Alumnotes Winter 2008-2009


Agricultural & Environmental Sciences / Macdonald Campus

DOUG JOSE, BSc(Agr)’66, was inducted as President of the Extension Section of the American Agricultural Economics Association at its annual meeting in July 2008. Doug also hosts a 30-minute weekly TV program called Market Journal: Television for Ag Business Decisions. The show received the Bronze Award from the Nebraska Broadcasters Association for Service to Agriculture in August.

DAVID JACKSON, BSc(Agr)’68, MSc’71, received an Excellence in Seneca Award for Distinguished Service: Faculty from Seneca College in Toronto. The Excellence in Seneca awards are given annually to individuals and groups that have contributed significantly to the college’s reputation and advancement. During his past 37 years at Seneca, David taught numerous introductory sciences, mathematics and computer courses to students primarily in contract training and continuing education programs. He also taught a variety of stationary engineering subjects. David is married to MURIEL (ROGERS) JACKSON, BSc(HEc)’68. They have three married children and four granddaughters.


MARTIN COHOS, BArch’58, has been appointed to the board of directors of the National Capital Commission (NCC). As the founder of Cohos Evamy Partners, a fully integrated architectural, engineering, interior design and urban planning firm, Martin has worked on major projects including Bankers Hall and the Eau Claire Market in Calgary, Alberta, the master plan for the City of Fort McMurray, Alberta, and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service Headquarters in Ottawa, Ontario. Now retired, Martin is an advisor to the Banff Centre, the Calgary Science Centre, the Glenbow Museum and Heritage Park.

MARC DAEMEN, BSc(Arch)’77, BArch’78, was promoted to Senior Associate with the Baltimore-based firm of Gaudreau, Inc. Marc is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and is co-chair of the AIA Baltimore Spring Lecture Series Committee.

ILANA JUDAH, BSc(Arch)’96, BArch’97, has been appointed as the Manager of Sustainability at FXFowle Architects in New York City. Her role will be to further develop the firm’s role as a pioneering leader in green architecture. Ilana was previously at the Menkès Shooner Dagenais Letourneux architectural firm in Montreal and served on the executive of the Quebec Chapter of the Canada Green Building Council.

DIANA ANDERSON, BSc(Arch)’02, MArch’04, graduated from medical school at the University of Toronto in June 2008. Throughout her medical studies she maintained a strong interest in hospital architecture and was awarded the Tradewell Fellowship in hospital design, given by WHR Architects in Houston, Texas, for one year prior to beginning a medical residency.


ELIZABETH KOUHI, BA’49, has written three books of poetry and two editions with verse for children, all published by Penumbra Press. Elizabeth has also published novels for young people and two picture books for the very young from other publishers. She is married with four children and 10 grandchildren. Elizabeth was a high school teacher for 19 years prior to pursuing her first love, writing.

JACK LIEBER, BA’49, MA’57, is the author of Clash of Symbols: Poems, Essays, Stories, published by the Avmor Art and Cultural Foundation. Born in the Soviet Union, Jack came to Canada as a child. During the Second World War, he flew on missions over Germany as a navigator with the Royal Canadian Air Force. Following the war, Jack was a teacher before becoming a self-described “educational mercenary,” working for CIDA and UNESCO in Africa. During his time there, he developed a passion for African art. Now retired from teaching, Jack lives with his wife Iris and their Bengal cat in Toronto, where he spends hours mangling Bach fugues with arthritic fingers on an ancient Heintzman grand piano.

Mia Klein

MOSES ZNAIMER, BA’63, is the Founder of Zoomer, a national magazine that targets Canadian readers 45 years of age and older. Zoomer replaces CARP, the magazine of the Canadian Association for Retired Persons. The glossy new Zoomer is much more interested in articles related to fashion and lifestyle than its predecessor was. A pioneering figure in the Canadian television industry, Moses co-founded several youth-oriented TV stations including Citytv, MuchMusic and MusiquePlus. Now, as the Executive Director of CARP, he has set his sights on the demographic traditionally known as “50+” which he terms “zoomers” (boomers with zip). Earlier this year, Moses received the Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award from the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences for his contributions to the growth and advancement of the Canadian music industry.

NIGEL SPENCER, BA’66, has won his second Governor General’s Literary Award for his second consecutive translation of a novel in the Soifs series by Marie-Clarie Blais called Augustino and the Choir of Destruction (House of Anansi, 2007).

HENRY SREBRNIK, BA’66, MA’70, a professor in the Department of Political Studies at the University of Prince Edward Island, has published Jerusalem on the Amur: Birobidzhan and the Canadian Jewish Communist Movement, 1924-1951 (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2008). The book traces the ideological and material support provided by Canadian Jewish Communist organizations to the Jewish Autonomous Region of Birobidzhan in the far east of the Soviet Union.

JILL ROLLINS, BA’68, has reunited with her long-time friends from Royal Victoria College Residences at McGill. Recently, following an initial 35th-anniversary reunion in Tuscany in 2003, and with attendees travelling from Australia, France, England, the U.S. and Montreal, 10 Class of ’68 McGill friends gathered to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their graduation. Sunny July weather at the Souris, PEI, summer home of Jill and her husband Doug allowed the group to enjoy some of PEI’s spectacular beaches, great walking, kayaking, gourmet dining, and most of all their friendship, as strong as ever after all these years.

RHODA E. HOWARD-HASSMANN, BA’69, MA’72, PhD’76, is the Canada Research Chair in International Human Rights at Wilfrid Laurier University and a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Her new book, written with Anthony P. Lombardo, is Reparations to Africa (University of Pennsylvania Press). The book examines the West’s obligations to Africa stemming from its past involvement in the slave trade and analyzes the reparations movement from the perspectives of law, philosophy, political science and sociology.

FLORENCE LAURA ANNE ALBURY, BA’70, is currently an Associate Professor of English and Linguistics at the College of the Bahamas. Along with her husband, Jim Lawlor, Anne has completed the writings of her late father, Dr. Paul Albury. Anne and Jim updated her father’s book, The Paradise Island Story, in 2004 and recently published The Harbour Island Story, an authoritative account of Harbour Island’s history and its people, integrating Paul’s work.

DWIGHT DRUICK, BA’70, BSW’93, MSW’94, is working as an academic, disabilities and mental health counsellor at St. Lawrence College in Kingston, Ontario. He is a member of the Queen’s University Department of Psychiatry, where he teaches and supervises psychiatry residents in cognitive, behavioural and interpersonal psychotherapies. He is also in private practice. Dwight has been happily married for 20 years to his wife, Nancy, and has a wonderful 12-year-old son, Aidan. After a 25-year hiatus, Dwight is currently working on an album of new music. Entitled Saving Grace, the CD will be released in spring 2009.

JOHN MORRISON, BA’71, has been appointed as Canada’s new Ambassador to the Republic of Serbia, with concurrent accreditation to the Republic of Montenegro and the Republic of Macedonia. He joined the Department of External Affairs in 1985. John has served abroad in Kuala Lumpur, Beijing, Taipei and Tokyo. John recently served as minister counsellor and deputy head of mission in Moscow.

ALAN FREEMAN, BA’72, has changed careers, joining the Department of Finance in Ottawa as Assistant Deputy Minister. After more than 30 years as a journalist, including a decade as a foreign correspondent for the Globe and Mail in Europe, Alan is now responsible for the Department of Finance’s Consultations and Communications Branch.

DANIEL-PIERRE VÉZINA, B.A. 1972, a écrit son premier roman intitulé Le Tchador de la liberté. Écrit sous le pseudonyme de Daniel Damph, le roman traite de la vie d’une jeune écrivaine afghane qui a publié à Paris Le Tchador de la liberté et qui enseigne la littérature à Islamabad, au Pakistan. Arrêtée et traduite devant les tribunaux civils et religieux pour avoir osé faire paraître cet ouvrage, sa tête est mise à prix. Le groupe de femmes Women Intervention Network tentera d’extirper l’écrivaine, Meena Junejo, hors du Pakistan afin d’éviter son assassinat. C’est un roman d’action où des femmes—toutes titulaires d’un doctorat de McGill—ont le premier rôle.

JAMES WRIGHT, BA’72, was awarded an honorary degree by the University of Ulster this past summer. James received a Doctor of the University degree in recognition of his outstanding contribution to public life, and Canada’s contribution to economic and social development in Northern Ireland. He was appointed Canadian High Commissioner to the UK in 2006.

PHILIP J. TAYLOR, BA’73, BEd’75, CertSpEd’80, PhD’03, has published a book of poetry titled Gifts in the Key of Nature.

ABINA DANN, BA’74, has become Consul General in São Paulo (Federative Republic of Brazil). Abina recently served as Canada’s ambassador to Ukraine. From 2001 to 2004, she was the director of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade’s European Business Development and Connectivity Division.

MATTHEW J. MEYER, BA’74, MEd’92, PhD’98, has been appointed Chair of the Department of Curriculum and Leadership at St. Francis Xavier University’s School of Education in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Prior to his coming to StFX, Matthew was chair of the performing arts department and theatre teacher at St. George’s School in Montreal. His teaching and research interests are in two distinct areas: leadership/organization aspects of school administration, and arts-based research projects that focus on drama-theatre practices in the classroom and teacher-administrator professional development.

DEANNA HORTON, BA’76, has been appointed as Canada’s Ambassador to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. Deanna joined the Department of External Affairs in 1981 and has since served in Hamburg, Washington and Tokyo. She was most recently director of the Office of the Deputy Minister for International Trade.

CHARLES E. STULL, BA’77, recently graduated with a doctor of education degree (EdD) in adult learning and leadership from the Department of Organization and Leadership at Columbia University’s Teachers College in New York City. After 17 years in the substance abuse counselling field, Charles has launched his own consulting business, providing leadership development and executive coaching services.

RIVA FLEXER, BA’78, STEPHEN HARRISON, PhD’86, and MASSEY VENDER FLEXER, BA’59, MSW’68, are all thrilled to announce the graduation of AARON HERSCHEL FLEXER HARRISON, BSc’08, on May 29, 2008. Aaron is the third generation of his family to graduate from McGill University.

GUY LANGELIER, B.A. 1980, a écrit son premier roman paru aux Éditions JKA. Côte Est raconte les péripéties d’un psychiatre formé à McGill qui va pratiquer en Nouvelle-Angleterre. L’auteur était présent au salon du livre de Montréal en novembre 2008 pour faire la promotion de son livre, sur lequel on peut obtenir plus de détails en consultant le site des Éditions JKA. Guy has written his first novel, entitled Côte Est (East Coast). The novel is about a psychiatrist who practices in New England after studying at McGill. Published by JKA Editions, the novel is of the “thriller” genre.

ANNMARIE ADAMS, BA’81, has published a new book entitled Medicine by Design: The Architect and the Modern Hospital, 1893-1943. The work examines how hospital design influenced the development of 20th-century medicine and demonstrates the importance of these specialized buildings in the history of architecture. Annmarie uses Montreal’s landmark Royal Victoria Hospital, along with other buildings and institutions, to explore issues in architecture and medicine. Annmarie is the William C. Macdonald Professor of Architecture at McGill.

MARK ANTLIFF, BA’81, is a professor in the Department of Art, Art History and Visual Studies at Duke University. Mark recently published A Cubism Reader: Documents and Criticism, 1906-1914 (University of Chicago Press) with his Duke colleague Patricia Leighton. The book covers the historical genesis of cubism and addresses the cultural, political and philosophical issues related to the movement.

MARTIAL PAGÉ, BA’81, is Canada’s new Ambassador to the Lebanese Republic. Martial has served abroad at the Canadian embassy in Tokyo and at the Canadian Mission to the European Union in Brussels. He has also held various positions at Revenue Canada, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. He recently served as the director of the Assignments and Pool Management Division in Ottawa. Martial is married to Akiko Onozuka and they have three sons.

FRANCO PIETRACUPA, BA’82, CertMgmt’89, has been appointed as a member of the Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada. Franco’s extensive experience in aviation includes working for various organizations such as CESPA Flight College, where he was Class 1 instructor/assistant chief flight instructor. Since April 2000, Franco has held the position of Manager of Business Aircraft Training, Global and Challenger Programs, at Bombardier Aerospace in Montreal.

RUSSELL COPEMAN, BA’83, has been appointed Associate Vice-President, Government Relations, of Concordia University after serving in the Quebec National Assembly for 14 years as the Member for Notre-Dame-de-Grâce. He chaired the Assembly’s social affairs committee from 2003 until 2007, when he was named parliamentary assistant to the minister of health and social services.

Princeton University Press

DARIUS REJALI, MA’83, PhD’87, received the Human Rights Book Award from the human rights section of the American Political Science Association in August for Torture and Democracy (Princeton University Press). The book examines the use of torture by democracies in the 20th century, revealing the origins of such controversial Western intelligence-gathering techniques as waterboarding. Torture and Democracy also questions the effectiveness of such methods in obtaining credible intelligence. Darius is a Professor of Political Science at Reed College.

ELISE MOSER, BA’84, CertHRMgmt’00, has just been named the Literary Editor of The Rover, a new online arts and culture magazine based in Montreal. (

CHRISTOPHER RUSSELL, BA’85, lives with his wife and daughter in Catonsville, MD. Christopher has published a book entitled The Industrial Energy Harvest, which provides a corporate-level overview of the risks and rewards imposed by today’s volatile energy markets. A collection of short, punchy chapters explain how energy is invested, preserved and ultimately positioned to create wealth. The intent is to help business leaders “connect the dots” between energy usage and the financial performance of their organizations. Christopher can be contacted at

MARK A. A. WARNER, BA’86, has been appointed to the position of Legal Director for Ontario’s Ministry of Economic Develop-ment and Trade and its Ministry of Research and Innovation. Prior to the appointment, Mark was counsel for the firm of Fasken Martineau. Mark assumed his new role on August 5, 2008.

MATHEW FARFAN, BA’87, MA’91, is pleased to announce the release of his latest book, The Eastern Townships: On Lake and River. Published by Les Éditions GID of Quebec City, this follow-up to The Eastern Townships: In Town and Village (2006), chronicles the history of Quebec’s Eastern Townships through text and archival photography. Nearly 200 photographs are reproduced, providing a rare glimpse of life on and around the region’s lakes and rivers from about 1860 to 1960. The book is available in bookstores across Quebec.

PETER NELSON, BA’88, has been appointed Director of Communications at Resources for the Future (RTF), a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization that conducts independent research—rooted primarily in economics and other social sciences—on environmental, energy and natural resource issues. Peter is a veteran Washington journalist and environmental researcher.

ERIKA SEID, BA’90, is a licensed psychotherapist, specializing in cultural issues and sexual offender treatment. She was married to Matthew Danning on March 1, 2008, in a small civil ceremony, and again on July 20, 2008 in a ceremony for family and friends. SUSAN STROCH, BA’90, and MICHAEL MANGA, BSc’90, were in attendance.

VIVIAN MAY, BA’91, has been appointed Chair of Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Science Humanities Council. Vivian is an associate professor of women’s and gender studies at the college. Vivian also serves on the scholars’ board of the National Women’s Studies Association, a Ford Foundation initiative.

KEELAN TISSHAW, BA’91, is now living in Vancouver, British Columbia. Keelan is the CEO and Owner of Momentum Holdings Ltd., a wholesale business operating two companies in Canada and the United States. He is married to fellow McGill graduate CAMILLE COREJ, BA’90, DipManApp’93, and has three daughters.

LEILAH NADIR, BA’92, has won the George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in B.C. Writing for her book The Orange Trees of Baghdad (Key Porter Books). Leilah was presented with the award at a ceremony on July 26 in Vernon, B.C. In the book, Leilah recounts the often harrowing experiences of her relatives living in Baghdad during the violence and turmoil of recent years. Born to an Iraqi-Christian father and a British mother, and raised in Britain and Canada, Leilah also examines her own ties to Iraq, a country she has never visited.

ROBERT CHODAT, BA’93, MA’96, is an Assistant Professor of English at Boston University. His new book, Worldly Acts and Sentient Things: The Persistence of Agency from Stein to DeLillo (Cornell University Press), offers a blend of philosophy and literary theory in examining how notions of purposeful action and their agents—both human and non-human—are represented in contemporary literature.

BOB W. WHITE, MA’93, PhD’98, has written a book exploring the marriage of popular dance music and authoritarian politics in Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo). In Rumba Rules, the first ethnography of popular music in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Bob describes the economic and political conditions that brought a powerful music industry to its knees in the 1980s, as well as how popular musicians sought to remain socially relevant in a time of increasing insecurity during the 1990s. Bob is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the Université de Montréal.

ROBERT ASTROFF, BA’94, is the President of Astroff Consultants Inc., an educational consulting firm offering strategic advice for applicants to professional and undergraduate university programs in Canada, the United States and overseas. Robert would love to hear from classmates at

STEPHEN D. BORYS, PhD’94, returned to Canada this past June to assume the directorship of the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Stephen has also been appointed Scholar in Residence in the School of Art at the University of Manitoba. He was previously the Ulla R. Searing Curator of Collections at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida.

BART BEATY, MA’95, PhD’99, is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Communication and Culture at the University of Calgary. His latest book, David Cronenberg’s A History of Violence (University of Toronto Press), explores the acclaimed Canadian director’s Oscar-nominated film. Bart contends that A History of Violence is a nuanced study of masquerade and disguise and a film that thwarts our expectations of film genre.

LEANNE LIEBERMAN, BA’96, has just published her first novel, Gravity. Leanne was the winner of Orca Books’ “So You Think You Can Write” young adult novel contest. Gravity is about an Orthodox Jewish girl who falls in love with another girl.

ANITA NOWAK, BA’97, BCom’97, travelled to Kigali to work with a women’s collective of Rwandan genocide survivors and women living with HIV/AIDS this summer. With her sister, HELEN NOWAK, Anita organized a benefit concert on July 9 at the Centre St-Ambroise in Montreal to raise funds for Tubahumarize, a women’s collective based in Kigali. ELOGE CHRISTIAN BUTERA, a 25-year-old survivor of the Tutsi genocide in Rwanda and a second-year McGill law student, spoke at the event. Anita is a fundraiser for The Study, a girls’ school in Westmount, and a doctoral student at McGill. Helen is a law student at McGill.

CHRISTIAN LANDER, BA’01, has written a new book entitled Stuff White People Like: A Definitive Guide to the Unique Taste of Millions (Random House). The book investigates, explains and offers advice for finding social success with members of the Caucasian culture.

REBECCA ROSENBLUM, BA’01, is a fiction writer whose short stories have been published, or soon will be, in Exile, Danforth Review, echolocation, The New Quarterly, Journey Prize Stories 19, Coming Attractions, Maisonneuve and Best Canadian Stories 08. Her first collection of short fiction, Once, won the Metcalf/Rooke Award and was published by Biblioasis in September 2008. Rebecca lives, works and writes in Toronto. The Walrus calls Once “a dazzling debut.”

Kelly Clipperton

STACEY MAY FOWLES, BA’02, is the author of Fear of Fighting (Nimbus Publishing), a novel set in downtown Toronto that explores issues of loneliness, mental health, and the importance of human and community connection. In a recent review, The Coast declared, “Fowles’ writing is poetic yet simple, and even her frequent pop culture references are applied with a graceful, light hand,” while The Walrus describes her as “a young author of singular talent.” Stacey is currently the publisher of Shameless magazine which describes itself as “Canada’s independent voice for smart, strong, sassy young women.”

AMY BELASEN, BA’05, has written her first co-authored novel. Jenny Green’s Killer Junior Year is a teen-oriented dark comedy thriller published by Simon & Schuster. The book takes place at a fictional academy in Montreal and one of the characters is inspired by McGill professors.

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GAVIN HEFFERNAN, BA’03, is a filmmaker. His latest work is Grand Wheel, a short experimental documentary that examines the peace movement in the United States. The film features footage from an eclectic list of settings—including a surfside veteran’s memorial, a California carnival, and an Iraq war protest in downtown Los Angeles. Grand Wheel has played at more than 20 film festivals in the U.S. and at festivals in Russia, Germany, Spain, Italy, Greece and Denmark. Grand Wheel was awarded the Special Jury Prize for Best Cinematography at the 2008 Canadian Film Festival in Toronto.


HARRY ROSEN, DDS’53, was presented with the 2008 William John Gies Award. The prize, established 1940, is the highest honor the ACD can bestow upon one of its Fellows. There are approximately 7,400 Fellows worldwide in the American College and it is rare that more than one candidate is selected for the award in any year. Recipients are chosen for making broad, exceptional and distinguished contributions to the profession and to society. Harry is the only Canadian in the last 50 years to receive this award. Harry is a Professor Emeritus in McGill’s Faculty of Dentistry and is actively involved in the Montreal General Hospital’s multidisciplinary residency program. Harry continues to raise funds for the Dr. Harry Rosen Endowed Clinical Teaching Fund to support the training of clinical dentistry instructors at McGill.


HARRY ZARINS, BEd’74, MEd’79, has been selected as the Executive Director of the Brain Injury Association of Canada (BIAC). Harry has spent much of his life devoted to Canadian sports, giving him an in-depth understanding of injuries related to sports. He was Canada’s chef de mission for two World University Games (’93 Summer and ’99 Winter) and served as commissioner of both the Ontario-Quebec Inter-University Football Conference and the Quebec Inter-University Football Conference from 1997-2002.

JAMIE KOMPON, BEd’89, is the Assistant Coach and Director of Amateur Development with the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League. The 41-year-old native of Thunder Bay, Ont., joined the club’s coaching staff in 2006. Prior to coming to Los Angeles, Jamie worked for nine seasons with the St. Louis Blues organization, where he served as the team’s video coach and strength and conditioning coach.

FRANCE TREPANIER, BEd’96, would like to announce that her daughter, singer of the Cajun band Feufollet, played in Quebec City on August 7 for the 400th anniversary of Quebec and August 8 at the Pub Alexandre. The band, based in Louisiana, also performed in Montreal on August 9 at Divan Orange and on August 19 at the FestiBlues in Parc Ahuntsic. France is very proud of her daughter.

MYER HOROWITZ, DipEd’52, LLD’79, received the Special Recognition Award of the Canadian Teachers’ Federation this summer. In awarding Myer this prize, the federation described him as “a tireless advocate for educational policies that benefit the young.” Myer is President Emeritus of the University of Alberta, where he was instrumental in the creation of the Centre for Research on Teacher Education and Development. An Adjunct Professor of Education at the University of Victoria, Myer is a past president of the Vanier Institute of the Family.


LESLIE A. GEDDES, BEng’45, MEng’53, DSc’71, has been selected as an inductee in Purdue University’s Book of Great Teachers. The book bears the names of 316 faculty members, past and present, who have devoted their lives to excellence in teaching and scholarship. They were chosen by their students and their peers as Purdue’s finest educators.

NEIL MACKAY, BEng’64, was appointed Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President for EMS Technologies in July 2008. EMS is a leading innovator in the design and manufacture of wireless, satellite and defence solutions and its customers include Boeing and Lockheed Martin. Neil has held the position of CEO for a number of telecommunications and aviation companies, including GEAC Computers in Toronto, Innotech Aviation Ltd. in Montreal and the Trinidad and Tobago Telephone Company. He is a recipient of the Canadian Business Aviation Association’s lifetime achievement award for service to the aviation industry.

CHRIS NOBLE, BEng’77, is a Technology Licensing Officer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is responsible for MIT’s clean energy portfolio. Chris lives in Winchester, a suburb of Boston, with his wife Donette and their children Julie and William.

MICHAEL D. WINSHIP, BEng’80, has been appointed President and Chief Operating Officer of the corporation HudBay Minerals Inc. Previously, Michael held the position of chief operating officer of PT Inco in Indonesia. He has been in the mining business for 30 years and has experience in all phases of mining and processing activities. HudBay Minerals Inc. is a leading integrated base metals mining company with assets in North and Central America.

RABIH ABOUCHAKRA, BEng’95, MEng’97, is now a partner with Booz & Company based in Abu Dhabi. Rabih currently leads the firm’s organization and strategy team in the Middle East.

CLAIRE HAYEK, BEng’97, has released her debut solo album Intention and was a performer at the Festival du monde Arabe in November 2008. Claire has been an active singer-songwriter for 15 years. She also works for a major equipment supplier in the mining and aggregate industry. She has released three EPs in the past. The album was released independently under Claire’s own label, IDEK Records. For more information, visit

SHAWN KHAZZAM, BEng’03, is a Senior Business Development Manager at OPNET Technologies Inc., a public software company in Washington, D.C. He manages a $30-million portfolio of network management software products; customers include the majority of the Fortune 100. Shawn also manages several strategic relationships with partners and industry analysts including Microsoft, HP, Juniper and Gartner. Shawn began pursuing an MBA degree at New York University in September.

JOSHUA SCHWARTZ, BEng’03, PhD’08, was one of three recent recipients of the Academy of Great Montrealers’ 2008 Award of Excellence. The prize is granted by the academy in partnership with the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal. Winners are selected among students who completed their doctoral dissertations at one of Montreal’s four universities or at one of their affiliated schools. Joshua was the winner in the natural sciences and engineering category.

SOREN JENSEN, MEng’05, joins MIKE BRATTY, MEng’03, DAVID KRATOCHVIL, PhD’98, DAVID SANGUINETTI, BEng’94, MEng’96, and ROWAN FLEMIN, BEng’02, as a Process Engineer at BioteQ Environmental Technologies Inc. in Vancouver. In March, the company won the 2008 Globe Award for Environmental Excellence presented by the Globe Foundation and the Globe and Mail. In October, BioteQ was named one of B.C.’s 100 Fastest Growing Companies by Business in Vancouver. The company provides environmentally sustainable water treatment and resource recovery alternatives to the mining industry in six countries.

Health Sciences

ANDREW G. ENGEL, BSc’53, MDCM’55, has been recognized with the Mayo Clinic Distinguished Alumni Award. Recipients of this award are nominated for their exceptional contributions to the field of medicine. Andrew is a consultant in the Department of Neurology at the Mayo Clinic, Director of its Neuromuscular Disease Research Laboratory, and the William L. McKnight-3M Professor of Neuroscience in the College of Medicine. He has written around 400 scholarly articles and was elected to the Institute of Medicine, which is part of the National Academy of Sciences.

BARRY FLETCHER, MDCM’61, was awarded the Gold Medal of the Society for Paediatric Radiology in May 2008. The Gold Medal, the society’s most distinguished honour, was awarded for his contributions as a scientist, teacher, mentor and leader. Barry was a radiologist at the Montreal Children’s Hospital and later became head of the Division of Paediatric Radiology at University Hospitals of Cleveland, Case Western Reserve University. From 1987, his focus turned to paediatric oncology when he became chairman of the Department of Radiology at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis. Now semi-retired, Barry lives in Asheville, North Carolina, with his wife, HEATHER CARSWELL, BSc’65.

ROBERT R. ORFORD, BSc’69, MDCM’71, was installed as President of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. ACOEM is the largest organization of occupational health physicians in the United States, with over 5,000 members. ACOEM champions the health and safety of workers, workplaces and other environments by educating health professionals and the public, supporting research, enhancing the quality of practice and advancing the field.

AYALA HANEN MANOLSON, MSc’73, is the first recipient of the new Distinguished Alumni Award for Professional Leadership from McGill’s School of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Convinced that the parents of language-delayed children should have access to training programs that could better equip them in assisting with their children’s language development, Ayala founded the Hanen Centre at McGill in 1975 to develop such programs. The Hanen Centre, now located in Toronto, currently provides resources to parents and speech-language pathologists in more than 100 countries. More recently, Ayala founded The First Three Years, a non-profit organization that provides expertise in the area of parent-child attachment and communication.

LYNDA HARTLEY, BN’75, has retired after 40 years as a registered nurse. She spent 33 years teaching nursing students, 11 of which were in Montreal and 24 in Lethbridge, Alberta. During this time, she obtained her master’s of education degree (University of Lethbridge, 2000) and, most recently, held a faculty position in nursing education in Lethbridge College’s Nursing Education in Southwestern Alberta (NESA) program.

SYLVIE STACHENKO, BSc’71, MDCM’75, will become the first Dean of the University of Alberta’s School of Public Health. She will begin her five-year term on January 1, 2009. Sylvie is currently the Deputy Chief Public Health Officer with the health promotion and chronic disease prevention branch for the Public Health Agency of Canada and Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Chronic, Non-Communicable Diseases Policy. She is a recognized leader in developing chronic disease policies at the national level in the areas of cancer control, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and breast cancer.

LOUISE NASMITH, MDCM’78, MEd’94, has received an Honorary Fellowship at the annual convocation ceremony of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons. Louise is the former president of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the chair of the CFPC Accreditation Committee.

ROBERT FRANCK, BA’70, MDCM’74, DipPsych’79, is the new Clinical Director of McGill’s Student Mental Health Service, where he works as part of a team of nine psychiatrists, four psychologists and two psychotherapists. In an interview with the McGill Reporter, Robert talked about why he enjoys working with students. “Students are highly motivated, when they run into difficulty and change, to look for strategies in addressing their situations in a concrete and specific way. We see ourselves as collaborators with the student—to work together to come up with something that the student endorses.”

GEORGE A. KUCHEL, MDCM’80, has been selected to serve as Chair of the Aging Systems and Geriatrics Study Section of the Center for Scientific Review, Department of Health and Human Services, at the National Institutes of Health. Members are selected based on achievement in their scientific discipline as evidenced by the quality of research, publications and other honours.

ALLAN DAVID PETERKIN, MDCM’90, DipPsych’92, has just published two books. They are Staying Human During Residency Training: How to Survive and Thrive After Medical School (4th edition 2008, University of Toronto Press) and Still Here: A Post-Cocktail AIDS Anthology (Writings from the Therapeutic Writing Group at Mount Sinai Hospital), co-edited with Julie Hann, OT (Life Rattle Press, Toronto 2008).

MARCI NEWHOUSE, MSc’01, is now a Sales Representative for Diamond Wine Merchants in the Bay Area of California. She spent one year after graduation working for the Vermont Department of Health as an HIV/AIDS surveillance epidemiologist and then moved back to her hometown in California to pursue a career in the wine industry. The Court of Master Sommeliers awarded her the Sommelier Certification in August 2007.

SAIMA HASSAN, MDCM’02, received a Canadian Research Award for Specialty Residents at the annual convocation ceremony of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons. Saima is a resident in general surgery at McGill and her research specialty is breast cancer.


L. YVES FORTIER, BCL’58, LLD’05, was selected by the Canadian Bar Association as the 2008 recipient of its Walter S. Tarnopolsky Human Rights Award. “Fortier’s passion for the law has made him an invaluable force in the area of human rights and an exceptional representative for Canada on the international stage,” said Benoît Lussier, president of the Canadian Bar Association. From 1988 to 1992, Yves was Canada’s ambassador and permanent representative to the United Nations in New York. In 1989 and 1990, he was the country’s representative to the Security Council of the United Nations. Yves is the chair of the Ogilvy Renault law firm and the co-chair of Campaign McGill.

LIONEL BERGER, BCL’68, was recently appointed a Deputy Judge of the Small Claims Court, Toronto Region. Lionel retired from Nortel Networks, where he enjoyed a 25-year career as corporate counsel. His responsibilities included providing advice on real estate matters and managing litigation. He and his wife Marilyn have been living in Toronto since 1979.

GEORGE SPRINGATE, BCL’68, LLB’69, has been appointed as Canada’s Senior Citizenship Judge for a five-year term. George served for several years as a citizenship judge. In his new role, George will be “first among equals” and will oversee the training and professional development for all citizenship judges, while also performing the regular duties of a citizenship judge. George is a former member of the Quebec National Assembly, where he served three terms. Citizenship judges are responsible for making decisions with regard to citizenship applications, presiding over citizenship ceremonies and administering the oath of citizenship to new citizens.

CHRIS AXWORTHY, LLM’71, has taken over as the new Dean of the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Law. Chris is a former politician and law professor with an interest in the issues of aboriginal peoples. Although he has many years of teaching experience at various universities, politics still remains his hobby and passion. Chris’s pursuits in politics ranged from winning a seat in Parliament, as well as in the Saskatchewan legislature, to becoming the attorney general and minister of justice for Saskatchewan. He plans to further advance aboriginal justice issues while at the University of Manitoba.

LARRY HERMAN, BCL’75, LLB’76, married Alma Baltar in Leyte Province in the Philippines on October 8, 2008. Alma is a psychiatric social worker with the National Center for Mental Health in Manila. She will continue her social work practice in Toronto, where the couple will reside. Larry is a practicing mediator, and also works as a legal and finance conference producer with Incisive Media’s Canadian division, Insight Information.

MARIE GIGUÈRE, BCL’75, has received the Faculty of Law’s James Robb Award for her exceptional work as a volunteer. Marie is a member of the law faculty’s advisory board and has also taught securities law at McGill. She has served on the University’s board of governors for many years and has been a very active volunteer for the Douglas Mental Health University Institute, where she has been a member of the board of trustees. A well-respected corporate lawyer in Montreal, Marie has held senior positions at the Montreal Stock Exchange and Molson Inc. The Robb Award honours law graduates who have shown exceptional generosity to the McGill community. It is named after JAMES ROBB, BA’51, BCL’54, who has been one of McGill’s great volunteers for over 50 years.

RONALD H. LEVY, BCL’76, LLB’77, has been appointed the President of the Lord Reading Law Society. Founded in 1948 to promote the interests of Jewish members of the Quebec Bar, the Lord Reading Society is known for its passion for social justice, its tradition of legal excellence and its contributions to the judiciary. A member since 1978, Ronald is also a senior partner at the law firm De Grandpré Chait.

BRADLY CONDON, LLB’88, has been made a Member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences for his work in international economic law. He is a Professor and Director of the Centre for International Economic Law at the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM), in Mexico City.

STEPHEN G. SCHENKE, LLB’89, was elected as Bâtonnier of the Bar of Montreal for 2008-2009. Stephen is a partner in McCarthy Tétrault Montréal’s Litigation Group. For over 15 years, his practice has focused on corporate and commercial law, specializing in real estate and construction litigation. The Bar of Montreal is one of the largest bar associations in the world and the second largest French-speaking bar association outside of France.

JEANNE CADORETTE, BCL’89, LLB’89, has been living in Ottawa since 1997, where she has worked for the Privy Council Office and for Indian and Northern Affairs Canada. She has found time this year to publish her first novel, a book of historical fiction entitled The Queen Soldier (Baico Publishing).

RUWANTISSA ABEYRATNE, DCL’96, has published two books, Air Law and Policy (2008) and Aviation and Diplomacy (2008). Ruwantissa is the Coordinator of Air Transport Programmes at the International Civil Aviation Organization, a Montreal-based specialized agency of the United Nations. Air Law and Policy addresses the three most important areas of aviation: safety, security and the environment. Aviation and Diplomacy aims at focusing on the importance of diplomatic and international relations in the development of international civil aviation. Ruwantissa is a fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and the Chartered Institute of Transport and Logistics.

Library and Information Studies

DUNCAN RAND, BLS’64, was selected at the 2005 Alberta Library Conference as one of Alberta’s library innovators and leaders in medium sized public libraries over the past 100 years. Duncan is a past president of the Canadian Association of Public Libraries.

ROBERT CRAIG, MLS’81, is currently working with the Learning and Access Services unit of the Library of Parliament in Ottawa. Robert has been there for the past year and a half, and is very happy with the job.


JOHN A. (JACK) GALBRAITH, BCom’48, MCom’50, PhD’59, has accepted the offer of a renewal of his appointment as Adjunct Research Professor in Carleton University’s Department of Economics, with effect from July 1, 2008, for a term of three years.

GORDON PIMM, BCom’50, is the author of Leo’s War, a book based on letters written by his uncle Leo “Boots” LeBoutillier, who served in the 24th Victoria Rifles in the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War. A new NFB documentary titled Front Lines, which pays tribute to the war’s combatants, makes use of Gordon’s work. The film is based on letters written during the war by several soldiers, including Gordon’s uncle Leo.

DICK IRVIN, BCom’53, is the Campaign Chair for the Lakeshore General Hospital Foundation’s new fundraising campaign, “My Lakeshore.” The campaign is raising money for Lakeshore General Hospital, which serves the residents of Montreal’s West Island. Dick is an author and a retired sportscaster best known as a long-time colour commentator on Hockey Night in Canada. He is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame and the CBC Sports Hall of Fame. More information about “My Lakeshore” is available at

RICHARD ROUSSEAU, BCom’73, has been elected Chairman of the Canadian Payroll Association for 2008-2009. Richard is the Vice-President, Sales and Industry Relations at D.L.G.L. Ltd., a company specializing in a bilingual, integrated human resources, payroll, time capture and scheduling, and pension system for large organizations.

ANNE MARTIN-VACHON, MBA’85, is the new President and CEO of Lise Watier Cosmétiques Inc. Anne has more than 23 years of experience in cosmetics and personal care and has held senior positions at Procter & Gamble, including vice president of total beauty marketing and vice president of global cosmetics marketing. Anne helped develop such brands as Cover Girl, Max Factor, Oil of Olay, Ivory and Crest, and she earned Procter & Gamble’s top marketing prize for her work. Born and raised in Trois-Rivières, Anne is returning to Quebec after almost 20 years of living in the U.S. The Montreal-based Lise Watier distributes its products in more than 1,350 sales outlets throughout Canada.

YAT LO, BCom’86, has been appointed by the federal government to the Chinese-Canadian Advisory Committee under the Community Historical Recognition Program. The advisory committee was established in May 2008 following the announcement of $5 million in grants and contributions for community-based commemorative and educational projects related to immigration restrictions experienced by the Chinese-Canadian community. Yat is currently president of the Chinese Neighbourhood Society of Montreal, a chapter of the Chinese Canadian National Council.

ROBERT BEAUREGARD, MBA’88, has recently launched a new money management firm based in Montreal. Global Alpha Capital Management Ltd. is the latest newcomer within the Connor Clark & Lunn Financial Group of companies, Canada’s second largest and fastest growing independent money manager. Global Alpha will specialize in Global Small Cap Equity mandates as well as offer an absolute return equity product. Prior to starting Global Alpha, Robert spent the last nine years with Natcan Investment Management as senior vice-president, board member and small cap equities portfolio manager.

STEPHAN MAROIS, MBA’89, has recently been appointed Chairman of the Board of the Quebec Division of the Arthritis Society. The Arthritis Society is a not-for-profit organization which seeks to promote awareness and understanding of arthritis while raising funds to support arthritic research across Canada.

MELISSA POSEY, BCom’90, has been appointed the Penn Museum’s Chief Operating Officer. She will oversee the museum’s business administration.

JEAN-FRANÇOIS BUSSIÈRES, MBA’93, a Professor at Université de Montréal’s Faculté de pharmacie, has published a new book in collaboration with historian Nancy Marando. Entitled Un siècle de pharmacie à l’Hôpital Sainte-Justine, this book is the first publication on the topic of the history of hospital pharmacies in Quebec. The book was published during the celebration of the centennial of Sainte-Justine.

ALBERTA G. CEFIS, BA’75, MBA’79, DipMan’79, has been named to U.S. Banker magazine’s 2008 global ranking of the 25 Most Powerful Women In Banking. Alberta is the Executive Vice President & Group Head of Global Transaction Banking for Scotiabank. Since taking on her current position two years ago, Alberta, who oversees a budget of $85 million, has increased her groups’ deposits by 23 per cent, revenues by 19 per cent and net income after taxes by 35 per cent. She is also helping to lead Scotiabank’s expansion into Brazil, Russia, India and China.

TODD ROBERTS, BCom’93, and his wife Amanda Farris were recently blessed with a second child. Braddock (Brady) Farris Roberts was born on March 5, 2008. Three- year-old Olivia is thrilled to be a big sister. Todd continues as Director of Operations for Ottawa-based CAPCORP Financial, a financial planning firm focused on the needs of small to medium-sized businesses.

KAREN CHRISTINE LEE, DipMgmt’95, and Chris Derossett were married in Montreal on May 17, 2008. Karen also had a baby on September 1, 2008, named Matthew Christopher Lee Derossett.

RICHARD G. MCCREARY, MBA’97, has been promoted to Co-Head of CIBC World Markets’ Global Mining Group. CIBC World Markets is a recognized leader in providing financing and advisory services to mining companies around the globe. Rick can be reached at

MESH TANDON, BCom’98, is the President and Managing Partner of Simran Capital Management, a pre-event-driven activist hedge fund manager that focuses on stressed and distressed securities. The company was awarded “Hedge Fund of the Year” at Opal Financial Group’s 2008 Emerging Manager Summit. This award recognizes the company’s innovation in investment strategy.

MARIA LUISA BATTISTA, BCom’99, and her husband, THOMAS J. AWAD, BEng’99, welcomed baby Karina Lauren, weighing 7 lbs 11 oz, on May 30, 2008. Brother David James is 23 months old. Thomas is Director of Hardware and one of the founders of Octasic, a telecom company celebrating its 10-year anniversary and now employing 95 people. Their Vocallo chip won the 2007 EN-Genius Product of the Year Award for Most Innovative DSP Product.

BROOKE FISHBACK, MBA’02, is the International Sales Manager for Health Enterprises, Inc. (, a leading global supplier of niche consumer health products. The company was recently awarded the President’s “E Award.” The prize, created in 1961 by U.S. president John F. Kennedy, is presented by the U.S. Department of Commerce to people or organizations who make significant contributions to increasing U.S. exports.

STEPHEN KENT, MMgmt’03, was elected to the legislature in Newfoundland and Labrador in October 2008, receiving 85 per cent of votes cast. Stephen represents the District of Mount Pearl North in the House of Assembly. He was also appointed to the role of Scouts Canada’s next Chief Commissioner and Chair of the organization’s board of governors by the Governor General. The chief commissioner holds the senior volunteer position in the organization. Stephen will be the youngest chief commissioner in the organization’s history and also the first from Newfoundland and Labrador.

PAUL CHIPPERTON, MBA’04, recently co-founded Profound Medical Inc. with Drs Michael Bronskill and Rajiv Chopra from Sunnybrook Imaging Research in Toronto. The company is dedicated to developing a novel treatment for prostate cancer and plans to offer the fastest, least-invasive, and highest quality-of-life outcomes for patients of the disease. Paul has been credited with a co-lead or lead in the financing and commercial development of a number of companies. He now leads Profound Medical as COO/CEO.


MARIA DIAMANTIS, BMus’95, is a soprano and the Artistic Director for Chroma Musika, which recently collaborated with the Greek publisher Chatzilakos Editions to produce The Little Fugitives and The House in the Forest, a unique CD/book project. Maria guided the vocal performances of 38 children of Hellenic origin, all from Montreal and Laval, who took part in the project along with veteran Athenian actor CHRISTOS TSAGAS (who narrates the story) and the Athens Youth Symphony Orchestra. The children’s tale recounted in the book and on the CD revolves around four kids who explore a haunted house. For more information, visit

JULIE NESRALLAH, DipArt’97, is the host of Tempo on CBC Radio 2. The show, which debuted in late August, focuses on the world of classical music in Canada and internationally. Julie is an accomplished mezzo-soprano and has performed with leading opera companies across North America and abroad, taking on such roles as Carmen in Carmen, Isabella in L’Italiana in Algeri and Suzuki in Madama Butterfly. The prizes she has received include the Brian Law Opera Award Grand Prize and the Journées de la Musique Française Grand Prize. Tempo airs nationally each weekday between 10 am and 3 pm.

DAVID WOHL, DMus’99, still has a good and busy life in Colorado. David has written songs with lyricist Faye Greenberg (lyricist for High School Musical), as well as original musical arrangements for A 1940s Radio Christmas Carol (Samuel French, publisher), sequel to Walton Jones’s hit, The 1940s Radio Hour. The show’s world premiere was on November 15, 2008, at the Bas Bleu Theatre in Fort Collins, Colorado. David’s daughter, Sara, is now an amazing 11-year-old in 6th grade and keeps him hip to the latest in the “tween” music scene. David would enjoy hearing from old friends via email at

JONATHAN OLDENGARM, MMus’00, DMus’05, won the $2,000 Royal Canadian College of Organists prize as the most promising Canadian competitor at the recent Canadian International Organ Competition. Jonathan is the Director of Music at the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul in Montreal.

PATIL HARBOYAN, BMus’02, MMus’04, has completed an Artist Diploma (DESS) at the Faculty of Music at the Université de Montréal with Marc Durand and Jean Saulnier. Patil is currently a doctoral candidate studying with Gilbert Kalish at SUNY Stony Brook with a full scholarship in the DMA program. She recently performed at Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall and is double granted by the Canada Council for the Arts (2007 and 2008).

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MICHELLE YELIN NAM, BMus’07, is the 2008 recipient of the Sylva Gelber Foundation Award from the Canada Council for the Arts. The prize, worth $15,000, is given to the most talented candidate under the age of 30 in the council’s annual competition for grants to professional musicians in the classical music category. Michelle made her professional debut as a pianist with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra in 2006 and earned the grand prize at the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal Standard Life Competition that same year. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree at the Juilliard School in New York.

Religious Studies

ROBERT SCOTT, BTh’71, is the author of the Jack Elton mystery series. Following his two previous books, Advertising Murder and Lost Youth, Murder Express, the story of the killing of a passenger on a train travelling between Vancouver and Calgary, was published in December 2008 by Avalon Books. There are two more mysteries in process as well as a collection of humorous short fiction. Bob is a member of Crime Writers of Canada and a professional member of the Word Guild, an association of Christian-Canadian writers and editors. He is also the editor of the Assiniboia (Saskatchewan) 100th Anniversary history. He continues to exercise his ministry as a pastor within the Apostolic Church of Pentecost of Canada.


MICHAEL SHAW, BSc’46, MSc’47, PhD’49, DSc’75, was recently awarded a DSc (honoris causa) by the University of Saskatchewan and gave the convocation address on May 27, 2008. Michael, a Professor Emeritus at the University of British Columbia, is a distinguished plant physiologist who is internationally known for his research on the physiology and biochemistry of host-parasite relationships. Michael has received many honours for his work. He and his wife, the former JEAN BERKINSHAW, BA’48, are in their 60th year of marriage and residing happily in Vancouver.

DAVID IRVINE WANKLYN, MSc’51, PhD’52, is the author of two memoirs, Luck, Laughter, and Learning and More Luck, Laughter, and Learning. The first book provides an account of his years in the Canadian army overseas during the Second Word War, of his experiences as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University and of his days pursuing nuclear physics research as a McGill doctoral student. The second book focuses on his professional travels and on his passion for boats and boating. Copies of both books are available through David’s wife, PATIENCE WANKLYN, BA’46, who can be contacted at 514-484-2294.

FRANK M. GUTTMAN, BSc’52, MA’02, a Professor of Surgery at McGill and the former head of general paediatric surgery for the Montreal Children’s Hospital, has published a biography of Télesphore-Damien Bouchard entitled The Devil from Saint-Hyacinthe, Senator Télesphore-Damien Bouchard, A Tragic Hero. Bouchard was a dominant figure in the political life of Quebec, especially from 1930-1944. The book emphasizes the persistence of “les rouges” into the 20th century. Published by iuniverse press, it is available online at Barnes & Noble and Amazon. It has now been translated into French. The book was reviewed by La Presse and the Gazette. It received the Reviewers Choice Award 2008 from Readers Reviews.

PETER KAZAKS, BSc’62, is the author of Lands Serene (BookSurge), an account of a quintessential Canadian adventure—a long wilderness canoe trip. Woven into the book’s chronicle of open and frozen waters, rushing rivers and rolling tundra is the story of the Great Bear Lake and Coppermine River regions and the early adventurers who explored them, including Thomas Simpson, Peter Warren Dease, Dr. John Rae and Sir John Franklin. Peter is a retired professor of physics. Copies of his book can be ordered through

NAOMI P. ZIGMOND, BSc’62, has been honoured as a Distinguished Professor of Education by the University of Pittsburgh. The appointment of a faculty member to a distinguished professorship is the highest honour that can be given to a Pitt professor. Naomi is a Professor of Special Education in Pitt’s School of Education’s Department of Instruction and Learning. Her primary focus is the education of school-aged students with cognitive, behavioural and physical disabilities.

DAVID ASH, BSc’66, PhD’73, has retired after 40 years in the Canadian chemical industry. Most recently he was general manager of Columbian Chemicals Canada in Hamilton, Ontario.

HÉLÈNE M. MASSAM, BSc’71, MSc’73, PhD’77, has been named a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS). Hélène received the honour for her contributions to Wishart distributions and to graphical models. An induction ceremony for all 2008 Fellows took place July 14, 2008, at the IMS Annual Meeting/World Congress in Singapore. Hélène is a professor of mathematics and statistics at York University in Toronto.

MALCOLM KING, PhD’73, has been appointed Scientific Director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health (CIHR-IAPH). A member of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation in Southern Ontario, Malcolm is a Professor in the University of Alberta’s Pulmonary Medicine Division. He also heads the U of A’s Aboriginal Health Care Careers program and chairs its University Aboriginal Advisory Council. Focusing primarily on respiratory health issues among aboriginal peoples, he is the author of some 160 scientific papers. CIHR is composed of 13 institutes, each with its own scientific director, and is the government of Canada’s agency for health research.

DAVE R. WILLIAMS, BSc’76, MSc’83, MDCM’83, has been elected as a Fellow to the Explorers Club, for his vast contributions to the world of medical sciences and research. The Explorers Club is an international multidisciplinary professional society dedicated to the advancement of field research and the ideal that it is vital to preserve the instinct to explore. Dave is currently the Director of the McMaster Centre for Medical Robotics at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. A former astronaut, Dave took part on two NASA space shuttle flights, in 1998 and 2007.

WILLIAM (BILL) FORDE THOMPSON, BSc’79, is now a professor of psychology at MacQuarie University in Sydney, Australia. Bill was formerly a professor of psychology at the University of Toronto and his research focuses on music, cognition and emotion.

JACOB J. BLOOMBERG, BSc’84, PhD’89, has been reappointed Associate Team Leader of the Sensorimotor Adaptation Team of the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI). The NSBRI, funded by NASA, is a consortium of institutions studying the health risks related to long-duration spaceflights. Jacob will manage projects that focus on finding solutions to the coordination and perceptual disturbances experienced during and after space missions as a result of neural adaptation to spaceflight. His research findings will also be beneficial to those who suffer from balance disorders on Earth. This is Jacob’s second term as an associate team leader.

PATRICIA ANNE MCCULLOUGH, BSc’87, is the new President and Executive Director of the Northeast Utilities (NU) Foundation. As president, Patricia will oversee a foundation energized by a $25-million endowment. With this endowment, the foundation will refocus its giving efforts with investments to address key challenges in the regional economy, education and environmental leadership. Patricia will continue to serve as a director in NU’s enterprise planning group, working with NU’s operating companies on energy efficiency and resource management.

XAVIER BONNIN, BSc’91, is the proud father of son Marc, born February 18, 2008, near Paris, France. Xavier is now Team Leader of the Milieux Polyphasiques et Procédés Plasmas research team at the Laboratoire d’Ingénierie des Matériaux et Hautes Pressions from CNRS, on the Université Paris-Nord campus. His research interests cover plasma-surface interactions in conditions as diverse as magnetic confinement devices and plasma-assisted industrial diamond crystal growth processes.

GEORGE THANASSOULIS, BSc’97, is happily married to SONIA TREMBLAY BSc(OT)’00. George has completed his clinical training in cardiology with advanced training in echocardiography. He is currently practicing cardiology part-time while pursuing a master’s degree in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McGill. Sonia has completed her residency in family medicine and is working as a family physician in Montreal. George and Sonia are eagerly expecting their first child.

ANNIE HAASE, BSc’04, recently graduated with a degree in medicine from Memorial University of Newfoundland and will now be doing a residency in internal medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

JENNIFER LILLY, MSc’05, of the Sailing Weather Service, provided weather and oceanographic forecasting to the United States Sailing Team at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games. As a meteorologist, Jennifer worked to predict wind and weather in Qingdao, China, the Olympic satellite venue for the sailing events. Sailing Weather Service was recognized in 2004 with the United States Sailing Association President’s Award for outstanding meteorological service provided to the team at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.



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