Emerging Leader Award


The Victoria College Emerging Leader Awards recognize recent graduates, 40 years of age or under, who have excelled professionally or who have notable accomplishments in their professional work or volunteer service, such as community work, humanitarianism and philanthropy. Do you know someone deserving of the Emerging Leader Award? NOW ACCEPTING nominations for the Emerging Leader AwardThe nomination period closes on April 30, 2019


The Alumni of Victoria College (AVC) awarded the three winners of the Victoria College Emerging Leader Award, Benjamin Bongolan, Akash Goel and Jennifer Weaver on September 28, 2018. 

  bongolan   Benjamin Bongolan Vic 0T9 is a strong advocate for LGBTQ2S communities at The 519, a City of Toronto Agency that promotes inclusion, understanding and respect. He has also been a powerful voice for the Filipino community. He was named a 2018 DiverseCity Fellow with the CivicAction Leadership Foundation as one of the leading professionals committed to social impact and city building, and in 2016 he was nominated for a J.S. Woodsworth Award for Human Rights and Equity. Bongolan has provided his insights to many committees and panels including the Toronto Police Services LGBTQ2S Community Consultative Committee, the City of Toronto’s Youth Space Advisory Committee and Asian Heritage Month events steering committees. He has expertise in the field of immigration and settlement, LGBTQ2S inclusion and youth development. 

 Goel As governments tackle the opioid epidemic by increasing funding for harm reduction programs, there is still a lack of understanding about how to best treat patients with addictions in the time around surgery. Akash Goel Vic 1T1 convened a meeting of national experts in addiction medicine, emergency medicine, psychiatry, family medicine and anesthesiology to collaborate on national consensus guidelines to guide physicians around Canada regarding the management of addiction coupled with surgery. Goel identified a problem that deeply affects a highly marginalized patient population and advocated for influential change by presenting existing evidence on this topic to national experts and then subsequently developing the guideline. Goel is currently completing his residency in anesthesiology at U of T and has begun a master’s in public health at Harvard.

 weaver After Jennifer Weaver Vic 0T5 completed a PhD at U of T, she commenced a post-doctoral scholarship at the University of California, Berkeley, within the “Berkeley Initiative in Global Change Biology” grant. She also worked as the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) specialist for the Berkeley Center for Teaching and Learning. She currently works as associate director of University Teaching at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). Weaver offered the first course for faculty on teaching in university STEM. She also taught the first short course for graduate students and post-docs on the ABCs of course design. She has been nominated for Mentor of the Year and was awarded the James M. King Award for Program Diversity at Caltech. She is also a member of the Women’s Engagement Board and advisor to numerous campus groups.