Ron Blackwell Mechanical Technology, 1979 Ron Backwell began his career with Duplate Canada Inc. in Toronto as a mechanical draftsman and technician and returned to Durham College, graduating from the Mechanical Technology program in 1979. He has completed additional programs at Ryerson Polytechnic Institute, the Canadian Institute of Management and North Texas Central College. He has been a professional business manager since 1988 and is currently president and owner of Backwell Quality Systems, a consulting firm. Backwell has been a member of the Durham College Technology Advisory Committee, chair of the Quality Engineering Technician Advisory Committee and a past member of the Aviation advisory committee. He has also been active in many associations and served as a night school teacher.
John Mather Business — Data Processing, 1979 John Mather is director of Administrative Computing at the college and was one of the founding members of the Durham College Alumni Association in 1985. Within the community, he was named Rotarian of the Year in 1985, has been active in coaching many teams in Oshawa, providing administrative support to many associations.