDAN OVATION | 2014 35

Sheridan alumni develop winning app for TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/ Parapan Am Games Four Sheridan students were awarded a $10,000 prize from Cisco Canada as winners of the President’s Innovation Challenge in January 2014.

Thanks to Presenting Sponsor, Bird Construction for helping make the Sheridan Board of Governors’ Golf Tournament a huge success. Representing Bird Construction from left are Jay McKee (Bid and Project Director), Mark McLaren (Director of Business Development) and Don Griffin (Project Director). At right is Steven Parfeniuk (VP Finance and Administration at Sheridan).

Golf tournament scores big for Mississauga fundraising campaign The Sheridan Board of Governors’ Golf Tournament raised more than $70,000 in 2013 for Phase II of the Hazel McCallion Campus in Mississauga.

Thanks to all for helping Sheridan deliver an exceptional applied learning experience to our students. A special thank-you to our generous sponsors:

The weather cooperated with a fog-, frost- and rain-free day as 144 golfers teed off at Oakville’s RattleSnake Point Golf Club last September. On the course, golf pros provided some interesting challenges and swings to entertain participants. Students from the Bachelor of Applied Health Sciences (Athletic Therapy) program offered welcome relief from a few post-game aches and pains. One of the highlights of the day was the winning hole-in-one shot by a golfer at the Mercedes-Benz Oakville-sponsored hole.

Event Sponsors: Bell, Virox Technologies Inc.

Presenting Sponsor: Bird Construction Company

Golf Pro Sponsor: Cisco Tournament Sponsors: Campus Living Centres, City of Brampton, Compass Group, Grenville Management and Printing, Lexmark Canada, Macquarie Capital Canada, Meridian Credit Union, Primary Response

The winning team devised an innovative Pan-Ambassadors geotracking application that will enable non-English-speaking visitors to the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games (TORONTO 2015) to connect in real-time with locals who speak their language. Congratulations to Chau Le, Yee Ting Lee, Leena Salem and Jason Smith, now 2014 graduates of Sheridan’s Interactive Multimedia program (now called Interactive Media Management). Calling themselves “Fantastic Four”, the team beat out eight other student groups with their idea. The four will develop the app over the next year before launching it publicly in April 2015, prior to the commencement of TORONTO 2015 on July 10. Students pitched their ideas during the one-day challenge, aided by mentors from Cisco, Sheridan, Soft Gravity, Fuse Marketing and TORONTO 2015.

In-kind Sponsors: ClubLink, Frischkorn Audiovisual, Mercedes-Benz, Mississauga Business Times, RP Graphics Group

To support Sheridan students, please consider making a donation to the Alumni Fund. Visit for more details.



Alumni Office proud to support next generation of grads

Music theatre students pull out the stops during their performance of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels as part of a gala evening in support of Theatre Sheridan.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels highlights music theatre fundraiser Guests were asked to “check their ethics at the door” at an event to support Theatre Sheridan last winter. Donors enjoyed a pre-show reception, followed by a presentation of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels by Sheridan’s renowned Music Theatre Performance students. Concluding the evening was a dessert reception with entertainment by students performing songs from Sheridan’s production of Godspell. The funds raised through the evening will allow the Canadian Music Theatre Project to bring in a guest artist to work with Sheridan students. Thank you to all who supported the event.

“I hope one day I will be able to help students achieve their goals just as you have helped me.” Harsimran Singh Bedi, Scholarship recipient

Sheridan’s first 'Spin and Sing' succeeds to the tune of $9,000 Over the course of three hours, participants spun their hearts out and raised more than $9,000 for Theatre Sheridan’s Canadian Music Theatre Project. The talented Music Theatre Performance students offered support and encouragement by serenading the spinners with songs from their upcoming productions of Godspell and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. The event was generously sponsored by Campus Development Corporation with refreshments provided by Trafalgar Ridge Chiropractic & Acupuncture.

Helping students reach their potential Sheridan’s program of scholarships, awards and bursaries profoundly impacts the lives of our students. During the 2012-13 academic year, more than $6 million in scholarships, awards and bursaries, and academic awards were given to deserving students. This support is vital to the success of our students, over 50% of whom seek financial assistance to meet their educational expenses.

Sheridan students with a parent who graduated from the college are eligible to apply for a $1,000 Children of Alumni Scholarship, an award based on academic performance and community involvement. In 2013, three Sheridan students were awarded Children of Alumni Scholarships. One of the recipients is Kelly Skidmore, whose parents are both Sheridan graduates – Leslee (Hotel and Restaurant Management, 1989) and Brian (Robotics & IND Controls, 1997). Kelly was in her fourth year of the Bachelor of Applied of Health Sciences (Exercise Science and Health Promotion) program. The other two recipients are Matthew Hearn, who was a second-year Media Arts (now called Bachelor of Film and Television) program student whose mother, Eva (née Dolan) is a 1982 Nursing program graduate; and Humza Imran, who will enter his final semester in fall 2014 in the Business Administration – Marketing Co-op program. Imran’s mother Naghmana graduated from the Educational Assistant program in 2009 and the Early Childhood Education program in 2007. In addition, the Alumni Office directly supports academic awards in each of the five Faculties. Award recipients in 2013: Stephanie Allan, Coulter Baker, Harvinder Bhullar, Miyuki Kaneko, Kailey Lang, Meghan MacPherson, Nisha Mistry, Alexis Pozza, Alexandra Redford and Nayib Suz. For more information about how to support Sheridan, please visit: or email SHERIDAN OVATION | 2014 37


Sheridan Centre for Elder Research Since 2003, the Sheridan Centre for Elder Research at the Trafalgar Road Campus has conducted more than 60 research, evaluation and design projects that directly benefit and empower older adults and their families. A prime focus of the Centre is research aimed at understanding how participation in art activities enhances quality of life and promotes healthy aging.

The act of memorizing sequences of movements engages a variety of cognitive processes making dance an activity that engages both the body and the mind.

A core group of participants in a dance applied research project still meet on a regular basis at a local community centre to dance and socialize.

The project led to the development of a customizable dance curriculum suitable for older adults of all ages and abilities.



The Centre’s latest project, launched at the end of April 2014, looks at the effects of dance on the management of Type 2 diabetes.

Results of the ballet-based project included: • An increased level of flexibility, balance and lower body strength. • An increase in positive mood and overall levels of exercise participation. SHERIDAN OVATION | 2014 39

Sheridan Faculty A snapshot of achievements

Golnaz Golnaraghi

Ian Williams

Kristina Arena

Peter Hoag

Theresa Fraser

Michael Kennedy, Faculty, Media Arts, directed and co-wrote a campaign for Greenpeace Canada and was nominated for a Mississauga Arts Award. The art of Clarence Porter, Professor, Visual and Creative Arts, was selected by the Pastel Journal in the 2013 Pastel 100 Competition. He also won first place for his video For Abbey in Filmpossible’s Bring Visibility to Disability competition. Thomas Sevalrud, Faculty, Bachelor of Illustration, has once again been named to Luerzer’s Archive Best 200 Illustrators Worldwide for their 2013/2014 book. Vaughan Smith, Professor, Architectural Technology, won the Catalyst Exemplary Course award at the World Conference in Las Vegas for his course called “Estimating”. Andrew Smyk, Coordinator and Faculty, Interactive Multimedia, spoke on the topic of digital kids and technology bias at web conferences in the U.S. and Canada. Joyce Wayne, Adjunct Professor, Journalism and Literary Arts, published her first novel, The Cook's Temptation, in winter 2014. Ian Williams, Professor, English, was a finalist for the 2013 Griffin Prize, one of the world’s most lucrative and prestigious poetry prizes. He was shortlisted for his collection Personals. Professors Ginger Grant, Marketing and Creativity/Innovation; Golnaz Golnaraghi, Leadership and Marketing, spoke at the first TEDx Talk in Milton, Ontario in 2013. Professors Kristina Arena, Community Studies; Theresa Fraser, Child and Youth Worker; and Peter Hoag, Community Studies all presented workshops at the International Child and Youth Care Conference.



MOTIVATING MARKETING EXCELLENCE David Nowell, retired Marketing Professor, opened his heart and his home to Sheridan students in the Ontario College Marketing Competition (OCMC) for 18 years. He received the OCMC Award of Excellence in 2005. Sheridan has placed in the top three colleges overall eight times since 2000. “Taking the first team to the OCMC in 1990 and winning third place was the most exciting thing I ever experienced at Sheridan. Since then, I have had the privilege to get to know some of the finest students who ever went through our marketing and advertising programs. You can't put a price on pride and helping others grow and succeed,” said Nowell, who retired in 2013.



The Sheridan Bruins defended their Ontario title by knocking off previously unbeaten Algonquin College in the Ontario College Athletic Association (OCAA) Championship Game last March. A true nail-biter, the championship was decided in the last minute of play when the Bruins scored to win by one point, 76-75.

Fond memories and Sheridan pride were front and centre as three former student-athletes were inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at Homecoming 2013, along with all the members of the 1989-90 men’s volleyball team.

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

Congratulations to the Bruins basketball team and to Sheridan Athletic Director Jim Flack who was named OCAA 2014 Coach of the Year for the ninth time.

SHERIDAN TO HOST 2014 NATIONAL MEN’S SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP In November 2014, the Sheridan men's soccer team will achieve a program first, hosting the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) National Championship at the recently renovated Sheridan Stadium at the Trafalgar Road Campus.

The alumni who were recognized at the ceremony, Althea Brevett, John Falcon and Harry Vlachos, each built impressive records during their Sheridan years, which they recalled with great affection. “Every time I walk into this building, I feel like I’m home.” – Althea Brevett (Office Administration, 1987) is one of the most decorated women's volleyball players in Sheridan history, having been a part of the 'double-blue's' only OCAA championship in 1984-85.

“I have a Bruin tattoo on my heart.” – John Falcon (Security and Law Enforcement, 1977) shone as a varsity hockey player and captain, an All-Canadian for Sheridan, an OCAA All-Star and Sheridan’s Athlete of the Year in 1977. He was also Student Union President in 1976-77.

“I am proud to say that I have worn 'double-blue' all my life.”

For more information about the Sheridan Bruins, please visit

– Harry Vlachos (Social Service Worker, 1972) was a dominant force in the early years of college athletics. He scored 489 points in only 13 basketball games in 1970-71, still a single season Sheridan record.


Alumni News

From California to the Canadian Open, alumni reconnect In the past year, graduates as far away as California got together in a variety of events, both off campus and on. Wherever they gathered, they welcomed the chance to reconnect, share stories and offer advice to the newest members of the alumni community. Here’s a roundup:

Rex Grignon at Sheridan and Corus Entertainment Rex Grignon (Computer Animation, 1984), Head of Character Animation at PDI/DreamWorks, shared his top-tier experience with students at the Trafalgar Road Campus and with Sheridan alumni at Corus Entertainment in Toronto in late 2013. (See more about Grignon, a 2013 Premier’s Award winner, on page 45.)

Animation Pioneer Visits Sheridan Steve (Spaz) Williams (Classical Animation, 1984) kept a full house of students rapt with stories about his early days in animation and the role of Canadian talent during a visit to the Trafalgar Road Campus. The Californiabased Academy Award-nominee, who lent his skills to Terminator 2 : Judgment Day and The Mask, broke ground with his work on Jurassic Park.

Toronto Animation Arts Festival International (TAAFI) 2013 Ovation Release Party Sheridan alumni were front and centre at a bash celebrating the launch of Ovation 2013. As part of a new tradition, alumni who had been featured in our publications and online over the past five years were invited to an outdoor party at the Trafalgar Road Campus. We look forward to raising a toast to the graduates who grace the pages of this issue! 42


Top Animation graduates shared advice as speakers and panellists at the Toronto Animation Arts Festival International (TAAFI) last summer. More than 70 alumni gathered at the festival for a special alumni lunch, including 32 animation graduates who were speaking and screening their films. Among them were Pixar animator Benjamin Su (2002, 2003), as well as Jonathan Ng (2003), Bobby Chiu (2002/2004), and Lillian Chan (2003).

Ontario Colleges Marketing Competition (OCMC) Alumni Reunion The second annual reunion celebrated the accomplishments of Sheridan’s OCMC teams, which consistently place at or near the top of the Ontario competition each year. Former OCMC teams and coaches returned to campus to unite and welcome the 2013 OCMC team into the alumni ranks. Special thanks to the OCMC Alumni Committee, pictured above, for organizing the reunion.

Birds-Eye View of the Canadian Open Alumni had an exclusive look inside the 2013 RBC Canadian Open at the Glen Abbey Golf Course in Oakville. From the Skybox Marquee VIP tent overlooking the 18th green, guests took in the RBC Wealth Management Championship Pro-Am which preceded the start of the Open. The exclusive access was thanks to Tournament Director and 1981 business grad Bill Paul. (See more about Paul on page 22.)

Music Theatre Alumni at Shaw Festival Music Theatre alumni and current students got a close-up look at Sheridan talent at a performance of the Shaw Festival’s Guys and Dolls, which featured nine graduates, followed by a private Sheridan reception.

Glass Gathering Over 100 Sheridan alumni, faculty and students from the Crafts and Design – Glass (now called Bachelor of Craft and Design) program came together at the Trafalgar Road Campus to share their ideas and innovations about all things glass. Guests connected throughout a full day of workshops, seminars, demonstrations and socials. To attend the second annual Glass Gathering, contact the Sheridan Alumni Office.

Into the Arctic II Exclusive Film Screening Cory Trépanier (Illustration, 1990) returned to campus to guide guests through his film documenting his travels to paint the most remote parts of Canada. He also spoke about his latest project with Parks Canada, called TrueWild: A Legacy for the National Parks. (See more about Trépanier on page 7.)

Creative Talent Network Animation Expo Animation alumni spanning several decades exchanged stories about the business they love at a reception in Burbank, California as part of the Creative Talent Network Animation Expo. The Expo featured alumni panellists Kris Pearn (1997) and Bobby Chiu (2002, 2004). Pearn directed Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 and Chiu designed the comic book app Niko and the Sword of Light.

Music Theatre Program 40th Anniversary Reunion Grads representing each of the program’s four decades performed during the bash that brought together more than 150 alumni, faculty and guests at Theatre Sheridan. The celebration included performances from Sue Ramsey (1981), Mark Cassius (1985), Susan Dunstan (1995), Chris Zonneville (2006) and Tess Benger (2009). Alumni also shared their talents at open mike sessions throughout the evening. The event was livestreamed, allowing graduates from across the country and beyond to tune in.

Sons of Ram Film Screening for Sheridan Alumni Kushal Ruia (Computer Animation, 2006; Classical Animation, 2004) offered alumni first-hand insight into the making of his feature film, Sons of Ram, based on a beloved Indian legend.

Sheridan Student Union Alumni Second Annual Reunion Former members of the Sheridan Student Union (SSU) returned to campus to rekindle old friendships and share their best moments as student leaders. At the reunion, grads exchanged ideas and laid the groundwork for SSU alumni to continue supporting Sheridan students. To get involved, please contact the Alumni Office at

Make a lasting impact: be an alumni mentor Peer Mentors 15th Anniversary Alumni Reunion Former Peer Mentors celebrated 15 years of guiding students through the ups and downs of academic life. The Peer Mentor program now involves some 100 mentors who make more than 20,000 individual student contacts and provide more than 7,000 hours of tutoring per academic year.

Sheridan graduates once again proved their willingness to give back by participating in Faculty-specific mentoring events over the past year. Students from the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering and the Faculty of Business took home valuable advice from experienced alumni who offered an up-to-the-minute perspective on their industries. Thank you to all the graduates who participated in the mentoring events. Please consider becoming an alumni mentor. Contact the Alumni Office at or call 905-815-4078. SHERIDAN OVATION | 2014 43

Toastmasters offers reduced rate for alumni

Terry Fox story brought to life in song The inspiring story of Terry Fox was brought to the stage by Sheridan’s Canadian Music Theatre Project in late 2013. Marathon of Hope, a new musical about one of Canada’s most enduring heroes, was created by award-winning songwriter, singer and 2005 alumnus John Connolly, and featured six Sheridan Music Theatre Performance graduates in a nine-member cast. The folk musical debuted on November 28 to a sold-out audience that included the Fox family, who collaborated closely with Sheridan on the production. Terry Fox passed away in 1981 after cancer forced an end to his iconic run across Canada. The Marathon of Hope team also included Musical Director Michael Mulrooney (faculty), Producer Michael Rubinoff (Associate Dean) and Playwright Jim Betts. Alumni appearing in the musical were: Tess Benger, Michelle Bouey, Jordan Till, Geoffrey Tyler, Mike Cox and Josh Wiles, who played the role of Terry Fox. Marathon of Hope will return to Sheridan in fall 2014 to be part of a workshop with the Canadian Musical Theatre Project and is targeted to open in Toronto in 2015.

Alumni Perks Community Employment Service: job search experts for 30+ years Whether recent graduates or well into their careers, all alumni are welcome to use the resources of Sheridan’s free Community Employment Service (CES). The service offers networking and job search workshops, job postings, computers, Internet access and printing, at no charge to the employer or the job seeker. “We work one-on-one with alumni to provide support with the job search journey. We have a database of over 30,000 employers across the GTA,” says Kim Bertrand (General Arts and Sciences, 1978), an Employment Consultant and Job Developer at CES who has more than three decades of experience matching job seekers with employers. Bertrand and her fellow CES Employment Consultant Golda Morrison, a 1991 Library and Information Techniques graduate, advise recent alumni to highlight their communications and collaborative skills in their résumés. “Employers are often looking for the right fit for their organization and your soft skills may be more important than having the work experience,” says Morrison. “Create a master résumé, then tailor additional résumés to match each job posting,” adds Morrison, who is a Past President of the Alumni Board of Directors. Find out more by visiting or email



Gain job interview experience and improve your leadership skills through the Sheridan Bruins Toastmasters. Part of the worldwide Toastmasters speaking organization of more than 270,000 members, Sheridan Bruins Toastmasters welcomes alumni, students, faculty and staff. Members practise giving prepared speeches as well as brief impromptu presentations, in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. To learn more, visit

Parking policy update As part of Sheridan’s new parking policy, occasional parking for alumni is no longer free of charge. This policy, which went into effect on June 1, 2014, is in keeping with the practice at colleges and universities across Ontario. Alumni are invited to use a complimentary parking pass that entitles graduates to a one-time visit to Sheridan’s Trafalgar Road Campus, Skills Training Centre or Davis Campus between June 1 and August 31, 2014. To obtain a complimentary single visit parking permit, please contact the Alumni Office at 905-815-4078 or email

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Premier’s Award winner and nominees Head of Character Animation at DreamWorks, Rex Grignon wins award for outstanding college grads Having Steven Spielberg ask you to work for him is surely a dream come true for many animators. For Rex Grignon, that dream became a reality. When DreamWorks purchased Pacific Data Images (PDI) in 1996, Spielberg and his DreamWorks partner Jeffrey Katzenberg asked Rex to return and “finish what you started.” As a lead animator for PDI, Grignon had co-founded its Character Animation

Group before joining Pixar Animation Studios in 1995 to animate on its groundbreaking feature film, Toy Story. Grignon heeded the call from PDI/ DreamWorks and went on to lead the studio’s character animation team on five blockbuster films, including Shrek and the Madagascar series, all of which have earned more than $2 billion at the box office. His leadership on Shrek helped earn it the inaugural Academy Award

for Best Animated Feature in 2002. A 1984 Computer Animation graduate, Grignon was honoured for his pioneering work in animation with the 2013 Ontario Premier’s Award in the Creative Arts and Design category. Presented annually to six recipients, the Premier’s Awards celebrate the outstanding contributions Ontario college graduates make to the province and throughout the world.


Business: Ces Nucci, Business Administration – Accounting, 1975

Community Service: Danielle Strnad, Social Service Worker, 1995

Health Sciences: Sheldon Wolfson,

Recent Graduate: Safra Farouque,

Technology: Mark McQuillan,

Nursing, 1977

Social Service Worker, 2011

Interactive Technology, 2003


Celebrating AwardWinning Alumni ACADEMY AWARDS Tibor Madjar and Colin Doncaster each won Academy Awards for Scientific and Technical Achievement in 2014. Tibor is a 1999 Computer Animation grad and Colin received an honorary animation diploma for his instrumental role in developing Sheridan’s visual effects course. Animation alumni worked on eight 2014 Oscar-nominated films, including two award-winners: Frozen, which was named Best Animated Feature; and Gravity, which won the Oscar for Best Visual Effects. The additional nominated films were Despicable Me 2, Iron Man 3, Star Trek Into Darkness, The Croods, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and The Lone Ranger.

EMMY AWARDS Doug Campbell (Classical Animation, 1982) won a 2013 Emmy Award for his work on Game of Thrones in the category of Outstanding Special Visual Effects. He led a team of 50 at Toronto’s Spin VFX Studios who contributed to Season 3 of the hit HBO series. Helen Lebeau (Media Arts, 1982) received a 2013 Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Award in the Outstanding Pre-School Animated Program category for Bubble Guppies. A total of 65 graduates worked on the television series produced by Nickelodeon. (See more about Lebeau on page 28.)



CANADIAN SOCIETY OF CINEMATOGRAPHY AWARDS Sarorn (Ron) Sim (Media Arts, 2002) received the award for Best Corporate Cinematography for The Elemental Messenger (Dow).This is the fifth consecutive year that Ron has been recognized with this award. Mark Giles (Media Arts, 1995) won the Camera Assistant Award of Merit.

ANNIE AWARDS Jeff Capogreco (Computer Animation, 2003) and Andre LeBlanc (Computer Animation – Digital Visual Effects, 2003; Computer Animation, 2002) each won a 2014 Annie Award, the animation industry's highest honour. Capogreco was recognized for Outstanding Achievement, Character Animation in a Live Action Production for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. LeBlanc won in the category of Outstanding Achievement, Animated Effects in an Animated Production for The Croods. The Annies are the animation industry’s top award.

LUMIERE AWARD Tim Dashwood (Media Arts, 1995) received the 2013 International 3D & Advanced Imaging Society’s Lumiere Award for the Stereo 3D CAT film and TV production software tools he created.

CANADIAN SCREEN AWARDS Ryan Andal (Interactive Multimedia, 2005) and Pietro Gagliano [Art Fundamentals, 2002 and Bachelor of Design (Honours), 2006], Best CrossPlatform Projects in the Children’s

and Youth, Fiction, and Non-Fiction categories for The Next Step Interactive, Continuum Interactive and The Amazing Race Canada Interactive. Chris Harris (Journalism – Print, 1999), Best Cross-Platform Project – Fiction for Continuum Interactive. Frank Falcone (Art and Art History, 1990) and Brandon James Scott (Art Fundamentals, 2003 and BAA Animation, 2007), Best Pre-School Program or Series for Justin Time. Jason Boose (Art Fundamentals, 1991 and Classical Animation, 1995) and Sarah Mercey (Classical Animation, 1997), Best Direction in an Animated Program or Series for The Magic Hockey Skates. Maria Gordon (Computer Graphics, 1997 and Computer Animation, 1998), Best Visual Effects for Vikings – Dispossessed. Aaron Shapero (Media Arts, 2007), Best Picture Editing in a Reality/ Competition Program or Series for Intervention Canada – Tammy. Stephen Barden (Media Arts, 1995), Alex Bullick (Computer Foundations, 1999 and Media Arts, 2002), J.R. Fountain (Media Arts, 2001) and Jill Purdy (Media Arts, 1996), Achievement in Sound Editing for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. Peter Persaud (Media Arts, 1993), Achievement in Overall Sound for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.


Grads on the Go

Sheridan welcomed over 7,500 new graduates to the alumni community at Convocation this June. Animation

Rhymes for Young Ghouls

Advanced Television and Film

Dean DeBlois (1990), Director of the 2013 animated feature film How to Train Your Dragon 2, demonstrated the wonder of motioncapture animation for U.S. President Barack Obama during his visit to DreamWorks last November. DeBlois received an Oscar nomination for How to Train Your Dragon in 2011.

Rhymes for Young Ghouls, produced by John Christou (2002), was named one of Canada’s Top Ten Films of 2013 by the Toronto International Film Festival. John’s first fiction film (he has produced 12 documentaries), Rhymes was released in theatres in early 2014. In 2013, The Hollywood Reporter named John one of the Top 20 Canadian Media Executives under 35. Richie Mehta (2003) won the best feature film award at the Beijing International Film Festival for Siddharth. The film, co-produced with Steven Bray (2002) was screened at the Venice Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival. Richie directed I’ll Follow You Down with Gillian Anderson and Haley Joel Osment to be released in 2014. 48


Bachelor of Applied Information Science (Information Systems Security) Michael Perklin (2008, Computer Science Technology Co-op, 2005) started his own digital currency consulting firm, Bitcoinsultants, in December 2013. He is also director for the Bitcoin Alliance of Canada.

Business Administration – Human Resources Scott Stratten (1998), President of, released his latest book, QR Codes Kill Kittens: How to Alienate Customers, Dishearten Employees, and Drive Your Business into the Ground; and his UnPodcast: The Business Podcast for the Fed-Up series last fall. The social marketing guru has been featured on and, among many other high-profile sites.

Business Administration – Marketing

Art & Art History Su-Ying Lee (2002) pictured above, was appointed Assistant Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in 2013.

Linda Ford (1982) was named Brampton Board of Trade’s Business Person of the Year in 2013. She has held several positions on the Brampton Board of Trade, including President. Ford cofounded the human resources firm Access Career Solutions Inc. in 2000.

Business Computer Systems Tracy Repchuk (1985) spent 2013 on a media tour throughout the U.S. sharing advice on topics ranging from social media safety to essential travel apps, and promoting her latest book, 31 Days to Millionaire Marketing Miracles. She runs a marketing firm from her California home.

Classical Animation Jon Klassen (2005) was awarded both the Caldecott Medal and the Caldecott Honour in 2013. Considered the Oscar of the children’s literary world, the Caldecott Medal is given annually by the American Library Association. Klassen was awarded the Medal for This is Not My Hat, and the Honour for Extra Yarn.

The Nut Job

Peter Lepeniotis (1992) co-writer and director of the 2014 animated hit movie, The Nut Job, is currently working on the sequel as well as The Nut Job Television Series that will also focus on Surly Squirrel’s adventures. Kris Pearn (1997) co-directed Sony’s blockbuster sequel Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, which hit theatres in fall 2013. He attended the film’s debut in Ottawa at the International Animation Festival.

Vicki Pui (2001) was shortlisted for the Lumen Prize, an international award that recognizes digitally created fine art, for her piece, Lover’s Dance.

Computer Science Technology A partnership that Jose Luis Andrade (2009) forged with fellow grad Chris Mihalicz (2004) during their co-op placement is still going strong. A software developer with Chris’ company ThreePointTurn Inc., Andrade is also running his own firm, AlphaQuantum, which he opened soon after graduation.

Crafts and Design – Ceramics Linda Sormin (2001) was nominated for the RBC Emerging Artist People’s Choice Award, presented by the Gardiner Museum annually. The Sheridan Ceramics Program Studio Head was one of five artists chosen to vie for the $10,000 prize.

Crafts and Design – Textiles Alison Syer (2010) was nominated for a Mississauga Arts Council MARTY Creative Community Award in 2013 and 2014. She received an honourable mention in 2013.

Early Childhood Education Daniel Armiss (2012) published the fantasy thriller, An Atlantean Tale: Broken World. A teacher at Woodland Children’s Centre in Burlington, he is also earning his Bachelor of Early Childhood Education from Australia’s Charles Sturt University.

Early Childhood Education – Montessori Michelle Lane-Barmapov (2001), founder of the blended method of Montessori and Applied Behaviour Analysis for children with autism, shared her expertise at an Australian Montessori Foundation conference workshop in fall 2013. Her book, Autism: A Montessori Approach, along with several program tracking manuals, has been sold around the world.

Electromechanical Engineering Technology Co-op Alex Zouev (2010) appeared on CBC Television’s The National at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. He was showcasing a Sheridan applied research project - the quadropod holder and stand - developed with start-up firm Keizus.

Electronics Engineering Technology Bob Lyle (1982) received the Washington D.C.-based Air Traffic Control Association’s 2013 Airway Transportation Systems Specialist of the Year Award. He was recognized for work on electromagnetic interference affecting Toronto's Pearson airport control tower.

WINNING SKILL SET Michael Scott (Industrial Mechanic Millwright, 2013) and Jordan Mann (Tool & Die, 2013) won Bronze medals at the 2013 Ontario Technological Skills Competition in Waterloo. With 1,900 competitors, it is the largest competition of its kind in Canada.



Journalism – New Media

Kent Monkman (1986) has won an Indspire award in 2014 for outstanding career and youth achievements in the aboriginal community. An artist of Cree ancestry, Kent grew up in Winnipeg, but now lives and works in Toronto. His work appears in many private and public collections, including the National Gallery of Canada.

Carly Agro (2009) was a blogger for CBC Sports at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi. She has been a host and reporter for CBC Sports since 2012. Her sister, Charlsie Agro (2009) is a video journalist with CBC Toronto's weekend team.

Interactive Multimedia

Ron White is flanked by Mrs. Laureen Harper and Mark Derbyshire, President of Holt Renfrew.

Karen Wood (2001) is Vice President of Thrillworks, which was named one of Profit magazine’s 500 fastest-growing companies three years in a row. The firm ranked No. 168 on the 2013 list, boasting 382% five-year revenue growth. Wood is one of eight alumni who have worked at the Burlington-based interactive media agency.

Interior Design Heather Wallace (2008) was chosen as one of the Top 5 Under 5: Canada’s Emerging Interior Designers by the Interior Designers of Canada in 2013. The award recognizes graduates in their first five years of supervised work experience. A LEED Green Associate, Wallace works at Newcombe Design Associates in Toronto, which specializes in healthcare facility design.



Credit: Jake Wright Photography

As the first reporter to interview Canadian skier Alexandre Bilodeau after he won Olympic gold in Sochi, Carly Agro had her own “gold-medal moment.”

Retail Management

Media Arts Kevin Fraser (1997) was nominated for a 2013 Golden Sheaf Award at the Yorkton Film Festival for his documentary Analogue, about artists using old techniques in the digital age. His film, Living as Brothers, which examines the lives of Jamaican migrant workers in Niagara, will be screened in Barbados, Philadelphia, South Africa and Jamaica, as part of the 2014 Africa World Documentary Film Festival.

Ron White (1990) launched his spring/ summer 2014 collection of women’s footwear in March with several new retailers across North America. In addition to doing public appearances in San Francisco and New York, Ron kicked off his collections at Holt Renfrew in Ottawa with an event featuring Canada’s ‘First Lady’ Laureen Harper. Called Canada’s preeminent shoe designer (or The ShoeRu), Ron is CEO and Creative Director of Ron White Shoes. His clients include business and government leaders, as well celebrities and style influencers including Jeanne Beker, Céline Dion and Matt Damon.

Social Service Worker – Gerontology Marianne Klein (2004) received the 2013 Award of Excellence in the Commitment category from Leisureworld Caregiving Centre in Vaughan, Ontario, where she is Executive Director. She donated the cash award to the Sheridan Centre for Elder Research. Marianne, who was the Centre’s first field practicum student, is a member of the Centre’s Advisory Board.

Sports Injury Management Aurel Hamran (1988) was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013. A faculty member at Edmonton’s MacEwan University, Hamran has worked with the Canadian Swim Team at five Olympic Games, three Pan Am Games and 10 World Championships.

Theatre Arts - Technical Production Jon Grosz (2012) was nominated for a 2013 Dora Award in the Independent Theatre Division for Outstanding Set

and Costume Design for his work on Mr. Marmalade. He is working as the Design Assistant/Intern with the Shaw Festival. John Lott (1990) was the Sound Designer for the highly lauded Mirvish production of Les Misérables, which opened in fall 2013. One of four alumni who were part of the production, John has also toured with Showboat, Sunset Boulevard and The Phantom of the Opera. Visit for more news about Sheridan alumni.

In Memoriam After retiring in 2007, he was inducted into the OCAA Hall of Fame in 2011 and became the first legacy inductee of the Sheridan Bruins Hall of Fame in 2012. Donations in Steve’s name can be made to Sheridan’s Sky Blue Endowment Fund for Athletic Scholarships. Please contact Josie Kelly at

Steve Blundy The Sheridan community was deeply saddened by the passing of longtime coach and staff member Steve Blundy, who lost his battle with cancer in January, 2014 at the age of 68. An integral part of the Sheridan community for six decades, Steve was a member of Sheridan’s first graduating class (Community Planning, 1969) and a star player on its first varsity hockey team. Steve began the non-playing portion of his Sheridan career in 1972 as Facility Manager, later becoming the Head Coach of both the women’s and men’s hockey teams. The winningest coach in men’s team history, Steve was named Ontario College Athletic Association (OCAA) Coach of the Year in back-to-back seasons.

Paul Kipps Professor Emeritus, Paul Kipps, who taught sculpture and drawing for nearly 30 years in the Art and Art History program, passed away in March 2014. Paul, who was 66, also taught drawing in the Crafts and Design program. Donations in his memory can be made to the Paul Kipps Sculpture Award Fund.

Alexei Proger Alexei Proger (Visual and Creative Arts, 2013 and Art Fundamentals, 2011), passed away suddenly in January 2014 at the age of 35. Alexei was a devoted athlete and a gifted artist. A memorial fund has been established in his name.

Douglas Waechter Longtime faculty member, Douglas Waechter passed away in February 2014 at the age of 68. Doug joined Sheridan in 1982, and taught primarily in the Applied Computing program. The Doug Waechter Memorial Award has been established in his honour. Donations are also being collected for the Larry Comeau Fund which Doug helped establish.

Fred Wilmot Fred Wilmot (Classical Animation, 1993) lost his battle with cancer in November 2013 at the age of 47. Among the many studios that have benefitted from his talent are Nelvana, 9 Story Entertainment and Pipeline Studios. Fred also ran his own production company and taught at Max the Mutt Animation School. A scholarship has been established in his name. To contribute to the scholarship funds and awards mentioned above, visit


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The tickets will be valid for a Saturday evening performance during the 2014-2015 season.

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