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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 in celebration of the graduates of Ontario's 24 Colleges. The 2016 Premier's Awards in Toronto on November 21, 2016 includes three St. Lawrence College grads, representing all our grads and the contributions they make to our province. Below is a listing of our nominees in each category:

Premier's Award 2016 Nominee Rich Donnelly

Rich Donnelly

Animal Care Technology, 1980
President and Chief Operating Officer
Lloyd Inc. Human + Animal Health, Shenandoah, Iowa

Every day, over 600,000 dogs in the United States have Rich Donnelly and his team at Lloyd Inc., to thank for the treatment of their hypothyroidism. And, with FDA approval recently confirmed, and Health Canada approval pending, humans with the disease - approximately 6% of the world's population - will see similar relief. In a career that has crossed borders and species, Rich's focus on the benefits of research and its real-world application has turned around under-performing companies, and had a positive impact on patients - both human and animal.




Preimier's Award Nominee 2016 Chie Reg Niganobe

Recent Graduate
Chief Reg Niganobe

Social Service Worker, 2011
Chief, Mississauga First Nations

In March 2015, Chief Reg Niganobe of the Mississauga First Nation became only the third leader in the province to guide his band members to the ratification of their own Constitution. Members voted 91% in favour of the community-created Constitution, which will eventually replace the Indian Act, and is a key step towards self-government. As the youngest Chief in the band's history, he has overcome initial skepticism that his youth would be a disadvantage, and through his education as a Social Service Worker, he was able to understand and address the concerns of his band members about future self-government.




Premier's Award Nominee 2016 Ryan Baillargeon

Ryan Baillargeon

Computer Engineering Technology, 2002
Founder & CEO, Grassriots Inc.

Ryan Baillargeon has been at the very front lines on the birth of digital citizenship, and has put technology to work for countless causes around the globe. Whether it was the health advocacy of Cancer Day of Action, or the political activism of LeadNow, or the campaign to end China's dog meat festival, he has built the platforms which have turned the social web into a tool of social change. His passion for progressive causes has united with his technology skills, to create a unique full service agency for non-profits that is purely digital and exclusively online.