5th Canadian Excellence Gala: Honoring Distinguished Canadians

Six Exceptional Canadian Business, Civic and Cultural Leaders Honoured with
2023 International Horatio Alger Award

-5th annual Excellence Gala to be held October 17, 2023 at Metro Toronto Convention Centre-

TORONTO, ON – The Horatio Alger Association of Canada’s annual Excellence Gala is back again this fall, honouring six outstanding Canadians with the prestigious International Horatio Alger Award. This year’s recipients are:

Amar S. Doman, Founder & Sole Shareholder, The Futura Corporation
Peter Gilgan, Chairman & CEO, Mattamy Asset Management Inc.
Monique F. Leroux, Corporate Director, Chair of the Board and CEO Desjardins Group (Retired)
Anthony von Mandl, Founder & CEO, The Mark Anthony Group of Companies
Ryan Reynolds, Actor, Producer, Entrepreneur
Jim Treliving, Chairman, Boston Pizza International

These 2023 International Horatio Alger Award recipients will be celebrated for their lifetime achievements on October 17, 2023, at the Toronto Metropolitan Convention Centre. The event will be hosted by the Horatio Alger Association of Canada’s Board of Directors, including President Prem Watsa, President Emeritus Dominic D’Alessandro, Vice Presidents Jay S. Hennick, the Rt. Hon. David Johnston, the Rt. Hon. Brian Mulroney, Dr. Rola Dagher, and Treasurer Rick Waugh. The evening will be emceed by David Foster and all funds raised will toward supporting the Horatio Alger Association’s scholarship programs and support services. Enquiries regarding sponsoring the Gala should be directed to [email protected].

“Celebrating our 5th Excellence Gala is an important moment for our Association. We are thrilled to be honouring the achievements of six of Canada’s most respected leaders. Amar S. Doman, Peter Gilgan, Monique F. Leroux, Anthony von Mandl, Ryan Reynolds and Jim Treliving are role models whose lives are the proof that hard work, perseverance, and a ‘’can do’’ attitude can help overcome any obstacle. They also exemplify the power of Canada’s free enterprise system, a formidable lever that allows people from humble beginnings to achieve the Canadian dream,” said Prem Watsa, President of the Association.

“As the main fundraising event for the Horatio Alger Association of Canada’s scholarship programs, the Excellence Gala plays a critical role in our drive to help Canada’s next generation of leaders,” he added. The Association will also be hosting its Horatio Alger Association of Canada Scholar & Alumni conference from October 16 to 18, in conjunction with the Excellence Gala.

The Horatio Association of Canada has two functions. First, it recognizes Canadians who have demonstrated perseverance and achieved great success in life. These individuals are awarded lifetime membership in our organization. Second, the Association awards post-secondary scholarships to deserving young Canadians in every province and territory. Since 2012, the Canadian Association has awarded $15 million to over 2,000 deserving students from coast to coast to coast. Scholarship recipients are also supported and mentored by the Association through services such as financial aid counselling, internships, and mental health support.

For more information about the Horatio Alger Association and its Member Class of 2023, please visit www.horatioalger.ca, or follow the Association on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

About the Horatio Alger Association of Canada

The Horatio Alger Association of Canada, the Canadian affiliate of the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc., is a charitable organization dedicated to the simple but powerful belief that hard work, honesty and determination can conquer all obstacles. The Association honours the achievements of outstanding individuals who have succeeded in spite of adversity by bestowing to them the Horatio Alger Award and granting them lifetime membership into the Association. Through the generosity of Horatio Alger Members, the Horatio Alger Association of Canada awards scholarships annually to deserving young people in every province and territory. Members of the Association include Alain Bouchard, Dominic D’Alessandro, Dr. Rola Dagher, Murray Edwards, Darren Entwistle, Serge Godin, Wayne Gretzky, Jay S. Hennick, the Right Honourable David Johnston, Rebecca MacDonald, Bharat Masrani, the late G. Wallace F. McCain, Lorne Michaels, the Right Honourable Brian Mulroney, Jim Pattison, Calin Rovinescu, Walter Schroeder, Gerald W. Schwartz, Isadore Sharp, Edward Sonshine, Prem Watsa and Rick Waugh. For more information, visit www.horatioalger.ca. The Association can also be found on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

For further information: Jordan-Nicolas Matte, 438-282-7169 or [email protected]

Press Conference: Voices of Our Youth

Sponsored by the Horatio Alger of Canada, Voices of Our Youth examined the attitudes, values, and perspectives of young Canadians on a variety of social issues. The survey was undertaken in partnership with The Centre for Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (CSELP) at Simon Fraser University and Nanos Research.

A press conference to present the research findings of Voices of Our Youth was held on September 18, 2018 at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, ON. The conference included a student panel moderated by The Right Honourable David L. Johnston, 2018 Horatio Alger Member and 28th Governor General of Canada.

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Press Conference: National Launch of Horatio Alger Canadian Scholarship Program


The national expansion of the Horatio Alger Canadian Scholarship Program was announced during a press conference and luncheon on May 19, 2015, at the Design Exchange in Toronto. The event was hosted by The Right Honourable Brian Mulroney, Vice President of the Horatio Alger Association of Canada. Other Horatio Alger Members in attendance included Prem Watsa, Association President, and his fellow Board Members Rebecca MacDonald and Rick Waugh, and Isadore Sharp.

Guest speakers included Pierre Poilievre, Canada’s Minister of Employment and Social Development, and Bruce Heyman, United States Ambassador to Canada. Solomiya Salo, a third-year Ryerson University student, who won the Horatio Alger Ontario Scholarship in 2012, also spoke about her adversity and the positive impact the Association has had in her life and academic career.

Other dignitaries present for the announcement of the $10-million endowment for the national expansion of the Horatio Alger Canadian Scholarship Program included astronaut Chris Hadfield, Toronto Mayor John Tory, and Juno-award winning quartet The Tenors who serve as Horatio Alger Envoys.