International Engagement

Christina Cattaneo in a scene from Pure Unknown Society

Determined to give them back their names

Forensic scientist Cristina Cattaneo, BSc’87, heads up an effort in Italy to identify migrants who have perished in their attempts to reach Europe. “It’s important for the living, not just for the dignity of the dead.”

Olivier Niggli arms crossed People

Levelling the playing field

As its director-general, Olivier Niggli, MBA’06, leads the World Anti-Doping Agency’s efforts to promote fair play and punish cheating at international sports events.

Adelle Blackett smiling Discovery

A more inclusive vision of law

Over the course of her career, McGill law professor Adelle Blackett has never been shy about questioning the status quo. Her work has altered the landscape for domestic workers in dozens of countries and for Black academics in Canada.

Carlos Duarte smiling in from of sea ice Discovery

This top marine ecologist puts an emphasis on hope

Don’t tell Carlos Duarte, PhD’87, the oceans are dying. He’s heard it before, as one of the world’s most respected marine ecologists, and he has a clear message for those who lament about the state of marine ecosystems: “We’re within reach to achieve a positive future for our oceans but we have to stop focusing on […]

Architect Moshe Safdie at one of his most famous projects, Habitat 67 (Photo: Owen Egan/Joni Dufour) People

“My career started here”

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.

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.

Amélie Dionne-Charest and Caroline Bérubé People

From McGill law to Canadian business leaders in Asia

Caroline Bérubé set out to find her niche in the legal profession and became a serial entrepreneur along the way. Amélie Dionne-Charest became an entrepreneur “by accident”.

Amale Andraos is the co-founder of the New York architectural firm WORKac and the dean of Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (Photo: Raymond Adams, courtesy Columbia GSAPP) People

Redefining architecture for a new era

Thanks to her firm’s imaginative designs, her focus on the implications of climate change, and her inclusive vision for her profession’s future, Amale Andraos, BSc(Arch)’94, BArch’96, has been winning acclaim as both an architect and an educator.

Shlomi Mayer and Ali Khattib raising glasses on a restaurant patio Culture

A recipe for bridging differences

Breaking Bread, a new documentary by Beth Elise Hawk, BA’89, shines a spotlight on a unique food festival in Israel in which Arab and Jewish chefs join forces to bring new life to old recipes. The word “mouthwatering” appears frequently in reviews of the film.

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