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Recognising dedicated Kingston alumni

[Kingston Alumni Awards]
Peng-Sang Cau, left, is being honoured for her entrepreneurial spirit and leadership in Kingston’s business development, while David Pattenden, right,  is being honoured for his remarkable and multifaceted contributions to both Queen’s and the Kingston communities. (Supplied Photos)

Prominent Kingston businessperson/philanthropist Peng-Sang Cau (BCom’94) and active Queen’s board member David Pattenden (Arts'67, MA'69, LLB'71, MEd'74, LLD'03) will be honoured by the Kingston branch of the Queen’s University Alumni Association for their contributions to the Kingston and Queen’s communities.

Ms. Cau is the 2014 winner of the Jim Bennett Achievement Award, which was inaugurated in 1993 and is given to a Kingstonian who has made outstanding contributions to the Kingston or Queen’s community through their career, sports, art or volunteering. 

Originally from Cambodia, Ms. Cau escaped the oppressive rule of Khmer Rouge in the 1970s to start a new chapter in her life and in the history books of Canadian entrepreneurship. Currently the president and chief executive officer of Transformix Engineering Inc., based in Kingston, Ms. Cau is a successful and savvy entrepreneur, philanthropist, and an outspoken advocate for Canadian manufacturing.

“Peng’s ability to excel academically and in business while adapting to a new language and culture is simply inspiring. She is making a positive impact in the Kingston business and sports communities through her involvement with KEDCO, Kingston Technology council and coaching a number of youth sports teams,” says Kingston Branch president Lee Wetherall.

Mr. Pattenden is the winner of the 2014 Padre Laverty Award. Inaugurated in 1967, the Padre Laverty Award is given to a resident of the Kingston area, for outstanding service to Queen's University or jointly to the Queen’s and Kingston communities.

As a member of the Queen’s Board of Trustees Governance and Nominating Committee, Queen’s University Council Program Committee, Chairman of Queen’s Human Mobility Research Centre, and Chairman of the Atrial Fibrillation Association of Canada, Mr. Pattenden is being honoured for his remarkable and ongoing contributions to both Queen’s and the Kingston communities.

“David’s contribution to Queen’s has been truly exemplary of an alumni. He has been involved with Queen’s at every level, from student to Queen’s Council to the Board of Trustee. He was nominated by Padre Laverty’s nephew, which makes this a special moment in this award history,” says Ms. Wetherall.

The Padre Laverty Award and Jim Bennett Achievement Award will be presented on May 28, at Ban Righ Hall. For more information, or to register, please visit events.queensu.ca/kingstonawards.