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2016 alumni Awards of Excellence winners

Laurier alumni association hosts Awards of Excellence

What do a Wall Street reformer and first-year paediatric resident at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto have in common? They were among those recently honoured as outstanding Laurier alumni.

The Wilfrid Laurier University Alumni Association held its 2016 Awards of Excellence ceremony in Waterloo, recognizing eight outstanding individuals.

This year’s Alumnus of the Year is Brad Katsuyama (BBA ’01), who has become a catalyst for Wall Street reform since uncovering and working to solve a systemic high-frequency trading problem.

Katsuyama has received international recognition for his efforts and was portrayed in the best-selling book Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt.

Young Alumna of the Year Michelle Gould (BSc ’12) enrolled in Laurier’s inaugural Health Sciences program when she was just 15. Now 22, she is a first-year paediatric resident at SickKids in Toronto, where she is studying celiac disease, a condition that affects about one in 100 Canadian children.

Other 2016 Awards of Excellence winners include:

  • Student Alumnus of the Year - Chris Chung
  • Student Alumna of the Year - Shielarose Gandhi
  • Schaus Award for Staff - Jennifer Casey (BA ’89)
  • Hoffmann-Little Award for Faculty - M. Kristiina Montero
  • Faculty Mentoring Award - Laurie Barclay
  • Honorary Alumnus of the Year - Jim Butler

The alumni association's Awards of Excellence program recognizes achievements of alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends of the university. Nominate a candidate by visiting