Alumnotes – Spring/Summer 2012


Agricultural & Environmental Sciences

ROBERT (BOB) HOLDERNESS-RODDAM, DipAgr’63, recently received his master’s degree in environmental management from the University of Tasmania in Australia. Bob is an environmental management consultant in Tasmania.

JOHN A. MACQUARRIE, BSc(Agr)’81, MSc’87, was recently appointed deputy minister for the Prince Edward Island Department of Agriculture and Forestry.  He previously held the positions of deputy minister of environment, energy and
forestry from 2004 to 2011, and deputy minister of agriculture and forestry from 2001 to 2004. John has also been appointed to the board of directors of the World Potato Congress.

PROSANTA CHAKRABARTY, BSc (Agr)’00, is the author of A Guide to Academia: Getting into and Surviving Grad School, Postdocs and a Research Job. The book provides advice for those thinking about graduate school and explains all the potential bumps in the road that a student might encounter as they take the plunge into academia. Prosanta is an assistant professor and curator of fishes at Louisiana State University and a former president of the Macdonald Campus Student Society.


DAVID REICH, BArch’50, is the author of You Could Lose An Eye: My First 80 Years in Montreal (Baraka Books). The Jewish Tribune described the book as “an insider’s view of Montreal’s vibrant and historic Jewish community, as well as a powerful description of what happened to relatives who were left behind in Eastern Europe.” Canadian Jewish News praised the book for its “clear prose and vivid recall of everyday life.”

RADOSLAV ZUK, BArch’56, was awarded the 2011 State Prize of Ukraine for Architecture in recognition of his work as leader of the design team for the Church of the Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos in Lviv, Ukraine. He was also recently granted an honorary doctorate by the Ukrainian Academy of Art in Kiev. He has played a leading role in the design of nine Ukrainian churches in North America and one in Ukraine. A fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, Radoslav is an emeritus professor at McGill’s School of Architecture.

MOSHE SAFDIE, BArch’61, LLD’82, launched his career as an internationally lauded architect with Habitat 67 (pictured), a unique housing complex in Montreal that owes its origins to his thesis project at McGill. Habitat recently won an international online contest organized by the toy manufacturer Lego. The Montreal landmark earned more votes from Lego enthusiasts than the Eiffel Tower, the Colosseum in Rome or the U.S. Capital Building in Washington. Safdie continues to be active with major projects, including the recently built Khalsa Heritage Centre in India and the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas.

PATRICIA M. CHANG, BSc(Arch)’83, BArch’85, and DAVID DE SANTIS, BSc(Arch)’83, BArch’85, finally married after knowing each other for 31 years, dating for 11 of those years! Both Patricia and David received their Ordre des architectes du Québec (OAQ) and practiced architecture for a few years before moving on to new careers. Patricia is a broker with her real estate firm, Westmount Realty. David was a former VP of acquisitions and development for the Alexis Nihon REIT. He recently received his general contractor’s licence, is involved in the development of residential buildings, and joined his wife as a real estate broker.

ILANA JUDAH, BSc’96, BArch’97, was promoted to senior associate of FXFOWLE Architects, an architectural, interior design, planning and urban design firm committed to design excellence, social responsibility and sustainability. She has more than 14 years of experience as an architect, educator and advocate for environmentally responsible design. Ilana also serves as the firm’s director of sustainability.

JASON TSIRONIS, BSc(Arch)’08, MArch’11, has won the Canada Council for the Arts’ Prix de Rome in Architecture for Emerging Practitioners, awarded to an architect who demonstrates outstanding potential. The prize winner is given the opportunity to visit significant architectural sites abroad and to intern at an architecture firm of
international stature. Jason’s research will take him to 11 cities in seven countries of the former Soviet Union, including Moscow (Russia), Kiev (Ukraine), Vilnius (Lithuania), Tbilisi (Georgia) and Almaty (Kazakhstan).


CHARLES TAYLOR, BA’52, an emeritus professor of philosophy at McGill, recently enjoyed a memorable 80th birthday celebration. The former Massey Lecturer and Templeton and Kyoto Prize winner was the focus of “Charles Taylor at 80: An International Conference,” held in March at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. The event attracted prominent social scientists and theorists from around the world. “From the founding of the NDP and debates about repatriation, federalism and Quebec’s status, to his work on multiculturalism and religious accommodation, Taylor has gone far beyond the usual categories of ‘public intellectual’ or ‘engaged intellectual,’” said McGill associate professor of political science Jacob Levy. “For decades he has been an important participant in the public life of Montreal, Quebec, and Canada.”

GRAEME S. MOUNT, BA’61, BD’64, has co-authored a book about northeastern Ontario. Come On Over! Northeastern Ontario A to Z describes the history, culture and tourist attractions of the region. After receiving his doctorate from the University of Toronto in 1969, Graeme taught at Laurentian University in Sudbury from 1969 to 2005. During his 36-year career, he wrote books and articles about Canada-U.S. relations and about Latin America.

VICTOR RABINOVITCH, BA’68, recently co-authored Treasures from the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the Canadian War Museum, which focuses on some of the prized items among the four million artifacts and specimens that comprise Canada’s largest museum collection. Victor recently became the emeritus president of the museums, after serving for 11 years as their CEO. During that period, the Canadian War Museum was designed and built, while extensive renewal of the Museum of Civilization was completed and its range of exhibitions was dramatically expanded. Victor is also an adjunct professor at Queen’s University’s School of Policy Studies.

JOHN MORRISON, BA’71, has been appointed Canadian ambassador to Latvia. He joined Canada’s Department of External Affairs (now the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade) in 1985, and most recently served as Canada’s ambassador to Serbia. He was also the deputy head of mission in Canada’s embassy in Moscow from 2005 to 2008. John’s diplomatic appointments have included service in Malaysia, China, Taiwan and Japan, as well as in the department’s headquarters in Ottawa.

JOY PARR, BA’71, received the Society for the History of Technology’s 2011 Edelstein Prize for her book Sensing Changes: Technologies, Environments and the Everyday, 1953-2003. The prize is awarded to the top scholarly book on the history of technology published in the preceding three years. Joy has taught at various institutions, including Yale, the University of British Columbia and Queen’s University. She became a professor at Queen’s in 1988 and then moved to Simon Fraser University, where she was the Farley University Professor in History. She is now the University of Western Ontario’s Canada Research Chair in Technology, Environment and the Everyday.

ALAN FREEMAN, BA’72, was recently named Public Servant in Residence at the University of Ottawa’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, where he is teaching and doing research, with a concentration on public administration and government communications. He has served as assistant deputy minister for consultations and communications for Canada’s Department of Finance and, prior to joining the federal government, he was a Globe and Mail foreign correspondent and journalist for more than 30 years.

JIM HOOPER, MA’72, was recently elected president of the British Columbia School Counsellors Association. During his time at McGill, he lived in Douglas Hall for two years. After several years as a journalist with the Toronto Star, he migrated west, qualifying as a teacher at the University of British Columbia. After a long career of teaching (mostly French) in Maple Ridge, B.C., Jim became an elementary counsellor in the same community.

JAN WONG, BA’74, is an international best-selling author, award-winning foreign correspondent and erstwhile reporter at the McGill Daily. Her latest book, Out of the Blue, a Memoir of Workplace Depression, Recovery, Redemption and, Yes, Happiness, was published in April. A documentary based on her previous book, Beijing Confidential, A Tale of Comrades Lost and Found, is also in the works. In 2010, she was Visiting Irving Chair in Journalism at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, N.B. Jan divides her time between Toronto, where she is a columnist for Toronto Life, and Fredericton, where she continues to teach journalism at St. Thomas University.

ROCHELLE (ROBBIE) BABINS-WAGNER, BA’77, BSW’78, recently received her PhD in social work from the University of Calgary. She was awarded the 2011 Westbury Legacy Award by the Alberta Centre for Child, Family, and Community Research, which recognizes individuals in Alberta who have demonstrated excep-tional commitment to the intellectual and/or professional growth of individuals (i.e., students, trainees, interns, volunteers, etc) working in the areas of child,family and community research. Robbie teaches at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Social Work and is the CEO of the Calgary Counselling Centre.

HÉLÈNE CONNOR, MA’78, PhD’86, was named a Chevalier in France’s Légion d’Honneur, an award highlighting her efforts over four decades to encourage participatory governance, environmental protection and sustainable energy. Hélène, an economist, has led a range of green initiatives, including the Société pour vaincre la pollution, North America’s first franco-phone environmentalist organization, which she launched in 1970. She is the founder and chair of HELIO International, a French think-tank focused on energy sustainability.

MAY Q. WONG, BA’78, recently published A Cowherd in Paradise: From China to Canada (Brindle and Glass). The book chronicles the lives of a Chinese-Canadian couple, a successful Montreal restaurateur and his China-based wife, and how they were forced to live apart for 25 years because of Canada’s exclusionary immigration laws.

DEBORAH DAVIS, BA’79, and LOUIS DAVIS, BCL’75, LLB’76, are a wife and husband team that co-created and produce the bilingual concert production A Musical Taste of Our Canadian Heritage. Now in its 12th season, it is the longest running concert show in Canada and showcases the history of the country through music; from the First People to the last 110 years of Canadian pop and rock. This year Deborah and Louis have added elements from the War of 1812 to the stage. For more information, visit

RICHARD UNGAR, BA’80, recently published his fifth children’s book and debut novel, Time Snatchers (Penguin). The novel is a middle grade time travel adventure about kids who steal precious mementos from the past for an evil employer. Richard currently lives in Toronto, and divides his time between his law practice and writing and illustrating children’s books.

ROBERT COALLIER, BA’82, is the new chief executive officer of Agropur, a Canadian dairy cooperative that processes more than three billion litres of milk a year and generates more than $3.6 billion in sales. He comes to Agropur from Dollarama, where he served as senior vice president of finance. Robert also held senior positions at Molson Brewing Company, where he was closely involved with the successful merger of
Molson Inc. and the Coors Brewing Company.

LAURA (ALLEN) ASHTON, BA’85, is the head of marketing vice president lighting emerging markets (Asia Pacific and Latin America) for Philips and is based in Singapore. Laura began her marketing career with Johnson & Johnson and later worked with Kraft Foods before heading overseas. She spent seven years in Thailand working in advertising and running her own marketing consultancy. She then joined Shell for nearly a decade, in global and regional marketing roles in Europe and Asia. More recently, she worked at Electrolux appliances as senior vice president marketing Asia Pacific and president of Electrolux India. As a volunteer, she has been involved with several organizations, including Bangkok’s Human Development Foundation-Mercy Centre and the Thai-Canadian Chamber of Commerce. Laura is a member of the Singapore chapter of the McGill Alumni Association.

VIVIANNE M. SILVER, MA’85, recently retired from John Abbott College (JAC), where she taught for 18 years. Her discipline included French literature and French as a second language. She was also the coordinator of women’s studies and gender relations at JAC for 11 years. She helped develop the curriculum which resulted in a series of popular academic courses. Prior to JAC she was on staff at Dawson College for 25 years. She is the author of a published memoir, 42 Keys to the Second Exodus, in which she describes what it meant to be a woman who was a member of the last generation of Jews to have lived in Egypt before the Suez Crisis of 1956. Her future projects include consulting services in the area of human development and second language acquisition under the rubric of her company, The Silver Lining.

DONALD WIEDMAN, BA’86 is the recipient of the City of Toronto’s 2011 “Best Overall” Bicycle Friendly Business Award. Wiedman Communications is the producer of, and has provided social marketing and media relations consulting services for Bikes for Cuba and the Toronto Bike Messengers’ Association. The awards pay tribute to companies and organizations that demonstrate leadership in encouraging cycling by employees and/or customers.

ROBERT ROSENTHAL, BA’88, has been named to “The Best Lawyers in America” list for 2012. He was selected based on a peer-review survey comprising more than 3.9 million confidential evaluations by the top attorneys in the U.S. Robert’s firm, Howard & Howard, was also recently ranked among the nation’s best law firms in the 2011-2012 edition of “Best Firms in America.”

SARAH GUALTIERI, BA’90, recently published Between Arab and White: Race and Ethnicity in the Early Syrian American Diaspora (University of California Press), which was reviewed in the International Journal of Middle East Studies as “a landmark contribution that will transform the boundaries of Middle East Studies,” and “the most important book ever published in Arab diaspora studies.” Sarah is an associate professor of history and American studies and ethnicity at USC Dornsife in Los Angeles.

ALISON MCQUEEN, BA’90, has been awarded the Fondation Napoléon’s Prix du livre non francophone 2011 for her
latest book, Empress Eugénie and the Arts: Politics and Visual Culture in the Nineteenth Century. She is an associate professor of art history at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.

ADRIANA KUGLER, BA’91, is the chief economist at the U.S. Department of Labor and reports to U.S.  Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis. She is currently on leave from her position as full professor of public policy at Georgetown University. She is also a research associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research in the labor studies program and a research fellow at centres in London, Bonn and at Stanford University. She has published widely in leading economics journals about the impact of public policies on employment and earnings, and on immigration and its impacts on both receiving and sending countries.

CHRIS MCKHOOL, BA’91, is a violinist and member of the Canadian string group and 2010 Juno Award nominees the Sultans of String. The Canadian Folk Music Award-winning group recently released its latest album, Move, which features music influenced by Spanish flamenco, Arabic folk, Cuban rhythms and French Manouche gypsy-jazz.

LISA (FINKEL) BROOCK, BA’94, was named the new managing editor of US Weekly last August. She now oversees operations for the weekly entertainment publication. She previously served as a senior editor at the magazine. She has also worked as a segment producer for Good Morning America and as the media relations director for ABC News.

JOSEPH WONG, BA’95, is the author of Betting on Biotech: Innovation and the Limits of Asia’s Developmental State. The book examines the emerging biotechnology sector in Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan, countries that have invested billions of dollars in biotech industries since the nineties. These billion-dollar bets in biotech continue to teeter on the brink of spectacular failure despite their tremendous potential. Joseph is the director of the Asian Institute at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto and a Canada Research Chair in Democratization, Health and Development.

LISA GRUSHCOW, BA’96, is returning to Montreal this summer to serve as the new senior rabbi of Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom.

MARK BAYER, MA’97, recently published Theatre, Community, and Civic Engagement in Jacobean London. In the book he explores the local dimensions of play-going to argue that the early modern London theatre was an important community institution whose influence extended far beyond its economic, religious, educational and entertainment contributions. Mark is an assistant professor of English at the University of Texas at San Antonio and has authored numerous articles and book chapters on the early reception of Shakespeare’s plays and on early modern literature and culture.

JEFF OLIVER, BA’97, recently published his first novel, Failure to Thrive (DC Books), which focuses on the poignant and comic struggles of a Canadian reality TV producer who is forced to confront his own mortality. Jeff knows the world of reality TV intimately. He is a programming executive at the Food Network and has worked as a producer on such shows as Last Comic Standing, Big Brother and Denise Richards: It’s Complicated.

SHAUN REIN, BA’00, is the author of The End of Cheap China: Economic and Cultural Trends That Will Disrupt the World (Wiley), which argues that China’s days as a low-cost production centre are numbered. In examining the changes taking place across all levels of Chinese society, he interviewed everyone from Chinese billionaires and senior government officials, to poor migrant workers and prostitutes. Shaun is a weekly business columnist for CNBC in China and the managing director of the China Market Research Group.

LESLIE SHIMOTAKAHARA, BA’00, a self- described “recovering academic,” recently published her first book, The Reading List (Variety Crossing Press), a memoir which describes how she and her recently retired father began exploring 20th century novels together and found themselves discussing everything from Edith Wharton’s dismal love life to James Joyce’s loner childhood. Leslie regularly blogs about books at

ANNA WACLAWEK, BA’01, recently published Graffiti and Street Art. The book traces the origins and evolution of graffiti and street art, and explores its increasingly important role in visual culture as a whole. The book includes several photos featuring the work of some of street art’s top talents, including Montreal’s Roadsworth (pictured is his work Asphalt Glory). Anna is the department coordinator for Concordia University’s Department of Art History where she is also an affiliate professor.

AMIR BARADARAN, BA’04, was selected as the winner of the 2011 award by the International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality (ISMAR) for his short video, “Simple as Drinking Water.” His work has been featured in Art in America, Forbes, the BBC and National Public Radio. Amir’s latest augmented reality (AR) instillation, “SamovAR,” was featured at Armory Arts Week 2012.

MICHAEL DAYAN, PhD’05, produced and directed High Plains Doctor: Healing on the Tibetan Plateau, a documentary that follows Dr. Isaac Harry Sobol, chief medical officer of the Northern Canadian Territory of Nunavut, and his volunteer medical team, as they assemble and conduct a primary care clinic in a remote Tibetan village. High Plains Doctor premiered on the CBC documentary channel on May 7.

BRONWYN BJORKMAN, BA’06, received her PhD in linguistics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in September 2011. She is a lecturer at Northeastern University’s linguistics program.

AMANDA PIKE, BA’06, is one of 18 women graduating from an intensive six-month training program that aims to increase the number of Maine women serving in state and local offices. Amanda has served as the program and membership manager of the Maine International Trade Center and is currently employed as vice-president of sales and operations at Kids Crooked House.

THERESA WOODARD, BA’06, began graduate studies towards her IMBA in April at the Instituto de Empresa in Madrid, Spain. Theresa has worked for American Airlines at three airports in two different states since 2007. Her last position, as an operations manager at the airline’s largest hub, the Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport, included the task of gating over 900 flights in and out of the airport every day.


HARRY ROSEN, DDS’53, an emeritus professor of dentistry at McGill who teaches in the multidisciplinary residency program, continues to draw attention for his achievements as a stone sculptor. His work The Connection, was installed last fall at the Segal Centre for Performing Arts in Montreal. The sculpture, crafted from stone indigenous to Quebec, features two human-sized figures leaning on one another for support.  Some of his other creations are on public display near the Jewish General Hospital and the Montreal Children’s Hospital.

GEORGE FREEDMAN, BSc’75, DDS’78, recently published his latest textbook, Contemporary Esthetic Dentistry (Elsevier). This book offers an innovative approach to dental education and covers both routine and advanced esthetic procedures in step-by-step detail. The 35 chapters cover various topics from diagnostics to smile design, from bleaching to porcelain veneers, from cariology to ultraconservative dentistry, and from cements to marketing. George is a founder and past president of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and a co-founder of the Canadian Academy of Esthetic Dentistry.


JAMES LITTLE, DipEd’83, MEd’94, was shortlisted in the Quebec Writers’ Federation Quebec Writing Competition for his short story ‘Train Ride.’ The story, which is included in the collection Could Be: New Fiction, chronicles Charles Dickens riding on the first train in Canada in the 1840s. To hear James read this story at SoundCloud, go to


AFTAB MUFTI, MEng’65, PhD’69, was honored by the International Society for Structural Health Monitoring of Intelligent Infrastructure (ISHMII) at its December 2011 conference as it introduced its new Aftab Mufti Medal for high achievement and innovation in civil structural health monitoring. He is widely credited for playing a leading role in the development of structural health monitoring as a recognized field within civil engineering. A co-founder of the ISHMII, Aftab is a professor of civil engineering at the University of Manitoba and the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Civil Structural Health Monitoring.

DAVID HACCOUN, PhD’74, was awarded the 2011 R.A. Fessenden Prize in telecommunications from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Canada for his contributions in error control coding using convolutional codes. David is a fellow of IEEE and the Engineering Institute of Canada and a member of the board of governors of the Vehicular Technology Society of IEEE. He is a full professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at École Polytechnique de Montréal, where he teaches and researches in the areas of error control coding and wireless communications  systems.

LOUIS BRAIS, BEng’78, a project executive with Bouygues Civil Works of Florida, is playing a leading role overseeing the construction of the Port of Miami Tunnel Project. The tunnel, scheduled to be completed in 2014, will be 1.21 kilometres long and will connect the Port of Miami to Watson Island. The tunnel is expected to ease traffic congestion in downtown Miami. Bouygues, a French firm, is responsible for designing and building the tunnel, which requires, among other things, the use of a 457-foot-long tunnel-boring machine.

JULIE PAYETTE, BEng’86, DSc’03, has been appointed Quebec’s scientific delegate to Washington. In this role, she will promote Quebec’s strategy for research and innovation, as well as the province’s strengths in R&D. She also has a specific mandate to promote and develop partnerships for the ArcticNet research network, based at Laval University, which studies issues related to environmental change in the Canadian Arctic. Julie was the chief astronaut for the Canadian Space Agency from 2000 to 2007. She served as a crew member for two space shuttle missions. Julie will remain a member of the Canadian Astronaut Corps.

JACOMO CORBO, BEng’02, was recently named the University of Ottawa’s new Canada Research Chair in Information and Performance Management. The five-year appointment is paired with $500,000 in research funds. An assistant professor of management at U of O, Jacomo was also recently appointed as a senior research fellow at the Mack Center for Technological Innovation at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on the impact of information flows on consumer demand, information worker productivity, organizational performance, and firm competitiveness.


PIERRE-L. BARIBEAU, BCL’74, recently became a member of the board of directors of the Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM). Pierre was also recently elected administrator and secretary of the board of directors of the Quebec Lung Association, as well as administrator of the board of directors of the Canadian Lung Association, representing Quebec. He is also administrator and president of the Board of Boscoville 2000, adminis-trator and secretary of the Foundation of l’Hôpital du Sacré-Cœur de Montréal, administrator of the Corporation of Catholic Entities Party to the Indian Residential School Settlement and secretary of the board of the Canadian corporation Moving Forward Together. Pierre-L. is a partner at the Lavery law firm in Quebec.

LOUIS H. RENAULT, BCL’76, was recently appointed to the National Parole Board of Canada for a term of three years. Louis started his legal career at Ogilvy Renault (now Norton Rose Group) and went on to his own practice in 1982, specializing in corporate and liability cases. This is his second mandate to serve on the board, having been appointed previously in 1992. As part of the criminal justice system, Louis will render conditional release and pardon decisions and clemency recommendations. As a member of the board, he will contribute to the protection of society by facilitating, as appropriate, the timely reintegration of offenders as law-abiding citizens. Louis is now retired and lives in Morin-Heights, Quebec.

FRANK VAN DE CRAEN, DCL’78, was appointed ambassador, director for Latin-America and the Caribbean at the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Brussels. He was ambassador to Bolivia from 2003 to 2006 and to Malaysia from 2006 to 2011. In his new position he represents Belgium at the monthly internal EU-Latin America coordination meetings and is the alternate senior official for Belgium at the EU-Latin America summit meetings and its prepcoms.

BERNARD AMYOT, BCL’82, LLB’83, has been named a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and has been elected as a director and governor of the National Theatre School of Canada. Bernard is a partner in Heenan Blaikie’s litigation group and a member of its executive committee. A former president of the Canadian Bar Association, he worked to increase francophone participation in the CBA and played a major role in the CBA’s human rights efforts, including defending the rights of the judiciary in Pakistan and calling for Canadian Omar Khadr’s repatriation from the Guantanamo Bay prison facility.

ALAIN OLIVIER, BA’90, BCL’94, LLB’94, was recently named the new director of the Québec Government Office in Washington, D.C. Dans son nouveau poste, M. Olivier aura notamment comme mandat de représenter le gouvernement québecois dans ses échanges avec les autorités fédérales américaines. He was previously the director of communications, government relations and academic affairs at the Québec Government Office in New York.

SHANNON ROGERS, BCL’96, LLB’96, was recently named Canada’s Top Female Entrepreneur by Profit magazine. Shannon is the president and general counsel of Global Relay Communications, a firm specializing in the cloud-based archiving of email and other messages. The company now counts among its clients some of the world’s best-known banks, along with the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority in the United States.

ATARA MILLER, BCL/LLB’02, has been elected as partner in the litigation & arbitration group of the international law firm Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP. Her practice focuses on federal and state court litigation of complex commercial matters, in addition to bankruptcy-related litigation. In the financial restructuring sphere, Atara has defended individual lenders and lender groups against fraudulent transfer claims and has prosecuted fraudulent misrepresentation claims on behalf of secured lenders.

RENÉ ROBERT, BCL/LLB’02, is a labour administration and inspection officer for the International Labour Office, which
he joined in 2004. In 2008, he coordinated the European Commission-sponsored High-Level Tripartite Dialogue on the European Social Model in the Context of Globalization, and also helped coordinate a follow-up event in 2009 which focused on social dialogue and industrial relations in the midst of economic crisis in Europe. Prior to joining the ILO, René worked at the NAFTA Secretariat in Ottawa and the NAFTA Commission for Labor Cooperation in Washington, DC.

WILL BASHOR, GradCertAirSpaceLaw’05, is the author of Jean-Baptiste Cléry: Eye- witness to Louis XVI & Marie-Antoinette’s Nightmare (Diderot Press). The book examines Cléry’s role as the only personal servant to remain with King Louis XVI and his family in the tower of the Temple Prison. Though he was threatened with the guillotine himself, Cléry managed to keep a journal documenting the cruel treatment received by the king, Queen Marie-Antoinette, their two children, and the king’s sister. Will’s book also examines the rumours that Cléry might have been a secret spy working for the revolutionaries.

Library and Information Studies

MARTIN POIRIER (M.Bibl. 1998) a reçu le prix Bibliothécaire de l’année 2011. M. Poirier a consacré une année à la planification et à la gestion du projet de rénovation de la Bibliothèque Roger-Maltais de l’Université de Sherbrooke. Au départ, le projet visait seulement l’élimination de la rénovation du système de ventilation du bâtiment. M. Poirier a réussi à convaincre les décideurs de revoir l’aménagement de la bibliothèque afin qu’il réponde aux critères les plus novateurs. Depuis 2006, M. Poirier dirige la Bibliothèque de sciences humaines Roger-Maltais et la Bibliothèque de musique de l’Université de Sherbrooke. Il  compte à son actif plusieurs publications, dont le recueil de poésie Les matins carnivores, paru en 2002 aux Éditions Triptyque, qui lui a valu d’être finaliste au Grand prix du livre de la Ville de Sherbrooke, dans la catégorie création littéraire, et lauréat du Prix Gaston-Gouin de l’Association des auteurs des Cantons de l’Est.


MORRIS SHORE, BCom’57, is a retired accountant and financial planner who took part in the ITU World Triathlon Championship in Beijing last September, competing in the 75-80 age category. He earned a bronze medal. He has now competed in more than 60 triathlons, beginning in 1991 after he learned how to swim. Morris has raised more than $20,000 in support of the Snowdon YM-YWHA in Montreal, where he trains.

RICHARD M. WISE, BCom’62, has been named chair of the Business Valuation Standards Committee of the American Society of Appraisers based in Washington, D.C. Richard was also recently elected to the board of governors of Dawson College in Montreal. Dawson is the largest CEGEP in Quebec.

MARC BLONDEAU, BCom’79, has been appointed the new president and CEO of la Société de la Place des Arts de Montréal, the organization responsible for managing and operating Canada’s largest multidisciplinary performing arts complex. Place des Arts hosts some 1,000 performances per year. Marc has held several management and development positions with Télémédia Communications, TVA Group and Rogers Media. He has also been involved for several years with the National Theatre School of Canada, and is the chair of its board of directors.

GERARD ST-CYR, BCom’83, is the CEO of a new startup firm, Dentist Select.

MICHEL C. TRUDEAU, BCom’83, MBA’87, was appointed to the Laurentian Bank’s management committee. He was named president and CEO of Laurentian Bank Securities (LBS) in 2003 and has been responsible for the bank’s activities related to capital markets since 2009. He first joined LBS in 1999 as executive vice-president of fixed income and was appointed COO of the Institutional group in 2002.

DANIELLE DANSEREAU, MBA’87, has been elected president of Les Diplômés, the association of alumni of the Université de Montréal. She is also a training consultant working on a PeopleSoft implementation at the U de M. She was previously a change management specialist working on various SAP implementations in major Canadian firms. She is finishing a certificate in philanthropy at U de M.

BRIAN P. MACDONALD, MBA’89, is the new president and chief executive officer of Sunoco, one of the largest gasoline distribution companies in the United States, with more than 4,700 retail outlets and total assets estimated in 2009 at close to $11.9 billion. Brian has been with Sunoco since 2009, when he joined the company as senior vice president and chief financial officer.

NATHALIE PRÉZEAU, MBA’91, recently published her latest guide book, Toronto Urban Strolls…for girlfriends, which provides readers with a series of 28 themed walks through Toronto, each offering its own unique urban delights. Nathalie is also author of Toronto Fun Places…for families, which is currently in its fifth edition and has sold more than 40,000 copies in the greater Toronto area.

JEAN-FRANÇOIS BUSSIÈRES, MBA’93, recently co-authored a book on the history of hospital pharmacies in Quebec, entitled De l’apothicaire au spécialiste —  histoire de la pharmacie hospitalière au Québec, available for free online at He was also one of 50 pharmaciens d’honneur selected by the Association des pharmaciens des établissements de santé du Québec for their 50th anniversary. You can keep up with Jean-François at!/urppchusj/.

MICHAEL KANEVA, BCom’99, is now working in Toronto as an HR business partner for Morningstar Canada. He previously worked as an HR and OD strategist for Canadian National, PC Mall Inc. and the Government of British Columbia. You can keep up with Michael by following his blog at

CINDY BLACKSTOCK, MMgmt’03, has been named by the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation as one of its newest mentors. Each year, the foundation selects a group of accomplished Canadians to act as mentors who provide professional and personal guidance to all Trudeau Scholars. She is the executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada and an associate professor at the University of Alberta.


CLARKE FRASER, MSc’41, PhD’45, MDCM’50, was formally inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame at a ceremony on March 21, 2012. He became Canada’s first medical geneticist when he created the Montreal Children’s Hospital’s Division of Medical Genetics and was instrumental in the development of the field of genetic counselling. His research included pioneering work in the genetics of cleft palate. Also inducted into the hall was the late PETER MACKLEM, MDCM’56, the founding director of McGill’s Meakins-Christie Laboratories, whose work was instrumental in identifying the early pulmonary damage caused by smoking.

RICHARD U’REN, MDCM’64, recently published Social Perspectives: The Missing Element in Mental Health Practice (University of Toronto Press). The book explores the impact of social factors on individual health, a topic often overlooked in the practice of psychiatry, psychology and medicine. Richard is an emeritus professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Oregon Health & Science University in Portland.

ROBERT H. TAYLOR, MDCM’70, has been awarded the 2012 Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada’s Teasdale-Corti Humanitarian Award. The prize recognizes physicians who go above and beyond the norms of practice to provide health care and medical services worldwide. A clinical associate professor of surgery at the University of British Columbia, Robert’s work has spanned the globe. He has provided disaster relief in Honduras and India, taught frontline medical workers in Zambia and Haiti, operated in Pakistan and the Congo, established a surgical education program in Guyana, and treated patients in northern Sri Lanka and Côte d’Ivoire. Recently, he was deployed by the International Red Cross to teach a course in emergency room trauma care in the conflict region of Darfur.

DAVID EIDELMAN, MDCM’79, is McGill’s new dean of medicine and vice-principal (health affairs). A highly regarded clinician-scientist, David’s research has been based at the  Meakins-Christie Laboratories where his work focused on asthma and respiratory diseases. The former director of McGill’s Division of Respiratory Diseases, David recently chaired McGill’s Department of Medicine and held the position of physician-in-chief at the McGill University Health Centre. He assumed his responsibilities as dean and
vice-principal on January 1 of this year.

PHILIP BAER, MDCM’80, has beenappointed editor-in-chief of the Journal of the Canadian Rheumatology Association. He is also chair of the Ontario Medical Association’s section of rheumatology, and vice-president of the Ontario Rheumatology Association. In 2011, Philip received the Community Rheumatologist Award from the University of Toronto’s Division of Rheumatology.

SAMUEL GRIEF, MDCM’89, has been named to Chicago magazine’s top doctor list for 2012. Samuel did his family medicine residency in the McGill hospital network and currently practises at University of Illinois Family Medicine.

GLYNN RANKIN, MDCM’12, MICHAEL DYKE, BSc(PT)’09, and JONATHAN GOLDMAN, BMus’08, MA’10, are the co-founders of Montreal’s first-ever a cappella festival. More than 20 groups from Canada and the U.S. performed at Montréacappella, which took place at La Salla Rossa in April.


ROBERT SILVERMAN, LMus’60, BMus’64, now in his mid-70s, continues to be highly productive in the recording studio. An award-winning pianist, Robert recently released a CD of Schumann’s Symphonic Études and the Brahms-Handel Variations on the Isomike label. His seven-disc album of the complete piano sonatas of Mozart was released in 2010. A new recording of the 32 Beethoven sonatas is being edited. Some of his previous works have recently seen new light. His 1978 live performance with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra of the Second Piano Concerto by iconic Canadian composer Harry Somers is now available as a Centredisc CD. His long-out-of-print recording of Bartok’s Dance Suite and 14 Bagatelles, plus Frank Martin’s 8 Preludes, is now available via download from Amazon and iTunes.

DINO GIANCOLA, BMus’95, has been writing music for film, television and theatre since he graduated from McGill. He worked on Cirque du Soleil’s Le Réveil du Serpent, which premiered at the Spain World Expo, and spent roughly two months touring and writing with Les 7 doigts de la main in Denmark. He has been nominated for a Jutra Award and a Gémeaux Award for best music score in a documentary. Dino has also written music for Mylène Roy, Amélie Grenier and the Victoria Symphony Orchestra in B.C., and is currently scoring a five-part documentary series hosted by Stephen Hawking, entitled Brave New World.

PATRICK GRAHAM, BMus’95, recently performed at a benefit concert for the Fondation du Dr. Julien with the Cordâme trio. He performs, tours and records regularly with the groups Autorickshaw, Small World Project, La Nef, On Ensemble, Norouet, OktoEcho and others. In 2009, Patrick released his first self-produced solo CD, Rheō, which CBC Radio 2’s The Signal selected as one of the top 13 albums of the year.

SHAWN MATIVETSKY, BMus’98, MMus’00, recently released his latest CD, Cycles. For the past decade, Shawn has been working to combine his dual backgrounds in Western and Indian classical music by commissioning new music for the tabla — a unique percussion instrument that produces a colourful palette of sounds. Cycles features new works by various Canadian composers for the tabla and includes performances by the Windsor Symphony Orchestra and other guest musicians. Shawn is a percussion instructor and course lecturer with the Schulich School of Music.

ISAAC CHALK, LMus’08, ADip’10, received the Schulich School of Music’s Golden Violin Award for 2011-12, the largest prize of its kind in Canada. Isaac, a violist, is the sixth winner of the $20,000 award, which is presented to an outstanding string player who is close to completing his studies and has shown potential for a successful performing career. He will use the award to purchase a high-end viola, and he hopes to pursue further training in Europe.

DANIEL HAINS-CÔTÉ (B. Mus. 2010) s’est joint en 2011 à l’Ensemble vent et percussion de Québec, qui a lancé sa 17e saison avec le concert Danses du monde en novembre 2011. M. Hains-Côté a également démontré ses habiletés d’interprète et d’improvisateur en présentant, avec son oncle, Jacques Hains, le concert Classique VS Rock à la Chapelle des Jésuites du Vieux-Québec, en mai 2011. Hains-Côté travaille présentement sur un album de musique de relaxation pouvant être utilisée à des fins thérapeutiques.

Religious Studies

ANTONIO R. GUALTIERI, BA’60, BD’61, STM’63, PhD’69, received an honorary doctorate of divinity degree from the United Theological College, where he recently delivered a convocation address on “Salvaging and Travelling Light.” Antonio is an adjunct professor emeritus at Carleton University’s College of the Humanities.

GRANT LEMARQUAND, BA’77, STM’82, MA’88, has been appointed as an area bishop to the Episcopal Diocese of Egypt, responsible for the Horn of Africa. Grant has been a long-serving professor of biblical studies and mission at Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, Pennsylvania. His research interests include the New Testament, the Synoptic Gopels and African Christianity. Grant will continue teaching at Trinity until June of 2012. He and his wife, Wendy, plan to move to Gambella, Ethiopia, in July or August.


RONALD MELZACK, BSc’50, MSc’51, PhD’54, is a professor emeritus of psychology at McGill. A recent paper in the Journal of Anesthesiology, “Citation classics in main pain research journals,” listed Ronald as the author or co-author of three of the 100 most frequently cited articles related to pain research published between 1970 and 2010 in journals that focused on pain. One of these papers, which described the McGill Pain Questionnaire he devel-oped for use in pain clinics around the world, ranked second on the list. Two additional papers among the top 100 were co-authored by former graduate students who had trained with Ronald — one by DAVID DUBUISSON, BA’72, MDCM’76, MSc’76, the other by TERRENCE CODERRE, MSc’83, PhD’85.

DEREK ELLIS, MSc’54, PhD’57, is the author of Sex, Food and Rank in Humans and Animals. The book combines his expertise in animal behaviour and ecology with his hobby of people-watching to help readers determine how their social rank influences their sex life and how they can make changes if they want to. Derek spent 50 years researching animal behaviour and ecology in the Arctic, and is a professor emeritus at the University of Victoria, B.C. Sex, Food and Rank in Humans and Animals is available at

JACQUES VANIER, MSc’60, PhD’63, recently published The Universe: A Challenge to the Mind (Imperial College Press). He has been an active member of the National Research Council of Canada, taught physics and carried out research at Laval University, and worked in industry as a consultant. He has authored more than 120 publications and review articles on masers, lasers and atomic clocks, and his co-authored book The Quantum Physics of Atomic Frequency Standards is recognized as a main reference in its field. Jacques has been the recipient of several awards for his contributions to the field of measurement science and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the American Physical Society, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He is an adjunct professor of physics at the University of Montreal.

MICHAEL BLAU, BSc’64, DDS’69, was recently awarded the Anthony Gianelly Lifetime Award for Excellence in Teaching in recognition of his 36 years of outstanding and dedicated service to the Boston University School of Dental Medicine Department of Orthodontics. Michael retired from his orthodontic practice four years ago, but still teaches two days per week. These days, he and his wife, Dianne, spend most of their time with their four grandchildren.

BARRY DOLMAN, BSc’71, has been elected president of the Order of Dentists of Quebec (ODQ). He has been in private practice in Montreal since 1975 and is also a director of the ODQ, chairman of the Canadian Section of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, an advisor to the Académie dentaire du Québec, and an expert for the ODQ Fonds d’assurance-responsabilité professionnelle. Barry is a fellow of the Académie dentaire du Québec, the Pierre Fauchard Academy and the American College of Dentists, an honorary member of the Canadian Dental Association, a lifetime member of the Quebec Dental Surgeons Association, and past president of the Canadian Dental Association.

JOHN TORDAY, MSc’71, PhD’74, is the co-author of Evolutionary Biology: Cell-Cell Communication and Complex Disease (Wiley-Blackwell). It’s the first book on evolution theory to focus on the cellular origins of evolutionary biology and it challenges current wisdom by using physiology to present an integrative view of the nature, origins and evolution of fundamental biological systems. John is a professor of pediatrics and obstetrics and gynecology at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine.

LYNNE MCVEY, BSc’81, MSc’85, is the new executive director of the Douglas Mental Health University Institute. She is an associate professor at McGill’s School of Nursing, and was the director of nursing and clinical operations at the Jewish General Hospital and co-director of the Segal Cancer Centre. Lynne has also been a lecturer of health administration at Université de Montréal and has been a fellow at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania since 2009.

SHANNON BENNETT, BSc’91, was recently named the first associate curator of microbiology at the California Academy of Sciences. In this position she will focus on viruses and bacteria. Shannon’s specialty lies in infectious diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans. Between 2004 and 2011, she was an associate professor at the University of Hawaii’s Asia-Pacific Institute of Tropical Medicine & Infectious Diseases.

SONG LI, PhD’92, was recently honoured at the 2011 Solas Awards presented by the Independence Blue Cross. He received the Realizing the American Dream Award as a high-achieving immigrant entrepreneur who has made a significant contribution to the Philadelphia-area economy. The son of a farmer living in a remote village in China, Song founded Frontage Labs in 2011, a contract research organization serving clients in the biopharmaceutical industry.

JULIA BAUM, BSc’99, an assistant professor of biology at the University of Victoria, received a Sloan Research Fellowship valued at $50,000. The fellowship will support Julia and her team as they travel to the remote Christmas Island atoll, northeast of Fiji, to study how the loss of large predators, like sharks, alters reefs. The Sloan Fellowships are among the most prestigious research prizes in North America for early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise.

Social Work

BRAHMS E. SILVER, BSW’03, MSW’06, was recently elected to serve on the board of directors at the Jewish General Hospital as a representative of the multidisciplinary council. He is the recipient of a Caring Beyond Award, presented to staffers by the JGH Humanization of Care Committee, and has been quoted by the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Social Work in saying “meaning and purpose are the sworn enemies of stress and distress.” Prior to his social work career, Brahms was president of the food distribution company Silver Foods Inc.

AI THIEN TRAN, BSW’09, was named one of the top 25 Canadian Immigrants for 2012, a prize that has previously been awarded to former Governors General Michaëlle Jean and Adrienne Clarkson. A former “boat person” who fled Vietnam in 1980, Ai Thien became the executive director of the Vietnamese Canadian Federation in 2009 and recently served as a probation and parole officer for the Government of Ontario. Other winners this year include rap musician K’naan.

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