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Oct. 14, 2016

Over 250 alumni, family, friends, students, staff and faculty gathered for the fourth annual Lazaridis School of Business & Economics Alumni Awards on Sept. 23, the largest gala to date. Eleven extraordinary undergraduate and graduate alumni spanning from 1977 to 2011 were recognized for their career achievements, community service and giving back to the Laurier community.

The Lazaridis School used this event to kick-off the year-long celebration for their 50th anniversary, sharing a selection of archival photographs and key milestones. “Our efforts over the last 50 years have gifted us with a very special institution,” said Micheál Kelly, dean of the Lazaridis School. “On this significant anniversary, we have every reason to be proud and to celebrate.”

The evening was also a celebration of the achievements of Steve Farlow, a long-time entrepreneur, former Lazaridis School instructor, inaugural director of the Schlegel Centre for Entrepreneurship (now Schlegel Centre for Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation) and interim director of the Lazaridis Institute for the Management of Technology Enterprises. Farlow is retiring this fall after 20 years at Laurier. “I’m delighted to honour the accomplishments of Steve Farlow, a mentor, advisor and investor in many early-stage companies,” said Kelly. “Going forward, the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Award will be renamed the Steve Farlow Entrepreneurship and Innovation Award.”

The 2016 recipients of the Lazaridis School Alumni Awards were:

  • J. Alex Murray Alumni Award, presented by Lynn and Tom Oldfield
    • Mike Stork (BBA '77), president, Stork Holdings
    • Carolyn Wilkins (BA '87), senior deputy governor, Bank of Canada
  • MBA Alumnus/a of the Year
    • Arnold Drung (BBA '87, MBA '92), president, Conestoga Meat Packers Ltd.
    • Bruce West (MBA '05), executive vice-president, finance and CFO, The Co-operators
  • Young Alumnus of the Year, presented by POI Business Interiors and Steelcase
    • Jessica Chalk (BBA '11), CEO and founder, TrafficSoda
  • Steve Farlow Entrepreneurship and Innovation Award, presented by TD Canada Trust
    • Carinne Chambers (BBA '01), CEO, Diva International Inc.
    • Paul Weber (BA '90, DBA '91, MBA '95), president and CEO, Perimeter Medical Imaging Inc.
  • Community Leadership Award
    • Axel Noriega (MBA '05), branch manager, Scotiabank
    • Jeffrey Rushton (BBA '85), president & CEO, Media Resources
  • Dean’s Award for Community Service
    • Dean Elliott (BBA '87), managing partner, BDO Canada LLP
    • Tim Sothern (BBA '89), partner, BDO Canada LLP

“It’s tough to select winners amongst fabulous nominees,” said Max Blouw, president and vice chancellor of Laurier.

The winners were eager to express their appreciation to their family, friends and colleagues in attendance, and the Lazaridis School.

“I’ve always been a proud alumnus so this award is truly special,” said Drung, MBA Alumnus of the Year.

“You’ve built programming that’s allowed graduates to hit the ground running,” said Chalk, Young Alumnus of the Year.

“Why wouldn’t we align ourselves with the best business school in Canada?,” said Elliot of his and Sothern’s strong decade-long dedication to developing the Lazaridis School’s first-year BDO New Venture Competition, a commitment that earned them both the Dean’s Award for Community Service. “We think it’s important to give back to the school who launched out careers.”

View the Facebook photo album from the event.

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