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2013-14 Ryerson Gold Medal recipients

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.

Faculty of Arts

David Collins, Philosophy MA

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.

Faculty of Communication & Design

Sarah Foy, Documentary Media MFA

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.

Faculty of Community Services

Lisa Ward Mather, Urban Development MPl

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.

Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science

Dineshkumar Patel, Chemical Engineering PhD

Patel received a Ryerson Gold Medal for his outstanding achievement in academic and on-campus conference and professional activities. In particular, Patel is recognized for having achieved a 4.08 cumulative grade point average, and also for producing one of the three best research papers in the North America Mixing Forum. In addition, he is honoured for his contributions as vice-president of the Chemical Engineering Graduate Student Association, member of the Chemical Engineering Departmental Council, session moderator for the Ryerson Faculty Conference in 2013 and 2014, and as executive committee member of the Chemical Institute of Canada Toronto section.

Faculty of Science

Eric Strohm, Biomedical Physics PhD

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.

Ted Rogers School of Management

Peter James Myers, MBA

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.