Several hundred former Red River College students visited the Exchange District Campus — some for the first time — to celebrate at a special Alumni Wine & Cheese on September 29th.
The event was a good opportunity for former classmates to reconnect, and for our alumni community to learn more about some of the exciting work being done at the College, and our plans for expansion at both the Notre Dame and Exchange District Campuses.
John Gale, a 1980 graduate of Red River College's Mechanical Engineering Technology program, is being called the "Donald Trump of Kenora" for his ambitious plans to turn the Northwestern Ontario city into a vacation mecca.
As mentioned in a recent Winnipeg Free Press profile, Gale has plans to oversee up to $1 billion in development in Kenora, including a five-star resort and conference centre, a theme park, new lakefront cottage lots and an RV park.
Gale is making his bold move into real estate development following a successful career in the diamond drilling industry. In the 1980s Gale helped develop a new technology for diamond drilling, and eventually became a 50% owner in Winnipeg-based drill manufacturer Dimatec Inc. He sold his stake in the company last year.
James Allardice, a 1988 graduate of Red River College's Hotel & Restaurant Management program, was recently elected to a two-year term as President of the Manitoba Restaurant and Food Services Association.
Allardice is currently the managing partner of the Boston Pizza franchise in Selkirk, MB, and is a partner in the chain's downtown Winnipeg location.
Red River College grad Cameron Dueck (Creative Communications) has taken the notion of a summer sailing trip to a whole new level.
He's currently at the halfway point of a 7,000 nautical-mile expedition from Victoria, BC to Halifax, NS via the Northwest Passage. As of August 23rd, Dueck and the four-member crew of the Silent Sound were near Gjoa Haven, Nunavut.
The purpose of the voyage is to highlight the impact climate change is having on Canada's Arctic. From openpassageexpedition.com:
Climate change is causing temperatures in the Arctic to rise twice
as fast as elsewhere on the globe. The sea ice has melted so rapidly
that the Northwest Passage has been open water during the past two
summers. The warming climate is forcing Arctic communities and wildlife
to adjust their lifestyles to survive.
To explore these
dramatic changes taking place the 40-foot sailing yacht Silent Sound
will embark on a voyage that five years ago was nearly impossible for
amateur sailors….The goal of this expedition is to
use written word, video and photos to tell the story of how climate
change is affecting Arctic communities.