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Distinguished Alumni Award

Victoria University's alumni form a network of over 40,000 people located in most parts of the world, with a strong contingent located in Toronto and the GTA. The Victoria Alumni Association, or the Alumni of Victoria College (AVC), is led by a dynamic group of alumni volunteers and staff who organize exciting events, annual reunions, alumni receptions outside Toronto, online networking opportunities and so much more. Emmanuel College has its own association known as the Emmanuel College Alumni/ae Association (ECAA).

The AVC and ECAA’s missions are to build strong relationships between Victoria University and its diverse alumni network by offering engaging and practical ways to encourage an ongoing connection beyond graduation, and to keep alumni well informed on all things Victoria. Please join us for one or more of our events or visit our campus anytime; we look forward to welcoming you back!

Alumni Awards

Victoria University is fortunate to number amongst its alumni a remarkable and impressive group of distinguished graduates: Nobel laureate and Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson Vic 1919; literary critic and scholar Northrop Frye Vic 3T3, Emm 3T6; pioneering doctor Augusta Stowe-Gullen Vic 1883; Nobel laureate and co-inventor of the laser Arthur Schawlow Vic 4T1; authors Margaret Atwood Vic 6T1 and John Bemrose Vic 7T0; artist Robert Bateman Vic 5T4; poet Dennis Lee Vic 6T1; actor Donald Sutherland Vic 5T8; former ambassador Kenneth Taylor Vic 5T7; The Hon Henry N.R. Jackman Vic 5T3; and filmmaker Norman Jewison Vic 4T9.

Among the yearly activities of the AVC and ECAA is selecting the winner of the Distinguished Alumni Award which is the highest honour an alumni can hold.

The Emerging Leaders Award for young alumni administered each year by the AVC, acknowledges and celebrates the achievements of alumni who are recently graduated (15 years or less).

Begun in 2017, the ECAA Alumni/ae Service Award offers honour to an Emmanuel alumnus/a who is recognized for a single noteworthy achievement.

Learn more about the Victoria College Distinguished Alumni Award and the Victoria College Emerging Leader Award

Learn more about the Emmanuel College Alumni/ae Awards

Nominations close on the last day of each calendar year. 

Alumni Giving

One of the key ways that alumni contribute to the life of Victoria University is through their generous contributions to the University's fundraising activities, principally through making a gift to the Vic or Emmanuel Annual Fund.

The Annual Fund is a foundational fundraising program which supports scholarship and bursaries, the beautiful campus and buildings and new programs, such as the Scholars-in-Residence program. If you would like to know more about how you can contribute to Victoria in this way, please contact the development office at 416-585-4526 or To make a gift now, please visit

Alumni Volunteers—Get Involved!

There are many opportunities to become more involved with the AVC and ECAA; the associations rely on the expertise and enthusiasm of its volunteers. Consider supporting Victoria through a volunteer service role and include it on your resume! For more information on formal volunteer roles on the AVC or ECAA as well as informal one helping out with reunion, events, etc., please contact the alumni office at 416-585-4500 or

Serving on the University of Toronto's College of Electors is another opportunity available to Vic alumni. The alumni governor application package is now available