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Alumni Awards

The next Alumni Award recipients won't raise their own hands. That's why we need you! The accomplishments of the members of Nipissing University's global community of alumni represent an inspiring account of positive social, cultural, and economic change in the world. Our Alumni Achievement Awards give us the chance to recognize those actions and share the stories of our vibrant and influential community.

It's easy to nominate an alumni award recipient! Download the nomination form below and return it by mail, fax or email. For a description of each award see the application for scroll to the bottom of this page and click the link to the appropriate award. Deadline for nominations has been extended until March 12, 2018 at 4pm.

Alumni Awards 2017

Nipissing University and the Nipissing University Alumni Advisory Board were pleased to celebrate the achievements of last years alumni award recipients May, 2017 at The Grande Event Centre. The awards were presented to:

Dr. James Jamieson Influential Alumni Award – David K. Bell

David K. BellDavid Bell attended Nipissing University and received his Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in 1999. During his time at Nipissing, he was involved as an executive on the Nipissing University Student Union and participated as a student representative on the Board of Governors and Academic Senate. David is married to Stephanie Bell (nee Sheppard) also a graduate of Nipissing University, BA (Hons) ’99, BEd ’00, MEd ’10. David and Stephanie have a four-year-old daughter, Ava Grace.

Upon graduating, David worked with Nipissing University as a Development Officer where he raised funds for financial aid and capital projects at Nipissing. David has also worked in fundraising roles at the Royal Ontario Museum and the University of Windsor, in addition to providing consulting services to a number of Canadian charities. He is currently the Executive Director, Development & Alumni Relations at the Schulich School of Business, York University. At Schulich, he is responsible for coordinating a team of fundraising and alumni relations professionals dedicated to building and enhancing long term relationships between the Schulich School and its key stakeholders, including close 30,000 alumni living and working in more than 90 countries around the world.

David is also a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and practiced environmental law and litigation with Ferguson Barristers and Saxe Law Office, prior to resuming his career and passion for fundraising and alumni relations. David received his LL.B. from the University of Windsor and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2005.

David has volunteered with a number of community organizations. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Job Skills, the Canadian Institute for Environmental Law & Policy, The Student Education Company and volunteered as a pro bono legal researcher for Lake Ontario Waterkeeper. David currently leads the Legacy Gift Planning Committee of St. George’s Anglican Church in Barrie, Ontario.

Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award – Aengus Finnan

Aengus FinnanBorn in Dublin, Ireland, and raised in rural Canada, Aengus Finnan moved from Toronto, Canada, (where he served as the Touring and Audience Development Officer for the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) - an agency of the Ministry of Culture) to take on the role of Executive Director of Folk Alliance International as of September 2014. He earned a Bachelor of Education from Nipissing University in 1994.

He has a diverse background in arts administration, education, and community outreach. As an artist and musician he has released three recordings and toured extensively throughout North America, Japan and Australia before founding the Shelter Valley Folk Festival in 2003 where he served as Artistic Director until 2010. He taught art and music in several northern communities including Moosonee, and the arctic community of Inuvik (in the NorthWest Territories). Aengus served as Board President for the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals (now Folk Music Ontario) and was a co-founder of Canada's annual Gordon Lightfoot tribute concert series.

He is a visual arts graduate of Lester B. Pearson United World College and holds both a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre and Bachelor of Education degrees.

He was twice nominated for the Premier's Award for Excellence in the Arts, and is a recipient of a Canadian National decoration with the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal for his cultural and humanitarian work.

He currently serves on the Kansas City Arts Industry Sector Council.

Rising Star Alumni Award – Timothy Brazeau

Timothy Brazeau

After graduating from Nipissing, Brazeau was hired as a summer student by the Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce to assist with marketing and special events. Excelling in that position he was soon hired full-time and oversaw many major events vital to the community and chamber.

Roughly two years ago, he was hired for a fundraising and business development intern position at the Festival of the Sound. He has helped the festival to surpass the previous year's amount by an excess of $175,000. Furthering his role in the organization, Brazeau oversees marketing, development, interns and summer staff and was recently promoted to general manager.

Honorary Alumni Award – Vicky Paine-Mantha

Vicky Paine-ManthaVicky Paine-Mantha is currently the president and CEO of Brontaine Limited, a family owned private investment and development company. Over her 34-year career, she has held numerous executive positions at the president, CEO and vice-president levels in a number of complex business environments. She has extensive knowledge of the university and college sectors, experience with health software development and implementation, small business ownership, and corporate finance. She has always been passionate and involved with capacity building to enable organizational growth and development in both the non-profit and private sector.

Paine-Mantha spearheaded the sizable capital expansion plans from 2005-2012 for Nipissing University during her tenure as vice-president, finance and administration. She was entrusted to fill the position of interim president for a year in 2013, while the university searched for its next president.

Paine-Mantha is also an entrepreneur and was the president, CEO and majority shareholder of Healthware Technologies Inc., a software development company and information systems provider to the Canadian healthcare markets. She was instrumental in growing this small Northern Ontario Company to the stage where it became an attractive target for merger and acquisition. Healthware Technologies Inc., with its head office in North Bay and satellite offices in Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver was selected as Company of the Year in its category in the 1996 Northern Ontario Business Awards. In 2000, Healthware Technologies was acquired by Momentum Information Systems Inc. of Winnipeg, MB. Integrating the core competencies of both companies established the basis for continued growth and evolution of their software products within the North American and international markets.

Paine-Mantha has held several other positions of note, including executive vice-president, strategic business development at Momentum Healthware, CEO at Mindoka Technologies, vice-president finance and administration at Canadore College, dean of business and hospitality and Continuing Education, and taught as a professor in the faculty of business.Paine-Mantha currently holds a number of board positions with non-profit, national and local business organizations.

For more information on the Alumni Awards nomination process, please select from the links below.

Please note that awards are not necessarily presented in all categories each year.​​​​​​​​​​

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