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Morton Minc, BA 67, Concordia’s jurist-in-residence, received the inaugural Dean Jason Carey Distinction Award for Social Innovation: Law and Justice. The honour was presented by the University of Alberta, Campus Saint-Jean.

Clément Jodoin, BSc 75, was inducted into the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Hall of Fame.

Donald A. MacPherson, BA 82, was named a Member of the Order of Canada “for his long-time advocacy of harm reduction and evidence-based approaches to drug policy reform.”

Andrew Carter, BA 84, celebrated 20 years as host of The Andrew Carter Morning Show on CJAD 800 Montreal.

Dorothy W. Williams, BA 84, MA 99, was a recipient of a 2023 Library and Archives Canada Scholar Award for her contributions to the field of Black Canadian history.

Darren Entwistle, BA 86, was named one of the Top 25 Executives of Vancouver for 2023 by C-Suite Spotlight.

Daniel Cross, BFA 91, MFA 98, professor at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, was named a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 

Alanis Obomsawin, LLD 93, received the 2023 Edward MacDowell Medal, for outstanding contributions to the arts. Past recipients include Georgia O’Keeffe, John Updike and Toni Morrison.

Karyn Bye-Dietz, GrDip 95, was named to the Wisconsin Hockey Hall of Fame.

Elaine Hum, BComm 96, was named one of the Top Women in Cybersecurity for 2023 by IT World Canada.

Rana Ghorayeb, BA 97, MEng 01, received the Inspiration Andrée Corriveau Prize from the Association of Quebec Women in Finance.

Vincent Morello, GrDip 98, was a finalist in the “Responsible for the financial management of a small or medium-sized enterprise” category at the Aces of Finance competition.

Shannon D. Walsh, BFA 00, MA 04, was the winner of a 2023 Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts.

Abraham Tachjian, BA 04, was named by The Logic as one of the people to watch in Canadian fintech.

Gillian Sze, BA 06, MA 08, won the Pat Lowther Memorial Award for her latest book of poetry, Quiet Night Think.

Josh Usheroff, BA 06, was the winner of a World Independent Advertising Award in the “Restaurants & Entertainment” category.

Corey Pedneault, BComm 09, GrDip 11, was a finalist in the “Finance Succession” category at the Aces of Finance competition.

Nicole Antoine, BA 10, was one of 13 company founders selected for the EY Entrepreneurs Access Network Class of 2023.

Roshi Chadha, BFA 10, MA 14, was appointed Officer of the Order of Montreal.

Monique Leroux, LLD 11, was among six leaders who received the International Horatio Alger Award.

Sherry Romanado, EMBA 11, was named parliamentary secretary to the president of the King's Privy Council for Canada, as well as minister of Emergency Preparedness.

Johnnie Vu, BComm 11, was awarded a Canadian Forces Decoration medal by the Governor General of Canada. He was also a recipient of an RBC Global Citizen Award.

Valérie Lemaire, BComm 14, was a finalist in the “Finance Succession” category at the Aces of Finance competition.

Domenica Martinello, BA 14, won The Malahat Review’s Long Poem Prize.

Andrea Peña, BFA 17, won the Venice Biennale’s first international call for new choreographic work by an artist under the age of 35. Peña’s Bogotá premiered at the Biennale’s 17th International Festival of Contemporary Dance.

Kim Thúy, LLD 17, was shortlisted for the 2023 Dublin Literary Award for her novel Em.

Mzwandile Poncana, BA 21, GrDip 22, was named a 2023 Black Journalism Fellow by the Canadian Journalism Foundation.

Soodeh Abedini, PhD 22, was named co-runner up for the Breakthrough Research Prize at the Quebec Climate Solutions Festival.

Kyle Alden Martens, MFA 22, was awarded a 2023 Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Fellowship in Contemporary Art.

Aiden Nicell, BFA 22, won Project Spark’s Best Experimental Short Film award for Shadow’s Pass.


Women We Admire, which recognizes the exceptional achievements of women, named its Top 50 Women Leaders of Montreal for 2023. Eleven Concordians made the list: 

  • Carolena Gordon, BA 87 
  • Leslie Quinton, Attd 94 
  • Rana Ghorayeb, BA 97, MEng 01 
  • Stacey Masson, BA 00 
  • Julie Quenneville, BA 00 
  • Andrea Roy, BComm 01 
  • Celine Cohen, BComm 02 
  • Patricia Lemoine, BFA 03 
  • Bhoomi Pathak, BComm 04 
  • Ashee Sarin, MBA 05 
  • Andrea Limbardi, EMBA 16


Established in 2013 with support from the RBC Foundation, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ) Contemporary Art Award recognizes Quebec-based artists who have exhibited work without representation. For the first time, five artists shared the prestigious award — all are Concordia alumni:

  • Celia Perrin Sidarous, BFA 08, MFA 15 
  • Ève Tagny, BFA 11 
  • Anahita Norouzi, MFA 13 
  • Sara A. Tremblay, BFA 13 
  • Maria Ezcurra, PhD 16


One of Canada’s most prestigious prizes in contemporary art, the Sobey Art Award celebrates emerging artists across the country. Four Concordians were named to the 2023 longlist, with one finalist:

  • Marigold Santos, MFA 11  
  • Anahita Norouzi, MFA 13 (finalist) 
  • Renée Condo, BFA 17   
  • Laura Acosta, MFA 17 


Launched in 2017, the annual Gala Dynastie celebrates and promotes Black artists from Quebec’s anglophone and francophone communities. Four alumni were among the 2023 finalists:

  • H. Nigel Thomas, S BA 74, MA 75 (author) 
  • Anna Binta Diallo, GrCert 09 (visual arts) 
  • Ève Tagny, BFA 11 (visual arts) Esther Calixte-Bea, BFA 20 (visual arts)


Since 1984, the Women’s Y Foundation has recognized the commitment and achievements of women across Canada with its Women of Distinction Awards. Three Concordians are among Montreal’s winners this year:

  • Saôde Savary, BSc 77, GrDip 88 (Social Commitment Award) 
  • Gina Cody, MEng 81, PhD 89 (Achievement Award) 
  • Léa Clermont-Dion, postdoctorate fellow, Department of Art Education (Inspiration Award) 


The Fantasia International Film Festival, one of the top genre-film festivals in the world, took place this summer with screenings across Montreal, including on Concordia’s Sir George Williams Campus. From directors to actors and producers, alumni were well represented:

  • Sandrine Béchade, BFA 95 
  • Alain Fournier, BFA 02 
  • Tamara Scherbak, BFA 08 
  • Pascal Plante, BFA 11 
  • Simon Allard, BFA 12 
  • Rémi Frechette, BFA 12 
  • Julien Cadieux, BFA 13 
  • Colin Ludvic Racicot, BFA 13 
  • Alexia Roc, BFA 19 
  • Charles Parisé, BFA 20 
  • Hanna Fortin, BFA 22 
  • Éloïse Grenier-Carpintero, BFA 22 
  • Juliette Gariépy, BFA 22


Three Concordians were among the 2023 contenders for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, Canada’s top literary award for fiction:

  • Sarah Bernstein, BA 09, Study for Obedience (Knopf Canada); winner 
  • Kasia Van Schaik, BA 09, We Have Never Lived on Earth (University of Alberta Press); longlisted 
  • Erum Shazia Hasan, MA 06, We Meant Well (ECW Press); longlisted


The Royal Society of Canada (RSC) honoured four Concordia faculty members with some of the highest accolades available to scientists, scholars and artists across the country:

  • Nadia Myre, MFA 02, assistant professor, Department of Studio Arts (fellow) 
  • Angélique Willkie, associate professor, Department of Contemporary Dance (fellow) 
  • Mireille Paquet, associate professor, Department of Political Science (member, College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists)
  • Michel Magnan, professor, Department of Accountancy (Yvan Allaire Medal)
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