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Grads in order from the left: Marc Pelland, Jeremy Partaker, Chanse Kornik, Chad Marchand, Travis Arnal, Corallie DeFries, Joey Tarko and Alain Lagasse

Engineering Access Program celebrates eight Métis graduates

April 13, 2018 — 

On March 21, 2018, the Engineering Access Program celebrated the success of eight Métis graduates.

The event emcee, was recent ENGAP Mechanical Engineering Graduate, M. James Harper.  James, an excellent speaker, brought the evening together in a festive way. Ryan Ketchum, ENGAP student and guitarist extraordinaire, played guitar during dinner while the Buffalo Red Thunder drummers, dancers and singers transported guests through a colourful and vibrant world with their performance.  

Buffalo Red Thunder performer showcasing his talents at the ENGAP dinner

The evening welcome began with Randy Herrmann, ENGAP Director,  offering a special thank you to all of the generous supporters such as Lafarge, HATCH, MB Hydro, MB Aerospace, Stantec, Vector Construction, Wawanesa Insurance, Indigenous Engagement, PCL, Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba, the Faculty of Engineering and Women in Science and Engineering. He also thanked ENGAP staff,  student volunteers, and the many people who made donations toward the Silent Auction.

Some of the guests to offer a few words to the graduates were Lynn Lavallee, Vice-Provost Indigenous Engagement on behalf of Dr. David Barnard, President of the University of Manitoba and Jonathan Beddoes, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering. Sharon Varga, Director of the Louis Riel Vocational College presented eight beautiful traditional Métis sashes to each of the graduates. In addition, Jennifer Moose, the President of the Engineering Access Student Association generously offered the gift of purchasing the frames for each of the graduates’ degrees. Randy Herrmann along with Undergraduate Coordinator, Diana Klassen presented the each graduate with a gift. 

The graduates receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering are:

Travis Arnal—Electrical
Corallie DeFries—Civil
Chanse Kornik—Electrical
Alain Lagasse—Biosystems
Chad Marchand—Computer
Jeremy Partaker—Electrical
Marc Pelland—Electrical
Joey Tarko—Civil

The evening culminated with a Silent Auction, raising funds for the ENGAP students’ community events.

The evening was a huge success and the Faculty is extremely proud of the 2018 ENGAP graduates!






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