Northern College Nominates Alumni for 2013 Premier’s Awards

Northern College Alumni News & Events

TIMMINS, ON (Thursday, 27 June 2013):Northern College has nominated three alumni for the 2013 Premier’s Awards for Outstanding College Graduates. The Premier’s Awards are an annual provincial awards program that acknowledges the success of Ontario’s college graduates.

Nominated in the business category is Mr. Shawn Batise who graduated from the Haileybury School of Mines with a Mining Engineering Technician diploma in 1986. As the Executive Director of Wabun Tribal Council, Batise has been facilitating change and prosperity for First Nation communities for over 20 years. Shawn is the prime negotiator for all resource development agreements within Wabun traditional territory which encompasses a large part of northeastern Ontario including the major gold and base metal mining and exploration camps in Timmins, Kirkland Lake, Matachewan and Gogama.

Jennifer Breton, the Executive Director of the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Manitoba has been nominated in the health sciences category. Breton graduated with a Nursing Assistant certificate from Northern College in 1990 and now oversees the provincial organization charged with regulating the nursing profession in Manitoba. Today, Jennifer has a direct impact on the health and wellness of all Manitobans and influences the Canadian health care system. Her progressive experience ranges from frontline health care and teaching to policy advancement and implementation, and program development for urban and remote Aboriginal communities.

Paul Andre Huet graduated from the Mining Engineering Technology program at the Haileybury School of Mines in 2000 and has been nominated in the technology category. He is now the CEO of Klondex Mines in Nevada. He has worked with multi-national mining companies and has been instrumental in numerous start-ups. Huet led a Nevada mine through construction to production, generating over 180 new jobs and $100 million in annual revenue. He’s impacted mining processes in Nevada by bringing innovative methods developed in the mines of northern Ontario to the global forefront.

“We nominate this trio with great pleasure,” said Fred Gibbons, President of Northern College. “We are extremely proud that they are a part of the Northern College alumni family. Mr. Batise, Ms. Breton and Mr. Huet have demonstrated a commitment to the betterment of their communities, contributed significantly to their profession and share a passion for continuous learning and professional development. They truly represent the values that Northern College upholds.”

Nominations are submitted from each of Ontario’s 24 colleges in six categories: business, creative arts and design, community services, health sciences, technology and recent graduate. Premier’s Awards winners will be announced at a gala awards evening on November 18, 2013, in Toronto. Each award winner is presented with a bronze medal, a framed certificate signed by the Premier of Ontario, and a $5,000 bursary directed to their alma mater.

Past Northern College recipients include Donald C. MacKinnon and Donald Jan Dekker, who both received the Premier’s Award for Technology. Last year’s Northern College nominees included David Landers, Martin Michaud and Daniel Dutrisac.