2004 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 Joseph D. Sorbara
Friend Category Timothy R. Price
Achievement Category Janet Green Foster
Leadership Category Peter W. Currie


Joseph D. Sorbara Contribution Category

Joseph D. Sorbara (LLB '68)

Joseph Sorbara is a principal of The Sorbara Group, a family-owned enterprise engaged in insurance brokerage and real estate development and investment in the GTA.

Sorbara was appointed to York’s Board of Governors in 1988 and was made an honorary governor in 2000. During his tenure, Sorbara served as Chair of the Finance & Property Committee (as it was then known) and latterly as vice-chair of the Board.

Sorbara has served as Chair of the Board of Directors of York University Development Corporation, Chair of the Board of Governors of Humber College, president and director of the Rotary Club of Toronto Black Creek, a director of York-Finch General Hospital, president and a director of the Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundaltion, a director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and a member of the founding board of Villa Colombo Home for the Aged.

In addition to his business interests, Sorbara has served as Chair of Fundraising for the University of St. Michael’s College, Chair of the Advisory Board of OMNI Television, a member of the Governor’s Council at North York General Hospital and a member of the board of The Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall.

Timothy R. Price Friend Category

Timothy R. Price

Timothy Price is the chairman of Brascan Financial Corporation. Born in England, Price received his BA in 1964 from the University of Victoria and his CA in Québec in 1969.

He was appointed to the York University’s Board of Governors in 1996 and served as the vice-chair of the Board, Chair of the Finance and Staff Resources Committee as well as a member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors for the York University Development Corporation. In 2002, he became the first Chair of the York University Foundation Board of Directors. He also served on the Dean’s Advisory Board at the Schulich School of Business for several years.

Price has over 30 years of management experience with the Brascan Group of companies, formerly serving as a vice-president of Edper Investments Ltd. in the 1970s.

Price is active on several other public corporate boards: Astral Media Inc., Acktion Corporation, Dia Met Minerals Ltd., Goldlist Properties Inc. and Nexfor Inc. In the community, he serves on the St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation Board and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation Board. He is also president of the Mad River Golf Club.

Janet Green Foster Achievement Category

Janet Green Foster (BA ’69, PhD ’76)

Born and raised in Ottawa, Janet Green Foster began ballet training at a young age and eventually pursued more formal dance training in the United States and England. She danced professionally with the National Ballet of Canada for two years, but left the ballet world in 1960. Her broadcasting career began when she joined the independent television station CFTO-TV as a production assistant and then moved to the fledgling CTV Television Network.

In 1965, Foster enrolled at York (Glendon) as a mature student and completed an Honours BA, followed by an MA in History at the University of Toronto. In 1971, she returned to York for her doctorate, completing her thesis on the early history of wildlife conservation in Canada.

In 1972, Foster began working with her husband, John, as television producer, writer and co-host in the field of natural science programming. They formed their own production company in 1987, producing and shooting natural science programs for TVOntario, the CBC, the Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK) and Britain’s Channel 4. Since 1995, they have been producing documentaries for the Discovery Channel (Canada).

Foster has published three non-fiction books for young readers: A Cabin Full of Mice, The Wilds of Whip-poor-will Farm and Journey to the Top of the World. She is also co-author, with John, of To the Wild Country and Adventures in Wild Canada.

Peter W. Currie Leadership Category

Peter W. Currie (BA ’73, MBA ’78)

Peter Currie is vice-chairman and chief financial officer of RBC Financial Group. As a member of their management committee, he is one of nine executives responsible for setting the group's overall strategic direction. In 2003, Currie was named Canada's CFO of the Year.

Currie joined Royal Bank in 1997 from Northern Telecom Limited, where he was senior vice-president and chief financial officer.

After graduating from York with a degree in economics, Currie began a career in finance with Procter & Gamble. He also received his MBA from the Schulich School of Business in 1978.

Currie serves on the boards of several industry, community, educational and international institutions, including: York University (Chair, Audit Committee and member of its Board of Governors), Schulich School of Business (Board of Advisors), Toronto East General Hospital (Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee) and the Private Sector Council (Washington, D.C.).