Outstanding Graduates Nominated for Ontario Premier’s Awards
The Premier's Awards honour the important social and economic contribution college graduates make in Ontario and throughout the world.
The Awards, launched in 1992 to mark the 25th anniversary of Ontario's colleges, are administered by Colleges Ontario. Presented annually in six categories, the recipients are chosen from nominations submitted by Ontario's 24 colleges.
Nominees must demonstrate outstanding career success related to their college experience and have made a significant contribution to their community.
Every year, up to six noteworthy Seneca alumni are nominated for this prestigious award. The outstanding nominees for this year's Premier's Award are:
Andrew Bowins is Vice President, Corporate Relations at Samsung, where he is building the company’s first corporate reputation group that integrates digital, corporate communications, employee engagement and corporate social responsibility. Working with industry leading companies like Amazon, Dell, Nokia, Samsung, Sony and MasterCard, this graduate of Seneca’s Corporate Communications program has built world class communications teams for companies in periods of transition, rapid growth or in times of crisis. Andrew is a sought after industry expert on modern communications and content pollution. In 2013, he was inducted to the PR News Hall of Fame.
(Civil Engineering Technician)
Kevin Junor is the Deputy Superintendent, Compliance, Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services. As an army reservist, Kevin has reached the rank of Chief Warrant Officer, and Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM) with the Toronto Scottish Regiment (the first black Canadian to achieve this distinction). He has 30 years’ experience in the Ontario Public Service and has chaired boards for Police Advisory Council of Caledon and Rapport Credit Union. A graduate of Seneca’s Civil Engineering Technician program, Kevin was awarded the Order of Military Merit and was deployed to war-torn Sierra Leone in 2007 serving as a senior military adviser.
Creative Arts and Design
The Hon. Vivienne Poy
The Hon. Dr. Vivienne Poy is a designer, scholar and former Chancellor of the University of Toronto. A Seneca's Fashion Arts graduate, she founded Vivienne Poy Mode, designing unique knitwear for clients in North America and Asia. Dr. Poy was the first Canadian of Asian descent appointed to the Senate of Canada, where she put forth the Motion to have May recognized as Asian Heritage Month. A prolific author, Dr. Poy's books include Heroes & Gamblers: Tales of Survival and Good Fortune of the Poy Family, and Passage to Promise Land, which chronicles experiences of Chinese immigrant women in Canada.
(Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs and Quality Operations)
Mia Spiegelman is the National Director, Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance for Cardinal Health Canada. Her responsibilities include a 17-person department and overseeing due diligence, quality assurance and licensing of 100,000 medical devices, drugs and natural health products from 700 suppliers. A graduate of Seneca's Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs and Quality Operations program, Mia is also a faculty member with the Academy of Applied Pharmaceutical Sciences, where she teaches Medical Device Regulatory Affairs and Medical Device Quality and Regulatory Requirements for Importer/Distributor and Manufacturers in the Canadian Market. Mia has served the Canadian Army as a reservist Naval Combat Information Operator.
(Broadcast Journalism Summer Institute)
Dr. Joelene Huber is one of Canada's leading media health experts, providing knowledge translation of health information through television, web, and print media. A graduate of Seneca's Broadcast Journalism Summer Institute, Dr. Huber is a weekly health contributor on CBC national television news network, has contributed over 60 health segments on major television networks, and written columns for The Globe and Mail, CBC.ca, Today's Parent magazine and Inside Soccer magazine. She also founded uberhealthykids.com, to promote healthy living and is part of the St. Michael's Hospital Inner City Health Program Pediatric Outreach Team, providing medical care in Toronto's Regent Park.
(Internet Systems Administration)
Chris Tyler is a founder of the Centre for Development of Open Technology at Seneca College and was named one of the first Natural Science and Engineering Research Council Industrial Research Chairs for Colleges. An established leader in open source technology, Chris leads applied research into software for low-energy, high-performance computers. His collaboration with Red Hat on the Fedora Project contributed to the ground-breaking success of Raspberry Pi. The $35 credit card-sized computer encourages experimentation and education, and makes programming accessible to all. Chris also helped launch the Free Software and Open Source Symposium and is a published author.