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Alumni with more than one degree from Concordia, Sir George Williams University and/or Loyola College are listed under their earliest graduation year.

63 Richard Pound, BA, LLD 10, was named an honorary member of the International Olympic Committee.

75 James McCully, BA, BSc 78, was featured in a National Geographic article about a game-changing transplant that can treat dying organs. 

“Trois Soleils (3 Suns),” digital print on photo paper (2021)


Two recent paintings by Raymonde Jodoin, BFA 83, were chosen for the 16th edition of the International Digital MiniPrints Exhibition.

The show runs until December 14, 2022, at Centre d’artistes Voix Visuelle in Ottawa.

87 Joseph Racanelli, BA, was appointed vice-president of Investor Relations at Electra Battery Materials Corporation. 

88 James Clark, BComm, was appointed chief financial officer at Martello Technologies Group Inc.

Chris Passier, MCompSc, was named vice-president of Platform Software and Vancouver site executive at Flex Logic Technologies.

Dino Rambidis, BComm, was appointed chief financial officer at CN Investment Division. 

89 Paul Christie, BA, was appointed executive committee member at the Association of Canada Search, Employment and Staffing Services.

Karen Mazurkewich, GrDip, was appointed vice-president of Stakeholder Relations and Communications at the Greater Toronto Airports Authority. 

“Hippo Amphibias, AMNH #70019,” graphite on acid-free paper (2021)

“Hippo Amphibias, AMNH #70019,” graphite on acid-free paper (2021)


From December 10, 2021, to September 5, 2022, Lorraine Simms, MFA 90, presented a solo exhibition at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa.

Shadowland / Terre Obscure featured the artist’s drawings — her representation of the shadows of animal bones — which she researched at the American Museum of Natural History.

Simms will also present new drawings from the series at Montreal’s OBORO gallery from November 6 to December 10.

Marc Costantini, BSc, joined Manulife as global head of Inforce Management.

Benoit Forcier, BComm, returned to Cycle Capital as senior partner, where he will be leading a new international fund.

92 Allan Marinelli, BSc, president of Quality Validation 360 Inc., has published 62 peer-reviewed scientific and engineering articles. His latest, “Risk Analysis (FMEA) for Radio Frequency Monitoring Devices,” was published in BioProcess International in February 2021, and can be found at

Brian Scudamore, Attd, published a new book, BYOB: Build Your Own Business, Be Your Own Boss.

93 Naveed Irshad, BSc, was appointed CEO of Canada Segment at Manulife.

Charlie Kawwas, BEng, MASc 99, PhD 07, was named president of Broadcom Inc.’s new Semiconductor Solutions Group.

Lila MacLellan, BA, joined Fortune magazine as a reporter.

Mitchell Saul Pantel, BA, was appointed part-time medical member of the Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada.

Annamaria Testani, BComm, EMBA 00, joined IG Wealth Management as head of Client Experience. 

94 Jordan Freed, BEng, was appointed president and managing director of Kongsberg Geospatial.

Cynthia Holmes, MBA, was appointed interim vice-provost, Academic, at Toronto Metropolitan University.

Alana Lapierre, BA, was named senior vice-president of Human Resources at NFP Canada, a leading insurance broker and consultant.

Dan Laxer, BA, joined The Suburban as a reporter.

Bernard Leblanc, BComm, was appointed president and CEO of fashion retailer Simons.

Rowena Pinto, BA, MA 97, was named president and CEO of

Beverly Wilks, BComm, was named senior marketing manager at Bell Business Markets. 

95 Michael Malana, BComm, was appointed chief financial officer at Panoro Mineral Ltd.

96 Pedro Azevedo, BComm, was named chief financial officer at NanoXplore Inc.

James McKenna, MBA, joined Barclays as head of its Diversified Industries Group.

Marco Pacitti, BEng, was appointed director for Eastern Canada at DPI Construction Management. 

97 Peter Picciola, BComm, was named chief investment officer at TB Real Estate Investment Trust.

Elana Schachter, BA, was named head of so.da’s creator agency Kin Community Canada.

98 Chris Avery, AMBA, was named vice-president, Commercial Strategy, at WestJet.

99 Lynda Gauthier, BComm, was named group chief risk officer and chief sustainability officer at Sagicor Financial Company Ltd.

Robert Kopersiewich, MBA, was appointed vice-president of Engineering at CMC Electronics.

“Pier,” oils on panel (2019) by Shelley Freeman, BFA 99

From July 4 to August 19, 2022, Shelley Freeman, BFA 99, presented “Pier” and five other water-themed paintings in a summer group exhibition at The Gallery at Victoria Hall in Westmount, Que. Freeman was among 10 local artists featured in the exhibition.

“Mystic River,” acrylic, pigments on canvas (2021)


A large-scale contemporary abstract painting by Chrissy Cheung, BFA 00, is currently on display at a car dealership in CF Richmond Centre in Richmond, B.C.

The painting “incorporates colour theory with original pigment and fluoro push-pull illuminosities,” says Cheung. 

01 Anna Kozel, BCompSc, was named vice-president of Marketing at VuWall. 

02 Melissa Nussbaum, BComm, GrDip 08, was appointed chief operating officer and chief financial officer at WeTransfer. 

03 Tony Capotosto, BComm, joined Scotiabank as regional vice-president, Quebec and Eastern Ontario.

Michael Gentile, BComm, was named strategic advisor at Geomega Resources Inc.

Mariloup Wolfe, BFA, was appointed chair of the 23rd Outaouais Film Festival. 

“Sisters,” acrylic on canvas (2019)

“Sisters,” acrylic on canvas (2019)


Diego Morales, BFA 03 — who goes by Don Diego — presented Wild Hurly-Burly at Galerie Erga in Montreal.

Morales’s solo exhibition, which ran from August 10 to 14, depicted landscapes as a journey of the relentless pursuit of tranquility. 

04 Nigar Sultana, BComm, was named partner at MNP LLP.

Abraham Tachjian, BA, was named lead of Canada’s open banking system by the Government of Canada.

05 Rishi Sharma, BComm, was appointed chief financial officer and executive vice-president of Finance at Velan Inc.

07 Seif El-Bakly, BComm, was appointed chief operating officer at Argo Blockchain. 

Annie Karasseferian, BA, was appointed senior director of Regional Marketing at Scotiabank, Quebec and Eastern Ontario. 

Meïssa Ngarane, BA, was named partner at Lapointe Rosenstein Marchand Melançon. 

David Zilberman, BA, MA 07, served as head coach of the Canadian freestyle wrestling team at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

08 Lisa Koperqualuk, BA, was named president of Inuit Circumpolar Council Canada.

09 Andrea Clarke, BSc, MSc 12, MBA 17, was appointed president of the Lucie and André Chagnon Foundation.

Judith Wahnon, BAdmin, was appointed vice-president of Marketing for SecuriThings.

10 Fadhl Al-Bayaty, BEng, MEng 13, was named vice-president of Product Management at VuWall.

12 Jason Libenson, BComm, was appointed capital markets advisor at Stone Gold Inc.

Kyle Sutton, BSc, was named head sports therapist for the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières’s Patriotes teams.

13 Alex Leopold, BA, was named first vice-president of Office Advisory and Transaction Services Group at CBRE.

14 Jonathan Gagnon, MCompSc, was named vice-president of Software Engineering at Croesus.

Jonathan Mzengeza, MBA, was appointed portfolio manager at Applied Research.

15 Alexander Tiscione, BComm, MBA 20, was named global equities analyst at Van Berkom Global Asset Management.

17 Ettore Gattolin, MBA, was appointed vice-president, Mergers, Acquisitions & Special Projects at Dilawri Group of Companies.

Chrystal Healy, MBA, was appointed vice-president of Corporate Responsibility at Transat A.T.

Sammy Mayers, BA, was named head scout for the Acadie-Bathurst Titan in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Mathilde Rohr, BFA, joined Hearth Gallery as its cultural connector. 

18 Marion Macé, MEnv, joined Saint-Damien Development Corporation as a development agent.

Heidi Yetman, MA, was elected president-designate of the Canadian Teachers’ Federation.

21 Catherine Brunet-Beauséjour, BSc, was named assistant athletic therapist for the CFL’s Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Catherine Maertens, MA, was appointed to the Montreal Youth Council. 

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