TUAA Alumni Award Recipients

The Trent University Alumni Association's Distinguished Alumni Award is presented based on a person's achievement and leadership in their field. Recipients will have shown leadership in business, industry, a profession or in public life. They will have brought honour to Trent University through endeavours which have earned them prominence within their field. Their vision, commitment, creativity and leadership will have been recognized within their field or beyond it.


2006 - Kofi Barnes '84 CC
2006 - Bill Corcoran '70 CC
2006 - Susan Drain '68 LEC
2006 - Maggie Helwig '79 CPTC
2006 - Andrew Ignatieff '69 CC
2006 - Dianne Lister '71 PRC
2006 - Rob Marland '83 PRC
2006 - Yann Martel '81 PRC
2006 - Robert Morgan '70 CC
2006 - Suresh Narine '91 PRC
2006 - James Orbinski '80 CPTC
2006 - David Patterson '66 PRC
2006 - Robert Stephenson '68 CC
2006 - Jane Stewart '75 PRC
2006 - Sylvia Sutherland '68 JBC
2006 - Don Tapscott '66 CC
2006 - Shirley Williams '79 CPTC
2006 - Janet Wright '67 CPTC
2006 - Richard Wright '70 CPTC
2007 - Stephen Stohn '66 CC
2007 - Richard Johnston '64 CC
2007 - Ian Tamblyn '67 CPTC
2008 - Su Ditta '73 PRC
2008 - Victor Arnold Dyck '64
2008 - Richard Fleming '68 CC
2008 - Christine Harmston '91 CC
2008 - Christine White '77 OC
2009 - Justin Chiu '76 PRC
2010 - Paul Crookall '65 PRC
2010 - James Richardson '64 PRC

2011 - Roy Bodden '75 CPTC
2011 - Angela Asadoorian '79 LEC
2011 - Michael Cullen '82 PRC
2011 - Micheal Jenkin '68 PRC
2012 - Beth McMaster '78 JBC
2012 - Ian Affleck '71 PRC
2012 - Lucie Edwards '73 PRC
2013 - Catherine Fooks '79 LEC
2014 - Jennifer Dettman '88 CC
2014 - Chris Michael Heardman '74 JBC
2015 - Gary Botting '64 PRC
2015 - Sigrid Johnson '78 CC
2016 - Tim Cook '90 LEC
2016 - Fiona Sampson '87
2017 - Garry Cubitt '67 CC
2018 - Harvey McCue '66 CC
2018 - David James '68 PRC
2019 - James Retallack '74 CC
2019 - Douglas Stenton '80
2020 - Rhonda Barnet ‘87
2020 - Jamie Benidickson ‘67
2020 - Mark Gessner ‘84
2020 - Peter Ross ’81
2021 - Ken Hartwick ’81
2021 - Anita Erskine ’99 OC

This annual award will recognize a student or a recent alum whose work sowing seeds of friendship and a spirit of philanthropy makes them an outstanding model for Trent students to emulate. Ideally, this individual’s leadership will reverberate across cultural, religious, generational and other boundaries. This award is a legacy to alumnus Paul Delaney '64 who dedicated his life to the values of social responsibility & global citizenship.


2017 - Hien Nguyen '12 LEC
2018 - Mark Quattrocchi '08 CC
2019 - Shannyah Weekes-Graham '14 Durham
2020 - Elizabeth Thipphawong ‘05 OC
2021 - Dane Bland ‘10 OC

The Spirit of Trent Award is presented to an alum who has made a difference, through contribution to the university, the alumni association or the community. We intend with this award to recognize those who continue to demonstrate the values and lessons learned at Trent. In addition, we want to recognize those whose contribution might not otherwise be acknowledged, and who are serving in some capacity, in addition to their regular work or hobbies, to make the world a better place. We want to reward those who continue to shine the spirit of Trent in their corner of the world to let them know we are proud of them.


1986 - Louis Taylor '69 PRC
1988 - Sarah Duff '72 CPTC
1991 - Mary Jo Mahoney '80 CPTC
1992 - James Orbinski '80 CPTC
1993 - Liz Fleming '77 CC
1994 - David French '80 CC
1996 - Lucile McGregor '74 CC
1998 - Gordon Watson '90
1999 - Roberto Acosta '95 PRC
2000 - Tom Wassaykeesic '90 OC
2003 - Jason Price '82 OC
2005 - Bruce Kennedy '66 OC
2005 - Dawn Wilson '72 JBC
2007 - Robert Condon '69
2008 - Helen Sweet '86 CPTC
2008 - Paul Davidson '83 CC
2009 - Kate Ramsay '71 JBC
2010 - John Butcher '67 CC
2010 - Karen Sisson '78 LEC
2011 - Lucinda Hage '68 CPTC
2011 - Paul Delaney '64 CC
2021 - Rachel Stoparczyk '91 LEC

2012 - Margie Lightbody '64 CPTC
2012 - Winston Meyer '78 OC
2012 - Bill Kimball '75 JBC
2013 - Brian Lavender '90 JBC
2013 - LeeAnne Lavender '90 JBC
2014 - Farah Shroff '83 PRC
2015 - Edward Sawdon '82 JBC
2015 - Linda Viscardis '76 OC
2016 - Lorraine Bennett '72 CC
2016 - David Wright '74 CPTC
2016 - Bill Fields '71 CPTC
2016 - John Kennedy '85 CPTC
2017 - Spencer J. Harrison '97 JBC
2017 - Caleb Smith '93 OC
2017 - Robin Quantick '78 JBC
2018 - John Muir '75 PRC
2018 - Ann Farquharson '76 CPTC
2019 - Katie Shaw '89 LEC
2019 - Mike Davies '86 CPTC
2020 - Bob Taylor-Vaisey ‘66 CC
2021 - Tracy Milne ’02 CC

2012 - Robert Stephenson '68 CC
2013 - Robert Lightbody '64 PR
2014 - Michael Nolan '69 CC
2015 - John Butcher '67 CC
2016 - Kate Ramsay '71 JBC
2018 - Denis Desjardins '76 CPTC
2019 - Karen Sisson '78 LEC
2021 - Gemma (Jess) Grover ’02 CPTC

The Young Leader Award recognizes young alumni who have shown outstanding leadership throughout their first 10 years of alumni status either in their professional career and/or community, public or humanitarian service and are 35 years of age or younger.


2007 - Dalal Al-Waheidi '98 CPTC
2007 - Darren Murphy '96 JBC
2008 - Karin Galldin '96 CC
2009 - Kevin Rose '97 OC
2009 - Lara Sylvester '92 CC
2010 - Jessica Wolff '99 CC
2011 - Dakota Brant '06 CPTC
2012 - Meghan Milson '04 JBC
2013 - Maryam Monsef '03 JBC
2014 - DJ Cunningham '01 CC

2015 - Jovan Groen '01 OC
2015 - Ryan Heighton '05 OC
2016 - Diane Therrien '10 CPTC
2017 - Robert Gauvreau '01 LEC
2017 - Brianna Salmon '10 CPTC
2018 - Andressa Lacerda '08 CPTC
2018 - Brandon Smith '04 LEC
2019 - Jarret Leaman '05 GC
2019 - Jenna Pilgrim '12 CC
2020 - Chris Chang-Yen Phillips ‘08