2011 Year in Review

It’s a busy place at the best of times, but 2011 was an especially active year at McGill for a number of reasons. The McGill Reporter looks back on the year that was, highlighting some of the key happenings over the past 12 months in words and pictures.

It’s a busy place at the best of times, but 2011 was an especially active year at McGill for a number of reasons. The McGill Reporter looks back on the year that was, highlighting some of the key happenings over the past 12 months in words and pictures.

Photo: John Kelsey


– Stephen and Nancy Molson give $1-million birthday gift to Redmen hockey.

– Prof. Tim Geary gets $1-million grant for parasitic diseases research.

– New skating rink opens on lower campus.

– Seven teams of McGill researchers land more than $3 million in NSERC grants.

– Green Chemistry breakthrough named one of top discoveries of 2010 by Quebec Science.

– Ten people with ties to McGill appointed to Order of Canada.

– Philanthropist and alumnus F. Peter Cundill dies.


Photo: Owen Egan

– First annual Sustainability Symposium takes place.

-Vicky Kaspi wins NSERC’s John C. Polanyi Award.

– Mark Lathrop named Scientific Director of McGill University and Génome Québec Innovation Centre.

– New Dentistry outreach program, the Jim Lund Dental Clinic at Welcome Hall Mission, is launched.

– Gerald Butts, Peter Coughlin and Samuel Minzberg appointed to McGill Board of Governors.

– Pioneering physician Rita Levi Montalcini awarded Honorary Doctorate in Rome.

Photo courtesy of Laurier Athletics & Recreation


– Schulich School of Music student Philippe Sly wins Metropolitan Opera promising singer contest.

– McGill Alumni Association launches Greatest McGillian contest.

McGill students David Morris and Omer Dor win TD Go Green Challenge sustainability competition.

– Hockey Martlets win CIS Championship.

– Annual MISC conference on Canada-U.S. relations attracts current and past leaders.

– McGill’s Steven Bielby wins two gold medals at the CIS swim championships.


Photo: Owen Egan

– Students develop glove to help stroke victims recover hand mobility.

– “Vote mob” comes to McGill during federal election campaign.

– Nobel laureate and McGill alumus Jack Szostak leads list of new honorary doctorate recipients.

– Ian and Jayne Munro Chair in Food Safety created through $1.5-million gift.

– Office of Sustainability recognizes McGill’s green leaders with inaugural Catalyst Awards.

– Professors Lorenz M. Lüthi and Grace Fong win prestigious Guggenheim Fellowships.

– City honours Greening McGill project.

– Violinist Ewald Chung wins Golden Violin Award.

– Literary icon Carlos Fuentes visits Faculty of Law.

Howard Kay Photography


– Centre for Continuing Education becomes School of Continuing Studies.

– Bloomberg Manulife Prize for the Promotion of Active Health launched.

– Nobel laureate and McGill alumnus Willard Boyle dies.

– Redpath Museum mummies scanned at The Neuro.

– Actor Michael Douglas special honoree at McGill Head and Neck Cancer fundraiser.

– Sean Ferguson named Dean of Schulich School of Music.

– Five McGill students win seats for the NDP in 41st general election.


Photo: Owen Egan

– MNI Director David Colman dies.

– McGill, IBM team up to develop Quebec’s most powerful and energy efficient supercomputer cluster.

– Waste management project earns McGill students Alex Pritz and Christian Elliott inaugural Dalai Lama Fellowship.

– Actor and alumnus William Shatner receives Honorary Doctorate.

– Faculty of Medicine opens new pathway for international medical graduates.

– McGill music student Bénédicte Lauzière is first ever winner of the Canada Council Michael Measures Prize.

– Twenty-five McGill researchers win prestigious Vanier Scholarships.

Hans Larsson


– McGill and University of São Paulo researchers identify new species of 70-million-year-old crocodile.

– New Schulich School of Music grad Charles Richard-Hamelin wins grand prize at Quebec’s Prix d’Europe 2011 competition.

– Quebec legal giant, Emeritus Wainwright Professor of Civil Law Paul-André Crépeau, dies.

– McGill among the world’s best universities in a broad range of subjects in 2011 QS World University Rankings.

– Ministry of Education recognizes Desautels MBA as ‘specialized program.’

– MUNACA members vote in favour of strike action in labour dispute with University.


Photo: Owen Egan

– MUNACA launches strike on first day of fall term

– Greatest McGillians announced.

– Burst City pump leads to flooding on campus.

– McGill ranks first in Canada and 17th in the world in the 2011 QS World University Rankings.

– Royal Society of Canada honours nine McGill researchers.

– Arcade Fire host charity basketball game at McGill Sports Centre.


– Goodman Cancer Research Centre officially launches McGill Dances for Cancer Research Video.

– McGill Daily celebrates 100th anniversary.

– $1.5-million gift from Macdonald Stewart Foundation bolsters water resource management studies.

– McGill awarded 16 new CRCs, eight chairs renewed.

– McGill named to Canada’s Top 100 Employers list for fourth-straight year.

– McGill cracks Top 30 worldwide in Times Higher Education rankings.

– McGill tops Maclean’s ranking for seventh straight year.


Photo: John Kelsey

– Police presence rocks campus on November 10.

-We Are All McGill rally attracts large crowd to discuss events of Nov. 10.

– Nahum Sonenberg wins prestigious Rosenstiel Award.

– Sergio Luzzatto wins fourth annual Cundill Prize.

– MUNACA strike talks called off, then resume.

– $5.5-million gift from Lorne Trottier secures the future of science outreach initiatives.

– Teaching assistants approve new three-year contract.

– Nov. 10 events, strike questions, dominate Ask the Principal webcast.


Photo: John Kelsey

– MUNACA strike ends, support staff return to work.

– New volunteers step up to save the McGill Book Fair.

– Former Redmen player and McGill alum Robert B. Winsor, and his wife Susan make $1.5-million donation to support football program.

– Student protest disrupts part of Board of Governors meeting.

– SSMU organizes a visit from Therapeutic Paws of Canada to help relieve students of exam stress.

– Jutras report on events of Nov.10 released.