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York U Alumni Awards

One of York University’s Premier Events

Each November, we celebrate the York U Alumni Awards (formerly Bryden Awards) which are presented to alumni who have made remarkable contributions to their fields, their communities and to York. Each year’s recipients reflect the highest levels of service and impact. Award recipients can be nominated by anyone in the community.

Save the date: November 18, 2021

York U Alumni Awards Categories and Nominations

For 20 years, the York U Alumni Awards (formerly Bryden Awards) have celebrated York alumni who have gone above and beyond to help improve others’ lives.  Click here to learn more about past York U Alumni Award recipients and their accomplishments.

Outstanding ContributionA graduate who has made significant contribution to the advancement of York and its students through exceptional service, commitment and/or philanthropic contributions. This award can be given to recognize someone who has been engaged at York for many years but also to an alum who has made a major impact in a short period of time.
Outstanding AchievementA graduate who has achieved distinction in their field and whose integrity and ability inspire alumni, faculty, staff and students. This award is intended to recognize significant achievement and should focus on mid to late-career success.
Tentanda ViaA graduate who has demonstrated innovative, unconventional and daring leadership and success, reflecting the University’s motto – “The Way Must Be Tried”. This award can be given to recognize success at any point in the winner’s career, and would normally focus on mid to late-career achievements.
One to WatchA graduate who has made significant impact in their field and/or community within 15 years of a bachelor’s degree or 10 years of a professional/graduate degree.
A photo of Bruce Bryden above the Bryden Gala logo

Remembering Bruce Bryden, an Outstanding York Leader

Bruce Bryden 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.