Premier's Awards

Each year, Sault College proudly nominates remarkable Sault College alumni for the prestigious Premier’s Award. At the Higher Education Summit held annually in November, these nominees – alongside nominees from all Colleges across the province – were honoured for the outstanding contributions they make within Ontario and throughout the world. 

Premier’s Awards are presented in seven categories: Apprenticeship, Business, Community Services, Creative Arts and Design, Health Sciences, Recent Graduate, and Technology.

Learn about the most recent Sault College nominees who have been doing amazing things.

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2023 Nominees

Jenna Polutanovich

Category: Recent Graduate
Child and Youth Care, 2019

Jenna Polutanovich a recent Sault College grad and nominee of Premier's Award

Jenna Polutanovich has made a significant impact in her community by providing support and developing resources for children and families who have experienced a loss by death. As a student, she recognized that gaps needed to be filled and that her community lacked grief-specific supports for children who have lost a loved one. Since graduating, she has offered one-on-one and group support, authored and published the book ABC's of Death (for caregivers navigating loss with children), has educated post-secondary students and has “trained the trainer” with community organizations to become more comfortable supporting their own clients through grief.


Kevin Callan

Category: Technology
Forestry Technician, 1985

Kevin Callan a Sault College grad and nominee of Premier's Award

Kevin Callan (a.k.a. the Happy Camper) is the author of 19 books, his latest being Another Bend in the River: The Happy Camper’s Memoir. He is an award-winning writer and a keynote speaker at outdoor industry events across North America. A regular educational and informative guest on several television morning shows and CBC Radio, he has won multiple film awards and writes columns for both Paddling Magazine and Explore Magazine. He has been named one of the Top 100 Modern Day Explorers by the Canadian Geographical Society, inducted into Milton’s Walk of Fame and named Patron Paddler for Paddle Canada.


Past Nominees


Justine Chalykoff
Category: Creative Arts and Design
Programs: Adventure Recreation and Parks Technician, 2011; General Arts and Science, 2012; Digital Film Production, 2015

Ryan Vendramin
Category: Recent Graduate
Programs: Police Foundations, 2019; Protection, Security and Investigation, 2020


Jonathan Boyer-Nolan 
Category:   Community Services
Program: Social Service Worker Indigenous Specialization, 2018

Mathew Wilson
Category: Health Sciences
Programs: Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 2012;  Pre-Health Sciences 2008

Katrina Francella
Category: Recent Graduate
 Program: Fitness and Health Promotion, 2018