2017 Premier's Awards

2017 Premier's Awards

Selection panel

This distinguished group of panellists will select the 2017 Premier’s Awards recipients.

Glenn Craney | Marie-Lison Fougere | Steve Gaskin | Mary Ito | Marc Seaman | Scott Thompson | Marianne Walker

Glenn Craney

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Glenn Craney
Assistant Deputy Minister
Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development

Glenn Craney is the assistant deputy minister of the strategic policy and programs division at the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

His responsibilities include leading the division’s strategic policy development, labour market research and planning, program design, and program development services, promoting better alignment of policy and programs across the ministry and with partners in other ministries.

Craney began his career within the post-secondary education division of the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, now known as the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development. Craney has years of experience working as a senior policy adviser to the president, and executive director of the office of institutional research and analysis at York University, as well as chair of the Council on University Planning and Analysis. He has also served as a director of the office of institutional analysis and planning, and lecturer in the department of economics at the University of Guelph.

Prior to this appointment, Craney served on the board of directors for the Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer as its founding executive director.

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 Marie-Lison Fougère

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Marie-Lison Fougère
Deputy Minister
Ministries of Accessibility, Francophone Affairs and Senior Affairs

Marie-Lison Fougère has served as the deputy minister of francophone affairs and seniors affairs since Dec. 1, 2015. In June 2016, she was also appointed as deputy minister responsible for accessibility. Prior to assuming these roles, she acted as interim deputy minister of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

Fougère served for eight years as assistant deputy minister, strategic policy and programs division, at the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities. In this role, she was responsible for strategic policy development and program design for both post-secondary education and labour market skills training. From 2005 to 2007, Fougère was assistant deputy minister of the Office of Francophone Affairs, where she was responsible for French-language services in the Ontario Public Service. She also has 10 years of progressive experience at the Ministry of Education, during which she held a variety of policy/program director portfolios. Fougère studied political science and German literature at Dalhousie University in Halifax and Heidelberg University in Germany. She also holds a master’s degree from York University in Toronto. She is fluent in French, English and German.

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Stephen Gaskin
Senior Vice-President, Ontario Region
Scotiabank

As senior vice-president, Ontario region, Steve Gaskin leads the regional strategy for acquiring, retaining and deepening customer relationships to drive loyal and profitable growth for retail and small business.

Gaskin joined Scotiabank in 1985 and has held progressively senior positions, including district vice-president; vice president, service experience; vice president, customer contact centre; and vice-president, self service customer experience, where he had strategic responsibility for self-service channels including online banking, mobile banking, telephone banking and automated bank machines. Most recently, Gaskin was senior vice-president, operations, overseeing the delivery of day-to-day operational and sales support for over 1,000 Scotiabank branches and offices across Canada. He also has responsibility for the fraud management office and enterprise regulatory reporting.

Gaskin is a graduate of the American Bankers Association school of bank marketing and management. He holds a master of business administration from Northwestern University and York University, and has completed the executive strategy program at Queen’s University. He is a past chair of the Scotiabank United Way Campaign and is currently on the board of the Ombudsman for Banking and Investment Services. He lives in Toronto with his wife Chris, who is also a Scotiabanker.

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Mary Ito
Host, Fresh Air
CBC Radio 1

Mary Ito has had a long history of broadcasting. She is currently the host of Fresh Air on CBC Radio One, which is the No. 1 weekend morning show across the province, Before that, Ito worked at CBC Television as the host of Living in Toronto. She worked at TVOntario for five years as host of a daily talk show called More to Life, which covered an eclectic range of topics in health, education, arts and culture, business and family issues. Ito was also the host of Second Opinion on TVO, a panel show that dealt with controversial issues in health. She also worked at Global-TV as the anchor of a daily health report called Health Matters.

Ito has also worked at CFTO-TV as a reporter, host and weekend news anchor. She also worked previously in radio at CBC, and at CFRB as a reporter, host and producer.

Ito is active in the community with a particular interest in health. She has volunteered her services for many organizations, including the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, the MS Society of Ontario, the Hospital for Sick Children, the Toronto Public Library and the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre.

She lives with her husband and three children in Toronto.

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Marc Seaman 2015

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Marc Seaman
Vice-President, Education
Microsoft Canada

Since joining Microsoft Canada in 2004, Marc Seaman has held the position of national director of corporate and public affairs, including responsibility for leading and managing corporate communications and citizenship across Canada. Prior to joining Microsoft, Seaman worked in the consulting industry for six years as a managing partner of APCO Worldwide’s Canadian office, and as vice-president and national practice group leader for GPC-Fleishman Hillard. He also worked in marketing management roles for both the Ottawa Senators and the Ottawa Rough Riders in the 1990s.

Seaman is currently a member of the board of directors for the Ottawa Convention Centre and a member of the board of governors for the Ottawa Hospital. He served on the board of governors of the University of Ottawa from 2001 to 2006, including serving on its executive committee and as chair of its communications and external relations committee. He was a member of the United Way Ottawa Cabinet from 2005 to 2007, and was the inaugural chair of its next generation division. He was a member of the board of directors for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada from 2006-2009 and a member of the board of directors for Westboro Academy from 2005-2009.

Seaman was recognized as Manager of the Year for Microsoft Canada in 2007 and was awarded the J. Elder Award as Microsoft’s Leader of the Year in 2009. His professional achievements have earned him the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Award of Excellence for Marketing, as well as the Capitale Excel Award for Communications. He was a recipient of Ottawa’s 40 under 40 by the Ottawa Business Journal in 2007. Fluently bilingual, he holds a bachelors degree in communications from the University of Ottawa.

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Scott Thompson
Deputy Minister
Ministry of Finance

Scott Thompson was appointed to the position of deputy minister in the Ministry of Finance in October 2014. In his previous position as deputy minister, policy and delivery in the Ontario Cabinet Office, his primary role was to work with all ministries in the Ontario public service and the Premier’s Office to establish and manage the government’s policy and legislative agenda.

Prior to Thompson’s appointment to Cabinet Office, he was the executive lead for the secretariat responsible for the Commission on the Reform of Ontario’s Public Services, otherwise known as the Drummond Commission, at the Ministry of Finance.

Throughout his 31 year tenure with the Ontario Public Service, Thompson has served in various senior management positions in the ministries of Transportation, Municipal Affairs, Finance, and Northern Development and Mines, as well as several roles in Cabinet Office.

Thompson is currently serving as chair of the Ontario Financing Authority, is on the board of the Mowat Centre and the Public Service Commission, and sits on the research committee of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada.

Thompson began his public service career in 1985 after completing a bachelor of environmental studies degree in urban planning at the University of Waterloo and graduate work in transportation planning at the University of Illinois.

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Marianne Walker

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Marianne Walker
President and CEO
Guelph General Hospital

Marianne Walker is changing the future of health care in Ontario. In leadership roles spanning more than 30 years, including her current role as president and CEO of Guelph General Hospital, she has worked to refocus health care on the patient. She has led several region- and provincewide initiatives that have dramatically improved patient outcomes after stroke, and her elder care strategy is recognized as one of the best practice model provincewide. As a surveyor with Accreditation Canada, Walker is also helping to improve health care quality and patient safety across the country and internationally in countries including Brazil.

Walker holds a master of health sciences from the University of Toronto, a bachelor of science in nursing from McMaster University, and a nursing diploma from Conestoga College. Walker is the recipient of the 2015 Premier’s Award for outstanding Ontario college graduates in health sciences and of the 2016 Women of Distinction Lifetime Achievement Award for Health, Wellness and Recreation. She is a board member of the Change Foundation and the Canadian College of Health Leaders, and past Ontario Hospital Association board member.

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