In 2005, the College in collaboration with the HSC Alumni Association set out to create a prestigious award to celebrate the success of HSC Alumni while inspiring the student body of today. The result is the Alumni Award of Distinction, which honours alumni who exemplify the Hillfield Strathallan College vision to realize their full potential, become global citizens and better the world around them.

A scholarship of $1,000 is awarded to a graduating student, in the name of the current recipient of the Alumni Award of Distinction. Thus the Alumni Award of Distinction helps to launch one of HSC’s newest Alumni into a distinct future of their own.

As a member of this year's graduating class, I would like to encourage you to submit an application to be considered for The Lt. Col. Ret'd Christopher Waters '72 Alumni Award of Distinction Graduate Scholarship.

Interested candidates will be required to complete a scholarship application form online and attach a resumé highlighting their experiences in support of the criteria upon which they will be considered.
Application deadline: Friday, May 14, 2021

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  • The Ideal Candidate

    The HSC Alumni Association is looking for a graduate who:
    • Embodies the College’s Mission, Vision and Values
    • Wishes to pursue post-secondary education
    • Demonstrates academic and co-curricular success, with a strong emphasis on contributions to both the College and the community at large
    • Is likely to exert a positive influence on their peers
  • Application Process

    • Interested candidates will be required to complete a scholarship application form online and attach a resumé highlighting their experiences in support of the criteria upon which they will be considered
    • Application Deadline: Friday, May 15, 2020
    • If you have any questions, please contact the Alumni Office by emailing

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Past Alumni Award of Distinction Recipients and Alumni Award Graduate Scholarship Recipients

2005/2006 | Colin Glassco '61
Following a successful career in business, established the Colin Glassco Foundation which provides funding for eye clinics, school supplies, clean water initiatives, among others throughout different countries in Africa.
2007 | Dr. Sheila Singh '90
Paediatric Neurosurgeon and Canada Research Chair in human stem cell biology. Through the Terry Fox Frontiers Program  Project Grant, she is the first woman to lead a research project as lead Principal Investigator. Is a professor of Surgery and Biochemistry at McMaster University.
2008 | Dr. Gail Erlick Robinson '60
Professor of Psychiatry and Obstetrics/Gynecology at the University of Toronto and co-founder of Canada's first rape-crisis centre as well as assisted in establishing the College of Physician's and Surgeon's of Ontario's task force on physician-patient sexual abuse.
2009 | Steven Paikin '78
Steve started his career in journalism and broadcasting at the University of Toronto. After working as an anchor at Queen's Park, he began work at TVO. His career has seen him moderate numerous election debates and you can catch him on television as the host of "The Agenda with Steve Paikin"
2010 | Ronald Bremner '67
One of Canada's top executive coaches for over two decades, he mentors others to become the best they can be. His career took him into broadcasting where he was elected into the Canadian Broadcast Hall of Fame.
2011 | Robert Young '72
Founded Red Hat Inc. an open-source software company leading to its sale opening the door to many entrepreneurial endeavours including commercial drone technology, a self-publishing company and becoming the owner of the Hamilton Tiger Cats CFL team.
2012 | Honourable Justice Randall Scott Echlin '69
Judge of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice with a speciality in Labour and Employment Law. Had lectured extensively on Canadian employment law, publishing six books and producing half a dozen videos on the subject. He was the first lawyer to earn a Certified Human Resource Certificate.
2013 | John van Nostrand '67
Founding principal of SvN Architects + Planners. Has worked on major urban development projects throughout Southern Ontario with a commitment to providing solutions for affordable housing within urban areas.

2014/15 | Honourable Coulter Osborne '50

Arbitrator and former Associate Chief Justice of Ontario, appointed as Ontario's Integrity Commissioner and the Lobbyist Registrar of Ontario in 2001 before becoming a member of the Order of Ontario.

2016 | Robb Webb '74
His career has been devoted to the management of international companies and the creation of global organizations. Currently sits as the Chief Human Resources Officer for Hyatt Hotels Corporation spanning  50 countries and sits on the National Board for the Human Rights Campaign in Washington D.C.
2017 | Naina Kapur '78
A pioneer in establishing the prevention of sexual harassment at all workplaces, she was the leading counsel before the Supreme Court of India in 1997 which solidified legally binding directions on workplace sexual harassment.
2017 | Professor Ratna Kapur '78
A graduate from Cambridge University and the Harvard Law School. Has been a Professor of Law at the International Global Law Policy Institute at Harvard Law School, the Jindal Global Law school in India and the Queen Mary University in London. Her extensive publishing on human rights and international law has focused on freedom of expression, gender equality, sexual rights and same-sex marriage.
2018 | Colin McNairn '56
A graduate of Harvard Law School, he began his career as a law professor at the University of Toronto. He spent over four decades with the Canadian Organization for Development through Education focusing on advancing literacy in regions of the world with the greatest needs.
2019 | Lori Morris '82
Internationally recognized interior designer and founder of the House of LMD. Her work has been featured in Architectural Digest and she was recognized by the Andrew Martin Interior Design Review of the World's Top 100 Designers. Her focus on female empowerment through her speaking engagements with youth drive home the subjects of following your passions and being in charge of your own future.
2020 | Warren Dakin '78
Graduate of Business Marketing from Sheridan College, spending over three decades in the finance industry with careers in both Toronto and New York City. He was the Director of Institutional Equity Trading and is an ongoing mentor to youth, speaking to them about following their passions and working hard to get what they want out of their careers.
2021 | Lt. Col. Ret'd Christopher Waters '72
Spent 28 years in the Canadian Armed Forces participating in operations in Canada, Australia, Norway, Germany and Cyprus. Initially trained as a reconnaissance patrolman and anti-tank guided missile gunner, he dedicated his military career as a senior JAG (military lawyer) with the Canadian Forces. He holds four postgraduate degrees including a Doctor of Law from Queens University. He was appointed the Director of Canadian Forces Military Law Centre in Kingston and continues his teaching career at both Queen's University and St. Lawrence College.

2006 | Kristian Montano '06

Graduated with a Bachelor of Science, Anatomy and Cell Biology, Pharmacology and an Honours Degree in Audio Engineering.

2007 | Meagan Hill '07

Graduated with a BA from Harvard College, continued with her education by completing her MBA from Harvard Business School.

2008 | Kathleen Gnocato '08

Received a BA in Political Science with a minor in Philosophy before completing her Masters in Global Affairs from the University of Toronto.
2009 | Emmaline Houston '09
Completed her Honours BA in History and Geography before completing her BEd with a speciality in Youth at Risk and Aboriginal Education. Currently completing her PhD, Social work at the University of Toronto after completing her Masters of Social Work. 

2010 | Haydon Lutz '10

Health Sciences - McMaster University

2011 | Rosemary McKee '11

International Development - McGill University

2012 | Meaghan Taylor Tremblay '12

Humanities/Social Sciences - Queens University
2013 | Victoria Restivo '13
Completed her Bachelor of Science, Environmental Life Science and BEd from Queen's University. She went on to complete her Master of Science in Freshwater Aquatic Toxicology from McMaster University. 
2014 | Ishaan Kapur '14
Completed a BA in Medical Sciences and an Honours Business Administration degree from the Ivey Business School at Western University. Currently completing his Doctor of Law from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University.

2015 | Joshua Altmann '15

Completed his BESc in Software Engineering from Western University before completing his Honours in Business Administration from the Ivey Business School at Western University.
2016 | Matthew Tutty '16
Currently completing his BA in Chemical Engineering at Western University while concurrently finishing his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and Management from the Ivey Business School at Western University.

2017 | Kassandra Hill '17

Bachelor of Arts - Queen's University

2018 |  Sophie Dyment '18

Currently completing a Bachelor of Biomedical Engineering - McMaster University

2018 | Victoria Altmann '18

Currently completing her BA in Health Sciences - Western University

2019 | Camille Bruckmann '19

Currently completing her BASc in Engineering Science - University of Toronto

2020 | Will Assad '20

Currently completing his BSc in Computer Science and Astrophysics - University of Toronto

Located in Hamilton, ON, Hillfield Strathallan College is a Canadian independent, co-educational day school.
The academic program runs from Montessori Toddler and Pre-K to Grade 12.

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