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2017 Recipients G. Raymond Chang Outstanding Volunteer Awards

Bill Andrianos


Bill Andrianos is a docent at the Ryerson Image Centre. Since the RIC’s opening in September of 2012, he has toured hundreds of school groups, special interest clubs and individuals through numerous exhibitions, and supported countless public events and programs. As a volunteer guide, Bill supports an essential position at the RIC, and his dedication, knowledge and enthusiasm are infectious. Visitors and staff are indebted to Bill’s charismatic approach, humour and sensibility, and his passion and engagement make an incomparable contribution to the public’s experience. Back to top

Andrea Barrack


Andrea Barrack is the vice-president, Community Relations and Corporate Citizenship at TD Bank, and the former CEO of the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Andrea currently serves as chair on the Ted Rogers School of Management Dean’s Advisory Council, and served as vice-chair from 2014 to 2016. She plays an important role in providing strategic advice and counsel to the Dean regarding the development of new programs, and is a great advocate for the school. A frequent speaker at Ted Rogers School of Management, Andrea is a passionate supporter of providing opportunities for women in business and the non-profit sector. Back to top

Saira Batasar-Johnie

Child and Youth Care ‘13

Ever since Saira Batasar-Johnie graduated from Child and Youth Care in 2013, she has stayed in touch with the Tri-Mentoring Program. She has volunteered to be a Career Mentor and mentored two students in the Child and Youth Care program over the past two years. The guidance Saira provided to these students was key in helping them in their career and educational decisions. TMP is extremely thankful for the many ways Saira continues to help students succeed at Ryerson and beyond. Back to top

Maggie Bergeron


Maggie Bergeron is an important community catalyst and an impeccable ambassador among entrepreneurs for the DMZ and Ryerson University. Maggie prominently represented the DMZ in several programs and initiatives, including at TECH TO – a growing network of professionals dedicated to the promotion and expansion of Toronto’s technology startup community – and in various events and conferences in and outside of the city. She has played a pivotal role in the success of a number of leading community activities. Back to top

Ronald D. Besse

Business Management ‘60, DCom ‘04 (Hon)

Ron Besse is the former chairman, president and CEO of Canada Publishing Corporation. A Ryerson alumnus, Ron has a lifelong association with the university and the business school. He is a former member of the Ryerson Board of Governors, was named a Ryerson Fellow in 1982, and received an Honourary Doctorate of Commerce in 2004.  As the chair of the Invest in Futures Campaign, and the honourary co-chair of the Make Your Mark Campaign Cabinet, Ron has been a key strategic advisor to deans, chairs, and academic leaders, and played an important role in shaping the Ted Rogers School of Management and Ryerson. Back to top

Anthony Biglieri

Urban and Regional Planning ‘83

Tony Biglieri served as chair of the Ryerson Planning Alumni Association for over ten years. He built the RPAA into an exceptional group, with premiere events such as their Spring Reception for Urban and Regional Planning alumni and industry professionals. Tony joined the Ryerson University Alumni Association in its inaugural year as chair of Alumni Associations, and went on to serve as vice-chair and chair of the RUAA. Back to top

William and Catharina Birchall

DLaws ‘16 (Hon)

The Birchalls are outstanding business leaders, generous philanthropists, exemplary citizens, and engaged members of the Ryerson community.

They are tireless champions of our students, providing them with opportunities to succeed both inside and outside the classroom. They have served as volunteers and advisors on Ryerson’s Campaign Cabinet, passionate advocates of co-operative education opportunities, and are always willing to introduce students to business leaders, allowing them to connect with industry experts and expand their networks. William has also served as honorary president and chair of the Ryerson Commerce Society Advisory Committee, and is involved with several Ted Rogers School of Management committees, where he shares his knowledge of finance, management, mining and international business. Back to top

Vonna Bitove


Vonna Bitove was a member of the Faculty of Community Services Dean’s Advisory Council from 2009 to 2016. During her tenure, Vonna provided invaluable advice and feedback in support of the council’s goals to increase awareness and build the faculty’s brand. Vonna brought to the FCS council table her significant volunteer experiences in the healthcare sector and professional background as a nurse. She has also helped facilitate placement opportunities for FCS students at the Dotsa Bitove Wellness Academy. Back to top

Charles Boulakia


Charles Boulakia has been a committee member for the Norman Esch Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship Awards since 2015. He has, in this role, been instrumental in helping award winners succeed with their entrepreneurial endeavours. A partner at Ridout & Maybee LLP in the firm’s Toronto office, Charles also provides pro bono advice on Intellectual Property law for Esch Awards winners, as well as for the Law and Business Clinic at Ryerson University. Back to top

Nicola Brown

Master of Professional Communication ‘14

The ProCom Alumni Association Newsletter is fortunate to have Master of Professional Communication alumna Nicola Brown as its Editor-in- Chief. She has devoted considerable time and energy to the newsletter in the last several years, and played a crucial role in its development. Nicola oversees the production of four themed issues annually, coordinating a team of students and alumni who write stories on current issues in the communications industry. Under her leadership, the publication has become a vital channel for engaging our rapidly expanding alumni community, and an example of the high calibre work that can result from collaborations between students and alumni. Back to top

Stephen Bulger

Image Arts ‘91

In 1990, while in his third year of the Image Arts program, Stephen Bulger became the founding director of the Ryerson Student Gallery. After graduating in 1991, he continued to volunteer with the gallery for many years, becoming a part of the exhibition review committee, and managing over thirty exhibitions. In 2009, Stephen became a founding member of the Ryerson Image Centre Advisory Board, serving as chair from 2011 to 2014, and as a member of the Acquisitions Committee over the last eight years. He was integral in helping secure both the Black Star and Rudolph Bratty Family collections for the RIC. He is also co-founder of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, featuring the Scotiabank Photography Award, which showcases the winner each year at the RIC. Back to top

Vi Bull


Vi Bull worked for years at Ryerson University in what is now known as University Relations. She was inducted into the 25 Year Club in 2010. During her time at Ryerson, her personal interest led her to develop an expertise in the buildings and statues across campus. With this focus, she developed an engaging and informative campus tour that was available to colleagues, new recruits, guests and visitors to campus. Since her retirement, Vi has volunteered her time to lead hundreds of alumni and friends on her tours when she comes back to campus each year for Alumni Weekend. Back to top

Donette Chin-Loy Chang

Journalism ‘78

Ryerson has remained a ‘special family’ for Donette Chin-Loy Chang, whose late husband was Ryerson’s beloved Chancellor from 2006 to 2012. Donette credits Ray with ‘bringing her back’ into the Ryerson fold, and she has been actively involved ever since. She offers strategic advice on communications as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for the Faculty of Community Services, and is active with the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, where she created an award in her parents’ name for students in the Mental Health and Addictions certificate program. She also recently created an award, named in honour of the former Dean, Usha George, in the Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing. Donette has brought countless friends and associates closer to Ryerson as an exceptional ambassador for the university. Back to top

Elizabeth Clarke

RTA School of Media ‘78

Liz Clarke has been a dedicated supporter of the Ryerson women’s basketball team for many years. In addition to being one of the team’s most generous donors, she is also one of its most committed volunteers. Liz organized and helped run the Women In Leadership Breakfast, including securing keynote speakers, and purchasing tables. The event served as a platform for female leaders to connect, engage, empower, mentor, and share their experiences, wisdom, and successes with Ryerson student athletes. Presently, Liz volunteers her time for various women’s basketball and athletic events, and serves on the Ryerson Athletics Advisory Council. Back to top

Michel Crete


For over nine years, Michel Crete has built and fostered the creativity and growth of The Estelle Craig ACT II STUDIO theatre program for seniors. He shepherded the creation of a new organizational structure to help solidify and support the studio, wrote and acted in plays, and is part of the cast of No Big Deal, a successful volunteer touring show on prostate cancer issues. Michel nurtures both awareness and understanding in coping with change, helping seniors examine the problematic thinking that impedes acceptance. When he is not taking classes, performing, writing, managing a show, or volunteering on various committees, Michel can usually be found readily lending a hand backstage. Back to top

Bradley Deokie

Business Management ‘11

Bradley Deokie was the founder and inaugural chair of the Tri-Mentoring Program Alumni Association. He helped grow the program’s alumni base, and helped keep them engaged and connected for over half a decade. Bradley has also found time to stay involved with TMP by acting as a Career Mentor. He continues to build relationships and guide current students along their journey at Ryerson, and also after they graduate. Back to top

John Craig Eaton

DCom '96 (Hon)

John Craig Eaton has a deep connection to Ryerson reaching back beyond 1994 when the Eaton Chair of Retailing was established in what is now the Ted Rogers School of Management. He served as chancellor of Ryerson from 1999 to 2006, leading a relatively new university through an unprecedented period of growth and achievement, including the launch of our first graduate programs. John was recognized by Ryerson for his contribution to business and the community with an honorary doctor of commerce degree in 1996. He served on the Ryerson Board of Governors for almost a decade, was a member of the Make Your Mark Campaign Cabinet, and established The John C. Eaton Chair in Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship in 2012. Back to top

Theresa Ebden

Journalism ‘98

In 2014, Theresa Ebden spearheaded a major initiative at her alma mater. She collaborated with faculty and the Ryerson recruitment team to develop a new strategy for the Ryerson School of Journalism. Leveraging skills from her careers in business journalism and corporate communications, Theresa surveyed hundreds of alumni and researched the industry to understand the long term value and impact of a Bachelor of Journalism degree. That knowledge shaped her proposal for a campaign that wowed the school, leading to the immediate adoption of Count on Journalism, a new recruitment approach within the school. Today, Theresa is an enthusiastic, committed volunteer, serving as chair on the school’s Advisory Council. Back to top

Matthew Edwards

Urban and Regional Planning ‘10, MA in Public Policy & Administration ‘15

In 2015, Matthew joined the executive team of the Ryerson University Public Policy & Administration Alumni Association. He is an engaged alumni volunteer, always looking for ways to expand the involvement of others. Matthew has been collaborating on a fundraising campaign since 2016 to establish the first alumni-funded award for graduate students with financial need in the Public Policy & Administration program, and he takes the time to handwrite thank you cards to express gratitude to donors. His energy and commitment to deliver on all of his promises make him a pleasure to work with and a valued member of the Ryerson community. Back to top

Lynn Factor

Social Work ‘80

Lynn Factor has been a member of the Faculty of Community Services Dean’s Advisory Council since 2009. Lynn provides advice on the direction of the faculty, and key insights based on her involvement with social service organizations outside of FCS. Driven by her unflagging commitment to social justice, Lynn has devoted over 35 years to improving services and programs for society’s most vulnerable children. She is an alumna of our Social Work program, and a Ryerson Alumni Achievement Award recipient. Back to top

Michael Federico


Deputy Chief Michael Federico has been an exceptional volunteer, expanding and advancing the relationship between Ryerson University and the Toronto Police Service for many years. Just one of the many ways he accomplishes this is through his support of events like Coffee with Cops, a bi-annual networking event between Criminology students and members of TPS that provides the opportunity to meet one-on-one with officers from different units, divisions and ranks to better understand policing. Michael also attends the Social Sciences award ceremonies each year, where he frequently presents a student award. The Faculty of Arts is grateful for Michael Federico’s service. Back to top

Rick Findlay

Mechanical and Industrial Engineering ‘82

In 2014, Rick Findlay came on board as one of the first community coaches in the SocialVentures Zone, an incubator at Ryerson where students and alumni develop ideas for social change into sustainable and viable initiatives. He has worked with more than a dozen zone ventures over the past three years, and provided connections to his network and invaluable advice to young entrepreneurs working in the space. Despite his busy schedule, Rick often drops in at the SVZ to help entrepreneurs with only a moment’s notice. He consistently brings them his experienced and quality insight, and shares their enthusiasm for social and environmental change. Back to top

Abigail Gamble

Master of Professional Communication ‘11

Since 2011, Abigail Gamble has played a key role in directing and expanding the ProCom Alumni Association. She has been closely involved in the governance and community-building work of the Association, including developing its constitution, planning industry and social events, managing financial resources, and more. In 2016, Abigail was elected president of PCAA and has organized a number of new initiatives designed to welcome graduates of ProCom’s BA program into the alumni community. Back to top

Victor Garcia


Victor Garcia has lent his time and expertise for the past 35 years to help non-profit organizations with programs focused on job-creation, innovation, mentoring, and more. Much of his work has focused on building strategic partnerships for the Hispanic community in Canada. Together with Mauricio Ospina, Victor led a campaign for Hispanic students, raising $110,000 for new awards at Ryerson. The Hispanic/ Latino Student Awards, first awarded in March 2017, improve access to post-secondary education, entrepreneurship, mentorship and career guidance, and provide crucial support to students in financial need. We applaud Victor for his unfailing dedication to fundraising for these awards, and for choosing Ryerson as the place to make it happen. Back to top

Paul Gardian

Hospitality & Tourism Management ‘84

Paul Gardian has been involved with the Ryerson Hospitality Alumni Association for over 15 years, and has served as president since 2012. He has been integral to finding notable industry speakers for the annual Keynote Breakfast held in conjunction with Alumni Weekend, and has led the group through many golf tournaments, spring receptions and various initiatives, including the development of a student award. Paul is a dedicated volunteer who gives freely of his time and energy in supporting both the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, as well as Ryerson as a whole. Back to top

Serge Gattesco


Serge Gattesco is the Canadian managing partner, strategy and operations for PwC Canada.  Since 2015, Serge has served as the inaugural chair of the Ted Rogers School of Management School of Accounting and Finance Program Advisory Council. A key strategic advisor to the Dean and Chairs of the Accounting and Finance programs, Serge has provided invaluable advice and counsel on the development of new experiential learning programs, and is a great advocate for the school and its students. Back to top

George Goodwin


When the SocialVentures Zone was established in 2014, George Goodwin became one of the first community coaches to volunteer. George is incredibly accessible and open to entrepreneurs who seek his counsel, and has worked with more than a dozen ventures in the space. George’s experience has been a great benefit, not just from his time as a senior advisor to corporate leaders, but also from his expansive network in the social sphere. Focused, intelligent, dedicated and with a great sense of humour, George is loved by those he coaches, sharing their enthusiasm for change and for the potential of their ventures. Back to top

Karen Harnisch

Image Arts ‘10

Karen Harnisch has a long history of volunteering for the Faculty of Communication and Design at Ryerson University. In 2013, she participated as a Film Studies panel member in the fourth year thesis students’ pitch sessions. In 2015, at the “From First Year to TIFF” event, Karen discussed her role as producer of the award-winning film Sleeping Giant. Karen has organized the Women and Film event hosted by the School of Image Arts for the last three years, and brings in women who are industry professionals to provide tips and networking opportunities, and to model the variety of filmmaking possibilities for graduating students. Karen has also mentored individual graduates for many years, helping them make contacts in the industry, often finding them positions in production houses, or helping them create their own. Back to top

Karen Hendrick

Image Arts ‘76

Since 2009, Karen Hendrick has been a valuable member of the Peter Higdon Research Centre at the Ryerson Image Centre. Generously volunteering two full days per week for the past several years, Karen has proven to be a dependable and committed volunteer, and an unvaryingly collegial and positive presence in the Centre. Her dedication and diligence has been demonstrated through the undertaking of multiple cataloguing projects of archival materials, including a current, multi-year initiative to organize and inventory more than 10,000 article files. In addition to her meaningful contributions to specific projects, Karen is also an enthusiastic supporter of RIC events and programs, and a great ambassador for Ryerson. Back to top

Ellen Hoffmann


Ellen Hoffman has been an invaluable resource to the university since 2011, providing sage advice and mentoring during the implementation of the Records Management program at Ryerson University. Her expertise, friendly and enthusiastic approach, and her willingness to listen are highly recognized and appreciated, and the Office of General Counsel at Ryerson is grateful for her support, team mentoring, and friendship. Back to top

John Honderich, CM

DCom ‘08 (Hon)

John Honderich has been a generous supporter of multiple initiatives at Ryerson. He received his honorary degree from the university in 2008. In 2009, he was one of the founding members of the Ryerson Image Centre’s Advisory Board, and he has continued to be one of the RIC’s greatest champions for over eight years. In 2012, John also became a member of the Make Your Mark Campaign Cabinet and helped the campaign raise over $200 million for the university. The impact of John’s volunteerism and philanthropic leadership is evident across the campus, including his incredible support for the School of Journalism as well as the Student Learning Centre. Back to top

Sally Horsfall Eaton

DLaws ‘12 (Hon)

Sally Horsfall Eaton has been a member of the Faculty of Community Services Dean’s Advisory Council since 2009. She provides invaluable advice on the direction of the faculty, and offers key insights based on her deep experience with organizations and academic institutions outside of Ryerson. Sally and her husband John have also been tremendous supporters of the faculty through the establishment of the John C. Eaton Chair in Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Back to top

Ramesh Kanagalingam

Business Technology Management ‘12

For the last two years, Ramesh Kanagalingam has guided students as part of Career Mentoring in the Tri-Mentoring Program. He has shared valuable knowledge and insight with his mentees about how to break into the world of finance, and has been an active attendee of Tri-Mentoring Program Alumni Association events. TMP is thankful for Ramesh’s dedication and support of current and graduating students at Ryerson. Back to top

Tom Kaszas


Tom Kaszas generously donates hundreds of hours each year supporting Ryerson students, Ryerson research, and the university’s brand. As an active participant on the Ryerson Urban Water Board of Advisors, Tom provides feedback on research projects, and enthusiastically volunteers for many student events. A frequent speaker, supportive mentor, judge at student case competitions, and participant in student-organized events, and workshops, Tom is in a class of his own. As Director, Environmental Innovations Branch, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, Tom brings his stature and high regard to the university, and we are most fortunate to have him as a dedicated volunteer and mentor to Ryerson students. Back to top

Jan Kestle


Jan Kestle has been a committed member of the Geography & Environmental Studies Advisory Council for more than a decade. Under her leadership, nine awards and scholarships have been created to recognize students in the Geographic Analysis and Master of Spatial Analysis programs. Every year, Jan generously invites graduate students, faculty, and staff to the Environics Analytics annual user conference, offering an incredible opportunity for networking and professional development. In addition, in 2016, Jan hosted the MSA class of 2001 at a reception to celebrate their 15th anniversary. Her passion as an ambassador for the discipline of geography, and her loyal championing of the program’s graduates, make Jan an invaluable member of the Ryerson community. Back to top

The Honourable Vim Kochhar


The Honourable Vim Kochhar is no stranger to volunteerism.

A longtime advocate for Canadians with disabilities, he took the lead on a special charity run to support scholarships for students with disabilities at Ryerson. Racing in the Achilles 18th Annual St. Patrick’s Day 5k Run/Walk in the heart of downtown Toronto, Vim raised more than $50,000 to create a new award. As chair of the Canadian Foundation for Physically Disabled Persons, Vim also facilitated a gift to Ryerson from the Foundation to create a new $50,000 endowed award to support students studying Disability Studies in the Faculty of Community Services. Back to top

Jane Langdon

Home Economics ‘75

For nearly 20 years, Jane Langdon ran a lifestyle-oriented public relations agency. Today, she spends her time in Niagara-on-the-Lake as proprietor of the Wine Country Cooking School at Strewn Winery. She holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts with a major in Food and Nutrition, and a minor in Business. She is the recipient of a Ryerson Gold Medal and an Alumni Achievement Award, was a member and chair of the Board of Governors, and chaired the 2004 task force on Alumni Relations. Jane was also the inaugural president of the Ryerson University Alumni Association, and has served on the university’s fundraising campaigns. Back to top

Dennis McCormac


What stands out about Dennis McCormac is how passionate and candid he is about science. He is engaging, and presents with enthusiasm and humour. He has a genuine interest in supporting and inspiring students, and has played key mentorship roles in many student-led initiatives, including helping build the world’s longest model of a DNA strand. Dennis has volunteered as a mentor, panellist and speaker with the RySci Match mentorship course, served as a judge in the 2017 Chemistry and Biology Challenge, been a panellist for the Science Cafe exploration into GMO Foods, and much more. What students, faculty and staff appreciate about Dennis is his generosity in sharing his time, knowledge and networks. Back to top

Sultan Mehrabi


Sultan Mehrabi has been a positive community catalyst and a great ambassador for the DMZ and Ryerson University among entrepreneurs, internally and externally. With his leadership and network, Sultan has taken several programs and initiatives, such as “The Pragmatic CEO” program, to the next level, tabling real-world, relevant issues and bringing insightful founders and entrepreneurs to the task. He has represented the DMZ at various events and conferences, and positively led several community activities to help Ryerson’s DMZ become the success story it is today. Back to top

Nadir and Shabin Mohamed


Over the years, Nadir and Shabin have dedicated themselves in numerous ways at Ryerson. Nadir first joined the Ryerson University’s Board of Governors in 2007. He was re-appointed for two additional terms which ended in 2016. In 2012, Nadir also became a member of the Make Your Mark Campaign Cabinet. The fundraising campaign raised over $200 million for Ryerson University. Shabin has been a Member of the Advisory Board for the Ryerson Image Centre for over five years. During her tenure, the RIC has evolved into a premiere research and exhibition destination with an exceptional collection. On Nadir's retirement from Roger's Communications, the company honoured their connection to Ryerson by creating a fellowship in Nadir's name at the Ryerson Image Centre. Back to top

Scott Moore

RTA School of Media ‘84

In the 1990s, long before there was an official Sport Media program, Scott Moore created and taught the very first “sports broadcasting” elective in the RTA School of Media. In 2011, Scott joined a special Program Advisory Committee to assist in the creation of a brand new Ryerson undergraduate program in Sport Media at the Faculty of Communication and Design.

Scott has been the school’s greatest champion and supporter, as a regular guest lecturer, student-industry connector and contributor to the program. He created the Scott Moore Award in Sport Media, and was instrumental in the establishment of the Sportsnet RTA Production Centre at the Mattamy Athletic Centre. Scott is a shining example of successful alumni helping to lift the next generation of students through leadership and volunteerism. Back to top

John Morrison


John Morrison is the president and CEO of Choice Properties REIT. Since 2012 John has been one of the key strategic advisors in the formation of the Ted Rogers School of Management Real Estate Management Program. John has provided advice and counsel to two successive Deans, and served as the inaugural Chair of the Real Estate Management Program Advisory Council. A passionate advocate for the school and its programs, John has been a tireless volunteer and a great partner. Back to top

Ross Mutton

RTA School of Media ‘75

Recently retired after a long career at Carleton University, Ross Mutton has been working with a group of Ryerson alumni in Ottawa organizing local events and working towards the formation of a Regional Branch. He has served as a board member on the Ryerson University Alumni Association, been active in the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education, presenting sessions on copyright issues and serving as president, and has been an active member of the Ontario University Education Technology Directors Association, including serving as chair. He is currently a member of the Ad Hoc Copyright Working Group for the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada. Back to top

Patrick O’Hanlon

Urban and Regional Planning ‘83

Patrick O’Hanlon played a pivotal role in the establishment of the Centre for Urban Research and Land Development, an expert-led research and policy organization in the Faculty of Community Services. Patrick brings his extensive expertise, insight and network to the benefit of Ryerson and its students through his active participation. He remains involved with CUR by sitting on the advisory board, and helping to build philanthropic support for the initiative, which to date totals more than $1.6 million. Patrick has also served as the alumni speaker at convocation, modelling that level of volunteer engagement for the next generation. Back to top

Mauricio Ospina

Business Management ‘99

The challenges Mauricio Ospina faced at the beginning of his Canadian journey inspired him to make that path easier for other newcomers with a Hispanic background. After founding several programs aimed at building up the Hispanic community in Canada - such as the annual 10 Most Influential Hispanic Canadians Awards - Mauricio turned his attention to young people. Together with Victor Garcia, Mauricio led a campaign for Hispanic students which raised $110,000 for new awards at Ryerson. The Hispanic/Latino Student Awards, the first of which were given out in March 2017 at the Student Experience Awards Ceremony, improve access to post-secondary education, entrepreneurship, mentorship and career guidance, and provide crucial support to students in financial need. Ryerson thanks Mauricio for his steadfast commitment to fundraising for these awards, and for the outstanding impact they have on Ryerson students. Back to top

Harry Pellow

Architectural Technology ‘62

Harry Pellow came back to Ryerson campus in 2011 to help with a small survey. He stayed on afterwards and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Department of Architectural Science. Harry worked with his Class of ‘62 to make a gift in support of the Paul H. Cocker Gallery, and solicited his friends and colleagues to make gifts in honour of Stewart Crawford. The program surpassed its goal and excess funds were used to create endowed awards for Architectural Science students. Late in 2014, Harry volunteered again to lead another renovation project, this time in honour of David E. Handley. His efforts within the private sector helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars which the university matched. This $1 million project completely renovated the top floor of the architecture building. Ryerson is grateful to Harry for helping change the face of the campus. Harry generously gave of his time, his talent and his resources, and he is missed by his many friends on and off campus. Back to top

Clive Powell


Since retiring from McGraw-Hill in 2011, Clive Powell has been immersed in the Ryerson Press collection, which was acquired by the publisher when it purchased the Ryerson Press in 1971. For more than six years he has been documenting the collection of almost 3,000 book titles and more than 2,000 related archival materials, conducting extensive research, producing a video and writing a blog about various aspects of the collection. His search for an appropriate home for the collection in order to preserve its rich Canadian cultural legacy led to its donation to the Special Collections unit of the Ryerson Library and Archives. Back to top

Harry Rosen, CM

DCom ‘03 (Hon)

For more than 20 years, Harry Rosen has committed his energy, enthusiasm, wisdom and generosity to Ryerson and its students. From 2007 to 2016, Harry contributed to the oversight and good governance of the university as a member of the Board of Governors, and was an exceptional member of both the Invest in Futures and Make Your Mark Campaign Cabinets. Harry was also an Advisory Council member for the Retail Management program at the Ted Rogers School of Management for over a decade. His expertise as a successful retailer was invaluable to preparing students for their field. He has spoken at and participated in a variety of retail-focused events at TRSM and, in 2013, expanded his support to the Institute for Stress and Wellbeing Research in the Faculty of Arts, raising the profile of the program and establishing the Harry Rosen Research Commons. Harry supports and encourages Ryerson students, and is an invaluable advisor, mentor, volunteer, donor and friend. Back to top

Sam Sim

Journalism ‘14

Over the past two years, Sam Sim has provided valuable knowledge and mentorship to mentees within Ryerson’s Tri -Mentoring Program. Not only has Sam taken the time to meet with TMP students face-to-face, but she has also linked them to other industry professionals to help them achieve their career goals. Sam has also attended a number of the Tri-Mentoring Program Alumni Association’s events, and is a welcome speaker at TMP events. Back to top

Phil Soper


Phil Soper is president and CEO of Royal LePage and Brookfield Real Estate Services Inc. Since 2014, Phil has brought that experience and expertise to the Ted Rogers School of Management Dean’s Advisory Council. As an engaged member of the Council, Phil has supplied strategic advice and counsel to the Dean on areas of program development, student engagement and experiential learning opportunities. A frequent guest speaker, Phil is a wonderful advocate for the school’s programs and students.Back to top

Barbara Switzer


Barbara Switzer played a pivotal role in training and mentoring Ryerson staff when Ryerson’s Office of General Counsel was given the responsibility to process all placement agreements for the university.

Knowing the importance and value of continuing education, she motivated administrative staff to pursue further education in the legal field. We are thankful for her ongoing support and mentoring since 2011, and appreciate her generosity and friendship. Back to top

Alex Tsoulis

Aerospace Engineering ‘85, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering ‘86

Since graduating, Alex Tsoulis has never stopped mentoring students. He has co-supervised at least five 4th-year thesis students per year, mentored the Ryerson student branch chapter of the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute on technical aspects of aircraft design and career development, and never turns down requests from students and faculty for guided tours of the manufacturing facilities where he works. Alex has provided invaluable real-world experience to Aerospace students, and has been a guest lecturer for many years to the 4th-year capstone design course in aircraft design. He has also served for multiple years on the Aerospace Industrial Advisory Committee, tasked with keeping the undergraduate program technically up-to-date. A stalwart volunteer to Aerospace at Ryerson, Alex has had an immeasurable positive influence on countless students for several decades. Back to top

Vanessa Vakharia


As the entrepreneur behind The Math Guru, a mathematics and science tutoring company, Vanessa Vakharia is an outspoken advocate for challenging representations of what it means to be “good at math.”Vanessa has shared her ideas at Ryerson, exploding stereotypes to empower young women in STEM fields, and helping redefine intelligence as “cool.” She has brought her inspiring message to first-year students in Ryerson’s mathematics programs, the Women in Mathematics student group and the Mathematics Course Union. She has also been the keynote speaker at the Faculty of Science Awards evening. As a positive role model and someone who removes barriers to diversity in STEM, Vanessa is a key part of Dr. Imogen Coe’s network of women who make a difference. Back to top

Paul Vanderpol

Aerospace Engineering ‘81, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering ‘83

Paul Vanderpol has contributed in many ways to the successes and strengths of the Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science. He has twice served as the alumni representative on the Mechanical Engineering Department Chair Search Committee, and he has been a member of the department’s Advisory Board, first in 1987, and for the last 13 years. He is on the Board of the Ryerson Institute for Aerospace Design and Innovation and, prior to the creation of RIADI, he supported thesis projects for 4th-year Aerospace Engineering students. Paul is also an engaging, annual guest lecturer and frequent industry judge of final presentations for the Aircraft Capstone Design Course. Back to top

Sue Williams


Sue Williams has been a member of the Faculty of Community Services Dean’s Advisory Council since 2012, offering strategic insight and advice. She has also served as a longstanding mentor to those new to academia and those who aspire to assume leadership positions within the university. She volunteers as a guest speaker in both undergraduate and graduate courses on an annual basis, focusing her talks on leadership as well as education and health policy. Sue has also answered the call for FCS by acting as bedel, leading the procession of the graduating class in convocation ceremonies over the past 10 years. Back to top

Todd Young

Mechanical and Industrial Engineering ‘86

In 2003, Todd Young was part of the original group of alumni and volunteers who created the Ryerson Institute for Aerospace Design and Innovation. His involvement with the program continues to this day. He has sat on the board since RIADI’s inception, helping it to grow, and ensuring its special place in the development of aerospace engineers. As vice-president and general manager at Bombardier, Todd also carries the flag for Ryerson graduates, and ensures students are received during the summer to help make RIADI possible. In addition, Todd has sat on the Dean’s Advisory Board in the Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science for over a decade, and helped establish an endowed award from Bombardier for Ryerson engineering students. Back to top