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The Premier’s Awards celebrate the achievements of Ontario college graduates in the province and throughout the world. It's a gala award ceremony and it's in celebration of the graduates of Ontario's 24 Colleges. The 2015 Premier's Awards in Toronto on November 16, 2015 includes five St. Lawrence College grads, representing all our grads and the contributions you make to our province. Below is a listing of our nominees in each category:

Premier's Awards 2015 James Robeson

James Robeson

Business Administration, Marketing, 2008
CEO and Co-Founder, Piinpoint

Jim Robeson’s idea to harness Big Data’s power for affordable and user-friendly business location analytics is propelling his company, Piinpoint, from two people to 14, and they’ve only just begun. His tech startup has already landed such retail stalwarts as Tim Horton’s and RioCan. A passion for entrepreneurship founded in his family’s deli business, has morphed into the Next Big Thing for businesses big and small.

Premier's Awards 2015 Julia Scott

Health Sciences
Julia Scott

Nursing, 1976
VP Clinical Services & Chief Nursing Executive, Grey Bruce Health Services & Co-founder & Facilitator, Dorothy Wylie Health Leaders Institute

Julia Scott may oversee nursing at a six-site hospital in the sprawling Grey and Bruce counties, but she is equally proud of the work to which she dedicates her evenings and weekends.  Since 2001, Julia and her co-founders at the Dorothy Wylie Health Leaders Institute have shaped the careers of over 2,400 health care professionals, and pioneered a nursing-leader ethos of "leadership is more than a title". The organization’s two-part, seven-day institutes have been called “A National Treasure” by the Canadian Nurses Association, for its work in advancing leadership for nurses in all levels and roles across Canada.

Premier's Awards 2015 Justin Tse

Creative Arts & Design
Justin Tse

Culinary Management, 2010
Pastry Chef, Social & Executive Chef, Arctic Watch and Arctic Haven Wilderness Lodge

For seven months of the year Justin Tse is a pastry chef and self-confessed 'mad scientist' who pushes ingredients to their limits to create memorable culinary concoctions. But for five months of the year he heads 800 km north of the Arctic Circle as the executive chef of a wilderness lodge, where he brings fine dining to the lodge's intrepid adventurers. Whereas his day job requires an intimate knowledge of culinary chemistry, his 'summer job' requires he forage for purple saxifrage to make tea, and find a multitude of ways to catch, prepare and preserve the catch of the day.


  Premier's Awards 2015 Jack J. Collins

Trades & Technology
Jack J. Collins

Environmental Engineering Technology, 1974
Chief Capital Officer, Metrolinx

Jack Collins is charged with bringing in the largest urban transit project in the country with the introduction of five light rail and rapid transit lines in the GTA, and an ambitious re-boot of GO Transit commuter service. With over $20 billion under his watchful eye, Jack returned to Canada after 28 years in the U.S. working on some of the continent’s largest transit projects. When one media source pointed out he was the rare executive “with mud on his boots”, it was a testament to his ability to combine high level operational control, with face-to-face community relations.

Premier's Awards 2015 Chloe McCauley

Recent Graduate
Chloe McCauley

Esthetician, 2012
National Education and Services Manager, BeneFit Cosmetics, a division of LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy)

Chloe McCauley showed she could work at the highest levels when she simultaneously completed the fourth year of her university degree, while attending full-time at SLC in the Esthetics program. In just three short years since, she has parlayed a Gold Medal performance in Esthetics at Skills Canada into two national positions at the country’s largest and most respected cosmetics companies, and today oversees the roll-out of a new retail spa concept for Canada, from luxury goods company LVMH. She has trained hundreds of estheticians and beauty advisors, and is a sought-after speaker and resource for beauty journalists and bloggers.