Peter van Stralen
Humber College

Program of Study: Landscape Technician
Graduating Year: 1990
Job Titles: CEO
Places of Employment: Sunshine Brands, The Grounds Guys and The Sprinkler Guys

Starting out 25 years ago with just a lawn mower and a trailer, Peter van Stralen is now the CEO of a multi-million-dollar landscape franchise brand that has 180 locations across Canada and the United States. He is regularly invited to speak about leadership and personal and professional growth, and is the author of a book on leadership principles that can help businesses transform their cultures.


Community Services
Jessica Lynn Whitbread
George Brown College

Program of Study: Community Worker
Graduating Year: 2009
Job Titles: Global Director
Places of Employment: International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW)

Jessica Whitbread is a passionate advocate for the rights of women living with HIV. As global director of the International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW), she has managed the organization’s transfer to Nairobi. She was the youngest and first queer woman to be elected as ICW’s chair and founded its first international chapter for young women, adolescents and girls.


Creative Arts and Design
Tibor Madjar
Sheridan College

Program of Study: Computer Animation
Graduating Year: 1999
Job Title: Founder and President
Place of Employment: PayPro Global

Tibor Madjar played a leading role in devising Mudbox – 3D sculpting software that has created complex visual effects for Oscar-winning films such as King Kong, Avatar, Life of Pi, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Madjar received a 2014 Academy Award for developing the software, which dramatically reduces the amount of time and money it takes to produce complex visual effects.


Health Sciences
Capt. (RCN) Rebecca Patterson
Niagara College

Program of Study: Nursing
Graduating Year: 1987
Job Titles: Commander 1 Health Services Group
Places of Employment: Canadian Armed Forces

A decorated officer, she commands all military medical units from northern Ontario to British Columbia and the Arctic. She oversaw the care for the Canadian Forces’ ill and injured during conflicts in the Persian Gulf, Croatia, Bosnia and Rwanda. She also led the multinational team that designed a military medical education system for Afghanistan.


Recent Graduate
Candice Ekonomakos
Humber College

Program of Study: Culinary Management
Graduating Year: 2012
Job Title: Cook
Place of Employment: Ritz-Carlton

Candice Ekonomakos is using her culinary gifts to fight hunger and poverty in Toronto. She established Cooks with a Mission, which invites junior chefs and established cooks to donate food, equipment and time to community kitchens. Currently employed at the prestigious Ritz-Carlton restaurant, she has spoken nationally and internationally about her efforts to help others.


Recent Graduate
Chief Georjann Morriseau
Confederation College

Program of Study: Aboriginal Law and Advocacy
Graduating Year: 2009
Job Title: Chief
Place of Employment: Fort William First Nation

Chief Georjann Morriseau was instrumental in formalizing the governance development network that helps First Nation communities across Ontario with governance strategic planning. In April 2013, she became the youngest person to be elected chief of Fort William First Nation. She was elected as chief after sitting one term as a councillor.


James Forbes
Sheridan College

Program of Study: Mechanical Engineering Technology
Graduating Year: 1971
Job Titles: Chief Design Engineer
Places of Employment: National Steel Car Ltd.

James Forbes is an award-winning expert in railcar design who has improved the safety and productivity of railway freight cars in North America. He has more than 100 patents in the U.S. and Canada. He recently co-invented a railroad car with steering that works like a pendulum and has the flexibility to respond to rails that aren’t always even or perfectly parallel.