McMaster Alumni Global Community Impact Award



McMaster alumni are making an impact globally. With close to 170,000 members of the McMaster Alumni Association living across the globe, it’s time to recognize the community impact McMaster alumni are making worldwide.

The award recognizes outstanding contribution by McMaster graduates to communities around the world. The award will recognize individuals who have made a positive impact on their community, regardless of location, within the past three years, enhancing the quality of life while reflecting the values of McMaster – integrity, quality and teamwork.

You know a McMaster grad making a difference. Take time to nominate that person today.


The 2016 McMaster Alumni Global Community Impact Award Recipients



James Orbinski `88

Faculty of Health Sciences
Dr. James Orbinski is a globally recognized humanitarian practitioner and advocate, as well as one of the world’s leading scholars and scientists in global health. He is a veteran of many of the world’s most disturbing and complex humanitarian emergencies. He is a founding member of Médecins Sans Frontiѐres (Doctors Without Borders) Canada and accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the organization in 1999.

Today, Dr. Orbinski is the CIGI Chair in Global Health Governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, and a professor at Wilfrid Laurier University. He is also a professor at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health. His award-winning and internationally acclaimed documentary film on medical humanitarianism, titled “Triage” was screened at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, and won the 2008 Amnesty International Gold Medal Award. His bestselling book, An Imperfect Offering: Humanitarianism in the 21st Century, won the 2009 Writer’s Trust Shaunessy-Cohen Prize for best political writing in Canada.

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Ally Prebtani `96

Faculty of Health Sciences
Dr. Ally Prebtani’s commitment to education is not confined to the bedside or classroom. In addition to being a volunteer physician with the Aboriginal Health Network of Ontario, he is the founding director of the Internal Medicine Residency International Health Program at McMaster. His efforts have resulted in over 20 residents travelling to Uganda for education and training and has enhanced research collaboration and shared resources with Makerere University and the University Hospital of Mulago.

Ally is dedicated to education at a local, regional, provincial, national and international level through his varied and numerous investments of his time and passion. Not to be constrained by location or geography, his forward thinking and innovative methods in education are highlighted by the concept of using the internet as an interactive format to enable to transmission of future of formal meetings discussing clinical cases between McMaster University and Makerere University in Uganda. Location or geography have not limited his engagement and involvement in Global Medical Education either, he regularly spends time abroad as a teacher, educator and physician.