2020 Alumni Recognition Award Recipients

Head shot of Vince Commisso
Vince Commisso (MBA ’92) for Outstanding Executive Leadership
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Tracey Pearce (MBA ’96) for Outstanding Progress & Achievement
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Robert C. Wong (MBA ’72) for Outstanding Public Contribution
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Paul Labbé for Outstanding Contribution to the School (Posthumous)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outstanding Executive Leadership

Awarded to a graduate who has demonstrated extraordinary achievement, leadership and innovation in a global operation.

Vince Commisso (MBA '92)

Co-Founding Partner, President & CEO, 9 Story Media Group

Vince Commisso is President & CEO of 9 Story Media Group, one of the industry’s leading creators, producers and distributors of top quality content for young audiences around the world. With facilities in Toronto, New York, Dublin, Manchester and Bali, the 9 Story family of companies has produced over 2,800 episodes of best-in-class kids and family programming.

Vince began his career in 1992 at Nelvana, where he rose through the ranks to become Supervising Producer, garnering one Emmy® and two Gemini® nominations. In 2002, he co-founded 9 Story Entertainment, an animation company that would utilize leading edge technologies to develop and produce compelling animated children’s content with international appeal. Since earning an Emmy® Award on the company’s very first show, Peep and the Big Wide World, 9 Story has gone on to earn countless other awards, including fourteen Emmy® Awards and two Oscar nominations.

Vince serves as Chair of the Audit Committee and Co-Chair of the Kids & Family Committee for The Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) and as Chair of the trade-based advocacy association, Canadian Association of Content Exporters (CACE). He holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business and was awarded the prestigious EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the Entertainment and Media category in Ontario (2015).

Outstanding Progress and Achievement

Awarded to a graduate who has demonstrated outstanding career potential and achieved success and recognition in their field.

Introduced by Joyce Zemans, CM, PhD, Senior Scholar and University Professor Emerita; Director, MBA Program in Arts, Media and Entertainment Management, Schulich School of Business

Tracey Pearce (MBA '96)

President, Distribution and Pay

With a career spanning more than 25 years, Tracey Pearce is an accomplished, award-winning media executive whose experience covers many facets of the industry, including creative development, programming, digital, strategy, legal and business affairs, as well as content distribution. Pearce oversees the subscription portfolio and revenue derived from the distribution of Bell Media’s television networks, and on-demand content to cable, satellite, IPTV, mobile and digital platforms, as well as direct to consumer.

As part of her portfolio, Pearce is responsible for the overall performance of Bell Media’s flagship on demand services Crave and Starz, including HBO and HBO Max. An architect behind the all-new Crave, she helped drive its significant growth when it relaunched in 2018. In addition, Pearce oversees Bell Media’s corporate strategy and digital teams.

In her previous role as Senior Vice-President, Specialty and Pay, Pearce oversaw all of Bell Media’s English-language entertainment and factual specialty channels and pay services. Pearce has been instrumental in strengthening Bell Media’s pay, SVOD, and specialty offerings, including launching Much Digital Studios; signing landmark program supply and branding agreements with HBO, HBO Max, SHOWTIME, and Comedy Central; the national expansion of The Movie Network/HBO; and commissioning of top-rated original programming such as LETTERKENNY AND HIGHWAY THRU HELL.

In 2017, Pearce was one of 35 women from around the world accepted to the International Women’s Forum (IWF) Leadership Foundation Fellows Program where she participated in leadership training at Harvard Business School and INSEAD. In 2016, Pearce was honoured with Women in Film & Television – Toronto’s Crystal Award for Outstanding Achievement in Business.

Pearce serves on the boards of Discovery Channel Canada as Chair, and as Director on CTV Specialty Television Inc. In addition, Pearce is Programming Chair and Director of Canadian Club Toronto; an Executive Board member of Alpine Canada, and serves as a member of the advisory boards of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40, as well as York University’s Schulich School of Business MBA Program in Arts, Media & Entertainment Management.

Outstanding Public Contribution

Awarded to a graduate who has made a significant contribution to public life.

Introduced by Bill Graham (MBA 1986), President, Global Alumni Network, Schulich School of Business

Robert C. Wong

Vice Chairman & Senior Portfolio Manager, Leon Frazer & Associates Inc.

Robert C. Wong, B.Sc., MBA’72 is currently vice chairman and senior portfolio manager at Leon Frazer & Associates. He has led a varied and interesting career path. While teaching high school math and physics, he was completing his MBA. During this period, he pioneered the teaching of computer science to high school students and wrote textbooks on the subject.

In the early Seventies, Wong had the opportunity to serve as special assistant to the minister of national health and welfare, and as an adviser to Canada’s first minister of state for multiculturalism. After his time in Ottawa, he returned to Toronto and co-founded a brokerage firm which grew to 10 offices across Canada. All the while, he remained active in politics and worked to grow Chinese-Canadian engagement. During this time, he also helped to establish Canada’s first multilingual television station in Toronto.

He then left the investment world for a full-time career in politics. In 1987 he was elected as the MPP for Fort York and in short order was appointed Ontario’s Minister of Energy in Premier David Peterson’s Government. This appointment made Wong the first cabinet minister in Canada of Chinese descent. Two years later, he took on the citizenship portfolio. His time in the Legislature led to major changes in the Power Corporation Act and the promotion of multiculturalism and equity among Ontario’s diverse population.

Wong has supported many organizations as a volunteer, including the Toronto Board of Trade, the Alzheimer Society of Toronto, St. John’s Rehab Foundation, Canadian Automobile Association, and Victoria University (U of T). He is a member of the Schulich International Advisory Council and recently completed his term on the governing Council of CPA Ontario. His honours include a U of T Arbor Award, Courvoisier Leadership Award and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Outstanding Contribution to the School

Awarded to a friend or graduate of Schulich who has contributed significantly to promoting the interests of the School through partnership, leadership and impact

Paul Labbé

Former Chair, International Advisory Council, Schulich School of Business (Posthumous)

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  • Past Award Recipients

    The Schulich School of Business Alumni Recognition Awards were established in 1992 to recognize the outstanding professional, personal and community achievements of graduates and friends of the Schulich School of Business.


    Outstanding Executive Leadership

    2019 Michael S. Rousseau (BBA ’81)
    2018 Jasper Cheung (MBA ’90)
    2017 Stephen J. Sadler (MBA ’79)
    2015 Ron Mock (MBA ’79, Hon LLD ’17)
    2014 Michael Cooper (MBA ’86)
    2013 Frank Vettese (BBA ’86, MBA ’91)
    2012 P. Thomas Jenkins (MBA ’87, Hon LLD ’15)
    2011 Ellis Jacob (MBA ’76)
    2008 Bharat B. Masrani (BBA `78, MBA`79, Hon LLD ’17)
    2007 Robert R. McEwen (MBA `78, Hon LLD`05)
    2005 Robert C. Krembil (MBA `71, Hon LLD`00)
    2004 Richard E. Waugh (MBA `74, Hon LLD`07)
    2001 Kathleen P. Taylor (MBA/JD `84, Hon LLD ’14)
    2000 W. David Wilson (MBA `70)
    1999 Edmund Hau Wah Ho (BBA `78)
    1998 H. Anthony Arrell (MBA `68, Hon LLD ’08)
    1997 Steven K. Hudson (BBA `81)
    1996 Alan G. McNally (MBA `69, Hon LLD`99)
    1995 John S. Hunkin (MBA `69, Hon LLD`04)
    1994 Sheelagh D. Whittaker (MBA `75)
    1993 Morris A. Perlis (MBA `72)
    1992 William A. Dimma (MBA `69, Hon LLD ’98)

     

    Outstanding Progress and Achievement

    2019 Roman S. Dubczak (MBA ’87)
    2018 S. Jane Rowe (MBA ’82)
    2017 Stacey A. Mowbray (MBA ’88)
    2015 Kishore Moorjani (BBA ’94, MBA ’95)
    2014 John Ruffolo (BBA ’88)
    2013 Patrick Iaboni (BBA ’93, MBA ’94)
    2012 Craig Kielburger (EMBA ’09)
    2011 Denise M. Pickett (MBA ’90)
    2008 Roma R. Khanna (MBA `01)
    2007 Hana E. Zalzal (MBA `92)
    2005 James P. O’Sullivan (MBA/JD `90)
    2004 Grant E. Rasmussen (MBA `93)
    2001 Sheila A. Carroll (MBA `98)
    2001 Andrew K. Montgomery (MBA `98)
    2000 Sylvia Lien (IMBA `97)
    2000 Ron Tattum (MBA/JD `97)
    1999 Beth M. Waldman (MBA `96)
    1999 Rommie Bhutani (MBA `96)
    1998 Robert J. Gemmell (MBA/JD `83)
    1997 Dan A. Plashkes (MBA `83)
    1996 Paul G. Howes (MBA `84)
    1995 Terence G. Kawaja (MBA/JD`89)
    1994 Paul S. Alofs (MBA `83)
    1993 Janice P. Anderson (MBA `89)
    1992 Kimberley J. Gaynor (MBA `89)

     

    Outstanding Public Contribution

    2019 Laura Michalchyshyn (MBA ’93)
    2018 M. Marianne Harris (MBA/JD ’83)
    2017 Philip A. Taylor (MBA ’79)
    2014 J. Mark Lievonen (BBA ’79, MBA ’87)
    2013 Janice R. Fukakusa (MBA ’79, Hon LLD ’16)
    2012 Thomas Closson (MBA ’79)
    2011 Colleen M. Johnston (BBA ’82)
    2008 Richard D. Falconer (MBA `70)
    2007 Rose T. Reisman (MBA `85)
    2005 Carol A. Hansell (MBA/JD `86)
    2001 Patricia M. Campbell (MBA `88)
    2000 Anne L. Swarbrick (MBA `98)
    1999 Jacques F. Lagassé (MBA `69)
    1998 Carol A. Wilding (BBA `83)
    1997 Eileen A. Mercier (MBA `77, Hon LLD ’10)
    1996 Peter C. Maurice (MBA `70)
    1995 John (Jack) H. Yocom (MBA `70)
    1994 David L. Morton (MBA `68)
    1993 Julie A. White (MBA `84)
    1992 Carol Anne Letheren (MBA `77)

     

    Outstanding Contribution to the Schulich School of Business

    2018 Dominic Barton (Hon LLD ’12)
    2017 Jonathan Cheung (MBA ’73)
    2015 Schuyler M. (Skip) Sigel
    2014 Howard Lichtman (JD ’79, MBA ’82)
    2013 Bill Graham (MBA ’86)
    2012 Pam Laycock (MBA ’89)
    2011 Timothy Price (Hon LLD ’09)
    2008 Thomas H. Beechy
    2007 Ann Marie Yamamoto (MBA `83)
    2005 Gordon C. Shaw
    2004 Paul W. Tsaparis (MBA `84)
    2001 James G. Foy (MBA `67)
    2000 Ronald H. Farmer
    1999 Gregory C. Coutts (MBA `83)
    1999 Sashya D’Souza (MBA ’00)*
    1998 Eric Angelini (MBA/JD ’98)*
    1997 Marshall A. Cohen
    1996 George R. Gardiner (Hon LLD `82)
    1994 Elmer S. Phillips
    1993 Murray G. Ross (Hon DLitt ’71)
    1992 James M. Gillies (Hon LLD ’06)

    *Significant Student Contribution