Alumnotes Fall 2008
AGRICULTURAL & ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES / MACDONALD CAMPUS
DAVID FITZGERALD, DipAgr’65, has been appointed to the expanded board of directors for Dairylea Cooperative Inc. Dairylea is a farmer-owned cooperative that markets fluid milk. There are 2,500 members throughout the Northeast. David and his wife Carol are in partnership with their son Jay. They operate a 90-milk cow dairy on their Paris Station, N.Y., farm.
BILL ANDERSON, DipAgr’76, accepted a Research Assistant position at Maize Product Development at the Coteau-du-Lac Research Centre that began in April 2008.
KEVIN SIBLEY, BSc(AgrEng)’82, MSc’84, graduated on May 8, 2008 with a PhD in production ecology and resource Conservation from Wageningen University in the Netherlands. Kevin’s thesis was entitled “Development and Use of an Automated Soil Nitrate Mapping System.” Kevin is currently employed as Associate Professor in the Engineering Department of Nova Scotia Agricultural College (NSAC). Kevin also serves as Chief Operating Officer of the Atlantic BioVenture Centre, the commercial arm of NSAC.
ROBERT J. GORDON, BSc(AgrEng)’86, MSc’88, has been appointed as the new Dean of the Ontario Agricultural College. Robert was previously a professor and dean of research at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College. He also previously served as the provincial climatologist for Nova Scotia. Robert is the Canada Research Chair in Agricultural Resource Management and received a Premier’s Award of Excellence in 2007, among other awards throughout his career. Robert is the chief administrator of the Nova Scotia Environmental Farm Plan Program, sits on a number of boards, including Conserve Nova Scotia, and is active with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.
HELEN MALKIN, BSc(Arch)’82, BArch’84, is a consultant in arts and cultural management in Montreal. She is the co-author of A Guidebook to Contemporary Architecture in Montreal (Douglas & McIntyre), which offers readers a look at 75 innovative and well-designed buildings and public spaces that have had an impact on Montreal. Organized by neighbourhood, the book has 15 maps that allow the reader to go on self-guided walking tours. Helen has more than 20 years’ experience in the development of exhibition and publication projects on architecture and the city, including 15 years managing exhibitions for the Canadian Centre for Architecture.
JOHN LEROUX, BSc(Arch)’93, BArch’94, is the author of Building New Brunswick: An Architectural History (Goose Lane), a new book that explores the development of architecture in New Brunswick from the Mi’kmaq and Maliseet architecture of the pre-contact period, through the late 20th century—with a strong emphasis on the post-WWII period. John is a native of New Brunswick and has worked as an architect for more than a decade. He was awarded the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s Foundation Award in 2004.
HELEN R. KAHN, BA’55, MA’76, has been elected to the American Antiquarian Society, which was founded in 1812. Helen is one of only four Canadians to be honoured. Helen is a past president of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of Canada, and past secretary of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers.
PETER BARTHA, BA’61, completed a six-year term as Academic Director of the CIDA-sponsored Canada-Russia Program in Corporate Governance at York University’s Schulich School of Business. His wife, JEANNIE TOSCANO, BA’56, was the lead translator of The Collected Works of Gonzalo de Berceo, Spain’s earliest poet known by name. It was published in 2008 by the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.
MICHAEL SCHLEIFER, BA’64, PhD’71, together with LEONIE RICHLER, BSW’89, MSW’90, and LEE LONDEI, BSW’05, has published Mutual Respect with Teenagers: Having Dialogues about Feelings and Values. This book is a resource for anyone in routine or direct contact with teenagers. Michael promotes engaging in dialogue with teens in order to deal with difficult situations or conversations.
THOMAS M. BIRKS, BA’68, has been elected as Chairman of the Board of Viterra. Most recently, Thomas served as president of Henry Birks and Sons Ltd. in Montreal. Viterra Inc. is Canada’s leading agribusiness with extensive operations and distribution capabilities across Western Canada, and with operations in the United States and Japan.
COURTNEY PRATT, BA’68, is chairman of Knightsbridge Human Capital Solutions and the chairman and CEO of the Toronto Region Research Alliance. He is the author (with Larry Gaudet) of Into the Blast Furnace: The Forging of a CEO’s Conscience. The book recounts his experiences as the head of troubled steel manufacturer Stelco Inc. Hired shortly before the company went into bankruptcy protection, Courtney dealt with a gruelling court-mandated restructuring and with a wide range of players—investors, union leaders, politicians and hedge fund managers—each with their own interests to protect and with little enthusiasm for compromise. The book challenges the notion that CEOs are incubated for the sole purpose of looking after their own selfish ends.
JULIAN SHER, BA’75, is an investigative journalist, a documentary filmmaker and an author. His most recent book, One Child at a Time: The Global Fight to Rescue Children from Online Predators, recently earned the Crime Writers of Canada’s Arthur Ellis Award for best work of non-fiction.
CHRISTOPHER W. KIMBALL, BA’77, became the seventh President of California Lutheran College on April 1. A widely published author and speaker on academic affairs, his scholarly work is in the field of American history, specializing in social history and the history of sport. Chris joined the CLU administrative team as provost and vice-president for academic affairs in 2006, after serving as provost and dean of the faculty at Augsburg College in Minneapolis.
PATRICIA KIRKPATRICK, BA’77, was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Divinity by the Montreal Diocesan Theological College. Patricia is an Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible in the Faculty of Religious Studies at McGill. She was recognized for her “contributions over more than two decades to the program of theological education” and for her contributions as a biblical scholar to the diocese of Montreal and the Anglican Church of Canada.
ROBERT REINTGES, BA’78, has earned his Certified Information Systems Security Certification. Rob is now in his ninth year as an IT Specialist with the federal government in the U.S. and is currently working with the Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in Arlington, Va. Rob is the information systems security officer for a number of TSA systems.
ROGER KERSHAW, BA’79, is realizing his life-long passion in travel as an independent travel consultant, specializing in luxury, life-changing experiences. Roger is one of only five accredited space agents in Canada capable of booking Virgin Galactic space flights, and is the only Canadian member of the Orient-Express Bellini Club, a group of the top 100 agents in North America. Roger always welcomes new clients, especially fellow alumni! Visit www.RogerKershaw.com.
SHERRILL GRACE, MA’70, PhD’74, a Professor of English and the Brenda and David McLean Chair in Canadian Studies at the University of British Columbia, was one of five Canadian scholars awarded a 2008 Killam Prize in June by the Canada Council for the Arts. Sherrill’s widely praised Canada and the Idea of North, first published in 2002, synthesized 150 years of representations of the Canadian North in art, music, fiction, poetry and drama. Her writings have helped shape new understandings of such towering Canadian figures as Margaret Atwood, Malcolm Lowry and Tom Thomson. The $100,000 Killam Prize is Canada’s most distinguished annual award for outstanding career achievements in engineering, natural sciences, humanities, social sciences and health sciences.
MARCY GOLDMAN, BA’81, recently released her third cookbook, A Passion for Baking (Oxmoor House) and has celebrated being online for over a decade with her online arts and culinary magazine, BetterBaking.com. She is also a regular Washington Post contributor and her work appears in Bon Appetit, the New York Times and other publications. She has appeared several times on Martha Stewart Live on Sirius Radio. Marcy’s first book was nominated for the Julia Child Award. Currently, Marcy is working on Tango Confidential, a book of memoirs. The mother of three sons, Marcy proudly announces the graduation of her eldest, JONATHAN GOLDMAN, BMus’08. He has opted to continue at McGill and will begin pursuing his master’s of music education degree this fall. He recently launched his own site, www.JonathanGoldmanMusic.com.
RICHARD GROOME, BA’81, started a new investment and merchant banking boutique in Montreal called Notre Dame Capital Inc. One of the companies that Notre Dame Capital has invested in is Sofame Technologies Inc., where Richard is now Chairman of the Board. Sofame designs and manufactures engineering solutions and water heating systems for large buildings. Its systems aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and overall natural gas consumption by between 10 and 40 per cent. Sofame’s largest Canadian installation is at the University of Toronto.
ANNETTE HAYWARD, PhD’81, won the 2007 Governor General’s Literary Award for French Non-fiction and the Prix Gabrielle-Roy in 2006 for La querelle du régionalisme au Québec (1904-1931): Vers l’autonomisation de la littérature québécoise. The book stems from her doctoral thesis at McGill. Annette teaches in the French studies department at Queen’s University, focusing on Quebec and French-Canadian literature. She is currently doing research on the anglo-Canadian critical reception of Quebec literature.
STEPHANIE ISAACS, BA’83, was appointed Director of Government Relations for the Montreal Port Authority (MPA), which operates the world’s largest inland port. Stephanie has over 20 years of government relations and industry experience from serving as a strategic advisor to senior executives at companies in Quebec, Alberta and British Columbia. At MPA, Stephanie will lead the government relations effort in advancing the MPA’s strategic relationships with key government stakeholders.
VIVIANNE M. SCHINASI-SILVER, MA’85, published her memoirs, 42 Keys to the Second Exodus, which deals with her life as part of the last generation of Jews to have lived in Egypt before the Suez Crisis of 1956. Vivianne recounts Jewish life in Egypt as well as her experiences as an immigrant in Canada.
LINDA K. STROH, BA’85, a Professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Business Administration, has written a book called Trust Rules: How to Tell the Good Guys from the Bad Guys in Work and Life. The book has received great press – it was recommended by U.S. News & World Report for executives’ nightstands and Linda appeared on Oprah and Friends on XM radio. For more information, please visit www.lindastroh.com.
JAMES SMEDLEY, BA’87, is a writer and photographer who specializes in work related to the great outdoors. For the third year in a row, James placed first in the photography category of the Outdoor Writers of Canada’s annual National Communication Awards. He earned the prize for a photo of a walleye and angler that appeared on the cover of Ontario Out of Doors magazine. James earned six awards in all this year, four for writing and two for photography.
ROMY SHILLER, BA’88, was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2003 and lapsed into a post-surgery coma that lasted five months. Afterwards, she was stricken with akinetic mutism—a partial paralysis that made it very difficult to move or talk. Romy’s new book, You Never Know: A Memoir (Trafford Publishing), features her musings on illness, rehab, pop culture, quantum physics, dreams and psychic phenomena. The book is available at Amazon.ca.
CAROL DEVINE, BA’89, is an AIDS and human rights activist and Vice-President of Dignitas, a Canadian medical humanitarian organization committed to stopping the spread of HIV/AIDS. Together with Dignitas board member PAM HUGHES, BA’74, LLB’77, a senior partner at Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP, Carol led an HIV advocacy and gender empowerment workshop in Malawi last year for community health care workers. The workshop dealt with discrimination, rights abuses, women’s rights in Malawi, inheritance and property rights and how to respond to sexual gender-based violence. For more information, visit www.dignitasinternational.org.
JOYCE R. LOMBARDI, BA’91, graduated with top honours from the University of Baltimore School of Law in May 2006. She is currently a prosecutor with the Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City. One of her duties is to coordinate the statewide Maryland Task Force on Human Trafficking.
PALMINA IOANNONE, BA’92, received her PhD in human development and applied psychology from OISE at the University of Toronto. She looks forward to seeing where the next journey takes her.
MARC J. O’REILLY, BA’92, published a book in April entitled Unexceptional: America’s Empire in the Persian Gulf, 1941-2007 (Lexington Books). To promote the book, Marc has given talks at places like the German-American Institute in Heidelberg, Germany. In 2006, Marc co-edited Handbook of Canadian Foreign Policy (Lexington Books). Marc is currently an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Director of International and Multicultural Academic programs at Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio. Marc lives in Tiffin with his spouse, Julie O’Reilly, also a professor at Heidelberg College.
ERIC AVNER, BA’93, was selected to serve as Vice President of the Haile/U.S. Bank Foundation. Eric will oversee the organization’s grant-making activities in support of economic development in the Cincinnati region. In addition, Eric recently launched a free weekly online publication, Soapbox Cincinnati (soapboxmedia.com), to focus attention on the positive economic and physical transformations of the region. Through original weekly stories and photography, Soapbox is changing a rustbelt narrative of Cincinnati into one dominated by news of innovative companies, venture capital, neighbourhood development and quality design.
GERALD BUTTS, BA’93, MA’96, and his wife Jodi are happy to announce the safe and healthy arrival of their second child, Ava Augusta Butts. Ava was born on December 1, 2007 at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto.
VERA MORGADO, BA’94, gave birth in May 2008 to her second son, Emanuel Duarte Konstantin. In 1999, Vera obtained an MBA from Wales University in the U.K. She has worked for the Canadian government, Seagram and Hewlett-Packard and is currently employed by Siemens in Germany. Vera is happily married to a German and has been living in Bavaria since 2000.
DONNA PENNEE, PhD’94, began a five-year term on September 1 as the new Dean of Arts and Humanities for the University of Western Ontario. Donna left the University of Guelph, where she was the associate dean of arts and social sciences, to take on her new role at UWO. Donna’s academic focus in teaching and research is in the study of Canadian literature, literary theory, literature and social change, and cultural nationalism. She is a member of the executive of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, where she serves as vice-president for equity issues.
ROBERT COLMAN, BA’96, is releasing his first book of poetry, The Delicate Line (Exile Editions), in October 2008. Robert is the Founding Editor and Associate Publisher of Green Business, a business-to-business magazine focused on creating more environmentally sustainable organizations.
AUDRA SIMPSON, MA’96, PhD’04, began a tenure-track position in the Department of Anthropology at Columbia University in July 2008. After three excellent years, Audra left her previous position in the Department of Anthropology and American Indian Program at Cornell University. Audra is the happy recipient of the School for Advanced Research (Santa Fe, New Mexico) Katrin Lamon Fellowship for 2008-2009. During her fellowship, Audra will revise her book, Paths Towards a Mohawk Nation: Kahnawake Mohawk Narratives of Self, Home and Nation (under contract, Duke University Press) and work on an article in preparation. Audra looks forward to commencing her fellowship and living in New York City.
VICTORIA BROWN, BA’97, is the co-founder of Big Think, a web site devoted to sparking discussion about major issues. by featuring the ideas of prominent thinkers in the form of video interviews. The site includes interview clips with dozens of notable figures, including U.S. senator John McCain, Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus, author Naomi Klein and New Yorker editor David Remnick. Big Think visitors can post comments on these interviews or begin new conversations about other issues. Victoria earned an Emmy Award nomination in 2005 for her work as a producer on the PBS talk show Charlie Rose. Big Think (bigthink.com) will be relaunched in October, offering new features.
DARRYL LEVINE, BA’97, was appointed Director of Public Affairs and Communications for the city of Côte Saint Luc, the third largest municipality on the island of Montreal.
TODD MONTGOMERY, MA’99, CertPRMgmt’02, relocated last year from London, England, and now lives in Manly, Australia (just north of Sydney), where he works as an independent management consultant. Friends are invited to get in touch with Todd through his blog: www.tmconsultancy.blogspot.com.
PHIL PRICE, BA’99, is a Montreal filmmaker and TV show producer. Phil’s company, Philm Pictures Inc., has created several feature films and television shows over the last 10 years. Phil’s latest creation, the comedy Prom Wars, premiered at theatres across Canada in May. Please check out the Philms website at www.philms.tv where you can view the trailer for Prom Wars and information about the company’s other productions.
ANNA MOLTCHANOVA, PhD’01, was awarded tenure by the Board of Trustees at Carleton College. An Assistant Professor of philosophy, Anna’s research explores group membership, nationhood, political culture and justice.
REBECCA ROSENBLUM, BA’01, is publishing her first collection of short fiction, Once, in September with Biblioasis. Rebecca works in publishing in Toronto, a city she loves though she still longs for Montreal.
DEANNA MACDONALD, PhD’02, is an art historian and writer based in Montreal. She is the author of Art for Travellers Prague, and her writing on art, architecture and travel has appeared in such publications as the Globe and Mail and Los Angeles Times. Her most recent book, 100 Best Paintings in New York, co-authored with Geoffrey Smith, offers readers insights into some of the great masterworks available for public view in New York. MacDonald and Smith’s selections include paintings by Chagall, Degas, Klee, Rembrandt, Rothko, Van Gogh, Warhol and O’Keeffe.
ASA BOXER, MA’04, won the Canadian Authors Association Award for Poetry in May for his first collection of poems, The Mechanical Bird (Véhicule Press). The poems explore the natural and man-made worlds with an imaginative mix of fact and invention.
MARK ANTHONY KARANTABIAS, BA’06, graduated with a Master’s in Classical Studies in October 2007 from the University of Ottawa and was the recipient of the Dean’s Scholarship for his master’s degree.
AMANDA T. QUAN, BA’07, was awarded a Diversity Scholarship by the law firm of Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLP. Amanda is a first-year law student at the University of Akron School of Law. This scholarship recognizes first-year minority law students who have demonstrated leadership skills, a commitment to excellence, service to the community and academic strength.
PAUL ALLISON, PhD’98, is McGill’s new Dean of Dentistry. He began his five-year term in June, succeeding James Lund, who served as dean for 13 years. Paul is also the director of the Network for Oral and Bone Health Research, an effort involving more than 50 researchers from McGill, Université de Montreal, Université Laval and other institutions. Paul has been an active and contributing member of the Faculty of Dentistry’s curriculum, promotions, admissions and graduate studies committees, and spearheaded a major initiative to develop a non-thesis MSc program in the Faculty.
CHRISTINE HELMER, BEd’87, has recently moved to Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., as Professor of Religion and Adjunct Professor of German. Christine is married to Robert Orsi, who is a professor of religion and history. They have a son, Anthony Orsi, who is three years old.
CLAUDE ANDRÉ DESPARD, DipEd’89, is the new Principal of FACE High School in Montreal, which belongs to both the Commission scolaire de Montréal and the English Montreal School Board. FACE welcomes students from kindergarten to secondary five and specializes in musical, stage and fine arts. He had been the principal of Louise-Trichet High School for five years and previously worked as a high school vice- principal and an English teacher.
SOPHIE PRINCE, BEd’99, MA’06, is publishing an article in the magazine Oriflamme entitled, “Histoire de la langue française.” Sophie is currently a French teacher at John Abbott College in Sainte Anne de Bellevue.
SALLY ARMSTRONG, BED’66, DLitt’02, an author, journalist, human rights activist and documentary filmmaker, was presented with the Canadian Journalism Foundation’s 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award in May. Sally is the former editor-in-chief of Homemaker’s Magazine, an editor-at-large at Chatelaine and the author of Veiled Threat: The Hidden Power of the Women of Afghanistan. In her work, she has tackled issues such as child prostitution in Bangladesh, war crimes in the Balkans and abuse in women’s prisons. Past recipients of this prize include Norman Webster, Knowlton Nash and June Callwood.
G. DENTON CLARK, MEng’52, has been named Trustee Emeritus of the Florida Institute of Technology. Denton was a trustee for 25 years and chairman of the board of trustees for three of those years. Denton has the distinction of being the last chairman, president and CEO of RCA Inc. Canada.
MARC RYAN, BEng’69, worked as a lawyer for the Quebec Securities Commission, BCE Inc. and Bell Canada. He launched an independent investor website in March 2008 at the McGill Faculty Club. The site provides information to investors who wish to manage their investments themselves. The site also comments on current financial events and weaknesses of the financial system from the viewpoint of independent investors. Access to the site is free and it is intended to be an unbiased source of information on investing. Marc is the founder of the site and also gives conferences based on the philosophy of the site, notably the advantages of self-investing. For more information: www.independentinvestor.info.
ROE-HOAN YOON, MSc(Eng)’71, PhD’77, was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in February 2008. He has contributed significantly to the technology and science of mineral processing – specifically, clean coal technology. In 1980, he and his colleagues at Virginia Tech developed a technology using small air bubbles to remove various impurities from coal. He also directs the Virginia Tech’s Center for Advanced Separation Technologies, which aims to develop technologies to produce clean fuels from domestic energy resources.
ROBERT CRAWHALL, BEng’80, MEng’86, has been named President and Chief Executive Officer of NanoQuébec. Prior to this appointment, Robert served as president and CEO of the National Capital Institute of Telecommunications.
ARUN SOMANI, MEng’83, PhD’85, spent the past 11 years at Iowa State University and was promoted to Distinguished Professor in 2007, an honour awarded to two or three ISU faculty each year. This year Arun will be receiving an award for departmental leadership (ISU presents one such prize per year). Arun is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and an Association for Computing Machinery Distinguished Engineer and has served as an IEEE distinguished speaker and IEEE distinguished tutorial speaker.
ANDREW BENEDEK, BEng’66, DSc’05, is the first recipient of the new Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize. Andrew founded ZENON Environmental in 1980 and led the firm’s efforts as it pioneered the development of low-pressure membranes that enabled drinking water to be produced from even highly polluted water. The Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize is an international award recognizing outstanding contributions in the world of water management. Named after the first prime minister of Singapore, the award comes with a cash prize worth $215,000 (U.S.) and is sponsored by the Singapore Millennium Foundation.
ROBERTO RUELAS-GOMEZ, MEng’86, was elected President of the Colegio de Ingenieros Mecanicos Electricistas in Guanajuato, Mexico, for a two-year term. Roberto is also a member of the Mexican National Committee on Standardization of Electrical Installations and lives with his wife, Alicia, and three children in Leon, Mexico. Contact from friends is welcomed at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WAH KEUNG CHAN, BEng’88, was honoured at Vanier College’s 10th Annual Big Band Benefit Concert in April 2008. Each year the concert is dedicated to someone who has made significant contributions to music. Wah Keung, a Vanier alumnus, publishes a free classical music magazine, La Scena Musicale, and an award-winning website, www.scena.org. Wah Keung was also the recipient of an Honourable Mention at the 2006 National Magazine Awards (Arts and Entertainment Category).
SUBIR KUMAR SAHA, PhD’91, published a book in May 2008 entitled Introduction to Robotics (Tata McGraw-Hill, New Delhi). He is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at IIT Delhi and a former member of McGill’s Centre for Intelligent Machines, where he worked with Professor Jorge Angeles. For more information about the book, please visit www.mhhe.com/saha/robotics or web.iitd.ac.in/~saha/
BENJAMIN WINCURE, BSc’89, BEng’92, MEng’94, PhD’07, is currently working as an Engineer at Heat Transfer Research Inc. in College Station, Texas. Benjamin is interested in getting in touch with people who design, revamp, or retrofit Heat Exchangers. Benjamin can be reached at email@example.com.
CHRIST KENNEDY, BEng’01, penned his first novel, The People, while in prison for aggravated assault. He now resides in Saskatoon. The book chronicles the destiny of a man whose son is fated to become a leader who will unite 12 warring tribes.
F. JOHN SERVICE, MDCM’62, recently delivered the 15th annual Eugene Furth Lecture at the Brod School of Medicine at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C., and the Invited Lecture at the 2008 Annual Meeting of the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons, of which he is an honorary member. In addition, John was named the 2008 Distinguished Physician by the Endocrine Society.
ZOSIA ETTENBERG, Dip(PTh)’65, BPhysTher’66, is the 2008 recipient of the Courage to Come Back Award in the Medical Category. Presented by Coastal Mental Health, this award recognizes people who have valuable lessons to share as they have courageously battled back from illness, adversity or injury. Zosia has faced a series of serious health challenges in her life, including polio, diabetes and breast cancer, and has still managed to become an award-winning insurance broker and the author of a book about her brush with cancer.
VICTOR J. DZAU, BSc’68, MDCM’72, is the Chancellor for Health Affairs at Duke University and the President and CEO of Duke University Health System. A former chair of medicine at Harvard Medical School, Victor helped create Harvard’s Division of Social Medicine and Health Inequities, which seeks to eliminate health disparities among underrepresented populations and the socio-economically disadvantaged. As a researcher, he pioneered gene therapy for vascular disease. He was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science by McGill at the convocation ceremony for health sciences students on May 28.
FRANCISCO-JAVIER CAMPOS, DipPsych’70, recently became a staff psychiatrist at the Mental Health Center in Ciudad Valles, San Luis Potosi, Mexico. Francisco-Javier published several short literary pieces in the San Luis Potosi newspaper, El Sol de San Luis, in January 2008. Francisco-Javier also recently presented a paper at the Colloquium on States of Consciousness and World Cosmologies entitled “Cosmic Consciousness according to Richard Maurice Bucke.”
GEORGE SARKA, MDCM’80, has become Governor of the Southern California Region II Chapter of the American College of Physicians, the national organization of internists. George is the Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCLA and a staff physician and headache specialist at the Klotz Student Health Center at the California University, Northridge.
DAVID FRANKLIN, BA’56, BCL’59, recently published a book entitled International Commercial Debt Recovery, a guide to collection procedures in 50 jurisdictions. It is the first book of its kind, designed as a guide to debt collection in the global economy. It is a resource for collection agencies or lawyers working with a global business.
ROY L. HEENAN, BA’57, BCL’60, was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws by McGill during the Faculty of Law’s convocation ceremony on May 26. An expert in labour and employment law, international trade, civil liberties in the workplace, and administrative and constitutional law, Roy taught as an adjunct law professor at McGill for 25 years. He also chaired the Faculty of Law’s advisory board when McGill launched its program of transsystemic legal education and during the construction of the Gelber Law Library. He is the chairman and founding director of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation.
DAVID KAUFFMAN, BA’64, BCL’67, and Guy Gilain have published a book entitled The Construction Hypothetic (Wilson & Lafleur Limitée, Montreal), which reviews in depth all aspects of construction lien legislation in Quebec. The book was released in February 2008.
ROBERT BLOND, BA’66, BCL’69, retired in October 2007 after 35 years as Clerk of the Court in the Judgment Department at the Palais de justice de Montréal. In May 2008, Robert was hired as a cocktail pianist on the Golden Princess cruise ship and finds that the music theory he learned doing his arts degree at McGill comes in handy when he is writing piano arrangements.
ARMAND DE MESTRAL, BCL’66, is the Jean Monnet Chair in the Law of International Economic Integration at McGill’s Faculty of Law and the Co-Director of the McGill-Université de Montréal Institute of European Studies. In April, he was formally inducted as a Member of the Order of Canada by Governor General Michaëlle Jean in recognition of “his contributions to teaching and to the development of Canadian constitutional law and international economic law.” An expert on international trade law, he has served on WTO and NAFTA dispute settlement and arbitration tribunals. He was also president of the Canadian Red Cross Society from 1999 to 2001.
ALLAN J. GOLD, BA’70, BCL’73, has published Elder Law in Canada as a resource to highlight major legal issues facing aging Canadians and their families. This three-volume series, comprising over 2,500 pages, examines a person’s circumstances and rights as he or she grows older, with extracts of the applicable statutes affecting aging individuals from each province and territory.
JACQUES J. M. SHORE, LLB’80, has been appointed the new Chair of Carleton University’s Board of Governors. Jacques is a partner with the national law firm of Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP in Ottawa. He has worked on several government commissions of inquiry, most recently as co-lead counsel to the Air India Victims Families Association before the Federal Commission of Inquiry into the Bombing of Air India Flight 182.
TOM SCHNEIDER, BCL’89, LLB’89, recently received his LLM in criminal law and procedure from York University. He is an assistant crown attorney in Toronto and is married to Esther Shron. They have three sons.
BERNARD AMYOT, BCL’82, LLB’83, completed his term as president of the Canadian Bar Association in August. A partner in Heenan Blaikie’s litigation group and a member of its executive committee, Bernard worked to increase francophone participation in the CBA and played a major role in the CBA’s human rights efforts, including defending the rights of the judiciary in Pakistan and calling for Canadian Omar Khadr’s repatriation from the Guantanamo Bay prison facility.
ISABELLE MARCOUX, BA’91, BCL’94, was elected to Rogers’ Board of Directors in April 2008. Isabelle is Vice Chair of the Board and Vice President, Corporate Development, of Transcontinental Inc. of Montreal. In 2007, Isabelle was honoured as one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40.
KATIA OPALKA, BCL’97, LLB’97, joined Blakes, Cassels & Graydon as environmental counsel in the Montreal office. Katia lives in NDG with husband Simon and daughters Olivia (7) and Carmen (4).
LIBRARY AND INFORMATION STUDIES
CYNTHIA BLED, BLS’61, is the President of Canadian Future Achievers Awards, an organization committed to empowering bright outgoing youth with Caribbean origins. More information can be found at www.canadian-future-achievers.ncf.ca.
FRED BROSE, MLS’67, retired last December after 38 years as reference librarian at Riverside Community College in Southern California. Fred was awarded the title Professor Emeritus and had numerous papers published to his credit.
ANNE WADE, MLS’86, was selected as the 2008 recipient for the APA’s Excellence in Librarianship Award. Anne is currently an administrator in the Centre for the Study of Learning and Performance in the Education Department at Concordia University.
GUY HACHEY, BCom’78, is the new President and Chief Operating Officer of Montreal-based Bombardier Aerospace, one of the world’s largest aircraft companies. He joined Bombardier from Delphi Corporation, where he held the combined positions of Vice-President, Delphi Corporation, President of Delphi Powertrain Systems (a $5.5-billion business with 16 product lines, 30 plants and over 30,000 employees) and President of Delphi Europe, Middle East and Africa.
ALBERTA G. CEFIS, BA’75, MBA’79, DipMan’79, is Executive Vice President & Group Head, Global Transaction Banking at Scotiabank. She was named Canadian Woman Leader of the Year for 2007 by the Federated Press. Alberta was inducted into “The Hall of Fame” of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in 2007, and was named to the Top 100 List from 2003 to 2006 (by the Women’s Executive Network). Alberta also served as a Director of the Visa International Board, as well as the Visa Canada Board, until the end of 2007. Alberta remains chair of the board of directors of Opera Atelier, a world class baroque opera company, and is a member of the cabinet for the Sunnybrook Cancer Research Centre.
GERRY RODRIGUEZ, BCom’83, was recently promoted to Treasurer of Boeing Capital, the wholly-owned aircraft financing subsidiary of Boeing. Gerry has been living in Seattle with his family for 14 years after five years of working in Madrid, Spain, for the Bank of America. Gerry is planning on attending the 25th year class reunion in October and can be reached at Gerry.Rodriguez@boeing.com.
NANCY DUNTON, BCom’91, is the co-author of A Guidebook to Contemporary Architecture in Montreal (Douglas & McIntyre). Nancy has worked on architectural projects and has organized public programs about architecture since 1981. From 1992-1997, she was executive director of Heritage Montreal, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the protection of Montreal’s built heritage. She has also worked at the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA), where she was head of university and professional programmes.
NATHALIE PREZEAU, MBA’91, has released the fourth edition of Toronto Fun Places, a guidebook about Toronto-area family outings published by her own company, Word-of-Mouth Productions. It includes 1,200 photos, a guide on sites around subway stations, places to visit with children, and a colour section on “urban strolls.”
ROCHELLE STEINWALD, BCom’93, is the new owner and President of MGB Marketing & Communications, a full service marketing agency located in Concord, Ontario (just north of Toronto). Since recently acquiring this company after having worked there for four years, Rochelle’s main focus is the acquisition of new clients. If anyone is looking for a competitive quote on their next marketing project, big or small, please drop her a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHRIS HAROUN, BCom’94, and his wife Christine are living in the San Francisco Bay Area with their two sons, Andrew and Matthew. Chris is running a hedge fund, Haroun Capital Management, LLC.
ABDELILAH BOUASRIA, BCom’96, was hired as a Visiting Professor of Middle Eastern Studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies in California.
BRETT HICKEY, BCom’02, is the co-founder and President of Aegis Capital Group, a private equity firm that invests in small and medium-sized businesses. He also established Acorn Charities Group, which focuses its efforts on supporting initiatives linked to higher education and public health and safety. In March, the Shinnyo-en Foundation gave Brett a “Pathfinders to Peace” award for his work with Acorn. The other winners were actors Morgan Freeman and Mira Sorvino, and fashion designer Marc Ecko. Brett also takes part in a reality TV show, Wall Street Warriors, which follows the lives of fund managers, options brokers, floor traders and other financial professionals in New York. The show airs in the U.S. on the MOJO HD cable television network.
FATOU POMPILUS-TOURE, CertH&SS MgMT’02, was selected as a 2008 Junior Fellow by Engineers without Borders Canada. The objective of the overseas placement is the acquisition by rural communities of technological tools and administrative skills to improve agricultural yields and member benefits. Fatou is currently working in Burkina Faso with a cooperative of rice farmers to improve traceability and ensure quality. You can contact Fatou at FatouPompilusToure@ewb.ca.
NANCY NEWMAN, BMus’75, resides in Los Angeles and freelances on saxophone, clarinet, flute and bassoon. In 1999, Nancy was awarded a “Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec” grant to study in Los Angeles and moved there to complete her Master’s in Jazz Studies from the University of Southern California. Nancy has performed in international festivals in California, Hawaii and Peru.
STÉPHANE POTVIN, BMus’90, has been appointed Conductor in Residence of the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra. Stéphane will begin duties with the TBSO in September 2008, working with Music Director Geoffrey Moull to shape the orchestra’s music education and Family Series programs and lead some main-series concerts. Stéphane comes to the role with experience on the podium of several ensembles, including Orchestra London Canada, Oakville Chamber Orchestra and Oakville Chamber Ensemble (which he founded in 2005 and still conducts). For more information on Stéphane Potvin, visit www.spotvin.ca.
MAJA TROCHIMCZYK, PhD’94, received the Swastek Award for the Best Article on Polish-American culture published in 2007 from the Polish American Historical Association, for a paper on Polish folk dance in Southern California. Maja’s book on the same topic was published by Columbia University Press in July 2007. In addition to books and articles on music history, Dr. Trochimczyk’s publications include reviews, essays and poetry appearing in periodicals and chapbooks. Maja serves as Planning and Research Director of Phoenix Houses of California, while being active in a range of local organizations. Maja has two sons and one daughter.
JOSHUA RAGER, BMus’98, MMus’02, is a Montreal-based jazz pianist and arranger and the leader of the Joshua Rager Sextet. He and his wife, fellow jazz pianist Min Jung Suh, BMus’03, MMus’06, were commissioned by the CBC and the European Broadcast Union to compose a piece of music in commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the death of Handel. The commissioned work, created for two jazz pianos, made its debut on September 18 at McGill’s Pollack Hall. Both Joshua and Min teach at the Schulich School of Music.
MICHAEL ESCH, BMus’98, teaches piano literature at the Glenn Gould Professional School and Young Artists Performance Academy. In January 2008 Michael earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts from Rice University and most recently served as a piano judge for the Canadian Music Competition 50th Anniversary National Tour (www.cmcnational.com).
ELIZABETH SHEPHERD, BMus’04, is a singer, composer and pianist whose work pushes at the boundaries of what is considered conventional jazz. Her debut album, Start To Move, received a Juno nomination for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year in 2007. Her most recent CD, Parkdale, released earlier this year, has earned enthusiastic reviews, with the Globe and Mail praising Shepherd and her collaborators with “whipping up a sound as rich and delicious as chiffon pie.” The album is, in part, an ode to the area of Toronto that she calls home. “It’s a harsh neighbourhood—but then again, so is life,” she says. “Parkdale is a window into the soul of a city—complex, fragmented and, above all, honest.”
CHRISTIAN ELLIOT, BMus’06, is one of 14 Canadians to be awarded a scholarship towards studies in the United Kingdom through the Maple Leaf Trust’s Canadian Centennial Scholarships. Christian was awarded the Belle Shenkman Award for the Arts and is currently studying classical music (cello performance) at Royal Northern College of Music.
MARTIN MACDONALD, MMus’06, was appointed as the new Resident Conductor of Symphony Nova Scotia. Nineteen candidates from across Canada and the world applied for this position.
RONALD CUTLER, BTh’83, was elected as Suffragan (or Assistant) Bishop by the diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island on May 23, 2008. The Halifax-based diocese, founded in 1787 and the oldest Anglican diocese in Canada, includes 111 parishes, comprising 256 congregations. Ronald has been a priest in the diocese for 17 years.
KURT GOTTFRIED, BEng’51, MSc’53, is an Emeritus Professor of Physics at Cornell University. A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Physical Society, the Guggenheim Foundation and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Kurt’s research has focused on the subatomic structure of matter and the foundations of quantum mechanics. In 1968, he co-founded the Union of Concerned Scientists, a science-based non-profit organization that strives to protect the global environment and to eliminate the dangers posed by nuclear weapons. On May 29, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science by McGill during the convocation ceremony for the Faculty of Science.
JIM LOTZ, MSc’57, is the author of The Best Journey in the World: Adventures in Canada’s High Arctic. The book chronicles Jim’s experiences as a member of an expedition that carried out scientific research and explored the icecaps of Northern Ellesmere Island, the most northerly island in the world. The book brings into focus the many successful and unsuccessful polar organizations that came before and examines the role of leadership and how humans behave in isolation.
J. RICHARD BERTRAND, BSc’64, received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Ottawa, presented by the Telfer School of Management on June 11, 2008. Richard is Pratt & Whitney Canada’s Vice-President for Government Affairs.
HYMAN ZUCKERMAN, BSc’64, MDCM’68, lives in India and is the Founder and Director of the International Bhaktivedanta Institute, a non-profit entity that deals with issues such as the nature of and the relationship and distinction between mind, body and consciousness. The institute also does humanitarian welfare work, distributing food, clothing and primary medical care, free of cost, to the needy. The International Society for Krishna Consciousness recognizes Hyman as a counsellor, philosopher and scientific thinker. Hyman presently resides in Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh (South India), and receives email at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
CALVIN KALMAN, BSc’65, has published his third book, Successful Science and Engineering Teaching in Colleges and Universities. The book offers broad, practical strategies for teaching science and engineering courses and describes how faculty can provide a learning environment that helps students comprehend the nature of science, understand science concepts and solve problems in science courses. Calvin is currently a Professor in the Department of Physics at Concordia University.
VAIRA VIKE-FREIBERGA, PhD’65, DSc’02, the former President of Latvia, was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws by the University of Toronto on June 13. When she was first elected president of Latvia in 1999, a position she held until 2007, Vaira became the first female head of state in Eastern Europe. She is currently Vice-President of the European Union reflection group on the future of Europe.
DAVID ASH, BSc’66, PhD’73, has retired after 40 years of working in the Canadian chemical industry. Most recently, he was General Manager of Columbian Chemicals Canada in Hamilton, Ontario.
MAXIANNE BERGER, BSc’69, MSc(Eng)’73, has published a book of poetry titled Dismantled Secrets. Maxianne also works as an audiologist at the McGill University Health Centre.
KAROL KROTKI, BSc’69, has been named an American Statistical Association Fellow. Karol, a senior research statistician at RTI International, was named as an ASA Fellow in recognition of his contributions to survey research in design and methodology for web-based surveys, for his leadership in the management and establishment of statistical units, for his exemplary teaching and for his promotion of high-quality statistical methods.
ANDY ROBERT, BSc’69, and RENÉE (VOGEL) ROBERT, MEd’80, would like to announce that their daughter Naomi has been accepted into the science program at McGill. She will be joining her sister SARAH (BA’09), who again made the Dean’s List, while majoring in psychology with a minor in political science. Their son JOSH ROBERT, BSc’07, received his degree in anatomy and cell biology “with great distinction” from McGill and has been accepted into the medical program at the University of Toronto this fall. So the kids are all right and mom and dad are very proud of them. Equally proud is Grandpa LOU VOGEL, BSc’51, who looks forward to spending more years with his grandchildren in Montreal.
JOSHUA ROSENBERG, BSc’70, recently moved to Singapore and is enjoying a position as the director of IP Licensing and Sales for Hewlett-Packard. Joshua has been with HP for almost 28 years. His twin boys, Alex and Sam, are sophomores at Cornell and Harvard. Joshua takes credit for the “Shoes for Industry” hoax that swept through Canada in 1968. He is glad to meet with all McGill alumni!
MARTHA BORGMANN CRAGO, BA’68, MSc’70, PhD’88, was appointed Vice President of Research at Dalhousie University in Halifax. Martha left her position as vice rector of international and institutional affairs at the Université de Montréal in June. Prior to joining the U de M, Martha was a professor at McGill, where she also served as dean of graduate and postdoctoral studies. Martha is a well-published researcher in language acquisition and the editor of Applied Psycholinguistics, a scientific journal. She has served as president of the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies and on several national and provincial governmental committees concerning research and postsecondary education.
ALFONS POMP, BSc’76, was recently named Chief of Laparoscopy and Bariatric Surgery at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell and the Leon C. Hirsch Professor of Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical Center. An international authority on advanced laparoscopic surgical techniques, Alfons is currently one of six co-investigators for the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Bariatric Surgery Clinical Research Consortium.
YUK-SHAN WONG, MSc’76, PhD’79, is the Vice-President for Administration and Finance at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Also a Professor of Biology at HKUSU, he was recently elected as a Deputy to the National People’s Congress, the highest organ of state power in China, where he will focus on education, cross-boundary cooperation on science and technology and environmental protection during his five-year term.
JEFF KELISKY, BSc’88, is CEO of Multimap.com, a small start-up based in the United Kingdom which became the number one Internet mapping company in Europe, offering street-level maps of the U.K., Europe and the U.S., road maps of the world, door-to-door travel directions and other services. Multimap.com was recently sold to Microsoft.
STEPHANIE WRAGG, BSc’88, MSc’91, lives in south Florida and was recently promoted to the position of Assistant Dean for Medical Education and Faculty Development at the University of Miami, at the regional campus located in Boca Raton. The regional campus of medical schools is a model used to address physician shortage and an interesting way to develop new curriculum. Stephanie helped organize the upcoming Group on Regional Medical Campuses Spring Meeting, sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges.
PAUL MCELLIGOTT, PhD’93, was appointed President of the BC College of Applied Biology on May 9, 2008. Paul is a Senior Scientist and Project Manager with Golder Associates Ltd. in North Vancouver, B.C., and has over 20 years of experience as an environmental biologist working in the fields of fisheries, wildlife and invertebrate biology. Prior to moving out west in the early 1990s, Paul lectured on entomology and impact assessment at Macdonald Campus, served on the inter-governmental team responsible for the review of the James Bay II hydroelectric project, and conducted field studies for the Atlantic Salmon Federation.
JONATHAN TOKER, BSc’96, founded his own company in 2006 and invented and engineered novel anti-cramp electrolyte supplement capsules and dispensers for athletes called SaltStick, which have helped athletes win the Ironman World Championship, and many other races, for the past two years. Jonathan has also been racing as a professional triathlete, though he recently stepped back to recreational racing. Former classmates and friends can get in touch with Jonathan at www.SaltStick.com.
SIMON STRAUSS, BSc’00, MA’07, has been working at Golder Associates Ltd. in Mississauga, Ontario, as an Environmental Assessment Specialist since graduating from McGill with his master’s degree. Simon lives in Toronto.
PETER MELVYN ROBINSON, BSc’03, received his commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force on March 12, 2008 at Maxwell Air Force Officer Training School in Montgomery, Alabama. Peter was awarded a USAA Leadership Excellence Award and married his fiancée, Kelli Joann Smith, in March 2008. Together, they will reside at the Columbus Air Force Base in Mississippi, where he has begun pilot training.
JASON HESSELS, PhD’07, has won the 2008 CAGS/UMI Distinguished Dissertation Award in the engineering, medical sciences and natural sciences category. The award recognizes doctoral students whose dissertations make original contributions to their academic field, and is offered by the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies in collaboration with University Microfilms International. While studying at McGill, Jason led a team of astronomers to discover the fastest-spinning neutron star ever found, located in a crowded star cluster near the centre of the Milky Way. Jason is currently pursuing a postdoctoral fellowship at the Anton Pannekoek Astronomical Institute of the University of Amsterdam.
VALERIE GARNER, BSW’90, MSW’93, is now working part time for Fresenius Corporation in the Cornwall, Ontario, Dialysis Clinic, for Chartwell Corporation as a social worker, and for Château Gardens nursing home as a community care worker. Valerie previously working with the CLSC in Pierrefonds, Quebec, for 16 years. Valerie enjoys her social work career and has a busy and satisfying life. Valerie is the grandmother to two beautiful grandsons, a two-year-old and a four-year-old.
GOLAM M. MATHBOR, MSW’95, has been elected as the Vice President of the American Institute of Bangladesh Studies (AIBS). AIBS is an association of institutions of higher learning in the United States aimed at promoting scholarly understanding between Bangladesh and the United States.