Each year, the York U Alumni Awards celebrate four outstanding alumni who exemplify the values of York University, have made remarkable contributions to their fields, and have changed the world for the better. The tradition of recognizing their contributions will continue at the York U Alumni Awards Show in Toronto, April 3, 2024.
The remarkable recipients of this year’s awards are: The Honourable Harry S. LaForme (LLB ‘77, LLD ‘08), Fatima Israel (MBA ‘06), Flavien P. Joubert (MES ‘03), and Temo Primrose Gare (BA ‘12).
"This year’s recipients represent the positive contributions York alumni are making around the world," says Julie Lafford, Assistant Vice-President, Alumni Engagement. "In addition to their many accomplishments, exceptional leadership, philanthropic support, and meaningful engagement with the alumni community, the 2023 award recipients continue to set an example for future generations of students and alumni alike. It will be a pleasure to honour them this fall at the Alumni Awards ceremony."
The York U Alumni Awards feature four award categories, each of which honour a distinct set of achievements and contributions.
An alum who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of York and its students through exceptional service, commitment and/or philanthropic contributions.
The Honourable Harry S. LaForme (LLB ‘77, LLD ‘08) OC, IPC
Senior Counsel, Olthius Kleer Townshend LL.P
An alumnus/a who has achieved distinction in their field and whose integrity and ability inspire alumni, faculty, staff and students.
Fatima Israel (MBA ‘06)
An alumna/us who has demonstrated innovative, unconventional, and daring leadership and success, reflecting the university’s motto, “The way must be tried.”
Flavien P. Joubert (MES ‘03)
Minister for Agriculture, Climate Change & Environment on the Island of Seychelles
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.
Temo Primrose Gare (BA ‘12)
Journalist, Television Host, Executive Producer, Fibe TV; Founder, Okavango Media
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 and Chair of the York University Board of Governors - a 1960 inaugural York student and the first alum to have been appointed to the Chair.
The York U Alumni Awards recognize and honour his vision, exemplary leadership and extraordinary achievements.