Moshe Safdie, BArch’61, LLD’82, is one of the world’s most celebrated architects. It all began with Montreal’s iconic Habitat 67, a bold housing complex that started off as a McGill thesis project. It made Safdie a star – but it almost derailed his promising career.
A kingpin of comedy
Working alongside his longtime friend Seth Rogan, Evan Goldberg, BA’05, has established himself as a Hollywood power player with a long string of hits, from films like Superbad and Pineapple Express to the current blockbuster TV series The Boys.
Exploring the complexity of ecosystems
As McGill’s Canada Research Chair in Sustainability Science, Elena Bennett is one of the country’s most respected experts on the nature of Canada’s ecosystems – the varied benefits they offer, as well as their vulnerability to change.
“I didn’t want to write a book that was just about racism. I want to make sure that there was a serious engagement with joy and resilience and anxiety and all the things that go into making life.””
McGill Innovation Fund takes aim at the “valley of death”
McGill professors like Nancy Mayo who want to commercialize the fruits of their research and take them to the marketplace face daunting obstacles. The McGill Innovation Fund aims to improve the odds for their success.
New Board chair motivated to make a difference
Maryse Bertrand, BCL’80, the new chair of McGill’s Board of Governors, brings a varied legal and corporate background to the role. She will climb a mountain for a good cause (and we mean that literally).
Tackling New York City’s affordability crisis
New York City has the highest average rents in the U.S., and the city’s mayor Eric Adams has made access to affordable housing one of his top priorities. The woman he chose to help him fix the crisis is Jessica Katz, BA’98, the city’s chief housing officer.
A voice for her home, a voice for her people
Élisabeth St-Gelais, BMus’21, has recently been receiving a lot of attention, winning McGill’s Wirth Vocal Prize and a grand prize at the Canadian Music Competition. The young Innu soprano from Saguenay says her Indigenous heritage supplies the foundation for her art.
Montreal’s impresario of POP
One of the hallmarks of Montreal is its vibrant indie music scene and Daniel Seligman, BA’00, has been one of its key promoters. The longtime creative director of POP Montreal shares his thoughts on the state of music in Montreal – and what it's like to hang out with Patti Smith.