Vice-Chair of the Board of Governors Jonathan Wener has been accepted into the Club des entrepreneurs of the Conseil du patronat du Québec (CPQ) for his exceptional contribution to the economic development of Quebec. Chairman and CEO of real estate and asset management company Canderel Management Inc., Wener is now one of 66 in this category recognized by the CPQ since its inception in 1986.

Concordia alumna Sheryl King has become the second female chief economist at major bank on Bay St. King, who served as senior U.S. economist at Merrill Lynch since 2004, becomes new chief Canadian economist for Banc of America Securities Merrill Lynch.

On April 19, Legal Counsel for Student and Administration Melodie Sullivan competed in the 113th Boston Marathon, finishing the 42.2 km course in 4:14:17.

Theological Studies alumnus K. Gandhar Chakravarty has published Kolkata Dreams, his book of poems and photos inspired by his recent travels to India, with 8th House Publishing. The book has received critical acclaim from literary icons including Pulitzer Prize winner Yusef Komunyakaa and bestselling author Sunil Gangopadhyay.

CIISE Professor Prabir Bhattacharya and PhD Candidate in Computer Science and Software Engineering Kaushik Roy have published their book Iris Recognition: A Machine Learning Approach with VDM Verlag Germany. Based on biometrics security. The research detailed in the book will help advance various security applications at airports, borders, in banking, etc. The book is available on

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The film RiP: A remix manifesto, written and directed by Brett Gaylor (BFA 01, at left) and produced by Professor Dan Cross was awarded the Edward Jones Audience Choice Award at the 47th Ann Arbor Film Festival in March.

At the Quebec film industry awards les Prix Jutra in March, André Turpin (BFA 89) won the award for best cinematography for the film C’est pas moi, je le jure. Benoît Pilon (BFA 87), won best film, best screenplay and best actor for the movie Ce qu’il faut pour vivre (The Necessities of Life). At the Genie Awards in April, the film won best director, best actor and best screenplay.

Also at the Genie Awards, Up the Yangtze, directed by Yung Chang (BFA 99), won the award for best documentary. Former film production students were honoured with Genie nominations for achievement in cinematography: Nicholas Bolduc for Le Banquet, Pierre Gill for La Piège américain and Sara Mishara for Tout est parfait.


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