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Recent Graduate: 
Alexandra Goth Premier Awards Nominee 2013Alexandra Goth

Business Administration – Marketing, 2008
COO, mini mioche

In just five years since graduation, Alexandra Goth has gone from intern to COO of mini mioche, an organic infant and children's wear company which has grown from just an idea to two retail outlets in Toronto's trendiest shopping districts, an international wholesale network and a vibrant online business. She has branched out into the design side of the Canadian-made eco-friendly line, putting her market research skills to work in determining what elements will sell, and learning the manufacturing process and pattern-making along the way.

Her operational duties have had her learn everything from accounting to manufacturing quality control – roles that have since been delegated to mini mioche’s growing staff, which has grown five-fold in five years she has been with the company.

Technology:
Gordon Fraser Premier Awards Nominee 2013Gordon Fraser

Instrumentation Engineering Technology, 1994
President, Responsible Energy Inc.

Everybody says ‘there’s got to be a better way’ but few will put it all on the line to find it. Gordon Fraser’s career as an Instrumentation Engineering Technician has meant asking that question on a regular basis, so when the problem was to seek an alternative to industrial waste in landfills, it was no surprise that when he couldn’t find a solution, he decided to make his own. Five years of R&D later, his company, Responsible Energy Inc., has developed a patented process to convert any carbon-based waste into syngas – eliminating the need for landfills or incineration.

Health Science:
Kimberly Patterson Premier Awards Nominee 2013Kimberly Peterson

Diploma Nursing, 1982
Vice-President, Clinical Care, Champlain CCAC

Kimberly Peterson’s work in improving patient care through quality, standards and assessments has had a consistent impact throughout her 31-year career. Her early work in creating clinical pathways broke down the silos within her hospital and created a tool that tracked a patient’s progress to wellness. Kimberly’s commitment to arming her fellow nurses with the tools to improve care now extends to home care. Her work to assure that thousands of patients in thousands of homes across Eastern Ontario receive the same quality of care as those in hospital are being adopted by others in this rapidly-growing sector.

Community Services:
Kristel Nicholas Premier Awards Nominee 2013Kristel Nicholas

Social Service Worker – Gerontology, 1995
Educator and Support Coordinator, Alzheimer Society of Belleville, Hastings and Quinte

Kristel Nicholas knew very early that she would dedicate her life to working with the elderly. In a career that has spanned 18 years, she has used her creativity and commitment to find new and innovative ways to engage her clients in managing their condition, while making it look easy - and just as important - fun. True to her social worker roots, her focus has been on pro-social programs that engage the community and remove the stigma and isolation of Alzheimer's patients, while supporting the caregivers whose role carries its own emotional and physical toll.

Creative Arts & Design:
Robert Chitty Premier Awards Nominee 2013Robert Chitty

Graphic Design, 1985
Founding Partner, Gordon Group

Over the last 25 years Robert Chitty created and built one of the National Capital Region’s leading marketing and communications firms. He did so by being ahead of his time – seeing design as communication and elevating his firm’s role from that of ‘producer’ of visual imagery, to interpreter and communicator of his client’s messages. His decades-long investment in relationships and building trust led to his newest venture as documentary film maker, capturing the lived history of the James Bay Cree for future generations. A time-travelling story-teller, he has used the tools of his trade to bring clarity to the complex.