2009 Algoma University Alumni Achievement Award: Nevin Buconjic

Nevin is a mentor, entrepreneur, educator and businessman. Currently, he is a Strategic Business Advisor with the Ministry of Natural Resources. He has a BA (Computer Science) from Laurentian University/Algoma U, a B.Sc. in Marketing and Management and a MBA (Lake Superior State University), a Certificate in Internet Marketing (University of British Columbia) and in 2007 completed his Economic Developer’s Certification through the Economic Development Association of Canada.

While working on his Accelerated Degree in Computer Science in 2001 at Algoma U, Nevin was tutoring at a local elementary school. Struck by the lack of enthusiasm that students had for computers, Nevin set out to change their attitudes and interests by teaching young people skills in web design and video game design. His passion for computers and entrepreneurship lead Nevin to create Adventures in Computing summer camps, now in their 9th year, here on campus. Nevin went on to co-found a local web design firm, before starting his own internet market and consulting company from which he created a scholarship for students entering into the Computer Science program here at Algoma U.

Over the years, Nevin has committed to being an advocate for youth in our community, taking part in the original Sault Youth Task Force where he spearheaded the Saultyouth.com portal. He has mentored, taught and worked with hundreds of students and young people in the topics of entrepreneurship, computers and technology. He currently writes a technology column for Fresh Magazine and has taught both computer and business courses at Algoma U and Sault College. In 2006 he was a finalist for the Osprey Media/Ontera Northern Ontario Youth Entrepreneur Award for Sault Ste. Marie and Area.

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