2003 Bryden Award Recipients

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A series of awards presented each year to grads who have attained extraordinary achievements and made remarkable contributions to York and to their communities.

Contribution Category Ivan Fecan
Friend Category Steve T. Mirkopoulos
Achievement Category John Howard Tory
Leadership Category David H. Tsubouchi


Ivan Fecan Contribution Category

Ivan Fecan (BA '01)

One of North America's most experienced broadcasting executives, Ivan Fecan leads Bell Globemedia, which owns some of Canada's strongest media groups - CTV and The Globe and Mail.

He was appointed president and CEO of Bell Globemedia in 2000 and serves as CEO of CTV Inc. Previously, Fecan had served as senior group vice-president, executive vice-president, chief operating officer, president and CEO of Baton Broadcasting Inc. before it became CTV in 1998.

He has served on the board of The Wellesley Hospital, The McMichael Canadian Art Collection and The Hospital for Sick Children Foundation.

Steve T. Mirkopoulos Friend Category

Steve T. Mirkopoulos

Steve Mirkopoulos is vice-president of Cinespace Film Studios, Toronto’s largest provider of film production studios and ancillary facilities. He is also president of the Ontario Film and Television Owners Association and the former president of the Hellenic Heritage Foundation, a non-profit organization seeking to enrich the unique social and cultural fabric of Canada by sharing Hellenic culture with the broader community.

Mirkopoulos is a member of the Advisory Committee for York’s Hellenic Studies program and was also a Board of Trustees member of the York University Foundation. In addition, he has served on the board of the Toronto East General Hospital Foundation.

He is married to Carole Rose Messier and is the father of two daughters, Chrisoula and Jacqueline.

John Howard Tory Achievement Category

John Howard Tory (LLB ’78)

Since 1999, John Tory has been CEO of Rogers Cable Inc., Canada’s largest broadband cable operator. Prior to this appointment, Tory held a similar post as president and CEO of Rogers Media Inc., one of Canada’s largest broadcasting and publishing companies. He led in the founding of the company’s New Media division, which today owns some of Canada’s best-known interest sites.

Before joining Rogers, Tory was a managing partner and member of the executive committee at Tory Tory DesLauriers & Binnington (now Torys), one of Canada’s largest law firms.

In the early 1980s, Tory was principal secretary to the premier of Ontario and associate secretary of the Ontario cabinet. Since then, he has been involved in more than 20 election campaigns and has been active in campaign management for mayors, premiers and prime ministers.

Tory is a director with a number of Canadian companies, including Rogers Cable Inc. Rogers Media Inc., Cara Operations Limited and the Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Club. He is involved with many charitable and community organizations and even chaired the 2001 United Way Campaign of Greater Toronto, which raised a then record of $75.5 million.

David Tsubouchi Leadership Category

David H. Tsubouchi (BA '72, LLB '75)

David Tsubouchi is a former Ontario politician who was first elected as Markham MPP in 1995. He was appointed solicitor general in 1999 and has served as minister of culture, consumer and commercial relations, and community and social services. He has led the government in welfare reform and initiated a review of the province’s childcare sector.

Prior to entering politics, Tsubouchi was the senior partner in the law firm of Tsubouchi & Nichols & Associates. He also served as ward councillor for the Town of Markham, during which time he chaired several committees, including planning and development, economic alliance, industrial and corporate development, as well as the Markham Historical Museum.

Throughout his career, Tsubouchi has demonstrated a belief in community service. He is a member of the Markham Lions Club and has held directorships with the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, Optimist Club of Markham, Rouge Valley Advisory Commitee and the Unionville Home Society Seniors' Foundation.