Civitas Award

The Civitas Award is awarded annually to recognize a community member who has made a significant contribution to the University’s Orillia Campus.

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Steve Clarke

Steve Clarke, prominent local business leader and former mayor of Orillia, is an advocate for Lakehead University. He was engaged in strong lobbying activities for provincial government support of the Orillia Campus and the Lakehead University-Georgian College Partnership. As mayor, he consistently supported and promoted the University through his public platform. Through his business, Brewery Bay Food Co., Steve is actively involved in Lakehead's Humanities 101 program, hosting fundraising events and providing meals for students.

Steve's service also extends into the community, where he supports local sports teams, causes and charities. He has been recognized with the Rotary Club's Paul Harris Award; the Orillia and District Chamber of Commerce's Strengthening Our Community Award and the Hats Off Award; the Queen's Diamond and Platinum Jubilee Awards; and Orillia Citizen of the Year. Additionally, Steve and his wife Chris were named Business Person of Year. Steve and Chris have called Orillia home for over 30 years.

Steve will be recognized with the 2024 Civitas Award on Friday, June 7 at 10 a.m.