LLC instructor wins gold

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June 21, 2016 8:56 AM

Lakeland's Rob Baron, left, is one of four people in Canda to receive a gold level Award of Excellence from Colleges and Institutes Canada. He is pictured with Denise Amyot president and CEO of CICan following the awards ceremony.

Lakeland College’s Rob Baron is one of four people in Canada to receive a gold level Award of Excellence from Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan).
Baron heads up Lakeland College’s renewable energy and conservation program at the Vermilion campus.
He was awarded the gold CICan Leadership Excellence Award for his innovation and achievements at Lakeland, during the organization’s annual conference in Québec City on May 31.
“I was extremely honoured my colleagues chose to nominate me for this award,” Baron said.
“I have worked with some amazing teams for many departments over my career at the college.”
CICan’s 2016 Awards of Excellence recognizes best practices from institutions across the country.
The Leadership Excellence Award recognizes that although the entire post-secondary institution plays a learning leadership role in the communities they serve, inevitably, one individual makes an outstanding contribution each year.
“Rob has been a valued colleague for over a quarter of a century,” said Alice Wainwright-Stewart, president of Lakeland College
“The leadership he has shown both Lakeland College and the community is immeasurable, valued and overwhelmingly respected.”
Baron’s done everything from helping to establish the student-managed farm—powered by New Holland—to creating new curriculum for agriculture, and developing Lakeland’s applied research.
Before joining Lakeland as an instructor in 1987, Baron worked in agricultural machinery research and manufacturing, specializing in fertilizer, seeding and pesticide application.
At Lakeland, Baron has exercised his passion for sharing knowledge and helping others learn through classroom instruction, course development, program development and most recently through leading the college’s applied research initiatives.
“Rob has one of the best creative minds of anyone I have had the pleasure to work with, and has truly been a leader in every sense of the word in such a broad spectrum of projects,” said Mel Mathison, former dean of Lakeland’s School of Environmental Sciences and Applied Research.”
Baron has been recognized for his work and innovation with a number of other awards including the Graduate Thesis Award from the Canadian Society for Bioengineering (2005) and Award of Innovation in Teaching from the Alberta Colleges and Institutes Faculties Association (2007).

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