1997 Alumni of Distinction


Scott Gibson Business Administration — Marketing, 1989     Scott Gibson has made a difference for McDonald’s Canada and Durham College. Gibson was able to bring a Durham College placement program to McDonald’s head office for the first time, enabling many students to secure full-time employment. Now a purchasing manager, he is involved in the development of new products and the maintenance of others. After completing his designation of certified management accountant, he is working towards his certified purchasing professional designation. During McHappy Days, Gibson serves food at St. Vincent’s Kitchen in Oshawa. He also helped revitalize the United Way campaign for McDonald’s head office and is always willing to help graduates of Durham College.

Robert Kowal Food and Drug Technology, 1981     Robert Kowal currently serves as a national sales manager for Quadra Chemicals Ltd. He is a member of both the Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology and the Canadian Professional Sales Association. He is also former director of the Peel Condominium Corporation Board. Kowal has taken many courses to further his career and is now working towards certification as a professional sales representative. He has provided numerous job leads to Durham College graduates and is always ready to help the college with any promotion.

Scott Parry Interior Design, 1991     Scott Parry works for Global Group International as an architectural and design marketing manager, where he won Sales Representative of the Year from the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO) in 1996. Parry is chair of the largest international interior design exhibition in Canada and includes students’ work in an effort to promote expose them to employers. He is also a guest lecturer at design schools and attends high school career days. Outside of work, he has been involved in many charitable organizations, including the Bob Rumball Centre for the Deaf, Ronald McDonald House and Kids Help Phone.