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November 22, 2016

Fanshawe College is proud to announce that alumnus Chris Gower has been named recipient of the 2016 Premier's Award in the technology field. Chris received his award at a gala in Toronto on November 21, 2016, that celebrated Ontario's outstanding college graduates.

The Premier's Awards are presented annually and honour the important social and economic contribution college graduates make to Ontario and the world. He was one of 107 outstanding graduates nominated from Ontario's 24 colleges.

"We are so proud of Chris and this achievement," says Fanshawe President Peter Devlin. "His Fanshawe diploma, together with his knowledge, passion and leadership has enabled him to excel. We are honoured to count him as a member of our growing alumni family."

Chris graduated from the Construction Engineering Technology (Management) program in 1992 and credits the College for nurturing his desire and laying the groundwork that has enabled him to build a rewarding 20-year career with PCL Construction, the largest contractor in Canada, which he joined shortly after graduation.

"It's an honour to be part of the recognition of such esteemed individuals and the colleges in Ontario they represent," says Gower. "I have fond memories of my time at Fanshawe College and share this with the faculty for their real life stories that educated and inspired me from the beginning."

About Chris Gower

Chris joined PCL as an estimator and within three years was project manager responsible for a $40-million project constructing a 300,000-square-foot addition to Toronto's Yorkdale Shopping Centre. By the age of 31, Chris was managing the company's operations in Saskatchewan. Later, under Chris' leadership, PCL's operations in the Greater Toronto Area grew from $350-million to $1.8-billion in revenue. In 2009, Chris was named among the 2009 recipients of Canada's Top 40 Under 40 award and was named one of Fanshawe's 2015 distinguished alumni. In November 2015, Chris continued his ascent by transferring to PCL's Edmonton office to become Chief Operating Officer - Buildings, responsible for 4,550 employees and $5.2 billion worth of work. He believes in giving back and has mentored students and others within the industry.

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