A series of awards presented each year to grads who have attained extraordinary achievements and made remarkable contributions to York and to their communities.
Carol Anne Letheren (MBA '77)
Carol Anne Letheren is the former CEO and secretary general of the Canadian Olympic Association.
Letheren served as president of the Schulich International Alumni Association as well as a board member with the York University Alumni Association. Her previous positions included associate professor and coordinator of undergraduate studies (York), associate professor (University of Toronto), consultant, Government of Canada (as executive producer, Pilot Television and Business of Sport), senior partner and co-owner of a marketing planning and consulting company.
Her involvement in sports was extensive. She coached volleyball, archery, varsity gymnastics and the Canada's Women's Gymnastics team; officiated volleyball, gymnastics and synchronized swimming at the provincial, national and international levels; and participated in badminton, volleyball and running.
Martin Goldfarb, OC, Chairman
Martin Goldfarb is chairman of Goldfarb Consultants Ltd., leading its growth for over 30 years. Goldfarb also acts as co-chairman of Kantar, the research coordinator of all WPP research companies and as WPP key account coordinator for Ford Motor Company.
Goldfarb is the chairman, president and chief executive officer of The Goldfarb Corporation and director of Downsview Park Inc. He is past director of Noma Industries Limited, Livent Inc., Axia Multimedia Corporation, the Canadian Council of Christians and Jews, the Canadian Opera Company, the Toronto Symphony and the Shaw Festival. He serves as non-executive Chair of Workbrain, Chair of Speedy Auto Services and co-chair of Fleming Packaging. He is a former governor and now honorary governor of York University and shares authorship of Marching to a Different Drummer. Goldfarb was also appointed as an officer of the Order of Canada in 1998.
When Goldfarb has a bit of spare time, he enjoys tennis, skiing and sailing mixed with the theatre, opera and symphony.
Joan Goldfarb is the president of Joan Goldfarb Design Limited. She also serves as president and director of Extension Investments Limited. From the 1960s to the early 1970s, she dedicated a considerable amount of time towards the success of Goldfarb Consultants and worked as a recreational group worker (teen division) with the YM-YWHA.
Goldfarb’s community involvement is notable through her work as an executive committee member of the Muki Baum Association for Multi-handicapped Children and Adults and her considerable involvement with the rehabilitation of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. Her other activities include serving as a member of the Canadian Museum Association, as a steering committee member for the CMA Toronto Conference and a board member with Temple Emanu-El.
She has a passion for the promotion and preservation of art, demonstrated through her work with National Museums of Canada. Goldfarb has also been involved in the delivery of health-care services through her roles with the Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care.
Dr. Steve MacLean (BSc '77, PhD '83, D.Sc '93)
Steve MacLean was one of the six astronauts selected to fly with the CANEX-2 set of Canadian experiments in space. His mission, STS-52, took place from Oct. 22 to Nov. 1, 1992, making him the only third Canadian into space. He is also a former national champion gymnast and served as a member of the Canadian National Gymnastics Team.
MacLean worked in sports administration and public relations at York and taught part time at the University from 1980 to 1983. In 1983, he became a visiting scholar at Stanford University under Nobel Prize laureate A. L. Shawlow. He has also been adjunct professor at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies and in 1994, he was appointed acting director-general of the Canadian Astronaut Program. MacLean is an honorary fellow of Bethune College and president of the Board of Directors for the Mt. Megantic Observatory project.
MacLean received the Murray G. Ross Award from York in 1977. He has also received honorary doctorates from York University, Acadia University and the Royal Military College Saint-Jean in Québec.
MacLean is married to Nadine Wielgopolski and together they have three children: Jean-Philippe, Catherine, and Michele. He enjoys hiking, canoeing, flying, parachuting and gymnastics.
Ernie Eves (Q.C., LLB '70)
Ernie Eves is vice-chairman and senior advisor with Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB).
Since joining CSFB in 2001, Eves has focused his energies on impacting Canadian investment banking, equities and fixed income businesses.
Eves was first elected to the Ontario Legislature in 1981 and has been successfully re-elected six times as an MPP. He has extensive legislative experience serving as government house leader from 1995 to 1996. As Ontario's finance minister, he was responsible for a budget of $60 billion and oversaw one of the largest privatizations in Canada. He has held several cabinet-level positions, including community and social services minister and Ontario's first skills development minister.
Before entering public service, Ernie was a partner in the law firm of Green and Eves. Eves was called to the bar in 1972 and appointed Queen's Counsel in 1983.
Eves is Chair of the Ontario Olympic Sports and Waterfront Development Agency and Counsel at Borden Ladner Gervais, LLP. He is a member of the boards of BCE Emergis, Cartesian Capital and the Retirement Residences Real Estate Investment Trust. Ernie is on the board of Justin Eves Foundation, sits on the advisory board of Vince Carter's Foundation—Embassy of Hope and is director of the Woodbine Entertainment Group.
Dr. William Dimma (C.M., O.ONT., MBA '69, LLD '98)
William Dimma presently serves as board chairman and director of the Home Capital Group, Inc., Malibu Engineering and Software Ltd. and the Royal LePage Commercial Advisory Board. He has also served as a director with Home Trust Company, Magellan Aerospace Corporation, Minacs Worldwide Inc., Trilon Financial Corporation and the York University Development Corporation.
As a volunteer, Dimma has served as an honorary governor with the York Board of Governors, governor with the Canadian Journalism Foundation, honorary trustee with Hospital for Sick Children and honorary director with the Niagara Institute.
His formal education includes a BASc and PEng from the University of Toronto and an MMP and DBA from Harvard University. Dimma has received the York University Business School Alumni Award for Outstanding Corporate Leadership and has been presented honorary degrees from Saint Mary's University and York University.