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Women and Leadership: Personal branding for executive presence

July 25, 2019

Hear from Karen O’Mahony, founder & CEO of Brandlucent Branding Agency, on how to find your personal brand and give focus to your career. In this podcast from our Concordia Alumni Women and Leadership event in Montreal, O’Mahony shares her insight on the tools that can help you better understand your strengths, as well as how to leverage them.

Heritage Society

June 13, 2019

Concordia Heritage Society honours its new members

The Concordia Heritage Society recognized Planned Giving donors on June 13. Emceed by CTV News Montreal reporter Amanda Kline, BA 11, event speakers included Silvia Ugolini, principal director of Planned Giving; Guylaine Beaudry, vice-provost, Digital Strategy and University Librarian; Chelsea Okankwu, a Department of Accountancy student.

Honorary doctorates - Spring convocation 2019

June 9, 2019

Concordia hosted a dinner for new honorary doctorates on June 9. Honorands were Kent Nagano, Kamaljit Bawa, Aimee Mullins, Caroline Ouellette, Sylvia Schmelkes, Louis Vachon, C.M.

June 11, 2019

Concordia hosted a dinner for new honorary doctorates on June 11. Honorands included Éric Martel, Gilles Mihalcean, Natalie Panek and Peter Simons, C.M., C.Q.

Hydro-Québec networking lunch

February 2, 2019

In this podcast you'll hear speakers from a networking lunch where representatives from Hydro-Québec met with Concordia student recipients of Hydro-Québec scholarships: Julie Sbeghen, Directrice planification de la production, Hydro-Québec; Graham Carr, provost and vice-president, Academic; Paul Chesser, BA 94, GrDip 97, vice-president, Advancement; Karolina Apland, MEnv 14, PhD student in Geography, Urban and Environmental Studies and 2018-19 Hydro-Québec Doctoral Scholarship recipient.


Do well and do good: Impact-driven careers in non-profits, philanthropy and fundraising

Montreal – November 22, 2018

Hear passionate Concordia alumni offer career advice in a field that you may have never considered before: fundraising.

What's your legacy?

Montreal – November 16, 2018

Hear three experts discuss about charitable giving, family values and ways to impact higher education: Me Troy McEachern, Estate and Trust Lawyer, Partner, Miller Thomson SENCRL; Me Silvia Ugolini, Principal Director, Concordia Planned Giving; Jennifer Gold, Associate Director, Concordia Planned Giving.

2018 Sports Hall of Fame

Montreal – September 23, 2018

Concordia University inducted an outstanding group of athletes and teams into the Sports Hall of Fame: Lisa Marie Breton-Lebreux, BA 04 - Hockey; Dwayne Bromfield, Attendee 99 - Football; Stingers Women's Hockey, 1997-98; Stingers Football, 1998.

27th annual Alumni Recognition Awards

Montreal – May 14, 2018

The Concordia University Alumni Association (CUAA) honours valuable contributions made by alumni, students, friends, faculty and staff. Hear from this year's recipients, as well as from Concordia President Alan Shepard; Kim Fuller, BFA 96, CUAA president; and emcee Samuel Rancourt, GrDip 15, CBC/Radio-Canada journalist.

Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Fellowships in Contemporary Art

Montreal – May 3, 2018

Our community gathered for the 9th annual celebration of the Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Fellowships in Contemporary Art. The 2018 recipients were Concordia's Frédérique Laliberté and Émilie Serri of Université du Québec à Montréal.

Hear from our speakers, including emcee Mutsumi Takahashi, BA 79, MBA 85, LLD 13.

Female founders: entrepreneurship’s new reality

Montreal – May 3, 2018

Women and Leadership discussion on entrepreneurship with JMSB management professor Ingrid Chadwick; Tamara Close, MSc 01; Noor El Huda El Bawab; Georgiana Laudi, BA 04; Angela MacKenzie, GrDip 14; Sarah Sajedi, BSc 91, on

Presence and personality: tips from the stage for executives

Montreal – April 17, 2018

Hear from professors in Concordia's Department of Contemporary Dance and Department of Music on how to take presentations to a new level. Presented in partnership by Concordia Alumni Women and Leadership Program and the International Women’s Forum.

On movies and television

Montreal – April 5, 2018

Hear Concordia grad Don Carmody, BA 72, in conversation with Montreal Gazette’s Brendan Kelly, MA 92, at Communication Studies Distinguished Alumni Series.

‘Leonard Cohen As I Knew Him’

Montreal – April 6, 2018

Hear the Right Honorable Adrienne Clarkson, LLD 04, deliver the keynote lecture at the Max and Iris Stern International Symposium. Presented by Concordia’s Faculty of Fine Arts and Musée d'Art Contemporain.

2018 Webster Library reopening

This podcast features Guylaine Beaudry, vice-provost, Digital Strategy, and University Librarian; Graham Carr, provost and vice-president, Academic Affaris; Concordia President Alan Shepard; François William Croteau, mayor, Rosemont-Petite-Patrie; and Hélène David, Quebec Minister for Higher Education.

2018 Donor and Student Awards

This podcast features Mutsumi Takahashi, BA 79, MBA 95, LLD 13, chief news anchor, CTV Montreal News; donor Christine Lengvari, BSc 72, president and CEO, Lengvari Financial Inc.; Concordia President Alan Shepard; Graham Carr, provost and vice-president, Academic Affairs; and students Keroles Riad, BEng 15, MSc 16, and Valerie Charles. 


R. Howard Webster Foundation invests $1.5 million in Concordia

The R. Howard Webster Foundation announced a $1.5 million gift to Concordia on November 28, 2017, to support Concordia’s PERFORM Centre and Stingers student-athletes.

Women and Leadership Montreal

Our third Women and Leadership event in Montreal took place on November 15, 2017. The sold-out event featured a panel of women leaders who spoke about the lessons they’ve learned about risk, failure and business success.

Birks Family Foundation invests in next-generation initiatives at Concordia

The Concordia community gathered on October 26, 2017, to celebrate a new gift from the Birks Family Foundation, longtime supporters of our university. The $287,500 gift will go towards Concordia University Press and Concordia's Centre for the Arts in Human Development.

The Campaign for Concordia: Next-Gen. Now. Internal launch

We’re leading our university’s most ambitious campaign ever with a goal to raise $250 million to support Concordia's nine strategic directions. Hear Concordia President Alan Shepard; Graham Carr, provost and vice-president of Academic Affairs; Bram Freedman, vice-president of Advancement and External Relations, and Mutsumi Takahashi, chief anchor at CTV Montreal News, who is also honorary co-chair for the Campaign for Concordia, at our internal launch event on October 26, 2017.

Concordia’s first-ever Queer Homecoming!

Hosted by Richard Burnett, BA 88, our celebrations included readings by Steve Galluccio, BA 82, Anne Whitelaw, BFA 87, GrDip 92, PhD 96, Tranna Wintour, BA 10. Concordia President Alan Shepard gave an address at the event on Sept. 13, 2017. 

Concordia Heritage Society reception celebrates philanthropy

Hosted by Concordia President Alan Shepard, the May 18 reception recognized the generosity of the university's Planned Giving donors. Guest speakers included Ann Shatilla, Emmy-award winning TV and radio journalist, and Mutsumi Takahashi, BA 79, MBA 95, LLD 13, chief news anchor at CTV Montreal News.

2017 Alumni Recognition Awards Banquet

At its 26th annual awards on May 11, the Concordia University Alumni Association honoured the achievements of eight outstanding Concordia community members. 

Alumna Christine Lengvari gives $1 million to Concordia

On April 19, 2017, the Concordia community celebrated a major gift from Christine Lengvari, BSc 72. Her gift will support research in nutrition and women in finance. Read more

KPMG invests $250,000 in Concordia

On March 29, 2017, the Concordia community came together to celebrate a new gift from KPMG. The support will go towards the creation of the KPMG-JMSB Quebec Entrepreneurial Indices Initiative and the KPMG Graduate Student Awards at Concordia. Read more

I am woman — see me lead

Influencers and advisory council members from Concordia’s Women and Leadership program reflect on what empowers them on International Women’s Day, March 8, 2017. Read more

Real Estate, Real Advice

Should you rent? Should you buy? Listen to alumni real estate experts discuss the Montreal housing market and investment properties, recorded January 30, 2017.


Repatriated art inspires new artist residency

The Concordia community gathered on November 21, 2016, to celebrate a new artist residency for the Faculty of Fine Arts. The Jorisch Family Artist Residency will allow one graduate student to study in Salzburg, Austria each year.

Renewed generosity propels fine arts students

Margot Lande returned to her alma mater November 17, 2016, when she was honoured for her generous donation to support budding photographers at Concordia.

The next generation of scholarly publishing

On October 27, 2016, Concordia celebrated the launch of Quebec's first open-access academic press — the Concordia University Press — made possible thanks to generous support from the Birks Family Foundation and Brian and Carolyn Neysmith.

TD Bank Group invests $600,000 in Concordia

On October 18, 2016, Concordia celebrated a new gift to support the Faculty of Arts and Science's ABRACADABRA children’s literacy program as well as sustainable internship for John Molson School of Business students.

Irish literary treasures donated to Concordia Library

Barry Sheehy, BA 75, returned to his alma mater on Oct. 17, 2016, to launch the Irish Studies Rare Book Collection that features 17th- to 19th-century literary works he donated to Concordia Library. He also gave a lecture on the Elizabethan War to some 50 guests entitled, “Fynes Moryson’s Itinerary, Pacata Hibernia, the Elizabethan conquest and the end of Gaelic order in Ireland.”

President's Homecoming Dinner 2016

At the sold-out President’s Homecoming Dinner on September 23, Concordia President Alan Shepard welcomed alumni from the Loyola College and Sir George Williams University classes of 1966 (celebrating a gold anniversary) and Concordia alumni from the Class of 1991 (celebrating a silver anniversary), along with graduates of departments celebrating reunions. Tania Krywiak, BA 97, reporter at CTV Montreal News, served as master of ceremonies.

Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 2016

Concordia honoured an outstanding group of athletes and teams at the Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on September 25.

The inductees were: athletes Clifford Barry, BA 70, swimming; Tamara Medwidsky, GrDip 00, MBA 03, wrestling; Michael Barkun, BComm 66, basketball; and Paul Chesser, BA 94, GrDip 97, football; and teams 1963-64 Sir George Williams Men’s basketball; 1968-69 Sir George Williams swim; and 1993 Concordia football.

Concordia Heritage Society reception 2016

The university recognized members of the Concordia Heritage Society — Planned Giving donors — for their generosity at the annual celebration May 17, 2016.

25th annual Alumni Recognition Awards: Celebrating our community

Pride was high at the 25th annual Alumni Recognition Awards on May 18, 2016. Eight honours were given for outstanding achievements and exceptional service to Concordia. Recipients included one of Alberta’s top-ranked physicians of the century, a reporter with CTV Montreal News and a renowned poet. Launched by the Concordia University Alumni Association in 1990, the 2016 ceremony brings the number of award recipients to 190.

This podcast contains speeches from eight laureates.

Former mentee honours an investment legend

Alumnus J. Sebastian van Berkom celebrated his mentor and friend Stephen A. Jarislowsky with a new fellowships program. A commemorative event took place May 17, 2016, at Concordia.


Chancellor's Builders' Dinner

The first Chancellor’s Builders Dinner, held at the Montréal Science Centre, celebrated how private support to public education has given Concordia momentum.

Bob and Raye Briscoe give to John Molson School of Business

Concordia celebrated a generous gift to the John Molson School of Business from Robert Briscoe, BSc 67, MBA 73, and his wife Raye at a ceremony on October 23, 2015.

Alumni Recognition Awards 2015

Hear the proud recipients of the 24th Annual Alumni Recognition Awards who were honoured on May 26, 2015.

Supporting the next generation of Concordians

Concordia’s hard-working students and the generous donors who fund their awards got better acquainted on March 31, 2015, at the Donor and Student Awards Celebration.

Secret of giving revealed at Concordia

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education, District 1, and Concordia co-hosted a panel discussion on March 31, called “The Secret of Giving: Why people donate — from boomers to millennials.”

Supporting the next generation of artists

To celebrate the ongoing support for emerging artists from the Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Family Foundation, the Université du Québec à Montréal and Concordia University organized a round table on how to nurture the arts on March 16, 2015.

This French podcast contains some English commentary from Concordia graduate Jeannie Riddle, MFA 05 and BFA 02.

"Canada: Its own flag. Its own destiny." A lecture by the Right Honourable Jean Chrétien

On March 4, 2015, Concordia hosted the Right Honourable Jean Chrétien, LLD 10, Canada’s 20th prime minister. He delivered the Henri P. Habib Distinguished Speakers’ Series on Peace, Conflict and Global Politics in the 21st Century lecture followed by a Q&A with CTV Montreal News co-anchor Mutsumi, BA 79, MBA 95, LLD 13.

A proud graduate invests in his alma mater

J. Sebastian van Berkom’s $1 million gift to the John Molson School of Business will pass on wisdom to the next generation of investors.

Concordia scores major gift from Sportsnet

The Canadian all-sports TV broadcaster announced on December 9, 2015, its $650,000 donation to Concordia’s Department of Journalism, the department's largest ever.

Alumni Matters graduation conference

Alumni Relations hosts this conference twice a year to help graduating students transition from school to the workforce. Listen to the four podcasts (mp3):

Concordia’s strong presence at the 2014 Biennale de Montréal

More than a dozen Concordia artists are represented at the 2014 Biennale de Montréal, one of the city hottest cultural tickets of the year.

The Link celebrates 35 years

The Link’s 35th anniversary reunion on October 18 at Concordia brought together several generations of Link alumni with the student newspaper’s current staff. Speaking at the milestone event was a panel of seasoned journalists and former “Linkies.”

Celebrating 40 years

Alumni of Concordia and its founding institutions packed the Ritz-Carleton Montreal for the President’s Homecoming Dinner on September 20. The signature Homecoming event this year marked the university’s 40th anniversary.

Concordia Golf Classic raises $285,000 for students

Leaders of Montreal's business community came together for a great cause at the Concordia Golf Classic on September 22, raising funds for vital student scholarships and bursaries.

President Alan Shepard on the future of Concordia

Concordia President Alan Shepard kicked off the university’s 2014 Homecoming festivities with a presentation called Concordia at 40: Looking Back, Looking Ahead.

New arts support for Concordia and UQAM

Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Family Foundation donates $600,000 for fellowships in contemporary arts

CBC’s Mark Kelley shares scoop on investigative journalism

The fifth estate co-host offers Concordians an insider’s view into the world of in-depth news gathering during the Reader's Digest Annual Lecture Series event on April 4.

Formula Growth donates $1.1 million to four Quebec universities

Montreal-based investment firm Formula Growth Limited is advancing business programs at Concordia, Bishop’s, McGill universities and HEC Montréal.  

Clara Hughes awarded Loyola Medal

Olympian joins ranks of hockey greats, astronauts and philanthropists to capture Concordia’s top honour

Concordia’s genocide research a force in Ottawa

Concordia’s Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS) has emerged as a strident voice in Ottawa, Senator Roméo Dallaire told guests at Montreal’s University Club on February 14.

Concordia honours literary icon

The university opens the Mordecai Richler Reading Room, displaying the late author's writerly possessions, including his desk and vintage typewriter.

  • Hear the full opening, featuring Alan Shepard, Concordia President; Jacob Richler, Mordecai Richler's son; and a dramatic reading by Rick Miller from Mordecai Richler's famed children's book Jacob Two Two Meets the Hooded Fang (begins at 12:00). 
  • Read more and watch video.

Concordia thriving, president tells Toronto chapter

Reputation, partnership and growth: Shepard spells out a vision of lifelong enterprise for the university and its alumni

There’s no place like Homecoming

Concordia president Alan Shepard welcomed 140 alumni to the President's Reunion dinner  “Once a Concordia student, always a Concordian. You are all a key part of the Concordia family,” he said.  

Jailed. Tortured. Triumphant.

Maziar Bahari, BA 93, whose harrowing story is being made into a movie by Jon Stewart, delivered the Resolute Forest Products Lecture at Homecoming 2013.

‘How sports helped my career’

During a recent talk at Concordia’s Loyola Campus, entrepreneur Barry F. Lorenzetti addressed 250 Stingers varsity athletes.

Around the world in 56 ways

A global welcome: Concordia International Students’ Reception charms guests from lands afar

Canadian influence on American media

Hear remarks from Joyce Napier, BA 81, Radio-Canada’s Washington, D.C., bureau chief, Gwen Tolbart, BA 95, anchor/reporter for FOX 5 DC, Linda Kay, MA 01, chair, Concordia Department of Journalism, and Barbara Hines, director of the Graduate Program in Mass Communications/Media Studies at Howard University.

Bell donation improves access to mental health therapy

Bell Let's Talk mental health initiative gives $500,000 to Concordia's Department of Psychology.

From Concordian to CTV News anchor

CTV Montreal’s Catherine Sherriffs kicks off Journalism and Communication Studies alumni speed networking.

Diamond Jubilee Medal for Concordia graduate

Concordia alumnus Paul Levesque, L BA 57, received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contributions to Canada. Senator Frank Mahovlich bestowed the medal on Levesque at a private reception on October 20, 2012.

A bright bolt from Tampa Bay

Julien BriseBois has put his Concordia EMBA to work as assistant general manager with the Tampa Bay Lightning. BriseBois, EMBA 07, former director of legal affairs with the Montreal Canadiens, talked all things NHL hockey with Randy Tieman, sports anchor at CTV News Montreal.

Immigrant past inspires future scholarship

Concordia graduate endows scholarship to celebrate his parents’ diamond anniversary and honour their veneration for education.

  • Listen to a podcast featuring Michael Lonardo and Olivia Lewis discussing their gift, an award for students who study immigrant life in Canada.
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Ties that bind and open access

“There are probably few universities who can say they’ve had the consistent support of a particular family for 80 years. It is a truly remarkable phenomenon and is deeply, gratefully received by the university.”

That’s how Concordia president Alan Shepard described the university’s relationship with Montreal’s Birks family at a reception October 17 in the university’s R. Howard Webster Library. The event celebrated the Birks family and Birks Family Foundation as innovators and longstanding Concordia supporters.

Blazing new trail for research in strategic communications

Supporters of a strategic communications research centre at the John Molson School of Business surpassed their $500,000 goal to begin operations.

  • Listen to a podcast featuring Marie Claire Morin, Concordia vice-president, Advancement and Alumni Relations, Concordia president Alan Shepard, Luc Beauregard, RES PUBLICA Consulting Group founding chairman, and others.
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President's reunion gala: they way we were

Graduates from Norway to Minnesota to Ottawa came together as part of Concordia’s Homecoming 2012 to celebrate their past and toast the future of the university. More than 160 guests took part in the annual President’s Reunion Gala on September 29 as they relived sweet college memories of yesteryear.

  • Listen to a podcast featuring Marie Claire Morin, Concordia Vice-President, Advancement and Alumni Relations, Concordia President Alan Shepard, Sir George Williams University Alumni Association President Mardy Weigensberg, Loyola Alumni Association President Donal Ryan and others.
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New president greets international students

The Concordia community is culturally diverse and enriched with more than 5,500 international students. President Alan Shepard recently welcomed students hailing from 150 countries to the university and to Montreal.

  • In this podcast, Louise Morgan reports on the President’s International Students Cocktail Reception.
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The Beatles' Montreal connection

Instructor Craig Morrison invokes the Lads from Liverpool and their connection to our city at Concordia Homecoming 2012.

Deloitte donation creates internship in sustainability and a study lounge

Partners donate $350,000 to Concordia's John Molson School of Business

  • Listen to the podcast featuring Concordia Vice-President, Advancement and Alumni Relations, Marie Claire Morin; Concordia President Alan Shepard; JMSB Dean Steve Harvey; and Luc Villeneuve, president of Samson Bélair/Deloitte & Touche.
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Pitch-perfect tournament benefits student bursaries

Scores of philanthropic golfers hit the fairways ahead of a fundraiser over cocktails and a sunset banquet at Le Fontainebleau in Blainville, Que.

An evening of good fortune and recognition

Concordia pays tribute to standouts at 21st Alumni Recognition Awards Banquet.

Garnet Key engages students to be global citizens

Concordia society celebrates year of philanthropic work, welcomes new inductees

Support for promising fine arts students

Concordia University and Université du Québec à Montréal announce 2012 winners of the Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Fellowship in Contemporary Art

Garnets hold keys to success

Every year, Concordia selects 12 undergraduate students to become Garnet Keys. As part of their functions, Garnet Keys lead community service projects and act as ambassadors at major university functions and lectures.

19th century iPhone app

Concordians develop 'Victorianator' game that aims to teach Victorian sensibility. The app was created by Jason Camlot, chair of Concordia’s Department of English, and his LudicVoice (LuV) research team of Concordia students.

New light on strategic communications

A new research hub in strategic communications, the first of its kind at a Canadian business school, is being launched at Concordia University.

Quebec's C.R.A.Z.Y. film business

Film producer Pierre Even offers nuggets of wisdom to students.

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