St. Lawrence College
Welding and Fabrication Technician, 2016
Welder Apprenticeship Level 3, 2015
Welder Apprenticeship Level 2, 2015
Welder Apprenticeship Level 1, 2014
Melissa Phelan is a highly skilled welder and robotics weld programmer who has become a vocal advocate for women entering the welding industry and the trades in general. Recognized as a woman to watch in the trades, she is both a talented welder and technician and a leading voice within the Canadian manufacturing sector. Using social media and online forums as a force for positive change, she uses her skills and experience to encourage, inform and inspire the next generation of women in the trades.
Basiri, Massi and Meti
Massi – Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer, ApplyBoard
Fitness and Health Promotion, 2014
Meti – Co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer, ApplyBoard
Business - Marketing, 2014
Massi and Meti Basiri are on a mission to educate the world. In 2015, they co-founded ApplyBoard, now the world’s largest online platform for international student recruitment and one of the fastest growing technology companies in Canada. They have helped more than 200,000 students study at 1,500 educational institutions across North America, the U.K. and Australia, including 21 Ontario colleges. In 2019, Forbes named the Massi brothers to three different Top 30 Under 30 lists.
Legal Office Administration, 1990
Fire/Life Safety Education Officer, City of Brampton
Michelle John provides invaluable community services to the city of Brampton as the fire and life safety education officer. She goes above and beyond her job requirements to reach out to Brampton's diverse community to ensure their safety. She organizes information sessions in public places such as malls and community centres and visits schools, seniors’ homes and residences to create awareness about fire safety. She is held in high regard by her supervisors and colleagues for her work to help the community. She is a role model for women and visible minorities who aspire to similar leadership positions.
Advanced Crisis Intervention and Counselling, 2002
Social Service Worker, 1990
CEO, Punjabi Community Health Services
Baldev Mutta is the CEO of Punjabi Community Health Services, an accredited charitable not-for-profit organization that is making a significant impact, serving and empowering marginalized and oppressed families and individuals. With affiliates across Canada, the organization’s success and Mutta’s standing as an industry leader stem from Mutta’s knowledge and ability to identify needs, address gaps and determine culturally relevant solutions. He also shares his wisdom with like-minded organizations. His work has garnered several activist, community and excellence awards, including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Social Service Worker, 2009
Actor, Marla Mann Agency
Nadia George is an award-winning Mi’kmaw-Canadian actress, media personality, therapist and public speaker based in Toronto. Her work focuses on uplifting young voices and addressing stigma around contemporary Indigenous identity and her volunteerism includes roles as a national ambassador, adviser and BIPOC committee member for several national organizations. She can be seen in numerous films and television series, including “History Erased,” “Along the Water’s Edge” and “Uncolonize.” Her portrayal of Jolene in the award-winning film, “Her Water Drum,” earned her the distinguished Award of Achievement in Acting for a Leading Role at the Los Angeles Skins Film Festival.
Ambulance and Emergency Care Paramedic, 1991
Director, Emergency Services and Chief, Paramedic Service, County of Renfrew
Michael Nolan has been taking care of others since he graduated. His career has sent him far afield, professionally and personally, earned him recognition and allowed to him contribute to the profession through his leadership, advocacy and the application of innovative technology. In 2004, he became the chief of the paramedic service for the County of Renfrew and has continually pushed the boundary of what paramedicine offers, moving beyond the traditional response-based 911 service to one that provides diverse services throughout the community.
Adefioye, Adebola Taiwo
Bachelor of Child Development, 2021
Early Childhood Education, 2018
Founder, Afro Women and Youth Foundation
For the last decade, Adebola Adefioye has dedicated her career to improving the lives of women and girls in Africa and Canada. As a newcomer to Canada, her family experienced racial discrimination, which inspired her to create the Afro Women and Youth Foundation. Today, the foundation continues to provide regular training, coaching programs and mentorship opportunities to build the confidence of African women, youth and girls. In 2020, she was named a finalist for the Women of Inspiration Awards and she won the Black Community Leadership Award at United Way Greater Toronto.
Aviation-Flight Technology, 2005
First Officer, WestJet
An internationally recognized Elsie Award-winning airline pilot, crash site investigator and women in aviation advocate, Stacey Jackson has made a career out of her passion for flying and the study of human factors as they pertain to the aviation industry. Whether flying UN evacuation missions, starting her own consulting firm or chartering the Upper Canada chapter of Women in Aviation International, she earns the highest accolades for her industry and brings passion for the development and support of her peers to every aspect of her career.
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