Golf Classic 2022 smashes record: $550,000 raised for student scholarships and bursaries

More than 150 Quebec business leaders come together for 19th annual fundraising tournament
September 22, 2022
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Group photo of men and women holding a cheque From left: Afif El Habre, BComm 13, relationship manager, Commercial Banking, TD; Louis Tanguay; Charles Douville; Luigi Liberatore; Sophie Boucher; Maria Mangiocavallo; Tony Aksa; Joseph Capano, principal director, Corporate Relations and Special Initiatives, Concordia; Guy Langevin, vice-president and regional team lead, Diversified Industries, BMO; Jean-Francois Prince; Nathaly Soucy; Sylvain Corbeil, Demo Trifonopoulos.

The 19th Concordia Golf Classic tournament and dinner — the university’s premier fundraising event — brought in an impressive $550,000 for deserving students — smashing past records and bringing the total to more than $7 million raised since the tournament’s inception in 2004.

A sold-out crowd of about 150 business leaders enjoyed a beautiful day on the greens at Golf Griffon des Sources in Mirabel, Que. on September 6. Radio personality Frank Cavallaro served as master of ceremonies.

Concordia President and Vice-Chancellor Graham Carr expressed his gratitude to sponsors and participants. “In the context of tight government funding, these bursaries help Concordia remain the inclusive university it’s always been. They also help us attract great talent who otherwise might not have the means to study. We truly appreciate your support.”

More than 1,250 students have benefited from Concordia Golf Classic scholarships and bursaries.

One of those students, Snigdha Gupta, a marketing major at the John Molson School of Business, addressed the crowd at dinner.“Your generosity goes beyond providing a means of financial support for young people like me. It represents ongoing encouragement and a belief in what we can accomplish. Thank you!” she said.

Golf Classic funds are raised through sponsorships and participation sales — and count towards the Campaign for Concordia: Next-Gen Now, the most ambitious fundraising campaign in the university’s history.

“We thank our sponsors and participants for helping to advance the next generation of leaders and changemakers,” said Paul Chesser, BA 94, GrDip 97, Concordia’s vice-president of Advancement. “We are particularly grateful to our volunteer leadership team of executives from all of Quebec’s major banks, for lending their support.”

Golf Classic volunteer leadership team

Honorary co-chairs:

  • André Desmarais, BComm 78, LLD 07, deputy chairman, Power Corporation of Canada
  • Luigi Liberatore, president, Luigi Liberatore Foundation
  • Louis Tanguay, BComm 75, Corporate Director

Co-presidents:

  • Tony Aksa, CFA, vice-president, Strategic Markets Development, National Bank
  • Sophie Boucher, vice-president, Commercial Banking, Business Services, Laurentian Bank
  • Caroline Brault, vice-president, TD Commercial Banking, TD Bank Group
  • Sylvain Corbeil, senior vice-[resident, National Accounts and Commercial Banking – Quebec, Scotiabank
  • Charles Douville, BComm 84, senior vice-president, head of Commercial Banking — Quebec Region, HSBC Bank Canada
  • René Douville, senior vice-president and head of Corporate Finance – Quebec, BMO Bank of Montreal
  • Maria Mangiocavallo, BComm 86, GrDip 89, vice-president, Commercial Banking, Quebec Region, Scotiabank
  • Jean-François Prince, Regional vice-president, Business Financial Services – Quebec, RBC Royal Bank
  • Nathalie Soucy, vice-president, Network Support and Cross-Sector Initiatives Division, Mouvement Desjardins
  • Demo Trifonopoulos, BComm 85, vice-president and region head — Quebec, CIBC Commercial Banking


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