Alumnotes – Fall/Winter 2011


Agricultural & Environmental Sciences

ALFRED DALE ELLS, BSc(Agr)’61, was awarded an honorary degree by Nova Scotia Agricultural College, where he studied before attending Macdonald College. He returned to NSAC for the remaining 28 years of his working career, first as an associate professor and later as dean, vocational and technical education, and director of the NSAC Centre for International Development. During his retirement years Dale authored Shaped Through Service: An Illustrated History of the Nova Scotia Agricultural College and in 1998 he was named dean emeritus of NSAC.

EYAD JAMALEDDINE, BEngBioresource’11, was selected as a recipient of one of ECO Canada’s Student Ambassador Awards. Eyad presented his research on composting bioreactors at ECO Canada’s booth during the 2011 Americana conference and trade show in Montreal in March.


HOWARD A. BACAL, BA’54, MDCM’58, is the co-author of The Power of Specificity
in Psychotherapy: When Therapy Works and When It Doesn’t
(Jason Aronson Publishers). The book examines specificity theory, a contemporary process theory of psychotherapy that holds that therapy happens at the fit between the patient’s particular therapeutic needs and the therapist’s capacity to respond to them. Apart from his private practice in Los Angeles, Howard is also a training and supervising analyst at the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis and at the New Center for Psychoanalysis.

JUDITH MACLEAN RODGER, BA’61, received the 2011 Woman of Excellence Award for Arts, Culture, and Heritage from the YMCA of Western Ontario. Judith was credited with being “instrumental in the development and implementation of community-based art initiatives designed to attract, instruct and delight audiences” in her role as the acting director of the McIntosh Gallery at the University of Western Ontario. She was recently appointed as an adjunct research professor in UWO’s Department of Visual Arts.

MYRON J. ECHENBERG, BA’62, MA’64, is the author of five books, the most recent of which is Africa in the Time of Cholera: A History of Pandemics from 1817 to the Present (Cambridge University Press). After receiving his doctorate from the University of Wisconsin in 1971, Myron taught African history at McGill from 1969 till 2008, when he retired as a professor emeritus. His research focuses on the history of health and disease in the developing world.

MICHAEL C. CORBALLIS, PhD’65, recently authored The Recursive Mind: The Origins of Human Language, Thought, and Civilization (Princeton University Press). In this book, Michael challenges the commonly held notion that language is what makes us uniquely human, and instead argues that what distinguishes us in the animal kingdom is our capacity for recursion: the ability to embed our thoughts within other thoughts. Michael is a professor emeritus of psychol-ogy at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and has published several other books, including From Hand to Mouth: The Origins of Language.

ELIZABETH ABBOTT, MA’66, PhD’71, is a historian whose work has been nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award and the Charles Taylor Prize. Her latest book is Haiti: A Shattered Nation (Overlook Press), which examines a country perpetually in dire straits and a people who remain remarkably resilient, despite all.

Douglas Druick (Photo: Art Institute of Chicago)

DOUGLAS DRUICK, BA’66, is the new president and Eloise W. Martin Director of the Art Institute of Chicago. A longtime curator at the Art Institute and the former chair of two of its departments, Douglas played a leading role in the creation of some of the most significant exhibitions in the museum’s history, including award-winning exhibitions on Jaspar Johns, Georges Seurat and Toulouse-Lautrec. The second largest art museum in the U.S., the Art Institute houses more than 300,000 works.

COLIN MATLEY, BA’66, has emerged from retirement to publish The English Wordsmith, the work of an old friend. This tubby tome, which is a compilation from various sources, includes 8,000 difficult, obscure, and unusual words and phrases. The author, David W. Andrews, was an eminent London lawyer who spent a lifetime collecting interesting words to illustrate the richness and diversity of the English language. For more information please visit

HARRIET MAUER, BA’66, recently retired after a 40-year career in social work in New York City. Harriet was honoured with a lifetime achievement award for her contributions to child welfare. The prize was presented by New York archbishop Timothy Dolan.

HENRY F. SREBRNIK, BA’66, MA’70, professor of political studies at the University of Prince Edward Island in Charlottetown, has written Creating the Chupah: The Zionist Movement and the Drive for Jewish Communal Unity in Canada, 1898-1921 (Academic Studies Press). The book assesses the role of Canadian Zionist organizations
in the drive for communal unity within Canadian Jewry in the first two decades of the 20th century and describes Zionist activities within the larger spectrum of Canadian Jewish life.

JOANNE ROCKLIN, BA’67, Dip Ed’68, published her children’s novel One Day and One Amazing Morning on Orange Street (Amulet Books), which has received starred reviews from Kirkus and School Library Journal.

ROMAN MUKERJEE, MA’68, and wife CINDY (BAILEY) MUKERJEE, BEd’75, CertSpEd’79, are proud of their rich family diversity. Roman is of East Indian and Slovak origins, Cindy is Jewish, and their two adopted daughters are Inuit and Mayan respectively. Roman and Cindy are part of a lobbying effort to include inter-racial marriage status in the information compiled
by Statistics Canada. They also helped organize a mixed-race couples and families social forum that meets three times a year.

Garry Beitel (Photo: Thomas Bartel)

GARRY BEITEL, BA’70, MA’76, received a $50,000 lifetime career award from the Conseil des Arts et des lettres du Québec. The first anglophone filmmaker ever to receive the prize, Garry has directed several documentaries over the course of his career, including the Gemini Award-winning Bonjour! Shalom! and The Socalled Movie, featuring eclectic musician Josh Dolgin, BA’00.

MORDECHAI NISAN, MA’70, PhD’75, retired after 35 years of teaching Middle East studies at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He has written extensively on Middle East topics, and his latest book, Only Israel West of the River: The Jewish State and the Palestinian Question (CreateSpace), was published in June. The book puts forward a possible political solution for a problem that is more than 100 years old.

JOANNE SOROKA, BA’70, is the author of Tapestry Weaving: Design and Technique (Crowood Press). This lavishly illustrated book leads readers through the process of weaving with detailed diagrams focused on the work of contemporary weavers. Joanne teaches at the University of Edinburgh and exhibits internationally.

JONATHAN L. WOODS, BA’70, is the recipient of the 2011 Spinetingler Award for Best Crime Short Story Collection of 2010 for his latest work, Bad Juju & Other Tales
of Madness and Mayhem
(New Pulp Press). His book also won best Crime Book Cover
of 2010 (cover art by Kenney Mencher).

RICHARD POMERANTZ, BA’71, wrote A Love Letter From Princess: Lucky, Mommy & Me. The book relates the true story of his wife’s recovery from a terminal cancer diagnosis, all through the perspective of her cancer companion dog. A portion of every book sale helps fund service dogs for injured military personnel.

VICTOR TEBOUL, MA’71, has published his third novel, Bienvenue chez Monsieur B! (Les Éditions L’Harmattan). He has written at length about Québécois-Jewish relations, and his most recent work of fiction focuses on Montreal’s Jewish community. Victor holds a PhD from Université de Montréal and has had an extensive teaching career at various institutions, including Cégep Lionel-Groulx, Université du Québec à Montréal and McGill. He was also the editor of the magazine Jonathan, and has hosted several radio programs on Radio-Canada. He is currently the founding editor of the online magazine For more information visit .

MURIEL (HALTRECHT) GOLD, MA’72, a theatre producer, director and author, has a new book out, The Dramatic Legacy of Dorothy Davis and Violet Walters: The Montreal Children’s Theatre, 1933-2009 (iUniverse Inc.). The book tells the story of the two dynamic women, Dorothy Davis and Violet Walters, who ran the Montreal Children’s Theatre in the midst of the Great Depression. Muriel—herself a former student and teacher at the school—recounts its history through innumerable anecdotes, recreating the magic of past Children’s Theatre productions.

SHARON (LONDON) LISS, BA’76, was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Israel Cancer Research Fund in May 2011. The award acknowledges outstanding volunteers for their dedicated and exceptional service to the ICRF. Sharon is the second individual to receive this award in the organization’s 36-year history.

SIANG YANG TAN, BA’76, PhD’80, is a full professor of psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, and senior pastor of a church in Glendale. He recently authored a textbook, Counseling and Psychotherapy: A Christian Perspective (Baker Academic). Siang—who is a fellow of the American Psychological Association— is a recipient of the William C. Bier Award for outstanding contributions to the applied psychology of religion, the Distinguished Member Award from the Christian Association for Psychological Studies, and the Gary R. Collins Award for Excellence in Christian Counseling from the American Association of Christian Counselors.

ROBERT M. MACLEAN, PhD’77, is the author of The President’s Palm Reader, a comic novel about a con man who unex-pectedly finds himself in the Oval Office, defending a failing president from a conspiracy to impeach him. Robert’s previous book, Foreign Matter: In Trouble with My Fantasies (described by Publishers Weekly as “fresh and spirited”) has been reissued
for Kindle.

ROBERT J. VALLERAND, MA’79, received the Canadian Psychological Association’s Donald O. Hebb Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology as a Science. This award is presented to CPA members or fellows who have made a significant contribution to Canadian psychology as a scientific discipline. Robert, who has published five books and more than 225 scientific articles and book chapters, is recognized as an international authority on the study of motivational processes. He is a professor of social psychology and director of the Research Laboratory on Social Behaviour at the Université du Québec à Montréal.

MARJORIE (GIGI) KILLEN ROSENBERG, BA’80, has written  her first book, The Artist’s Guide to Grant Writing: How to Find Funds and Write Foolproof Proposals for the Visual, Literary, and Performing Artist (Watson-Guptill). The book is designed to transform starving artists fumbling to get by into working artists who can confidently tap into all the resources at their disposal. She lives with her family in Portland, Oregon, where she launched her professional development workshops and also works as a writer and presentation coach. Gigi teaches in Chicago, New York City and Washington.

MARK TAKEFMAN, BA’82, received a one-year appointment to work as an organizational development consultant with VSO China in Chengdu, Sichuan. Mark had just concluded a two-year term as an organizational advisor for VSO India.

MARK WOLFE, BA’84, has been appointed as an adjunct professor in the Faulty of Arts at the University of Calgary. He also recently became a research fellow with the Van Horne Institute in Calgary. A new monograph by Mark, Say What? An Ethical Leader’s Guide to Communicating in the 21st Century, is scheduled for release this fall.

ANNE BERGERON, BA’86, has signed with Ballantine Dell for her Regency romance novel, A Tale of Two Sisters, as well as a second book in the series. Anne writes historical romance under the pen name Aislinn Macnamara.

RHONDA B. KANTOR, BA’87, is the director of the Quebec Association for Adult Learning. Her new book, Are Parents and Teachers Natural Enemies?: Practical Insight for Sustainable Parent/Teacher Relationships at the Secondary Level (VDM Publishing), offers information and insights aimed at
fostering a successful partnership between home and school at the secondary level.

HÉLÈNA KATZ, BA’87, is an author and freelance journalist. Her latest book, Justice Miscarried: Inside Wrongful Convictions in Canada (Dundurn), tells the stories of 12 Canadians, including David Milgaard and Donald Marshall, who were wrongly convicted and examines the errors in the justice system that changed their lives forever. Hélèna has a master’s degree in criminology from  Université de Montréal and lives on an alpaca farm in Fort Smith, Northwest Territories.

CATHERINE FIESCHI, BA’89, PhD’00, is the director of Counterpoint, the British Council’s new London-based think tank. Counterpoint provides research and other services to governments, businesses and organizations interested in the cultural analysis of risk.

PAMELA KLASSEN, BA’89, is an associate professor in the Department for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto and the author of Spirits of Protestantism: Medicine, Healing, and Liberal Christianity (University of California Press). The book examines the politics of body, mind and spirit among North American liberal Protestants during the 20th century.

ANTHONY GERMAIN, BA’90, is the new host of the St. John’s Morning Show on CBC Radio in Newfoundland and Labrador. Before arriving in St. John’s, Anthony was the CBC’s foreign correspondent in China, where he worked in both Shanghai and Beijing between 2006 and 2011. Over the course of his CBC career, Anthony has hosted the local morning show in Ottawa as well as CBC Radio’s political flagship show The House.

AXEL KINDBOM, BA’90, has joined the Toronto office of the law firm Dickinson Wright LLP. Axel practices business law and counsels clients on corporate and board governance, regulatory and securities compliance, pre-acquisition due diligence and other subjects. He studied international law at Lund University in Sweden, and received his JD from Tulane University Law School.

ALISON J. MCQUEEN, BA’90, is the author of Empress Eugénie and the Arts: Politics and Visual Culture in the Nineteenth Century (Ashgate Press). The book details Eugénie’s (wife of Napoleon III) position as a private collector and a public patron of a broad range of media. Alison is the first to examine Eugénie in the context of her importance to the development of France’s institutions and international relations. Alison is an associate professor of art history at McMaster University.

Luis Miguel Castilla Rubio

LUIS MIGUEL CASTILLA RUBIO, BA’91, was appointed as Peru’s new minister of finance and economy on July 28. A former deputy finance minister in Peru, he has also been a consultant for the World Bank and a lecturer at Johns Hopkins University, where he earned his PhD in economics.

KRISTYN M. DUNNION, BA’92, has published The Dirt Chronicles (Arsenal Pulp Press), her fourth book and her first short story collection. In these linked tales, urban outlaws and outliers in Toronto find their world threatened by a crooked cop who is bent on exterminating the city’s defiant underclass.

MICHEL GRYNBERG, BA’92, is the proud new father of a baby girl, Sarah Deborah Elisabeth, who was born on February 21 in Paris, France. In May, after 10 years of working for Groupe Crédit Agricole, Michel switched jobs, becoming a project office manager for BNP Paribas, where he supervises five project management officers who oversee more than 100 IT projects.

Tara Johns (Photo: Mongrel Media)

TARA JOHNS, BA’92, is the writer and director of The Year Dolly Parton Was My Mother,, a feature film about an 11-year-old growing up in the Prairies who becomes convinced that the country music star is her real mom. The film, described as a “treasure” by the Toronto Sun and as “surprisingly potent” by the Vancouver Sun, was recently released on DVD.

JENNIFER C. ANDREWS, BA’93, is the author of In the Belly of a Laughing God: Humour and Irony in Native Women’s Poetry (University of Toronto Press). The book examines how eight contemporary native women poets in Canada and the United States employ humour and irony to address the intricacies of race, gender and nationality. Jennifer is a professor in the Department of English at the University of New Brunswick, the co-editor of Studies in Canadian Literature, and the acting director of graduate studies for her department.

IRENE BLOEMRAAD, BA’95, MA’96, is an associate professor of sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the co-editor of Rallying for Immigrant Rights: The Fight for Inclusion in 21st Century America (University of California Press). The book traces the evolution and legacy of the widespread 2006 protest movement for immigrant rights in the U.S.

SIMONE PILON, MA’95, was selected by the U.S. Department of Education to take part in the Fulbright-Hays Seminar Abroad program to Morocco and Tunisia this summer. The program provides short-term study and travel seminars abroad for U.S. educators in social sciences and humanities for the purpose of improving their understanding and knowledge of the peoples and cultures of other countries. Simone is an associate professor of French at Franklin College in Indiana.

ALEXIS SHOTWELL, BA’96, is the author of Knowing Otherwise: Race, Gender, and Implicit Understanding (Penn State Univer-sity Press). The book explores how one may act in prejudiced ways toward others without explicitly understanding the meaning of
one’s actions. Alexis is an assistant professor at Laurentian University’s Department of Philosophy and a past president of the Canadian Society for Women in Philosophy.

MAI-GEE HUM, BA’98, has been appointed the director of career management services at Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business. Mai-Gee first joined JMSB in 2007 in external affairs as its associate director of recruitment, graduate programs. More recently, as JMSB’s communications officer, she contributed to branding efforts through increased media presence and by showcasing JMSB’s research and academic accomplishments.

STEPHEN D. SCARFF, MA’98, has been awarded a Seminary Consultation on Mission (SCOM) research grant to study in the Middle East, which is awarded annually to develop and deepen a global perspective in seminary life. Last summer he worked in the Diocese of Mt. Kilimanjaro, before heading to Israel on a Two Brothers Fellowship to work on an archeological dig. Stephen is a graduate student at Yale Divinity School with a focus on Anglican theology.

Dan Seligman (in black) celebrates Pop Montreal’s 10th anniversary (Photo: Inma Salcedo)

DAN SELIGMAN, BA’00, is the creative director of Pop Montreal, an indie music and arts festival he co-founded with Peter Cowan and Noelle Sorbara, BA’00, BCL/LLB’10. Pop Montreal celebrated its 10th anniversary this year with a free outdoor concert headlined by Arcade Fire that attracted an audience of 100,000. The festival has become an important annual showcase for up-and-coming Montreal bands while also featuring internationally recognized artists like Beck and Patti Smith.

CATHERINE CHANDLER-OLIVEIRA, MA’01, is the author of a full-length collection of poetry, Lines of Flight (Able Muse Press). She was invited to present her work at the West Chester University at Pennsylvania Poetry Conference in June, for which she received a full scholarship, and was a featured poet at StoryFest in Hudson, Quebec, in the fall of 2011. Among other awards, she is the recipient of the University of Evansville-sponsored Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award. Catherine teaches ESL and music at the Commission scolaire des Trois-Lacs in the Montérégie region of Quebec.

GREGORIO OBERTI, BA’01, DipAcct’05, recently completed a master’s degree in international trading, commodity finance and shipping, at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. Gregorio works with Deloitte as an audit manager, and is also the co-president of the McGill Alumni Association in Switzerland. He lives in Geneva with wife Jordann and their two children.

MICHAEL TODD, BA’01, and Theresa Hohenauer were married in Tirol, Austria,
on July 29, 2011.

CHRISTOPHER J. BRYAN, BA’02, is a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University’s Department of Psychology. His work recently attracted international attention. Christopher and his colleagues discovered that subtle linguistic cues have the power to boost voter turnout. His research was published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and has been covered by MSNBC, Discover, and CBC Radio’s As It Happens.

ERIK MICHAEL GRAYSON, MA’03, completed his doctorate in English at the State University of New York in 2010, and recently accepted a visiting assistant professorship in English at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.

AMIR BARADARAN, BA’04, is an artist whose latest work, Venice Augmented, was active throughout the duration of the 54th Venice Biennale. Using augmented art (AR), Amir’s work comprised a number of (un) seen attributes embedded throughout the docks and gardens, accessible to visiting publics through a number of activation points scattered throughout the Venice landscape.

JESSICA DERE, BA’04, MSc’06, and EDSEL PHILIP, BEng’06, MSc’10, were married at the McGill Faculty Club on May 21, 2011, in the presence of their family and close friends. Jessica is completing her PhD in clinical psychology at Concordia University and Edsel is a consulting analyst at Accenture plc. The couple will always have McGill close to their hearts—they started their relationship at McGill in 2002, and became engaged while at McGill in 2008.

FRANCIS HALIN, BA’04, MA’08, has been appointed to Montreal’s Conseil jeunesse for a three-year term. Members of the council advise the mayor and executive committee on matters related to Montreal’s youth population. In 2009, Francis was a semi-finalist at the Festival international de la chanson de Granby and will be releasing his first original album, recorded with multi-instrumentalist Olaf Gundel, in 2011.

PATRICK BOILY, BA’09, is one of 17 promising young Canadians selected to serve as 2011 Action Canada Fellows. The Action Canada Fellowship Program is dedicated to building an exceptional network of leaders for Canada’s future by developing their skills and broadening their understanding of Canada and its policy choices. A former vice president academic of McGill’s Arts Undergraduate Society, Patrick is working on a master’s degree in public and international affairs at the Glendon School of Public and International Affairs at York University. Three of the 2011 Action Canada Fellows are McGill graduates.

April Engelberg (right) and Amanda Garbutt (Photo: Madd Hattere)

APRIL ENGELBERG, BA’10, and AMANDA GARBUTT, BA’11, earned first place in the MaRS Upstart Business Competition for new business ideas  that was held in Toronto in May. The duo earned $10,000 for The Hot Plate, a cooking show they co-produce that debuted on the student-run TVMcGill. The program, hosted by Amanda, presents tasty meal ideas that students can make for themselves. The Hot Plate continues to exist online at

Jonathan Glencross (Photo: Adam Scotti)

JONATHAN GLENCROSS, BA’11, received Earth Day Canada’s 2011 Individual Hometown Heroes Award at the national environmental charity’s annual gala on June 8, in front of 500 business and environmental leaders at Toronto’s Drake Hotel. One of the architects of McGill’s Sustainability Projects Fund, Jonathan was described by Earth Day Canada president Jed Goldberg as “an environmental leader who has shown commitment and achieved results in his community.”


GERALD RUDICK, DDS’66, was recently awarded a mastership in dental implant prosthodontics by the Implant Prosthetic Section of the International Congress of Oral Implantology ( ICOI). He is also a fellow and diplomate of the ICOI and an associate fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. Gerald runs a private dental practice in Montreal.


DUNCAN MCGEACHY, BSc(PE)’49, has been inducted into the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame. The retired principal of St. Stephen High School coached basketball, track and field, cross country running and soccer over the course of his career as an
educator.  The basketball teams he coached, both boys and girls, won more than 20 provincial championships.

ROBIN N. MICHEL, BEd’80, is a Canada Research Chair (Tier One) in Cellular
and Molecular Neuromuscular Physiology at Concordia University. Together with Bernard Jasmin, BEd’83, a professor of cellular and molecular medicine at the University of Ottawa, he is pursuing research on calcineurin, an enzyme that orchestrates muscle growth adaptations. The work could have important implications for rescuing muscle fibres damaged by muscular dystrophy. The research is funded by both NSERC and CIHR. Robin is a member of the Neuromuscular Research Group at the Montreal Neurological Institute.

COLLEEN CURRAN, BEd’81, is a Montreal-based playwright whose latest work, True Nature, opened the fall season at Montreal’s Centaur Theatre on October 4. The play, a bittersweet romantic comedy which examines science and social class, is inspired by the true story of Mary Anning, an extraordinary but unsung Victorian-era fossil collector. True Nature was developed and workshopped at McGill’s Redpath Museum.

SUZANNE REISLER LITWIN, BEd’85, is the author of the children’s picture book
The Black Velvet Jacket. The book tells the true story of a young man’s coming of age
and inspires those who believe that wishes really do come true. She is the mother of three children and lives in Montreal. For more information about Suzanne’s writing, go to .

Ray Lalonde (Photo: Ryan Remiorz/Canadian Press)

RAY LALONDE, BEd’86, became the president of the Montreal Alouettes football team in March. A former player and coach with the McGill Redmen football squad, Ray was director of football operations for the Montreal Machine of the World League of American Football and part of the management team for NBA Europe before he joined the Montreal Canadiens organization in 2001. As the Habs’ vice president and chief marketing officer, Ray’s responsibilities included overseeing the team’s 100th anniversary celebrations in 2009.

S. DARLENE KEHYAYAN, BEd’93, MEd’99, GradCertEdLeadership’06, GradCertEd-Leadership2’09, is the principal of Dunrae Gardens Elementary School in the Town of Mount Royal. After joining Dunrae as the new principal in 2008, Darlene was successful in increasing the school’s student population by more than 450 students in her first few months. A French immersion school within the English Montreal School Board, Dunrae regularly welcomes student teachers from McGill. Darlene previously worked as the principal of Cedarcrest Elementary School in St. Laurent.

Louise Cowan (Photo: UBC)

LOUISE COWIN, PhD’99, is the new vice president, students, for the University of British Columbia. In this role, she will have leadership responsibility for shaping the student experience and broad learning environment at UBC. Her portfolio includes student development and services, student housing and hospitality services, and athletics and recreation. Previously, Louise was the warden of Hart House, a student activity centre at the University of Toronto.

VICTOR M. MANSURE, BEd’10, is a former McGill varsity basketball player now coaching the Canadian Deaf Basketball Team, which will be participating in the World Championships in Italy next summer. The team is in need of sponsors to assist with travel expenses. For more information or to support this cause please visit


JOHN R. MACKAY, BEng’51, is the co-author of the second edition of Power Boilers: A Guide to Section 1 of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Code (ASME Press). John was a longtime member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ Boiler & Pressure Vessel Standards Committee and earned ASME’s J. Hall Taylor Medal for distinguished service in the field of codes and standards pertaining to piping and pressure vessels in 1997.

VINCENT JOLIVET, BEng’52, has retired at the age of 80. After earning an MBA and
a doctorate, Vincent spent 10 years teaching finance at the University of Washington, IMD Business School, and Stanford. He then served as VP and director of a rocket company for six years, and worked as a self-employed expert in finance and economics for the last
38 years of his career.

DEAN H. JOURNEAUX, BEng’60, is the new president and chief executive officer of New Millennium Iron, where he previously served as the chief operating officer. In 2003, Dean co-founded the company currently known as the Millennium Iron Range, developing large world class iron ore deposits in the Schefferville area of Labrador and Quebec.

WAGDI (FRED) HABASHI, BEng’67, MEng’70, is the 2011 recipient of the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute’s McCurdy Award for outstanding achievement in the science and creative aspects of engineering related to aeronautics and space research. He occupies McGill’s NSERC-J. Armand Bombardier-Bell Helicopter-CAE Industrial Research Chair for Multidisciplinary Computational Fluid Dynamics.

AHMED S. KAMIS, PhD’85, is the leader of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management’s Accreditation Committee for the BSc and MSc programs at King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where he is a professor of water resources in the Department of Hydrology and Water Resources Management. Ahmed was the recipient of his university’s Excellence Award in 2010, and in 2009 earned first prize in a faculty contest for website development.

RAEHAN “BOBBY” UMAR, BEng’94, launched his inaugural “Power of Connection” workshop series, designed to challenge participants to reflect critically upon their strengths and potential, in July. He is an award-winning developer and teacher of programs designed to motivate senior executives, business professionals, and students. Bobby draws on his diverse experience and academic training to lead Raeallan, a training and speaking company.


Joe Oliver with Prime Minister Stephen Harper

JOE OLIVER, BA’61, BCL’64, was appointed to Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s cabinet as Canada’s minister of natural resources in May, shortly after being elected to the House of Commons for the first time as the new MP for the Ontario riding of Eglinton-Lawrence. A former executive director of the Ontario Securities Commission, he chaired the editorial board of the McGill Daily during his time at McGill. He is also a former editor of the McGill Law Journal.

RICHARD W. POUND, BCom’62, BCL’67, LLD’09, was named chairman of the board of directors for the Foundation of Greater Montreal. Richard is a partner in the Montreal offices of Stikeman Elliot, and is a member of the firm’s tax group. A member of the Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, he is a chancellor emeritus of McGill.

LARRY HERMAN, BCL’75, LLB’76, was appointed deputy banking ombudsman for the ADR Chambers Banking Ombuds Office. This office reviews decisions of the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) ombudsman when RBC customers are not satisfied with the outcome of the process. Larry has been a roster mediator in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice Mandatory Mediation Program (Toronto and Ottawa regions) since 2000 and is a recent recipient of the chartered mediator designation by the ASR Institute of Canada. Larry is continuing his mediation practice with ADR Chambers Inc. and resides in Toronto with his wife, Aline Baltar, a psychiatric social worker.

BARRY SELTZER, LLB’79, is the coauthor of Fat Cats and Lucky Dogs: How to Leave (Some of Your) Estate to Your Pet (Prism Publishing). The book provides guidance to those who would like to explore planning possibilities for their families and pets.

CHRISTIAN COUTURIER, BCL’81, LLB’81, has been named vice-president of the board of directors of the Groupe de Droit Collaboratif du Québec. Christian currently practices collaborative family law, civil, commercial, and family mediation, out of court negotiation, and is also a trainer in collaborative family law.

GREGORY D. WILLIAMS, BSc’77, LLB’81, has joined Pepper Hamilton as a partner in the intellectual property practice group. Gregory specializes in the life science sector, focusing on intellectual property acquisition and management. Prior to joining Pepper Hamilton, Gregory worked at New England Biolabs, Inc. as general counsel, as former chief IP counsel, and as a senior member of its global business development team.

JEFFREY F. EDWARDS, BCL’86, LLB’86, was appointed an adjunct professor in McGill’s Faculty of Law. Jeffrey has taught law at McGill for more than 10 years as a
sessional instructor. He recently published the second edition of his book, La garantie de qualité du vendeur en droit québécois (Wilson & Lafleur)—often cited by the courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada. Jeffrey will maintain his full-time position as partner and head of the liti-gation department at Tutino Edwards Joseph, where he also acts as arbitrator
and mediator in construction and product liability law.

LORRAINE PILON, BCL’88, is the executive vice president, corporate affairs, and secretary of the Banque Laurentienne. In her job, Lorraine oversees legal affairs and compliance, the secretariat, public affairs, communications and investor relations, internal audit and security. She joined the bank in 1990, initially working in legal affairs. Lorraine earned an executive MBA from  Université du Québec à Montréal and an undergraduate degree in administration from the Mississippi University for Women.

RON LEVI, BCL’94, LLB’94, has been appointed the George Ignatieff Chair in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Toronto. Ron is a faculty member of the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies, with cross-appointments in political science and sociology. His research focuses on global justice, crime and politics, and legal and institutional responses to mass atrocities.

FRED W. HEADON, LLB’96, BCL’96, is the senior counsel for labour and employment law at Air Canada. He was elected second vice-president of the Canadian Bar Association in March, 2011. The second vice-presidency is the first step on the ladder to the presidency, which he will assume in 2013. He is the first in-house counsel to be elected to this position.

ALEXANDER BAYER, LLM’98, became a partner at Wragge & Co, focusing on IP and IT law. In 2008, he was appointed to open the firm’s first continental Europe office in Munich and established a new branch for a UK law firm. Alexander got married the same year and is now a proud parent of a 2-year-old daughter, Johanna.

IAN G. PHILIP, BCL/LLB’07, has been selected as one of 17 promising young Canadians who will serve as 2011 Action Canada Fellows. He is an international trade litigator with the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs. Formerly, Ian was a UN legal and political advisor in the Middle East, and from 2005-2007, he was part of the UN’s humanitarian relief effort in Iraq. Three of the 2011 Action Canada Fellows are McGill graduates.


PETER F. MCNALLY, BLS’65, MLS’66, MA’77, received the 2011 Tremaine Medal and Watters-Morley Prize from the Bibliographical Society of Canada for outstanding service to Canadian bibliography and for distinguished publication in either English or French in that field. His career as a librarian and historian, spanning nearly 40 years, has been devoted to the study of Canadian bibliography. Peter was the coordinator of the Roundtable on Bibliography from 1981-1988, and also served as president of the Bibliographical Society of Canada from 1999-2002.


 DICK IRVIN, BCom’53, is the recipient of ACTRA Montreal’s 2011 Award of Excellence. His 50-year career in sports broadcasting has already earned him spots in the Hockey Hall of Fame, the Canadian Broadcasters’ Hall of Fame and the CBC Sports Hall of Fame. He is the author of six books on the game of hockey and continues to be involved in special events for Hockey Night in Canada and the Montreal Canadiens.

TED T. GREENFIELD, BCom’54, was awarded an FCA by the Order of Chartered Accountants of Quebec for bringing honour to the profession through his more than 50 years of service to the community. Ted is a retired partner and consultant with Fuller Landau LLP.

RUBEN ROSEN, BCom’57, has recently completed his legislated maximum six-year term as founding chair of the North Simcoe Muskoka Local Health Integration Network. The NSM LHIN is one of 14 Ontario Crown Agencies established in 2005 to plan, manage and fund health services for a specific geographic region. During the first six years of its existence, the NSM LHIN dedicated itself to improving the health of its residents and visitors and developed a master strategic plan to guide its progress in the future.

JOHN KELLETT, BCom’68, received the Morningstar Canada Career Achievement Award at a gala black tie dinner held at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto last December. Peter Mansbridge hosted the award presentation, at which a short video of John’s career in the investment industry was shown. The first winner of this annual award was Sir John Templeton.

HÉLÈNE FORTIN, DPA’80, is the new chairwoman of the board of directors for Groupe Bikini Village Inc., a swimwear manufacturer with boutiques across eastern Canada. An associate with the CA firm Demers Beaulne and a public accountant with more than 30 years of experience, Hélène also chairs the board of directors for both Loto-Québec and Infrastructure Québec.

JOSEPH MAH, DPA’80, is the author of Yin Yang Qi-The Art of Balancing Health. The book contains recipes for over 50 traditional Chinese soups and congees developed to address specific aspects of health. While Joe is a Montreal-based chartered accountant with business experience at firms such as Deloitte & Touche and Abbott Laboratories, he was also trained by Chinese herbal experts on how to use specific foods to prevent and cure illnesses. Growing up in Montreal’s Chinatown, he apprenticed in Chinese herbal medicine stores, learning the recipes that were handed down through generations of Montreal’s Chinese community.

JOHN S. KOLODA, BCom’83, founded his own consulting firm, Groupe KolodaCORE Inc. John has 28 years of experience in the financial services industry, most recently as vice president eastern Canada with Great West Life. He lives in Montreal with wife Margaret, and two sons, Karl and Konrad.

MATHIEU GAUVIN, BCom’83, DPA’84, is one of the newest members of RSM Richter Chamberland, an accounting and business advisory firm with offices in Montreal, Toronto and Calgary. He has more than 25 years of experience in the field of mergers and acquisitions.

HOWARD JOHNSON, DPA’89, is a managing director at Veracap Corporate Finance Limited in Toronto. The author of several books on the subjects of business valuation and corporate finance, Howard’s latest is Building Value in Your Company, a practical, hands-on explanation of how shareholder value is measured, created and ultimately realized. The book focuses on the key value drivers of cash flow, risk management and invested capital.

Enderson Guimaraes

ENDERSON GUIMARAES, MBA’90, is PepsiCo’s new president of global operations. He comes to Pepsi from Swedish household appliances maker Electrolux, where he was chief executive of its appliances business for Europe, Africa and the Middle East. In his new job, Enderson is responsible for strategic sourcing management, global operations, business and information solutions and global productivity. He reports to PepsiCo chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi.

RICK MCCREARY, MBA’97, was appointed senior vice president corporate development with Barrick Gold Corporation. Richard was previously employed at CIBC World Markets as managing director and head of global mining investment banking. He can be reached at

KAREN TAKACS, MMgmt’02, received the YWCA Toronto’s Woman of Distinction Award for International Development and Advocacy. The award is presented annually to recognize the contributions of women who have helped other women and girls achieve equality, economic sustainability, and lives free from violence. As the executive director of Canadian Crossroads International, Karen has been a leading proponent for the participation of women as being essential to poverty reduction and international development.


JAMES C. CHAN, MDCM ’64, received the 2011 Henry L Barnett Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics. The prize recognizes a pediatric nephrologist for outstanding teaching and clinical care for children with kidney disease. The award was
presented to him at the academy’s annual meeting in Denver, Colorado, in May. James is a professor of pediatrics at Tufts University in Massachusetts and director of research
at the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center.

Victor Dzau (Photo: Duke University)

VICTOR DZAU, BSc’68, MDCM’72, DSc’08, is the 2011 recipient of the Henry G. Friesen International Prize in Health Research. His scientific exploration of the renin-angiotensin system has made important contributions to our understanding of a wide range of heart and blood vessel diseases, from hypertension to heart failure. The president and CEO of Duke University Health System, Victor established the Duke Global Health Institute, an interdisciplinary effort aimed at addressing health care problems in under-served and under-resourced countries.

DAVE WILLIAMS, BSc’76, MDCM’83, MSc’83, DSc’07, is the new president and CEO of Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket, Ontario. The recipient of four honorary degrees, Dave was also reappointed as an assistant professor of surgery at the University of Toronto. The former director of the Space and Life Sciences Directorate at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, Dave logged more than 687 hours in space as a Canadian astronaut.

SIMON HELFGOTT, MDCM’77, has been named the new physician editor of The Rheumatologist, the American College of Rheumatology’s monthly newsmagazine. Simon is the director of education & fellowship training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. He’ll begin his new role with The Rheumatologist in January, 2012.

ALLAN D. PETERKIN, MedicalResident’90, DipPsych’92, is a Toronto-based physician and writer. His latest book, illustrated by Emmeline Pidgen, is The Flyaway Blanket, a picture book aimed at four- to eight-year-olds that explores attachment and bonding. Allan is an associate professor of psychiatry and family medicine at the University of Toronto and the head of Mount Sinai Hospital’s Program for Narrative and Humanities in Healthcare.

JOHANNE LIU, MDCM’91, a pediatric emergency physician and a past president of Médecins Sans Frontières Canada, was chosen as the Montreal YWCA’s 2011 Woman of Distinction for Community Involvement.

ANGELA GENGE, MedicalResident’93, was selected as the Montreal YWCA’s 2011 Woman of Distinction for Science and Technology. She is the director of the Clinical Research Unit at the Montreal Neurological Institute. She wasn’t the only McGill teacher cited as a Woman of Distinction at the awards ceremony. Professor Laurette Dubé from the Desautels Faculty of Management earned the prize in the social and environmental sciences category, while Susie Napper, artistic director of the Montreal Baroque Festival and an instructor at the Schulich School of Music, won for arts and culture.

AVRUM SPIRA, MDCM’96, an associate professor of medicine at Boston University, has won BU’s 2011 Innovator of the Year Award for co-identifying genetic abnormalities among lung cancer patients. The discovery is spurring the creation of new non-invasive and inexpensive tests for detecting the disease.


Deborah Corber (Photo: Vadim Daniel)

DEBORAH CORBER, BMus’81, became the new chief executive officer of Federation CJA on September 6. Deborah served for 24 years as a senior legal and policy advisor to the federal government in the area of aboriginal affairs, first as legal counsel to the Department of Justice, and for the past 10 years, in her own consulting practice. Based in Montreal, Federation CJA plays a key role in the city’s Jewish community, raising and distributing funds for those in need and overseeing the delivery of a range of services and programs.

YOKEMUI MAY PHANG, BMus’92, MMus’94, took second place nationally in the American Prize in Piano Performance, in both the solo and concerto competitions. May obtained her doctorate from Temple University and is an associate professor of piano at DePauw University in Indiana. She performs frequently as a recitalist and chamber musician and is also active adjudicating local and state competitions, presenting master classes and giving presentations.

Sean Ferguson (Photo: Owen Egan)

SEAN FERGUSON, MMus’93, DMus’03, is the new dean of McGill’s Schulich School of Music. He joined the McGill faculty as an assistant professor of composition and director of the Digital Composition Studios in 2003, and was named associate professor and director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology in 2009. His research focuses on computer-assisted composition, psychoacoustics applied to musical harmony, live electronics, and digital musical instruments. His compositions have been performed by the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and other ensembles.

TARAS N. KULISH, BMus’95, is the founder and general and artistic director of a new Montreal opera company, Opera Piccola. The goal of this company is to present professional quality opera in the summer in an intimate setting at the Outremont Theatre while making the art form more affordable and accessible. For the last six years he served as artistic director of the Green Mountain Opera Festival, which is now considered one of New England’s premier opera presenters. Taras still manages to lead a very active singing career. He sang twice with the Opéra de Montréal this past season, and is scheduled to perform with the Calgary Opera and the Opéra de Québec. For more information visit his website at .

JONATHAN CROW, BMus’98, an associate professor of violin at McGill’s Schulich School of Music, is the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s new concertmaster.  He made his debut in his new role on September 22 during the TSO’s 90th season opening night concert. Between 2002 and 2006, Jonathan served as the concertmaster for the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, and was the youngest concertmaster of a major North American orchestra at the time.

CARLOS JIMÉNEZ, BMus’06, MMus’08, recently released his debut album, Undercurrents. Carlos, a jazz guitarist and composer, is joined on the album by pianist Josh Rager, BMus’98, MMus’02, bass player Dave Watts, BMus’96, MMus’08, and drummer Michel Berthiaume, BMus’04, MMus’06. All About Jazz praises the album for its “cool self-confidence and keen precision.” Carlos teaches at the Schulich School of Music. For more information, visit www.


DONALD J. BEAUPRIE, BSc’51, DDS’56, recently accompanied his grandson, ALISTAIR OWEN BEAUPRIE, BCom’11, to his McGill convocation.

SIMON KOCHEN, BSc’54, MSc’55, was recently appointed emeritus professor of mathematics at Princeton University. He won the Frank Nelson Cole Prize in Number Theory from the American Mathematical Society in 1967 and chaired Princeton’s Department of Mathematics from 1990-1993. Credited with important contributions to mathematical logic, model theory, number theory and quantum mechanics, Simon is also recognized outside the mathematics com­munity for co-developing the “Free Will Theorem,” which asserts that if humans have free will, then elementary particles, such as atoms and electrons, possess free will as well.

HENRY W. LIM, BSc’71, chairman and C.S. Livingood Chair of the Department of Dermatology at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, has been named the 2010-2011
president-elect of the American Board of Dermatology. Henry was also a plenary
session speaker at the World Congress of Dermatology in Seoul, Korea, in May 2011. His fifth co-edited textbook, Cancer of the Skin, will be published by Elsevier this year.

WILLIAM (BILL) J. POWER, BSc’75, retired from Shell Canada as manager, laboratory and pilot operations, oil sands, after more than 29 years with Shell. After earning his PhD from the University of Toronto, he joined Imperial Oil Research in Sarnia before moving to Shell. Over the course of his career, he researched almost every refinery process. A career highpoint was in 2003, when he shared the Alberta Science and Technology Award for Oil Sands research for his contributions to the commercialization of a unique bitumen cleaning process. Bill and his wife Carol are moving to Kelowna, B.C.

BEVERLEY AKERMAN, BSc’80, MSc’87, is an award-winning writer whose recent short story collection, The Meaning of Children (Exile Books), made it to the final Top 10
for the CBC-Scotiabank Giller Prize Readers’ Choice Contest. The Rover describes her book as “a beautifully written exposé on the meaning of life.” Beverley turned to writing after spending more than two decades in molecular genetics research. It pleases her strangely to believe she’s the only Canadian fiction writer ever to have sequenced her own DNA.

IAN DE VERTEUL, BSc’84, is rejoining BMO Capital Markets as global head of research. Over the course of his career as an analyst, Ian achieved top rankings in three sectors: consumer products, insurance and banks. He left BMO in 2009 to join the Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board as head of fundamental research.

Elodie Ghedin (Photo:Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)

ELODIE GHEDIN, BSc’89, PhD’98, an assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, is the recipient of a 2011 MacArthur Fellowship. According to the MacArthur Foundation, she is “harnessing the power of genomic sequencing techniques to generate critical insights about human pathogens.” A major focus of her work has been parasites that cause diseases endemic to tropical climates. Elodie earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from McGill as well as a PhD from the Institute of Parasitology at Macdonald Campus. MacArthur Fellowships, nicknamed the “Genius Award,” are worth $500,000 to each recipient.

VIRGINIA BARRAQUIO, PhD’90, has received the 2010 National Research Council of the Philippines Achievement Award in Agriculture and Forestry. Virginia is a professor at the College of Agriculture, University of the Philippines Los Baños.

ALEXANDER HUTCHINSON, BSc’97, is the author of Which Comes First, Cardio or Weights? Fitness Myths, Training Truths, and Other Surprising Discoveries from the Science of Exercise (McClelland & Stewart). Alex also writes the Globe and Mail’s “Jockology” column on the science of fitness.

Social Work

STACIA A. KEAN, BSW’06, was selected as one of 17 Action Canada Fellows for 2011. She is the co-chair of the Canadian CED Network’s Emerging Leaders Standing Committee and in 2010 was invited to make a co-presentation to the Federal Standing Committee on Finance Pre-Budget Consultations concerning community economic development. Three of the 2011 Action Canada Fellows are McGill graduates.



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