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Alumni of Distinction

Alumnus of Distinction

This honour is awarded to an alumnus who attains outstanding career success and professional achievement and has been nominated for a Premier’s Award in the previous year. The award is presented at one of the convocation ceremonies in June.

2018 Alumnus of Distinction

Michael VanDerHerberg
Geomatics Technician, 2005

Michael VanDerHerberg is a compelling advocate for causes in social housing, refugee settlement, and community development, in both his professional and personal endeavors. Michael’s work with New Canadian Centre (NCC) began in 2009 and saw a tremendous amount of growth, beginning as an Employment Counsellor, then becoming an Employment Services Coordinator and later becoming a Refugee Resettlement Coordinator.

Michael has faced the refugee crisis first hand having spent a week along Syrian and Iraq borders. It was this experience that led to such a strong motivation to take refugee settlement to new and significantly higher levels. Michael has helped more than 125 newcomers find and retain work in Peterborough. Resettlement goals over the past year and a half had set out to help 36 Government Assisted Refugee (GAR) families. Michael surpassed that goal, helping 43 families.

Along with his wife Andrea, Michael owns and operates Silver Bean Café, a community-style restaurant they established in 2004. It is a popular community hub of buzz, ideas and infectious spirit that patrons call the “waterfront cottage in the city”.


2017 Alumnus of Distinction

Tracey Randall
Tourism and Transportation, 1988

As the General Manager of Musicfest Peterborough, Randall's vibrant personality, passion for community development, and commitment to excellence joins community friends and tourists together for free summer concerts in Del Crary Park, Peterborough. Under Randall's leadership, Festivals and Events Ontario recognized Peterborough Musicfest as a Top 100 Festival in 2015 and the 2016 Economic Impact Study revealed that Musicfest provides a $4.2 million boost to the region through hotels, restaurants and shopping, with 125,000 attendees each year.


2016 Alumnus of Distinction

Robert Jameson C.E.T., Fellow OACETT
Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology-Robotics, 1982

Bob Jameson is the dynamic President and CEO of Canadian Instrumentation Services Group. He commissioned both the largest hydro generator in Canada and the largest water volume pump storage unit in the United States. Bob credits his success to providing a rewarding and happy environment for customers and employees (60% are Fleming College graduates), emphasizing that customer and employee satisfaction is never sacrificed to gain a profit. At Tetra-Pak, Bob increased milk sales exponentially with the development of Moo-to-Win milk cartons. Through lead volunteer roles with OACETT and Fleming College, Bob strongly encourages college education for skilled trades and technology careers.


2015 Alumnus of Distinction

Lorrie Baird
Early Childhood Education, 1985

An expert in pedagogical leadership with 30 years of experience, Lorrie educates and cares for our youngest citizens. She spent many years exploring the Reggio approach to learning, and applied this pedagogy and engagement in reflected practice to transform early childhood education. She is the Associate Executive Director for Kawartha Child Care Services in Peterborough, where she championed the implementation of Reggio Inspired Emergent curriculum into 25 sites (when this innovative approach was rarely considered). Lorrie is a contributing author in Ministry of Education documents that support early learning and shares her expertise worldwide, most recently inspiring Ontario’s First Nations communities.


Our 2014 Alumnus of Distinction

Murray Hall
Fish and Wildlife Technician, 1980
Murray Hall - Fish and Wildlife Technician, 1980

Murray Hall is renowned as a Canadian innovator, founding Halltech Environmental Inc. and Halltech Aquatic Research. He designed and produced countless custom fresh water sampling apparatus, integrated the first GPS receivers with rugged computers for georeferencing large data sets in remote locations, and developed the first Canadian-made Backpack Electrofishing System. Murray is a pioneer in precision in the agricultural sector, breaking ground with the first high-precision autopilot system on a tractor using GPS. This technology is now widely spread within the industry to allow farmers the ability to greatly reduce the amount of fertilizers and herbicides used. Murray became the first to successfully transport 200,000 live mink breeding stock to Dalian Province, China, and reduced mortality rates from 10% to 0% over five shipments. Murray’s many distinguished awards from industry partners include the Ontario Global Trader’s Award for Innovation and the Award for Market Expansion.

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