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Student accomplishments

Three Concordia undergraduate students won medals at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics: Pascal Dion, finance — gold, men’s short-track speed skating, 5,000-metre relay; Paralympian Anton Jacobs-Webb, mechanical engineering — silver, men’s para ice-hockey; Marion Thénault, aerospace engineering — bronze, freestyle skiing mixed team aerials.

Sage Duquette became the first Concordia student to become a McCall MacBain Scholar, which fully funds a master’s or professional degree at McGill University. He joined a class of 20 chosen from nearly 700 Canadian applicants.  

Community, public affairs and policy studies student Aiden Cyr was among the few hundred students from around the world to receive a prestigious Schwarzman Scholarship. He joined his peers for a one-year, fully funded master’s program in global affairs hosted by Tsinghua University in Beijing, China.

The Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools honoured Amir Hooshiar for outstanding PhD dissertation in agricultural, biological and health sciences, and Zhikun Chen, MASc 20, for outstanding master’s thesis, which includes physical sciences, mathematics and engineering. The association is a regional affiliate of the Council of Graduate Schools, drawing from postsecondary institutions from across Northeastern Canada and the United States. 

John Molson School of Business delegates reached the podium 11 times and finished first overall at the 2022 Jeux du Commerce hosted by Université Laval.

Stinger wrestler Connor Church received a prestigious Tom Longboat Award, presented to Aboriginal athletes for outstanding contribution to sport in Canada.  

Connor Church Stinger wrestler Connor Church won the Tom Longboat Award.

Avery Mikolic-O’Rourke, BFA 22, a graduate of the Department of Studio Arts’ Intermedia program, was chosen as the BMO 1st Art! competition Quebec regional winner. The BMO 1st Art! contest celebrates the creativity of art students from more than 100 postsecondary institutions across the country. Mikolic-O’Rourke’s digital video installation is composed of roughly 700 video clips shot across eight hours from the same vantage point on Montreal’s Jacques Cartier Bridge.

Screenshot of winning film BFA grad Avery Mikolic-O’Rourke won the BMO 1st Art! Competition.

For its Truth and Reconciliation keepsake medallion, the Royal Canadian Mint selected the design created in part by studio arts and art history student Jason Sikoak. The medallion honours residential school survivors and victims. Sikoak, originally from the Inuit community of Rigolet, Nunatsiavut, in Labrador, had previously won a Royal Canadian Mint contest to design a silver coin. 

Molecular biology student Mackenzie Thornbury and psychology student Sara Matovic, both doctoral researchers, were awarded Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships. Thornbury was recognized for her work on yeast engineering and organic acids. Matovic was honoured for her research into adverse childhood experiences and their impact on emotional well-being later in life. The Government of Canada’s Vanier Scholarship program aims to position the country as a global centre of excellence in graduate research.

Curator, critical museologist and designer Trina Cooper-Bolam was awarded a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship for her postdoctoral project, “Storied Transformations: Decolonizing Inherited Space through Memorial Performance.” The project is a transdisciplinary investigation into the reclaiming of the former Shingwauk Indian Residential School in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, in collaboration with survivors and students. The Government of Canada’s Banting fellowship seeks to support and promote the work of the finest researchers in their given fields, both nationally and internationally. 

Faculty honours

The Royal Society of Canada, the highest accolade available to scientists, scholars and artists from across the country, inducted Catherine Mulligan, professor of building, civil and environmental engineering, and professor Emad Shihab and associate professor Tristan Glatard, both from computer science and software engineering.

Geneviève Cadieux, associate professor of studio arts, was appointed as a member of the Order of Canada.

Judith Woodsworth, retired professor of translation studies, won a prestigious 2022 Governor General’s Literary Award in the French-to-English translation category for her translation of Pierre Anctil’s Histoire des Juifs du Québec.

Angélique Willkie, associate professor of contemporary dance, won a Prix de la danse de Montréal from Danse Danse for her solo performance of Confession Publique.  

Emilio Imbriglio, BComm 80, GrDip 82, became the inaugural executive fellow at the John Molson School of Business.

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