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St. Lawrence College Graduate Wins Premier’s Award

2015-11-18, 10:05 AM

SLC graduate and Chief Capital Officer of Metrolinx, Jack J. Collins, was awarded The Premier’s Award in Technology at the 2015 awards gala on November 16 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel. The awards celebrate Ontario’s outstanding college graduates in the province and throughout the world. Jack J. Collins, a native of Hamilton, ON, is a graduate of the Environmental Engineering Technology program in 1974 in Kingston.

While Mr. Collins started his post-college career in water resources – on projects such as mitigating algae blooms in the Great Lakes - it grew into performing environmental assessments on large projects. When he joined Metro Canada (a subsidiary of Urban Transit Development Corporation, an  Ontario Crown corporation) it was his first exposure to rapid transit and the task was an environmental assessment of a project for Hamilton that was ultimately rejected by city council in 1981. He was then transferred to the US division as the Project Controls Manager for the Detroit People Mover project, and thus, his dual introduction to the US transit world and large-scale project management.

As Chief Capital Officer of Metrolinx, Mr. Collins is charged with bringing in the largest urban transit project in the country with the introduction of five light rail and rapid transit lines in the GTHA (Greater Toronto Hamilton Area), and an ambitious re-boot of GO Transit commuter service. With more than $20 billion under his watchful eye, Mr. Collins returned to Canada after 28 years in the US working on some of the continent’s largest transit projects. When one media source pointed out he was the rare executive “with mud on his boots”, it was a testament to his ability to combine high-level operational control with face-to-face community relations.

"I am honoured that St. Lawrence nominated me for the Premier's Award from so many technology graduates,” Mr. Collins said. “My time at St. Lawrence provided a solid technical foundation that I have leaned on throughout my career. So many fond college memories and friendships endure, including meeting my loving wife Carol."

“This award is a great honor for Jack Collins, as well as for St. Lawrence College,” said Glenn Vollebregt, President and CEO of St. Lawrence College. “It speaks to his hard work and dedication throughout his working life, as well as to his early, hands-on learning experience at SLC that got him started.”

This year’s other winners were:

Business – Marc Caira, a graduate of Seneca College.
Community Services – Debbie Low, a graduate of Durham College.
Creative Arts and Design – Jonathan Klassen, a graduate of Sheridan College.
Health Services – Marianne Walker, a graduate of Conestoga College.
Recent Graduate – Benjamin Valliquette Kissell, a graduate of George Brown College.

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About St. Lawrence College
With three friendly campuses in Brockville, Cornwall, and Kingston, St. Lawrence College is an integral part of the economic life and social fabric of Eastern Ontario with a close-knit community of 7,000 full-time students, and more than 70,000 proud alumni. Hundreds are also enrolled in our online and continuing education courses each year. As part of our ongoing sustainability initiatives, the College boasts more than 1,600 rooftop solar modules on our Kingston and Brockville campuses, the largest solar roof-top installation of any post-secondary institution in Canada. The college has many Applied Research projects in progress, as well, our Corporate Learning and Performance Improvement group has helped more than 350 organizations grow and prosper. Through our Employment Service offices we work with thousands of clients annually.

For information
Laura Tulchinsky
St. Lawrence College, Communications
613-544-5400, ext. 1291
Cell: 613-329-2451