Alumni of Influence

The nomination period for 2014 is now closed.

More than 50,000 people have become part of the University College alumni community since our founding in the 1850s. Among this privileged group are a considerable number of individuals whose achievements qualify as broadly significant and consequential.

We believe that the success stories of University College alumni should be known to today’s students, fellow graduates, and the public at large. In order to recognize the accomplishments of our distinguished graduates, in fall 2012 University College introduced the first annual Alumni of Influence awards.

The Alumni of Influence are a group of  distinguished University College graduates from today and yesterday. They come from many different walks of life: they are actors, artists, athletes, business people, community builders, doctors, humanitarians, leaders, legal professionals, scientists, teachers and more. They are tremendously influential locally, nationally, and internationally. Every year, we will add to this prestigious group on the basis on nominations from alumni and others in the UC community.

The Alumni of Influence awards are important because they give us occasion to show our pride and to reconnect with each other. Please join us at the next celebration and be part of this great, new College tradition.


Alumni of Influence Selection Criteria

A selection committee of eight UC alumni, faculty, and friends met to select the inaugural 100 recipients.  In future years, ten alumni will be honoured annually. In selecting the 100 Alumni of Influence, the committee considered their contributions to their professional field at an international, national, or local level, as well as their volunteerism within the wider community and their philanthropy.   Philanthropy to the University of Toronto specifically was not a factor.  Members of the selection committee, sitting politicians, and the current U of T President, Vice-Presidents (UTM and UTSC) and the Chancellor were excluded from consideration.