Past Award Winners

2018 Alumni Award Winners

These awards recognize members of the George Brown alumni community, who through a breadth of contributions and accomplishments have demonstrated exceptional loyalty, fostered leadership and growth in others and enhanced the reputation of our alumni community and the college.

Alumni Employer of the Year Award Winner


Brian Cheng
Graduate 2012, Culinary Arts - Italian;
Graduate 2009, Cook Apprenticeship Advanced
Founder/Chef, The Edible Story

Alanna Fleischer
Graduate 2012, Culinary Arts - Italian;
Graduate 2011, Culinary Management
Founder/Chef, The Edible Story

Both accomplished chefs, Alanna Fleischer and Brian Cheng met and became friends in the George Brown Culinary Italian program. After graduation in 2012, Alanna and Brian launched The Edible Story, a cooking school and catering company that specializes in modern cuisine and creatively plated dishes.

Both have domestic and international culinary experience with Alana working as a cook at the internationally renowned Enoteca La Torre in Rome and Brian as Executive Chef at the Canadian High Commission in New Delhi.

Brian and Alanna have maintained a philosophy of giving back to their alma mater, employing GBC culinary arts students and graduates on a part-time and full-time basis. Since 2012, the Edible Story has continuously offered employment to George Brown graduates. To date, they have hired five full-time staff and ten part-time staff in the past three years, all serving as cooks.

The Edible Story, through the astute management and quality product produced by Alanna and Brian, enjoys an ongoing status as an exemplary catering service provider and cooking school.

Alumni Leadership of the Year Award Winner

Sarah Butler

Sarah Jean Butler
Graduate 2013, Bachelor of Applied Technology, Construction Science and Management;
Graduate 2011, Architectural Technology - Advanced Diploma
Development Construction Coordinator, RioCan

Sarah Jean Butler has worked in the construction industry for 10 years. Sarah currently works for RioCan in the Developments Construction department and has previously worked for EllisDon. Sarah graduated with an Advanced Diploma in Architectural Technology and with an Applied Bachelor of Technology in Construction Science and Management. Sarah was highly active in the GBC community through her various positions as a student and alumni.

Sarah’s contribution to the college community has been recognized through many awards and certificates including the Dean's Certificate of Recognition 2011-2012, Citizenship Award 2011, Student Association Board Member 2012, Temple Harris Award of Excellence 2012, EllisDon Corporation Scholarship Award 2012 and the Ecole Polytechnique Memorial Award 2013.

Sarah was an active member of the Young Construction Leaders Committee from 2013 to 2017. During her time at the YCL, Sarah acted as the student representative and focused on helping students and the community. This work included co-creating a speakers event for GBC students and running a clothing drive for Dress for Success. Sarah continues to share her expertise with students as an industry professional. In 2015, Sarah won the Sean P. McKenna Young Construction Leaders Award from the Toronto Construction Association.

Alumni Innovation and Volunteer of the Year Award Winner

Benjamin Valliquette

Benjamin Valliquette
Graduate 2013, Bachelor of Technology, Construction Science and Management;
Graduate 2011, Construction Engineering Technologist - Advanced Diploma;
Graduate 2010, Carpentry - Advanced Certificate;
IPD Project Manager, Gillam Group Inc.

Benjamin Valliquette is a construction management specialist from Toronto with a wide range of experience in the delivery of complex projects. He graduated with a Bachelor of Technology in Construction Science and Management, an Advanced Diploma in Construction Engineering Technologist and an Advanced Certificate in Carpentry.

Benjamin has been an integral part of the award-winning Aga Khan Museum project and is currently the IPD Project Manager on the Barrie Simcoe Emergency Services Campus project. Benjamin has worked as a project manager, code consultant, site superintendent and estimator, but remains a carpenter at heart.

Benjamin was a recipient of the W. Garfield Weston Award and graduated top of his class from George Brown College. In 2017, Macleans Magazine recognized Benjamin as a construction all-star, and in the same year he was also featured on the cover of GBC’s alumni magazine. He remains committed to advancing the industry, and volunteers with various organizations and academic institutions.

In 2017, Benjamin co-founded Lynx Music Inc., a modern music conservatory which features over 20,000 sq. ft. of music production and teaching space. As director of the Habitat for Humanity Campus Coalition, Benjamin’s efforts had an enormous impact on the growth of affordable housing through the construction of over 100 Habitat homes. He remains active in the community and co-manages a children’s literacy project in the Philippines with his wife Naly and son Leo.

Alumni Mentor of the Year Award Winner

Scott Hulbert

Scott Hulbert
Graduate 1997, Sport and Event Marketing
Managing Director, Ideavation Inc.

Scott Hulbert is a passionate and creative leader with over 20 years' experience in advertising and marketing. He is a globally experienced business executive and entrepreneur with expertise in general management, brand building, sales, strategic planning and start-up operations. Scott earned an honors. B.A. from The University of Western Ontario and graduated with a Diploma in Sport & Event Marketing in 1997 from George Brown College.

Scott launched Ideavation Inc., a full-service promotional marketing agency that offers end-to-end sourcing across North America, Europe and Asia, in 2007 and has grown it into an industry leader in the field of branded promotional merchandise.

"I want to give back to the school and program that gave me so much both professionally and personally. Just as those who came before me, it is important to stay connected and to help foster an environment where the current students will grow and succeed," said Scott.

Among Scott's mentorship activities with the college, he has been a regular guest speaker with the Sport & Event Marketing program, a frequent participant in Speed Mentoring events and helped launch the '5 To Watch' event, an annual sport and event industry award, and volunteered for 5 years on the Organizing Committee. Scott has also donated a scholarship in his namesake based on leadership to Sport & Event Marketing program in addition to being involved with Ontario Colleges Marketing Competition and Start GBC.

All certificate frames were donated to award winners by the George Brown College Bookstore.