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Laurentian University alumni celebrates “exceptional” graduates

Five former students to be honoured by alumni association at this year's Distinguished Alumni Awards in Sudbury
The Laurentian University Alumni Association will be honouring five graduates this year at their Distinguished Alumni Awards.

Laurentian University in Sudbury is rolling out the red carpet for five alumni that have racked up extraordinary achievements.

The Laurentian University Alumni Association (LUAA) will honour five outstanding graduates at this year’s Distinguished Alumni Awards to be held on Oct. 11, 2018, at the McEwen School of Architecture.

The recipients of the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Awards are:

Rising Star Achievement Award – Ashley Kirwan (B.Sc. ’08, M.Sc. ’17), co-founder, president, CEO and principal geologist at Orix Geoscience Inc.;

Trailblazer Award – Kirk Petroski (BA ’94, MBA ’01), president and founder of ERE Services Inc. and Symboticware;

Catalyst Award – Leo Gerard (Honorary Doctorate of Letters ’94), international president of the United Steelworkers;

Alumni Honour Award – François Chartrand (BA ’14), senior product designer at Headspace; and 

Distinguished Leadership Award – Susan Irving (H.B. Com. ’98), senior director of marketing at PepsiCo Global Snacks Group;

“Laurentian University alumni are changing the world through their professional contributions and dedication to their communities,” said Pierre Zundel, interim president and vice-chancellor of Laurentian University.

“I look forward to celebrating these exceptional individuals with the Laurentian community. Newly launched this year as part of the LUAA’s strategic plan and as a replacement for the former Alumni Recognition Awards, the awards recognize the inspiring talent, effort and influence of the university’s graduates, both locally and worldwide."