Alumni Recognition

The Distinguished Graduate Award celebrates the outstanding professional or personal achievements of graduates of the Goodman School of Business at 全球电竞直播 .

Headshot of Cheryl Brandon

2021 Distinguished Graduate

Cheryl Brandon

(BBA ’04)

The 2021 Distinguished Graduate is Goodman School of Business alumna Cheryl Brandon (BBA ’04), co-founder of Waterton Global Resource Management. The Distinguished Graduate series honours Goodman School of Business alumni who are leaders in the business community and offers students the opportunity to gain insights from outstanding individuals.

Brandon co-founded a private equity firm, started two charities, and serves on the boards of many others. “We’re very proud to have Cheryl as a representative of our School,” Goodman Dean Andrew Gaudes said. “Her success in business coupled with her philanthropic leadership is an inspirational example to recognize and share with our students on how business education is a force for doing good things in support of our community.”

About the award

Year Honoree Title
2020 Sean Washchuk (BAcc ’96) Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of CCL Industries Inc.
2019 Rita Middleton (BAdmin ’87) CEO, Interim CFO, and Board Member
International Solar Solutions
2018 Brian Parsons (BAdmin ’90) President and CEO
Willis Towers Watson
2017 Joanne McKee (BAdmin ’86) Chief Financial Officer,
Ryerson University
2016 Martin Philp (BAdmin ’80, MA ’86) Founding Partner,
Next Advisory
2015 Jason Sparaga (BBA ’93) Co-Founder and Co-CEO,
Spark Power Corp.,Oakville
2014 Mark Arthur (BA ’77) President
Industrial Alliance Private Wealth Management, Toronto
2013 Anne-Marie Robinson (BSc ’87, BBA ’90) President
Public Service Commission of Canada, Ottawa
2012 Fred Losani (BAdmin ‘ 87) Owner and CEO
Losani Homes, Hamilton
2011 Jeff Park (BAcc ’95) Executive Vice-President and CFO
SXC Health Solutions Corp, Chicago
2010 Kristian Knibutat (BAdmin ’86) Partner
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Toronto
Year Honoree Title
2009 James MacLellan (BAdmin ’87) Partner
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Toronto
2008 John Zoccoli (BAdmin ’86) President
Jamzoc Holdings Ltd., o/a Tim Horton, St. Catharines
2007 Jim Ryan (BAdmin ’84) CEO
Party Gaming,Gibraltar
2006 Dr. Stephen Young (BBA ’91) Managing Director of Accounting Policy
Citigroup’s Corporate and Investment Bank (CIB), New York
2005 Debbie Sevenpifer (BAdmin ’87) CEO
Niagara Health Systems, Niagara
2004 Dr. Paul Ingram (BBA ’90) Professor of Management
Columbia University,New York
2003 Deborah Rosati (BAdmain ’84) President
RosatiNet Inc.,Ottawa
2002 Doug Wilkinson (BBA ’91) Partner
Deloitte, Toronto

Nominations, consisting of a letter outlining the nominee’s achievements supported by two additional letters and/or newspaper clippings, resume, awards, journal articles etc., will be accepted until the end of July each year. A committee consisting of the Dean, Chairs of each Department, and graduates will select the recipient.


  1. Nominees must have graduated from the Brock Faculty of Business or Goodman School of Business (hold a BAdmin, BAcc, BBA, MAcc, MBA, or MSc in Management degree)
  2. Nominees must have fifteen years post-graduate experience
  3. All nominees should demonstrate at least one of the following criteria:
    • Outstanding professional achievements
    • Outstanding educational achievements
    • Outstanding community achievements
    • Outstanding volunteer achievements
    • Outstanding entrepreneurial achievements
    • An ongoing commitment to 全球电竞直播
  4. Graduates may nominate themselves
  5. Current Brock faculty and staff are excluded
  6. Nominations must be received by March 1

The committee reserves the right to bestow the award to a graduate they feel is a worthy recipient.

Send nominations to Daniel Stranges ( )