Lambton College presents the 2016 Premier’s Awards Nominees


November 23, 2016

SARNIA, November 23, 2016 – On Monday, November 21, Lambton College celebrated a select group of alumni at the 2016 Premier’s Awards. Presented annually as a part of the Higher Education Summit, the Premier’s Awards recognize the outstanding contributions of Ontario’s college graduates. Nominees are selected by each college based on skills, determination and their ongoing contributions in both their field and community.

This year, Lambton College is pleased to have nominated five outstanding alumni who were honoured during the annual awards gala, which took place at the Sheraton Centre Hotel in Toronto.

Christopher Omira, Nursing, 2003
Nominated in the Health Sciences category

Christopher Omira has spent his life defying the odds. Growing up in a small Kenyan village, he walked 10 kilometres to school each day, often hungry, believing education was the key to lifting himself out of poverty. He has dedicated his life to making the world a better place. In Canada, he uses his nursing education to provide primary health care to some of the most disadvantaged residents in the country who live in isolated First Nation communities. In Africa, he co-founded a non-profit organization and helped launch a new school, student loan program, and sanitary pad program and health centre.

Sean Pinsonneault, Electronics Engineering Technology, 1990
Nominated in the Business category

Sean Pinsonneault is a revolutionary leader who is changing the face of the horse racing industry across North America and the world. Considered an expert in his field, he is called upon to provide his expertise on the most influential boards in horse racing. His ability to navigate change and uncertainty with respect to wagering-related activities through the creation of a strategic vision has allowed him to drastically increase revenue for the Woodbine Entertainment Group. His career success has transcended boundaries, resulting in the creation of industry standards that have changed how many other companies conduct their own business.

Shawn Johnston, Social Service Worker, 2010
Nominated in the Community Services category

After overcoming a 10-year addiction battle and issues of racism, homophobia, and abuse, Shawn Johnston found a new life at the college. Having used the services provided by the Aboriginal Centre during his post-secondary journey and understanding the important role it plays, he has dedicated his career to paying it forward. He now works at the Aboriginal Centre at the University of Waterloo where he strives to make a difference in the lives of the aboriginal students he serves. Johnston used his strong relationship building skills to drastically grow the program, ensuring that no aboriginal student is left behind.

Anthony Varga, Electronics Engineering Technology, 1985
Nominated in the Technology category

In January 2016, Anthony Varga was named the president and CEO of Endress+Hauser Canada Ltd. This move came as a natural progression in his career, where he has gained a reputation as being a game-changer who gets results. A born leader, he has successfully used value stream mapping to evaluate an organization’s operations from top to bottom, all while bringing an accelerated evolution into an organization in a way that people understand and fully engage with. His reputation for bringing efficiency and effectiveness to each organization he has worked with has been the cornerstone of his career.

Aaron J. Huggett, Media Fundamentals, 2002
Nominated in the Creative Arts and Design Category

As the owner and creative director for Eclipse Media Productions, Aaron J. Huggett is a visionary filmmaker who aims to bring about social change through the use of independent feature films, commercials, music videos and advocacy videos for non-profits. His innovative techniques have allowed him to produce a multitude of critically acclaimed feature films on the independent film circuit, impressively with some of the smallest budgets in the industry. As a screenwriter and filmmaker, his films have been distributed in 66 countries on all continents and have received numerous awards around the world.

Please join us in congratulating this year’s nominees on their spectacular contributions to their communities and the industries in which they serve.

Lambton College is always looking to honour our alumni. If you know of a graduate who has an inspiring story to share, please let us know.


For media inquiries or more information:

Jami Kloet
Corporate Communications Coordinator
Lambton College
Telephone: 519-542-7751 ext. 3337
Mobile: 519-328-2081
Email: jami.kloet@lambtoncollege.ca