Alumnotes Spring/Summer 2011




BRUCE ANDERSON, BArch’64, was recently honoured by his family and friends on the occasion of his 70th birthday through the creation of the Bruce Anderson Travel Award in Architecture. Bruce taught at the McGill School of Architecture from 1966 to 2003, and served as the school’s director from 1985 to 1990. The scholarship will support one or more Master of Architecture program students who are travelling abroad in order to complete their final design project.

GLENN PETERSON, BArch’80, lives in Montreal and is a partner with his wife, Peggy Ann Turner, BArch’80, in Peterson Architects. Their firm is celebrating its 25th anniversary and specializes primarily in single- and multi-family residential architecture. Glenn is also a real estate broker and recently joined Sotheby’s International Realty Quebec, where he represents both buyers and sellers of quality real estate.

PEGGY ANN TURNER, BArch’80, recently held an art exhibition in Montreal entitled “Offerings.” The show was inspired by her visit to Bali in August 2010 and presented a series of mixed media collage paintings of the artistic, organic arrangements that are part of everyday rituals in Bali. Peggy Ann lives and works in Montreal with her husband Glenn Peterson, BArch’80. To see some of her works, visit


FERNANDE SAINT-MARTIN, BA’50, MA’52, is the author of L’Immersion dans l’art. This book examines the meaning of different works of art, from figurative to abstract. Fernande is a poet, essayist, and art critic.  She is also an associate professor of art history at the Université du Québec à Montréal. This is her 10th book.

GORDON WASSERMAN, BA’59, an internationally recognized expert on the management of police forces, was recently named to the British House of Lords by Queen Elizabeth II. A native Montrealer, Gordon was the head of information technology in the British Home Office during the Thatcher government.

(Photo: Dany Veillette/Rideau Hall)

DONALD YOUNG, BSc(Agr)’52, an internationally respected agrologist who played an important role in the development of several potato varieties, including Shepody, was installed as a Member of the Order of Canada last June by then-Governor General Michaëlle Jean. The Shepody potato, widely used for making French fries, is now commercially produced throughout the world. Donald also worked with the Canadian International Development Agency and McCain Foods in transferring Canadian agricultural technology to developing nations to help improve their potato crop production. The Order of Canada is the country’s highest civilian honour.

RAY BAILLIE, DipEd’61, MA’66, authored the book Scottish Imprints in Quebec, published on Sept. 22, 2010 by Price-Patterson. The book is a photographic and historic record of the role of the Scots in the development of Quebec since the 1760s.

DIANA MAHABIR-WYATT, BA’63, received an honorary doctorate from the University of the West Indies St. Augustine Campus. Diana is the co-founder of the Shelter for Battered Women and Children and the Coalition Against Domestic Violence. She also served as a member of the Trinidad and Tobago Senate for 12 years.

SEYMOUR MAYNE, BA’65, a professor of Canadian literature, Canadian studies and creative writing at the University of Ottawa, was one of two recipients of the U of O’s 2010 Professor of the Year award for excellence in teaching, research and service to the community. His poetry collection, Fly Off into the Strongest Light: Selected Poems, which was translated into Hebrew by Moshe Dor, received the J.I. Award for the Translation of a Book on a Jewish Theme. His more recent collection, Ricochet, released in February, focuses on word sonnets—14-line poems with one word per line.

JONATHAN A. MORRELL, BA’68, received the Paul F. Lazarsfeld Evaluation Theory Award from the American Evaluation Association. The award is presented to individuals whose written work on evaluation theory has led to fruitful debates on the assumptions, goals and practices of evaluation. Jonathan co-founded the international journal Evaluation and Program Planning (EPP) in 1978 and continues to serve as its editor three decades later. His newest book is called Evaluation in the Face of Uncertainty: Anticipating Surprise and Responding to the Inevitable.

SHERRILL GRACE, MA’70, PhD’74, is the 2010 recipient of the Royal Society of Canada’s Lorne Pierce Medal for her book Canada and the Idea of North. Previous Lorne Pierce Medal recipients include Alice Munro, Robertson Davies and Northrop Frye. Sherrill was also recently given the designation of University Killam Professor at the University of British Columbia, where she is currently a professor of English and a UBC Distinguished University Scholar.

LINDA LEITH, BA’70, recently released the literary memoir Writing in the Time of Nationalism: From Two Solitudes to Blue Metropolis. The book offers an insider’s account of the Montreal literary scene where talented writers often found themselves caught between rival nationalisms. Linda was a leading figure in the creation of the Quebec Writers’ Federation and is the founder of the Blue Metropolis Foundation. She currently works as an adjunct professor of English at Concordia University.

JOHN M. LETICHE, BA’40, MA’41, a professor emeritus of economics at the University of California, Berkeley, recently published Crises and Compassion: From Russia to the Golden Gate (McGill-Queen’s University Press), a book that chronicles his remarkable life. Born in the former Soviet Union, he became a leading economic adviser, conducting trade talks with both gifted and corrupt heads of state in sub-Saharan Africa. As a professor at Berkeley, he had a front row seat for the Free Speech Movement and the most documented student revolt in popular history.

MAURICE ELIA (M.A. 1971) a été professeur de français au Dawson College à Montréal entre 1970 et 1999. On lui doit un manuel pédagogique destiné à l’enseignement du français, Point à la ligne : 200 dictées inédites (1997). Auteur d’une importante étude sur le cinéma américain, il a été rédacteur en chef de la revue de cinéma Séquences. Devenu romancier, il s’est lancé dans la fiction en 1988 avec un recueil de nouvelles, L’homme des plages. Cinq romans ont suivi, tous publiés à Montréal : Sur l’écran noir de mes nuits blanches (1990), Lunes bleues d’Alexandrie (1997), L’embrasseuse (2000), Les films d’Aurélie (2004) et Flashback Love (2007). Dernier Tango à Beyrouth (2008), son premier ouvrage publié en France, a été lancé à Paris par les Éditions L’Harmattan.

LINDA GABORIAU, MA’72, is a literary translator and the winner of the 2010 Governor General’s Literary Award for Translation – French to English. She earned the prize for Forests, her English translation of the play Forêts by Wajdi Mouawad. According to the judges for the prize, “the full force and urgency of Mouawad’s emotionally charged world shines through her luminous translation.”

ELENI BAKOPANOS, BA’76, received the 2010 Woman of the Year award from the Montreal Council of Women. Eleni, a former member of Parliament for Saint-Denis, was the first Greek-born woman to be elected to Canada’s governing body. She is currently senior director for government relations at McGill and a board member of the McGill Women’s Alumnae Association.

STEVEN PINKER, BA’76, DSc’99, was named to Foreign Policy magazine’s list of the Top 100 Global Thinkers for 2010. Others included on the list were Barack Obama, Warren Buffett and Aung San Suu Kyi. Steven is a professor and cognitive scientist at Harvard University and the author of several best-selling books.

KARIN DOERR, MA’78, PhD’88, a professor of classics, modern languages and linguistics from Concordia University, and GARY EVANS, MA’70, an adjunct professor of communications from the University of Ottawa, were invited to participate in conferences, symposia and other special events marking the 40th anniversary of official relations between Canada and China. Their one-month lecture tour in China, which dealt with Canadian film, culture and literature, brought them to five universities, starting in Kunming, Yunnan Province, and ending in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia.

STEPHEN FALLON, MA’78, the Rev. John J. Cavanaugh, C.S.C., Professor of the Humanities at the University of Notre Dame, has been named the 2011 Honoured Scholar by the Milton Society of America. The honour is the association’s lifetime achievement award, and past winners include C.S. Lewis, William Empson and Stanley Fish. Stephen is the author of two award-winning books about John Milton, Milton Among the Philosophers and Milton’s Peculiar Grace: Self-Representation and Authority.

RANDALL RICHMOND, BA’78, has retired from the Quebec Provincial Crown after serving for the last 10 years as deputy chief of the Organized Crime Prosecutions Bureau. As of November 29, 2010, he is counsel for the Quebec Regional Office of the Public Prosecution Service of Canada.

JOHN MCCALL MACBAIN, BA’80, was recently awarded an honorary degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax. His convocation speech, which shared career advice with the class of 2010, was published in the Globe and Mail. An entrepreneur and philanthropist, John is the founder and former president of Trader Classified Media. He is currently the senior adviser for international gifts for Campaign McGill.

ANDREW PYPER, BA’91, MA’92, recently published his fifth book, The Guardians. The novel spent several weeks on the Maclean’s national best seller list and earned glowing reviews. The Guardian describes it as “a compelling and genuinely creepy read,” while the Globe and Mail calls it “a page-turner that will make your heart pound.”

VALERIE LYNN HANNA, BA’83, is the writer, producer and star of the short film Jinx No More, which won an Award of Excellence as well as Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Cinematography and Best Screenplay prizes in the television category of the LA Movie Awards II. The film has also received an Award of Merit from the Accolade International Film and Television Awards in the short film category.  Valerie currently resides in Los Angeles, California, and runs her own law practice.

JONATHAN SHAPIRO, BA’84, was included in the 2010 New England Super Lawyers list, published yearly by Super Lawyers Magazine. Jonathan is the regional managing partner of the Portland, Maine, office of Fisher & Phillips LLP. He specializes in employment and labour law. This is the fourth time he has made the list since 2007.

SABRINA M. TY, BA’86, was appointed by new governor Andrew Cuomo to serve as the deputy secretary of legislative affairs for the State of New York. Sabrina was previously the legislative counsel to the speaker of the New York State Assembly, and was responsible for overseeing the development of all major programmatic legislation. She lives in Clifton Park, N.Y., with her husband and son.

PETE NELSON, BA’88, took a leave of absence from the Washington, D.C.-based think tank Resources for the Future to serve as communications director for the National Commis-sion on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, created by U.S. president Barack Obama. The commission released its final report in January. It can be read at

ZULFIKAR HIRJI, BA’89, edited the book Diversity and Pluralism in Islam: Historical and Contemporary Discourses amongst Muslims. The book explores the processes by which Muslims construct notions of the self, the other and community, and addresses the socio-cultural tools that they employ in doing so. Zulfikar is an associate professor of anthropology at York University in Toronto. He is the co-author and co-editor of The Ismailis: An Illustrated History and co-editor of Places of Worship and Devotion in Muslim Societies.

KATERINA CIZEK, BA’93, recently took home the first DocLab Award for Digital Storytelling for her movie Highrise: Out My Window, part of a multi-year, many-media project exploring vertical living in the global suburbs. The prize was presented as part of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, the world’s largest documentary film festival. For five years, Katerina served as the National Film Board’s filmmaker-in-residence at an inner-city hospital, a project that earned, among other prizes, a 2008 Webby Award.

LORI BETH FINKELSTEIN, BA’93, was recently appointed vice president of education, interpretation and volunteer programs at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. In this position, Lori oversees a diverse department that focuses on the zoo’s many learning initiatives, ranging from school programs to outreach activities, volunteer training, on-grounds visitor experiences and exhibit development. Lori holds a PhD in U.S. history from New York University, and has taught several undergraduate and graduate courses on history museums, museum studies and material culture at Stevenson University, Johns Hopkins University and Seton Hall University.

COLIN GRIER, BA’93, has been awarded a U.S. National Science Foundation grant to study the origins of settled village life among aboriginal peoples of the west coast of Canada. The grant funds three years of archaeological fieldwork and analysis in coastal British Columbia. Colin is an assistant professor at Washington State University. He also works in Korea, where he has an appointment in the department of history at Kyung Hee University.

BRADLEY BUCHANAN, BA’94, is the author of Oedipus Against Freud: Myth and the End(s) of Humanism in Twentieth-Century British Literature, published by the University of Toronto Press in 2010. The book displaces the Freudian reading of Oedipus’s significance in favour of a philosophical reading of Oedipus as an unusual classical hero who represents the human drive for self-knowledge and autonomy. Bradley is the chair of the department of English at California State University in Sacramento.

(Photo: Kristin Capp)

KRISTIN CAPP, BA’88, a New York-based photographer, has been awarded a 2011 Fulbright Scholar grant to pursue projects in Namibia, where she will lecture at the University of Namibia and conduct photographic research in rural communities. Kristin has published two books of photography and is currently working on a new collection that focuses on images taken in Brazil (see accompanying photo). Her work has been exhibited in Brazil, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, France and the U.S.

ROGER LEE MENDOZA, PhD’94, received the S. Joseph Royer Prize from the Southern Jersey Economic Forum for his contributions in the field of health eco-nomics. The prize was awarded during the Forum’s Fellowship Luncheon in January. Roger’s scholarly work focuses on the production, distribution and regulation of health care in underserved regions of the U.S. and developing countries. Roger  lives in New Jersey.

LEANNE LIEBERMAN, BA’96, wrote the young adult novel The Book of Trees, published by Orca Book Publishers. The book chronicles the experiences of a Jewish teenager who goes to Israel for the summer and learns about the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands. Leanne is also the author of Gravity, published in 2008. Leanne lives
in Kingston, Ontario, with her husband and two sons.

AMBER DAY, BA’99, is the author of Satire + Dissent (Indiana University Press), a new book that examines how political satire has evolved from stand-up acts to the nightly news analysis of Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and others. She is an assistant professor of performance studies at Bryant University.

PARUL SEHGAL, BA’03, was awarded the Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing by the National Book Critics Circle. Parul is a nonfiction editor at Publishers Weekly and her work has appeared in Bookforum, Time Out New
and other publications. Parul was honoured for her work in reviewing books by Susie Linfield, Stacy Schiff, Martin Amis and other authors.

KARIS SHEARER, BA’03, was recently awarded the Fulbright Visiting Research Chair at Vanderbilt University, where she is researching the work of modernist Canadian poet-professors, including McGill alumnus and renowned professor Louis Dudek, BA’39.

PATRICK GUYER, BA’04, was the chief statistician for The Measure of America 2010-2011: Measuring Risks and Resilience, a major report released in November 2010 by New York University Press. This is the second volume of the human development report to focus on disparities in critical areas of well-being and opportunity within the U.S. The report was produced by the American Human Development Project at the Social Science Research Council in Brooklyn, N.Y., where Patrick has held the position of program coordinator since 2009.

OMAR M. BADAWI, MA’05, graduated from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law in Bloomington after earning a master’s degree from McGill University in 2005 and a bachelor’s degree from Concordia University in 2002. He was one of two recipients of the Baker & Daniels diversity scholarship in 2008 and served as a summer associate at the firm in 2009. Omar  practices labour and employment law.

DAMIEN-CLAUDE BÉLANGER, PhD’06, wrote the book Prejudice and Pride: Canadian Intellectuals Confront the United States, 1891-1945, recently published by the University of Toronto Press. The book explores how late 19th- and early 20th-century Canadian intellectuals viewed the United States. Damien-Claude is an assistant professor of Canadian history at the University of Ottawa.


WIN BUTLER, BA’04 (seated), and his band Arcade Fire won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year for The Suburbs, besting Lady Gaga, Eminem and Katy Perry. The CD, which was heralded as the best of 2010 by music critics from the New York Times, the Los Angeles TimesQ, the Austin Chronicle, the Philadelphia Inquirer and other publications, also earned four Juno Awards, including Album of the Year.

BLAKE SIFTON, BA’07, was part of a team of students at the University of British Columbia Graduate School of Journalism that won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Investigative Journalism for their contributions to the PBS documentary Ghana: Digital Dumping Ground. The students beat out such award contenders as 60 Minutes, 48 Hours and Nightline. Blake was recently hired as a deputy news editor for Al Jazeera English.

SAFIA LAKHANI, MA’09, a McGill law student, was the inaugural winner of the McLachlin Prize, awarded to the best female mooter at the Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP Gale Cup Competition. The Gale Cup is Canada’s top bilingual mooting competition for law students. Judges for the event this year included Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada Beverley McLachlin and Ontario Chief Justice of the Superior Court Heather Smith.

Continuing Education

DANIÈLLE GEOFFRION (Dip tr.1976), vient de faire paraître son second recueil d’aphorismes, Pensées pour vivre au quotidien, aux editions du CRAM. Le lancement a eu lieu le 20 janvier dernier.

RON KUNITZKY, CertMarketing’00, is the author of the book Partnership Marketing: How to Grow Your Business and Transform Your Brand Through Smart Collaboration, released by Wiley in November 2010. The book explores the advantages of collaborative marketing. Ron is currently president of Geyser Marketing Group. He has worked with world-class brands in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K.


RICHARD RAPOPORT, DDS’80, was awarded an associate fellowship at the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. To qualify for the fellowship, Richard had to complete a minimum of 300 hours of post-doctoral instruction in implant dentistry, perform implant cases and pass the academy’s associate fellow examination. Richard runs a dental practice in Westmount, Quebec.

FRED POCKRASS, DDS’81, was appointed as an advisory board member for KIWI Magazine, a publication for families interested in natural and organic living. As an advisory board member, Fred will act as an informational resource for the magazine and its readership regarding environmentally friendly and healthy dental products and practices. Fred is the co-founder of the Eco-Dentistry Association and runs the green dental office, Transcendentist, in Berkeley, California.


PETER LEESINSKY, PhD’92, has been the principal of the Korean International School in Hong Kong since May 2007.


(Photo: Takashi Seida)

ROBERT LANTOS, BA’70, DLitt’00, is the producer of Barney’s Version, the movie adaptation of his friend Mordecai Richler’s final novel. Starring Paul Giamatti and Dustin Hoffmann (pictured), the film earned a Golden Globe Award for Giamatti’s performance as Barney, as well as an Oscar nomination for Best Makeup and seven Genie Awards, including  acting prizes for both Giamatti and Hoffman.

CYNTHIA GENOVESI, BEd’05, teaches English as a second language in Vaudreuil, Quebec. She has worked as a resource teacher and has taught remedial and advanced English. Cynthia specializes in second language acquisition activity books for students, and has had two books published. She gave birth to her first child, Matteo, in 2009.

KIM ST-PIERRE, BEd’05, and AMEY DOYLE, BEd’02, MA’05, are two of the co-founders of, a new
social network site for student-athletes and their families intended to help simplify the university recruitment process. Athletes can promote themselves by creating personal player profiles and uploading pictures, academic transcripts, highlight videos and up-to-date statistics. Kim is a three-time gold medalist with the Canadian Olympic women’s hockey team. Amey is the assistant coach of the McGill Martlets.


RON CROTOGINO, PhD’71, was awarded the 2011 John S. Bates Memorial Gold Medal, the highest honour offered by the Pulp and Paper Technical Association of Canada. He has been associated with the forest products industry for more than 50 years as a student, researcher, consultant and teacher. Ron is the network director, president and CEO of ArboraNano, the Canadian Forest NanoProducts Network.

SUHAYYA ABU-HAKIMA, BEng’82, was inducted into the Order of Ontario on January 27. The Order of Ontario is the province’s highest official honour and recognizes individual excellence and achievement in any field. Suhayya is the co-founder and CEO of Amika Mobile, a company that has pioneered technology allowing for emergency mass notification broadcasts to be sent out to any network and on any device — wired or wireless. She is also vice-chair for
the board of directors for the Ontario Centres of Excellence.

JIMING LIU, MEng’90, PhD’94, has been named an IEEE Fellow, in recognition of his contributions to web intelligence and multi-agent autonomy-oriented computing. The honour is conferred by the IEEE board of directors upon a person with an outstanding record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest. The IEEE is the world’s largest professional association for advancing technology for humanity.


CALIN ROVINESCU, Collegial CertPGM’74, the president and chief executive officer of Air Canada, is the 2011 recipient of B’Nai Brith Canada’s Award of Merit. The prize is the organization’s highest honour, recognizing outstanding individuals who have played a significant role in shaping Canadian society. Calin serves on the board of directors of several private and non-profit organizations, including the McGill University Health Centre.

JOANNE MCCALL, BEng’94, was promoted to division vice president in the structures division at the Delcan Corporation engineering firm. As division vice president, Joanne will be responsible for all areas of operations in the structures division, including strate-gic planning, business development, client management, project delivery, staff management and profit and loss. Before joining Delcan, she worked at the Ontario Ministry of Transportation.

CHRIST KENNEDY, BEng’01, wrote the novel Cleats of the Counter Revolution, published by iUniverse in 2010.  The book follows its hero, a budding baseball star and gifted student, as he becomes involved in the Vietnam protest movement and criminal underworld of the sixties. He currently lives in St. John, N.B.


STEPHEN HALPERIN, BCL’75, LLB‘78, a partner at Goodmans LLP, has been named one of the 25 Best Capital Markets Lawyers in the World by International Financial Law Review. Steve was also selected as 2010 Canadian Lawyer of the Year by ACQ Magazine, a UK-based publication for mergers and acquisitions professionals, and as Best Corporate Governance Lawyer in Toronto by Best Lawyers in Canada, a client-survey- and peer-review-based publication.

MICHAEL ETTINGER, BCL’76, LLB’77, is the author of Ettinger on Elder Law Estate Planning. Michael has practiced estate planning and elder law since 1991. He is the former president of the American Association of Trusts, Estates and Elder Law Attorneys. Michael lives in Rhinebeck, N.Y.

THOMAS M. DAVIS, BA’76, BCL’80, LLB’80, was recently appointed chairman of the board for Health Partners International of Canada (HPIC). Thomas, a partner at the Montreal law firm Borden Ladner Gervais, is also a lecturer at McGill’s Faculty of Law. He has a long history of community involvement and currently chairs the boards for the Salvation Army Catherine Booth Hospital and the Salvation Army Advisory Board, and is a member of the boards of the MAB-Mackay Rehabilitation Centre and the Centre de santé et de services sociaux Cavendish.

DOUGLAS YIP, BEng’81, MBA’85, BCL’89, LLB’89, has left the friendly confines of a 20-year downtown legal practice within a larger firm to open his own practice.  His practice will continue to focus on taxation matters and related corporate and commercial areas.  As of September 1, 2010, he has opened his office just across the Jacques Cartier Bridge in Longueuil, where he will be closer to his spouse and children.

SEAN MICHAEL KENNEDY, LLB’81, retired as senior regional counsel from the Canada Post Corporation in December 2009 after 25 years of service. After family trips to Egypt and Vancouver, he began doctoral studies in law at York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School, concentrating on labour and constitutional law. He earned an LLM from Osgoode Hall in 2007. Sean is serving as secretary of the Ontario Bar Association for the 2010/2011 term. He and his wife Kathleen, a solicitor with the City of Toronto, and daughters Tara and Sina continue to live the good life in Oakville, Ontario.

(Photo: Owen Egan)

HENRY MINTZBERG, BEng’61, the John Cleghorn Professor of Management Studies at McGill’s Desautels Faculty of Management, was awarded the CMI Management Book of the Year for his book, Managing. Jointly presented by the Chartered Management Institute and the British Library, the prize seeks to raise the profile of great management writing published or distributed in the U.K. Managing, which examines management as a craft, won the prize from a field of 145 entries.

CRAIG SHEPHERD, LLB’96, recently joined DRI Capital in Toronto as managing director and general counsel, and as a member of its investment committee.  DRI Capital is one of the world’s largest life sciences private equity firms. Craig previously spent nearly eight years in roles of progressive responsibility with the biotechnology company Amgen, based at its headquarters in California and Switzerland.  Craig and his family can be reached at

DAVID E. ROBERGE (B.C.L. 2001, LL. B. 2001) a été nommé associé au sein du groupe de litige du cabinet McCarthy Tétrault en janvier 2010. Sa pratique est principalement axée droit professionnel, de litige civil et d’assurance. En 2009, il a participé à une mission internationale de formation en droit de l’environnement, à l’Université d’État d’Haïti à Port-au-Prince, en collaboration avec Avocats sans frontières. Cette participation implication lui a récemment valu un prix Zenith pro bono décerné par la revue Lexpert. En 2010, il a aussi participé au groupe de travail du Barreau du Québec, chargé d’analyser la question des soins appropriés en fin de vie, de concert avec le Collège des médecins.

PAUL ST-PIERRE PLAMONDON, BCL’01, LLB’01, was named a Leader of Tomorrow in the pro bono category by the Young Bar Association of Montreal. Paul is a lawyer with Delgatus services juridiques inc. and the co-founder of Génération d’idées, an independent, non-partisan and non-profit group focused on the future of young people in Quebec.

BENJAMIN PERRIN, LLM’07, authored the book Invisible Chains: Canada’s Underground World of Human Trafficking. The book seeks to expose the problem of human trafficking and to inform Canadians of this growing problem. It is based on three years of research with police officers, social workers and others on the front lines. The Globe and Mail called the book “the call to action that Canada needs.”

Library and Information Studies

NANCY (PATRICK) KELLETT, BA’70, MLS’73, has just completed a five-year term as president of the Friends of Toronto Public Library.


MARTIN L.B. WALTER, BCom’58, retired after a combined 43 years with two Boston-based employers: the Gillette Company and New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc. Martin currently serves as board chairman of the International Business Council of Associated Industries of Massachusetts. He is a fellow of McGill’s Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies.

JOHN KELLETT, BCom’68, was recently inducted into the Sigma Chi Fraternity Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Chicago, Illinois.

LINDA FITZGERALD, BCom’80, has been named president of the Mississauga-based global technology firm NCR Canada Ltd. A former sales executive for companies such as Hewlett-Packard, Sun Microsystems and GE Capital IT Solutions, Linda will be responsible for sales, client services, marketing and the management of all aspects relating to the company’s financial and health care industries.

MICHEL LANCTÔT, BCom’85, was appointed vice president and managing director of the restaurant chain La Cage aux Sports. Michel recently held the position of vice president of marketing at Uniprix, and has also held executive positions at Danone and Saputo-Bakery Division.

J. JOHN COHEN, BSc’59, MSc’60, PhD’64, MDCM’68, DSc’10, a professor of immunology and medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, is the recipient of the 2010 AAAS Public Understanding of Science and Technology Award. In 1989, he founded the CU Mini Med School to help popularize the teaching of medical science. The success of the program inspired similar mini med schools at more than 80 universities and hospitals around the world. More recently, he has organized Denver’s Café Scientifique, a public forum for discussions of hot scientific topics. The prize is awarded by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

FRANÇOIS COUILLARD, MBA’90, founded the management consulting firm Strategies and Direction Consultants to bridge the gap between business and non-profits. For over 25 years, François has served organizations who dedicate themselves to improving health and social well-being. He previously worked as COO of the Canadian Red Cross and VON Canada, and is a member of the Advisory Council on National Security.

ILIAS KONSTANTOPOULOS, BEng’88, MBA’92, has been appointed head of investment and corporate banking, Montreal, at BMO Capital Markets. In this role, Ilias will be responsible for leading BMO Capital Markets’ investment and corporate banking activities for the firm’s Quebec-based clients and for providing advice to senior executives and boards of directors across a wide range of industry sectors. Ilias has worked at BMO since 1996.

FRANK KELTON, MBA’94, was appointed vice president/risk management consultant for FCStone Canada ULC. Frank has more than 25 years of energy commodities experience in Canada and the U.S., and has held senior marketing and trading positions with energy brokerage, producer, pipeline and local distribution companies in Canada. His appointment coincides with the opening of a new FCStone office in Calgary.

IVAN DIAZ-BARREIRO, MBA’04, has been named partner at Ortiz, Sosa, Ysusi y Cia as head of transfer pricing.

MYRIAM BOUCHENTOUF, BCom’07, recently released her first rap single under the name Master Mimz. The single, I C U (Rub Off), features hip-hop artist Sterling Reigns and was released by the label E3 Entertainment. Myriam lives in London, England, where she is pursuing her master’s degree at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

MARK J. EISENBERG, MMgmt’10, is the author of The Physician Scientist’s Career Guide, a guidebook for achieving a successful career as a physician scientist. Filled with first-hand experiences and practical advice, it guides readers through each step of this career path, from choosing a degree and training program to navigating the tenure track, and through the intricacies of applying for and obtaining funding. Mark is a tenured professor of medicine at McGill and a staff cardiologist at the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal.


DAVID L. RIMOIN, BSc’57, MSc’61, MDCM’61, has recently been awarded the American College of Medical Genetics Lifetime Achievement Award and the Western Society of Clinical Investigation Mayo Soley Award for lifetime achievement in research and mentoring. In June, he will receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Johns Hopkins University, where he earned his PhD in 1967. He is a professor of pediatrics, medicine and human genetics
at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and the Steven Spielberg Chair and director of the Medical Genetics Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

NATHAN LAUFER, MDCM’77, was recently elected by the membership of the Maricopa County Medical Society (MCMS) to serve as the 2011 president of the MCMS board of directors. He previously served on the society’s executive committee, board of censors and as a central district director. Nathan is the founder and medical director of the Heart & Vascular Center of Arizona, and director of the Interventional Cardiology Fellowship Program at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona.


ROSE GOLDSTEIN, BSc’75, MDCM’79, recently returned to her alma mater as McGill’s new vice-principal (research and international relations). She comes to McGill from the University of Calgary, where she was the vice-president (research) for more than three years. She has also been the vice-dean for academic affairs at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Medicine, an Ontario Ministry of Health career scientist and an Arthritis Society research scholar in the area of immunogenetics.

VINCENZO DI NICOLA, BA’76, DipPsych’86, recently published a new book, Letters to a Young Therapist: Relational Practices for the Coming Community (New York & Dresden: Atropos Press, 2011). A practicing psychiatrist with 25 years of experience, Vincenzo covers a range of topics in the book, including therapeutic temperaments and technique, how to create a relational dialogue, the myths of individual psychology and the need for relational psychology. He has been named a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and is a full professor of psychiatry at the Université de Montréal. He is pursuing transdisciplinary doctoral studies at the European Graduate School on the subject of trauma.

SCOTT DELANEY, MDCM’91, is the 2010 winner of the Pashby Sports Safety Award. The award is given annually to a Canadian who has made outstanding contributions to the prevention of catastrophic injuries in sports and recreation. Scott was recognized for his research work on concussion and neck injuries in soccer, hockey and football and for his efforts to raise awareness around these injuries. He is currently a team physician for the Montreal Alouettes, the Montreal Impact, the McGill Redman football and soccer teams, and the Cirque du Soleil.

RONNY LEONE ROTONDO, BSc’01, MDCM’05, was among the winners of the 2010 CASARIA Research Innovation Awards presented for the first time by the Canadian Radiation Oncology Foundation and Sanofi-Aventis. The prizes will provide funding for seven research projects focusing on colorectal or prostate cancer.


SEAN OLIVE, MMus’86, PhD’08, is now the director of acoustic research for Harman International, an audio equipment manufacturer in Northridge, California. He directs the research and development of technologies applied to advancing the quality of sound reproduction in home, professional and automotive spaces. He was recently re-elected as the vice president of the Audio Engineering Society for the Western US-Canada region.

SYLVIE BEAUDETTE, BMus’87, is an assistant professor of chamber music at the University of Rochester‘s Eastman School of Music and a pianist whose album with soprano Eileen Strempel, (In)Habitation: Musical Settings of Margaret Atwood Poetry by American Women Composers, was recently described as “one of the most auspicious art song projects of the new century” by the Journal of Singing.

(Photo: Mathieu Rivard)

CHRISTINE JENSEN, BMus’94, MMus’06, is a jazz saxophonist and composer and the leader of the Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra. The group’s 2010 album, Treelines, received the Juno Award for Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year, while Christine was also a finalist for an Indie Award for Jazz Artist of the Year. She is an instructor with the McGill Schulich School of Music’s jazz program.

MARIA DIAMANTIS, BMus’95, was one of the prize winners at the annual awards ceremony of the National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada. Maria is the artistic director of Chroma Musika and Panarmonia Atelier Musical. The award was presented by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, David C. Onley.

STEVE BELLAMY, MMus’98, has been named associate dean in the School of Creative & Performing Arts at Humber College in Toronto. In this role he oversees degree, diploma and certificate programs in music, theatre, acting, comedy, writing and publishing. Steve also remains active as a music producer and recording engineer.

GREGORY MILLAR, BMus’98, presented the world premiere of Book of Saints by Toronto composer Colin Eatock in a solo recital at the Eastman School of Music, where he recently earned a doctor ofmusical arts degree. While at Eastman, Gregory was a recipient of the Excellence in Accompanying Award, won second prize in the Jessie Kneisel Lieder Competition, and earned an honourable mention for his lecture-recital entitled Animal Attractions: Poulenc’s Le bestiaire and Ravel’s Histoires naturelles. Gregory has recently relocated back to Montreal with his fiancée, American pianist Lisa Raposa.

JUSTIN CHRISTENSEN, BMus’00, MMus’03, is the 2010 recipient of the Jules Léger Prize for New Chamber Music. He won the prize for his work The Failures of Marsyas, which premiered last year in the Netherlands. Established in 1978 by Jules Léger, then Governor General of Canada, the $7,500 prize is designed to encourage the creation of new Canadian chamber music and to foster its performance by Canadian chamber groups.

RICK “RIC’KEY” PAGEOT, BMus’03, and his wife, Dessy Di Lauro, recently released the new album Jump N’ Jivin’: Live @ The Swing House. On the project, Ric’key served as executive producer, mixer, and multi-instrumentalist. Ric’key has previously served as band leader for Cirque du Soleil’s Delirium Arena Show. In 2008, after moving to Los Angeles, he accompanied Madonna on her best-selling Sticky & Sweet world tour. He also appears on Madonna’s CD/DVD of the tour with the same name.

(Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)

JULIE BOULIANNE, BMus’03, appeared in two productions earlier this year at New York’s Metropolitan Opera. The mezzo-soprano made her Met debut playing Diana in a production of Iphigénie en Tauride that also starred the legendary Placido Domingo. More recently she portrayed Roméo’s page Stéphano in Charles Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette. Julie’s voice was featured prominently on Ravel: L’Enfant et les Sortilèges, a 2009 Grammy Award nominee for Best Classical Album.

ALEX PINTO, BMus’07, a San Francisco-based jazz guitarist, released his first album, Inner State, in March through Pursuance Records. Alex placed third at the 2008 Gibson Montreux Jazz Guitar Competition. The son of an Indian father who worked for the World Bank, Alex was born in the Washington, D.C. area and has lived in Poland, Russia and Canada. His music blends jazz and Hindustani influences.

LISA GARY, BMus’09, was one of 12 semifinalists in the 2010 Thelonius Monk International Jazz Competition. The competition is considered one of the most prestigious of its kind in the world. U.S. president Barack Obama and Michelle Obama served as honorary chairs for the event. Lisa is pursuing her career as a recording and performing artist in Montreal and New York City, where she is working on jazz, pop, funk and house music projects.


ALTHEA DOUGLAS, BSc’47, MA’58, is the author of Time Traveller’s Handbook: A Guide to the Past (Dundurn Press). The book offers family historians insights into the past that might help them put information derived from papers and artifacts into useful context—for instance, the type of work once performed by tradespeople and the value of different forms of currency in previous centuries.

CAROL PRIVES, BSc’62, PhD’66, the Da Costa Professor of Biology at Columbia University, was selected by the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) to deliver the 14th annual AACR-Women in Cancer Research Charlotte Friend Memorial Lectureship in recognition of her exceptional contributions to scientists’ understanding of the regulation and function of p53 as a major tumor suppressor.

CALVIN S. KALMAN, BSc’65, is the author of the book How Did We All Begin: Where is God in All That? The book was published by Nova Science Publishers, Inc. It is Calvin’s fourth book. Calvin is a physics professor at Concordia University in Montreal.

(Photo: Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry)

MARK BATES, MSc’01, was named the 2010 grand prize winner for the GE & Science Prize for Young Life Scientists. He earned the award for new methods he introduced for obtaining high-resolution images of biological cells and tissues by using light to probe the smallest structural details of biological specimens. The method improves the spatial resolution of an optical microscope by a factor of 10 or more. The award, sponsored by GE Healthcare and the research journal Science, includes a prize of $25,000.

LEONARD S. BAZAR, BSc’67, MSc’72 and NANCY SCEERY, BA’68, recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. After 20 years in the biotechnology industry, Leonard returned to Georgetown University in 2010 as an associate professor in the biotechnology graduate program. Nancy received her PhD in 2009 from George Mason University and is a graduate student in the School of Architecture, Preservation, and Planning at the University of Maryland.

PETER SHIZGAL, BA’71, a psychology professor at Concordia University, was recently awarded the Prix Adrien Pinard by the Société québécoise pour la recherche en psychologie. He is a behavioural neurobiologist who studies brain mechanisms of reward, motivation, judgment and decision-making.

GEORGE (SAPOUNIDIS) SAMPSON, BSc’80, MSc’84, is the lead singer for the Ottawa band Ouzo Power, which recently released its new album, Greatest Hits Vol. 1. The album is a compilation of Greek Rebetika music infused with blues and rock ’n’ roll. George, who holds a PhD in statistics, works at Stats Can when he isn’t touring with his band.

CHARLES VINCENT, MSc’80, PhD’83, received the Entomological Society of Canada Gold Medal. This award recognizes his contributions as a scientist in insect pest management, as a teacher and mentor to young entomologists at all levels, as an editor and as the author of books, chapters and articles in entomology, and for his tireless efforts in support of Canadian entomology. Charles works with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. He is also an adjunct professor at McGill and l’Université du Québec à Montréal.

BEVERLY AKERMAN, BSc’82, MSc’87, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and a National Magazine Award for her story Six Pixels of Separation, recently published in Grain Magazine. Her short story Sea of Tranquility, winner of an editor’s choice designation in Best New Writing 2011, was also honoured with a Pushcart nomination. Her first book, The Meaning of Children, was released in February.



VICTORIA KASPI, BSc’89, McGill’s Lorne Trottier Chair in Astrophysics, was recently awarded the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s John C. Polanyi Award. The prize, which carries with it a $250,000 research grant, recognizes outstanding research advances in the natural sciences and engineering. One of the world’s top experts on neutron stars, Victoria and her research team are credited with increasing understanding of the fundamental physical laws governing the universe.

NOMAN AHMAD, BSc’88, received his MBA from l’Université Laval in Quebec City after 14 years of part-time study. During his studies, he worked full-time as a director of IT consulting services. Noman lives in Quebec City with his wife Josée and their four children.

ALEFIA MERCHANT, BSc’00, a third-year medical student at l’Université de Montréal, was recently named to Technology Review India’s 2011 TR35, a listing of India’s top innovators under the age of 35. Alefia was recognized for developing a novel method of screening for eye disease in children under the age of five.

Social Work

THERESE JENNISSEN, PhD’99, is the co-author of One Hundred Years of Social Work, the first comprehensive history of social work as a profession in English Canada. Organized chronologically, it provides a look at the internal struggles and debates in the social work profession over the course of a century and investigates the responses of social workers to several important events. Therese teaches in the area of social policy and social welfare/social work history at Carleton University.

JEN MOYER, BSW’04, is the new associate pastor for Riverfront Family Church in Hartford, Connecticut.

SERGE GUAY, BSW’06, is a social worker at CSSS La Pommeraie, specializing in home care services for the elderly.


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