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Five EngSci alumni receive U of T’s highest award for volunteer contributions

Yuri Sagalov and Victor Xin

Yuri Sagalov and Victor Xin are among the 2020 Arbor Award recipients.


Five EngSci and EngPhys alumni are among this year’s recipients of the University of Toronto’s Arbor Awards.  This award is the highest honour granted by the University and is given for sustained contributions to specific academic units, such as faculties, colleges or institutes, or for broader contributions to the University at large.

Donald M. Cameron (EngSci 7T5) has taught the Patent and Trade Secrets Law course at the Faculty of Law for over 25 years and surveys intellectual property courses at other law schools, to ensure that U of T’s intellectual property curriculum remains unmatched in Canada. Don has written widely on IP topics and has spoken frequently at the Faculty of Law’s annual Patent Colloquium since 2014.

James Courtney (EngSci 6T6) has been an enthusiastic and committed volunteer for Engineering since 2014, and has served in various key roles with the Committee for Skule Lunch and Learn, Alumni Reunion and Faculty Council. He also served as a member of the Hart House 100th Anniversary Advisory Committee.

Yuri Sagalov (0T9) served as co-chair of the Engineering Alumni Network’s Bay Area chapter for six years and continues to work closely with U of T’s Entrepreneurship Hatchery and BizSkule through his engagement with panel discussions, competitions and seminars.

Gary Vivian (EngPhys 5T9) encourages his mentees in Engineering’s Alumni Mentorship Program to broaden their education through the lenses of psychology, creativity and our place in the cosmos via curiosity and multi-disciplinary thinking. He is passionate about career and life guidance, and enhancing campus mental-health resources.

Victor Xin (0T9) has been a steadfast volunteer in Engineering’s alumni mentorship program for almost a decade, serving as chair of the program for the last four years, and working tirelessly to create programming to bring students and alumni together.

“EngSci alumni are a particularly dedicated group who support our programs in many ways, from offering mentorship to sharing their experiences during in-class visits and more,” says Professor Will Cluett. “I am delighted that the university has recognized their outstanding contributions, and thank them for their ongoing commitment to our student and alumni community.”

Learn more about the Arbor Awards and this year’s recipients here.

Looking for volunteer opportunities? Check our alumni resources and opportunities page for ways to get involved.


Outstanding EngSci alumni, students and friends honoured with 2019 EAN Awards

Nov. 18, 2019

Bob Simmonds, Maryam Shanechi, James Courtney, Laura C. Fujino, Robert Bazzocchi, and Aman Bhargava were among the honorees at the EAN Awards ceremony on Nov. 7.


Four EngSci alumni, a current student, and a close friend of the program were recognized for their remarkable accomplishments and dedication to their communities at the Engineering Alumni Network (EAN) Awards on Nov. 7.

“Quite an evening for EngSci students, alumni and friends,” says EngSci’s Intermin Chair, Professor Will Cluett.  “Their videos [see link below] provide wonderful testimonials to the impact that SkuleTM has had on their lives and careers. I want to congratulate all award winners on behalf of EngSci at U of T.”

Read about the award winners here.

EngSci’s honorees are:

Engineering Alumni Hall of Distinction Award:
Bob Simmonds (EngSci 7T5)

2T5 Mid-Career Achievement Award:
Maryam Shanechi (EngSci 0T4)

Malcolm F. McGrath Alumni Achievement Award:
James Courtney (EngSci 6T6, Physics MSc. 1967, Physics PhD 1971, MBA 1985)

Honourary Member of the EAN:
Laura C. Fujino

L.E. (Ted) Jones Award of Distinction:
Robert Bazzocchi (EngSci 1T9)

Engineering Alumni Network Scholarship:
Aman Bhargava (Year 2 EngSci)


View videos of the winners here.

Would you like to suggest a deserving EngSci graduate for one of the EAN Awards? 
Contact Christina Heidorn, External Relations Officer, at

Jim Courtney: stepping up at the Pan Am Games

April 1, 2016

When alumnus Jim Courtney (EngSci 6T6) filled out the application to volunteer at the 2015 Toronto Pan Am & Parapan Am Games, it was the first step of more than half a million he would take.

Pan Am volunteers marching along the University of Toronto Scarborough campus

He thought he might be assigned as a stadium attendant. What he ended up experiencing went way beyond his expectations.

For the Pan Am Games, Courtney was initially tasked to be a National Olympic Committee (NOC)/National Paralympic Committee (NPC) assistant, working with a designated Olympic committee to ensure their athletes and support teams have a great experience during the games. READ MORE

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