Community Impact

Hazy city skyline Webcasts

Up in smoke: Understanding the health hazards of wildfire pollution

As devastating wildfires continue to ravage landscapes across Canada, the fallout extends far beyond charred forests and scorched earth.

Hope & Cope founder Sheila Kussner (Photo: John Mahoney/Montreal Gazette-Postmedia Network Inc) People

The one and only Sheila Kussner

Sheila Kussner, BA’53, LLD’90, is the driving force behind Hope & Cope and its innovative approach to supporting cancer patients, an indispensable ally in McGill’s efforts to create a Department of Oncology, and now, the subject of a new book. 

Montreal police chief Fady Dagher with Montreal mayor Valérie Plante (Photo: Dominick Gravel/La Presse) People

Montreal’s reform-minded police chief

Fady Dagher, EMBA'12, the new director of Montreal's police force, is known for his unconventional ideas. His innovative approach was shaped, in part, by his MBA studies at McGill and HEC Montréal.

Culture

Sharing her community’s stories

Vancouver’s Chinatown played an important role in Melissa Karmen Lee’s youth. Now, decades later, the neighbourhood is still an integral part of her life as the soon-to-be home of the institution she leads. Lee, BA’03, is the CEO of the new Chinese Canadian Museum.

Pearl Eliadis (right) is the coach for a team of students from the Max Bell School of Public Policy taking part in its Policy Lab (Photo: Christinne Muschi) On Campus

The assignment? Solving a real-world problem

When the students at the Max Bell School of Public Policy take part in its Policy Lab, they know they’ll be tackling a challenge with real-life stakes.

Evan Goldberg sitting with Seth Rogen People

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

Children crafting paper butterflies Society

How an award-winning school in Uganda began as a McGill student project

While studying at McGill, Andrea Charbonneau and Farah Williamson created a student group to help children in a war-torn, poverty-stricken area of northern Uganda. Years later, those efforts have resulted in Wakadogo, a school that is changing young lives and earning international accolades.

Daniel Seligman standing in front of POP Montreal posters Culture

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.

New York City mayor Eric Adams with New York City chief housing officer Jessica Katz, BA’98 (Photo: New York City Mayor's Office) People

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.

Back to top