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Sheridan sends six to Premier's Awards

November 21, 2017

Sheridan alumni’s accomplishments will be celebrated on Nov. 27 at the annual Premier’s Awards. This year’s group of honourees includes: a recent grad who advised on hyperloop technology; an Emmy-winning casting director; and an athletic therapist bound for the 2018 Winter Olympics. Since 1992, the awards have recognized one winner in each of six categories, and Sheridan alumni have taken home the prize 15 times.

The 2017 nominees are:

Casting director Stephanie Gorin (Music Theatre ’81) in the Creative Arts and Design category. During her 26-year career, Gorin has cast for more than 200 television shows, movies, and musicals, including the Tony Award winning musical Come From AwayLes MiserablesMiss Saigon, and Mamma Mia. She’s a five-time Emmy nominee, and won in 2014 for Best Casting for a Mini-Series for her work on Fargo

Stephanie Kam (International Business Management ’12), a lawyer specializing in infrastructure. Her work has spanned five continents and includes projects like the commercialization of hyperloop technology. She is nominated in the Recent Graduate category.

In the Community Services category, Charlotte Kanavos (ECE ’77) is nominated for her advocacy in childcare. She has dedicated her career to providing families in Peel Region with quality home-based care.  She is the founder of Caring for Kids, and she helped develop the Child Development Resource Connection in Peel.


President and CEO of CWB Group Doug Luciani (Welder Fitter ’98) is the nominee in the Technology category. During the 11 years he’s been at the helm of CWB, the group has created a standardized welding training program. He also led the creation of the Canadian Welding Association Foundation (CWAF), which recruits women and Indigenous youth into the field. 


Ward Seymour (Business ’77) is nominated in the Business category. He is the retired founder, president and chairman of ASA Alloys/Magna Stainless. He bought the company for a dollar in 1983 and spent 30 years building it into a stainless steel/aluminum distributor with eight locations across the country and more than $150 million in Canadian sales a year.


Athletic Therapy grad Jason White (’08), pictured at top of page, is nominated in the Health Sciences category. White runs his own athletic therapy practice and spends 12 weeks each year with amateur teams and athletes. In September, he volunteered at the Invictus Games and next February he’ll travel to South Korea to support the Canadian Olympic Team.

In addition to the nominees, Sheridan will also be represented at this year’s gala by the event’s master of ceremonies, James Cunningham. Cunningham is a comedian, television host and corporate emcee. A 1996 alumnus of the College’s Theatre and Drama Studies program, he can trace his theatrical roots to Sheridan.  Learn more about all six nominees.