About the award

The Ross and Don McLean Memorial Award is named in honour of two brothers who greatly affected the television production industry. This award recognizes the group of graduating students who prepared the most outstanding documentary.

Don McLean originally established this award in honour of his brother, Ross McLean, a pioneer of Canadian television. Ross was there at the launch of the CBC English network in 1952. He produced a number of top shows at the CBC and CTV, including Tabloid, Close-up, The Way It Is, Quest, and This Hour Has Seven Days. He died suddenly on June 1, 1987, at 62. Don McLean himself was a force to be reckoned with in the business. Don (1933-2005) was an executive producer and salesman extraordinaire. He was the key figure in creating The Partners’ Film Company on New Year’s Day 1978. By 1988, Partners was the largest production company in North America. His brilliance as a businessman was only matched by his concern for talent. Following Don’s death, his son Ross and associates expanded the memorial fund to remember the contributions of both brothers.

2017 Ross and Don McLean Memorial Award
2017 Ross and Don McLean Memorial Award

Winners: Mitch Bowmile, Luke Galati, Chris Blanchette, Will Brown and Brad Shankar.

Winners: Mitch Bowmile, Luke Galati, Chris Blanchette, Will Brown and Brad Shankar.

2016 Ross and Don McLean Memorial Award
2016 Ross and Don McLean Memorial Award

From left to right: Award committee member Anne McNeilly and 2016 winners Alannah Kavanagh, Tiffany Crawford and Rosemond Quartey

From left to right: Award committee member Anne McNeilly and 2016 winners Alannah Kavanagh, Tiffany Crawford and Rosemond Quartey

2015 Ross and Don McLean Memorial Award
2015 Ross and Don McLean Memorial Award

2015 winners Tamara Sestanj, Domink Luszczyszyn, Steve Tzemis, Laura Calabrese and Alisha Sawhney.

2015 winners Tamara Sestanj, Domink Luszczyszyn, Steve Tzemis, Laura Calabrese and Alisha Sawhney.

2017    Name

Past Winners

2017    Mitch Bowmile

2017    Luke Galati

2017    Chris Blanchette

2017    Will Brown

2017    Brad Shankar

2016    Ban Ibrahim

2016    Tiffany Crawford

2016    Rosemond Quartey

2016    Alannah Kavanagh

2015    Alisha Sawhney

2015    Domink Luszczyszyn

2015    Laura Calabrese

2015    Steve Tzemis

2015    Tamara Sestanj

2014    Harpreet Grewal

2014    Greg DeClara

2014    Hayley Brauer

2014    Sydney Poulos

2014    Sarah Warne

2013    Hanna Mohammed

2013    Diana Duong

2013    Natalie Ast

2013    Matthew O’Mara

2013    Alejandra Rueda Ruano

2012    Charles Vanegas

2012    Calvin To

2012    Dyan Ruiz

2012    Heather Ross

2012    Roohi Sahajpal

2012    Stephanie Lowe

2012    Candice Kung

2012    Tracy Chen

2011    Keira Toffelmire

2011    Hayley Penner

2011    Alyssa Pankiw

2011    Danielle Ambs

2010    Mary Taws

2010    Robin Pierro

2010    Julie MacRae

2010    Filipe Leite

2009     Riva Finkelstein

2009     Aamer Trambu

2009     Margarita Tcharnolousskaia

2009     Andrea Seto

2009     Anca Pirvu

2009     Nicole Rogers

2009     Shasha Nakhai

2009     Joseph Loiero

2009     Michael Camu

2009     Stevie Asselstine