Alumni Recognition

The Distinguished Graduate Award celebrates the outstanding professional or personal achievements of graduates of the Goodman School of Business at Brock University.

Square Headshot of Rhonda Klosler sitting at a desk

2022 Distinguished Graduate

Rhonda Klosler

(BBA ’93)

National COO & Ontario Market Leader

RSM Canada

Rhonda has nearly 30 years of public accounting experience to her role as Chief Operating Officer at RSM Canada LLP. She joined Collins Barrow Toronto, as an 18-year-old intern in the audit practice and eventually became a partner and a member of the leadership team. She has been instrumental in the tremendous growth of the firm during her tenure. In 2017, Collins Barrow merged with RSM, and she became COO of RSM Canada. In this role, Rhonda works with the leadership team on executing the firm’s national strategy. Rhonda’s core strength is relationship-building – both in her personal and professional life. Known for her drive to get things done, she has a keen ability to tap resources among her high-performing team. She begins internal meetings with her motto – “make a choice to make a difference” – calling on RSM’s motivated and capable professionals to take an all-hands-on-deck approach to building RSM Canada. She is a CPA, CA, having earned her designation in 1993 and became a partner in 2001. In 2012, Rhonda completed the Harvard Business School Professional Services program and in late 2021, was named a Fellow by CPA Ontario, the highest distinction bestowed upon a CPA in the accounting profession.   

We will honour Rhonda at a separate event planned for spring 2023. More information will be shared closer to this event. 

About the award

YearHonoreeTitle
2021Cheryl Brandon (BBA ’04)Co-founder of Waterton Global Resource Management
2020Sean Washchuk (BAcc ’96)Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of CCL Industries Inc.
2019Rita Middleton (BAdmin ’87)CEO, Interim CFO, and Board Member
International Solar Solutions
2018Brian Parsons (BAdmin ’90)President and CEO
Willis Towers Watson
2017Joanne McKee (BAdmin ’86)Chief Financial Officer,
Ryerson University
2016Martin Philp (BAdmin ’80, MA ’86)Founding Partner,
Next Advisory
2015Jason Sparaga (BBA ’93)Co-Founder and Co-CEO,
Spark Power Corp.,Oakville
2014Mark Arthur (BA ’77)President
Industrial Alliance Private Wealth Management, Toronto
2013Anne-Marie Robinson (BSc ’87, BBA ’90)President
Public Service Commission of Canada, Ottawa
2012Fred Losani (BAdmin ‘ 87)Owner and CEO
Losani Homes, Hamilton
2011Jeff Park (BAcc ’95)Executive Vice-President and CFO
SXC Health Solutions Corp, Chicago
2010Kristian Knibutat (BAdmin ’86)Partner
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Toronto
YearHonoreeTitle
2009James MacLellan (BAdmin ’87)Partner
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Toronto
2008John Zoccoli (BAdmin ’86)President
Jamzoc Holdings Ltd., o/a Tim Horton, St. Catharines
2007Jim Ryan (BAdmin ’84)CEO
Party Gaming,Gibraltar
2006Dr. Stephen Young (BBA ’91)Managing Director of Accounting Policy
Citigroup’s Corporate and Investment Bank (CIB), New York
2005Debbie Sevenpifer (BAdmin ’87)CEO
Niagara Health Systems, Niagara
2004Dr. Paul Ingram (BBA ’90)Professor of Management
Columbia University,New York
2003Deborah Rosati (BAdmain ’84)President
RosatiNet Inc.,Ottawa
2002Doug Wilkinson (BBA ’91)Partner
Deloitte, Toronto

Nominations, consisting of a letter outlining the nominee’s achievements supported by two additional letters and/or newspaper clippings, resume, awards, journal articles etc., will be accepted until the end of July each year. A committee consisting of the Dean, Chairs of each Department, and graduates will select the recipient.

Rules

  1. Nominees must have graduated from the Brock Faculty of Business or Goodman School of Business (hold a BAdmin, BAcc, BBA, MAcc, MBA, or MSc in Management degree)
  2. Nominees must have fifteen years post-graduate experience
  3. All nominees should demonstrate at least one of the following criteria:
    • Outstanding professional achievements
    • Outstanding educational achievements
    • Outstanding community achievements
    • Outstanding volunteer achievements
    • Outstanding entrepreneurial achievements
    • An ongoing commitment to Brock University
  4. Graduates may nominate themselves
  5. Current Brock faculty and staff are excluded
  6. Nominations must be received by March 1

The committee reserves the right to bestow the award to a graduate they feel is a worthy recipient.

Send nominations to Daniel Stranges (dstranges@brocku.ca)