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Seneca College redefines alumni relations

New alumni council headed by retired York Region Police Chief to engage alumni at various career stages

Toronto, October 28, 2013 – Chief (Ret) Armand P. La Barge has been named President of the new Seneca Alumni Council. The council is having its first meeting and an official launch event this evening at Seneca’s Newnham Campus in North York.

“We’re pleased to have Chief La Barge leading Seneca’s new alumni council of exceptional professionals from a wide range of backgrounds,” said Seneca President David Agnew. “We have created a unique model for building an alumni community that helps facilitate lifelong learning, continued career development, mentorship and philanthropy to encourage graduates to see the long-term value in staying connected with Seneca.”

The Seneca Alumni Council consists of a select group of 21 alumni who are legacy leaders, career builders, or recent graduates from backgrounds including: business, aviation, science and engineering technology, information and communications technology, communications and public administration, media and design, law and public safety, community services, health sciences, student leadership, and sports.

Chief La Barge is a longtime York Region community leader, serving as the Chief of Police for York Region from 2002 until his retirement in 2010. After beginning his career with York Regional Police in 1973, he graduated from Seneca College’s Investigative Sciences and Police Studies program in 1986.

Other members include CTV News anchor Colin D’Mello, Jazz Aviation’s VP of Flight Operations Steve Linthwaite, and Ontario’s first Black Canadian cabinet minister Alvin Curling.

The five pillars of the council’s mandate are: 

Alumni programming
Develop initiatives that matter to Seneca’s alumni community.

Community engagement
Support student recruitment events held across the GTA, and share individual stories with a new generation of students.

Sharing expertise
Share first-hand knowledge of industry trends as a guest lecturer, RED* magazine contributor or program advisor.

Mentor a recent grad online through NetworkRED* or take part in networking events.

Support fundraising activities to help give students in need the means to stay in school.

About Seneca Alumni
Seneca has over 150,000 alumni globally. Seneca Alumni’s NetworkRED* is the first online career mentorship program in Ontario and has grown to over 800 members since its launch last year. The Seneca Alumni Council has recruited volunteers who are innovators in their industry. The members will advise on alumni programs and provide mentorship to currents students and recent graduates. In addition, the Council will support the College’s fundraising and outreach efforts.

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About Seneca
With campuses across the Greater Toronto Area, Seneca offers degrees, diplomas and certificates renowned for their quality and respected by employers. Combining the highest academic standards with practical, hands-on learning, expert teaching faculty and the latest technology ensures Seneca graduates are career-ready.

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For more information, please contact:
Kayla Lewis
Seneca College Media Relations
416-491-5050 ext. 77018