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The Brock University Alumni Association is pleased to recognize Dr. Andy Panko as the recipient of the 2004 Distinguished Alumni Award.
Panko was born and raised in Thorold, and graduated from Brock University with an Honours BSc in Geological Science in 1975. He went on to earn his Masters degree from the University of Waterloo and a PhD from McMaster University. Panko is currently the President of Brownfield Revolution in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
"I am truly pleased to have been selected for this honour," said Panko. "A lot has changed in the 29 years since I graduated, but I am proud to know that Brock continues to be recognized as one of the top universities in Canada, and that I may have been a small part of that effort."
The award will be presented at the Convocation Awards dinner on October 15, on the eve of Brock's 40th Anniversary celebration called Tribute! Brock currently has more than 50,000 graduates.
"This prestigious award is given to one individual each year that has earned prominence in their respective field of expertise, and who has made extensive contributions to society and to the Brock community," said Mamdouh Abdel Maksoud, President of the Brock University Alumni Association. "Andy Panko's professional achievements, his dedication to Brock University and to his community, have been truly outstanding and make him more than deserving of this award."
Panko has earned prominence for his exceptional contributions to his profession on a national level. In 1995, Panko's company, Arcturus was PROFIT Magazine's fourth Fastest-Growing Company in Canada and was a finalist in the Financial Post's Top 50 Best-Managed Companies. His current venture, Brownfield Revolution specializes in cleaning up environmentally contaminated sites.
Panko's list of community service is extensive. Currently, he is the Chair of the Niagara Regional Broadband Network, President of the Niagara Bruce Trail Club and St. David's Winery Limited, past Co-Chair of the Niagara Region's Line 5 Landfill Liaison Committee, immediate Past Chair, Niagara Peninsula Conservation Foundation and Niagara Falls Hydro Corporation, as well as the Thorold Protection Hose Company No. 1 Volunteer Firefighters. Panko has twice been President of the Niagara Falls Chamber of Commerce, and has also served on the Board of Rodman Hall Arts Centre.
As well as being a successful entrepreneur and active participant in the Niagara community, Panko has remained involved with Brock University. He recently completed his ninth year on the Board of Trustees, serving the last three years as Vice-Chair. He is a former President of the Alumni Association and has served as a lecturer for a number of courses at Brock.