Lambton College Presents the 2019 Premier’s Awards Nominees


SARNIA, November 26, 2019 – On Monday, December 2, Lambton College will celebrate a select group of outstanding alumni at the 2019 Premier’s Awards. Several successful entrepreneurs, an advocate for youth in care, and a healthcare professional make up this year’s cohort of nominees.

At this year’s awards gala, which takes place in Toronto, Lambton College will celebrate Robert Quirion, Richard Marcano, Bolatito Alawode, Marcel Blais, Stephen Gamble and Salvatore Cardu.

“Lambton College is proud to recognize the impact these six alumni have had in their communities and in their professions,” says Judith Morris, President & CEO, Lambton College. “They have demonstrated a commitment to innovation, diversity, vitality and caring, all strong Lambton College values. They have set an extraordinary example for our current students, and they are outstanding ambassadors of our College. I congratulate them on receiving this prestigious nomination.”

The Premier’s Awards are hosted by Colleges Ontario in recognition of the important contributions college graduates make to Ontario, throughout Canada, and around the world. Nominees are selected by each college based on their ongoing contributions to their fields and to their communities. The Premier’s Awards recognize one winner in each of six competition categories.

The following alumni have been nominated for their outstanding career achievements and their path to success:

Robert Quirion is the Lambton College nominee in the Business category. Robert is the founder and CEO of DealerMine, a company that currently employs over 250 permanent, fulltime employees in his home community of Saint John, New Brunswick. Robert and his company have contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to charity and community initiatives in Saint John.

Richard Marcano is the nominee in the Community Services category. He is nominated for his tireless advocacy work for youth in Ontario’s systems of care and for the dedication he has shown to HairStory, a non-profit organization he helped found that brings together black youth in care to advocate for changes in the systems. Richard is currently the President of the Board of Directors for HairStory.

Bolatito Alawode is the nominee in the Recent Graduate category. Bolatito is an entrepreneur and the founder of Mychopchop, an ecommerce initiative she has grown into Canada’s largest online marketplace. In addition to supporting two employees, Mychopchop also provides immigrants with volunteer opportunities that give them the work experience they need to gain employment in Canada.

Marcel Blais is the nominee in the Health Sciences category. Marcel is a Nurse Practitioner at the Charlotte Eleanor Englehart Hospital of Bluewater Health in Petrolia, a role he helped create to improve access to care in the rural community of Petrolia. He is also a long-time volunteer with the Community Concerns for the Medically Fragile organization.

Stephen Gamble is the nominee in the Creative Arts and Design category. He is the CEO and founder of Frame Concepts, a marketing firm that specializes in visual marketing solutions and employs 25 people in both fulltime and contract capacities. He is also the author of a book on the power of visual content marketing.

Salvatore Cardu is the nominee in the Technology category. He is the founder and CEO of YogoBogo, a company that has developed a location-based mobile application that aims to increase customer engagement with brick and mortar stores. He is also working on developing a virtual reality technology that would further boost customer engagement.

More information on this year’s Premier’s Awards nominees can be found at

Lambton College is always looking to honour alumni. If you know of a graduate who has an inspiring story to share, please contact the Lambton College Alumni Association at

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Jami Kloet
Corporate Communications Coordinator
Lambton College
Telephone: 519-542-7751 ext. 3337
Mobile: 519-328-2081

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