2008 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.

Outstanding Contribution Bill Hatanaka
Local Hero Paul Axelrod
Redefine the Possible Wendy Craig
One to Watch Frank Cianciulli


Bill Hatanaka Outstanding Contribution

A graduate who has dedicated their work to the advancement of York through exceptional service, commitment and/or contributions

Bill Hatanaka (BA Hons. ’77)

Bill Hatanaka leads the TD Bank Financial Group integrated wealth management business in North American and the United Kingdom. He is one of York’s most passionate ambassadors and a truly remarkable individual. A former OUA football all-star and CFL Grey Cup champion, he is a mentor to many York students.

Hatanaka joined the York University Foundation’s Board of Directors in 2006. He co-chaired the York to the Power of 50 campaign and played an influential role in TD Bank’s multimillion-dollar support of the University, including the company’s $1-million gift to establish the York University-TD Community Engagement Centre.

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Paul Axelrod Local Hero

A graduate and employee who has gone above and beyond the call of duty in their devotion to the University with contributions, achievements, leadership and/or early accomplishments

Paul Axelrod (BA ’72, PhD ’80)

Paul Axelrod’s involvement with York dates back to when he was an active member of the York student community. He wrote for the Excalibur and served as president of the York Federation of Students.

Since graduating from York, Axelrod has taken on many roles at the University over his 40-year career, including political leader, union head, faculty member, senator and dean of York’s Faculty of Education. Under his leadership, the Faculty opened several off-campus teacher-education sites, forged partnerships in Kenya and created a Centre for Research on Education and the Community. Axelrod’s outstanding research into education has earned him a number of prestigious awards and enhanced York’s reputation internationally.

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Wendy Craig Redefine the Possible

A graduate who has demonstrated leadership and successes that are innovative, unconventional and daring

Wendy Craig (MA ’89, PhD ’93)

Wendy Craig is a researcher and scholar. She has launched a number of initiatives to translate bullying research into knowledge that can help children around the world.

A psychology professor at Queen’s University and an expert on cyber-bullying for the World Health Organization, Craig co-founded PREVNet (Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network) to stop bullying in Canada. She has drawn international attention to the issue of cyber-bullying by appearing on Canada AM, CTV News, CBC programs, the Oprah Winfrey Show and 20/20.

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Frank Cianciulli One to Watch

A graduate who has become a remarkable professional and/or achieved community accomplishments early in their career

Frank Cianciulli (BA ’97)

Frank Cianciulli has been described as a serial entrepreneur, and with good reason. He has founded or co-founded numerous companies, earning himself a place on Canada’s 2007 Top 40 Under 40 list. His organization, Enunciate Conferencing, was deemed by Profit Magazine as one of “Hot 50” Canadian companies in 2004 and 2005. It was also named one of the Top 20 Best Small and Medium Employers in Canada.

Cianciulli was a recipient of the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2006. He has proven himself to be a tireless innovator with a string of remarkable successes early in his career. He currently sits on the Faculty of Arts Dean’s Advisory Board.

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