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Helping Montreal prepare for the next public health emergency

As the deputy medical director at Montreal Public Health, David Kaiser, BSc’03, MDCM’09, MSc’13, oversees emergency preparedness. His holistic perspective on health issues was forged, in part, during his environmental sciences studies at McGill.

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.

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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.

Sharon Wilensky co-manages Wilensky’s Light Lunch, which is marking its 90th anniversary this year (Photo: Christinne Muschi) People

It’s not just the family business, it’s a Montreal landmark

Mordecai Richler wrote about it. Anthony Bourdain called it a “national treasure.” As the co-owner of Wilensky’s Light Lunch, Sharon Wilensky, BA’82, DipEd’87, isn’t just looking after the family restaurant, she is co-managing an iconic Montreal institution. 

Leonora Indira King is the founder of the Parc-Ex Curry Collective (Photo: Owen Egan and Joni Dufour) People

Cumin, coriander and a sense of community

PhD student and community organizer Leonora Indira King, MSc’17, is the driving force behind the Parc-Ex Curry Collective, an initiative that provides non-status immigrant women with an empowering opportunity to benefit from their culinary skills. 

McGill students playing hockey in 1902 On Campus

Snapshots from the past

McGill is marking its 200th year, but this isn’t the first time that the University has celebrated a milestone anniversary. We take a look at what life was like for previous generations of McGillians during other significant anniversary years.

Simon Gamache is the new executive director of Montreal Pride (Photo: Christinne Muschi) People

Planning for Pride’s post-pandemic future

As the new executive director of Montreal Pride, Simon Gamache, BMus’02, MMus’05, will have a major say about what the future holds for one of Montreal’s signature events as it emerges from two years of pandemic restrictions.


Fighting the good fight

In tough times, many Montrealers have turned to organizations like Centraide, Chez Doris, Moisson Montréal and the Old Brewery Mission for invaluable support. Meet the McGillians who lead some of the city's most important charitable organizations.

Blanche Lemco sitting and smiling People

Honouring the woman who saved Old Montreal

If you have ever enjoyed a stroll through Old Montreal, you owe Blanche Lemco van Ginkel, BArch’45, DSc’14, a debt of thanks. One of the driving forces behind Expo 67, she was the recent recipient of Canada's top prize for career achievements in architecture.

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