Mohawk College’s 2016 Distinguished Fellows Reply


MOHAWK COLLEGE’S 2016 DISTINGUISHED FELLOWS: I’m in very good company with Mohawk College’s newest Distinguished Fellows Richard Brennan and Winne Doyle (front row) and Peter Vicano and Ann McLaughlin (back row).

Mohawk will induct four Distinguished Fellows during this week’s Convocation ceremonies.

Distinguished Fellows are recognized for their outstanding professional achievement, expert status with their profession and business acumen. They are highly respected within, and beyond, the communities served by our college.

Distinguished Fellows make invaluable contributions to Mohawk in key ways, including academic advisement and student engagement, community outreach and strategic advisement to Mohawk’s senior leadership team.

This year, we are proud to induct:

Peter Vicano (Tuesday, June 14 at 7 p.m.)

From modest beginnings that included himself, a pick up and borrowed tools to a major construction company with an impressive list of industrial, commercial and institutional projects, Peter Vicano built a company to be proud of. Founded in 1973, Brantford-based Vicano Construction has completed thousands of construction  projects  throughout       Ontario,  with individual projects in excess of $50 million.  Under Peter’s leadership, Vicano Construction has earned a reputation for ability, integrity, fiscal responsibility and sound management in serving clients.  Peter graduated from Mohawk College’s Architectural Technology program in 1972.

Winnie Doyle (Wednesday, June 15 at 7 p.m.)

A healthcare professional with more than 35 years of experience, Winnie serves as Vice President, Clinical Services and Chief Nursing Executive at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. Winnie has worked in clinical practice, research and more recently as a senior administrator in acute clinical programs. Winnie has been a leader in driving improvements to quality and patient engagement in the healthcare system.  She is currently a lecturer at McMaster University and received the 2012 John C. Sibley Award for her outstanding contributions to the education of health professionals. Winnie received her Master of Nursing Administration from the University of Toronto in 2000.

Ann McLaughlin (Thursday, June 16 at 2 p.m.)

An entrepreneur, educator and community builder, Ann is a retired business owner with strong connections to the Hamilton community. Among her many accomplishments, Ann helped build a local business that caught the eye of Toshiba industries and resulted in that company establishing itself in Hamilton. Deeply committed to social justice and the creation of a diverse, tolerant and culturally rich community in Hamilton, Ann has served on numerous boards and advisory committees including Co-Chair for Workforce Planning Hamilton, Mohawk College’s Access Hamilton Employer Engagement Steering Committee, the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce’s HR Committee and as Chairperson of the Turning Point Giving Circle with YWCA Hamilton. Ann has an MBA from McMaster University and an Honours B.A. in Physchology from the University of Guelph.

Richard J. Brennan (Thursday, June 16 at 7 p.m.)

A newspaper reporter for 43 years, Richard covered a variety of stories from his days at the Ingersoll Times weekly newspaper to the Toronto Star where he worked as a National Affairs reporter and most notably as a political reporter with the paper’s Queen’s Park and Ottawa bureaus. It was at Queen’s Park where he earned the nickname the Badger for never letting go of a story. It was a reputation that preceded him to Ottawa where shortly upon his arrival in 2007 he was elected president of the 400-member Parliamentary Press Gallery – the only person to hold that title both provincially and federally. Richard graduated from Mohawk’s Journalism program in 1972.