RECIPIENTS OF THE 2016 TRANSFORMATION AWARDS
LEADERSHIP AWARD | Saäd Rafi
CEO, 2015 Panam Games and ORPP AC
Saäd Rafi was the CEO of the Pan Am Games, the largest sporting event of its kind in Canada. Under his leadership, the games were a phenomenal success. He has served as Deputy Minister, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care; Deputy Minister, Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure; National Infrastructure Advisory and Project Finance Practice Leader at Deloitte & Touche LLP; Deputy Minister of Transportation; and the Deputy Minister of Community Safety.
PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD | Justice Michael H. Tulloch
Judge, Ontario Court Of Appeal
The Honourable Justice Michael H. Tulloch is the first African Canadian judge appointed to the Ontario Court of Appeal in 2012 . He attended York University and Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Canada. After graduating from law school in 1989, he became an Assistant Crown Attorney in 1991, and later worked as a private defence lawyer. A highly respected role model, he was appointed Judge to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice In 2003.
ENTERPRISE AWARD | Nav Bhatia
Hyundai Dealership President and Raptors Super Fan
Nav Bhatia is known as The Superfan of the Toronto Raptors, one of the leading teams in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He recently became the Raptors South Asian Community Ambassador, working alongside global music superstar Drake. Bhatia also owns the number one Hyundai dealership in Canada, with locations in Mississauga and Rexdale. Bhatia spends more than $300,000 a year on Raptors tickets, many of them given away to kids to enjoy basketball games.
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD | Andrea Chrisjohn
Council Fire Native Cultural Centre
Andrea Chrisjohn is an active member in native Canadian community circles through her work with the Council Fire Native Cultural Centre, an autonomous, vibrant cultural agency that involves and serves the indigenous community with confidence for and commitment to their well-being. The mandate of the organization is to provide counseling, material assistance and other direct services to First Nations people as well as to encourage and enhance spiritual and personal growth.
HERITAGE AWARD | Anthony Wilson-Smith
President & CEO, Historica Canada
Anthony Wilson-Smith joined Historica Canada in 2012 after a long career in journalism, followed by senior executive positions at crown and financial services corporations. As a journalist, he served as author, columnist, foreign correspondent, editor and is a frequent public speaker. As a political and social commentator, he has appeared on many national as well as international radio and television networks.
HARMONY AWARD | Arthur K. Miki
Educator and Activist
Arthur K. Miki was 5 when his family was part of the removal of Japanese Canadians from the West Coast to Manitoba in 1942. An order of Canada recipient, Miki is an advisor to the Canadian Race Relations Foundation, where he had served as Vice Chair. He has also served as President of the Japanese Cultural Association; Founder and President of the Asian Heritage Society in Manitoba; and President of the National Association of Japanese Canadians.
DEVELOPMENT AWARD | Judith Puttock
Board Chair, Women's Centre of York Region
Judith Puttock has worked as a senior human resources professional in four major Canadian corporations, consultant to leaders, and provided confidential executive coaching to senior leaders in corporations in Canada, and the United States. For the past twenty-five years, Judith has also volunteered her time with several not-for-profit organizations within York Region, to help deliver programs to women and families of diverse backgrounds.
EXCELLENCE AWARD | Donovan Bailey
Track & Field Legend
Donovan Bailey is one of the greatest sprinters of all-time. A Hall of Fame track & field legend, he is a three-time world record holder, a two-time Olympic champion and a three-time world champion. He was named Track & Field News sprinter of the decade (1991-2001); the greatest sprinter in Canadian history; and anchor of all of Canada's gold medal team relay wins to date. Bailey broke the indoor 50 metre world record in 5.56 seconds, which still stands.
INNOVATION AWARD | Kundan Joshi
Founder and CEO, The AppLabb
Kundan Joshi is the Founder and CEO of The AppLabb, a product and service innovation firm focused on strategy, design and mobile app development. Headquartered in Toronto with offices in New York, Hong Kong, India and Australia, The AppLabb has created over 450 apps for clients ranging from leading enterprise clients like Unilever, Samsung, Dell and Rogers, to innovative start-ups. He holds a software engineering degree from the University of Western Ontario.
ENTERTAINMENT AWARD | Jackie Richardson
Legendary Singer and Actor
Jackie Richardson is a legendary singer and actor. She started with Brenda Russell in Toronto girl group, The Tiaras. A three-time nominee for the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television's Gemini Awards, she has won the Best Actress Award for The Gospel According to the Blues. In 2003, she was nominated for the NAACP Image Award for Best Actress for Sins of the Father. In 2004, she won a Dora Award for the musical Cookin' At The Cookery.
MEDIA AWARD | Anthony Farnell
Chief Meteorologist, Global TV
Anthony Farnell has been the Chief Meteorologist at Global News since 2006. As Global National's hurricane expert, he reported live from Gravenhurst, Ontario, hours after one of the largest tornados in Canadian history. After graduating from Vermont's Lyndon State College in 2003, Farnell began his career at KPAX in Missoula, Montana. In 2005, he worked for Bellator Energy in Montreal, trading weather derivatives, before joining Global. He covered Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD | Marek Goldyn
Founder & President, European Club of Canada
Marek Goldyn is the Founder and CEO of the The European Club of Canada, which is dedicated to business and professional opportunities for Canada and Europe. He is the Publisher of Polonez, a Polish-Canadian newspaper; Editor-in-Chief of Polonez Newsmagazine; and Producer of Polonez, a Polish North American Radio Program. Goldyn's Diplomatic Academy provides training for current and future ambassadors as well as for other trade and diplomatic personnel.