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President's Blue and Gold Award of Excellence Recipients

The President’s Blue and Gold Award of Excellence recognizes individuals and cross-functional teams in the administration of the university, who have demonstrated excellence in providing services, participating in or leading teams, and demonstrating the Ryerson values to achieve sustained and outstanding results that have significantly advanced the university’s mission. Individual recipients’ scope of influence and responsibility may be at the departmental and/or university-wide level.

Individual recipients receive a certificate and a one-time monetary award of $5,000 (subject to applicable deductions). Team recipients (a group of two to ten individuals) receive individual certificates and a total one-time monetary award of $7,000 (subject to applicable deductions) to be shared equally among members.

Key criteria: Innovation; operational excellence; people first

2020 recipients

Nelufur Bhasin

Business Career Hub, Ted Rogers School of Management

Nelufur Bhasin is the founder and leader of the Bootcamp team at Ted Rogers School of Management (TRSM). Under her leadership, Bootcamps has grown exponentially and engaged more than 11,500 participants. Her peer learning model employs students with expertise to train their fellow students on platforms and tools coveted by industry. In 2019, the Bootcamp team partnered with the Ontario Public Service and PC Financial. Students at TRSM trained their employees on programs such as Microsoft Excel, Python and R. This partnership demonstrated to industry the high level of expertise and skills of students studying at Ryerson University.

Faculty of Law Startup Team

  • Gina Alexandris, Office of the Provost and Vice-President, Academic
  • Andre Bacchus, Office of the Provost and Vice-President, Academic
  • Scott Bailie, Office of the Registrar
  • Matthew Baker, University Relations
  • Tim Bartkiw, Human Resources and Organizational Behaviour, Ted Rogers School of Management
  • Giselle Basanta, Office of the General Counsel and Board Secretariat
  • Heather Belot, University Relations
  • Chris Bentley, Office of the Provost and Vice-President, Academic
  • Sara Berman, Ryerson International
  • Rachel Beveridge, Office of the President
  • Cristina Blesa, University Relations
  • MaryClaire Brooks, University Advancement
  • Barbara Cecchetto, Office of the Registrar
  • Erika Danziger, Office of the Registrar
  • Paula Doyle, Office of the Registrar
  • Krista Effer, Office of the Registrar
  • Ronald Ferguson, Office of the Registrar
  • Nik Firka, University Relations
  • Derek Flack, University Relations
  • Sari Graben, Law and Business, Ted Rogers School of Management
  • Charmaine Hack, Office of the Registrar
  • Janet Hercz, Facilities Management and Development
  • Darrick Heyd, University Planning
  • Graham Hudson, Department of Criminology, Faculty of Arts
  • Sarena Knapik, Office of the Registrar
  • Hau Chi (Gigi) Law, Diversity Institute, Ted Rogers School of Management
  • Avner Levin, Law and Business, Ted Rogers School of Management
  • Mark Lovewell, Department of Economics, Faculty of Arts
  • Michael Lund, University Relations
  • Agnieszka Nowak, Facilities Management and Development
  • Stephen Onyskay, University Planning
  • Alexandra Orlova, Department of Criminology, Faculty of Arts
  • Diane Ossher, Office of the Registrar
  • Nikita Ovsyannikov, University Relations
  • Hersh Perlis, Office of the Provost and Vice-President, Academic
  • Nancy Pham, Ryerson International
  • Carolyn Posa, Office of the Registrar
  • Catherine Redmond, Office of the General Counsel and Board Secretariat
  • Maria Manuela Riqueza, Office of the Registrar
  • Sabiha Smith, University Relations
  • Leanne Stevens, Office of the General Counsel and Board Secretariat
  • Dana Thomas, Library and Archives
  • Alda Toste, Office of the Registrar
  • Johanna Vandermaas, Office of the President
  • Luca Vani, Office of the Registrar
  • Alex Wellington, Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts
  • James Wentzell, University Relations
  • Pui San (Sandy) Yeung, Facilities Management and Development
  • Kelly Zinkiewich, University Relations

The Startup Team has made extraordinary contributions in the implementation of an innovative idea through administrative and operational excellence. Its work, concentrated in a few short years and involving individuals from a broad range of administrative and academic units across the campus, represents one of the most complex projects ever undertaken at Ryerson. The results come this September when, for the first time in over a century, a new law school will open its doors in Toronto – a law school with a path-breaking vision that distinguishes it from all other existing schools across the country.

Past recipients

  • Amy Casey
    Office of the President
  • Human Rights Services
  • Paul Stenton
    University Planning
  • Congress Operations Committee
  • Heather Lane Vetere
    Office of the Vice-Provost, Students
  • Denise O'Neil Green
    Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
  • First Year Engineering Office Team