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Awards & Scholarships

2003 Bryden Award Winners

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

The '03 Bryden Alumni Award recipients are:

Contribution Category Ivan Fecan (BA '01, LLD)
Friend Category Steve T. Mirkopoulos (BSc, PEng)
Achievement Category John Howard Tory (BA, LLB ’78)
Leadership Category David H. Tsubouchi BA '72, LLB '75)

The history of the Bryden Awards

Past Recipients


Contribution Category

Ivan Fecan (BA '01, LLD) one of North America's most experienced broadcasting executives, leads Bell Globemedia, which owns some of Canada's strongest media groups - CTV and The Globe and Mail.

He was appointed President and CEO of Bell Globemedia in September 2000, and he remains CEO of CTV Inc. Previously, he was President and CEO of CTV Inc. (1996 - 2001), where he restructured the company through acquisitions and mergers, making it a leader in conventional broadcasting and specialty channels.

Fecan joined Baton Broadcasting Incorporated (now known as CTV Inc.) as Senior Group Vice-President in 1994. He subsequently served as Executive Vice-President, Chief Operating Officer, President and Chief Executive Officer of Baton.

Before joining CTV, Fecan served in a number of broadcast executive and programming roles in Canada and the United States. This background included public affairs programming for CBC radio (1975); co-development of the innovative CityPulse newscast and service at Citytv in Toronto, which he joined in 1976 as a producer and rose to News Director (1976-80); improvement of news coverage at CBLT, the Toronto station of the CBC television network (1980-82); development of programs for CBC as Director of Program Development and Head of Arts and Entertainment Program Director (1982-85); and Vice-President, Creative Affairs for NBC in Los Angeles (1985-87). Fecan returned to the CBC in 1987 as Director of Television Programming until 1991 when he became Vice-President, Arts and Entertainment Television. In 1993, he was appointed the CBC's Vice-President of English Language Television.

Born and raised in Toronto, Fecan has a BA in Fine Arts from York University and has an Honorary Doctors of Laws from Ryerson University.

He has served on the board of The Wellesley Hospital, The McMichael Canadian Art Collection and The Hospital for Sick Children Foundation. Currently, Mr. Fecan is on the board of The York University Foundation.


Friend Category

Steve T. Mirkopoulos (BSc, PEng) is Vice-President of Cinespace Film Studios, Toronto’s largest provider of film production studios and ancillary facilities. He is also President of the Ontario Film and Television Owners Association. Mr. Mirkopoulos is the former President of the Hellenic Heritage Foundation
(HHF), a non-profit charitable organization that seeks to enrich the unique social and cultural fabric of Canada by preserving and sharing Hellenic culture and heritage with the broader Canadian community.

The HHF recently completed the endowment of a $2 million Hellenic Studies Chair at York University. Mr. Mirkopoulos is a member of the Advisory Committee, Hellenic Studies Program, York University, and is also a Board of Trustees Member of the York University Foundation. In addition, he serves on the Board of the Toronto East General Hospital Foundation.

He is married to Carole Rose Messier, M.Ed., B.Sc. (O.T.) and the father of two daughters, Chrisoula and Jacqueline. Mr. Mirkopoulos has a Bachelor of Applied Science and Engineering, Engineering Science Nuclear Program from the University of Toronto, and is a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario (P.Eng).


Achievement Category

John Howard Tory (BA, LLB ’78) has been Chief Executive Officer of Rogers Cable Inc. since April, 1999.  Rogers is Canada’s largest broadband cable operator with more than 2.2 million customers.  The company also operates more than 270 Rogers Video stores and is one of Canada’s fastest growing internet service providers through its Rogers high-speed internet access service.

Prior to his appointment as chief executive officer of the cable company, John Tory held a similar post as President and Chief Executive Officer of Rogers Media Inc., one of Canada’s largest broadcasting and publishing companies.  He led in the founding of the company’s New Media division, which today owns some of Canada’s best-known interest sites.

Before joining Rogers, Mr. Tory was a managing partner and member of the Executive Committee at Tory Tory DesLauriers & Binnington (now Torys), one of Canada’s largest law firms.

In the early 1980’s, Mr. Tory was Principal Secretary to the Premier of Ontario and Associate Secretary of the Ontario Cabinet.  He has been extensively involved in the political process for 30 years, and has served as a volunteer advisor to many different political leaders.  He has been involved in more than 20 election campaigns and has been active in the management of campaigns for Mayors, Premiers and Prime Ministers.

In February 2003, John Tory announced he would be a candidate for Mayor of the City of Toronto, with the election to be held in November, 2003.

Mr. Tory is a Director of a number of Canadian companies, including:  Rogers Cable Inc. Rogers Media Inc., Cara Operations Limited, and The Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Club.  He is involved with many charitable and community organizations.  Mr. Tory chaired the 2001 United Way Campaign of Greater Toronto, which raised a then record of $75.5 million.

Mr. Tory was educated at University of Toronto Schools (UTS), Trinity College (University of Toronto) and Osgoode Hall Law School (York University).

Leadership Category

David H. Tsubouchi (BA '72, LLB '75) currently serves as the Chair of the Management Board of Cabinet and the Minister of Culture. He was appointed Solicitor General on June 17, 1999, following his re-election to the Ontario Legislature on June 3. Mr. Tsubouchi was Minister of Consumer and Commercial Relations from August 1996 to June 1999 and prior to that he served as Minister of Community and Social Services. In this role, he led the government in delivering on its commitment to introduce welfare reform. As a result of reforms such as Ontario Works, the government realized $1.3 billion in savings. As well, Mr. Tsubouchi initiated a review of the childcare sector in the Province.

Before his election as Markham MPP in 1995, Mr. Tsubouchi was the senior partner in the law firm of Tsubouchi & Nichols & associates.  From 1988 to 1994, he was a ward councillor for the Town of Markham, during which time he served as chairman on several committees including Planning and Development, Economic Alliance, Industrial and Corporate Development, as well as the Markham Historical Museum.

Throughout his career, Mr. Tsubouchi has demonstrated his belief in community service. He is a member of the Markham Lions Club and has held directorships with the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, Optimist Club of Markham, Rouge Valley Advisory Commitee and the Unionville Home Society Seniors' Foundation.

He has a BA from York University and an LLB from the Osgoode Law School.


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.