Canadian Supreme Court Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella (BA 1967 UC) was named Global Jurist of the Year by Northwestern Pritzker School of Law’s Center for International Human Rights. The citation states: "Justice Abella has stood throughout her judicial career for the enforcement of human rights principles for all Canadians, regardless of their gender, ethnicity, or station in life." She received the inaugural UC Alumni of Influence Award in 2012.
Howard Adelman (BA 1960 UC), Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at York University, was named a Member of the Order of Canada, for his pioneering work on refugee studies.
Corporate consultant Shari Austen (BA 1983 UC) was appointed to the board of directors of Medavie Health Foundation.
Former TD Bank Group CEO Ed Clark (BA 1969 UC) received the inaugural Icon Award from the Canadian Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, for his exceptional contributions to the advancement of the LGBT community.
Works by David Cronenberg (BA 1967 UC), Ted Kotcheff (BA 1952 UC), Frank Shuster (BA 1939 UC), and Johnny Wayne (BA 1940 UC) have been named to the Toronto International Film Festival’s list of 150 Essential Works in Canadian Cinema History. Cronenberg's films Dead Ringers (1988) and Videodrome (1983), as well as Kotcheff's The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (1974), were selected in the feature category, while Wayne and Shuster's The Wayne and Shuster Hour (1952) was singled out in television.
Ron Daniels (BA 1982 UC), a former dean of the Faculty of Law at U of T, was named a Member of the Order of Canada. He received the inaugural UC Alumni of Influence Award in 2012.
Josef Eisinger (BA 1947 UC), Professor Emeritus at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, published Flight and Refuge: Reminiscences of a motley youth, a memoir of his student years which also contains some little-known aspects of Canadian wartime history.
Charlotte Fielden (BA 1955 UC) published Ross Castle Murders (CFM Books, 2016). Her fourth mystery novel and fifteenth book, it tells a gothic story about blood sports.
Vincent Galifi (BCom 1982 UC) was appointed to the board of directors of CCL Industries, the largest label company in the world.
Ira Gluskin (BCom 1964 UC) was appointed to the board of directors of Tricon Capital Group Inc.
James Grier (BA 1977 UC), Professor of Music History at the University of Western Ontario, has been elected to the Royal Society of Canada, the nation's highest academic honour. He is an expert in textual criticism and editing music, music and liturgy in medieval Aquitaine, and popular music since World War II.
Academy Award-nominated director Arthur Hiller (BA 1947 UC) passed away on August 17, 2016 at the age of 92. He was one of Hollywood's most prolific directors, piloting more than 70 productions, but was best known for the 1970s hit, Love Story.
Linda Hutcheon (BA 1969 UC), University Professor Emeritus of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto, has been recognized with the Royal Society of Canada's Lorne Pierce Medal, for achievements in critical literature which have transformed our understanding of Canadian identity. She received the inaugural UC Alumni of Influence Award in 2012.
Richard Lee (BA 1959 UC), Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at U of T, was named an Officer of the Order of Canada, for advancing our understanding of hunter-gatherer cultures. He received the inaugural UC Alumni of Influence Award in 2012.
Carlota McAllister (BA 1991 UC), an Associate Professor of Anthropology at York University, was awarded a Faculty Fellowship at the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard University.
Lorne Michaels (BA 1966 UC) was honoured with the 2016 Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honour in the United States. The creator and executive producer of Saturday Night Live, he received the inaugural UC Alumni of Influence Award in 2012.
Hal Niedzviecki (BA 2005 UC) published The Archaeologists (ARP Books, 2016). The novel is set in a fictional suburban city and explores issues around post-colonial identity in the age of isolation and sprawl.
Louis Naumovski (BA 1978 UC) was appointed to the board of Amur Minerals Corporation.
Acclaimed novelist Michael Ondaatje (BA 1965 UC), author of The English Patient and In the Skin of a Lion, was named a Companion of the Order of Canada. He received the inaugural UC Alumni of Influence Award in 2012.
Anand Parsan (BCom 1995 UC) was appointed Senior Vice-President, Executive Compensation, at Accompass Inc.
Douglas Scott Proudfoot (BA 1981 UC) was appointed Canadian Representative to the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah.
Globe and Mail science reporter Ivan Semeniuk (BSc 1988 UC) won the Sandford Fleming Medal for outstanding contribution to the public's understanding of science, joining such luminaries as Dr. David Suzuki and Col. Chris Hadfield.
Hin Shek Wong (BCom 1994 UC) was appointed to the board of directors of Dongwu Cement International Ltd.