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Meet our 2020 Alumni Recognition Award winners

Annual celebration honours the achievements and contributions of outstanding Concordians
June 8, 2021
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A Silicon Valley executive, world-renowned neuroscientist and serial entrepreneur are among the 10 remarkable Concordians recognized by the 2020 Alumni Recognition Awards (ARA).

These deserving recipients were nominated by their peers from among more than 220,000 alumni, 51,000 students, nearly 6,400 faculty and staff and hundreds of volunteers.

Due to COVID-19, in lieu of an in-person ceremony, the university designed a commemorative book to honour our 2020 ARA winners and moved the celebration online and to social media.

2020 Alumni Recognition Award Recipients

Howard Davidson,

Howard Davidson, BComm 80

Humberto Santos Award of Merit 
Awarded to a graduate who has made a lifetime contribution of exceptional leadership and service to Concordia and to the community.


Harriet De Wit

Harriet De Wit, MA 76, GrDip 81, PhD 81

John F. Lemieux Medal
Presented to a member of the Concordia community whose trailblazing spirit and next-generation approach in the pursuit of excellence challenges current-day boundaries.


Richard F. Schmid

Richard F. Schmid

Honorary Life Membership
Awarded to a non-graduate who has demonstrated a long-term commitment of outstanding service to the alumni association and/or university.


Georges Paulez

Georges Paulez, BComm 77

Benoît Pelland Distinguished Service Award
Awarded to a graduate who has demonstrated a long-term commitment of outstanding service to the alumni association and university.


Charlie Kawwas

Charlie Kawwas, BEng 93, MASc 99, PhD 07

Alumnus/Alumna of the Year
Awarded to a graduate who has demonstrated professional excellence and community leadership.


Ana Marinescu

Ana Marinescu, BComm 06, MBA 09

MBA Alumnus/Alumna of the Year
Awarded to an MBA graduate who has demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and dedication to both the community at large and the university. 


Caroline Roux

Caroline Roux

Alumni Award for Innovative Teaching
Awarded to a member of Concordia’s faculty who embraces innovation in his/her field of research, sharing of knowledge, teaching ability and/or accessibility to students.


Joanne Beaudoin

Joanne Beaudoin, BA 83

Outstanding Staff Award
Awarded to a Concordia University staff member who has made an exceptional contribution to the alumni association or to the university community.


Katherine Rossy

Katherine Rossy, MA 13

Young Alumnus/Alumna of the Year
Awarded to a recent graduate with a record of exemplary service to his/her community and/or profession.


Mackenzie Murray

Mackenzie Murray

Outstanding Student Leader Award
Awarded to a Concordia student leader who is an outstanding contributor to student life and the university community.

Message from President Graham Carr

Message from Paul Chesser, BA 94, GrDip 97, vice-president, Advancement

Message from past CUAA president Kim Fuller, BFA 96

Annual celebration

Each year, the Concordia University Alumni Association (CUAA) honours the valuable contributions made by alumni, students, friends, faculty and staff and friends of Concordia and its founding institutions, Loyola College and Sir George Williams University.

For past honorees or for more information, visit our ARA webpage.



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