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Alumni: Giving U of T more reasons to be proud


Making an impact

Movers and shakers, leaders and trendsetters, decision-makers and innovators—U of T alumni make a meaningful impact wherever they go and in whatever they do.

This is your gateway to the round-the-clock news feed on our homepage, where we report on current and relevant alumni happenings. Find out about how your fellow grads are making the most of their education by enriching their local communities, improving the world, and achieving in the arenas of business, medicine, engineering, the humanities and much more.

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Using technology to boost fairness and equality: Kawin Ethayarajh wins the John H. Moss Scholarship for graduating students

Fairness is important to Kawin Ethayarajh. It’s this sense of justice that has underpinned many of his

Aaron Persad, photo courtesy Aaron Persad
U of T alumni make shortlist to become Canada’s next astronaut

Five on the list are U of T engineering alumni; others include a marine geophysicist, a Canadian Armed Forces

U of T Engineering alumni set fastest human-powered vehicle record — again
U of T Engineering alumni set fastest human-powered vehicle record — again

On September 14, 2016, a team founded by U of T Engineering alumni broke their own world record for

Alumni startup Financeit buys up $339 million-worthof home improvement loans
Alumni startup Financeit buys up $339 million-worth of home improvement loans

When you buy a big-ticket item, this Canadian company founded by U of T grads could help you set

R. Scott MacKendrick
New leadership elected for Alumni Association

The University of Toronto Alumni Association elected its officers at the first meeting of the year and

Dinuk Wijeratne
15 reasons to watch the Junos this year

Forty-three University of Toronto musicians, from jazz to classical to world music, have received 15 Juno nominations.

Harvey Lam
Harvey Lam spearheads #LearnSyria

Harvey Lam saw first-hand the transformative power of education. Now Lam is hoping to help others stay

Donald Sutherland
Beyond academics: There’s star potential in extracurricular activities

At the beginning, Donald Sutherland, Kate Reid, Don Harron, William Hutt, Charmion King, Ed Follows, Norman Jewison,

Ken Taylor
In Memoriam: Chancellor Emeritus Ken Taylor

It is with deep sadness that Victoria University announces the passing of Kenneth Douglas “Ken” Taylor, O.C.,

Shelley Gautier
Champion for sport: meet paracyclist Shelley Gautier

On a tricycle, alumna Shelley Gautier is the world’s fastest woman. She’s a nine-time Paracycling Road World Champion

Order of Canada: top honours go to Janet Rossant, Bob Rae

On Canada Day, Governor General David Johnston recognized some of U of T’s most distinguished faculty and

Malcolm McGrath on Knox College pipe organ
Spring Reunion organist Malcolm McGrath

Special thanks to Malcolm McGrath (BASc 5T4) for his dedication, enthusiasm and years of service as Spring

Spring Reunion honours alumnus celebrating 80th Anniversary

On May 29, during Spring Reunion, centenarian Alex King (BASc 3T5) was honoured by Chancellor Michael Wilson

Twitter buys Whetlab, artificial intelligence startup

Twitter has scooped up a machine-learning startup called Whetlab, launched by several U of T alumni and a

This PhD in classics is bringing wearable tech to kids

Launching a startup that teaches kids to code by creating magic wands or bracelets may seem an

MAGIC! night at Junos for alumnus Mark Pellizzer

Two new Juno awards are the latest in a string of accolades for the band MAGIC!, started

teaBOT: doing business one cup at a time

Safina Allidina thought she was headed for a career in healthcare management, but a cup of tea

In Memoriam: Grace Bayliss

The university community was saddened to learn of the passing of Ms. Grace Bayliss (WDW, BA 1988)

Rachel Mahon set to become the first female organist at St. Paul’s Cathedral

U of T alumna Rachel Mahon is set to become the first female organist hired at St.

Juno wins for U of T’s Sienna Dahlen, Owen Pallett

Two University of Toronto musicians were named as winners at the Juno Awards in Winnipeg on March

Canadian women’s hockey team, including U of T alumna Jayna Hefford, wins gold at Sochi

In a spectacular comeback, Marie-Philip Poulin tied the game with 55 seconds to spare. Poulin then scored the

Kaillie Humphries and U of T alumna Heather Moyse take gold in women’s bobsleigh

Kaillie Humphries and U of T alumna Heather Moyse made history on Wednesday, becoming the first women

Olympic Games: alumna goes for hockey gold

Jayna Hefford, who earned a Bachelor of Physical Education & Health degree at the University of Toronto

Oscar nomination for alumnus Andy Koyama

U of T alumnus Andy Koyama received an Academy Award nomination for his achievement in sound mixing, Lone

Steve Paikin named to Order of Ontario, Order of Canada

A few weeks after being named to the Order of Canada, alumnus and award-winning TVO journalist Steve Paikin

Oscar nomination for alumnus Owen Pallett

Indie-pop songwriter, prodigy violinist, and U of T Faculty of Music alumnus Owen Pallett received an Academy

Two U of T alumnae selected Rhodes Scholars

Aliyyah Ahad and Chloe Walker will pursue post-graduate studies at Oxford University next year after being named 2014

Most powerful women of 2013

Bay Street observers have long recognized alumna Judy Goldring as a powerful leader in the business community.

Rosie MacLennan takes gold at world championship

Trampoline superstar Rosie MacLennan reasserted her status as best in the world on November 10 at the

MacArthur ‘genius’ grant goes to alumna Sara Seager

The MacArthur Foundation awarded astrophysicist and University of Toronto alumna Sara Seager one of its prestigious fellowships

Engineering alumni make aeronautical history

An aerospace team with strong U of T Engineering connections has made history by winning the $250,000

Sixteen new Order of Canada appointments for U of T

Governor General David Johnston has appointed 16 members of the University of Toronto community to the Order

Spring Convocation: Celebrating our graduates, honouring exceptional individuals

More than 12,500 students graduated this June. As is customary at convocation ceremonies, honorary degrees were also conferred upon 12 exceptional individuals.

Tim Sze helps create an ad hoc supercomputer

U of T alumnus Tim Sze, as part of a team of four, has developed a new

Dr. Allan Vescan performs balloon sinuplasty

Dr. Vescan did his residency in Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at U of T. He is

Alumni win Gates Cambridge scholarships

Two University of Toronto alumni are joining 90 of the world’s most academically brilliant and socially committed

Bernard Choi Wins Gold Medal for Excellence in Public Service

Congratulations to Dr. Bernard Choi for his Gold Medal award. Dr. Choi won the Gold Medal from

Nigel Spencer Wins Third Governor General’s Literary Award for Translation

What Nigel Spencer has achieved with the translation of Marie Claire Blais’s Mai au bal des prédateurs

Jemy Joseph Receives Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal

Fresh from earning a newly minted MSc in Medical Sciences from the University of Toronto mere months

Dani Reiss: Meet the reluctant mastermind behind Canada Goose

If he’d had his way, Dani Reiss would be writing short stories in Southeast Asia. Instead, he’s

Owen Pallett: How the award-winning indie-pop violinist hooked up with the TSO

Owen Pallett, the classical composer and indie-pop violinist, is bringing his Violin Concerto to the stage. The

Young pianist soars with a perfect 100

Even for a rare piano talent who has won medals at every level since 2002, this performance

Oscar win for alumnus Mychael Danna

Composer and University of Toronto alumnus Mychael Danna picked up the Academy Award February 24 for Best Original Score for the film Life of Pi.

Alumni launch “world’s most energy-efficient light bulb”

Three University of Toronto alumni are set to flip the switch on “the world’s most energy-efficient light

U of T alumna to become Ontario’s first female premier

University of Toronto alumna Kathleen Wynne will become Ontario premier in the next few days, the first

Explaining adrenal glands for Scientific American

Alumni Dorea Reeser, Raluca Ellis and Nigel Morton are members of the winning team in Scientific American’s

Mychael Danna Wins Golden Globe, Nominated for two Academy Awards

Congratulations to Mychael Danna (MusBac1986) for his Golden Globe award for best original score in a motion

Barbara Hannigan Nominated for a 2013 Grammy

Barbara Hannigan (MusM 1999, MusBac 1993) recently made a very successful title role debut in Berg’s Lulu,

Three Alumni Named to the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio

Current Masters student and alumni Andrew Haji (MusBacPerf 2011), Charlotte Burrage (MusM 2009, MusBacPerf 2007), and Aviva

Three U of T students named 2013 Rhodes Scholars

Three students from the University of Toronto will pursue post-graduate studies at Oxford University next year after

New grad reaches new heights — literally

As Aly Madhavji prepared for his midnight trek to the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro, he packed something special to him – a homemade sign that said: “U of T alumni.”

Stefano Fornazzari San Martín wins Governor General Award

Daraius M. Bharucha and Stefano Fornazzari San Martín received the Governor General Award for Teaching Excellence for

David West Read’s second play to open on Broadway

It’s the type of overnight theatrical success story that’s simply not supposed to happen these days. This

U of T Poet Raymond Souster dies at 91

U of T Alum Raymond Souster, the prolific Toronto poet who helped advance the careers of Margaret

Henry N. R. Jackman gives largest donation in the history of the Faculty of Law

The University of Toronto Faculty of Law is delighted to announce the largest gift to the law

The Glenn Gould Variations

A number of U of T alumni are among the internationally renowned artists and speakers to celebrate

Rosie MacLennan wins the first gold for Canada

U of T alumna and trampolinist Rosie MacLennan won a gold medal at the 2012 Olympics on Saturday, cheered on by throngs of supporters across the university and around the world.

Dr. Farhan M. Asrar awarded the 2012 RCPSC Leadership Award

Dr. Farhan M. Asrar has been recognized by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

Rosie MacLennan at the Olympics

Already an established name as a trampoline gymnast, Rosannagh (Rosie) MacLennan began international competition at the age

Crispin Duenas is Going for Gold

Alumnus Crispin Duenas is no stranger to the international stage. The former physics major represented Canada in

Sheila Heti, “How Should a Person Be?”

U of T Alumna Sheila Heti’s latest novel takes its place in a contemporary literary movement, writes The New Yorker.

Kevin Lau
TSO Announces Shalom Bard Resident Conductor and Kevin Lau Affiliate Composer

TSO Music Director Peter Oundjian proudly announces Canadian artists, conductor Shalom Bard as the TSO’s RBC Resident

Cristina Rizzuto
Cristina Rizzuto on Poetry

Cristina Rizzuto is the author of a recently published poetry collection, The Music Makers (Blaurock Press). Her

Jeffrey Skoll
The Canadian Billionaire Who’s Giving it All Away

Jeffrey Skoll was made an Officer of the Order of Canada for his “commitment to social causes

Michael Wilson
Michael Wilson New U of T Chancellor

The Honourable Michael H. Wilson, a former Canadian ambassador to the United States and federal Minister of

Donald R. Sadoway
Sadoway Named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People

U of T Engineering alumnus Donald R. Sadoway has been named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most

Bruce Pynn
Bruce Pynn Helps Paleontology Students Pursue Their Dreams

Beginning this year, Bruce Pynn will provide student support for undergraduates in financial need who are pursuing

2012 Awards of Excellence
U of T Alumni Association Celebrates Faculty, Staff and Students

More than 175 people gathered at the Great Hall at Hart House April 10 as the U

U of T Alumnus Relaunches New College Lecture Series

When Carl Sagan gave the inaugural lecture for the Jacob Bronowski Memorial Lecture Series at New College

Andrew N. Forde
Black Business & Professional Association Honours U of T Alumnus

Materials Science and Engineering alumnus Andrew N. Forde has been named the recipient of the 2012 Harry

Heidi Taylor to take on leadership of Playwrights Theatre Centre

Playwrights Theatre Centre today announced that, effective December 1, 2012, Heidi Taylor (UC 9T4) will assume leadership

Photo by Ryan Pyle
U of T Alumnus Ryan Pyle Document’s China’s Rise to Power

Ryan Pyle‘s Canadian lecture tour, Bearing Witness: Documenting China’s Rise, launches at the Munk School for Global

Harley Pasternak
Fitness Guru Harley Pasternak Discusses His High Profile Career

Fitness guru, New York Times bestselling author and star of ABC’s daytime talk show The Revolution, Harley Pasternak

Dr. Evans
A Wing of the MaRS Science Complex Named for Dr. John Evans

The family of Dr. John Evans, a co-founder of the MaRS science complex, is donating $10 million

Susan Hoeppner
Junos Jumping with U of T Nominees

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences slate of nominees for the 2012 JUNO Awards is

Dr. Tina Meisami
U of T Alumni Provide Free Dental Treatment to Abused Women

Dr. Tina Meisami and four of her female dental colleagues, who have been friends since studying at

Order of Ontario
10 Appointees to the Order of Ontario have Ties to U of T

More than a third of the province’s newest appointees to the Order of Ontario have ties to

Donald Patriquin
Donald Patriquin Accepted into Stanford Who’s Who

Donald Patriquin has been accepted into the prestigious ranks of Stanford Who’s Who as a result of

Muhammad Lila
Muhammad Lila Joins ABC News

Award-winning Canadian journalist Muhammad Lila joins ABC News as the new Digital Correspondent responsible for Pakistan, Afghanistan and the

Paul Martin
Order of Canada Honours Faculty & Alumni

Three University of Toronto faculty members, nine alumni and two additional U of T benefactors have been

Swapna and Sandhya Mylabathula
Making Our National Sport Safer

Swapna and Sandhya Mylabathula have drafted a private members’ bill for Parliament that proposes a national concussion awareness

Dani Reiss
Dani Reiss named Entrepreneur Of The Year

Dani Reiss, chief executive of Canada Goose Inc., was named Ontario 2011 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of

Ed Clark
Ed Clark named Ivey Business Leader of the Year

Following TD’s acquisition of Canada Trust Financial Services in February 2000, where Mr. Clark had been President

Inductees of the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador
Dr. Angus Bruneau and Sister Elizabeth Davis Inducted into the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador

Dr. Bruneau and Sister Davis are two of nine inspiring individuals who have helped shape Newfoundland and

Raja Singh Tuli and Suneet Singh Tuli

Two Canadian brothers to bring the Internet to billions of people around the world, from remote farming

Alejandra Bravo
Alejandra Bravo

U of T grad Alejandra Bravo (BA in Latin American studies) is manager of leadership programs at

Elena Park
Elena Park

U of T law grad Elena Park (HBA 1994 WDW), who has provided 200 hours a year

Andromache Karakatsanis and Michael Moldaver
Andromache Karakatsanis and Michael Moldaver

Judge Karakatsanis (BA 1978 Vic) and Judge Moldaver (BA 1968 UC, LLB 1971) have been nominated to

Jen Rawson
Jen Rawson

(BPhEd 1999, B.Ed 2000) has been appointed the new head coach of the UBC Thunderbirds women’s hockey

David Cronenberg
David Cronenberg

(BA 1967, HonLLD 2001) will be the first Canadian to be awarded with a fellowship from the

Samantha Grant
Samantha Grant

(BA 1994) has been elected as the 37th president of the Black Women Lawyers Association of Los

Rohinton Mistry
Rohinton Mistry

(BA 1982, Honorary Doctor of Letters 1999) has been awarded the Neustadt International Prize for Literature, a

U of T alumnus and NFB pioneer, Tom Daly
NFB pioneer Tom Daly dies at 93

Legendary Canadian film producer Tom Daly (BA 1940 UC) passed away last weekend at age 93.

Vicky Sunohara

(BPHE 2010) has been hired as head coach of the Varsity Blues women’s hockey team. Sunohara spent

Brad Griffiths (B.Com 1979 Victoria)
Friends and family of Brad Griffiths

(B.Comm 1979 Victoria) have begun a scholarship in his memory after the Bay Street dealmaker perished in

Dr. Marilyn Korzekwa (MD 1982) takes to the water for charity
Dr. Marilyn Korzekwa

(MD 1982), the first person to swim Lake Ontario north-to-south (1983) and south-to-north (1984), completed a 34-km

Order of Canada medals
Faculty and alumni named to Order of Canada

Professor Peter Singer, a world leader in health research, and opera singer Mary Lou Fallis are among

David Miller (LLB 1984) photo c/o
Former Toronto mayor David Miller

(LLB 1984) will be a “Future of Cities” fellow at the Polytechnic Institute of NYU, lecturing and

Malcolm Gladwell (BA 1984 Trinity)
Watch Malcolm Gladwell’s Convocation address

The author of international bestsellers such as Outliers , What The Dog Saw, Blink and The Tipping

Rivi Frankle (BA 1968 UC)
Rivi Frankle

(BA 1968 UC), known to many simply as ‘Rivi’, retired last September after working 39 years at

John Paul Morgan (BASc 2001, MASc 2005)
John Paul Morgan

(BASc 2001, MASc 2005) is the founder and chief technology officer of Morgan Solar, a Toronto-based solar

Judy Barber and Stephen Woollcombe (
Stephen Woollcombe (BA 1961 Trinity) and Judy Barber (BA 1961 Vic)

met in the fall of 1961 while volunteering for CUSO-VSO, the development organization that celebrated its 50th

Malcolm Gladwell (BA 1984 Trinity)
Malcolm Gladwell

(BA 1984 Trinity), one of the world’s most popular writers, will receive an honorary doctorate of letters

Centre Block, Parliament Hill, Ottawa
New Parliament Is U of T Blue

U of T Magazine sorts through the recently elected MPs in Ottawa and highlights some of the

Natasha Sharpe (PhD Med 1997, MBA 1999)
Alumni named to Top 40 Under 40

Six alumni and a professor were named to the Globe and Mail‘s Top 40 Under 40 list.

Mark Johnson (BA 1986 Vic)
Health and science reporter Mark Johnson

(BA 1986 Victoria) is co-winner of a Pulitzer prize for explanatory reporting, for the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel’s One

Domenico Pietropaolo
Domenico Pietropaolo

(BSc 1971 St. Mike’s, MA 1973, PhD 1981), a three-time graduate, will be the new principal of

Blake Goldring (BA 1981 Vic). Photo from
Blake Goldring

(BA 1981 Vic), CEO of AGF Management Limited—and benefactor to Victoria College’s Goldring Student Centre—was recognized as

Robert Rival

(DMA 2010) has been appointed as the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra’s composer-in-residence, a two-year position. His orchestral works

Guy Giorno
Guy Giorno

(LLB 1989), ex-chief of staff to PM Stephen Harper and also to former Ontario premier Mike Harris,

Mississauga mayor Hazel McCallion
Mississauga mayor Hazel McCallion

(LLD 2010) was surprised with cake, song and affection on her 90th birthday Feb. 9 as she

Dr. Ernest McCulloch
Dr. Ernest McCulloch

(MD 1948), emeritus university professor who along with Dr. James Till was one of the fathers of

Geoffrey Bannister
Geoffrey Bannister

(PhD 1974) has been named the next president of Hawai’i Pacific University. He previously was dean of

Linda Hutcheon
Linda Hutcheon

(BA 1969 UC, PhD 1975), University Professor of English and Comparative Literature, has been named an Officer

John Lennon portrait by Viktor Mitic
Viktor Mitic

(BA 1995 UTM), a Serbian-Canadian painter and sculptor, is known for his use of firearms to create

Shawn Qu
Shawn Qu

(PhD 1995) is CEO of Canadian Solar, one of the world’s largest solar panel producers. Qu was

Dawn Tattle
Civil Engineer Dawn Tattle

(BASc 1985) was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in the professionals category. Tattle

Johanna Skibsrud
Poet and author Joanna Skibsrud

(BA 2001 Victoria) has won the 2010 Giller Prize for her debut novel, The Sentimentalist. The book