* Lois Siegel, BSJ , MA , 1990 Genie Award recipient for Best Short Documentary (Film: Stunt People), Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television
Four alumni named to the Hall include former Olympic diver Anne Montminy (Sciences ’95); journalist Jennifer Ditchburn (Social Science ’92); lawyer David McAusland (Social Science ’73) and Dr. Alexander Weil (Science ’03).
Five employees, representing some 150 years of service at the college, were also honoured: Léonce Boudreau (Director of Student Services); John Howes (first Academic Dean); Rabab Naqvi (launched Library Technology program); Lois Siegel (award-winning filmmaker who taught English and Film); and Bill Tierney (founding member of the English department).
The nine people selected to the Hall of Distinction in 2017 “personify the dedication and hard work that has shaped John Abbott College in so many different ways,” the college said in a statement.
“It is such a rewarding experience to hear the stories of all these great people. It makes us all truly proud to be a part of this wonderful institution,” said John Halpin, John Abbott’s director general.
Recognizing those who’ve
made an “unforgettable impression on John Abbott College” is a
tradition that began in 2016.
Siegel worked as a photographer for the Ottawa Citizen covering Around Town and Diplomatica 2006-2011. She currently works for Diplomat Magazine and Healthwise Magazine.
attended the World Arts Film Fest in
Jacksonville, Florida 2013 and 2014. She led animation 'Drawing on
Film' workshops with
Douglas Anderson High School of the Arts, Montessori, and
various groups of autistic children. She also participated in a
panel of women filmmakers, 2013.
Siegel was one of the judges for the Canadian Association for Photographic Art (CAPA), Annual Digital Competition, 2012. She was one of nine photographers chosen to shoot the Rolling Stones concert 2005.
She represents musicians through Siegel Entertainment
Award-Winning Children’s Television
February 20, 2013, Lois
Siegel appeared in the taping of "The Prime Radicals," a children’s
educational television series on TVOntario. Lois acted as a movie
director in a sequence opposite 19-year-old Alanna Bale who plays
Alanna in the production. The Prime Radicals demonstrates how math
can be applied in everyday contexts. It features two cousins, Alanna
and Kevin, who help their Uncle Norm solve his weekly workshop
problems with the help of an expert and a mathematical solution.
This new live-action series for kids aged 6-8 is compelling and
entertaining – never didactic – and uses humorous, hands-on,
real-world scenarios to make numbers cool for kids, based on the
math curriculum for young learners. Filming took place at GAPC
Entertainment in Ottawa.
She completed a
screenplay for the short film “What My Grandma Means to Say”
about Alzheimer’s 2012
Siegel was nominated Part-Time Professor of the Year, University of Ottawa by the Department of Communication, 2011.
Siegel was Unit Publicist and Set Photographer on the dark comedy, feature film “Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal,” shot in the Ottawa/Gatineau region. Quiet Revolution Pictures, Majika Pictures and Fridthjof Films are producing the film: Ottawa, Quebec, Denmark. Michael Dobbin is the producer in Ottawa.
Canadian companies representatives recognized by Lockheed Martin for their participation in the F-35 program. Left to right: Peter Timeo, Dan Snyder, Michael Cybulski, Larry Glenesk, Tom Elias, Claude Baril, Jean Gravel, Gabe Batstone, Steve O'Bryan (Lockheed Martin), Kevin Russell, Mike Dorricott, Mark Van Rooij, Dave Mitchell, Doug Dubowski, Randy Joe, Scott McCrady (CNW Group/Lockheed Martin).
She completed the course International Social Protocol, Social & Dining Etiquette Course taught by Margaret and Larry Dickenson, Carleton University, 2012.
Siegel was a guest speaker at
St. Andrews Presbyterian College, Laurinburg, North Carolina, where
she showed her films and spoke at the Writer’s Forum. Siegel was
presented with the twenty-fourth Annual Ethel N. Fortner Writer and
Community Award by St. Andrew’s Presbyterian College September 24,
2009. The Ethel N. Fortner Writer and Community Awards were
institute in 1986 to Honor a Friend of Writers and Frequent
Contributor to the St. Andrews Review.
She was invited by Her Excellency
Jean, Governor General of Canada, to participate in her
“Art Matters” initiative
on the Arts and Society at Rideau Hall, 2006.
Ottawa Chinatown Royal Arch
Ottawa Chamber Music Festival
July 24, - August 7, 2010
She worked as researcher, location scout, and stills photographer on
Gambling Boys, a documentary
produced by EyeSteelFilm,
With the barrage of marketing
campaigns, television coverage of poker tournaments,
Gambling Boys features three
youths ranging in age from 14 to 20 years old.
These teens share their
experiences with the thrill of gambling
Gambling Boys, directed and
written by Laura Turek,
Her band Celtic North performed New Year's Eve 2007 at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, Grand Hall, Gatineau, Quebec for the 150th Anniversary of the City of Ottawa being named the Capital by Queen Victoria: The Grand Finale, and at SuperEx 2008.
She was one of the judges for the 2007 Excel Awards International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), recognizing the most creative and innovative communications professionals in the National Capital Region.
She was Casting Director for the docu-drama “Family Motel,” a co-production between Instinct Films, Montreal, and The National Film Board of Canada, 2006. The film is a sympathetic look at what happens to families when, in spite of all their efforts, the rent is too high, and their salaries are too low. It premiered at the Montreal World Film Festival, August 2007. Awards: Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois; Alex and Ruth Dworkin Prize for a Film that Promotes Tolerance; Screening: Museum of Modern Art, NYC, March 2008.
Siegel worked as a photographer on the set for Don Winkler’s documentary film “Les Violons du Roy: Ode to a Requiem” (Mozart) in Montreal, that premiered recently on CBC’s “Opening Night” series, 2007 and was nominated for two Gemini Awards: Best Performing Arts Program or Arts Documentary and Best Direction in the same category, for achievement in English-language television production. The film was recently nominated for two Gémeaux awards for excellent in French-language television production.
Her photographs are
displayed on the Saatchi Gallery,
London, England, website.
She is listed in "Who's Who in Canadian Film and Television" and is a member of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television. Siegel appeared in 2006 as a guest speaker (film) at Douglas Anderson High School of the Arts, Jacksonville, Florida. Douglas Anderson is an award-winning institution on Florida’s North Atlantic coast.
She was chosen as one of nine photographers to shoot The Rolling Stones concert in Ottawa 2005.
Siegel won 1st Prize “Photography” at the 23rd Annual ArtEast Art & Photo Exhibition, Orleans, Ontario (2004) for her portrait of “The Crowd” trumpeter Adam Bell.
In previous years she won 2nd place, (1999) for her portrait of Irish Actor Stephen Rea
place (2002) for her portrait of Italian Actress Sophia Loren.
Her photography appeared in Mayworks: Ottawa’s first Visual Artists Directory, and her film set photos appeared in “On Screen: In Praise of Older Women” (Bravo Television) directed by Tristan Orchard.
She teaches Video Production at the University of Ottawa. In the past, she taught "Calling the Shots" video and animation workshops in the Ottawa public schools in conjunction with Salamander Theatre and MASC. Siegel taught Film Production at Concordia University and English, Film Animation, Modern Cinema and Documentary Film at John Abbott College, Montreal. She also taught Documentary Film at the Canadian Screen Training Centre, Ottawa, and various Film Animation and Documentary Film Workshops, Ottawa. She also taught "Musical Instruments and Creativity" at Heritage College, Hull, Quebec and a Documentary Film Workshop at IFCO, Independent Filmmakers Cooperative of Ottawa. She was a mentor at Carleton University, Department of the Humanities: Photography.
Three of her former students work in Hollywood. Steve Campanelli was camera and Steadicam operator on the Oscar-winning film “Million Dollar Baby” (Clint Eastwood), Glen MacPherson was cinematographer on “Exit Wounds” and "16 Blocks," " Rambo" and "Final Destination 4," Steve Surjik directed Wayne’s World 2. As well, Barry Julian, comedian/writer for The Colbert Report, was on the writing team that won an Emmy Award 2008: "Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special.
Pictures, Toronto as
a documentary about filmmaker
was chosen for the CANADIAN FRONT: NEW FILMS at
the Museum of Modern Art , New York City, March 2007, and it was selected as
Oxygen, the women's TV network in the States, aired Siegel's documentary film BASEBALL GIRLS on the network 2000 - 2002. Oxygen is partially owned by Oprah Winfrey.
"Baseball Girls" is now available online - National Film Board of Canada
Siegel was educated in the United States: Bachelor of Science Journalism with Honors in English and Masters of Arts in English and Comparative Literature, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio. As a student she was included in Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges and won several William Randolph Hearst and College Newspaper Association Awards.
Her films have been presented at the First and Second International Festival of Women's Films, N.Y.; The Whitney Museum: New American Filmmakers Series, N.Y.
STUNT PEOPLE appeared on Bravo as part of their "Drive-in Classics" series.
LOIS SIEGEL was Casting Director of
She worked on the casting of Cynthia Scott's THE COMPANY OF STRANGERS, HOCKEY DREAMS (Hockey Hall of Fame, Toronto), and classical music videos for Rhombus Media, Inc., Toronto: PROKOFIEV BY TWO (3 Gemini Awards 1991-1992), FALLA, and BOLERO featuring The Montreal Symphony Orchestra.
Siegel cast the Sri Lankans in The National Film Board's "Welcome to Canada," directed by John N. Smith.
She received the Guide-Scout Volunteer for Youth Award (Industry/Business Category) in Quebec, 1994, and she was nominated twice for the Quebec YWCA Women of Distinction Awards, 1995, 1996.
Eighty-two of her photographs (film directors, actors) were displayed in Complexe Desjardins during the 20th Anniversary of the Montreal World Film Festival, 1996, and 120 of her photos were displayed at the Montreal World Film Festival in 2002. Seventy-two of her photographs appeared in a solo show “The Arts” at the Shenkman Arts Centre, 2015.
Siegel has been a Mentor for the Department of the Humanities, Carleton University, Ottawa. She was a member of the City of Ottawa Arts Advisory Committee, the Media Arts Advisory Sub-Committee and Saw Video's Digital Media Committee. Siegel was on the Advisory Board of The Independent Filmmakers Cooperative (IFCO) of Ottawa. She was a jury member on the 1999 Cultural Assistance Programme: Arts and Heritage Division, Film and Video, City of Ottawa, as well as as on the 2003 Office of Cultural Affairs Local Arts Funding Program jury, City of Ottawa. She also wrote and photographed for FPS (Frames Per Second): The Magazine of Animation. Her articles appear on "Film Fanatics," an Internet web page she has created.
She is the Official Photographer for The Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Championship, Ottawa and the Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall of Fame Awards. She is a member and photographer for the Friends of the National Arts Centre Orchestra, and is the Official Photographer for WaterCan special events and Feast of Fields. She was Honorary Photographer for the 2005, 2006 Arts Ottawa East "Luncheon for the Arts. She also photographed for the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival.
Siegel is a member of ArtEast, and a member/photographer of Friends of the National Arts Centre Orchestra.