Alumnotes Spring/Summer 2009
AGRICULTURAL & ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES / MACDONALD CAMPUS
SONDRA SHERMAN, BSc’76, BSc(FSc)’78, TINA KADERG, MD’86, and Joyce Arsenault, who are all certified diabetes educators in the Jewish General Hospital’s endocrinology department, successfully completed their third marathon, this time in New York City on November 2, 2008, as part of Team Diabetes Canada. They were joined by 27 other members of Team Diabetes Canada, part of the Canadian Diabetes Association. Team Diabetes is the biggest fundraiser for the Canadian Diabetes Association. Team Diabetes raised over $58,700 for all three marathons.
PAUL JENSEN, BScAgr’82, MSc’85, operates his own business, Jenco International, supplying horticultural products to greenhouses, nurseries, garden centres and municipalities. He was recently re-elected as vice-president (marketing) of the Fédération interdisciplinaire de L’horticulture ornementale du Québec. The federation groups together 12 different professional associations involved in ornamental horticulture. Paul is also on the board of directors of the Canadian Ornamental Horticultural Alliance, as well as the Canadian Nursery and Landscape Association. He lives with his wife, DIANE LOWDEN, MSc’88, in Rosemere, Quebec.
ALEXANDRA ZUM FELDE, BScAgr’99, has joined the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture in Ibadan, Nigeria, on a postdoctoral fellowship as a banana and plantain agronomist. In 2002, she received an MSc in agriculture from the University of Bonn in Germany for her work on “Screening of Endophytic Fungi from Banana (Musa) for Antagonistic Effects towards the Burrowing Nematode, Radopholus similis (Cobb) Thorne,” carried out in Guatemala and at the Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza in Turrialba, Costa Rica. Alexandra received her PhD in 2008. Her doctoral thesis was “Studies and Mutualistic Endophytic Fungi in Nematode-Suppressive Banana Plants (Musa AAA).”
GEORGE L. BOVELL, BSc(Agr)’45, and MARGARET BOVELL, BSc(HEc)’44, MSc’46, have been inseparable for more than six decades. After graduating from Macdonald College, George was hired by the Ministry of Agriculture of Trinidad and Tobago and surveyed, identified and established the country’s first soil maps. He and Margaret married in 1946. Over the next 15 years, they had six children, five of whom followed in their footsteps and graduated from McGill. In the seventies, George served as vice president of the Agricultural Society of Trinidad and Tobago, and in 1976 was elected to the country’s senate. George and Margaret are known for breeding some of the finest thoroughbreds in the Caribbean through their Malabar Farm in Port of Spain, where they have entertained princes, presidents and prime ministers.
H. PETER OBERLANDER, BArch’45, received the City of Vancouver’s highest civic honour in 2008, the Civic Merit Award, for his career achievements. He had guided a team of faculty and graduates from the University of British Columbia’s School of Community and Regional Planning in creating the online UN HABITAT/UBC Centre for Human Settlements Exchange. The project was part of a UN HABITAT/UBC Agreement of Co-operation, which initiates an archive of replicable professional experience in building and planning cities. The collection is curated and provides global access to print and audio-visual documentation. The Habitat Exchange was presented at the World Urban Forum 4 in Nanjing, China, in November 2008.
ALLISON HOLDEN, BScArch’02, MArch’05, recently quit her job at an architectural firm to set up her own business specializing in sustainable design in Vancouver. Her new firm is called one SEED design + interiors and, in just one year, she has designed two new green homes and several residential additions. In fact, one of the homes is raising the bar for sustainability as it is completely off the grid and primarily heated using solar hot water heating in conjunction with a high-efficiency fireplace which uses natural convection to circulate water through pipes in a radiant heating wall.
JIANG ZHU, MArch’02, the principal of Imperial Architecture and a senior architect at Stantec Architecture Ltd., has been appointed as a Vancouver City Planning Commissioner by Vancouver City Council. The commission assists City Council in an advisory capacity regarding issues affecting long-range planning for the city, including development, governance and transportation. Jiang is involved in heritage issues in Vancouver as a member of both the Chinatown Historic Area Planning Committee and the Heritage Building Rehabilitation Program & Transfer of Density Review Committee. In 2008, Jiang received the “Ten Most Outstanding Young Chinese Canadians” award from the Federation of Chinese Youth of Canada.
LUCAS GRAY, BSc(Arch)’04, is currently living in Berlin, Germany, where he is working as a freelance designer and writer. Lucas writes and edits an architecture blog (www.talkitect.com) and a travel blog (www.byworldofmouth.com). He has also contributed articles to various design and travel websites and publications. Having lived and worked in Thailand and China, Lucas has seen the endless possibilities of the architectural profession and cultivated his own design interests. Lucas also holds a master’s degree in architecture from the University of Oregon.
ANN CHARNEY, BA’59, BLS’60, MA’65, is a novelist, essayist and journalist. She has received awards for her fiction and non-fiction, including two National Magazine Awards, the Chatelaine Fiction Prize and the Canadian Authors’ Association Prize. Her most recent novel is Distantly Related to Freud (Cormorant Books). According to Quill and Quire, “the novel offers considerable insight into the increasingly complex mind of an ambitious young writer.”
LEONARD ROSMARIN, BA’59, MA’60, has written a book inspired by his own over-the-top, larger-than-life family. Leonard’s first novel, entitled Getting Enough (Strategic Book Publishing), deals with a mangled marital and sexual relationship that manages to heal itself despite great odds. It tells the story of a beautiful, middle-aged woman going through a mid-life crisis who has the courage to break free from the puritanical straitjacket in which she has been imprisoned all her life and become sexually liberated. Leonard is a professor emeritus of French literature at Brock University, in St. Catharines, Ontario. For more information, visit www.strategicbookpublishing.com/GettingEnough.html.
JAMES ARCHIBALD, BA’67, has won the Francis W. Weeks Award of Merit from the Association of Business Communication (ABC). The ABC is an international, multidisciplinary institution dedicated to advancing business communication, research and practice. The Francis W. Weeks Award of Merit acknowledges outstanding achievement in the discipline of business communication. James is currently the director of translation studies at McGill and teaches writing for translators, French usage, and translation theory. His research interests include organizational communication, translation and language policy.
F.A. (TEX) DAWSON, BArch’50, is enjoying a successful second career as an artist since closing his architectural practice. His paintings are part of private and public collections throughout Canada, the United States and Europe. He recently donated an oil triptych, entitled Sherbrooke Street in Three Seasons, to McGill. It hangs in the reception area of the dean’s office at the Desautels Faculty of Management.
HEATHER MENZIES, BA’70, is the author of the new book Enter Mourning: A Memoir on Death, Dementia & Coming Home (Key Porter), which chronicles her experiences with her aging widowed mother after the latter was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Heather is the author of 10 books. Her last book, No Time: Stress and the Crisis of Modern Life, was selected as one of the Globe and Mail’s top 100 books for 2005 and earned the 2006 Ottawa Book Award.
WENDY STEINER, BA’70, premiered her comic opera, The Loathly Lady, in Philadelphia on April 1, 2009, at Irvine Auditorium. The music for the piece is by Paul Richards, with original art by John Kindness and words and production by Wendy. Based on Geoffrey Chaucer’s “The Wife of Bath’s Tale,” The Loathly Lady stars Julianne Baird, Drew Minter, Thomas Meglioranza, Susan Hellauer, Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek, Ruth Cunningham and Jeffrey Behrens. Early instrumental sections in the piece are played by Piffaro, the Renaissance Band, and Parthenia, a Consort of Viols.
JEAN CHAPMAN, BA’77, recently graduated with a doctorate from the Department of Peace Studies, University of Bradford, West Yorkshire, U.K. Her research used feminist epistemological, ethnographic material and gender-sensitive methods to foreground landmine management by residents of a heavily landmine-contaminated community. Jean conducted fieldwork in a minefield in northwestern Cambodia. Back in Montreal, she is a research associate at Concordia University’s Simone de Beauvoir Institute.
SUSAN STROMBERG-STEIN, MA’77, has created her largest sculpture to date, entitled Aspire and Become. It is 15 feet tall and made of galvanized steel. The sculpture was created for the Community Anchor Center for Traumatized and Abused Children in Be’er Sheva, Israel. The piece depicts a hand which serves as a symbol that the 150 children housed at the centre will be protected and nurtured as they heal and grow, eventually reaching their full potential as young adults. Please visit www.susanstromberg.com for more information.
ROBERT ZARETSKY, BA’78, is a historian of modern France and a professor at the Honors College of the University of Houston. His most recent book, co-authored with John T. Scott, is The Philosopher’s Quarrel: Rousseau, Hume, and the Demise of a Famous Friendship (Yale University Press). The book examines the rift that developed between two of the greatest thinkers of the Enlightenment, a feud that shook Europe.
GLEN SHEPHERD, BA’69, MA’76, became the new President and Chief Executive Officer of Health Partners International of Canada in January. Glen joined HPIC as senior vice president and chief operating officer last year. Before working at HPIC, Glen held several senior positions with the Salvation Army in France and in Canada. HPIC is a Canadian humanitarian organization that provides medical aid to countries in the developing world. HPIC has shipped more than $260 million (wholesale value) in donated medicines, vaccines, medical supplies and devices since 1990.
SHARON KIRSCH, BA’82, has published a book of creative non-fiction entitled What Species of Creatures: Animal Relations from the New World (New Star Books, 2008). The book chronicles how the early Europeans in Canada experienced wild animals previously unknown to them—flying squirrels, ruby-throated hummingbirds and polar bears. Historical personalities-at-large roamed the landscapes of Acadia, New France and Rupert’s Land—this book conveys their adventures through extended anecdotes. The novel also borrows from established genres of animal writing, including the fable, children’s stories and classifications by naturalists. Sharon is a freelance writer and editor who lives in Toronto.
SANDRA K. PARKER, BA’82, graduated with an MEd from the University of Toronto in 2007. Recently she coordinated a national environmental scan regarding the future of undergraduate medical education in Canada for the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (http://www.afmc.ca/projects- international-future-med-can-e.php). The project involved researchers from the University of Toronto and Université de Montréal. Sandra attended the National Forum on the Future of Medical Education in Canada in Ottawa, April 2009. She can be contacted at email@example.com.
MARK TAKEFMAN, BA’82, has joined up with CUSO-VSO to do organizational development with a local non-governmental organization in Barmer, Rajasthan, India, for two years. Mark can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
JACOLINE LOEWEN, BA’83, works in private equity and has written Money Magnet: Attracting Investors to Your Business (Wiley), a guide for entrepreneurs interested in accessing capital from the private equity market. Jacoline argues that business owners will need to grow to survive in a global world and a way to reduce their risk is to partner with private equity. She is a partner with Loewen & Partners Inc., which has raised more than $100 million in private equity for owners of companies. Jacoline also blogs for the CBC television series Dragons’ Den, and volunteers with the Canadian Youth Business Foundation.
ROBERT LEWIS, MA’85, PhD’93, recently published Chicago Made: Factory Networks in the Industrial Metropolis (University of Chicago Press). Robert is an associate professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Toronto. His book exam-ines how manufacturing districts shaped Chicago’s character and laid the groundwork for its transformation into a sprawling metropolis.
ANDREW STEINMETZ, BA’89, is an author and the editor of Esplanade Books, the fiction imprint of Véhicule Press, a Montreal publishing house. Andrew’s latest book is Eva’s Threepenny Theatre (Gaspereau Press). Andrew’s novel uses fiction to explore memoir as he relates the story of his great-aunt Eva, who performed in the first workshop production of Bertolt Brecht’s masterpiece The Threepenny Opera, in 1928.
SUSAN LYNSKEY, BA’91, a Visiting Professor of Theatre at Georgetown University, was named one of three winners of Georgetown College’s 2009 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.
NED BLACKHAWK, BA’92, an Associate Professor of History and American Indian Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was named as one of Diverse magazine’s 10 Emerging Scholars (under 40) for 2009. The author of the award-winning 2006 book Violence Over the Land, Ned is an expert on the history of indigenous people of North America and the complex and often tragic conflicts between native people and Europeans in the early American West.
PAMELA MADAS SNYDER, BA’92, was named by the New Jersey Law Journal as one of its “40 under 40” for 2008. The list represents the publication’s picks of the 40 most promising attorneys under the age of 40 in New Jersey. Pamela is a partner with the law firm of Bathgate, Wegener and Wolf, P.C. She practices in the areas of general and complex commercial litigation, eminent domain, personal injury, construction litigation, land use appeals and elder law. She has coached Seton Hall Law School’s interscholastic moot court teams to the national finals.
SHAFIQUE VIRANI, BA’92, MA’95, has written The Ismailis in the Middle Ages: A History of Survival, A Search for Salvation, published by Oxford University Press. The book reconstructs the history of the Ismailis of Iran, a minority Shi’i community that suffered intense persecution in the 13th century. Through research of previously unknown sources, Shafique has created a major contribution to modern Ismaili studies. The book has received several awards, including Iran’s Farabi International Award. Shafique received the prize from Iran’s president and had the opportunity to meet with academics and dignitaries throughout the country.
JUSTIN CAMMY, BA’93, is the co-editor of Arguing the Modern Jewish Canon: Essays on Literature and Culture in Honour of Ruth R. Wisse (Harvard University Press). The book celebrates the remarkable career of Harvard professor (and former McGill professor) RUTH R. WISSE, BA’57, PhD’69, a leading scholar of Yiddish and Jewish literary studies in North America for four decades. Justin is an assistant professor of Jewish studies at Smith College. All four editors of the book are former students of Wisse.
JORDANA KANEE SIGNER, BA’93, her husband Daniel Signer, and their son, Benjamin, are happy to announce the birth of Abraham Nathan Signer in Los Angeles on November 29, 2008.
DAVID SHAW, BA’93, has recently become a partner of Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP. David practices in the Business Law Group in Blake’s Toronto office and is also a member of Blake’s Information Technology Group. He has a general corporate practice with a focus on mergers and acquisitions and reorganizations. In addition, David regularly advises clients in a wide range of industries on franchise law matters. He and his beautiful wife Rochelle live in Thornhill with their precocious six-year-old daughter Megan and their exuberant four-year-old son Benjamin. David can be contacted by phone at 416-863-4196 or by email at email@example.com.
CHRIS TAYLOR, BA’94, and wife Line Jean-Louis are proud to announce the birth of their second son, Julien, on December 11, 2008. Chris is an award-winning journalist in New York City.
DAN KIPNIS, BA’96, and his wife Trish are thrilled to welcome their second daughter, Tessa Rose. She was born on September 12, 2008 at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia. Big sister Eloise loves playing with her new little sister.
FAHAD BUALLAY, BA’99, was recently appointed by the Prime Minister of Bahrain as Director of Media & Public Relations at the Ministry of Works. He is also heavily involved in the country’s long-term national strategy, Bahrain Vision 2030.
DAVID BEZMOZGIS, BA’96, is a writer and filmmaker whose first book, Natasha and Other Stories, earned the Danuta Gleed Literary Award for best first Canadian collection of short fiction in English. David recently wrote and directed his first feature film, Victoria Day, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, 2009. The film, set in Toronto in 1988, focuses on a high-school senior, the son of Russian immigrants, who deals with unexpected romance and the mysterious disappearance of a classmate. The Globe and Mail hailed the film as “intelligent and poignant.” Victoria Day, which stars Mark Rendall and Holly Deveaux (pictured), will be released theatrically in Canada in May. David says fellow graduates should easily spot a reference to McGill in the film.
MARGARET CARLEEN, BA’99, has been named Co-Chair of the Business Litigation Committee of the Litigation Section of the Boston Bar Association. The committee provides a means of dialogue and learning for members who share an interest in business litigation. Margaret is an associate at Hanify & King, P.C. in Boston.
DAVID ABOUSSAFY, PhD’00, is a clinical psychologist and shareholder at Orion Health Rehabilitation and Assessment Centres, which has seven multidisciplinary clinics in B.C. and Alberta. David also has an active private practice and is on the faculty of the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Vancouver. He recently served as vice president of the board of directors of the B.C. Psychological Association. David is married to MELANIE ADAMS, MMus’99, who teaches voice at Capilano University. She belongs to the internationally celebrated vocal chamber ensemble Musica Intima, whose latest CD, O Nata Lux, was released in November 2008 by Atma Classics. The couple live in New Westminster, B.C., and had their second child in September 2008.
JEAN HANNAH EDELSTEIN, BA’03, is the author of Himglish and Femalese: Why Girls Don’t Get Why Boys Don’t Get Them (Preface Publishing). Jean is a London-based journalist who has written for the Guardian, the Observer, the Independent and New Statesman, and is also a contributing editor to Bad Idea magazine.
MATTHEW HENNIGAR, PhD’03, TROY RIDDELL, PhD’02, and Lori Hausegger published their book, Canadian Courts: Law, Politics, and Process (Oxford University Press) in October 2008. Matthew is an associate professor of political science at Brock University, and Troy is an associate professor of political science at Guelph University. The three scholars also jointly hold a major research grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Their research goal is to examine the federal judicial appointment system.
DEREK NEAL, PhD’04, is the author of The Masculine Self in Late Medieval England (University of Chicago Press). Marshalling a wide array of evidence—including legal records, letters, medical sources and the literature of the period—the book plumbs the social and cultural significance of masculinity during the generations born between the Black Death and the Protestant Reformation. Derek is an assistant professor in the department of history at Nipissing University in North Bay, Ontario.
GILLIAN JOHNSON, BA’08, is a former captain of the McGill varsity women’s volleyball team and is now playing professional volleyball in Salzburg, Austria. Next year, when Gillian is finished with her career in volleyball, she plans to apply to graduate programs in marketing all over Ontario.
JORDAN SAFER, BA’08, has been touring across central Canada with his band Urban Preacher, which he formed while he was still a student at McGill. The group also includes fellow graduate MYRRHINE FALLER, BA’08. The band has recorded a six-track EP with George Massenburg, an adjunct professor of sound recording at McGill and a Grammy Award winner who has worked with Linda Ronstadt, Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks. The CD release was held in Toronto and featured a performance by blues legend Michael Pickett (Bo Diddley, John Lee Hooker). Visit www.urbanpreacher.ca for more information.
HARRY ROSEN, DDS’53, is a Professor Emeritus of Dentistry at McGill. In the last issue of the McGill News, it was incorrectly reported that Harry had received the 2008 William John Gies Award from the American Dental Association. In fact, the prize is awarded by the American College of Dentists and is the highest honour that the ACD can give to one of its approximately 7,000 fellows. Harry is the only Canadian to receive this award in 50 years.
MICHAEL COHEN, BSc’70, DDS’74, is in private practice in Seattle, Washington, and serves as affiliate assistant professor in the Department of Periodontics at the University of Washington’s School of Dentistry. Michael is the founder of the Seattle Study Club, a continuing dental education organization which now has 220 chapters and 6,500 members in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia. He has written many articles on the importance of peer-based continuing education. Michael authored a textbook entitled Interdisciplinary Treatment Planning: Principles, Design, Implementation (Quintessence, 2008). The book is unique in that it looks at treatment planning through the eyes of top clinicians around the world, each with their own individual perspective and philosophy on the subject.
ARNOLD E. TAYLOR, BSc(PE)’50, was recently inducted into the Winnipeg High School Football League Hall of Fame as an outstanding coach.
CAROL JONAS, MEd’92, is the director of the Carousel Centre, a bereavement program for children, in Pointe Claire Village, Quebec. The goal of the program is to support West Island youth who have lost a loved one through sharing their experiences in workshops or in a one-on-one setting. The centre has been such a success in helping grieving kids that last September, the program expanded to include a Carousel Camp retreat for six- to 16-year olds. Carol has been presented with an award by the Canadian Association for Young Children for her work.
C. GORDON LINDSAY, BEng’48, and COLIN H.CAMPBELL, BEng’56, each received one of the 10 Canadian Society for Senior Engineers (CSSE) Fellowship Awards awarded by the CSSE for 2008. The CSSE is a member society of the Engineering Institute of Canada.
HARRY TRIANDIS, BEng’51, is a Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Illinois and the author of Fooling Ourselves: Self-Deception in Politics, Religion, and Terrorism (Praeger Publishers). In his latest book, Harry explains not only how and why self-deceptions occur in three areas—politics, religion and terrorism—but also how to recognize and reduce the frequency of fooling ourselves. The author of seven books, Harry is a former Guggenheim Fellow and the past president of both the International Association of Applied Psychology and the International Association of Cross-Cultural Psychology.
DEAN JOURNEAUX, BEng’60, was elected last year as Chief Operating Officer of New Millennium Capital Corp. Dean is a founding director of the corporation. New Millennium is developing three very large iron ore deposits in northern Quebec and Labrador near Schefferville, Quebec. These deposits are located in a part of the newly named Millennium Iron Range, part of the Labrador Trough, famous since the mid-fifties for its iron ore production.
PAUL HESSION, MUP’73, is the recipient of the silver distinction award from the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA). Awarded at the 16th annual GTEC gala held in Gatineau, Quebec, this national award recognized Paul’s role as the executive leader of a team that successfully piloted a new methodology in six federal departments for implementing shared IT services. The 2008 GTEC distinction awards judges received 75 nominations and finalists were picked by the Society of Collaborative Opportunities and Advancement of Professionals.
FRANÇOIS DONNEUR, BEng’90, has been promoted to Senior Engineer, Environment at Philip Morris International. He develops environmental strategies for factories and markets on six continents. François has experience in areas related to energy, greenhouse gases, wastes and water efficient reductions on a local, regional and global basis. Although his carbon footprint is increasing now as he needs to travel every month from his Swiss home base, he looks forward to seeing McGill again in 2009.
MICHEL PERRIER, PhD’91, was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Applied Sciences by Faculté polytechnique de Mons in Belgium during the academic year opening ceremony on September 26, 2008. His research contributions are in the development of adaptive techniques for the control and online optimization techniques of chemical and biochemical processes. Michel has been a professor of chemical engineering at École Polytechnique in Montreal since 1993. He is currently on a sabbatical leave as an invited professor at University Polytechnic of Catalunya in Spain until July 2009. He was also an adjunct professor at McGill in chemical engineering from 1994 to 2007.
BOB CADLOFF, BEng’84, is a photographer and engineer who recently had three of his photos chosen for an international exhibition at the art gallery espai[b] in Barcelona, Spain. The exhibition featured 100 images from photographers whose work appears on the Internet. This was Bob’s first major show—he has pursued photography while also working in the field of microwave module design. He has been busy doing commission work in both photography and furniture design. Bob’s photography was recently selected to be featured on the ABC television series Cupid and his work can be purchased at Boutique Onze in Montreal. Many of his photos can be seen at www.flickr.com/bomobob and www.bomobob.etsy.com.
PRAVEEN PRASANNA, BEng’96, MEng’98, and KAREN SUM, BEng’96, MEng’99, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Cecilia, in May 2008. Both of her older brothers are also proud to report their father earned his PhD in chemical engineering from Tufts University last May. Praveen is now working for Shire HGT in Cambridge, MA. Praveen and Karen love to hear from old friends and can be contacted at Praveen.firstname.lastname@example.org.
DAVID J. LEFFELL, MDCM’81, has been newly designated as the David Paige Smith Professor of Dermatology at Yale University. David is a renowned specialist in the diagnosis and treatment of melanoma and other skin cancers. His clinical specialties also include plastic reconstruction, while his research focuses on the molecular biology of basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma, wound healing and cancer epidemiology. David is the chief executive officer of the Yale Medical Group and has served as the deputy dean for clinical affairs at the Yale School of Medicine since 2005.
JEFFERY ULMER, PhD’85, has been appointed Global Head of External Research at Novartis Vaccines & Diagnostics. After leaving McGill, Jeffery completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine with Nobel laureate Dr. George Palade. He then conducted research at Merck Research Laboratories in West Point, PA, and at Chiron Corporation in Emeryville, CA. Jeffery recently relocated with his wife, Carol Anne Hale, and sons Christian (18) and Cameron (15) from California, where he was site head for vaccines research at Novartis, to his new role in Cambridge, MA.
CHRIS MUELLER, PhD’86, a Professor at the Cancer Research Institute at Queen’s University, is seriously ill with a liver disease called Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis. There is no known cure and Chris is in need of a liver transplant as a result of this condition. He is on the transplant list at the Toronto General Hospital (TGH). The TGH transplant unit has encouraged Chris to reach out to family and friends in an effort to find a suitable living donor. A donor for Chris would have to have an “O” blood type. The donor’s surgery would involve removal of about half of his or her liver. The remaining half will regenerate to full size within a matter of weeks, and the donor would then resume a completely normal life. Without transplant surgery Chris’s life expectancy isn’t good—a year ago, doctors gave him only a 67 per cent chance of living for two years. If you or anyone you know can help, please contact Chris’s wife, Sally Milne Mueller, at email@example.com, or Cailin McLeod at the TGH at 416-340-4800 ext.7594.
PHILIPPE GROS, PhD’83, is a Professor of Biochemistry at McGill and a member of the Rosalind and Morris Goodman Cancer Centre. He was awarded the Prix du Québec’s Wilder Penfield Prize in the biomedical sciences in 2008 for his important contributions to our understanding of the biological processes associated with resistance or susceptibility to certain devastating diseases. He was the first to isolate the mdr family of genes, which gives cancer cells multidrug resistance. His research has also led to the identification of new genes that give rise to susceptibility to malaria.
SERO ANDONIAN, BSc’97, MSc’99, MDCM’02, was recently given the Best Laparoscopic Paper Award at the World Congress of Endourology in Shanghai, China, for his paper entitled “Laparoscopic Experience Correlates with Differential Functional Brain Activation: An oxygen-15 labeled PET scan study.” This research was conducted at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New York, where Sero is finishing a fellowship in endourology. He has accepted an assistant professor position at the Division of Urology of the Royal Victoria Hospital/MUHC and will be starting in July.
REZA SHARIF-NAEINI, MSc’01, PhD’07, has been awarded the Peter and Patricia Gruber International Research Award in Neuroscience by the Society of Neuroscience, an organization of more than 38,000 scientists and clinicians who study the brain and nervous system. Reza belongs to the Institut de Pharmacologie Moléculaire et Cellulaire in Valbonne, France. His research advances the understanding of the mechanisms underlying changes in the electrical properties of sensory neurons during chronic pain conditions such as arthritis.
IAN M. SOLLOWAY, BA’70, BCL’73, recently chaired the 60th anniversary of the Lord Reading Law Society, the collective voice of the Quebec Jewish Bar, vis-à-vis the greater legal community and the government. Ian served as the society’s 48th president from 2002-2003. He is a Montreal attorney specializing in family law and its related concerns. In 1992, Ian was elected as a fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.
FRANÇOISE GUÉNETTE, BCL’76, and ISABELLE COURVILLE, BCL’91, were both named to the 2008 Top 100 List of WXN’s Canada’s Most Powerful Women. Françoise is senior vice-president corporate and legal services for ING Canada. She was nominated in the corporate executive category. Isabelle is the president of Hydro-Québec TransÉnergie. She was selected as a public sector leader. The sixth annual Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards and Summit took place in Toronto on November 25, 2008.
GEORGE PETSIKAS, LLM’90, was recently appointed President of the National Airlines Council of Canada, a new industry association representing Canada’s largest passenger airlines. George retains his regular duties as senior legal counsel and director, government & industry affairs at Transat A.T., Canada’s largest holiday travel company and one of the five leading integrated tour operators in the world.
DOUG GARSON, BCL’91, LLB’91, was recently appointed Assistant Deputy Attorney General with the Department of Justice by the Government of Nunavut.
BRYAN HAYNES, BA’90, LLB’93, is a partner in the law firm of Bennett Jones and the co-leader of the firm’s commercial transactions practice group. Based in Calgary, Bryan is a contributing editor to the CCH Alberta Corporations Law Guide and the CCH Directors’ Duties in Canada. In 2008, Bryan was named one of Lexpert’s Rising Stars as one of Canada’s top 40 lawyers under 40.
ISABELLE DAOUST, BCL’96, LLB’96, and PAUL MOEN, LLB’93, recently moved with their two young children to Washington, DC. Isabelle will be working in humanitarian law at the American Red Cross, while Paul is director of global government affairs at the biotech firm Amgen.
KATHLEEN WEIL, BA’78, BCL’82, LLB’82, was appointed as Quebec’s Justice Minister by Premier Jean Charest following the Liberal Party’s victory in the Quebec general election in December, 2008. Kathleen was elected to the National Assembly to represent the riding of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce. Before entering politics, Kathleen served for eight years as the president and CEO of the Foundation of Greater Montreal, a community organization working to secure permanent endowment funds to support charitable work in a number of areas, primarily health, education, social services, arts and culture, and the environment. She has also been a member of the Montreal Children’s Hospital’s Council for Services to Children and Adolescents.
SEBASTIEN LE COEUR, BCL’01, LLB’01, has started a niche law firm, specializing in French employment and tax law. He is leaving behind Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in Paris after several years spent there. His new firm can be found online at www.ols-frenchlawyers.com. Sebastien is a member of the Paris Bar and the Law Society of Ireland. He lives in Ireland with his wife and his daughter.
MARK LESSARD, BCL’01, LLB’01, has been made a partner at the New York law firm of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, effective January 1, 2009. Mark moved to New York on September 5, 2001, to begin his legal career at Pillsbury and has developed a specialty in the financing and trading of aircraft and other transportation assets. He was seconded by Pillsbury to Airbus in Toulouse, France, in 2004, where he deepened his knowledge of the aviation industry.
JOHN HAFFNER, BCL/LLB’06, was selected by Yale University to be a 2008 Yale World Fellow. The Yale World Fellows Program aims to build a global network of emerging leaders and to broaden international understanding. The program conducts a worldwide competition each year to select 18 highly accomplished men and women from diverse fields and countries for a four-month leadership program at Yale. John is a senior advisor for strategic planning at Ontario Power Generation (OPG). Previously, John worked for McKinsey & Co. in Tokyo and as a special policy assistant in the office of the Deputy Prime Minister of Canada. He is the lead author of Japan’s Open Future: An Agenda for Global Citizenship, to be published by Anthem Press in winter 2009, and is working on a second book on global energy policy with McGill associate professor of law Richard Janda that will also be published in 2009.
LIBRARY AND INFORMATION STUDIES
DAVID MCKNIGHT, BA’85, MLIS’92, has been appointed Director of the Rare Book and Manuscript Library (RBML) of the University of Pennsylvania Libraries. His responsibilities include ensuring stewardship, management, discovery and preservation of the collection as well as maintaining visibility of the RBML within and outside of the Penn community. David is also the director of the Schoenberg Center for Electronic Text and Image, where he oversees the library’s scholarly digital collections.
DOROTHY W. WILLIAMS, PhD’06, is the author of three books about blacks in Montreal and a specialist in Afro-Canadiana. Her book Blacks in Montreal 1628 – 1986: An Urban Demography, originally published in 1989, was recently reprinted. Dorothy has recently been interviewed about her work by The Gazette, CBC Radio, CJAD, CKUT and CTV News. In 2002, Dorothy was awarded the Quebec government’s Anne Greenup Prize for the Fight Against Racism and the Promotion of Civic Participation. For more information, visit www.dorothywilliams.ca.
ROGER JONES, DipMan’79, MBA’82, retired as Vice-President and Chief Engineer from George Kelk Corporation in 2008 and now does engineering management consulting from Thornhill, just north of Toronto, where he lives with his wife, Lorna, and their two cats. His pastimes include playing classical piano and volunteering at the Toronto Aerospace Museum, where he is helping restore a Canadian WWII Lancaster to static display. Roger’s part of this challenging project is refurbishing the vintage radios and avionics to working condition. He believes that although the “grand old bird” will not fly again, her original radios will sound pretty good when he’s finished with them.
ULRIKE DE BRENTANI, PhD’83, a Professor of Marketing at the John Molson School of Business (JMSB) at Concordia University, was awarded the Thomas P. Hustad Best Paper Award in 2007 for “Performance of Global New Product Development Programs: A Resource Based View,” co-authored with Elko J. Kleinschmidt and Soeren Salomo. The article was published in the September 2007 edition of the Journal of Product Innovation Management. Ulrike has research interests in the areas of new product and service development, innovation for global markets, new product evaluation, and market vision at the front end of the new product development process. Since 2007, she has held the position of academic director of the doctoral and master’s programs in administration at JMSB.
ANTOINE ABOU-SAMRA, BCom’93, started his own investment company, Magnet Capital, upon his return to Lebanon in 2007. The company specializes in European and Middle Eastern investments. In February 2008, Antoine was appointed managing director of a non-governmental organization called the Bader Young Entrepreneurs Program, which focuses on the promotion of entrepreneurship in Lebanon. The objective is to help young entrepreneurs go beyond the concept stage to actually launching their own businesses.
JEAN-FRANÇOIS BUSSIÈRES, MBA’93, a Professor in Université de Montréal’s Faculté de pharmacie and the director of the pharmacy department at CHU Sainte-Justine, won the 2009 Teaching, Learning and Education Award from the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists for his 840-page book, Législation et systèmes de soins.
CLAUDETTE H. COUTURE, BCom’93, and her husband Leonardo Volikas would like to announce the arrival of their second son, Joseph Leonardo Couture Volikas, born on April 18, 2008. He is the baby brother of Michael, who is now two-and-a-half years old. Claudette is proud and happy to be a stay-at-home mom for her two precious boys. The family resides in Saint-Laurent, Quebec.
PETE GAMPEL, BCom’97, DPA’80, recently joined RSM McGladrey, a professional services firm providing accounting, tax and business consulting. Pete joins the firm as a director and will be part of its business valuation, forensic accounting and litigation support (BVFALS) practice. Pete is a credentialed business appraiser and will provide the firm with extensive experience in BVFALS services.
MELANIE (SOUMIS-PILON) TATUTA, BCom’00, and Daniel Tatuta are delighted to announce the birth of their second child, Anderson William Nathan, in Gainesville, Georgia, on January 3, 2008. Melanie went back to school and graduated with a nursing degree in May 2007. She now works as an RN on a medical-surgical floor at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville.
ANDRES FRIEDMAN, BCom’03, was one of 37 nominees selected from across Canada for the 2008 edition of the “10 most influential Hispanic Canadians,” an event organized by www.HispanicBusiness.ca and presented by Scotia Bank. Nominees were chosen based on five criteria: entrepreneurship, influence in the Canadian mainstream, education, achievements, and support of the Hispanic community.
NICOLE LIZÉE, MMus’01, is a composer and musician whose recent album, This Will Not Be Televised, includes her McGill master’s thesis of the same name, a work intended for a large ensemble and solo turntablist that features scratch DJ techniques fully notated and integrated into a concert music setting. The composition, which incorporates a chorus of nuns, drawn from The Sound of Music, with vocal samples from David Lee Roth and other pop musicians, was selected as a top ten recommended work at the 2008 International Rostrum of Composers in Dublin. The composition was also a finalist for the Canada Council’s Jules-Léger Prize. Nicole is a member of the Besnard Lakes, a widely respected indie rock band
JULIE LAMONTAGNE, BMus’98, is a pianist and composer whose second album, Now What, was released on May 19 by Justin Time Records. Also appearing on the album are the regular members of her jazz trio, bass player DAVE WATTS, BMus’96, MMus’08, and drummer (and former McGill music student) RICHARD IRWIN, as well as New York saxophone player Donny McCaslin. As Isabelle Boulay’s bandleader and keyboardist, Julie has accompanied the singer on tour in Quebec and Europe. Julie wrote the theme music for Radio-Canada’s Espace Musique network.
MICHAEL LETOVSKY, BMus’82, is currently teaching high school band in Michigan. In his 23rd year of teaching, Mike works alongside his wife, choir teacher, Kathi. Mike has also attended the University of Western Ontario (for a BEd), Baylor University and Eastern Michigan University (for grad school). Mike continues to perform on various instruments, leading three of his own local bands. He teaches private lessons, cooks, teaches driver’s education, and publishes a monthly newsletter for a Taekwondo school where he and his wife are working towards their second degree black belts.
GREG BUSH, MMus’94, is currently a Professor of Music in the Jazz Studies program at Vancouver Island University. Prior to this recent appointment Greg was the director of jazz studies at Abilene Christian University in Texas. Greg has previously been on the music faculties of McMaster University, Mohawk College and Red Deer College. Along with teaching, Greg has enjoyed a career as a freelance jazz trumpet player. He has had the good fortune of accompanying such artists as Big Miller, Paul Horn, Bobby Shew, Lee Konitz, Dizzy Gillespie and Bob Brookmeyer. As the leader of his own big band, Greg has performed in clubs and festivals across Canada and around the world. Recently Greg released his first CD, entitled Cause and Effect. His website is www.gregorybush.com.
MARIA DIAMANTIS, BMus’95, is the Artistic Director of Chroma Musika. Together with the Athens-based music house Filippos Nakas, Chroma Musika has released a new book/CD project for children, The Carnival of Miracles and Monsters. Forty children of Hellenic heritage from Montreal and Laval perform on the CD along with the Montreal Pop Symphonic Orchestra. Maria performs in the role of the good Queen of the Day on the CD. For more information, visit www.chromamusika.com.
MATTHEW WARNOCK, BMus’03, was awarded a Doctorate of Music Arts in Jazz Performance from the University of Illinois in the fall of 2008, becoming the first guitarist to receive this degree. He was also appointed the jazz guitar instructor at the Interlochen Arts Camp in Interlochen, Michigan.
JANA SINYOR, BA’98, is the creator and executive producer of Being Erica, a TV show that aired on the CBC in Canada and on Soapnet in the U.S. The show, a blend of drama and comedy, follows the adventures of Erica Strange (played by Erin Karpluk, pictured) as she travels back in time to pivotal moments in her life hoping to effect better outcomes. The New York Times described the show as “a sweet, blender smoothie of a concoction.”
JEAN-MARIE DUFOUR, BSC’71, McGill’s William Dow Professor of Economics, was the 2008 recipient of the Prix du Québec’s Léon Gérin Prize for the humanities. Jean-Marie has established an international reputation in econometrics and his research has led to major contributions, notably in the development of more reliable statistical methods. He is the director of the Canadian research group on Mathematical and Statistical Methods for Financial Modelling and Risk Management within the MITACS (Mathematics of Information Technology and Complex Systems) Network of Centres of Excellence.
THE REV. JOHN BEACH, BA’80, BTh’82, and DENISE BÉNÉTEAU, BSc’79, have moved to Geneva, Switzerland, where John is the rector at the American Episcopal Church and Denise works as a computer programmer.
RONALD MELZACK, BSc’50, MSc’51, PhD’54, an Emeritus Professor of Psychology at McGill, has been inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. As the co-creator of the Gate Control Theory of Pain, Ronald played a pivotal role in establishing how pain is largely subjective and influenced by psychological factors. He developed the McGill Pain Questionnaire, which allows patients to precisely pinpoint the type and degree of pain they are experiencing. The questionnaire has been translated into 20 languages and is used worldwide. He was also the co-founder of the first pain clinics in Canada at the Royal Victoria Hospital in 1972, and the Montreal General Hospital in 1974.
HUBERT REEVES, MSc’56, is a research director at the Centre national de la recherche scientifique in Paris and a well-known popularizer of science who appears frequently on television in France. His book Terracide has been updated and published in English by Cormorant Books. An international bestseller when it was first published in 2003, Terracide uses scientific evidence to issue a warning about how the human species is well on its way to making the world uninhabitable.
HENRY SHIBATA, BSc’66, was presented with the Hiroshima University Presidential Award for fostering academic collaborations between Canada and Japan by Hiroshima University president Toshimasa Asahara on November 27, 2008. Henry was a member of former Montreal mayor Pierre Bourque’s organizing committee when the Montreal-Hiroshima Sister City Treaty was signed in 1998. He also played a leading role in establishing an exchange program between McGill’s Faculty of Medicine and Hiroshima University’s School of Medicine. Henry and a number of McGill colleagues travelled to Hiroshima last October to make presentations at a symposium that focused on medical issues related to aging. Henry is a professor emeritus in surgery and on cology at McGill and a senior surgeon in surgical oncology at the McGill University Health Centre.
JOHN WELSTED, MSc’60, has had an e-book published by the Rural Development Institute of Brandon University. Entitled Manitoba for the Air: A Geographical Interpretation, it can be viewed at http:// mbair.brandonu.ca. This is John’s third publication about Manitoba. The other two, Brandon: Geographical Perspectives on the Wheat City (Canadian Plains Research Centre, 1988) and The Geography of Manitoba: Its Land and Its People (University of Manitoba Press, 1996), were co-edited with John Everitt and Christoph Stadel.
JOEL H. WEINER, BSc’68, was appointed University Professor at the University of Alberta in July 2008—one of the highest honours the university can bestow on an academic. Joel has also completed a seven-year term as Canada Research Chair in Membrane Biochemistry and an eight-year term as the first chair of the Institute Advisory Board of the Institute of Genetics for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
RON SIMKOVER, BSc’69, switched from mathematics to economics during his doctoral studies. Later, he moved to Ottawa and worked for many years at the Department of Finance. In 1993, Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) hired him as their first economist in transfer pricing. Ron developed much of CRA’s approach in this field, which he carried out while publishing papers and teaching in this area. In 2006, he became KPMG Canada’s national economic advisor, transfer pricing, and assisted multinational clients. Ron is now retired, but still plans to do some consulting and teaching in his field (Carleton University just offered him a job). He would like to re-establish contact with his McGill classmates. You can reach Ron at firstname.lastname@example.org or 613-232-3617.
LEE S. COHENE, BSc’70, a mental health specialist with the British Columbia Ministry of Children and Family Development, received the Premier’s Legacy Award (Gold) from B.C. premier Gordon Campbell at a reception in Vancouver on February 5, 2009. These awards recognize the accomplishments of exceptional public servants in the province. Lee was honoured for enhancing the breadth and depth of B.C.’s child and youth mental health services, particularly in the Tri-Cities region of the Lower Mainland, over a 30-year span.
RUSSELL BOYD, PhD’71, is the 2009 recipient of the Chemical Institute of Canada’s Montreal Medal. Russell is the Alexander McLeod Professor of Chemistry and Associate Vice-President, Research, at Dalhousie University. The medal recognizes leadership in, or outstanding contributions to, the profession of chemistry or chemical engineering in Canada. DOUGLAS LIN, BSc’71, was awarded the 2007-08 Outstanding Faculty Award from the Division of Physical and Biological Sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz. The award is the division’s highest honour, recognizing excellence in research, teaching and service. As a professor of astronomy and astrophysics, Douglas is widely respected for his research, which has focused on understanding the formation and evolution of stars and planets. He is also the founding director of the new Kavli Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics at Peking University in Beijing, China.
DOUG YOUNG, BSc’72, was appointed to the Broward County Climate Change Task Force in November 2008. He has also been appointed to chair the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Subcommittee. Doug is the president of the Broward County Audubon Society and soon will become its first executive director as the organization evolves into the South Florida Audubon Society. The society will deal with regional environmental, conservation and wildlife issues. Later this year, Doug will retire from American Express in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, after 13 years of service. He is starting up some green business ventures and will be distributing the “Flush Choice” two-flush water conserving system, and “Water Pure,” a water producing system, into Canada in 2009.
CHRIS ORVIG, BSc’76, a Professor of Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of British Columbia and the Director of UBC’s Medical Inorganic Chemistry Group, has won the 2009 Rio Tinto Alcan Award for making a distinguished contribution in the fields of inorganic chemistry or electrochemistry while working in Canada. The prize, awarded by the Canadian Society for Chemistry, will be presented to Chris this summer at the annual CSC conference in Hamilton.
JOE SCHWARCZ, BSc’69, PhD’74, is the director of McGill’s Office for Science and Society, which is dedicated to demystifying science for the public, the media and students. Joe has received several awards for teaching chemistry and for interpreting science for the public, including the Royal Society of Canada’s McNeil Award and the American Chemical Society’s prestigious Grady-Stack Award. Joe is well known in Canada as the author of many best-selling books about science. His two latest works, An Apple a Day and Brain Fuel, were published in the United States by Random House recently
WILLIAM (BILL) FORDE THOMPSON, BSc’79, has published a book entitled Music, Thought, and Feeling—Understanding the Psychology of Music (Oxford University Press 2008). Bill is now a chair professor at MacQuarie University in Sydney, Australia.
ALEXANDER KOUKOULAS, BSc’83, PhD’90, is the Managing Director and Senior Consult-ant at ANL Consultants LLC, a technology-based company that provides technical and business development support services to the pulp and paper, packaging, chemicals and bioenergy industries. He lives in the Boston area with his wife LYNN BLENKHORN, DipEd’82, CertPRMgmt’88. Alexander visited McGill in December 2008, to present a seminar to the McGill chapter of Sigma Xi. He spoke about changing energy policies and the impact they will have on the production of renewable power and transportation fuels.
BENOIT RIVARD, BSc’83, MSc’86, has joined the University of Victoria as its new BC Leadership Chair in Hyperspectral Remote Sensing. Benoit is working with government, industry and other university researchers to develop new hyperspectral techniques for resource exploration and environmental monitoring. He is also developing methods to find early signs of such pests as the mountain pine beetle. Benoit is the former director of the Centre for Earth Observation Science at the University of Alberta.
ZOHAR GILLAI, MSc’87, is working for VP Global Services and Support at ForeScout Technologies. Zohar resides in Palo Alto, California, with her daughters, Maya and Dana.
BILLY ANDRIOPOULOS, BSc’03, PhD’08, is doing a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University. He was the principal author of a research paper recently published in Nature Genetics that illustrated how a growth factor involved in inducing bone formation has a previously unsuspected role in iron metabolism. Billy says he loves Montreal and looks forward to returning once he has completed his postdoc.
JAKE S. SHERKOW, BSc’04, graduated in December 2008 with honours from the University of Michigan Law School. After sitting for the bar exam, Jake will be working in New York City for Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in its litigation department.
RUTH WHITE, BSW’88, MSW’91, is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Seattle University in Seattle, WA. She is the co-author of Bipolar 101: A Practical Guide to Identifying Triggers, Managing Medications, Coping With Symptoms and More (New Harbinger Publications). The book is intended to provide information on “everything you need to know to live well with Bipolar Disorder.” To find out more, visit www.ruthcwhite.com.