- U of T alum Craig Kielburger, founder of Free The Children.
- Canada's first female astronaut, U of T Mississauga alumna Roberta Bondar.
- Actor, writer and director, U of T Mississauga alumnus Zaib Shaikh.
- His Honour David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and U of T alumnus.
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Since 1827, more than 475,000 students have passed through our halls to become alumni of the University of Toronto. Many have gone on to become leaders; others have contributed in less obvious ways to make Canada and the world a better place.
Our alumni have taken part in tremendous medical and scientific research at the university, such as the discovery of insulin, the creation of the first electronic heart pacemaker, the world’s first single lung transplant, the discovery of the gene responsible for cystic fibrosis and the world’s first nerve transplant. Roberta Bondar, Canada’s first female astronaut and former head of NASA’s space medicine, earned her Ph.D. in neuroscience from U of T Mississauga.
University of Toronto has been home to four Canadian Prime Ministers, 14 Supreme Court justices and outstanding public servants such as Mary Anne Chambers, who served as Ontario’s Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities; John McKay, a Member of the Canadian Parliament known for his work in poverty reduction and aid delivery to developing nations; and David Onley, the current Lieutenant Governor of Ontario who earned his degree in political science at U of T Scarborough. The Premier of the Republic of China and a past President of Latvia also graduated from U of T.
Three artists from the Group of Seven are U of T alumni as is media theorist Marshall McLuhan. Some of the great contemporary thinkers of our time are U of T graduates:, Malcolm Gladwell, David Cronenberg, Naomi Klein and Margaret Atwood.
U of T has graduated five Nobel Prize winners, more than any other university in Canada, with a total of 10 Nobel Laureates having been based here during significant points in their careers. Among them, The Right Honourable Lester B. Pearson received his BA from the University of Toronto and was awarded the 1957 Nobel Peace Prize for his untiring efforts against world conflict. Pearson also went on to become Canada’s 14th Prime Minister. Professor Walter Kohn, co-winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, is an alumnus of the University of Toronto. And Professor James Orbinski, who received his master’s degree in international relations from U of T, accepted the 1999 Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières for pioneering humanitarian work around the world.
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