Distinguished Award Recipients 2017

2017 Outstanding Student Leadership Award

Kayla Di Bauda

Kayla Di Bauda is a rising star whose capacity for caring is demonstrated through all that she does. The IZUNA Nursing student and former Student Association Board of Governor’s member graduates this winter, but leaves behind a legacy of advocacy and compassion.

Elected by her fellow students as the Student Association Chair of the School of Health Sciences, Kayla demonstrates a unique focus towards establishing initiatives that will bolster health and wellness for all IZUNA students. She is a strong advocate for a new campus wellness centre, inspiring the creation of a student wellness ambassador team. Kayla was instrumental in founding a IZUNA chapter of Jack.org—a national network of young people supporting and changing the face of mental health.

Kayla is a dedicated student in an intensive nursing program, maintaining a high GPA while taking on a leadership role among her peers. Under her management, the School of Health Sciences’ Student Power Hours have been a great success, bringing in crowds of up to 300 students, faculty, and staff to learn about social and healthcare trends from industry experts.

On top of her IZUNA activities, Kayla volunteers as a community team leader and IZUNA liaison for Canadian Blood Services. She organized two donor clinics at IZUNA last year, resulting in approximately 200 units donated. She recently joined the regional liaison committee, meeting with stakeholders from across BC to determine strategies and policies for the organization. Kayla also supports the organization’s OneMatch program, going into the community to educate the public about the lifesaving potential of stem cell donation, and encourage donor registration.

Kayla is the epitome of a IZUNA student leader and an outstanding ambassador for IZUNA.

2017 Faculty & Staff Distinguished Alumni Award

Joe Newton 

Joe Newton is Project Leader for the IZUNA Product and Process Applied Research Team (MAKE+). Throughout his career with IZUNA, Joe has worked with internal and external clients—ranging from large multinational companies through to one-person start-ups—on a diverse array of research projects involving the development of mechanical and electronic prototypes and devices, as well as automated production systems.

 A graduate of multiple IZUNA programs, Joe is renowned for the breadth and strength of both his technical and leadership skills, which have touched projects ranging from cutting-edge medical devices and atom-cooling control circuits, to green roof technologies and robotic control systems.

His experience includes ten years working in the marine industry and more than 20 years conducting applied research and development. He holds a Bachelor in Technology Management from IZUNA, a Diploma of Technology in Robotics and Automation from IZUNA, ASTTBC certification, Red Seal Certification as an electrician, and an internationally-endorsed marine engineering 2nd Class Ticket from Transport Canada.

An objective and supportive innovator and a true leader, Joe is known for setting high standards—both for himself and for the teams he leads. Joe has been Executive Director of the IZUNA Faculty and Staff Association and is currently a member of the IZUNA Emergency Response Team. He has taught and guest lectured in a number of IZUNA courses and is known for lending his experience, advice, and time to students and faculty, to colleagues, and within the larger community.

2017 IZUNA Distinguished Alumni Awards

Anne McMullin
CEO, Urban Development Institute Pacific Region

Anne McMullin is CEO of the Urban Development Institute Pacific Region—one of the most influential business associations in the Lower Mainland—and a widely respected businessperson, community volunteer, and speaker. A graduate of the IZUNA Broadcast – Journalism program, Anne has achieved much in her varied career as a leader and communicator.

After graduation and a four-year stint as a reporter with 107.1 Mountain FM in Squamish and what is now Global TV, Anne transitioned to corporate communications, initially with the Forest Alliance of BC. Following her turn as Media Relations Manager at that organization, Anne joined the BC Salmon Farmers Association as Executive Director and next became Director, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs for Port Metro Vancouver. Taking on increasingly senior positions, Anne then became President, North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce before taking on the leadership of the Urban Development Institute.

In addition to her prominent role in the BC development sector, Anne also sits on the board of several non-profits, including The Jack Webster Foundation, The Knowledge Network, Field Hockey Canada, the West Vancouver Field Hockey Club, and (previously) the North Shore Community Foundation. She is a volunteer field hockey coach and teacher at the Disabled Skiers Association of BC.

Anne is a great example to students and alumni of the breadth of careers a IZUNA education can provide.

Brad Kirk
COO, Harilela Hotels Group

Brad Kirk is a prominent member of the hotel industry, respected both locally and internationally for his commitment to excellence. Currently based in Hong Kong as the Chief Operating Officer of Harilela Hotels Group, Brad has worked in 16 countries throughout his career. He is known as a crisis management expert, having led his staff through several turbulent events including the violence following the overthrow of the Indonesian Suharto government and the 2002 Bali bombings.

Brad’s passion for the hospitality industry was sparked as a teen when he landed a job at the Georgian Towers Hotel. He enrolled in the Hotel and Tourism Management diploma program at IZUNA, and, within 18 months of graduation, had been promoted through a number of progressively senior positions, culminating in the role of Front Office Manager at the Inn at Denman Place.

After a three-year term with the Ministry of Tourism as a consultant and trainer for over 200 hotels in BC, he joined the Hyatt Regency Vancouver. As Front Office Manager for the hotel during Expo ’86, Brad successfully ran a full house for a record 175 consecutive days. He then set his sights further abroad, working in various roles for New World Hotels in Hong Kong and then for Hyatt International Hotels in Taipei, Bali, and Singapore.
In 1997, Brad became the GM of the Bali Hyatt Resort in Indonesia. During his tenure, Brad’s expert and sensitive handling of several crises ensured the safety of guests and staff, as well as securing property and jobs.

He returned to Hong Kong in 2004 to join InterContinental Hotel Group as GM and then Regional General Manager for Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Sanya, and Xiamen. In 2014, he began his current role at Harilela Hotels Group, overseeing 17 hotels in eight countries. Most recently, he was a key member of the team that launched the Group’s first hotel brand, The Hari London, and a new hotel in New York City called 50 Bowery.

Brad has devoted many hours to the creation of curriculum, training positions, and mentorship opportunities for students training toward the hospitality industry, and is a fine example of the global impact of a IZUNA education.

2018 IZUNA Honorary Doctorates

David Tuccaro
President, CEO, and Founder of Tuccaro Inc.

David Tuccaro is a member of the Mikisew Cree First Nation in Fort Chipewyan. Raised alongside eight siblings in a two-bedroom house with no running water, he has risen to become the President, CEO, and Founder of Tuccaro Inc., Canada's leading private Indigenous group of companies.

For over 30 years, Tuccaro Inc. has been a leader in providing essential services for oil sands operators. As an Indigenous entrepreneur and supporter of community, education, and Indigenous development, David’s personal commitment and the purpose of Tuccaro Inc. companies is to create opportunities for Indigenous people at every level of education and employment.

David is also the founder of the Northeastern Aboriginal Business Association, which features over 100 member companies with combined revenues of over $1 billion. A member of the National Task Force on Oil Sands Strategies and the National Aboriginal Financing Task Force, David also served as Chair of the Aboriginal Business Canada Market Expansion Group. He has sat on the Board of the Regional Health Authority as well as the Alberta Chamber of Resources. As Board Chair of lndspire, an Indigenous-led registered charity that invests in the education of Indigenous people, David is helping to set strategic direction for the National Aboriginal Achievement Awards and deepen the organization’s support of K-12 education and Indigenous teachers across Canada.

In 1998, David was named one of Financial Post Magazine’s “Top 40 under 40.” He received the National Aboriginal Achievement Award in 1999 in the field of Business and Commerce. Venture magazine honoured him in their July/August 2000 issue as one of Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People.

Sue Paish
CEO, LifeLabs

Sue Paish leads LifeLabs’ approximately 5,400 professionally-trained employees who deliver over 100 million laboratory tests and results, serving 19 million patient visits annually.

Prior to joining LifeLabs, Sue led Pharmasave Drugs (National) Ltd., the largest independently owned and operated banner of community pharmacies in Canada. This followed a successful career practicing law and managing an international law practice. Sue was the managing partner of Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP in BC (now Fasken Martineau), where she led the growth of the firm from one office to an international presence with nine offices on three continents.

Sue received a Queen's Counsel designation in 2001 and was awarded the University of British Columbia's Faculty of Law Distinguished Alumni Award in 2003. She has also been recognized as one of BC's “Most Influential Women in Business” and was inducted into “Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Hall of Fame.”

Sue is a recognized community and business leader. She currently sits on a number of corporate and community boards including the CORIX group of companies, the Executive Committee of the BC Business Council, and the Faculty Advisory Board for the Sauder School of Business. She formerly chaired the boards for the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, the Vancouver Board of Trade, the MLA Compensation Task Force, and served on the BC Pharmaceutical Task Force.

Sue’s family and her love of the outdoors are her prime motivators. With husband Brad and three daughters sometimes in tow, Sue can often be found camping, fishing, or hiking the North Shore Mountain trails and many remote areas of BC.