2022 Premier’s Awards nominations highlight notable GBC alumni

2022 GBC Premier's Award nominees

We are celebrating the incredible group of George Brown College alums nominated for the annual Premier’s Awards, which honour the social and economic contributions of Ontario college graduates.  

Our nominees and their continued success are big reasons to celebrate. The graduates highlighted through this year's nominations make positive impacts on their respective industries and inspire the entire George Brown College community. 

“The Premier’s Award nominations highlight incredible possibilities that are attained through a George Brown College education,” said George Brown College President Dr. Gervan Fearon. “Our graduates are out there changing the world for the better, and we are absolutely proud of their impact on communities, businesses and the lives of others. Congratulations to this year’s nominees.” 

Ontario grads were celebrated at the Premier’s Awards on November 28. Visit co-awards.org/en to learn more about the event.  

2022 Premier’s Awards nominees 

Visit georgebrown.ca/alumni/alumni-success/premiers-awards to learn more about our 2022 Premier’s Award nominees. 

Mike Yorke, nominated for the Apprenticeship Award

Mike graduated from the Carpentry Apprenticeship program and is currently Director of Public Affairs and Innovation at the Carpenters’ District Council of Ontario. He has also co-founded the College of Carpenters and Allied Trades Inc. 

Ray Williams, nominated for the Business Award 

Ray graduated from the Culinary Arts program and is currently the Managing Director and Vice Chairman, Financial Markets at National Bank Financial. Believing that success should be used to benefit others, he also co-founded the Black Opportunity Fund to address systemic inequities. 

Darrell Bowden, nominated for the Community Services Award 

Darrell graduated from the Career and Work Counsellor program and has had a multi-faceted career in social justice, equity and inclusion in employment. He is currently the Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the University of Toronto - Rotman School of Management.

Sage Paul, nominated for the Creative Arts and Design Award 

Sage is a graduate of the Fashion Techniques and Design program and is currently the Co-Founder, Executive, and Artistic Director of the bi-annual celebratory Indigenous Fashion Arts in Toronto. 

Cassandra Koss, nominated for the Health Sciences Award 

Cassandra Koss is an Interprofessional Complex & Long-Term Care program graduate and works as a Lifestyle Engagement Manager at V!VA Retirement Communities. As COVID confined residents to their rooms, she developed an innovative program allowing residents to use iPads to engage with each other. 

Aliya Hirji, nominated for the Health Sciences Award 

Aliya is a graduate of the Honours Bachelor of Technology-Construction Management program and works as Project Administrator at Govan Brown & Associates. She also spends her time giving back and volunteering at local organizations. 

Eugene Filice, nominated for the Technology Award 

Eugene graduated from the Construction Engineering Technician program and is Vice-President of Construction at Great Gulf.