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Bryn MacPherson recognized with Chancellor’s Award – Influential Leader

May 7, 2020

For her extraordinary leadership and deep commitment to advancing the institution’s mission at home and abroad, Bryn MacPherson has received the Chancellor’s Award – Influential Leader.

The honour is one of the Awards of Excellence presented by the University of Toronto Alumni Association in collaboration with the university. 

As assistant vice-president in the Office of the President and chief of protocol, MacPherson provides essential expertise in areas such as issues management, communications and institutional events. She also advises the president, chancellor and broader university community.

Under her leadership, the university has hosted high-profile events with global dignitaries such as international heads of state and government, G7 foreign ministers, the Dalai Lama, Prince Charles and more. Her colleagues commend her for organizing these complex events with professionalism and flawless execution.

The alumni association noted that MacPherson's role in supporting the Iranian community’s vigil in memory of the Iranian plane crash victims in January 2020 is just one example of the deep sensitivity and professionalism she brings to her many responsibilities. She also informally mentors staff across the three campuses, sharing best practices for events, protocol and issues management.