|Margaret Page, Class of '96 & '97 Lloydminster Campus|
2013 Lloydminster Campus
|Dr. Arthur (Bud) McGinnis, Class of '41 Vermilion Campus|
2013 Vermilion Campus
|Brent Baier, Class of '06 - 2012 Vermilion Campus|
2012 Lloydminster Campus
2012 Vermilion Campus
Brian Keating ’76
As part of his address to the Class of 2012, Brian Keating recalled he didn’t really like school until he came to Lakeland and studied his passion.
For Keating, a Class of ’76 wildlife and fisheries grad, that passion was wildlife and landscapes. As a boy, Keating was a bird watcher. As a young man he pursued an education that would keep him in touch with nature. From Lakeland, he moved on to Brandon University and an environmental sciences degree.
His path would lead him to become a world-renowned naturalist, author, adventurer, conservationist, media personality, acclaimed speaker, wilderness explorer and champion of biodiversity. It also brought him recognition as the 2012 Vermilion campus Distinguished Alumni.
Attitude, he says, makes a difference about how you do in life. During a skiing lesson his instructor informed him that there was no bad snow, only a bad attitude. It’s an object lesson that can be used in many life situations.
Keating’s zeal and zest eventually brought him to the Calgary Zoo. From 1982 to 1996, Keating was the Calgary Zoological Society’s curator of education. He then served as head of conservation outreach until his retirement in 2011. He’s still an honorary conservation advisor for the zoo and the fund named in his honour.
Early in his tenure he started the zoo’s nature-based travel program. His responsibility for external conservation projects led to the founding of the Wechiau Hippo Sancutary in Ghana and an honorary chief title from a nearby village.
During his 29-years at the Calgary Zoo, he became a recognizable media personality on CBC Radio and the Discovery Channel, and began writing a series of children’s books. Since 1998 he has been an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Calgary teaching an introductory anthropology course on primates.
A sought after international presenter, Keating has shared his passion about wildlife and spaces as well as his observations and video footage from extensive world-wide travel--50 countries and counting on all 7 continents. A pilot, scuba diver and mountaineer, Keating is always joined on his adventures by his wife Dee.
Although retired from his long-time job, he is far from retired from his role as educator and conservationist. His focus now is his company, Going Wild (www.goingwild.org), where he is head naturalist. The business includes media production, guide/travel and speaking endeavors.
Keating was also Lakeland College’s 2012 Distinguished Achievement PACE nominee. The Alberta Association of Colleges & Technical Institutes (AACTI) recognize distinguished and outstanding alumni every two years with Provincial Awards Celebrating Excellence (PACE).
Check out the photos of Brian as he gives his address at the Vermilion 2012 Convocation.
2011 Lloydminster Campus
Jason Holtby’s accomplished career has taken him from an accounting firm to the oil and gas industry, and on to become a key player in Canada’s investment banking field.
Jason Holtby ’90
Well-known for his business acumen, Holtby leads the Canadian investment banking group Raymond James Ltd. He is also a member of the Equity Capital Markets Executive Committee which is responsible for the direction and stewardship of the Capital Markets Business in Canada.
Throughout his career with Raymond James Ltd., Holtby has been involved in major transactions that involve multiple sectors and range in value from $10 million to $3.5 billion. He has been active in mergers and acquisitions, public and private financings, trust conversions, corporate restructurings, valuation and fairness opinion mandates in the oil and gas sector and industrial sectors.
Holtby began his career as an accountant at Dunwoody and Company before becoming the chief financial officer at Inter-Tech Drilling Solutions. He has been at Raymond James Ltd. since 1998 where he serves as the senior managing director and head of investment banking.
After completing the Business (accounting major) program at Lakeland College in 1990, Holtby added an MBA and a CGA designation to his credentials.
2011 Vermilion Campus
Most people know John Morris as one of Canada’s most accomplished curlers.
John Morris, ’06
As a member of Team Canada at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, John Morris threw third stones for the Edmonton-based team of Kevin Martin, Marc Kennedy and Ben Hebert as they thrilled Canadian curling fans by winning the gold medal on home ice.
In addition to being an Olympic champion, Morris is a 2008 World champion, a two-time Canadian Brier champion, and a three-time Alberta provincial champion.
As passionate as Morris is about curling, he is also passionate about firefighting. He completed his firefighter training in 2006 at Lakeland College’s Emergency Training Centre at the Vermilion campus. He’s since taken additional courses and instructor’s training to advance his expertise in the field.
Morris also believes in giving back. As an alumnus, he is a champion of Lakeland College’s emergency services training programs and courses. As a firefighter with the Rockyview Fire Services in Chestermere, Alta., he speaks to youth at local schools about fire prevention and the importance of health and fitness. Morris can also be found supporting various charitable organizations and community events.
Derek Dedman, ’09
Derek Dedman’s dedication to excellence personifies what it takes to be successful in business and in life—and the numbers speak for themselves.
2010 Lloydminster Campus Inductee
On a 2009 adjudication of the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) exam, business graduate Derek Dedman scored among the top 10 financial planners from across Canada who challenged the exam.
The result is a remarkable achievement. Only 409 of the 1,029 people who wrote the national professional exam passed. Dedman’s score makes him the first Lakeland College graduate ever to place in the exam’s top10 rankings. He is also the first Lakeland graduate to make the CFP’s President’s List.
Dedman’s pursuit of excellence began long before he began his career in the financial sector. As a business student at Lakeland, his academic achievements included a spot on the Dean’s List in 2008 with a perfect 4.0 grade point average. As a member of the Rustlers men’s volleyball team, he earned an academic award from the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference in 2007.
Dedman’s ability to work with others and his in-depth business expertise have benefited his clients and others who know him. He is an excellent role model and a strong believer in continuous education to maintain high industry standards.
Robert C. McLeod ’89
Robert McLeod’s sense of social responsibility drives him to make people’s lives better.
2010 Vermilion Campus Inductee
A former carpenter turned government cabinet minister, his ongoing work has improved social programs for people in Canada’s North. As a resident of the Northwest Territories, McLeod began working with the Aklavik Housing Association and the Inuvik Housing Authority to improve local housing needs.
Wanting to serve on a larger scale, McLeod launched his political career in 1983 and was elected as an Aklavik municipal councillor. In 1987, he was elected mayor.
In 2004, he was elected to represent Inuvik Twin Lakes as a Member of the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories. He was re-elected in 2007.
In office, he is a constant advocate of social programs and community development. He has served on standing committees for social programs and is the minister responsible for youth, housing corporation, workers safety and compensation, and municipal and community affairs.
In the community, McLeod gives his time to support many community sports teams and clubs. He is a recipient of the NWT Volunteer Award and the Good Neighbour Award. In 2010, he was Lakeland College’s nominee for the Provincial Awards Celebrating Excellence program.
A graduate of Lakeland College’s carpentry program in 1989, McLeod is a builder of brighter futures.
Bill Fox, ’58
Bill Fox graduated from the Vermilion School of Agriculture in 1958 with a diploma in Agriculture and has been breaking new ground ever since.
2008 Vermilion Campus Inductee
Fox is truly a steward of the land. He willingly shares his knowledge and passion for the environment with others locally, provincial and nationally. His belief that man, domestic livestock and wildlife can live together in partnership on the land has been the basis of his farming practices for over 40 years.
Fox has been an active member of several organizations including the North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance, whose purpose is to protect and improve water quality and ecosystem functioning in the North Saskatchewan water system. The Alberta Beef Producers as well as other provincial boards and groups have benefited from his work, knowledge and experience.
In 2007, Fox received a Countryside Canada Stewardship Recognition Award in appreciation of his work and commitment to sustainable agriculture, watershed protection and healthy ecosystem maintenance.
As the need continues to increase for everyone to do their part for conservation and environmental management, Fox certainly leads the way.
Jack Lewis, ’51
Farming is no small potatoes for Jack Lewis.
2006 Vermilion Campus Inductee
Together with his family, Lewis has grown his father’s original 320-acre farm dating back to 1932 to an operation that includes 800 acres of seed potatoes, 3,000 acres of grain and 800 head of purebred Simmental and Angus cattle.
Lewis, the patriarch of Lewis Farms, is a leader in the agricultural field. His willingness to embrace innovation and new technology has set a standard for excellence in an ever-changing industry. His support for the involvement of youth in agriculture has helped develop the next generation of young cattlemen and cattlewomen. A former 4-H member himself, Lewis remains actively involved with 4-H and the Young Canadian Simmental Association.
Lewis is a supporter of further education and producer collaboration. After graduating from the Vermilion School of Agriculture in 1951, he attended the University of Alberta. Since 1960, he has been involved with the Edmonton Potato Growers, a farmer-owned cooperative, and the Potato Growers of Alberta. As an alumnus, Lewis strongly supports Lakeland College and frequently attends Homecoming.
In 2006, he was Lakeland College’s nominee for the Provincial Awards Celebrating Excellence program. Fostering a spirit of innovation, cooperation and teamwork, Lewis is well-respected in the agricultural industry.