Andrew Bowerbank

Andrew Bowerbank, a graduate of Humber College’s Industrial Design program, has won the 2017 Premier’s Award in the Technology category.

Premier’s Awards celebrate the achievements of Ontario college graduates in the province and throughout the world. 

Bowerbank, a 1989 School of Applied Technology graduate, is currently Global Director of Sustainable Building Services at EllisDon Corporation. As a well-known figure in Canada’s energy and building infrastructure sectors, Bowerbank has established a reputation as a leading authority on emerging clean technologies, high performance building design and low-carbon economics.

This marks the tenth time a Humber grad has won this prestigious award. Recipients also receive a $5,000 bursary in their name to support current students at the college.

Five other Humber College graduates were nominated for a Premier's Award. They are: 

Neil Parmenter
Public Relations, 1994
President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Bankers Association

Neil Parmenter

As President and CEO of the Canadian Bankers Association, Neil Parmenter is known as the voice of the banking industry. He's responsible for communicating the perspectives of the industry to all levels of government, regulators, stakeholders, media and the public. Parmenter plays a leading role in the development of public policy on financial services, helping to contribute to a sound, successful banking system that benefits Canadians and Canada’s economy.


Theresa Fraser
Child Care Worker, 1983
Owner, Lead Therapist, Changing Steps Counselling, Training and Consulting

Theresa Fraser

A professor and Child and Youth Care (CYC) Curriculum and Faculty Development Consultant in the Ontario college sector, Theresa Fraser has become a national leader and advocate for the CYC practice. She has been honoured with several awards recognizing her lifetime contributions to the field of play therapy and youth mental health, including, most recently, the Monica Herbert Award by the Canadian Association for Child and Play Therapy. In 2017, she received an award for Excellence in Treatment Foster Care.

Gord Gillies
Radio Broadcasting, 1983
Morning Show Host, Newstalk 770 AM, Calgary

Gord Gillies

Over his 35-year career, Gord Gillies has gone from a radio broadcaster in Salmon Arm, BC, to Calgary’s 1988 winter Olympic games, to receiving a Prairie Region Lifetime Achievement Award by RTDNA Canada for his contributions to broadcasting and community.

He's won awards for his coverage of the 2013 floods in southern Alberta and the 2015 Alberta provincial election. Recently, after 25 years as News Anchor with Global Calgary, he made a move back to his radio roots as the morning show host at Newstalk 770 AM in Calgary.

Dr. Jo-Ann Elizabeth Leavey
Nursing, 1983
Principal, Leavey Consulting Incorporated & Leavey Clinic

Jo-Ann Elizabeth Leavey

Dr. Jo-Ann Elizabeth Leavey is a registered psychologist and Nurse Practitioner. A recent recipient of the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award and Sovereign Medal, Dr. Leavey has spoken and volunteered in more than 13 countries, promoting improvements to public and environmental health, access to health care for disadvantaged people, and conditions for youth and others living with mental health problems. Her book entitled, Living Recovery: Youth Speak Out on “Owning” Mental Illness includes her recovery model ELAR (Emergence, Loss, Adaptation and Recovery), a guide through which a person, group, and/or community, can move through a process of healing.

Justine McNeil
Child and Youth Worker, 2014
Motivational Speaker

Justine McNeil

Justine McNeil is a passionate young motivational speaker, sharing her personal stories of living with depression and anxiety, advocating for mental health and breaking down stigma. With powerful insights gained from her personal journey of mental illness, she provides inspirational messages of strength and resiliency to audiences of all ages. Leveraging the power of her international philanthropic experiences, she also works to create awareness of social and global causes by speaking to various interest groups, including more than 20,000 people at WE Day. She also raised $10,000 for Free the Children to help build a new classroom in Kenya.