Alumni Activities Winter 2008-2009

Alumni Activities

Martlets Build Nests for the Needy

Atlanta grads and other Canadian expatriates joined Habitat for Humanity on November 8 for “Canadian Saturday,” when they helped construct a house for an underprivileged family. Organized by Brian Oak, Canadian Consul General to Atlanta, volunteers spent the day hard at work installing roofing and insulation.


Left to right: Ron Poirier, BEd’94, MBA’97, Brian Oak, Allardyce, BEng’74, Heidi Allardyce, BA’79, Eric Issa, MBA’98 (standing), Denis Duclos, GradCertTrys/Fin’98 and Martine Simoneau.

Sicilian Splendour

Alumni and friends visited Sicily in September for 10 sunny days of vacation spent exploring the natural beauty of the landscape, the stunning architecture of Palermo, and the region’s many well-preserved Greek and Roman ruins.

Techie Travels

Principal Heather Munroe-Blum—pictured here with Dr. Daniel Rosenstein, BSc’91, MDCM’95—visited Palo Alto, California, in September for a breakfast gathering with McGill alumni from Silicon Valley. More than 20 life sciences and information technology grads, along with Marc LePage, Canadian Consul General to San Francisco/Silicon Valley, were in attendance.

A Different Kind of Boat Drink

The McGill Alumni Association of Halifax presented a unique evening of cocktails on a Canadian Navy frigate in October, offering grads a chance to rub elbows with Christopher Manfredi, McGill’s dean of arts. The evening was made possible by the assistance of Commander (Retired) Gregory M. Aikins, BA’80, who helped organize the event.

Beijing Brunch

Six McGill alumni were among some 25 graduates from Quebec universities who gathered to feast on traditional Chinese brunch foods at Beijing’s Quebec Annual Dim Sum event in June. The event kick-started the year for Beijing’s alumni group, which has seen a jump in interest from younger grads.


Left to right: Liang Kong, DipAccounting’00, Clovis Couasnon, BCom’08, Susan Macdonald, BSc’76, MDCM’80, Kevin Tsui, BCom’96, Yannick Maher, PostMBACert’00, Marian Koa, CertProfFrench’98.

Leacock Laughs Come to Vancouver

Gill and Sandy Tambosso, DDS’57, enjoyed October’s 11th Annual Leacock Luncheon in Vancouver. This year, the event was hosted by award-winning actress Nicola Cavendish and moderated by Derek Drummond, BArch’62, McGill’s William C. Macdonald Emeritus Professor of Architecture.

Celebrating Quebec’s History

A large crowd gathered at Morrin College Hall in Quebec City to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the city’s founding. Organized by Mr. Peter Dunn alongside the Alumni Association of Quebec City, the evening included an address by Chancellor Richard W. Pound, BCom’62, BCL’67, and a performance by a McGill jazz quartet.

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