Distinguished Alumni Awards

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The Macdonald Distinguished Alumni Award was created by the Macdonald Branch of the McGill Alumni Association to recognize distinguished graduates for their outstanding professional contributions, scholarly distinction and/or service to the community at large. The first Awards were presented at Homecoming 2006.

In 2009, we were pleased to introduce the Macdonald Distinguished Young Alumni Award, which recognizes the achievements and contributions of our younger alumni.

We honour our Distinguished Alumni at Homecoming every year; nominations need to be received by June 30.

In 2009, we launched our Distinguished Young Alumni Award. Ten years later, we have asked our past recipients to reflect on the meaning of this award.

Anne Desrochers, BScAgr’02, MSc’04
First recipient of the Macdonald Campus Distinguished Young Alumni Award, October 2009.

Anne studied at McGill University’s Macdonald Campus from 1999 to 2004, obtaining both her BSc in Agriculture and her MSc in Agricultural and Bioresource Engineering. She has worked in the agricultural sector since she graduated and has held different positions and worked on a wide range of projects in Canada, Central America, South America and the Caribbean. When she was nominated and obtained the first Macdonald Campus Distinguished Young Alumni Award in October 2009, she was working in Haiti as a volunteer with local farmers on an agro-environmental and food security project. Receiving this award was a great honour and inspired her to pursue her passion and continue with her work. Today, Anne is the Director and Founder of her consultancy company called Solanum Consulting, which is based in Barbados. Her main focus has been to promote and encourage the use of resilient, innovative and sustainable approaches and solutions in agriculture, particularly with vulnerable groups such as small-scale and subsistence farmers, rural women and youth and indigenous communities across the Caribbean. Apart from that, Anne does shade house farming of vegetables and is expanding her activities to include climate-controlled gourmet mushroom production in the near future. She has been accepted to pursue a PhD in Environmental Studies at the University of the West Indies and is the mother of two boys. She would like to encourage other young women and men to promote and apply for the Macdonald Campus Distinguished Young Alumni Award and would also like to inspire more youth into the agricultural sector.


Oriana Familar, (AgEnvSc)’06, MSE; Macdonald Campus Distinguished Young Alumni Award, October 2010
Sustainability Consultant, Centre local de développement (CLD) of Brome-Missisquoi

This award brought me recognition in my career domain and allowed me to discover the beautiful tradition that is Homecoming.


Frédéric Thériault, BSc(AgEnvSc)’04, MSc’08; Macdonald Campus Distinguished Young Alumni Award, October 2011

I was very pleased to win the Macdonald Young Alumni Award in 2011. As en entrepreneur, a distinction like this is always good to build your brand and recognition among your community. Tourne-Sol Co-operative Farm is a collective enterprise built by Mac Graduates that is very well respected among Canadian organic vegetable growers as well as in our community in Vaudreuil-Soulanges and the West Island of Montreal.


Prosanta Chakrabarty, BSc(Agr)’01;  Macdonald Campus Distinguished Young Alumni Award, October 2012
Associate Professor of Biology and Curator of Fishes, LSU Museum of Natural Science

The Macdonald Distinguished Young Alumni Award means the world to me. Mac was where I learned to be an adult and a scientist, and that I could be recognized for having “made it” by my alma mater gave me a great deal of pride in my accomplishments and led to several other important recognitions.

Sarah Archibald, BSc(AgEnvSc)’12, Macdonald Campus Distinguished Young Alumni Award, October 2016
Sarah just completed her Masters and is now Program Manager North Amercia for Pur Project a supply-chain sustainability consultancy.

Receiving the Distinguished Young Alumni Award was an absolute honour. @McGillMacCampus is recognized as a leader in agricultural research and teaching. This award has catalyzed my ability to open doors into the supply-chain sustainability and agroecology space.


Loloah Chamoun, BSc(FSc)’15; Macdonald Campus Distinguished Young Alumni Award, October 2017
PhD candidate Human Nutrition currently doing an internship at the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome.

Receiving the Macdonald Distinguished Young Alumni Award was a very humbling and enabling experience as this award recognizes and values the inspiring works of McGill Alumni. Not only did it give voice to some of my personal experiences and aspirations, but it also allowed me to reaffirm my motivations and inspired me to keep challenging myself in my career.