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Student accomplishments

Journalism grad Bogdan Lytvynenko wins Rhodes Scholarship

Concordia’s Bogdan Lytvynenko, BA 23, was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship, the oldest and one of the most prestigious graduate fellowships in the world. He became the 12th Rhodes Scholar in Concordia’s history and the first since 2021. A native of Ukraine, the recent Department of Journalism graduate moved to Canada at age 12. Lytvynenko joins a select cohort of more than 100 scholars from around the world — with only two from Quebec and 11 from Canada — who will embark on graduate studies at the University of Oxford in 2024.

“I will never forget the phone call when I broke the news to my family,” he recalls. “The first thing I said was, ‘We did it!’ I consider this my entire family’s achievement as they were my number-one supporters on this journey to Oxford.”

Bogdan Lytvynenko, BA 23, Rhodes Scholarship winner. Bogdan Lytvynenko, BA 23, Rhodes Scholarship winner.


Emmy Fecteau, the Concordia Stingers women’s hockey team captain and a BEd in English as a Second Language student, was named the Isobel Gathorne-Hardy female player of the year by Hockey Canada. The national hockey organization also tapped Fecteau as one of eight athletes to participate in the Creating Coaches initiative. She was also named the Stingers’ 2023 Female Athlete of the Year and recipient of the Denise Beaudet Award in recognition of her academic, athletic and community service.
Fecteau was also captain of the gold-medal-winning Canadian women’s hockey team at the 31st winter edition of the International University Sports Federation (FISU) 2023 World University Games, held in Lake Placid, New York, in January.

Fecteau’s fellow Stingers Rosalie Bégin-Cyr and Tyler Hylland also earned gold medals with their Canadian women’s and men’s teams.

Emmy Fecteau, Concordia Stingers women’s hockey team captain. Emmy Fecteau, Concordia Stingers women’s hockey team captain.

Hashem Almousa, PhD 23, was selected for a 2023 Lady Mireille and Sir Dennis Gillings Global Public Health Fellowship. The two-year fellowship grants young scientists the resources to undertake world-class public health research at the Institut Pasteur in Paris, France. Fellows are also trained in leadership and management skills, enabling them to maximize the health impacts of their research. The fellowships are available to PhD graduates from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health in Chapel Hill and Concordia.

Concordia student-run literary journal Headlight Anthology picked up a Forces AVENIR 2023 prize in the Arts, Literature and Culture category for its revival after a short hiatus. Forces AVENIR is a Quebec-wide competition that aims to recognize and promote student engagement. Operating since 1998, Headlight Anthology is an annual literary journal led by graduate students in English and publishes poets, writers and artists from the university, Montreal and beyond.

Madeline Montgomery, who is pursuing an MA in drama therapy, was the 2023 recipient of the Mackenzie King Open Scholarship. Montgomery is the first Concordian to win the $8,500 award, granted annually to one student who holds a Canadian university degree and is pursuing graduate studies in any discipline.

Aerospace engineering student Marion Thénault won aerials gold at the Freestyle Skiing World Cup in Ruka, Finland, in December. The Sherbrooke, Quebec, native defeated the 2022-23 overall season champion, Danielle Scott of Australia.

Riya Dutta, a graduate student in software engineering, took first place in the national 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) showcase at the Canadian Association of Graduate Studies annual conference in Victoria in November. Her winning presentation was titled “Like clean hands? Diversify your research!”

Léa Clermont-Dion, a filmmaker and postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for the Study of Learning and Performance, won two honours at the 38th Gémeaux Awards, the 2023 celebration of Canadian television and digital media broadcast in French. Her documentary Backlash: Misogyny in the Digital Age (Je vous salue salope : la misogynie au temps du numérique), which Clermont-Dion co-directed and co-wrote, won in the categories of Best Direction in a Documentary Program or Series: Society, History, Politics and Economy, and Best Research in a Documentary Program or Series.

Maurice F. Ngwakum-Akisa, BA 20, an economics, computer science and business graduate, was among the few hundred students from around the world to receive a 2023 Schwarzman Scholarship. He will join his peers for a one-year, fully funded master’s program in global affairs at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China.

Maurice F. Ngwakum-Akisa, BA 20. Maurice F. Ngwakum-Akisa, BA 20.

Concordia’s hackathon returned to its in-person format in January, and welcomed a record 900 attendees for ConUHacks VII. The 24-hour hacking marathon received more than 1,500 applications from 75 high schools, colleges and universities across Canada and the United States.

Derek Xavier Garcia, a PhD candidate in history, earned the opportunity to finish his dissertation close to his area of study, Latino education in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, thanks to being selected for a Mellon Foundation Fellowship in Latino Studies. Garcia began his residence at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in September. While the Mellon Foundation receives over 100 submissions a year, only two offers are made for the $35,000 USD award.

The John Molson School of Business undergraduate student delegation reached the podium again at the 2023 Jeux du Commerce case competition at HEC Montréal in January. The students’ efforts yielded 10 podium finishes in seven different academic disciplines and placed third overall at the event.

Faculty honours

The Royal Society of Canada (RSC) honoured four Concordia faculty with some of the highest accolades available to scientists, scholars and artists from across the country. Angélique Willkie, associate professor of contemporary dance, and Nadia Myre, assistant professor of studio arts, were inducted as new RSC fellows for their remarkable contributions in the arts. Mireille Paquet, associate professor of political science, became a member of the society’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. And Michel Magnan, professor in accountancy and current RSC member, was honoured with the Yvan Allaire Medal for his outstanding contribution in governance of public and private organizations.

Pictured from left to right: Angélique Willkie, Nadia Myre, Mireille Paquet and Michel Magnan. From left to right: Angélique Willkie, Nadia Myre, Mireille Paquet and Michel Magnan.

After 25 years of membership with the RSC, Michel Laroche, professor of marketing, was appointed a Lifetime Member. Laroche was the first John Molson School of Business faculty member to join the national academy for distinguished Canadians.

Dajana Vuckovic, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry and director of the Centre for Biological Applications of Mass Spectrometry, won the 2023 Fred Beamish Award presented by the Analytical Chemistry Division of the Canadian Society for Chemistry. Vuckovic, the first Concordia professor to receive the award, was recognized for her many important contributions to the field of analytical chemistry.

Osama Moselhi, professor of building, civil and environmental engineering, was appointed as a member of the Order of Canada. The accolade for Moselhi, whose career blends academic and industry expertise, reflects contributions to construction engineering and education.

Deanna Bowen’s two-storey, 17-panel mural, which exposes histories of anti-Black racism faced by her family and countless others in the country, adorned the façade of the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa. Bowen is assistant professor of intersectional, feminist and decolonial 2D-4D image making and co-director of the Post Image Cluster at Concordia’s Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture and Technology.

Mural by Deanna Bowen. Mural by Deanna Bowen.

Morton Minc, BA 67, former chief justice of the Municipal Court of Montreal, received the inaugural Dean Jason Carey Distinction Award for Social Innovation: Law and Justice, presented by the University of Alberta, Campus Saint-Jean. Minc has led Concordia’s Jurist-in-Residence Program since 2017.

Concordia Stingers women’s hockey coach Caroline Ouellette became only the 10th woman inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Ouellette won four Olympic gold medals, six International Ice Hockey Federation Women’s World Championship gold medals and six silver medals with Team Canada.

Louise Champoux-Paillé, John Molson executive-in-residence and Lorenzetti Centre co-director, received the Prix du CIQ 2023 from the Conseil interprofessionnel du Québec. The lifetime achievement award recognizes her involvement in governance, contribution to the professional system and efforts in promoting the representation of women and overall diversity within organizational bodies.

Louise Champoux-Paillé Louise Champoux-Paillé

New residencies

Naomi Frost, currently a PhD candidate in the Department of History, was named Concordia Library’s latest researcher-in-residence. Frost earned a MA in history at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

Ghislain Picard and Geoff Kelley began offering their considerable knowledge of leadership, politics and the inside workings of government to Concordia students as experts-in-residence. Picard is Chief of the Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador and Kelley was a long-serving Member of the National Assembly of Quebec.

L’actualité magazine names Karim Zaghib among personalities of the year

Karim Zaghib, professor of chemical and materials engineering and CEO of Volt-Age, was named one of Quebec’s Personalities of the Year for 2023 by L’actualité magazine. The awardees were chosen for their determination and impact on Quebec’s society in areas including entrepreneurship, arts and culture, education and politics. Zaghib was selected for his profound impact in the field of electrochemistry and his pioneering efforts in the realm of eco-conscious battery development, including over 600 co-invented patents and 62 licences.

Since his arrival at Concordia in 2022, Zaghib has been instrumental in the creation of Volt-Age, a world-leading research program dedicated to integrating cutting-edge technologies for carbon-neutral buildings, advanced energy storage, smart grids and the electrification of transportation.

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