Georgian College graduate Dale George was named winner of a 2012 Ontario Premier’s Award in the technology category on Nov. 26. George accepted the award at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, where 115 other nominees, 800 guests and Premier Dalton McGuinty attended a gala event to honour the many successful college alumni.
“This award is a high level of recognition among my peers. It’s recognition that I’ve worked hard and it’s a real honour to be among all the talented nominees,” says George.
Each of Ontario’s 24 public colleges submits a nominee for six categories: business, creative arts and design, community services, health sciences, recent graduate and technology. Only six awards are granted annually, one per category, to celebrate the outstanding contributions college graduates make to Ontario and throughout the world.
“The last two days have been a whirlwind. To win a prestigious award and then come back to my college and see the amazing transformation it has undergone is overwhelming,” says George, who visited Georgian’s Barrie Campus for the first time in more than 20 years and currently resides in Manitoba.
George has established a niche in the world of design for improving operations, defining innovation and creating industry standards for a number of products and services.
Georgian’s President MaryLynn West-Moynes says that Dale is an example to uphold. “In our technology programs there are numerous students who have entrepreneurial related skills. They have to develop their passion and attitude, and Dale exemplifies this. He applied innovation and passion, and as a result he created jobs.”
George is currently on the leading edge as the Chief Technology Officer of Buoyant Aircraft Systems International. His remarkable journey began in the Industrial Design program at Georgian College. Throughout his evolution from the early days of designing the now-famous little yellow plastic slide that can be found in backyards across North America, to developing the first high-altitude wind turbine, to his aviation work with lighter?than?air airships with NASA and transport to remote areas, George has remained a trailblazer in his field.
“My time at Georgian made me want to live and breathe design. I wanted to make new products that would make a difference,” says George. It appears he has.
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