Arts and media

Arts and media

Arts and media

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Television and Radio | Online Media and Gaming
Newspaper and Magazines | Film | Literature | Art and Architecture | Music
Philosophy and Social Theory

Television and Radio

  • Actress Mackenzie Davis, BA’10, plays a gifted software developer in the AMC series Halt and Catch Fire. She also appeared in The Martian and will be part of the cast for the upcoming sequel to Blade Runner.
  • David Fortier, BA’94, is the co-president of Temple Street Productions and the executive producer of such shows as Orphan Black and X Company.
  • Emmy Award-winning TV writer and producer Alex Herschlag, BA’79, has been a major contributor to some of the most successful sitcoms of recent years, including Modern Family, Hot in Cleveland, Will & Grace and Ellen.
  • Hubert Lacroix, BCL'76, MBA'81, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of CBC/Radio Canada.
  • Writer and producer Stephanie Morgenstern, BA’88, is the co-creator of the television shows X Company and Flashpoint.
  • Andy Nulman, founder of Just for LaughsEntertainment entrepreneur Andy Nulman, BCom’83, was a driving force behind Just For Laughs, building it into world's largest and most influential comedy festival. He is now the President and Chief Executive Officer of Play The Future, an app that combines predictive trivia with branded content.
  • Mark Phillips, BA’70, a CBS News correspondent in their London bureau, has covered the Falklands War, the death of Princess Diana and the conflict over weapons inspection in Iraq, among other major stories.
  • Best known for his starring role as Captain James T. Kirk in the television show Star Trek, William Shatner, BCom’52, DLitt’11, earned back-to-back Emmy Awards for his portrayal of eccentric attorney Denny Crane on the television series’ The Practice and Boston Legal. Shatner is the only actor to ever win consecutive Emmy awards for playing the same character on two different shows.
  • Gail Simmons, BA’98, is a culinary expert and food writer known to millions of TV viewers for her work as a judge on the Emmy Award-winning Top Chef.
  • Ziya Tong, MA'99, co-hosts the Discovery Channel's Daily Planet.
  • Broadcaster and writer Eleanor Wachtel, BA’69, DLitt’09, is widely respected in the literary world for her work as the host of Writers & Company on CBC Radio One.
  • Billy Wisse, BA’84, MA’94, is the head writer for Jeopardy! He and his fellow writers have won eight Emmy Awards for their contributions to the hugely popular game show.

Online Media and Gaming

  • Alan Emtage, BSc’87, MSc’91, created Archie, the first Internet search engine which, at one time, attracted half the web traffic in Canada.
  • Elizabeth Plank, BA’10, is a senior producer and video correspondent with Previously, as a senior correspondent for Mic, she created the award-winning weekly video series Flip the Script, which attracted 43 million views in in its first season.
  • Jade Raymond, BSc’98, is the founder of Electronic Arts' Motive Studios in Montreal and the former managing director of Ubisoft Toronto.
  • A prominent activist, author and political commentator, Judy Rebick, BSc’67, is the founding publisher of one of Canada’s most successful independent online magazines,

Newspapers and Magazines

  • Suroosh Alvi, BA’91, is the co-founder of Vice, a brash, street culture-focused publication that has evolved from its Montreal-based roots into an international media conglomerate focusing on music, TV production and fashion.
  • A staff writer and essayist at The New Yorker since 1986, Adam Gopnik, BA’80, is the author of such best-selling books as Paris to the Moon and Through the Children’s Gate: A Home in New York.
  • Jonathan Kay, BEng’92, MEng’94, is the editor-in-chief of The Walrus.
  • Winner of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary, Charles Krauthammer, BA'70, DLitt’93, is a syndicated columnist for the Washington Post and frequently contributes to Time, The Weekly Standard and The New Republic.
  • A co-founder and former head of Citytv, Moses Znaimer, BA’63, is the founder and CEO of ZoomerMedia Limited and the publisher of Zoomer Magazine.
  • Mortimer Zuckerman, BA’57, BCL’61, LLD’11, is the co-founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Boston Properties, a real estate investment trust (REIT). He is also the editor-in-chief and publisher of U.S. News & World Report and the publisher of the New York Daily News.


  • Montreal-born Jake Eberts, BEng’62, DLitt’98, was the producer of such Oscar-winning films as Dances With Wolves, Gandhi and Driving Miss Daisy.
  • Together with his scriptwriting partner Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, BA’05, has written the screenplays of such films as Superbad, Pineapple Express, and This is the End.
  • Nancy Grant, BA’06, is a film producer who frequently collaborates with director Xavier Dolan. Their film Mommy swept both the Canadian Screen Awards and the Quebec Jutra Awards in 2015 and received the César (the French equivalent of the Oscar) as best foreign film.
  • Larysa Kondracki, BA’99, co-wrote and directed The Whistleblower, a thriller that examines the involvement of UN peacekeeping personnel in international sex trafficking. She has also directed episodes of Better Call Saul, The Walking Dead and The Americans.
  • Robert Lantos, BA’70, DLitt’00, has produced some of Canada's most critically-acclaimed films, including David Cronenberg’s Crash and Atom Egoyan’s The Sweet Hereafter.
  • Joe Medjuck, BA’65, is a successful Hollywood producer whose credits include Old School, Up in the Air, Hitchcock and Ghostbusters II.
  • Allan Scott, BA’61, is a screenwriter and producer working in both film and theatre. He co-wrote the thriller Don’t Look Now and co-produced the Broadway version of Priscilla Queen of the Desert.
  • Edward Saxon, BA’82, is the Oscar-winning producer of such films as The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia and Adaptation.
  • Jennifer Baichwal, BA'90, MA'96, is an award-winning documentary filmmaker of such films as Manufactured Landscapes and Watermark.


  • David Bezmozgis, BA’96, earned widespread acclaim for his first book, Natasha and Other Stories, winning the Commonwealth First Book Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Danuta Gleed Literary Award for best first collection of short stories in the English language. His books The Free World (2011) and The Betrayers (2014) were both shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize.
  • Dominique Fortier, PhD’03, was the 2016 winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award for French fiction for Au péril de la mer.
  • Mary Lawson, BA’68, is the author of the international bestselling novels Crow Lake and The Other Side of the Bridge, which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction.
  • Publishing more than 50 volumes of poetry and fiction during his lifetime, Irving Layton, BSc(Agr)’39, MA’46, is one of Canada's most celebrated poets. He won the Governor-General's Award in 1959, was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1976, and was nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1981.
  • Sean Michaels, BA’04, is a novelist and the founder of Said the Gramophone, an influential music blog.. His debut novel, Us Conductors, won the 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize and was shortlisted for the First Novel Award.
  • Heather O’Neill, BA’94, is a 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. Her first novel, Lullabies for Little Criminals, won the CBC Canada Reads competition in 2007.
  • Andrew Pyper, BA’91, MA’92, is an award-winning author whose best-selling books include Lost Girls, The Wildfire Season, The Demonologist and The Guardians.
  • A Rhodes Scholar, professor of constitutional law, and founding member of the socialist movement in Canada, F.R. Scott, BCL’27, LLD’67, was also a giant in modern Canadian poetry, influencing the likes of Al Purdy and Margaret Atwood. His Essays on the Constitution and Collected Poems won the Governor General's Literacy Award in 1977 and 1981, respectively.

Art and Architecture

  • Internationally celebrated Canadian architect Arthur Erickson, BArch’50, LLD’75, was the recipient of numerous awards and distinctions for his innovative designs. His works include such buildings and complexes as Robson Square in Vancouver, BC, the Canadian Chancery in Washington, DC, and the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA.
  • Robert Magne, BArch’76, and his firm Lapointe Magne et associés have won the Governor General’s Medal for Architecture on multiple occasions and have been involved in the creation of some of Montreal’s most notable buildings, including the Bell Centre and the National Circus School.
  • Marc Mayer, BA'84, is an art curator and director of the National Gallery of Canada.
  • Architect Raymond Moriyama, MArch’57, has received widespread acclaim for his work, which includes the Ontario Science Centre (1964), the Bata Shoe Museum (1991), the National Museum of Saudi Arabia (1999), and the Canadian War Museum (2005).
  • Witold Rybczynski, BArch’66, MArch’72, DSc’02, is an award-winning author whose popular books (including Home: A Short History of an Idea) often deal with architectural themes. An emeritus professor of urbanism at the University of Pennsylvania and the architecture critic for Slate, he was formerly a member of the U. S. Commission of Fine Arts, which advises the U.S. government on matters pertaining to the arts and the architectural development of Washington.
  • The visionary architect behind Montreal's “Habitat” for Expo 67, Moshe Safdie, BArch’61, LLD’82, has designed some of Canada's best-known buildings, including the National Gallery of Canada, Vancouver's Library Square and the rebuild of Toronto's Pearson Airport.


  • Darcy James Argue, BMus’97, is the composer and conductor for the Secret Society, an innovative New York-based 18-piece jazz band that has earned Grammy and Juno nominations for their albums.
  • With 70 Top 40 hits in the US and 52 Top 40 hits in the UK, Burt Bacharach, Dip AMus’48, DMus’72, is one of the most important composers of popular music of the twentieth century. His songs have been performed by artists like Aretha Franklin, Tom Jones, Dusty Springfield, Luther Vandross, Dionne Warwick, Elvis Costello, Rufus Wainwright and Dr. Dre.
  • Arcade FireJuno-winner Win Butler, BA’04, is the co-founder and lead singer for Arcade Fire. The band’s first album, Funeral, was named one of 2004's best releases by The New York Times and Rolling Stone Magazine. Their album, The Suburbs, won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year and the Polaris Music Prize.
  • Acclaimed novelist, poet, singer and songwriter, Leonard Cohen, BA’55, DLitt’92, is one of the most widely recognized Canadian artists of the late twentieth century. He was awarded the Companion of the Order of Canada in 2003, Canada’s highest civilian honour, and inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008.
  • Christine Jensen, BMus’94, MMus’06, is a jazz saxophonist and composer and the leader of the Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra. The group has won two Juno Awards for Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year.
  • Richard King, MMus’91, an associate professor with the Schulich School of Music’s Sound Recording Program, is one of the most in-demand recording engineers in the world of classical music. His Grammy Award-winning work has included collaborations with such performers as Yo-Yo Ma and Renée Fleming.
  • Sam Roberts, BA’98, is a Juno award-winning musician whose 2002 debut CD, The Inhuman Condition, is one of the bestselling independent releases in Quebec and Canadian music history.
  • With more than 60 recordings to his name, classical music singer Daniel Taylor, LMus’92, is one of the most sought-after countertenors in the world today.
  • Ken Vandermark, BA'86, is a jazz saxophonist and MacArthur Foundation Genius Award winner.
  • Robert Stanley Weir, BCL1880, LLD1897, authored the English words to "O Canada" in 1908.

Philosophy and Social Theory

  • Essayist and novelist John Ralston Saul, BA'69, DLitt'97, is widely regarded as one of Canada's leading intellectuals. He was made a Companion of the Order of Canada in 1999 and was the recipient of the Writers’ Union of Canada’s Freedom to Read Award in 2011.
  • A Companion of the Order of Canada, Charles Taylor, BA’52, is one of the most influential philosophers of our time, writing on subjects as diverse as individual rights and collective responsibilities, artificial intelligence, language and multiculturalism. Among his many accolades, Taylor became the first Canadian to win Japan’s Kyoto Prize for arts and philosophy in 2008.


On this page:
Nobel Prize winners | Astronauts | Trailblazers

Nobel Prize winners

  • Willard Boyle BSc'47, MSc'48 and PhD'50 received the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physics, an honour that he shared with his Bell Laboratories collaborators George E. Smith and Charles K. Kao. The Prize was awarded for the 1969 invention of the charged-couple device (CCD), a semiconductor circuit capable of sensing light and images and the core technology behind the digital photography revolution. 
  • Val Fitch, BEng'48, DSc'87, an American nuclear physicist, was co-recipient of the 1980 Nobel Prize in Physics for a 1964 experiment that disproved the long-held theory that particle interaction should be indifferent to the direction of time.  
  • David Hubel, BSc'47, MDCM'51, was co-recipient of the 1981 Nobel Prize in Medicine for his groundbreaking work on visual perception.
  • Rudolph Marcus, BSc'43, PhD'46, received the 1992 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his theory of electron transfer.
  • Endocrinologist Andrew Victor Schally, BSc'55, PhD'59, DSc'79, was the co-recipient of the 1977 Nobel Prize for Medicine for his research on hormones.
  • Ralph Steinman, BSc'63, co-recipient of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Medicine for his work in immunology and discovery of the key role dendritic cells play in immune processes 
  • Jack W. Szostak, BSc'72, was co-recipient of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Medicine for discovering how the body protects the chromosomes housing vital genetic code.
  • John O’Keefe, PhD'67, was named co-winner of the 2014 Nobel Prize in medicine. Cell research by O’Keefe and a pair of Norwegian scientists has led to the discovery of the brain’s positioning system, answering the centuries-old question of how we navigate the space around us.


  • Chief Astronaut for the Canadian Space Agency from 2000 to 2007, Julie Payette, BEng'86, DSc’03, is the second Canadian woman to have flown in space and the first to board the International Space Station.
  • David Saint-Jacques, MedResident’07, will be the next Canadian astronaut to take part in a space mission. He is scheduled to begin a six-month mission aboard the International Space Station in November, 2018.
  • Engineer and physician Robert Thirsk, MDCM'82, is a former Canadian Space Agency astronaut who holds the Canadian records for the longest space flight and the most time spent in space. On May 9, 2014, it was announced that he was elected the University of Calgary’s 13th Chancellor.
  • A specialist in emergency medicine, Dave Williams, BSc'76, MSc'83, MDCM'83, DSc’07, was the seventh Canadian to go into space and set the Canadian record for total number of spacewalks. He was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2013.


  • Bernard Belleau, PhD'50, contributed to the development of Lamivudine, a drug used in the treatment of HIV and Hepatitis B infection. Belleau was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1981.
  • Tim Bliss, BSc’62, PhD’67, is a British neuroscientist whose research has explored the life-long plasticity of the brain. He was a co-recipient of the 2016 Brain Prize, the world’s most valuable award for brain research.
  • In 1957, while still an undergraduate at McGill, Thomas Chang, BSc'57, MDCM'61, PhD'65, invented the world's first artificial cell. Currently the Director of the Artificial Cells and Organs Research Centre at McGill, Chang was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1991.
  • Charles R. Drew, MDCM'33, was an American medical pioneer who acted as an advisor for the Blood for Britain program of World War II. He researched blood transfusions extensively and aided in the development of large-scale blood banks.
  • Philip Gold, BSc'57, MSc'57, PhD'65, helped discover and define the carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA), which is used in the diagnosis and management of cancer patients. He has received the Companion of the Order of Canada and was inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame in 2010.
  • Colin MacLeod, MDCM'32, was part of the scientific team that first identified DNA as the hereditary material in genes.
  • Brenda Milner, PhD’52, DSc’91, is the Dorothy Killam Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery at the Montreal Neurological Institute. A pioneer in the field of cognitive neuroscience, her research demonstrated that the human brain has multiple memory systems that govern different functions.
  • A renowned physician and medical historian, Sir William Osler, MDCM1872, LLD1895, was one of the first in the profession to emphasize the role of bedside teaching in the instruction of medical students. In 1889 he was appointed as the first physician-in-chief of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, becoming one of the school's first professors in medicine.
  • Renowned author and experimental psychologist Steven Pinker, BA'76, DSc'99, has twice been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. In 2006, he was awarded the American Humanist Association's Humanist of the Year award for his contributions to public understanding of human evolution.
  • Canadian astrophysicist Hubert Reeves, MSc'55, is a leading expert on the Big Bang theory and a well-known popularizer of science. He received the Companion of the Order of Canada in 2003.
  • Octavia Grace Ritchie, BA1888, was the first female valedictorian at McGill and the first woman to practice medicine in Quebec.
  • Chemistry professor and entrepreneur Richard Tomlinson, PhD'48, DSc’01, was the founding director of Gennum Corporation—one of the world's largest producers of microchips for the hearing aid and video broadcast industries. He was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2003.

Public service

On this page:
Canadian Prime Ministers | Political Leaders | Judges and Public Servants
Activists and Advocates | University Presidents

Canadian Prime Ministers

  • Wilfrid Laurier, Canada's 7th Prime MinisterSir John Abbott, BCL1854, was the third Prime Minister of Canada (1891-1892). He also served as the Mayor of Montreal from 1887 to 1888.
  • A legendary orator and master of political compromise, Sir Wilfrid Laurier, BCL1864, was Canada's seventh Prime Minister (1896-1911).
  • Justin Trudeau, BA’94, became Canada’s 23rd prime minister in 2015 after steering the Liberals to a majority victory in his first election as the party’s leader. The Liberals won 150 more parliamentary seats than they had in the previous election.

Political Leaders

  • Jim Carr, BA’79, is Canada’s minister of natural resources. He was the founding CEO of the Business Council of Manitoba and is a former deputy leader of the Manitoba Liberal Party.
  • Brian Gallant, LLM’11, is the premier of New Brunswick.
  • Carlos Leitao, BA’79, is Quebec’s finance minister.
  • John McCallum, PhD’77, is Canada’s minister of immigration, refugees and citizenship. He has previously served as Canada’s minister of national defence and as its minister of veteran affairs. He is a former dean of arts at McGill, where he was also an economics professor.
  • Thomas d'Arcy McGee, BCL1861, a Father of Canadian confederation, bears the distinction of being the only Canadian political figure ever assassinated while in office.
  • Catherine McKenna, LLB’99, is Canada’s minister of environment and climate change. She was the executive director and co-founder of Canadian Lawyers Abroad and a legal adviser with the UN peacekeeping mission in East Timor.
  • A New Democratic Party Member of Parliament for the electoral district of Outremont since 2007, in 2012 Thomas Mulcair, BCL'76, LLB'77, was chosen to succeed Jack Layton as leader of the NDP, Canada's Official Opposition at the time.
  • Alexander Cameron Rutherford, BA1881, LLB1881, was the first Premier of Alberta and the founder of the University of Alberta.
  • Marie-Claire Kirkland Strover, BCL'50, LLD’97, is the first woman elected to the Quebec National Assembly, where she served from 1966 to 1973. She was also the first woman to plead before the Quebec Private Bills Committee, the first female cabinet minister, and the first female acting Premier of Quebec.
  • Brian Topp, BA’83, is the former national president of the NDP and the current chief of staff to Albertan premier Rachel Notley.
  • Vaira Vîke-Freiberga, PhD'65, DSc’02, served as president of the Republic of Latvia from 1999-2007, becoming the first woman to hold such a post in Eastern Europe. She is President of the World Leadership Alliance Club of Madrid.

Judges and Public Servants

  • Justice Clément Gascon, BCL’81, was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada in 2014.
  • Suzanne Legault, BCL’88, LLB’88, is Canada’s information commissioner.
  • Jean-Pierre Blais, BCL’84, LLB’84, chairs the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission which oversees the country’s broadcast and telecom regulations.

Activists and Advocates

  • John Humphrey, author of the first draft of the Universal Declaration of Human RightsFrançois Crépeau, BCL’82, LLB’82, is a professor of law at McGill and the special rapporteur on the human rights of migrants for the United Nations.
  • Maria Eitel, BA’84, is the founding CEO and president of the Nike Foundation and the driving force behind its The Girl Effect, an initiative aimed at improving the lives of girls around the world who live in poverty.
  • In 1948, John Humphrey, BCom'25, BA'27, BCL'29, PhD'45, LLD'76, was a young law professor on leave from McGill. It was during this time away that he wrote the first draft of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
  • Joanne Liu, MDCM'91, IMHL'14, is the international president of Médecins Sans Frontières, a non-governmental organization that supplies emergency medical aid and experts to war-torn regions and countries in crisis. In 2015, Fortune magazine named her as one of the world’s great leaders, while Time included her on its list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
  • Tamar Oppenheimer, BA'46, LLD'94, was the former Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations. She was the first Canadian woman to serve as Assistant Secretary-General of the UN.
  • A pioneering social activist, Madeleine Parent, BA'40, LLD'02, played a key role in the textile strikes in 1940s Quebec and in establishing Canadian unions. She was a founding member of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women, where she represented Quebec for eight years.

University Presidents

  • Suzanne Fortier, BSc’72, PhD’76, is the principal and vice-chancellor of McGill University. She was the president of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) from 2006 to 2013. In 2016, she was appointed to the Canadian Federal Minister of Finance’s Advisory Council on Economic Growth as well as the World Economic Forum’s Global University Leaders Forum (GULF).
  • Santa Ono, PhD’91, is the president of the University of British Columbia and a medical researcher whose work focuses on the immune system and eye disease. He served as the president of the University of Cincinnati from 2012 to 2016.
  • Marc Tessier-Lavigne, BSc’80, DSc’11, is a neuroscientist and the president of Stanford University. He was the president of Rockefeller University from 2011 to 2016.
  • Stephen Toope, BCL’82, LLB’83, is the director of the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs and will become the University of Cambridge’s vice-chancellor in October, 2018. An expert on human rights law, he is a former president of the University of British Columbia, a former president of the Trudeau Foundation and a former dean of law at McGill.

Business and industry

  • Alain Bellemare, MBA'93, is currently president and CEO at Bombardier Inc.
  • Bertrand Cesvet, BA’86, MBA’90, is chairman and senior partner at the award-winning creative services firm Sid Lee. He is also the co-founder of the C2 Montréal business conference, which focuses on creativity and commerce by bringing some of the world’s most innovative thought leaders to Montreal each year.
  • George Garvin Brown, BA’91, is the chairman of the Brown-Forman Corporation, one of the largest spirits companies in the world. Its brands include Jack Daniels, Finlandia Vodkas and Southern Comfort.
  • François-Jean Coutu, BCom’76, is the president and CEO of the Jean Coutu Group, which operates a network of more than 400 pharmacies in Quebec, Ontario and New Brunswick.
  • Paul Desmarais, Jr., BCom'77, is the Chairman and Co-CEO of Power Corporation of Canada.
  • Darren Entwistle, MBA'88, is the president and CEO of Telus Corporation.
  • Mitch Garber, BA’86, is the CEO of Caesars Interactive Entertainment, one of the world’s largest online gaming companies. He is also the CEO of the Caesars Acquisition Company, which oversees legendary hotel-casinos like Bally’s and Planet Hollywood, and events like the World Series of Poker. He is one of the “dragons” on Dans l’oeil du dragon, the French version of Dragon’s Den, and chairs the board of directors for the Cirque du Soleil.
  • Luc Jobin, DPA’82, is the president and CEO of CN Rail, which operates the largest rail network in Canada and the only transcontinental network in North America.
  • Rhodes Scholar John McCall MacBain, BA'81, founded Trader Classified Media and served as its president and CEO until 2006. Under his leadership, it has become one of the world's largest classified advertising companies. He is a founder of the McCall MacBain Foundation and of the European Climate Foundation.
  • Brad Martin, BA’77, is the president and CEO of Penguin Random House Canada, the country’s largest publisher.
  • McGill University professor Henry Mintzberg, BEng'61, is an acclaimed management thinker, author and iconoclast, who has advised some of the world's largest corporations. He was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1997.
  • Hicham Ratnani, BEng’08, is the co-founder and chief operating officer for Frank & Oak, an online clothing shop for men that was named one of the world's most innovative retail companies in 2015 by Fast Company.
  • Shannon Rogers, BCL’96, LLB’96, is the president and general counsel of digital-message archiving firm Global Relay Communications, whose clients include 22 of the world’s 25 largest banks. She has been named Canada’s top female entrepreneur three times by Châtelaine and Profit magazines.
  • Lawrence Rossy, BA’65, is the founder and CEO of Dollarama, the leading dollar store operator in Canada with more than 1,000 locations across the country. He and his wife Cookie played an instrumental role in the creation of McGill’s Rossy Cancer Network.
  • Seymour Schulich, BSc'61, MBA'65, DLitt’04, is a leading Canadian philanthropist and entrepreneur. He was made an Officer of Order of Canada in 2012.
  • Andrea Stairs, BA’96, is the managing director of eBay Canada and oversees the online retail giant’s operations in Canada.
  • Lorne Trottier, BEng'70, MEng'73, DSc’06, is an engineer, businessman and philanthropist. He is the co-founder of Matrox Electronic Systems Ltd.
  • Les Vadasz, BEng'61, DSc’07, is one of the founding members of Intel Corporation, where he served as executive vice-president until 2003. He is currently a Director at eSionic Corp.


  • Hockey coach Mike BabcockToronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock, BEd'86, is a member of the exclusive Triple Gold Club, having won Olympic Gold (2014 & 2010), the Stanley Cup (2008), and the World Championship (2004). He also led Team Canada to a gold medal at the 1997 World Junior Championships and the World Cup of Hockey championship in 2016.
  • Guy Boucher, BA’95, is the coach of the Ottawa Senators and a former coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
  • J.G.A. Creighton, BCL1880, is widely acknowledged as the developer of North American ice hockey rules.
  • Hockey player Ken Dryden, LLB'73, won six Stanley Cups in just eight seasons (1971-1979) as the goaltender for the Montreal Canadiens. He is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame and the International Scholar-Athlete Hall of Fame.
  • Jennifer Heil, BCom'13, is a world-class freestyle skier who won the first gold medal for Canada in the 2006 Olympics and a silver medal at the 2010 Olympics. In 2015, she was inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame.
  • Meg Hewings, BA’00, is the general manager of Les Canadiennes de Montréal in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League.
  • George Hodgson, BEng1916, is McGill's first athlete to win an Olympic gold medal.
  • At the time of his retirement, sports broadcaster and author Dick Irvin, Jr., BCom'53, was the longest serving member of CBC Television's Hockey Night in Canada in history. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1988, the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2004, and the CBC Sports Hall of Fame in 2008. He was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 2013.
  • Jamie Kompon, BEd'89, was part of two Stanley Cup championships as a former assistant coach for the Los Angeles Kings (2012) and Chicago Blackhawks (2013). He is now an assistant coach with the Winnipeg Jets.
  • Don Meehan, LLB'75, has become one of the most successful player agents in hockey, and is regularly named as one of the most influential people in Canadian sport.
  • James Naismith, BA1888, invented basketball in 1891 while teaching at Springfield College in Massachusetts. He also introduced the first football helmet.
  • Ram Padmanabhan, BA’90, is the vice president of financial and general counsel for the NBA’s Chicago Bulls.
  • As president of the Pacific Coast Hockey League, Frank Patrick, BA1908, introduced rules such as the blue line, the forward pass, and the playoff system, which would later be adopted by the National Hockey League. In total, Patrick is credited with 22 enduring changes to the NHL rulebook.
  • McGill Chancellor emeritus Dick Pound, BCom'62, BCL'67, LLD’09, has been part of the Olympic movement for more than 40 years. He has participated as an athlete, an advocate, as the Vice-President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), as a former Chairman of the World Anti-Doping Agency and as Chairman of the Olympic Broadcasting Services. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada and an Officer of the National Order of Quebec.
  • Kim St-Pierre, BEd'05, is a three-time Olympic gold medalist and five-time World Champion hockey player.