Concordia establishes the Norman Bethune Concordia Doctoral Fellowship, the university’s first fellowship of its kind in honour of the Canadian doctor famed for medical innovations during the Spanish Civil War.
Concordia is the first major Canadian university to support Open Access, which provides unrestricted, web-based access to peer-reviewed scholarly articles.
Overseen by Concordia Libraries, the online repository called Spectrum encourages open access and now holds over 10,000 peer-reviewed articles, book sections, presentations and 8,000 graduate dissertations.
Concordia’s Department of History launches a Minor in Law and Society, the first of its kind in Quebec and the only such program in Canada balancing common and civil law.
Johanna Skibsrud, MA 05, becomes the first Concordia graduate to win a Giller Prize for her novel The Sentimentalists.
Alexandre Bilodeau, BComm 16, is the first Canadian athlete ever to win an Olympic Gold Medal on home soil at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.
A Concordia team is the first in Canada to record a YouTube video for the “It Gets Better Project,” an American-led movement against the bullying of queer youth.
Rhodes Scholar Michael Noonan’s undergraduate research is the first to analyze special passageways built for salmon within hydroelectric power dams.
The Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science becomes the first Fair Trade-Certified Faculty in Canada, thanks to the student chapter of Engineers Without Borders, a non-profit organization supported by professional engineers, students, and volunteers.
Concordia launches an MA in music therapy. Approved by the Canadian Association for Music Therapy, the program is a first in Quebec.
Led by Department of Psychology PhD candidate Michael Benibgui, Concordia researchers are the first to link the stress of being rejected because of sexual orientation with disruptions in hormonal responses in lesbians, gays and bisexuals.
Marrying sociology with anthropology, Concordia becomes the first university in Canada to offer a PhD in social and cultural analysis.
Concordia Libraries become the first in Quebec — and among the first in Canada — to offer 24/7 services.
The extended service is encouraged by the Concordia Student Union and subsidized by 46,000 students.
In a Quebec first, Concordia Libraries begins lending 100 iPads and tablets to students.
In a study published in Psychophysiology, a Concordia research team led by Department of Exercise Science professor Simon Bacon makes the first links between heart disease and depression.
In its first move into collaborative and interdisciplinary research on the five senses, the Centre for Sensory Studies is established in the Faculty of Arts and Science and John Molson School of Business.
A solar stimulator-environmental chamber, Canada’s first, is built thanks to $4.6 million in funding from Industry Canada and Quebec’s Ministry of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade.
Concordia’s School of Community and Public Affairs is the first in Quebec to offer a bachelor’s degree in First Peoples studies.
Concordia launches Canada’s first multidisciplinary academic institute for the advancement of Israeli studies thanks to a $5 million gift from the Azrieli Foundation.
The Sustainable Investment Professional Certification Program is introduced by the John Molson School of Business as the first professional designation of its kind offered through a university.
Studio arts professor Lynn Hughes and sociology professor Bart Simon create TAG (Technoculture, Art and Games), the university’s first research centre in game studies and design, digital culture and interactive art.
Janis Timm-Bottos, an assistant professor in Concordia’s Department of Creative Arts Therapies, opens the storefront studio and gallery la Ruche d’Art St. Henri. The “art hive,” accessible to the public, is Montreal’s first.
History professor Ronald Rudin becomes Concordia’s first faculty member to earn a $225,000 Trudeau Fellowship.
Concordia is the first university in Quebec to introduce a co-curricular record that recognizes student leadership and volunteer engagement.
The PERFORM Centre — Concordia’s first research hub dedicated to health through prevention — begins operations.
GradProSkills is launched as the first bilingual soft-skills program in Canada to help graduate students and postdoctoral fellows transition to working life.
Le Centre conditioning centre opens in the PERFORM Centre on the Loyola Campus. The facility features the latest in fitness equipment and serves students, athletes and the community at large.
Concordia inaugurates the Centre for Structural and Functional Genomics, the university’s first high-tech lab focused on genomics, biotechnology and bioinformatics.
The Stingers hit the ice in a revamped Ed Meagher Arena. Improvements to the 1,000-seat facility on the Loyola Campus include an NHL-standard rink.
With the luck of the Irish, Concordia becomes Canada’s first university to offer a Bachelor of Arts in Canadian Irish studies through the School of Canadian Irish Studies.
For the first time, Concordia Residence Life offers housing to grad students in the Jesuit Residence on the Loyola Campus.
A German museum returns a stolen artwork through Concordia’s Max Stern Art Restitution Project — a first in the initiative’s 10-year history.
In an academic first, Concordia’s communication and media studies programs crack the QS World University Rankings top 100.
With the opening of the Mordecai Richler Reading Room in the J. W. McConnell Library Building, Concordia’s Department of English becomes the first in Canada to honour the late novelist, screenwriter and essayist with a hub that’s accessible to the general public.
Concordia introduces the First Peoples Studies major — which focuses on First Nations, Inuit and Metis within Canada — in 2013. It’s the first program of its kind in Quebec.
In its first major foray into resource conservation, the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science launches the Institute for Water, Energy and Sustainable Systems as a training ground for global engineers.
The John Molson School of Business’s MBA program earns second spot in Corporate Knights magazine’s first ever Global Green MBA Survey.
For the first time ever, one in four artists and curators featured in the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art’s “Oh, Canada” exhibit — the largest survey of contemporary Canadian art ever produced — hail from Concordia’s Faculty of Fine Arts.
Following restoration, the Grey Nuns Motherhouse is reborn as the Grey Nuns Student Residence and Reading Room.
Concordia Libraries opens a 240-seat silent reading room in the former chapel as well as 300 study spaces and 14 group study rooms.
Alexandre Bilodeau — the first Canadian to win Olympic gold on home soil — made history for a second time when he became the first man to successfully defend a title in an Olympic freestyle skiing discipline on February 10, 2014.
Concordia is the first Canadian university to host Encuentro, the New York-based Hemispheric Institute’s biennial conference and exhibition on art, politics and activism.
In its first push towards transforming the study of film and media history, Concordia’s Department of Communication Studies establishes the Media History Research Centre.
At the first Engineering and Commerce Case Competition at Concordia, undergraduate engineering and commerce students from seven Canadian and three international schools joined forces to sharpen their leadership and communication skills.
Journalist Francine Pelletier lands Concordia’s first Michener-Deacon Fellowship for Investigative Journalism.
The Vanier Library first welcomes pet therapy dogs to help students reduce anxiety and lift spirits during exams.
For the first time, the Concordia University Alumni Association (CUAA) the Loyola Alumni Association and the Association of Alumni of Sir George Williams University formally unite under the CUAA banner.
Diane Morin, MFA 03, wins the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec’s Contemporary Art Award of $100,000. The accolade is the first of its kind in Canada.
Concordia launches FundOne, its first crowdfunding platform that connects projects to donors.
To study the role of psychosocial factors in health problems and develop treatments, Concordia establishes its first Centre for Clinical Research in Health.
Finance students at the John Molson School of Business become Montreal’s first scholars to access live derivatives figures through Integrated Client — trading technology from CQG, a U.S. data analytics firm whose software is used on trading floors of over 40 stock exchanges worldwide.
The District 3 Innovation Centre receives its first major gift, $1 million from André Desmarais, BComm 78, LLD 07, and France Chrétien Desmarais, to advance entrepreneurial projects with proven market viability.
Award-winning journalist Craig Silverman, BA 99, becomes the first editor of internet news site BuzzFeed Canada.
Concordia is one of the major institutions to partner with the City of Montreal in the creation of a new website dedicated to public art.
The Concordia Veteran’s Association—the only association of its kind at a Canadian university—is founded by Concordia student Yves Leduc Butterworth, who was deployed to Afghanistan in 2009.
The association’s mission is to support the reintegration of veterans and current members of all service backgrounds, to help them succeed academically and complete their transition to the civilian world. .
Concordia Stingers athletes compete for the first time sporting a much-anticipated new look: rebranded uniforms and a fresh logo convey a stronger, sleeker, united squad.
Award-winning actor, novelist and playwright Ann-Marie MacDonald becomes Concordia’s first Richler Writer in Residence, working from the Mordecai Richler Reading Room in the J.W. McConnell Library Building.
For the first time at Concordia, undergraduates from our Software Engineering and Computer Science Society organize a 12-hour hackathon on worldwide Local Hack Day.
Concordia’s Centre for Human Relations and Community Studies is the first university-based program affiliated with ICF (International Coach Federation)-Québec. The centre’s programs offer certification and training of coaches.
Academics Without Bordersestablishes its inaugural global-operations base at Concordia.
The NGO will examine ways of deepening the participation of university researchers, faculty, students and staff in international projects.
Concordia’s Department of Theatre introduces a new program, the Specialization in Performance Creation.
The program is designed to address the 21st-century realities of the increasingly multidisciplinary aspects of theatre and performance.
With the launch of a new Stingers look, Concordia becomes the first Canadian university to partner with Russell Athletic — a leading producer of collegiate and professional sports apparel and a division of Fruit of the Loom Inc. — as the university’s official provider of uniforms and varsity sportswear.
Jennifer McGrath, associate professor in Concordia’s Department of Psychology and director of its Pediatric Public Health Psychology Laboratory, is the inaugural PERFORM Chair in Childhood Preventive Health and Data Science.
Désirée McGraw,BA 93, becomes the first female president of Pearson College UWC in Victoria, one of 14 United World Colleges around the globe.
For the first time, Concordia offers to waive tuition fees for two Syrian refugees, in a partnership with the Syrian Kids Foundation, a Montreal-based humanitarian relief and social services organization.
New student club Jack.org Concordia is formed to help spread the word about mental health-related services on campus. It’s the Concordia chapter of a national network of concerned young leaders.
Patti Sonntag, BA (journ.) 00, managing editor at The New York Times’ News Services division, is Concordia’s first journalist-in-residence.
She leads an independent study designed to build students’ investigative and data journalism skills.
Concordia introduces its first Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) in Aerospace Engineering degree after receiving approval by the Government of Quebec in early 2016.
The university joins an elite group of Canadian institutions that offers the designation.
Concordia hosts the first North American Polyglot Symposium on July 23 and 24.
The symposium brings together language lovers – most of whom are proficient in at least English, French and Spanish – from across the continent for lectures and workshops.
The university already offers popular bachelor’s and master’s programs in the burgeoning field, and the new PhD program will meet the growing industry need for high-calibre software engineers.
Concordia hosts the first-ever North American edition of the Global Diplomacy Lab in November.
Experts from around the world gather to explore the new and more inclusive reality that, thanks in large part to the digital communications explosion, more and more individuals are becoming diplomats in their own right.
Concordia’s Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science welcomes a new department. Preparing professionals for diverse fields from aerospace to biomedicine, the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering complements the nine already-existing engineering programs offered in the faculty.
Concordia first introduces its 9 Strategic Directions. The university game plan includes calls to: Double Our Research; Teach For Tomorrow; Get Your Hands Dirty; Mix It Up; Experiment Boldly; Grow Smartly; Embrace the City, Embrace the World; Go Beyond; and Take Pride.
For the first time, Concordia is selected as one of Montreal’s Top Employers by the editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers.
The annual competition, which began in 2006, recognizes employers in Greater Montreal that lead their industries in offering exceptional places to work.
Michelle Richardson, BA (journ.) 04, becomes the first editor-in-chief of the newly merged newsrooms of the OttawaCitizen and OttawaSun newspapers in March.
She is also Concordia’s first graduate to oversee a merged newsroom.
The Ordre represents 38,000 chartered professional accountants across the province.
Concordia’s GradProSkills introduces a new series of seven workshops on leadership that will provide master’s and PhD students the tools they need to thrive in their respective fields.
The series, the first of its kind in Canada, will help grad students better prepare themselves to take the leap into the workforce.
As part of a Concordia-directed research project, Montreal gets its first-ever Inuktitut-language radio show. Nipivut, meaning “our voice” in Inuktitut, features English and Inuktitut programming for Inuit to tell their own stories.
In an effort to support Olympic hopefuls, Concordia will be one of nine Canadian institutions to take part in the Game Plan Education Network. The new initiative will provide flexible academic programs for student athletes while they train and compete.
Tony Hong Truong, BSc 11, is the first Concordian to circumnavigate the globe, through Clipper Round the World, the world’s longest ocean race (64,000 km).
Isabelle Dostaler, professor in the Department of Management in the John Molson School of Business, is the first Concordian to appear on Radio-Canada’s Tout le monde en parle.
Dostaler discusses the aerospace industry on the February 21 edition of the highly popular TV talk show.
Concordia teams up with the United Nations to offer a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) — the UN’s first-ever Canadian MOOC.
Concordia launches the world’s first Aviation Think Tank, which will gather researchers and facilitate exchanges with industry professionals.
The think tank will tackle key issues of strategy, policy development and communications for the benefit of the aviation industry and its diverse public and private stakeholders.
Concordia postdoctoral researcher Ehsan Rezabeigi, PhD 15, wins top prize in the jury selection for Science Exposed, the first science image contest from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC).
The award-winning photo is a close-up image of a flower-like implant that promotes bone regrowth.
Concordia launches the first open-access academic press in Quebec. The Concordia University Press is a non-profit, open-access publisher of scholarly books that makes all its peer-reviewed titles available for free to anyone with internet access.
Concordia launches its first major fundraising appeal of the millennium on November 1. The Campaign for Concordia: Next-Gen. Now has an ambitious $250 million target to support Concordia’s nine, forward-thinking strategic directions.
Concordia introduces a university-wide sustainability policy, which will serve as a catalyst to facilitate innovative, interdisciplinary and interdepartmental sustainability initiatives.
Susanne Cammack — Canada's first-ever Fulbright scholar in Irish Studies — comes to Concordia to research feminism and material culture in early 20th century Irish literature.
Concordia hosts Canada’s first Next City Vanguard Conference, an annual experiential urban leadership gathering of 45 urban leaders under the age of 40. The event is a collaboration between the university and Next City, a Philadelphia-based non-profit whose mission is to inspire social, economic and environmental change in cities through journalism and events around the world.
Concordia welcomes Morton Minc as its new jurist-in-residence, the first appointment of its kind for any English university in Quebec.
With the support of a $2.4-million grant from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), as well as additional funding from the Government of Canada’s Research Support Fund, the Genome Foundry, a shared facility housed at the Centre for Applied Synthetic Biology (CASB), is inaugurated in 2017. Like the CASB, the Genome Foundry is the first of its kind in Canada.
CUCCR — Concordia University’s Centre for Creative Reuse — opens Quebec’s first central repository for cast-off artistic and pedagogical supplies. CUCCR grows to include 1,400 members who annually divert 8.4 tonnes of materials from the waste-stream.
Concordia’s first-ever Winter Pride is organized by a cohort of students from the Simone de Beauvoir Institute’s Sexuality Studies program at Concordia. Winter Pride features film screenings, workshops and lectures to help connect the LGBTQ community to their peers and services.
Natalie Phillips, professor in Concordia's Department of Psychology, and her team are the first to use high-resolution, whole-brain MRI data and sophisticated analysis techniques to measure cortical thickness and tissue density within specific brain areas.
First-year software engineering students Nicolas MacBeth and Alex Shevchenko take home first prize in their first hackathon at HackHarvard. Joining forces with McGill University students, MacBeth and Shevchenko created an app to test sobriety using artificial intelligence. HackHarvard is a 36-hour hackathon where participants work to build an app from concept to working prototype.
Concordia welcomes Geneviève Sioui as its first Indigenous community engagement coordinator. In her role, Sioui will connect people and communities to resources, and support initiatives that come from Indigenous groups, students or citizens.
Concordia launches its first-ever Art Hive on its Sir George Williams Campus — made possible thanks to the generous support of the Rossy Foundation. The art hive will also serve as the heart of the International Art Hives Network — a Canadian first in community-based inclusive spaces that advance wellbeing through art.
Stéphane Cardin, GrDip 92, becomes the first employee in Canada to be hired by Netflix. Formerly with the Canada Media Fund, Cardin now joins the internet entertainment service as director of Regulatory Affairs and Industry Relations for Canada and will be based in Montreal.
For the first time since 2005, the Concordia Stingers claim the RSEQ (Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec) women’s hockey championship. The Stingers defeat the Université de Montréal’s Carabins 3 to 1 in the third-and-deciding game of the championship series.
Catherine Russell and Shimon Amir are Concordia's first Distinguished University Research Professors. The new honour is the university's highest form of recognition for investigative and supervisory excellence.
Concordia's Genome Foundry, the first laboratory of its kind in Canada, houses robots that will bring massive increases in speed and scale of synthetic research.
Each year, the team competes in the Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race, a mechanical and civil engineering competition. Held at a different university each year, the competition is attended by approximately 30 universities across Canada and the United States.
Concordia partners with five other universities to launch FUSION, the first national skills-development innovation network. With a $2.5-million investment from the Government of Canada, the project will help prepare graduating students for the future economy.
Shoushi Bakarian, an undergraduate student in the Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science, spearheads the Stratos Aerospace Lab (SAL), an initiative to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) among students and youth. Bakarian also launched SAL's first social entrepreneurial aviation product — Ventus — a tube that fits into the ventilation systems of small aircrafts. Bakarian is a Syrian-Armenian refugee who was granted permanent residency in Canada in 2016.
Concordia becomes the first university in Canada to issue a sustainable bond. The $25-million investment will help finance the new LEED-certified Science Hub on the university's Loyola Campus.
David Heurtel is Concordia's first public administration scholar-in-residence and will work with the university's Faculty of Arts and Science to demystify how politics and policy work. Heurtel hopes to offer insight into how politics work, how policy is made and how theoretical knowledge can be applied to the real world.
Concordia Model United Nations (CONMUN) hosts its first-ever conference at the univeristy. CONMUN provides students with opportunities to compete in different Model United Nations conferences around the world. Student delegates are assigned countries and are placed in committees to debate and propose solutions to hypothetical political situations.
Concordia University Press has established a new direction in its publishing program with the unveiling of its first catalogue. The press will launch a series of writings by Canadian artists, starting with a collection of texts by Vancouver-born Ken Lum to be released in fall 2019.
Joe Culpepper is Concordia's first 'circademic', developing new ways to practice and experience magic. He will spend two years developing three new hybrid circus-magic apparatus prototypes — circus apparatuses that in some way create a magic effect.