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Sheridan Graduates Nominated for Provincial Awards

November 12, 2015

Sheridan College is proud to announce the six alumni selected as nominees for the 2015 Premier’s Awards recognizing the outstanding social and economic contributions of Ontario college graduates. 

Launched in 1992 to mark the 25th anniversary of Ontario colleges, the annual Premier’s Awards honour one college graduate in each of six categories. The winners will be announced at a gala event in Toronto on November 16.

Sheridan College has nominated the following alumni for Premier’s Awards this year.

 Daryl Simm, Chairman & CEO, Omnicom Media Group (Business Administration Marketing, 1983) 

Daryl Simm is a key influencer in marketing, branding and advertising.  As a pioneer of unbundling, he’s helped revolutionize how media buying is done worldwide, to the benefit of the client.  A strong believer in analytics, he helps the world’s most recognizable brands reach and engage their customers and stay relevant today. As Chairman of Omnicom Media Group, he is the founder of a company that currently employs 12,000 people, serves 5,000 clients in 100 countries, earns revenues of $3 billion, and controls 15% of the world’s media spending ($54 billion). Read more about Daryl in Ovation magazine

Mike O’Brien, Community Emergency Management Coordinator, City of Burlington (Emergency Management, 2010)

Mike O’Brien is the Community Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of Burlington, a position he assumed in January 2015 after four years in a similar role with the City of Brantford. Mike’s passion for assisting people in crisis was forged during his 21 years in the Canadian Forces, and five years as a member of the Army Reserve. In a short period of time, he has earned accolades for his community-based, holistic approach to emergency preparedness, one that is focused on protecting the most vulnerable members of society. Read more about Mike in Ovation magazine

Jon Klassen, Children’s Author-Illustrator (Classical Animation 2005, Art Fundamentals, 2002)

Within five years of launching his career as a children’s author and illustrator, Jon Klassen has received the industry’s top honours and sold over a million copies of his books worldwide. In 2013, Klassen was the first Canadian to win the prestigious American Library Association’s Caldecott Medal for This is Not My Hat. He also received the Caldecott Honor for Extra Yarn, becoming only the second author-artist to receive both awards in the same year. As well, Klassen is the first Canadian to win Britain’s Kate Greenaway Medal for children’s illustration. In 2010, his first illustrated book, Cats’ Night Out, won a Canadian Governor General's Award. Most recently, Klassen illustrated Kenneth Oppel’s latest book, The Nest. Read more about Jon in Ovation magazine

Loriann Hynes, Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator, School of Kinesiology and Health Science, York University (Sports Injury Management, 1997)

Dr. Loriann Hynes is a certified athletic therapist whose work as a professor, program leader and curriculum designer has enhanced the quality of learning in the athletic therapy field. Through her teaching, Hynes has inspired her students to succeed. Her applied research into non-contact concussions in sport has impacted the assessment and treatment of athletes. A concussion assessment instructional video she helped produce will be used for athletic trainers in Major League Baseball. Following her Sheridan graduation, Hynes completed Master’s and PhD degrees in Biophysics. read more about Loriann in Ovation magazine

Tariq Adi, Co-Founder and CEO, Adi Development Group Inc. (Business Administration - Finance, 2012)

Tariq Adi is the CEO of Adi Development Group, a real estate development firm that he co-founded at 27 years old with his brother in 2007. In less than a decade, Adi has grown his business from a few rental homes to landmark condo and townhouse properties across the GTA with $100-million in sales and $1-billion in development underway. Adi's high standards for quality and flare for modern design have garnered the attention of the Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail and earned numerous awards from the Hamilton-Halton and Ontario Home Builders' Associations. Read more about Tariq in Ovation magazine

Larry Kelterborn, President, LDK Advisory Inc. (Mechanical Engineering, 1971)

Larry Kelterborn is an internationally respected and sought-after expert in the design, operation and safety of passenger rail equipment. He was a key player in developing the first U.S. federal passenger rail equipment safety standards which have saved lives. Kelterborn led discussions that laid the foundation for North American high speed rail. The Burlington-based engineering consulting company Kelterborn founded in 1982 attained an international reputation before being acquired by Interfleet Technology in 2007. Under Kelterborn’s leadership, Interfleet grew to become an industry leader in North America. He continues to influence the design and safety of rail travel as a consultant. Read more about Larry in Ovation magazine