L.W. Shemilt Distinguished Alumni Award – Faculty of Engineering

L.W. Shemilt Distinguished Alumni Award

Created in 2006 and named after the Faculty of Engineering’s second Dean, Dr. Les Shemilt, to honour engineering alumni whose accomplishments and contributions are of national or international significance and have had a transformative impact on their field of endeavour. 

Award recipients

BEng Mechanical ’85

President and CEO, OLG

Duncan Hannay - Headshot

Duncan Hannay is the president of OLG and the former President and Chief Executive Officer at Street Capital Bank of Canada and Street Capital Group Inc. Prior to joining Street Capital in September 2017, Duncan held the position of Chief Operating Officer at FINASTRA, the third largest fintech provider in the world. Duncan has more than 25 years of experience building and growing businesses in the financial services and technology sectors with roles including: President, Global Lending Solutions at D+H; Senior Vice President and Head of Marketing at Scotiabank; Managing Director and Head of Online Brokerage at Scotiabank; and President and CEO at E*TRADE Canada Securities. 

BEng Electrical Engineering ’93
CEO, Guavus: A Thales Company

CEO, Guavus: A Thales Company

Faizel Lakhani is CEO of Guavus: a Thales Company. Guavus is a streaming analytics and artificial intelligence company based in Silicon Valley, Montreal, and Gurgaon, India. Prior to Guavus Faizel was the President, COO, and Board Member of SS8; a network intelligence company. Before SS8, Faizel was the vice president of Data Loss Prevention at McAfee, responsible for the DLP business worldwide. Faizel joined McAfee through the acquisition of Reconnex, where he was the vice president of products and marketing. 

BEng Mechanical & Mgmt ’92
Group President at Sears Holdings

James Politeski is the Group President of Home Appliances, Consumer Electronics, Commercial Sales and Monark Premium Appliances at Sears Holdings in Chicago. Prior to joining the Sears team, he was President at Samsung Electronics Canada. 

BEng Electrical ’77
Chief Executive, Hitachi Canada

Howard Shearer, the son of Jamaica’s third Prime Minister the late Hugh Shearer, came to Canada as an International student to study at McMaster University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1977. 

After working at a number of high-tech firms after graduation, Howard moved in 1984 to Hitachi Canada Limited, an International Japanese firm. He moved through the ranks to Chief Executive Officer and President to Chief Executive today. He served on the McMaster Board of Governors and is currently on the Faculty of Engineering Dean’s Advisory Board. 

BEng ’81, Metallurgical
President & CEO,
ArcelorMittal Dofasco

Sean Donnelly is the former President & CEO of ArcelorMittal Dofasco after serving previously as Vice President, Manufacturing and Vice President, Technology, and a series of other positions since he joined the company in 1981. 

Tireless advocate for the steel industry, Sean was at the forefront of the steel-making renaissance in Canada. Identifying a need for future qualified engineers and technology, he was, and continues to be a strong promoter in the development of academic partnerships. Sean believes that it is important to blend the strengths of industry and universities to train skilled human resources for the current and future needs of Canada.  

BEng Mechanical ’83

President, Thornley Fallis Communication

PhD Chemical Engineering ’93

Dean of the Faculty of Applied Science, Queen’s University

Kim Woodhouse - Headshot

BEng Civil ’62 & MEng ’65

Retired CEO of Timberland Group of Companies

BEng Civil ’79 & MScA ’79

President, Côté Membrane Separation Ltd.

BEng Engineering Physics
& Mgmt ’82)

Executive Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer of Open Text Corporation

Vladimir – BEng Civil ’80

Chedo – BEng Civil & Mgmt ’85

Co-Owners, Sobotec Ltd.

PhD Mechanical Eng ’73

President and CEO, Hatch

BEng Electrical & Mgmt ’86

President, Microsoft Business Division

BEng Electrical & Mgmt ’83
President, COM DEV