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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.