Media releases

  • Inaugural Indigenous Leaders Speaker Series event to highlight local entrepreneur

    MEDIA RELEASE: 15 June 2021 – R0070

    Niagara entrepreneur Jenn Harper, founder of sustainable and socially conscious cosmetics company Cheekbone Beauty, will be honoured at Brock University’s inaugural Indigenous Leaders Speaker Series next week.

    The online event will take place on National Indigenous Peoples Day Monday, June 21 from 7 to 8 p.m. and is a partnership between the University’s Indigenous Engagement Office and the Goodman School of Business.

    Harper will be joined in conversation with Robyn Bourgeois, Brock’s Acting Vice-Provost, Indigenous Engagement, to discuss her journey and Cheekbone’s commitment to sustainability, including the business’s core pillars of economic, educational and environmental good.

    “Jenn Harper is an exemplary Indigenous leader who has translated Indigenous ways of knowing and doing — reciprocity, ecological responsibility and creativity — into a successful business model,” Bourgeois said. “She’s someone who has overcome great odds to get where she is today and is the epitome of Indigenous excellence.”

    For Goodman Dean Andrew Gaudes, the new Indigenous Leaders Speaker Series is not only an important opportunity for the School to amplify the voices of Indigenous business leaders, but also a chance for students to hear first-hand from a leader committed to doing business in a socially and environmentally sustainable way.

    “Goodman is committed to providing resources for building sustainable change in our classrooms, community and world,” Gaudes said. “Jenn Harper is a leader who embodies that commitment completely in her life and business practices, and we are excited for her to share her story with our community.”

    For her work, Harper has been recognized as one of Chatelaine’s 2019 Women of the Year, named among RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Award’s Ones to Watch in 2020 and Cheekbone Beauty was awarded the 2019 Social Enterprise of the Year award in Ontario by Start Up Canada, in addition to other local and national honours.

    Cheekbone Beauty is committed to helping close the educational funding gap that exists between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students, donating 10 per cent of its profits to the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society. Harper also strives to educate as many Canadians as possible about the Residential School System and the effects it had on her family and friends through decades of generational trauma.

    To receive a link to the free community speaker series event, register online here.

    For more information or for assistance arranging interviews: 

    * Dan Dakin, Manager Communications and Media Relations, Brock University or 905-347-1970

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  • Brock University’s 109th Convocation launches Friday

    MEDIA RELEASE: 14 June 2021 – R0069

    More than 3,300 people will take the next step in their educational journey on Friday, June 18 when they move from Brock University students to alumni.

    Brock’s 109th Convocation ceremony will launch as a virtual Convocation portal on Friday as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact how post-secondary graduation ceremonies are delivered.

    Spring Convocation is traditionally held as nine ceremonies over five days each June with thousands of graduands crossing the stage inside Ian Beddis Gymnasium at Brock.

    Similar to both Spring and Fall 2020 Convocations, the University’s Class of 2021 will have their degrees conferred and will officially join more than 111,000 Brock alumni when the Convocation portal goes live early Friday morning.

    When Spring Convocation goes live, each graduand will get their own personalized online experience with keynote addresses from Brock President Gervan Fearon and Chancellor Hilary Pearson, as well as video messages from student leaders and others. In addition, a number of Brock Faculties and departments are planning their own complementary online events to celebrate graduating students after they convocate.

    In all, more than 2,800 undergraduates and 520 graduate students representing all seven Brock Faculties will convocate. Among that group are approximately 60 Brock Badgers student-athletes.

    Starting Monday, all graduates will be mailed Convocation in a Box packages containing their degree parchment, a Convocation program, an alumni pin, a copy of Surgite magazine, other information from the Brock University Alumni Association and a bag of Class of 2021 confetti.

    After going live Friday morning, the Virtual Convocation portal will remain online and available to students and the wider Brock community so they can enjoy the experience with friends and family when it’s convenient for them. For faculty, staff and others who want to see what Brock’s Virtual Spring Convocation is all about, an invitation will go out on Monday, June 21 inviting them to the Convocation portal.

    New this year, graduands, family, friends, faculty, staff and the wider community can use a new Celebration Wall to post messages and photos of congratulations to the Class of 2021. The Celebration Wall will be accessible to all at

    Also new this year was the option for students to order souvenir graduation gowns and hoods — the colourful sashes that are placed around their necks during a traditional Convocation ceremony. It’s the first time Brock has offered the graduation gowns for sale, and they’ve been incredibly popular with hundreds of students from the Class of 2021 purchasing them. The sets are still for sale through the Brock Campus Store online and are part of a new line of Convocation items for students launched this year, which also includes degree frames, lawn signs and commemorative items.

    In the leadup to the Convocation portal going live, a full slate of Convocation stories starts today in The Brock News and continues through the next two weeks including dedicated days of coverage to each Faculty the week of June 21 to 25.

    For more information or for assistance arranging interviews:

    * Dan Dakin, Manager Communications and Media Relations, Brock University or 905-347-1970

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