Achieving Top 50@80 | Expanding Our Global Leadership and the Pursuit of Excellence in Medicine
Join us in celebrating Homecoming with a musical concert and award presentations, followed by an opportunity to reunite with classmates via networking salons.
We will be celebrating the recipients of our prestigious annual honours: Awards of Excellence, Alumni Awards of Distinction & Research Day Awards. We will also be recognizing the accomplishments of some of our outgoing leaders.
This year’s theme centres around our daring goal to stake our claim in the ranks of the top 50 medical faculties globally by 2025, all while pursuing our vision to lead innovation for a healthier world. The award winners this year exemplify the excellence it will take to get us there.
All faculty members, staff, learners, donors and alumni are welcome to attend the gala. Join us virtually for a memorable and enjoyable experience!
Date: October 2, 2021
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Virtual/Hybrid component
Virtual Admission is free.
For more information on the uOttawa Homecoming Activities, please visit their website.
Celebrate Homecoming 2021 with a box full of products from alumni businesses and uOttawa-branded items. The box, assembled by GIFT BETTER CO., contains:
Two bottles of alkaline spring water by FLOW ALKALINE SPRING WATER - David Bajurny (BSc ‘95)
Chocolate covered espresso beans by POPPA BEAN COFFEE ROASTERY – Paul Foster (studied in Social Sciences)
TUC x Le Bicar Kliin Reusable Cleaning Cloth by THE UNSCENTED COMPANY - Anie Rouleau (Bcom '92)
One tea bag (makes 5-10 cups of tea) by MITIGOMIN AGRICULTURE - Kayoki Post-Whiteduck, Algonquin Anishinawbe from Kitigan Zibi, Québec
Face mask refreshing spray (30ml) by THAWRIH - Sarah Abood (BSocSc ’18)
Cloth face mask with Alumni Association logo (colour: burgundy with white logo)
The official bilingual uOttawa Homecoming scarf
A uOttawa poster to share your class pride
Price: You can buy this box valued at over $55 for just $30 (shipping included).
Quantity: Very limited quantities of the boxes are available.
For a good cause: One dollar from the purchase of each box has been donated to the Indigenous Student Bursary.
Join the experts at Initiative 1/5 to find out about the signs of stress and learn a variety of research-based methods to deal with it.
Whether you’re an alum or a member of the University community, this workshop will give you the tools to identify the everyday signs of stress and show you a variety of research-based methods for stress management.
In this workshop, Meena Bradley-Garcia (MEducExt '20) Traleena Rouleau (1 in 5 initiative experts) will explore mindfulness and relaxation, the importance of meeting your basic needs, physical activity, time management, setting priorities, and finding meaning in day-to-day activities.
You’ll also be provided with resources that you can access at the start of the webinar and that will be referred to throughout the presentation.
Date: Friday, October 1st from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in French and from noon to 1 p.m. in English
How to attend: Sign up on Eventbrite to receive a Zoom link on the day before the event to participate in the online workshop of your choice.
Visit the Cartwright Springs Brewery and get a behind-the-scenes look at the world of craft beer production.
Alumnus André Rieux (BAdm '93), founder and master brewer at Cartwright Springs Brewery, invites you behind the scenes at his business!
The virtual workshop will cover the brewery’s history, the brewing process, and the various types of beer produced on site, along with a virtual tour of the facilities.
Date: Friday, October 1st, from 5 to 6 p.m. (in French) and from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. (in English)Beers that will be presented: You can buy the Homecoming package with all 6 beers that will be presented here.
Price: Free! Cartwright Springs is even offering free delivery in Ottawa if you buy a 12-pack.
How to participate: Sign up on Eventbrite. You’ll rece
The much-anticipated Panda Game is back and TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW.
Here`s what you need to know:
You won’t want to miss the fans, the food and the chance to watch the Gee-Gees defend Pedro. Tickets will sell out, don’t wait!
Please enjoy Panda safely being respectful of our Gee-Gees fans, uOttawa community and neighbourhood.
Go Gee-Gees Go!
Participate in the first-ever BougeBouge uOttawa 2021 race! On Sunday, October 3rd, BougeBouge and the Office of Alumni Relations invite you to come back to campus by taking part in a 2.5km, 5km or 10km running competition as part of Homecoming 2021.
Enjoy running with your family and friends in a safe way! Consult the sections below to learn about the scenarios and measures that will be in place.
Date: Sunday, October 3, 2021.
Enjoy a free concert by the University of Ottawa Orchestra string ensembles!
Under the baton of our dynamic new Professor of Orchestral Studies, Dinuk Wijeratne, the Strings of the uOttawa Orchestra will join together in small groups on stage in Tabaret Hall to offer up a beautiful program of uplifting music. From present-day works by female composers, Canada’s own Jocelyn Morlock and American Jessie Montgomery, to gems from the past by Elgar, Grieg and Mozart, this concert will be livestreamed on YouTube.
Jessie Montgomery: Starburst
Jocelyn Morlock: Solace
Mozart: Divertimento in B flat K137
Elgar: Serenade for Strings
Grieg: Holberg Suite
Date: Sunday, October 3, 2021, from 2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
How to participate: Sign up on Eventbrite. You’ll receive a link the day before the event to view the virtual presentation of your choice on YouTube.
The book from the author Esther Duflo (2019 Nobel Prize in Economics) - Good economics for hard times is the topic of the conference.
The lecture entitled Good economics for hard times, will focus on how countries can better address pressing socioeconomic challenges, and ensure an inclusive recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Date: Tuesday, October 5th, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Platforms used: The lecture will be held on Zoom and the link to attend will be sent the morning of the event.
Language: This discussion will be led in French, but you can ask your questions in French or English. The presentation will have simultaneous translation.
How to participate: At 11:00 a.m., connect to Zoom using the link we sent you the day before.
In 2019, Esther Duflo was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics with her husband, Abhijit Banerjee, and Michael Kremer. She is the Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics in the Department of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a co-founder and co-director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL). In her research, she seeks to understand the economic lives of the poor, with the aim of helping to design and evaluate social policies. She has worked on health, education, financial inclusion, environment, and governance policies.
Professor Esther Duflo’s first degrees were in history and economics from École Normale Supérieure, Paris. She subsequently received a PhD in economics from MIT in 1999.
Professor Duflo has received numerous academic honours and prizes, including the Princess of Asturias Award for Social Sciences (2015), the A.SK Social Sciences Award (2015), the Infosys Prize (2014), the David N. Kershaw Award (2011), a John Bates Clark Medal (2010), and a MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellowship (2009). With Abhijit Banerjee, she wrote Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty, which won the Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award in 2011 and has been translated into more than 17 languages.
Her newest book, co-authored with Abhijit, entitled Good Economics for Hard Times, is on how economics can help us solve the social and political problems of our day.
Professor Duflo is the editor of the American Economic Review, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy.
uOttawa alumni and friends are invited to join their online book club - uO BookIn!
In October, the Alumni Association and University of Ottawa Press invite you to celebrate Homecoming by diving into Train (Your Brain) Like an Olympian: Gold Medal Techniques to Unleash Your Potential at Work by Jean François Ménard (MA-Health Sciences '07).
In this session, Beverly Marchand, University of Ottawa alumna (B.A. '16, MA-Arts '18) and PhD candidate, will lead this discussion.
This online uO BookIn book club is meant to be a friendly forum in which you can ask questions and discuss the selected book with the group, whether you’ve read it all, in part — or not yet. All are welcome.
Date: Tuesday, October 5th, 2021, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Price: Free. The University of Ottawa Alumni Association is proud to gift a signed copy of the book to the first 10 alumni who register. The book will be signed by the author, as well as Olympic gold medalist Mikael Kingsbury!
Book format: The book is available in paper, electronic and audiobook format. Buy the book.
Platforms used: The discussion will be held on Zoom and the link to attend will be sent the morning of the event. Join the uOBookIn Facebook group to stay informed and share your impressions using the hashtag #uOBookIn
Language: This discussion will be led in English, but you can ask your questions in French or English.
Do I need to have read the book to join? Of course not! The discussion is open to all.
How to participate: At 7:00 p.m., connect to Zoom using the link we sent you the day before. You can ask your questions on mic or submit them in chat.
The global pandemic has completely disrupted how, where, and when we work and added tremendous pressure to individuals and their families. Learn how to refocus and achieve your full potential from one of the world’s top mental performance coaches. In Train (Your Brain) Like an Olympian, Jean François Ménard provides the skills necessary to:
Elite athletes need to deal with multiple distractions, manage their stress levels, and have robust self-confidence to deliver podium-worthy performances. In our current work-from-home reality, these pressures are also experienced by those of us who are asked to do more with less and work longer hours with fewer distinctions between work and private lives. The pressure to perform at your best and be on the mark is always present, and let’s face it, being consistently great in an environment like this is easier said than done. Whether your performance realm is the playing field, the workplace, the home office, or the classroom, mental strength is no longer simply an asset. It’s an absolute necessity.
Thriving at work and in life doesn’t happen by accident: there are teachable skills that can help you stay positive, stay focused, and unleash your full potential. This book will give you exclusive access to techniques and strategies that help Cirque du Soleil artists, Olympians, and pro athletes become the best in the world.
Race to escape! University of Ottawa and Mobile Escapes challenge you to escape from the campus’s haunted tunnels in less than 60 minutes!
University of Ottawa and Mobile Escapes, a business founded by alumni Nicolas Marcil (B.Ed. ’18, BSc ’16) and Eric Marcotte (BEng ’17, BSc Human Kinetics ’15), challenge you to solve—in under 60 minutes!—this virtual escape room especially designed for uOttawa alumni, friends, and the University community. You’ll discover, or rediscover, the campus as you solve puzzles, and learn interesting facts and well-kept secrets about different faculties and departments.
Date: From October 1st to December 31st, 2021
Level of difficulty: Have no fear! If you get stuck on one of the puzzles, you can get clues to help you continue, for a penalty.
How to participate solo: Sign up on Eventbrite. You’ll receive a link to access the virtual escape website when Homecoming 2021 begins.
How to participate as a team:
1. Each team member must sign up at Eventbrite online to receive the link to register on the Mobile Escapes website when ready to launch the game.
2. Solutions to the puzzles need to be entered on the Mobile Escapes site by:
o Each player individually, if each member of a team wants to see their name on the leaderboard
o A team representative (using the team name), if you want your team name to appear on the leaderboard
Participants can go through the steps to solve the puzzles together in person or remotely (via Zoom, Facetime, Messenger video or another platform).
The Link is uOttawa's first-ever web series highlighting entrepreneurial paths from our alumni around the world.
From San Francisco to Palo Alto
The University of Ottawa's Alumni Association and the Entrepreneurship Hub have partnered for a second season to explore how some of our alumni with different backgrounds have made their ideas and passions come to life.
Join us to watch the live premiering of Episode 2 of Season 2, featuring our host Sharon Wong (BSc, Comp. Sci) and guest Anthony Bagnulo (BASc '10).
In honour of GeeGees Homecoming, we’ll be hosting a live premiere of Episode 1 (en français) and Episode 2 (in English). Grab your ticket and, together, let's take this (virtual) trip from San Francisco to Palo Alto Tuesday October 5th!
Bonus! Our audience will get the chance to ask questions during the Q & A session following the episode premiere!
*Note: the hyperlink to join the event will be shared with registered participants the morning of the event.
About Our Guest : Anthony Bagnulo
Anthony has 10+ years experience in manufacturing, power electronics, and testing as a hands-on leader. He helped launch the first Model S at Tesla's Factory in Fremont, CA and has since been involved in scaling production, leading a team responsible for designing custom automated testing equipment for Tesla's power electronics components globally.
LinkedIn : Anthony Bagnulo
October 24 to October 30, 2020
Let’s get unmuted!
To register for all activities please visit the 2020 Virtual Homecoming Registration page:Register
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
11:00 A.M. - The 2020 Alex Trebek Distinguished Lecture Series presents:Dr. Laurent Duvernay-TardifShifting Protection: From the Super Bowl to the pandemic’s front lines (FR)
Lecture in French with a bilingual question period - ZOOM platform
Join Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, professional football player and medical school graduate, for this Alex Trebek Distinguished Lecture Series conference.
During this 45-minute online fireside chat in French, followed by a bilingual question period, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif will discuss his experience as an orderly during the pandemic. Dr. Melissa Forgie, vice-dean of undergraduate medical education at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa, will facilitate the discussion.Register
7:00 P.M. - Faculty of Medicine 75th Anniversary Trivia Night
Challenge yourself on the Faculty of Medicine’s history and join us for a trivia-filled night of fun!Register
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
7:00 P.M. - Alumni Awards of Distinction Ceremony
The Faculty of Medicine will be conferring its most distinguished awards for alumni, the Lifetime Achievement Award, the Rising Star Award and the Exceptional Leadership Award. Please join us for the short ceremony, hosted by Dean Bernard Jasmin.Register
Thursday, October 29, 2020
11:00 A.M. – The 2020 Alex Trebek Distinguished Lecture Series presents:André Picard
Life in the Time of COVID – And Beyond
Lecture in English with a bilingual question period - ZOOM platform
Join alumnus and journalist André Picard for this online lecture, in English, during which he will discuss the social aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic and propose ideas to consider for the future.
During this 45-minute online fireside chat, followed by questions from the audience, André Picard will share his expertise and thoughts about our society during this pandemic.Register
6:30 P.M. Virtual Awards of Excellence Ceremony
Join us in our virtual art gallery for the 75th anniversary Awards of Excellence. Take on a virtual form in the shape of your own personal avatar, and saunter through our exhibition of historic Faculty of Medicine photos. You’re sure to bump into friends and colleagues—in virtual form! Watch the glittering awards ceremony, and cheer for the winners of this year’s Awards of Excellence. Chat and network to the tunes of a DJ. It’s the place to be!Register
To register please visit the 2019 Homecoming Registration page
Friday, October 4, 2019, 5 p.m.
Location: Canada Science and Technology Museum, 1867 St. Laurent Blvd., Ottawa
Admission: Free; registration is required
Reconnect with your classmates while examining medical artifacts from a century ago. Join us for a special discussion as we unpack a medical bag that once belonged to a distinguished Canadian physician. Undisturbed and unopened for more than 50 years, this bag has been loaned to uOttawa by the owner’s family for this unique event. During the panel discussion, we will explore the significance of the house call in history and its re-emergence today in the tech-driven health care landscape.
Speakers will include Dr. Susan Lamb, Hannah Chair in History of Medicine, Department of Innovation in Medical Education (DIME), uOttawa; and David Pantalony, PhD, Curator, Physical Sciences and Medicine, Canada Science and Technology Museum.
Saturday, October 5, 2019
11 a.m. Pre-game | 1 p.m. Kick-off
Location: (Pre-Game) Aberdeen Pavillion, 1000 Exhibition Way, Ottawa | (Game) TD Place, 1015 Bank St., OttawaAdmission
Last year, we proudly reclaimed Pedro the Panda from our rivals in the 50th Panda Game – this year, let’s get set to defend! Alumni and fans are invited to a pre-game event starting at 11 a.m. at the Aberdeen Pavilion, located at Lansdowne Park. We will head next door to TD Place Stadium for kick-off at 1 p.m.
Saturday, October 5, 2019
6 p.m. Reception | 7 p.m. Dinner
Location: Shaw Centre, Trillium Ballroom, 55 Colonel By Dr., Ottawa
Admission: $150 per ticket; registration required
Prepare to be inspired by the core elements of our universe, to shake your atoms, and to celebrate the magnificent work of the Faculty of Medicine community. On Saturday, October 5, join us for a special evening where you will be treated to a sit-down dinner, live entertainment, and an opportunity to mingle with some of the brightest minds in the country.
Our gala will take inspiration from the periodic table, which celebrates 150 years in 2019. From our first encounters with it in high school science class, to its practical uses in our labs and clinics today—the periodic table bonds us. This October, it lays the groundwork for what will most definitely be one of the best parties of the year.
Sunday, October 6, 2019
10 to 11 a.m. Awards Ceremony | 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Brunch
Location: Shaw Centre, 55 Colonel By Dr., Ottawa
Admission: Free, registration is required
The Faculty of Medicine will be conferring its most distinguished awards for alumni, the Lifetime Achievement Award, the Rising Star Award and Exceptional Leadership Award. Please join us for the short ceremony and come say farewell to your classmates at a relaxed gourmet brunch.
This September 28-30, we invite you to join us to celebrate the Faculty of Medicine’s Homecoming Weekend.
To register please visit the 2018 Homecoming EventBrite page
Date & Time: Friday, September 28, 2018 from 5 to 7 PM
Location: Lago Bar & Grill, 1001 Queen Elizabeth Drive, Ottawa (Dow’s Lake)
Event details: Join us and reunite with classmates and colleagues to celebrate the opening of Homecoming with a private cocktail reception.
Date & Time: Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 1pm Game Kick-Off
Pre-Game event for Alumni and Fans starts at 11 am at the Aberdeen pavilion – Lansdowne Park, 1000 Exhibition Way, Ottawa.
Game Location: TD Place Stadium, 1015 bank Street, Ottawa
Admission: Pricing and Registration available late Summer 2018
Event details: Let’s join forces to bring Pedro the Panda back to uOttawa!
Details to follow later.
Date & Time: Sunday, September 30, 2018 from 10 AM to 1 PM, Award ceremony 10AM to 11AM, Brunch 11AM to 1PM
Location: Shaw Centre, 55 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa
Event details: The Faculty of Medicine will be conferring its most distinguished awards for alumni, the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Rising Star Award. Please join us for the short ceremony and come say farewell to your classmates at our relaxed gourmet brunch.
If you have any questions, please contact Christel Alexis at firstname.lastname@example.org or 613-562-5800 ext. 8707.
*Room discounts are available at the Sheraton Ottawa and Les Suites Hotel Ottawa. Please call 613-232-3217 and use code “Faculty of Medicine Homecoming” (Limited quantity).
This September 15-16, we invite you to the Faculty of Medicine’s Homecoming Weekend.
*Room discounts are available at the Sheraton Ottawa. Please call 613-238-1500 and use code “Abracadabra, Magic in Medicine Gala Room Block” (Limited quantity).
Location: Lago Bar & Grill, 1001 Queen Elizabeth Drive, Ottawa (Dow’s Lake)Admission: Free
Join us and reunite with classmates and colleagues to celebrate the opening of Homecoming with a private cocktail reception.
Session 1: Is it possible to create a sustainable healthcare system in Canada? (Dr. Jack Kitts)
Session 2: Medical assistance in dying and the new Canadian reality (Dr. Jeff Blackmer)
Location: uOttawa Skills & Simulation Centre, 725 Parkdale Avenue, OttawaAdmission: Free
The session will be accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and The College of Family Physicians of Canada.
Location: The Marshes Golf Club, Kanata, 320 Terry Fox Drive, OttawaCost: $250/player, $1000/foursome
Join classmates, colleagues and friends to play a wonderful round of golf in support of the Stroke Research Consortium at the beautiful Marshes Golf Club in Kanata. The Consortium aims to systemically research the underlying mechanisms of stroke injury, improve recovery among survivors and implement delivery of care best practices for this debilitating condition.
Register here for this event
Location: Shaw Centre, 55 Colonel By Drive, OttawaAdmission: Free
The Faculty of Medicine will be conferring its most distinguished awards for alumni, the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Rising Star Award. Please join us for the short ceremony and come say farewell to your classmates at our relaxed gourmet brunch.
Register for Homecoming now!
If you have any questions, please contact:
Tel.: 613-562-5800 ext. 8707
The uOttawa Faculty of Medicine delivered a night of magic and medicine to a packed ballroom at their 4th annual Abracadabra gala.
Guests were invited to enter a world of “Imagination and Discovery” on Saturday night at the Trillium Ballroom of Shaw Centre, where a mesmerizing mix of lights, music, food and surrealism saw clinicians, researchers, students and the public join in a celebration of the wide range of talent across the Faculty.
Part of the weekend’s homecoming celebrations hosted by the Faculty, the Abracadabra gala entertained alumni and other guests with Shaw’s gourmet cuisine, intriguing entertainers, and glasses raised in salute to the faculty’s fine work.
Showcased on the night was the uOttawa Brain and Mind Research Institute (uOBMRI), Ottawa’s largest collection of basic researchers and clinician scientists focused on brain and mind related health.
Other Homecoming events of the weekend included a Dean’s Reception where guests mingled with Dr. Jacques Bradwejn, a delicious brunch where alumni and friends reunited with good food and laughter, and an awards ceremony honouring recipients of prestigious awards.
The University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine celebrated its 70th anniversary on September 12 at the Abracadabra: A Night of Magic & Medicine gala. The evening, part of Homecoming Weekend 2015, attracted prominent locals and over 130 alumni from across the continent. In addition to this signature event, alumni, students and friends enjoyed three days of programming, including a keynote address by Dr. Brian Goldman – host of CBC Radio’s White Coat, Black Art – on the role of empathy in health care, and guided tours of the Faculty’s state-of-the-art research laboratories.
Friday, September 26, 2014
5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Abracadabra: A Night of Magic & Medicine gala
Saturday, September 27, 2014
The gala, on Saturday, September 27, 2014, was an evening of intrigue and discovery Under the Big Top. Guests saw the medical wonders of the University of Ottawa Brain and Mind Research Institute (uOBMRI) through our travelling medicine show.A special performance by Serena Ryder, a Juno Award winner and internationally acclaimed Canadian musician and songwriter was the highlight of the evening.
Sunday, September 28, 2014
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Homecoming 2013 was a tremendous success, beginning with a gathering for the Dean’s Reception on Friday evening at the University of Ottawa Skills and Simulation Centre – home to Canada’s largest medical training and simulation centre.
The class of 1963 celebrated its 50th anniversary of graduation and raised over $25,000 for their class gift to the Faculty to help medical students in financial need.
Dr. Jacques Bradwejn, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, presented Dr. Raymond Leblanc (MD 1963) with the 2013 Alumni Achievement Award for his work in ophthalmology.
On Saturday evening, the Faculty of Medicine kicked-off its first-ever gala, Abracadabra: A Night of Magic & Medicine, to which alumni were invited to attend and celebrate the Faculty’s achievements. With emcee Jian Ghomeshi – host and co-creator of the CBC's national daily talk program, Q – and performances by Cirque du Soleil, the gala surprised our guests at every turn as we explored the timeless association between magical potions and medical notions.
To cap off the weekend’s festivities, alumni enjoyed a farewell brunch on Sunday, September 22 at the Château Laurier, giving them an opportunity to bid adieu until next year.
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