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The Lazaridis School of Business & Economics Alumni Awards gala celebrates the outstanding achievements of our undergraduate and graduate alumni.

Each year, we recognize extraordinary alumni for their community service, career achievements and contributions to the Laurier community. With more than 30,000 alumni, and growing, the Lazaridis School continues to prepare exceptional leaders for today and tomorrow.

For more information or to learn about sponsorship opportunities at the Lazaridis School of Business & Economics Alumni Awards, please contact Graham McCormick at gmccormick@wlu.ca.

Event Details

Date: Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017
Time: 5:30 p.m. Reception | 7 p.m. Dinner | 8 p.m. Awards
Location: Lazaridis Hall, Wilfrid Laurier University
Ticket Price: $60 Early Bird | $80 after Sept. 8 | purchase tickets

Award Recipients

J. Alex Murray Alumni Award

Presented by Lynn and Tom Oldfield

2017 Award Recipients

Dan Einwechter

Dan Einwechter, BBA '77 - Founder, Chairman, CEO, and President, Challenger Motor Freight Inc.

Pat Krajewski

Pat Krajewski, DBA '89, MBA '90 - Retired Senior Vice President, Scotiabank

Past Recipients

  • Mike Stork, BBA '77 (2016)
  • Carolyn Wilkins, BA '87 (2016)
  • Bob Hamilton, BBA '71 (2015)
  • Bill Webb, BBA '86 (2015)
  • Mike Ward, BBA '86 (2014)
  • Rob Giammarco, BBA '91 (2014)
  • Jim Gable, BBA '85 (2013)
  • Lynn Oldfield, BBA '84 (2013)

MBA Alumnus/a of the Year

2017 Award Recipient

Michael Devlin

Michael Devlin, MBA '03 - President, ECHO Payment Systems

Past Recipients

  • Arnold Drung, BBA '87, MBA '92 (2016)
  • Bruce West, MBA '05 (2016)
  • Iain Klugman, MBA '01 (2015)
  • Michael Dell, MBA '05 (2014)
  • David Yach, MBA '88 (2013)
  • Olga Pawluczyk, MBA '07 (2011)
  • Jeffrey Melanson, MBA '99 (2010)
  • Yvan Couture, MBA '89 (2009)
  • Pat Krajewski, MBA '90 (2008)

Young Alumnus of the Year

Presented by POI Business Interiors and Steelcase

2017 Award Recipient

Sarah Au

Sarah Au, BBA '09 – Senior Brand Manager and Shopper Marketing Lead, The Clorox Company

Past Recipients

  • Jessica Chalk, BBA '11 (2016)
  • Priyanka Lloyd, MBA '11 (2015)
  • Mike Morrice, BBA/BSc '08 (2015)
  • Aneesh Lal, BBA '11 (2014)
  • Greg Overholt, BBA '08 (2013)

Steve Farlow Entrepreneurship and Innovation Award

Presented by TD

2017 Award Recipients

Jennifer Smith

Graduate – Jennifer Smith, EMTM '12 - (most recently) Executive Vice President, Global Market Solutions and Engineering, Christie Digital Systems

Aaron Bast

Undergraduate – Aaron Bast, BBA '06 - Associate Director, The Investment Accelerator, MaRS Discovery District

Past Recipients

  • Carinne Chambers, BBA '01 (2016)
  • Paul Weber, BA '90, DBA '91, MBA '95 (2016)
  • Alex Hoff, MBA '10 (2015)
  • Marc Morin, MBA '94 (2015)
  • David Yach, MBA '88 (2015)
  • Sanjeev Sharma, MBA '02 (2014)
  • Rick Endrulat, MBA '01 (2013)

Community Leadership Award

Presented by KPMG

2017 Award Recipients

Don Kaluzny

Graduate – Don Kaluzny, MBA '15 – Creator, Make Your Robot Move

Srin Sridharan

Undergraduate –Srin Sridharan, BBA '14 - Partner, Alcielo Capital Management

Past Recipients

  • Axel Noriega, MBA '05 (2016)
  • Jeffrey Rushton, BBA '85 (2016)
  • Nicole French, BBA '00, MBA '09 (2015)
  • Michael Devlin, MBA '03 (2014)
  • Wendi Campbell, MBA '08 (2013)
  • Leanne Ferris, MBA '08 (2011)
  • Michael Rea, MBA '98 (2010)
  • Katharine Schmidt, MBA '97 (2009)
  • Bill Allen, MBA '91 (2008

Dean's Award for Community Service

2017 Award Recipient

Matt Schnarr

Matt Schnarr, DBA '98 - Founder and Managing Partner, AWAKE Chocolate

Past Recipients

  • Dean Elliot, BBA '87 (2016)
  • Tim Sothern, BBA '89 (2016)
  • Damian Bassett, BBA '72 (2015)
  • Peter Ansley, BA '66 (2014)
  • Andy Macaulay, BBA '80 (2014)
  • Sourov De, BBA '05 (2013)

Other Awards

Outstanding Executive Leadership Award

  • Rena Crumplen, MBA '04 (2011)
  • Mitch Frazer, MBA '03 (2010)
  • Sasha Jacob, MBA '03 (2009)
  • David Strucke, MBA '94 (2008)
  • Bruce Hodges, MBA '97 (2007)

Outstanding CMA/MBA Alumnus Award

  • Helen Harper, MBA '10 (2011)
  • Maureen Tomlinson, MBA '05 (2010)
  • Anthony Partipilo, MBA '07 (2009)
  • Ian Heynen, MBA '93 (2008)
  • David Hayter, MBA '98 (2007)

Outstanding Innovation and Achievement Award

  • Ray DePaul, MBA '94 (2011)
  • Robert Tong, MBA '94 (2010)
  • Iain Klugman, MBA '02 (2009)
  • Rick Endrulat, MBA '01 (2008)
  • Dave Lacey, MBA '95 (2007)

WLUAA Recent Graduate – Alumni Award of Distinction

  • Ian Glynwilliams, MBA '03 (2011)
  • Michael Dell, MBA '05 (2010)
  • Jan Varner, MBA '94 (2009)
  • Anthony Firmani, MBA '08 (2008)
  • Debra Gillies, MBA '07 (2007)

Event Sponsors

Laurier Alumni logo               ON Semiconductor

Steelcase Logo      POI Business Interiors Logo  TD Bank Logo

stryve logo  cbre logo  The Miller Group 100th anniversary logo

    scotiabank     KPMG logo

Awards Criteria and Nomination Forms

Awards are now closed for 2017.

J. Alex Murray Alumni Award

Awarded to two Lazaridis School alumni as the highest honour given by the Lazaridis School of Business & Economics. This award recognizes leadership, initiative and contributions to the business world, the community and their alma mater. This award is selected by the alumni selection committee.

Criteria:

  • Demonstrated success in their chosen field.
  • Demonstrated leadership and initiative to contribute to the business world and outside communities.
  • Shows active involvement in changing the Laurier community for the better.
  • The reputation, achievements and contributions of the nominee must bring honour and prestige to the Lazaridis School.

Sponsored by Tom and Lynn Oldfield

J. Alex Murray Alumni Award Nomination Form

MBA Alumnus/a of the Year

Awarded to a Lazaridis MBA alumnus/a who has achieved career success and demonstrated a pattern of exceptional leadership and service.

Criteria:

  • Outstanding leadership qualities in the area of management and innovation.
  • Meaningful business achievements during the last few years.
  • Exemplifying the qualities and characteristics of leadership and entrepreneurial excellence that we seek to develop in our students.
  • Significant demonstration of corporate social responsibility and community involvement.

MBA Alumnus/a of the Year Nomination Form 

Young Alumnus/a of the Year

The Young Alumnus/a of the Year Award honours those individuals (under the age of 35) who have made exceptional accomplishments in their professional career and/or community throughout their first 10 years of alumni status. This award is selected by the alumni selection committee.

Criteria:

  • Under 35 years of age; graduated in past 10 years.
  • Proven success in: academia, entrepreneurship, citizenship or philanthropy.
  • Personal contribution to the betterment of society.
  • Is a source of pride and inspiration for Lazaridis School alumni, students, faculty and staff.
  • Serves as an ambassador for the Lazaridis School and the Laurier community at large.

Young Alumnus/a of the Year Nomination Form

Steve Farlow Entrepreneurship and Innovation Award

Recognizes two Lazaridis School alumni, one from a graduate level and one undergraduate level program, who embody an entrepreneurial spirit and business acumen, and who have demonstrated innovative business achievement.

Criteria:

  • His or her proven managerial acumen in a growth organization.
  • Demonstrated innovation to achieve a new level of growth within an entrepreneurial organization.
  • Demonstrated community and industry leadership.

Steve Farlow Entrepreneurship and Innovation Award Nomination Form

Community Leadership Award

Recognizes two Lazaridis School alumni, one from a graduate level and one undergraduate level program, who have demonstrated exceptional generosity and outstanding charitable responsibility, and whose goodwill encourages others to take philanthropic leadership roles in the community.

Criteria:

  • The breadth and/or depth of the individual's dedication to giving.
  • Proven generosity to his or her chosen cause(s).
  • Demonstrated commitment to community and philanthropic leadership.

Community Leadership Award Nomination Form

Dean's Award for Community Service

This award recognizes an alumnus/a of the school who has furthered the interests of the Lazaridis School of Business & Economics through significant support, commitment and service to the school. All alumni of the Lazaridis School are eligible for this award. The award winner is selected by the Dean, Lazaridis School of Business and Economics.

Criteria:

  • Greatly contributed to serving the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics.
  • Demonstrated leadership, collaboration and commitment throughout entirety of service.
  • Serves as an ambassador for the Lazaridis School and the Laurier community at large.

Dean's Award for Community Service Nomination Form 

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