Premier's Awards

  • Celebrating Ontario’s Outstanding College Graduates

    The Premier’s Awards recognize the tremendous social and economic contributions that Ontario’s college graduates make to Ontario and throughout the world.

    Presented annually, the Premier’s Awards recognize graduates in the following six categories:

    • Business
    • Community Services
    • Creative Arts & Design
    • Health Sciences
    • Recent Graduate
    • Technology
  • 2021 Nominees

    Randy Dewey

    Randy Dewey

    • Industrial Technology, Environmental Engineering Technology
    • President & CEO, Baylin Technologies Inc.
    • Premier’s Award Category: Technology 

    Randy Dewey is a global CEO that has built eight companies across four countries in his career. In 2008, he entered the technology industry as the Vice Chair of Baylin Technologies and ascended to the position of President and CEO in 2015. In that role, he led the diversification of the company and propelled Baylin Technologies to the forefront of 5G, positioning the company to be an integral supplier of the base stations that will make 5G connectivity possible in areas without fibre optic, which accounts for the vast majority of the world.

    Erica Chisholm

    Erica Chisholm

    • Bachelor of Science - Nursing
    • Critical Care Nurse, Solutions Travel Nursing
    • Premier's Award Category: Health Sciences

    Erica Chisholm is a Registered Nurse who has dedicated her career to going where the need is greatest. She laid the foundation of this career while attending Lambton College, driving the development of a clinic in rural Zambia, Africa, with her Enactus team and remains involved with the clinic today. Following her graduation, Erica became a critical care nurse, then pivoted to public health during the pandemic. Erica is always prepared to enter high pressure situations where the impact of her healthcare skills and training can be felt most markedly.

    Joshua Lines

    Joshua Lines

    • Chemical Engineering, Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration
    • Founder & CEO, Top Shelf Canada
    • Premier’s Award Category: Business

    Joshua Lines is the CEO of Top Shelf Canada, producer of premium hot sauce products. As the entrepreneur behind a start-up, Joshua has almost single-handedly developed and grown his business, and his efforts have paid off. His international award winning hot sauce Front Street Heat is in more than 350 big box stores across Canada, and he is now signed on with a major Canadian distributor poised to bring his products to even broader markets. Just as importantly, he has found a way to give back to Canadians with Canada’s hot sauce through a partnership with the United Way.

    Megan Rizzo

    Megan Rizzo

    • Business
    • Enactus Lambton, Program Coordinator
    • Premier’s Award Category: Recent Graduate

    Megan Rizzo is Lambton College’s Enactus Program Coordinator and a firm believer in the power entrepreneurship has to change lives. In her role, she has helped entrepreneurs launch businesses in her local area, across Canada, and even in Zambia, Africa, where she helped farmers capture the value chain to maximize their revenue. In 2021, she is focusing on a collaborative agricultural and entrepreneurial project with First Nations communities, developing food security solutions and laying the foundation to launch two new industries and the related business, employment and educational opportunities that accompany those industries.

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