Reena Ahluwalia Receives Degree, Fellow Award In Toronto
After an extensive vetting process, Toronto’s George Brown College chose jewellery designer Reena Ahluwalia to serve as its keynote speaker for the Centre of Arts, Design & Information Technology Convocation ceremony, which was held at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto, Canada.
During the ceremony Ahluwalia received an honorary degree in International Fashion Management and an Institute without Boundaries (IwB) Fellow Award for leaving an indelible mark on industry, country, community and for her contributions to the areas of study offered at George Brown for being an exceptional role model for the students.
George Brown College dean Luigi Ferrara said, “Reena’s influential work in the global diamond and jewellery industry, her achievements in the world of fashion and visual art and service as faculty and mentor to so many of our students, made her the ideal choice for inspiring Reena Ahluwalia delivering the Convocation keynote at George Brown College. our graduates and sending them off into this exciting new phase of their lives.”
Drawing from some of the pivotal lessons from her life, Ahluwalia, a jewellery designer, painter, professor and community builder, urged students to nurture and value their unbounded mind, their unique inner compass and the passion to persevere. Her full keynote speech can be seen here: https://youtu.be/jnuiYuxtLtI
Anne Sado, president of George Brown College, said, “Our academic management committee made up of all college deans, were unanimous in recommending Reena Ahluwalia. Our criteria for granting an honorary degree is for people who have made an exceptional contribution to the country, world, with relevance to the college. As a person worthy of this recognition, Reena Ahluwalia exemplifies the qualities that George Brown College staff and students strive for – perseverance, passion and excellence.”