Haskayne Alumni Awards 2023

Haskayne Alumni Awards

Meet the 2023 Haskayne Alumni Award Recipients

We are proud to announce the 2023 Haskayne Alumni Award recipients: Saifa Koonar, Carol Yan and Michael Torrance.

With over 30,000 alumni across the globe, there is a strong pool of accomplished alumni to choose from and this year’s recipients well represent where a Haskayne education can take you.

Each of this year’s award recipients embodies an entrepreneurial spirit needed to tackle the complexities in an ever-changing and dynamic world. Although their journeys are very different, their Haskayne education has played a pivotal role in their success. Read more about this year’s recipients and their entrepreneurial journeys.

2023 Haskayne Alumni Awards Celebration
The Haskayne Alumni Awards ceremony will be held Nov. 9 in the Events Centre in Mathison Hall, Haskayne’s newest building.

Thursday, November 9, 2023
6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Mathison Hall, University of Calgary Main Campus


  • $60 General Admission
  • $50 Alumni
  • $50 Faculty and Staff

Purchase your tickets here

Limited complimentary tickets are available to students. Please contact alumni@haskayne.ucalgary.ca for more information.

Management Alumni Excellence Award – Saifa Koonar, MBA’02, BComm’92

Management Excellence Award

The highest alumni honour at the Haskayne School of Business, the Management Alumni Excellence Award recognizes the outstanding success of Haskayne alumni at the peak of their careers. The first Management Alumni Excellence Award recipient was honoured in 2000.

The 2023 recipient is Saifa Koonar, BComm’92, MBA’02, President and CEO, Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation

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Rising Star Award – Carol Yan, BComm’13

Rising Star Award

The Rising Star Award honours those who are taking giant strides in the first decade since graduating from their Haskayne program. The recipients are young leaders who are driving innovation in industry and contributing to the community right now.

The 2023 recipient is Carol Yan, BComm’13, Head of Energy Transition and Renewables, Amazon Web Services

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Big Ideas Bold Leaders Award – Michael Torrance, BComm’02, BA’02

Big Ideas Bold Leaders Awards

This award is all about recognizing those that have taken on the challenge of doing something big. If you know a Haskayne alumni that had taken on a challenge, created something outstanding or made a big impact, this is the award for them.

The 2023 recipient is Michael Torrance, BA’02, BComm’02, Vice President, Chief Sustainability Officer, BMO Financial Group

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