2019 Premier's Awards

2019 Premier's Awards

Selection panel

This distinguished group of panellists selects the 2019 Premier’s Awards recipients.

Andrew Bowerbank | David Common | Marie-Lison Fougere | Stephen GaskinBrent Lessard | Kimberly Moran | Marianne Walker

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Andrew Bowerbank
National Vice-President, Sustainability and Energy
WSP Canada

Andrew Bowerbank is well known to the energy, infrastructure, and cleantech sectors in Canada and internationally. He is a leading authority on emerging clean energy technologies, high-performance building design, and low-carbon economics. Through his experiences, he has developed the ability to identify new market opportunities and demonstrate the effectiveness of collaboration across industry sectors to achieve results.

Bowerbank was recently named one of Canada’s top 16 sustainability leaders at the 2017 Clean50 Awards. He is also the recipient of the prestigious 2017 Ontario Premier’s Award for his career accomplishments, and in 2018 was awarded the Distinguished Fellow and Adjunct Professor honour by Mohawk College for his work on Ontario’s first net-zero energy institutional building on campus.

Today, Bowerbank is the national vice president, sustainability and energy, at WSP, one of the largest engineering consulting fims in the world. Among his past professional accomplishments, Bowerbank has taken on a number of leadership roles across the industry, including head of sustainability at EllisDon Corporation, council member at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, and member representative at the World Bank’s Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition. Bowerbank is also the former CEO of the World Green Building Council (2007-10), where he successfully worked with council members to grow the WorldGBC from eight founding nations to over 60 member countries. He also worked with international leaders to establish green building networks across Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin and South Americas. During his tenure with the WorldGBC, he had the fortunate opportunity to work as a member representative for the United Nations Environmental Programme with a specific goal to deliver a global framework for major carbon reductions in buildings.

As a published author, Bowerbank has had two of his books on Canada’s bestselling authors list and he has produced a number of market reports on topics including sustainable urban development, green health care, electric vehicle infrastructure, low-carbon economics and more. In 2007, he received the Leader of the Year award from EnerQuality Corporation and the Ontario Home Builders Association for his contributions to sustainable community development, green home design and for his efforts to initiate the development of Ontario’s first “Energy Star” certified community.

On June 23, 2010, Bowerbank proudly received an honorary bachelor’s degree in technology from Humber College in recognition of his professional accomplishments. He has also received numerous industry awards and recognitions for his keynote addresses, an activity he thoroughly enjoys. The opportunity now is to leverage his expertise, experiences and networks to collaborate with industry leaders in efforts to shift markets towards a low-carbon economy.

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David Common
Network Host and Correspondent
CBC News

David Common is a host of Marketplace and a correspondent with The National. You’ll also see and hear him guest-hosting and contributing to multiple CBC News programs.

He’s travelled to every province and territory on assignment and been dispatched to more than 75 countries on a range of stories. Common has spent time underwater in a submerged submarine near the Korean peninsula, travelled Afghanistan and Iraq covering war, watched as Canada’s Navy confronted pirates off Somalia, and been on board a Canadian icebreaker in the Arctic search for the ill-fated Franklin expedition.

He also once interviewed Elmo on Sesame Street.

Originally from Winnipeg, Common went to university in Toronto and Sweden. Now, as part of the investigative team at Marketplace, he’s gone as far as the backstreets of India in pursuit of phone scammers targeting Canadians, tackled questionable sales practices in Canada’s funeral homes, located the source of a potential poison inserted into children’s jewellery at factories in China, and dived into the problem of food waste in Canadian supermarkets.

Common has been honoured to receive several awards and is one of the CBC’s multi-skilled journalists, able to shoot and edit his own stories as needed, and shifts between hosting and reporting on the CBC’s national digital, radio and television platforms.

He lives in Toronto with his wife and two daughters.

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Marie-Lison Fougère
Deputy Minister
Ministries of Francophone Affairs and Long-Term Care

Marie-Lison Fougère has a dual appointment, as deputy minister of francophone affairs, a post she has held since June 2018, and as deputy minister of long–term care since July 2019.

Fougère has more than 25 years of experience in the Ontario public service and has been a deputy minister since 2015. Prior to her current roles, she was dually appointed as deputy minister for seniors and accessibility and deputy minister of francophone affairs.

Her prior positions include interim deputy minister of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities; assistant deputy minister of the strategic policy and programs division at the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities; assistant deputy minister at the Office of Francophone Affairs; and a variety of senior management roles at the Ministry of Education.

She studied political science and German literature at Dalhousie University in Halifax and Heidelberg University in Germany. She holds a master’s degree from York University in Toronto and 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, Stephen 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 had 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 a member of the United Way Greater Toronto’s major individual giving cabinet.

He lives in Toronto with his wife Chris, who is also a Scotiabanker.

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Brent Lessard
Co-founder and Project Manager
rLoop

Brent Lessard is an accomplished team leader and project manager with proven experience developing and launching innovative technology projects. A mechanical engineer with experience in intelligent building monitoring and management systems, Lessard is co-founder and project manager at rLoop; a SpaceX award-winning, globally distributed and crowd-sourced engineering organization with over 1,400 members from more than 50 countries. Lessard successfully established the vision, strategy, platform, and processes to facilitate the virtual and physical collaboration of a distributed community to design and build one of the most advanced Hyperloop prototype vehicles to date. rLoop is now established as an advanced transportation technology research and development organization. Lessard also serves as a board member for the Durham College Alumni Association and was awarded a 2017 Ontario Premier’s Award in the recent graduate category.

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Kimberly Moran
Chief Executive Officer
Children’s Mental Health Ontario

Kimberly Moran is dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth with a focus on strengthening health-care policy, systems and patient outcomes in Canada and internationally. She is recognized as a leading and fierce advocate of access to quality and timely child and youth mental health. Her passion for improving the delivery of child and youth mental health treatment runs deep and is rooted in her family’s lived experience with mental health as a mother of a daughter who became seriously ill.

An expert in designing integrated patient-centred systems of care, she is a sought-after adviser and speaker on the topic. She has also worked extensively with and advised health system stakeholders at all levels of government in Canada and internationally.

Moran is currently CEO of Children’s Mental Health Ontario, representing the province’s largest provider of child and youth mental health services, supporting 120,000 children, youth and their families. She serves on the board of CMHA Toronto and previously contributed to the North York General Hospital and SIM-one Simulation Healthcare Network boards.

Moran is a member of the Premier’s Council on Improving Health Care and Ending Hallway Medicine. Established October 2018, this is an independent, voluntary expert advisory council, which reports to the premier and the minister of health and long-term care. The council has now released two reports. The first, titled Hallway Health Care: A System Under Strain,was released in January 2019 and the second report, A Healthy Ontario: Building a sustainable health care system,was released in June 2019.

Moran brings more than 30 years of senior leadership experience in the private and not-for-profit sectors. She is also a chartered professional accountant, which underlies her passion for developing effective and affordable health-care systems.

Prior to CMHO, Moran held positions as special adviser to the dean of the faculty of medicine, University of Toronto, acting CEO and chief operating officer at UNICEF Canada, and senior finance positions with TD Bank and Ernst & Young.

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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 and integrated care. 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 that include 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 and vice-chair of the Canadian College of Health Leaders and past Ontario Hospital Association and Change Foundation board member.

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