Cindy Ditner   Derek Doo   Michael J. Edwards   Scott Epstein   Leslie Ferrier   Michael Graves  
                         
  Class of 1986
University of Waterloo
Master of Accounting, Bachelor of Arts Accounting, Chartered Accounting
  Class of 1992
Merrimack College
Bachelor of Science, Business Administration in Accounting
  Class of 1983
Drexel University
BS, Marketing
  Class of 1978
Wentworth Institute of Technology
Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Design Technology
  Class of 1990
Johnson & Wales University
Bachelor of Science, Hospitality Management
  Class of 1958
University of Cincinnati
Bachelor of Science, Architecture
 
                         
  NOMINATED BY
President & Vice-Chancellor Feridun Hamdullahpur
University of Waterloo
  NOMINATED BY
President Christopher E. Hopey
Merrimack College
  NOMINATED BY
President John A. Fry
Drexel University
  NOMINATED BY
Dr. Zorica Pantić, President
Wentworth Institute of Technology
  NOMINATED BY
John J. Bowen, Chancellor
Johnson & Wales University
  NOMINATED BY
Kettil Cedercreutz, PhD
University of Cincinnati
 
                         
  Cindy Ditner is the Global Head of Assurance for BDO International. Previously she was the National Assurance Standards Partner for BDO Canada and chair of BDO International’s Audit Steering Committee. Cindy was a member of CPA Canada’s Audit and Assurance Standards Board and Board of Evaluators. Cindy’s undergraduate and graduate programs both had co-op components. These work terms provided invaluable real-life experience early in her career, clarifying that public accounting was the path to pursue. They also benefited employers who received experienced staff earlier. Co-op programs are an excellent avenue to prepare students for successful careers.   Derek Doo is a Partner and CFO at The Viritus Group. He has over 20 years of experience as a financial representative with a primary focus on comprehensive financial planning and retirement services for both individual and corporations. Derek has held past Senior Financial Management positions at a variety of public high-technology companies including Sycamore Networks and Cisco Systems as well as PriceWaterhouseCooper, where he assisted clients in all financial aspects of the business including initial public offerings, secondary offerings, mergers and acquisitions transactions and cash management functions. Derek credits much of his success to his Co-Op experiences at Merrimack College.   Mr. Edwards is the CEO of eBags.com and is an experienced executive who has led brand transformations and business turnarounds for several leading companies. In his first year at eBags, he achieved a growth rate of 28%. As the former head of global merchandising at Staples, his efforts helped generate over $20 billion in sales. Before that, he was President and CEO of Borders Group where he received many accolades for his handling of an extremely challenging restructuring effort. As President and CEO of lucy activewear, he led the reinvention of the specialty retailer, taking it from just ten stores and no e-commerce capability to over 60 stores and a thriving web business. The International Council of Shopping Centers recognized Mr. Edward’s leadership at lucy by naming it 2007 “Brand of the Year.” He began his career at Jo-Ann Stores Inc., The May Department Store Company and Target Corporation.   Scott M. Epstein is the founder and CEO of Boston Scott Corporation, based in Needham, Mass. He has developed a novel biomaterial (pAguamedicina) structural hydrogel platform technology, which will diminish biofilms on all vascular and nonvascular applications. It also establishes principles responsible for higher flow rates, reduced red blood cell stress, and decreased thrombosis on catheters, decreasing healthcare costs while increasing patient comfort. Epstein has over 30 years of experience in research, product, process, and business development of urology, G.I., cardiology, radiology, and neurology medical devices, reducing to practice minimally invasive medical devices based on unique materials.   Most of the time, HR is simply about making a company run smoothly. And she’s adamant that it’s as important as any executive-level function. “Every single challenge in an organization is a human challenge, so the impact that I can make by dealing with the stickiest, most challenging issues is profound. I jumped between two people fighting with knifes in the kitchen. I was here for September 11th, evacuating a building when we didn’t know what was going on…” It was a JWU education that “deeply affected my ability to grow and to take on challenges”. At JWU “you are not just sitting in a classroom. You’re working. You’re learning. You’re hands-on.”   Michael Graves is a 1958 graduate of the University of Cincinnati’s School of Architecture and co-op program. After UC, he received his Master’s in Architecture from Harvard University. From 1964 until the end of his life in 2015, he was an architect in Princeton NJ, at a firm bearing his name, and became internationally renowned for his post-modern architectural works, including UC’s distinguished Engineering Research Center and the Swan and Dolphin Resort at Walt Disney World. In 1979, Graves was elected as a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1999. UC is proud to claim Michael Graves an alum of both its university and co-op program.