Conestoga news

June 10, 2002 2:17 PM

34th Convocation Ceremonies of Conestoga College

June 19 - 20, 2002

Guest Speakers

Wednesday, June 19, 4 p.m.
Chris A. Hadfield is a pioneer, an achiever and a skilled professional. An experienced Canadian Space Agency astronaut, he was a key member of the international crew on STS-100 International Space Station (ISS) assembly flight 6A in April 2001. The crew delivered and installed Canadarm2, the new Canadian-built robotic arm. During the flight, he performed two spacewalks, thus becoming the first Canadian ever to
leave a space craft and float free in space. Born in Sarnia and raised near Milton, Chris Hadfield holds a
baccalaureate in mechanical engineering from Royal Military College and a masters in aviation systems from the University of Tennessee. He has also done postgraduate research at the University of Waterloo. An experienced and decorated test pilot, he was received into the Order of Ontario as a Member in 1996.

Wednesday, June 19, 7:30 p.m.
J. Fred Kuntz is the first Publisher of Grand River Valley Newspapers, a company that produces three publications -- The Record (based in Kitchener), the Guelph Mercury and the Cambridge Reporter. As such, he is responsible for the financial results, editorial quality, day-to-day operations and overall strategic direction for the three newspapers. His background is in journalism; he holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts from Ryerson Polytechnical University. From 1982 - 2000 he was with the Toronto Star in a variety of
editorial positions, most recently Deputy Managing Editor (1998 - 1999) and Saturday Editor (1999 - 2000). Before his selection to head the Grand River Valley Newspapers group, he was with the Globe and Mail as Associate Editor, responsible for the management of production, news editing, photography, design and graphics for the national newspaper. In 1998, he was honoured as co-winner of the Michener Award for public service journalism and received a National Newspaper Award Citation of Merit, in the special projects category.

Thursday, June 20, 4 p.m.
David MacKinnon became President and Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) in 1996. The OHA is a voluntary organization representing more than 150 public hospital corporations in Ontario. Many other health-related organizations are among the OHA’s approximately 200 associate and affiliate members. The OHA emphasizes leadership, advocacy, education, communications
and service with regard to Ontario’s hospitals. It represents hospitals’ needs and views to government, other organizations and the public, as well as helping to shape the future of the health care system. A graduate of Dalhousie University, Mr. MacKinnon has also studied at Oxford, Harvard and York Universities, as well as
at the European Institute of Business Administration. He is Past-President of ORTECH Corporation, an internationally recognized air-quality consulting firm, and Past-CEO of the Ontario Development Corporation.

Thursday, June 20, 7:30 p.m.
Thomas Krizsan is well known in midwestern Ontario for his business achievements, entrepreneurial spirit, and dedication to community growth and development. Following his graduation from the University of Western Ontario (BA, 1974; MBA, 1976), he began a career in financial analysis related to the real estate development field. In 1978, he founded Thomasfield Homes Ltd., an enterprise dedicated to building quality homes noted for creative design and support of local trades professionals and material suppliers. Over the past 23 years, Thomasfield has built approximately 4,000 homes in the Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge and Guelph area. Thomas Krizsan received the Mayor’s Award in 2000 in appreciation and recognition of his many years of service to the citizens of Guelph.