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It's a gala award ceremony and it's in celebration of the graduates of Ontario's 24 Colleges. The 2014 Premier's Awards in Toronto on November 24, 2014 included six St. Lawrence College grads, representing all our grads and the contributions you make to our province. Below is a listing of our nominees in each of the six categories:


Dan Bergeron Premier Awards Nominee 2014Dan Bergeron

Micro Computing Engineering Technology, 1985
President & CEO SigmaPoint

Dan Bergeron started SigmaPoint Technologies in Cornwall 15 years ago with the idea that a company's culture could drive business. Today, he employs over 250 people, has over $70-million in sales, and has successfully re-shored manufacturing business back to Ontario by making quality and complexity the focus of his electronics manufacturing business. A recognized leader in Lean management, the story of how his company competes with low-cost offshore competitors has been shared in provincial, national and international publications, and his new manufacturing facility is becoming a must-visit destination for those who believe that Ontario can compete in the modern economy.

Health Sciences:

Mathew Morin Premier Awards Nominee 2014Mathew Morin

Paramedic, 2011
Instructor, John Abbott College, osteopath

Matthew Morin's career is relatively young, but if experience is measured in number of patients treated, he is wise beyond his years. In fact, his participation in a pilot project that put paramedics right into the hospital emergency department not only expanded the scope of paramedic care to include ordering of tests and continuation of treatment, but further deepened his commitment to the value his profession can provide to integrated health care management; a value he imparts to the student paramedics he now instructs as a paramedics professor at John Abbott College in Montreal.


Creative Arts:

Craig Simms Premier Awards Nominee 2014Craig Sims

Civil Engineering Technology – Restoration, 1979
Heritage consultant

Craig Sims is a nationally recognized expert in heritage conservation and restoration. His work on the East, West and Centre Block of the Parliament buildings - including restoration of the stained glass in the Peace Tower Hall of Remembrance - has made him a sought-after expert for some of this country’s most important and significant heritage buildings. His training as a civil engineering technician, coupled with his passion for history, means he is able to straddle the worlds of construction and conservation, ensuring that heritage preservation is a partner in progress and not an obstacle.

Trades and Technology:

John Manconi Premier Awards Nominee 2014John Manconi

Civil Engineering Technology, 1987
OC Transpo General Manager

John Manconi was considered an unlikely choice when he moved from the City of Ottawa’s Public Works department to head up OC Transpo in 2012. The transit operation was massive: 3,200 employees, making 100 million trips annually, transporting thousands of citizens every day. But within weeks of taking the helm, John moved beyond the ‘working parts’ to focus on the working people, turning around an organization mired in acrimonious labour relations and declining customer satisfaction. Today, OC Transpo not only has labour peace, but enjoys the highest customer service ratings in years; preparing for the next challenge, an LRT system. 

Community Services: 

Amanda Rose Premier Awards Nominee 2014Amanda Rose

Child and Youth Worker, 2006
Manager, Canadian Programs, Save the Children Canada

Amanda Rose uses a child rights and Indigenous child rights lens to make a difference in the way the world treats children. She draws on 11 years’ experience working with children and youth on matters of child rights violations, plus 6 years’ experience teaching meaningful youth engagement, child rights and Indigenous child rights to post-secondary students and organizations. Amanda draws on her own Cree Metis heritage, and her own experience as a child-in-care, to amplify the voice of children, youth and families that experience hardships on the basis of their historical experience, orientation and cultural background.

Recent Graduate 

Daniel Williston

Music Theatre Performance, 2011
Actor, Singer, Dancer - Soulpepper Company

Singer, actor, dancer and multi-instrumentalist Daniel Williston has been on a hot streak ever since he graduated from St. Lawrence College only three years ago. He beat out over 800 other talented young Canadians to land a spot in the Soulpepper Academy year-long paid internship, and graduated to join one of the country's premier classical theatre companies. Straddling the two worlds of Music Theatre and the Classics, he has moved from Shakespeare to campy horror/musical, to beloved children’s theatre without missing a beat, and had his work recognized in 2013 with a Dora Mavor Moore award for Best Ensemble.