In 1998, Ryerson celebrated the 50th anniversary of its founding and its fifth as a university. This occasion provided a special opportunity to create the Ryerson Alumni Achievement Awards to recognize the superior caliber of Ryerson alumni. Our alumni have carried forward with them the strength of our programs which are distinguished by Ryerson’s view that theory and professional practice are partners in the education process.
Recognition of the recipients will be at an annual Alumni Achievement Awards ceremony. Recipients will be honoured with a video bio and a certificate at a reception for their friends and family. All recipients will have a plaque with a photo and bio mounted on the Alumni Hall of Fame on campus.
The University reserves the right, in its discretion to revoke an award granted to a recipient should circumstances arise that, in its opinion, could unfavourably impact the reputation and/or image of the University.
Nominations for Alumni Achievement Awards are accepted year-round.
Alumni Award of Distinction - This award is given for outstanding professional achievement. Alumni in this category have achieved true distinction in their professional lives and performed distinguished personal service in their communities. Alumni Award of Distinction recipients reflect and recognize, in their actions and deeds, the importance of their Ryerson education. Through their stature, integrity and ability, they inspire students, faculty and staff.
Isadore Sharp Outstanding Recent Graduate - This award recognizes an alumnus/na who within 10 years of graduation has achieved distinction in their professional lives and performed notable personal service in their communities. The award is named for Isadore Sharp, Architectural Technology ‘52, the founder and chairman of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and an inaugural recipient of the Alumni Achievement Awards.
Outstanding Volunteer Award - This award recognizes alumni who exemplify what is best in a volunteer, including service to something beyond oneself, a willingness to contribute time and effort without pay, and a donation of time and effort beyond one’s normal responsibilities.
Outstanding International Alumni Award - This award recognizes an international alumnus/na who has demonstrated exceptional accomplishment in his or her chosen profession; shown exceptional service in community affairs at the local, state or national level; and has contributed to the advancement and continued excellence of Ryerson University.