The Associated Alumni Outstanding Young Alumni Award recognizes Acadia alumni who have graduated within the past 10 years whose endeavours in professional research, athletics, the arts, the community or other areas worthy of recognition bring honour to Acadia. The award is presented each year at the Annual Alumni Gala Dinner and Silent Auction.
Ms. Leslie Lewis ('10)
Leslie Lewis (’10) is the 2017 recipient of the Associated Alumni of Acadia University’s Young Alumni Award. An outstanding student, Leslie was named Acadia’s Student of the Year and earned the Frank H. Sobey Award for Business Excellence in her graduating year. Since then, she has forged a successful career in finance and investment, working in Toronto first with CIBC and later the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, and then serving as International Finance and Trade Policy Advisor to former federal finance minister Joe Oliver in Ottawa. Currently, Leslie is an associate with Onex Partners in Toronto, making investment recommendations to senior members to acquire billion-dollar businesses. Ever mindful of community, she has a strong commitment to volunteerism, serving as an Action Canada Fellow addressing hunger in the Arctic in 2013-14 and with Rise Asset Development as an Investment Committee Member (2012-15) providing start-up financing and business plan analysis to entrepreneurs who have overcome mental illness. The Young Alumni Award was presented to Leslie at the annual Social on the Hill in Ottawa on November 28, 2016.
Mr. Michael Kennedy (’05)
Mr. Kennedy graduated from Acadia with a BBA in 2005. He went on to complete a MPACC at the University of Saskatchewan and achieved his CA designation in 2008. Mike’s career has covered a wide spectrum of business, volunteerism, entrepreneurship and social activism. He is the Co-Founder of Awesome Halifax and launched the Canadian Bacon Cookhouse and H20 Golf. Mike has received numerous awards and acknowledgments, including Nova Scotia’s CA of the year in 2010 and the Halifax Chamber of Commerce Person of the Year award in 2014. He is a community volunteer extraordinaire contributing to Canadian Blood Services, East Coast Music Association, ALS Nova Scotia and the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada.
Mr. Chansey Veinotte (’10)
Mr. Veinotte graduated from Acadia University with a BScH in Biology in 2010. Two years later he completed a Master’s of Science at Dalhousie University. Chansey is currently a Teaching Assistant in two Biology courses at Dalhousie: he is a Senior Instructor for the Prep 101 Biology Course and is the Laboratory Manager and Research Associate at the IWK Health Centre, Dalhousie University. Since graduating from Acadia, Chansey has received several academic awards and co-authored numerous papers. His work in medical research has been recognized far and wide. In addition to all of this, Mr. Veinotte volunteers his time with health education in the public school system and is the founding member of Duathlon of Champions. In his spare time, Chansey is a musician and enjoys sailing.