Alumni Recognition

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

2017 Distinguished Graduate

Joanne McKee

(BAdmin ’86)

Joanne McKee has over twenty years of progressive and senior financial leadership experience developed within the Ontario education sector.

Joanne McKee graduated from Brock University’s Co-op Accounting Program with a Business Administration degree and obtained her Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and Chartered Accountant (CA) designations.  Joanne completed her MBA at Niagara University in New York and was the recipient of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountant Graduate Award.

Joanne’s professional career began with the Hamilton office of KPMG where she started as a Brock University co-op student and progressed to Manager.  Joanne now has over twenty years of progressive and senior financial leadership experience developed within the Ontario education sector.  Joanne joined Ryerson University as the Chief Financial Officer in July 2015.  She has responsibility for the Financial Services department and provides strategic financial expertise and support to the President, senior executive group and Board of Governors.  Previously higher education experience includes Wilfrid Laurier University as the assistant vice-president, financial resources; Brock University, as the associate vice-president, finance and Niagara College as the director of financial services. She has also been a part-time accounting instructor at Niagara and Brock.

Joanne is an active member of Canadian Association of University Business Officers (CAUBO) and the Council of Ontario Finance Officers (COFO).  Joanne was the recipient of the COFO Distinguished Leadership Award for effective leadership and making a contribution to the management of higher education.

About the award

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
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.


  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 July 31

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

Send nominations to Teighan McIntyre