Distinguished Alumni Award

Faculty of Applied Health Sciences

Distinguished Alumni Award

Distinguished Alumni Award

a portrait of Marty Calder

Marty Calder
Distinguished Alumnus, 2009
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, no name in Canadian wrestling in the 62kg weight class struck more fear into the hearts of competitors than Marty Calder from Brock University. He dominated his sport through that era in a way that few athletes ever do. His accomplishments as a Brock student-athlete and subsequently as a Brock alumnus are legendary. A national intercollegiate champion four times. CIS Wrestler of the Year. A national champion seven times. Three Olympic Trials championships. Commonwealth Games and Pan-Am Games gold medals. Olympic Games in Barcelona and Atlanta. Marty was, for more than a decade, a dominant presence on the mat and in the Canadian sports scene more broadly.

But his accomplishments did not end when his competitive career ended. Now in his 15th season as Brock’s wrestling coach, Marty has taken everything he learned in his own career as an outstanding wrestler and offered it to the next generation of student-athletes. And his success as a coach and mentor as a member of the Brock Athletics team has so far earned him two more trips to the Olympic Games in Athens and to Beijing as a coach with our National Team. He has been a tireless ambassador for his sport, and for Brock, in schools and community centres and epitomizes the spirit of giving back that make our alumni special.

A three-time Brock Male Athlete of the Year and a member of the Brock Athletics Hall of Fame, the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences is proud to recognize Marty Calder as our 2009 Alumni Award Winner.

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Christopher Armstrong
Distinguished Alumnus 2010

When it comes to the business of golf in Canada, Christopher Armstrong is heavily involved at every level from assisting the development of junior golf to representing almost every one of the country's professional players. Chris is the former Vice President for IMG Golf, and has recently moved into the leadership position of Vice President and Director of Wasserman Media Group Canadian Practice. Chris has managed the day-to-day and marketing business for many of the country's most prominent golfers and continues his career climb in the sport marketing and management field.

Chris joined IMG full-time in 2005 after studying commerce at McGill University and Sport Management at Brock University. While at Brock, Armstrong worked at the Centre for Sport and Law in St. Catharines, preparing factual arguments in Olympic team selection arbitration cases, as well as a number of independent studies in collective bargaining, negotiation and intellectual property rights. Working collaboratively with Dr. Hilary Findlay, Armstrong worked on several academic articles which remain under review for publication.

Upon graduation from Brock in 2005, Armstrong joined the Gem Group, a marketing and creative agency in Toronto. After only four months there, Armstrong was hired by IMG to assist in the redevelopment of their Canadian Athlete Representation business - the division of the firm he had completed an 11-month internship the previous year. By November 2006, Armstrong assumed the day-to-day management responsibilities of that business. In 2009, Armstrong was named to the National Post's list of Canada's Top-25 most influential people in Canadian Golf - the youngest person on that list.

Prior to IMG, Armstrong also spent time with the Canadian Baseball League and the Hamilton Tiger Cats Football Club, and was an amateur scout for the McGill Redmen Hockey program for several years following his time as a student assistant coach there. He currently sits on the board of the Stephen Ames Foundation, benefiting children in both Trinidad and Tobago and Canada.

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Distinguished Alumnus 2011?
The Faculty of Applied Health Sciences has established the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2008 to recognize an outstanding graduate who has excelled in their chosen field. Recipients are honoured for their professional, educational, community and/or volunteer leadership and achievements.

Please contact us and let us know about alumni you feel deserve to be acknowledged by this award.
Information the criteria and the nomination process may be found here: Faculty of Applied Health Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award

or contact:
Suzanne Gabriel
Administrative Officer
Office: WC 291A
T 905 688 5550 x4792
F 905 984 4851
E sgabriel@brocku.ca