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Launch of the Campaign for Concordia: Next-Gen. Now.

Chancellor’s Builders Circle and Friends Dinner celebrated philanthropy and university’s next-generation research
November 13, 2017
By Howard Bokser

Concordia’s staunchest ambassadors learned how philanthropy is providing momentum to Canada’s next-generation university to teach for tomorrow and double its research at the Chancellor’s Builders Circle and Friends Dinner on November 1.

Concordia Chancellor Jonathan Wener, BComm 71, Norman Hébert Jr., BComm 77, chair of the Board of Governors, and Concordia President Alan Shepard welcomed more than 150 members and friends of the Chancellor’s Builders Circle at the elegant Cirque Éloize in Montreal.

The event also marked the launch of the Campaign for Concordia: Next-Gen. Now.

Bram Freedman, Concordia’s vice-president of Advancement and External Relations, introduced the campaign’s co-chairs, Andrew M. Molson, partner and chairman of RES PUBLICA Consulting Group, and Lino Saputo Jr., BA 89, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Saputo. Molson and Saputo explained how this will be most ambitious campaign in the university’s history, with a $250-million goal, and will support Concordia’s nine strategic directions.

CTV Montreal chief news anchor and alumna Mutsumi Takahashi, BA 79, MBA 95, LLD 13, emceed the event.

The event featured presentations by two Concordia researchers. Ana Maria Medina Ramirez, MASc (mech. eng.) 17, who placed second in the Canadian finals of the 2016 Three-Minute Thesis and Project Competition, demonstrated how she's improving our safety.

Marta Kersten-Oertel, assistant professor in Concordia’s Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering, described her work on augmented reality image-guided surgery.

To see photos from the Chancellor’s Builders Circle and Friends Dinner, visit our Flickr page.

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