Alumni Profiles

Steve MacLean, Canadian astronaut and former head of the Canada Space Agency; Victoria Pratt, actress and author; retired CTV television host and sportscaster Dan Matheson; Chantal Sutherland, jockey; Wayne Arthurs, former Pickering mayor and MPP; and comedian Gerry Dee. They are but a few among the thousands of alumni of the School’s/Department’s programs who have pursued interesting and dynamic careers after graduating.

While many of our alumni, especially in the early years, proceeded to careers in teaching, there are thousands who have gone on to endeavours in the business world, in medicine, in health-related fields as researchers and practitioners, in sport, in media, in law, in community recreation, in government, in community services – and the list goes on! And not too surprisingly, there are dozens who have pursued careers in the world of academia and in scientific research. Interestingly, just in York’s first class of physical education alumni in 1971 alone, three of the 15 grads went on to become university professors: Don Paterson at Western, Jean Landa Pytel at Penn State and Neil Smith at York.

For our 50th celebration, we have assembled profiles of a select number of graduates who have distinguished or are distinguishing themselves in their respective fields of endeavour, or have pursued or are pursing interesting or innovative careers. This includes graduates who, during their student years at York, were affiliated with our undergraduate or graduate academic programs and/or our varsity athletic or recreation programs.

If you would like to share your interesting or innovative career and/or life experience story, we invite you to submit your own profile by clicking on the “Alumni Profile” box.