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Bryden Awards

2010 Bryden Award Winners

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

The 2010 Bryden Alumni Award recipients are:

Pinnacle Achievement Nino Ricci
Outstanding Contribution James Love
Local Hero Harriet Lewis
Redefine the Possible Hana Zalzal
The One-to-Watch Galit Solomon

The history of the Bryden Awards

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Past Recipients


Pinnacle Achievement

A graduate who has achieved true distinction in their field and whose integrity and ability inspires alumni, faculty, staff and students.

Nino Ricci (BA '81) His master’s thesis blossomed into a bestselling novel that won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction—and that was just the beginning of Nino Ricci’s success as a writer. Today his shelf is lined with literary awards and his name is recognized around the world. And he hasn’t stopped there. Nino has shared his wisdom as an instructor at many institutions and he even presided over PEN Canada, a decades-old institution championing freedom of expression in writing.

The child of Italian immigrants, Nino epitomizes the York student. And despite his international renown and numerous accolades, he still makes time to reconnect with York. The University even made an appearance in his second novel as a backdrop. “That a Canadian writer of his calibre is an alumnus of York is most certainly an inspiration to other alumni, particularly, and to faculty, staff and current students as well,” says Professor Gail Vanstone of York’s Department of Humanities.



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Outstanding Contribution

Dedication to the advancement of the University through exceptional service, commitment, and contributions.

James Love (LLB '73, LLM '86) The vibrancy and richness of York’s biodiversity and conservation research can be attributed to the multi-faceted contributions of one person: James Love. A highly respected and accomplished lawyer by trade, James has also been a committed, enthusiastic ambassador and volunteer with the York University Foundation for years. He is the top supporter of various York initiatives including the Wine at the Castle event, an auction that supports Las Nubes, York’s very own rainforest in Costa Rica.

He is a member of the York University Foundation Board, chair of the Fundraising Committee, a donor, and we can thank him for persuading others to make significant donations. Put best by Barbara Rahder, the dean of York’s Faculty of Environmental Studies: “To say he is ‘outstanding’ might well be an understatement.”



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Local Hero

A York alumnus and employee of the University who has gone beyond the call of duty

Harriet Lewis (BA '69, MA '71) York has grown enormously over the past 20 years and one dedicated woman has played a major role in its change. University Secretary and General Counsel Harriet Lewis and her sound legal counsel have guided nearly every arm of the University. Her legacy also resides in the literature prizes she has established, in the lasting impact she’s made on successive Board of Governors and Senate chairs, and in the hearts of countless students she has inspired as a guest lecturer.

The effects of her mentorship trickle down almost as deeply as her personal devotion to the community, which is evident in the reception she hosts annually for York’s female leaders and the many committees on which she sits. There are few people as sharp and committed as Harriet, so we’re incredibly grateful she’s devoted her career to her alma mater.



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Redefine the Possible

For leadership and successes which are innovative, unconventional and daring, embodying York's trailblazing motto "Redefine the Possible"

Hana Zalzal (MBA '92) How do you become a major player in one of the most impenetrable markets in the world? Hana ZalZal knows; she’s done just that with her cosmetics company CARGO.

Her decision to train in both engineering and business may be the magic ingredients behind her success. Through innovation and true marketing savvy, she transformed the tiny business she started shortly after graduating from the Schulich School of Business into a multi-million dollar company. Her products have become makeup bag staples touted by Hollywood royalty.

Hana’s drive, brilliance and innovative capacity have been the recipe for her success, says James Gillies, University Professor Emeritus at Schulich, where Hana returns regularly as a guest speaker. “It is innovative people such as Ms. ZalZal who will continue to keep Canada strong in the new competitive world economy,” says Gillies.



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The One to Watch

For remarkable professional and community accomplishments early in his or her career.

Galit Solomon (BA ’00) Only one decade into her career, TV reporter Galit Solomon has already earned awards, the deep respect of her colleagues and local acclaim. Her drive and passion also shine off-screen—Galit has made a massive impact in the lives of thousands of people in the York Region through her volunteer work raising awareness of sexual violence. A woman of immense grace, dedication and talent, we expect Galit will surely continue to make waves through her journalistic achievements and touch hearts through her community activism.



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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.