RECIPIENTS OF THE 2014 TRANSFORMATION OR DIVERSITY AWARDS
LEADERSHIP | JANET ECKER
Janet Ecker, President & CEO, Toronto Financial Services Alliance and Former Minister
Janet L. Ecker is President & CEO of Toronto Financial Services Alliance, which involves the sector, municipal, provincial and federal governments. She established the Global Risk Institute in Financial Services to leverage global reputation and the Centre of Excellence in Financial Services Education. Ecker has served as Finance Minister, Minister of Education, Community and Social Services, Government House Leader, Director of Policy for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, Chair of the Rouge Valley Health System, Fellow and Adjunct Professor at Queen's University and Member, Ontario Finance Minister's Economic Advisory Panel.
ENTERPRISE | SURJIT BABRA
Chairman & CEO, Skylink Group of Companies
Surjit Babra is Chairman & CEO of Skylink Group and of Highbury Canco. SkyLink's global presence is under the SkyLink Travel, FlyLink, Tourcan and SkyLink Holidays brands. SkyLink Travel is a leading consolidator, representing over 60 airlines to travel agents in Canada and the USA. In May 2014, Highbury Canco bought the Heinz plant in Leamington, saving 250 jobs. In 1986, Babra bought Dollar Rent-A-Car Canada, grew it from 3 to 29 locations and sold it back in 2002. He received the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce Award, Mother Theresa Humanitarian Award, B'nai Brith impact award and Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
LIFETIME | MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION
Mayor of the City of Mississauga
Her Worship Hazel McCallion was first elected Mayor of Mississauga in 1978 and has served for 36 years, with 12 consecutive elections. She became a Member of the Order of Canada in 2005. In June 2010, she was conferred Honorary Doctor of Laws degree by the University of Toronto. The Hazel McCallion Senior Public School, Hazel McCallion Academic Learning Centre at the University of Toronto and the Hazel McCallion Campus of Sheridan College have been named in of her honour. She has been voted the second most popular mayor in the world. At 93, Mississauga has transformed under her leadership.
COMMUNITY SERVICE | JEAN PAUL GLADU
President & CEO Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business
Jean Paul (JP) Gladu is the President and CEO of Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business. Anishinaabe from Thunder Bay, he is a member of the Sand Point First Nation. Gladu has over two decades of experience in the natural resource sector. His career path includes work with Aboriginal communities and organizations, environmental organizations, industry and governments. With a passion for his community and heritage, he brings the past, present and future to the table, moving corporate Canada and Aboriginal business toward sustainable partnerships and shared economic prosperity.
HARMONY | THE HONOURABLE DR. JEAN AUGUSTINE
Ontario Fairness Commissioner, Former Minister and Deputy Speaker of the Parliament of Canada
The Honorable Dr. Jean Augustine was appointed the first Fairness Commissioner for Ontario in March 2007. She was the first African-Canadian woman to be elected to the Parliament of Canada. She served as Minister of State for Multiculturalism and the Status of Women and as Deputy Speaker. She has been on the Boards of York University, Hospital for Sick Children, the Stephen Lewis Foundation and Harbourfront. The Jean Augustine Scholarship fund helps single mothers attend George Brown and Centennial College. A native of Grenada, the Jean Augustine Chair in Education at York University is a part of her incredible legacy.
INNOVATION | FRANK GERENCSER
CEO & Co-Founder, triOs, College and President Emeritus, Ontario Asssociation of Colleges
Frank Gerencser is the CEO and Co-Founder of triOS Corporation, the parent company of triOS College of Business, Technology & Healthcare as well as triOS Training Centres. Since 1992, triOS has graduated over 24,000 graduates. He has a Degree in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo and has run various IT and education companies. He has served as President of the Ontario Association of Career Colleges and member of the National Association of Career Colleges.
PUBLIC SERVICE | CHIEF JENNIFER EVANS
Peel Regional Police Chief
Chief Jennifer Evans began her stellar career with Peel Regional Police in 1983, when she joined as a Cadet. Since then, she has progressed throughout the organization with notable assignments, including the Uniform branch, Youth Bureau and the Criminal Investigations Bureau. In 2008 Chief Evans was promoted to Deputy Chief of Police. Her knowledge and experience is recognized both provincially and nationally. For the past three years, Chief Evans has served as a member on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Chiefs of Police. On October 12th, 2012, she was appointed Chief of the Peel Regional Police.
MEDIA | HAMLIN GRANGE
President & CEO, DiversiPro and Co-Founder, Innoversity Summit
Hamlin Grange is President & CEO of DiversiPro, a training and consulting firm. He served as a distinguished reporter at Global, CBC TV and the Toronto Star. Hamlin has hosted popular current affairs programs including Workweek on CBC and TVOntario, as well as CBC's More To The Story. He received the B'Nai Brith Human Rights Award for Journalism, the Black Film and Video Award, honours at the New York and Houston Film & Video festivals. He has served as trustee at Royal Ontario Museum; Toronto Police Services Board; YMCA; Innoversity and as President of the Canadian Association of Black Journalists.
HERITAGE | THE HONOURABLE DR. VIVIENNE POY
First Chinese Canadian Senator, Former Chancellor, University of Toronto
The Honourable Dr. Vivienne Poy is an author, entrepreneur, historian, fashion designer and community activist. In 1998, she became the first Canadian of Chinese descent to be appointed to the Senate of Canada, where she focused on gender, multiculturalism, immigration and human rights. Dr. Poy was instrumental in getting May recognized as Asian Heritage Month in Canada. She has served as Chancellor of the University of Toronto. Dr. Poy is involved with communities across Canada. She has honours, awards, honorary degrees and professorship from universities in Canada, USA, China, Hong Kong and South Korea.
EXCELLENCE | DR. ADEBUSOLA ONAYEMI
Anesthesiologist, Royal Victoria Hospital, Barrie
Dr. Adebusola Onayemi is a specialist Anesthesiologist at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie, Ontario. He is also the President & CEO of Onayemi Medicine Professional Corporation, whose goal is to address various health challenges in Canada and internationally. He is the President of BisBus International. He has served as President of the Canadian Association of Nigerian Physicians and Dentists. An ordained minister, Dr. Onayemi has also served as the Chairman of Afroglobal television, among other responsibilities.
ENTERTAINMENT | RAOUL JUNEJA
President, Lyrical Knockout Entertainment, TV Host, Producer & Social Commentator
Raoul Juneja, also known as Deejay Ra, is one of the South Asians making waves on Canada's music, film and television scenes. Juneja has produced many projects through his Lyrical Knockout Entertainment company, including a chart-topping rap album distributed by Universal Music; an anti-gang documentary featuring Oscar winner Jamie Foxx; and a Tupac tribute album. He created V-Mix, a music show on OMNI TV and the South Asian Mix online CBC radio channel. Born of Indian parents in Toronto and raised in New York, Raoul is the creator of V-Mix, a music show on OMNI TV and the South Asian Mix online CBC Music radio channel.
DEVELOPMENT | KATHERINE ROOS
Business Advisor, Consultant & Trainer Manager, Entrepreneurship, Access Employment
Katherine Roos served as Manager at Enterprise Toronto and is presently the manager of Entrepreneurship Connections at ACCESS Employment. She has enabled business owners meet growth goals and advance economic development. She specializes in small business policy, program development and implementation. A regular expert in the media, Roos has made a big impact in the City of Toronto's Economic Development & Culture Division, where she was in charge of programs that served more than 35,000 entrepreneurs a year. Roos contributes to economic development policy and facilitates linkages for business success.