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11 great Concordia moments in 2019

From multimillion-dollar gifts to a new president — these highlights from the past year have us bursting with #CUpride
December 18, 2019
By Joseph Leger

As we come to the end of the millennium's second decade, we can’t help but look back at 2019 with pride. It was a transformative year for Concordia.

From rankings success and major gifts towards the Campaign for Concordia: Next-Gen. Now to the appointment of our new president Graham Carr, 2019 was filled with historic firsts and ground-breaking innovation.

Here are 11 Concordia highlights, handpicked by University Alumni — in no particular order, because they are all great...

Meet Graham Carr, our new president

On December 12, Graham Carr started his five-year term as Concordia's president and vice-chancellor. 

Concordia lands a $30M donation, the largest in our history

An anonymous donor made a $30-million planned gift to Concordia, the largest donation ever to the university in support of students.

4TH SPACE opens its doors to the world

A first-of-its-kind mashup of living lab, research centre, design showroom, museum exhibition and performance space, 4TH SPACE engages citizens, industry, community partners, students, faculty and alumni in co-creation.

$5.6 million for future artists

This landmark gift from the Peter N. Thomson Family Trust was the largest donation in the Faculty of Fine Arts’ history and the largest in Quebec history towards a university-based fine arts program.

The funds support three key areas across the Faculty’s nine departments: graduate student scholarships, field school awards and an arts innovation fund.

A top-ranked MBA turns 50

Recently ranked the top MBA in Canada for return on investment and the fourth overall in the country, Concordia's MBA program had a lot to celebrate.

Exciting new additions to Concordia's Sports Hall of Fame

This year’s inductees included an Olympic wrestler, the 1968-69 Loyola Warriors men’s basketball team — and a former team physician.

The 'wild' homecoming of James Tupper

Best known for his role in the HBO series Big Little Lies, James Tupper, BFA 92, had a memorable homecoming with Concordia’s Wild Talks lecture series.

It's 20 years of philanthropy for Concordia University Hong Kong Foundation!

The Concordia University Hong Kong Foundation (CUHKF) celebrated its 20th anniversary with an event that raised $370,000 in support of student bursaries and scholarships.

Since its founding, CUHKF has raised more than $1 million, benefitting 135 students from mainland China and Hong Kong.

Top honours for humanitarian Samantha Nutt

One of Canada’s great humanitarians, Samantha Nutt, was awarded Concordia’s Loyola Medal — the university’s highest non-academic honour.

Nutt is the founder of War Child Canada and War Child USA and the author of the national bestseller, Damned Nations: Greed, Guns, Armies and Aid.

A very happy birthday for the School of Irish Studies

The Canadian Irish Studies Foundation helped Concordia’s School of Irish Studies celebrate its 10th birthday in a big way with a $4-million pledge to support research and student scholarships.

$10 million for social innovation

Thanks to the Amelia & Lino Saputo Jr. Foundation and the Mirella & Lino Saputo Foundation, Concordia’s SHIFT Centre for Social Transformation is powering ahead.

The Centre combines the resources and knowledge of the university and its external partners with the passion and understanding of community stakeholders to fuel community-driven social innovation.

Share your pride!

What fills you with #CUpride? We’d love to hear about it.

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