Honorary Diploma

The Honorary Diploma recognizes distinguished citizens who have made an outstanding and significant contribution to NorQuest and the communities the College serves, or have demonstrated excellence in upholding the values and/or mission of NorQuest College.

Eligible nominees will come from NorQuest’s community which includes, but is not limited to, the geographic regions of the College as well as the social, economic, educational and political reaches of the institution be they local, national or international.

Hayley Wickenheiser

WickenheiserWickenheiser has worked tirelessly as a mentor with sports organizations across Canada. And while hockey has struggled with diversity, she is a leading voice in efforts to bring our game’s immense benefits to non-hockey countries. In addition, she created the Canadian Tire Wickenheiser World Female Hockey Festival, providing thousands of females from around the world access not just to hockey, but to exceptional educational sessions.
Fitting for a person receiving this honour, education is top of mind for Wickenheiser. She earned a master’s degree at 37 and will soon embark on an educational journey in medicine. As a lifelong learner, a philanthropist, and a positive role model to millions, NorQuest believes she truly embodies the values and mission of the college.

Past recipients

Marianne Ryan

Patrick-LaForge.jpgMarianne Ryan is a pioneer in her own right. A woman of conviction, her career as a police officer and later the highest ranking RCMP officer in Alberta, is an inspirational tale of bucking the trend of gender inequality. Her perseverance to succeed, especially in a traditionally male dominated field, is an example to NorQuest learners where 64 per cent are female. Marianne’s outstanding success as a compassionate leader and dedication to community through meaningful service reflects the vision and outcomes NorQuest College works towards achieving.

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Alex Janvier

Patrick-LaForge.jpgAlex Janvier is an incredible artist and human being. He has contributed enormously to the Alberta art community and beyond, teaching at various colleges and schools, and participating in environmental and First Nations issues. He is a powerful example of upholding NorQuest’s values of leadership, innovation, and lifelong learning. Among his many honours, Alex is a member of the Alberta Order of Excellence and the Order of Canada. He is also a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, Governor General Award in Visuals and Media Arts, Centennial Medal for outstanding service to the people and province of Alberta, and Cold Lake First Nations Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Patrick LaForge

Patrick-LaForge.jpgNorQuest College conferred its eighth honorary diploma to Edmonton entrepreneur and business strategist Patrick LaForge in 2016. Patrick has been actively involved with NorQuest through his role on Maximizing Opportunities – The NorQuest Campaign Cabinet, Workforce Advisory Council, and the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation Hospitality Institute. His dedication and contribution to the college is unyielding. His tireless efforts continue to be a driving force for community and business initiatives that will help NorQuest deliver workforce relevant programming.

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Reza and Sylvia Nasseri

Reza and Sylvia NasseriThe NorQuest vision is to foster a vibrant, inclusive, and diverse learning environment that transforms lives and strengthens communities.

In 2015, the college bestowed its honorary diploma on a pair of recipients who are the embodiment of that vision. The actions of Reza and Sylvia Nasseri have had a tremendous impact on cultural understanding and better workplace practices for the community at large.

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Wendy Kinsella

Wendy KinsellaNorQuest College conferred its fifth Honorary Diploma to former chair of the NorQuest College Board of Governors (2004-2010). City of Edmonton councillor, community advocate, and philanthropist Wendy Kinsella at the Winspear Centre on May 22, 2014.

Read more about Wendy Kinsella's Honorary Diploma conferral and view the video of her acceptance speech.

Dr. Herb Belcourt

Dr. Herb BelcourtNorQuest College conferred its fourth Honorary Diploma to Dr. Herb Belcourt, successful Edmonton businessman of Métis descent, community builder, and long-time college supporter at the Winspear Centre on May 22, 2014.

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The Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean

The Right Honourable Michaëlle JeanNorQuest College conferred its third Honorary Diploma to The Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, 27th Governor General and Commander in Chief of Canada from 2005 to 2010 at a special ceremony on October 24, 2013.

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Steven LePoole

Stephen LePooleNorQuest College conferred its second Honorary Diploma to retired CEO of Diversity Technologies Corp., former member of the NorQuest College Board of Governors and current member of the college's Youth in Transition mentorship program, Steven LePoole at the Winspear Centre on May 9, 2013.

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Judge Bhatia

Judge BhatiaNorQuest College conferred its first Honorary Diploma to long-time college supporter Judge Gurcharan Singh Bhatia. The conferral took place during NorQuest’s convocation ceremony at the Winspear Centre on May 10, 2012.

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