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Mascot Reconsideration

Falcon wearing a TMU Bold jersey.

New falcon mascot to be introduced on September 22

“Falcons are as bold as they come. They are fast and fierce, they are good critical thinkers, they are strong.”

Jen McMillen, Vice-Provost, Students

From August 28 to September 5, 2023, all community members with email addresses were invited to vote from the community-generated shortlist for the name of TMU’s new falcon mascot!  

On September 22, at the TMU Bold men’s homecoming hockey game, the new mascot will be introduced to our community and the name will be announced just before the 6 p.m. puck drop. 

Mascot and team name project timeline


Project Phase


May 19 - 30, 2022

First round of community engagement 

  • Collect mascot and team name ideas

May 31 -
June 15, 2022

Mascot and Team Name Committee Review

June 16, 2022

Announcement that Rams would no longer be considered

  • Community informed of committee decision

June 17 -
July 11, 2022

Mascot and Team Name Committee Review

  • Creation of shortlist of team names and mascot ideas

July 12 - 19, 2022

Second round of community engagenment

  • Community input on shortlist and opportunity to submit additional ideas

July 20 -
August 28, 2022

Mascot and Team Name Committee Review

  • Review and research
  • Recommendation to the President

August 29, 2022

Announcement of TMU Bold team name and falcon mascot

  • Inform community of new team name and mascot

August 30, 2022 -
March 21, 2023

Implementation and production

  • Immediate adoption of ‘TMU Bold’ 
  • Design and implementation of athletics brand and graphics
  • Design and production of mascot

March 22 -
March 31, 2023

Third round of community engagement

  • Collect name ideas for the falcon mascot

April 1 -
August 27, 2023

Establishment of shortlist of mascot names

  • Review of ideas and relevant research

August 28 -September 5, 2023

Fourth round of community engagement

  • Identification of community preferred name from a shortlist of ideas

September 22, 2023

New mascot debut

  • Mascot debut at the TMU Bold Men’s Homecoming Hockey Game
  • Mascot name announced


Drawing from the community's input, the committee established a set of parameters that thoughtfully considered the university’s values and aspirations. This set of parameters allowed each idea to be assessed in a more consistent and intentional way. 

Some of the parameters were more subjective, such as:

  • Does this idea make sense for the university?
  • Is it appealing? 

Others were more objective, such as:

  • Does this name make sense for community members of all genders? 
  • Does it align with our recent renaming?
  • Is the name legally ownable?


On August 26, 2021 the university’s Board of Governors accepted the 22 recommendations put forward by the Standing Strong (Mash Koh Wee Kah Pooh Win) Task Force to guide commemoration at the university and to address the legacy of Egerton Ryerson. One of the recommendations was to reconsider “Eggy” the mascot.  

Egerton the Ram, more familiarly known as Eggy, acted as the university mascot since 1961. In addition to his name being a form of commemoration of Egerton Ryerson, our understanding is that the ram (a male sheep) was chosen to represent the university because it was Egerton Ryerson’s zodiac sign. 

The community-informed parameters that were developed after the first round of community engagement led to the decision that a ram mascot and team name was not to be considered moving forward. Reconsidering our mascot and team name provided us the opportunity to find a name that better aligns with the values of the TMU athletics programs.


In August of 2021, the Board of Governors accepted all 22 recommendations from the Standing Strong Task Force including a recommendation to reconsider “Eggy” the mascot. Egerton the Ram, more familiarly known as Eggy, has acted as the university mascot since 1961. In addition to his name acting as a form of commemoration, our understanding is that the ram (a male sheep) was chosen to represent the university because it was Egerton Ryerson’s zodiac sign.

With the recent renaming of the university, a new mascot and team name provides an opportunity to unify the community by further aligning with the institutional values and aspirations.

The President appointed Jennifer Simpson, Provost and Vice President, Academic and Jennifer Grass, Associate Vice President, University Relations as the executive leadership of the project. To guide the process, the executive leadership established a committee of leaders and staff from areas of the university that interact with the mascot in terms of marketing and communications, programming and events, and culture.

The committee developed the overall process, which included community consultation, reviewed community input and brought forward a final recommendation. The committee managed the process with technical and administrative support from the Associate Director, Next Chapter.

The goals of the process were to:

  • Maximize stakeholder participation and feedback from students, alumni, employees and other community members.
  • Develop an understanding of the needs and desires of the community regarding the mascot and team name.
  • Identify a team name and mascot that supports the athletic program and aligns with the new name/brand, university values and institutional aspirations.

Drawing from community input during Phase One of community engagement, the committee established parameters for the assessment of team name and mascot ideas. 

The parameters aimed to identify options that were:

  • unifying for the TMU community;
  • representative of positive qualities, ideals, or associations that align with TMU;
  • broadly relevant across the community, student body, and among generations of alumni;
  • representative of the TMU and/or Toronto experience and/or history, either generally or specifically;
  • appropriate for all sports teams - regardless of gender or sport; and
  • legally ownable and/or unique in the city/sector.

On June 16, 2022 the committee announced that they would no longer consider retaining “the Rams,” noting that it did not align with the established parameters.

The first three rounds of community engagement were open to all individuals, regardless of affiliation to the university. The fourth round of community engagement, a vote on the mascot name, is limited to individuals with credentials. 


While the current team name and mascot are directly related, this is not a requirement moving forward. Across the sector there is no standard practice that must be followed. While the Toronto Blue Jays have a blue jay (Ace) as a mascot, the Toronto Maple Leafs have a bear (Carlton). 

That being said, the falcon is as bold as birds come! They are one of the fastest creatures on earth but it isn't just about their speed – it's also about their timing and critical decision-making. 

Beyond this defining personality trait, the most obvious connection between the Bold and the falcon is etymological: the root of the former connotes a "swell," such as one sees in the prominent chest and beak of the falcon. There are few better graphic representations of boldness than the silhouette of this urban sentinel.

The committee found that there are more limitations on options than most people would realize.

In addition to not having a team name/mascot that conflicts with other teams in the USPORTs league (external link) , it has been advised by legal counsel that TMU should not pursue a mascot or team name that is too similar to any of the professional and semi-professional or well-established teams/leagues within Toronto. For example: Toronto Titans exist as a swim league club as well as a hockey league.  

The committee removed ideas from consideration if they were not legally ownable, not sufficiently unique in the sector or city, or if they raised concerns regarding alignment with the university’s values and aspirations because of popular connotation or etymology. For example:

  1. Raccoons were recommended however, UofT Scarborough has a raccoon mascot.
  2. Mavericks were recommended however, the etymology of the word and popular connotation is predominantly colonial.

While the shortlist represented some of the strongest available options, the committee recognized that new ideas may come forward, or older ideas at later stages could be reconsidered. Phase Two of the community engagement showed very little support for the shortlisted mascots but reinforced the community’s desire for a creature with local significance and strength. The falcon, along with other birds of prey, had been consistently raised throughout the process and aligned well with the parameters.

Students and alumni were encouraged to participate in both rounds of community engagement by completing the survey, emailing and sharing their thoughts on social media and including the hashtag #TorontoMetMascot.