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Vogel Savard Steck Wale

Sylvia Vogel
CEO, Canderm Pharma

Serge Savard
Director, Thibault, Messier, Savard et Associés

Brian Steck
Vice-Chair, Bank of Montreal

Norman Wale
Vice-President, Corporate Research and Development, Canadian Pacific


Awards of Distinction

Faculty of Commerce and Administration

The 12th annual Awards of Distinction luncheon was held on Tuesday at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel. As always, it was well attended, and provided an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of several distinguished business people.


Sylvia Vogel is at the helm of the largest independently owned Canadian pharmaceutical company specializing in skin care products. Canderm Pharma features the brands NeoStrata and Bain de Soleil, and produces prescription and over-the-counter dermatological products. Now 25 years old, it has been called one of Canada's faster growing companies by Profit magazine.

Mrs. Vogel developed a formula using AHA, now recognized for its rejuvenating effect on the skin. She received two awards from the Faculty of Management of the University of Toronto, the Canadian Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Turnaround Category, in 1994, and the Lifetime Achievement Award, in 1997.

Serge Savard is best known as a captain and star defenceman for the Canadiens hockey team, but after he retired from professional sports, he embarked on a business career, first as manager of the team.

Mr. Savard has also been active in real estate as the owner of apartment complexes on the South Shore and the Island of Montreal. He is co-owner of the Château Champlain, and also the co-publisher and president of the South Shore weekly L'Image de la Rive-Sud.

A tireless volunteer, he is involved with Kiwanis St-Laurent, the Canadian Cancer Society, the Fondation Maurice-Richard, the Fondation de l'Hôpital Charles Lemoyne, and the Fond de recherche de l'Institut de cardiologie de Montréal.

Brian Steck is one of Canada's most successful investment dealers. A graduate of the Faculty (BComm 1968), he was awarded the Frosst Medal. He is now chief executive officer of Nesbitt Burns Inc., and a vice-chair of the Bank of Montreal.

Since his appointment as CEO in 1986, Nesbitt Burns has grown in importance, merging with Burns, Fry under his guidance, and becoming Canada's largest investment dealers' firm

Mr. Steck is an active member of Concordia's Alumni Association chapter in Toronto, and is well known for his participation in many other community activities, principally his chairmanship of the North York General Hospital.


Norman Wale has just retired from Canadian Pacific, where for more than 20 years, he was directly involved in all major operational, capital and financial issues facing the company and its subsidiaries.

In particular, he helped plan and execute the dramatic restructuring of Canadian Pacific that began in the mid-1980s, initiating an investor relations program which independent surveys have consistently rated among the best.

Recognizing the need for a more rigorous approach to the formulation of views on matters of public policy, he also started a program designed to anticipate issues and initiate debate, while maintaining the highest standards of credibility with government.


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