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2015-16 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

Jeremy Dawson, Philosophy MA

Dawson made a substantial contribution to his field as an editorial assistant for the Canadian Journal of Philosophy. He also supported his program by establishing a reading group on classic texts in analytic philosophy, helping to organize a research group on logic, participating in another on feminist theory and serving as a reviewer for the 2016 Ryerson Philosophy Graduate Conference

Faculty of Communication & Design

Catherine Lachowskyj, F+PPCM MA

Lachowskyj is an accomplished writer, editor and researcher. Her research explores vital contemporary questions involving post-colonial theory, globalization, and the expansion and recalibration of the history of photography to understand and celebrate important, previously marginalized photographic work. Lachowskyj also received a prestigious Manfred & Hanna Heiting Fellowship for photo-historical research. Already, Computer Science master’s student 

Faculty of Community Services

Emma Abramowicz, Urban Development MPl

As a member of the Ryerson Planning Graduate Student Association, Abramowicz developed a networking night to connect fellow students with industry professionals. Outside the classroom, Abramowicz was a finalist in the 2016 Cities of Tomorrow Showcase, collaborated with artists and developers to beautify underutilized spaces through the PATCH Project, and was a volunteer program and research intern at Heritage Toronto and the Ontario Heritage Trust. 

Faculty on Engineering and Architectural Science

Mahmoud Sayed Ahmed, Civil Engineering PhD

With 33 research publications to date, Ahmed was president and co-founder of the Civil Engineering Graduate Program Association, founder of the Civil Engineering Graduate and Alumni Society, and a student member of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering. Beyond Ryerson, Ahmed was also active in parent advisory groups for the Toronto District School Board and Nelson Mandela Park Public School.

Faculty of Science

Adam Harley, Computer Science MSc

Harley has accumulated an impressive list of research achievements, including four peer-reviewed papers and a best student paper award at a premier international conference. Harley also gained valuable international experience by conducting research abroad at École Centrale Paris. He is currently on a full PhD scholarship at The Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.

Interdisciplinary programs

Laurence Butet-Roch, Digital Media MDM

In addition to her Gold Medal, Butet-Roch also received a Board of Governors Student Leadership Award and Medal for her exceptional contributions to scholarly research, the university and human rights activism. From work within the Indigenous community to student involvement and professional accolades, ButetRoch is a highly accomplished professional and outstanding ambassador for Ryerson. 

Ted Rogers School of Management

Michael Rowden, MBA

Rowden produced a cuttingedge, well-received major research paper on Bitcoin as an investment instrument. He also served as a research assistant studying the ethical and social aspects of cryptocurrencies. As a key member of Ryerson’s MBA team that competed in a prestigious sports analytics case competition in Phoenix, Ariz. Rowden was instrumental in the team’s second-place finish against top-tier American universities.