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Gina Cody

Gina Cody, MEng 81, PhD 89
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Gina Cody, MEng 81, PhD 89

Gina Cody, MEng 81, PhD 89, is the first woman ever to be awarded a PhD in building engineering at Concordia.

On September 24, 2018, Cody made a $15 million gift to Concordia's Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science. In recognition of her generosity and tremendous professional accomplishments, the faculty was renamed the Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science

It became the first engineering faculty in Canada named after a woman and one of the first of its kind in the world.

Cody was the executive chair and principal shareholder of CCI Group Inc., a Toronto-based engineering consulting firm. She retired and sold her shares in 2016.

In 2010, she was named one of Canada’s Top Women Entrepreneurs by Profit magazine.

Named one of Canada’s best-managed companies in 2013, CCI also ranked the ninth-most profitable woman-owned company on Profit magazine’s 2010 list.

After a year working at the Ontario Ministry of Housing, she joined CCI as a partner and was named president in 2004.

In an interview with the Financial Post, Cody described her company as a “big firm with a small-company approach that facilitates personalized service.”

After earning a BSc in structural engineering at Iran’s Aryamehr University of Technology, she moved to Montreal to complete her masters and doctoral studies at Concordia, focusing her thesis work on earthquake engineering. 

She has often been recognized for her work. Her accolades include an Award of Merit from the Canadian Standards Association, a Volunteer Service Award from the Government of Ontario and the Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO) 2010 Order of Honour at the Officer level.

Through PEO, Cody was involved in developing policy changes and regulatory reforms. She spent six years as a member and chair of the Professional Practice Committee.

Cody was named Alumna of the Year by the Concordia University Alumni Association in 2011 and a Great Concordian in 2014. She is a member of the university’s Board of Governors and chair of the Industrial Advisory Board for the Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science.

Cody is active with the Canadian Standards Association and serves as chair of the CSA Standard on the Repair of Reinforced Concrete in Buildings and Parking Structures.

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