Alumni of Distinction Awards recipients announced

And the winners are….We’ve read and analyzed the carefully crafted nomination packages. We’ve tabulated the votes. And now we’re ready to announce the winners of the Brock University Alumni Association’s Alumni of Distinction Awards that will be held on Saturday, March 31.The names of the recipients and a very brief description of their accomplishments are included below.Rick Campanelli, ET Canada Our MC for the evening will be Rick Campanelli (BPhEd ’94), former MuchMusic VJ, current entertainment reporter for Entertainment Tonight Canada and recipient of a 30 From the Past 30 Award – the original name for the Alumni of Distinction Awards when the BUAA celebrated its 30th anniversary in the 2006-07 school year. Campenelli was one of the recipients for his exemplification of Brock University’s core values – imagination, innovation and commitment.Upon graduation, Campanelli entered the 1994 MuchTemp contest (and won!) where he was a MuchMusic VJ for about 10 years. Since 2005, he’s been an entertainment reporter for ET Canada.Tickets are selling fast for the Alumni of Distinction Awards, so make sure to purchase them quickly. The new BUAA wines, in partnership with Creekside Winery, also will launch that night. If you attend the celebration, you’ll be able to try the Unoaked Chardonnay and the Merlot.Event details When: Saturday, March 31, 5 p.m. Where: Amici’s Banquet Centre, Thorold Cost: $65 per personFor tickets or additional information, please contact alumniassociation@brocku.ca or call 905-688-5550 x 4502brocku.ca/alumni-associationThe 2011-12 BUAA Alumni of Distinction Award recipients are: Armstrong, Christopher (BSM ’05)Vice President, Wasserman Media GroupSport drives his professional career and his philanthropy. Belicki, Kathryn (BA ’76)Professor, Psychology, Brock UniversityAs committed to her students as she is to her research.Blazak, Gary (BA ’76)Registered Professional PlannerCommitted to professional planning, institutional advancement and coaching.Bonner, Rick (BSc ’84)President & CEO, Guinea Iron Ore Ltd.Striking gold in both varsity fencing and mining companies.Chesebrough, Jeff (BA ’98)CEO, nGen – Niagara Interactive Media GeneratorHelping to guide Niagara to a new knowledge economy.Coorssen, Jens (BSc ’86, MSc ’89)Foundation Professor of Molecular Physiology / Head, Molecular Medicine Research Group, University of Western SydneyResearching ways to improve human health.Dargie, David (BA ’68)Director of Tournament Development, Evolution Golf and Event Management Inc.A lifelong learner and a lifelong doer.Daté, Anand (BBA ’96)President & Founder, Ronin GroupFinding balance with HR firm and Brock alumni connections.de Repentigny (Corbett), Lesley (BA ’83)President & Founder, DrivewiseMaking our skies and roads safer for us all.Dominick, Stephen (BA ’82)Professor/Program Coordinator, Digital Photography Program, School of Media Studies, Niagara CollegeTaking digital photography from the studio to the classroom.Goodspeed, Peter (BA ’74)Senior Reporter, International Affairs, National PostReporting international stories that define and inform our lives.Grimes, David (BSc ’75)President, World Metrological OrganizationShaping climate-related research and services as the world’s weatherman.Hammond, Sam (BEd ’87)President, Elementary Teachers Federation of OntarioTackling important social and workplace issues in our schools.Hong, Len (BSc ’73)Former President & CEO, Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and SafetySharing occupational health and safety resources with others.Iannantuono, Albert (BA ’85)President, CEO & Founder, Tri-MediaTaking pride in Niagara and encouraging others to do the same.Ingram (Bowman), Wendy (BA ’67)Board of Directors, Canada Art FoundationFrom classroom to gallery, publishing and non-profit organizations.Kompf, Michael (BA ’82, MEd ’83)Professor, Faculty of Education, Brock UniversityCreating innovative programs for future teachers.Kontkanen, Derek (BSc ’02, MSc ’05)Winemaker, Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate WineryUncorking international honours for a British Columbia winery.Le Conte, Christopher (BRLS ’97)President & Owner, SMART Watering SystemsProtecting our most precious resource, drop by drop.Lejkowski, Paul (BKin ’03)Owner & Fitness and Nutrition Specialist, Sport Balance & NutritionBuilding bodies, building confidence and building a business.Leip, David (BSc ’90)Senior Technical Staff Member, Head of Web Innovation, IBMHe’s as impressive on the dance floor as he is in the world of technology.McRoberts, Scott (BSM ’03)Director of Athletics and Recreation, University of Toronto-ScarboroughTransferring his expertise in sport management to the University of Toronto.Munoz, Ben (BSc ’85, MSc ’87)Director of Medicinal ChemistryTaking pharmaceutical aim at malaria and other diseases.Narbonne, Guy (BSc ’75)Professor, Geological Sciences, Queen’s UniversityDiscovering the history of life on Earth through geological science.Pokorny, Patricia (BEd ’93, BA ’05)Senior Manager Accessibility, Legal Department, Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp.Removing barriers to accessibility at Ontario Lottery Gaming.Power, Rob (BSc ’75)Winemaker, Creekside Estates WineryCreating “serious wine” and winning some serious honours.Raakman, Elaine (BSM ’03)Owner, Justplay Sports Services Civic Sport GroupPassionate about good sportsmanship and acts of kindness.Sal Debus, Steven (BA ’94)Founder & Director, Modrobes Inc.His eco-friendly utility clothing line even impressed some dragons.Salmon, Kirsty (BSc ’91, MSc ’94)Head of Research, BP BiofuelsOn the leading edge of producing bioethanol fuel from waste products.Shelp, Barry (BSc ’74, MSc ’77)Professor, Department of Plant Agriculture, University of GuelphResearching production of our major crop plants and their stressors.Smith, Fraser (BBA ’92)Manager, Product Management, PayPalProving that a Canadian education has its place in Silicon Valley.Smol, John (MSc ’79)Professor, Queen’s University, Canada Research Chair in Environmental ChangeUnravelling the causes of climate change through paleolimnology.Spera, Ed (BA ’93)Wildlife ArtistCapturing images of our world’s wildlife with paint.Tinnish, Andrew (BRLS ’99, BSM ’01)Director, Amateur Scouting, Toronto Blue JaysScouting for the next big phenom for the Toronto Blue Jays.Tomek, Lydia (BSc ’04)Winemaker, Hernder Estates WineryGiving back to her community one sip at a time. read more