SGV honors outstanding facilitators in 2023 L&D Excellence Awards

SGV honored 17 outstanding individuals in the Firm’s 2023 Learning & Development (L&D) Excellence Awards held on 2 June 2023. Winners were recognized in three award categories, namely Facilitator Impact, Rising Star, and Thought Leadership. The individual and team awardees were recognized for their dedication, expertise, and creativity as outstanding facilitators. The program also highlighted their invaluable contribution to SGV's learning culture and L&D initiatives.




SGV L&D Excellence Award Grand Winner James Geile C. Barreras (center) with (from left to right) Consulting Partner Allan W. Ocho (AWO), Consulting Markets Co-Leader Maria Kathrina S. Macaisa-Peña (KSM), Vice Chair and Deputy Managing Partner Vivian C. Ruiz (VCR), and Consulting Partner Conrad Allan M. Alviz (CMA)


Technology Consulting Associate James Geile C. Barreras is this year’s grand winner and recipient of both the SGV L&D Excellence Award and the Thought Leadership Award. He organized training sessions for team members to become knowledgeable and certified in the Microsoft Dynamics 365 Platform. He helped equip them with the skills and knowledge needed to deliver successful projects in these areas.



Facilitator Impact Awardees


Assurance Senior Manager Christian T. Mahusay, Global Compliance and Reporting (GCR) Senior Manager Meynard L. Sardalla, Consulting Manager James Robert D. Aguila, and Business Enablement Services (BES) Associate Director Diorella M. Ontimare-Dela Cruz received the Facilitator Impact Award. This award is given to experienced facilitators who have demonstrated exceptional expertise and commitment in the field of facilitation and have dedicated a significant number of hours to facilitating L&D sessions.



Rising Star Awardees


Assurance Manager Romeo C. Barrogo, Tax Manager Marian Kris B. Santos, Consulting Senior Associate Noreen B. Canatoy, Strategy and Transactions (SaT) Senior Director Lester Jeff D. Pawid and BES Senior Associate Justine Jose Marie P. Pabalan received the Rising Star Award. This award acknowledges the exceptional potential and talent of up-and-coming facilitators. These individuals demonstrated a strong passion for continuous improvement and were recognized as future leaders in the field of L&D. 



Financial Services Organization (FSO) Senior Manager Cathy Biliran receives the Thought Leadership Award on behalf of the FSO team



Thought Leadership Awardees


The FSO webinar team composed of FSO Senior Director Mary Catherine M. Biliran, FSO Consulting Senior Director Russel N. Ailes, FSO Senior Director Leomar G. Velez, FSO Consulting Director Christopher Gerard G. Yu, Tax Senior Director Mira F. Ramirez-Uy, SaT Senior Director Lester Jeff D. Pawid and FSO Tax Senior Associate Krizia Mae P. Reamico received the Thought Leadership Award. GCR Senior Manager Maria Michaela E. Ledesma also received the award. This award honors experienced facilitators or teams for contributing innovative ideas and insights to the L&D community, pushing the boundaries of traditional training methods, and making remarkable contributions as subject matter resource speakers. 



L&D team members pose for a group photo


The winners received plaques and cash prizes. They were selected through an extensive evaluation process. SaT Partner Smith C. Lim (SCL), Assurance Partner Benigno F. Leongson (BFL), Consulting Partner Conrad Allan M. Alviz (CMA), GCR Partner Saha A. Bulagsak (SAB), Assurance Partner Kristopher S. Catalan (KSC), Tax Principal Alden Patrick C. Labaguis (ACL), and BES Senior Director Rowena O. Julian-Bautista comprised the panel of judges.


Congratulations to the winners!

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