Our media relations award-winners are exceptional communicators who highlight Concordia's successes in the broader media.
Opinion Leaders of the Year
This award goes to those who take advantage of the platform of opinion pieces to weigh in on issues of the day, providing their research-based perspective.
- Ursula Eicker, for writing a long list of opinion pieces in a variety of newspapers, publications and web sites, arguing in favour of green development in our cities, suggesting sustainability need not go out the window. She is always quick to respond to the MRPA team’s requests for an op-ed, making her urgent appeals and incisive analysis available to readers while the subject is hot.
- Jean-Philippe Warren, Professor, Sociology and Anthropology, for his special series in La Presse on fake news
- Philippe Rioux, postdoc, with JP Warren, on Quebec superheroes
- For their op/eds and interviews around the B/OLD conference
- Kim Sawchuck, Professor, Communications Studies
- Shannon Hebblethwaite, Associate Professor, Applied Human Sciences
- Meghan Joy, Associate Professor, Political Science
- Nura Jubagi, PhD candidate and 2018 Public Scholar, on the Teo Taxi’s doomed business model
- Steven High, Professor, History, on the linguistic impetus among working class support for the Quiet Revolution
Expert Commentator of the Year
Most widely-quoted researcher for valuable insight into issues of the day.
- Simon Bacon, Professor, HKAP for his tireless appearances on popular television and radio shows sharing his calming perspective in what was a very scary time. He also founded and continues to co-direct the iCARE project, an international online survey of public attitudes around COVID-19, health and prevention measures.
- Carmela Cucuzzella, Professor, Design and Computation Arts, for advocated for stronger, bolder visions of what a city can and should be in op-eds in the Conversation and elsewhere, including attending the COP26 UN climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland.
- Ann-Louise Davidson Professor, Education, discussed best-practices in online learning, and wrote several pieces for The Conversation dealing with how technology in teaching could help ensure wider access to education.
- Moshe Lander, Senior Lecturer, Economics. He retained his reputation as a trusted expert when this pandemic hit, sharing his insights on Bank of Canada rates, border closures, CERB, Alberta’s economic plans, professional sports cancellations, Edmonton being a host city for NHL playoffs, the pros and cons of four-day work weeks, when our economy will reopen and what business owners and consumers should prepare for, and more.
- Moshe Lander, Lecturer, Economics, besides providing regular commentary on sports economics, economic impacts of hosting world jr ice hockey championships, funding for francophonie games, professional sports teams and facilities in Halifax, Calgary’s bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics, financial plans presented by politicians and their parties like Quebec Solidaire, NAFTA negotiations and the personalities involved, and so much more, also wrote an op-ed in the Globe and Mail about ticket pricing for Toronto Raptors games.
Francophone Media Communicator of the Year
The award for Francophone Media Communicator of the Year recognizes the work of someone who isn’t necessarily a French-speaker but who finds a way to connect with Francophone readers nonetheless.
- Carly Ziter, Assistant Professor, Biology, for her Urban Trees Project, which was covered in a web series by Radio-Canada and CBC
- Chadi Assi, Professor, CIISE and Tony Nasr, MASc. 22 received this award in recognition of the widespread media attention their research garnered for it outlined the vulnerabilities of Internet-connected Electric Vehicle charging stations.
- Ted Rutland, Associate Professor, GPE, who discussed policing, racial profiling and gun violence and took the initiative of producing several opinion pieces on these topics for La Presse and Le Devoir.
- Guy Lachapelle, Professor, Political Science, for generally being a very willing expert on a wide variety of political subjects, including the 2019 Canadian and 2020 US elections.
- Mourad Debbabi, Professor, CIISE, Dean, GCS, was interviewed by Radio-Canada about blockchain.
Research Communicator of the Year – National Research
Awarded to the researcher whose work generated outstanding media coverage in Canada.
- Muthu Packirisamy, Professor, Mechanical, Industrial and Aerospace Engineering, Mohsen Habibi, research associate, Shervin Foroughi, PhD candidate, and Vahid Karamzadeh, MSEng 18, for their development of a breakthrough in 3D printing technology using ultrasonic waves that was hailed by the prestigious publication Québec Science as one of their Top 10 scientific discoveries of the past year.
- Damon Matthews, Professor, GPE, who published research on how Earth’s natural carbon sinks, such as forests, peat bogs and other ecosystems, play a role in removing carbon from the atmosphere. In that same study, Damon Matthews also warns these natural wonders can’t clean things up on their own and that governments must introduce tough policies to produce significant change.
- Simon Bacon, Professor, HKAP, who led a global survey on people’s attitudes to COVID which highlighted the value of clear communications as people sought to understand the nature of the virus, its impact but also the best ways of combatting its spread.
- Sylvia Kairouz, Professor, Sociology & Anthropology, for her interviews about her research on gambling addicts’ spending on VLTs & influence on provincial politics. Her research led to the provincial government saying it was looking into making changes to existing laws.
- Patti Sonntag, former Journalist-in-Residence, director of the Institute for Investigative Journalism, who led the Tainted Water collaborative investigative journalism project. Tainted H2O was a year-long investigation conducted by more than 120 journalists from nine universities and six media groups and won numerous awards.
- Carly Ziter, Assistant Professor, Biology, for her research into how urban trees mitigate city heat islands. Chosen as one of EurekAlert’s Top Ten stories of the year, carried by the National Science Foundation, Le Devoir, CTV and other news outlets.
Communicator of the Year – International
Awarded to researchers whose work received significant and important media coverage outside Canada.
- Seth Wynes, postdoc, GPE, for his work analysing the drop in greenhouse gas emissions resulting from the cancellation or reduced travelling for teams in the four major North American leagues during the pandemic lockdown. Next, just as the federal election was kicking into high gear in the fall of 2021, Wynes’ research indicated that politicians, could, in fact, take people’s concerns about climate change to heart and respond to these concerns with policy changes.
- Leon Wang, Professor, BCEE, produced a web platform for assessing the risk of viral transmission in buildings. His work was covered by the LA Times and Nature.
- Sylvia Santosa, Associate Professor, HKAP. Her Research showed how the effects of obesity mirror those of aging and was carried in local and international media and was shared widely on social media site Reddit.
- Bianca Grohmann, Professor, Marketing, whose research on variations in wine palates by geography appeared in Food and Wine and La Presse, then picked up by many other outlets.
Graduate Research Communicator of the Year
The award for Graduate Research Communicator of the Year goes to a researcher who communicated the aims and impact of their work through media engagement.
- Hossein Azarpanah, PhD candidate in Supply Chain and Business Technology Management, who was the lead author on a paper about cognitive biases and vaccine hesitancy, and his co-authors, assistant professor Mohsen Farhadloo and professor Rustam Vahidov in the same department.
- Marc-André Argentino, whose work documenting QAnon drew the attention of journalists across the globe. Following countless interviews in both English and French, Argentino’s research was covered in prominent outlets including the BBC, The Guardian, The Telegraph, Sydney Morning Herald, Washington Post and France 24.
- Simon Dubé, PhD student and 2021 Public Scholar. His research into Erobotics got him an article in The Conversation, coverage from CTV, Canadian Press and Moteur de recherche.
- Tomas Matthews, PhD, Psychology, on the science behind what makes people groove. Appeared in the Conversation, La Presse, Psychology Today and Radio New Zealand.
Communications Ambassadors of the Year
This award goes to non-academic members of the Concordia community who address priorities that will have significant impacts on reshaping this institution moving forward.
- Manon Tremblay, Senior Director of Indigenous Directions in the Office of the Provost and Vice-President, Academic in recognition of all her work in advancing the university’s Indigenous Directions Action Plan as for her moving storytelling about her mother’s and great-grandfather’s experiences.
- Angelique Willkie, Chair, President’s Task Force on Anti-Black Racism, and Annick Maugille Flavien, Task Force member, who shared their views on why Black History Month still remains relevant, writing opinion pieces for the Montreal Gazette and CTV News.
- Manon Tremblay, Senior Director, Indigenous Directions, spoke to CityNews about what it means to Indigenize the university’s practices, discussed in University Affairs magazine how Indigenous knowledge can be interwoven with traditional western practices and wrote about the importance of ensuring Indigenous Peoples have equitable access to education in The Hill Times.
- Amber Berson, Wikipedian-in-residence. Spoke to Rad-Can, Le Devoir, many others in English and France about her unique position.
Contributions to The Conversation/La Conversation
- Homa Hoodfar, Professor Emerita, Sociology and Anthropology, for her writing condemning the Taliban government in Afghanistan for closing girls’ schools.
- Claudine Mangen, Professor, Accountancy, for her articles about the impact of COVID on women in the workplace and the shift to working from home.
- Louise Champoux-Paillé, executive-in-residence at the John Molson School of Business and co-director (practice) for the faculty’s recently inaugurated Barry F. Lorenzetti Centre for Women Entrepreneurship and Leadership. Her articles on women in the workplace, the impact of COVID on working women and why the world needs more women leaders in COVID times and beyond were carried by outlets including the World Economic Forum, Huff Post Quebec and L’Actualité magazine.