Skip to content Skip to footer site map

The Premier’s Awards celebrate the achievements of Ontario college graduates in the province and throughout the world. It's a gala award ceremony in celebration of the graduates of Ontario's 24 Colleges. The 2019 Premier's Awards in Toronto on Monday, December 2 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel  includes five St. Lawrence College grads, representing all our grads and the contributions they make to our province.

Julie Tompkins

Business – Advertising & Public Relations, 1984
Empire Life, Vice-President Corporate Services and Chief Communications Officer

Julie Tompkins is a master communicator who brings a journalist's curiousity, a publicist's enthusiasm and a marketer's strategy to her role as a VP of one of Canada's top insurance firms. With almost 1,000 employees spread over seven provinces, she has held diverse portfolios as VP - overseeing investor, regulatory, employee, customer and community relations - while never losing sight of the unifying power of storytelling to connect audiences and ideas. In her rise from radio copywriter to Corporate VP, she has never lost touch with the college student whose mission was to be fully engaged.

Community Services
Patrick Cousineau

Business Administration – Management, 1992
Director, Parliamentary Affairs, Senate of Canada

Patrick Cousineau likes to say that if he's doing his job properly, you will not find him in a Google search. A lifetime of work in the background of politics means he is focused on making things happen and solving problems from behind the scenes. And while his work has had national impact - serving as Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of Parliamentary Affairs to the Cabinet Minister in three federal ministries and now the Senate - it is the seamless melding of competing interests, expertise and vision that is his 'day at the office' on Parliament Hill.

Creative Arts and Design
Robert Smith

Graphic Design, 1989
Creative Director, Greenmelon Inc.
Business Owner, Greenmelon Inc.
Public Speaker

In his 30-year career as a graphic designer, Robert Smith has demonstrated creativity without boundaries. An award-winning designer behind such iconic images as the Farm Boy brand, he is also an author and an advocate. His design work has won over 100 awards, and his expertise has made him a sought-after judge in design competitions nationally and internationally. But he counts his advocacy for the creative process - teaching, mentoring, speaking, and as a founding member of the Registered Graphic Design association - that is his legacy. His motto of `pencils over pixels' encourages others to find their creative inspiration.


Sandra Powell

Animal Care Technology, 1975
President, LifeStream Animal Bloodbank Inc.

Since starting her company only 15 years ago, Sandra Powell has become the best friend of man's best friend. Lifestream Animal Bloodbank is the only facility in Ontario - and one of only two in Canada - to provide blood and plasma for transfusions to treat canines with life-threatening needs. A lifetime career as a research and laboratory technologist  - with a focus on bleeding disorders in dogs  - inspired her to provide the lifeline to dogs in need. Today she sets up doggie blood clinics across the province to provide blood and plasma to veterinarians in Canada and around the world.

Recent Graduate
Susan Waycik

Music Theatre – Performance, 2015
Artistic Producer, Waycik Productions
Producer, Queer and Present Danger
Box Office Supervisor, Young People’s Theatre

Susan Waycik is a one-of-a-kind voice of a nation. She is creating opportunities to showcase the talents of LGBTQ+ comedians and actors because she saw a need for safe spaces for comics and audiences and decided to create it. According to a Toronto entertainment lifestyle publication, just four years out of college, she is at "the top of the Queer Comedy scene and becoming one of the best independent producers in Toronto, Susan has become a beacon for everyone who works with and around her. Her rise is nothing short of meteoric, and shows no signs of stopping."

Read more about our 2019 Premier's Award Nominees on Voyageur Digital.