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GBC: Honorary credentials at convocation for 6 extraordinary leaders

by pmnationtalk on November 1, 2017419 Views

Six extraordinary professionals, who’ve left an indelible mark on their industry and community, will receive honorary credentials at our 2017 convocation ceremonies, June 12-16.

They’re also being recognized for their contributions to the areas of study offered at George Brown and because they’re exceptional role models for our students.

Reena Ahluwalia

Honorary graduate certificate in International Fashion Management and an Institute without Boundaries (IwB) Fellow Award from the Centre for Arts, Design and Information Technology

Ahluwalia is a multiple award-winning Canadian jewelry artist, painter, speaker, professor of jewelry and a community builder.

Her work is sought by collectors worldwide and she’s recognized as one of the top masters of jewelry design in Canada. She’s won the De Beers Diamonds – International Award and the Rio Tinto Diamonds Global Design Competition.

Ahluwalia makes time to mentor George Brown Jewellery Arts students and is a member of the program advisory committee.

Learn more about Ahluwalia at Open New Browser Window.

Louis Busch

Honorary graduate certificate in Autism and Behavioural Science from the Centre for Health Sciences

Busch is a graduate of George Brown’s Behavioural Science Technology program. He’s had a positive impact on the field thanks to his knowledge of Applied Behavioural Analysis, program development, program evaluation, research methods, staff training, student mentorship and adult education combined with his experience working with Indigenous communities and in clinical positions in the developmental and mental health sectors.

Busch has maintained strong connections to George Brown, as a part-time professor and a program advisory committee member. He was also an advisor on the development of our Honours Bachelor of Behaviour Analysis program.

Learn more about Busch at

Daphne Fitzgerald

Honorary graduate certificate in Human Resources Management from the Centre for Business

Fitzgerald is a leader in the financial services and human resources management sectors with more than three decades of experience. She’s the President of BOARDrx, the former Vice-Chair of the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) and acts as a liaison between George Brown and the HRPA.

She’s also a member of the program advisory committee at our School of Human Resources and shares her experiences with students as a guest speaker in our HR Speakers Series.

Learn more about Fitzgerald at Open New Browser Window.

Norman Hardie

Honorary Bachelor of Administration (Hospitality) from the Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts

As a trailblazer in Ontario wine making, Hardie’s work has had a significant effect on the industry in Prince Edward County. His wines have garnered both Canadian and international recognition.

Hardie has hired and mentored George Brown students and his winery and vineyard have been hosting George Brown Continuing Education Uncork Ontario wine tours since 2015.

Learn more about Hardie at Open New Browser Window.

Rick Huijbregts

Honorary Bachelor of Technology (Construction Management) from the Centre for Construction and Engineering Technologies

Huijbregts is the Vice-President of Digital Transformation and Innovation at Cisco Canada. He’s demonstrated outstanding leadership in connecting the roles of technology, digital transformation and innovation with delivering high standard business outcomes for customers, industries, institutions, governments and the country.

Huijbregts is George Brown College’s Executive-in-Residence. He’s also a faculty member at the Harvard Graduate School of Design Executive Education. He also serves on the boards of several Canadian academic institutions and not-for-profit organizations.

Learn more about Huijbregts on LinkedIn .

Kwame McKenzie

Honorary diploma of General Arts & Sciences from the Centre for Preparatory and Liberal Studies 

As CEO of the Wellesley Institute, an organization that works in policy and research to create a healthier and more equitable environment across the Greater Toronto Area, McKenzie has focused on promoting and improving mental health and wellness and on resiliency and adaptability.

McKenzie has been connected to George Brown since 2009.  He’s a frequent and highly appreciated guest speaker at annual college conferences and in the classroom.

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