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The CAST/UTech Alumni Association (Ontario Chapter) has named architect, author and motivational speaker Mr. Maurice Burnside as its 2010 Distinguished Alumnus.
The announcement was made recently at the 8th anniversary awards banquet of the Association held in Toronto, Canada. Making the presentation was last year’s honouree, Andrea Wilson, Director of Customer Experience and Sustainability at Corporate Express Canada.
Mr. Burnside studied Architectural Technology at the College of Arts, Science and Technology (CAST). He attended Howard University in the United States where he received numerous awards including the AIA Henry Adams Certificate for Excellence and the gold, silver and bronze medals for design excellence, and graduated at the top of his class.
After working with several architectural firms in Kingston, Mr. Burnside opened his own business called MBA (Maurice Burnside Architects). He was also a part-time lecturer and co-ordinated the Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Studies at the University of Technology (UTech).
Since migrating to Canada 10 years ago, the architect has expanded his portfolio to include author and motivational speaker.
Thanking the Alumni Association for conferring him with this year’s Distinguished Alumnus award, Mr. Burnside said he felt honoured and privileged. He praised his alma mater for the significant foundation that was laid for all its graduates.
Mr. Burnside also shared with the audience that when he received the call that he would be getting the award, his first thought was that he was not worthy and had done nothing special to warrant receiving the award.
“Many of us allow ANTS (Automatic Negative Thoughts) to take over our minds, but we need to recognise that we have done things and have accomplished things; and we are worthy of the awards that we get and we are all meant to shine,” he stated.
“I want to remind the graduates of UTech to never forget you are somebody, no matter what you are going through. We need to take all the training that we have received from UTech and take it to the next level,” he stated.
He left the audience with this inspiring thought: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate; our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.”

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