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Awards & Scholarships

2001 Bryden Award Winners

Each year, York celebrates alumni who attained extraordinary achievements and made remarkable contributions to York and to their communities.

The '01 Bryden Alumni Award recipients are:

Contribution Category The Late Carol Anne Letheren (BPHE '63, BA '69, MBA '77)
Friend Category Martin and Joan Goldfarb, Goldfarb Consultants
Achievement Category

Dr. Steve MacLean (BSc '77, PhD '83, D.Sc '93)

Ernie Eves (Q.C., LLB'70)

Leadership Category Dr. William Dimma (C.M., O.ONT., MBA'69, LLD'98)

The history of the Bryden Awards

Past Recipients


Contribution Category

The Late Carol Anne Letheren (BPHE '63, BA '69, MBA '77) On February 1, 2001, York University lost a great friend and a wonderful person in alumna Carol Anne Letheren, former CEO and Secretary General of the Canadian Olympic Association.

Carol Anne Letheren earned her MBA from the Schulich School of Business and was an active supporter of York University's business school, serving as President of the Schulich International Alumni Association. She served as a member of the York University Alumni Association Board of Directors, and was a presenter at last year's Bruce Bryden Alumni Recognition Awards dinner.  Ms. Letheren also held a B.Phed (U of T, '63) and a BA (U of T, '69). Her previous positions included Associate Professor and Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies (York), Associate Professor (U of T), Consultant, Government of Canada (as Executive Producer, Pilot Television and Business of Sport), Senior Partner and Co-Owner of a Marketing Planning and Consulting Company.

She has served as Director, Canadian Olympic Association; Member, International Olympic Committee; Member, Press Commission, IOC; Member, Board of Directors, Cavanagh Rehabilitation Program and Hospital; Honorary Chair, YWCA, Run, Walk and Roll; Member, Sports Marketing Advisory Committee, George Brown College; Honorary Chair, Fundraising Committee U of T Sports Medicine Clinic; Trustee, Olympic Endowment Fund; as Director, Chair, Marketing Committee and Member, Search Committee for the Board of Commemorative Services of Ontario; Member, Education Commissions, IOC; Director, Ontario Film Development Corporation; and Director, Bishop Strachan School. Her involvement in sports was extensive; she coached (volleyball, archery, gymnastics at the varsity level, and Canada's Women's Gymnastics team), officiated (volleyball, gymnastics, synchronized swimming) at the provincial, national, and international levels; and participated in badminton (provincially), volleyball (varsity), running (marathons and 10k).

Honours bestowed on her included: IOC Members of the Cultural Commission; Official of the Year, Air Canada; Volunteer of the Year, McCain's; Lifetime Honorary Member, International and Canadian Gymnastics Federation; Woman of Distinction, YMCA; Public Contribution Award, York University, Faculty of Administrative Studies; Sports Hall of Fame, University of Toronto, Women Who Make A Difference, Toronto Life Fashion/The Bay; and received an Honorary Doctor of Law, U of T.


Friend Category

Martin and Joan Goldfarb, Goldfarb Consultants
Martin Goldfarb, O.C.

Martin Goldfarb is chairman of Goldfarb Consultants Ltd. Having established Goldfarb Consultants and led its growth for over 30 years, and has opened 24 offices including offices in Brazil, Mexico, Canada, U.S., United Kingdom, Italy, France and Germany. Martin continues to forge new and exciting ground in marketing research, act as consultant to clients and serve as mentor to the new marketing research intelligentsia that is growing throughout the Goldfarb Consultants organization. In addition to his responsibilities at Goldfarb Consultants, Martin acts as co-chairman of Kantar, the research coordinator of all WPP research companies, and as WPP key account coordinator for Ford Motor Company.

In addition, Martin is the chairman, president and chief executive officer of The Goldfarb Corporation and director of Downsview Park Inc. He is past director of Noma Industries Limited, Livent Inc., Axia Multimedia Corporation, the Canadian Council of Christians and Jews, the Canadian Opera Company, the Toronto Symphony, and the Shaw Festival. He serves as Non-Executive Chair of Workbrain, Chair of Speedy Auto Services, and Co-Chair of Fleming Packaging. He is a former governor and now an honorary governor of York University in Toronto and shares authorship of Marching to a Different Drummer (Stoddart, Toronto, 1988). Martin was also appointed as an officer of the Order of Canada in July 1998.

When Martin has a bit of spare time, he enjoys tennis, skiing and sailing mixed with the theatre, opera and symphony.

Joan Goldfarb
Joan Goldfarb is the President of Joan Goldfarb Design Limited. She also serves as President and Director of Extension Investments Limited. From the mid-sixties to the early seventies she dedicated a considerable amount of her time towards the success of Goldfarb Consultants, and worked as a Recreational Group Worker (Teen Division) with the YM-YWHA.

Her community involvement is notable through her work as an Executive Committee member of the Muki Baum Association for Multi-handicapped Children and Adults, and her considerable involvement with the rehabilitation of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection as Chair, Board of Directors (1994-1997), Vice-Chair, Board of Directors (1992-1993), and Chair, Art Acquisition Committee (1991-1993).

Her interest in the promotion and preservation of art extends to her work with National Museums of Canada, where she served as Chair, National Programmes Consultative Committee (Grant Committee) 1985-1987, and Executive Committee member from 1986-1987.

Her spirit of community involvement also extends to the delivery of health care services through her roles with the Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care from 1987-1994 where she served as a member of the Board of Directors, Chair of the Geriatric Psychiatric Community Team Committee, and as a member of the Strategic Planning Committee.

Her other community activities include serving as a member of the Canadian Museum Association, Steering Committee member for the CMA Toronto Conference, 1999, and a Board member with Temple Emanu-El.

Achievement Category

Dr. Steve MacLean (BSc '77, PhD '83, D.Sc '93) earned is doctorate in laser physics from York. He is a former national champion gymnast. He is one of the six astronauts selected in December 1983, and began astronaut training in February 1984. He was designated in December 1985 as the Canadian Payload Specialist to fly with the CANEX-2 set of Canadian experiments in space. His mission, STS-52, took place October 22 to November 1, 1992, and made him the third Canadian into space.

Dr. MacLean is an Honorary Fellow of Bethune College (1988) and is President of the Board of Directors for the Mt. Megantic Observatory project.

In 1977, he received the President's Award at York University (Murray G. Ross Award). He was the recipient of a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Post Graduate Scholarship in 1980, two Ontario Graduate Scholarships, one in 1981 and the other in 1982, and a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship in 1983. In 1993, he received a doctorate (Honoris causa) from the College militaire royal de Saint-Jean in Quebec, a Doctorate of Science (Honoris causa) from York University in Toronto, and a Doctorate of Science (Honoris causa) from Acadia University.

In 1974-76, Dr. MacLean worked in sports administration and public relations at York University. In 1976-77, he was a member of the Canadian National Gymnastics Team. He taught part-time at York University from 1980-83. In 1983, he became a visiting scholar at Stanford University under Nobel Laureate A. L. Shawlow. He is a laser-physicist, and his research has included work on electro-optics, laser-induced fluorescence of particles and crystals and multi-photon laser spectroscopy.
From 1988 to 1991, he was Astronaut Adviser to the Strategic Technologies in Automation & Robotics Program (STEAR).

From 1987 to 1993, he was Program Manager of the Advanced Space Vision System (ASVS). In July 1992, NASA agreed to outfit the shuttle fleet with an operational version, the Orbiter Space Vision System (OSVS) which gave eyes to the Canadarm on board the space shuttle, and the Advanced Vision Unit (AVS) was used with the Mobile Servicing System, Canada's contribution to the International Space Station. He was Program Manager for the OSVS until his interim assignment in July 1993, to a collateral duty as Chief Science Advisor for the International Space Station.
Since 1993, he is also been adjunct professor at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies. In April 1994, he was appointed Acting Director-General of the Canadian Astronaut Program.

Dr. MacLean is married to Nadine Wielgopolski of Hull, Quebec, and together they have three children. Jean-Philippe, Catherine, and Michele. He enjoys hiking (March 1983, base of Mt. Everest), canoeing, flying, parachuting and gymnastics.

Achievement Category

Ernie Eves (Q.C., LLB'70) is Vice Chairman and Senior Advisor with Credit Suisse First Boston, based in Toronto.

Mr. Eves joined CSFB in April 2001 and has focussed his energies on impacting Canadian investment banking, equities and fixed income businesses. He brings considerable economic policy experience and understanding of private sector issues.
Mr. Eves was first elected to the Ontario Legislature in 1981 and has been successfully re-elected six times as an MPP. He has extensive legislative experience serving as Government House Leader from 1995 to 1996. As Ontario's Minister of Finance, he was responsible for a budget of CDN$60 billion, including an annual financing program in excess of CDN$10 billion. He oversaw one of the largest privatizations in Canada and was Minster Responsible for Ontario's CDN$20 billion SuperBuild Corporations. He has held several cabinet-level positions, including Minister of Community and Social Services and Ontario's first Minister of Skills Development under former Premier Frank Miller. Before entering public service, Mr. Eves was a partner in the law firm of Green and Eves.

Mr. Eves was called to the Bar in 1972 and appointed Queen's Counsel in 1983. Born in Windsor, he attended the University of Toronto and is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School.

Mr. Eves is Chair of the Ontario Olympic Sports and Waterfront Development Agency and Counsel at Borden Ladner Gervais, LLP. He is a member of the boards of BCE Emergis, Cartesian Capital and the Retirement Residences Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT). Mr. Eves is on the board of Justin Eves Foundation, a charitable non-profit organization that assists learning disabled young people to achieve a post-secondary education, sits on the advisory board of Vince Carter's Foundation - Embassy of Hope, and is Director of the Woodbine Entertainment Group.

Leadership Category

Dr. William Dimma (C.M., O.ONT., MBA'69, LLD'98) presently serves as Board Chairman & Director of Home Capital Group, Inc.; Malibu Engineering and Software Ltd.; Royal LePage Commercial Advisory Board.

He also serves as a Director of Home Trust Company; Magellan Aerospace Corporation; Minacs Worldwide Inc.; Trilon Financial Corporation; York University Development Corporation.

As a volunteer he presently serves as an Honorary Governor - York University Board of Governors; Governor, Canadian Journalism Foundation; Honorary Trustee, Hospital for Sick Children; Honorary Director, Niagara Institute; The Institute of Corporate Directors.
His former Directorships include A.E. LePage Limited 1979-1984 & Royal LePage Limited 1984-1993; American Eco Corporation, (1995-2000); Canadian Business Media Ltd. 1987-1999 (Chairman 1995-1999); Canron Inc. 1982-90; Capstone Investment Trust, 1979-86; Camreal Corporation;, (1997-1998); CBOC Continental Inc. (formerly Continental Bank of Canada) 1977-1999; Costain Limited, 1977-84; Delta Hotels Limited 1981-85; Enbridge Inc. 1983-1999; General Accident Insurance Company of Canada, 1981-85; Greater Toronto Airports Authority (1994-1998); Harlequin Enterprises Limited, 1976-78; Home Oil Co. Ltd. 1989-1995; Interhome Energy Inc. 1986-1991; Interlink Freight Systems Inc., (Chairman- 1994-1996); Interprovincial Pipelines Inc. 1980-1986; London Insurance Group Inc.; London Life Insurance Company, 1986-1997; Monsanto Canada Inc., 1988-1997, (Chairman, 1991-1997); Monsanto Canada Innovation & Growth Council (1997-1998); Neilsen-Ferns Limited, (1976-1978); Perigee Inc., (Chairman, 1997-2000); Polysar Chemical Company, 1974-87 (Chairman, 1977-87); Polysar Energy & Chemical Corp. (Canada Development Corporation) 1987-88; (1987-88; Primaris Corporate Services, (Chairman, 1994-1997); Sears Canada Inc., (1979-1999); Sears Canada Acceptance Inc., (1979-1999); Silcorp Limited (1984-1999); Swiss Re Holdings (Canada) Inc., 1988-2001; Swiss Re Life and Health Canada, 1997-2001; Swiss Reinsurance Company Canada, 1988-2001; Torstar Corporation, 1976-78; Toronto Star Newspapers Limited, 1974-78; Trizec Corporation Ltd., 1987-1994; Union Carbide Canada Limited, 1967-1970;

His former Directorships in the not-for-profit sector include Ballet-Opera House Corporation; Governor, 1987-89; Bishop Strachan School 1978-1981; Member, Business Council on National Issues, 1984-87; Canada-Japan Business Committee (Secretary) 1989-92; Canadian Club of Toronto, 1977-1983 (President, 1981-82); Canadian Council for Native Business, 1984-87; Canadian Opera Company, 1986-1989; Economic Council of Canada, 1977-80; Chairman, Federal Advisory Committee on Financial Institutions 1984; Member, Government of Ontario Labour Management Study Group, 1977-86; Trustee, Hospital for Sick Children, 1977-92; C.D. Howe Institute, 1985-92; Member, Independent Panel on Modernization of Comptrollership in the Government of Canada; Industrial Accident Prevention Association, 1976-78; Niagara Institute, 1976-1988 (Chairman, 1983-1986); Ontario Press Council 1986-92; Member of Premier's Advisory Committee on the Economic Future (Ontario), 1976-83; Director, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, 1979-82; Trillium Foundation, 1986-89; York University, Governor, 1976-1997 (Chair, 1992-1997); York University Development Corporation, Director, 1985-1997 (Chair, 1992-1997).

His formal education includes degrees from the University of Toronto, B.A.Sc. (1948); P. Eng. (1950); Harvard University, M.M.P. (1956); York University, M.B.A. (1969); and Harvard University, D.B.A. (1973).

His long and statured career includes serving at Union Carbide Canada Limited, 1948-70 as Executive Vice President and Director 1967-70; Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Administrative Studies, York University, 1974-76; President and Director, Torstar Corporation and Toronto Star Newspapers Limited, 1976-1978; President and Director, A.E. LePage Limited, 1979-1984; President and Chief Executive Officer, Royal LePage Limited, 1984-1986, and Deputy Chairman, Royal LePage Limited, 1986-1993.
He has received numerous awards including the Elmslie Memorial Scholarship1944, the Canada Council Fellowship1970-73, Gold Medal - Doctoral Programme, Graduate School of Business Administration, Harvard University, 1971 and was inducted as Knight Commander, Order of St. Lazarus of Jerusalem, 1984.

Dr. Dimma has also received the York University Business School Alumni Award for Outstanding Corporate Leadership, 1992, and has been presented Honorary Degrees from Saint Mary's University, 1992 and York University, 1998. He is a Fellow, Institute of Corporate Directors, 1999.


Bryden Awards History

These awards are inspired by Bruce Bryden (BA ’64), who was an exceptionally committed and influential leader at York. He was a member of our first undergrad class and held several prestigious positions, including founding president of the York University Alumni Association and member of the Board of Governors. It is for his vision and exemplary leadership that we named these awards after him.