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Trent President and Board Chair Ranked among Peterborough’s Most Influential People

Trent’s community impact evident in annual 20 Most Influential List

Trent University is home to community leaders and change-makers, holding seven of the 20 spots, including the number one spot, on Peterborough This Week’s annual list of the 20 most influential people in the Peterborough region.

Stephen Kylie ’72, a Trent alumnus and chair of the Trent Board of Governors, has the honour of holding the top spot in the 2017 ranking. In addition to his work with Trent, Mr. Kylie is actively involved with a variety of organizations, including the Peterborough Poverty Reduction Network, the Rotary Club of Peterborough and the Good Shepherd Foundation. Last year he was named Business Person of the Year by the Peterborough Chamber of Commerce, and was recognized with the Scholfield Award of Community Distinction by the United Way of Greater Peterborough and District.

“I am quite humbled with this recognition and am proud to be identified on a list with so many other hugely influential individuals dedicated to community,” said Mr. Kylie. “As an alumnus and current chair of the Board of Governors, I am pleased to see our president Dr. Groarke, a faculty member and many Trent alumni recognized for their significant contributions. Having had the pleasure of growing up, being educated and working in this marvellous community, I appreciate the opportunity of giving back.”

Other notable Trent figures on this year’s list include: Trent University president and vice-chancellor Dr. Leo Groarke; several Trent alumni including: City councilor Dean Pappas ’84; Dr. Andressa Lacerda ‘08, CCO of Noblegen; Allan Seabrooke ’77, City of Peterborough CAO; and Peterborough MPP The Honourable Jeff Leal ’74; as well as Mathematics professor and past president of the Kawartha Muslim Religious Association Dr. Kenzu Abdella.

The annual rankings are determined by the Peterborough This Week newsroom who select local residents that “through their words and actions, effect the character, development and behaviour of this great community.” The full 20 Most Influential People in the Peterborough Region can be viewed on the MyKawartha.com website.

Posted on July 14, 2017