For 21 years, The York U Alumni Awards have celebrated alumni who exemplify the values of York University, have made remarkable contributions to their fields, and changed the world for the better. The tradition of recognizing their contributions will continue at an event on Nov. 16, 2022.
Leaders honoured at this year’s awards include Gregory Sam Sorbara (BA ’78, LLB ’81, LLD ’13); Dr. Eileen de Villa (MBA ’03); The Honourable Michael H. Tulloch (BA ’89, LLB ’89); and Larissa Crawford (BA ’18).
The York U Alumni Awards feature four award categories, each of which honour a distinct set of achievements and contributions.
An alumnus/a who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of York and its students through exceptional service, commitment and/or philanthropic contributions.
Gregory Sam Sorbara (BA ’78, LLB ’81, LLD ’13)
Chancellor, York University; Principal, Sorbara Group of Companies; Owner, The Royal Hotel, Picton
An alumnus/a who has achieved distinction in their field and whose integrity and ability inspire alumni, faculty, staff and students.
Dr. Eileen de Villa (MBA ’03)
Medical Officer of Health, City of Toronto
An alumna/us who has demonstrated innovative, unconventional, and daring leadership and success, reflecting the university’s motto, “The way must be tried.”
The Honourable Michael H. Tulloch (BA ’89, LLB ’89)
Ontario Court of Appeal Justice
One to Watch
An alumna/us who has made a significant impact in their field and/or community within 15 years of a bachelor’s degree or 10 years of a professional/graduate degree.
Larissa Crawford (BA ’18)
Founder, Future Ancestors Services Inc.
A special thank you to our premier sponsor TD Insurance and our recipient video sponsor Manulife for helping us recognize these outstanding alumni.
For more information about The York U Alumni Awards visit yorku.ca/alumniandfriends/connect/events/yorku-alumni-awards.
Remembering Bruce Bryden, an outstanding York leader
The York U Alumni Awards were inspired by Bruce Bryden who was an exceptionally committed and influential leader at York University for many years. He was a member of our first undergraduate class, was the founding president of the York University Alumni Association (now the York University Alumni Board/YUAB) and was a member of the York University Board of Governors.
The York U Alumni Awards recognize and honour his vision, exemplary leadership and extraordinary achievements.