Congratulations 2016 Alumni Award Recipients

Alumni Award of Distinction

Brent Shea ’80
Deputy Chief (Retired), London Police Services

After graduating from King’s with a History degree, Brent Shea ’80 began a 35-year career with London Police Services. Before moving into the position of Deputy Chief, Brent’s career spanned almost every unit within the policing portfolio, including uniformed patrol, major crime, vice and drugs, forensic identification, explosive disposal, and several administrative units.

Outside of his professional career, Brent has devoted countless hours to community organizations and causes. He has served as a board member for such organizations as the Boys and Girls Club of London, Monsignor Feeney Foundation, 2010 Special Olympics National Summer Games Committee, and has regularly volunteered for Tim Horton’s Camp Day, Ronald McDonald House, the Salvation Army, Community Living London, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, among others.

Serving on the King’s University College Foundation Board from 2004-2015, and chairing the Board from 2009 to 2014, Brent oversaw the Foundation’s largest fundraising Campaign to date, raising more than $14.2 million for King’s.

“King’s has been a huge part of my life, as well as my family’s life,” reflects Brent. “Becky (nee Ingram) ‘79 and I met at King’s, and our three sons all attended. King’s was a major influence on who I was, who I became, and who I am today.”

Young Alumni Award

Matthew Wilson ’07
Associate Lawyer, Lerners LLP

Before graduating from King’s in 2007, Matthew Wilson was actively involved with King’s University College Students’ Council, Western University Students’ Council, the King’s History Club and King’s Players, all while studying full-time to earn his Honours degree in History.

Today, Matthew sits on the London Health Sciences Centre’s Board of Directors and Western University’s Board of Governors. He is also a regular volunteer at events and causes in the London community, making him a role model for other young professionals.

As an associate lawyer with Lerners LLP, Matthew is highly sought after by a diverse client group that includes entrepreneurs, non-profits, businesses and home owners. Knowing Matthew’s dedication to his community and profession, it is easy to see why he is popular with clients.

Matthew continues to be involved with King’s, recently acting as an alumni representative to the committee responsible for selecting King’s teaching award recipients. He is also a regular attendee at King’s Convocation ceremonies, welcoming new graduates to the alumni community.

“In my experience, people graduate from King’s with a solid liberal arts education and a deep commitment to their community, however they define it. I will always be thankful to King’s for the education and experience it gave me. I wouldn’t be where I am today without it.”

King’s is proud of the outstanding accomplishments of Brent and Matthew, and we are pleased to count them amongst our distinguished alumni.

Alumni Award recipients are recognized for their achievements, dedication and community service at the King’s University College Homecoming Brunch. Purchase your brunch ticket online or by contacting or 519-433-3491 x4502.