Presented annually, the Premier’s Awards for Ontario College graduates celebrate the outstanding contributions college graduates make to Ontario and throughout the world. Nominations are submitted from each of the 24 Ontario colleges in six categories: Business, Creative Arts and Design, Community Services, Health Sciences, Technology and Recent Graduate. The winners are announced in November at the Awards Gala in Toronto, Ontario.
Charles (Chuck) Cartmill
CEO, Cartmill Group of Companies: Solar Global Solutions
Electrical Engineering Technology Graduate
Starting his first business just three years after his graduation from Electrical Engineering Technology, Chuck has grown an empire around solar alternative energy and Light Emitting Diode roadway lighting systems.
With clients worldwide and a global clientele, Chuck and his company Solar Global Solutions have installed over 500 solar systems with over 80% going to export markets.
Sitting on advisory boards and forums for the likes of Former International Trade Minister Ed Fast, and Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Chuck has made an international impact on how Canada and the world view solar energy.
Vice President, Global Professional Services: Kronos
Computer Engineering Technology Graduate
Landing in Ontario as an immigrant direct from a refugee camp in Austria, Kristina Lengyel has utilized her college experience to become a globally respected leader in Computer Science and Business.
As Vice President of Global Professional Services at Kronos, Kristina is a driving force in the delivery of high quality services and support to her company's clientele, and manages a staff of over 800 professionals worldwide. Kristina has been recognized by the National Association of Professional Women as a VIP Woman of the Year for Outstanding Excellence and Dedication to Her Profession and the Achievement of Women.
Registered Social Service Worker: Naandwegamik Health Centre
Social Service Worker, Native Specialization Graduate
Darren Madahbee has in a very short time turned his passion for the well-being of others into a career which will have lasting impact on his peers and all of those who they have the opportunity to help.
By directly influencing Ontario professional curriculum through the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, Darren is contributing to the growth and development of Aboriginal communities and individuals across the province. Owner/mentor sharing Troop Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Manitoulin
Darren’s participation in the UCCM Police Service’s Mental Health Advisory Board has a direct positive result on individuals and families in his local community.
Business Owner: Jeannette's Custom Cakes
Graphic Design Graduate
Utilizing the skills attained through her college experience in addition to a passion for design and a penchant for entrepreneurship, Jeannette has turned a difficult employment landscape into a thriving local business, providing employment opportunity to others in an otherwise challenging environment.
Jeannette has succeeded in establishing herself as a fixture of the business community, and through volunteer activity, readily shares her talent and entrepreneurial spirit with local organizations and charities.
Post-Graduate Trained Teacher at Sanskriti, The School in Ajmer, India
Geographic Information Systems-Applications Specialist Graduate
Indrani Bhattacharjee left her country of India as a married mother of two to study in Canada. Defying traditional barriers that would have her stay with her husband and family, Indrani ventured out of her country alone and travelled internationally to Canada to further her studies and knowledge, thereby empowering herself and her students. With a Canadian education attained, Indrani returned home to her husband, family and country of India and now works and volunteers assisting those not able to afford education. While in Canada, Indrani became the highest fundraiser for the Calgary 2014 Campaign as part of Plan Canada.
Real Estate Broker
Marketing and Advertising Graduate
As a successful real estate agent and advocate for education, John Filipetti has helped raise the profile of commercial real estate brokers across the province. Because of his involvement in the profession and success as a salesperson, John has also been able to provide key insights into strategic plans, documents, and programs for realtors across Ontario. In 2008, Filipetti received the William R. Chitty Trophy in recognition of his significant contributions to the real estate profession. John remains active in his profession and is deeply committed to his northern community through active volunteerism that continues to make an impact daily.
Nurse at St. Joseph’s Hospital
Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing
As founder of The Resiliency Project, Marie Gold works with leading psychiatrists and professors to provide programs that encourage students to become resilient individuals. Gold also contributes to the field by developing curriculum for schools that reduces bullying and helps students develop self-esteem, and also trains teachers how to advocate for their students. Gold works alongside the nursing resource teams in psychiatry departments at major hospitals, and volunteers with suicide prevention projects, including Collateral Damage. She travels around the world delivering keynotes that contribute to the learning of her colleagues and the transformation of the important field of mental health.
Counsellor in the Sexual Assault Care Centre at the Sault Area Hospital
Child and Youth Worker Graduate
Anna Hagerty is wholeheartedly dedicated to supporting victims of sexual abuse, many of whom are children, through the difficult process of healing. Her entrepreneurial spirit led to the co-creation of “The Game,” an interactive educational tool now utilized in schools throughout Ontario to create awareness and encourage prevention of sexual assault. Anna also organized the research process for the "Just Between You and Me Project" to provide Public Legal Education and Information (PLEI) peer support to women who experienced family violence, and has co-authored reports for the Department of Justice regarding the project.
Digital Photography and Imaging Graduate
Known around the world for what she sees through her camera lens, Jessica MacAleese has used her passion and skill for photography to make an impact. Travelling extensively to take pictures that help document and save endangered wildlife as well as protect human life, MacAleese has been recognized for her photographic precision to assist with everything from dolphin conservation projects to youth and gender movements including volunteering with Sole Girls and Fast and Female. MacAleese’s clients have included Ralph Lauren, Dior, the Al Ain Zoo in Abu Dhabi, and the Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates.
Chief Pilot for Shanghai Aircraft Customer Service Company
Aviation Technology and Pilot Training Graduate
Kevin Parker knows what it is like to “build a better mousetrap.” He used his insights as a pilot and educator to help revolutionize the flight training industry, contributing to the development of technological devices that have helped save training costs and safely improve flying ability – including a classroom cockpit simulation tool, and a 3D touchscreen cockpit simulation trainer. Parker has provided advanced high-tech flight training to hundreds of military and civilian commercial pilots around the world, and was recently selected as one of the Top 3 Key Foreign Experts to China. Kevin received an Innovator Award for his work.