Toronto Life has named five A&S community members on its list of the top 50 most influential Torontonians. Individuals on the list are those whose “bravery, smarts and clout are changing the world as we know it.”
The most influential A&S alum on Toronto Life’s list is John Tory, at the sixth spot. The mayor of Toronto was recently re-elected for a third term. Tory earned his bachelor’s degree in political science in 1975 as a member of Trinity College.
A perennial visitor on the list, Margaret Atwood is at number 16 this year. The acclaimed writer earned her bachelor’s degree in English language and literature in 1961 and received honorary U of T doctorates in 1983 and 1987.
One newcomer to the ‘Influentials’ list is Mattea Roach, at number 50. Jeopardy whiz and host of The Backbench, Roach completed her bachelor's degree in sexual diversity studies, political science and women and gender studies in 2020. She attended Trinity College.
Coming in at number 20 is Tanya Talaga. Well-known for her books Seven Fallen Feathers and All Our Relations, Talaga earned her bachelor’s degree in history, political science and English in 1993 while a member of Victoria College. She also received an honorary doctorate from Victoria University in 2022.
Another frequent visitor on Toronto Life’s list is Ron Deibert, who claims the number 16 spot this year. Deibert is a professor of political science and the director of the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy.
Deibert was also recently featured on CBC’s The Current with Matt Galloway, where he addressed problems caused by Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter.
“It’s a trainwreck and we’ve got an egocentric billionaire as the conductor,” Deibert says. “I suspect that, unless things change, we will be hearing about real life harms that were precipitated by the insecurity of this platform.”
For the full list of Influentials 2022, visit Toronto Life. To listen to Deibert’s conversation with Matt Galloway, visit CBC.