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The Ryerson Gold Medal

The Ryerson University Gold Medal is the University's highest honour, awarded to students with outstanding academic achievement combined with outstanding involvement with the University, their profession, and/or the community.

This award has no nominal value. The award will be given once per year at the spring convocation.

Monday, September 11, 2017 is the last day to submit your top two recommendations, including attached letters of support. 

Please send to Student Awards and Scholarships c/o Caitlin Penberthy in LIB-80.

All full-time and part-time master’s and doctoral program students graduating in either the fall or spring of an academic year are eligible for nomination.

Students are nominated for this award by their academic program departments.

Award Recipients


David Collins, Philosophy MA, Faculty of Arts

David was recognized with a Ryerson Gold Medal for his contributions to the Ryerson Philosophy Graduate Conference, Philosophy Student Colloquium, Philosophy and Film Series, and Philosophy Café series. Collins’ referees cited his energy, enthusiasm and dedication to making philosophy public as unmatched among students and acknowledged his scholarly work, which has been accepted at peer-reviewed conferences around the world.

Lisa Ward Mather, Urban Development MPl, Faculty of Community Services

In recognition of significant volunteer contributions to help animate the campus master plan and deepen community engagement in Regent Park’s Daniels Spectrum Learning Centre, Ward Mather was awarded the Ryerson Gold Medal. As a graduate student, she achieved an outstanding 4.12 cumulative grade point average, demonstrated a passion for her profession and exemplary professional ethic and collaborated in meaningful ways with community partners.

Peter James Myers, MBA, Ted Rogers School of Management

For his fierce team spirit, contributions to student life and achievements as an accomplished researcher, Myers received a Ryerson Gold Medal. Myers was the director of finance on the MBA Student Association. He also competed on the winning sustainability case team in the MBA Games and on Ryerson’s Hult Healthcare Challenge team. He organized a team of graduate students from three faculties and competed in the G20 Global Business Challenge for Brisbane, and also competed in the Rotman Net Impact case competition and the Schulich International Mining Social Responsibility case competition.

Sarah Foy, Documentary Media MFA, Faculty of Communication & Design

For her exemplary work as a graduate student leader, artist and life educator, Foy received a Ryerson Gold Medal and a Board of Governors Leadership Award and Medal. Academically successful with a 4.04 GPA, Foy’s work showcases the lived realities of underrepresented Canadian immigrants who are also sexual minorities, and shines a light upon Ryerson University, the Greater Toronto Area and World Pride Toronto. Through Landed: Together in Canada, she helped raise awareness on behalf of all who are exiled, in particular LGBTQI people, due to human rights violations.

Eric Strohm, Biomedical Physics PhD, Faculty of Science

The first PhD graduate of the Faculty of Science, Eric’s thesis research produced five first-authored papers in prestigious journals, one book chapter and a provisional U.S. patent application. He served on the Research and Graduate Affairs Committee when it was undertaking the program’s launch, and has also been a reviewer for numerous scientific journals.


Jason O'Hara, Documentary Media MFA, Faculty of Communication & Design

O’Hara is an exemplary graduate student, social activist and documentary filmmaker, using his skills to advocate for social justice within the larger community. His thesis film, Rhythms of Resistance, focuses on the favelas of Rio de Janeiro and explores music as the voice of a people rising in resistance to human rights abuses.

Anne Wagner, Psychology PhD, Faculty of Arts

Wagner received both a Ryerson Gold Medal and the prestigious Board of Governors Student Leadership Award and Medal. Wagner was part of the inaugural Psychology Graduate Students’ Association, serving on committees designed to enhance research innovation and collaboration. She currently serves as a member of the Gathering of Spirits: a National Women, Trans People, and Girls’ HIV Research Collaborative and is a member of the board of directors for Stand Canada, a national anti-genocide NGO.

Jonathan Ward, Molecular Science MSc, Faculty of Science

When Ward graduated, he was already well on his way as a promising researcher. With four articles published in high-profile journals, contributing as both a lead or contributing author, and two more manuscripts underway, Ward is making significant contributions to computational modelling techniques and influencing the way research is carried out in mentor Dr. Daniel Foucher’s laboratory.

Carol Clarke, Nutrition Communication MHSc, Faculty of Community Services

An accomplished dietitian, Clarke draws on her depth of expertise in weight management and cardiovascular health and pursues volunteer activities through which she has helped create high-quality evidence based practice guidelines for health professionals in support of Canadians’ health. An influential and positive role model for her peers, Clarke has become a leader in nutrition knowledge translation.

Raymond Phan, Electrical and Computer Engineering PhD, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science

Based on his outstanding academic and research aptitude, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council awarded Phan the Vanier Scholarship – one of Canada’s most prestigious awards. An accomplished lecturer who taught, co-taught and TA-ed many engineering and mathematics undergraduate courses, Raymond is also a dedicated volunteer for the local chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Andra Popescu, MBA, Ted Rogers School of Management

Popescu was president of the MBA Student Association, working closely with her classmates, faculty and staff to establish a mentorship program for MBA students and helping to raise money from Scotiabank to support the Ryerson team of 40 students at the MBA Games. With her help, Ryerson finished second among the 26 business schools and the Ryerson team won the Community Service Challenge Award.