Premiers Awards nominees
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, Apprenticeship, and Recent Graduate. The winners are announced in November at the Awards Gala in Toronto, Ontario.
Representing Sault College for the 2016 Ontario Premier’s Awards are:
Award Winner: Community Services
Colleen Hele Cardinal – Native Community Worker - Addictions Counselor 2002, Community Services Category
Colleen Hele Cardinal is the daughter of a residential school survivor, a 60s scoop adoptee, MMIWG Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls family member and social justice activist organizer. Co-founder of the National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Network and has successfully organized three national Indigenous Adoptee Gatherings. Colleen is also collaborating with Dr. Raven Sinclair Pekiwewin Project to create an innovative and interactive GIS Mapping to map the displacement of Indigenous 60s scoop survivors as a result of child welfare policies.
Colleen is a human rights champion, author, producer and internationally recognized advocate for Canada’s Indigenous Peoples.
Corey Garson, Steamfitter 2018, Apprenticeship Category
Even at his young age, Corey Garson has accomplished much and experienced even more as an apprentice Steamfitter, Metal Fabricator and welder. He has represented his Local union and his home town as a fierce competitor, winning the UA Canadian Apprentice Competition in 2016, and competing in the World championships against Level 3 Apprentices, while still a Level 1 himself. Corey has worked locally in Steel and Tube manufacturing as well as welding on great lakes freighter ships, helping to keep the local steel economy strong.
Russ McMeekin, Engineering Technology 1986, Business Category
Russel McMeekin is an accomplished business leader who has served as President and General Manager of Honeywell’s Hi-Spec Software Solutions business unit, Partner in the Cayman Island firm, Energy Knowledge Inc., and currently sits as President, Chief Executive Officer & Director of Universal-mCloud Corp. and Chief Executive Officer at mCloud Corp. (TSXV listed : MCLD).
As President and CEO, Russ led the public offering of mCloud Inc (Universal mCloud) which went public in Oct 2017 at 8M$ and is now trading at 40M$ in less than 8 months.
Russ is a college advocate and pillar in the tech sector.
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