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Distinguished Woodsworth Alumni

The College is proud of all its alumni. Here is a listing of some who have made their mark.

Hon. Jean Augustine (WDW 73)
Commissioner at the Office of Fairness Commissioner, Ontario

  - First black  woman to be elected to the House of Commons
  - Served as Minister of State for Multiculturalism & Status of Women
  - Appointed as Member of the Order of Canada in December of 2009

  - 1980 M.Ed, OISE
  - 1994 Honorary Doctor of Laws, University of Toronto




Zanana L. Akande (WDW 77)

  - First black woman to serve in the cabinet of the Ontario Government
  - Served as Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier, 1992-1994
  - Chaired the Standing Committee on Finance & Economic Affairs, 1991-1992

  - 1981 M.Ed, OISE



Patricia Croft (WDW 90)
Trends Expert, Economist and Media Commentator

  - Youngest woman to serve as Cheif Economist at a major Canadian financial institution
  - Served as Chief Economist at Canada Trust, Sceptre Investment Counsel and Royal Bank
    of Canada Global Assets
  - Has given expert opinion on Canadian financial markets through television appearances
    on Global Television, CBC News - The National and BBC



Amanda Dale (WDW 88)
Leader in Toronto's feminist movement for three decades.

- Named YMCA Woman of Distinction in 2013
- Made important contributions to organizations such as Quimaavik Shelter (Nunavut), Sistering, Opportunity for Advancement, Nellie's Hostel, St. Joseph's Women Health Centre and YMCA Toronto
- Active board member of Inter Pares, a global feminist social justice organization, and the Woman Abuse Council of Toronto
- Executive director of the Barbara Schlifer Clinic, Canada's only legal, counseling, and language interpretation clinical




Rohinton Mistry (WDW 82)
Writer; fiction, short stories

  Selected Awards
  - 1983 First Prize in the Hart House Literary Contest
  - 1991 Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction
  - 2003 Canadian Author's Association Award for Fiction
  - 2006 Timothy Findley Award (Writer's Trust of Canada)

  Selected Works
  - Such a Long Journey, 1991
  - A Fine Balance, 1996
  - Family Matters, 2002
  - The Scream, 2008


William W. Moriarty (WDW 73)
President & CEO, UTAM Corporation

  - Formerly served as Vice Chairman of RBC Capital Markets
  - Formerly served as Director of RBC Management Inc. & RBC Capital Partners Limited




Dani Reiss (WDW 97)
President & CEO, Canada Goose Inc.

- Recipient of the 2011 Ernst & Young Ontario Enterpreneur of the Year
- Served as Chairman of Polar Bears International





Shelley Saywell (WDW 77)
Documentary Film Writer, Producer & Director

  Selected Awards
  - UNESCO's Gandhi Silver Medal for promoting the culture of peace
  - Hot Docs! 2010 Best Canadian Documentary for "In the Name of Family"
Creative Excellence Award by Women in Film &Television 2010

  Selected Films
  - The Ten Thousand Day War
  - Rape a Crime of War
  - Devil's Bargain


Shauna Sexsmith (WDW 93)
Senior Managing Director & Senior Portfolio Manager, Manulife Asset Management Limited

  - Former Vice-President & Portfolio Manager at Altamira Management Limited





Sarah Slean (WDW 09)
Singer, songwriter, musician, poet, visual artist and actress. 

2003 Juno Awards: New Artist of the Year — Nomination
2005 Juno Awards: Adult Alternative Album of the Year (Day One) — Nomination
2005 Gemini Awards: Best Performance in a Performing Arts Program or Series (2004 Governor General's Performing Arts Award) — Nomination
2006 Gemini Awards: Best Performance in a Performing Arts Program or Series (Black Widow) — Nomination
2009 Juno Awards: Adult Alternative Album of the Year (The Baroness) — Nomination
2011 Leo Awards: Best Music Video ("The Rose": CJ Wallis - Producer)



William R. Waters (WDW 60)
Professor Emeritus of Economics & Finance, Rotman School of Management

  - Expert in public utility finance and investment management
  - Became the first Director of the Executive MBA Program at Rotman
  - Served as Associate Dean
  - Served as a member of the Presidential Investment Advisory Committee
  - Chair of Financial Models Company Inc. & Morningstar Canada Inc.

  - 1962 MBA, Rotman School of Management
  - 2004 Honorary Doctor of Laws, University of Toronto