Ron Suter, a graduate of the class of 1981 (marketing), won the 2016 Premier's Award in the Business Category. Suter is executive vice-president of NBCUniversal Television and New Media Distribution Canada, and Universal Studios Canada Inc. Congratulations!

Ron Suter and Humber President Chris Whitaker


With more than 200,000 alumni to call our own, there is no shortage of impressive former students to brag about. This year the Office of Advancement and Alumni Relations nominated six for Premier’s Awards, which is an annual celebration of college graduates and their achievements.

The winners will be announced at a gala in Toronto on November 21.

Our nominees are:

Giacomo Gianniotti
Theatre Arts – Performance, 2012
Actor, producer and writer
Category: Recent Graduate

Giacomo Gianniotti is an Italian-Canadian actor best known for playing Dr. Andrew DeLuca on ABC’s hit show Grey’s Anatomy. In just three years, he has become an internationally celebrated actor and Emmy nominee. Gianniotti has also appeared on the shows Murdoch Mysteries and Reign, as well as major motion pictures The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe and Race. In 2015 he premiered his short film, Still, at the Toronto International Film Festival. He has also become an advocate for philanthropic causes, including My Friend's Place, All Hands Volunteers and The Hospital for Sick Children.

Laila Biali
Music, 2002
Professional singer, pianist, songwriter, performer and recording artist
Category: Creative Arts and Design

Laila Biali is an award-winning singer-songwriter and pianist. Her accolades include SOCAN Composer of the Year, Keyboardist of the Year at Canada's National Jazz Awards and a JUNO nomination. She has performed at some of the most prestigious venues in the world, including Tokyo's Cotton Club and Carnegie Hall in New York City. She has collaborated with artists including Chris Botti, Paula Cole, Suzanne Vega and Sting. She was recently on tour, presenting her latest projects at venues across Canada and speaking at the first-ever 2016 Global TEDSummit.

Ron Suter
Marketing, 1981
Executive Vice-President, NBCUniversal Television & New Media Distribution Canada
Executive Vice-President, Universal Studios Canada Inc.
Category: Business

Ron Suter is known as a visionary trailblazer in his industry, playing a key role in redrawing the Canadian television landscape map. As executive vice-president of NBCUniversal Television and New Media Distribution Canada, and Universal Studios Canada Inc., he works with the biggest players in the Canadian entertainment industry. A mainstay in an industry that is constantly evolving, his ability to adapt quickly and navigate an ever-changing landscape has helped NBCUniversal remain an industry leader, while maintaining a competitive advantage in the marketplace. Under his leadership, NBCUniversal has doubled its sales volume over the last decade.

Jill Andrew
Child and Youth Worker, 1998
Scholar, columnist, activist and community change agent
Category: Community Services

Jill Andrew is a transformational leader in contemporary culture. She’s an award-winning columnist, public speaker, scholar, student equity adviser, youth and women’s activist and media consultant on body image, empowerment, leadership and representation. She created the Body Confidence Canada Awards, the Toronto International Body Image Film & Arts Festival, FatInTheCity and is co-editor of the highly anticipated anthology In Our Skin: Our Bodies, Our Stories. She is an activist fighting to get body-based harassment included as a protected ground in the Ontario Human Rights Code so no child or adult has to be the target of body-shaming.

Andy Kikites
Civil Engineering Technician
Civil Engineering Technology
Director, Metrolinx
Category: Technology

Andy Kikites is recognized around the world as an expert in the art and science of bridge engineering. He has worked with noted international planners and architects on some of the largest projects in the world, including Palm Island, Dubai; Sir Bani Yas Island, Abu Dhabi; Tappan Zee Bridge in New York State; and currently as director for the largest transit program in the world, the $40-billion regional express rail program for Metrolinx. He has become a highly respected role model to a new generation of engineering students, and has advanced the industry through design innovation. He has authored research papers on innovative materials, structural systems, and bridge rehabilitation and preservation techniques.

Peter F. Dundas
Ambulance and Emergency Care, 1981
Chief, Peel Regional Paramedic Services
Category: Health Sciences

An honours graduate in ambulance and emergency care, Peter Dundas is chief and director of paramedical services for the Regional Municipality of Peel. He is committed to getting the right tools to paramedics so they can deliver the highest level of care possible to the public. These tools include breakthrough developments, such as increasing cardiac arrest survival rates and faster turnaround times for paramedics in the hospital. He led the SARS response team for the Region of Peel Paramedic Services and was the operational lead for the Ebola virus disease response plans for the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care, Emergency Health Services Branch.