Sheridan business grads up for Premier’s Awards

Headshot of Derrick Ross
Derrick Ross, Business ’86

The Pilon School of Business will be cheering on two of its alumni in November as Colleges Ontario celebrates the province’s top graduates at the Premier’s Awards

Nominee Derrick Ross of the Business class of 1986 is the president of the Canadian recording industry incubator Slaight Music. Established in 2011, the company gives up-and-coming performers access to Toronto-based recording studios, as well as songwriters, producers, managers, labels and venues. 

With more than four decades in the entertainment business under his belt, Ross started out as the drummer for the popular Juno-nominated band The Spoons from 1979 to 1984. After leaving the group he studied at Sheridan and moved onto the business side of the music industry, working in promotion, marketing and artist representation. 

Over the years, he’s boosted some of Canada’s best-known performers, like Tom Cochrane and Carley Rae Jepsen, while working with a veritable who’s who of the music industry, including Coldplay, Kardinall Offishall, k-os and Keith Urban.

Also up for a Premier’s Award is Michelle John, a graduate of the Legal Office Administration program in 1990.

Headshot of Michelle John
Michelle John, Legal Office Administration ’90

John, a fire and life safety education officer with the City of Brampton, goes above and beyond her job requirements to reach out to Brampton’s diverse community to ensure their safety. 

John organizes information sessions in malls and community centres and visits schools, seniors’ homes and residences to increase awareness about fire safety. What’s more, she is a role model for women and visible minorities who aspire to similar leadership positions in the community.

In all, seven Sheridan alumni from across the college are nominees for Premier’s Awards in 2021 (Click here for all Sheridan nominees). A total of 125 Ontario community college graduates are up for honours in categories ranging from business and health sciences to community service and the performing arts. Winners of the Premier’s Awards will be announced on Nov. 18. 


With files from Meagan Kashty, digital communications officer at Sheridan.

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