Sheridan to honour top companies with Big Picture Awards

    Sheridan is proud to announce that Corus Entertainment Inc., Fujifilm
    Canada, Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities, Great-West Life, London Life
    and Canada Life, and Pratt & Whitney Canada will be accepting awards at
    this year's Big Picture Gala.

OAKVILLE, ON, Sept. 15 /CNW/ - Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning will present Big Picture Awards to five industry leaders during the Big Picture Gala to be held at the Pearson Convention Centre on October 22, 2009. This event puts the spotlight on outstanding education, people and achievement, and recognizes innovators in the arts, business, community services, and technology.

Delivering value and a reputation for excellence are traits Sheridan shares with many successful organizations. The Big Picture Awards present the opportunity for Sheridan to acknowledge a select number of corporations and organizations for their outstanding leadership, their willingness to innovate, and their commitment to excellence.

Gala Honouree

Corus Entertainment Inc. will take the spotlight as Sheridan's top honouree for the evening. Corus Entertainment's outstanding reputation and work delivering compelling, engaging, and informative content to millions of people every day, exemplifies their commitment to excellence and continually positions them as a leader in the Canadian media and entertainment industry.

Innovation and Achievement Awards

Four awards will be presented to organizations and community groups that have demonstrated a commitment to Sheridan while leading their fields in innovation and achievement. During the evening, Sheridan will recognize 'Big Picture' thinkers in:

    * Arts: Fujifilm Canada;
    * Business: Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life;
    * Technology: Pratt & Whitney Canada; and,
    * Community service: Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities.

"It will be a great honour for Sheridan to recognize the accomplishments of these outstanding organizations at our Big Picture Gala," says Dr. Robert Turner, President and CEO. "Not only are they leaders in their respective fields, but they are also valued corporate partners who share our vision of creative excellence and innovation."

About the Big Picture Gala

The Big Picture Gala, now in its third year, is an opportunity to spotlight outstanding education, individuals and achievement, and to publicly recognize and celebrate our Big Picture Award recipients and the work they do in our communities.

Well known Canadian comedian and Sheridan graduate, Greg Morton, headlines this year's event. Sponsors include OMD Canada, Bell Canada, Virox Technologies Inc., Cookie Jar Entertainment, Pattison Outdoor Advertising and Somerville Graphics. Notable guests will include Ron White of Ron White Shoes; Lorraine Hughes, President of OMD Canada; John Cassaday, President and CEO of Corus Entertainment Inc.; Allen Loney, President and CEO of Great-West Lifeco Inc.

About Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

Sheridan's mission is to provide students of all ages with the knowledge and skills to thrive in a rapidly changing world. We annually serve 15,000 full-time and 35,000 continuing education students at our campuses in Oakville and Brampton, Ontario. Program options range from one-year certificates to four-year Bachelor's degrees, in the arts, business, community service and technology fields. We prepare students for career success; 88 percent of graduates are employed within six months of graduation.

SOURCE Sheridan College

For further information: For further information: Susan Atkinson, Manager, Media & Public Relations, Sheridan Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning, (905) 845-9430, ext. 2096,

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