Call for Nominations: The 2018 Bryden Alumni Awards

Each year, the York University Bryden Alumni Awards celebrate outstanding alumni who have achieved the extraordinary and made remarkable contributions to York University and the community. This year’s Bryden Awards will be held on November 20, 2018 – and we are seeking nominations for our award recipients.

Inspired by Bruce Bryden, who was an exceptionally committed and influential leader at York, the Bryden Alumni Awards recognize the extraordinary achievements and contributions of our grads. Bryden was a member of our first undergraduate class and held several prestigious positions, including founding president of the York University Alumni Association and member of the York University Board of Governors. To honour his vision and exemplary leadership, these awards have been named after him.

This year’s recipients are honoured in the following categories:

  • Outstanding Contribution: An alumnus or alumna who has made significant contribution to the advancement of York University and its students through exceptional service, commitment and/or philanthropic contributions. This award can be given to recognize someone who has been engaged at York for many years or who has made a major impact in a short period of time. This contribution will have been transformational and will have helped York University improve its position locally, across Canada and internationally.
  • Outstanding Achievement: An alumnus or alumna who has achieved eminence and distinction in their field and whose contributions, impact, integrity and success will serve to inspire alumni, faculty, staff and students. This award is intended to recognize significant achievement and should focus on mid to late-career success.
  • Tentanda Via: An alumnus or alumna who has demonstrated innovative, unconventional and daring leadership and success, reflecting the University’s motto – “The Way Must Be Tried”. This award can be given to recognize success at any point in the recipient’s career, and would normally focus on mid to late-career achievements.
  • One to Watch: An alumnus or alumna who has made significant impact in their field and/or community within 15 years of a bachelor’s degree or 10 years of a professional/graduate degree.

Past award recipients include:

  • Colleen Johnston (BBA ’82), Special Advisor to the CEO, TD Bank Group for Outstanding Achievement
  • Jennifer Keesmaat (MES ’99), Chief Planner & Executive Director, City of Toronto for Tentanda Via
  • Guy Burry (BA ’82), Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, WhiteHat Inc. and  Owner, Tenth Power Group for Outstanding Contribution
  • Irene Sankoff (BA ’99) and David Hein (BFA ’97), Creators of Come From Away for One to Watch
  • Bruce Lourie (MES ’87) President, Ivey Foundation for Outstanding Achievement
  • Nina Arsenault (BFA ’96, MFA ’00), Interdisciplinary Artist for Redefine the Possible

Nominations for the 2018 Bryden Alumni Awards are still being accepted until Monday, April 30, 2018. Know someone you'd like to nominate for a Bryden Alumni Award? Visit here for the nomination form.