GRADS MAKE GLOBAL IMPACT


Sheridan takes pride in knowing that after graduation, our alumni make their mark on the world using the skills they honed as students.

Over the past year, Sheridan grads across all industries have stepped up to give back to their communities in unique ways. Here, read about just a few of the extraordinary accomplishments from our alums in 2020.

Randy Pilon

Business ’82

Virox Technologies, founded by Sheridan’s Pilon School of Business namesake Randy Pilon, was the first company to receive an investment from the Ontario Together Fund. The money enabled Virox to double its production of accelerated hydrogen peroxide (AHP) – a disinfectant that quickly kills the coronavirus.

Craig Henighan

Media Arts ’95

Sound Editor Craig Henighan won his third Emmy for his work on Netflix’s Stranger Things.

Wendy Hallam Martin

Media Arts ’87

Wendy Hallam Martin won a Canadian Cinema Editors Award for her editing work on the third season of The Handmaid’s Tale.

Joon Hee Kim

Craft and Design – Ceramics '15

Joon Hee Kim received the 2020 Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics.

Hargurdeep Singh

Mechanical Engineering Technology – Design and Drafting ’15

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the shortage of personal protective equipment for frontline workers was an immediate concern. Hargurdeep Singh, Vice-President of Advanced Manufacturing with CAD MicroSolutions Inc., recognized how 3D printing could bridge the supply chain gap. He helped fabricate face shields using CAD and 3D printing, openly sharing his design with anyone who could make use of it.

Lesley Hampton

Art and Art History ’15

The Indigenous fashion designer had a strong start to the year when one of her custom gowns, worn by CTV etalk anchor Lainey Lui, graced the red carpet of the 2020 Golden Globes. The dress turned heads, drawing further attention to Hampton’s womenswear line – a business she launched four years ago. Over the years, Hampton has stayed strong in her mission to promote diversity and inclusivity in her runway presentations, tackling themes such as mental health, body positivity and Indigenous representation.

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alumni took home hardware from the 2020 Canadian Screen Awards.


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grads earned nominations at the Dora Mavor Moore Awards.


Mark Stoddart

Illustration ’92

Stoddart co-designed the Black Lives Matter apparel worn by the Toronto Raptors in summer 2020. Throughout his 30-year career, he has combined a passion for art and sports with a spirit of social activism and commitment to educate and unite. “The Raptors wanting to bring attention to issues such as racism and equality – it’s bigger than sports,” Stoddart said. “Creating those shirts to actually speak to that and allow the Raptors to have a stronger voice, and to be part of a history … I feel blessed. I don’t think it solves any problems, but it starts a conversation.” He joined Sheridan as a faculty member in September, guiding the next generation of artists.

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Photo credit: Raptors.com

Deanna Molinaro

Visual and Creative Arts ’18

Molinaro doesn’t shy away from speaking out and showing the world her talent through her art. She was diagnosed with epidermolysis bullosa (EB) at birth, and had her right arm amputated just below the elbow as she was finishing her third year at Sheridan. She has never let challenges get in her way, finding new ways to create a career as a successful artist, illustrating books and hand painting accessories.

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Richie Mehta

Advanced Television and Film ’02

The award-winning director took home an International Emmy for Delhi Crime – a series he wrote and directed. The Netflix series delves into the details of the 2012 police investigation of the brutal gang rape of 23-year-old Jyoti Singh on a private bus. “It’s a passion project that I made, not because it was a story I wanted to tell, but because it was a story I felt compelled to tell,” Mehta said.

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Students are taking the initiative to change their communities for the better, even before they graduate.

Leah den Bok

Future Photography grad Leah den Bok has already gained notoriety for her work, having published a series of books featuring photos and stories of homeless individuals. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the student continued her portrait series to spotlight the disproportionate challenges faced by people experiencing homelessness. The series gained attention from national news outlets – including a feature in the U.S. on CBS Sunday Morning – enabling den Bok to help shed light on the experience of Toronto’s homeless population.

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