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Bachmann, Ingrid

  • IB1
  • Person
  • 1958-

Ingrid Bachmann is a professor at the department of Studio Arts. Born in London, Canada, she obtained her MA in Modern Art History, Theory and Criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Bachmann came to Concordia in 1993. She got her tenure-track position in 1999. In 2001, Bachmann was founding member of Hexagram: Institute for research and Creation in the Media Arts, based at Concordia University. She served on the Faculty of Fine Arts Council from 2002-2003 to 2003-2004 and in 2008-2009, on the Council of the School of Graduate Studies in 2004-2005 and on the Senate, in 2006-2007. She’s had 20 solo exhibitions, took part in more than 30 group exhibitions and was awarded many grants from the Canada Council, the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the Daniel Langlois Foundation to name a few. Her creations are at the intersection of textiles, sculpture and technology.

  • Bachmann got to present her paper ‘Material and the Promise of the Immaterial’ at the Textile Society of America Conference held in New Mexico, in September 2000.
  • Bachmann was one of three artists selected to represent Canada at the International Triennale of Tapestry held in Lodz, Poland, in 2001.
  • She was invited to create an in situ installation at the Leonard and Bina Ellen Gallery for its 10th anniversary in 2002.
  • Bachmann’s ‘Digital Crustaceans: Homesteading on the World Wide Web’ research project was presented at the Creative Evolution conference at the University of London’s Goldsmith’s College in April 2005.
  • In 2008, she was part of the Entretiens Jacques-Cartier organizing committee, a colloquium at which she hosted a symposium exploring the potential of textiles in various applications such as sustainable development, security, health and culture.

Bayne, Clarence S.

  • CB1
  • Person

Clarence S. Bayne joined Sir George Williams University in 1966 as a lecturer in statistics after completing his Master and PhD at McGill University. From 1967 to 1969, he was a lecturer in quantitative methods; in 1969 he was appointed assistant professor of quantitative methods. Following the merger of Sir George Williams and Loyola College to form Concordia University in 1974, he was appointed associate professor of quantitative methods. In 1987, he was made associate professor of decision sciences and management information systems. He received his Full Professor title in June 2001. He was the director of the Diploma in Administration/Diploma in Sport Administration (DIA/DSA) program from 1991 to 2006 and served on many university committees, task forces and councils. Bayne’s research focuses on forecasting and sampling theory. He has been an advocate for the Black community in Montreal.

  • Bayne sat on the committee to investigate the charges against Perry Anderson in December 1968. The biology professor had been charged with racism by the then-Principal of Sir George Williams University, D. B. Clarke. Bayne would resign publicly on January 22, 1969, citing the lack of guidelines and procedures of the committee and expressing concerns regarding the overall role of the University towards the Black community.
  • Bayne was instrumental in the foundation of Montreal’s Black Theatre Workshop in 1969. He has been president and executive director of the company created to offer opportunities to black actors.
  • Bayne was the founder and executive director of the National Black Coalition of Canada Research Institute during a leave from teaching in 1972.
  • In 1987, Bayne worked on the creation of the Foundation for Minority Arts and Culture.
  • Bayne was the 1992 recipient of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award for his work on developing Black performing arts and culture in Montreal.
  • In February 1996, the City of Montreal presented a community service award to Bayne.
  • Bayne received the Montreal Association of Black Business and Professional Award in 1998.
  • Bayne chaired a session on Multiple Identities and Social Values at the Canadian Cultural Research Network (CCRN) colloquium in Edmonton, held in May 2000.
  • Bayne was admitted to the Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honour Society at its ceremony held November 1, 2000.
  • Bayne received the Quebec Board of Black Educator’s Award in 2000.

Beissel, Henry

  • HB1
  • Person
  • 1929 -

Henry Beissel is a poet, playwright, essayist, translator, editor and distinguished professor emeritus. Beissel immigrated from Cologne, Germany to Canada in 1951 and became Canadian citizen in 1956. He obtained his M.A. from the University of Toronto in 1960 and first taught English literature in Germany and the West Indies before joining the English department of Sir George Williams University in 1966 as Assistant Professor. He would help develop the Creative Writing program in the early 1970’s before getting his tenure and becoming Full Professor in 1979. His teaching centered mostly on medieval and modern periods literature. Beissel retired from Concordia University in 1995. He is the author of 18 volumes of poetry, 10 plays and numerous essays and translations.

  • From 1963 to 1969, Henry Beissel was the editor of the independent literary journal EDGE he founded in Edmonton.
  • Beissel is the author of ‘Inuk and the Sun’, a play that premiered in Stratford in 1973. Translated in many languages, it has been performed around the world. The play would eventually become the opera ‘Inook’ in 1986, with music composed by Music department Professor Wolfgang Rottenberg. Excerpts of the piece would later be performed at the Inukshuk: A Dialogue among Cultures event, held at Concordia in June 1999.
  • Beissel was the chair of the Irving Layton for Creative Writing awards committee in 1992.
  • Beissel edited ‘Raging Like a Fire’, a Vehicle Press ‘Festschrift’ publication celebrating Irving Layton’s 80th birthday, in 1993.
  • In 1994, Beissel was awarded a literary prize in the memory of Walter Bauer in recognition for his services to Bauer’s work and for his own literary oeuvre. The award was presented in Merseburg, Germany.
  • Beissel was awarded the First Prize in Poetry for ‘The Jade Canoe’ by the Surrey International Writer’s Conference, in 2006.
  • In 2008, he received the Naji Naaman Literary Prize for ‘Where Shall the Birds Fly?’. He also became an honorary member of the Maison Naaman pour la Culture in Beirut, Lebanon.

Benedetti, Alain

  • AB1
  • Person
  • [19-]-

Fellow Chartered Accountant (FCA) Alain Benedetti graduated from Loyola College in 1970. A member of the board of the Loyola Alumni Association since 1982, Benedetti served as President of the Association from 1986 to 1988. Benedetti represented the Loyola Alumni Association on the Board of Governors from 1990 to 1996 and served as representative of the community-at-large and Chair of the Board of Governors Audit Committee from 1996 to 2003. He was first elected Chair of the Board of Governors at its June 18, 2003 meeting and was re-elected at its June 17, 2004 meeting. Benedetti stepped down from his Chair role in 2005 and was then named Governor Emeritus and a lifetime member of the Corporation of Concordia University.

  • Benedetti chaired the Advisory Search Committee that would elect Claude Lajeunesse President and Vice-Chancellor in 2004 and 2005.
  • Benedetti won an IBM Thinkpad laptop at a Shuffle raffle in 2003 and donated the computer to student Maria Hunt through a raffle.
  • On November 27, 1997 Benedetti’s volunteer work was honoured at the Awards of Distinction of the Faculty of Commerce and Administration ceremony.
  • January 19, 1995 Benedetti received the Distinguished Service Award at the Concordia University Alumni Awards dinner.
  • While president of the Loyola Alumni Association, Benedetti inaugurated the Loyola Educational Grant I 1987 to provide funds to deserving Concordia students.
  • Benedetti chaired the 1996-1997 Annual Giving campaign.

Boisvert, Donald L.

  • DB1
  • Person
  • 1951-2019

Donald L. Boisvert was an Affiliate Professor in the Department of Religions and Cultures.

In 1975 Boisvert was awarded a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies followed by a Masters in History and Philosophy of Religion, both from Concordia University. In 1978 he began PhD studies at McMaster University which he completed at the University of Ottawa in 1990.

Boisvert worked for two years as Communications Assistant in the Office of the Leader Opposition of the Canadian House of Commons before returning to Concordia University in September 1979 to work on program development in the Dean of Students Office. The following year he replaced Don Taddeo as Administrative Assistant to Russel Breen (Academic Vice-Rector), a position he held until moving to the Office of the Rector in 1985 to work as an Executive Assistant until 1990.

From 1991-1996, Boisvert was the Associate Vice-Rector, Student Life and from 1996-2003 he was the Dean of Students. In 2008 he succeeded John O’Brien as Speaker of the Senate until 2013. In 2003 Boisvert returned to full-time teaching and research as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Religion where he received tenure in 2011. He served as Chair of the Department of Religion from 2014 to 2015 and retired from Concordia University in 2016.

Boisvert passed away on June 19, 2019. He published two books, including Sanctity and Male Desire: A Gay Reading of Saints in 2004. In 2005 Boisvert was a Lambda Literary Awards finalist in the Spirituality/Religion category. Throughout his academic career he presented his papers at several Canadian, American and European conferences. An openly gay man, Boisvert’s extensive research explored the intersection of religion, gender and sexuality.

  • In 1972 Boisvert was the editor of the Loyola Happening.
  • During his studies at Loyola College, Boisvert was Vice-President, External, of the Loyola Student Association (LSA) from 1972-1973 and served as Co-President of the LSA with Marc Tigh from 1973-1974.
  • In 1975 Boisvert was awarded the Loyola Campus Medal as Graduating Class Valedictorian.
  • In 2002 he endowed the Donald L. Boisvert Scholarship for Gay and Lesbian Studies.
  • He gave the keynote address at Sexy Religion: The Allure of the Transcendent, an interdisciplinary conference held at Concordia University in February 2006.
  • Boisvert received the Concordia University Alumni Association 2010 Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching at the May 17, 2010 Alumni Recognition Awards Banquet.
  • In September 2013 Boisvert was ordained Priest in the Anglican Church of Canada by the Anglican Bishop of Montreal.

Bordan, Jack

  • JB1
  • Person
  • 1926-

Born in Montreal in 1926, Professor Jack Bordan received a B. Eng. (Engineering Physics) and M. Sc. (Physics) degrees from McGill University in 1950 and 1952 respectively. He joined Sir George Williams University in 1952 as Lecturer and became Assistant Professor in Physics in 1955. He was made Associate Professor of Engineering in 1957 and Professor of Engineering in 1962. The following year, Professor Bordan became the first Sir George Williams University Dean of Engineering, a post he held until May 31, 1969. Following John O’Brien’s appointment as Rector, Jack Bordan was made Acting Vice-Principal, Academic in August 1969. He was appointed to the position in February 1970, effective June 1. With the merger of Sir George and Loyola College to form Concordia University in 1974, Professor Bordan was appointed Vice-Rector, Academic of the new institution. He held this position until his retirement in May 1980.

Breen, Russell

  • RB1
  • Person
  • April 20, 1925-June 26, 2005

Russell Whitton Breen was born April 20, 1925 and died June 26, 2005 in Montreal. He attended Loyola High School and graduated with a B. A. in Arts from Loyola College in Montreal in 1946, where he was interested in skiing, boxing, and hockey. He went on to study theology at the Université de Montréal and the Grand Seminary. He was ordained into the priesthood by Paul-Émile Léger on June 3, 1950. He was a chaplain at McGill University for 14 years (1951-1965), and was involved in Newman Clubs. He got a Master’s degree in Philosophy of Education at Fordham University in New York (1958) and he spent four years in France, completing a Doctorate in Religious Sciences at the Université de Strasbourg. In 1968 he returned to Loyola to teach. In 1970 he became Loyola Dean of Arts, and in 1973 Dean of Arts and Science. He was involved in the merger negotiations with Sir George Williams University as a strong advocate for Loyola College. After the merger and the creation of Concordia University, he became Loyola Dean of Arts and Science, and from 1977 to 1985 he was Concordia’s Vice-Rector Academic, Arts and Science. Dr. Breen retired from Concordia University in April 1985. He was appointed Monsignor by the pope in 1981 and in 1986 he became Pastor of downtown Montreal’s St. Patrick’s Basilica, where he undertook a major renovation and revitalization of the church.

Buxton, William J.

  • WB1
  • Person
  • [19-] -

William Buxton was a professor at the department of Communication studies. He first graduated from the University of Alberta in 1969, before completing his MA in Philosophy at Oxford University and a MSc in Politics at London University. Buxton then obtained his doctorate from the Die Freie Universitat Berlin in 1980 and his post-doctorate from Harvard University the following year. Buxton joined Concordia’s Communication Studies department in 1990 and was promoted to full professor on June 1, 1992. He became a Fellow of the School of Community and Public Affairs and Lonergan University College shortly after. Buxton retired from Concordia University in 2017. He’s the author of more than 50 books, articles and papers.

  • While studying at the University of Alberta, Buxton Obtained the MacEachran Gold Medal in Psychology.
  • Buxton organized the Harold Innis and Intellectual Practice for the New Century: Interdisciplinary and Critical Studies conference held at Concordia in October 1994.
  • Buxton was scholar-in-residence at the Rockefeller Archive Centre, a division of Rockefeller University in the summer of 2004 to work on his research on the educational radio projects of the Rockefeller Foundation/General Education Board.
  • In 2008, Buxton was awarded a Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) grant for his work ‘Civilizing Canada, Enacting Space, Binding Time: The Possibilist Practice of Harold Adams Innis 1920-1952’.
  • William Buxton was elected Secretary of the Rhodes Scholarship Committee for Quebec in 2008.

Centre for Industrial Control

  • CIC1
  • Corporate body
  • November 3, 1970-

November 3, 1970: The Fluid Control Centre is founded after the Faculty of Engineering of Sir George Williams University negotiated a $80,000 grant program with the National Research Council (N. R. C.) to aid in the planning and implementation of a broadly-based research program on fluidics and fluid control systems.

October 28, 1983: The change of name from Fluid Control Centre to Centre for Industrial Control is approved at the University Senate.

Concordia University. Department of Theological Studies

  • Corporate body
  • 1974-

June 1, 1975: Prof. Sean McEvenue assumes the duties of Chairman of the Department of Theological Studies.
May 26, 1978: The B.A. Specialization in Theological Studies Programme is approved by the University Senate.
May 26, 1989: The M.A. in Theological Studies is approved by the University Senate.
1992: Prof. Russell Moroziuk is invited to attend the University of Kiev for one year to develop the first curriculum in theological studies at the university.
September 15, 1995: The ministerial approval of the M.A. in Theological Studies is announced at the University Senate.
November 2005: Studia Theologica, the newsletter of the Theological Studies department, is launched.

Concordia University. Lonergan University College

  • LUC1
  • Corporate body
  • 1979-2003
  • The Lonergan University College was named after Bernard Lonergan, an internationally respected philospher/theologian (a Companion of the Order of Canada, Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy and a Loyola College alumnus). The college aimed to attract teachers and students with an interest in the intersectionality of philosophy and religion.
  • Sean McEvenue was named the first Principal of the Lonergan University College, in 1978.
  • The college began admitting students in the Spring of 1979 and was fully operational in September of that same year.
  • The first distinguished fellow of the Lonergan University College was Philip McShane. He was appointed for a one-year term taking effect in the Fall of 1979.
  • The closing of the Lonergan University College was made official during the Board of Governors meeting of September 18, 2003, due to a decrease in student interest, retirement of full-time professors invested in the College and loss of space.

Concordia University. Oscar Peterson Hall

  • OPH
  • Corporate body
  • 1990 -

The Oscar Peterson Concert Hall was built in 1990 as part of the revitalization of the Loyola campus. Since opening, the hall has hosted many internationally renowned artists, comedians and musicians, including Wynton Marsalis, Arlo Guthrie, Roger McGuinn, Kitty Wells, Stompin Tom Connors, Tommy Hunter, Richie Havens, Theo Bikell, Max Amini, Maz Jobrani, Orny Adams, Ranee Lee and Oliver Jones. The Oscar Peterson Concert Hall is also used for recordings.

Originally named the Concordia Concert Hall the venue was renamed for acclaimed Montreal pianist Oscar Peterson in 1999.

Davis, Charles

  • CD1
  • Person
  • 1923-January 28, 1999

Charles Davis was a full-time professor at the department of Religion.

  • Davis was the first Concordia faculty member to receive the Killam Research Fellowship from the Canada Council for the Arts in 1981.
  • He was promoted to the rank of Professor Emeritus for 1992-1993.

Duckworth, Martin

  • MD1
  • Person
  • 19XX -

Martin Duckworth is a film director, cinematographer and movie editor. He was a part-time instructor at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema between 1990 and 2012.

  • In 2015, at the Prix du Québec, Duckworth won the Prix Albert-Tessier for an outstanding career in cinema.
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