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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
  • ALAIN BELLEMARE (MBA'93), President and Chief Executive Officer at Bombardier Inc.
  • 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), Executive Chair of Telus Corp
  • CLÉMENT GASCON (BCL’81), was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada in 2014
  • NANCY GRANT (BA’06), producer of the Canadian Screen Award-,  César- and Jutra-winning film Mommy
  • 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, The Other Side of the Bridge and Road Ends
  • JOANNE LIU (MDCM'91, IMHL'14), is the international president of Médecins Sans Frontières
  • 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
  • TOM MULCAIR (BCL'76, LLB'77), succeeded Jack Layton as leader of the New Democratic Party
  • JOE OLIVER (BA'61, BCL'64), Federal Minister of Finance
  • HEATHER O'NEILL (BA’94), novelist and short story writer whose novels have been shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award, the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Orange Prize for Fiction
  • STEVEN PINKER (BA’76, DSc’99), author and experimental psychologist who has twice been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize
  • 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
  • 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
  • JUSTIN TRUDEAU BA'94, Canada's current Prime Minister and leader of the Liberal Party of Canada.
  • DAVE WILLIAMS (BSc'76, MSc'83, MDCM'83, DSc’07), astronaut who set the Canadian record for total number of spacewalks; he was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2013
  • MORTIMER ZUCKERMAN (BA’57, BCL’61), editor-in-chief of U.S. News & World Report and publisher of the New York Daily News