Distinguished Alumni

Keyano College students are with us for a short time, but what they take away with them lasts a lifetime. We're so proud of all of our graduates. Our community of alumni are making waves and we want to recognize them.

You will have the opportunity to recognize one of your own with the Distinguished Alumni Award. Each year a Keyano alumni will receive this award, and will be a part of the Convocation celebrations.

Transitions: From Keyano to the Next Step

The Keyano College Alumni Association and the Student Life department collaborated to bring you this virtual event that featured alumni panelists to share their story including obstacles and achievements in transitioning from student to employer/entrepreneur.  Watch as Amanda, Rasi, and Tyler share their success stories after graduating from Keyano.


2020 Distinguished Alumni recipient 

Due to the unusual circumstances that COVID-19 created, Keyano College did not choose a Distinguished Alumni for 2020 because we were unable to honour this achievement at our Convocation celebration.

Past Distinguished Alumni recipients

2019 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient: Nicole Bourque-Bouchier
Nicole Bourque-Bouchier receives awardA flight delay meant she wasn’t able to personally attend our Convocation, but we were thrilled to personally present our 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award winner Nicole Bourque-Bouchier with her award recently. The Chief Executive Officer and co-owner of The Bouchier Group, one of the largest Indigenous-owned and operated companies in the Athabasca Oil Sands is a long-time resident of Fort McMurray, a member of the Mikisew Cree First Nation, and a trailblazing, dedicated community activist and advocate for Indigenous women’s economic empowerment.
Pictured with Nicole is former Keyano College President and CEO Trent Keough and former Advancement Services Manager Michelle Toner. 
2018 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient: Kendal Netmaker 
kendal netmaker

In 2018, we were thrilled as we celebrated Keyano Alum and former Husky, Kendal Netmaker.

Kendal has since founded multiple businesses and won over 25 business awards including being a runner-up for the Youth Business International (YBI) Global Entrepreneur of the Year. Kendal speaks professionally to thousands of people every year on motivation, leadership and the power of telling your story. Kendal is one of Canada’s leading entrepreneurs and speakers from Sweetgrass First Nation, SK. Kendal took University Studies at Keyano College, attending the College as a student athlete. After graduating from Keyano College, Kendal launched his lifestyle apparel brand, Neechie Gear while completing two degrees from the University of Saskatchewan, and quickly grew his brand across North America.

1997-2013 winners 
  • Julio Florez - 2013
  • Kuni Albert - 2012
  • Fred McDonald - 2011
  • Melissa Blake - 2010
  • Dr. Cora Voyageur - 2009
  • Doug Golosky - 2008
  • Mike Deranger - 2007
  • Dale Unruh - 2006
  • Shawn Chaulk - 2005
  • Rick Mayuk - 2004
  • Phillip Cleghorn - 2003
  • Dr. Keith Yap - 2002
  • Margaret Whiteknife - 2001
  • Laura Whalen - 2000
  • Bonnie Gerow - 1999
  • Loren Jacula - 1999
  • Doris Plourde - 1999
  • Kim Ewashko – 1998
  • Bob Heinz - 1998
  • Karin King - 1998
  • Wanda Noren - 1998
  • Dr. Peter Brown - 1997
  • Dr. Steve Jones - 1997
  • Cecile Nanemahoo - 1997