U of G Community Well-Represented at Guelph Awards of Excellence

June 12, 2008 - Campus Bulletin

A University of Guelph marketing and consumer studies course and four individuals associated with the University were recognized at the ninth annual Guelph Awards of Excellence Wednesday night.

Prof. Paulette Padanyi, chair of the Department of Marketing and Consumer Studies, received the Guelph Chamber of Commerce President's Business Recognition Award in the public category for her fourth-year course "Marketing and Consumer Studies Practicum: Non-Profit Marketing," which gives students an opportunity to develop marketing plans for selected local non-profit organizations.

The award recognizes those who have demonstrated moving business forward through their contributions to the business community.

"This course is an example of how the University of Guelph teaches its students the importance of giving back to the community," said presenter Lloyd Longfield, Guelph Chamber of Commerce president and CAO.

The Guelph Parternship for Innovation's Excellence Award was presented to a U of G food science professor.
Prof. Alejandro Marangoni and his business partner Steve Bernet, a U of G graduate, were recognized for their involvement in CoaGel Corp., a company they started to launch their discovery of a shortening alternative that has no trans fat.

This award recognizes individuals in Guelph who have exhibited outstanding entrepreneurial commitment and achievement in the life science and agri-food sectors in Guelph.

"This company has put Guelph on the frontier of food safety and helped create a link between agri-food and human health," said presenter John Kelly, executive director of MaRS Landing and chair of the board of directors of the Guelph Partnership for Innovation.

OAC graduate, Ginty Jocius, a pioneer of agricultural communications who died in January, received the Guelph Partnership for Innovation's Special Lifetime of Innovation Award.

This award recognizes and celebrates an individual who, over his or her career, has added greatly to the capacity of the agri-food community in Guelph and across Ontario, and whose creative entrepreneurial spirit is a role model for future leaders.

"Like many of us, Ginty came to Guelph as a result of the University," said presenter Gord Surgeoner, a member of the Guelph Partnership for Innovation board of directors. "His passion was always agriculture. He was always looking for the next big thing."

Another OAC graduate, Glynis Logue, was also recognized at the awards ceremony. Logue, who holds a master's degree in landscape architecture, received a Mayor's Award for her work in Guelph as a landscape architect and her involvement in local environmental initiatives.

Not only was the University on the receiving end of the awards, but the College of Management and Economics (CME) also sponsored the Economics Workplace Education Award.

Presented by Prof. David Prescott, CME's associate dean (academic), the award went to RLB Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors.

This award recognizes an organization in Guelph that exhibits excellence in supporting post-secondary education though tuition reimbursement for employees, accommodating leave with or without pay for educational purposes, or providing co-op placements or internships in the city for post-secondary students.

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