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University of Toronto Student Leadership Awards

Status: Nominations are currently closed!


About the Award

The University of Toronto Student Leadership Award continues U of T’s long-standing tradition of recognizing outstanding student leadership, service, and commitment to the university. This tradition began with the Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award, which was established in 1994 by the UTAA in honour of Mr. Gordon Cressy, former Vice-President, Development and University Relations. In naming the award in his honour, the University of Toronto Alumni Association (UTAA) recognized his leadership and service across various spheres, as well as his term at the university. During the award’s 25-year history, it celebrated the exemplary contributions of more than 4,000 students whose commitment and service had a lasting impact on their peers and the university.

The University of Toronto Student Leadership Award (UTSLA) continues the Cressy Award legacy. Recipients of the UTSLA will join the distinguished community of past Cressy Award recipients in being honoured for their exemplary leadership and service to U of T.



View this year's winners through the link below. 


See Past Recipients


Nominate a Student

  • This award recognizes students in their final year of study, with a minimum cumulative GPA (CGPA) of 2.70.
  • Students may be nominated by staff, faculty or alumni. Note: a student cannot nominate another student.
  • All nominees must have at least 1 year of significant volunteer leadership and high-impact service in the year immediately prior to the current nomination period.
  • Nomination packages must be approved by the candidate and be received by the divisional Nomination Coordinator no later than Friday, November 20, 2020 at 5 p.m.

*Nominations are currently closed.

  • All nominees must have at least ONE YEAR of U of T volunteer leadership and service in the year immediately prior to the current nomination period.
  • Leadership and service may be exclusively to a division, or to the university more broadly, or to a combination of both. This breadth ensures that students whose university-wide contributions go beyond their divisions are also appropriately recognized.
  • Contributions must be in one or more of the following areas and must directly impact the U of T community. The Nominator must clearly demonstrate concrete examples of these in order to clearly convey the impact of the nominee’s leadership and volunteer contributions.
    • Leadership on committees or demonstrated influence on student or university affairs.
    • Sustained and/or high-impact volunteer service directly resulting in improved quality of life of students on campus.
    • Actively promoting equity, diversity and inclusivity in student life and within the U of T community broadly.
    • Inspiring and facilitating the personal and/or professional development of others within the U of T community.
    • Contributions to the co-curricular experience and to student life more broadly.
    • Leadership and/or service directly facilitating the engagement of fellow students in U of T’s extra-curricular activities.
    • A clearly demonstrated commitment to fostering a sense of community at U of T.
  • Other points to consider when nominating a candidate
    • Leadership and impact in relation to the student’s academic achievement at U of T.
    • The value and impact of the student’s contributions, rather than the office or title of positions held.
    • Contributions made as part of a paid position are not eligible.
    • Only U of T-related volunteer roles will be considered. Volunteer leadership and service outside the University community will be not be considered and should not be included on the nomination form. Non-U of T volunteer roles should only be listed if they provide essential context for the U of T leadership roles listed in the nomination form.
Eligibility Criteria

Students currently enrolled at the University of Toronto may be nominated for this award. Nominees must meet all of the following eligibility criteria.

Nominee must:

  • Be nominated by a member of U of T staff, faculty or alumni. The divisional Nomination Coordinator may serve as the Nominator. A student cannot nominate another student.
  • Be expected to complete all courses and to convocate from their currently enrolled program by August 31 of the current academic year.
  • Have not received this award previously during their academic career.
  • Be in good academic standing with a minimum cumulative GPA (CGPA) of 2.70 (B-) at the end of the previous academic session prior to the opening of the current nomination period.
    • The Nomination Coordinator must verify the nominee’s CGPA in ACORN prior to approving the nomination, and must check the appropriate box on the form in order to sign-off on the student’s CGPA.
    • Exceptions to this academic requirement may be considered only under extraordinary circumstances. Any exceptions must be assessed and granted by the student’s nominating division. DUA-Alumni Relations does not grant exceptions.
    • Students who confirm they meet the minimum CGPA of 2.70 (via checking the appropriate box in the nomination form) cannot subsequently apply for an academic exemption should their CGPA not actually meet the minimum threshold when it is verified in ACORN. In these cases, the nomination will automatically become ineligible.
5 steps to nominating a student
  1. Nominators should consult the award’s Eligibility Criteria (found in the section above) before beginning a nomination to determine the suitability of the candidate.
  2. The Nominator should complete the 2021 Nomination Form in conjunction with the nominee. 
  3. The Nominator must complete mandatory Section B of the 2021 nomination form.
  4. The candidate must complete Section C, the mandatory CGPA confirmation and privacy policy sections of the 2021 nomination form.
    The Nomination Coordinator will complete Section D once the form has been submitted. 
  5. Divisionally-approved finalists should be submitted to DUA Alumni Relations by the nominee's divisional Nomination Coordinator by 5 p.m. on Friday, December 11, 2020 for verification.

Nominations may be submitted via whichever division the Nominator feels is most appropriate; however, only one nomination is allowed per candidate.

Questions? Email

Nomination Package

Each nomination package must consist of the following:

  1. An award Nomination Form completed in full.
  2. Student authorization, via check box on the form, that their CPGA meets the minimum requirement of 2.70. The Nomination Coordinator must confirm that the CGPA has been checked and meets the minimum threshold.
  3. Nomination Coordinator authorization, via check box on the form, that student information provided on the form has been checked by the division and is accurate.

Do not attach resumes or any other supplementary material as these will not be considered.

Nomination packages must be submitted electronically as one single pdf document with no additional attachments. Complete packages must be sent to the relevant Nomination Coordinator; hard copies will not be accepted.

Nomination Coordinators

Once your application is ready, please send it to your corresponding coordinator below.


Applied Science and Engineering, Faculty of
Steve Radbourn
T: 416-978-4274

Architecture, Landscape, and Design, John H. Daniels Faculty of
Carla Baptista
T: 416-978-3456

Arts and Science, Faculty of
Mila Thirasack

Commerce, Rotman
Linnet Kocheril | Nadia Robb

Dentistry, Faculty of
Rachel Castellano
T: 416-864-8203

Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in
Natalie Neumann Butler
T: 416-978-1126

Global Affairs, Munk School of
Mila Thirasack

Information, Faculty of
Christine Chan

Kinesiology and Physical Education, Faculty of
Emily Kakouris
T: 416-946-5126

Law, Faculty of
Wasila Baset
T: 416-946-8227

Management, Rotman School of
Neel Joshi | Margaret Charles
T: 416-946-7528

Medicine, Faculty of
Lola Cullen

Music, Faculty of
Nalayini Balasubramaniam
T: 416-978-0814

Nursing, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of
Shonna Spicer
T: 416-946-7097

Pharmacy, Leslie Dan Faculty of
Tara O'Leary
T: 416-946-3147
Submit nominations to:

Public Health, Dalla Lana School of
Zoe Downey-Ross
T: 416-946-3486

Social Work, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of
Sharon Bewell
T: 416-978-6364


Innis College
Ennis Blentic
T: 416-978-3424

New College
Brenda Registe
T: 416-978-8273

St. Michael's College, The University of
Emma Graham

Trinity College, The University of
Cameron McBurney
T: 416-978-3612
Submit your nomination package online

University College
Naeem Ordonez
T: 416-978-2531

Victoria University
Scott Johnston
T: 416-585-4578

Woodsworth College
Stephanie Woodside
T: 416-978-5301


University of Toronto Mississauga
Clerissa Albores

University of Toronto Scarborough
Regan Tigno
T: 416-287-5631

Hart House

Hart House
Amy Intrator
T: 416-978-2436