Bryden Alumni Awards

These annual awards are presented to grads who have achieved the extraordinary and made remarkable contributions in their fields, their communities and to York.

Awards History

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.


Know someone you'd like to nominate for a Bryden Alumni Award? Please contact Nicole Light, Senior Alumni Engagement Officer, at for information on the nomination process.

Nominations for the 2019 Bryden Alumni Awards are now closed.


Award Categories & Nominations

Outstanding Contribution A graduate who has made significant contribution to the advancement of York 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 but also to an alum who has made a major impact in a short period of time.
Outstanding Achievement A graduate who has achieved distinction in their field and whose integrity and ability 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 A graduate 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 winner’s career, and would normally focus on mid to late-career achievements.
One to Watch A graduate 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.

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