Outstanding Graduates Nominated for Ontario Premier’s Awards
Premier's Awards honour the important social and economic contribution college graduates make in Ontario and throughout the world. Presented annually, 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. Seneca has a wealth of experienced and accomplished alumni. Six have been nominated this year for the Premier’s Award for college graduates.
A renowned international market consultant with 20 years of experience, Mauricio Ospina is one of Ontario's most outstanding Hispanic-Canadians. An area director with the Ontario Government, Mauricio has led more than 90 trade missions to the U.S., helping hundreds of companies export their products. But for all his career achievements, Mauricio's greatest accomplishment is his pioneering work with Canada's Hispanic community. Since 2001, he founded four professional and business associations, unlocked procurement and home ownership opportunities during the 2015 Pan American Games, and recently raised $220,000 in scholarships. His non-stop community work has been profiled in Canada's mainstream media.
Social Service Worker
For nearly 30 years, Kevin Kennedy has been an active advocate for individuals experiencing homelessness and families in York Region. He has spent most of that time working and volunteering for Blue Door Shelters, which provides safe and supportive emergency housing, and housing services and supports for people who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless. Kevin started out as a field placement student with the agency before rising up the ranks to become chair of the organization. These days, in addition to his philanthropic initiatives, Kevin is training the next generation of social services workers as a college professor.
Creative Arts and Design
Visual Effects for Film and Television
A talented and dedicated artist, Zacary Campbell is a senior visual effects compositor at Sony Pictures Imageworks, where he helps bring to life some of Hollywood's biggest blockbusters. A rising star in his high-tech field, Zacary was a key part of the team that produced the hit film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which won the 2019 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film. He is well-respected by his peers in the industry, and takes great pride in mentoring up-and-coming compositors – especially those from his former college.
A respected leader in her field for almost four decades, Shan Khan has dedicated her career to helping fellow opticians improve their skills and customer service—and more importantly, to helping strangers in need obtain the eyewear they desperately require. A prominent consultant and college instructor, Shan founded Vision for Site, a grassroots organization that collects and distributes gently used glasses to needy individuals, both in Canada and abroad.
Sustainable Business Management
Steven Bourne is the chief executive officer and co-founder of Ripple Farms—a social enterprise dedicated to tackling food insecurity in Ontario by reconnecting urban populations with food through its “vertical farm” model and educational initiatives. Steven is also the COO at AquaMed Global, a Canadian company that provides consulting services and technology licensing for its customers to plan, design, construct, install and manage turnkey aquaponics cultivation systems globally. An accomplished entrepreneur and environmentalist, Steven sits on the council of the Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance, and in 2018 he received the Social Enterprise of the Year award from Startup Canada.
Moranne McDonnell is the director of restoration and infrastructure at the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA)—a non-profit organization created to safeguard and enhance the health and well-being of watershed communities. Moranne has been instrumental to TRCA's conservation efforts since 2000, and has served as project manager, senior manager and associate director for engineering projects, before taking up her current position. As the need for environmental protection and consciousness continues to grow, Moranne's work not only serves to promote the welfare of TRCA's watershed communities and Ontario jurisdictions, but the beauty and diversity of nature in Canada at large.