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Alumni Recognition Awards


  • 2016 Alumni Recognition Awards Recipients

    2016 Alumni Recognition Awards Recipients

  • 2015 Alumni Recognition Awards Recipients

    2015 Alumni Recognition Awards Recipients

Alumni Award of Distinction
  • Recognizes the significant contributions made by a Laurentian University graduate in his/her local community.
  • Alumni are recognized for distinguished outstanding achievements at the regional, national or international level in the areas of service to humanity, volunteer work, community service, professional contributions or the advancement of knowledge.
  • Recipients of this award have become a source of pride to Laurentian University and the Laurentian University Alumni Association.
  • The Laurentian University Alumni Association will make a donation of $750 in the name of the Alumni Award of Distinction recipient to a funding priority at Laurentian University designated by the recipient.
 
Bryan A. Coates obtained an Honours Bachelor of Commerce from Laurentian University in 1979. He became a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario in 1982.

From 1982, Mr. Coates assumed growing responsibilities in the mining industry in Canada and abroad. In 1998, he was appointed Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the newly founded Compañia Minera Antamina S.A. Mr. Coates participated in the financing and financial management of what was the largest mining project in Peruvian history. In 2001, he became the CFO of Quebec-based Cambior, which developed and operated major mining projects in Canada and South America. He became CFO of Iamgold after it acquired Cambior in 2006. In 2007, he became the first CFO of Osisko Mining Corporation, which launched the Canadian Malartic project in the Abitibi, and in six years brought it from the early exploration stage to commercial operation, on schedule and on budget. In a project facing exceptional challenges, not least its proximity to an existing town, Mr. Coates was responsible for financing, financial reporting, marketing relating to the gold industry, risk management and government relations. After Osisko was acquired in 2014, Mr. Coates was appointed the first President of the new Osisko Gold Royalties Inc., a mining royalty and exploration company, which quickly became a premier player in its industry segment.

Mr. Coates is a Director of Timmins Gold Corp. and of Golden Queen Mining Co. Ltd. He is also a Director of the Fédération des Chambres de Commerce du Québec (FCCQ), as well as the Chair of the FCCQ’s Mining Industry Committee. The Laurentian University Alumni Association will make a donation in the name of Bryan A. Coates to the Goodman School of Mines.
Ted Moroz graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Laurentian University in 1987. During his time at Laurentian, he was an active member of the Student’s General Association (SGA) and the Students’ Senate. He got his start at the Beer Store working part time throughout his studies at Laurentian. He then went on to receive his Master’s Degree in Political Science at Carleton University. Today, Mr. Moroz is President of multi-billion dollar retailers and distributors The Beer Store (TBS) and Brewers Distributor Ltd. (BDL).

In addition, Ted is an active member of the Retail Council of Canada. He also serves as a volunteer board member at the Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences in Whitby, Ontario and is Vice Chair of the National Board of Directors of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada, and has helped the LLSC raise over $10 million for blood cancer research in the past decade. The Laurentian University Alumni Association will make a donation of $750 in the name of Ted Moroz to the Dr. Robert Segsworth Bursary for Excellence in Political Science.
Dr. Scott Leatherdale graduated with a Bachelor of Physical and Health Education (Health Promotion) in 1998 and a Masters in Human Development from Laurentian University in 2000. He then completed his PhD from the University of Waterloo in 2004. He began his career as a scientist at Cancer Care Ontario from 2004 until 2011 prior to taking his current position as an Associate Professor in Population Studies in the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo.

His work in chronic disease prevention studies seeks to have an impact on improving the health of large segments of the Canadian population.

To date, Dr. Leatherdale has been a principal investigator on numerous research grants totalling more than $5 million and a co-investigator on research grants totalling more than $20 million.

He is credited with more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and has also been published in a number of technical and consulting reports, including high-profile reports for the Government of Ontario, the Government of Canada, and key national non-governmental organizations involved in chronic disease prevention. These reports often lead to real-world policy decisions and changes.

In recognition of Dr. Scott Leatherdale's outstanding achievements, and the pride he brings to Laurentian University, the Alumni Association will make a donation of $750 in his name to the Community Services Bursaries at Laurentian University.
Alumni Young Leader Award
  • Recognizes the outstanding achievements of a Laurentian University graduate under the age of 40.
  • Young alumni are recognized for distinguished outstanding achievements at the regional, national or international level in the areas of service to humanity, volunteer work, community service, professional contributions or the advancement of knowledge.
  • Recipients of this award become a source of pride to Laurentian University and the Laurentian University Alumni Association.
  • The Laurentian University Alumni Association will make a donation of $250 in the name of the Alumni Young Leader Award recipient to a funding priority at Laurentian University designated by the recipient.
 
Charlie Wall-Andrews received a Bachelor of Arts in Music in 2011 and afterwards completed her master’s degree in Ethnomusicology at York University. While at Laurentian, she served as President of the Students’ General Association (SGA) and was elected as Vice-President of CUPE 3903 during her time at York.

She is a professional member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), and Arts Consultants of Canada (ACCA). With a vast amount of management experience in the cultural sector, Ms. Wall-Andrews currently manages the SOCAN Foundation, which provides grants and financial support to musical projects in Canada. She was awarded a Top 40 Under Forty in Sudbury in 2013 and in 2015, she received a Vital People award from the Toronto Foundation, which recognizes leaders for making outstanding contributions in their community. She completed her fellowship in Diversity & Inclusion in Philanthropy with the Association of Fundraising Professionals in 2016. At this time, she serves on the Board of Directors of Choral Canada, and is on the fundraising committee for the Artscape Salon project (2016).

On the creative side, Ms. Wall-Andrews is an orchestral musician, and has freelanced across Ontario. She has performed with the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra, Sault Ste. Marie Symphony, North Bay Symphony, Timmins Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Toronto, Celebrity Symphony, and many other ensembles. Aside from performing music, she is an abstract artist and composer/arranger. She is the recipient of the prestigious Nirvan Bhavan Fellowship, and was awarded the Bill Graham Award (P&R, 2015) for community leadership in Toronto. We wish her all the best as she completes her MBA at the Ivey Business School and in her plans to study music and perform at the Prague International Music Festival this summer. The Laurentian University Alumni Association will make a donation in the name of Charlie Wall-Andrews to the Laurentian Music Bursary.
Denise Garrido graduated from Laurentian University with a degree in Biomedical Sciences. Denise was highly involved within the Laurentian University community as a Community Advisor and Teaching Assistant, and also participated in various fundraising events.

Denise has become one of the most decorated pageant queens in Canadian History having earned herself the title of Miss Earth Canada 2008, Miss World Canada 2010, and 24 glorious hours as Miss Universe Canada 2013.

She has also done various philanthropic trips over the years with a focus on helping children. While in South Korea, Denise was declared the 2014 North American Peace Ambassador for Hwacheon, and won a Peace Forum award by Yunsook Lee, one of the United Nations' Korean Ambassadors.

Currently, Denise is managing two cardiology clinics as well as providing holter and ABPM training within the company. The Laurentian University Alumni Association will make a donation of $250 in the name of Denise Garrido to the Laurentian University Administrative and Professional Staff Association Scholarship.
Dr. Alison Godwin graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Kinesiology) in 2002 and a Masters in Human Development in 2004, both from Laurentian University. During that time, she led the Laurentian Varsity Nordic Ski team to two OUA team championships (1999 and 2003) and was an individual OUA champion in 2002.

Dr. Godwin returned to Laurentian in 2007 in a tenure-track position within the School of Human Kinetics and has since coached the Nordic Ski team, leading the Men’s team to a third place finish in this year’s OUA Championships.

In her professional career, Dr. Godwin has built an impressive portfolio as a researcher in industrial ergonomics. She is a founding member of the Center for Research in Occupational Safety and Health (CROSH) at Laurentian University, and is presently a member of the executive committee, as the Research Development Officer. Her research in the area of line of sight and ergonomics on mining machinery is critical for the reduction of injury and fatalities in the underground mining industry.

Dr. Godwin was recently recognized as one of Sudbury’s Top Forty Under 40 for her contributions to the University and the Sudbury community.

The Alumni Association is proud to make a donation of $250 in her name to the CROSH Founders Fund.
Student Recognition Award
  • Recognizes the outstanding achievements of a current Laurentian University student (must be enrolled full or part time when nominated).
  • Students must show outstanding achievement by raising the profile of Laurentian University through their academic achievements, involvement in University community or alumni initiatives.
  • Students must participate in Laurentian University events and clubs.
  • Students must show Laurentian spirit.
  • The Laurentian University Alumni Association will make a donation of $250 in the name of the Student Recognition Award recipient to a funding priority at Laurentian University designated by the recipient.
 
Michelle Kennedy is from Oneida of the Thames First Nation and was raised in London, Ontario. She is a two-time Laurentian graduate with a Bachelor of Arts, Honours in Indigenous Studies from 2015 and a Bachelor of Education, which she received this week. She will be back at Laurentian in the fall to pursue a master’s degree in Indigenous Relations.

In the past, her passion for teaching, learning, and serving the community has taken her to Moose Factory, Ontario, where she facilitated a reading camp with Indigenous children. Her experience on the island was so rewarding it fueled her to devote her time to connecting with Indigenous communities in a positive way. In 2014, she traveled to volunteer on the coast of Ecuador to teach English while living in the community for a month with a host family.

Ms. Kennedy is a member of the Lady Vees Varsity Cross-Country and Track team at Laurentian University. In 2013, she received the Most Improved Award for Cross-Country as well as the Academic All-Star. She then went on to become the Female Most Valuable Player of the Cross-Country team in 2015. This year she was awarded the Coaches Award for the Cross-Country Team and the Graduating Athlete award. This past cross-country season was one of her best as she placed 19th in the province at the Ontario University Athletic Championships in Waterloo, Ontario.

Ms. Kennedy also volunteers her time at various track events in Sudbury and coaches with the Track North Athletic club. The Laurentian University Alumni Association will make a donation in the name of Michelle Kennedy to the Cross Country Running Fund.
Vanessa Di Feo is part of the 2015 graduating class with an Honour’s Bachelor of Arts degree with a specialization in Theatre Arts and a minor in Italian Language and Culture. Vanessa was recognized on the Dean’s list each year of her degree. She also received a wide range of awards and scholarships including the Xstrata Nickel national scholarship and the Carolyn Fouriezos prize.

Vanessa was very involved in the Laurentian University community taking on roles as Teaching Assistant, Research Assistant, Writing Assistant and tutor. She also served as the Communications Secretary of LAWLU (the Law and Justice student organization) and as a writer of the Lambda. As part of her role as President of the Student Theatre Association, she founded and chaired the Annual Masquerade Ball for three years. She has recently travelled to Taiwan on a cultural exchange. In the fall of 2015, Vanessa will be attending law school. The Laurentian University Alumni Association will make a donation of $250 in the name of Vanessa DiFeo to Laurentian University’s Women’s Centre.
Elizabeth Urso is a member of Laurentian University’s graduating class of 2014, having completed a Bachelor of Arts with a specialization in English Literature and a minor in Law and Justice. She has been recognized on the Dean’s Honour list every year of her degree program and in 2012 was the recipient of the George M. Miller Proficiency Scholarship for achieving the highest academic standing after second year of a specialized Bachelor of Arts in English. Elizabeth is also an award-winning essayist, having won the Department of English’s Upper Year Essay writing prize in both 2012 and 2013.

Elizabeth has been an active volunteer. Between 20l2-2014 she was an active member of LAWLU, the Law & Justice student organization, and in her senior year, served as President of the organization. In this role, she has organized the first "Minute Mentoring" day for Law & Justice students to meet with legal and justice-related professionals in the local community, to find out more about their work, training pathways and potential future justice-related employment opportunities in the community.

She has assisted and undertaken a student leadership role at the 2012 and 2013 North Eastern Bar Association Annual Professional development conferences, and in 2013 and 2014 was a leader in organizing a two-day Field Trip for 20 students to Toronto, during which the group toured Osgoode Hall (Ontario Court of Appeal and Law Society of Upper Canada) and Ontario Courts of Justice. Students met with an Ontario Court of Justice judge, and in small groups attended and observed several court cases in progress, as well as the specialized Mental Health Court.

The Laurentian University Alumni Association will make a donation of $250 in the name of Elizabeth Urso to the Law and Justice program's student organization (LAWLU).

General criteria

  • The Alumni Awards Committee reserves tile right to amend the category in which tile person is nominated.
  • Unsuccessful nominations will be kept for a period of two years providing candidates meet the specific criteria in tile category in which they were nominated.
  • All nominations must be seconded.
  • All nominations will be kept confidential.
  • Awards will not be given posthumously or in absentia, except in the most unusual and/or exceptional circumstances.
  • Awards will be presented at an upcoming Laurentian University Convocation ceremony

 

Deadline for Nominations - March 11th