6 extraordinary industry & community leaders to be honoured at convocation

Six extraordinary professionals who've left an indelible mark on their industry and community will receive honorary credentials at George Brown College’s 2019 convocation ceremonies, June 10-14

These individuals are also being recognized for the contributions to the areas of study offered at George Brown and as exceptional role models for our students. 

Ellen Bensky 


Honorary Advanced Diploma in Architectural Technology, Centre for Construction and Engineering Technologies 

Ellen Bensky is the CEO and Principal at Turner Fleisher Architects Open New Browser Window. Throughout her career she’s demonstrated a commitment to helping George Brown College students and graduates find meaningful employment and to helping shape the programs at the School of Architectural Studies

Marcel Lauzière


Honorary Honours Bachelor of Early Childhood Leadership, Centre for Community Services and Early Childhood

Marcel Lauzière is the President and CEO of the Lawson Foundation Open New Browser Window, a national family foundation advocating for the well-being of children and youth.  He has a long history of supporting early childhood development and has demonstrated great leadership in the sector. 

Through his work with the Lawson Foundation, Lauzière has provided rewarding internship opportunities for students at our School of Early Childhood. Our students and faculty have also presented research at the Lawson Symposium. 

Robert Morash 


Honorary Graduate Certificate in Sport & Event Marketing, Centre for Business 

Robert Morash is the General Manager of Head Canada Open New Browser Window and among Canada’s most respected sports business leaders and marketers. 

Morash has made many contributions to student success at George Brown College as a member of our Sport and Event Marketing Program Advisory Committee, as a guest speaker and a supporter of our speed mentoring events. He is also Co-Chair of our 5 to Watch: Canada’s Sports Business Awards.

Frances Sanderson 


Honorary Diploma in General Arts & Science, Centre for Preparatory and Liberal Studies

Frances Sanderson is the Executive Director of Nishnawbe Homes, a non-profit provider of housing for Indigenous people, and a community leader. 

As a member of our Aboriginal Education Council for more than 20 years, Sanderson has made significant contributions in shaping George Brown College’s Indigenous Education Strategy. 

Sanderson has also dedicated her time to Toronto Aboriginal Affairs Committee, Toronto Police Service Aboriginal Consultative Committee, and Chief’s Advisory Committee. 

Bill Simpson 


Honorary Honours Bachelor of Business Administration (Hospitality), Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts 

Bill Simpson is the Chief Operating Officer of Drake Hotel Properties Open New Browser Window, which includes The Drake Hotel in downtown Toronto—an establishment that helped transform the West Queen West neighbourhood and serves as a cultural hub.

Simpson has made significant contributions to George Brown College by sharing his industry experience and knowledge with our students and employees as a guest speaker, hosting George Brown events and helping to shape our curriculum development.  

He employs several of our students and has helped launch the careers of industry leaders from our alumni community. 

La Mar Taylor 


Honorary Honours Bachelor of Digital Experience Design, Centre of Arts, Design and Information Technology 

La Mar Taylor is the driving force behind the creative incubator HXOUSE Open New Browser Window, a hub aimed at creating new opportunities for entrepreneurship and growth for young creatives. 

HXOUSE has partnered with George Brown College and Artscape Daniels Launchpad to deliver an interdisciplinary approach to creative practices and offer a range of hands-on skills and mentorship to underserved populations across Toronto. 

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