St. Lawrence College Announces Nominees for Premier’s Awards

Headshots of SLC nominees 2021 Premier's Awards

St. Lawrence College (SLC) is pleased to introduce this year’s nominees for Colleges Ontario’s annual Premier’s Awards. The awards recognize outstanding contributions to society from graduates of Ontario colleges. Winners will be announced and awards will be presented at a virtual gala held on November 18 at 7 pm.

The Premier's Awards, hosted by Colleges Ontario, celebrate the achievements of Ontario college graduates in the province and throughout the world and recognize graduates in the following seven categories: Apprenticeship, Business, Community Services, Creative Arts and Design, Health Sciences, Recent Graduate, Technology.

"We’re honoured to have nominees in all seven categories," said Elizabeth Gorman, SLC’s Director of Development and Alumni Relations. "I want to congratulate all of our nominees, a stellar group of alumni who truly showcase the best of SLC."

As an Accounting grad from Georgian College in 1983, SLC’s own President and CEO, Glenn Vollebregt, is also nominated for an award in the Business category from his alma mater, Georgian College.

"I’m so proud of this amazing group of nominees from our SLC alumni," Vollebregt said. "The Premier’s Awards are a chance to shine the spotlight on the incredible work and contributions of college graduates, and to have a nominee in each category speaks to the strength of our programs in setting graduates up for future success in their chosen paths."

The nominees from SLC (pictured above, left to right) are:

  • Melissa Phelan - Entrepreneur, Self-employed (Welding & Fabrication Technician, 2016, Welder Apprenticeship Level III, 2015, Welder Apprenticeship Level II, 2015, Welder Apprenticeship Level I, 2014)
  • Karyn Robarts - Founder and Partner, Robarts Spaces (Fashion Merchandising, 1987)  
    Robyne Hanley-Dafoe - Founder and CEO, Robyne HD Inc. (Behavioural Science Technology, 2000, Addiction Treatment and Prevention Worker, 2000)
  • Bernard Clark - Photographer and Owner, Bernard Clark Photographer (Visual and Creative Arts – Fine Arts, 1985 Photography, 1985)
  • Christine Bruce - Senior Director, Laboratory Medicine Program, University Health Network (Medical Laboratory Technology, 1997)
  • Clayton MacKinnon - Digital Marketing Specialist, Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity (Visual and Creative Arts - Fine Arts, 2017)
  • Fernando Ferrer - Founder and Director, Immutable Data (Computer Programmer Analyst, 2008)

Read more about SLC’s nominees.



St. Lawrence College is situated on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee peoples; we are grateful to live and learn on these lands. With campuses in Kingston, Brockville, and Cornwall, SLC delivers education and training that meets the needs of community, industry, and employers. The College prepares students to succeed in the global economy through relevant, practical programs and experiential learning opportunities. SLC offers more than 100 full-time programs including diplomas, degrees, graduate certificates, apprenticeships, micro-credentials and life-long learning opportunities. Everyone belongs in the SLC community, comprised of 12,000 full-time students and more than 115,000 alumni in 75 countries around the world.


Media Contact:
Laura Tulchinsky
Communications Officer
St. Lawrence College

Julie Einarson
Senior Advisor, Communications and Government Relations
St. Lawrence College

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