Community leader adds another accomplishment to his list

Posted: August 27, 2012 8:00 a.m.

Victor Thomas goes above and beyond for his community
Victor Thomas goes above and beyond for his community Photo: U of R Photography

Beginning in his days as an undergraduate Victor Thomas has always given back to the University of Regina.

Today, despite leading a busy professional life and taking on many responsibilities in the community he still keeps the University of Regina high on his list of priorities.

He is receiving the Dr. Robert and Norma Ferguson Award for Outstanding Service, an award given to an alumnus who has shown exceptional leadership and service to the University of Regina or its Alumni Association, in recognition of this commitment.

As a student, he was active in student government and served as president of the University of Regina Students' Union in 2005-06. He also contributed in many other ways, including sitting on the Board of Governors, serving as the first student appointed to the Alumni Association Board and helping plan the Canada Summer Games held in Regina in 2005.

Thomas graduated from the University of Regina with a Bachelor of Business Administration in 2007 and a Master of Administration in leadership in 2011. He also holds certificates in French studies from both York University and Université St. Anne in Nova Scotia, and earned a certificate for summer studies at the University of Ulsan in South Korea which furthered his international perspective. He is the youngest graduate with a Chartered Director designation in corporate governance from The Directors College program offered through the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University, and also holds the reciprocal designation of Administrateur de Sociétés Certifié from Laval University.

He is currently a principle and executive director of Aspen Medical Canada Inc., a subsidiary of Aspen Medical, an international firm with expertise in delivering healthcare solutions in complex and often remote environments. Despite the need to travel frequently for business he also gives many hours to the University and to the community.

Thomas serves on the University Senate, the University of Regina Joint Committee on Ceremonies and the Allied Health Centre Council, and is the youngest member of the Paul J. Hill School of Business CEO Advisory Circle. He attends many University functions including alumni gatherings in cities across Canada, and speaks with pride about the wonderful experience he had at the University of Regina.

His other community and volunteer work includes serving as chair of the Red Cross Executive Cabinet for Saskatchewan, president of the South Saskatchewan Red Cross Council, Conference Board of Canada 2012 Saskatchewan Forum Advisory, SaskPower’s Demand Side Advisory, City of Regina Heritage Advisory Committee and the Ronald McDonald House Saskatchewan Campaign Leadership Committee. He is also past-chair of the Regina & District Chamber of Commerce.

Thomas says his involvement with the University taught him that individuals can contribute and make a difference even at an early age.

"Through my involvement with the University I was able to get to know the community, work with leaders and learn many transferable skills that I use each and every day," he says. "My involvement with the University of Regina has been the launch pad for my professional life and community involvement.”

Thomas will be one of five distinguished alumni recognized at the eighth Annual Alumni Crowning Achievement Awards Gala on September 27.

To purchase tickets and for more information visit: www.uregina.ca/alumni/acaa-event or call 1-877-779-4723.