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Notable alumni

They live in some 180 countries. Their ranks include world leaders, astronauts, Nobel laureates—and  a host of trailblazers in arts, sciences, business and public service. Whatever their passion, wherever their home, McGill’s 250,000 living alumni are using their education and experiences to making a difference in the world. They’re improving lives through their groundbreaking medical discoveries, plumbing the human condition in thought-provoking art and driving the economy with their business acumen. Explore this sampling of McGill’s distinguished graduates:

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Some notables (in alphabetical order):

  • MIKE BABCOCK (BEd’86), coached hockey teams to victory in the 2004 World Championships, the 2008 Stanley Cup and the 2010 & 2014 Olympic Games
  • WILLARD BOYLE (BSc'47, MSc'48 and PhD'50), winner of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physics
  • WIN BUTLER (BA’04), lead vocalist and co-founder of the Grammy- and Juno-winning Arcade Fire
  • THOMAS CHANG, BSc'57, MDCM'61, PhD'65, invented the world's first artificial cell while an undergraduate at McGill
  • LEONARD COHEN (BA’55), novelist, poet, singer and songwriter
  • KEN DRYDEN (LLB’73), politician, former National Hockey League goaltender and winner of six Stanley Cups
  • JAKE EBERTS (BEng’62, DLitt’98), producer of the Oscar-winning films Dances with Wolves, Gandhi and Driving Miss Daisy
  • DARREN ENTWISTLE (MBA’88), president and chief executive officer of Telus Corp
  • SHEILA FRASER (BCom’72, LLD’08), Former Auditor General of Canada
  • GUY HACHEY (BCom’78), President and Chief Operating Officer of Bombardier Aerospace
  • JOHN HUMPHREY (BCom'25, BA'27, BCL'29, PhD'45, LLD'76), wrote the first draft of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
  • HUBERT LACROIX (BCL’76, MBA’81), President and Chief Executive Officer of CBC/Radio Canada
  • MARY LAWSON (BA’68), best-selling author of Crow Lake and The Other Side of the Bridge
  • JACK LAYTON (BA’71), former leader of the federal New Democratic Party
  • MARC MAYER (BA’84), art curator and director of the National Gallery of Canada
  • JULIE MAZZIERI (PhD’05), 2009 Governor General’s Literary Award winner for fiction for her novel Le Discours sur la tombe de l’idiot
  • CLAUDE MONGEAU (MBA’88), president and CEO of CN Rail
  • JOE OLIVER (BA'61, BCL'64), Federal Minister of Finance
  • STEVEN PINKER (BA’76, DSc’99), author and experimental psychologist who has twice been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize
  • JADE RAYMOND (BSc’98), Ubisoft Toronto Managing Director and producer Ubisoft’s best-selling and award-winning Assassin’s Creed video games
  • MOSHE SAFDIE (BArch’61, LLD’82), architect whose work includes the National Gallery of Canada and Habitat 67, a housing complex designed for Expo 67
  • WILLIAM SHATNER (BCom’52), actor famous for starring in the television series’ Star Trek and Boston Legal
  • EVAN SOLOMON (BA’90, MA’92), host of Power & Politics with Evan Solomon on CBC News Network
  • JENNIFER STODDART (BCL’80), Canada’s Privacy Commissioner
  • RALPH STEINMAN (BSc'63), winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
  • JACK SZOSTAK (BSc’72), co-recipient of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
  • CHARLES TAYLOR (BA’52), philosopher who, in 2008, became the first Canadian to win the Kyoto Prize for arts and philosophy
  • DAVE WILLIAMS (BSc'76, MSc'83, MDCM'83, DSc’07), astronaut who set the Canadian record for total number of spacewalks.
  • MORTIMER ZUCKERMAN (BA’57, BCL’61), editor-in-chief of U.S. News & World Report and publisher of the New York Daily News